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Thu
21
Jul

Ahead of legalization, lobbyists for the marijuana industry jostle for a say in Ottawa

In another sign that Canada’s booming marijuana industry has gone corporate, dozens of companies have registered as paid lobbyists ahead of Ottawa’s plan to legalize the drug’s recreational use next spring.

As of March 19, the federal government’s lobbyist registry listed 88 paid positions with interests in marijuana or cannabis. The companies named range from small, independent businesses like Vancouver’s Eden Medicinal Society to large corporations, including the Loblaws chain of more than 2,000 supermarkets across Canada.

Thu
21
Jul

UN World Drug Report Shows Increased Acceptance of Cannabis Use

As more and more harmful cannabis laws are improved worldwide, along with that seems to come increased and widespread acceptance of its use.

The 2016 World Drug Report, coming from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC), was released at the end of June. This report gives a world overview of the supply and consumption of opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants and other psychoactive substances. The report also details the impact these various drugs seem to have on the health of those who use them and on public safety as a whole.

Wed
20
Jul

Where Does Donald Trump Stand on Cannabis? It’s Anyone’s Guess

At the Republican National Convention this week, Donald J. Trump will be officially crowned the party’s presidential candidate. With the possibility of a Trump presidency becoming very, very real, cannabis advocates are naturally curious about just what that would mean for legalization efforts.

Wed
20
Jul

Four Colorado Doctors Suspended Over Medical Marijuana Recommendations

State Board of Medicine says doctors recommended large plant counts.

In the largest disciplinary action taken against medical marijuana doctors to date in Colorado, the state Medical Board on Tuesday suspended the licenses of four doctors for allegedly recommending excessive plant counts to more than 1,500 patients.

All of the recommendations involved approvals for patients to grow or possess at least 75 plants. The standard plant count for medical marijuana patients is six plants, and state health officials have long threatened to crack down on doctors who they believe recommend higher amounts without sufficient justification.

Wed
20
Jul

Cannabis Edibles Are Not Legal in Georgia

Maybe it caught your attention along I-75 south in Byron: a billboard advertising the sale of cannabis, also known as marijuana.

John Cater from Macon saw the YourCannabisOMS.com billboard. It’s an online marijuana dispensary.  

“Edible Cannabis is legal in Georgia, that’s what the billboard says, so it must be true,” Cater said.

State Representative Allen Peake of Macon, who crafted Georgia's medical marijuana law, says that's not the case.

“I don’t know how they're saying that. I wrote the law, I know the law, and medical cannabis oil is the only form that you can legally possess in Georgia,” Peake said.

He says to legally possess it, you have to have one of eight medical conditions and register with the state.

Wed
20
Jul

Smoker Finds Insecticide in Organic Marijuana

Reports that a chemical insecticide was found in legal, organically grown marijuana in Oregon have led to a class action lawsuit — not against growers, but against the insecticide maker.

Guardian mite spray, advertised as an "all natural" product, contains ivermectin — a conventional pesticide in the avermectin family, Benjamin Efran claims in a July 14 lawsuit in Multnomah County Court.

He sued All In Enterprises, and its officers Michael Delamater, both of Illinois, and Thomas McCathron, of Michigan.

According to the lawsuit, the company listed the ingredients as "cinnamon oil, lemon grass oil, citric acid, yeast extract, sunflower lecithin, and water." Guardian was primarily used to kill mites.

Wed
20
Jul

This Organization Is On a Mission To Decriminalize Drug Addiction

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is a nonprofit focused on drug policy reform, drug regulation, and the destigmatization of addiction. 

As marijuana slowly becomes legal across the United States, there are still many that are opposed to it, especially in law enforcement. Yet there is one organization, LEAP (which stands for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) that’s trying to de-stigmatize addiction and pull back the draconian laws that still exist against marijuana.

Wed
20
Jul

Congress Passes Opioid Bill — While Entirely Ignoring New Studies Showing Cannabis Kills Pain

Congress is patting itself on the back after passing the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) and sending it to Obama’s desk. The “overwhelmingly bipartisan” bill is meant to address the opioid epidemic currently gripping the U.S.

It was an easy one for congressmen to brag about to their constituency, but the legislation is notable for its failure perhaps more so than its achievement. Namely, the failure to recognize medical cannabis as part of a viable alternative for treating chronic pain, and failure to call out the role of Big Pharma in getting the nation hooked on opioids.

Wed
20
Jul

Portland Signs Off on Marijuana Festival Featuring Free Samples

It's legal to possess, grow and buy marijuana in Oregon, but state clean air laws and local rules have put a damper on public festivals featuring giveaways and consumption.

The Oregon Cannabis Association has found a way to host a summer fair where members of the public -- as long as they're 21 and older -- can take home free samples. 

The Summer Fair, featuring dozens of Oregon producers and processors, will be held July 24 at the North Warehouse in Portland. 

Wed
20
Jul

Michigan State Police to Begin Swabbing Drivers Suspected of Being Impaired

Michigan will begin a one-year pilot test program later this year that allows trained state police officers to take roadside saliva drug tests from drivers whom they suspect are driving while impaired from drugs.

Five counties, to be chosen by state police from areas where the most drug-related arrests and impaired driving accidents have occurred, will begin the program sometime after this summer, state police officials announced Wednesday.

The Michigan program is expected to be watched by other states amid rising concern among  lawmakers and law enforcement on how to effectively police those who  drive while using  drugs  ( policies for drunk driving are well-established).

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