Canadian cannabis producer uses fish waste to fertilize crops

A Canadian producer based in Ontario is using a unique method of fertilizing their crops that seems a little fishy.

Green Relief, located in Puslinch, Ontario, operates an aquaponics farm that uses filtered fish waste to fertilize their crops. In turn, the crops clean the water for the fish.

The facility is entirely underground with the exception of the ventilation equipment that sticks out of the ground. Green Relief says they are currently the only producer using aquaponics for marijuana production.


World Health Organization recommends cannabis rescheduling

In an exciting turn of events, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally acknowledged that cannabis should no longer be considered a controlled substance in international treaties.

The WHO published a letter on February 1 recommending that cannabis and cannabis resin not be considered controlled substances in international treaties but specifically that it should be removed from Schedule IV of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs which is currently the highest restriction.


Illinois launches opioid alternative program

Illinois launched their opioid alternative program, allowing patients temporarily using opioids to manage pain to have the option of switching to medical cannabis.

The Alternative to Opioids Bill was signed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in August, and the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP) was officially accepting patients Thursday morning as of 8:30 a.m. The program is the first of its kind in the United States and was launched at the HCI Alternatives medical cannabis dispensary in Springfield, Illinois.


Russia considering importing cannabis for research

Russia’s Health Ministry has expressed its interest in importing marijuana and hashish for research according to a draft bill that published earlier this week.

The purpose of the research would be to study marijuana’s “addiction-causing capacities”. Under current Russian law, the circulation of cannabis is illegal and possession of even small amounts can results in convictions or hefty fines.

“The import of narcotic drugs and cannabinoid psychotropic substances … will be required to conduct scientific research and testing in Russia,” says the regulation drafted by the Health Ministry.

Russia is known to be strongly against marijuana and have voiced their opinion on the matter when Canada decided to legalize cannabis nationally.  


Ontario Cannabis same-day delivery could be a logistical nightmare

The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp. (OCRC) posted a tender call last week for couriers so that they can offer same-day delivery.

According to the OCRC, the program is supposed to launch in early March and will be focused on the Greater Toronto Area to start.

“As OCRC’S marketplace evolves, the ability for the organization to provide a variety of delivery options to meet customers’ expectations is imperative to the growth of its e-commerce business. Accordingly, the OCRC is looking to add expedited/same-day home delivery service,” says the tender call that was posted online.

But in wake of the announcement, some are concerned that this could prove to be a difficult undertaking.


Atlantic Canadians buying more legal cannabis than the rest of the country

Canadians in Atlantic Provinces are purchasing a lot more legal cannabis per capita than the rest of the country, according to numbers released by Statistics Canada last week.

Statistics Canada released sales numbers for each province from legalization in October up until December 1. Industry expert Deepak Anand said that Atlantic Provinces are doing well because they were well-prepared ahead of legalization and as a result are seeing the benefits.

According to the numbers, Prince Edward Island is the highest on the list with people spending $13.83 on average for every purchase. Nova Scotia followed closely at $11.34.

Newfoundland and Labrador had a provincial average of $8.17 and New Brunswick was fourth with an average of $6.87.


CBS rejects medical marijuana Super Bowl ad

CBS has made it clear that any advertisements for cannabis will not be featured during Super Bowl LIII, despite the growing support for the plant.

Acreage Holdings, a British Columbia-based cannabis company with operations in the United States submitted storyboards for a medical cannabis advertisement to CBS with hopes of being featured during the Super Bowl, but the ad was swiftly rejected.

The company received an email from CBS that said, “CBS will not be accepting any ads for medical marijuana at this time.”

Regardless of the fact that 33 states and counting have legalized or voted to legalize cannabis in some capacity, Acreage president George Allen believes this is an issue of the stigma that still surrounds cannabis use.


Research shows that many women think marijuana consumption during pregnancy is harmless

Researchers from the University of British Columbia released a report earlier this week that states that as many as one-third of pregnant women think it is safe to consume marijuana while pregnant.

The lead author of the report and assistant professor in the department of family practice at UBC, Hamideh Bayrampour, said that this study will hopefully help create an understanding for public health officials about some of the perceptions surrounding cannabis use since it’s become legal in Canada.

The study was published in the journal Preventive Medicine and included data from six U.S. studies. One of the most important findings is that a lot of women have thought cannabis was safe during pregnancy because their healthcare providers did not tell them otherwise.  


More than half of Ontario municipalities say yes to cannabis stores

Votes in municipalities across Ontario have taken place to decide whether or not to allow recreational cannabis stores in their cities and more than half of the province’s eligible municipalities have said yes to hosting shops.  

 The province set a deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday for cities to let the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario know if they are choosing to opt in or out.

The province has a total of 444 municipalities but of those, 414 were making decisions on pot shops. Finance Minister Vic Fedeli told sources that giving municipalities the choice was the right thing to do.

“I recall when the Liberal government forces on municipalities wine turbines – you had no choice, they were in your community,” he said.


Illinois preparing to roll out medical marijuana pilot program as alternative to opioids

One of marijuana’s most touted medical benefits has been its ability to help those with opioid addictions and reducing the number of opioid overdoses. Illinois is the latest state to put this knowledge into practice with plans to launch a pilot program at the end of the month that will give patients the option to choose medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids.

In the meantime, medical dispensaries across Illinois are preparing for the likely influx in customers they’ll be seeing once the program takes effect.

General manager of Mission South Shore dispensary Rick Armstrong says that they have increased their parking space and their staff to prepare for the program.


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