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Tue
17
Jul

Canada: Pot producers seek ways to promote brands in light of federal restrictions

'We're kind of doing it the old-fashioned Maritime way, which is storytelling'.

Myrna Gillis sports a colourful rainbow bracelet as a way to demonstrate that her company is dedicated to inclusiveness. In small letters, the word "reef" is printed.

"We also have given this to all of our staff as part of Pride celebrations to promote diversity within our workplace," Gillis said from her company's office in Bedford, N.S.

She is the CEO of Aqualitas, a cannabis producer with a production plant in Liverpool, N.S. The company has a licence to cultivate and she hopes the business will be authorized to sell by the time legalization rolls around this fall.

Tue
17
Jul

Canada: Disability benefit recipients denied medical marijuana coverage

'I look at all the medications I've taken over the years, and they don't help like medical marijuana'. An Ottawa woman living with multiple sclerosis says the province's refusal to cover the cost of medical marijuana is driving her to risk addiction to opiate painkillers.

Bobbi Assoun, 47, has a doctor's prescription and is federally licensed to use marijuana for MS-related pain. As a recipient of benefits through the Ontario Disability Support Program, her drug costs would normally be covered by the Ontario Drug Benefit program, but that program doesn't include medical cannabis.

"There's only one thing that it will mean, which is that I'll be going back and using my Dilaudid," said Assoun, referring to the opioid also known as hydromorphone. 

Tue
17
Jul

In New Jersey, Legal marijuana is so close you can smell it. But it could be awhile.

Tucked inside a nondescript commercial warehouse here sits a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation. A custom filtration system feeds a proprietary cocktail of nutrients into a hydroponic, two-level farming system. Two pallets of crops are harvested every day, and the 15,000 square feet will eventually yield two tons of marijuana per year.

And it’s all legal. Opened just a few weeks ago, Harmony Dispensary is the latest site in New Jersey to provide marijuana for medical use, a program that has expanded greatly since Gov. Philip D. Murphy, a Democrat, was sworn in.

Tue
17
Jul

Oklahoma republicans join fight against medical marijuana restrictions

Republicans aren’t happy with Oklahoma’s medical marijuana restrictions.

Republican Party groups in Oklahoma have joined the fight against restrictions added by regulators to the state’s new medical marijuana program. On June 26, voters passed State Question 788 (SQ 788) by a margin of 57-43 percent. The measure legalizes the medicinal use of cannabis in the state and creates a regulated supply chain to provide medicine to patients.

Tue
17
Jul

Oregon plans new cannabis harvest regulations to combat illicit market

Growers say the proposed rules would interfere with the time-sensitive process of producing high-quality crops.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is gearing up to roll out new regulations for the state’s licensed cannabis growers. The regulations aim to give the state more control and oversight over cannabis harvests. But growers are already pushing back. They say the new rules could interfere with the delicate and often unpredictable timing of harvesting plants at their peak.

Tue
17
Jul

7 Canadian cannabis headlines you need to know

The cannabis sector was under pressure yesterday, and Canadian cannabis stocks traded lower during this time. Over the last week, selling pressure has accelerated and we are monitoring this trend.

Earlier this month, Canada’s senate passed legislation to allow for the sale of recreational marijuana (starting on October 17th) and the cannabis sector traded on higher on this.

The market has given up its gains following this milestone and today, we have highlighted 7 important company updates following this:

Mon
16
Jul

Israel does what America cannot with cannabis

Veterans groups like the American Legion support cannabis as a potential treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and opioid use disorder as well. To their surprise, in late June, the U.S. Senate voted to allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans.

Mon
16
Jul

California: Pot delivery, edibles and ads could change under new, permanent rules

Cannabis retailers soon may be able to deliver marijuana anywhere in California, no matter what city or county rules say.

Also, it’s likely that medical marijuana patients will be allowed to buy edibles infused with cannabis more potent than currently permitted under state law.

And on another front, the rules for what companies can and can’t say when advertising cannabis products soon could become more strict.

All three shifts are among the new rules listed Friday by state regulators in their long-awaited draft of permanent regulations for California’s cannabis industry.

Mon
16
Jul

Is it legal to fly or road-trip with marijuana?

The July 4 weekend kicked off the first summer travel season since California voted to join seven other states in legalizing marijuana for all adults. What’s more, there are now 30 states where medical marijuana is allowed, with a couple more close to coming on board.

So, as vacationers prepare to hit the road, many have a simple question: How can we legally mix travel and weed? “We have been getting lots of calls about this issue recently,” said Nico Melendez, spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration. In California, the rules on traveling with cannabis are evolving. And conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws – and how rules are enforced among the various states or even one airport vs. another – are causing confusion.

Mon
16
Jul

Canada: Will over-regulation of cannabis help sustain the black market?

With the legalization of cannabis, the Government of Canada has a range of objectives: protecting children and youth by limiting their exposure and access to cannabis; protecting adult consumers by establishing a secure and high-quality supply of legal cannabis; and diminishing the black-market role in the Canadian cannabis market.

These objectives are interconnected and to a large extent depend on the creation of a legal cannabis regime that offers users convenient access to desirable products.

Shifting adult users to safe, quality-controlled products protects the public and allows opportunities for education around safe usage and potential harms.

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