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Sun
08
Mar

Surrey fire chief has a ‘cultural bias’ against marijuana grow-ops, expert witness to testify

Surrey’s fire chief has a “cultural bias” against licensed marijuana grow-ops, which is why he wrongly concludes they are more dangerous than regular residences, an expert witness is expected to testify at a Vancouver court case.

Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis, an adjunct criminology professor at the University of the Fraser Valley and an expert witness for the federal government in a constitutional challenge of Canada’s medical marijuana laws, concluded there was a higher incidence of fires at homes with both illicit and legal marijuana grow-ops.

Garis will be called as a witness Monday when the case, which started two weeks ago, resumes in Federal Court in Vancouver.

Sun
08
Mar

Ontario Student Granted Insurance Coverage For Medical Marijuana, Reimbursed For Cost Of ‘Medical Document’

Jonathan Zaid, a 22 year old third year student at the University of Waterloo, has recently begun making waves in the Canadian cannabis world by announcing he was able to get his medical marijuana costs covered by his studentmedical insurance plan.

Sun
08
Mar

Weed business ownership still hidden in haze of smoke

Want a stake in the medical marijuana business but missed out on getting a coveted state license? You might not be too late.

Weed businesses that scored licenses to grow in Illinois are looking for investors.

But if the chance to get in on the ground floor of what’s already a $2.7 billion industry in the United States sounds too good to be true, insiders say the tiny number of patients so far permitted to use marijuana in Illinois is causing them sleepless nights.

They’re looking for tens of millions of dollars in financing to build marijuana farms — and to keep running while hoping the state will loosen its restrictions on who can use the drug.

Sat
07
Mar

Texas lawmakers considering marijuana reform

Currently, there are 10 bills in Austin regarding decriminalizing or legalizing medicinal or recreational marijuana. 

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal and or recreational pot.

"Still haven't seen any reports on rioting, looting, society hasn't collapsed in the great state of Alaska and hasn't collapsed in any of the other states that have experimented with legalization or decriminalization or medical marijuana," Jake Syma said.

Some Texas law makers considering adding Texas as the 24th. 

There are eight bills in the House and two in the Senate, all regarding marijuana reform.

"I'm interested in how this goes, I hope it gets some legs, but I doubt it," Kenny Ketner said.

Sat
07
Mar

New York - Medical marijuana trailblazer uproots Co. operation

A pioneer of Colorado’s medical marijuana industry is leaving the state for greener pastures – in New York.

Josh Stanley, who helped get legislation passed to legalize marijuana and opened the Peace in Medicine Center, Denver’s first medical marijuana dispensary, said he’ll completely relocate to New York.

He plans on opening four medical marijuana clinics and two marijuana farms there.

“I got tired of looking in the paper and seeing ads for joints,” Stanley said. “You see companies getting in on the ‘Green Rush’ … They’re peddling dope.”

Stanley said he wants to focus on cannabis-based pharmaceuticals.

Sat
07
Mar

In Germany, it's a painstaking path to medical marijuana

It's pain week here in Germany. And one of the topics being discussed is medical marijuana. Right now, only very few Germans are allowed to smoke marijuana to relieve pain. Meet Lars Scheimann, one of them...

Sat
07
Mar

Uruguay Plans Pharmacy-Run Marijuana Sales in 2015 Under Vazquez

(Bloomberg) -- Recreational pot will hit pharmacy shelves in Uruguay as President Tabare Vazquez moves to fully implement a sweeping cannabis law signed by his predecessor, a senior government policy maker said.

“The law is going to be implemented and we are going to end up selling marijuana in the pharmacies like the law says,” Milton Romani, secretary-general of the National Drugs Board, said in an interview Thursday.

Wedged between Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay became the first country in the world to regulate cannabis for recreational, medicinal and industrial uses in December 2013. Former President Jose “Pepe” Mujica pitched the measure to Uruguayans as a way to allow legal growers to undercut a black market that government estimates put at about 22 tons a year.

Sat
07
Mar

Fatal attraction to synthetic cannabis is an unnatural high

Let's face it, we all like to get high, whether it be booze or bungee jumping; bongs or bongo playing; amphetamines or an adrenaline rush – everyone likes a diversion from the daily grind (unless it is a double shot latte accompanied by an Italian digestive biscuit).

Sadly this correspondent's greatest thrill these days comes from watching Hawthorn premiership DVDs while wearing a pair of Junior Rioli's discarded game-day socks.

So if someone came along with cannabis-like product that mimicked pot, was borderline legal, and wouldn't be detected on drug tests it would be too good to be true.

Sat
07
Mar

WHO Called to Take a Stand on Consumption of Cannabis

Experts estimate that "the current system of drug control has failed" and that health authorities should decide on the use of cannabis.

The scientific evidence for medical benefits of cannabis appear to be more convincing. And according to experts, the results of many relevant and declining legal prohibition studies should force public health officials to decide quickly about the use of cannabis.

"The World Health Organization (WHO) will probably soon adopt a new position on cannabis, given the pressure it undergoes", explained Pavel Pachta, former deputy secretary of the International Narcotics Control Board ( INCB), before an audience of experts gathered at the International Conference on the medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids, held since Wednesday in Prague.

Fri
06
Mar

Girl Scouts rack up cookie sales outside marijuana dispensary

Talk about smoking the competition.

Sisters Aurora and Eden Ray not only sold more than 100 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies on Friday, they did something maybe no other Oregon Girl Scouts have ever done: sell the organization’s famous Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs and other cookies outside a medical marijuana dispensary.

“It’s actually great to sell here at this place because none of our Girl Scouts have done this before,” said Aurora, 11, standing Friday afternoon with her sister and parents, Ralph and Belinda Ray, outside the Oregon Microgrowers Guild on Cross Street in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood.

“We’re hoping to show people that we’re just trying to make a difference and help people and stuff,” Aurora said.

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