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Thu
19
Jul

Oklahoma: Health board to call special meeting to consider amending medical marijuana rules

The Oklahoma State Board of Health plans to hold a special meeting to consider amending the rules regulating medical marijuana.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter on Wednesday advised the board to convene a special meeting to amend the rules it passed regulating medical marijuana.

Officials with the health board released the following statement,

"The Board of Health appreciates the quick review by the Attorney General and acknowledges the advice and counsel regarding the prior adoption of emergency rules on State Question 788. The legal analysis by the Attorney General provides clarity on several rules and the legal authority we have to construct a regulatory framework for a state-wide medical marijuana program.

Wed
18
Jul

Medical cannabis laws to loosen for those with epilepsy in the UK

The UK government is preparing to allow the emergency use of medical cannabis. British patients have little access to medical cannabis, and a growing number of pediatric epilepsy cases have caused the issue to become a national topic of conversation.

British authorities at London’s Heathrow Airport seized epileptic medication from Billy Caldwell, a 12 year-old Irish pediatric patient. He suffered multiple seizures and was hospitalized.

Alfie Dingley, a 6-year-old epileptic child from the UK, has also gained attention from British Parliament. His parents flew him to the Netherlands to legally obtain treatment. He later got over 300,000 signatures, calling for the legalization of CBD treatments.

Wed
18
Jul

Canada: Decriminalize all drugs, Toronto health board urges Ottawa

Canada’s largest public health board is calling on Ottawa to decriminalize all drugs, arguing that saving lives is more important than stigma-laced arguments against the idea.

Toronto’s public health board, a mix of city councillors and public appointees, voted 10-0 Monday to endorse the recommendation from Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s medical officer of health.

Wed
18
Jul

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.

Wed
18
Jul

Marijuana munchies traced back to a hormone surge that changes eating patterns

Anyone who’s ever done a bong rip or read old scientific studies on weed knows that marijuana gives you the munchies, but nobody is really sure why it does. A new study being presented this week at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, however, lays out a biological explanation that might not only solve this long-standing mystery but also create a new avenue for access to medical marijuana.

Wed
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

9 Professional athletes that smoke marijuana

As weed continues to shift from “counterculture” to simply “culture,” there are plenty of big-ticket names that have become increasingly candid about their cannabis use. This includes notable celebrities, politicians, and even athletes.

Sure, weed might be legal (to varying capacities) throughout 30 states and the District of Columbia, but there hasn’t been a legal to outright legalize the plant for either medicinal or recreational use. However, that hasn’t stopped big-name athletes from toking up.

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

Michigan's first licensed medical marijuana facilities in limbo

Last week the first businesses in Michigan gained approval for licenses from the state's Medical Marihuana Licensing Board -- but that doesn't mean they can use that new license yet to distribute medicine to patients. 

A total of seven licenses were approved last week -- with four of the licenses going to one grower in Chesaning. An Ann Arbor provisioning center, an Ann Arbor processor and a Lansing transporter all received licenses. "Technically they could open their doors right away," said David Harns, spokesman for the state's Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. However, a key step in the state's new system -- a safety compliance facility where medicinal marijuana would be tested -- has not yet been licensed in Michigan.

Tue
17
Jul

Cannabis’ medicinal benefits lead to market growth

According to the data provided by Energias Market Research, the global medical cannabis market is anticipated to increase in value from USD 8.28 Billion in 2017 to USD 28.07 Billion in 2024, and at a CAGR of 19.1% from 2018 to 2024.

There are several important factors that contribute to the expansion of the market, including a growing recognition of medicinal benefits, increasing demand for cannabis in the treatment of diseases, and also growing R&D investments.

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