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Fri
02
Nov

Canada: Medical cannabis user finds prescription unaffordable now that recreational marijuana is legal

Shane Moore's landlords won't let him grow his own, meaning he'd have to pay $1,500/month for his medicine.

Shane Moore was prescribed opiates for a back injury years ago. He got hooked. It took years to shake the habit and even longer to feel relief without painkillers.

"Sometimes I hit the floor it was so bad," he said of his back pain, sitting in his Confederation neighbourhood apartment. Moore discovered cannabis was effective as a pain reliever.

For Moore, cannabis is both a harm-reduction measure — it helped him kick opiates — and a medicine. He said it treats both his pain and his anxiety.

He was prescribed 3 grams of cannabis a day by his family doctor, with his psychiatrist's blessing.

Thu
01
Nov

Ohio doctors are charging hundreds of dollars for marijuana recommendations

Ohio legalized medical marijuana only a few months ago, and things have gotten off to a rocky start. And now it appears doctors may be taking advantage of the newly legal industry, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Thu
01
Nov

Too many bureaucratic hurdles for cannabis research

Progress in the cannabis research field would greatly benefit from a reduction in the bureaucratic process involved in obtaining cannabinoids.

We’ve lost many years of potentially important research on the use of cannabis as medicine because of polarized views of the “weed” among researchers, policymakers and the general public.

On one side, there are those who see cannabis as a dangerous psychoactive drug that should be prohibited. On the other, there are those who view cannabis as a panacea with the potential to treat every disease and condition known to humankind.

Thu
01
Nov

Bernie Sanders says he's proud of states that legalized marijuana

Senator Bernie Sanders is one of the biggest champions of marijuana legalization in Congress, and he even takes pride in states who are furthering the cause, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Sanders appeared at a rally in California to support Democratic Representative Barbara Lee in her bid for re-election. The former presidential candidate spoke for about an hour and touched on a number of issues, and of course the topic of marijuana came up. Sanders said he's proud of states that have legalized cannabis in recent years.

Thu
01
Nov

Canada: Finally, a major airport allows passengers to smoke marijuana

Is it the start of a trend? Flying just got a little more bearable for passengers traveling from British Columbia.

The city’s primary airport, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), announced that passengers over the age of 19 traveling through the city are allowed to smoke or vape cannabis in designated outdoor areas, without any issues. All indoor areas of the airport remain smoke and vape free.

The announcement, posted on the Vancouver International Airport website, was included in the airport’s cannabis policy.

Thu
01
Nov

Strainprint™ Technologies Ltd. expands nationwide coverage with the addition of GrowWise Health Education Centres

Strainprint, the leader in cannabis data and analytics, is pleased to welcome GrowWise Health Limited ("GrowWise") to its fast-growing list of subscribing customers.

With education centres across Ontario and British Columbia, GrowWise provides comprehensive education and treatment services to help patients and physicians make informed choices about medical cannabis. GrowWise will leverage Strainprint's full technology suite across its network through an enterprise-wide license.

Thu
01
Nov

Medical cannabis can now be prescribed in the UK

More people in the UK will have access to medical cannabis as of today following last month’s announcement that the rules around prescribing cannabis would be relaxed.

The change in law follows the stories of high profile cases such as Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley, both children who have suffered from epilepsy whose symptoms have been alleviated by using cannabis oil.

“I have personally seen how my son’s life has changed due to the medical cannabis he is now prescribed,” Alfie’s mother Hannah Deacon said in welcoming the shift. “As a family we were facing his death. Now we are facing his life, full of joy and hope which is something I wish for each and every person in this country who could benefit from this medicine.”

Wed
31
Oct

Medical cannabis treatments in UK to be limited over doctors' fears and lack of regulation despite new law

Only a minority of patients who stand to benefit from potentially life-changing medicinal cannabis prescriptions will be able to access it after laws change on 1 November, experts have warned.

Despite the potential to help thousands with conditions like epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and nausea from cancer treatment, The Independent has learned that most doctors are so far refusing to prescribe.

Wed
31
Oct

How Lesotho became an unlikely hotspot for Canadian cannabis companies

The country's low-cost labour force, proximity to Europe and ideal climate make it a promising place to do business. Navdeep Dhaliwal was surprised when he first stepped foot in Lesotho last January — the climate was temperate, the landscape was lush, and the first footprints of a legal medical marijuana system were already in place.

“A close friend in the industry put me in touch with guys in Lesotho. So I went to meet with them, and I was really very surprised and impressed by the operation they had going there,” said Dhaliwal, president of Canadian licensed producer Supreme Cannabis.

So impressed, it turns out, that just months later Supreme pumped $10 million into a company called Medigrow Lesotho, that country’s first legal medical cannabis producer.

Wed
31
Oct

Colorado: Hemp is filling in the gaps among the Western Slope

Ribbons of fruit trees and grapevines run across hillsides under the rocky folds of iconic Mount Garfield, the place where legendarily good Colorado peaches grow. Now another crop — hemp — is sending up green spikes in the midst of all that fruit.

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