North America

Thu
11
Aug

Cannabis content prodco staffs up

US prodco Civilized has appointed former Cineflix Media and PPI Releasing executives to head up its studio specialising in cannabis-themed content.

Brandon Killion

Brandon Killion and Katie Labrie have both been named as exec VP of Civilized Studios and will be tasked with leading the company’s productions for its website Civilized.life.

Civilized was founded in 2015 to target recreational cannabis users. Its website features in-depth interviews with celebrities and those involved in cannabis legislature, as well as pop culture updates, trending news and entertainment.

Killion began his TV career with Thom Beers’ Original Productions in 2004, overseeing series such as History’s Ice Road Truckers and A&E’s American Hoggers.

Thu
11
Aug

Liberals promising to deal with marijuana threat to road safety

OTTAWA — Before proceeding with its pot-legalization agenda next spring, the Liberal government is promising to tackle the issue of drug-impaired driving, which bureaucrats say could spike considerably if marijuana becomes legal.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was warned by officials in January of the risks, a classified briefing document obtained by The Canadian Press shows.

“The legalization of marijuana could lead to a significant increase in drug-impaired driving cases,” the memorandum reads.

Bureaucrats say there is limited data as only two jurisdictions in the United States have legalized marijuana: Colorado and Washington.

Thu
11
Aug

High-End Dining: Are Marijuana Meals The Next Big Foodie Trend?

"Just as we treat a glass of wine with dinner, this is how I'm treating cannabis—as an accent to the meal."

That's Chris Sayegh describing his approach to cooking. The Los Angeles chef prepares elaborate multicourse dinner menus, with foie gras custard, citrus-cured salmon, and pomegranate sorbet—all infused with cannabis extracts.

Sayegh calls himself "The Herbal Chef," which is, obviously, THC for short. "Everything is subtle," he says, describing his use of weed as if it were thyme. "That way, you can enjoy the entirety of the meal without getting overwhelmed."

Thu
11
Aug

More research marijuana coming as NIDA monopoly falls

More research marijuana coming as NIDA monopoly falls

DEA fails to reschedule marijuana, ends monopoly instead. (Photo by David Downs)

American medical researchers will get access to thousands of more pounds of U.S. government-certified marijuana, potentially spurring dozens of breakthroughs for chronic pain and depression, under a historic new shift in DEA policy.

In a major moment in for global drug law reform, the Drug Enforcement Administration is expected to announce an end to its monopoly on what it deems ‘research-grade’ marijuana.

Thu
11
Aug

An in-depth new study shows that the online market for illegal drugs is growing

Undated handout of ecstasy pills, which contain MDMA as their main chemical Thomson Reuters

The market for online sales of illegal drugs has greatly increased in the last three years, according to an in-depth study carried out by RAND Europe.

The study (which we first saw on NBC News) analysed popular "deep web" drug websites that operate on a hidden version of the internet accessible through the Tor web browser.

RAND Europe's study found that the number of transactions on illegal drug sites has tripled since 2013, and revenues have almost doubled.

Thu
11
Aug

DEA Rejects Marijuana Rescheduling but Eliminates a Research Barrier

Jacob SullumToday the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is expected to reject two petitions asking it to reclassify marijuana while agreeing to loosen restrictions on the supply of marijuana for medical research. Although the drug's legal status will remain the same, the DEA's willingness to allow competition among marijuana suppliers should facilitate research by removing a bureaucratic bottleneck and improving the quality and variety of cannabis available to scientists investigating the plant's medical benefits.

Thu
04
Aug

The Hemp Industry Can Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

The benefits of cultivating and processing hemp domestically go beyond the economic advantages. Making hemp farming federally legal and increasing the number of crops nationwide could make a powerful impact on our efforts to prevent global warming.

Last week, Colorado Hemp Company and NoCo Hemp Expo hosted Hemp On The Slope, an event in Collbran, Colorado, meant to educate and inform the community on the benefits of domestic hemp cultivation. Among the most significant of the benefits? Industrial hemp farming reduces our carbon footprint and thereby combats global warming.

Mon
27
Jun

Cannabis conversation urged at North American Leaders Summit

At the end of this week, President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will meet in Ottawa for the North American Leaders’ Summit. Since the summit was first convened in 2005, this regular gathering has been used to discuss shared economic and security issues, like trade and resource management. This year, however, these three leaders have a unique chance to address the future of an industry that will be among the defining political and economic forces of the next ten years, if not the next fifty. That industry is legal cannabis.

Tue
21
Jun

Trinidad: Government ‘not ready’ for ganja consultation

The Caribbean Collective for Justice (CCJ) said it has been informed by the head of the Caricom Marijuana Commission Professor Rose Marie Belle Antoine, that Trinidad and Tobago was to be the first country where the Commission would host its first national consultation, but Government said it was “not ready.” 

In response to an email query by the CCJ’s head, Nazma Muller about the date of the T&T consultation, Antoine replied: “I wanted to start here but apparently TnT government was not ‘ready’ so don’t know.” 

Fri
17
Jun

Mexico Senate approves medical use of marijuana

MEXICO CITY  - Mexico's Senate approved the report of a bill proposed by President Enrique Peña, but refused to raise the amount consumers are allowed to carry from 5 to 28 grams.

The proposed law has the objective to leave behind the war on drugs and punitive prohibitionism, and was approved at a special session of the joined committees: Health, Human Rights, Interior and Legislative Studies of the Senate.

The legislative opinion "decriminalized planting, growing and harvesting marijuana in national territory, when used for medicinal and scientific purposes, to which Mexico has its own controlled industry for this substance."

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