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Wed
02
Jan

UN Drug Commission delays THC rescheduling at 61 Session in Vienna, Austria

The UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) failed to reschedule cannabis at the 61st Session in Vienna, Austria, last month, bucking the expectations of activists. Per an anticipated recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO), many believed the CND would remove tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from Schedules I and IV, and make the cannabinoid a Schedule II, or perhaps deschedule it all together. Fentanyl, tramadol, and synthetic cannabinoids were castigated by all, but cannabis containing more than one percent THC will remain a topic of debate until March 2019.

Mon
31
Dec

Oil change: Can vape pens go green?

Recreationally legal in 10 states and medically available in 33 (plus the District of Columbia), cannabis products are in demand more than ever. Policy changes have resulted in headaches for business owners and farmers, but the slow erosion of barriers preventing consumers from purchasing cannabis has allowed the industry to boom and new technologies to emerge.

Fri
28
Dec

Most veterinarians think marijuana can help dogs, even if they aren't ready to recommend it

While most aren't prepared to prescribe it, many veterinarians do think that medical marijuana should be legalized for animals, writes Calvin Hughes. 

Thu
27
Dec

The wait for medical marijuana in Ohio could soon be over

After months of delays, patients could be able to get legal medical marijuana in Ohio in a matter of days. 

Mark Hamlin with the Ohio Department of Commerce says some licensed growers are preparing to harvest their plants. And he adds one dispensary in Wintersville near Steubenville is likely to open soon. In recent days, a certificate of operation was granted to the North Coast Testing Laboratories in Streetsboro near Cleveland.

Thu
27
Dec

Doctors recommend nearly 4,500 people for medical marijuana registry

State officials say doctors have submitted nearly 4,500 recommendations in the medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry for Ohio.

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced on Monday that the number of recommendations now totals 4,440, with at least 3,036 people completing the information online and activating registration e-cards.

The registry is the online portal where doctors certified to recommend medical marijuana can register patients and caregivers. It went live Dec. 3.

Mon
24
Dec

Judge says fired medical marijuana user can pursue lawsuit

A Delaware judge has ruled that a medical marijuana user fired from his factory job after failing a drug test can pursue a lawsuit against his former employer.

Jeremiah Chance was fired in 2016 from his job as a yard equipment operator at the Kraft Heinz plant in Dover. He claims his termination violated an anti-discrimination provision contained in Delaware's Medical Marijuana Act. Chance also claims he was targeted for retaliation after pointing out safety issues with the facility's railroad ties.

The company argued that the anti-discrimination provision in Delaware's law is pre-empted by the federal Controlled Substances Act, which defines marijuana as an illegal drug and contains no exception for medical use.

Mon
24
Dec

Two of Utah’s biggest medical institutions are urging doctors not to give patients legal medical marijuana

Medical marijuana was legalized in Utah on December 4, but two groups of doctors are still fighting to keep prohibition in effect, at least for a few more months, writes Calvin Hughes. Right now, physicians are allowed to begin approving patients for medicinal cannabis, but the Intermountain Healthcare (IHC) and University of Utah Medical Group (UUMG) are throwing wrenches into that process. 

Mon
24
Dec

After delays, Ohio’s medical marijuana ‘right on the cusp’

Signed into law by Gov. John Kasich in 2016, Ohio’s medical marijuana program offered hope to thousands of patients.

One of the final pieces of getting marijuana to patients — the approval of a testing facility — came late last week. No matter when the program begins, it likely won’t meet demand initially.

The industry struggled this year, missing a key Sept. 8 deadline as growers, processors, testers and dispensary operators slogged through myriad regulatory hurdles required everywhere from city zoning administrators to the state’s marijuana board to even the U.S. Department of Education.

The result also slowed the timetable for the program’s patient and caregiver registry, which went live with just less than a month left this year.

Mon
24
Dec

Canada: Medical cannabis users struggle with access, supply, says advocate

It might be legal to buy pot for fun right now, but one advocate says people who use medical cannabis are struggling to get what they need.

Kelly Csada owns Kelz Medical Services in Regina, which she describes as a cannabis education centre to teach clients about options for using cannabis to treat a variety of ailments. She said that at first people coming in were very excited about legal recreational cannabis, thinking it would be easier to access a supply. Instead, she said the opposite has happened — it’s creating a distressing situation for people who depend on it for their quality of life.

Fri
21
Dec

Getting a handle on cannabis potency labeling

Cannabis consumers who are receiving their cannabis orders from a provincial retail outlet, such as the Ontario Cannabis Store, may find listed on the label “Total THC” as a percentage, likely a foreign concept for most.

Total THC often refers to the total potential amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC—the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects—in the cannabis after it has been heated.

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