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Marijuana for PTSD blasted by Erin O'Toole, veterans affairs minister

​Marijuana has harmful effects and there's no proof it helps with post-traumatic stress disorder, says Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole.

"There's a number of voices out there suggesting it's a treatment for PTSD; there's no clinical support for that," O'Toole said Wednesday. "Certainly, there is some support for symptom relief for chronic pain or anxiety, some symptoms."

He spoke after a CBC News investigation revealed that nearly two-thirds of the money the federal government spent on medical marijuana last year went to veterans in Atlantic Canada — a region with about 14 per cent of the total number of veterans.

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14
May

Denver marijuana tax retention ballot measure passes first step

File - In this Dec. 27, 2013 file photo, marijuana and cannabis-infused products are displayed for sale at a marijuana dispensary in Denver. (Brennan Linsley, Associated Press file)

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.

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14
May

Special marijuana committee created by Oregon Senate president to handle medical pot

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney, moving to end a legislative impasse over a sweeping medical marijuana measure, on Wednesday created a special Senate committee to deal with the issue. 

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14
May

New federal bill on medical pot for epilepsy backed by Bennet, Gardner

Colorado’s U.S. senators, Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, are backing federal legislation to allow children with seizures and adults with intractable epilepsy to have access to medical marijuana.

The proposed Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act would lift federal prohibitions across the country on using marijuana strains that are medically beneficial to prevent certain seizures.

Gardner, a Republican, and Bennet, a Democrat, announced the bill Wednesday with Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Johnny Isakson of Georgia at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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14
May

Viridian Capital Hosts First Ever NYC Marijuana Investor Briefing

An entrepreneurial investment opportunity in a new industry is unfolding as more and more states legalize medical and recreational marijuana. “Investing in the Emerging Cannabis Industry While Managing Risk” on June 18th in New York will explore and discuss the opportunities and risks in this growing multi billion-dollar industry. Hosted by Viridian Capital Advisors, the first investment banking and strategic advisory firm dedicated to the cannabis market, this invitation-only morning briefing is open to attendees of the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo).

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14
May

Bill would allow marijuana oils for Del. kids with seizures

Rylie Maedler, 9, of Rehoboth Beach plays with brother Korban, 3. Rylie suffers from non-epileptic seizures and is pushing for legislation that would allow Delaware minors to use marijuana oils to treat seizures.(Photo: CHUCK SNYDER/Special to the News Journal)

Rylie Maedler's seizures started after 2013 surgery to remove a benign but aggressive tumor that spread from her jaw to the palate of her mouth.

Now Maedler's seizures come and go, but can have a devastating impact.

They leave the Rehoboth Beach 9-year-old dizzy, her legs numb and immobile, and with headaches that can last for days.

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14
May

Quebec to track, study use of medicinal marijuana

Researchers in Quebec have launched a registry of medicinal cannabis users to determine the safety of the drug and its effectiveness in treating a variety of diseases and conditions.

The Quebec Cannabis Registry will be used to compile and store clinical data collected directly from about 3,000 medical marijuana users in the province, who will be enrolled through their primary-care doctors over a 10-year period.

“The registry is now basically open for business,” said principal investigator Dr. Mark Ware, a family doctor and McGill researcher who specializes in pain management.

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14
May

B.C. college of physicians warned new rules for medicinal marijuana could spark legal challenge

Two Vancouver lawyers who specialize in marijuana have warned that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. may have put itself at risk of litigation when on May 5 it revised how doctors should counsel patients on medicinal cannabis.

In separate interviews, Kirk Tousaw and John Conroy told the Straight a memo sent to B.C. doctors could result in a court challenge that argues the new rules violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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14
May

Germany to Legalize Cannabis?

The CDU, a staunchly conservative party and the leading political party in Germany may have come around to the idea of legalizing and regulating the cannabis market in Germany. In a surprising union they issued a joint statement on cannabis via the news channel ARD. An unexpected move considering the two parties generally don't agree much on ideas.

The spokesman on economic policy for the Christian Democratic Union Joachim Pfeiffer, and Dieter Janecek of the Green Party in Germany issued a statement declaring that they believe criminalization no longer makes sense. Every year between 1-2 billion euros are spent on prosecuting cannabis consumers.  If legalized and taxed the government could make 2 billion euros a year from the taxes on cannabis.

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14
May

How to Get Hired to Work in the Medical Cannabis Industry Part 3: Getting Hired as a Grower

Growers are a unique breed, and the best of the bunch are passionate about their garden, highly dependable, and thrive on exposure to new and different horticulture techniques. The grower role is often the most covert position in medical cannabis because their processes are considered trade secrets, and rightfully so -- successfully cultivating cannabis on a large scale is no simple task. There are dozens of factors that have to be perfectly controlled over the approximately 90 day growing cycle. If the environmental controls or nutrient schedule fail for even just a few hours, the entire harvest will be negatively impacted, and in some cases completely lost.

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