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Fri
21
Dec

Can you get high from second-hand marijuana smoke?

On 18 September 2018 the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court in the country, decriminalised the private use and cultivation of marijuana.

The unanimous court ruling was met with approval and celebration by the South African public.

For all of those not partaking in the "joint" rotation and concerned about the "second-hand high", rest assured that you’ll remain unaffected... kind of.

Fri
21
Dec

California's last compassionate care marijuana service was just shut down

Californians welcomed Proposition 64 with confetti and champagne celebrations. But the way in which regulation has rolled out, more and more people are waking up to what “adult-use” and “regulated cannabis” actually mean. And, unfortunately, it means watching the roots of Proposition 215—the law that made medical marijuana legal in California—wither under the Golden State’s new regime.

Fri
21
Dec

Hemp is officially legal now that Trump has signed Farm Bill into law

Today, the Farm Bill was signed into law, officially legalizing hemp for the first time in over 40 years. Under the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, as it's officially called, states can now start to produce hemp and hemp-derived products, with supervision by the Department of Agriculture, writes Madison Margolin. 

Thu
20
Dec

Medical cannabis tested as potential treatment for brain cancer

One of Australia’s top neurosurgeons is at the forefront of a world-first trial testing whether medical cannabis could be used to treat aggressive brain cancer.

Professor Charlie Teo and nutritional supplement company BioCeuticals are leading the clinical trial, which is examining if the plant-based tonic can ease symptoms and maybe even slow cancer growth in sufferers of Glioblastoma, or GBM.

Eighty two Australians aged between 19 and 70 with GBM are participating, taking a daily oral dose of cannabis containing high THC (Tetra Hydro Cannabinols) .

“The product that we are using in the trial is an organic, whole plant extract which is taken orally as an oil,” Belinda Reynolds from BioCeuticals told 9News.

Thu
20
Dec

A running list of recreational marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts — and those soon to open

Slowly but surely, more marijuana dispensaries are sprouting up to begin recreational sales in Massachusetts.

Following the first legal adult-use sales in November, the Cannabis Control Commission has continued to approve new pot shops across the state on a rolling basis, so customers won’t always be forced to drive long distances or endure multi-hour waits to make a purchase.

However, with the rollout still in its early stages, dispensaries have had to take special measures to handle the crush of customers, such as imposing limits on individual sales (beyond the state’s one-ounce maximum) or re-routing visitors to satellite parking lots.

Thu
20
Dec

The US Surgeon General just declared vaping an epidemic for American youth

Underage vaping is an epidemic, according to US Surgeon General Jerome Adams. Yesterday, Adams released an advisory calling for more to be done to curb the use of nicotine vaping devices among the nation's youth, writes Calvin Hughes. 

Wed
19
Dec

Cannabis found to alter genetic profile of sperm

Scientists have found that the active ingredient in the drug cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can alter sperm.

Legal access to cannabis is increasing across the US, prompting scientists to dig deeper into the effects of THC in teens, adults and pregnant women.

Patients in the UK can be prescribed medicinal cannabis as of November, if it is agreed by a specialist doctor.

New research from Duke University has suggested that THC could impact the sperm of men in their child-bearing years and potentially the children they conceive.

Wed
19
Dec

Pa. almost doubles number of medical marijuana dispensaries

The state Department of Health awarded 23 permits for dispensing medical marijuana on Tuesday, almost doubling the number of operators previously approved by the state to sell the drug.

The state received applications from 167 entities interested in selling medical marijuana in this round of permitting. This is the second set of dispensary permits approved under the 2016 law that legalized the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of serious medical illnesses in Pennsylvania. The new permits bring the statewide total to 50 dispensary permits, each of which allows the operators to open up to three sites.

Wed
19
Dec

Wife makes emotional plea for release of husband held over cannabis oil

The wife of a British man arrested for allegedly smuggling cannabis oil in Bali has made an emotional appeal for his release, saying he “made a mistake but doesn’t deserve five to 15 years in prison.”

Michelle Holmes, 41, said her husband, Pip, 45, knew he had “crossed the line” but said he was a “good man with a good heart” who had used the medicinal cannabis oil to treat severe arthritis that required a titanium hip replacement six years ago.

“He would not have done this unless he was in a lot pain,” said Ms Holmes, the mother of his two children aged 11 and eight who has been separated from her husband for a year.

Tue
18
Dec

Miss Universe 2018 voices support for medical marijuana in the Philippines

Miss Universe is taking a stance marked different from the Philippines' official policy, writes Calvin Hughes. 

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