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German battle nearing endgame as Aurora ramps up medical marijuana imports

Germany’s medical agency is preparing to announce the results of its cannabis licensing tender later in the coming months, with 13 cultivation and supply bids due to be approved.

The European Union’s largest market has thus far made a pig’s ear of its licensing process, having legalized medicinal cannabis in 2017, but indications are the courts will side with the government over the application process and allow business to resume.

Fri
15
Mar

Marijuana is a lot more than just THC - a pharmacologist looks at the untapped healing compounds

Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states as of November 2018. Yet the federal government still insists marijuana has no legal use and is easy to abuse. In the meantime, medical marijuana dispensaries have an increasing array of products available for pain, anxiety, sex and more.

The glass counters and their jars of products in the dispensary resemble an 18th century pharmacy. Many strains for sale have evocative and magical names like Blue Dream, Bubba Kush and Chocolope. But what does it all mean? Are there really differences in the medical qualities of the various strains? Or, are the different strains with the fanciful names all just advertising gimmicks?

Fri
15
Mar

Federal Bipartisan Bill to protect employment rights introduced

The Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act (HR 1687) is bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Don Young (R-AK) to explicitly bar federal agencies from discriminating against workers solely because of their status as a cannabis consumer, or due to testing positive for marijuana use on a workplace drug test.

Fri
15
Mar

Study finds medical marijuana alleviates seniors’ pain, reduces opioid use

Baby Boomers are spending more on marijuana than any other group in the U.S., and for a simple reason: the growing recognition among seniors and their caregivers that cannabis is an effective and safe alternative medicine. And thanks to the work of a team of neurological researchers in New York, there’s new evidence to support that conclusion. Their preliminary study of more than 200 elderly (75+) pain patients found that medical cannabis both reduced pain symptoms and reduced patients use of opioid painkillers.

Thu
14
Mar

Medical marijuana and liver disease: What science says is possible

Liver disease occurs when the liver experiences a high amount of tissue scarring. This is typically a direct result of constant inflammation and the death of vital cells. This disease inflicts more than 400,000 people each year and is ranked among the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S.

However, for a disease with such an ugly outcome, a pretty solution may be in the near future.

Thu
14
Mar

OPINION: Can doctors’ religious views stymie patient access to medical cannabis?

An Ontario court challenge revolving around mandatory referrals could spell big new for patients wanting to access medical cannabis as part of their treatment regimens. Whether or not that big news ultimately proves positive or negative for patients, however, will likely take some time to unfold.

 

After the recent Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo in Vancouver, I visited my parents in Abbotsford, a community about an hour’s drive away. Having grown up in a very religious household, my cannabis use has been a point of contention within the family. After three years, my parents are just now starting to get used to the idea that my daily medical cannabis use is here to stay.

Thu
14
Mar

Cannabis Control Commission considering changes to recreational, medical marijuana regulations

Medical marijuana patients and recreational consumers gave state regulators plenty to consider as the Cannabis Control Commission sets out this spring to revise and republish the regulations governing both medical and non-medical marijuana sectors.

Thu
14
Mar

Medicinal cannabis users left high and dry by Dutch tolerance policy

‘I wish I could tell you that this was conventional – it isn’t,’ says Dutch-Israeli multiple sclerosis (MS) patient Anat Avissar Koren. Inhaling cannabis is one of the few things that helps relieve her chronic pain but socially, even in the Netherlands, it is not fully accepted.

‘The stigma is the horrible part for a patient,’ she says. But the low-percentage CBD oils she was offered on prescription were useless. ‘I have low absorption problems,’ she explains. ‘The oil doesn’t affect me at all.’

Figures from the National Drugs Monitor (2017) estimate that Anat is one of around half a million people in the Netherlands who use cannabis medicinally – the vast majority without a prescription – yet Dutch law-makers and prevailing attitudes have been slow to catch up.

Thu
14
Mar

Medicinal cannabis for MS in the UK – a long way from reality

Despite the change in law, the government has failed on its promise to deliver access to potentially life-changing medicinal cannabis – The MS Society is demanding better.

For the past 15 years Paul has been in a continuous loop of trial and error, in search of an effective treatment for the constant pain and muscle spasms he lives with. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the mid-2000s, Paul’s condition has deteriorated rapidly in the last three years. So far, no treatment or therapy has worked to ease his symptoms.

Paul, who is 48, has repeatedly asked for Sativex, a cannabis-based drug licensed for spasticity in MS. But because it’s not routinely offered on the NHS in England, Paul’s neurologist has not been able to prescribe it.

Wed
13
Mar

Jamaica ships medical cannabis to Canada for testing

JACANA, a newly launched local medical cannabis company, has completed the country's first international export of the Jamaican medical cannabis flower.

The company completed its first delivery to cannabis-testing firm Anandia in Canada late last year.

The company has raised $2.7 billion (US$20 million) to cultivate, develop and distribute certified Jamaican medical cannabis that provide natural alternatives to the artificially manufactured products in the market.

The new investment will be used to expand operations in Jamaica, create further employment opportunities locally, drive research and development in Jamaica, and build on Jacana's existing global presence.

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