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Isodiol International Inc. Announces Shareholder Update

April 3, 2020 – Vancouver, BC – Isodiol International Inc.(CSE: ISOL) (OTCQB: ISOLF) (FSE: LB6B.F) (the “Company” or “Isodiol”), is pleased to announce a shareholder update. Dear Shareholders, The COVID-19 virus represents a new challenge for us all, and I want to formally update you on the situation as it pertains to Isodiol. We are…

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April 3, 2020 – Vancouver, BC – Isodiol International Inc.(CSE: ISOL) (OTCQB: ISOLF) (FSE: LB6B.F) (the “Company” or “Isodiol”), is pleased to announce a shareholder update.

Dear Shareholders,

The COVID-19 virus represents a new challenge for us all, and I want to formally update you on the situation as it pertains to Isodiol. We are taking this global threat very seriously and are closely monitoring developments. To this end, we have implemented numerous precautions and protective measures to safeguard our employees in order for us to continue to provide support to our customers to Live Healthier, Naturally.

At the leadership level, we have severed our relationship with alllegacy leaders, partners and influencers both internally and externally. While this was a difficult decision on several fronts, it was absolutely necessary in order for Isodiol to continue to rebuild the trust across the community. “Over the past couple of years, Isodiol has experienced a significant learning curve as an initial leader of a new and emerging market that is constantly evolving. As a result, we will continue to build and add members that bring value, who recognize that Isodiol Int’l Inc. has greater potential than others in this industry” Agramont continues with “The ongoing expansion into Latin America and Europe are pivotal as these emerging markets recognize the great brand and product reputation that Isodiol has established.”

Significant achievements made over the last quarter.

We recently reached a restructuring agreement with the holders on the outstanding $6,000,000 CAD aggregate principal convertible debentures scheduled to mature November 2020. Key highlights from this debt restructuring:

Reduced outstanding principal by $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 CAD

Extended maturity date by one year to November 29th, 2021

Interest rate reduced from 8% to 4%

Accrued interest of $240,000 CAD satisfied by issuance of common shares

While we continue to explore ways to streamline and synergize Isodiol’s global holdings and operations to be more effective and profitable, we have engaged several professional key partners, each of whom brings needed expertise, services, resources and value to the organization. To that end I would like to introduce Mr. Fletcher Robbe. Mr. Robbe, the managing partner of Fletcher Robbe International Attorneys at Law and his firm bring 45 years of experience in a number of industries and verticals with particular emphasis on: mergers and acquisitions, domestic and global securities and exchanges as well as corporate structuring. Mr. Robbe is reviewing all of Isodiol’scurrent operations, 3rd party relationships and infrastructure, while providing direction on restructuring both our domestic and global footprints. Through these efforts, it is management’s goal to present Isodiol in the msot efficient and attractive manner. We at Fletcher Robbe International, are very pleased to be working with the Isodiol management team.  Together we are focused on creating a plan for moving forward which inculcates the highest probabilities for company success, stated Robbe

In addition to Mr. Robbe, we have introduced several other key partners to the organization to assist with sales & digital marketing strategies, SOP process design, reporting & analytics along with finance, accounting & audit support. We are confident with each key partners’ expertise, Isodiol will be repositioned well for long term growth and success.

Lastly, as we embark on our new fiscal year, we are excited to announce the upcoming launch of our new website and e-commerce platform. Currently scheduled for Monday, April 6th, this new responsive web design will allow customers to have a consistent user experience across all devices. We are confident the improvements will allow for more efficient backend updates, while simultaneously providing an intuitive shopping experience. Along with the new “look and feel” of the website, we have also updated our motto to “Live Healthier, Naturally”. We feel this motto fully embodies how we support our customer needs; through the products we deliver.

As we move forward, we will continue to keep you updated on all of the positive momentum we are building here at Isodiol.

As always, thank you for being a shareholder; and most importantly, for your continued trust and support as we manage through this time together.

Sincerely,

Andrew S. Alvis​​​​
President, Isodiol International, Inc.    

Marcos Agramont
CEO and Director, Isodiol International, Inc.

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About Isodiol International Inc.

Isodiol International Inc. is focused on the nutritional health benefits that are derived from hemp and is a product development, sales, marketing and distribution company of hemp-based Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and solutions. Isodiol has commercialized a 99%+ pure, naturally isolated CBD, including micro-encapsulations, and nano-technology for quality consumable and topical skin care products. Isodiol’sgrowth strategy includes the development of over-the-counterand pharmaceutical drugs and continued international expansion into Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Marcos Agramont, CEO & Director

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Forward-Looking Information: This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating to statements regarding the Company’s business, its ability to repay the Debentures, and the future of the Company’s business. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance and developments to differ materially from those contemplated by these statements depending on, among other things, the risks that the Company’s products and plan will vary from those stated in this news release, that the Company may not be able to repay the Debentures in whole or in part, and that the Company may not otherwise be able to carry out its business plans as expected. Except as required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation and does not intend, to update any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information in this news release. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct and makes no reference to profitability based on sales reported. The statements in this news release are made as of the date of this release.

The CSE has not reviewed, approved or disapproved the content of this press release.

Source: https://isodiol.com/news/isodiol-international-inc-announces-shareholder-update/

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Florida high school official fired for using legal medical marijuana

Gulf War veteran Mike Hickman used legal medical cannabis instead of dangerous opioids. When district officials found out, they fired him.

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When a fight broke out among students at Belleview High School in central Florida, school official Mike Hickman entered the fray and put his body on the line to intervene. Nothing in the school’s administrative code tasked him with risking himself to secure his students’ safety, but he did so anyway.

A school official’s good deed didn’t go unpunished: He was fired after stepping in to stop a schoolyard fight.

A Marine combat veteran who suffered serious injuries while serving in the 1990-1991 Gulf War, Hickman has spent the past thirty years living with chronic pain from those wounds—and from a string of surgeries he underwent to heal them. For a time he relied on prescribed opioids for relief, but then found cannabis worked far better. He could gain relief without the serious side effects—and risk of addiction and overdose—that came with opioid use.

Hickman performed his job at Belleview—where he worked as the school’s student services manager—admirably, for years, while privately managing his medical condition.

Then came the schoolyard fight.

Punished for his good deed

It happened a year ago, in Nov. 2019.

While breaking up the brawl, Hickman suffered a new injury—one serious enough to require a visit to a worker’s compensation doctor. Acting on behalf of his employer, that doctor required him to submit a urine sample. The sample wasn’t part of Hickman’s treatment. Its only purpose was to test for drug use.

When the urine test came back positive for THC, Hickman’s 10 years of service to Marion County Public Schools ended. The Marion County School Board fired Mike Hickman, pointing to district policy prohibiting employees from using cannabis for any reason, even if that use takes place off school grounds and at the recommendation of a physician.

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District officials offered to limit his punishment to a suspension if Hickman ended his use of medical cannabis. Forced to choose between his career as an educator and the medicine that secures his quality of life, Hickman chose his medicine.

Mike Hickman’s medication is legal according to state law. But it’s against school district policy.

Medical cannabis has been legal in Florida since 2016, when 71% of voters approved a state constitutional amendment allowing doctors to recommend it to their patients. And according to a 2019 article from MJ Biz Daily, business is now “booming, with an average of nearly two dispensaries opening each week across the state.”

There’s no disputing the legality of Mike Hickman’s cannabis use under state law. Nor does anyone allege that he came to work impaired, or that he failed in any way to perform his official duties with the utmost skill and professionalism.

But after months of hearings and legal wrangling, none of that mattered. On Nov. 4, the Marion Public School Board voted 5-0 to terminate his employment.

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What about the children?

Hickman has declined to discuss the case publicly. Shortly after the school board’s Nov. 4 decision, Hickman’s attorney, Mark Herdman, told a local reporter the action “was just another unfortunate decision handed down by the Marion County School Board to fire yet another good employee.”

But to lose your employment, including your place in the lives of countless young people who look up to you as an educator, a mentor, and a pillar of the community, goes far beyond a simple job loss. Seeing someone who served his country with honor, and was wounded in the field of battle, be sacked for choosing a safe, effective medicine exposes a terrible hypocrisy at the heart of the War on Drugs.

For decades, America’s weed warriors have justified their destructive prohibition against a beneficial plant by appealing to the fate of “the children.” What message, they ask, would it send to allow a combat veteran to smoke a joint or use a cannabis salve in the privacy of his own home instead of popping dangerous, addictive pills?

The real question is what lesson will Mike Hickman’s students learn from a society that publicly shames and summarily dismisses an upstanding citizen for something that should be nobody’s business but his own.

A cannabis Catch-22

Contacted by Leafly, several school board members directed questions to Kevin Christian, the district’s head of public relations.

District officials scrambled to find a way to justify Hickman’s firing. At issue is a long-outdated zero-tolerance policy for a medication that’s now legal.

At first Christian tried to frame the issue as Hickman’s failure to disclose his use of medical cannabis to school authorities prior to failing his drug test—“that’s really a big portion of what the school board expressed concern over”—though he eventually conceded that nothing in the school board’s policy would have prevented Hickman from being fired on the spot for simply making such a disclosure.

In fact, that policy specifically lists marijuana among prohibited substances, with no consideration of whether it’s legal under state law. This zero-tolerance approach to maintaining a “drug free workplace” has remained unaltered for decades. The school board failed to update the district’s policies in any way following the legalization of medical cannabis in Florida four years ago.

School board hiding behind federal law

Even now, the school board says the fact that cannabis remains federally illegal prevents them for making any further allowances, since public schools receive federally funding that could theoretically be cut off if they permit even a single exception.

Back in 2019, a committee in the US House of Representatives directed the Office of Personnel Management to review policies surrounding the hiring and firing of federal employees in states with legal cannabis, writing:

The Committee encourages OPM to review its policies and guidelines regarding hiring and firing of individuals who use marijuana in states where that individual’s private use of marijuana is not prohibited under the law of the State. These policies should reflect updated changes to the law on marijuana usage and clearly state the impact of marijuana usage on Federal employment.

But so far, no such action has been taken at the federal level.

Meanwhile in Florida, a bill “prohibiting an employer from taking adverse personnel action against an employee or job applicant who is a qualified patient using medical marijuana” was introduced in early 2020, but died in committee.

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The next employee may ignore the fight

The Marion County School Board voted unanimously to terminate him despite overwhelming support for Hickman from students, faculty, parents, and the Marion Education Association, a local teachers union.

“Imagine if this employee just sat back and let the two students continue to fight without regard for their safety,” Chris Altobello, Marion Education Association executive director, told the Ocala Star-Banner newspaper after Hickman’s firing. “We wouldn’t be here right now.”

Hickman, Altobello added, was no more impaired “than someone who took an aspirin for a headache. They implied that this is tantamount to smoking pot in the boys bathroom!”

Lazy policy results in a good man’s firing

Eventually a review process landed the case before Judge Suzanne Van Wyk of the state Division of Administrative Hearings in Tallahassee. Wyk upheld Hickman’s firing, though not without reservations.

In an eight-page decision, Van Wyk noted Hickman’s argument that it’s unfair to punish someone for using legal medical cannabis when the school board would not object to him “teaching under the influence of opioid pain medications, which he took for years prior to the availability of medical marijuana.”

Still, the best deal offered to Hickman was to stop using cannabis and return to work after a 20-day suspension. Or, put another way: Keep suffering in pain; or take dangerous, addictive pills; or lose your job.

Mike Hickman chose his health and lost his job.

That’s a choice nobody should ever face.

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Abrasive Sensitivity of Engineering Polymers and a Bio-Composite under Different Abrasive Conditions

Two different test systems were designed to evaluate the tribological behavior of five engineering plastics (Polyamide-PA grades and Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene-UHMW-PE) and a fully degradable bio-composite (Polylactic Acid-PLA/hemp fibers) targeted to agricultural machinery abrasive conditions. Pin-on-plate tests were performed with different loads, sliding velocity and abrasive particles. The material response was further investigated in a slurry containing abrasive test system…

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Two different test systems were designed to evaluate the tribological behavior of five engineering plastics (Polyamide-PA grades and Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene-UHMW-PE) and a fully degradable bio-composite (Polylactic Acid-PLA/hemp fibers) targeted to agricultural machinery abrasive conditions. Pin-on-plate tests were performed with different loads, sliding velocity and abrasive particles. The material response was further investigated in a slurry containing abrasive test system with different sliding velocities and distances, abrasive media compositions and impact angles. The abrasive wear, the change of the 3D surface roughness parameters, the friction force and contact temperature evolution were also analyzed as a function of the materials’ mechanical properties (H,E,σy,σc,εB,σF,σM) and the dimensionless numbers derived from them. Using the IBM SPSS 25 software, multiple linear regression models were used to statistically evaluate the measured data and to examine the sensitivity of the material properties and test system characteristics on the tribological behavior. For both test setups, the system and material characteristics influencing the dependent variables (wear, friction, heat generation) and the dimensionless numbers formed from the material properties were ranked using standardized regression coefficients derived from the regression models. The abrasion sensitivity of the tested materials were evaluated taking into account a wide range of influencing parameters.

Keywords: abrasive wear; bio-polymer; engineering plastics; mechanical properties; pin-on-plate; regression model; slurry.

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