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Fri
17
May

Montreal hospital reports more children being admitted for cannabis intoxication

Healthcare workers in Montreal have expressed concerns over an increase in hospital visits by children with cannabis intoxication since marijuana was legalized in October. The Montreal Children’s Hospital reported that 26 children were brought to the hospital since legalization. Nine of those children were under the age of 7.

The trauma director for the Children’s Hospital Debbie Friedman said that the increase in visits is significant compared to visits that occurred before legalization took place.

“[The number of cases] has gone from one every three to four years to nine within a very short period of time. So this certainly is alarming to us,” Friedman told CTV.

Fri
10
May

Bipartisan group urges Congress to allow federal banking for cannabis businesses

A group of 38 attorneys general from 33 states and five territories has submitted a letter to Congress earlier this week urging them to advance a bill to allow marijuana businesses access to federal banking system.

The bill is called the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act, or the SAFE Banking Act and it would protect banks that cater to the legal marijuana industry. Currently, cannabis remains illegal on the federal level making it almost impossible for cannabis businesses in states where the plant is legal to find secure banking.

Wed
08
May

Texas lawmakers approve medical marijuana expansion bill

House Bill 1365 was passed by The Texas House of Representatives in a 121-23 vote. Sponsor of the bill, Democratic Rep. Eddie Lucio, told the other lawmakers in the House that he wants to help people in Texas who are suffering from all kinds of conditions.  

“Today, I don’t just stand here as a member of this body but as a voice for thousands of people in this state that are too sick to function or that in constant, debilitating pain,” said Lucio.  

The bill adds more than a dozen “debilitating medical conditions,” including cancer, HIV/AIDS, PTSD and Crohn’s disease to Texas' medical cannabis program. Conditions that cause pain, vomiting, seizures and other symptoms are also included in the bill.

Fri
03
May

Millions to march for legal and fair access to marijuana

On Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5, cannabis advocates around the world will participate in the Global Marijuana March as the event enters its 21st year.

Also known as the Million Marijuana March, the first march was ignited in New York City in 1999 and has evolved into an annual rally usually held the first Saturday in May in different cities all over the globe.

Toronto currently sees the largest turnout of marijuana marchers in North America. The event is complete with vendors, concerts and a number of high profile speakers. Attendees come decked out in cannabis-inspired costumes with colorful protest signs in hand.

Thu
02
May

New study finds top reasons Canadians are using cannabis

A new study called “The Future of Cannabis in Canada”, conducted by Insights West for Resonance Consultancy in partnership with Valens GroWorks Corp., has found that Canadian consumers will use cannabis for a number of health benefits including reducing stress, as a sleep aid and for relieving anxiety.

“Our study found that almost 80% of Canadians are turning to cannabis for relaxation and well-being even though the majority of users don’t have medical prescriptions. Clearly, even without clinical research, Canadians believe cannabis has a positive impact on their health and LP’s should take not,” said Everett Knight, Executive VP, Strategy and Investments for Valens GroWorks in a press release.

Wed
01
May

City of Detroit approves multi-million dollar cannabis business park project with training center

The City of Detroit approved plans for a multi-million dollar project for a cannabis business park on Livernois Avenue which would include five cultivations businesses, two processing businesses and a provisioning center.

Also included at the business park will be a cannabis training program put on by Green Cure Wellness Inc. and Southeast Provisioning LLC.

“The grow/processing will be in the back of the facility, so it’s out of the way of the residential area,” said Maurice Morton of the Morton Law Group and former Chief of the special operations division on the Detroit police force. “It’s going to be very discreet, you won’t even know it’s there.”

Tue
30
Apr

Switching from Hemp to Marijuana? 3 Things to Consider

The legal cannabis industry is rapidly expanding with new legislation being considered and often passed in one state or another almost weekly. However, strict regulations, high taxes and restricted sales have created obstacles for cannabis cultivators to grow their product and see a profit, especially those catering to the THC market. This is why so many growers are entering the CBD market, or more specifically, opting to grow hemp instead.

Many growers are choosing to grow hemp which can be processed to produce CBD oil, with plans on switching to marijuana when it is completely legal and easier to do so.

Mon
29
Apr

Ontario pharmacists to take mandatory cannabis education course

Pharmacists in Ontario will have to take a mandatory cannabis education course this year in order to continue practicing in the province.

The Ontario College of Pharmacists has told members that the course must be completed by March 27, 2020.

Even though medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001, the mandatory course follows recreational legalization as more people are coming to doctors and pharmacists with questions about cannabis use. With edible cannabis to be legal sometime this year, the College wants to ensure that patients are getting the right information from their pharmacists.

Fri
26
Apr

Second roadside test set to be approved in Canada

The Government of Canada is set to approve a second option that law enforcement can use for roadside saliva tests to detect for drug impairment.

In an order made on April 20, the Canadian Department of Justice announced a proposal to add three pieces of equipment made by the company Abbott that are designed to be used together for roadside tests. The pieces include the SoToxa analyzer which collects a saliva sample and a cartridge that holds the sample.

“Approval of the SoToxa™, the Abbott SoToxa™ Test Cartridge and the Abbott SoToxa™ Oral Fluid Collection Device, when used together, as ‘approved drug screening equipment,’ would permit its use by law enforcement. A positive result would be a strong indication of recent use,” reads the order.

Thu
25
Apr

Medical cannabis approved by Alabama senate judiciary committee

A bill that would allow for limited legal medical marijuana sales in Alabama was advanced by state lawmakers earlier this week.

The bill was advanced in a 6-2 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee following a public hearing. The bill will now be decided upon by the Alabama Senate.

If the bill passes, it would create a medical cannabis commission for cultivating, processing and establishing a licensing program for dispensaries that would depend on demand. The program would also include a registry system for patients to be issued medical cannabis cards. The bill would cap the THC content at 3 percent.  

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