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“Strange Bedfellows” group in Congress aims to weed out nonviolent marijuana records

Even as the partisan divide in Washington seems to grow more pronounced, glimmers of bipartisanship still appear. There’s a new effort afoot to address the records of non-violent marijuana offenders that bridges ideological and geographic differences.

Delaware Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, a Democrat, along with 20 of her fellow Congressional Black Caucus members have joined forces with Freedom Caucus Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, and recently introduced the only current federal bill to seal the records of non-violent marijuana offenders who remain crime-free one year after their completed prison sentences.

The representatives of the unlikely alliance have coined a name for themselves. “Strange bedfellows” is how Blunt Rochester described the group in an interview with CBS News.

The “Clean Slate Act” on criminal justice reform is also backed by a similarly odd political pair — the Koch Brothers-aligned FreedomWorks and the Center for American Progress, two organizations that are usually on opposite sides of any other political issue.

“We have people who are at the extremes almost of the continuum,” Blunt Rochester said, “And I think that’s an unusual thing especially in today’s [political] climate.”

Simply put, “Folks want bipartisanship,” Blum told CBS News.

Both Blunt Rochester and Blum see this bill as a solution to the millions of unfilled jobs throughout the country and as a necessary second chance for those who may be penalized by their criminal records when applying for housing or college.

This is “common-sense” legislation, says Blum. But he could have a tough time convincing fellow Republicans in Washington to support reform legislation like his.

“For people that are against this, I suggest they tour prisons,” Blum advised.

The only current option for Americans to have their federal marijuana offenses erased is direct involvement from the Trump administration, which over the past year has sent mixed signals about drug enforcement policies.

Earlier this year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions penned a memo directing U.S. attorneys to approach marijuana prosecutions as they do any other federal law: if a marijuana offense is found and attorneys feel it must be prosecuted, then “they should” do so, Sessions argued.

Asked about this decision by Sessions, Blum admitted, “I personally think the attorney general’s position on, for example, marijuana is–he’s a bit out of step.” The congressman also said he plans to speak to Sessions about the legislation when he sees him again.

More recently, as reality TV personality Kim Kardashian West arrived at the White House with senior advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump meeting her, the trio successfully lobbied President Trump not only to address criminal justice reform, but also to pardon an offender’s life-sentence for cocaine possession, an offense which carries more severe penalties than marijuana possession.

Moments from the White House like this — with or without the spotlight brought by Kim Kardashian West — are encouraging the congresswoman to encourage the bipartisan outreach.

“We would work with anyone who is willing to get it done,” Blunt Rochester said confidently.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Yield Growth Corp. (CSE:BOSS) (OTC:BOSQF) (Frankfurt: YG3) on a consolidated basis (the “Company”, “us”, “we”) provides an operational update and releases financial and operational results for the first quarter ended February 28, 2019.  These filings are available for review on the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
We have made significant achievements in building our brand assets and we are well positioned for future growth with a comprehensive line up of our hemp and cannabis infused products. Currently we own 100% of the following brand assets:Urban Juve™This is our flagship brand, a unisex skin and personal care line with hemp root extract as its main ingredient.  We currently have 11 products on the market, being sold in the US and Canada through e-commerce and through retail stores in Canada.  Over 70 retail stores in Canada have agreed to carry the line, and we are now signing retailers in the United States (the “US”).  We are launching our products in Asia this spring, starting with e-commerce set up on Chinese messaging and mobile payment application WeChat.  Urban Juve has been well received by the press since its launch in Q1, with positive write ups in Elle Canada Magazine, Zoomer and The Growth Op. Our Anti-aging serum made it into this year’s pre-Oscar event bags.In addition to acquiring wellness formulas for body care, facial care and therapeutic products, we have also developed products through our in-house research and development team. To date we have filed 11 provisional patent applications in the US and one Patent Co-operation Treaty patent application which can be used as a basis for obtaining patent protection in over 170 countries. Our extraction technology is designed to preserve potentially therapeutic compounds in the cannabis root and enhance penetration into the skin. Urban Juve is a bold brand rooted in the organic synthesis of ancient knowledge and modern techniques to create exceptional beauty and wellness solutions. Ayurvedic knowledge delineates three general categories or skin types, which Urban Juve has translated as Vitalize, Balance and Align, each with its own dedicated range of skin and body care formulations.Urban Juve is in planning to launch over 30 additional products over the next year and these include: 3 Lip glosses, 3 body exfoliants, 3 facial masks, cream facial cleanser, Facial Cleansing Pads, micellar water, eye cream, 2 facial oils, deodorant, foot cream, a full men’s line and essential oil blends.Wright & Well™Wright & Well is our cannabis wellness brand that will be launching in Oregon, US in Q2 or Q3 2019. The products are intended to help relieve pain and anxiety.  The initial nine products include analgesic topical gel with tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) and Cannabidiol (“CBD”), THC and CBD oils, pain balm with THC and CBD, massage oil with THC and CBD, and three types of capsules containing THC and Ayurvedic herbal formulations, blended with ingredients that have historically been used to treat arthritis and chronic pain.Wright & Well branded products will be launching in the legal cannabis market in Oregon and will serve the growing number of wellness-minded people seeking new ways to take control of their health. Sophisticated, familiar and intelligent, the new brand aims to demystify the world of cannabis and make it more accessible for a wider audience.We intend to license our brand and provide our formulas and packaging, as well as point of sales materials, to licensed cannabis manufacturers, distributors and retailers in various jurisdictions. We currently have discussions with cannabis license holders in the State of Washington, Nevada, California, New York, as well as Canada and other countries.  Our plan is to roll out our brand internationally, one territory at a time.Mad Wallaby™We are developing a line of products for cannabidiol infusion with the primary target market being the US. With the adoption of the Farm Bill into law in late 2018, topical products containing CBD are now federally legal in the US, subject to state law and compliance with the FDA. We have engaged New York marketing agency The Design Spot to create a brand identity and initial packaging design for this CBD product line.  The design spot is a design and branding company located in the heart of New York City with a team of award-winning designers and with a portfolio that includes L’Oreal, Revlon and Dove.   Mad Wallaby has been set up as a California corporation and our intention is to use it to distribute our brands in the US.UJ BeveragesWe currently have a line of 8 fruit beverages in development and we have 10 tea formulas in our catalogue. The fruit beverage formulations were developed in India and are based on Ayurvedic medicine using botanicals, fruit extracts and natural botanical extracts, including hemp extracts.  The main beverages are good on their own and can also be infused with cannabinoids such as CBD and THC.  The formulas have been developed to offer various health benefits, including an energy boost, hangover treatment, brain function boost, anxiety reduction, improved immunity, toxin removal and reduced inflammation.We have completed the taste profiling on the 8 fruit beverages and we are now in negotiations with several beverage manufacturers to complete stability testing and manufacture the drinks.  One of the key ingredients in all of these beverages is cannabis leaf extract, which we produce using our patent pending sonic and nano emulsion technology.  We are engaged in developing the brand and packaging for a hemp version and a cannabis version of our beverage line.FINANCIAL PERFORMANCEWe realized revenue of $800,714 for the three months ended February 28, 2019 as compared to $1,808,813 for the same period of the prior year. The decline in revenues was primarily due to a consulting contract in the prior year which generated revenue of $1,800,000 as a one-time revenue.  Licensing revenues are primarily driven by licensing contracts which do not have a pattern in timing.  We expect to continue to generate licensing revenues for years to come but the timing of the licensing revenue is mainly determined by the timing of such contracts. We launched our first product sales in this Quarter, with our lip balm launching in December, 2018, our anti-aging serum in January 2019 and our 3 moisturizers launching near the end of the of the quarter in February 2019.  The revenues for our products sales increased by 85% from the first month in the quarter to the third month. Since our financial quarter ended February 28, 2019, we have launched 6 more Urban Juve products, bringing the total number of SKUs for sale to 11.We anticipate launching 9 new products through the Wright and Well brand in Q2 and Q3, and with our aggressive marketing and sales efforts we expect our product revenues to increase substantially in Q2 and Q3.We incurred a net loss of $3,789,780 for the three months ended February 28, 2019 as compared to $638,347 for the same period of the prior year. The increase in loss was primarily driven by a decrease in licensing revenues and increased expenses.  We incurred significant marketing expenses, which included marketing and packaging design for our  brands with over 200 products in development, new websites in development for Urban Juve and Yield Growth launching in Q2, point of sales materials for our products, sales and educational materials to sign up retailers and support them in retail sales, preparation and attendance at cannabis focused events such as LIFT, social media, programmatic advertising, influencer programs, publicists, investor events, investor relations and digital marketing. We went public on stock exchanges in 3 countries in Q1 – including the CSE in Canada in December, the OTCQB in the United States in January and The Frankfurt Stock exchange in Germany in February, requiring significant investment into market awareness to launch into those marketsCAPITAL RESOURCES

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