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01
Nov

Singapore government may test for cannabis use upon entry into country

Canadians travelling to Singapore are being warned that they may be subject to a drug test before entering the country.

Travel Canada announced Wednesday that custom officers can request a drug test when you arrive in Singapore, which could result in arrest even if the drug was consumed before travelling to the country. 

“Custom officers can request a drug test at the point of entry to #Singapore,” Travel Canada tweeted. “If you test positive for drugs, you can be arrested and prosecuted, even if the drugs were consumed prior to your arrival in the country.”

Thu
01
Nov

Medical cannabis can now be prescribed in the UK

More people in the UK will have access to medical cannabis as of today following last month’s announcement that the rules around prescribing cannabis would be relaxed.

The change in law follows the stories of high profile cases such as Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley, both children who have suffered from epilepsy whose symptoms have been alleviated by using cannabis oil.

“I have personally seen how my son’s life has changed due to the medical cannabis he is now prescribed,” Alfie’s mother Hannah Deacon said in welcoming the shift. “As a family we were facing his death. Now we are facing his life, full of joy and hope which is something I wish for each and every person in this country who could benefit from this medicine.”

Wed
31
Oct

Alberta farmers are leading the way in the emerging hemp industry

Legal cannabis has provided no shortage of new opportunities in Canada, including opening more doors for farmers in the hemp industry, especially in the province of Alberta.

Since cannabidiol (CBD) can now be extracted in larger quantities for recreational purposes, Alberta farmers have been provided with new opportunities to partner with various licensed producers who can use their crops. Hemp farmers are now able to sell the unused, raw material to the LPs who can use the material to extract CBD.

Brian Rozmahel, a 59-year-old hemp farmer, told sources that he used to be teased about his crops but now considers himself a “pioneer” leading the way in an emerging industry in Alberta, thanks to legalization.

Tue
30
Oct

Ontario Cannabis Store struggling to keep up

The Ontario Cannabis Store has come under fire in the last few days over delayed deliveries since recreational cannabis was legalized almost two weeks ago. Ombudsman, a watchdog group overseeing the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) says that they have received complaints from customers who have yet to receive their orders. Ombudsman would not say exactly how many complaints have been filed according to the CBC.

Mon
29
Oct

Australian researchers will test THC on brain cancer patients

A group of Australian researchers will be the first to conduct a clinical trial to determine whether cannabis will kill brain cancer cells in live patients. Nearly 82 patients with glioma, a form of brain cancer, will be chosen to take medical THC for a three month period along with their regular treatment. Ideally the THC will slow the growth of cancerous cells in addition to killing them and preventing regrowth.

“The standard treatment for a brain tumor is basically surgery, chemotherapy and radiation,” said Dr. Janet Schloss from Endeavor College of Natural Health. Dr. Schloss hopes the trial will improve the patients’ overall quality of life. 

Wed
24
Oct

Are Canada’s legal cannabis sales able to compete with the black market?

It’s officially been a week since legal recreational cannabis sales began and it was certainly not met without challenges. Concerns about a “weed shortage” across the country are worrying retailers and customers alike. Products have flown off the shelves forcing some retailers to close until they are able to get more product, which may be hard to do since most of the country’s cannabis is already spoken for in one way or another.

Shelves in Alberta are completely empty and the province is having difficulty getting more product in whereas Manitoba is warning customers that they may be short on product for months to come. Ontario had better luck which may be largely due to the province only having online sales for the moment until locations open in 2019.

Mon
22
Oct

Canada facing cannabis shortages after the first few days of sales

After only a few days of recreational sales, it seems that Canada is already experiencing a nationwide cannabis shortage. Recreational, adult-use marijuana was officially legalized on Wednesday, and people rushed to order product online as well as purchase in-store. In some areas, police were called to keep an eye on the long lines outside of retail locations, and to manage frustrated customers who were unable to get their hands on any product.

Fri
19
Oct

Former NFL veteran Marvin Washington and other athletes explain the benefits of CBD

Lifelong athletes are almost certainly going to run into injuries through the course of their playing days. As wear and tear sets in pulls and tweaks often become tears and breaks. From the professional athlete to the recreational league players, the love of the game propels individuals to play until their bodies say no more.

Thu
18
Oct

Canada: Day one of recreational cannabis sales met with huge supply shortages

Day one of Canadian cannabis legalization is officially in the rearview, and what might be seen as a very successful first day, was certainly not met without challenges. As expected, the demand for cannabis products was strong across the country, and with 38,000 orders processed by mid-morning, several provincial websites and retail locations sold out of product completely. 

By noon, only one product was still listed on the Ontario Cannabis Store website – a 3.5 gram bottle of DNA Genetics branded flower called Lemon Skunk by Canopy Growth Corp., reports The Globe and Mail. “I’m happy that [the majority of our product] sold,” said Canopy Growth’s CEO Bruce Linton. “I’ll be happier when we ship more product.”

Wed
17
Oct

Canada and cannabis legalization: Reaction in the United States

As Canada makes history with its nationwide legalization of cannabis, some observers in the United States are watching with a sense of cautious optimism; in the hopes that their northern neighbor’s actions might end up having a positive impact on America’s cannabis legalization movement.

But there are also concerns about the unintended legal consequences of Canada’s cannabis legalization when it comes to the tens of millions of Canadians and Americans who cross their mutual border annually.

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