Cannabis has record of safety, efficacy

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Calls for further study regarding the relative safety and therapeutic efficacy of cannabis are always welcome ( “Pa. should lead medical marijuana research” ). But such calls should not inadvertently ignore or minimize the evidence that is already available. Unlike modern pharmaceuticals, cannabis possesses an extensive history of human use dating back thousands of years, thus providing society with ample empirical evidence … Read More

Medicinal cannabis hotline to cut through red tape for New South Wales patients and doctors

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A new hotline is expected to fast track access to medicinal cannabis for palliative care patients in NSW.  Doctors will soon have access to the NSW Medicinal Cannabis Advisory Service to help them cut through the regulatory red tape of legally prescribing onshore medicinal cannabis for their patients. From January, prescribers across the state will be able to call a hotline that … Read More

Canadian Government Releases Cannabis Legalization Details

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The Canadian government has released proposed federal regulations, clarifying some details of the program as provincial governments begin releasing their own draft rules. What’s in the proposal? Provisions for small, craft cannabis producers, 10 milligram limits on allowable THC content in edibles, and 30 milligram-per-milliliter of THC in oils. Single-use products, such as pre-rolls, cannot contain more than 1 gram … Read More

Aurora Posturing for Hostile CanniMed Takeover After Initial Bid Rejected

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CanniMed has rejected Aurora Cannabis’ unsolicited takeover offer; however, Aurora is now planning a hostile takeover by offering investors Aurora stock worth C$24 per CanniMed share, according to a Bloomberg report. The deal is valuing CanniMed stock 57 percent higher than its Nov. 14 closing price, and investors holding 38 percent of CanniMed shares have agreed to support the deal. … Read More

Consultant Linked to Tribe’s Cannabis Resort Has Drug Case Dismissed

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Jonathan Hunt, one of the cannabis consultants prosecuted in South Dakota for their role in the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe’s cannabis resort plan, will have his drug cases dismissed, the Associated Press reports. Hunt, former vice-president and cultivation expert for Colorado-based Monarch America, was charged with conspiracy to possess between a half-pound and pound of cannabis. A South Dakota judge … Read More

Illinois State Senator to Introduce Bill Allowing Opioid Patients Access to MMJ Program

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Illinois State Senator Don Harmon is set to introduce a bill to allow people prescribed opioids for a medical condition to apply for a temporary medical cannabis card instead in an effort to help curb the state’s opioid epidemic. In a press release, Harmon, a Democrat, pointed to research that shows “medical cannabis is a safe alternative treatment for the … Read More

BREAKING (UPDATED): Health Canada releases paper on cannabis regulation: no limits on # of licensed producers, packaging guidelines, Jan 20 deadline to respond

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Health Canada has just released a paper Tuesday outlining regulatory recommendations for the legalization of cannabis in 2018. Canadians have until January 20 to respond to these recommendations. In a press conference by Health Canada, several topics were addressed, including: 1. No limit on number of licensed cannabis producers, allowing micro industries to flourish 2. The roll out of an efficient system for licensing due to … Read More

Michigan Cannabis Legalization Campaign Submits Ballot Initiative Signatures

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Michigan’s Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted more than 365,000 signatures to state officials on Monday – 100,000 more than the 252,523 valid signatures required to put a ballot initiative to voters, paving the way for the issue to make its way to voters in 2018. Looking at the initiative The measure would implement a taxed-and-regulated recreational cannabis industry … Read More

Denver, Colorado Approves Social-Use Measure

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Officials in Denver, Colorado have approved the city’s voter-backed social cannabis use law, which takes effect immediately, and allows cannabis to be consumed at bars, restaurants, and other public spaces so long as it is not smoked, the Associated Press reports. Interested businesses must gain the approval of their neighbors before being granted a permit, but they won’t be able … Read More

U.S. Hemp Production More than Doubled in 2017

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Acreage of hemp crops in the U.S. more than doubled from 9,770 acres in 2016 to 23,346 in 2017, according to advocacy group Vote Hemp’s 2017 U.S. Hemp Crop Report. The report indicates that 32 universities conducted hemp research this year, and that 1,456 state hemp licenses were issued to researchers and cultivators. The largest gains were made in North … Read More