Medical Cannabis News

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May

Waiting for Health Canada Approval

Two companies ready to produce medical marijuana, but one has laid off staff.

 

Two major medical marijuana facilities are nearing completion in Kincardine and Hanover -- and both are waiting for the final go-ahead to start production -- but one company has now laid off staff.

In the Kincardine area, AMMCan or Advanced Medical Marijuana Canada has spent over five million dollars preparing the facility at the Bruce Energy Centre off Bruce Road 20 near Lake Huron.

However, President Peter Herburger says the company has been waiting for several months to go to the next step, which would be production of marijuana.

Because the company has been waiting so long, AMMCan has now laid off 15 workers and the executives are staying on the job without any pay.

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May

Major Colorado pot shop chain lays off 45% of its employees

One of Colorado’s largest chains of marijuana stores on Wednesday laid off 65 employees — or about 45 percent of the company’s total workforce, according to owner Shawn Phillips.

The pot layoffs are believed to be the largest in Colorado’s 16-month recreational era.

Phillips owns nine cannabis stores in Colorado, all of which are part of the Strainwise-branded network, and he called the cuts “drastic” but “temporary” in a letter he wrote to employees obtained by The Cannabist.

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May

Global Leading Scientist Claims Antidepressant Drugs Are Deadly

Psychotropic drugs could be making depression worse

 on 14th May 2015 @ 9.21pm

© Press Peter Gotzsche argues that the long-term affects the use of antidepressants has on us, and in particular the elderly, outweigh the benefits.

The debate over whether antidepressant drugs are safe to use has been circulating for a while now. One leading scientist has made claims that trial designs for almost all psychotropic drugs underplay the harms and overplay the benefits of them. If he is correct is there a suitable alternative out there, or were his results based on biased experiments?

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May

Gov. Gary Herbert says he's 'open to the idea of medical marijuana'

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he's open to legalizing marijuana in Utah for medical use.

"I'm open to the idea of medical marijuana and the discussion of how it can be used as a medicine based on science, and making sure we have good, collaborative efforts so we can answer the questions that are out there," the governor said.

Herbert said during the taping of his monthly news conference on KUED Ch. 7 that the state has "a history of looking at opportunities, for medical purposes, to bring substances on board that maybe historically have not been traditional medicine."

He cited cannabis oil, approved by lawmakers a year ago, as "helping people who have had seizures, and seems to be demonstrating scientifically there is some benefit."

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14
May

SideCar Launches Marijuana Delivery Service For San Francisco Residents

Ride-sharing company SideCar is planning on getting ahead of the competition by teaming up with local cannabis distributor Meadow to provide same-day medical marijuana deliveries to residents of San Francisco.

According to reports, the offer of special delivery will be much like SideCar's other transport services, wherein customers receive their package within an hour after making the order. Delivery requests will be made through the dispensary of San Francisco's Apothecarium.

"SideCar is able to power the on-demand economy, and medical marijuana is an example of all kinds of products we can deliver," Sunil Paul, SideCar co-founder and CEO, said. "The motivation is also that it's high profile."

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May

Watch: Medical marijuana 420 Clinic opens in Calgary

Watch above: Heather Yourex takes you on a tour of the 420 Clinic, Calgary’s first facility dedicated to helping patients access medicinal marijuana.

CALGARY – Alberta’s first medical clinic solely dedicated to providing access to medical marijuana officially opened Wednesday in Calgary’s Inglewood neighbourhood.

The 420 Clinic is not a dispensary, and no marijuana will be kept on site.  Instead, the clinic will help patients navigate new federal rules around how medical marijuana can be accessed.

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May

Denver marijuana tax refund: Plan for city ballot measure passes first step

Denver voters in November may decide whether the city can keep its first-year haul from a 3.5 percent special recreational marijuana sales tax.

The city’s ballot question would join a likely statewide measure asking the same question about $58 million collected by the state last year from its separate marijuana tax. In Denver’s case, at stake is nearly $5.3 million.

A City Council committee approved the wording 5-0 Wednesday. The measure is expected to get the council’s final sign-off June 8.

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May

Medical Marijuana No Better Than Placebo In Treating Behavioral Symptoms Of Dementia

With all the positive momentum surrounding the legalization of medical marijuana, it can be easy to forget that the research into Mary Jane’s possible medicinal uses is in many ways only in its infancy.

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14
May

Juicing Cannabis: Treat Marijuana As Dietary Essential

Nathaniel Morris and his wife Emily Aryn Morris are the founders of ProPlantWare, the platform for their movement, Rethink Cannabis.  We have all been tainted by the reputation that cannabis has attained over the last 80 years whether we realize it or not.  This movement is all about abandoning your pre-conceived notions, whether they are positive or negative.

“If we stop thinking about cannabis like a medicine, and start thinking about it like a food, the whole notion of how we approach it changes.” – Nathaniel Morris

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14
May

Arizona: Yavapai County RICO Funds Paid for Anti-Marijuana-Legalization Effort

Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney, wants to use more public funds to fight a planned cannabis legalization measure in Arizona.

A law-enforcement task force in Yavapai County cut a $50,000 check from RICO funds to a substance-abuse group dedicated to fighting marijuana legalization in Arizona, New Times has learned.

The deal between the Yavapai County-based Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) task force and MATFORCE was made soon after the Marijuana Policy Project announced it would launch a 2016 legalization campaign in Arizona — and more public funding against legalization could be on the way.

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