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.


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.  


Legal immigrants being denied citizenship for working in legal cannabis industry

Mayor of Denver, Colorado, Michael B. Hancock, is speaking out after immigrants who work in Colorado’s legal cannabis industry have been denied citizenship.

Mayor Hancock sent a letter to mayors of pro-cannabis cities across the country including:

  • Oakland, CA
  • West Hollywood, CA
  • Portland, OR
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Thornton, CO
  • Everett, WA
  • Seattle, WA

The above cities are part of the Government for Responsible U.S. Cannabis Policy Coalition. Hancock urged the mayors of the cities to protect immigrants who have or are currently working in the legal cannabis industry.


Colorado study finds regular cannabis users require more anesthesia for medical prcedures

Cannabis users may need more than triple the typical amount of anesthesia for medical procedures according to the findings of a new study.

Colorado researchers conducted the study by examining medical records of 250 patients who had an endoscopy. Of those patients, 25 used cannabis regularly between 2015 and 2017. It was found that patients who used cannabis every day or weekly required 220.5 percent higher of a dose of propofol during sedation than patients who did not. Regular consumers also required 14 percent for fentanyl and 19.6 percent more midazolam.


Dallas DA will no longer prosecute first-time cannabis misdemeanors

A memo released by the Dallas County district attorney John Creuzot states that first-time cannabis-related misdemeanors will no longer be prosecuted by his office. He also announced in the statement that first-time misdemeanors currently in-process that were filed before he took office will be thrown out.

Creuzot said the change is just part of “a step forward in ending mass incarceration in Dallas County.” The memo also included other changes in priority for law enforcement such as no longer prosecuting small possession charges for other drugs, people caught stealing “necessities” as well as anyone who drove with a suspended license.  


NYC set to ban employers from requiring drug tests from job candidates

A bill approved by New York City Council would ban employers from requiring employees to undergo a drug test as part of the hiring process.

The bill was passed on Tuesday in a 41-4 vote as part of larger city initiative of trying to reduce the legal repercussions associated with using marijuana. Police in the city and in surrounding jurisdictions have cut down significantly on marijuana-related arrests and council also recently passed a resolution asking the state to legalize recreational cannabis.


Second cannabis retail store opens in Toronto

A second cannabis retail store has opened in Toronto in one of the city’s wealthiest areas.

Ameri, is a small cannabis store located at 20 Cumberland St. in Yorkville, located amid the high-rise towers in the area that are home to some of Toronto’s wealthiest residents.

The store says that technology will play a key role in the visitor experience.

“We’re trying to be a more boutique location with knowledgeable staff. We want people to enjoy their visit, get what they need and hopefully we can be of assistance,” said Rob, a store manager. The company has a policy for staff to provide their first names only due to concerns about crossing the Canada-U.S. border.


Ontario brick-and-mortar cannabis shops open today

Today is the first day in Ontario that legal brick-and-mortar cannabis shops are opened but as of right now, it’s unknown how many of these shops are actually ready for business.

Recreational cannabis has been legal in Ontario since Canada legalized in October, but it’s so far only been available in the province online through the official provincial website. The Liberal provincial government had plans to open only government-run stores, but when a Conservative government was elected, they changed the plan so that privately-run stores could open.


Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg partner with Canopy Growth in new business venture

Canadian actor and comedian Seth Rogan along with Even Goldberg have entered into a partnership with Canopy Growth to launch a Toronto-based, Canadian cannabis brand called Houseplant.

Rogan and Goldberg, who worked together on the 2008 stoner film Pineapple Express, as well as Superbad, and The Interview, have co-founded the new company with “other great friends and colleagues”.

“Houseplant is the result of years of experience and dedication, with each element and expression thoughtfully designed to make it easier for people to learn to love cannabis as much as Houseplant does,” the company stated in a press release.

“We have been working on this quietly for years and seeing everything come together is a dream come true,” said Rogen.


Cannabis-related incidents are sending more Coloradans to the ER

Cannabis-related trips to the emergency room have tripled in Colorado over the past five years since cannabis was made legal in the state, according to a new study.  

The study was published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine following several instances of tourists in Colorado needing to go to the emergency room from cannabis, with symptoms including a racing heart rate, psychotic episodes and excessive vomiting, especially after consuming edibles.


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