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CSIRO Granted Medical Cannabis Manufacturing Licence

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Australia’s national science agency has been granted a manufacturing licence to develop medicinal cannabis products by the Australian Office of Drug Control.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) says it will work to bridge the gap between cannabis cultivation and medicine manufacture, developing protocols and the first prototype products before transferring the technology to manufacturers.

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Rhode Island seeks bidders to run a lottery to decide who operates 6 new medical marijuana dispensaries

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Rhode Island is looking for an experienced person or a firm to create and run a lottery in May to decide who operates six proposed new medical marijuana dispensaries.

On Friday the state posted online a request for proposals to “design and develop the methodology for the random selection process,” that would be held, in public, around May 14.

“The firm or individual will be primarily responsible for securing all equipment, technology, or other necessary mediums to run the process.”

Lotteries have been used in other jurisdictions around the country to decide who wins the often lucrative licenses, but the practice hasn’t been universally endorsed here.

Fri
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Feb

Morocco set to legalise cannabis production for medical use

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Morocco plans to allow the farming, export and domestic sale of cannabis for medical and industrial use, the government said on Thursday, a move it hopes will help impoverished farmers in the Rif mountains amid a growing legal global market for the drug.

Past attempts to legalise cannabis farming in Morocco have failed, but the co-ruling PJD party, the largest in parliament, dropped its opposition after the U.N. drug agency removed the plant from its list of most tightly controlled narcotic drugs.

The bill, which the cabinet is expected to approve next week, aims to improve farmers' incomes, protect them from drug traffickers who now control the trade in cannabis and gain access to the booming legal international market for the drug.

Fri
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Feb

Should You Use CBD Gummies to Help Mental Health

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The CBD industry has attracted a great deal of attention over the last few years. A combination of high profile cases in the media and an investment in research has led to an increasing number of people showing interest in the potential benefits of CBD.

Research into the varying benefits of CBD has shown that it can be an extremely versatile supplement affecting health in a number of positive ways. A large number of studies have focused on the benefits of using CBD as a general wellness supplement.

Fri
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Feb

Alabama medical marijuana bill could move slowly through House

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Medical marijuana shot through the Alabama Senate this week. But it's likely to slow to a crawl in the Alabama House of Representatives. 

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, said on Thursday that the legislation would go through the House Judiciary and Health committees before any floor vote — an unusual maneuver that McCutcheon said reflected the questions members of the House had. 

“You’ve got the medical treatment component of the bill, and I think the Health committee needs to address those issues,” McCutcheon said. “The other issue is that we’re dealing with a drug that right now the federal government has not even put its stamp of approval on, although there’s been many states that have approved this for medical reasons.”

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26
Feb

Virginia Lawmakers Pass Bills Allowing Herbal Forms Of Medical Marijuana

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The Virginia legislature has passed bills to modify the state’s medical marijuana program to allow for the production and sale of herbal forms of cannabis. The measures, House Bill 2218 and Senate Bill 1333, were approved this week with overwhelming majorities in both the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate.

Thu
25
Feb

Benefits of Treating Arthritis With Cannabis

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Arthritis is a painful and sometimes debilitating condition characterized by joint swelling, pain, and stiffness, along with a decreased range of motion.

As a consultant for cannabis patients, I often work with those who are suffering from arthritis and looking for alternative ways to manage the painful condition. Often these patients come to me when they have exhausted the conventional options.

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Feb

Millions in revenue could be lost if Montana's marijuana program is delayed

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The owners of Montana Advanced Caregivers, a medical marijuana dispensary in Billings, say their business and the state will lose millions of dollars if the voter-approved recreational marijuana program were delayed until January 2023.

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Feb

Weed use up in communities with higher mental health risks at start of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic may have led to increased legal cannabis use in communities at risk for mental health issues, suggests a review of anonymized location data in the U.S.

Nathaniel Ashby, Ph.D., a researcher at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, considered location data from the devices of visitors to 3,335 cannabis retail locations — both medical and recreational — for each day running from Dec. 1, 2019 through Apr. 30, 2020.

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Feb

New Study Uncovers Benefits (And Lack of Knowledge) of Medical Cannabis

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A new study from Germany has found that about eight percent of Parkinson's patients report using cannabis to treat the disease's symptoms. More than half of those who tried cannabis said it provided relief from pain and the severity of muscle cramps.

Of those in the study who had not tried cannabis, 65 percent said they are interested in medical marijuana but have not been given information about it. For example, many of the study participants did not know the difference between THC and CBD.

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