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Aphria invests $1million for expansion of marijuana production

After only 3½ months of operation, Leamington’s Aphria Inc. is spending $1 million to expand its medical marijuana production.

The investment is part of a two-phase expansion plan for the business that just began operations in December. Startup costs were $6 million.

The phase one investment will increase the current growing capacity of 1,200 to 1,500 kilograms of marijuana to 2,500 kg annually.

But Aphria CEO Vic Neufeld said that’s still not enough to keep up with the growing demand.

“It’s not enough for us to service this business opportunity,” Neufeld said Wednesday of wholesale demand that has developed in the last two months.

Wed
18
Mar

In Israel, Medical Marijuana Research Far From Stuck in the Weeds

One of the most revolutionary social movements in the past decade has been the growing acceptance of the consumption of marijuana in Western society, including the substance’s legalization in U.S. states such as Colorado and Washington. While marijuana is illegal for general use in Israel, the Jewish state is considered to be one of the world’s most forward-thinking countries when it comes to medical marijuana, with scientists and researchers flocking there to learn more about the benefits of the drug.

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18
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Georgia Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

The Georgia Senate overwhelmingly passed a medical marijuana bill, but one with major stipulations and is much more limiting than the House Bill that passed a few weeks ago.

The bill sets up a five-year scientific study involving only people under 21 with seizure disorders. A key senator promised to meld it with a broader House bill.

Sen. Lindsey Tippins’ (R-Macon), the author of the bill watched as his bill was approved in a 54-1 vote Friday after an hour debate session. Tippins said he wants more evidence that the remedy is effective.

“I want to protect our children,” he said. “We must gather a conclusive body of evidence.”

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Kamloops physician Ian Mitchell explains how cannabis relieves pain and reduces anxiety

  • Dr. Ian Mitchell will recruit people in the fall to research the effect of different preparations of cannabis on posttraumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Ian Mitchell says that in an ideal world, physicians would learn about the medicinal properties of cannabis in medical school. Doctors would be trained about different extracts from marijuana plants, including cannabidiol, aka CBD, and tetrahydrocannabinol, aka THC.

But the Kamloops emergency-room physician tells the Georgia Straight by phone that the vast majority of doctors haven’t been educated in this area.

Wed
18
Mar

First Ever Marijuana Dental Care and Skin Care Line Rivals CBD-Based Products

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — While cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are reportedly excellent painkillers, there’s a new cannabinoid on the block called cannabigerol (CBG) that has anti-inflammatory as well as anti-bacterial properties. That could lead the way formarijuana dentistry.

“It can help with gingivitis and bleeding gums,” said Dr. George Anastassov, a dentist and CEO with AXIM Biotech, a U.S. based cannabinoid company.

Wed
18
Mar

Proposed pot bills include decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana

Lawmakers in Springfield will consider several marijuana bills this session, including at least one that would decriminalize small amounts of pot.

Other proposed laws would:

  • Extend the now-delayed medical marijuana pilot program.
  • Add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that make a patient qualified to use medical marijuana.
  • Allow adults to possess or grow small amounts of marijuana.

Several other marijuana-related bills also are proposed.

And proponents of legalized marijuana see this influx of legislation as “baby steps” on the way to legalization.

Wed
18
Mar

2015 Canadian Medical Marijuana Outlook: Foggy With Sunny Patches

The Canadian Medical Marijuana experience for investors has for the most part been a tremendous letdown thus far. When Tweed Marijuana Inc. (TSX.V:TWD) lost 10 percent on its first day open of $3.32, and as of Friday last week accumulated a total YTD loss of 41 percent, the writing was on the wall.

Of course, that does not apply to insiders and early stage investors. Tweed founders paid as little as $0.15 a share, and their instant wealth came at the direct expense of retail investors.

But that is the game, and anybody who cries about it has no business investing in it.

Wed
18
Mar

Chromatography And Cannabinoid Potency Testing

In order to give Lift readers a better understanding of the Quality Assurance and testing practices that go into producing medical marijuana under the MMPR, we’ve enlisted the services of Emily Kirkham, the lead analytical chemistry consultant at Signoto, in Vancouver, BC. A professional chemist with a B.Sc. in Chemistry from McGill University, she brings over 15 years of experience working in analytical laboratories, with an emphasis on quality control procedures and method development. Signoto provides quality control consulting services to the Canadian medical cannabis industry.

Wed
18
Mar

Going to Pot? TX Lawmakers to Vote on Legalizing Medical Marijuana

AUSTIN – Medical marijuana has got a lot of folks buzzed in the Lone Star State. Lawmakers will have their chance to vote on House Bill 3785 this session, which would give Texans a shot at using the drug for medicinal purposes.

Will this bill go up in smoke?

Well, maybe. We’re still in Texas, folks. But a recent poll showed nearly 60% of Texans support medical legalization.

So, does this mean pot shops will sprout like weeds in DFW like they did in Colorado?

Wed
18
Mar

Pro-Marijuana Group Warns Against "Excessive" Taxation in Massachusetts

A group pushing for a 2016 ballot question on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana is warning against imposing excessive taxation or fees on the sale of pot.

Bay State Repeal on Wednesday released a statement saying it welcomes a bill filed by more than a dozen Massachusetts lawmakers that would allow marijuana to be taxed and regulated like alcohol. The bill also would let adults 21 years or older possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana.

But the pro-marijuana group says if taxes and fees are too high that will force up the cost of pot and help maintain a black market in the state. It says that could have the unintended consequence of giving minors the ability to continue obtaining marijuana illegally.

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