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Medical cannabis laws to loosen for those with epilepsy in the UK

The UK government is preparing to allow the emergency use of medical cannabis. British patients have little access to medical cannabis, and a growing number of pediatric epilepsy cases have caused the issue to become a national topic of conversation.

British authorities at London’s Heathrow Airport seized epileptic medication from Billy Caldwell, a 12 year-old Irish pediatric patient. He suffered multiple seizures and was hospitalized.

Alfie Dingley, a 6-year-old epileptic child from the UK, has also gained attention from British Parliament. His parents flew him to the Netherlands to legally obtain treatment. He later got over 300,000 signatures, calling for the legalization of CBD treatments.


Trump Tuesday: President Trump's visit with Queen Elizabeth was as cringey as you'd expect it to be

President Trump awkwardly blocked Queen Elizabeth — and Twitter has some thoughts.  Queen Elizabeth and President Donald Trump‘s meeting wasn’t without some awkward moments.

The leaders met for the first time on Friday, and the internet couldn’t help but notice how Trump walked in front of the Queen during their walk while inspecting her Guard of Honor.


British public backs legalization of cannabis so it can be sold like cigarettes and alcohol, poll reveals

51 per cent say it is time to treat the drug in the same way as other legal substances. A majority of the British public back the legalisation of cannabis so that it would be sold in shops like alcohol and tobacco, a poll has revealed.

There was also majority support for decriminalisation, something that would free up police time and resources to deal with serious crime. The exclusive BMG Research poll for The Independent comes days after cannabis oil was for the first time brought into the UK legally, to treat an epileptic boy.


Damian Marley was invited to the UK Parliament to discuss medical marijuana

Musician and cannabis advocate Damian Marley says the legalization movement is picking up steam in the UK, where he was invited to discuss the issue at the British parliament recently, writes Calvin Hughes.

"What’s very interesting is how rapid this discussion has picked [up] here in the UK," Marley told GQ. "When I was here last summer, it didn’t have the momentum that it has now. That’s beautiful—how quickly people are listening to the realities of the benefits of marijuana."


Medicinal cannabis oil brought into UK legally for first time as mother of epileptic boy hails 'momentous occasion'

A woman has legally brought medicinal cannabis oil into the UK in the first-known successful attempt since the government paved the way for reforms.

Hannah Deacon, a mother of a boy with epilepsy, was allowed to pass through London City Airport on Tuesday carrying a five-month supply of the banned drug from Amsterdam. 


These 4 marijuana stocks made the best moves in 2018 so far

Politically, at least, 2018 is turning out to be one heroic year for the cannabis industry. Canada became the first G7 nation to legalize recreational marijuana. Epidolex became the first cannabinoid medicine to earn the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). And Canopy Growth became the first cannabis company to list on the New York Stock Exchange.

At the halfway point, it is time to look at which marijuana stocks are coming out ahead. These are the four marijuana stocks with the best move in 2018 so far:


This Country's Chief Medical Advisor just recommended rescheduling marijuana

Hint: It's a global powerhouse, but it's not the United States.

This has truly been a year of marijuana firsts. A growing number of marijuana stocks previously traded over the counter made the move to reputable exchanges, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its first-ever cannabis-derived drug from GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH). Now Canada stands less than three months away from waving the green flag on recreational cannabis.


Big tobacco company Imperial Brands gets into cannabis

Imperial Brands—which markets cigarettes like Kool and Winston—invested in a UK cannabis startup.

One of the world’s largest tobacco companies, Imperial Brands, has invested in UK cannabis research start-up, Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies (OCT), marking one of the first official moves of a tobacco company into the cannabis space. Details of the tobacco giant’s deal were not released to the public, but Business Insider reports that OCT raised nearly $10 million from Imperial Brands and other investors. Another major buyer into OCT was Snoop Dogg’s investment firm Casa Verde Capital.


One of the world's largest tobacco giants is teaming up with Snoop Dogg's VC firm to invest in medical cannabis research

  • Imperial Brands' venture arm invested in Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies, a UK-based biotech company, along with Casa Verde Capital.
  • Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies is researching and developing compounds in the cannabis plant that can be used for drugs.
  • It's one of the first concrete signs the tobacco industry is embracing cannabis.

One of the world's largest tobacco companies is getting into cannabis.


The CEO behind the first prescription marijuana drug explains what the move means for the future

Monday was both a milestone and a jumping off point for Justin Gover, CEO of a company that makes Epidiolex, a medicine that just became the first marijuana-derived drug to win federal approval.


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