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10
Sep

What will recreational cannabis look like in Michigan?

Michigan voters will decide on November 6 whether or not recreational cannabis will be legal. Currently, observers from both the Republican and Democratic side expect the measure to pass.

In order to get recreational cannabis on the ballot, 252,523 valid signatures were required. This was surpassed with more than 277,300 valid signatures confirmed in April.

But what will recreational cannabis look like in Michigan if the vote passes?

Michigan’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative, otherwise referred to as Proposal 1, would allow adults aged 21 and older to possess and purchase cannabis.

Mon
10
Sep

Ohio’s medical marijuana program still facing delays

Ohio’s medical cannabis program went into effect on September 8, 2016 and two years later, patients still don’t have access to marijuana. Ohio residents were supposed to have access to medical marijuana last week.

The September 8th deadline that was written into law has been delayed while the state ensures a properly regulated medical cannabis industry.

One of the reasons that rolling out medical cannabis in Ohio has been such a lengthy process is because so few cultivators have been given the green light to start growing. There are 26 businesses in Ohio that have been chosen to cultivate but only four have passed the inspection and we allowed to grow this summer.

Fri
07
Sep

Grow Up conference and expo highlights industry a month before legalization

With legalization just a little more than a month away in Canada, it's an exciting time for everyone with an interest in the industry. It's also a time for a lot of concerns about some unanswered questions hanging over the industry for businesses, investors and users alike. 

The Grow Up Conference and Expo comes at a perfect time to address some of these concerns while giving businesses a chance to connect before mariuana becomes legal in October. The event is taking place September 7 and 8 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. 

Thu
06
Sep

Niagara College launches first cannabis production graduate program in Canada

With just a little over a month before cannabis becomes legal across Canada, the industry is in need of skilled and educated employees able to take on the roles in such a quick-paced, evolving industry. This is why the excitement was so high when Niagara College officially launched their Commercial Cannabis Production Graduate Certificate Program earlier this week.

Niagara College’s Commercial Cannabis Production (CCP) program is the first postsecondary credential of its kind in Canada and has been designed closely with industry leading experts, ensuring that students in the program can secure meaningful careers in the country’s next big job market.

Tue
04
Sep

North American research teams to study marijuana’s pain killing abilities

The current classification of marijuana in the United States has made it difficult for research to be done on its medicinal benefits, but this is changing as more states and countries move toward legalization. A research team led by Dr. Jeffrey Chen at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) will conduct an in-depth review of cannabis’ ability to treat pain.

“The public consumption of cannabis has already far outpaced our scientific understanding,” said Dr. Chen. “We really desperately need to catch up.”

The program was designed by Edythe London, a UCLA professor of psychiatry and pharmacology and will look specifically at patients who use opioid painkillers such as oxycodone or Vicodone for pain relief.

Fri
31
Aug

Two new bills could drastically change New Jersey's marijuana industry

New bills are being written by New Jersey state legislators that could drastically change the state’s industry if either is passed into law.

The first bill would allow for the expansion of medicinal cannabis use and the second bill would allow for fully legalizing recreational cannabis for adult-use.

“Everything is a guessing game because leadership still has to get the votes,” said Democratic Assemblyman, Joseph Danielson who is one of the legislators working on the bills. “There are a lot of moving parts. It’s like an erector set."

The legislators are crafting the bills in order to gain the support of Governor Phil Murphy to ensure the measures will be legalized successfully.

Wed
29
Aug

One in seven adults in the U.S. used marijuana last year

A recent study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine found that 14 percent of adults in the United States have used some form of marijuana in the last year.

“Marijuana is commercially available in increasingly novel forms, such as edibles and concentrates, and with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content at levels that have unknown health effects… Despite legalization of recreational marijuana in some states and the development of a multibillion dollar cannabis industry, national data on the prevalence of use of other forms of marijuana are not available,” wrote Stacey Steigerwald, MSSA, and colleagues from Northern California Institute for Research and Education and San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Tue
28
Aug

Illinois joins growing list of states to allow industrial hemp

Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois signed the Industrial Hemp Act last week, adding the state to the growing list of states that allow hemp to be grown for non-drug purposes.

Uses for industrial hemp include paper and fabric making, biodegradable plastics, construction material and health food.

“Legalizing the farming of industrial hemp just makes good sense,” said Rauner. “Roughly 38 states – including our neighbors in Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee – have allowed or are considering allowing cultivation of this crop for commercial, research or pilot programs. Our farmers should have this option as well. This new state licensure program begins that process.”

Tue
28
Aug

First saliva screening roadside test for THC approved for Canadian law enforcement

In preparation for legal cannabis sales nationwide, Canadian Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould has approved a new roadside test to check for drug impairment.

The Drager DrugTest 5000 will be the first equipment for saliva screening to be used by Canadian law enforcement. It has the ability to test for THC, the main psychoactive component of marijuana.

The Liberal government has promised $161 million in funding for drug-testing equipment and for police training over the course of the next five years as well as a public awareness campaign about the risks of driving while high.

The new equipment will be made available to law enforcement across Canada but police forces will be able to decide on their own what equipment they use.

Mon
27
Aug

How California’s messy cannabis taxes are hurting businesses

As one of the largest cannabis markets in the world, California’s thriving marijuana industry has every product imaginable for the casual user and connoisseur alike.

The state has had a legal medical cannabis industry for more than two decades now accompanied by the recreational market legalized at the beginning of 2018.

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