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String of Legal Victories Puts CBD and Cannabis into International Spotlights

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Over the past couple of years, cannabis has become a major topic in many countries’ agendas due to its therapeutic benefits. Regulators worldwide are now exploring opportunities within the cannabis market as it can be used as an alternative to certain traditional medical treatments. In particular, the U.S. marketplace is expected to be one of the most explosive markets. Despite cannabis still being federally illegal within the U.S., certain states, such as California and Colorado, which have legalized recreational cannabis contribute billions of dollars in revenue annually. Moreover, cannabidiol or CBD-based products have become increasingly common across the U.S. In late 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the U.S. Farm Bill into effect, allowing the production of hemp. Shortly after, convenience stores and pharmacies began carrying hemp-derived CBD products. Even major pharmaceutical chains have begun to carry CBD products, promoting their healthcare benefits such as treating medical conditions and pain relieving properties. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also approved the first cannabis-derived drug, Epidiolex, which is already being used to treat epilepsy in children. Overall, the combination of all of these recent events has exponentially accelerated the CBD marketplace. Moving forward, the CBD market is expected to continually grow as more countries began to adopt cannabis legalizations. According to data compiled by Brightfield Group, the U.S. CBD market is expected to reach USD 22 Billion by 2022. SinglePoint Inc. (OTC: SING), PotNetwork Holdings, Inc. (OTC: POTN), MassRoots, Inc. (OTC: MSRT) mCig, Inc. (OTC: MCIG), Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA)

CBD is primarily being advertised as a medical supplement, however, some companies have taken the opportunity to integrate CBD into other products. Consumers can now find CBD in products such as beauty products, beverages, and even pet treats. Consumers can also take CBD purely for recreational purposes, to relax, as well as use it for medical applications. The wide range use of CBD creates a versatile market and expands outwards to many consumers. “A few years ago almost no one knew what hemp-derived CBD was, it was sold by mostly small brands of tinctures online and through head shops. All of a sudden, CBD is everywhere – it is both a trendy, new ingredient in drinks, face creams and pet treats and an answer to the prayers of so many people suffering from medical conditions ranging from epilepsy to anxiety and chronic pain. It rides the waves of so many global food and health trends, as a substitute for opioids, towards more natural health alternatives and functional ingredients,” said Bethany Gomez, Managing Director at Brightfield Group.

SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) today announced, “the filing with the SEC of the Company’s first annual report as a fully reporting issuer. SinglePoint ended 2018 with total sales of $1,154,671 an increase of 344% compared to the previous year. The increase is largely due to the success of SinglePoint executing on its acquisition strategy. Over the last year the Company has solidified its’ financial position as well as become a fully reporting, audited issuer.

SinglePoint plans to continue its momentous growth with its latest Asset Purchase Agreement with Direct Solar. Direct Solar has seen tremendous growth over the past few months. SinglePoints’ auditing firm is currently reviewing the financial statements and upon completion will finalize the acquisition.

“We have spent a lot of time and effort to put the Company in a position to turn a profit in the very near future. With the anticipated acquisition of Direct Solar and the explosive growth we are seeing that goal could become a reality. We are excited about the future of SinglePoint and are in a stronger position now than we have ever been,” states Greg Lambrecht CEO.

About SinglePoint Inc: SinglePoint Inc (SING) is a technology and investment company with a focus on acquiring companies that will benefit from the injection of growth capital and technology integration. The Company portfolio includes mobile payments, ancillary cannabis services and renewable energy solutions. Through acquisitions into horizontal markets, SinglePoint is building its portfolio by acquiring an interest in undervalued companies, thereby providing a rich, diversified holding base.”

PotNetwork Holdings, Inc. (OTC: POTN) is a publicly traded company that acts as a holding company for its principal subsidiaries, First Capital Venture Co., the owner of Diamond CBD, Inc., the maker of Diamond CBD products. Diamond CBD Inc., wholly owned subsidiary of PotNetwork Holdings, Inc. recently announced that it is presenting its popular line of Diamond CBD oils, edibles, and creams to several large pharmacy chains. Recently passed federal legislation that legalizes industrial hemp production in the United States has generated increased mainstream acceptance of CBD-based products and drawn interest from retailers looking to capitalize on the public’s desire for products that reduce stress and anxiety. “Our array of CBD products already play an active role in the wellness routine of thousands of Americans,” said Kevin Hagen, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond CBD parent company PotNetwork Holdings, Inc. “That’s why we are happy to present the benefits of CBD and our popular oils, edibles and beauty products to several large pharmacy chains in the days ahead.”

MassRoots, Inc. (OTCQB: MSRT) is a leading technology platform for the regulated cannabis industry. Marijuana Company of America recently announced that the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary hempSMART™ has entered into a strategic marketing agreement with MassRoots, Inc. to promote its hemp CBD formulated product line. Under the terms of the agreement, MassRoots agreed to participate as an associate in the Company’s associate marketing platform, to help promote and sell hempSMART™ products on www.massroots.com, as well as MassRoots’ app and other social media outlets. “We’re excited to begin educating MassRoots’ community of over a million cannabis consumers about hempSMART’s™ innovative line of CBD products,” stated MassRoots’ Chief Executive Officer Isaac Dietrich. “We look forward to driving our audience to a company that focuses on providing consumers with the highest-quality of ingredients and products, which is ultimately why we’re partnering with MCOA.”

mCig, Inc. (OTCQB: MCIG), headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, is a diversified company servicing the legal cannabis, hemp and CBD markets via its lifestyle brands. mCig, Inc. recently announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CBJ Distributing, is expanding its sales reach by introducing to its clients in Nevada and California a new in-house developed product line of hemp pre-rolled cigarettes and CBD vape pens with a proprietary terpene rich formula. CBJ Distributing saw its sales increase dramatically during the last year. The company distributes its line of cannabis supply items, such as: labels, jars, childproof envelopes, vape pens, to almost all dispensaries in Nevada, while enlarging its market share in southern and central California. After carefully analyzing the CBD market, CBJ Distributing decided to expand its product line by joining this huge opportunity of selling hemp products to smoke shops and dispensaries around the Country. “We have a strong team of professionals with boots to the ground, following the trends, growth, and needs of the market through client-based communication and customer service. Since its acquisition in May 2018, CBJ Distributing has consistently been the strongest division of MCIG, with a constant and continued growth in sales and profits. Our management team at CBJ Distributing gets results!” said Paul Rosenberg, Chief Executive Officer of MCIG. Mr. Rosenberg went on to say, “During the past month, the MCIG officers and Board of Directors have had multiple meetings in our Las Vegas office with the CBJ management team where we have identified the direction MCIG must take in order to be a top cannabis company going forward.”

Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA) mission is to be the premier cannabis and hemp industry innovators, leveraging our team of professionals to source, evaluate and purchase value-added companies and products, while allowing them to keep their integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. Medical Marijuana, Inc. recently announced that its subsidiaries Kannaway®, HempMeds® and Dixie Botanicals all received Certification Seals from the U.S. Hemp Authority. To receive this seal, companies must have met several stringent industry standards laid out for quality and safety. The certification is intended to educate hemp farmers and producers about Food and Drug Administration Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to guarantee that consistent quality is achieved. The U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Program is administered by experienced quality assurance and verification professionals from industry-leading food and agricultural companies. “We are honored to have received these Certification Seals for several of our subsidiaries,” said Medical Marijuana, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Stuart Titus. “Our customers’ safety is our priority and we are proud to have our high-quality manufacturing processes confirmed so that consumers understand that buying from us means that they have access to safe and accurately labeled hemp-derived products, including fiber, seed and extracts, such as cannabidiol (CBD).”

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Personalized Learning Paths Offer Roadmaps to Dream Jobs

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When moving into a new career or field, determining how your strengths transfer and what additional skills you need to learn can be challenging; Forbes SmartAdvisor bridges this gap.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8716951-forbes-smartadvisor-personalized-learning-paths-offer-roadmaps-to-dream-jobs/

By utilizing three information points—users’ personality, their current skills, and the skills necessary for the aspirational role they selected—Forbes SmartAdvisor creates a customized learning path. This Learning Path is personalized just for you. It identifies which self-paced course from Learn@Forbes’ library of over 700 courses, specializations, and Learning Pathways in marketing, human resources, leadership, finance and accounting, entrepreneurship, sales, communications, customer service, and project management make sense for the career you’re aspiring to.

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Forbes SmartAdvisor, which is free, and takes just three minutes to complete. First, you will complete a brief personality assessment. Second, you select the aspirational role you want, and third, you upload your resume (which is optional).

Using Holland’s Occupational Model and Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence model, in moments, you will receive your personalized and unbiased results. Insights on your learning style(s), working style(s), attributes, and skills are provided in your custom report, as is a learning pathway that maps the Learn@Forbes courses that will teach you the additional skills you need to get the job you want. Each course on your personalized learning path is self-paced. And, you can take as many as you would like at a time.

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Forbes SmartAdvisor users can save their results for future reference. Those who would like to start their personalized learning path can do so with a free 14-day trial. Learn@Forbes subscriptions start at $12.50 per month. For additional information, visit learn.forbes.com.

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MRA Group Develops Lab Spaces to Keep Up with Cell and Gene Therapy Demand in Philadelphia Region

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In response to the growing cell and gene therapy demand in the Philadelphia region, MRA Group (MRA) is pressing onward to deliver by year end, two specialized multi-tenant life science lab buildings: a 65,000+/-SF lab building in the city of Philadelphia and a 72,000+/-SF lab building at Spring House Innovation Park, just outside the city.

“Through this pandemic, we continue to see strong demand from growing in-market life science prospects and out-of-market entrants looking for high-quality lab space,” said Phil Butler, Vice President of MRA Group. “Prospective tenants value speed-to-market, and given the regional demand, we believe pushing forward is the right thing to do.”

While construction slowed due to COVID-19 mandated shutdowns, MRA remains on track to welcome tenants this year to newly developed, state-of-the-art, customizable, hard-to-come-by lab space in the region. Now that Philadelphia is a nationally recognized biomedical cluster, or a Big4Bio region, prospective life science companies attracted to the area have encountered a shortage of available lab space; a concern MRA Group is working to correct.

“A recent study found 98% of commercial lab space is occupied,” said Sam Woods Thomas, Director of Life Sciences and Biotechnology for the City of Philadelphia. “We are excited by and proud of MRA Group’s efforts to broaden our Life Sciences real estate pipeline. Philadelphia scientists and academic institutions are pioneers in innovation, but they need more space to continue,” Thomas shared. “MRA Group’s development efforts are essential pieces to this sector’s continued growth in our city and region.”

Spring House Innovation Park’s new 72,000+/-SF rentable lab building is within the BioLaunch611+ Keystone Innovation Zone and sits on the sprawling, 133-acre, Lower Gwynedd, Montgomery County campus owned and developed by MRA Group.

“When we acquired Spring House Innovation Park in 2017, we sought to create a suburban life science destination,” said Mike Wojewodka, Senior Vice President of MRA Group. “To date, we have approximately 150,000 square feet leased to nearly two dozen tenants, of which nearly half are in the life science industry.  We’ve recently welcomed AnPac Bio, a leading international biotechnology company, while later this summer a gene therapy company, Exegenesis Bio, will be joining our roster which includes Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing. Based on current leasing activity, we anticipate the 72,000+/-SF lab building being fully leased and occupied by the end of the year, which is why MRA remains focused and bullish on developing these much needed lab spaces for our region.” Companies interested in Spring House Innovation Park, visit  www.springhouseinnovationpark.net.

Additionally, MRA Group, on behalf of a local university, is developing a 65,000+/-SF scientifically advanced, multi-tenant wet and dry lab and office building in Philadelphia.

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Auto Theft Recoveries Soar During COVID-19 Lockdown

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LoJack®, a brand of CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP) and a leader in stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) and innovative automotive services, today announced auto theft recoveries in the U.S. jumped 15 percent in April 2020 over April 2019 and continued to grow in May, outpacing last year’s number at this time by 11 percent. The report indicates an increase in auto theft recoveries, and highlights changes from the same period last year to date, demonstrating that while auto theft is on the rise during the COVID-19 lockdown, consumers must stay vigilant and protect their vehicles.

While essential workers travel to and from work and others have sheltered in place, auto thieves continue to operate during a global pandemic according to LoJack’s U.S. Recoveries Trends report. The report found that the U.S. — during the rising spread of COVID-19 — saw a big increase in stolen vehicle recovery across the country in April 2020 compared with April 2019. In May, the following states saw a significant increase in auto theft recoveries:

  • California increased 35 percent
  • Colorado increased 20 percent
  • Washington State increased 25 percent

With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, LoJack and CalAmp urge drivers to take these simple precautions:

  • Try to park your car in well-lit areas or within range of security cameras
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle
  • Double check to make sure your vehicle is locked
  • Don’t leave windows or sunroofs cracked and don’t leave your car running unattended
  • Be mindful of where you leave your keys or key fob; don’t leave a spare key in the vehicle

“It’s clear that auto thieves have been hard at work during the pandemic,” said Justin Schmid, senior vice president, general manager of LoJack Global. “The cost of losing a vehicle to theft during a time like this where many people have lost their jobs and income builds on already elevated stress levels and an experience that no one wants to face. It’s important to LoJack and CalAmp that we share the facts and equip Americans with solutions that protect their families and bring peace of mind during an already chaotic time.”

Stories across the U.S., including a nurse in Boston who had her car stolen in April from her driveway while between shifts at the local hospital, remind us that no one is immune. With COVID-19 continuing to impact communities, auto theft should be the least of one’s worries, including frontline workers. Between their telematics-based connected car app SureDrive™ and the traditional LoJack® System technology, LoJack offers a variety of solutions to protect vehicles and provide additional support for drivers, with features including:

  • Stolen Vehicle Location Assist: Provides trained U.S.-based agents to coordinate directly with law enforcement to help track and locate a stolen vehicle.
  • CrashBoxx: Sends instant crash alerts to loved ones with trained U.S.-based agents available to help provide timely assistance and facilitate emergency response
  • Tripwire Early Warning: Enables proactive monitoring and alerts consumers of unexpected car movement, such as when towed or stolen.
  • Virtual Boundaries: Allows consumers to set easily configurable boundaries that send notifications when loved ones arrive at their destination.
  • Destination Search: Displays integrated and searchable landmarks such as emergency rooms, gas stations, car washes, or other key destinations.
  • Where’s My Car: Delivers real-time location of your vehicle, whether driving or parked.
  • Speed Alerts: Enables parents to set a speed threshold and receive alerts if a teen driver or other loved one goes faster than they should

The LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System consistently delivers a 90% plus recovery rate on cars, trucks, and SUVs, and over $1 billion worth of LoJack-equipped vehicles have been recovered in the U.S. alone*.

“We are committed to supporting families with innovative solutions that protect their vehicles and loved ones, consistent with the proven LoJack brand promise of safety and security for the road ahead,” said Schmid.

*LoJack® unit activation is contingent upon the vehicle being located within LoJack’s SVRU coverage area that spans counties across 29 states throughout the U.S. and the District of Columbia. You may find LoJack’s coverage areas at www.lojack.com/coverage or by calling 1-800-4-LoJack. Used car values are best estimates derived from NADA Guide web services values and clean retail value from NADAGuides.com for the make, model and year of the vehicle in the month it was recovered.

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