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01
Nov

Too many bureaucratic hurdles for cannabis research

Progress in the cannabis research field would greatly benefit from a reduction in the bureaucratic process involved in obtaining cannabinoids.

We’ve lost many years of potentially important research on the use of cannabis as medicine because of polarized views of the “weed” among researchers, policymakers and the general public.

On one side, there are those who see cannabis as a dangerous psychoactive drug that should be prohibited. On the other, there are those who view cannabis as a panacea with the potential to treat every disease and condition known to humankind.

Thu
01
Nov

Bernie Sanders says he's proud of states that legalized marijuana

Senator Bernie Sanders is one of the biggest champions of marijuana legalization in Congress, and he even takes pride in states who are furthering the cause, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Sanders appeared at a rally in California to support Democratic Representative Barbara Lee in her bid for re-election. The former presidential candidate spoke for about an hour and touched on a number of issues, and of course the topic of marijuana came up. Sanders said he's proud of states that have legalized cannabis in recent years.

Thu
01
Nov

Canada: Finally, a major airport allows passengers to smoke marijuana

Is it the start of a trend? Flying just got a little more bearable for passengers traveling from British Columbia.

The city’s primary airport, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), announced that passengers over the age of 19 traveling through the city are allowed to smoke or vape cannabis in designated outdoor areas, without any issues. All indoor areas of the airport remain smoke and vape free.

The announcement, posted on the Vancouver International Airport website, was included in the airport’s cannabis policy.

Thu
01
Nov

Lower-potency cannabis options speak to an increasingly attentive mainstream audience

For years, the marijuana industry has been involved in a kind of arms race toward creating super-potent cannabis products.

Looking to provide veteran consumers enhanced highs and more bang for the buck, manufacturers over the past few years have gone full throttle to produce cannabis offerings with greater levels of THC (the psychoactive component in weed that gets users high).

But that trend looks to be ebbing, in some respects, as an increasing amount of marijuana retailers across North America position themselves toward lower-dose creations that speak to an expanding mainstream audience.

Thu
01
Nov

Plummeting cannabis stocks shake confidence in the industry

As Canada's legalization remains in its honeymoon phase, the cannabis marketplace is apparently coming into focus enough for investors to begin accurately gauging the potential of the up-and-coming industry.

And the first week of Canada's cannabis marketplace only brought on the worst week ever for pot stocks. Heavyweight Aurora Cannabis dropped 16 percent last week and a total of 44 percent the last seven sessions with the New York Stock Exchange.

The market valuation of $200 billion by Constellation Brands CEO Bill Newlands earlier this year had been outlandish enough that many conservative marketplace investors remained skeptical. And the steps to U.S. federal prohibition ending doesn't seem foreseeable in the short term, making faithful investing difficult.

Thu
01
Nov

Medical cannabis can now be prescribed in the UK

More people in the UK will have access to medical cannabis as of today following last month’s announcement that the rules around prescribing cannabis would be relaxed.

The change in law follows the stories of high profile cases such as Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley, both children who have suffered from epilepsy whose symptoms have been alleviated by using cannabis oil.

“I have personally seen how my son’s life has changed due to the medical cannabis he is now prescribed,” Alfie’s mother Hannah Deacon said in welcoming the shift. “As a family we were facing his death. Now we are facing his life, full of joy and hope which is something I wish for each and every person in this country who could benefit from this medicine.”

Thu
01
Nov

How a racketeering law is targeting cannabis growers in states with legal marijuana

Would you welcome a cannabis farm as your next-door neighbor?

A federal jury in Denver is being asked to decide, in a trial that kicked off Monday, whether it agrees with a Colorado couple who claim their home is being devalued by a cannabis firm that set up business operations 40 feet from their property line.

Plaintiffs Hope and Michael Reilly say the existence of the cannabis businesses, and noxious odors it produces, are decreasing the value of their real estate and interfering with the use and enjoyment of their land.

Thu
01
Nov

Cannabis never should have been illegal in the first place

Last week, Gallup reported that a record-high 66 percent of Americans now say marijuana should be legal. The reason is simple: Marijuana never should have been illegal in the first place.

Through decades of reefer madness, Americans were led to believe that marijuana is far more harmful than it actually is. This is not to say it’s harmless. But it is safe to say it is less harmful than alcohol, another substance that once was illegal and is now widely accepted in our country.

Thu
01
Nov

Canada: Ottawa's illegal pot shops step up as Ontario government store struggles to deliver marijuana

As the Ontario government’s online cannabis store struggles to meet demand and deliver weed on time, illegal operators in town are stepping up.

Five dispensaries were back in business on Wednesday. How long they will remain open is another question. Ottawa police warn they plan to close them.

Officers have visited dispensaries to give operators “one last chance to close down,” according to a statement from Ottawa Police Service Const. Amy Gagnon.

“In the coming weeks, they will be receiving another visit in order to close them down.”

Wed
31
Oct

Canada: Chilliwack First Nation writes its own cannabis law

Chilliwack's cannabis retail shop is operating on First Nations land, under a cannabis law passed by the Kwaw-Kwaw-A-Pilt band. The Kwaw-Kwaw-Apilt First Nation near Chilliwack has written its own cannabis law to replace the federal Cannabis Act and licensed its own cannabis store on reserve land.

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