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  • 4 Mar 2019 4:58 PM | Marion (Administrator)

    HIGH TIMES Original Article: https://hightimes.com/culture/people/high-folks-beautiful-existence-heals-with-cannabis/

    This breast cancer survivor’s relationship with cannabis redefines what it means to be connected to spirit and present in your power.

     Published March 4, 2019 By Lyneisha Watson

    Editor’s Note: Welcome to one of our newest bi-weekly columns, High Folks: the cannabis-infused version of Humans of New York, in which we take an intimate look at people’s relationships with our most beloved plant. The connection between humans and cannabis is primal, dynamic, and profound. But it’s something that’s increasingly overlooked in the new age of weed. So in an effort to combat the superficiality of cannabis in the social media-age, High Times is proud to present to you a collection of work that highlights one of life’s most beautiful gifts: connection.

    Beautiful Existence’s life is guided by the spiritual relationship she has with cannabis. Her connection with the plant exceeds mundane human understanding because when she was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer in 2015, cannabis nurtured her like a mother back to perfect health. As a way of saying thank you, Existence goes throughout the world to connect and guide others who have heard the call and felt the spirit of Mother Ganja.

    “I never realized it but my first impression of cannabis was when I moved into a farmhouse the summer before first grade,” Existence tells High Times.

    In 1978, seven years after Richard Nixon launched (the failed) War on Drugs, Existence moved with her family to Rochester, Washington, into a 100-year-old farmhouse located in the legendary Rainbow Valley. The room that the previous owners used to grow cannabis would eventually become her bedroom.

    “I literally watched the adults dismantle track lighting and take huge bags of seeded marijuana out of the closet space and burn it in the field,” she says. “It wasn’t until I was in college that I recalled my memory of the farm and realized that the plant had always been there.”

    Existence understood the spiritual component of her life and hardships, and she treated her 2015 cancer diagnoses no differently. “I had already suffered multiple experiences in my life prior to this where I had had the rug pulled out from underneath me and had to pick myself up.” 

    At the time of her diagnoses, she was working as a marketing and media director for the third largest spiritual center in the country and living between Boulder, Colorado, and Seattle, WA., so she had access to a multitude of spiritual resources. She immediately approached her illness from a very holistic and spiritual perspective and attacked it with everything she had. 

    High Folks: Beautiful Existence's Unrelenting Love For Mother Ganja

    Courtesy of Beautiful Existence

    When she began using cannabis to treat her cancer, medicinal strains and Rick Simpson Oil were being phased out because in the state of Washington recreational consumers were looking for strains that were high in THC and low in CBD, making it difficult for Existence to find the right strain.

    “It wasn’t until I got a chance to be around the growers and the people that had been apart of the medicinal advocacy within the state that I really understood what I needed to get and that was the concentrates,” Existence says. “I had so many mineral deficiencies… I had to completely detox and change my entire life. And [cannabis] showed me this: in healing, you need to have the concentrates and you need to have the strains. So, I’ve been going across the country and advocating for that for three years.”

    In February 2019, a report by Swiss researchers shows that dabbing cannabis concentrates allows users to inhale more THC and CBD into their lungs than smoking, which, in essence, allows for more of the healing benefits of the plant to impact the body. 

    While looking for her perfect strain–which happened to be Charlotte’s Webb–and connecting with the plant more, she began to dive deeper into advocacy work. “The plant spirit has shown me all these different levels of what she has known,” says Existence. “[She] has been evolving with us as a species for thousands of years.”

    In her advocacy work, she’s also helped states like Massachusetts build sustainable equity programs that help communities at the state and local levels.

    One of the programs Existence works with is Cannabis Community and Research Network (C3RN). C3RN’s focus is advancing science, research, and best practices in the cannabis industry. In December 2017, C3RN won the first Boston University Cannabis Startup Competition, in which Existence helped build their initial website. CEO Dr. Marion McNabb says Existence has been a huge help because of her wealth of knowledge regarding the cannabis industry. 

    “She’s been a consistent mentor, friend, and help in designing programs and making connections to help advance science, research, and education in the industry with us,” Dr. McNabb tells High Times. “She’s provided strategic alliances and insights for us on how we can collectively advance social justice and rigorous science and research together.”

    But Existence doesn’t just work in advocacy. She’s also the mother of 2 sons, a co-owner of HER Cannabis Line, creator of the Flower of Life Cannabis Tarot Deck, and is a mentor to those seeking to connect with themselves and cannabis on a deeper level.

    High Folks: Beautiful Existence's Unrelenting Love For Mother Ganja

    Courtesy of Beautiful Existence

    In September 2014, Kerri Jade was en route to Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida–a school in which she earned a full-ride softball scholarship–when she got into a car accident. The trauma from the experience ignited a fear of death within Jade. But that all changed after connecting Existence on Instagram for guidance.

    “[Existence] has absolutely guided me in putting the puzzle pieces together of self-healing, self-awakening, and seeing a broader spectrum of what this life is about,” Jade says, who is now a student of Existence. “It’s so cliché that her name is Beautiful Existence because it fits her so perfectly.”

    Existence believes the plant saved her for multiple reasons. “She knew that I would go out, and show, and help, and make a definitive difference with it rising up in the world.”

    And Existence has done exactly that: spread the healing wisdom of Mother Ganja.




  • 19 Feb 2019 1:37 PM | Marion (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

    CONTACT:
    Ann Brum
    Joint Venture & Co
    T: 781-797-0144
    E: ann@jointvco.com 

    CANNABIS RESEARCHERS AND VETERAN’S ADVOCATES LAUNCH YEAR-LONG CANNABIS ADVANCEMENT EVENT SERIES

    February 15, 2019 – Worcester, MA – Today, Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN), Veterans Alternative Healing (VAH), and Joint Venture & Co (JVCo) announced the launch of the 2019 Cannabis Advancement Series, a series of six cannabis science and community events held around Massachusetts designed to continue breaking the stigma around cannabis. The 2019 Cannabis Advancement Series will begin March 3 at District Hall, Boston, followed by Holyoke in April 18, Worcester in June 20, North Shore in August 22, Fall River in October 24, with the culminating event in Boston December 5. 

    The six events held around the state will host high-level speakers and educational content surrounding topics including: medical and adult-use cannabis, Veteran’s and their family members focused care, equity and diversity in the cannabis industry, research, cultivation, extraction, industry best practices, business and entrepreneur, and general health and wellness.

    At the launch event on March 3 from 11 to 4 PM at District Hall in Boston, speakers will include Dr. Lester Grinspoon, retiree from Harvard medical School, Dr. Peter Grinspoon, MGH, Commissioner Shaleen Title, MA Cannabis Control Commission, among other esteemed speakers. The full agenda can be found at www.cannacenterofexcellence.org/veterans.

    Cannabis industry and healthcare vendors will have booths with built-in networking time for business to business and patient/consumer interactions. The event will be free and open to the general public.  For booth or sponsorship opportunities, please visit: www.cannacenterofexcellence.org/veterans or visit https://vahinc.org/   

    Register to attend the FREE March 3 launch event: https://www.cannacenterofexcellence.org/event- 195018

    About Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN)

    Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN) is a public benefit corporation (B Corp) based out of Worcester, MA that specializes in providing high-quality research and analytic services related to the impacts of medical and adult-use recreational cannabis. As a social justice-oriented research and analytics company, C3RN specializes in designing, monitoring, and evaluating models of integrating adult-use and medical cannabis to positively impact social, clinical, and public health outcomes. C3RN provides cannabis and health research and data analytic services, and consulting around cultivation, extraction, life sciences, technology, and medical cannabis patient care. In 2018, C3RN hosted a monthly Cannabis Science, Education, and Networking series in Massachusetts to showcase the latest cannabis innovations, evidence, and best practices. Learn more at: www.canncenterofexcellence.org

    About Veterans Alternative Healing (VAH)

    Veterans Alternative Healing provides education, services, support, advocacy and opportunities for and to veterans interested in utilizing alternative healing approaches and methodologies in treating ailments or conditions which affect them mentally, physically, emotionally, or psychologically thereby reducing the use of opiates and other pharmacological drugs used to suppress and temporarily manage pain, symptoms, and mental health concerns without stigma. Learn more at https://vahinc.org/

    About Joint Venture & Co

    Joint Venture & Co is a Boston-based business development agency who has embarked on a very ambitious goal; to make any client; from a timid first-time cannabis user to a large dispensary to a healthcare organization, comfortable with both personal and business decisions in the cannabis and wellness arena. Learn more at https://jointvco.com


  • 17 Feb 2019 8:01 PM | Marion (Administrator)

    Feb 17, 2019 Original article, South Coast Today: https://www.southcoasttoday.com/special/20190217/bask-in-fairhaven-nominated-for-best-medical-dispensary-in-massachusetts

    Bask in Fairhaven nominated for Best Medical Dispensary In Massachusetts

    By The Advocate

    Posted Feb 17, 2019 at 8:01 PM

    FAIRHAVEN — As Fairhaven pushes toward recreational marijuana sales, the town’s only dispensary, Bask, has been nominated for an honor.

    Bask, Inc. (Bask), a registered marijuana dispensary in Fairhaven, was recently nominated as the “Best Medical Dispensary” by the New England Cannabis Network (NECANN), according to a news release. The nomination comes as Bask prepares to celebrate its one-year anniversary of opening the doors to patients in Massachusetts and is finalizing applications to serve the adult-use market.

    In February of 2018, Bask officially opened its doors medical cannabis patients throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

    According to the release, the Bask team is grateful for the nomination, and made sure to note that it is the only dispensary from Southeastern Massachusetts nominated for title of Best Medical Dispensary. “As a locally owned and operated business, to have Bask put the SouthCoast on the map, competing against dispensaries in Boston and Worcester, means a lot to our team and the support from our community” said Bask CEO, Chapman Dickerson.

    According to NECANN, the New England Cannabis Community Awards are designed to shine a spotlight and show appreciation for the cannabis community as a whole throughout New England. These awards offer a chance to recognize people and organizations who have made great contributions to the cannabis industry and communities throughout New England. The winners will be announced during the NECANN Conference March 22nd, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

    Other organizations nominated for awards include Veterans Alternative Healing, which works with Bask to help veterans reduce use of prescription opiates and provide access to safe and affordable cannabis. The partnership offers discount programs for veterans with 100 percent service connected disabilities.

    Another organization, nominated for “Best New England Cannabis Non-Profit”, is Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN). Recently, Bask and C3RN teamed up with UMass Dartmouth to create a cannabis survey that was distributed to patients at Bask and other participating dispensaries in Massachusetts.

    “We’re very fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with these organizations that share a common goal of providing adults with safe access to cannabis products and expanding cannabis research. I’m excited to see what 2019 will bring,” Ashley Payne, marketing manager at Bask, said in a statement.

  • 17 Jan 2019 1:38 PM | Marion (Administrator)

    PRESS RELEASE: Indoor Harvest Corp to Form Cannabis Joint Venture with C3RN and IGBR

    HOUSTON, Jan. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Indoor Harvest Corp (OTCQB: INQD), is a precision agriculture technology company, focused on producing bio-pharma grade Cannabis for the wholesale and research Cannabis markets, as well as development of next generation personalized medicines. The Company is pleased to provide its shareholders guidance for 2019.

    Special Meeting of Shareholders

    The Company is hosting a virtual special meeting of shareholders on January 31, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (Central Time). Common stockholders and Series A convertible preferred stockholders who were record holders on December 7, 2018 will be able to attend the special meeting, vote, and submit questions during the meeting via live webcast by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/INQD. To enter the Special Meeting, you must have your 16-digit control number that was mailed to shareholders of record on December 21, 2018. If you were a shareholder of record on December 7, 2018 and have not received a proxy statement from the Company, please email proxyvote@indoorharvest.com.

    The purpose of the meeting is to amend and restate the Company’s certificate of formation in order to increase the amount of shares of capital stock authorized to be issued, to grant the Board of Directors (the “Board”) “blank check preferred stock” authority allowing the Board to fix the terms and issue new series of preferred stock without the approval of the holders of the Company’s common stock, to explicitly permit stockholders of different classes of the Company’s capital stock to vote as a single class with regard to changes to the certificate of formation, and to decrease the vote required for the approval of fundamental actions and fundamental business transactions.

    The Board believes it is in the best interests of our shareholders to increase the number of authorized shares of capital stock and to allow the Board to issue preferred stock and to fix its terms without further approval of the holders of Common Stock in order to give us greater flexibility in considering and planning for future potential strategic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and business combinations, as well as other general corporate transactions, as further discussed below.

    “I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of Indoor Harvest and to express my appreciation for your commitment to the Company. The Cannabis industry experienced some significant events over the last 18 months and we believe that things are just getting started. I and the rest of the management team are working hard to position the Company for success as the industry develops, grows, and becomes more mainstream. It is an important proxy vote and we encourage you to support it by voting YES.

    Without the support of at least 2/3s of the shareholders, we will not be able to issue additional shares for the Company to raise vitally needed capital to continue operations and to move forward with management’s plans. It is important for you to vote YES.

    The proxy will allow the Company to increase our Authorized Shares of Common Stock from 50m to 200m which in turn will provide us with currency to complete strategic acquisitions and form strategic partnerships as well as raise additional capital”, stated Daniel Weadock, Chief Executive Officer of Indoor Harvest Corp.

    Moving Corporate Headquarters to Boston, Massachusetts

    Management is currently moving the base of operations and focus to the Boston area to take advantage of what it believes to be an attractive environment for Cannabis companies since Massachusetts has now legalized both medicinal and recreational Cannabis. The state is also offering a Cannabis research license, which provides a unique opportunity to do research & development on the medicinal side of the Cannabis industry.

    Management is working to deploy our integrated aeroponic technology platform, on our own and with partners in the Boston area, to demonstrate and showcase our belief in the technology’s ability to significantly reduce operating costs while increasing yield and quality. Deployment of our integrated aeroponic technology platform will also allow us to continue research and development of the technology with the goal of moving towards commercialization.

    We have been working the Boston market for the last year developing relationships on the ground with what we believe to be strategically aligned and vertically integrated potential partners. Two of these relationships include: Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN) who are working on the creation of a global virtual center of excellence for the Cannabis industry, and Integrated Genetics & Biopharma Research LLC, which is expected to provide boutique commercial grade genetics and tissue culture services to cultivators and researchers in Massachusetts.

    Joint Venture between Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (“C3RN”) and Integrated Genetics & BioPharma Research (“IGBR”)

    The Company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) towards a proposed joint venture by and among C3RN and IGBR. Under the MOU, the Company will work with C3RN and IGBR to develop a business plan to acquire a license to conduct research on medical Cannabis. The joint venture group will conduct research on the use of Controlled Environment cultivation technology to influence how Cannabis plants express different chemical profiles to further development of next gen bio pharmaceutical grade products.

    C3RN runs a network of academics, Cannabis industry participants, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders interested in advancing collaborative and community-driven science approaches in Cannabis research in Massachusetts. C3RN also leads, in collaboration with UMass Dartmouth, a Cannabis consumer and patient citizen science research study, and partners with local Cannabis businesses to improve evidence-based patient care in Massachusetts. In October 2018, C3RN was selected as qualified training vendor for the Cannabis Control Commission’s (“CCC”) social equity program, pending further contract negotiations with the CCC. C3RN intends to leverage these strengths in this joint venture, with a focus on social equity and advancing rigorous Cannabis research.

    “It is very exciting for C3RN to start on the process of obtaining a research license to study Cannabis in Massachusetts as our company spent significant time advocating for the inclusion of research as an adult-use license category here in Massachusetts. Through this MOU with Indoor Harvest and IGBR, we are ready to take the next step towards licensure and to continue to generate scientific evidence and highlight best practices at the forefront of the industry,” said Dr. Marion McNabb, CEO of C3RN.

    IGBR is seeking dual licensure (Cultivation and Research) within Massachusetts under the recreational marijuana regulations 935 CMR 500.00. IGBR is an industry leader in intellectual property and best practices in propagation, cultivation, and Cannabis genetics. IGBR is also currently in possession of over 100 of the most desired strains and elite clone-only cuts on the recreational and medical Cannabis market. Mr. Dan Weadock, Indoor Harvest’s CEO, is also a co-founder of IGBR and acting as its CEO.

    “Our genetic research and development is based on both data and decades of Cannabis experience. We have established proprietary criteria and analytics in selecting cultivars that drive the market and provide cultivators with a distinct genetic advantage,” stated Douglas Klier, Founder and Chief Science Officer at IGBR.

    The proposed joint venture will work to identify and publish best practices for cultivation of Cannabis through rigorous research and development. Additionally, the joint venture group aims to provide data and develop partner-specific research studies and objectives with academic and other research institutions.

    “As part of the ongoing change management efforts and repositioning of Indoor Harvest, we have executed this MOU to help imagine a collaborative research and development effort between three strategically interrelated organizations. We believe this effort will provide the opportunity to create transformative intellectual property that can be leveraged for the collective gain of both the joint venture and its constituent entities”, stated Dan Weadock, CEO of Indoor Harvest and Co-Founder and CEO of IGBR.

    The Company intends to secure consensus among impacted stakeholders and work towards definitive agreements between the MOU parties and to secure funding during the second quarter of 2019, pending the approval of shareholders in passing the needed increase in the Company’s authorized capitalization at the special meeting.

    Texas Compassionate Use Program Pending Applicant

    The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Alamo CBD, is currently a pending applicant to produce Cannabis in Texas under the Compassionate Use Program. As of December 17, 2018, only 576 patients were registered with the Compassionate Use Registry out of an estimated pool of 150,000 eligible patients. The Company and many advocates believe the state’s approval of just three producers has led to low participation in the program.

    State Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, has filed a measure to expand the list of medical conditions that qualify for medical Cannabis under the Compassionate Use Act, to include illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, terminal cancer, autism, and PTSD. The measure would also remove the 0.5 percent cap on the amount of THC that medical Cannabis products sold under the Compassionate Use Act are legally allowed to contain.

    Connor Oakley, Executive Director of the Medical Cannabis Association of Texas (MCAT), believes that enough pro-medical Cannabis candidates won seats in the Texas Legislature to finally enact major medical Cannabis legislation. “We feel that we finally have the votes to get some of our bills passed,” Oakley said. “We have support from both sides of the aisle this time.”

    Currently there are a total of 13 Cannabis related bills being filed for the 2019 Texas legislative session. Additionally, the Texas Republican Party approved medical Cannabis and industrial hemp reforms in the summer of 2018. Due to the mounting support for Cannabis in the state, the Company believes the Compassionate Use Act will be expanded during the 2019 legislative session and that pending applicants such as Alamo CBD will be allowed to proceed forward. There is no guarantee of expansion, however, or that any of the filed measures will pass.

    Summary Guidance for 2019

    Management believes that working with these organizations and others like them in Massachusetts positions us well to move our agenda forward and provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate our technology and how it can be used to significantly decrease operating costs while increasing yield, potency and quality.

    While pursuing strategic partnerships and building our demonstration showcase, management is also working to clean-up the Company’s balance sheet and to position us for a potential merger or strategic investment involving other vertically aligned Cannabis industry companies. Management is actively pursuing a number of these opportunities. The goal of this effort is to find a strategic partner that will bring revenue and cash flow to the Company as well as provide the opportunity to put our technology in the field.

    Management believes that its efforts in Massachusetts and further developing strategic partnerships will allow the Company to successfully continue operations and create real shareholder value. We encourage you to vote YES on the proxy and give management the tools it needs to grow and expand our business while enhancing shareholder value.

    About Indoor Harvest Corp

    Indoor Harvest Corp (OTCQB: INQD), is a precision agriculture technology company focused on delivering pharmaceutical grade Cannabis for researchers, and the development of next generation personalized medicines. The Company is a pending applicant to produce Cannabis under the Texas Compassionate Use Program and is seeking additional licenses in the State of Massachusetts.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This release contains certain “forward-looking statements” relating to the business of Indoor Harvest and its subsidiary companies, which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “estimates,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “intends,” expects” and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are or will be described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are based on Indoor Harvest’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on Indoor Harvest. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting Indoor Harvest will be those anticipated by Indoor Harvest. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond the control of the Company) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Indoor Harvest undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

    Contact Information

    Indoor Harvest Corp

    Dan Weadock, Chief Executive Officer

    dweadock@indoorharvest.com

    ARTICLE: https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/01/17/1701374/0/en/Indoor-Harvest-Corp-to-Form-Cannabis-Joint-Venture-Provides-Guidance-for-2019-and-to-Host-Special-Meeting-of-Shareholders.html


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