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Medical marijuana users worry Canada’s pot-impaired driving rules will run them off the road

Medical marijuana users worry they won’t be able to get behind the wheel once cannabis is legalized for recreational use.

Under the federal government’s new impaired-driving rules, a motorist can be fined up to $1,000 for having two to five nanograms (ng) of THC per millilitre of blood within two hours of driving, and can be punished criminally for more than five ng.

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Cannabis illicit market shrinking, new DEA, Homeland Security numbers suggest

Is the illicit marijuana market losing its power? Experts seem to think so.

There are no completely accurate methods to measure the size of illicit markets, no matter what is being bought and sold. There are, however, some figures that can be taken as proxies of these markets. In the case of cannabis, it could be argued that seizures and confiscations can be, in a way, interpreted as surrogates of the actual illicit market sales.

Now, while establishing a univocal multiple to convert confiscations into actual sales is really hard, seizure figures can help us better understand the direction of the illegal markets: are they growing or shrinking? At what pace?

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18
Jul

Canada: Ontario’s disability support program will not cover medical marijuana

Why won’t disability support services in Ontario cover the cost of medical marijuana?

Wed
18
Jul

Canada: This tiny reserve is set to be the first in New Brunswick to become a licensed cannabis producer

A small First Nation's community on the border of Quebec and New Brunswick is making a big move in the cannabis industry. Madawaska is set to become the first reserve in New Brunswick to operate a licensed cannabis producer, writes Calvin Hughes.

Wed
18
Jul

California bans hemp-derived CBD from all food products

California health authorities dealt a blow to the burgeoning CBD industry by banning preparations of CBD derived from industrial hemp rather than psychoactive cannabis. The decree adds to the legal confusion around the cannabinoid and highlights the need for greater clarity from authorities at both the state and federal level.

Despite the fact it has received little media attention, a recent decision from Sacramento bureaucrats has potentially far-reaching implications for the cannabis industry — and for patients who have come to rely on CBD to treat a wide range of ailments.

Wed
18
Jul

Budding business: how cannabis could transform Lebanon

Budding business: how cannabis could transform Lebanon.

The town of Brital, in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, is a jarring contrast of poverty and ostentatious wealth. Busted-up old vans drive on potholed roads next to gleaming Bentleys and Range Rovers with no number plates and blacked-out windows. Unemployment is rife, and yet the landscape is dotted by large gated mansions.

Tue
17
Jul

How hemp can help India achieve its sustainable development goals

Let's explore how an innovative hemp based business could establish a well-rounded circular economy.

It is a racing certainty that businesses have an important role to play in preventing climate change. But businesses are predicated on profits, and not long ago, entrepreneurs considering businesses that incorporate climate solutions were thought to be “hare-brained”. However, things have been changing gradually. Ever since the recent re-emergence of the trillion-dollar crop – hemp, dispositions are starting to look good for both climate and entrepreneurs.

Tue
17
Jul

5 Wacky marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana

Even the removal of prohibition comes with some prohibitions.

Thirty U.S. states plus the District of Columbia have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana, with Oklahoma becoming the latest to do so just a few weeks ago. However, legalization means different things in different locations.

Tue
17
Jul

The truth about cannabis on Canadian campuses

Canadian youth are consuming cannabis at higher rates than in most nations of the world. And now they are talking about it. At the University of Calgary, 52 per cent of students responding to a “UCalgary Campus Experience with Cannabis” research survey reported cannabis use at least once in their lifetime. And 31 per cent reported cannabis use in the past six months.

These students surpassed the national lifetime use average of 41.6 per cent reported in the 2016 American College Health Assessment.

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.

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