Marijuana Sales Began Annual Dip in September

Colorado’s legal marijuana sales finally took a fall in September, according to data from the state Department of Revenue, and past trends indicate that this dip is likely to continue until next spring. However, 2019 is still very much on pace to become the highest-selling year ever for the state’s legal pot industry.

Colorado dispensaries racked up over $ 155.4 million in sales in September, DOR data shows. That’s a drop of over 10 percent from August — but still rises almost 13 percent over the same month in 2018. Recreational sales accounted for more than $ 126.8 million in September 2019, according to the figures, while medical sales came in at $ 28.6 million; they’ve been on a $ 25-to-$ 30 million plateau for over a year now.

Marijuana sales traditionally drop after the summer months end, then hit a low point in January or February and begin bouncing back in March. This year seems to be following the trend, but with three months of sales still left to report in 2019, dispensary sales figures are likely to breeze past last year’s.

Through the first nine months of 2019, the state’s pot industry sold more than $ 1.3 billion worth of products, reaching the highest monthly sales total ever in August. Those sales have contributed slightly less than $ 250 million in tax revenue so far this year, according to the DOR.

In all of 2018, DOR data shows legal pot accounted for a little over $ 1.54 billion in sales and $ 266.5 million in tax revenue. Since recreational pot sales began in Colorado in January 2014, dispensaries have accounted for over $ 7.35 billion in sales and approximately $ 1.15 billion in tax revenue.

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Colorado Marijuana Sales Continued Hot Streak in August

Colorado marijuana sales continued their hot streak in August, according to the state Department of Revenue, reaching the highest monthly total ever.

Medical and recreational dispensaries accounted for over $ 173.2 million in sales in August, DOR data shows. That number is easily the highest for monthly sales since recreational pot stores opened in January 2014, passing July 2019’s previous high mark (approximately $ 166.3 million) by about 4 percent. This is the third straight month that dispensary sales have broken Colorado’s monthly record.

Recreational sales on their own also set another record, hitting nearly $ 141.87 million in August. Medical sales, while still hovering in the $ 30 million range, saw a slight bump, increasing just under $ 1 million from the previous month to hit $ 31.3 million.

August is one of three months in 2019 to have five Fridays and five Saturdays on the calendar, and weekends are extremely important to dispensary sales, according to marijuana-industry sales trackers. With cooler weather and fewer weekend days in September, don’t be surprised if the next monthly sales figure drops.

Through the first eight months of 2019, Colorado has already seen over $ 1.15 billion in dispensary sales, and it’s on a clear path to breaking last year’s overall sales of $ 1.55 billion.

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Marie-Laure Roche Joins Jetpack as Interim Global Head of Sales

Global indie kids’ content distributor Jetpack Distribution has brought on industry expert Marie-Laure Roche as interim global head of sales. She is covering for Gillian Calvert Ridge, who holds the permanent position, while she is on maternity leave. Roche will be based in London, reporting directly to CEO Dominic Gardiner. She officially joins Jetpack on September 1, and will work alongside Ridge and Gardiner in the lead up to MIP Junior and MIPCOM in October.

“I am very excited to join the Jetpack team,” said Roche. “Since its inception I’ve followed the company’s growth path (including it’s ever growing catalogue) with keen interest. It’s a great opportunity!”

Gardiner commented, “Marie-Laure will be a great asset. She has some brilliant experience and contacts and I’m greatly looking forward to working with her as we head towards Cannes this Autumn.”

Roche has held several key roles within the children’s television industry, including managing the content distribution of entertainment properties at Mattel (including Thomas and Friends and Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures) and various roles managing sales across the globe over a five-year stint at Cake Entertainment. This included finding homes for properties such as Angry Birds, Total Drama and Angelo Rules.

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Colorado Hits Another Monthly Marijuana Sales Record

As more and more states legalize it, retail marijuana has never been more readily available in this country. But that’s not stopping Colorado’s pot industry from breaking record after record. May 2019’s sales set a monthly record, and they were even higher in June, according to the state Department of Revenue.

Colorado dispensaries pulled in over $ 152 million in June, DOR numbers show — up over $ 9 million from the previous monthly record set in May, and nearly $ 10 million more than the record set just before that in March.

Recreational sales accounted for around $ 122.4 million of June’s take, easily the highest total in that category since they began in 2014. Medical marijuana sales continued to stay relatively flat, however, rising just over $ 200,000 from the month before to reach $ 29.7 million.

Dispensary sales traditionally speed up in summer months, according to historical data, and 2019 has been no exception. After a slow April because of fewer weekend days on the calendar than usual, sales in May and June have picked up the slack: In the two months combined, Colorado dispensaries sold nearly $ 300 million worth of marijuana — that’s not very far from one-third of $ 1 billion.

Marijuana sales accounted for just under $ 25.9 million in tax revenue in June, and well over $ 262 million through the first six months of 2019, according to DOR data. And that doesn’t count sales and excise taxes collected at the local level.

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San Francisco May Ban Sales of E-Cigarettes

A ban on the sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes being considered by San Francisco supervisors — if passed, it would be the first such ban by any city in the United States.

The goal is to reduce youth use of e-cigarettes until the Food and Drug Administration completes a review of the effects of e-cigarettes on public health, the Associated Pressreported.

Another measure would forbid the manufacturing of e-cigarettes on city property. Leading e-cigarette maker Juul is based in San Francisco.

If the measures are approved by city supervisors, they would require a second vote before becoming law, the AP reported.

“Young people have almost indiscriminate access to a product that shouldn’t even be on the market,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said. Due to FDA inaction on the issue “it’s unfortunately falling to states and localities to step into the breach,” he added.

Since 2014, e-cigarettes have been the most widely used tobacco product among young people in the U.S. Last year, 1 in 5 high school students reported vaping in the previous month, a federal government survey found, the AP reported.

E-cigarettes are associated with heart attacks, strokes and lung disease, according to Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control and Research and a supporter of the San Francisco measures.

E-cigarettes have “completely reversed the progress we’ve made in youth smoking in the last few years,” he told the AP.

The San Francisco measures are opposed by the e-cigarette industry and groups representing small businesses.

Last year, city voters approved a ban on sales of candy and fruit-flavored tobacco products. All but two states have at least one law restricting youth access to e-cigarettes, according to the Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, the AP reported.

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Colorado Marijuana Sales in March Hit Highest Monthly Total Ever

Marijuana sales keep breaking records in Colorado, where dispensaries collected more money in March 2019 than in any other month since recreational pot sales started in January 2014.

According to the state Department of Revenue, legal marijuana products totaling over $ 142.4 million were sold in March, with recreational pot responsible for the bulk of that. Both recreational and overall sales set records for a single month, beating out the next-highest month, August 2018, by a little over $ 1 million.

Spurred by over $ 114.3 million in recreational sales, dispensary revenues jumped over 16 percent from February to March, DOR data shows. Medical sales also saw a small bump, hitting slightly over $ 28 million.

Dispensary sales are still on a fast track in 2019, and will beat out the total at the end of 2018 if the current pace continues, jumping more than 5 percent year-over-year in March. However, it looks like that record pace will be largely dependent on recreational sales, as DOR data trends show that medical sales have flatlined over the past several years.

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Amanda Rockwell to Head US Sales for J2911 Media

Media executive Amanda Rockwell has joined J2911 Media as the new Sales & Acquisitions Executive for the United States. The news was announced by Vivian Reinoso, Head of Worldwide Acquisition, Distribution & New Project Engagement, to whom Rockwell will report directly.

Rockwell has been a creative writer and producer for 20 years, working for Time Life, PBS, and NASA TV besides running her own company, and spent six years as Head of Development for a production company in Washington, DC. She has expertise working with independent filmed entertainment and television program producers and has helped build a portfolio of compelling entertainment for international distribution.

Rockwell holds an M.A. from American University in Producing for Film, a B.A. from the University of Virginia in Politics, and recently matriculated with an A.A. in Advanced Culinary Arts. Combining her two loves, she most recently produced the TV series Dallas Cakes (Food Network).

J2911 Media is a global content acquisition and distribution company, dealin in movies, documentaries, factual entertainment and animation for a variety of target demographics. The group’s animation catalog includes children’s educational series Huevokids (9 x 30’ | 16 x 15’ | 31 x 5-8’), non-dialogue preschool shorts Outopus (52 x 2’ | 6 x 15’) and CG alien escapee comedy Lost on Earth (13 x 11’).

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FDA Halts All Sales of Pelvic Mesh Products Tied to Injuries in Women

TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced a ban on the sale of all pelvic mesh products.

The surgical mesh is typically used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and incontinence, but reported side effects have included permanent incontinence, severe discomfort and an inability to have sex.

“In order for these mesh devices to stay on the market, we determined that we needed evidence that they worked better than surgery without the use of mesh to repair POP,” said Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “That evidence was lacking in these premarket applications, and we couldn’t assure women that these devices were safe and effective long term.”

Simply put, the remaining makers of the mesh devices — Boston Scientific and Coloplast — failed to prove the long-term safety or benefit of their devices, the FDA said in a news release.

The companies will have 10 days to submit plans to withdraw these products from the market, the FDA said. Most pelvic mesh products have already been taken off the market, according to the Associated Press.

The products are the subjects of lawsuits by the states of Washington, California, Kentucky and Mississippi. Those states claim that pelvic mesh maker Johnson & Johnson did not fully disclose safety risks, the AP has reported.

But some doctors who specialize in female pelvic medicine oppose the lawsuits, saying the procedure can work for some women.

Surgical mesh has been used since the 1950s to repair abdominal hernias. Implanting surgical mesh for abdominal repair of POP began in the 1970s. In 2002, the first mesh device for transvaginal repair of POP was approved by the FDA as a moderate-risk device.

About one in eight women will need surgery to repair POP, and a portion of such surgeries have been done transvaginally with the use of surgical mesh.

However, the FDA has issued repeated warnings about the risks associated with using transvaginal mesh for POP repair.

Women who’ve had the procedure should continue with routine check-ups. No additional measures are needed if they are satisfied with their surgery and don’t have complications or symptoms, the FDA said Tuesday.

Those who do have complications or symptoms — such as persistent vaginal bleeding or discharge, pelvic or groin pain or pain with sex — should see their health care provider, the agency added.

They should also inform their health care provider if they have surgical mesh, especially if they’re scheduled for another surgery or medical procedure.

Women who were planning to have transvaginal mesh repair of POP should discuss other treatment options with their doctors, the FDA advised.

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9 Story Secures International Sales for ‘Luo Bao Bei’

9 Story Distribution International has secured multiple sales for the animated kids’ series Luo Bao Bei (52 x 11’), produced by Magic Mall Entertainment. New licenses include France Télévisions (France and French-speaking territories), Canal Panda (Spain and Portugal), CLAN (Spain), SVT (Sweden), True Visions (Thailand) and HOP! (Israel). In addition, 9 Story has secured a global distribution agreement with Netflix for a second window. The series launched last month on CCTV in China.

The series was previously licensed to Milkshake! (U.K.), ABC Australia and E Junior (U.A.E.), and is nominated for an International Emmy Kids Award.

Luo Bao Bei was created by Magic Mall’s Grace Tian. An original work from the Magic Mall team in Beijing, it was directed by Adam Bailey and Tong Lijun, produced by Ma Lin and Jon Rennie, with Dave Ingham (Shaun the Sheep, Octonauts) as head writer. Cloth Cat Animation was commissioned for the animation and 9 Story Distribution International holds global distribution and merchandising rights for Luo Bao Bei, excluding China.

Aimed at children 4-8, the series follows Luo Bao Bei, a bright and spirited 7-year-old girl with a vivid imagination, on a quest to understand the world around her. With her friends, family and some endearing animal companions by her side, she navigates the excitement of childhood with enthusiasm and curiosity, finding adventures along the way.

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Rai Com Sets MIPTV Sales Slate

Rai Com, the sales arm of Italian pubcaster RAI, has announced its MIPDOC and MIPTV 2019 line-up, consisting in the best products available for international distribution. These include a variety of promising children’s and animated series with international appeal.

In April, Rai Com will he heading to Cannes from Turin, where the company will have Held its traditional “Screenings” meet (April 3-6) with over 120 international buyers attending; and after MIPTV, Rai Com will head back to Turin to present the Cartoons on the Bay event (April 11-13).

Offering creative excellence in the kids & youth sector, Rai Com brings to the global entertainment market an evolving catalogue with library titles and new international acquisitions, including partner Rai Ragazzi’s newest productions for Rai YoYo and Rai Gulp.

Premiered on Rai Gulp kids’ channel in February, JAMS is a live-action TV miniseries (10 x 24’) aimed at preventing sexual harassment. Co-produced by Rai Ragazzi and Italian production company Stand by Me, the series tells the story of 11-year-old Joy, who withdraws from her friends and activities when a middle-aged family friend becomes attracted to her. The series seeks to help kids understand the risks of sexual harassment, detect when something is wrong, overcome shame and loneliness, and ask for the help of friends and adult intervention. (Rai Com: worldwide sales)

The multiplatform project Fumbles, together with its latest TV series Fumbleland (live-action/motion-capture animation 26 x 7’) is produced by Rai Ragazzi and JB Productions. An English learning and spelling property designed to engage children ages 3-10 through TV contents, games and activities set on different age targets. A wide experience of learning in an exciting and innovative way, already available on the VR platform High Fidelity. (Rai Com: worldwide sales)

The upper pre-school comedy series Woof Meow is made in Russia, produced by AA- Studio, and narrates the fun and entertaining stories of a group of puppy dogs and cats who enjoy real and imaginary games and adventures together. (Rai Com: worldwide sales)

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Liquor Stores Try CBD to Soothe Fading Beer Sales

Hemp-derived cannabidiol is being used across the country to treat anxiety, pain, inflammation and skin disorders. Now two metro liquor stores are hoping that CBD can also alleviate falling beer sales.

Total Beverage‘s megastores in Thornton and Westminster were feeling the heat from nearby grocery stores that can now sell full-strength beer in Colorado, according to store manager Rick Morgan, so he and fellow executives starting brainstorming.

“We were trying to explore new options for the store. With the loss of beer sales to grocery stores, we wanted to see what else we could do that other places weren’t,” he explains. “We’re still experimenting right now, but it seems to be one of the next up-and-coming things.”

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Since March 22, both Total Beverage locations have featured CBD sections, which stock vaporizers, gummies, popcorn, drinks and even pet treats infused with the cannabinoid. Some of the drinks can be used as a mixer for cocktails, like the alcoholic bitters or CBD-infused sodas, while the relaxation shots — 5-Hour Energy-looking drinks with vitamins and 15 to 20 milligrams of CBD — could be used for a hangover the day after.

Total Beverage isn’t the only booze-toting business to push CBD in an effort to lure more customers: The Nickel bar inside of Hotel Teatro serves a small list of cocktails garnished with CBD oil, and it will add it to other drinks upon request, while Argonaut Liquors also sells CBD bitters in the store’s mixer section.

Larger corporations want a piece of the action, too. Alcohol giants such as Molson Coors and Constellation Brands have already inked billion-dollar partnerships with Canadian companies that make cannabis-infused drinks, while Aurora brewery Dad’s & Dude’s Breweria and its CBD-infused beer recipe were purchased by a San Diego-based cannabis company in February.

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Although CBD’s medical benefits can be oversold by product manufacturers, the compound has surged in popularity since industrial hemp was legalized late in 2018 — especially in Colorado and other states where recreational marijuana was already legal. Amendment 64 gave in-state hemp and CBD companies a head start at making all the infused goodies that Coloradans are free to buy today, while states such as New York and South Dakota still wrestle with hemp and CBD regulations.

Today even liquor distributors are dabbling in CBD-infused sparkling waters and magical hangover cures, and Morgan expects some to contact him now that the Total stores have their new sections.

“We’re trying to capture some of that audience of people who want to try CBD but don’t want to go to a dispensary, or don’t know where to find it,” he says. “I anticipate that we’ll hear more now that we have these up.”

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Portfolio Ent. Caps Q1 ‘19 with Flurry of Content Sales

Portfolio Entertainment, the global producer and distributor of kids, lifestyle and scripted content, is bringing the first quarter of the year to a close by announcing a lineup of sales that will see its diverse catalogue travel to broadcasters and VOD platforms around the world.

Animated hit The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That! (80 x 22’) continues to show its enduring popularity as seasons two and three were picked up by AB Groupe for France and Belgium, while Asiana Licensing Inc. acquired Korean home entertainment rights. Meanwhile, the Armed Forces Network will be broadcasting the series to families of U.S. military members situated in American military bases around the world. CTC, the home of The Cat in The Hat Knows A Lot About That! in Russia, has expanded their relationship with the cat in the red and white striped hat by picking up the holiday special The Cat in The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas! (1 x 60’). Brazil-based PlayKids has acquired SVOD rights for the entire catalogue of Cat in the Hat shorts (154 episodes of varying lengths) for Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

The Armed Forces Network is also taking the slapstick animated series Freaktown (26 x 22’) for kids 8-11 demo while Toon-A-Vision will be entertaining preschoolers in Canada with the exciting adventures of Doki season one (26 x 22’). Building on its strong partnership with Portfolio, AB Groupe has acquired the animated mysteries of Addison (50 x 11’) for kids in France and Belgium. UP TV in the U.S. has acquired Portfolio’s animated holiday special Something From Nothing (1 x 30’) and the classic live-action/puppet series that originally put Portfolio on the map, Groundling Marsh (65 x 22’).

“We’re thrilled to kick 2019 off with such a stellar lineup of sales,” said Donnie MacIntyre, Vice President of Sales and Business Development. “With the exciting new projects we currently have in production, as well as new acquisitions we can’t wait to announce, this is just the beginning of another successful year at Portfolio, entertaining audiences of all ages around the world with ground breaking material.”

Portfolio’s raft of deals also covered live-action and unscripted fare, 7 Wonder Entertainment’s acclaimed series Do You Know? (75 x 15’ total) has been picked up again by NOGA (S3, Israel), BBC Persian (S1, Middle East), Toon-A-Vision (S1-3, Canada linear TV), PlayKids (S1-3, Canada & U.S. SVOD) and AB Groupe (S1-3, France & Belgium). Family documentary For The Love of Dog (1 x 60’) is also joining UP TV’s lineup. CBS-owned national broadcaster DABL Networks has acquired linear

TV rights for all five seasons (plus 16 specials) of You Gotta Eat Here! (150 x 22’) in the U.S., while KSAT in San Antonio, Texas is bringing 60 episodes of the food and travel series to its local market. And Ignition TV in South Africa is taking home season 1 of Joe Media’s high-octane series, Car Stories (52 x 22’).



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After Tax Was Added, Soda Sales Fell in Berkeley

By Steven Reinberg

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FRIDAY, Feb. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Tax it, and fewer folks will buy it.

So it goes with sugar-sweetened drinks, new research suggests.

The California city of Berkeley introduced the nation’s first soda tax in 2014, and within months people were buying 21 percent fewer sugary drinks. Three years later, 52 percent fewer of these drinks were being sold while consumption of water rose 29 percent, the researchers found.

“This just drives home the message that soda taxes work,” said study author Kristine Madsen, faculty director of the Berkeley Food Institute at University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

“Importantly, our evidence comes from low-income and diverse neighborhoods, which have the highest burden of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, not to mention a higher prevalence of advertising promoting unhealthy diets,” Madsen said in a university news release.

The study shows that a soda tax can influence what people buy and can be effective in encouraging healthier drinking habits. This could potentially reduce diseases like diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay, which have been linked to sugar, the researchers added.

Sugar-sweetened drinks are very cheap, but cost America billions each year, Madsen said.

“They’d cost much more if the health care costs were actually included in the price of the soda,” she added. “Taxes are one way of taking those costs into account.”

For the study, Madsen and colleagues polled some 2,500 people each year in racially diverse neighborhoods across Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco.

In Berkeley, a significant decrease was seen in consumption of sugary drinks like sodas, as well as sports drinks and sweetened teas and coffees.

People in Oakland and San Francisco, however, drank about the same amount of sugary drinks in 2017 as they did in 2014. That, researchers said, implies that the tax, not trends in drinking, was responsible for the effect seen in Berkeley.

Oakland and San Francisco have since enacted soda taxes, which went into effect in mid-2017 and 2018, respectively.

Madsen cautions that taxes may not be the only factor behind the change, since the study only showed an association rather than a cause-and-effect link. But taxes send a message about societal values and can have a big impact on consumer behavior, Madsen said.


Other studies in Berkeley found that messaging alone can reduce consumption, she said. “But people are still very much affected by what hits their pocketbooks,” Madsen added.

“We want to end this epidemic of diabetes and obesity, and taxes are a form of counter-messaging, to balance corporate advertising,” Madsen said.

The revenue from Berkeley’s penny-per-ounce soda tax is largely aimed at supporting school nutrition education, gardening programs and community groups that promote healthy behaviors.

The report was published Feb. 21 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Safaa Benazzouz Named SVP Media Sales Distribution for Xilam

Award-winning French animation studio Xilam Animation has appointed Safaa Benazzouz to the position of SVP Media Sales Distribution for Latin America, Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe.

Benazzouz will report to Morgann Favennec, EVP Global Sales Development, and will be responsible for sales across Xilam’s portfolio of kids’ animation, including Oggy and the Cockroaches, Zig & Sharko, Paprika and new series Mr Magoo and Moka. She will be based in Xilam’s head office in Paris and commences her role on Monday, February 25. Benazzouz will also work alongside Céline Carenco SVP Media Distribution who handles the Asia-Pacific, Northern and Eastern Europe markets to continue expanding Xilam’s international reach.

Benazzouz joins Xilam from French kids’ distribution company Superights, where she held the position of Sales Manager for Asia, Latin America, Spain, Middle East, Africa and In-Flight sales and was also involved in acquisitions and global strategies. Benazzouz first joined Superights as a Sales Assistant when the distributor was founded by Favennec in 2013, playing a key role in building the company and quickly progressing to her most recent position.

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming Safaa to the Xilam Animation team,” said Favennec. “Having worked closely with Safaa in her previous role, I know that her wealth of experience in maximising sales opportunities for kids’ animated content makes her the ideal candidate to continue accelerating our presence in Latin America, MEA and Southern Europe and identifying new areas of growth.”

Benazzouz added: “I am delighted to be joining Xilam during this exciting time of expansion. As Xilam continues to build its colorful portfolio of internationally loved kids’ animations, I look forward to once again working closely with Morgann and the rest of the team to bring the studio’s content to new audiences.”

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