North America

Fri
20
Mar

Canada: Medical marijuana law goes to Supreme Court

Canada’s high court on Friday will contemplate whether it’s a constitutional right to munch cookies, brownies and oils laced with medical marijuana.

Federal regulations restrict authorized users of physician-prescribed cannabis to consuming only dried marijuana plants. Brewing pot in tea, baking it into a brownie or any form of consumption other than smoking the dried plant buds can trigger criminal trafficking and narcotics possession charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The question before the Supreme Court of Canada, in its first foray into the medical marijuana debate, is whether the Health Canada regulation violated medical marijuana users’ constitutional right to life, liberty and safety.

Tue
10
Feb

How beacons will influence billions in US retail sales

Traditional retailers have become much more adept at using technology to push back against online-only e-commerce sites. 

Beacons are among the most important new mobile technologies helping real-world merchants win back sales. These low-cost devices communicate with smartphone apps indoors through a Bluetooth signal. Last year saw tons of retailers testing beacons, including Macy's and Target. This year, hundreds of big retail chains are turning those devices on and using them to communicate with mainstream consumers in store.

Mon
26
Jan

Jamaica’s Plan To Legalize Marijuana Could Open Doors for Black Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs hope to capitalize on multimillion-dollar green rush with plan for licensing authority

Business opportunities in the growing multimillion dollar cannabis industry could open up soon to entrepreneurs in Jamaica. The country has approved a bill that decriminalizes the possession of marijuana for the first time in 100 years and brings the promise of medicinal marijuana sales. Jamaica’s Cabinet has approved the bill, meaning the country’s Rastafarian and island citizens could have the legal right to smoke cannabis if it gets the Parliament’s approval later this week.

Fri
10
Oct

"No drug can compete with the natural cannabis," the interview with Dr. Lester Grinspoon

"When I started to take care of marijuana in 1967, I had no doubt that it was a very harmful drug which, unfortunately, was being used by a growing number of young people unaware that they could not understand or did not listen to the warnings about its dangers. My intention was to describe scientifically the nature and degree of this danger. In the three following years, while browsing the scientific literature, medical and profane, my opinion began to change. I came to understand that I, like many other people in this country, I was subjected to brainwashing. My beliefs about the dangers of marijuana had little empirical foundation. When I completed the research I became convinced that cannabis was considerably less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, legal drugs most commonly used.

Wed
29
Jan

The Effect of Cannabis on Pregnant Women & Newborns

It's almost too taboo to discuss: pregnant women & marijuana. It's a dirty little secret for women, particularly during the harrowing first trimester, who turn to cannabis for relief from nausea and stress. 
 

Pregnant women in Jamaica use marijuana regularly to relieve nausea, as well as to relieve stress and depression, often in the form of a tea or tonic.

In the late 1960s, grad student Melanie Dreher was chosen by her professors to perform an ethnographic study on marijuana use in Jamaica to observe and document its usage and its consequences among pregnant women.

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