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"SHOW ME STATE VOTE"-- Missouri Readies for RMJ Vote, Nov. 8th.  For the fall election, the chance for Maryland to become RMJ state 21 is trending YES.   But the fight for Missouri (St Louis' Arc above) promises to be a much closer race- as opponents have said they will launch an aggressive anti-Amendment 3 campaign.    Opponents went to the Missouri Supreme Court challenging petition numbers, but the court upheld the ballot measure.   With a low statewide sales tax of 6%, Amendment 3 will allow home grow (up to 18 plants), possession of 3 ounces, and will add 144 new RMJ licenses on top of its current medical program.
Retiring congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) has seen his SAFE Banking Act pass the House seven times, and now hopes to have a Senate vote on an expanded bill by year end.  Above, Perlmutter(right) was given a "Lifetime Legislator Award" on Sept. 14 at the NCIA's 10th Lobby Days gathering in DC.  Presenting the a award, are NCIA Washington office staffers (from left) Madeline Grant, Michelle Rutter and government affairs sr. v.p. Michael Correa.  Speakers expect the current SAFE act to be expanded with expungement funding for states,  veterans access, impaired driving parameters, loans and grants to targeted "impacted groups" and greater access to a variety of cannabis formats for research.  View the NCIA press event with SAFE co-sponsor Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) at:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2178679478979502

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Chicago is Ground Zero For Benzinga Confab -- "Cautious Optimism" from MSOs, Analyst Crystal Ball-
- Natl Hispanic Cannabis' Heritage Month-
Key CEOs and Investors Gather in Chicago- Panelists and MSO CEOs pointed to tight capital and rising cost of borrowing-- but most agreed the big MSOs are most likely to survive further economic turmoil-- especially as debt restructuring in 2023 kicks in.  Above, the financial panel (from left) Owen Bennett (Jeffries), Vivien Azer (COWEN), Erin Gray (AGP), Paulo Zuanic (Cantor Fitzgerald) and moderator David Feldman(Skip Intro).  Curaleaf chairman Boris Jordan said many 2023 debt restructurings will put financial pressure on "second and third tier MSOs" who he guesses will have single digit EBITDAs, potentially not producing free cash flow to cover debt obligations. View day one (Sept. 13) and 7 hours of content at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWHFI1OQM_s

Below:  "How Brands Scale Outside the MSO Structure," with experts (from left) Madison Fiore (Matteo-Fiore), Erin Gore (Garden Society),  Luke Anderson (CANN), Nancy Whiteman (Wana Brands) and moderator Cy Scott (Headset).  Day two sessions are found at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx26rlbfNDU
A full Chicago/Benzinga schedule of all sessions and keynotes are at :
https://www.benzinga.com/events/cannabis-conference/agenda/
HISPANIC HERITAGE PROFILES FROM NHCC --  For Hispanic Heritage Month the NHCC is featuring 4 real cannabis entrepreneurs making a difference, and they are all women! For the next four weeks, NHCC shares a new video interview of their journey into cannabis.  First of 4 profiles of key Latino-ownned cannabis firms.  Above is Sue Carlton of Ranchera Familia.  See the short profile at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYtDUcROXa4
 
BELOW:  "AMERICAN POT STORY"-- a documentary about OAKSTERDAM University and OAKLAND's years-long fight for cannabis freedom.    Opening at Oakland's Fox Theatre, Sept 24, the documentary from Dan Katzir and Ravit Markus will be available for viewing online in early October.  See the preview at: https://vimeo.com/731225848
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