KushCo inks deals with De La Rue for Cannabis Security Labels
KushCo announced it has entered an exclusive distribution agreement with De La Rue, a global leader in anti-counterfeiting and authentication solutions. In accordance with the agreement, KushCo will offer the growing cannabis industry standard and custom branded anti-counterfeit security labels. The solution will also provide unique IDs to support product serialization and a digital verification system to enable authentication throughout the regulated cannabis supply chain. The regulated cannabis industry is being actively targeted by counterfeiters aiming to benefit from the industry’s explosive growth. The KushCo proposition will provide companies with enhanced packaging, with the most secure visual authentication technology using 3D photopolymer images, unique serialization, e-verification, label tracking, and data capturing capabilities.  Read more
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Manipur plans to legalise cannabis for ‘medicinal and industries’ purposes: Biren Singh : Manipur’s (India) Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh has said his government is planning to legalise cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes. The chief minister said during a press conference on Saturday that preparations are on to discuss the matter and make a decision in the next state cabinet meeting. He said cultivation of the plant needs to be done systematically so that it can be used strictly for medicinal purposes. He said three states of Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have already legalised cannabis for medicinal purposes. Read more

To Eliminate Fake Cannabis, Solo Science Launches New Authentication System
( An ex-CIA profiler enters the cannabis market)
According to internal research at solo sciences, up to 80% of all packaged cannabis products may be counterfeit. "The world of cannabis is murky, unpredictable, and often not safe," said Ashesh Shah, CEO and founder of solo sciences and a former CIA profiler.  Read more

Smart Card Expo begin this week, ASPA to exhibit authentication industry
India: An important event of Smart Card technology and its application, the 21st edition of Smart Card Expo is going to be held this week from 25-27 September 2019 at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR, India. More than 100 exhibitors are going to showcased the technological advancements in the identification, security and digital payments. ASPA is also going to be part of the forum and exhibiting at booth no SD39, Hall No 9.
New holography role drives India vehicle Anti-polluting initiative
Against a global backdrop, holograms are finding new commercial outlets as effective
weapons in the battle against counterfeiting and anti-tampering, offering product authentication benefits to governments and those responsible for law enforcement. However, the technology’s capacity to re-invent itself, driven on through innovation and imaginative thinking, is enabling commercial holography to spread its international appeal and capacity to open-up new avenues of opportunity in places like India, where it’s finding a new role stuck on the windscreens of the country’s millions of vehicles. The Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has looked to the flexibility of holograms in a new move to tackle the issue of vehicle fuel pollution - in dozens of states across the country, people are being urged to ensure that they comply with a Supreme Court directive to use colour-coded hologram stickers to identify the type of fuel used in their vehicles. Read more
Judges: National GDP growing at 5%, counterfeit goods at 10%
India: The counterfeiting market in India has grown to such an extent that it is overshadowing efforts by law enforcement to curb it, said judicial and police officials. Ullas Kamath, Chairman of the Karnataka State Council, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) said that while the national GDP was growing at a rate of 5%, the GDP of counterfeit goods was growing at nearly 10%. Read more
The Consumer Protection Bill 2019 has been passed by Parliament, replacing the more than three decades old Consumer Protection Act, 1986. While the earlier law did cover unfair trade practices, the current one makes it more comprehensive. It is a major step forward in consumer empowerment. One of the salient features of the Bill is Product liability clause. Read more
Fake spare parts’ growth beats auto sales 
The Rs 22,000-crore counterfeit auto parts industry — growing faster than car and bike sales, and which doubled in the last five years — is giving headaches to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). According to the Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA), the overall counterfeit product industry in India is worth Rs 1 lakh crore, causing the government tax losses of Rs 40,000 crore. Read more
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