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Rules, timing for edibles remain murky as planned October legalization approaches

Nearly five months after recreational cannabis use was legalized in Canada, uncertainty remains for the future of edibles, with regulations and timing murky.

On Saturday, a panel of cannabis industry leaders took the stage during the Cannabis and Hemp Expo at BMO Centre to speak about the future of edibles.

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08
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South Africa's cannabis policy is wildly confusing, despite "dagga" being part of the culture for centuries

The story of dagga in South Africa stretches back centuries, writes Zack Ruskin.

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08
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It could be months before N.J. can expand its medical marijuana program. Here’s why

Since Gov. Phil Murphy took office more than a year ago, he’s made expanding access to medical marijuana a priority. But his administration’s latest efforts to grow the program could be in for a court battle that could last months, or longer.

In December, the state Department of Health announced the six companies it had selected to open medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, furthering an expansion of the state’s constrained medical marijuana program that had been started by Murphy earlier in 2018.

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08
Mar

The prohibition of cannabis is sexist. And it has been for a long time

Female cannabis plants are the ones worth money — the ones that yield medicine, writes Tess Barker. Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that cannabis and women have long and entangled roots. According to Dr. Ethan Russo, in his 2002 paper 'Cannabis Treatments in Obstetrics and Gynecology: A Historical Review,' known instances of women using cannabis medicinally date back to Ancient Mesopotamia. In ancient Judea, the plant was used in childbirth. Doctors in 16th century China prescribed it for menstrual disorders.

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08
Mar

Is FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s resignation good or bad for marijuana?

The cannabis industry is in a bit of a panic right now over the news that Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is resigning from his post and moving back to Connecticut. Their concern is that his desire to pack-it-up and vacate his position with the Trump Administration will slow down the progress further of sorting out the confusion surrounding hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). It was just last month that Gottlieb promised to hold public hearings in April to try and figure out how to properly regulate the substance. Now, no one seems to know whether these meetings will go down as planned or be cast aside.

Thu
07
Mar

House, Senate near repeal of pot smoking ban

With plenty of breathing room before a March 15 deadline set by Gov. Ron DeSantis, House and Senate leaders have neared completion of a measure that would do away with a state ban on smoking medical marijuana.

Sen. Jeff Brandes and Rep. Ray Rodrigues confirmed Wednesday they’ve reached an accord on a proposal that would allow patients to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for smoking every 35 days, ban smoking of medical marijuana in public places and allow terminally ill children to smoke the treatment, but only if they have a second opinion from a pediatrician.

Thu
07
Mar

Georgia House passes Bill to allow manufacture, sale of medical cannabis oil

A bill that would allow licensed companies to manufacture and sell medicinal cannabis oil was passed by the Georgia House of Representatives on Tuesday and is now headed to the state Senate for consideration. Under the bill, HB 324, a regulated system for growing, processing, and distributing cannabis oil would be established. Georgia’s medical marijuana program only permits the use of cannabis oil with no more than 5 percent THC by registered patients with one or more of 16 qualifying serious medical conditions.

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07
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Canada's medical cannabis programs are poorly regulated, UN Agency says

The United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned governments around the globe that countries who have legalized the use of medical cannabis must ensure that those programs are used exclusively for their intended use, and not to “de facto legalize” cannabis for recreational use.

The Vienna-based INCB is the “independent and quasi-judicial monitoring body for the implementation of the United Nations international drug control conventions,” and is responsible for some regulations on psychotropics and narcotics and for monitoring how narcotics-related restrictions are enforced.

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07
Mar

Alaska moves closer to onsite marijuana use in certain areas

Alaska has moved closer to becoming the first in the country with statewide rules allowing onsite use of marijuana at specially authorized stores.

A memo from the state's Department of Law said it found no legal problems with the rules approved by marijuana regulators in December that will govern where and how onsite consumption could take place. The finding is a standard hurdle in the rule-making process.

The rules were recently sent to Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer for his signature and are expected to take effect 30 days after they're signed. A Department of Law spokeswoman confirmed that Meyer's signature is a formality.

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