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Apr

Is Cannabis the Solution To Canada's Painkiller Epidemic?

It sounds like torture. A living nightmare. 

But it could just as easily happen to you or me. Accidents that result in severe nerve pain are quite common.

Victoria, British Columbia businessman Dave Brownell, 68, found this out when he herniated a disc and ended up with serious nerve pain radiating throughout his body.

"Over the years, I've had all sorts of injuries, including a broken neck and chopping off the end of my finger. But I never ever before experienced pain like this." 

"Imagine jumping off a table and landing with one foot on a three-inch nail sticking out of a piece of wood," he adds. "That's the kind of pain I had pulsing through my legs once every minute or so -- all day long, all night long." 

Wed
06
Apr

Senators Held a Hearing to Remind You That 'Good People Don't Smoke Marijuana' (Yes, Really)

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Tuesday convened a hearing of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control to investigate whether the Justice Department has been derelict in its enforcement duties on marijuana.

In the words of Grassley, "The Department of Justice decided to all but abandon the enforcement of federal law relating to the possession, cultivation, and distribution of marijuana."

Wed
06
Apr

D.C. Lawmakers Take Another Step Toward Permanently Banning Marijuana Clubs

Smoking marijuana in public or in clubs was banned permanently on Tuesday by the District of Columbia's city council, reversing course for a second time.

Council members in the U.S. capital voted 7-6 to approve the measure, a spokeswoman for Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said. A second vote will be needed to finalize it.

Two months ago, the council voted unanimously to create a task force to study the licensing of marijuana clubs and ending the ban on public consumption of pot.

A law that took effect in February 2015 allows adults to possess small amounts of marijuana and grow and consume it at home. The District bans the sale of marijuana, but public smoking has become common as arrests have dried up.

Wed
06
Apr

DEA Plans To Decide Whether To Reschedule Marijuana By Mid-Year

The Drug Enforcement Administration plans to decide whether marijuana should reclassified under federal law in "the first half of 2016," the agency said in a letter to senators.

DEA, responding to a 2015 letter from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and seven other Democratic senators urging the federal government to facilitate research into marijuana's medical benefits, doesn't indicate whether it will reclassify marijuana as less dangerous.

Wed
06
Apr

Delay in Jamaican Ganja Licensing Process

The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) did not start accepting applications on April 4, as it had initially indicated.

In a news release Tuesday, the CLA cited the recent change in government as the reason for the delay. They did not, however, indicate a new date for accepting applications, but said that they expect that before the end of the month, they will start reviewing applications.

“The transition to a new Government has caused some delays in our getting the regulations that had been developed approved,” CLA Chairman Dr Andre Gordon confirmed.

Wed
06
Apr

Ontario Medical Marijuana Users Rights Violated By Liberal Government

They’re smoking and drinking much stronger stuff in Toronto at Queen’s Park in contrast to the stuff we’ve got down here in Windsor.

Or it at least seems that way when you read over their latest assault on medical marijuana users’ rights.

How else do you explain reclassifying medical marijuana to place it in the Smoke Free Ontario Act and to refuse the combustion and vaping of it in all places cigarettes and e-cigarettes are banned.

In a span of just a few months, the province went from publicly stating medical marijuana users’ rights would be extended to allow for vaping in all public spaces to a total prohibition.

Wed
06
Apr

Oregon Rules for Marijuana Edibles Still Cooking

Candies, cookies and beverages infused with a low dose of cannabinoids, the active ingredients in marijuana, will not be available for recreational consumers for another month or two, the manager of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program said Monday. 

Low-dose edibles became legal for recreational buyers aged 21 and over at medical marijuana dispensaries when Gov. Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 1511 last week. However, the Oregon Health Authority, which oversees the medical marijuana program, must first draw up temporary rules for those sales. A key provision is the definition of a low dose. 

The agency is drafting rules now, said André Ourso, manager of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, but they may not be ready until early summer. 

Wed
06
Apr

New Zealand: Helen Kelly's Medicinal Cannabis Application Was Driven by 'Political Motives'

Helen Kelly didn't seek re-election for Council of Trade Unions president after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer last year.

Former union boss Helen Kelly has spoken out about her "political motives" for applying for medicinal cannabis.

Kelly's oncologist, Dr Anthony Falkov, who applied and later withdrew an application to the Ministry of Health for a non-pharmaceutical grade cannabis product, told the ministry he believed Kelly was making a "political point in trying to seek medicinal cannabis".

Kelly stands by that and says the comment isn't a criticism of her as she discussed her motives with Falkov.

"He's a very good person and it was unfortunate he got dragged into it."

Wed
06
Apr

OverGrow Canada Cannabis Tour Launches in Kelowna

The tour hasn’t officially started and it’s already generating controversy.

Marijuana activist Dana Larsen of Vancouver launches his cross-country tour today with his first stop in Kelowna.

Larsen is asking Canadians to ‘overgrow’ their cities with pot plants.

He’s giving away more than one million cannabis seeds to anyone who agrees to plant them either on private or public property.

“I want cannabis to be growing so openly and so commonly that the police just don’t bother arresting anybody for it anymore.”

Larsen admits he’s advocating civil disobedience in the push to have marijuana legalized in Canada.

Wed
06
Apr

Connecticut: Colorado Lawmaker Talks Legal Marijuana At The Capitol

An architect of Colorado's recreational marijuana program came to the Capitol to give lawmakers a crash course on the sale, taxation and regulation of the drug.

"Marijuana is sometimes referred to as being hip or cool, by the time I am done with my presentation you will think anything but," said state Rep. Dan Pabon, a Democrat from Denver, before he launched into an hourlong, often technical discussion.

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