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21
Jun

How medical cannabis research indicates the growing need for plant-based research

The demand for cannabis is increasing exponentially but unfortunately the same cannot be said for the research to accompany that demand. As acceptance increases and more people turn to cannabis to treat a variety of medical symptoms, it seems there is more confusion than ever which is largely due to a lack of resources and government funding to provide quality research that provides information beyond mere anecdotal evidence.

Thu
20
Jun

2019 will not be the year that New York sees legal cannabis

A bill that would have legalized selling recreational cannabis in the state of New York has died after state lawmakers were unable to reach a consensus on parts of the bill.

Democratic Senator Liz Krueger who sponsored the bill made a statement on Wednesday that legislation will not pass in 2019.

“It is clear now that [the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act] is not going to pass this session,” said Krueger.

“This is not the end of the road, it is only a delay. Unfortunately, that delay means countless more New Yorkers will have their lived up-ended by unnecessary and racially disparate enforcement measures before we inevitably legalize.”

Mon
17
Jun

Cannabis edibles in Canada expected to be available mid-December

A statement from Health Canada last week states that a “limited selection” of new cannabis products including some edibles will be available no sooner than December.

The new laws based on the final regulatory framework will take effect on October 17 but federally licensed companies and businesses will need to give notice of 60 days to Health Canada if they plan to sell new products like edibles.

“As with any new regulatory framework, federally licensed processors will need time to become familiar with and prepare to comply with the new rules and to produce new products,” Health Canada said in a statement. “Provincially or territorially authorized distributors and retailed will also need time to purchase and obtain the new products and make them available for sale.”

Thu
13
Jun

Ohio medical board postpones approval for autism as qualifying condition for medical cannabis

A proposal to add depression, opioid addiction and insomnia to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis was rejected on Wednesday by the Ohio State Medical Board. They also decided that a vote to include autism and anxiety as qualifying conditions will be postponed.  

 An advisory committee met last month to consider whether the five conditions should be added to the state’s medical marijuana program. Medical experts were asked to convince the committee to include autism and anxiety by presenting evidence.

The physicians panel was not able to come to a unanimous decision on depression, opioid addiction and insomnia and did not recommend any of the conditions after hearing from the experts.

Tue
11
Jun

Nevada prohibits discrimination against job applicants who use cannabis

A new Nevada law prohibits employers from discriminating against potential employees who consume cannabis.

Assembly Bill 132, signed into law by Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak states it is “unlawful for any employer in [Nevada] to fail or refuse to hire a prospective employee submitted to a screening test and the results of the screening test indicate the presence of marijuana.”

The law will take effect beginning January 1, 2020.

The bill still allows for employers to administer drug tests if they choose but they are prohibited from not hiring someone based on the results of the test. Once the law takes effect in January, people will be able to take the issue to court if they feel they were discriminated against based on positive drug test results.

Mon
10
Jun

Toronto officials using concrete blocks to close illegal cannabis storefronts

In a desperate effort to stop illegal cannabis storefronts from operating in the city, Toronto officials have resorted to placing massive concrete blocks in front of the entrances to black market cannabis shops.

Law enforcement have had difficulty closing many of the illicit shops since cannabis was legalized in Canada last October, and after many failed warnings and raids, officials decided more extreme measures need to be taken.

“This has proven to be a bit more of a substantial tactic,” said Mark Sraga, Toronto’s director of investigation services for municipal licensing and standards.

The first illegal dispensary this method was used on was a dispensary near Yonge and Bloor streets a few weeks ago in May.

Wed
29
May

Arizona Supreme Court decides cannabis extracts are legal

The Arizona Supreme Court decided unanimously on Tuesday that cannabis extracts including concentrates, vape cartridges as well as infused beverages and food, are now legal and can be sold in dispensaries.

“We hold that [the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act’s] definition of marijuana includes both its dried-leaf/flower form and extracted resin, including hashish,” the court wrote in its decision.

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.

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