Archive: Friday October 7, 2016

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Press Release - SMITHS FALLS, ON, Tweed Inc. (Tweed), Canada's largest and most recognized producer of cannabis, and Snoop Dogg (Snoop), the world's most renowned cannabis connoisseur, are please to announce that Leafs by Snoop will be available in Canada this October, exclusively to customers registered with Tweed.

Since announcing this first-of-a-kind partnership in February, Tweed and the iconic entrepreneur have been carefully working to select, phenotype, and ultimately produce a selection of cannabis strains that represent the highest quality of flower, while meeting a cross-section of patient needs. The Tweed Shop will soon be home to the first three Canadian Leafs by Snoop varieties – Sunset, Ocean View and Palm Tree CBD – a nod to the West Coast rapper's California heritage.

"At this stage in his career, Snoop is much more than an artist, entertainer and entrepreneur," said Mark Zekulin, President of Tweed.  "He's also one of the most trusted voices in cannabis the world over. With this partnership we're welcoming a cannabis culture icon into the Canadian industry, and as a true partner of the Tweed team."

Starting with three whole-flower dried cannabis strains and expanding over time, Leafs by Snoop will be a full spectrum offering of diverse strains including a high CBD option and mid to high-range THC options.

To celebrate the launch of Leafs by Snoop – available north of the border for the first time – Tweed will be throwing Snoop a private birthday party for him and a thousand of his closest Tweed Friends on October 27th in Toronto.
Full Press Release @ Marijuana.Ca

 

Marijuana.Ca Comment: There's a very smart, experienced and highly motivated team at Tweed/Canopy. Moving at light speed.

We wonder if some Canadian company will be making an announcement about Seth Rogen strains.


~ Scroll further down for more Daily Marijuana News, Info and Strains


Patients' Voices

Chronic Pain. Maria's Story, Revisited.

 
Tilray's first patient, as she continues treatment with medical cannabis. As a RCMP offer, Maria suffered a severe hand injury in the line of duty.

 
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Friday October 7th, 2016
 

A New Study Suggests Cannabis Could Treat Cervical Cancer

Through in vitro, or test tube/petri dish, analysis, researchers from the biochemistry department at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa found that the non-psychotropic cannabinoid, or chemical compound, CBD (cannabidiol), taken from a Cannabis sativa extract, could hold anticarcinogenic properties. They pointed out that cannabis acted on the cancerous cells through apoptosis, or a process of cell death, causing only the cancerous cells to kill themselves, and inhibiting their growth.
More @ Vice


Canada - Manitoba’s budding medical marijuana industry

Manitobans currently spend between $300 and $500 million on marijuana annually, and that number is growing. Since receiving their license in 2014, Winnipeg’s Delta 9 Bio-Tech has supplied patients across Canada with government-grade medical marijuana and is currently Winnipeg’s only licensed producer. Vice president and co-founder John Arbuthnot has found himself in the right place at the right time.
More @ Uniter.Ca


Canada - Share marijuana revenue, take zero-tolerance approach for drivers, Calgary tells Ottawa

Calgary officials are urging Ottawa to consider a zero-tolerance policy for drivers under the influence of marijuana, share tax revenue from sales of the drug and surrender addresses of existing medicinal cannabis grow-ops.
More @ Calgary Herald


Canada - Beer - Beau’s Beer weighs prospect of legalized marijuana on beer industry

With legislation legalizing marijuana expected in the spring, Eastern Ontario’s largest craft brewery is considering what the changes will mean to the brewing industry, its chief executive said.
More @ Sprudge

New Study: Doctors Are Not Worried About Marijuana

But alcohol and tobacco are among their leading concerns.
More @ Merry Jane

HEMP - US hemp farms take root under state pilot programs

A lush field of cannabis growing on a secluded hilltop in central New York may look and smell like marijuana, but its myriad uses don't include getting high. New York's first legal hemp farm in decades has taken root under a pilot program that's part of a national resurgence of a plant that's prized for making food, clothing and shelter but long banned along with its smokable cousin. 
More @ The Chronicle Herald



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Thursday October 6, 2016
 

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By Dominique Redfearn

Amoeba Music's Berkeley location has found a new venture to stay afloat as record sales continue to decrease: an in-house medical marijuana dispensary. The store has been approved for a license to sell marijuana, Fact reports, and plans to convert its jazz section into a dispensary called Berkeley Compassionate Care Collective, which would have a separate storefront from the record store.

In an interview with Billboard in 2015, Amoeba Records co-founder Marc Weinstein admitted that the store earned half of the revenue that it did in 2008 and that it went from employing 90 people to 35. "[Marijuana is] one of the few products that a brick-and-mortar retailer can get into and consider making a living at," said Weinstein.
More @ Billboard

 

Marijuana.Ca Comment: Music is a very potent experience. It has the power to comfort and heal. Combining music with medical marijuana can be a wonderful experience.



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Wednesday October 5th, 2016
 

Abattis' Northern Vine Labs Receives Controlled Substance Licence

Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. announced today in a press release that Northern Vine has received a letter from Health Canada and a copy of the licence informing that it is now an authorized Licensed Dealer.

"We wish to congratulate the Northern Vine team on this important milestone for the Company. We have remained patient in obtaining this licence. We persevered and were granted Licence No. 2016/6368 for our Northern Vine facility."

'The licence allows for the analytical testing of samples of cannabis received from holders of a valid licence issued under the Narcotic Control Regulations, the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulators or from an individual authorized by a valid exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to provide, deliver, transport or send fresh or dried marihuana or cannabis to licensed dealers for the purposes of analytical testing.'
More @ Marijuana.Ca


The Next Generation of Greenhouses May Be Power Plants

Researchers from NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill are launching a project to develop next generation greenhouses with built-in solar cells that make use of the entire spectrum of solar light. “We know that plants don’t make use of all wavelengths of light – leaves reflect green and near-infrared light,” says Brendan O’Connor, primary investigator (PI) of the project and an engineering researcher who studies organic electronics. “So we plan to make solar cells that absorb those unused wavelengths of light, but allow the remainder of the sunlight to pass through to the plants,” O’Connor says. “This would allow us to create greenhouses that generate electricity using solar power, without adversely affecting plant growth. We call the overarching concept the Solar Powered Integrated Greenhouse, or SPRING system.”
More @ News.Ncsu.Edu


Canada - Marijuana grower gets nine months in jail

A 63-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in jail for his role in operating a marijuana grow operation. In sentencing "Ben" Gjisbertus Jacbus Delege, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ron Tindale endorsed defence counsel's position on sentencing. Crown counsel had argued for 12-15 months.
More @ Prince George Citizen


Tokyo Smoke: Coffee & The Cannabis Lifestyle In Toronto

Canada “could be to cannabis what France is to wine,” Toronto coffee shop owner Alan Gertner said in June. He was speaking at The Economist’s Canada Summit, and the aspirational analogy resonated far and high. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “absolutely disagreed” with Gertner’s assertion—but only because of the high “calibre of Canadian wines,” reported The Huffington Post Canada.
More @ Sprudge

USA - Trending: All state recreational marijuana measures polling in favor of legalization

“Marijuana legalization is leading in every state it’s on the ballot this November,” Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post marijuana policy reporter tweeted Tuesday.
More @ The Cannabist

HEMP - Colorado - 3rd Annual Hemp Harvest Party Celebrates 2016 Growing Season. October 14th.

Celebrate the 2016 Industrial Hemp growing season and Colorado Music in one intimate setting at Globe Hall in downtown Denver. While the event celebrates the hemp industry, it also celebrates the Colorado music industry and the fantastic bands and musicians who comprise it. This year includes The Taylor Scott Band with special guest Dave Beegle, area favorite singer/songwriter Rob Drabkin, and hidden Colorado music gem Rob Trueblood. Staying in theme of indie music and pioneering hemp trailblazers, High Hops Brewery from Windsor, Colorado's first hemp beer producer, will be providing their Honey Hemp beer for the 3rd year in a row. 
More @ Digital Journal

 

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By Ethan Lou

A college in the Atlantic Canadian province of New Brunswick plans to institute a program on marijuana cultivation so that students can be trained to work at local companies that produce the drug, a school official said on Tuesday.

The French-language College Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick will launch the course sometime next year, said Michel Doucet, executive director of continuing education and customized learning.

Canadian Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned last year on a promise to legalize recreational marijuana and the government has said it would introduce legislation by the spring of 2017.

Medical marijuana is already legal across Canada, and companies in that relatively small sector have been eyeing the larger recreational market with expansion in mind. 
More @ Globe & Mail

 

Marijuana.Ca Comment: Instead of putting Canadians in jail for growing, we are moving towards a society that will offer training and education in cultivation that will lead to well paying jobs or entrepreneurial opportunities. It is a moving and inspiring experience to participate and support this important social change that is also connected to the evolution of the marijuana space and industry. 

 




Tuesday October 4, 2016

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By David Brown - Lift

The right to grow your own cannabis made headlines in August. Over a month into the new regulations, there is still no way to legally buy clones or seeds.

Health Canada implemented the new rules for accessing medical cannabis in Canada on August 24th, generating enormous attention for the inclusion of personal cultivation into the new regulations. The new rules require someone to register with Health Canada for the authorization to grow (after getting a doctor’s approval) and receiving a certificate back. They can then purchase their ‘starting materials’ (seeds, clones) from one of 23 licensed producers currently licensed to sell cannabis for medical purposes. 

This was greeted by many as a big step forward for Canada’s medical access program. We are now over a month into this new program, however, and those seeking to legally grow their own cannabis for medical purposes are left with no legal source for seeds or clones. While some producers are scrambling to figure out the logistics (shipping, production space, liability, etc) of how to sell clones or seeds, others are simply not making it a priority. As of publishing this, none of the 23 licensed to sell are offering starting materials of any kind.

Part of the issue appears to stem from the lack of forewarning licensed producers received. Health Canada says they informed all licensed producers of the new regulations on August 11, just under two weeks before the full regulations were announced publicly. Many producers say this was not enough time to add something new into their highly regulated and regimented business models. Some say they only found out in a conference call just a few hours before the regulations were made public. 
More @ Lift

 

Marijuana.Ca Comment: Health Canada needs to make sure the regulatory and business environment allows for the  smooth and rapid implementation of supply and sales channels. If Licensed Producers are not interested in selling these products, then Health Canada should offer a simplified application process for both seed seller and clone seller licenses.

The logistics of operating a licensed seed selling business are relatively straightforward. We urge Health Canada to offer this type of license as soon as possible so patients can access plant genetics for their medical needs.

 




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Tuesday October 4th, 2016
 

Ontario Attorney General: Legalization: MPP Yasir Naqvi addresses U of O law students in homecoming lecture

Naqvi shared that in his position he feels the need to ensure that Canada’s laws are just and that they should be updated in tandem with a changing society.

Naqvi then discussed legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Ontario.

He said that it will take no less than two years to work through the law, as the province can do little until the federal government takes an official stance on the subject.

Naqvi said citizens should be mindful of the effects of recreational marijuana use, and that his mandate will focus on safeguarding the product, enforcing age restrictions, and ensuring road safety.
More @ The Fulcrum


City of Ottawa prepares for new world of legal pot

The tenant next door is CannaGreen, one of the city’s newest marijuana dispensaries. The back room at CannaGreen contains an ATM machine and a couple of display cases filled with dried weed and cannabis-laced cookies, brownies, candy and cola with names like Grow-op Grape.

Neither Poirier nor Chappell oppose marijuana. “I drink alcohol, so I’m not going to point a finger,” says Chappell, who describes himself as a “live and let live kind of guy.”

But they are dumfounded that a shop illegally selling pot can operate freely. Would someone be able to open a store selling moonshine? wonders Chappell. “How can this be possible? Everybody I’ve told just can’t believe it, they just about fall over.”

More @ Ottawa Sun


Damian Marley Is Converting a California Prison into a Pot Farm: Exclusive

Bob Marley's youngest son, along with business partner Ocean Grown Extracts, has created a poetic metaphor and multi-million dollar business model in one. Damian Marley has announced that he, in partnership with Ocean Grown Extracts, is converting a former 77,000 square foot California State prison into a cannabis grow space that will cultivate medical marijuana for state dispensaries.

"Many people sacrificed so much for the herb over the years who got locked up," says Marley, 38, noting the poetic justice of turning a prison that once housed non-violent drug offenders into a cannabis cultivation facility. "If this [venture] helps people and it's used for medicinal purposes and inspires people, it's a success."
 
More @ Billboard.com


'Nobody's talking about it': P.E.I. festival puts focus on medicinal pot

A new festival dedicated to medical marijuana, the Confederation Festival, is planned for this weekend in Stanley Bridge, P.E.I. The festival will happen Saturday at Creekside Cottages in Stanley Bridge. The festival will focus on giving Islanders information about the benefits of using medicinal marijuana as well as how to get a prescription.
More @ CBC

Why TV is getting blazed on marijuana comedies

Television loves a good zeitgeist to latch onto – but, as trends go, marijuana is hardly new, with the first recorded use of it dating way back into the BC era. So why are small screen execs suddenly obsessed with it? Breakout hit High Maintenance has just been commissioned for a second season on HBO, while at least four other major shows are in development. The legalisation of the drug in Alaska, Colorado, Washington and Oregon is clearly having an influence, but is that all it is? Or have attitudes to cannabis on TV been changing for longer than that?
More @ The Guardian

HEMP - Hempcrete house is finally finished

Dion Lefebvre spent three years and $30,000 to finish 350-square-foot house. ion Lefebvre is now the owner of a home that breaks the mold of traditional home building — combining condensed living and energy efficiency. “I think the house has the potential to change the local economy and maybe the whole world,” Lefebvre said.
More @ Westlock News


Monday October 3, 2016

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By Martin Halle

Medics are trialling a drug derived from cannabis that could revolutionise the treatment of epilepsy. Doctors at Great Ormond Stree t Hospital are trialing the revolutionary 'cannabis' drug that could transform the lives of thousands of people with epilepsy.

At present as many as a third of the UK's 600,000 epilepsy sufferers are drug resistant with some suffering as many as several dozen seizures a day. Now experts believe a drug derived from cannabis, with the addictive element removed, may help.

The medics are part of an international trial of more than 200 children adults of the drug for a rare form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome where sufferers can experience up to 80 seizures a day.

The phase three trial results have been dramatic with the drug working for 42 per cent of patients compared to 17 per cent on placebo. Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome starts in pre-school years and one of the children in the UK trial was just two years old.
More @ Mirror.co.uk

 

Marijuana.Ca Comment: The expansion of research, studies and clinical trials related to the potential benefits of medical marijuana are long overdue. We commend the companies, researchers and governments supporting these initiatives.

 




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Monday October 3rd, 2016
 

Canada faces choice on international drug treaties over legalized pot

Legalizing pot will violate international treaties. What should Canada do?

As Canada moves forward with its plan to legalize marijuana, government officials have at least one international conundrum to sort out: what to do about the global treaties Canada has signed that prohibit making pot legal?

A senior government official said there are essentially two options available. On the one hand, Canada could take a "principled stand" in favour of the international legalization of pot. The other, quieter approach, would be to withdraw from the treaties and attempt to re-enter with a special exemption for legalized marijuana.

It's the second option, causing the "least international turbulence," that the federal government favours, said the source.

But at least one Canadian researcher believes that would be a missed opportunity for Canada.
More @ CBC


Canadian cities challenged by federal government’s pot plan: Vancouver mayor

The federal government’s handling of marijuana legalization has created problems that Canada’s cities are unequipped to handle, Vancouver’s mayor says. Ottawa’s plan to legalize the drug – a key piece of the Liberal election platform last fall – has spawned hundreds of storefront dispensaries across the country ahead of the legislation, although the federal government has taken no responsibility for the boom it has created.

“The lack of federal regulation and oversight has made the marijuana issue a city problem,” Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson told The Globe and Mail in an interview. “And cities don’t have the capacity or expertise to deal with it.”

More @ Globe & Mail


Canada - Ontario drivers high on drugs to lose their licences temporarily as new rules take effect

Ontario drivers caught high on drugs can now temporarily lose their driver's licence on the spot, just like they would if they were caught drinking and driving.  
More @ CBC


Editorial - Ottawa -  Buzzkill: Time to shut illegal pot shops

These shops are, at least for the moment, illegal. There are licensed producers for medical marijuana, and Canada Post is their delivery mechanism. Storefronts selling weed or weed-laced products — either to medical or recreational users — is not on.
More @ Ottawa Sun

Jamaica, Long Opposed to Marijuana, Now Wants to Cash In on It

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Jamaica has long bemoaned its reputation as the land of ganja. It has enforced draconian drug laws and spent millions on public education to stem its distinction as a pot mecca. But its role as a major supplier of illicit marijuana to the United States and its international image — led by the likes of Bob Marley, whose Rastafarian faith considers smoking up a religious act — have been too strong to overcome.

Now, its leaders smell something else: opportunity. Having watched states like Colorado and California generate billions of dollars from marijuana, Jamaica has decided to embrace its herbaceous brand.
More @ New York Times

HEMP - Grand Designs has featured one of New Zealand's first hemp homes.

Hemp is turning a new leaf in Taranaki, with a house made of the marijuana-like plant featuring on tonight's Grand Designs NZ. New Plymouth couple Greg Whitham and Gayle Avery wanted to build a rustic French farmhouse-style home for their extended family - and they wanted to do this using hemp.
More @ NZHerald.co.nz


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Monday  October 3, 2016

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Join us for an amazing day with some incredible kids! 


Ottawa - On Saturday, October 1st, 2016, Dravet.ca will host the 5th Annual "WALK for the KIDS" at:

The Constance Bay Community Centre
262 Len Purcell Drive,
Woodlawn, Ontario,
Canada K0A 3M0
(just outside of Kanata)

It will be a fun filled family event that will include a 3 KM walk, face painting, balloons, silent auction, fundraiser BBQ, raffles, and entertainment. Registration begins at 10:00 AM with the walk beginning at 11:00 AM.

Dravet Syndrome is a rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy for which there currently is no cure. Despite treatment these kids will never outgrow their seizures.

Dravet.ca is a volunteer-based Canadian Charity (#850807843RR0001) dedicated to providing education, support, research and advocacy on behalf of Canadians living with Dravet Syndrome. We rely on the generous support of individuals like you and our community to help raise awareness and funds, and we are extremely grateful for your support.

This year funds raised from the "WALK for the KIDS" will help support exciting new research on Dravet Syndrome from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) led by Dr. Dave Dyment. Stay tuned for more details! 

Our four previous walks have raised over $180,000 for Dravet Syndrome research!
More @ Dravet.Ca

 

Marijuana.Ca Comment: We have huge respect and admiration for these kids, parents and caregivers. Many anecdotal accounts show that medical marijuana can reduce or stop seizures in some kids with Dravet Syndrome.

Donate > Here to Dravet.Ca

 



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Friday September 30th, 2016
 

Whistler Medical Marijuana Offers Cloned Plants For Patients To Grow Their Own : Winter 2016

Introduced in August 2016, Health Canada’s Access to Medical Cannabis Regulations (ACMPR) now allows Canadians to produce a limited amount of Cannabis for their own medical purposes or designate an individual to grow on their behalf.

In response to the new regulations, Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp. are excited to announce that starting Winter 2016 we will be offering organic clones shipped direct to eligible patients.

To determine eligibility to produce, you are required to apply direct to Health Canada for approval. Once approved, Health Canada will issue a confirmation letter which can be used to register with Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp and purchase organic clones.

To stay up to date with the launch please sign up for updates.

More @ Whistler Medical Marijuana


Corrupted Science: the DEA and Marijuana - By Jesse Ventura

While I was on my book tour for Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto, I was shocked to discover how many Americans didn’t know our Founding Fathers grew cannabis. From talk radio and TV hosts to fans at my book signings, many were unaware that the 13 colonies were of great value to the British Crown because by law, colonists had to grow hemp and give it to England free of charge as part of their taxes. This obviously saved the British Navy an incredible amount of money, as everything from uniforms to rope to paper to ships’ sails were made from hemp.

Most people I spoke to also didn’t know that the DEA would consider George Washington and Thomas Jefferson criminals today because they grew marijuana and hemp.

More @ CounterPunch.Org


Canada - Medical marijuana patients using Health Canada licences to sell pot illegally

A British Columbia man says Health Canada has handed out so many medical marijuana licences, it's cutting into his profit. "This is how I make my living," said the man we're calling "Jack." "I grow it and sell it. Money is good — well, not as good as it used to be" 
More @ CBC


USA - As edible marijuana sales soar, Colorado tries a new regulatory tactic

New warning sign implemented amid accidental ingestion by children and others
More @ CBC

Press Release - Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. Announces that its Phase I Trial of Inhaled Marijuana in Healthy Volunteers Will Be Performed by Algorithme Pharma, an Altasciences Company

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 29, 2016) - Tetra Brio-Pharma Inc. ("Tetra" or the "Company") (CSE:TBP)(CSE:TBP.CN), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, PhytoPain Pharma Inc. ("PPP"), a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutic cannabis-based products for the treatment of pain and other medical conditions, has selected Algorithme Pharma, an Altasciences company, for the conduct of its Phase I clinical trial in healthy human subjects. PPP is using the services of Algorithme Pharma based on its experience and expertise in the conduct of clinical trials for the pharmaceutical industry.
More @ Digital Journal

HEMP - Apple phyllo turnovers. Yumm.

Recipe includes : 2/3 cup hemp hearts or bread crumbs.
More @ CTV News


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Wednesday September 28, 2016

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By Trey Williams

The $200 billion U.S. alcoholic beverages business is under threat from a budding cannabis industry, as advocates fight to legalize the use of the plant, according to Cowen and Co. senior analyst Vivien Azer. A legal marijuana industry could be worth as much as $50 billion a year by 2026, says Cowen and Co.

“While the alcohol beverage category has looked insulated from cannabis thus far—from a revenue perspective—with the legal market still in its infancy we think the risk to alcoholic beverage consumption will become increasingly apparent,” Azer wrote in a 110-page report on the potential of the cannabis industry.

Azer said men in particular are replacing alcohol with marijuana. In the last 10 years, alcohol incidence for U.S. men has fallen 200 basis points while cannabis has risen 260 basis points. Beer and whiskey are the most at risk of losing business, she said.
More @ Marketwatch.com

 

Marijuana.Ca Comment: A decline in alcohol consumption has positive ramifications for society.

 





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Tuesday September 27th, 2016
 

Marijuana high on the agenda at B.C. municipalities' convention

Municipal leaders will debate several pot related resolutions at the annual UBCM gathering in Victoria.With the federal government looking to legalize the recreational use of marijuana sometime next year, up to four resolutions dealing with pot will be discussed.

Kozak said local governments in B.C. have been watching what's happening in U.S. states that have legalized recreational marijuana. "There is a tremendous amount of money that is being brought in through taxation and it would be very well used at the local government level, not only at assisting with local police forces but also with services that communities provide everyday," she said. Kozak is confident UBCM delegates will pass any revenue sharing resolutions that come up for debate. "I don't think there is any local government that doesn't see the common sense in this," she said.
More @ CBC


Ontario Transportation Minister - "Danger of driving stoned looms large ahead of legalization"

As Ontario’s minister of transportation, I believe a key step for the legalization process will be ensuring we do a good job in educating those who want to use marijuana that they cannot drive while under its influence. As the federal government is planning to introduce legislation next year to begin the process of legalizing and regulating marijuana in Canada, there is an unprecedented urgency to end a new driving behaviour before it is too late.
More @ Ottawa Sun


Facebook's Relationship to Marijuana? It's Complicated

Facebook can’t decide where it stands on cannabis. One the one hand, it says it doesn’t want to promote drug use and bans what it believes is content that approves of smoking marijuana. Things like pictures of people smoking pot. On the other hand, it sometimes allow cannabis-related companies to promote their businesses. Then Facebook reverses course and censors journalism about cannabis. The logic that a story about legalization of marijuana or scientific studies on cannabis-related medicine is promoting cannabis is completely ridiculous. A story about war doesn’t promote war nor does a story about wine entice readers to go get drunk. Facebook didn’t respond to a request for clarification on its policy towards marijuana.
More @ Forbes


Hebrew University fund invests in cannabis sorting technology

Agrinnovation puts money into Cannabi-Tech, developer of an analysis device for medical marijuana flowers. Cannabi-Tech’s device, which is said to be affordable and easy to use, allows the nondestructive detection, analysis and automated sorting of individual medical cannabis flowers. The company’s technology combines near infra-red (NIR) spectrometry and imaging tools to provide a sensitive method of detecting and quantifying the active compounds of the cannabis plant and a unique spectral fingerprint for each flower.
More @ Times of Israel

Smoking vs Vaping … What’s the Difference on Health?

The main function of a vaporizer is to eliminate the toxicity of smoke inhalation while still producing the immediate effects of marijuana. This happens by heating the buds just enough for them to dehydrate, but not high enough to begin to burn. An added bonus is that vaporizers significantly reduce or even eliminate the scent associated with the consumption of marijuana. Specifically choosing a vaporizer compatible for dry herbs is necessary for this type of vaping to work. Besides dry herb vaporizers, there are vapes that are compatible for cannabis oil and e-liquids.
More @ Lift

HEMP - Some Surprising Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Even people who don’t have a life altering condition can benefit from cannabis use – however the benefits of the marijuana plant’s twin, hemp, have been much less discussed until recently. Hemp differs from marijuana in the amount of THC it produces – you will not get a high from hemp, but it still holds many compounds that can make it an extremely beneficial health supplement. If you are looking for ways to try and improve your health, adding hemp seeds could be one way to help without much effort. Many of the studies on hemp seeds have been conducted outside of the United States – however that doesn’t make the information any less reliable. Labeled a “Super Food”, multiple studies are now saying that hemp seeds have a lot to offer – something that is only now being confirmed even though people have been using hemp for over 3,000 years. The first thing you need to know is that hemp seeds are extremely rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, which can naturally cleanse the colon (and also cut down on sugar cravings). Along with having both types of fiber, the seeds are also made of what is called “perfect protein”. This means that it contains all 20 types of amino acid, which includes the 9 types of essential amino acids which cannot be produced naturally by our own bodies.
More @ MarijuanaTimes.Org

 
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Monday September 26, 2016

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Ontario - On Friday, Naqvi was given his mandate letter from the premier tasking him with developing a regulatory framework in anticipation of the federal government's legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Naqvi said the task won't be easy, since Ontario and other provinces are "in a grey zone" until they know exactly what form the federal legislation will take when it's expected to be tabled in 2017. "The concern I have is, how long is this grey zone going to last, because there is a lot of work to be done," said Naqvi. Naqvi said the province is a long way from discussing whether marijuana will be sold alongside alcohol in the LCBO. Naqvi said there hasn't been much cabinet discussion about marijuana yet, but the province has created an inter-ministerial task force including representatives from finance, community safety, health, transportation, community and social services and the ministry of children and youth services.

They are currently doing a canvas of policy options, which includes watching and meeting with jurisdictions like Washington state and Colorado as they have already legalized marijuana, Naqvi said.

Naqvi said the two primary areas of concern are the distribution of it and how society will be safeguarded from its use.
More @ Ottawa Sun

 

Marijuana.Ca Comment: The momentum towards legalizing marijuana in Canada is ramping up in a very signficant way, as all levels of government are assigning various tasks to ministers and high level bureaucrats. It's a somewhat complex file that requires involving smart, wise and compassionate people to craft an appropriate and effective system.

We think the federal government will set a minimum age for adult use. The provinces may be allowed to implement their own age minimum, that would be higher than the federal age, if they so choose. Sales and distribution regulations and details may be placed in the hands of the provinces, as is the case for beer and wine.

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We think the federal government will be making the decision as to whether adult Canadians can grow some plants for their own personal and non-commercial use. We strongly urge the federal government to allow this.

 



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By Rafferty Baker

29-year-old the lead agronomist for a Whistler marijuana company. As a 14-year-old loading soil at a Quebec poinsettia greenhouse, David Bernard-Perron never would have expected he'd grow up to be the lead agronomist for a marijuana company in Whistler. But at 29, that's exactly what he's doing, and the company he works for is at the forefront of quickly growing industry.

Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation claims to be the world's first certified organic medical marijuana producer. "We might not have been the first to grow organic weed in the world," said Bernard-Perron. "But we're the first to have it certified by an independent third party body to put their stamp on the production, like, 'yes, your flowers and oil are certified organically grown." "It's a very nice place to work, especially when you finish your day and there's a really nice alpine glow in the mountains. You feel like you're working in the right spot," he said.

The company is about to start selling 'grow at home' kits based on Bernard-Perron's techniques. Last month Health Canada announced patients could grow their own marijuana — something the former federal government had stopped.

And then there's the looming legalization of all marijuana. Health Minister Jane Philpott announced in April that legislation can be expected in spring 2017. "I think that we're really into something and we'll be in very unique options if ever the market opens with legalization," said Bernard-Perron.
More @ CBC.CA

 

Marijuana.Ca Comment: We've been following Whistler Medical ever since they received their initial license. It's great to see companies like this advance forward. The future is bright.


 


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Monday September 26th, 2016
 

Creating Your Own Strain: The Basics of Marijuana Breeding

If you’ve thought about growing your own cannabis, then chances are you’ve considered breeding your own strain of plants at least once. Think about it for a moment… how great would it be to have a strain that was truly perfect for you? One that gave you all the effects you desired, whether it be for medical or personal use; it would give you the perfect experience – a blend of your favorite strains. While it may be difficult, it is definitely not impossible – this is how we have come out with the numerous amount of hybrid strains that fill the market today.

One of the most important parts is where to start – which strains will you choose to breed? Choosing two of your favorites would, of course, be a good starting point – but there is more to consider than just which strains to cross. When picking the strains, consider what effects you want to pass from one strain to another – do you want a heavier, indica-like sedating effect or more of a wake-and-bake sativa? Are you looking for something that will stimulate your mind or something that will stimulate your appetite?
More @ MarijuanaTimes.Org


Can CBD and THC in Cannabis be Used for Glaucoma Treatment?

Glaucoma is a common eye condition that often causes optical nerve damage, and when left untreated, can lead to blindness. In the U.S., more than three million Americans live with glaucoma. Globally, the figure is close to 60 million. Glaucoma is recognized as one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness. Since 1980, surgical procedures and treatments have improved significantly, cutting the risk of developing blindness nearly in half. Nonetheless, while treatment has improved, the number of effective topical drugs remains limited. Recognized near universally in medical marijuana states as a qualifying condition, increasing numbers of people have turned to cannabis to treat their condition. But should they?

Given the improvement of existing glaucoma treatments, do the benefits of medical cannabis outweigh the potential side effects or risks? Likewise, given the vital role the body’s endocannabinoid system plays in disease, what promise does the future hold for developing cannabinoid-derived medications to treat cannabis?

More @ Leafly


Canada - Pot shops rush to comply as Victoria’s new rules come into effect

Victoria’s marijuana retailers lost no time in applying for zoning and business licence approvals after the city’s new regulatory regime took effect Friday. Several applications for rezoning and business licences had been submitted by midday, said city clerk Chris Coates. An estimated 39 marijuana-related businesses are operating in the city, with about 35 operating as storefront medical-cannabis retailers. Under the process now in place, a business licence will not be issued until the rezoning has been approved. However, a cannabis retailer may continue to operate while taking steps toward rezoning.
More @ Times Colonist


Alaska’s first commercial marijuana harvest begins

At Greatland Ganja, a marijuana grow in this small town on the Kenai Peninsula, brothers Leif and Arthur Abel are nearly finished pulling their cannabis plants from the high tunnels they call "gnome domes," where 10 different strains grew throughout the summer. "We've got probably over half our crop already dried and partly cured," Leif said Wednesday, standing in one of the facility's four rooms, surrounded by bins of marijuana being processed by workers. Around 75 pounds of dried marijuana had been processed so far, Leif said. The company is hoping for roughly 100 pounds from this first crop.
More @ ADN

Ontario - Arrest of Crime Stoppers president yields $3 million worth of marijuana

Windsor & Essex County Crime Stoppers called an emergency meeting and immediately ousted Jon-Paul Fuller after learning of his arrest. He also used to work for Aphria, a licensed medical marijuana producer in Leamington, but he was let go from that company more than two years ago. Fuller, 44, is charged with production of marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. “Shame on him if it’s truly proven to come out in the court system,” said Aphria Inc. president and CEO Vic Neufeld. “It’s just illegal. It’s just not right.”
More @ Windsor Star

HEMP - Hemp poised to take off as New Zealand's next big industry

Commercial hemp could play a major role as a cash crop on farms as industries move from synthetic to more natural materials. The plant could be a major earner as countries start to shift towards a more plant-based economy,  says grower David Jordan. "If you put yourself into the future and look at what is coming, hemp is one of those things that is coming of age in the new economy that's on the way."
More @ Stuff.co.nz

 
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Friday September 23, 2016

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By Don Fraser

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce has joined with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) in appealing to Premier Kathleen Wynne to reject a LCBO-based model for that distribution, and allow for a conditional free market. Mishka Balsom, CEO of the Greater Niagara chamber, adds the chamber isn’t saying the federal move is the “right or wrong choice.” As things are already headed in that direction, what’s important is “where do we go from here?”

She said predicted sales in Ontario by 2024 could be $1 billion to $2 billion … ”the question is where do people purchase this?”

It’s also important to look at where production facilities are located — in Niagara, that includes medical marijuana greenhouse grower Tweed Farms in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and others, said Balsom. “We’re saying get ahead of it … be part of the consultations that are actively taking place to determine those (location and other) factors.”

Given concerns about the existing LCBO monopoly model and its barriers, it’s also key the province doesn’t “move forward and say ‘It’s only available there, and nowhere else,’” Balsom said. “A regulated private-sector distribution model can possibly be developed, bring the private sector to the table on this.”

The Niagara chamber’s supporting release adds granting a monopoly on the industry to the LCBO or a similar, government-run organization would not be “in the best interest of Ontario consumers, the public, or business.” “It would be important to implement a means of safely retailing marijuana without giving the LCBO or any other monopoly control over this new and lucrative market,” Fabiano said. “Business should have a role, and could help ensure that the current underground network already well established would be impacted, by not making marijuana more difficult or awkward to purchase.”
More @ St Catharine Standard

 

Marijuana.Ca Comment: We have been advocating for privately run marijuana focused stores for more than a decade. This is a vital part of the shift from the harms of the prohibition--to a more sensible and enlightened marijuana policy. A competitive recreational marijuana market will be more effective at diminishing the underground economy and would contribute billions to the Canadian economy, as well as create tens of thousands of jobs. 

 





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Friday September 23rd, 2016
 

Emerald Health First to Offer THCA Oil in Canada - Press Release

VICTORIA, /CNW/ - Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. (TSXV: EMH) ("Therapeutics") is pleased to announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Emerald Health Botanicals Inc. ("Botanicals"), has launched its initial three cannabis oil products - THCA oil, THC oil, and THC:CBD oil.  Our cannabis oils are whole plant cannabis extracts that deliver the benefits of cannabinoids orally. Oils are easily ingested and allow for more accurate dosing without the need for inhalation. Our team of PhDs and MDs are working to further develop a range of cannabis-based products, while researching the effect of cannabis and cannabinoids on health in clinical studies.

Botanicals is proud to be the first Licensed Producer in Canada to offer THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) oil.  THCA is the precursor to THC and has no psychotropic effects.  THCA is isolated from cannabis through a very gentle extraction process.
More @ Marijuana.Ca


The Global Medical Cannabis Summit: Dublin, 2016

Experts from around the world, with backgrounds in science, policy, campaigning and business present at the Advancements in the Age of Cannabis summit.

On 14th September at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, international experts from science, policy, campaigning and business backgrounds were brought together to explore emerging new innovations in medical cannabis. Hosted by VolteFace and Help not Harm, and sponsored by Tilray and Leafly, the event was the largest medical cannabis conference ever held in the British Isles and received coverage from the Irish Times.


The conference was kicked off with a segment on the scientific breakthroughs of medical cannabis, chaired by Dr Henry Fisher, Political Director at VolteFace (UK). Presenters included Mike Barnes- Professor of Neurological Rehabilitation at Newcastle University (UK), Dr. Catherine Jacobson- Chief Scientist at Tilray and Dr. Arno Hazekamp- Chief Scientist at Bedrocan (Netherlands).
More @ Lift


Canada - Green thumbs-up for Victoria's pot dispensary rules

Rules say no minors, no advertising, 200-metre buffer from schools and other shops.
More @ CBC


Canada - Ahead of legalization, lobbyists for the marijuana industry jostle for a say in Ottawa

In another sign that Canada’s booming marijuana industry has gone corporate, dozens of companies have registered as paid lobbyists ahead of Ottawa’s plan to legalize the drug’s recreational use next spring.
More @ Straight.com

Ottawa did not warn Vancouver about toxins in retail pot sold by dispensaries, councillor says

A Vancouver city councillor says federal Health Minister Jane Philpott’s office took no action – and did not warn the city – after receiving lab results showing there were dangerous toxins in marijuana sold at some dispensaries in the city.

Kerry Jang, a point person on marijuana issues on Vancouver city council, said the actions of the minister were “irresponsible,” and indicate the public was potentially put at risk. Documents obtained by The Globe and Mail through the Access to Information Act show that test results from a Health Canada-accredited lab were sent to the federal government nearly a year ago, and revealed that cannabis from several Vancouver dispensaries contained pesticides and fungicides “not approved for any human use.” The lab report was sent to Eric Costen, who headed Health Canada’s office of medical cannabis, last October, and later sent to Dr. Philpott’s chief of staff, Geneviève Hinse, in January.
More @ Globe & Mail

HEMP - Market for Hemp Food to Increase Over 20% by 2020

“Scientists believe that humans have been cultivating hemp for over ten thousand years, owing to its nutritional, medicinal, and industrial properties”, begins the report. “As a crop, hemp is known to be one of humanity’s first domesticated crops. Over the years, hemp-based foods have emerged as “superfoods” in the health and wellness food category in North American and European markets.”

The analysts forecast the global hemp-based foods market “to grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 20.3% during the period 2016-2020.”

More @ The Weed Blog

 

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Thursday September 22, 2016

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Canadian schools and grads are in a position to capitalize on pot

By Chris Sorensen

Brendan Kennedy first caught a whiff of opportunity six years ago. The former software entrepreneur—newly armed with an M.B.A. from Yale—was working at a Silicon Valley venture capital firm when he spotted something unusual amid the thousands of dossiers on tech, software and biotech firms: a start-up focused on medical marijuana.

Cannabis is a mainstream drug, consumed by regular people and, as a result, will eventually be legalized, creating a global industry worth more than $200 billion.

Those who get in on the ground floor, with strong brands, would end up very rich.

As the industry matures and expands, there’s also been a push to have post-secondary institutions to offer training, particularly in middle management. Tegan Adams, a former medical marijuana consultant, pitched B.C.’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University on a 14-week, online, continuing-education course, which it adopted last year with Adams as its instructor. At the time, Adams says, there was a yawning chasm between growers—who she affectionately refers to as “potheads”—and the deep-pocketed investors who had dumped money into the industry. “It’s one thing to grow cannabis in your basement and a completely different world when you’re growing it for commercial purposes under the supervision of Health Canada,” agrees Deepak Anand, the director of the Canadian National Medical Marijuana Association, who was tapped to co-write the curriculum and will teach the course this fall. “Licensees were having a hard time finding people who had knowledge of the law and the regulations. They had take in people who were completely green and spend months training them.”

Other schools are considering getting into the game. Adams has consulted with the University of British Columbia on an accredited research program, and says that “a large Ontario college” is also interested, although she declined to say which one. Universities in Ottawa, Toronto and London, Ont., have, to various degrees, incorporated medical marijuana into law, pharmacy and biology courses. Adams, who is now the director of business development at a testing lab owned by Luxembourg-based Eurofins Scientific, says one Ontario business school has even looked at a specialization in medical marijuana. With all eyes on Canada’s charge toward legalized weed, the opportunity for Canadian schools to establish themselves as global leaders in marijuana-related research and business training is potentially huge—assuming, of course, they can get past the predictable jokes about dazed and confused students.
More @ MACLEANS

 

Marijuana.Ca Comment: The marijuana plant is complex. The movement and industry connected to it, is complex and changing rapidly. Education is a vital component for the advancement of this space.  

 




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Thursday September 22nd, 2016
 

Podcast: Canada - Kamloops doctor part of study on medical marijuana for PTSD use

Dr. Ian Mitchell is involved in one of Canada's first studies on medical cannabis and PTSD.

More @ CBC


Canada - Alberta pot producers confident of security

Marijuana marauders who held up an Ontario medial pot facility would face a stiffer challenge at Alberta’s only operation, says a rural councillor.

Aurora is one of 35 MMPR-licensed facilities in Canada, and spokesman Cam Battley said security at the site would be much more difficult for intruders to bypass. “We’ve got 150 cameras and 24-hour on-site security. They basically would need to have a tank to get through our security fencing,” Battley said. “They’d probably be better off trying to rob an ATM because we’ve gotten pretty good at this.”
More @ Calgary Sun


Chromatography and Cannabinoid Potency Testing

Marijuana is a complex matrix. Like many natural products it contains thousands of compounds, many of which have yet to be discovered or understood. Separating out the THC and CBD from the diverse soup of compounds contained in your marijuana is essentially like looking for a few needles in a big haystack.
More @ Lift


Seniors told medical marijuana 'isn't just smoking a joint'

"There are a lot of options for treatment - it isn't just smoking a joint," said Cat Stewart from Chicago-based Cresco Labs, a medical marijuana cultivator and processor. "A lot of people are used to taking a pill. We can extract the ingredients from the plant and place them in capsules so the patient receives the correct dosage."
More @ Chicago Tribune

Canada - Winnipeg's Weeds glass and gifts says business is buzzing

Police interference hasn't been an issue for the pot shop that opened in Winnipeg in July.
More @ Metro News

HEMP - High hopes for houses made from hemp

Hemp can be used to create furniture, roof tiles and even sustainable concrete. A cutting-edge refinery is processing specially bred hemp and researching innovative new biomaterials that could help build future eco-friendly homes. Hemp has some of the strongest fibres found in nature and was used for thousands of years to make clothes, ropes and ship sails. Then, with the invention of cheap petrochemical fibres, and later strict drug laws, hemp production mostly disappeared, until researchers figured out they could use it to make sustainable biomaterials, and even build houses.
More @ Horizon-Magazine.EU

 
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Wednesday September 21, 2016

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The war on drugs, from prohibition to gold rush
By Richard Branson

Cultural icon and entrepreneur Shawn Carter, better known as Jay Z, has released a provocative short video, From Prohibition to Gold Rush, about the disasters of the so-called war on drugs. It was produced in collaboration with Revolve Impact and the Drug Policy Alliance, and illustrated beautifully by artist Molly Crabapple. In less than four minutes, the video narrates the horrible, racist legacy of the drug war, first declared by US President Richard Nixon 45 years ago.

Jay Z lends his powerful and distinctive voice to paint a picture of the many wrongheaded aspects of current drug policies – from their inherent bias against black Americans and Latinos to their ugly role in propping up the crisis of US mass incarceration. Jay Z chronicles the drug war through a uniquely personal lens, alluding to his own experience growing up in a poor community that suffered from extreme neglect and disproportionate targeting by law enforcement.

Among the many eyebrow-raising reflections of the video is the juxtaposition of the young, economically disenfranchised men of colour who were drawn to the underground drug market with the legal marijuana markets emerging around the country in states like Colorado and Oregon. It is no small irony that what was once the justification for locking up and ruining the lives of millions of Americans is now a promising new commercial market for traditional investors.

From a business perspective, the war on drugs has been a colossal failure, except for those who have profited from the morbid profession of entrapping and incarcerating drug offenders.

With growing momentum against the drug war and a rising tide of compassion for people struggling with addiction, what will be the new system that takes its place? Will it be compassionate, just and humane to all people or will it prop up the same bigotries and inequalities that have characterized the drug war?

As active members of the business community, Jay Z and I understand that where there is opportunity, financial interest will surely follow. We are also both people with a commitment to social good and the responsibility to use our platform to promote positive change. I hope this video will result in a strong call to action for those who shape and regulate the legal marijuana industry to acknowledge the racism inherent in the war on drugs and to create a level entrepreneurial playing field in this emerging industry.
More @ Virgin

 

Marijuana.Ca Comment: The casualties from the drug war are immense and obscene. They continue to occur in many, if not, most countries. Future generations will look back on this era with disdain and incredulty at the level of ignorance, harm and stupidity that governments, politicians, bureaucrats and the citizenry have displayed for the last almost 100 years. 

 




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Wednesday September 21st, 2016
 

Irish company GreenLight Medicines gets €500,000 to explore medicinal marijuana

Pharmaceutical start-up GreenLight Medicines has secured €500,000 in funding as it seeks to develop “breakthrough medicines” using cannabis extracts. The company, which primarily focuses on exploring the “full potential of cannabis and cannabinoids as a medicine”, secured the phase-two funding from a consortium of private Irish investors. It follows an initial €100,000 seed investment. The new funding will enable the company to “further progress” its Irish and UK research in advancing medicines using cannabis extracts (cannabinoids) and other plant-derived molecules to treat a variety of illnesses. In addition to the Irish investment, Swiss-American firm Isodiol has committed €1.25 million in CBD hemp oil products over a five-year period to assist GreenLight in cultivating its research studies within Irish universities.
More @ Irish Times


Canada - Calgary cannabis and hemp expo hoping to remove grey area surrounding the green

A two-day expo aimed at clearing the air around marijuana use in Canada is expected to draw big crowds in Calgary. Following similar events in Toronto and Vancouver this year, the HempFest Expo will land in Calgary for the first time Oct. 15 and 16. The events across Canada have been primarily run in an attempt to debunk some myths and remove the taboo from a topic that has been making headlines for years in Canada, with decriminalization now in the sights of the federal Liberal government.
More @ Calgary Herald


California Newspapers Want to End Marijuana Prohibition

The Golden State's leading Editorial Boards support Proposition 64.
More @ Merry Jane


Middle-aged parents are now more likely to smoke weed than their teenage kids

Smoking weed is often seen as an indulgence reserved for the young and the reckless: kids get high, in the popular imagination, but by and large their parents don't. But new federal data show a stunning reversal of that age-old stereotype. Middle-aged Americans are now slightly more likely to use marijuana than their teenage children.
More @ Washington Postl

Canada - AtlantiCann hiring for marijuana facility on site of former School for Boys

Halifax-based AtlantiCann Medical is already recruiting for a quality assurance manager for a medical marijuana operation in Shelburne even though it does not yet have a plant in operation there. The job advertised on indeed.ca for AtlantiCann Medical comes with a $75,000 annual salary. The person hired would be responsible for the development, implementation and on-going monitoring of quality assurance and quality control systems in compliance with the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, according to the job ad.
More @ The Chronicle Herald

HEMP - Canadian producers working to meet growing overseas demand for 'superfood' hemp seeds

Infomercials in South Korea bring hemp to store shelves in various forms.
More @ CBC

 

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Tuesday September 20, 2016

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By David Brown

We were incredibly lucky at the Vancouver Lift Cannabis Expo this past weekend to have heard from legalization and regulation task force Vice Chair Dr. Mark Ware. Dr. Ware discussed the task force’s process and experience thus far engaging Canadians on the subject of legalization, as well as presented some preliminary findings.
More @ Lift

 

Marijuana.Ca Comment: Dr. Ware spoke well. He covered alot of ground. Two important points to note. Dr. Ware says there needs to be a medical regiment that is separate from recreational. He also said the task force is absolutely considering the hemp industry's interest in making meds. Currently, hemp farmers cannot use the flowers or leaves, which is where CBD is derived from. 

 



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Tuesday September 20th, 2016

Poll shows little regret in Colorado over legalizing

A majority of Colorado voters say legal cannabis has had a positive impact on the state and its economy and they would not support a repeal of Amendment 64 if it were on the ballot this year, according to a new poll commissioned by the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project and conducted by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. “One of the best indicators of whether legalization has been successful is how the public feels about it, and clearly most Coloradans think it was the right decision and wouldn’t want to change it,” said Mason Tvert, the Marijuana Policy Project spokesman and co-director of Colorado’s Yes on Amendment 64 campaign.

In the poll, 51 percent of respondents said they would oppose a measure to repeal Amendment 64, while 36 percent would support such a measure and 13 percent weren’t sure. When asked about Amendment 64’s impact on Colorado, 47 percent said legal cannabis has been good for the state while 39 percent said it’s been bad, 9 percent said it’s had no real impact and 6 percent weren’t sure. Support was stronger for legalization when voters were asked about legal pot’s impact on Colorado’s economy, where 61 percent said the impact has been positive — and 19 percent said it’s been negative, 14 percent said there has been no impact and 6 percent weren’t sure.
More @ The Cannabist


Canada - P.E.I.'s first medical marijuana facility ready to harvest

Edwin Jewell, president of Canada's Island Garden — the only licensed facility for medical marijuana in Prince Edward Island — says the crop looks good and workers will begin to harvest about 300 plants in coming days. Once harvested, the marijuana will be sent for lab testing to make sure it meets federal standards. Jewell said Health Canada officials will then come to do further inspections.

"Health Canada will come on site for possibly three days, to do a much more detailed inspection of our facility," he said. "Hopefully six to eight weeks from having a license to sell our product, and that's very exciting for us."
More @ CBC


'Nuit Verte': Farmer's market for pot products coming to Toronto

Edibles and topical cannabis goods are for sale at upcoming Nuit Verte, held in a "top secret" location Sept. 25.
More @ Metro News


Canadian laboratories step up to offer pot-safety testing

Nearly 20 laboratories across Canada have come forward to offer independent testing of marijuana after the federal government changed its laws last month, allowing consumers to screen the product – which is often sold as medicine – for contaminants and potency.
More @ Globe & Mail

Canada - Ottawa - The two Weeds dispensaries have closed, but there are plenty of other shops to buy marijuana in Ottawa

There doesn’t appear to be a shortage of cannabis products at other dispensaries  in Ottawa. Many of their operators are not forthcoming about exactly where they obtain their merchandise or how it is transported to Ottawa. For example, another B.C. chain has opened seven shops in Ottawa since June. The stores are called Green Tree, Wee Medical and CannaGreen, although staff say they are all related.
More @ Ottawa Citizen

HEMP - Canada Celebrates Seventh Annual Organic Week Sept. 17-25, 2016

Organic Week was made possible this year by champion sponsors UNFI Canada, Sobeys Inc., Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods,
More @ Edmonton Journal

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Monday September 19, 2016

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By Maryam Shah

When the feds finally roll out their plan to legalize marijuana, advocates want to see home-grown weed treated like tobacco or alcohol.

The Toronto Sun spoke with several cannabis advocates who cited the need for laws that allow people to grow pot at home — similar to those permitting the cultivating of tobacco or the brewing of beer for personal use.

John Fowler, president and CEO of licensed producer Supreme Pharmaceuticals, said people who want to grow recreational pot safely “should be able to do so.” But, he adds, it’s a “little early” to say what regulating home-grown cannabis should look like. “All I hope ... is that the government is taking a data-driven approach and has every confidence that we’re going to have a really good well-thought-out and functional marijuana industry for both recreational and medical users in a matter of months or years.”

Dana Larsen, a long-time Vancouver cannabis reform advocate, gave away thousands of marijuana seeds throughout Canada during the Overgrow Campaign this summer “to normalize cannabis cultivation.” It’s a move that resulted in Calgary police charging him with trafficking cannabis seeds. “Ultimately, I think everybody should be able to grow as much cannabis as they want, like any other plant,” he said. “But to begin with, it would be nice to see at least if medical users can grow what they need, and a non-medical user can grow six plants or 12 plants or some arbitrary number.”

Brandy Zurborg, co-owner of Queens of Cannabis in Toronto, cites home-brew laws as a model that should be copied. “You can brew your own beer in your house, or make your own wine,” she said, calling it a process that’s “a lot more dangerous and risky.” She anticipates more people will want to grow cannabis at home after legalization.
More @ 24 Hours Toronto


Marijuana.Ca Comment: We strongly support the idea that adult Canadians should be allowed to grow some marijuana plants for personal and non-commercial use. To continue to prohibit growing with criminal sanctions, fines or jailtime would be a serious error in judgement by the Liberal government and an affront to basic and fundamental liberties.   

 



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Monday September 19th, 2016

Canada - Marijuana oil hailed as 'a miracle' for epileptic children

Mandy McKnight says her son Liam, 8, suffered up to 80 grand mal seizures a day before her family began treating his epilepsy with cannabis oil. When Mandy McKnight’s 10-year-old daughter got her first “drug talk” in school last year, the teacher asked if any kids in the Ottawa-area Grade 6 class had ever seen any drugs. McKnight said her daughter’s hand shot up. She told her teacher she had seen drugs, said McKnight — pharmaceutical drugs. Her daughter explained to the class that she’d also seen cannabis, but that she didn’t see cannabis as a drug. It was a medicine, one that had helped her little brother Liam, who suffered from epilepsy.

Cannabis was a last resort for McKnight’s family. Liam, now 8, suffers from Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. He had up to 80 grand mal seizures a day, despite being on multiple conventional medications and a special diet. Although cannabis oil hasn’t cured Liam, it has enabled him to experience up to 10 seizure-free days at a time.

Alexander Repetski, of Toronto, another parent and “accidental advocate” said his four-year-old daughter Gwen was diagnosed with a severe, intractable form of epilepsy at just three months old. Gwen’s parents tried at least 10 drugs including steroids before deciding to try medical marijuana oil. Repetski said he hopes the federal government’s push for legalizing recreational cannabis will help raise awareness and push research on medical marijuana and open up funding options.

“The steroids she was put on cost $22,000,” said Repetski. “And they didn’t work.” Repetski says he has spent $5,000 to $6,000 on equipment to extract the cannabinoids from the dried marijuana he purchases for Gwen’s use. Since using cannabis extracts, Gwen hasn’t had a seizure in 20 months said Repetski.
More @ Vancouver Sun


Where would $1 billion in pot money go if California marijuana is legalized?

Here’s a quick glance at how Proposition 64 is set up for spending California marijuana tax if legalized – from local benefits to other revenue predictions.
More @ The Cannabist


USA - Alcohol Industry Bankrolls Fight Against Legal Pot in Battle of the Buzz

The fight against legalized pot is being heavily bankrolled by alcohol and pharmaceutical companies, terrified that they might lose market share. On the heels of a filing last week that revealed that a synthetic cannabis company is financing the opposition to legal marijuana in Arizona comes a new disclosure this week that a beer industry group made one of the largest donations to an organization set up to defeat legalization in Massachusetts. The Beer Distributors PAC, an affiliate that represents 16 beer-distribution companies in Massachusetts, gave $25,000 to the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, tying it for third place among the largest contributors to the anti-pot organization.
More @ The Intercept


UK Parliament Members Conclude That Medical Marijuana Should Be Legalized

Members of the UK Parliament are warming up to the idea of legalizing medical cannabis use after latest government inquiry.
More @ Merry Jane

Major rise in amount of marijuana sold by German pharmacies

While highly regulated, the amount of medicinal cannabis sold by German pharmacies has almost doubled in just one year. The Federal Ministry of Health has disclosed numbers following an inquiry request from Left Party.
More @ DW.com

HEMP - Hemp food, hemp bricks, hemp medicine, hemp clothes, hemp could be everywhere

Campaigners are hoping to raise awareness of New Zealand's potential multi-million dollar hemp industry in a special week of events starting tomorrow. The Hemp Industries Association will be meeting with the Ministry of Health, farmers and the public in a push to advertise the plant's 50,000 practical uses and benefits, said the organisation's treasurer, Richard Barge. The group lobbies Government with the aim of loosening constraints on hemp and encouraging research into the field. Currently, Kiwi farmers have to pay a $511 license fee to grow hemp.

Barge said: "New Zealand is a great place to grow hemp and the product has multiple uses outside of what people usually associate with it - medicinal and recreational cannabis. There are different varieties of plant and with sustainability becoming a key part of manufacturing, the market is growing fast." Hemp can be pressed into fabric, used in construction and consumed as a pill. But it can't get you high. Depending on who you talk to, hemp is a miracle plant.

More @ Stuff.co.nz

 

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Friday September 16, 2016

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By Glen Schaefer

It’s all business for more than 130 industry exhibitors, who will welcome an expected 10,000 of the curious on Saturday and Sunday, a month after the federal government introduced new regulations governing medical marijuana use, and less than a year before the expected legalization of recreational use for adults.

For the marijuana industry in B.C. and Canada, it’s the calm before a commercial storm — selling pot for medicinal use will be dwarfed by the trade in pot for recreational users.

“The people who have been in the industry for a long time are seeing that they need to position themselves differently now that we are close to legalization,” said Natasha Raey of Vancouver-based Expo organizer Lift Cannabis. “The time for sort of rah-rah activism is starting to quiet down. This is the time for, let’s position ourselves as a real, professional industry, so that everyone takes us seriously.”

All the scrambling to get in at the ground floor of a — legally — new business calls to mind the heady days of the dot-com boom at the millennium’s turn. Welcome to the pot-com boom. Among the events are a startup pitch competition, and a cannabis career fair. There will be tutorials on home growing, but this isn’t the event to come to for a contact high.

Angling for a piece of the growing Canadian market is Vancouver-based Aurora Cannabis Inc., which serves 7,700 medical marijuana clients with product grown at a 55,000-square-foot facility northwest of Calgary. Aurora got its medical marijuana licence in November 2015, and began registering clients for its delivery service in January of this year. Clients must be verified by a health care practitioner under current law.

Reflecting on success Neil Belot is chief brand officer at Aurora Cannabis, which just completed a $23 million financing with securities firm Canaccord Genuity to expand its Canada-wide online cannabis delivery service in anticipation of the feds legalizing recreational use next spring.

While Belot and others at the expo talk about medical marijuana users, the real prize is the anticipated legalization of marijuana in Canada by next spring for adult recreational use. Scheduled speakers include Dr. Mark Ware, a medical cannabis researcher at McGill University and vice-chair of the federal government’s Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation, announced in July.

“The future is definitely bright for the recreational users,” Belot said. “Whether the government decides to pilot it out with a national mail-order program, we would be well positioned to immediately jump into that.”

As to the scale of the recreational market, Belot said, “We’re talking orders of magnitude larger (than the market for medical users). I would say in the millions of potential clients.
More @ Vancouver Sun


Expo Highlights : Saturday Sep 17

- Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Update and Q&A with Task Force Vice Chair, Dr. Mark Ware. Dr. Ware will give a brief presentation on the Task Force’s activities so far, then open the floor to questions from the audience.

- Aurora Cannabis: Compassion and Quality. Neil Belot (Aurora Cannabis)

- Comparing legalization models in Canada and the US. Ivan Ross (Aslan Ross Consulting), Amy Margolis (Margolis Legal), Josh Kappel (Vicente Sederberg LLC, Colorado). Hosted by Seth Adler of Cannabis Economy.

- Discovering Careers in Cannabis. Hosted by Viridian Staffing. Kara Bradford, MBA, MM (Co-Founder and Chief Talent Officer of Viridian Staffing.  Founded in 2013, Viridian Staffing provides temporary, temp to hire, direct placement & HR outsourcing services in the cannabis sector)

- Recommendations for Marijuana Legalization and Regulation in Canada ~ from the Responsible Marijuana Retail Alliance of BC (BCGEU & BCPLSA).

- An Overview of the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) and What it Means for Patients. Kirk Tousaw (Tousaw Law).
More @ Lift


Marijuana.Ca Comment: There is an incredible pulse in the air these days and it's only going to get more dynamic. It's connected to the dropping away of the stress and fear connected to the insidious Marijuana Prohibition. It has the scent of freedom and opportunity. The next 12 - 18 months are going to be very exciting and historic.   

 





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Thursday September 15th, 2016
 

Canada - Tilray - B.C. researchers are launching the country’s first large-scale clinical trial on marijuana as a treatment for a mental health condition, testing whether pot can ease the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder

Zach Walsh, a clinical psychologist at the University of B.C.’s Okanagan campus, is leading the study, which will put the anecdotal experiences of combat veterans to the test. The marijuana for the study will be supplied be Tilray, the Nanaimo-based licensed medical producer. The researchers are now trying to recruit participants who suffer from PTSD related to military history, work as first responders, traumatic accidents or violent crime.

The triple-blind study will include three different treatments: a placebo with the active ingredients removed, a strain containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and one with both THC and cannabidiol. The participants will each receive a vaporizer to consume the drug, and get a chance to try two of the treatments over three weeks each while the researchers monitor their symptoms.
More @ The Province


Aurora launches phone app for patients to buy their medical marijuana thru their phone

An Alberta-based pot producer has launched a mobile app to make it easier for patients with a prescription to purchase federally-regulated medicinal weed. Cam Battley, of Aurora Cannabis, said the idea was to give customers the same service as giant online retailers such as Amazon. “As far as we know, it is the first legal app for Android and Apple for federally-approved legal medical cannabis,” Battley said. “The fact is that people live on their phones and tablets. They use them to shop for everything from consumer products and health products to medicine. It is an acknowledgment of the reality of how people operate today.”
More @ Calgary Herald


Company claims new technology can detect marijuana edibles

BOSTON - A company claims it's new technology has emerged that can detect consumption of both smoked and edible marijuana, and it's in the form of a portable breathalyzer. Previously, marijuana intake had to be measured in saliva, urine, or blood, which can be a time consuming process.
More @ Fox 25 Boston


In Israel, booming medical marijuana looks to conquer new highs

While research into health benefits of cannabis has zipped along thanks in part to the local culture of ‘protekzia,’ a pioneer in the field says hundreds of uses of the plant are waiting to be discovered, and a marketer wants to slip it into milk so everyone can have a daily dose.
More @ Times of Israel

Toronto - YOUR MARY JANE'S IN THE MAIL

Toronto dispensaries busted in May raids take their services online to avoid the long arm of the law – and Canada Post doesn't seem to mind.

Meet "P." He uses cannabis to help control a chronic pain condition. P started out as a recreational user, going from "picking up dime bags in front of the Eaton Centre" in the 1990s to being a "dabbing dad with a full-time job as a TDSB teacher."

I don't want to go to the dispensaries right now because of all the [uncertainty]," he says. He fears that buying marijuana from a storefront comes with a high degree of exposure. "When you're possessing cannabis outside your home, you could conceivably have someone rob you or a police officer accost you." Arrests of dispensary owners have continued, with search warrants executed at more than half a dozen marijuana dispensaries in the last month alone. Many are wondering where to get their supply, and P has switched to online purchasing.
More @ Now Toronto

HEMP - Canada - Nova Scotia - New store offering marijuana accessories, hemp products

Two new businesses in downtown New Glasgow are hoping to mix business and education. The High Road recently opened on Provost Street, along with The Vapour Trail, one of several stores in Atlantic Canada. Pictured from left to right are Bob MacLean, Leigh MacInnis, Matty Reddick and Shauna Walker-Young. The High Road, a hemp supplies and smoking products store, recently opened at 151 Provost St., along with The Vapour Trail, which offers vapourizing and e-cigarette products.

Operations manager Shauna Walker-Young said the Atlantic Canadian chain had been planning to “marry” the two stores, making it practical to open both next door to each other. A lot of crossover exists between the two markets, she said.

More @ NG News

 
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Thursday September 15, 2016

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By Rob Benzie

The influential Ontario Chamber of Commerce is urging Premier Kathleen Wynne to allow recreational marijuana to be sold by government-licensed private retailers as long as local municipalities approve.

The chamber’s president urges Wynne “to immediately begin a robust consultative process aimed at developing a regulatory framework for the distribution of recreational marijuana.” “We believe that a private-sector, licensing-based, and locally-oriented approach is one worth seriously considering,” writes Allan O’Dette, the 60,000-member chamber’s president and CEO. “The Ontario government has a long and proud history of working with the private sector to implement programming, continues O’Dette.

A distribution system as complex and sensitive as the one required for recreational marijuana may demand a similar level of partnership,” he writes, emphasizing the chamber is “not endorsing an entirely free-market model.” “(But) we caution government against creating a system that is so onerous that it effectively duplicates the existing ineffective regime thus sustaining illegal channels for production and distribution.”

O’Dette says there are ways of controlling access to marijuana without the involvement of the government’s booze monopoly.

On Tuesday, the premier said Queen’s Park is looking for “some clarity” from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government on how legalization will work in Canada. “How long is this going to take? And it is up to the federal government to get this right. I know there are a lot of issues that have to be addressed. But we just need clarity of what the timeline is going to be,” said Wynne. “I would like some clarity on what the process is going to be,” she said.
More @ Toronto Star


Marijuana.Ca Comment: We have been advocating for privately run marijuana stores for more than a decade. This is a vital part of the shift from the harms of the Prohibition to a more sensible and enlightened marijuana policy. A competitive recreational marijuana market will be more effective at diminishing the underground economy and would contribute billions to the Canadian economy, as well as create tens of thousands of jobs.

 



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Thursday September 15th, 2016
 

Canada - Tilray - B.C. researchers are launching the country’s first large-scale clinical trial on marijuana as a treatment for a mental health condition, testing whether pot can ease the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder

Zach Walsh, a clinical psychologist at the University of B.C.’s Okanagan campus, is leading the study, which will put the anecdotal experiences of combat veterans to the test. The marijuana for the study will be supplied be Tilray, the Nanaimo-based licensed medical producer. The researchers are now trying to recruit participants who suffer from PTSD related to military history, work as first responders, traumatic accidents or violent crime.

The triple-blind study will include three different treatments: a placebo with the active ingredients removed, a strain containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and one with both THC and cannabidiol. The participants will each receive a vaporizer to consume the drug, and get a chance to try two of the treatments over three weeks each while the researchers monitor their symptoms.
More @ The Province


Aurora launches phone app for patients to buy their medical marijuana thru their phone

An Alberta-based pot producer has launched a mobile app to make it easier for patients with a prescription to purchase federally-regulated medicinal weed. Cam Battley, of Aurora Cannabis, said the idea was to give customers the same service as giant online retailers such as Amazon. “As far as we know, it is the first legal app for Android and Apple for federally-approved legal medical cannabis,” Battley said. “The fact is that people live on their phones and tablets. They use them to shop for everything from consumer products and health products to medicine. It is an acknowledgment of the reality of how people operate today.”
More @ Calgary Herald


Company claims new technology can detect marijuana edibles

BOSTON - A company claims it's new technology has emerged that can detect consumption of both smoked and edible marijuana, and it's in the form of a portable breathalyzer. Previously, marijuana intake had to be measured in saliva, urine, or blood, which can be a time consuming process.
More @ Fox 25 Boston


In Israel, booming medical marijuana looks to conquer new highs

While research into health benefits of cannabis has zipped along thanks in part to the local culture of ‘protekzia,’ a pioneer in the field says hundreds of uses of the plant are waiting to be discovered, and a marketer wants to slip it into milk so everyone can have a daily dose.
More @ Times of Israel

Toronto - YOUR MARY JANE'S IN THE MAIL

Toronto dispensaries busted in May raids take their services online to avoid the long arm of the law – and Canada Post doesn't seem to mind.

Meet "P." He uses cannabis to help control a chronic pain condition. P started out as a recreational user, going from "picking up dime bags in front of the Eaton Centre" in the 1990s to being a "dabbing dad with a full-time job as a TDSB teacher."

I don't want to go to the dispensaries right now because of all the [uncertainty]," he says. He fears that buying marijuana from a storefront comes with a high degree of exposure. "When you're possessing cannabis outside your home, you could conceivably have someone rob you or a police officer accost you." Arrests of dispensary owners have continued, with search warrants executed at more than half a dozen marijuana dispensaries in the last month alone. Many are wondering where to get their supply, and P has switched to online purchasing.
More @ Now Toronto

HEMP - Canada - Nova Scotia - New store offering marijuana accessories, hemp products

Two new businesses in downtown New Glasgow are hoping to mix business and education. The High Road recently opened on Provost Street, along with The Vapour Trail, one of several stores in Atlantic Canada. Pictured from left to right are Bob MacLean, Leigh MacInnis, Matty Reddick and Shauna Walker-Young. The High Road, a hemp supplies and smoking products store, recently opened at 151 Provost St., along with The Vapour Trail, which offers vapourizing and e-cigarette products.

Operations manager Shauna Walker-Young said the Atlantic Canadian chain had been planning to “marry” the two stores, making it practical to open both next door to each other. A lot of crossover exists between the two markets, she said.

More @ NG News


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Wednesday September 14, 2016

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Press Release : Canada's Premier Cannabis Trade Show Comes to Vancouver Sept. 17 - 18

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - September 12, 2016) - Taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre with over 130 exhibitors and a projected 10,000 attendees, the Lift Cannabis Expo is one of the most anticipated industry events this year -- and the timing couldn't be better.

With full legalization slated for spring 2017, Canada is leading the way in terms of cannabis policy reform. Yet it is evident that both provincial and municipal governments will have significant roles to play in implementing the federal government's impending legalization strategy. Beyond the often acknowledged "BC Bud," British Columbia is home to a number of Health Canada-licensed producers, cannabis clinics, testing labs, countless dispensaries, seed banks, and a long history of cannabis culture and activism, and so it has much to gain (or lose) depending on how legalization unfolds.

Speaking to the important timing of the event, Lift is pleased to announce that the Vice-Chair of the federal government's Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation, Dr. Mark Ware, will present at the expo. Dr. Ware will provide updates on the task force's progress to date as well as take questions from the audience.

The Canadian Medical Association has urged the task force to adopt a phased-in approach toward legalizing marijuana, including possibly starting with pilot projects in smaller regions. The group representing Canada’s physicians also wants a strict minimum age of 21 for marijuana consumption with other controls on users under 25.

The Expo will feature speakers from the US and Canada including: cannabis lawyer Kirk Tousaw, Hilary Black -- founder of Canada's first medical cannabis dispensary, Dr Brian Emerson -- BC Provincial Health Officer, Mandy McKnight, Joshua Kappel, Jonathan Valdman, the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council, and many more.
More @ Marketwired

Get your tickets here


Marijuana.Ca Comment: This should be a great convergence of many different groups and stakeholders. We had a wonderful experience at the previous Lift Trade Show in Toronto. Marijuana.Ca will not be attending the Vancouver show, due to other commitments. 

 





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Wednesday September 14th, 2016
 

Marijuana Industry Expected to Be Worth $50 Billion by 2026

The legal cannabis industry in the U.S. may grow to $50 billion in the next decade, expanding to more than eight times its current size, as lawful pot purveyors gain new customers and win over users from the illicit market, according to a new report. Legalizing recreational use in California, where the drug is already medically permitted, is on the ballot in November, and approval of that measure alone would triple the size of the nation’s current $6 billion legal industry, according to a report from 10 Cowen & Co. analysts released on Monday. In all, voters in nine states will vote on weed-related initiatives this November -- five to legalize the drug for all adults and four to allow for medical use.
More @ Bloomberg


Has There Been Enough Marijuana Research?

It’s an all-too-familiar refrain: “We just don’t know enough about the effects of cannabis.” From the DEA to Hillary Clinton, bureaucrats and politicians use the lack of research on the effects of cannabis as a reason to slow or even stall the advance of legalization. But is it true? Is there really very little cannabis research compared to other medicines or recreational substances? NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano doesn’t think so. At the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo held here last week, he laid out his argument that not only have the effects of cannabis been well-researched, but there has been as much or even more scientific scrutiny around cannabis than many frequently used pharmaceuticals.
More @ CII


Vacationing, Colorado-style: Ganjapreneurs combine the great outdoors and cannabis

Bud+Breakfast hotels cater to guests who want to make cannabis part of their vacations while enjoying all that Colorado has to offer
More @ The Cannabist


In Break With Past Policy, Dutch Mayor Allows Cannabis Patients to Grow at Home

The mayor of Tilburg, the sixth-largest city in the Netherlands, has indicated that authorities will allow residents who rely on medicinal cannabis to grow up to five plants for personal use without fear of prosecution. The move is a clean break with existing policy, under which medical growers face evictions and seizure of their plants.
More @ Leafly

These Factors Can Impact How Quickly or Slowly Your Marijuana Burns

It doesn’t take much to experience an enjoyable cannabis smoking session — some fine cannabis flower, a smoking apparatus with the appropriate heating mechanism, and perhaps a grinder are all that are really needed. Once everything is ready to go, however, there are a few variables that still may go awry, such as your cannabis burn rate. The rate at which cannabis burns can seriously impact the pace and mood of a smoking session. Cannabis that burns slow may be desirable to some, but a too-slow burn can become a nuisance. A quick burn can be nice if time is of the essence, but not so much when looking to kill some. Of course, nobody likes an uneven burn, either, and when it comes to joints and rolled cannabis, inconsistency can be the kiss of death. But how do you make sure your cannabis will burn slower, faster, or at whatever your desired burn rate may be? There is a myriad of factors that can potentially impact cannabis burn rates, so let’s try to make sense of some of the important variables.
More @ Leafly

HEMP - Asia-Pacific drives world growth in hemp-based foods

Asia-Pacific is due to emerge as the leading market for hemp-based foods and sustain an annualised growth rate of over 23% until 2020.
More @ FoodNavigator-Asia.com



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Tuesday September 13, 2016
 

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By Tonda MacCharles

McLellan said there are “important lessons” to be taken from places that have already loosened marijuana laws — chief among them to introduce change slowly.

She said the question of whether to have separate recreational and medical marijuana regimes is “one of toughest issues" facing the task force on how to legalize pot in Canada. She said the task force will have a recommendation for the government but “we haven’t come to ground on it” yet.

“One of the things we have learned, or we have heard . . . , from states like Washington and Colorado . . . is take your time because it’s much harder to pull something back than it is to perhaps be a little bit more restrictive out of the box and then, as you learn, you maybe loosen things up a bit,” she said Monday.

The Canadian Medical Association has urged the task force to adopt a phased-in approach toward legalizing marijuana, including possibly starting with pilot projects in smaller regions. The group representing Canada’s physicians also wants a strict minimum age of 21 for marijuana consumption with other controls on users under 25.

McLellan said no matter how much planning all levels of government do, it is clear “there will be surprises” that will require government to adapt any regime. She said she was not speaking for the task force as a whole but said it has learned from approaches adopted by other jurisdictions, as well as from a series of domestic consultations.

McLellan “never thought it was going to be simple.” Still, she said she has realized after several weeks of travelling to other jurisdictions, holding expert roundtables, and receiving some 30,000 submissions (about 500 from organizations) that it is a massively complicated project.

“The word legalization is a big word, it’s an easy word to say, but when you start to deconstruct what that means for Canadian society as we from prohibition to legalization, the complexity of the issue I think is what has surprised me the most.”
More @ Toronto Star


Marijuana.Ca Comment: The task force and the government must be careful - not be too cautious, as this could result in significant problems from day one. For example, we think it is important that adult Canadians be allowed to grow a small number of marijuana plants for personal non-commercial use. If this is not permitted, the major harms of the prohibition like jailtime, criminal records and large fines will continue.

Allowing private retail stores dedicated to marijuana sales must also be permitted, as selling marijuana at the same location as alcohol sends the wrong message to the public about mixing the two substances. Mixing alcohol and marijuana can have adverse effects, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the effects of mixing both, such as vomiting, dizziness, nausea and poor coordination.  

 



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Tuesday September 13th, 2016
 

How a legal marijuana extract could help anxiety. CBD won't get you high, but it could calm you down

Leading neurologist Professor Michael Barnes — who the APPG on Drug Policy Reform commissioned to write the new report — believes with a bit more knowledge cannabis (and its derivatives) could completely revolutionise medical practice. He hopes legalisation for medical uses will come to the UK soon.

He explains that there are around 90 chemicals found in the cannabis plant which bind to receptors in the human brain. "The two main cannabis compounds are THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive component which makes recreational users high, but it also has therapeutic properties and can help with pain and muscle spasms. CBD is the other one which doesn't have a psychoactive effect. But CBD in its own right seems to have an anti-anxiety effect."

What does the science show? 

Professor Barnes points out that there's actually quite good evidence for CBD helping those with anxiety. He admits there's not a massive amount of research on this issue, but at least four studies suggest it reduces severe anxiety. 

"It's worth pointing out that CBD itself is not illegal. You can buy it quite openly over the internet. And it appears to be a remarkably safe drug. But I don't think doctors know much about it so they don't know to recommend it yet."
More @ NetDoctor.co.uk


Canada - City of Victoria passes marijuana dispensary zoning bylaw

Last night the city of Victoria, BC passed a zoning of bylaw that will begin to bring into effect regulations for marijuana-related businesses. The zoning aspects of the city’s dispensary bylaw are now in effect, although business already open prior to July 28 will be allowed to remain open until further notice.

While initiating the process of regulating cannabis dispensaries in Victoria, these bylaws formally ban all such business, while creating an opportunity for each business to then apply for a zoning variance to said regulations. Business are also required to pay a $5,000 licensing fee. The zoning regulations state that marijuana related business must not be within 200 m of other marijuana related businesses, schools or community centres.
More @ Lift


UK - 'I know cannabis is illegal, but it is medicinal'

Cannabis should be legalised for medical use, a cross-party group of MPs has said, but there are thousands of people already using the Class B drug for this purpose. "I am seriously considering emigrating to Australia, Jamaica or the US," says Faye Jones. The 32-year-old PA from Wokingham jumps every time there's a knock at the door and tiptoes around neighbours who might call the police. Her crime? Five years ago, Faye was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and after suffering from the side effects of prescribed drugs, she now uses cannabis to ease her pain, nausea and inflammation.
More @ BBC


USA - California Hospital Wants to be the First to Allow Medical Marijuana Use

Advocates want Marin General Hospital to follow Israel's lead, allowing patients access to medical cannabis. Israel’s hospitals, according to health care industry insiders, have pioneered the use of cannabis administration in hospital settings. “I want to have Marin General be the first hospital in California to openly and transparently allow patients to use medical cannabis,” said Dr. Larry Bedard, who practiced emergency medicine as a former physician at Marin General. Bedard isn’t some lone-nut calling for bake sessions in sterile hospitals. He wrote the rebuttal to the argument against Proposition 64, appearing on Nov. 8 ballot to legalize recreational marijuana in California for adults ages 21 and older.
More @ Merry Jane

Canada - Alberta - Red Deer is getting a medical marijuana facility that will focus more on research and less production

City council voted 4-3 in favour of allowing MedCan Solutions Inc. to develop its facility in a 35,000-square-foot vacant building at 94 Burnt Park Drive in West QE2 Business Park. Wendy Konschuk, co-founder and director of MedCan Solutions Inc., said the number of flowering plants, which produce most of the odour, would be reduced to about 100.

“We revised our original facility design in order to accommodate the I1 zoning concerns around odour. Specifically, we will reduce the number of flowering plants dramatically and instead use most of the available space for pharmaceutical laboratory operations, processing, shipping, all things which are actually suited to this zone and warehouse setting,” said Konschuk at Monday’s public hearing on the medical marijuana facility.
More @ Red Deer Advocate

HEMP - Hemp Plastic – The Original Plastic

Industrial hemp plastic could be the beginning of the end to the Age of Plastic! Let’s face it plastic is a problem, it is not environmentally friendly  and we STILL don’t even  know it’s expiration date but Hemp holds many possibilities as an Eco-friendly replacement. There are companies all over the globe including the United States that have been using hemp for various materials, including a hemp plastic that is 100% biodegradable. We do have a plastic addiction here in the US, but fortunately there are companies out there trying to replace plastic with something more environmentally friendly.
More @ Marijuana Politics



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Monday September 12, 2016

Canadian marijuana producers ramp up operations to meet the anticipated demands of both medical and recreational markets

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By Alexandra Posadzki

TORONTO - Canadian cannabis producers say they are ramping up their operations to keep up with growing demand for medical marijuana and in anticipation of legislation that would allow for recreational use of the drug.

Alberta-based Aurora Cannabis is planning to expand its operations by 600,000 square feet over the next two years. That's a more than tenfold increase over its 55,200 square-foot facility, nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and would boost production to 70,000 kilograms per year, up from 7,000.

The first 200,000 square feet, which is set to begin producing marijuana by next spring, is needed to satisfy the burgeoning demand from the medical market, says Aurora CEO Terry Booth.

"The medical business in Canada is going crazy," says Booth.

There were 67,075 patients registered to use medical marijuana at the end of May, according to statistics from Health Canada — up from 43,342 at the end of January.

"There's no doubt about it that the medical community is more accepting of it," says Booth, who credits the Liberal party's electoral win last October with removing some of the stigma associated with the drug.

More @ Infotel.Ca


Marijuana.Ca Comment:  The marijuana industry in Canada is in full throttle. Exciting times ahead. We think it's vital that the medical side remains a priority as we head towards adult recreational legalization.




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By Darren Campbell

Kevin Coft and his medical marijuana startup are benefiting in a big way as the New Brunswick government embraces the job opportunities this budding industry could bring to the province. On Aug. 23, the government invested $4-million in Zenabis, a company Mr. Coft launched to build a proposed medical marijuana facility in Atholville, N.B. The money comes in the form of a repayable loan, and Mr. Coft says it signals that Premier Brian Gallant’s Liberal government is serious about supporting the sector.

“It’s virtually unprecedented for a provincial government to make this kind of investment in this business,” said Mr. Coft, who hails from Vancouver and is the company’s CEO. “The New Brunswick government has done an excellent job in trying to understand this market, be proactive and look at the future.”

The province’s only licensed marijuana producer is already in expansion mode. OrganiGram Holdings Inc. in Moncton closed a deal in August to acquire a 136,000 square foot building to increase production and capitalize on the recreational marijuana market. The company currently sells medical marijuana to clients all over Canada and has 65 employees. But OrganiGram CEO Denis Arsenault says he expects the company will be employing over 100 a year from now. 

“We estimate the recreational marijuana market in Atlantic Canada to be over $350-million annually,” Mr. Arsenault says. “This deal allows us to be a significant player in that market.”
More @ Globe & Mail


Marijuana.Ca Comment: Depending on some of the details of how a legalized regimen will be structured, we speculate that within a few years, there will be 10,000 to 20,000 jobs in the marijuana industry in Canada. The number may end up being higher. These includes jobs connected to ancillary businesses.



 
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Thursday September 8th, 2016
 

Canada - Durham cop OK'd to own unlicensed pot shop

Durham police allowed an officer co-own an unlicensed medical weed shop that offers products that are illegal to sell.
More @ TheStar.com


UBC and Tilray Launch Canada’s First Clinical Trial to Study Medical Cannabis and PTSD 

Research to examine medical risks and benefits for veterans, first responders and sexual assault survivors. 
Press Release @ Marijuana.Ca


Italian Law Enforcement Join Push for Marijuana Legalization

Italian law enforcement groups are throwing their weight behind a parliamentary bill to legalize cannabis in the country, building momentum for the effort to create Europe’s first fully legal adult-use market. Both the national anti-Mafia agency and the country’s police union have come out in favor of the proposal, which is set for further debate in the Italian parliament later this month.

If it passes, the bill would allow Italians to grow up to five cannabis plants, keep up to 15 grams of dried flower at home, and carry up to five grams with them. Cannabis would be sold in state-licensed stores, while non-commercial cannabis social clubs would allow up to 50 members to swap and share the cannabis they grow. The proposal has sparked an unprecedented public debate on the Italian peninsula, with various experts, politicians, and members of the law enforcement community taking an array of positions.

More @ Leafly


USA - 4 Lessons Learned Working in the New Marijuana Industry

When I set out to open a medical cannabis dispensary in the Chicago area, I recognized that a move into the new cannabis industry would be riddled with challenges. I decided then and there that I would draw upon the years of skills I had amassed in the healthcare field. With that said, my experience in the cannabis industry has taught me several invaluable business lessons that have shifted my business practices and outlook.
More @ Small Biz Trends

5 MARIJUANA COCKTAILS PERFECT FOR TIFF 2016

One of life's simple pleasures is combining marijuana with cinema. As TIFF approaches, why not switch to sipping your pot as a refreshing alternative to sparking up? Here are five cannabis cocktails inspired by TIFF films we can't wait to see.
More @ Now Toronto

HEMP - New funding for agricultural research

Finding a better way to separate sticky hemp fibres and cut canola for maximum seed harvest are two of the projects that Prairie Agriculture Machinery Institute staff are working on.
More @ Winnipeg Free Press


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Aphria Partners With International Consumer Lifestyle Brand Tokyo Smoke

This inspired partnerships allows Aphria to ship Tokyo Smoke branded cannabis across Canada to registered medical marijuana patients by the year's end. Tokyo Smoke worked closely with Aphria to handpick four strains which Aphria will grow at it's licensed facility in Leamington, Ontario.

"Aphria is one of the most trusted producers of medical cannabis, and this partnership with Tokyo Smoke affirms our commitment to expand and diversify our product offering and market channels," said Vic Neufeld, Chief Executive Officer of Aphria. "When cannabis is legalized for recreational use in Canada, a strong brand will be one of the key differentiators for patients and consumers, and we're committed to working with Tokyo Smoke to be the first premium cannabis brand in Canada."

"Tokyo Smoke is an award-winning lifestyle brand that brings sophistication and design to coffee, clothing and cannabis. Each vertical of the brand is designed around four emotive states, which tie together the coffee, cannabis strains, and clothing. Tokyo Smoke worked alongside of Aphria to handpick its strain offerings and Aphria will grow and prepare Tokyo Smoke's four proprietary cannabis experiences at its licensed facility in Leamington, Ontario.

Tokyo Smoke says each of the four strains are based on the following emotive states:

Go - an energizing, awakening sativa;
Relax - an easing indica;
Relief - a soothing cannabidiol;
Balance - a blissful, even hybrid.

For more information, sign up at www.tokyosmoke.com to be notified when the new cannabis brand launches and becomes available to consumers.


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Marijuana.Ca Comment: This partnership is indicative of the major changes coming to Canada when marijuana is legalized. We are moving away from the serious failures and harms of the Prohibition towards a more enlightened perspective based on progressive and intelligent ideas related to personal liberty. 

Archive: Wednesday September 7, 2016

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Press Release - PharmaCan Acquires Peace Naturals Project Inc.
NOT FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES OR THROUGH UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES

Toronto, Ontario -- Marketwired -- PharmaCan Capital Corp. (TSX VENTURE:MJN) ("PharmaCan" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that it has become the first Canadian company to own and operate licensed producers of marijuana ("LPs") under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (the "ACMPR") in both Ontario and British Columbia. This was accomplished by PharmaCan closing its previously announced acquisition, through the Company's wholly owned subsidiary Hortican Inc. ("Hortican"), of all of the outstanding shares of Peace Naturals Project Inc. ("Peace") that Hortican did not previously own. See the material change report filed by PharmaCan on July 22, 2016 and its Q3 MD&A for details of the acquisition.

"The acquisition of Peace - the first non-incumbent medical marijuana producer to be granted a license under the MMPR (the predecessor to the ACMPR) - immediately positions the Company as a dominant force in the Canadian cannabis market. Canadians deserve legal access to premium quality medicine and by combining Peace's superior product quality and operational scalability with the Company's resources; we are uniquely situated to solidify Peace's place as the nation's preferred supplier of top quality cannabis." said PharmaCan CEO Mike Gorenstein. With this transaction, Peace will join In The Zone Produce Ltd. ("ITZ") as the Company's second wholly owned LP.
Entire press release is here


Marijuana.Ca Comment: Congratulations to all involved with this. These are exciting times in the marijuana space. We commend Pharmacan on their committment to growing high quality medicine for patients, and their interest in the upcoming recreational realm when marijuana is legalized for adult use.



 
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Wednesday September 7th, 2016
 

Canada - Marijuana regulation has 'clearly failed,' says Liberal MP Ralph Goodale, who calls legalization the best option

Goodale, who was in the city to make a funding announcement at the University of Saskatchewan, said discussions with the U.S. government about its approach to marijuana regulation and border control are ongoing. “(We want to) make sure that they understand the principle here is to make marijuana less available to young people and to cut off the flow —  literally billions of illegal money, that flows to organized crime every year.”
More @ Star Phoenix


Marijuana Inc. 

A strong, new whiff of opportunity is blowing in the direction of Canadian business. 
More @ Canadian Lawyer Mag


Why Vancouver is at the forefront of marijuana commerce

Marijuana in Canada has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. The view of the plant has transitioned from social menace in the mid-20th century to medical marvel by the end of it, and now it verges on total legalization. Throughout that time, an underground industry had started growing on the West Coast.
More @ Lift


USA - Marijuana legalization is having an incredible impact on illegal marijuana use

With legal allowances for both medical and recreational use on the rise all over the US, the favored illegal drug of Americans has never looked more professional. That's because the business of legal marijuana has never been better. We're talking about a $7 billion market, according to ArcView Market Research (a firm that tracks the legal cannabis trade). The world of dimebags is long gone, replaced with complex breakdowns of Indica vs Sativa percentages on packaging, flavor profiles, and high-end edibles. The market for legal weed in the US outpaces Girl Scout Cookies. Now more than ever, buying cannabis in the US is more akin to buying craft beer or charcuterie.
More @ Business Insider

No, Ontario. You Don’t Want Weed to Be Sold in Liquor Stores

Some of the issues: Poor Selection. Lack of information. Restricted hours.
More @ Vice

HEMP - Colorado hits another cannabis 1st with certified hemp seed

Colorado is expected to reach another national first on cannabis Wednesday when state agriculture officials show off the first domestic certified hemp seeds. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has been working for years to produce hemp seeds that consistently produce plants low enough in the chemical THC to qualify as hemp and not its intoxicating cousin, marijuana. Hemp production was authorized by Congress in 2014. But farmers who want to grow it must have state certification to raise the crop. The industry estimates that fewer than 7,000 acres are being grown nationwide this year. Colorado is the first state to certify hemp seed, which means the seed has been proven to be genetically pure and to produce hemp and not marijuana. Colorado farmers can buy the certified hemp seeds in 2017.
More @ Canadian Business


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Tuesday September 6, 2016

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Five key priorities Trudeau needs to tackle this fall - By John Ibbitson

When and how will it be legal to toke?

Former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan is head of a panel examining how to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The panel has until November to offer recommendations on where and how cannabis should legally be manufactured and sold, how to keep it out of the hands of people who are underage and how to prevent drug-impaired driving.

Once the task force reports, Mr. Trudeau and his government must decide whether to accept the report’s recommendation and to proceed with legislation in 2017.
More @ Globe & Mail


Marijuana.Ca Comment: The Marijuana LegalizationTask Force has been very busy for the last couple of months. Meeting with experts and other stakeholders in order to determine the right path for legalization. We urge the task force to make sure their recommendations successfully address key aspects of this important issue.

Marijuana.Ca recommends that adult Canadians be allowed to grow a small number of marijuana plants for personal use and that privately run stores dedicated to marijuana sales be permitted.


 

 
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Tuesday September 6th, 2016
 

Dubai - Ten years in jail for man who grew 38 marijuana plants at home

A man who learned how to grow 38 marijuana plants in his house online has been sentenced to 10 years in jail. The Emirati was convicted by Dubai Criminal Court of growing and possessing the plants, and a total of 749 grams of the drug as well as 1,977 amphetamine tablets. An earlier charge of possessing the plants with the intention to sell was dropped.

Marijuana.Ca comment: Another life ruined because of the war on marijuana users.
More @ TheNational.AE


2 Colorado Companies Launch CBD Coffee Products

The cannabis industry continues to see all sorts of innovation in products. Daily Camera reporter Shay Castle highlighted two Colorado companies that have launched coffee products infused with cannabidiol (CBD) from hemp, catering to the increased awareness of the potential health benefits of the cannabinoid.  In both cases, the companies are pursuing distribution channels that extend beyond dispensaries. Steep Fuze, founded by Devin Jamroz, is selling whole beans, while Native Jack, a nitrogen Thai style coffee made by Farma Labs with organic coffee and infused with nitrogen gas and blended with hemp oils.
More @ New Cannabis Ventures


Rabbi and pastor want to sell medical marijuana

Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn’s early opinions on medical marijuana were shaped by watching congregants manage AIDS symptoms by illegally using the drug; Pastor Gareth E. Murray is a newcomer to the industry, but sees the benefits of it as medical treatment
More @ The Cannabist


A New York Father And Pharmacist Sees Firsthand Benefits Of Medical Marijuana

Dan Ryszka is a pharmacist, so he knows something about medicine. But he was still stumped when drug after drug failed to curb his children's violent seizures.

Then they joined New York's fledgling medical marijuana program, and the attacks all but stopped.

"You go through the ABCs of medicine. Let's try this drug, let's try that one, let's find one that works," said Ryszka, a Buffalo-area resident whose 15-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son are now taking medications derived from marijuana. "We tried 10 drugs. Now, my son is off oxygen. He's smiling. Somedays my daughter was having three to five seizures. Now it's one a month."
More @ Civilized

Canada - Don’t Change Your Doctor, Help Your Doctor Change. Discussing Medical Marijuana with Your Doctor.

With the introduction of the new Accessing Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) released by Health Canada on August 24, 2016, accessing and growing medical cannabis is less challenging than ever before. But visiting the doctor is often already a very stressful experience, so discussing medical cannabis with your healthcare professional can be a daunting task. I hope this article will prepare you to speak with your doctor about medical cannabis.
More @ 12 High Chicks

HEMP - Incredible Hemp Maze in Czech Republic

Have you ever dreamed of wandering through a two-acre labyrinth made of cannabis plants nearly 16 feet tall? Even if you had, you probably never imagined it alongside a Jamaican-style beach bar complete with hemp beer, homemade soda, and fresh local trout prepared with hemp seeds. Dream no more. Vranč, a hemp farm and labyrinth in the southern Czech Republic, has it all.
More @ Leafly


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Archive: Friday September 2, 2016

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What to Expect in the Second Season of 'Weediquette'

Weediquette host Krishna Andavolu talked to us about what to expect in tonight's episode—which focuses on pot-smoking parents' battles with Child Protective Services—and the coming season. Read an edited and condensed version of his thoughts below.

We're continuing to chronicle marijuana's move from counterculture into the mainstream, a process that's happened very quickly and with a great amount of excitement. At the same time, though, a lot of people are being left behind.

Our first episode is about parents who have been accused of neglecting their children because they use pot for medical reasons in Kansas, a state where weed is still illegal. For a lot of new entrepreneurs and patients, in the back of their mind they're asking, What am I risking by integrating parenting and pot? That's a question I ask, too, because I'm a young parent—I have a 2-year-old—and I tend to have a lot of pot around me because of my job. We follow the stories of two single moms who don't come from a lot of privilege and are in the midst of having their kids removed because of their weed usage.

While shooting the first season, we found that we're at a point in our culture's relationship with marijuana where it can be commensurate with family life—for a long time, weed was something that was thought to tear families apart. In the second season, we look at weed and community: people forming around their beliefs of what pot can do for them. From football players to Native American tribes, from small business owners in Michigan to people who are trying to kick opiate addiction in Maine—there are so many different pockets of communities that are trying to integrate marijuana into what they think might help them. When you see the world through their eyes, you see that pot is a metonym for other bigger factors in their lives.
More @ VICE


Marijuana.Ca Comment: Krishna Andavolu and VICE are doing excellent work in the marijuana space.



 
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Friday September 2nd, 2016
 

Canada - Medical marijuana: Director of Canadian Cannabis Clinics, which prescribes pot to patients, warns that patients using unauthorized dispensaries risk not having their prescriptions renewed 

Medical marijuana users who buy their pot from illegal dispensaries risk not having their prescriptions renewed. That’s the warning doctors at a London clinic specializing in prescribing pot are giving their patients, said Ronan Levy, director of Canadian Cannabis Clinics.

But the operator of London’s newest dispensary — engaged in a showdown with police that illustrates confusion over Canada’s pot laws — calls the warning “bullying.” Hundreds of London’s authorized medical marijuana users are flocking to its three dispensaries. At Tasty Budd’s, regional manager Jordan Johnson said requiring patients to order marijuana by mail from government-approved producers is unconstitutional because it denies users fair and easy access to their medicine. Some medicinal users don’t have credit cards or can’t afford a money order, as required by commercial producers, said Johnson, adding shipping also takes time and raises privacy concerns.

Levy said buying from dispensaries risks patients’ health. “All the cannabis they get is untested,” he said, explaining its potency isn’t known and the weed could be contaminated with mould or bacteria.
More @ LF Press


Why It's Important to See Women Smoking Weed

Conversations around weed may have been historically male-dominated, but thanks to actresses like Jenny Slate and television shows like Broad City, a mainstream female weed culture is starting to emerge (or at least re-emerge). Broad City, which follows two stoners, Ilana and Abbi, living in New York has become a huge hit, having been renewed by Comedy Central for a fifth season, and it is testament to the normalization of women who smoke. Rihanna relentlessly Instagrams photos of herself smoking weed. Jenny Slate smokes "once a day" and also gets high on the internet. Women everywhere are reclaiming a culture, be it financially or conceptually.
More @ Vice


How Autoflowering Cannabis Strains Became So Popular in Central Europe

In the past few years, autoflowering cannabis strains have become hugely popular in Europe, especially in countries with mild climates. What caused the widespread adoption, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of these “automatic” strains?
More @ Leafly


At Long Last, Marijuana Legalization Looms For California

On November 8th, American voters will turn out in record numbers to make the much-maligned choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But those in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada have another choice to make — whether to regulate and legalize cannabis. Most attention is focused on California, which already has the lion’s share of the current $5.7 billion legal US industry. The Californian market alone is set to grow to $6.6 billion by 2020 in anticipation of a yes vote. Proposition 64 is the last option standing in California after 21 different proposals for various forms of cannabis legalization have been whittled down to just one. Much has been made of the infighting among the pro-legalization movement about the wording of the proposition, but most of the dissent now seems sated.
More @Huffington Post

Australia will legalize medical marijuana this November

Medicinal marijuana will be legalised across Australia from November this year, under a formal decision reached by the Therapeutic Goods Administration this week. But the news does not mean just anyone will be able to get their hands on the leafy green bud – at least not legally. The drug will be legalised for medicinal use only, and will be strictly controlled, as the federal government works to create a national regulator.
More @ DailyMail.co.uk

HEMP - Why Hemp Is Still Controversial In America And A Challenge For Entrepreneurs

When this entrepreneur quit his day job to sell hemp products online, he ran into trouble with Facebook, Shopify, and more.

Why?
More @ Forbes


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Thursday September 1, 2016

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By Jeremy Hsu - Scientific American

A body of research suggests yes, but scientists are having to fight red tape to study whether medical marijuana could substitute for opioid drugs.

Six days before Prince died, the iconic pop star was hospitalized after possibly overdosing on Percocet. His death on April 21 involved overdosing on another painkiller, fentanyl. Both are among the prescription opioids that alleviate the pain of millions of Americans every year—often at the price of their needing ever greater amounts and the risk of overdose. The U.S. “is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Prescription opioid overdoses killed more than 165,000 Americans between 1999 and 2014, and the health and social costs of abusing such drugs are estimated to be as much as $55 billion a year.

The problem has led experts to scramble for a less dangerous alternative for pain relief—and some research points to medical marijuana. As early as 15 years ago physicians began hearing that patients were using cannabis instead of prescription opioids for pain. These anecdotes inspired a research team led by Marcus Bachhuber, assistant professor of medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, to examine whether some states' legalization of medical cannabis had affected the number of opioid overdose deaths.

Medical cannabis is unlikely to prove a replacement for opioids in all medical situations. For example, prescribing opioids is relatively uncontroversial in end-of-life care and in treatment of acute pain from cancer, major surgery or broken bones. But for pain not caused by cancer, medical cannabis may prove a better candidate in the long run. Even the most severe critics, Bachhuber says, would accept that medical cannabis is safer than opioids when it comes to the risk of fatal overdose.
More @ Scientific American


Marijuana.Ca Comment: Time and time again, we come across patients who are reducing or eliminating their use of pharmaceutical painkillers, and replacing them with medical marijuana. There is an opiode crisis in Canada and the US. Governments and healthcare professionals need to take a much closer look at how medical marijuana may alleviate this crisis.



 
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Thursday September 1st, 2016

 

These Athletes Add Marijuana To Their Workout Regimen

There is a growing community of athletes that believe cannabis can improve athletic performance. Contrary to the image of a couch potato stoner reaching for a bag of chips to answer to the call of munchies, these athletes incorporate cannabis into their fitness regimen. Some do it to enhance their game, while others use it for focus. There are no studies to support this use, but these athletes are embarking on their own journey to unlock the mystery.

“I’m a twice cancer survivor,” said Gaynell Rogers, managing director of Bloom Cannabis Group. “Colon and breast. I use a cannabis tincture before I swim laps. It helps me focus and work out harder.” Rogers said that with 2,100 strains available in California, it took some time to figure out which was best for her needs. She is quick to point out that she doesn’t use a psychoactive cannabis and that each person is different. “At Harborside Health Centers, we have formulation specialists,” she said, “There isn’t one strain that works for everyone.”
More @ Forbes


Canada - Ontario cities need to shape their own destiny in the marijuana conversation

Examples from other jurisdictions show that municipalities need to move now to ensure they have a say in what legalization looks like in the future. With the prohibition-era laws on their way out, public opinion clearly swinging in favour of legalization, and dispensaries stepping in to meet an existing demand despite the continued illegality of cannabis, there is a clear leadership vacuum in Ontario. Looking to other markets where cannabis has made the transition from black market to main street, one thing becomes clear: leadership at the local level plays a critical role in the success of the initiative. Rather than stall and wait for direction from the federal governments, if municipalities in Ontario truly want a say in the future of cannabis legalization, now is the time to speak up.
More @ Lift


Canada- MMPRsoft - Edmonton software company is helping grow the medical marijuana industry

MMPRsoft tapped to handle sales for Canada's only pharmacist-controlled producer and distributor. Edmonton’s MMPRsoft, a web-based cannabis-operations program, recently secured a deal to handle the end-to-end operations of CannTrust Inc. – Canada’s only pharmacist-controlled licensed producer and distributor of medical cannabis. MMPRsoft manages e-commerce and webstore development as well as facility management, which includes equipment inventory, crop management, customer relationships, health clinic partnerships and dealings with the department of Veterans Affairs. “The feedback I’m getting is that we are the only end-to-end system out there, and we offer more functionality than anybody,” said MMPRsoft owner and president Dallas Devam.
More @ MetroNews.Ca


The Science Behind Purple Kush, and the Colors of Marijuana

Before cannabinoid testing and genetic profiling of the cannabis plant, consumers would judge a batch of weed based on its smell, taste, and color. In fact, a whopping 93 percent of buyers make a purchasing choice contingent on the color and look of the bud. The color of cannabis is not constant, but rather changes with the plant's maturity. According to the pH or acidity levels of the plant, its anthocyanins—water-soluble pigments—may appear blue, red, or purple. Anthocyanins appear in other plants as well, such as blueberries and eggplants.
More @ Motherboard - Vice

USA - Are There Pesticides in Your Marijuana?

Meet the industry leaders looking to up the ante on cannabis quality. To curb the feds from moving in, a group of industry experts from states including Colorado and California gathered at the 2016 Cannabis Quality Summit to focus in on ways to ensure the cannabis we consume is safer and cleaner. Attendees including representatives from some of the top cannabis brands including Dixie, The Wo/Mans Alliance For Medical Marijuana, American’s for Safe Access, and National Cannabis Industry Association.
More @ Merry Jane

HEMP - True Leaf Medicine Announces UK Pet Chain Orders True Hemp(TM) Product for All Its 174 Stores

Press Release - Luxembourg--(Newsfile Corp. - August 31, 2016) - True Leaf Pet Europe LLC (CSE: MJ) (FSE: TLA) has achieved a major milestone by securing the first European order for its True Hemp™ pet products. The order comes from PetsCorner®, the second largest pet store chain in the United Kingdom, which will sell the product in all its 174 stores. This order and subsequent production run of True Hemp Pet™ formulations in Germany, officially marks the start of sales and marketing in the European community for True Leaf Pet Europe LLC, a subsidiary of True Leaf Medicine International Ltd. (CSE: MJ) (FSE: TLA). The sale also means that True Hemp is now generating revenue on two continents - North America and Europe. "We're on our way to becoming a truly global brand," said Darcy Bomford, True Leaf Pet CEO. True Leaf showcased its True Hemp product at Interzoo®, the world's largest bi-annual exhibition of supplies for pets with 40,000 attendees, held May 26-29 in Nuremberg, Germany.
More @ Stockhouse


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Wedensday August 31, 2016

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Marijuana.Ca Editorial

It's important that there only be retail stores that focus exclusively on marijuana. As the mixing of both alcohol and marijuana can have significant adverse effects such as nausea, vomiting and dizziness.  This can also increase risks associated with driving. Putting marijuana in the same retail location as liquor sends the wrong message to the public and young adults, especially for members of the public that have very little experience with either one, or both substances.

The possible negative impacts associated with the liquor store model

  • The mixing of alcohol and marijuana can have significant adverse effects, and thus should not be sold together at the same location
  • The LCBO would have a monopoly on marijuana sales
  • Staff at liquor stores may not be informed enough on marijuana strains to inform/assist customers in a meaningful way
  • Access is only convenient to those living near the vicinity of a liquor store, which benefits the black market
  • This model will likely not eliminate the black market as prices are likely to remain higher, due to less competition in the marketplace, and fewer locations to buy from
  • Smaller craft growers will have difficulty getting shelf space
  • Retrofitting LCBO locations will be costly to taxpayers
  • Privately run marijuana stores can be as effective as the LCBO at restricting access based on age

We have posted this editorial today for two reasons:

1. The marijuana legalization task force will be submitting their recommendations to the federal government sometime in November, 2016. And, how retail sales are handled will have significant impact on Canadians.

2. OPSEU, the union that represents LCBO employees, held a press conference yesterday calling for marijuana to be sold at the LCBO. 

Tuesday August 30, 2016

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By Alicia Wallach

If Californians legalize marijuana under Proposition 64 in November, legal cannabis sales in the state likely will climb by $1.6 billion within the first year of implementation, according to a report released Tuesday.

That would put the state's medical and recreational market on track to hit $6.5 billion in revenue by 2020 — up from $2.8 billion in 2015, industry research firms Arcview Group and New Frontier state in the report.

And the researchers argue it would serve as a "watershed moment" for the industry in and outside the United States. "We think the activation of the adult-use market in California will undoubtedly make California the new epicenter in cannabis," said John Kagia, executive vice president of industry analytics for New Frontier. Sheer size will help the state maintain that status, Kagia said. Even with a fractured, unregulated medical industry, the report states California already accounts for nearly half of all legal cannabis sales in the nation.
More @ Mercury News


Marijuana.Ca comment: California legalized medical marijuana in 1996 via a voter ballot initiative.  This significant victory was a watershed moment in North America. While there has been tension between California and the US federal government on this issue, this victory, coupled with an excellent growing climate and the innovative and outside the box thinking that is prevalent in California has already made California a global epicenter of medical marijuana and marijuana. If Californians legalize recreational marijuana on November 8th, 2016, another wave of innovation and cultural uplift will follow.


 
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Tuesday August 30th, 2016

 

Nurses won't give marijuana oil to son who suffers seizures, Toronto mom says

A Toronto mother whose son suffers from chronic seizures due to a rare genetic condition is frustrated that some nurses in Toronto hospitals have refused to administer cannabis oil, which she says brings him relief. Maria Niembro, mother of 11-year-old Francesco, told CBC's Metro Morning on Monday that she has to administer the cannabis oil herself to her son, who suffers from CFC, or Cardio-facio-cutaneous, syndrome. Francesco was having two to 10 seizures a day before he started receiving the cannabis oil. Niembro said it has significantly reduced the number of seizures he suffers daily. "They apologize and they say they cannot administer it because there is no policy established," she said. Dr. Michael Verbora, a doctor at the Cannabinoid Medical Clinic in Toronto, who is one of Francesco's physicians, said he has noted a "major reduction" in the boy's seizures. He said there is no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in this type of medicine, the psycho-active ingredient that leads to a marijuana high.
More @ CBC


Israel to begin exporting marijuana soon - minister

Agriculture Ministry setting up facilities for research, development of growing cannabis for medical treatment. Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel on Sunday announced that Israel would begin exporting medical marijuana abroad, weeks after the government approved measures to make medical cannabis more easily accessible to patients in Israel. “The Agriculture Ministry has set up specific areas for the research and trial of growing cannabis, a plant whose foremost use is the medical treatment of patients around the world,” he said. Ariel said he intends to approve the request for exporting Israeli-grown medical marijuana abroad.
More @ Times of Israel


Canada- Monthly marijuana cooking class teaches Calgarians to cook with marijuana. Recipes include cannabis cooking oils, flour and butter.

A group of Calgarians took part in a special cooking class Saturday to learn to cook with marijuana. First up, Crystal Gooding explained her recipe for CannaCoconut Oil, which is coconut oil infused with marijuana. "You're going to dump your cannabis in there, your ounce... and you're going to bring it to a good simmer," she told the group of about 15 people who turned up at the 420 Clinic in Inglewood for the cooking class. Gooding also shared recipes for cannabis olive oil, cannabis flour and cannabis butter. "My favourite is melting [the cannabis butter] and putting it on popcorn," she said. "But you can put it in a pan on a low heat and you can fry your fish in there [or] sprinkle it in on your vegetables when they're done cooking."
More @ CBC


Canada - Nova Scotia - Sydney marijuana clinic serving more than 400 clients after 1 year

Originally created for military vets, the clinic offers its counselling services to all. A large "Plants Not Pills" sign faces busy Kings Road in Sydney, N.S., the slogan for the chain of Marijuana for Trauma clinics. Marijuana for Trauma was founded in Fredericton with the goal of helping veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. That was the plan when the group opened a facility in Sydney last year, but it soon began branching out. It now offers its services to civilians interested in finding out more information about the uses of medicinal marijuana. "We aid in the treatment of many afflictions, from chronic pain, PTSD, Crohn's, colitis, cancer, arthritis and many others," said Joe Bisson, who runs the Sydney franchise.
More @ CBC

USA - New Campaign in Colorado Looks to Keep Underage Kids From Using Cannabis

The “Good to Know” campaign is hoping to curb underage cannabis use by keeping parents and educators informed. And so, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has recently launched a campaign called to get parents, educators, coaches, and mentors to use the proper tools, tips, and information to discuss not using marijuana to the state’s youth. Entitled the “Good to Know” campaign, the state is hoping that it can dissuade kids under the required age of 21 from using retail marijuana. Governor John Hickenlooper has jumped aboard the campaign, which will soon start featuring adverts on television, radio, social media, which includes prime time slots and Denver Broncos games as well.
More @ Merry Jane

HEMP - Hemp Seeds - The Seed That Keeps On Giving

A trend is growing in today’s marketplace, literally. Vast numbers of people are out there searching high and low for the best, most nutritious foods to fuel their bodies. Nobody wants to put watered down gas in their car. Should our bodies be any different? We buy supplements like protein powders, shakes and pills to help supply us with the proper nutrients to maintain peak performance. The term superfood is often used as a descriptor for hemp seeds. ‘Superfood’ has come to be associated with nutrient rich, whole foods that may provide unique benefits to human health. Hemp seed fits the bill.
More @ Dope Magazine


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Monday August 29, 2016

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Marijuana.Ca Staff

Today is the last day the Canadian government is accepting recommendations related to Marijuana Legalization from Canadian citizens and groups.

You can email them directly using Cannabis@Canada.Ca or click > here to use their online submission form.


Marijuana.Ca's recommendations to the Canadian government:

1. Allow Canadian adults to grow a small number of marijuana plants for personal recreational use.  Seeds and genetic plant materials should be available from a wide array of licensed growers, distributors and retailers

2. Allow privately run brick and mortar and online stores dedicated to adult marijuana sales, that include point of sale and home delivery

3. Allow for a various types of marijuana products that include oils, edibles, beverages, topicals and tinctures

4. Create an accessible licensing process to allow for small, medium and large businesses to participate in the marijuana industry

5. Pardon all Canadians previously convicted of marijuana possession charges

6. Designate a small percentage of tax revenue to medical marijuana research

7. Avoid high taxes, as they will perpetuate the black market

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Monday August 29th, 2016
 

The Endocannabinoid System – a brief molecular overview

Despite these major barriers to academic research, our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that mediate the effects of cannabis continues to advance, with the hope that this work may contribute to novel therapies to combat human disease.  The goal of this article is to provide a generalized overview of the intracellular signaling mechanisms that are responsible for the effects of cannabis.
More @ Lift


Toronto's Black Market Becomes A (Pop-Up) Green Market

The cannabis landscape in Canada is evolving, as are attitudes towards the drug. This transformation is reflected in both the marketplace and in the political realm. For example, despite remaining federally illegal, many local jurisdictions are tolerating, and in some cases regulating, pot dispensaries. Furthermore, there has been a substantial increase in patients and licensed producers under the federal medical cannabis regime, a system that will also sanction personal cultivation at the end of this month.
More @ Civilized


How Insects Helped Me Grow Better Marijuana

I first discovered the concept of adding insects to my garden the same way that I expect most new growers do—by scouring the Internet in search of a solution to my pest problems. Common thought would have you believe that the solution lay in a pesticide spray or chemical additive, and while that may provide a seemingly effective and quick solution, the learned cannabis cultivator is careful to evaluate all options in pursuit of the finest flower free of any contaminants.

I was sold. After consulting with Shane regarding my environment specifics, I placed an order of Phytoseiulus Persimilis, a predatory mite, to deal with an existing spider mite infestation. They were delivered overnight direct from the insectary and came packaged with cold packs in order to ensure they arrived in a dormant state. I opened the package, exposing the containers to the ambient temperatures and acclimating them to the environment. Then came the fun part…..
More @ Merry Jane


HEMP - Hemp useful for food, cosmetics and textiles

You could be forgiven for thinking a field full of tall, leafy crops in Baileys Brook is an illicit operation – but it’s perfectly legal, and not for smoking.
More @ NG News


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Friday August 26, 2016

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The New Brunswick government sees the marijuana industry as a major economic driver in the future, which could create thousands of jobs, according to a senior official. Susan Holt, the provincial government's economic policy adviser, told Information Morning Fredericton on Wednesday that the province has high hopes for the marijuana sector. "Year over year we're expecting hundreds next year and hundreds more the year after that. So over a five-year term, we are looking at this being thousands of jobs," said Holt.

There are other reports showing the marijuana sector could be adding jobs to the provincial economy.

Radio-Canada reported on Wednesday that British Columbia-based Canutra Naturals is buying the former H.J. Michaud research farm in Bouctouche, where it will process hemp and produce hemp products. "You can develop 50,000 different products from this plant," said Canutra's New Brunswick marketing director Stu Mills. "It's the start of a major movement. It's the start of a major industry here."
More @ CBC


Marijuana.Ca Comment: We think these are potentially realistic numbers put forth by Susan Holt. Depending on some of the details of how a legalized regimen will be structured, we speculate that within a few years, there will be ten to twenty thousand jobs in the marijuana industry in Canada. These includes jobs connected to ancillary businesses.


 
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Friday August 26th, 2016
 

BNN Video Interview with Vic Neufeld of Aphria : Aphria Revs Up Expansion To Meet The Anticipated Demands Of Both Medical & Recreational Marijuana Markets

On July 28, 2016, Aphria announced $25 million in bought deal financing, which was increased to $30 million the next day, and eventually closed at almost $35 million on August 18. Mr. Neufeld also pointed out that Aphria has $50 million in its corporate coffer, which will be used to finance the growth of its capacity, which will be required to meet the demands of a growing medical, and of the upcoming recreational marijuana market in Canada. He stated their expansion plans included the purchasing of their current land of 36 acres and acquiring an adjacent 11 acre property. Aphria currently has 45,000 square feet of green house growing capacity, and are on there way to add another 55,000 square feet. This will give them 100,000 square feet of growing capacity, which will produce approximately 6000 kilos of marijuana per year. To build out even further, their future plans include adding another 22 acres, giving them approximately 950,000 square feet of growing capacity and 250,000 square feet of infrastructure space. This capacity is projected to produce approximately 60,000 kilos of marijuana a year, which represents 12 to 15 percent of the approximate $6 billion medical and recreational markets combined.
More @ Marijuana.Ca


Canadian attitudes on marijuana: a timeline analysis

The cannabis landscape in Canada is evolving, as are attitudes towards the drug. This transformation is reflected in both the marketplace and in the political realm. For example, despite remaining federally illegal, many local jurisdictions are tolerating, and in some cases regulating, pot dispensaries. Furthermore, there has been a substantial increase in patients and licensed producers under the federal medical cannabis regime, a system that will also sanction personal cultivation at the end of this month.
More @ Lift


Canada- Kamloops doctor involved in marijuana research

Dr. Ian Mitchell has been added to the advisory team behind Doctors for Responsible Access, an organization focused on objective discussion on the legalization of marijuana. The national organization, composed of physicians and nurse practitioners, supports responsible access to marijuana but wants to ensure the federal task force examining the issue receives an informed medical perspective. Among proposed principles, the group wants the federal government to ensure the medical community receives the support and education they need to be part of the solution and protect public health. It also wants to ensure access includes restrictions aimed at reducing risk that could include mandatory education or only allowing for smaller quantities for young adults and youth. Mitchell, an emergency-room doctor at Royal Inland Hospital, has been recognized nationally for his work on the subject of medical marijuana. He is also one of the lead investigators in a study looking at the effectiveness of cannabis on post-traumatic stress disorder. It is expected to kick into gear in the fall.
More @ Kamloops This Week


Marijuana will be the new must-have beauty ingredient, researchers predict

When it comes to new buzz ingredients, the beauty industry loves anything quirky - hence the fascination with bee venom, placentas and snail mucus. And now it seems cannabis if the predictions from the trend forecasters at The Future Laboratory are correct. The ingredient topped their list for the new beauty must-haves we’ll be slathering onto our skin by the end of the year. While hemp seed oil has been around for years (the Body Shop has an entire range dedicated to it), beauty brands are now looking into marijuana as a treatment for acne.
More @ Telegraph.co.uk

Pot improves night vision — in tadpoles, study finds

Montreal researchers have found a new role for cannabinoids. The active ingredient in marijuana — which is also naturally present in the human body — seems to improve night vision in vertebrates.
More @ Montreal Gazette

HEMP - GH Solutions Announces New KOIOS Raspberry Wonder with Hemp to Be Distributed by KEHE Distribution and Hyperion Distribution

"KOIOS currently sells their existing beverage nationally through these and other distributors," stated Rik J Deitsch, CEO of GH Solutions Inc. "Our new product is a great addition to the KOIOS product offering and should be able to be sold throughout all of their existing markets," he continued. "This also represents the largest potential launch of a hemp-based beverage. As research continues into the benefits of formulations containing hemp extracts, GH Solutions will be well-situated to reap the benefits of the growing marketplace," he concluded.
More @ Mrketwired


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Thursday August 25, 2016

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Marijuana.Ca Editorial

A new day has dawned in the medical marijuana space in Canada.

Authorized patients can now register with Health Canada and grow their own medical marijuana or designate someone to do so. Or, they can continue to buy their medicine from Licensed Producers. We welcome the expansion of the regulations to allow patients to have these choices.

We project, that in most cases, patients will choose to buy their medicine from Licensed Producers.

For patients who choose to grow their own or use a designated grower, they need to send the original medical document (prescription) signed by their doctor in order to grow their own or use a designated grower. We expect that a percentage of doctors will Not write a medical note if their patient tells them they want to grow their own or use a designated grower. We expect that some doctors will only be comfortable in writing a medical note when the medical marijuana has information available about the THC and CBD levels. To address this, r
egistered home growers will be able to take their medicine, for product safety testing (for a fee), to laboratories that are accredited by Health Canada. This may satisfy some doctors.

According to Lift, doctors are now explicitly allowed to split prescriptions amongst different license producers, giving patients more choice. We are waiting to hear from Lift to see the actual language in the regulations. We'll update this paragraph when we have more information.

Licensed Producers are now allowed to provide medical marijuana in a capsule form. This is beneficial for patients and for doctors who want to recommend very specific doses for their patients.

Patients are only permitted to buy seeds and plant genetics from Licensed Producers. Licensed Producers can import seeds. 

While there are important positive changes reflected in the ACMPR, there are other significant improvements that can be made to the current ACMPR. 

Marijuana.Ca supports the 5 recommendations put forth by The Arthritis Society and CFAMM, on Access, Affordability, and Research to improve patient access to medical marijuana.

Here is a synopsis:
  • Allow for a wider range of distribution options, which include on-site point-of-sale
  • Allow for legal access to a wider range of marijuana products such as tinctures, topicals, beverages and edible extracts in finished baked products
  • Removal of federal sales tax on medical marijuana
  • Health Canada should approve medical marijuana as a medicine, so that it can have an approved drug status, which can then be covered by healthcare insurance plans
  • Increase federal funding to advance medical marijuana research and development in Canada


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Thursday August 25th, 2016
 
Kincardine's 7 ACRES hybrid greenhouse marks first harvest of medical marijuana

The first harvest of medical marihuana at Kincardine's 7 ACRES hybrid greenhouse is setting the stage for what the company aims to be the largest capacity legal production facility worldwide.

Staff marked the cutting of the first medical cannabis plant during a 'stem cutting' ceremony that included a number of gardening staff and management present on Aug. 15, 2016.

All of the plants from the 16,500-square-foot 'Phase Zero' test greenhouse area are the first set of cloned strains of cannabis being dried, processed, packaged and shipped for third-party laboratory testing required by Health Canada.

About 100 grams from each of the two harvests, as well as 100 grams from each strain of cannabis, will be tested for potency, consistency, contaminants and overall quality standards set to protect what will be the future medical marihuana patients buy from the Kincardine-area greenhouse.
More @ LF Press


Medical marijuana easier to grow at home with new rules

Despite new federal legislation making it easier for patients to grow marijuana at home, some medical specialists aren't so sure that's a good idea.

Dr. Doug Smith, a Fredericton specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, says while he's been prescribing marijuana for almost a decade and seen "quite a few remarkable stories of it being a life-changer," patients who grow their own cannabis might have less control over what they're getting.

Previously, patients looking to grow medical marijuana or get someone else to grow it for them could only get seeds and plants from Health Canada.
More @ CBC


How to Grow Marijuana in Your Closet, Part 2: From the Vegetative Stage to Harvest

If you joined us for Part 1 of How to Grow Cannabis in Your Closet, you learned a lot about setting up an indoor cannabis garden – from choosing your system, to germinating your seeds, to transplanting your sprouts and ensuring they receive the proper nutrients. Now that your little cannabis plants are flourishing, you want to know about helping them reach maturity – from vegetation, to cloning, to flowering, and all the way through harvest.
More @ Leafly

Vogue Magazine : Kush Cake Pops and Cannabis Bath Bombs: This Is the Luxe Marijuana Subscription You’ve Been Dreaming Of

A new company called Au Box has introduced a monthly subscription service, available only in San Francisco at the moment, where clients with a medical marijuana license can sign up and receive a special box of cannabis products to their doorstep each month.

Jessica VerSteeg, model, former Miss Iowa, and one-time competitor on the Amazing Race, founded the company in an effort to cater to the female cannabis consumer. There are three main categories of boxes: “edibles,” “sampler,” and “intimates.” A one-month trial is $150 and subscriptions are $140 a month for three months, $120 a month for six months, and $99 a month for one year. The “sampler” includes a selection of pre-rolled joints, hash, and flowers, while the “edibles” box includes baked goods like Kush Cake Pops and Altai chocolates. In the “intimates” box, meant to stimulate some romance at home, a subscriber can receive 24-karat rolling papers, cannabis bath bombs, Foria oil, and candles. Au Box has also introduced a “man” box, which includes cannabis beard oils and salves. There’s also a beauty-specific box for women and one for pets that comes with non-psychoactive, CBD-rich (cannabidiol, which has no side effects) doggie treats, capsules, and tinctures, as well as CBD shampoos, lotions, waters, and hemp toys.
More @ Vogue

Marley Natural cannabis brand gets approval as Santa Rosa’s first pot processor

Santa Rosa has rolled out the welcome mat to the marijuana industry, and the first firm through the door is affiliated with none other than the godfather of ganja — Bob Marley.
More @ Press Democrat

HEMP - Healthy Living Makes a Difference

Hemp is a word that has been tossed around quite a bit lately in the health food industry – some might even call it a “superfood”. Authors from Manitoba Hemp Harvest have enlightened us as to what this special ingredient is and why we should consider adding it to our diets! They have provided us with the following information:
More @ My Steinbach


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Wednesday August 24, 2016

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On August 24, 2016, Health Canada released the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), which are now in effect.  There are some significant changes/amendments made to the previous 2013 Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). The finer details and analysis of the ACMPR will following in the coming days/weeks.  For now we have listed some the most notable changes to the repealed MMPR.


 

Health Canada Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations Highlights:


Authorized patients can grow for themselves or use a designated grower.

Patients with a doctor's prescription must register with Health Canada, if interested in home growing or designating a grower.

Both indoor and outdoor growing is permitted for registered patients.

The number of plants a patient can grow is based on the amount of grams in your prescription from your doctor.

E.g. : Someone with a prescription for the use of 1 gram of medical marijuana per day, can grow 5 plants indoors Or 2 plants outdoors.

Registered patients will be able to buy starting materials, such as seeds and plants from licesned producers.
 
"For licensed producers, the newly-permitted activities under the ACMPR include the production and sale of starting materials (i.e., marijuana seeds and plants) to those individuals who have registered to produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes or to have it produced by a designated person, and the ability to sell an interim supply of fresh or dried marijuana or cannabis oil to registered persons while they wait for their plants to grow."

Registered home growers will be able to take their medicine, for product safety testing, to laboratories that are accredited by Health Canada.

Individuals authorized to use cannabis for medical purposes by a health care practitioner will continue to have the option of purchasing safe, quality-controlled cannabis from one of the 34 producers licensed by Health Canada.

Storefront operations selling marijuana, commonly known as “dispensaries” and “compassion clubs” are not authorized to sell cannabis for medical or any other purposes.

Click here for Marijuana.Ca's new ACMPR page

Marijuana.Ca comment:
Although there are important changes reflected in the current ACMPR, which now allows for home grows, and will improve access for some patients, there are other significant improvements that can be made to the current ACMPR. 

Marijuana.Ca supports the 5 recommendations put forth by The Arthritis Society and CFAMM, on Access, Affordability, and Research to improve patient access to medical marijuana.

Here is a synopsis:

  • Allow for a wider range of distribution options, which include on-site point-of-sale
  • Allow for legal access to a wider range of marijuana products such as tinctures, topicals, beverages and edible extracts in finished baked products
  • Removal of federal sales tax on medical marijuana
  • Health Canada should approve medical marijuana as a medicine, so that it can have an approved drug status, which can then be covered by healthcare insurance plans
  • Increase federal funding to advance medical marijuana research and development in Canada

 

 
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Tuesday August 23rd, 2016
 
Sanitation within the medical marijuana production environment
- By Matt Howardson - Operations Manager at > Delta 9 Bio-Tec

First time growers need to take several variables into consideration.


Everyone has the ability to grow a plant, and it doesn’t take a whole lot of know-how; a seed, some media, water, light, nutrients, and you’re off and running. Cannabis is no exception to this rule. If you want to grow medical grade cannabis though, you’ll need to consider some additional variables, with one of these key variables being “sanitation”.

Good sanitation practices start with using proper materials to construct your grow room. Your walls and ceiling should be made of a nonporous, easily cleanable material. The price conscious can consider using a product like Viagrow’s Panda Film. And on the pricier end, there are products like Crane Composites Glasbord® with Surfaseal®. Either will provide you with a cleanable, hygienic surface, but one costs significantly less and will deteriorate faster than the other.
More @ Lift

Philippe Lucas and Trevor Bungay on PTSD, cannabis and Veterans Affairs Canada
 
In this episode of the Lift Podcast, we speak with Philippe Lucas, Interim Executive Director of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council, and Trevor Bungay, VP of Veterans Relations at Trauma Healing Centers, about the value of medical cannabis for those suffering from PTSD. Trevor is a veteran who served 17 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an infantry solider, and completed seven overseas missions. Philippe Lucas is also the VP of Patient Advocacy at Tilray, in Nanaimo, BC.

Canada - Aurora To Build Massive 600,000 Square Foot Greenhouse

Press Release : VANCOUVER, Aug. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CSE: ACB) (FRANKFURT: 21P) (WKN: A1C4WM) (OTCQB: ACBFF) ("Aurora" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has completed the design, engineering and tender process for the construction of the first phase of a 600,000 sq. ft. fully automated greenhouse to be built in Alberta, Canada.

Aurora has engaged veteran project developer, Thomas Larssen Greenhouse Engineers, and has finalized a number of contracts with global leaders in greenhouse technologies. The Company is working with renowned Dutch greenhouse builder, KUBO, and system and component providers Verkade, PDI, PB Tech, Codema, and PRIVA.

Measuring over 10 times the size of a Canadian football field, the expansion project consists of three 200,000 sq. ft. phases. This facility is believed to be the world's largest and only purpose-built greenhouse, designed specifically for the production of medical-grade cannabis. Upon completion of all three phases, the facility will have an estimated annual production capacity of over 70,000 kg of cannabis.
More @ Newswire

USA - 7 Scientific Effects of Marijuana That Experts Want to Study 

On Thursday the U.S. government announced that marijuana would continue to be classified as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse. However, the feds are allowing more research on marijuana’s medicinal uses by making it easier for researchers to grow it.

Many researchers, both those who view marijuana as beneficial and those who are skeptical, argue that the government’s stance still hinders research. “I understand the cautious nature of the government, whose role is basically to protect its citizens, but it is disappointing that marijuana continues to be included on the DEA’s list of the most dangerous drugs,” says Dr. Yasmin Hurd of Mount Sinai, who studies the effects of marijuana on the brain.
More @ Time

Monthly Marijuana Sales in Washington State Surpass $60 Million

In July, cannabis retailers posted an 18% spike in sales from the previous month, a new record for the regulated market. The $63.6 million in sales marked an increase of more than $10 million over the total in June.
More @ MJ Biz Daily

HEMP - NY just grew its first legal hemp

Regulations for the pilot program were finalized earlier this year, and one farm has received licensing: JD Farms in Eaton, Madison County, which is working with Morrisville State College to develop the crop.

The farm is growing the first legal hemp in 80 years, Lupardo said, on 30 acres.

More @ 13 News Now

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Archive: Tuesday August 23, 2016

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By Megan Gillis

Grobo is the brainchild of a pair of recent engineering grads from the University of Waterloo who were “incredibly excited” earlier this month when they discovered that growing medical marijuana at home would soon be legal.

“One of things we’re trying to do at Grobo is put an option out there that makes legal users not feel like they’re doing something wrong,” co-founder Bjorn Dawson said.

It replaces do-it-yourself systems hidden in the basement, he said, and frees up the time of people like the medical marijuana user on the Grobo team who spends eight to 10 hours a week caring for his plants and sifting through online forums. Dawson said he recently met the mother of a little girl who takes cannabis oil for seizures and was excited that she could get rid of the big, black blight of a grow tent.

“It’s taking something out from the basement,” Dawson said. “People grow their medicinal cannabis under the stairs. It smells a lot in the house and there’s a stigma to it.

“Part of the design is trying to reframe the conversation.”

It’s more lab than garden. All a user has to do is plant seeds in the organic growing medium and insert nutrient capsules, Dawson said.
More @ Ottawa Citizen

Marijuana.Ca comment: 
While we speculate that most patients will buy their medical marijuana from Licensed Producers, we applaud Grobo and other innovators who want to provide solutions for patients who chose to grow themselves.

The new medical marijuana regulations go into effect tomorrow, and they include provisions for home growing and limited designated growing. Details will be released tomorrow by Health Canada. Marijuana.Ca will doing a comprehensive update after the regulations are released.

 

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Tuesday August 23rd, 2016
 
Sanitation within the medical marijuana production environment
- By Matt Howardson - Operations Manager at > Delta 9 Bio-Tec

First time growers need to take several variables into consideration.


Everyone has the ability to grow a plant, and it doesn’t take a whole lot of know-how; a seed, some media, water, light, nutrients, and you’re off and running. Cannabis is no exception to this rule. If you want to grow medical grade cannabis though, you’ll need to consider some additional variables, with one of these key variables being “sanitation”.

Good sanitation practices start with using proper materials to construct your grow room. Your walls and ceiling should be made of a nonporous, easily cleanable material. The price conscious can consider using a product like Viagrow’s Panda Film. And on the pricier end, there are products like Crane Composites Glasbord® with Surfaseal®. Either will provide you with a cleanable, hygienic surface, but one costs significantly less and will deteriorate faster than the other.
More @ Lift

Philippe Lucas and Trevor Bungay on PTSD, cannabis and Veterans Affairs Canada
 
In this episode of the Lift Podcast, we speak with Philippe Lucas, Interim Executive Director of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council, and Trevor Bungay, VP of Veterans Relations at Trauma Healing Centers, about the value of medical cannabis for those suffering from PTSD. Trevor is a veteran who served 17 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an infantry solider, and completed seven overseas missions. Philippe Lucas is also the VP of Patient Advocacy at Tilray, in Nanaimo, BC.

Canada - Aurora To Build Massive 600,000 Square Foot Greenhouse

Press Release : VANCOUVER, Aug. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CSE: ACB) (FRANKFURT: 21P) (WKN: A1C4WM) (OTCQB: ACBFF) ("Aurora" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has completed the design, engineering and tender process for the construction of the first phase of a 600,000 sq. ft. fully automated greenhouse to be built in Alberta, Canada.

Aurora has engaged veteran project developer, Thomas Larssen Greenhouse Engineers, and has finalized a number of contracts with global leaders in greenhouse technologies. The Company is working with renowned Dutch greenhouse builder, KUBO, and system and component providers Verkade, PDI, PB Tech, Codema, and PRIVA.

Measuring over 10 times the size of a Canadian football field, the expansion project consists of three 200,000 sq. ft. phases. This facility is believed to be the world's largest and only purpose-built greenhouse, designed specifically for the production of medical-grade cannabis. Upon completion of all three phases, the facility will have an estimated annual production capacity of over 70,000 kg of cannabis.
More @ Newswire

USA - 7 Scientific Effects of Marijuana That Experts Want to Study 

On Thursday the U.S. government announced that marijuana would continue to be classified as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse. However, the feds are allowing more research on marijuana’s medicinal uses by making it easier for researchers to grow it.

Many researchers, both those who view marijuana as beneficial and those who are skeptical, argue that the government’s stance still hinders research. “I understand the cautious nature of the government, whose role is basically to protect its citizens, but it is disappointing that marijuana continues to be included on the DEA’s list of the most dangerous drugs,” says Dr. Yasmin Hurd of Mount Sinai, who studies the effects of marijuana on the brain.
More @ Time

Monthly Marijuana Sales in Washington State Surpass $60 Million

In July, cannabis retailers posted an 18% spike in sales from the previous month, a new record for the regulated market. The $63.6 million in sales marked an increase of more than $10 million over the total in June.
More @ MJ Biz Daily

HEMP - NY just grew its first legal hemp

Regulations for the pilot program were finalized earlier this year, and one farm has received licensing: JD Farms in Eaton, Madison County, which is working with Morrisville State College to develop the crop.

The farm is growing the first legal hemp in 80 years, Lupardo said, on 30 acres.

More @ 13 News Now


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Monday August 22, 2016

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The Big Smoke 
- by Brett Popplewell - The Walrus

Inside the Ontario company that is set to turn Canada into a marijuana superpower

It was rush hour on a mid-May morning, and Bruce Linton, CEO of the world’s largest producer of legally grown, sold, smoked, vaped, and consumed marijuana, sat in the driver’s seat of a rented Dodge Charger, heading south, against Toronto traffic, on his way to wine country. He kept the speedometer at a respectable, but law-bending, 120 kilometres per hour, except when trucks or cars got in his way. Then the forty-nine-year-old pressed on the throttle.

Linton’s eyes darted between the open road and the passenger seat, where I scribbled his words into a notebook. He waited for my pen to catch up. “If you really want to get all of this, we need to do a book,” he said. Then he recounted how he and a small team of tech and policy geeks with Bay Street cred had turned an abandoned Hershey’s factory into the most recognized grow op on the planet, and how they were now inking deals with industrialists in Germany, horticulturalists in Australia, sexual-aid manufacturers in Colorado, and celebrities in California. It’s all part of a fast-moving game that, if won, could leave Linton and his executives at the helm of a billion-dollar company when recreational pot becomes legal in Canada.annabis and art have always fit together, but never quite like this.

It’s a two-stage plan. First, he’ll let customers get used to seeing a range of his combustible marijuana strains for sale in the same stores that carry traditional liquors. Then he’ll release a line of drinkable cannabis products. Linton sees a world in which THC will become one of the main ingredients inside corked bottles of what future generations will consider premium booze. THC-laced soda pop is already available on the black market, and people have been infusing liquor with cannabis at their homes for years. Linton is going to take it mainstream, challenging the spirits establishment by producing an entirely new beverage that offers a different sort of buzz. Most people still think of pot as something to smoke and vape, or as something that can be added to food. Linton wants to show it can be so much more.

Then he revealed an entirely new aspect of his vision: “We’re going to grow experimental marijuana trees,” he said, explaining that the plan had been suggested by a Penn State tissue culture propagation specialist the company had hired. “Thick trunks, in 170-litre pots. They’re going to be like oak trees. No one, as far as we’re aware, has ever tried to see how big you can grow these things.”

Just after 11 a.m., Linton looked at his BlackBerry. “We need to get back on the road,” he said. He had a meeting in Toronto with a major pharmaceutical company and didn’t want to be late.
More @ The Walrus


Marijuana.Ca comment: 
A fascinating and in depth article about Tweed/Canopy, Linton, Zekulin and their unfolding vision.
 

Friday August 19, 2016

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Tweed Launches Artist-in-Residence Program
- Press Release

SMITHS FALLS, ON, Aug. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - Tweed Inc. ("Tweed" or "the Company"), wholly owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: CGC) and Canada's largest marijuana producer today launched an Artist in Residence program in an effort to bring its voice and the dialogue about cannabis into Canada's artistic communities. The Company is proud to announce that Ezra Soiferman, the Montreal-based documentary filmmaker and photographer, will be the first to fill the new role, believed to be the first of its kind in the world.

Cannabis and art have always fit together, but never quite like this.

"As an emerging brand in an emerging industry, we want to be able to tell our story in creative ways to make memorable and unique first impressions," said Martin Strazovec, Tweed's Chief Creative Officer. "Ezra is a gifted storyteller who will help us expand our reach through his art."

Some of the photography-based projects from the year-long residency will be based on cannabis related subjects and themes such as marijuana and hemp, while others will be photo series and photo-based music videos that speak to the Canadian cities and towns where the Company operates.

Ezra comes to this residency with a long list of cannabis-related credentials to complement his twenty-year career in film and television since graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 1994. His cannabis background includes co-directing the award-winning 1993 medical marijuana film Pressure Drop and creating Hemp for the Homeless in 2006, a project which donated functional hemp food and clothing kits to Montreal homeless shelters. Ezra was introduced to the Tweed team when he filmed a scene from his 2015 CBC Documentary Channel movie "Grass Fed". The documentary explored cannabis edibles through the eyes of comedian, sciatica patient and Tweed customer Mike Paterson.

Together, Tweed and Soiferman hope to "bring art to cannabis and cannabis to art." Taking a broad view of the burgeoning cannabis landscape, there is a unique opportunity to engage with a number of communities through the arts. With legalization comes an evolving understanding of cannabis and how it will be woven into society, and Tweed's Artist in Residence program will become an outlet for artistic expression that aligns with Tweed's values as a proudly Canadian company.

"I have always strived to produce work that educates, entertains and even enlightens. Doings so with a forward-thinking company like Tweed will be a highlight in my career and help to bring my stories and images to an increasingly diverse audience," said Soiferman.

Soiferman's first Artist in Residence project is "The Walls of Montreal" a photo-based music video that will make its premiere at the N.D.G. Off The Wall Film Festival in Montreal on Friday, August 26th. Subsequent photo projects will be announced throughout the year at Tweed.com and Soiferman's EzraSoiferman.com.

Here's to Future Growth.

Click here for the press release


Marijuana.Ca comment: 
Great to see Tweed supporting artists and culture. We encourage others to do the same.

 

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Friday August 19th, 2016
 
How to Use Hydroponic Growing Systems for Marijuana

“Hydroponic” simply means any method of growing that uses a nutrient-water solution rather than soil. This method could be something as basic as hand-watering pots of inert medium with a nutrient solution. More sophisticated systems with multiple pumps, timers, and reservoirs can take some of the daily labor out of hydroponic growing, but they require more maintenance and setup time as well as a greater initial investment.

Cannabis growers have been using different hydroponic methods for many years as a way to maximize yields and speed up growth, the two main advantages of soilless growing. What follows is an examination of the most popular hydroponic techniques systems and media supplies used in the cultivation of cannabis.
More @ Leafly

USA - As Canada Moves to Legalize Marijuana, Shop Owners Ask: Why Wait? - New York Times
 
Mr. Trudeau has promised to make recreational marijuana legal in Canada as soon as next year, bypassing the nation’s strict medical marijuana regulations. Under the latest rules for medical use, announced last week, patients must be registered, have a prescription and obtain their supplies only by mail from a government-licensed producer or by growing a limited amount privately.

Impatient to test the shifting political boundaries, entrepreneurs have opened hundreds of illicit dispensaries across Canada, selling products like organic marijuana buds and potent cannabis concentrates, while local governments and the police have tended to look the other way.The marijuana boom they hope for has yet to materialize, though the Canadian government is now doing preliminary work on a measure to govern recreational use.

In the Downtown Eastside, a gritty Vancouver neighborhood, a crowd of people were smoking crack and shooting heroin on the sidewalk outside Farm, a dispensary with a self-avowed social-justice mission. It employs only women, many of them immigrants, former prostitutes or victims of sexual assault, and its proceeds help finance neighborhood programs like needle collection and a community garden.
 

Wang Jingzhi, 83, an immigrant who lives in the nearby Chinatown neighborhood, said she frequently bought marijuana from Farm to soothe the aches and pains of old age. “Whenever I smoke it, my whole body feels better,” she said in Chinese.

“Canada is looking to hit a home run, rather than singles and doubles,” said Allen St. Pierre, the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, based in the United States. “What Mr. Trudeau is trying to do is something we can only dream about here.”

More @ New York Times

Marijuana and the Brain: Neuroprotection vs Toxicity

Gregory L. gerdeman PH.D. Via Cannabis Clinicians.Org.

More @ CannabisClinicians.Org


USA - Why Marijuana Legalization Campaigns Could Fail in 2016

This was supposed to be the year of Pot-Palooza, when five states are set to hold ballot initiatives that would make marijuana legal for recreational users. If all passed, it would bring the number of states offering pot for sale to nine, following similar measures that passed in Colorado and Washington in 2012 and in Alaska and Oregon in 2014.

Advocates with the Marijuana Policy Project, a pro-legalization group helping to spearhead the ballot initiatives, say that fundraising is down 25 percent from what they need to compete on Election Day. "We are polling well in all of the states we are working in,"said Rob Kampia, the group's executive director. "But we know that without advertising on our side, the level of support is going to drop between now and Election Day. The money reminds people why they support this in the first place."
More @ Vice

How to Drink Marijuana This Summer

Edibles are always fun and festive, but medicated beverages are an appealing alternative.
More @ Merry Jane

HEMP - Hemp Ice Cream - Cool Hemp

Each serving of Cool Hemp Frozen Dessert contains 1/2 of your daily requirement of EFAs, in the correct 3:1 ratio, and it's cholesterol free!
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Thursday August 18, 2016

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Aphria Receives Licence Amendment to Sell Oil Extracts. Aphria to Make Oils Available for Immediate Shipping. - Press Release


LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 17, 2016) - Aphria Inc. ("Aphria" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:APH)(OTCQB:APHQF) announced today that the Company received an amendment to its licence to produce and sell medical cannabis from Health Canada under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. The licence amendment provides for the production and sale of cannabis oil extracts.

The Company originally received an amendment to its licence to produce cannabis oil in August 2015. In the interim, the Company has developed its processes and procedures to perfect the operation of its oil extraction technology and developed three oil extract formulations for sale to medical patients. Aphria's current oil extraction capacity is approximately 12,000 60 mL bottles a month. The Company recently received a second extraction machine and once on-line, it expects its extraction capacity will double.

The Company's oil extract bottle is 60 mL in size and contains the equivalent of 10 grams of dried marijuana sourced from bud. The Company intends to sell each bottle for $99 and will have three products available for sale: Champlain - a high THC product, Rideau - a high CBD product and Capilano - a balanced THC/CBD product. The purchase price on a per gram equivalency basis is $9.90. As of the date of this release, Aphria's pricing compares to an industry average of approximately $18 per gram equivalency.

"While our journey to obtain Health Canada approval was long, we are excited to begin selling our extracts on our website today," said Vic Neufeld, Chief Executive Officer. "Patient feedback suggests that demand will be strong, particularly given our attractive retail price. Capitalizing on our continued growing cost reductions, we believe significant margins will still be generated."
Click here for the Aphria press release in the Marijuana.Ca press release section


Marijuana.Ca comment: 
Congratulations to Aphria. The more oil that is available for patients gives patients a wider array of choices and pricing.

 

 
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Thursday August 18th, 2016
 
New regulations usher in the era of Big Marijuana

The new regulations are an interim measure only: Health Canada has expressly noted that these regulations “are designed to provide an immediate solution” to the imminent demise of the MMPR. But the ACMPR nonetheless offer a tantalizing glimpse at the federal government’s evolving policy on medical marijuana. One clear statement is that, in the eyes of the federal government, the LP system is working. LPs will continue to be the exclusive large-scale producers of cannabis under the ACMPR. This is great news for LPs, their stakeholders and the patients who rely on them for their medicine. It is also a strong endorsement of their performance. With a potentially giant recreational market on the horizon, that is a very significant message to send.
More @ Globe & Mail

Ontario mayors discuss impact of marijuana
 
Sudbury mayor wants to make sure city isn't left behind once feds pass legislation. "All of us would have to consider things like public safety and enforcement, public health, planning, zoning, licensing," said Bigger. "Others are looking at seeing if there are economic benefits. Maybe farming communities may benefit from the agriculture sectors". 
More @ CBC.CA

A budding startup: Israeli Leaf raises $2 million for smart cannabis growing system

While public opinion in Israel and worldwide is divided about the legalization of marijuana, the technological experts are not waiting. Even the almighty Microsoft is already involved.  Leaf, a startup developing an automated system for cannabis cultivation, announced a $2 million seed (pun intended) funding round on Sunday.

Without odors, effort, or dirt


The Leaf cannabis growing system looks like a closet about the same size as an average mini-bar or wine refrigerator. It includes a complete climate system with a water and control system for lighting, acidity, temperature, humidity, and fertilization. At the end of the growing process, the system dries the plant so that it will be ready for consumption.
More @ Geek Times


Canada - Confusion over pot laws has consequence

Ottawa must act quickly to clarify the new marijuana laws. When the legal bright lines get clouded in smoke, risk abounds. The longer it takes the government to fill in the details of its new pot policy, the longer the gap between law and reality will persist, write Gerald Chan and Benjamin Kates. The longer it takes the government to fill in the details of its new pot policy, the longer the gap between law and reality will persist, write Gerald Chan and Benjamin Kates. 
More @ The Star

Canada - Marijuana legalization will weed out the bad and cultivate the good

Recent Globe and Mail reporting has uncovered a “Wild West” of grey-market marijuana sales where product quality ranges from uneven to potentially unsafe. Given this situation, the federal government should proceed promptly with its legalization promise. This will not only protect consumers from hazardous products but also enable industry self-improvement. Marijuana’s credence and experience aspects will likely make branding important. Name brands allow products to establish trustworthy reputations. Given a choice, would customers buy weed from some guy allegedly named Mike, and risk an unpredictable result each time? Or would they purchase Mike’s Genuine (TM), knowing it consistently provides the desired effect? To create and protect those brands, retailers and producers will need reliable supply chains that provide product traceability. Industry associations can also help by creating guidelines that encourage higher quality, much as the Vintners Quality Alliance does for wines.
More @ Globe & Mail

HEMP - Chocolate Crunch Bars

The key to these cohesive, no-bake crispy snacks is allowing the sweetener to bubble until it reaches just the right temperature.
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Friday August 12, 2016
 

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Updated: New Health Canada Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations Highlights


The new regulations go into effect on August 24, 2016.

Patients can grow for themselves or use a designated grower.

Patients with a doctor's prescription must register with Health Canada, if interested in home growing or designating a grower.

Both indoor and outdoor growing is permitted for registered patients.

The number of plants a patient can grow is based on the amount of grams in your prescription from your doctor.

E.g. : Someone with a prescription for the use of 1 gram of medical marijuana per day, can grow 5 plants indoors Or 2 plants outdoors.

Registered patients will be able to buy starting materials, such as seeds and plants from licesned producers.
 
"For licensed producers, the newly-permitted activities under the ACMPR include the production and sale of starting materials (i.e., marijuana seeds and plants) to those individuals who have registered to produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes or to have it produced by a designated person, and the ability to sell an interim supply of fresh or dried marijuana or cannabis oil to registered persons while they wait for their plants to grow."

Registered home growers will be able to take their medicine, for product safety testing, to laboratories that are accredited by Health Canada.

Individuals authorized to use cannabis for medical purposes by a health care practitioner will continue to have the option of purchasing safe, quality-controlled cannabis from one of the 34 producers licensed by Health Canada.

Storefront operations selling marijuana, commonly known as “dispensaries” and “compassion clubs” are not authorized to sell cannabis for medical or any other purposes.

Click here > to see the Health Canada press release, which has relevant and important links to more detailed information at the bottom of it.
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Medical marijuana patients can grow 'limited amount' of cannabis at home under new laws

Canadian medical marijuana patients can grow their own cannabis or get someone to grow it for them under new, expanded rules that come into effect later this month, Health Canada announced Thursday.

Ban on medical marijuana patients growing own pot struck down by Federal Court
Philpott won't appeal Allard ruling on right to grow medical marijuana
Patients approved for medical marijuana will be able to register with Health Canada to grow a "limited" amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes.

"If an individual wants to produce a limited amount of cannabis for his/her own medical purposes, he/she must submit an application to register with Health Canada," said a department background document.

"An original medical document from the health-care practitioner must be provided and the application must include information such as the location of where cannabis will be produced and stored."

They can also designate someone else to grow it for them, for instance if they're not healthy enough to grow their own, granted the other person passes a background check showing they haven't been convicted of a drug offence in the last 10 years and aren't growing for more than two people, themselves included.

The third option is getting it from one of 34 Health Canada-approved producers — the only legal source under the current laws.
More @ CBC.CA


Marijuana.Ca comment:

Wider and more comprehensive access for patients is a welcome change that is long overdue.
Yesterday was an historic day.

The future is bright!



 
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Friday August 12th, 2016
 
Canopy Responds to New Regulations - Press Release

For our patients and the 95% of people who don't abuse the privilege of growing at home, this is positive news. Our Company has openly supported the right of patients to grow at home, and we welcome this new option for patients. Choice is a good thing, and those who wish to grow moderate amounts of cannabis at home for personal consumption should be allowed to do so.

For Tweed and Bedrocan Canada, it truly is business as usual. The reality in Canada today is that patients already have significant choice. Legal or not, many people already choose to grow at home, or to access cannabis through an illegal dispensary. In addition, they can choose from over 30 licensed producers of cannabis.

Since we began three years ago as a start-up business in Smiths Falls, it has been our mission to offer products and services that stand out among these options. Patients have always had choice and we have never taken that for granted.
More @ Newswire.Ca


PharmaCan Announces Closing of First Tranche of Non-Brokered Private Placement - Press Release
 
TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - August 11, 2016) -

NOT FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES OR THROUGH UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES

PharmaCan Capital Corp. (TSX VENTURE: MJN) ("PharmaCan" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the closing of the first tranche (the "First Tranche") of the previously announced non-brokered private placement of up to 42,857,143 common shares at a price of CAD$0.35 per share for total gross proceeds of up to CAD$15,000,000 (the "Offering"). The First Tranche closed today and resulted in the issuance by the Company of 18,743,352 common shares at a price of CAD$0.35 per share for total gross proceeds of approximately CAD$6,560,173. No Insiders (as defined in TSX-V Policy 1.1) subscribed for shares in this First Tranche. The proceeds of the Offering will be used for the financing by the Company of its acquisition of Peace Naturals Project Inc.

More @ Marketwired

Aurora Welcomes Health Canada's Response to Allard Ruling - Press Release

VANCOUVER, Aug. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Aurora Cannabis Inc. ("Aurora" or the "Company") (CSE: ACB) (OTCQB: ACBFF) (Frankfurt: 21P; WKN: A1C4WM) and its wholly owned subsidiary Aurora Cannabis Enterprises Inc. respond to Health Canada's plan to address the court decision in Allard v. Canada.

"We welcome yesterday's announcement by Health Canada to enact the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, and reintroduce home gardens and caregiver production for authorized patients. This is an important decision, and provides clear direction for the next iteration of our country's evolving framework for medical cannabis, as well as the future of cannabis legalization," said Terry Booth, Aurora CEO.

Aurora's Chief Brand Officer, Neil Belot added, "Aurora has supported patient choice and personal production from day one. We are thrilled with Health Canada's response to the Allard ruling. The ability to choose to grow at home is a great step forward to improving patient access."

In response to the decision and the new market opportunity it will create, Aurora intends to offer authorized clients 360 degree home grow solutions that support the health and safety of Canadians and facilitate the needs of an emerging client base. The offering will include support for safe garden installations, along with a range of genetics, nutrients, lighting equipment, and supplies from Aurora's industry leading partners, such as Gavita and General Hydroponics.
More @ Newswire.ca


Marijuana Entrepreneur Turns Dixie Cups And Duct Tape Into Successful Pot Plant-Shipping Business

Larry Fenner loves to tinker, and his new invention demonstrates that you don’t have to have an engineering degree to turn an idea into a successful product. Starting with two Dixie cups, foam padding, a bulb, wires and duct tape two years ago, Fenner created the Clone Shipper, a way to transport young plants. In 2014 he secured $300K in investment capital and is on track to sell 80,000 units this year.
More @ Forbes

DEA says no to rescheduling marijuana to Schedule 2. Clinton committs to rescheduling to Schedule 2 if she becomes president.

The news is finally official: The Drug Enforcement Administration denied a five-year-old marijuana rescheduling petition on Thursday morning. It was the fourth consecutive time the DEA has denied a petition to reschedule cannabis, and the agency’s announcement sent shockwaves throughout America’s legal pot industry.

The decision, which will likely push medical marijuana research forward while keeping cannabis within the ultra-restrictive Schedule I classification, also caught the attention of regulators and government officials at every level of U.S. government.

While some local officials weren’t sure how the decision might have changed things from their end, others called it a “missed opportunity” and said the DEA’s decision to not reschedule cannabis was “frankly out of touch” and “continues an outdated, failed approach.”

Meanwhile a senior policy adviser to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton applauded the progress made on the research end — and said Clinton will reschedule marijuana if she’s elected in November.
More @ The Cannabist


HEMP - Hemp history week in Oregon

Hemp History Week is the largest national grassroots effort to restore support for industrial hemp farming in the United States, and this is the seventh year since its inception. There have always been many Hemp History Week activities in the state of Oregon, but this is the first year that it has taken place since the passage of Oregon House Bill 4060, which has now brought industrial hemp regulation in line with traditional agricultural regulation in Oregon.
More @ Dope Magazine


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August 11, 2016

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The new regulations go into effect on August 24, 2016.

Patients can grow for themselves or use a designated grower.

The number of plants a patient can grow is based on the amount of grams in your prescription from your doctor.

E.g. : Someone with a prescription for the use of 1 gram of medical marijuana per day, can grow 5 plants indoors Or 2 plants outdoors.

Patients will be able to buy seeds and plants from Licensed Producers.

A patient needs to register with Health Canada if they want to grow for themselves.

Patients can still access Medical Marijuana from Licensed Producers.

This is an historic day!

More info to follow in the coming days.

Click here > to see the Health Canada press release, which has relevant and important links to more detailed information at the bottom of it.






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The U.S. government will announce on Thursday that it will allow more research into marijuana but has rejected requests to relax the classification of the substance as a dangerous, highly addictive drug with no medical use, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The decision is the Drug Enforcement Administration's response to a 2011 petition by two former state governors who had urged federal agencies to re-classify marijuana as a drug with accepted medical uses, the two sources said on Wednesday. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

The sources said the federal government would pave the way on Thursday for increased research, possibly with marijuana supplies from outside the University of Mississippi.
More @ CNBC


Marijuana.Ca comment: The DEA continues to have it's head in the sand. Keeping marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, or at the same level as heroin and other dangerous drugs with no medical value, flies in the face of mounting evidence and a staggering amount of personal accounts about the effectiveness of medical marijuana for various conditions.

That said, the door has opened slightly for more research and possibly more growing locations. Further evidence of the weakening of the prohibition even within the DEA.

Perhaps President Obama will reschedule marijuana near the end of his term to a Schedule 2. Hillary Clinton, if elected as president, has committed to doing so.



Wednesday August 10, 2016



By Sadaf Ahsan

It may be a surprise to learn that lifestyle guru Martha Stewart and marijuana mogul Snoop Dogg are best buds, but as entrepreneurs with a sweet tooth, it kinda, sorta makes sense.

And now, the unlikely pair are joining forces to bring their love of food to television this fall, with a new show for VH1, called Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party, a weekly series where they will host celebrity friends for a “half-baked evening of cocktails, cooking, conversation, and where nothing is off limits.”

“At our dinner party, we will exemplify America’s fascination with food, entertaining and celebrity. Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party will redesign the traditional food competition shows in a new, different, and very funny way,” Stewart said in a statement, and if that means smoking up while cooking a turkey, please, be our guests. “My homegirl Martha and I have a special bond that goes back. We’re gonna be cooking, drinking, and having a good time with our exclusive friends. Can’t wait for you to see how we roll together!” said Snoop Dogg.

More @ National Post


Marijuana.Ca comment: Snoop and Martha are fun together. Contrasts can create wonderful dynamics. We'll be checking this out. Tweed was smart to have done a joint partnership with Snoop Dogg. More info > here about the partnership.


 

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Wednesday August 10th, 2016
 
Preclinical study shows CBD protection against brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation

Brain lesions in newborns due to insufficient blood flow and subsequent lack of oxygen are a pervasive issue worldwide. This condition, called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), affects up to 2 in every 1000 newborns in high-income countries and up to 26 in every 1000 newborns in low-income countries. Its consequences can range from mild neurodisability to severe brain dysfunction or death.

This problem has instigated the search for neuroprotective drug medicines. Some substances have yielded positive preliminary results, but it is still uncertain whether they will be proven safe and effective in the long term. Meanwhile, some researchers have turned to Cannabidiol (CBD). Besides being seemingly safe, cannabinoid has shown significant protective effects against excessive excitation, inflammation and oxidative stress in mouse and pig models of HIE.

A recent investigation conducted by a Spanish group provides novel preclinical data on the efficacy of CBD in treating HIE. The main goal of the study was to compare the individual and additive protective effects of CBD and hypothermia in newborn piglets subjected to severe brain oxygen deprivation. Their study was published last month in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.

More @ Lift

Canada - Medical marijuana growers push for marijuana oil coverage for veterans
 
Despite a Supreme Court of Canada decision that gives sick Canadians the right to use medical cannabis oils, Ottawa is reimbursing the country’s veterans for dried pot only, potentially pushing them to less healthy options of smoking or vaporizing the drug.

That has prompted a group of commercial medical marijuana growers to urge Ottawa to expand medical marijuana coverage for former soldiers – a small but lucrative patient base for Canada’s two dozen licensed producers – to include the ingestible oils. “We’ve never heard a good reason why [oils are] not being covered,” said Philippe Lucas, executive director of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council, a trade group representing four licensed commercial growers.

More @ Globe & Mail

Canadian Pharmacists Association calls for $10 million for marijuana education

The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) released their pre-Budget 2017 submission last Friday, which includes a request for $10 million to support cannabis education. The document, available online, makes three recommendations for the 2017 federal budget to “improve the health of all Canadians, while ensuring the best value for health care dollars, including”:

"Educating Canadians about the health impacts of marijuana use, in particular as it relates to the medical use of marijuana and the risk of potential drug interactions."

More @ Lift

Lupus can be treated with marijuana

As an autoimmune disease, the disease’s damage is done by causing inflammation when it is not needed. This results in damage to otherwise healthy tissue. Some cannabinoids, the chemicals found in cannabis, have been shown to combat inflammation effectively. By the nature of the disease, SLE can cause inflammation virtually anywhere in the body. When inflammation occurs in places like the heart, lungs, kidneys, or brain, quelling this inflammation becomes a gravely serious task. As a result, cannabis’s ability to mediate the inflammatory response is immensely helpful to anyone who suffers from lupus.

A Canadian survey found that many people self-medicate with cannabis for chronic, non-cancer related pain. Considering one of the first symptoms of Lupus is chronic joint pain, it stands to reason that cannabis helps with managing pain caused by inflammation of the joints. Keeping joint pain under control would allow patients more mobility and freedom to travel, exercise, or relax more comfortably.
More @ Green Rush Daily

Toronto police hit more marijuana dispensaries, bringing number of raids to 50. One was raided for the second time.

Hundreds of marijuana dispensaries continue to operate, but police say they simply don't have the manpower to investigate all of them. "We have to prioritize where we put our resources," Toronto Police spokesperson Mark Pugash told CBC News. He says police choose which dispensaries to investigate and raid "on the basis of complaints, concerns and public safety issues."

HEMP - MediaTechnics looks to enter the $65,000,000 legal High CBD-Hemp Oil business. Press Release.

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - MEDIATECHNICS CORPORATION (OTC: MEDT) is pleased to announce that it  looks to launch a new business unit  in the development and distribution of legal High-CBD Hemp Oil.

MEDT is in discussions to develop a botanical extract laboratory, as well as production facilities in Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon. MEDT has been approached by an investor group wishing to setup a primary laboratory in Colorado Springs along with a large production facility where pure CBD oil would be extracted as well as other botanical extractions including THC extracts for the Colorado market and general plant extracts for the herbal supplements market. Upon obtaining licenses, smaller facilities are expected to be setup in other states for the production of extracts containing THC for those markets.

The US market for High-CBD Hemp Oil is, according to some estimates, over $65,000,000 and growing rapidly, while the availability of High-CBD Hemp Oil is extremely limited. MEDT has sourced a supply of industrial hemp (contains less than 0.3% THC) that Management believes can be readily processed into refined High-CBD Hemp Oil and sold nationwide, on a B2B basis. Management is working diligently to obtain an exclusive contract on this supply.
More @ PR Newswire


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Tuesday August 9, 2016

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By Sativa Von Teese

A new study published this month in the journal Health Economics has found that medical marijuana may be the key to keeping employees healthy and happy. SF Gate reports that researchers found a “statistically significant declines in employee sick leave in states that allow safe and legal access to medical cannabis.” According to the numbers, illness-related employee absences dropped between eight and 15 percent in medical marijuana states compared to states that still prohibit medicinal pot.
More @ High Times


Marijuana.Ca comment: As the medical and recreational prohibition of marijuana continues to collapse in Canada and the US, we now finally have an opportunity to conduct serious research and studies into the myriad of ways that marijuana affects society and individuals.



 
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Tuesday August 9th, 2016
 
Canada - Toronto - Mom says nurses refusing to administer the marijuana oil that quell son's seizures

The mother of a child with a rare, life-threatening illness says nurses are refusing to administer the medicine that most effectively treats his seizures — all because of hospital politics surrounding children and medical marijuana. Maria Niembro’s 11-year-old son, Francesco, has CFC Syndrome (Cardio-Facio-Cutaneous). “There are only 450 people like him in the world,” Niembro says. “I hit the lottery with him.”

That lottery though, is one no parent would ever wish to win. Francesco is non verbal, has severe developmental delays, is fed through a G-tube, and is plagued by life-threatening seizures. His bedroom looks like a hospital room. From the industrial bed, to the dresser loaded with medications, to the cot where Maria sleeps beside him.

More @ City News

Your Guide to Drying and Curing Marijuana Buds
 
After months of hard work carefully tending your plants, you’ve finally harvested a crop of frosty, fragrant cannabis buds that you just can’t wait to try. But first, they need to be dried. While you may be tempted to dry your cannabis as quickly as possible, curing, a prolonged process of removing moisture from the flowers under controlled environmental conditions, will provide a much better product for multiple reasons.
More @ Leafly

One in eight US adults says they smoke marijuana, poll says. 33 million Americans.

Among those who participated in the survey, one in eight -- 13% -- reported current marijuana use, and 43% said they have tried the drug, an increase from 38% in 2013. The percentage of pot smokers was 7% in the 2013 Gallup survey. The poll results were based on telephone interviews with about 1,000 randomly chosen adults.
More @ CNN

Effects of Marijuana on Sleep Disorders

Studies have shown that cannabis can improve the quality and duration of sleep and help treat various sleeping disorders. A major cannabinoid found in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), effectively reduces the amount of time it takes those with insomnia to fall asleep (Cousens & DiMascio, 1973). One study found that regular consumers of oral THC fell asleep faster and without difficulty compared to non-consumers (Gorelick, et al., 2013). Another study found that cannabis, when administered acutely, eased the falling asleep process and increased the duration of stage 4 sleep (Schierenbeck, Riemann, Berger & Hornyak, 2008).

THC has also been shown to decrease the number of awakenings throughout the night (Cousens & DiMascio, 1973). An animal trial found that a synthetic cannabinoid similar to THC was affective at attenuating seratonin-induced apnea by relaxing a muscle in the chin and tongue that has been implicated in the cause of the disorder (Calik, Radulovacki & Carley, 2014). Studies have also found that cannabinoids are effective for treating nightmares in military personnel with PTSD (Jetley, Heber, Fraser & Boisvert, 2015) (Fraser, 2009).
More @ Medical Marijuana Inc

USA- This shop’s sales of cannabis concentrates jumped nearly 400 percent in less than three years

In 2013, cannabis concentrates accounted for 7 percent of sales at The Clinic, a Colorado marijuana enterprise that operates a number of shops. Today, that figure is 33 percent. The Clinic, which operates dispensaries in Colorado, Illinois and Nevada, recently spent $1 million on its new recreational and medical shop at 2020 S. Colorado Blvd. in Denver, which features a concentrates bar.

HEMP - Cannabinoids in Hemp for Beauty, Skin Health

First isolated from cannabis in 1940 by Roger Adams, the structure of CBD was not completely understood until 1963. Early studies resulted in the accepted view that THC was the “active" principle of cannabis and research then focused primarily on it to the virtual exclusion of CBD. This was no doubt due to the belief that activity meant psycho-activity that was shown by THC and not by CBD. In retrospect, this was unfortunate since a number of actions of CBD with potential therapeutic benefit were downplayed for many years.

Cannabinoids are almost exclusively found in cannabis, and have been shown to have a significant effect on chronic skin conditions. Cannabinoids are well-known to play a role in regulating inflammation, and this may be the key to their ability to treat eczema and psoriasis. 
More @ Natural Product Insider


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Monday August 8, 2016

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Many arguments are made in favour of legalizing marijuana. But by far the most compelling is the potential impact on the criminal justice system. The sheer number of Canadians who are busted for possession, trafficking, production and distribution of the leafy green plant—more than 160 per every 100,000 people—dwarfs that for any other drug, including far more problematic substances like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that the enforcement of marijuana laws has been responsible for the overwhelming majority of drug arrests, about 75 per cent of all reported drug crime,” says Neil Boyd, a professor of criminology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.

Boyd adds that legalizing pot would immediately allow police to focus limited resources on more “worthwhile” endeavours. It could also lead to a reduction in other types of crime that are related to marijuana, including rip-offs of marijuana grow ops or potentially violent conflicts between buyers and sellers. “You can’t currently take a dishonest marijuana distributor to court or call the Better Business [Bureau] to complain,” Boyd says.
More @ MACLEANS


Marijuana.Ca comment: The tired,stale and harmful marijuana war keeps ratcheting up arrests and criminal records every day for otherwise law abiding Canadians. Future generations will look back on this Marijuana Prohibition and it's negative affect on individuals, families and Canadian society, and pat themselves on the backs for being more enlightened. And so they should.

Surely the Federal Liberals can figure out how to stop criminalizing Canadians now, while they move forward with their legalization plans that will likely not come into effect until late 2017 or 2018.



 
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Monday August 8th, 2016
 
The cost of medical marijuana in Canada

Lift tracked per gram pricing of all strains and blends of dried cannabis from 18 licensed producers in the MMPR over a five week period.
More @ Lift

USA - 6 States Could Legalize Pot This Fall
 
Six states will be voting on marijuana legalization in November.

California, Maine, Nevada and Massachusetts will be voting on the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, while Florida and Arkansas will be voting on whether or not the allow medical marijuana in the fall.

More @ Daily Caller

Canada - Licensed marijuana producer Tweed to host free, 'family friendly' summer shindig

Tweed is taking its grass party to new heights with a summer bash on the lawn of its marijuana factory in Smiths Falls. On Saturday, Aug. 13, the licensed marijuana producer is inviting 5,000 guests to its Front Yard Shindig right on the sprawling yard of Tweed’s headquarters. The “family friendly” concert is free and will include local bands BlakDenim, a hip-hop, funk and soul act, and The Balconies, an alternative ensemble, as well as East Coast indie rockers The Joel Plaskett Emergency. Food trucks and water stations will be onsite, and there will be ample free parking.

“There is still a lot of misunderstanding and stigma surrounding medical marijuana use, so we just want to be able to put ourselves out there and show people what type of company we are,” said Sinclair. “And the other part is we just thought it would be a really good idea.” So can you smoke weed at Tweed’s party? The answer is yes and no.

“We are a medical marijuana company so we felt that it was appropriate to have an area where, if you are an authorized medical user, we will provide a vapour lounge for people to be able to use,” he said. “So we encourage people to only medicate there. And as for recreational use, we won’t be supporting that. And our neighbours, the Smiths Falls police, I’m sure wouldn’t, either.”
More @ Ottawa Citizen

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Australia: Medicinal cannabis now legally available in New South Wales

New South Wales doctors can legally prescribe medicinal cannabis for their patients now. Under the amendments to the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods regulations, cannabis-based medications will be available to a range of people for whom more mainstream treatments are not effective. The law change will allow doctors to apply to the NSW Health Board to prescribe cannabis-based products that are not currently on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.

Among the potential uses for medical cannabis is the treatment of arthritis, HIV/AIDS, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, anxiety and depression. “This change increases the options available for doctors as it means a broader range of cannabis-based medicines can be prescribed – while we continue our evidence-based research looking further into the role medicinal cannabis can play,” NSW Premier Mike Baird said.
More @ Cannabis-Med.Org

High Times Interview with Andrew Freedman, the Colorado Marijuana Czar

With politicians around the country paying attention to criminal justice reform, the opioid crisis and marijuana tax revenue, we sat down to discuss cannabis policy with Andrew Freedman, Colorado’s marijuana czar. As the director of marijuana coordination for the state, he has a front seat view of how legalization is playing out.

HEMP - Hemp "Graphene" - Changing Our Perception Of Modern Technology

Although industrial hemp is only permitted to be grown in a few areas within the United States, this variety of Cannabis sativa never ceases to amaze. Hemp’s many uses from food to paper to modern technologies such as hempcrete are just astounding. The most ground breaking of these though, is hemp “graphene.” To explain, regular graphene is comprised of a two-dimensional, hexagonal honeycomb lattice layer of tightly packed carbon atoms, and is one of the strongest, lightest and most conductive compounds ever discovered. It is considered one of the best materials for supercapacitor electrodes. The term was also used in early descriptions of carbon nanotubes, and can be considered a type of nanotechnology. Many of graphene’s uses are in the area of energy storage; some uses that are under development include electronics, biological engineering, filtration and strong, lightweight composite materials.

Creating this graphene-like hemp material costs only a fraction of regular graphene production. Graphene costs as much as $2,000 per gram to manufacture, while the hemp-based nanomaterial can be manufactured for less than $500 per ton. To give proper perspective, there are 907,185 grams in one ton. 
More @ Dope Magazine


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Friday August 5, 2016

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By Anthony Rivas 

Forrest Smelser is only 8 years old and living with epilepsy. When typical prescription drugs only made him worse, his family began looking into medical marijuana.

Forrest was diagnosed with epilepsy only a week after his eighth birthday. The disease causes recurrent seizures that range in severity; an epileptic seizure can cause anything from a blank stare or rapid blinking to unconsciousness, rigidity and muscle jerks, and confusion. On some of Forrest’s worst days, he’d experience these seizures every 15 minutes, KOMO News reported. “If he has a seizure that lasts longer than three minutes, we’re venturing into brain damage territory,” his mom, Tanesha Smelser, told KMTR Eugene.

Doctors prescribed Forrest Trileptal, an anti-seizure medication. But although his seizures had stopped, he was experiencing side effects the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notes occur in about one of every 500 people. “He would scream, he would fight, he would punch himself,” Melser said. Combined with his anger, he also had suicidal thoughts, and once even attempted it. This was her family’s breaking point, and they began looking into giving Forrest medical marijuana.

Nine weeks into being 8, and Forrest’s life is looking a lot calmer, but it’s not because he’s high all the time. The medical marijuana he gets comes in a capsule filled with marijuana-infused oil. Provided by TJ’s Organic Gardens, a Eugene-based medical marijuana farm that’s providing the marijuana for free, it’s a special strain of marijuana containing mostly cannabidiol (CBD), the second most active ingredient in marijuana — behind the high-inducing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). But unlike THC, it skips the high and provides analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-epileptic effects. In one 2013 study on CBD’s effect on epileptic kids, 16 of 19 parents “reported a reduction in their child’s seizure frequency.” (Most studies on CBD’s effects are small; you can find a list of them here.)

“I feel like it’s saved his life — it has saved his life,” Tanesha Smelser said. “I know it sounds scary, and I know it sounds unconventional, but it’s working. It’s working!”
More @ Medical Daily


Marijuana.Ca comment: We regularly come across stories like this. They are part of an increasing body of evidence that shows the effectiveness of marijuana in reducing or eliminating seizures in some children with severe epilepsy. This is especially significant because pharmaceutical drugs either don't reduce seizures or have very negative side effects. The story above is from 2014.



 
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Friday August 5, 2016
 
Scotts Miracle-Gro is investing half a billion dollars into the marijuana industry

With a CEO who sees dollar signs in the burgeoning legal marijuana space, Scotts Miracle-Gro continues its expansion into legal weed. The lawn-and-garden giant — helmed by a CEO who sees legal marijuana as a billion-dollar opportunity — shelled out $136 million for Gavita, a Dutch grow lighting and hardware company, and on Monday inked a deal to buy Arizona-based Botanicare, a plant nutrient and hydroponics products provider that notched about $40 million in sales, Scotts Miracle-Gro officials said Wednesday.

Scotts Miracle-Gro, mostly via its subsidiary Hawthorne Gardening Co., has been making some big plays in the hydroponics industry in recent years, including investing in companies such as Boulder’s AeroGrow indoor gardening company. The $130 million buyout last year of California’s General Hydroponics was the company’s largest acquisition in 16 years, according to Columbus Business First, which reported the Gavita and Botanicare deals on Wednesday.

More @ The Cannabist

How Marijuana Helps Ultra Marathoner Avery Collins Run 100 Miles
 
Avery Collins, a 24 year-old rising star in the sport of ultramarathoning, trains every day to find the perfect balance between his “happy place” and the pain of climbing a 4,000-foot mountain incline. In the world of elite ultra-athletes, who compete in single-day contests ranging from 50 to 200 miles, the race is often as much a test of mind as of body.

What’s Collins’ secret?
Cannabis.

More @ Leafly

Canada - Vape lounge owner wants to teach people how to grow medical marijuana

A new class designed to teach people how to grow marijuana is expected to create a lot of buzz in Windsor, Ont. Launching what he calls the School of Higher Learning at his Vapelated Lounge will depend on what new regulations the federal government introduces.

In February, a Federal Court judge struck down regulations restricting the rights of medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis, giving Ottawa six months to come up with new rules. Leo Lucier plans to start the classes later this month at his downtown cannabis vaping lounge, which already provides a space for medical marijuana users to consume their pot. Lucier plans to teach proper pot growing techniques and possibly sharing recipes to make food with marijuana. He has room for about 40 students and he plans to charge around $1,000 for the three-to-four month course.

He has also run all his ideas by his lawyer, which is why he's waiting for government's announcement before starting his classes. Lucier is counting on the government to decide how many plants people with medical cards can grow on their own.
More @ CBC.CA

Pains, Strains, and the Complex Chemistry of Cannabis

A regulated medical cannabis industry needs to evolve to provide users with accurate biochemical information on all cannabis-containing products. As a Quality Assurance Person (QAP) for Canna Farms Ltd., BC’s first Licensed Producer of medical cannabis under Health Canada’s MMPR, it is my job to ensure that the dried cannabis and cannabis oils that we offer our clients are of high-quality, are safe for consumption, and that the information we provide to our clients is accurate (particularly as it relates to cannabinoid potency). I also have the opportunity to interact with many of our clients on a regular basis, and often hear from them about how cannabis therapy has had a positive impact on their health and overall quality of life. - Tom Ulanowski

Tom Ulanowski is a Quality Assurance Person (QAP) at Canna Farms Ltd., a family-owned and operated Licensed Producer of medical cannabis located in Hope, British Columbia. Tom holds an HBSc Degree in Analytical Chemistry & Environmental Analysis and Monitoring from the University of Toronto, and a MSc Degree in Biogeochemistry from Western University.
More @ Lift

MassRoots - This Is What It's Like To Work For A Marijuana Startup

At first glance, MassRoots is just like any other technology company in America. The Denver-based social platform for marijuana enthusiasts boasts an open-concept, loft-style office filled with 33 talented programmers, developers, and sales staff.

But beneath the surface there’s something unique about working at a pot startup, and it has little to do with the fact that employees are often permitted to consume the substance on the job.

HEMP - Australian hemp guru makes pilgrimage to Humboldt County

Beginning Aug. 12, Australian industrial hemp guru Klara Marosszeky will appear at the Trinidad Rancheria amphitheater for a three-day hemp masonry workshop which will include film screenings with the Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the rancheria and surrounding communities.

Hemp masonry has been a focus of Marosszeky’s work. 
More @ Times Standard


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Thursday August 4, 2016

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By Alan Brochstein

This is a big month for Canada’s federal medical cannabis program, MMPR, as Health Canada must respond to the Allard ruling by August 24th, paving the way for home grow and possibly other changes.

MMPR has already evolved in many ways, perhaps the most significant of which was the inclusion of extracts, with the first license awarded last summer following the Smith case that mandated the program allow for cannabis derivatives. While most industry observers expect that Health Canada will permit some form of home growing by patients, there may be some other changes as well.  In order to gauge what the industry leaders expect, we asked several MMPR Licensed Producer CEOs to share their perspective.

Not surprisingly, all of the CEOs expect that home grow will be permitted.

Denis Arsenault, CEO of Organigram (TSXV: OGI) (OTC: OGRMF), expects that patients with prescriptions will be able to to grow 6-8 plants, and he is also predicting that pharmacies will be able to dispense. Terry Booth, CEO of Aurora Cannabis (TSXV: ACB) (OTC: ACBFF), suggested that there would be home grow but with limits. He also expects to see changes to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act. Neil Closner, CEO of MedReleaf, expects the plant count to be limited.

Bruce Linton, CEO of Canopy Growth (TSX: CGC) (OTC: TWMJF), the parent of Tweed and Bedrocan Canada, thinks that the initial Health Canada move will be somewhat of a re-enabling of the prior system, MMAR, with corrections made in the future. He also believes that there could be further expansion in the forms of cannabis permitted for sale beyond dried flower and the current extracts. Finally,  Vic Neufeld, CEO of Aphria (TSXV: APH) (OTC: APHQF) expects some sort of designated grower status and believes that LPs may be the supplier of plant genetics for home growers. He also suggests that pharmacies could be added to distribution in order to combat the proliferation of illegal dispensaries.
More @ New Cannabis Ventures


Marijuana.Ca comment: Patient home growing without excessive bureaucratic obstacles, is a critical aspect of access.  Some Canadians, who have been effectively treating their respective health conditions with medical marijuana, have been burdened long enough in this country with ongoing affordability and access issues.

We respectfully urge Health Canada to immediately announce that all current and future patients with a medical note/prescription (to use medical marijuana) from a doctor, will now be allowed to grow their medical marijuana at home and continue to be able to buy medical marijuana from Licensed Producers.


 

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Thursday August 4, 2016
 
Emblem Cannabis Corp. Receives Health Canada Approval To Begin Sales Of Medical Marijuana To Patients - Press Release

"We are incredibly excited to now have our license to sell, and to begin serving Canada's medical marijuana community," says Maxim Zavet, President of Emblem Cannabis. "We have spared no expense and have built what we believe is one of the top growing facilities in this country. As we expand our production facility and diversify the strains we grow, we are also looking forward to being one of the premium producers in Canada's medical market and a leader in the recreational market when that becomes a reality."
More @ The Press Release

4 Tips For Foraging For Marijuana In The Wild
 
It turns out cannabis ruderalis - or, in the common parlance, wild weed - grows more commonly than we think, and not just in California and other states stereotypically associated with cannabis cultivation. "Although uncommon in the modern western world, it is not all that unusual to find the cannabis plant thriving in some untended corner of a lot, along country roadsides, or reaching for the sun in competition with other wild plants on a mountainside," according to Glenn Panik, author of “How To Grow Cannabis At Home: A Guide To Indoor Medical Marijuana Growing.” It makes sense: after all, industrial hemp was widely cultivated across the midwest for much of America's history up to the 1930s.

Entire books have been written on the subject of foraging in the wild for cannabis ruderalis, which some say can be found growing across Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Indiana, and Minnesota. In Nebraska, in particular, "wild, or 'landrace' strains of hemp continue to flourish beautifully," according to the blog Toke of the Town. Manage your expectations, though: whatever you find isn't going to actually get you high, in all likelihood, but rather be more of a take-a-picture-and-feel-proud-of-yourself thing.

More @ Civilized

New role of the endocannabinoid system in the formation of habits uncovered

This finding could be valuable to the understanding of human conditions, in which the balance between goal-directed and habitual behaviours is disrupted.
More @ Lift

Research Shows Marijuana Can Reduce Side Effects Of Multiple Sclerosis

MS is an autoimmune disease and progressive neurodegenerative condition. It affects the nervous system, which gradually impacts the entire body. According to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, half a million people in the United States have been diagnosed with MS. And according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, women are diagnosed with MS at lease twice as often as men, usually between the ages of 20 – 50. In patients with MS, when immune cells activate, they release pro-inflammatory proteins called cytokines. These cytokines cause inflammation in the brain which results in the destruction of neurons and ultimately worsens the symptoms.

The active components in cannabis, THC, and CBD are anti-inflammatories.  THC and CBD deactivate the immune system, and when the immune system is calmed down, it no longer attacks the central nervous system, which prevents the symptoms from worsening.
More @ Green Rush Daily

USA - DEA: Decision on marijuana rescheduling in ‘final stages’

'We're closer than we were a month ago. It's a very deliberate process,' DEA spokesman Russ Baer tells The Cannabist.

HEMP - Hemp for toxic soil remediation

Hemp is a resilient plant. It’s capable of phytoremediation, a process in which the plant leaches pollutants from the soil, hyper-accumulates them, and metabolizes them. Phytoremediation works particularly well on sites contaminated with heavy metals, uranium, and arsenic. This could potentially clean up fields in West Virginia that have been contaminated by coal and gas extraction. 
More @ Sustainable Brands


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Wednesday August 3, 2016

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By Anca Voinea

A group of 53 farmers in Colombia have created the country’s first medical marijuana co-operative. Colombia recently became the fourth state in Latin America to legalise marijuana production for medicinal use. In an attempt to move away from illegal production, the country has started granting licences to pharmaceutical companies that want to cultivate the plant to generate marijuana derivate products.

The producers are based in the region of Cauca, where 50% of the illegally produced marijuana comes from. The co-op’s official launch took place in July in the city of Corinto, where health minister Alejandro Gaviria said he wanted Colombia to become the world’s top research centre on the medicinal use of marijuana. His ministry will work with the National University to develop the research centre on the therapeutic use of cannabis.
More @ TheNews.Coop


Marijuana.Ca comment: Powerful concept. Traditionally, most indigenous groups have a strong relationship to the land and have a history of using herbs as medicine. The local and global evolution of medical marijuana changes the status of these people from criminals who could be jailed, to medicine growers that will contribute to the National University research centre.


 

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Wednesday August 3, 2016
 
New potent derivative of cannabidiol could be key in the development of more effective cannabis-based medicine

Considering CBD’s safety, it is surprising it has not yet been marketed as a stand-alone drug. A considerable number of human and animal studies indicate that Cannabidiol (CBD) exerts therapeutic effects in a wide range of health disorders. These include anxiety disorders, neuropathic pain, epilepsy, cancer treatment-related symptoms, and possibly schizophrenia, psychosis, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.
More @ Lift

Canada - Medical Marijuana Regulations: Consultations gone up in smoke?
 
According to Health Minister Jane Philpott, in less than 30 days (by August 24th next), amendments to the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) will be made in response to the Federal Court’s Allard ruling that upheld patients’ rights to grow their own medical marijuana. Such amendments could have far reaching impacts on patient access, increased diversion risk, local law enforcement requirements, licenced producers and their clients. They will also likely muddy the water even more regarding cannabis legalization. As a result, any proposed amendments to MMPR would benefit greatly from public and stakeholder consultation. In addition, good regulation making relies on good consultation as taking ideas and input from those impacted by a regulation in a transparent manner can improve the final regulation and ensure a democratic process – put simply, as Prime Minister Trudeau has said, “open government is good government”.

The lack of consultation, openness and transparency on the forthcoming amendments to the MMPR carries a number of risks for the Government. It may alienate and confuse the public, including those who made the legal challenge to the MMPR that the Allard decision was based on. It will potentially impact over 40,000 registered medical marijuana patients being served by the current MMPR. It will affect 34 currently licenced producers of medical marijuana and impact the business plans of over 416 groups who have submitted applications to become a licenced producer. Finally, it will open the Crown to legal challenge from at least one licence applicant who is an Aboriginal group and thus has special rights to meaningful consultation protected by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

More @ Lift

Marijuana chef takes fine dining to new high

Christopher Sayegh holds up two syringes filled with cannabis compound, primed to pump tiny amounts into a pomegranate sorbet, or a juicy cut of Wagyu Japanese beef as part of a bold new sensory experiment. As more US states move to legalize the use of recreational marijuana, the California chef is aiming to elevate haute cuisine to a new level. Armed with cooking skills acquired while working at Michelin-star restaurants in New York and California, Sayegh says his mission is to redefine haute cuisine with cannabis-infused meals that are becoming increasingly popular as the stigma surrounding marijuana gradually evaporates. "I am trying to give people a cerebral experience," Sayegh, 24, told AFP during a recent interview at The Herbal Chef, his Los Angeles-based company. "But I'm also really careful in how I take them along on this journey."
More @ Digital Journal

Japanese Medical Marijuana Activist Masamitsu Yamamoto Dies While Awaiting Trial

Japanese medical marijuana activist Masamitsu Yamamoto died Monday of liver failure while awaiting trial for cannabis possession, a crime that carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison. He was 58.
More @ Leafly

Canada - Unregulated medicinal-pot industry is putting consumers are risk. Globe & Mail Editorial

We don’t let you cook up medicines in your kitchen and dispense them on your front lawn, or brew moonshine in your garage and sell it from a storefront. There are all kinds of good reasons why governments can’t allow people to do as they please when it comes to homemade pharmaceuticals and intoxicants – and there is no reason why marijuana should now be the exception to a regulatory environment designed to protect our society and keep it healthy.

HEMP - 5 health benefits of hemp seeds

Prevents hypertension: A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition in 2014 found that hemp seeds protein can help in preventing hypertension [1]. Add hemp seeds to your diet for a period of 8 weeks to protect yourself from high blood pressure.
More @ TheHealthSite.com


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Tuesday August 2, 2016

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By Hugo Alves

Seven Potential Changes in MMPR and My Views on the Timing of Legalization in Canada

In terms of changes in August, my guess is that the government will introduce amendments to the MMPR (as opposed to trying to deal with Allard ruling by way of a s.56 exemption from the CDSA – the way they did to address the Smith ruling on derivative products). What I would expect to see in those amendments are:

An accommodation for home growing – which will be subject to modest limits and some reasonable regulatory requirements. I think the accommodation is likely to be 10 plants or less in total per patient (although I don’t know if this will be measured in number of plants or allowable square footage for the home grow) as the regulator (“HC”) will look to address issues of security of supply and strain access, but mitigate the ability for people to turn their home growing allowance into a commercial growing operation.
More @ New Cannabis Ventures


Marijuana.Ca comment: There is very significant interest from many stakeholders about the upcoming medical marijuana regulation changes that will be released by Health Canada. Health Canada and Health Minister Philpott have been silent about whether patients will be allowed to grow their own medical marijuana for personal medical use. The deadline set by the judge in the Allard Case is August 24th, 2016. Unless Health Canada requests, and is granted, an extension of time, new regulations or amendements to the MMPR will be announced at some point between today and August 24th, 2016.

We urge Health Canada to allow medical marijuana patients to grow their own medicine for personal use and, also allow access to medical marijuana thru licensed producers.  It is important that patients be able to grow specific strains that work for them, that aren't available from licensed producers, and that patients have the opportunity to grow very low cost medicine and have control over availability of supply.  To someone with a medical condition, having access to the right medicine is critically important.  Medical marijuana patients have been fighting tirelessly for many years to have access to a secure supply of the right medicine.  It's time to get it right and fully support medical marijuana patients.  The only reasonable and constitutional path forward for Health Canada is to allow for home grows. 


 

Friday July 29, 2016

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By Alexandra Sifferlin

Like many people, economist W. David Bradford says he was under the impression that medical marijuana was something only young people would be interested in. At least, that’s what he thought until his own research began showing otherwise.

In mid-July, he and Ashley C. Bradford, his co-researcher and daughter, published one of the more compelling studies about medical marijuana to date. Their report, which ran in the journal Health Affairs, looked at data on prescriptions filled by Medicare enrollees from 2010 to 2013—and found that older people who qualified for Medicare were, where appropriate, making use of medical pot. Not only that, they also found that when states legalized medical marijuana, prescriptions dropped significantly for painkillers and other drugs for which pot may be an alternative. Doctors in a state where marijuana was legal prescribed an average of 1,826 fewer doses of painkillers per year.

Dr. Donald Abrams, chief of the Hematology-Oncology Division at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, says anything that makes a dent in an epidemic that kills 80 Americans every day is worth consideration—especially since medical pot is proving in studies to be an effective treatment for pain. “If we could use cannabis, which is less addictive and harmful than opioids, to increase the effectiveness of pain treatment, I think it can make a difference during this epidemic of opioid abuse,”
The idea that marijuana may treat pain and combat addiction is not without precedent. A study published in 2014 in the journal JAMA found that states with medical marijuana laws experienced a nearly 25% drop in deaths from opioid overdoses compared to states that did not have those laws. That may be because medical marijuana, which often relies on compounds from the cannabis plant called cannabinoids, has been found in many studies to help pain management.
More @ Time Magazine


Marijuana.Ca comment: The opiod epidemic exists in the US, Canada and in many other countries. This is an urgent and challenging issue that must be addressed now. We have heard and read many accounts of people reducing or eliminating their consumption of pain meds and pharmaceuticals in general, when they start using medical marijuana.


 

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Friday July 29th, 2016
 
Aphria Raising $30 Million Dollars. Announces bought deal.

Yesterday they announced a bought deal of $25 million
Press release link

Today they announced it had been upped to $30 Million
 

John Malkovich to star in drama about Humboldt Country marijuana growers
 
Oscar-nominated actor John Malkovich is set to star in the new TV series Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier. The Dangerous Liaisons (1988) actor will play the patriarch of a family invested in the infamous region's cannabis cultivation. The series is based on author Emily Brady's nonfiction book of the same name, which she wrote based on spending a year in the area to research life in America's notorious hotspot for black market marijuana.
More @ Civilized

Canada - Restrictions on pot-safety testing put public at risk, scientists warn

Health Canada’s restrictive approach to marijuana safety testing is putting the public at risk, a growing chorus of scientists and activists warns – saying consumers are potentially being exposed to contamination in products that are widely accessible since the federal Liberals took power promising legalization.
More @ Globe & Mail

What are Trichomes and Why Do They Exist on Marijuana?

When it comes to cannabis, there is quite a bit more than what meets the naked eye. If you fancy the flower, at some point in time you have probably asked yourself about those tiny little crystals that always seems to cover the leaves and buds of your favorite strains. They tend to be shiny, sticky, and always carry the most amazing aromas. Upon looking closer, however, these blankets of frost appear to be large collections of what are known as trichomes.

The actual definition of trichome is “fine outgrowths or appendages on plants, algae, lichens, and certain protists.” Originating from the Greek word “Tríchōma,” meaning “growth of hair,” these tiny microscopic mushroom-looking protuberances look like something out of a science fiction novel. But they are actually the very factories that produce the hundreds of known cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that make our favorite cannabis strains potent, unique, and effective.

More @ Leafly

Medical Marijuana in Europe: Supply Shortages and Limited Selection

In the Czech Republic and Italy, governments granted licenses to groups with no previous experience with cannabis, and they’ve struggled to produce medicine of sufficient quality. Germany and Finland do not have any domestic production. For years, both countries have relied on imports from the Netherlands’ limited stock, which even today leads to regular supply shortages. 

In Germany, cannabis patients currently have to pay €15.45 ($17) per gram on average. In Italy, it’s over €30 ($33). A gram of medical-grade extract or purified THC in either of the two EU countries can cost four to eight times as much as cannabis in flower form. That’s a stark contrast to Canada where patients pay between €4 and €10 per gram and supply shortages just don’t exist.

HEMP - West Virginia Farmers Working on a Hemp Revival

The half-acre plot of fledgling plants along a hillside at Cedar Lane Farm puts into perspective the return of hemp to West Virginia soil — a resistance-riddled movement struggling to rise out of infancy. After a busy year full of uncertainties, including a rules bill passed during this year's legislative session that nearly killed hemp research before the seeds were even planted, Hawkins is among a handful of growers around West Virginia who are pioneering the return of hemp.
More @ Weed Horn


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Thursday July 28, 2016

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More @ Mirth's Website

Marijuana.Ca comment: The sky did not fall after this video was published on YouTube.

Less hysteria, more euphoria.


 

 
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Thursday July 28th, 2016
 
The marijuana industry could reach $100 billion a year by 2029 in the U.S. alone 

But the path to expansion isn't without obstacles for entrepreneurs struggling to build companies.

Canada - Globe and Mail investigation puts dispensary marijuana to the test
 
As the federal government explores how to properly legalize marijuana, hundreds of dispensaries have sprung up in Vancouver and Toronto – all of them selling a product that is still illegal and having no obligations in terms of labelling, safety or quality assurance.

The Globe and Mail procured nearly 400 grams of dried cannabis flower from nine Toronto dispensaries in the hopes of determining what exactly is in the pot that has suddenly become so accessible. The findings show that much of the rhetoric on both sides is inaccurate and misleading: Samples from three dispensaries would not be permitted for sale if they were held to the same standards that Ottawa imposes on licensed medical-marijuana producers. But The Globe’s investigation also found that some of those standards have been inappropriately mandated by Health Canada, and there is much debate over how much of a risk those failing samples actually pose.
More @ Globe & Mail

8 Surprising Beauty Benefits of Marijuana

No, this is not a public call to action to make like Snoop Dogg and smoke weed everyday per se. But if science is any indication, when applied topically, cannabis can be beneficial to your beauty routine. Here, an impressive amount of reasons you should consider a cannabis-infused hair treatment or skin elixir.
More @ Marie Claire

Why Some People Think Marijuana Consumers Are Lazy: A History

I no longer doubt that marijuana can be an intellectual stimulant," wrote the Harvard professor Lester Grinspoon in 1994. "It can help the user to penetrate conceptual boundaries, promote fluidity of associations, and enhance insight and creativity." Those sentences are from his introduction to an edition of Marihuana Reconsidered, his groundbreaking 1971 book that aimed to challenge the public outcry over marijuana use.
More @ Vice

Oregon State Fair Will Be First to Feature Marijuana Plants

You might remember your last trip to the state fair — the fried foods, the sketchy carnival rides, the monster pumpkins on display. At this year’s Oregon State Fair, there will be a new attraction: Oregon-grown cannabis.

For the first time ever, prime examples of the Beaver State’s cannabis crop will be on display at the annual festival, which is scheduled to run in Salem from Aug. 26 through Sept. 5. More than 60 growers will be showcasing their live cannabis plants, which will be judged by Ed Rosenthal, the growing guru and former High Times columnist, along with four local growers.

HEMP - First cultivated hemp field in Minnesota since 1950 is growing strong

John Strohfus, owner of Strohfus Stock Farm in Hastings, grows a lot of things, but recently with the help of his partners Ben Thurmes and Ken Anderson, he’s added hemp to his list and made some history doing it. Eighteen acres of hemp was planted on June 17 in Hastings. It was the first time since 1950 that hemp has been intentionally planted in the state of Minnesota.
More @ Grand Forks Herald


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Wednesday July 27, 2016

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By Adam Goldenberg

Canadians support the legalization of marijuana for all sorts of reasons. Parents fear their kids might end up with criminal records. Seniors want respite from chronic pain. Police chiefs and criminologists acknowledge that it’s really only criminals who profit from prohibition.

Yet in court, the only successful argument for expanding access to cannabis has been the case for medical marijuana. Politics will soon intervene. An expert task force led by former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan will make recommendations this November on how the Liberals can implement their promise to legalize pot for recreational use. The government has promised legislation by next spring.

The question now is, once recreational cannabis consumption is no longer a crime, will there be any reason to maintain a separate system for medical marijuana? The answer, from the perspective of constitutional law, is almost certainly “no.”
More @ Policy Options

Marijuana.Ca comment: We are not constitutional law experts here, so we don't know if Adam's assertion is correct, as per the constitutional aspect of his article.

That said, we think that there are many important reasons to maintain a specific and dedicated medical marijuana system and industry in Canada and internationally. For example, the needs of patients are different than the needs of the general public that will consume marijuana for recreational purposes. As well, the medical value of marijuana is just beginning to come to light. Having a specific medical mandate can accelerate the research and development of strains and delivery systems that can bring signicant benefit to many Canadians and reduce healthcare costs.


 

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Wednesday July 27th, 2016
 
Smoke pot with your teens, Richard Branson tells Chicago business audience

"If they're going to have a joint, do it with them," the father of two told conventioneers from the stage. "Don't let them sneak off and do it on their own."

That was the unexpected message for thousands of budding entrepreneurs who paid to come to Chicago's McCormick Place on Tuesday morning hoping to hear business tips from laid-back British billionaire Sir Richard Branson. The 66-year-old Virgin Group founder mixed in some unorthodox parenting advice for entrepreneurs about raising their children along with his more conventional business bromides.

After a smattering of awkward laughter, Branson felt compelled to add that "I'm on the global drug commission" and that he has been working hard to reinforce the idea that drugs are "a health problem and not a criminal problem," a message which got a warmer response from his audience. Though it seemed to catch many in the audience unaware, Branson has made no secret of his occasional marijuana use and has been an advocate for decriminalizing marijuana.

Canada - Medical marijuana landscape described as the 'Wild West'
 
Dr. Christopher Blue sees it “all the time,” the senior with a serious condition like prostate cancer who has bought medical marijuana from some seemingly legitimate source, and is seeking a prescription for it.

“These people have no criminal record, they’re no different from your parents or my parents, and they are thinking they’re doing something correctly to help their disease or cancer,” said Blue, who believes that cannabis can “absolutely” help a lot of patients, particularly as an alternative to highly addictive and dangerous opioid painkillers whose use have reached epidemic proportions in Ontario. But he wants people to go the legal route.
More @ Windsor Star

Research looks at effects of irradiation on marijuana

The first study of its kind to look at the overall effects of gamma irradiation on cannabis. New research looking at the effect of gamma irradiation on dried cannabis is published in the Journal: Frontiers in Ethnopharmacology. “Evaluating the effects of gamma-irradiation for decontamination of medicinal cannabis” looked at 4 separate strains of cannabis produced by Bedrocan BV in the Netherlands and tested samples before and after the irradiation process to test for changes in cannabinoids, terpenes and moisture content.
More @ Lift

Australia - Medicinal marijuana trial available for Queensland children with severe drug-resistant epilepsy

Queensland children with severe drug-resistant epilepsy can now apply to take part in a medicinal cannabis clinical trial, following a deal signed with a British drug company. The State Government last year announced the trial of medical marijuana, but has now signed a memorandum of understanding with UK-based pharmaceutical company GW Pharmaceuticals to access Epidiolex. Epidiolex is a liquid form of pure cannabidiol.
More @ ABC.net.Au

Cooking with Cannabis Comes of Age In The 420 Gourmet with Jeff The 420 Chef

Edibles just got upgraded to the top of the Foodie chain and in the process are making a celebrity chef out of their innovative creator. In The 420 Gourmet The Elevated Art of Cannabis Cuisine; (Harper Wave) by JeffThe420Chef the food is the star, not the high, and Cannabis becomes just another ingredient and not the focus of the flavor. Focusing on Canna-cooking wasn’t something Jeff had on his hot list of things to do with his life and career. As we sat talking for #CannabisCorner on my TV show Karel: Life In Segments; it became clear this started as a labor of love.

HEMP - Canada - Hemp grant  – $15,745 to study how crop harrowing can improve weed control in organic hemp production and organic transition periods (Scott Beaton);

Agricultural research projects get federal, provincial fundings.
More @ Lab Canada



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Tuesday July 26, 2016

 
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By Marijuana.Ca Staff

Canopy Growth Corporation announced that its wholly owed subsidiary Tweed Inc., has received approval from Health Canada to begin export of Tweed products to medical marijuana patients in Germany.

Tweed is working with MedCann in Germany, a privately held pharmaceutical company.

About MedCann:
(The following excerpt was taken from the Tweed press release)

"MedCann GmbH was founded in June 2015 by Dr. Pierre Debs and Rainer Hofmann. MedCann GmbH is an importer, manufacturer and distributor of medical cannabis products and is federally licensed by the German Heath Ministry. Dr. Debs is a stem cell biologist with over 25 years research experience at world class research universities in the US and Europe. Rainer Hofmann is a successful businessman having established and directed a variety of businesses in the Heidelberg area for over 20 years. MedCann GmbH operates under strict GMP and GDP guide-lines for all aspects of sourcing, transporting and releasing medical cannabis products."

In securing the medical marijuana export license, Tweed becomes the first Canadian licensed producer to receive authorization to export to a major G7 country.

In a press release issued July, 25, 2016 by Canopy Growth Corporation:

Chairman and CEO of Canopy Growth said, "Introducing Tweed product to German medical cannabis patients is an exciting and groundbreaking event. Patients will soon have a new choice in variety for their medical cannabis, and we are honoured to be involved in the changing landscape for German access and choice."

Germans can presently access legal medical cannabis through pharmacies for a variety of medical conditions, though adequate domestic production has not yet been established. Tweed will launch an initial two strains in Germany, and hopes to bring further variety to market as soon as possible. 

"As the German population now knows, the regulatory aspects and laws concerning medical cannabis have evolved to address the growing needs of medical cannabis patients in Germany," said Dr. Pierre Debs, co-founder of MedCann. "Now, in the summer of 2016, through the concerted efforts of MedCann and Tweed, patients across Germany can be assured of a new supply and variety of the highest quality medical cannabis."

With this new Tweed announcement, Canopy is on the road to building a recognizable international brand by bringing its medical marijuana products and expert knowledge to four continents, North America, South America (Brazil), Australia, and now, Europe (Germany).


 

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Tuesday July 26th, 2016
 
USA - 100,000+ Workers Employed By Marijuana Companies

The U.S. marijuana industry has quickly become a major job generator, with cannabis-related companies now employing an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 workers. The estimates – released in the 2016 Marijuana Business Factbook – include employment at retailers, wholesale grows, infused products/concentrates companies, testing labs and ancillary firms focused primarily on marijuana.

Big Pharma Studies Individual Cannabinoids to Help Develop Strains for Specific Ailments
 
Along with the entire nation, Big Pharma is accepting and embracing cannabis in research and product development. Currently, there are a number of Big Pharma corporations that are dumping millions of dollars into research and development of cannabis medicines. Veritas Pharma Inc. has recently announced that the company has initiated a grand research process and is progressing toward identifying potentially new therapeutic strains of cannabis and cannabis-derived pharmaceuticals.

With the acquisition of Dr. Donald Carlow onto the Board of Directors of Veritas, Dr. Carlow is heading up and furthering the progress of Veritas’ new strains for treatment of cancer pain and chemotherapy-induced emesis. His skills and experience are bound to help this particular corporation have a better handle on pharmacology, agriculture and clinical insight.

According to PR Newswire, Veritas is investing in Cannevert Therapeutics Ltd., a Vancouver company made up of academics from the University of British Columbia. Their goal is to study individual cannabinoids within the plant, in hopes of discovering or creating new cannabis strains for specific disease conditions. Cannevert is also attempting to match much of this money with the help of academic-industry grants as well as scientific tax credits.
More @ I Read Culture

Toronto - Let lounges sell pot like bars sell alcohol, forum told. Group has already designed training course for 'bud tenders'.

Coun. Jim Karygiannis, who represents Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt, called the meeting to give frustrated medical marijuana distributors and their supporters a chance to air their thoughts, after controversial police raids in May led to hundreds of charges against owners and employees at 43 Toronto marijuana dispensaries.
More @ CBC.CA

Marijuana aids Sonoma County Alzheimer’s patients

Some assisted-living facilities and physicians in Sonoma County are quietly administering medical marijuana to patients — with consent from legally responsible parties — for behavioral management, quelling aggression and agitation in people who are losing recognition of their surroundings.
More @ Press Democrat

How to Make Compost Tea for Marijuana Plants

Compost is filled with beneficial microorganisms and nutrients, and you can take composting one step further by steeping it in aerated water. This process, called "compost tea," extracts the microorganisms and soluble nutrients into a water “tea” solution. The goal of compost tea is to introduce nutrients, fungal colonies, and beneficial bacteria to either the soil or the foliage of your cannabis plant to aid its growth and protect it from harmful disease.

HEMP - Can Industrial Hemp Save Kentucky’s Small Farms?

As tobacco declines, some hope that hemp can be a “gateway crop” to financial sustainability for the state’s small farms.
More @ Yes Magazine

Monday July 25, 2016

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By Jeremy Rossen - Leafly

Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, is a serious condition usually caused by an external blow to the head that can cause severe and often chronic symptoms. These symptoms can be cognitive, behavioral, movement related, speech and visual impairing, mood altering, involve painful headaches, and even cause gastrointestinal issues.

While effective therapies to treat ongoing TBI symptoms have been difficult to come by, thanks to researchers like Prof. Yosef Sarne of Tel Aviv University, we’ve discovered that cannabis may prevent long-term brain damage by administering THC before or shortly after the injury. In fact, Israel Defense Force (IDF) practitioners administer CBD or low-dose THC as a first-line treatment to IDF soldiers – and even enemy combatants – who suffer brain trauma.

Sarne and his team published their results in 2013, where they demonstrated that administering just a fraction of the amount of THC that would be found in a typical cannabis joint anywhere from one to seven days prior to, or one to three days after an injury, induces the biochemical processes necessary to protect critical brain cells while preserving long-term cognitive function.
More @ Leafly


Marijuana.Ca comment: 

This is a major discovery. Other neurological oriented research projects and studies are underway that look at whether marijuana can bring benefit to patients with dementia, alzheimer's, ALS and parkinson's. We encourage governments and the private sector to accelerate the research and development in this important area. 


 


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Monday July 25th, 2016
 
Island Garden Joins Cannabis Canada Assocation - Press Release

Cannabis Canada Association is pleased to announce Canada's Island Garden as the Association's newest member. Canada's Island Garden, based in Charlottetown is Prince Edward Island's first Licensed Producer under Health Canada's Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.

With the addition of Canada's Island Garden, Cannabis Canada now comprises 17 of the 28 companies that currently hold Health Canada licenses for the production of medical cannabis.

Mark Ware talks about the Marijuana Legalization Task Force
 
The Vice Chair of the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation, Dr Mark Ware, also the Director of Clinical Research at the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at the MUHC and associate professor in family medicine and anesthesia at McGill University, sat down with Simi Sara on the Jon McComb show today.

We are expected to table the report to the Ministers of Health, Justice and Public Safety by the end of November, so that’s a very tight timeline.

Ware says he believes his role on the task force is to ensure the role of medical cannabis is not lost in the process of the legalization of non medical use. The Task Force has already received over 23,000 submissions via email. The Task Force will be prioritizing conversations with Provinces, Territories.
More @ Lift

Ontario - Medical marijuana production to create 40 jobs in Kapuskasing

The town has secured a partnership with CannAssist, a Toronto-based producer, and will also be utilizing its recently acquired agricultural research station for the operation.
More @ Timmins Press

BC - Owner of Abbotsford pot shop files constitutional court challenge

The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary battling the City of Abbotsford to stay open has filed a constitutional challenge, claiming the city has no right to ban pot shops.In court filings submitted this month, Don Briere, who operates marijuana dispensary Mary Jane Glass and Gifts on South Fraser Way, claims many of Mary Jane’s patients are unable to obtain marijuana elsewhere due to low incomes, disabilities or both.
More @ Abby News

Alberta - Sundial Growers - Chances Continue To Grow For Federally Licensed Medical Marijuana Facility In Olds

A development permit application from Sundial Growers for a federally licensed medical marijuana facility was recently given the green light by Olds council. Stan Swiatek, Founder of Sundial Growers, says they are going ahead with application at this time because they are currently closing the purchase of the land for it. He explains why Olds is the right fit for this type of facility.

HEMP - The triumphant return of hemp: West Virginia farmers begin to revitalize cash crop

The uses for hemp expand far beyond manufacturing and power production; West Virginia farmers are ready to prove the power of the crop.
More @ The Cannabist



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Friday July 22, 2016

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By Bob Weber

Premiers meeting in the Yukon say they want quick action from the federal government on the legalization of marijuana to prevent a patchwork of enforcement and distribution across the country. “There's real concerns,” said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister before heading into the meeting Thursday in Whitehorse.

“It's one of the issues I want to raise today,” he said. “I would hope we can develop a national approach, a co-operative approach.”

British Columbia's Christy Clark echoed Pallister's worries around public health, safety and distribution. “We need to see the federal legislation,” she said. “We will build a system focused on safety.”
More @ CTV News


Marijuana.Ca comment: 

Home growing a few plants for personal use must be allowed. The rules for making beer and wine at home would be an effective approach. There are almost no risks associated with home growing, and those that exist can be mitigated by responsible practices. Criminalizing and jailing Canadians for growing some plants for personal use is rife with very significant harms and societal costs.

It is important that there be dedicated stores for selling marijuana and that it's not simply an add-on to liquor stores. There can be adverse affects when mixing alcohol and marijuana, especially for people who are unfamiliar with one or both substances.

Both the private sector and the government should be allowed to operate these stores.



 

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Friday July 22nd, 2016
 
Health Canada communication trends predict future recreational market
By Tegan Adams - Eurofins Experchem

There are dozens of applicants scheduled or promised final reviews and inspections over the next six months.  Most of these applicants have been waiting over a year, and in some case two, for any communications.  The spike in communications and inspection and review dialogue could imply that Health Canada is getting ready to licence over 100 more facilities, or at least take a look at the potential of 100 more facilities to become LPs.  These trends suggest that from a production standpoint, not much will change for the recreational market, and if it does, these submissions and MMPR LPs will be grandfathered in: distribution will be the game changer.

What are the Best Nutrients for Growing Marijuana?
 
For the first-time grower, it can be a truly daunting task to select the best nutrients for their cannabis, and they'll often spend far more money than they need to. With so many options to choose from that range from hydroponic to organic nutrients, new growers can quickly get overwhelmed. But with a little bit of knowledge about the requirements of cannabis plants and how they absorb and utilize nutrients, you can confidently select the products you need without breaking the bank.
More @ Leafly

National Access Cannabis Will Open Clinic In Halifax

A new medical marijuana clinic will open its doors in Halifax later this summer, with its director hoping to offer an alternative to opioids and other pharmaceuticals. "We want to be able to provide a really sound and thorough method so people will understand that there are very significant alternatives that they need to look at," says Kenny Lord, director of National Access Cannabis' Atlantic region.
More @ CBC.CA

Marijuana Vs. Alcohol

Using marijuana is associated with decreases in measures of aggression, while drinking the more legal drug alcohol causes aggression to spike, a new study confirms.
More @ SFGate.com

USA - Republican support for legal marijuana hits a new high

For the first time Republicans narrowly support legalizing marijuana.

HEMP - Pennsylvania Legalizes Industrial Hemp

You still need a permit to grow it, though. The new law gives individuals the right to farm and sell the plant, but with some strings attached: Interested parties have to register through an agricultural pilot program and are subject to regulations proffered by a newly created Hemp Research Board.
More @ Reason.com



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Thursday July 21, 2016

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By Robert Benzie

As Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders gather for their annual summer conference, Premier Kathleen Wynne wants the inside dope from her colleagues about legalized recreational marijuana. “I can tell you I’m going to ask people what they’re thinking about it,” Wynne told the Star in an interview before the summit begins Wednesday.

Her comments come against as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government prepares to end the prohibition of marijuana. Trudeau has appointed former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan to lead a task force of medical and legal experts to consult with provinces, municipalities, and Canadians before releasing a report in November that will serve as the template of next year’s legislation.

Wynne, who has officials from 12 provincial departments working on Ontario’s weed strategy, said she is eager to learn the views of other premiers as they gear up for that. While marijuana is not on the meeting’s formal agenda, the premier said there will be “opportunities for us in casual conversation.” “I’ll certainly be saying, ‘How are you guys dealing with this? You know what I’m saying; what are you saying?’ I will be stunned if they say they are not being asked about (it),” she said, noting her colleagues across the country “all have different regimes around alcohol.”

On the subject of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Wynne clarified what she has been saying about the provincial booze monopoly’s involvement in the recreational marijuana market. “It may not even be sold out of the LCBO. Because I’ve had people say to me we don’t want to have marijuana and alcohol sold out of the same places,” she said, emphasizing she envisions the agency’s cannabis role being in “regulation and distribution and monitoring it in some way.”
More @ Toronto Star


Marijuana.Ca comment: 

It is important that there be dedicated stores that sell marijuana. The sale of these two substances should not be promoted together, as mixing marijuana and alcohol can having negative side effects, especially for people not familiar with one or both substances, and the potential adverse effects of combining the two.



 
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Thursday July 21st, 2016
 
Ahead of legalization, lobbyists for the marijuana industry jostle for a say in Ottawa

In another sign that Canada’s booming marijuana industry has gone corporate, dozens of companies have registered as paid lobbyists ahead of Ottawa’s plan to legalize the drug’s recreational use next spring. As of March 19, the federal government’s lobbyist registry listed 88 paid positions with interests in marijuana or cannabis. The companies named range from small, independent businesses like Vancouver’s Eden Medicinal Society to large corporations, including the Loblaws chain of more than 2,000 supermarkets across Canada. An analysis by the Straight revealed the vast majority of lobbyists remain focused on medicinal marijuana, while 24 can be described as focusing entirely or partly on recreational cannabis.

Marijuana for Medical Use to be Legalized in Greece
 
The Greek Health Ministry on Monday announced the formation of a working group consisting of  academics, psychiatrists, and scientific and legal advisers of the prime minister, health ministry and the justice ministry and members of patient associations, to initiate a discussion on the medical use of the cannabis. The group’s mission is to assess the contemporary use of the cannabis and the legislative framework, and to propose feasible regulations that would make the medicinal use of cannabis possible.
More @ GreekReporter.com

Canada - Marijuana task force faces ‘fascinating journey’ in crafting legal framework

Mark Ware was working with patients suffering from a painful blood disease in the late 1990s when he noticed that many of them were self-medicating. The sickle cell anemia research clinic where he was working was in Jamaica, and the pain reliever of choice for a growing number of his patients was cannabis.

The episode put the British-born, Jamaica-raised doctor on the path that has made him a world-renowned expert on the use of cannabis in pain management.
Now based at McGill University in Montreal, Dr. Ware will turn his attention in coming months to the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. As a key member of a new task force, he will help the federal government to create a legal regime for all adult pot users.
More @ Globe & Mail

Weed is the new microbrew: Why pot and hemp businesses are investing in aesthetics

The marijuana and hemp industries are growing up, and businesses are starting to spend a lot of money to upgrade the design and aesthetics of their operations. Morris Beegle, a music industry veteran who went onto found the Colorado Hemp Company, equates these actions to moves made in music retailing as well as craft beer.
More @ The Cannabist

USA - Willie Nelson dishes on selling Willie’s Reserve cannabis in Free America

Country music icon Willie Nelson will start selling Willie's Reserve marijuana in Colorado and Washington state in the coming weeks. Willie Nelson’s much-hyped marijuana brand Willie’s Reserve will debut in Washington state pot shops this month and in Colorado marijuana stores in August, Nelson’s team told The Cannabist exclusively.

HEMP - ‘Waste of a crop’

Hemp farmers say they most of their crops are forced to rot, unsold and unused, when it could be turned into medicine, writes Mike Hager. Though this hemp must contain less than 0.03 per cent THC, it can have much higher concentrations of CBD, which Health Canada also classifies as a controlled substance that may only be produced by those licensed in its mail-order medical marijuana system.
More @ Lift Cannabis


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Friday July 15, 2016

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Hosted by Cambridge House International

The panel, moderated by BC Compassion Club Society Founder and Bedrocan Patient and Community Services Director Hilary Black, discussed dispensaries, licensed producers and medium and small sized cannabis growers with a range of experts from the industry.
The video below is really worth watching.



Speakers included federally licensed MMPR producer Aurora Cannabis Inc. Chief Brand Officer Neil Belot, Cannabis Growers of Canada Executive Director Ian Dawkins, Canadian Association of Medicinal Cannabis Dispensaries president Dieter MacPherson, Quintet Ventures Founding Member Andrew Robinson and Craft Cannabis Association of BC board member Teresa Taylor.

One topic discussed by the panel was the Liberal government’s plan to legalize cannabis, the task force it has assembled to do it, and its choice not to decriminalize cannabis use until regulation is in place.

The panel urged the task force to consider that the cannabis community is made up of normal people from all walks of life, not a group of criminals that needs to be contained.

Teresa Taylor said it’s important to note that less than five per cent of those involved in the industry have any ties to crime and that it’s the simple act of dealing in cannabis that is the connection to illegality.

“By large, people in the cannabis space are breaking one law and one law alone, and that is a bad law and that is why we’re changing it,” said Dieter McPherson. “You can’t expect that this industry will be able to transition overnight, it’s something that’s going to take a long time.”
More @ Cannabis Life Network


Marijuana.Ca comment: 

The marijuana space is made up of a very diverse group of dedicated and passionate people and organizations. Listening to each other, we can move forward together to find out where our common ground is. 



 
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Friday July 15th, 2016
 
Pharmacan Acquires Peace Naturals Project - Press Release

Under the purchase agreement, the enterprise value of Peace is $22 million. On closing, the Company expects to pay approximately $9.5 million in cash to the Peace shareholders (other than Hortican) to complete the transaction, subject to certain adjustments. The closing is expected to occur before the end of the third quarter, subject to a number of conditions, including the completion of due diligence by the Company.

"We are beyond thrilled about the significant turning point this acquisition represents for the Company," said PharmaCan board member, Jason Adler. "This transaction reflects the rebirth of two pioneering cannabis enterprises. Peace will bring its cultivation expertise and strong brand and ethos to the table, while PharmaCan's new leadership will provide the vision, professional talent and resources necessary to capitalize on its extraordinary foundation. Peace's unmatched dedication to the integrity of their production standards and their mission to serve with care and compassion is reflective of our sense of purpose. We plan to build a company that will benefit the well-being of countless Canadians as well as the Company's shareholders, employees, neighbors and others who are making this phenomenal turn-around possible."

Vancouver Dispensary offers marijuana without doctor's note
 
A local pot activist has been ordered to shut down his dispensaries, but instead, he's defying orders even further, opting to sell marijuana to adults who don't have a doctor's note. Dana Larsen is no stranger to controversy. Earlier this year, Larsen mailed marijuana to Liberal MPs, along with his latest book on the history of the drug in Canada.
More @ CTV News

Canada - Patients' Voices Must Be Heard In Cannabis Legalization Debate

A quick survey of recent headlines around the legalization discussion, even the federal task force's press conference, reveals a conspicuous absence: medical cannabis and the patients who rely on it. The current debate and coverage focuses on legalization and regulation combining the interests of everyone from recreational users to growers to government. Without the interests of patients represented in this debate, we run the risk of establishing a future framework that is set up to fail and will require further modification.
More @ HuffingtonPost.Ca

Puff, Pass & Paint Inspires The Cannabis Community. A peek inside the first 420 friendly, all-inclusive art class.

Salvador Dali, Allen Ginsberg, Jerry Garcia, Snoop Dogg... I’ve known, for quite some time, that cannabis elevates creativity. Consuming weed spurs divergent thinking in the frontal lobe of the brain. When I change my perception, inventive things begin to happen. That’s why, despite my normal hesitancy towards painting (I tend to be hyper critical of my brush strokes), I was truly excited to try Puff, Pass & Paint at Portland’s Prism House.

“Some things in life go well together. Making art and consuming cannabis are one of those prolific combos, helping me tune out things around me and tune in to the art I’m making, to myself and to my inspirations,” exclaimed Prism House owner and Puff, Pass & Paint hostess, Samantha.

More @ Merry Jane

USA - Marley Natural and Harborside Health Center: A Philanthropic Cannabis Partnership

Marley Natural, a company whose genetic lineage is planted deep in social change and cannabis, partnered with Harborside Health Center, one of the oldest and largest cannabis dispensaries in the country, to spread the message of clean, quality cannabis with an eye on sustainability and the powerful social potential of this versatile flower. This initiative pegs 5% of all Marley Natural sales at Harborside to return to their Rise Up project which is aptly described as:

“. . .a philanthropic initiative created by Marley Natural with the intention of expanding on Bob Marley’s ethos, ideals, and core values. His vision for an inclusive and compassionate global community in which we take care of each other and our environment is at the root of our quest.”

HEMP - Top 5 Canadian hemp food products

While Canada buzzes at the prospect of legal marijuana in the near future, many Canadians are already enjoying cannabis legally — by eating hemp. Today, you can walk into almost any supermarket or natural food store in Canada and find things like hemp hearts (shelled whole seeds), oil, cereal, snacks, and protein powder.

Here’s a list of widely available, top-quality canadian hemp food products to keep an eye out for:
More @ Lift Cannabis


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Thursday July 14, 2016

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By Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post

There's a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that's always been just an assumption.

Now a new study, released in the journal Health Affairs, validates these findings by providing clear evidence of a missing link in the causal chain running from medical marijuana to falling overdoses. Ashley and W. David Bradford, a daughter-father pair of researchers at the University of Georgia, scoured the database of all prescription drugs paid for under Medicare Part D from 2010 to 2013.
More @ Washington Post


Marijuana.Ca comment: 

This is a significant study that demonstrates how medical marijuana provides specific benefit related to the reduction of opiode use, abuse and overdose, including overdose deaths. We predict that medical marijuana will become increasingly important as a medicine in the medium and long term.


 

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Thursday July 14th, 2016.
 
Canada - Illegal dispensary operator, Don Briere, says he'll hit $20 million in sales this year

Illegal pot sales are turning into a high earner for governments. Don Briere’s national chain of renegade retail shops remitted $688,449 in GST/HST collected from December to May on exploding sales of unlicensed marijuana, hashish and cannabis-laced edibles to relieve aches and pains. Briere remitted $286,452 more in federal payroll taxes and employer contributions to Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan for 2015. Then there’s personal income tax, corporate tax, store property taxes, workers’ compensation and more.

“According to the Income Tax Act and to the Excise Tax Act, all income, either from legal or illegal activities, is taxable and is to be reported,” David Walters, Canada Revenue Agency spokesman, said in a statement. “Income earned from a marijuana dispensary/shop is taxable, and should be reported as business income.”

Briere estimates he’ll hit $20 million in sales this year and contribute another pile of “illegal” cash to federal coffers. “I’m very happy to pay into the system and contribute … to support the police, schools and hospitals,” he said. “It’s not funnelled to a bunch of people who are buying guns and running cocaine.”

What Is Medical Cannabis Oil?
 
It’s been a little over a year since Peace Naturals was granted Health Canada’s first MMPR license to research and then sell medical Cannabis oils in Canada. The popularity of medical Cannabis oil has many people unfamiliar with medicinal Cannabis contacting our Client Care Department asking, what is medical Cannabis oil and how do I use it?

Cannabis oil is a great option for people who don’t want to inhale medical Cannabis into their lungs. Many people are turned off about smoking or vaporizing Cannabis, but are very interested in the possibility of adding medical Cannabis oil to a smoothie or simply administering it under their tongue.
More @ Peace Naturals

Differences in the cognitive impacts of cannabis between men and women

A growing body of research suggests the existence of sex differences in relation to the cognitive and behavioral effects of cannabis consumption. For instance, a 2013 study revealed that higher levels of cannabis use were associated with memory impairments in females but not in males, whereas the reverse was true for decision making. Other studies (2009, 2011) have found differences in brain abnormalities and related cognitive deficits between female and male adolescent cannabis users. Finally, animal studies (2008, 2015) have also pointed to there being sex differences in the long-term effects of cannabis on both brain structure and behavior.
More @ Lift

There's One Issue Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Agree On

Presidential frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don’t agree on much, but when it comes to legalizing the use of medicinal marijuana, they’re both pro pot. Medicinal marijuana advocates hope that reality is enough to eventually get a federal bill passed legalizing the use of medical marijuana in all 50 states.
More @ Fortune.com

Former Pro-Cyclist Floyd Landis Launches Cannabis Company

Former pro-cyclist Floyd Landis has announced that he is going to launch a new career producing high quality cannabis products under the brand name of Floyd’s of Leadville. He intends to make recreational vapes and edibles as alternatives to addictive painkillers. “I am really excited about this new phase of my life,” Landis said in a press release. “The cannabis industry is growing fast and I am fortunate to have this opportunity to play a role.” Floyd’s of Leadville will specialize in pesticide-free cannabis oil “from high altitude growers using an industry-leading, pharmacy grade CO2 extraction process.” Early product release and social media shares reveal two applications of the oil: A topical cream and pre-filled vaporizer cartridges. Both topical and oil vaporizer cartridges are some of the most popular forms to ingest cannabis, recently.

HEMP - The Return Of Hemp, America’s ‘Billion-Dollar Crop’

Hemp was a major part of American history until misguided drug laws conflated industrial hemp with marijuana. Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, tells Mnar Muhawesh on ‘Behind the Headline’ about how that happened and how it may be making a comeback. 
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Wednesday July 13, 2016

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By Special to Lift

As Canada moves towards establishing a system to regulate marijuana for recreational use, supplying the demand for such a product will be a significant task. While the government can certainly lean on existing licensed producers under the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), the current approved space of over 1 million sq ft would still only represent a portion of the expected future non-medical/recreational demand.

A Forum Research poll from 2015 showed that about 30% of Canadians would likely try cannabis once legal. This represents about 10 million people trying or using cannabis in some form once they are legally able to do so. Currently, licensed producers supply over 50,000 approved medical cannabis patients, utilizing approximately 100,000 square metres of production space, with an average consumption of about 1 gram per day. While productivity of individual strains and production facilities can be different, Licensed Producers are currently growing almost 500 grams per sq metre of floor space per grow cycle (3-4 months).

We can use these variables along with expected market size to predict that nearly 2 million square metres will be required to satisfy future recreational demand. This is, of course, a very rough estimate.
More @ Lift


Marijuana.Ca comment: 

According to the article, this is an area the size of 292 football fields. That's alot of plants, gosh darn it. We are in the midst of a tidal wave of positive change and advancement in this space. Kudos to Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberals for being bold and taking action on preparing to Legalize Marijuana in 2017.  We urge the government to take into consideration the needs of the electorate, and create a regulatory framework that serves the citizens of Canada well.


 

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Wednesday July 13th, 2016.
 
Cannibinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: Why marijuana can become toxic for some

Marijuana is having a moment. The once recreational-use-only drug is now considered by many as a medicine, an anti-nauseant and pain reliever, even an epilepsy medication.

But some long-term “pot heads” are finding the drug they once loved because it took away their pain can suddenly turn on them and become toxic. These users are developing a little-understood condition called cannibinoid hyperemesis syndrome that brings on unrelenting vomiting, nausea and stomach pain. Standard medications do not relieve it, smoking more marijuana only seems to worsen it, and some doctors say they are seeing a lot more cases of it.

Marijuana.Ca comment: Would be beneficial for the media to stop using the term "pot head". 

Legal weed market won't need billboard ads to thrive, says pot producer
 
Canada’s budding marijuana industry doesn’t expect Ottawa to embrace ads for weed on billboards or television screens once new legalization legislation is introduced next spring, according to the president of Canada’s highest-profile pot company.

Mark Zekulin of Tweed Marijuana Inc. says he would rather see the Liberal government’s task force on legalizing pot focus on packaging guidelines that will help Canadians enjoy legal weed safely.
More @ CTV News

Canada - Report – Online Storefronts are the Future of Legal Cannabis

Simply cross-referencing name, credit card, billing address, and Internet Protocol Address (a unique identifier of the device and location from which a digital transmission originates) enables near perfect validation of identity for users. Online identity verification is accomplished by software applications such as Trulioo, LexisNexis, and ShipCompliant that cross-reference identity inquiries with user-inputted information such as name and address.
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The Brash Genius of Berner

The feel good, herb-loving, positivity-inducing, Cookies-famed rapper who is leaving his mark on the hip-hop world and the cannabis industry.
More @ IReadCulture.com

Where marijuana is legal around the world

While cannabis is banned in France and the UK, places like Uruguay and Colombia have legalized it.

HEMP - From farm to freeway: Alberta company creates car parts out of hemp, flax, wood

The lightweight panels are already being tested in a few high-end cars, including BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz. The BioComposites Group plant, located on Drayton Valley's Bio-Mile, uses a one-of-a-kind manufacturing process to make door panels, kick pads, cup holders and dashboard panels. 
More @ CBC.CA


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Tuesday July 12, 2016

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By Dan Alexander - Forbes

Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO Jim Hagedorn is gambling $400 million to reach a burgeoning market of customers: pot growers.

Strapped into the pilot’s seat of his private jet, Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO Jim Hagedorn thrusts the throttle forward and hurtles down the runway, a typical start to the day for the former F-16 fighter pilot, who commutes 500 miles from his home on Long Island, N.Y. to his office outside Columbus, Ohio. For an hour and a half every morning and every afternoon, Hagedorn sits behind the control stick of his plane, pushes the seat back and lets his mind run wild.

His latest idea: “Invest, like, half a billion in the pot business,” he yells over the roar of two engines powering his camouflaged Cessna Citation. “It is the biggest thing I’ve ever seen in lawn and garden.”

No one has a better perspective on the lawn and garden business than Hagedorn, who, after watching his father build Miracle-Gro into a national brand, orchestrated its merger with Scotts in 1995 and took over as CEO of the combined company in 2001. Scotts Miracle-Gro, which makes almost all of its money selling grass seed, fertilizer, pesticide and dirt, boosted revenues 80% from 2001 to 2009, riding on the coattails of Home Depot, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart as the retailers built more than 3,000 big boxes across the country. But then the Great Recession hit, and the rapid expansion stalled. Scotts Miracle-Gro’s sales have been stagnant ever since. That hit home for Hagedorn and his family, who collectively own a 27% stake that makes up $1.1 billion of their nearly $1.5 billion fortune. Frustrated with the flatlining business, Hagedorn fired more than half his management, shook up his board and gambled heavily on pot growers.

Hagedorn is backing up his big talk with serious cash. He shelled out $135 million last year on two California-based businesses that sell fertilizers, soils and accessories to pot growers, recently spent another $120 million on a still-undisclosed lighting and hydroponics equipment company in Amsterdam and promises to invest about another $150 million by the end of 2016. 


Marijuana.Ca comment: 

Medical Marijuana is legal in Canada, and in half of the states in the USA. Recreational marijuana is legal in a number of US states and will likely become legal in Canada in 2017. Current North American annual sales are estimated to be in the 30-50 billion dollar range, with the majority of sales in the black market. As more of these sales become integrated into a legal industry, we are starting to see the stigma drop in North America, which has ushered in a fresh perpective and major business interest (e.g. Google, Microsoft & Scotts Miracle-Gro) wanting to participate or invest in, this new and promising industry.

The future is bright.


 

 
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Tuesday July 12th, 2016
 
Can Marijuana Treat Fibromyalgia Better Than Prescription Drugs?

Anyone suffering from fibromyalgia will tell you it can be devastating. On some days, simple chores like doing laundry or making breakfast can be exhausting, if not downright impossible. Just ask Teri Robnett, a Denver-based medical marijuana patient's rights advocate who runs the Rx MaryJane blog: “There used to be days that I didn’t feel like I could get through the day. I just wanted to cry and go back to bed.” For years Robnett took doctor-prescribed pharmaceuticals, but she detested the side effects and was concerned about drug interactions. “In 2009, I started medical marijuana. By 2011, I had quit all of my pharmaceutical medications and now use cannabis exclusively,” she explained. Robnett said that at first it took her a bit of trial-and-error, but it didn’t take long for her to become convinced cannabis was preferable to pharmaceuticals. “From season to season, even day to day, the severity of symptoms can change because of the weather, stress, or hormones,” Robnett said. “Cannabis allows me to self-titrate. By being able to vary how I consume and types of strains, I can more effectively treat the symptoms.”

Bellambi man says he and his dog reaping benefits of high CBD low THC medical marijuana
 
Fifteen-year-old Ellie the staffy has a new spring in her step thanks to a daily dose of cannabis oil under her tongue. Old age had started to catch up with Ellie, the faithful companion of Bellambi resident Paul Lawrence; she was suffering from arthritis and glaucoma, had lost her appetite and was experiencing fitful sleep. For Mr Lawrence, a cancer survivor who two years ago ditched legal painkillers in preference of medicinal cannabis, the remedy was obvious. ‘’My friends were sceptical but the results were clear. Ellie had been hobbling around, not eating or sleeping, but after starting her on cannabis oil 12 months ago she was back running up and down the backyard, her appetite had returned and she was sleeping much better.’’ Mr Lawrence said the oil he administers to his beloved pet did not contain the psycho-active compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) yet did retain cannabidiol (CBD) which had therapeutic benefits.
More @ IllawarraMercury.com.au


Benefits of Marijuana Terpenes: Ocimene, Terpinolene, and Guaiol

Terpenes are a group of fragrant essential oils – secreted alongside cannabinoids like THC and CBD – that contribute to the complex aroma of cannabis. They are also generally responsible for many of the distinguishing characteristics of different strains, and this discovery has led to a sharp increase in interest among researchers, producers, and consumers alike.
More @ Leafly

Celebrity-sponsored pot is the latest marketing strategy for the marijuana industry

Colorado growers working with musicians to develop one-of-a-kind marijuana strains.

Pot is going the way of sneakers and snowboards. As cannabis fights for a foothold in the U.S. economy, innovative weed growers are taking cues from a variety of industries — footwear, musical instruments, skis and snowboards, for example — and working with superstar musicians to develop signature marijuana strains, pro-model cannabis that sails off the shelves. Colorado’s growers — captains of the state’s maturing cannabis scene — are leading the charge in this next stage of marijuana marketing that’s more partnership than endorsement deal. In the past year, many musicians have unveiled signature strains of marijuana. Snoop Dogg has several. Rappers Freddie Gibbs and Wiz Khalifa, singer-songwriters Willie Nelson and Melissa Etheridge and the family of the late Bob Marley all announced signature weed products last year.
More @ Denver Post

Canada - Vancouver’s dispensary licensing could take years to complete

City Councillor Kerry Jang says dispensary licensing could take a year or two, and the city is open to working with the Federal government and Task Force.

HEMP - 9 health benefits of hemp seeds

Hemp seeds have exceptional nutritional qualities which make them something of a superfood. Here’s what you need to know about hemp.
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Monday July 11, 2016

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By David Weigel - Washington Post

ORLANDO — The Democratic Party endorsed a "reasoned pathway to future legalization" of marijuana and called for the drug to be downgraded in the Controlled Substances Act, in a tense and unexpected victory for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Going into the platform committee meeting, Sanders's campaign had no new language about marijuana. The senator from Vermont had favored state-to-state legalization efforts, and the language approved by the drafting committee called for "policies that will allow more research on marijuana, as well as reforming our laws to allow legal marijuana businesses to exist without uncertainty."

But on Saturday afternoon, the committee brought up an amendment that would have removed marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. David King, a lawyer and Sanders delegate from Tennessee, argued that marijuana was added to the act — giving the drug the same legal classification as heroin — during a "craze" to hurt "hippies and blacks." The amendment, however, was headed for defeat, with some committee members worrying that it went too far and undermined state-by-state efforts to study decriminalization.

When the vote was called, 81 of the 187 committee members backed the downgrade amendment — and just 80 opposed it. A roar of applause went up from the seats where people not on the committee were watching the votes. 


Marijuana.Ca comment: 

The passing of this amendement is very significant. The underpinnings of the insidious Marijuana Prohibition continues to be hollowed out by the giant wave of change that is sweeping Canada, the USA and in many other countries across the globe. This is happening because of the sustained efforts, for many years, by a growing number of committed and passionate people. Our efforts have motivated the public to take a closer look at this issue.

We are winning.

We have not won, yet.

Remain vigilant and focused.



 
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Monday July 11th, 2016
 
If You Suffer From Anxiety You Need These 5 Strains

Anxiety is a tricky beast. It can be paralyzing and make you feel just downright awful. Luckily, cannabis can help. Different types of cannabis affect anxiety differently. So, to help you find which type works best for you, here are 5 strains you need to try if you have anxiety.

Canadian Marijuana industry closely watches advertising rules
 
Mark Zekulin, president of Tweed Inc. in Smiths Falls, Ont., believes a ban on advertising would "be a disservice to people who have to make a choice" between what strains of marijuana they want to buy. "People are going to consume it. The question is do you give them the best information?" Zekulin said. "It is like wine. It is like whiskey. You have to be able to look at why they're different ... People have the right to find the variety that's right for them."
More @ CBC.CA


Marijuana Brand Wars

The cannabis industry has quickly become a highly competitive market with hundreds of companies fighting to take a slice out of the cannabis pie. As markets become more competitive, companies can no longer rely solely on having the best product or service. The difference between your company’s life or death is a distinct and differentiated brand that your customer can identify with. The cannabis industry is no different.
More @ Lift

A Forum Research survey suggests half of Canadians believe people jailed for pot possession should be freed and those with records pardoned

The findings come as the clock ticks down on the Trudeau government’s tricky election campaign vow to legalize marijuana, with legislation expected next spring.
More @ London Free Press

New Research Uncovers Prehistoric Use of Marijuana

Around 10,000 years ago prehistoric humans began using cannabis, a new research study has found, and not just in one small corner of the globe.

HEMP - Why I Am Bullish on Hemp

Since April 17, I have been on an epic adventure RVing across the U.S. with one of my good friends, Steve, and his dog Arthur. The trip originally began in Utah; since then we have traveled to Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, California, Washington, Nebraska and Oregon. Through extreme serendipitous luck, my friend picked up a magazine while we were in Oregon. Inside he saw that there was a hemp convention. We went to the convention and met a lot of nice, informative people. I didn't know at the time that hemp has tremendous benefits that could have a positive impact on the world.
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Friday July 8, 2016

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By CTV News Staff

Parents of children suffering from difficult-to-treat forms of epilepsy are angry that shipments of the hemp oil they rely on to control their children’s seizures are being seized by Canadian border agents. The families of 19 hemp oil users say the Colorado manufacturer of one type of oil called Charlotte's Web informed them last month they are no longer taking Canadian orders because so many shipments are getting stopped at the border. Canada Border Services Agency says it is obligated to seize the packages because marijuana and all its derivatives remain illegal in Canada. Health Canada says Canadian families can use made-in-Canada marijuana oil instead, or apply for an exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

But the parents say Canadian companies do not make a product comparable to the Charlotte’s Web oil they import from Colorado, where marijuana was legalized in 2014.

The oil is named after a five-year-old Colorado girl with epilepsy whose condition improved after being treated with marijuana oil.

Alex Repetski uses a marijuana oil he creates in his Thornhill, Ont., home for his four-year-old daughter, Gwen, who has severe epilepsy that has left her developmentally delayed. While he doesn’t use Charlotte’s Web, his homemade oil has kept his daughter seizure-free for 20 months now and he’s angry that a drug that so many other parents rely on is being taken away. 


Marijuana.Ca comment: 

There is a serious medical necessity here. Severe childhood epilepsy is a catastrophic disease that can lead to early death. We urge Health Canada to instruct Canada Border Services to allow these shipments into Canada. 


 

Thursday July 7, 2016

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By David Brown

On February 24th of this year, a Federal Court issued its ruling in the Allard case, giving the Federal Government until August 24th to either amend the MMPR or create entirely new legislation in its place.

The government allowed their chance to appeal to expire after 30 days, so now, barring a last-minute request for an extension, the government has less than 2 months to render the MMPR constitutional, or at least make a best faith effort at trying to do so.

To talk about what these changes might look like, we reached out to the lead attorney in the Allard case, John Conroy. The key point Conroy reiterated several times was that without personal production rights and dispensary access, the court’s order of reasonable access would not be met. Beyond that, Conroy says he can see pharmacies being able to dispense in some form, and expressed very cautious optimism that, after years under the Harper regime, perhaps the government may be responding to the courts in a more productive and cooperative manner.

The minimum, Conroy maintains, is a reinstatement of the MMAR provisions that allowed those with authorization to use medical cannabis to grow their own or assign a caregiver to grow for them. He also says he could see pharmacies being allowed, and dispensaries possibly being able to work with pharmacies, as well as dispensaries being supplied by Licensed Producers and others under a revised regulatory regime. Conroy also says he believes a set plant limit would be unconstitutional and subject to legal challenge. 


Marijuana.Ca comment: 

There may be significant or very significant changes to the medical marijuana system in Canada when Health Canada implements their response to the Allard court case. Unless they request an extension, new regulations will be announced by August 24th, 2016 or earlier. The clock is winding down on this one.

We strongly urge Health Canada to allow for personal growing for medical patients, as this can provide affordable medicine and the correct plant strain that the patient needs, which may not be available from Licensed Producers. We expect that most medical patients will get their medicine from Licensed Producers, and it will be a minority of patients that will grow for themselves.


 

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Thursday July 7th, 2016
 
Age for recreational marijuana use may vary across Canada: Bill Blair

Minimum ages for marijuana consumption may vary across Canada when it becomes legal, but authorities will be firmly against drug tourism and cross-border movement of the substance, the Liberal government's point man on the issue said on Wednesday. Blair cautioned the government has not made firm decisions on many aspects of legalization, which will be heavily influenced by the task force's report. But he said the government does "not necessarily" need a nation-wide marijuana consumption age, citing different ages provinces have for alcohol use. Canada intends to implement regulations to "discourage" drug tourism, as the country is taking a strict public-health approach and is not out to make money, he said.

7 Ways To Use Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
 
The health benefits of both cannabis and coconut oil are remarkable. Coconut oil has a very high saturated fat content for a plant-derived oil, making it an ideal candidate for cannabis infusion that can create incredibly versatile product with all the benefits of both. Cannabis coconut oil can be applied in so many different ways and part of the fun is experimenting and finding out what works for you. Here are seven ways to incorporate cannabis coconut oil into your life, and you can check out our sous weed recipe for cannabis coconut oil here.
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Medical marijuana use linked to lower prescription drug use.

American states that allow their residents to use marijuana for medical purposes have seen a marked decline in prescription drug use among the elderly and disabled, according to a study published Wednesday. The University of Georgia study looked at the costs of Medicare's prescription drug benefit program in 2013 — a time when 17 states and the District of Columbia had passed medical marijuana laws.

Researchers estimated the savings from lower prescription drug use in areas that had medical marijuana laws at $165.2 million US over the full year.
More @ CBC.CA

Too Much of a Good Thing? Colorado Pot Glut Prompts Wholesale Price Plunge

Everybody wants to get rich growing pot in Colorado, and that's turning into a problem for the growers. Colorado's green goldrush is turning into something of a bummer for some would-be marijuana-growing mavens, as an oversupply of pot is causing wholesale pound prices for the state's booming recreational market to drop dramatically. But with retail prices not following suit, it's pot shops, not consumers, who are making bank on the price drop. According to Cannabase, an online wholesale marketplace, the average monthly asking price per pound for wholesale buds has declined by a full third so far this year. In January, the average price was $2,106 per pound; by June, it was $1,402.
More @ AlterNet.Org

Toking up while working out: Pair plan gym allowing pot use

A former pro football star and an advocate for athlete marijuana use have teamed up to open a gym in San Francisco that they say will be one of the first in the world to allow members to smoke pot while working out. Former running back Ricky Williams, who played for the Saints, Dolphins and Ravens, and Jim McAlpine, a snowboard company executive, said Power Plant Fitness also will offer edibles and topical gels for those who don't like smoking the plant. They say using pot while exercising can help them focus or relax.

HEMP - Kentucky Hemp Has Growing Market Potential

More than half of Kentucky’s industrial hemp crop this year can be traced to 19 counties, 58 farmers and one company in Winchester. With 23,000 pounds of imported hemp seed destined for 2,466 acres, Atalo Holdings is a superpower in hemp production and processing in Kentucky.
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Wednesday July 6, 2016

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By Marc Davis

It's a remarkable transformation. Even a shocking one. Especially considering the unlikely remedy. Six-year-old Tyler used to be tormented by hundreds of painful seizures a day. Which would leave him absolutely exhausted at bedtime. Even so, his doting mother would still have to pin him down to his mattress until he fell asleep. Otherwise, his small, frail body would continue to thrash about, robbing him of any rest and respite.

"Now he sleeps through the night, because he's having far fewer seizures," says single mother, Angele Vanier, 32. "It's amazing how much progress he's made over the past several months. He has a new lease on life."

Tyler is one of Canada's youngest medical marijuana patients. He suffers from cerebral palsy. And he has a seizure disorder called Lennox Gastaut syndrome. This debilitating paediatric form of epilepsy typically worsens as a child ages and can even become life-threatening.

Angele recently switched her legally-designated provider to another licensed producer, Alberta-based Aurora Cannabis. It offers "compassionate pricing" at $5 per gram for financially-challenged customers. Now Vanier only spends about $200 a month.

Stories like this are profound and important, especially considering that pharmaceutical drugs were not helping Tyler. Marijuana clearly has significant medicinal value. The government and private sector should ramp up and accelerate research and development in this old and new frontier. We urge the government to assign a DIN number to marijuana, so it can qualify for medical insurance.


 

 
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Wednesday July 6th, 2016
 
Colorado  Two Years After Legalizing Marijuana Sales, What Has Happened?

Two years ago the U.S. states of Washington and Colorado became the world’s first legal marketplaces for recreational marijuana. In other words, people in those states can now legally use marijuana for pleasure, not just for medicine.

If You Don’t Snooze, You Lose
 
Research shows THC can be an effective sleep aid for many.
More @ Lift


The Pot Law That Could Be 'Deal-Breaker for the Drug War'

California's Adult Use of Marijuana Act could have ramifications far beyond the state's borders.
More @ Rolling Stone

What Are the Most Popular Marijuana Products?

Flower. Edible. Pre-Rolled. Concentrates. Vapor Pens.
More @ Priceonomics.com

Quebec pharmacy chain open to selling marijuana, but won't lobby government

The CEO of Jean Coutu, one of the country's largest pharmacy chains, said Tuesday he is open to selling medical marijuana but won't lobby the federal government to do so

HEMP - Press Release - True Hemp Dog Chews a Hit in Manhattan

From capturing the headline in the New York Daily News to selling out when they weren't even for sale, True Leaf International's True Hemp dog chews were the talk of the town — or at least of the 3rd annual Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo at New York's Javits Center June 16-17. When True Leaf CEO Darcy Bomford and Marketing VP Alison Ruks turned up at the True Leaf booth, a crowd had already gathered, and to their surprise, people wanted to buy the functional chews — even though they weren't for sale.
More @ Stockhouse


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Tuesday July 5, 2016

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Toronto Star - by Robert Benzie

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government warns legalized recreational marijuana will be a strictly controlled substance — so much so that even homegrown weed may be prohibited.

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said the government is “taking a public health approach to the matter of the legalization and regulation of marijuana,” treating it like tobacco. But in Ontario — despite strong anti-smoking laws — growing tobacco for personal consumption is allowed.

That raises questions about the efficacy of banning Canadians from cultivating marijuana at home for recreational use once it is legalized next year.

Kyle Bell, a medicinal cannabis advocate, said Monday that there is mounting concern that the federal Liberals may not allow anyone — even medical marijuana patients — to grow their own.

Bell noted Ottawa has until Aug. 24 to address a Federal Court ruling in B.C. that it’s unconstitutional to stop patients from growing cannabis and forcing them to buy it from Health Canada-licensed producers.

In Colorado, where marijuana has been legal since 2014, state residents aged 21 and older can grow up to six plants each — to a maximum of 12 per household — with no more than three in the mature flowering stage at any time.

We strongly urge the Liberal government to allow medical marijuana patients and recreational users to grow some plants for personal use.

Putting medical patients or Canadian citizens in jail or criminalizing them for growing some marijuana plants for personal use is an affront to Canadian values. It is excessive, harmful and a throwback to an era of ignorance.

It is vital for politicians and bureaucrats, who work for the citizens of this country, to use their power with a strong grounding in wisdom, compassion and respect for basic freedoms.

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.


 

 
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Tuesday July 5th, 2016
 
Marijuana Compound Removes Alzheimer’s Plaque From Brain Cells, Study Finds

Alzheimer’s disease may now be added to a list of diseases with promising treatment from cannabis compounds, a new study from the Salk Institute says. While there has been research and trials to use compounds to treat chronic pain, cancers, epilepsy, and other diseases and illnesses, this laboratory study is the first of its kind to test tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a main component in marijuana, against the plaque buildup of the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers took human neurons that they grew in a lab and altered them so that they created the plaque buildup (comprised of proteins such as beta-amyloid). The researchers then subjected the neurons to amounts of THC and other marijuana compounds. What they found was that not only did the THC cause a breakdown of the protein buildup, but a reduction in inflammation in the cells. ​Inflammation is bad because it makes it harder for your neurons to communicate with one another correctly.

Kelly McParland: Ottawa’s pot plan is about control, not fun
 
Proponents of open and easy access to legalized marijuana will not be pleased by the tone of a new discussion paper released by the federal government. If anyone thought the breezy support for recreational pot offered by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail would translate into neighbourhood “dispensaries” peddling a rich and varied assortment of products to passing clients, they will be deeply disappointed. The plan looks much more likely to be about control, policing and regulation. Fun has nothing to do with it.

A key concern of the authors is the avoidance of “normalization” — i.e., preventing the impression that Ottawa actually approves of marijuana use — which might inspire Canadians to actually buy the stuff. While the paper acknowledges the controlled use of marijuana has valid medical benefits, it evidently sees recreational use as an unpleasant reality that needs to be discouraged, even as it is reluctantly tolerated.
More @ National Post


Canada - Postal Strike: Medical marijuana patients brace for possible mail delays

Some licensed cannabis producers have already found alternate delivery methods for the tens of thousands of Canadian patients who get their medicine by mail. Medical marijuana patients are bracing for late prescription deliveries and mail disruptions as Canada Post labour talks continue this week.

Marijuana.Ca comment: Health Canada needs to move quickly and allow for brick and mortar retail sales of medical marijuana.
More @ MetroNews.Ca

Toronto - Leaside’s own marijuana dispensary opens on Bayview

Leaside now has its own marijuana dispensary as the Eden group of pot sellers moves into 1625 Bayview Ave. next door to Merchant of Tennis. That’s where Whatever Lola etc lived for so long. The Eden operation is open already and staff at the clean and lean-looking premises say that their business has not been without disruption during the City’s crackdown, but they are carrying on.
More @ Bayview News

USA - High culture: Museum exhibit dedicated to marijuana opens in Oakland — but you can’t partake

OAKLAND, Calif. — It’s known as Mary Jane, ganja, Chronic and even the sticky icky and has been featured in countless movies, including one that warned of its dangers, “Reefer Madness.” Now, marijuana is the subject of a contemporary history and science exhibit. “Altered State: Marijuana in California,” a one-of-its-kind museum exhibition focusing on the topic, is open through the summer at the Oakland Museum of California.

HEMP - You Can Now 3d Print Whatever You Want Using Hemp Plastic

A team of Italian inventors has figured out how to use hemp to create a brand new type of hemp plastic. The material is called HempBioPlastic (HBP), and it’s manufactured by the Italy-based company Kanesis.
More @ Green Rush Daily


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Monday July 4, 2016

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Toronto Star Editorial

Has the Ontario government learned nothing from its decades-long struggle to find the right balance between safety and paternalism when it comes to selling alcohol? Judging by the path it seems to be going down on how to handle recreational marijuana, the answer, sadly, is no.

There are other ways of safely retailing marijuana that would not involve giving the state-run liquor monopoly total control over this new and lucrative market.

One of the key goals of legalization is to kill the illegal market and drive out the criminal element. If prices are kept too high and pot is made difficult or awkward to buy in the name of safety, the illegal market will continue to flourish. Handing it over to the LCBO risks that result. There’s a robust underground network in place right now, and it won’t be killed if pot is made too inaccessible. 

A working model for such a network exists in Colorado, which legalized recreational pot two years ago (it’s also legal in Washington state, Oregon and Alaska). Marijuana can be bought in privately owned dispensaries that check ID and age (purchasers must be 21 or older), and resemble pharmacies more than head shops.  
 

Marijuana.Ca comment: Limiting sales to the LCBO only, is not the right approach. It's important that there be dedicated stores that focus exclusively on marijuana, as the mixing of both alcohol and marijuana can have very negative consequences. We need a competitive marketplace that includes privately run stores, to ensure that prices are not too high, as high prices will cause consumers to buy from the black market. Let's get this right.


 

 
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Monday July 4th, 2016
 
How entrepreneur’s pot startup hooked Microsoft

David Dinenberg’s Kind Financial developed software that helps government agencies track pot production and sales. The unlikely software entrepreneur, with no tech background, has set up a partnership with Microsoft to market the software. 

Marijuana impairment 'a big concern' as RNC officer starts work on pot legalization
 
A Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer recently named to a task force on legalizing and regulating marijuana says one of the biggest hurdles they face is dealing with impairment. Jesso heads to Ottawa next week to hammer out her workload and schedule, which will include speaking to experts, special interest groups and ordinary Canadians.
More @ CBC.CA


DEA Source Confirms Schedule II Medical Marijuana is in the Works

"We're just working out the details before we go public with it."

Marijuana.Ca comment: This is a rumour only. DEA has stated they will make a decision and a related announcement in July 2016.
More @ SMobserved.com

Uruguay open to future non-pharmacy distribution of marijuana 

Initially only looking at pharmacies, Uruguay's' Secretary General of the National Drug Board says they are open to other possible options in the future.
More @ Lift

Marijuana legalization in Canada: What we know and don't know

Liberal government hopes to introduce legislation to legalize marijuana in 2017.

HEMP - Gary Lamphier: Innovative Drayton Valley firm eyes auto parts market

Madlung, along with his wife and business partner Brenda, are gearing up to manufacture auto and truck parts — such as interior door panels — using strong but lightweight wood and agricultural fibres like hemp and flax.
More @ Edmonton Journal


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Friday July 1, 2016

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By Marijuana.Ca Staff

The Marijuana Legalization Task Force is now up and running. Part of their process is to listen to and take into consideration the views of individual Canadians and stakeholders. They will accept online submissions until August 29, 2016. This is the time to think about your views on how a regulated marijuana system will work, and then submit them to the task force.
Click here to go the online submission portal

Marijuana.Ca will put forth a recommendation to the government that adult Canadians be permitted to grow a small number of marijuana plants for their own personal (non commercial) use, or for sharing with friends. Much like home brewing of wine and beer, adult Canadians should also be allowed to grow marijuana in a responsible manner. We believe this kind of autonomy is important, and as such we will put forth a recommendation that adults be allowed to grow 6-10 plants.
 
The government has a discussion paper available to the public about the framework. We encourage you to read it. 
Click here to read the discussion paper
 

 

Government of Canada moves forward on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation
Excerpt from Government of Canada Press Release

Task force and public consultation to inform creation of a new system that will protect and inform Canadians

OTTAWA, June 30, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, Canada is taking an important step towards legalizing, strictly regulating and restricting access to marijuana, working to ensure marijuana is kept out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals.

The Government of Canada launched a task force and public consultation that will inform the creation of a new system. The government also released a discussion paper that outlines key areas where expertise and public input are required.

The Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation, chaired by the Honourable Anne McLellan, and vice-chaired by Dr. Mark Ware, is made up of nine distinguished experts in public health, substance abuse, law enforcement and justice. Over the coming weeks and months, the Task Force will meet with provincial, territorial and municipal governments and experts in relevant fields, including: public health, substance abuse, criminal justice, law enforcement, economics, industry and those with expertise in production, sales and distribution.  The Task Force will also engage representatives from Indigenous governments and organizations, as well as young Canadians.

Quotes:

"We have confidence that the individuals who make up the Task Force have the expertise, knowledge and credibility necessary to provide us with thoughtful advice on the design of a system of strict marijuana production, distribution, and regulated sales."
Jody Wilson-Raybould
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

"Our Government is moving forward with an approach to marijuana that is both comprehensive and evidence-based. We are committed to moving ahead in a responsible way, acknowledging and addressing the health risks associated with recreational use of marijuana, especially the health risks to young Canadians."
Jane Philpott
Minister of Health


 

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Friday July 1st, 2016
 
7 in 10 Canadians support marijuana legalization: Nanos poll

Nearly 70 per cent of Canadians are in favour of marijuana legalization, according to a new poll. A recent Nanos survey shows 43 per cent of Canadians say they support the legalization of marijuana, while 26 per cent somewhat support the idea. 

Canada one step closer to marijuana legalization
 
The federal government has announced the first step toward an eventual legalization of marijuana in Canada, with a law expected to be tabled in the spring of 2017.
More @ Global News


Liberal pot legalization plan like a Cheech and Chong skit

The Liberal government is making a hash of marijuana legalization by embarking on a needless consultation exercise led by a task force of well-meaning volunteers. The nation doesn’t need more conversation; it needs new laws to replace the existing confusion and injustice.

It is not premature after seven months in office to expect the federal government led by a party that campaigned on legalization to present its plan. But former Toronto top cop Bill Blair, the parliamentary secretary to the justice minister in charge of the pot file, sounded like a character from Reefer Madness with his strident opposition to personal growing. An unreconstructed drug warrior is not needed here. Marijuana is not benign, but it doesn’t even approach alcohol and tobacco in terms of associated health risks, perils to children and societal fallout.
More @ Vancouver Sun

Prohibit marijuana for Canadians under 25? How about a hit of reality 

The federal government announced Thursday that it would create a task force to handle marijuana legalization. Led by former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan, the task force will feature nine individuals with varying expertise. In the announcement, Health Minister Jane Philpott declared the legalization of cannabis will be “comprehensive and evidence-based”, and yet in the same breath, reminded Canadians “marijuana has negative effects on young brains and brain development in adolescence”.

What Dr. Philpott didn’t acknowledge is that this body of scientific evidence is still being debated in the scientific literature: it’s incomplete and has never actually established that marijuana is the cause in these outcomes of cognitive deficiency. We have also never established what the actual duration of that impairment may be.

Meanwhile, the protecting youth argument has become the cornerstone of what responsible and restrictive legal cannabis access will look like. However, under the guise of trying to protect young people, history illustrates we often end up criminalizing and victimizing them even further. The reiteration of this “concrete evidence” has led some to debate whether cannabis should follow provincial drinking ages, or if access should only be afforded to those who are 25 years of age and older.

In the past several years, women have become a driving force in the growth of the cannabis industry here and across the United States. As one magazine cover proclaimed recently, “Legal marijuana could be the first billion-dollar industry not dominated by men.”

More @ Globe & Mail

Jamaica proposes medical marijuana dispensers for tourists at airports following legalisation

Jamaica is planning to install marijuana-dispensing kiosks for tourists in order to regulate a growing drug market and to bring in more government revenue. The new Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is drawing up plans for the kiosks just two months after small amounts of the drug were finally legalized in a country where marijuana has long been part of the culture.

HEMP - Smoothie bowl recipes: Protein: Hemp seeds, chia seeds. Shake up breakfast with a smoothie bowl. The combinations are endless.

It’s easy. Make a smoothie, but reduce the fluid content so it’s extra thick. Pour it in a small bowl and add toppings, so you’re eating rather than drinking your meal. It’s similar to cereal and milk, but without any processed or refined grains, and with an infusion of whole-food nuts, seeds and fruit, says registered dietitian Cara Rosenbloom.
More @ The Chronic Herald


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Thursday June 30, 2016

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By Marijuana.Ca Staff

In a press conference this morning, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Health Minister Jane Philpott announced the official formation of the marijuana legalization and regulation task force. The work is to begin immediately. 

Anne McLellan is the chair of the task force. The members of the task force are:

  • Dr. Mark A Ware (Vice Chair).
  • Dr. Susan Boyd.
  • George Chow.
  • Marlene Jesso.
  • Dr. Perry Kendall.
  • Rafik Souccar.
  • Dr. Barbara von Tigerstrom.
  • ​Dr. Catherine Zahn.

MP Bill Blair will be the liason between the task force and the various ministries.

1. The government has a discussion paper available to the public about the framework.
Click here to read the discussion paper
 
2. The public can now connect with the task force about their opinions thru an online portal. The Task Force is engaging Canadians on key questions related to the legalization, regulation and restriction of access to marijuana. This is an opportunity to provide your input for a period of 60 days, between June 30 and August 29, 2016.
Click here to go the portal


 

Wednesday June 29, 2016

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By Marijuana.Ca Staff

Based on statements by the Federal Liberals, Marijuana will likely become legal for adult use in Canada in mid/late 2017. Various levels of government, departments and specific government related teams are ramping up their efforts to implement this significant change in government policy.

The Association of Municipalities Ontario is no exception. They recently announced that a task force will be formed to understand the impact of marijuana legalization on the municipal and local level. This task force will engage immediately with federal and provincial governments to understand what responsibilities municipal goverments will have. 

The Association of Municipalities Ontario is a very large association that covers most of Ontario. Including Ajax, Algonquin Highlands, Arnprior, Aurora, Bancroft, Barrie, Brampton, Clearview, Collingood, Georgian Bay, Sudbury, Markham. Niagara Falls, North Bay, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Waterloo, Windsor and many more areas.

The announcement of this task force is another sign that the Federal government will likely announce their marijuana legalization task force soon. The federal task force is supposed to present it's findings to the Liberal government in November 2016.


 
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Wednesday June 29th, 2016
 
California gets go-ahead to vote on legalization of marijuana

Californians are set to decide whether to make recreational marijuana use legal, as other Western states have done, after the California Secretary of State's office said on Tuesday the issue could be put to voters in the November ballot. 

Vancouver pot shops planning constitutional challenge of city injunction
 
Partnership with Entourage Phytolab Will Create Bedrocan Brazil and Conduct Clinical Trials Pursuant to Registration of Cannabis-Based Medicines. The city filed an injunction to shut down three dispensaries in East Vancouver, SWED Cannabis Society, The Green Cross Society and the VanCity Medicinal Society for operating without a license. Now, Lawyer Robert Laurie says he’s filed papers on behalf of the pot shop. Laurie says first they are challenging a technical error in the city’s injunction. But he expects the city to return with the error fixed at which point they’ll proceed with the deeper challenge. 

“As part of our response, we indicated that we intend to bring a constitutional challenge.”

More @ inews880.com


Marijuana Stigma Receding Among Some Big Companies

The giants of American business are getting more comfortable about partnering with marijuana-related companies, and they’re willing to go public about it. In the course of a week, news broke that software giant Microsoft Corp. and Arrow Electronics, a Fortune 150 company, had teamed with marijuana-related businesses.
More @ MJbizDaily.com

Why the Marijuana Business Is Appealing to Female Entrepreneurs

So much about selling legal cannabis remains to be worked out—including the industry’s gender norms. In this mountain town, which began allowing the recreational sale of marijuana in 2014, businesswomen and female entrepreneurs say they are launching marijuana-centric companies with the hope that they can avoid the glass ceiling some say prevented them from reaching board rooms and corner offices in other industries.

In the past several years, women have become a driving force in the growth of the cannabis industry here and across the United States. As one magazine cover proclaimed recently, “Legal marijuana could be the first billion-dollar industry not dominated by men.”

More @ The Atlantic

5 How to Clone Marijuana Plants

Did you know that you can clone cannabis plants? It sounds like some sort of sci-fi mad scientist experiment, but there are benefits to cloning a plant vs. growing from a seed, and cloning cannabis plants are easier than you think.

HEMP - Lakota Hemp Celebration in Photos

This past weekend, Alex and White Plume and his family held the White Plume Hemp Celebration in conjunction with the Lakota War Pony Races in Manderson, SD. The festivities marked the lifting of a federal injunction against Alex that prevented him from growing hemp on his family land. The White Plumes had attempted to grow hemp in three consecutive years (2000-2002), but the crops were raided and destroyed by federal and tribal law enforcement, despite a resolution permitting hemp cultivation passed by the Oglala Lakota tribe. The injunction was vacated earlier this year.
More @ High Times


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Tuesday June 28, 2016

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Marijuana.Ca Editorial

The increasing likelihood of a postal strike in July highlights a very serious access issue with the MMPR medical marijuana system. Health Canada's MMPR only allows for mail order or courier deliveries of medical marijuana to patients. Patients are not allowed to buy legal medical marijuana from pharmacies or regulated dispensary storefronts. 

Licensed producers are in the midst of temporarily shifting to couriers, in the event of a strike. But some couriers, like Purolator, do not deliver to PO Boxes. In a strike scenario, some patients are not going to get their medicine on time, if at all.

It's also worth noting that If a medical marijuana package is lost in the mail, a patient cannot order more medicine until an investigation is completed, due to restrictions on the quantity a patient is allowed to possess. 


'One medical marijuana user contacted by CBC News said she's concerned about the prescription she has to renew this week. "I guess we'll have to wait and see how the delivery system will be," said Ming, who didn't want to use her last name to protect her privacy."Will patients be without medication for a period of time? It's kind of scary."Ming said some users are talking about visiting unlicensed dispensaries if they face delays.'

For some patients, the possibility of a postal strike is "kind of scary", and for others it's a major health risk.

Marijuana.Ca strongly urges Health Minister Jane Philpott and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make sure that Health Canada's response to the Allard case is announced and enacted before the August 24th 2016 deadline.

At minimum, patients need additional access to medical marijuana thru pharmacies and regulated storefront dispensaries, alongside of mail order deliveries. As well, patients must be given the right to grow some plants for their own personal medical use in order to have their core access needs met. This would give patients the choice to order from a licensed producer or to grow their own, or both. It is also important that the new system allow patients to easily pick and choose strains from different licensed producers.

It is very important that these changes are made as soon as possible, and that Health Canada does not request an extension to implement their Allard response. We are confident that Health Canada has a very qualified and effective group of people working on these issues so that new regulations are announced and enacted before August 24th, 2016.

 


 
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Tuesday June 28th, 2016
 
Ontarians not sold on LCBO weed sales, Forum poll shows

Forum found 50 per cent of respondents felt it was “not appropriate” for marijuana to be sold where alcohol is retailed, while 45 per cent felt it was appropriate for weed to be sold alongside booze in the LCBO. 

Canopy Growth Corporation and Bedrocan Canada Launch Brazil Joint Venture
 
Partnership with Entourage Phytolab Will Create Bedrocan Brazil and Conduct Clinical Trials Pursuant to Registration of Cannabis-Based Medicines.
More @ Marijuana.Ca


A busy week ahead in Canadian Marijuana News

Toronto begins to look at dispensary regulations, US FDA learns about the MMPR, Canadian researchers in Poland, a possible task force announcement and more.
More @ Lift

USA - Democratic Party Officially Includes Marijuana Reform in Its 2016 Platform

Over the weekend, the DNC announced the party was taking sides with the issue of taming the pot laws in the United States, a position that is said to include the elimination of the criminal penalties associated with the possession of marijuana, tearing down the barriers currently in place with respect the studying the plant’s therapeutic benefits, and allowing the scourge of prohibition to be severed at the neck in those states electing to make the cannabis industry a part of their economic profile.
More @ High Times

5 Considerations for Avoiding Cannabis Ownership Disputes - By Hilary bricken

Perform due diligence on your co-owners. If you want to increase your odds of avoiding a dispute with your cannabis business co-owner, the most important thing you can do is to choose that co-owner wisely.  What really kills me is how often I have been told by a party locked in a life or death ownership dispute that they barely knew their business partner before they jumped into business with them. If you are going to start a cannabis business, the first thing you do is find out as much as you can about your putative partner’s financial and business history. You should do this before you sign away your soul and money to joining with this person on a business project. It’s neither rude nor unexpected to ask your potential co-owner for documentation showing his or her financial and criminal history. It is even more important to conduct thorough due diligence if you are buying into an existing cannabis business. At minimum, your due diligence should include an investigation and analysis of the assets and liabilities of the company and its current owners. Your due diligence should also include confirming the appropriate standing of the company with state and local government regulators, and determining that the company and its principals understand how to comply with state and local laws as well as the Cole Memo.

HEMP - In Kentucky, High Hopes For Hemp

Farmers throughout the Ohio Valley want to revive a crop that was once a staple in the region: hemp. After a ban that lasted more than half a century, the 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to grow hemp in research programs. Growers and processors in Kentucky are aggressively putting that research program to work in hopes of winning a share of the booming market for hemp products. Hemp cooking oil, nutritional supplements, and more line the back wall of a supermarket in Lexington where cashier Emily King rang up a customer’s purchase. “Tons of people buy hemp oil,” King said. “We have hemp hearts and other products. We’ve definitely seen an increase in hemp product sales.” The store recently wrapped up its first “hemp week” promotion.
More @ WFPL.ORG


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Monday June 27, 2016

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By Rachel Heinrichs

Canada’s weed revolution, for women by women

Cannabis-infused moisturizers, teas and toast toppers? Welcome to the new face of marijuana users and distributors.

On Sunday afternoons at Queens of Cannabis, a pretty, new fuchsia and white dispensary in Toronto, a dozen or so women in their mid-30s to 60s gather for High Tea. They choose from locally farmed, organic fair trade tinctures — green tea, ginger, ginseng — and snack on homemade lemon drop and peanut butter cookies, all vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and infused with weed. The ladies, who are medical users, commiserate about the ailments that brought them in, whether they be anxiety, insomnia or fibromyalgia. After, they might stay for a joint-rolling workshop or for a hot-stone massage enhanced with cannabis massage oil, or they might sign up for ganja yoga (toking and posing classes held at a nearby park).

The proprietors, Tania Cyalume, 37, and Brandy Zurborg, 34, both became medical smokers after accidents left them injured and suffering from chronic pain. Their hope in opening the shop was not only to help their clients feel better but to overhaul the public perception of weed in Canada. Cannabis culture has long been created by and for the Seth Rogens of the world. It’s a not-quite-legal niche of seedy head shops manned by bleary-eyed dudes, stocked with psychedelic bongs and branded with pot leaves wearing Rasta hats. Stoner movies star bro-friends, like the Trailer Park Boys, Cheech and Chong, and Harold and Kumar jonesing for White Castle. One female smoker I spoke to affectionately calls this the “dirty pothead” scene, and it is about as appealing to adult women as a frat house at 4:20 p.m.  

Health Canada’s most recent numbers on women and weed date back to 2013, when 7 percent (around one million females) admitted to smoking in the past year — though that number is likely low, given many women don’t confess.

These new buyers are more health- and image-conscious than men. They don’t want to damage their lungs, reek like a high school hotbox or face their kids’ teachers, let alone their bosses, with red eyes. “Women tend to look for the cleanest mode of extraction,” says Zurborg, “so they prefer vape pens, edibles [cookies, lollipops, etc.] and topical creams [infused lotions that can help soothe joint pain]. They’re the ones who care if their cannabis is fair trade and organic.”

More @ Chatelaine


Marijuana.Ca comment: There are many talented women and men involved in the marijuana space, both on the business and patient care side and on the patient/consumer side.  Also, there are many changes to regulations expected this year and next.  This will no doubt bring with it - its share of excitment, prosperity and challenges to everyone involved in the space.  In Canada, stakeholders are no strangers to adversity, they approach challenges with strategic and innovative thinking.  And with the gateways opening to improved medical marijuana access and legalization, the future of this industry certainly looks bright in Canada.
 

 
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Monday June 27th, 2016
 
Toronto pot shops on the agenda at city hall today

In a letter sent to the committee last month, Mayor John Tory asked the executive director of Municipal Licensing and Standards to work with the chief medical officer of health and the Toronto Police Service to review a possible regulatory framework for marijuana dispensaries. They group was asked to report back on their findings at today’s meeting.Tory said the dispensaries have raised concerns in the neighbourhoods where they operate.“We respect the federal government's decision to legalize possession of marijuana for non-medical purposes. Going forward, the city has a responsibility to ensure this emerging industry operates responsibly, without a negative impact on the health and safety of our residents and neighbourhoods,” the mayor’s letter read.

USA - Leading Cannabis Management Firm MedMen Launches $100 Million Investment Fund 
 
Press Release: LOS ANGELES--(Business Wire)--MedMen, the only full-service management company serving North America’s legal cannabis industry, has launched the MedMen Opportunity Fund, L.P. (the “Fund”), the first private equity vehicle of its kind. It combines a key understanding of the fragmented regulatory environment and an institutional operating management platform unparalleled in the industry. The Fund will pursue strategic investments in supply-constrained, high barrier to entry markets and be diversified on both an asset and geographic basis. It will also own a portion of MedMen’s management company, which will serve as the Fund's captive operating partner, providing unrivaled resources and operational oversight for the Fund’s assets.

"We pride ourselves on being the industry leader in bringing institutional business practices to the cannabis industry," said MedMen CEO, Adam Bierman. “That thesis continues with the formation of the Fund which provides an unprecedented opportunity to monetize the fastest growing industry in the United States.”
More @ Digital Journal


Canada - Bodystream Medical Marijuana Services now has a clinic space in Sudbury

Another option has sprouted in Sudbury for those seeking to alleviate pain with pot. Bodystream Medical Marijuana Services now has a clinic space on Paris Street and is inviting those eligible for this type of treatment to call them or pop in. "We're operational now and will have signage up within the next couple of weeks," said Brian Warner, co-owner of the enterprise. "We're like any other doctor's office, but specialized, so we can steer you towards what you need." Last month, a Canadian Cannabis Clinic opened on Larch Street. Bodystream works in a similar way by providing doctor assessments (via telemedicine) and facilitating the delivery of medical pot from licensed producers.
More @ Sudbury Star

Louisiana State University and Southern University have decided to move forward for medical marijuana cultivation

The Department of Agriculture and Forestry gave the necessary opportunity for Louisiana State University and Southern University first right of withholding and both institutions have expressed their interest in moving forward. After their Friday meeting, Dr. Adell Brown, Southern's Interim Chancellor, stated that the institution has come up to a decision to submit a letter stating they will accept becoming the cultivator of Louisiana state,The Times reported.
More @ UniversityHerald.com

Availability of Medical Marijuana in Israel to Reach an All-time High

According to approved government plan, there will be no limit on the number of growers, there will be more doctors who can issue prescriptions, and cannabis will be available in pharmacies.

HEMP - Hemp Herder Derek Owen

Derek Owen and his wife Ruth work their 150-acre farm in Hopkinton. It used to be larger, but taxes tend to shrink the terrain. Still, it’s a busy and friendly place. Owen was elected to the NH Legislature and served for 20 years. He has long advocated for industrial hemp (think rope, not dope) as a legal crop. He remains hopeful and has a field set aside for whenever the government wises up.
More @ NHMagazine.com


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Friday June 24, 2016

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By Robert Benzie

12 provincial departments working on Ontario’s weed strategy. There are bureaucrats from a dozen provincial departments working on a cannabis strategy that will examine the impact of legalized recreational marijuana. While medical marijuana is legal for those who have a prescription from a doctor, the storefront “dispensaries” sprouting up across Toronto are illegal and have been the targets of recent police raids. 

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government prepares to change federal laws next year, officials at Queen’s Park are looking at everything from the effects on health and road safety to justice issues and fiscal implications.  

Premier Kathleen Wynne emphasized Thursday that regulating the drug and limiting access for children and teenagers is a key concern no matter what the forthcoming federal legislation looks like. “I want there to be a controlling protocol in place. I think it is important in the same way that in Ontario we have controls on alcohol,” Wynne told CBC Radio’s Metro Morning.

“It’s true that within our government we are looking at — once the federal framework is in place — what would we be prepared to do as a province in terms of regulating marijuana.”The premier said she has touted the Liquor Control Board of Ontario as a mechanism to deliver recreational marijuana because the 650-store government booze monopoly has experience in this area.“I only put the LCBO forward as a possibility because it already exists, because we understand how it could regulate the substance,” she said.“But if there’s a better suggestion, we’re open to that.” 

More @ The Toronto Star


Marijuana.Ca comment: Retail stores primarily dedicated to recreational marijuana sales are the best approach. We are confident that private stores dedicated to marijuana sales can effectively limit sales to adults only. Allowing for private stores will ensure that prices are competitive, which is an important way to redirect sales from the black market into a regulated system. Dedicated marijuana stores with properly trained staff are better equipped to inform the public about the very large variety of strains that will be available. We predict 500 to 1000 different strains will be available during the first 2 years of marijuana legaization. Lastly, we urge all levels of government to seriously consider that a very significant percentage of Canadian Adults want to be able to purchase their marijuana in stores that are dedicated to marijuana sales, as opposed to being added on to the thousands of alcohol products sold at the LCBO. Let's get this right the first time round, also knowing that adjustments will need to be made over time.
 


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Friday June 24th, 2016
 
Business is booming for Vancouver’s illegal online marijuana dispensaries

While the battle rages over Vancouver’s storefront dispensaries, some savvy retailers are moving the business online, and taking advantage in a gap in regulations. Dozens of the online operations have sprouted up in the city, and fall outside Vancouver’s now year-old pot shop bylaw. JC says the police are aware of their operations, but have left them in peace.That’s despite offering a service which competes with the one legal avenue to buy medical pot in Canada: through the mail from one of the country’s licensed producers.

Why Marijuana Helps People With Traumatic Brain Injuries 
 
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) doesn't only effect ex-football players and boxers: as many as 1.4 million Americans get a TBI every year, most commonly from falls and car crashes. Of those, 235,000 patients are hospitalized; 50,000 die. Partly due to the advocacy of former NFL players, including former Baltimore Ravens lineman Eugene Monroe and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, medical marijuana is increasingly being considered to ease the symptoms of TBI.

Contrary to the dated, simplistic idea that marijuana "kills brain cells," not only is marijuana safer than opiates for relieving pain, but there's also both anecdotal and scientific evidence to suggest THC has a neuroprotective effect. In a study published in The American Surgeon of more than 400 adult TBI patients, testing positive for THC was associated with a higher rate of survival after the injury. Animal studies, too, have found that THC protects the brain post-injury.
More @ Civilized.Life


USA: What It Means to Reschedule Marijuana to Schedule 2

MERRY JANE breaks down the facts:
More @ Merry Jane

Meet the Mad Scientists of Marijuana Oil

Genius Extraction Technologies and its massive installation of distilling tubes towered over the Cannabis World Congress expo floor. In the video above, co-founder Robert Gaither walks us through how the cannabis oil extraction process works, from its negative pressure and temperature system to cooling and filtration, evaporation, and distillation on an enterprise manufacturing scale.
More @ PCmag.com

Croatia Makes Medical Marijuana History. How Did It Happen?

The ancient Romanesque village of Groznjan, Croatia, witnessed a truly historic moment on June 10: the announcement of the first-ever legal shipment of cannabis extract containing psychoactive THC (and non-psychoactive CBD) across the pond from North America to Europe. Most European countries, as well as many American states that have legalized medical cannabis in some form in recent years, have struggled to create functioning systems, and some areas around Europe don’t provide access to herbal cannabis or specific cannabinoid preparations. So how did Croatia, a small Balkan country of four million people, manage to pass legislation to allow cannabinoid therapy and enact a functional program within less than a year?

HEMP - Colorado Hemp Industry Thriving Despite Federal Prohibition

Four years ago, the people of Colorado approved Amendment 64, legalizing marijuana and hemp in the state. In just its third growing season, the hemp industry has exploded in the Centennial State, despite continuing federal prohibition. In fact, between state policy and people simply willing to defy the feds, Colorado has effectively nullified the federal hemp ban within her borders.
More @ Digital Journal


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Thursday June 23, 2016

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By Marijuana.Ca Staff

The future is certainly here, when issues such as assisted dying, medical marijuana, use and misuse of opioids are among some of the hot button topics to be addressed at this month's Canadian Pharmacists Conference.  The conference will be hosted by both the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and the Alberta Pharmacists' Association (RxA). 

It is good to see critically important issues such as these being presented at the Canadian Pharmacists Conference.  Countless Canadians with significant health problems have found themselves fighting in court systems to have their needs met, and their voices heard.  

Take for example, the medical marijuana issue.  The marijuana plant has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, yet the stigma surrounding this plant is still prevalent in Canadian society due to the prohibition.  This has caused enormous suffering to medical marijuana patients due to stringent laws and regulations, lack of research, and the lack of knowledge that many healthcare professionals have about the pharmacology, dosing, and medical utility of the marijuana plant.  Not to mention the stigma associated with using marijuana, even as a medicine.

With the conference addressing issues such as these, the potential to advance patient care for Canadians can launch Canada as a world leader in innovative pharmacy care for patients. 

The conference will be held in Calgary, Alberta from June 24-27, 2016 and will feature more than 50 sessions during the four-day period.

Here are some key points mentioned in the Canadian Pharmacists Conference press release:

"The conference program has been designed to showcase innovative pharmacy leaders and provide delegates with learning opportunities on the critical topics facing our health care system today," said Carlo Berardi, Chair, Canadian Pharmacists Association. "Speakers and conference sessions will tackle a diverse range of key subjects and highlight the growing opportunities for advanced pharmacy practice across the country."

Among the topics to be addressed at the conference:

  • Assisted Dying - The issue of medical assistance in dying has been a hotly debated topic within the healthcare community and with the general public. Participants will hear from panelists who will explore issues that are particularly relevant to the profession, including practice, legal and ethical considerations.
  • Medical Marijuana - In an environment with a changing regulatory framework, medical marijuana is a topic of increasing significance in Canada. This session will address various issues related to the pharmacology of medical marijuana to enhance pharmacists' understanding and ability to respond to related queries.
  • Opioid Addiction and Inappropriate Use - As media attention on opioid use and addiction continues, pharmacists are among those who are often consulted on this widely discussed issue. This session is aimed to equip pharmacists with the most up-to-date information on opioids.

 
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Thursday June 23rd, 2016
 
Peace Naturals to give 1$ per gram of Pride strain to 519 LGBTQ community centre

The summer is a time to celebrate Pride. Pride in country. Pride in community. Pride in identity. Pride in choosing medical Cannabis as adjunct therapy. Our clients have plenty of reasons to be personally proud. Peace Naturals has plenty of Pride with our latest batch of Cupid and for a limited time we’re repackaging it in rainbow colours and referring to the variety as Pride.

Marijuana For Trauma to open P.E.I. office to help vets access medical marijuana
 
'We're trying to break down the stigma. This is medicine. We need it'. Dennis MacKenzie, a veteran of Canada's military mission in Afghanistan, will serve in a volunteer capacity as head of the P.E.I. branch of Marijuana for Trauma Inc., a national not-for-profit organization.
More @ CBC.CA


How pot might benefit Toronto’s bottom line

A Q&A on whether and how taxing marijuana sales could benefit the city and Ontario. 
More @ Toronto Star

Charlottetown company squeezes out deal to extract marijuana oil

When Canada's medical marijuana laws changed, cannabis oil became legal and new opportunities opened up. A new P.E.I.-based business is putting the squeeze on cannabis — literally. Charlottetown's Advanced Extraction Systems Inc. has just sealed a deal with Canopy Growth, a medical marijuana company based out of Smiths Falls, Ont., to provide the equipment to extract cannabis oil directly from marijuana plants. In a release, Canopy Growth chairman Bruce Linton said the deal will help meet a growing demand.
More @ CBC.CA

USA - Pioneers and "Potpreneurs"—Inside a Triumphant Gathering of the Marijuana Movement

The creative energy is strong, but the weed industry still has issues, and it needs to remember its history. The influence of Keith Stroup was everywhere at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition (CWCB) in New York City last week. Stroup is the founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML.) He started the movement in 1970 and he’s never stopped; his entire adult life has been committed to making recreational use of marijuana legal.

In a keynote address, Stroup said, “I didn’t think I’d live to see it [marijuana legalization], but I’m sure as Hell glad I did!” He was dressed in faded blue jeans, a colorful tie and a black sport coat with a cannabis plant lapel pin.

As his long, white hair spilled onto his face, the 72-year-old lawyer declared, without apology and to much applause, “I smoke pot and I like it a lot.”

HEMP - Hemp Milk Growing In Sales Against Other Milk Alternatives

Press Release: Sales of dairy milk alternative, Good Hemp milk, have risen by a whopping 65% since this time last year, as shoppers look to swap their cow’s milk for non- dairy alternatives.
More @ Digital Journal


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Wednesday June 22, 2016

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by Robert Benzie

The Ontario task force is looking at how to limit recreational marijuana retailing to the government’s 650 LCBO outlets. Warren 'Smokey' Thomas, president of OPSEU, which represents LCBO workers, has repeatedly emphasized that his members are best equipped to sell marijuana safely.

Recreational marijuana sales are restricted to the LCBO is a key priority for Ontario as the legalization of weed looms, says Premier Kathleen Wynne. 

As first revealed by the Star on Saturday, the provincial government has begun preparing for legalized marijuana sales by striking a working group of bureaucrats from the ministries of finance, health and the attorney general. That task force is looking at how to limit recreational marijuana retailing to the government’s 650-outlet Liquor Control Board of Ontario, which has a monopoly on the sale of spirits in the province. “We have the LCBO in place (and) I think that we’ve demonstrated that that kind of regulation is efficient and is effective,” Wynne said.

“So I will certainly be looking from the working group, the work that we’re doing here provincially . . . to bring that to the table as the federal government puts their law in place,” she said.

More @ Toronto Star


Marijuana.Ca comment: Limiting sales to the LCBO is not the best approach. We are confident that private stores dedicated to marijuana sales can effectively limit sales to adults only. As well, dedicated marijuana stores with properly trained staff are better equipped to inform the public about the very large variety of strains that will be available. We predict 500 to 1000 different strains will be available during the first 2 years of marijuana legaization. Lastly, we urge all levels of government to seriously consider that a very significant percentage of Canadian Adults want to be able to purchase their marijuana in stores that are dedicated to marijuana sales, as opposed to being added on to the thousands of alcohol products sold at the LCBO.

Where marijuana will be sold is a contentious issue for many stakeholders. Even within our own team at Marijuana.Ca there are conflicting thoughts on this issue.  For example, one staff members feels that the Ontario government should allow for sales in private stores and also at the LCBO. Another member of our team thinks that marijuana should only be sold in private outlets and not at the LCBO, because when marijuana and alcohol are mixed, marijuana can enhance the effects of alcohol, and the combination can induce adverse effects such as dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

There are various pros and cons associated with this issue, which should be analysed, so that the best options are on the table for Ontarians.


 
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Wednesday June 22nd, 2016
 
The health risks of mixing marijuana and alcohol

Excerpt: 
But Abi Roach thinks that Ontario will create a new public safety crisis while trying to fix another by unintentionally encouraging consumers to consume alcohol and marijuana at once. "Liquor and cannabis do not mix," she told Civilized. But selling them at the same store will likely lead people who don't use cannabis regularly to try combining them. "It sends a message that it's okay to smoke cannabis and consume alcohol at the same time, when I know that that's a puke fest just waiting to happen."

And that, Roach predicts, will add more strain to the province's overburdened hospitals.

"I guarantee you, hospital visits that are due to alcohol poisoning - or people thinking that they have alcohol poisoning because they're puking so much - will definitely go up. Most definitely."

More @ Civilized

Marijuana task force in the works: federal health minister
 
Jane Philpott, speaking in Saint John, says government will announce task force to prepare for legalizing pot..
More @ CBC.CA


Space botanists are beneficiaries of Canada's legal weed boom

Though recreational weed has yet to be legalised in Canada, it formed a plank of the ruling Liberal party's election platform. Meanwhile, medical marijuana is permitted under national law, some provinces had decriminalised personal possession, and others have ruled that the federal prohibition on marijuana has no force. The result is a booming market for better weed and better cultivation techniques. Decades of prohibition have stunted the kinds of advanced research that other cash-crops have undergone, leaving lots of easy wins for botanists, and lots of chances to make a name. Mike Dixon, director of the University of Guelph’s Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility is one of the beneficiaries of this boom. His facility is collaborating with medical marijuana growers ABcann, and holds high hopes for a future leadership role for Canadian botanists thanks to the marijuana market. 
More @ Boing Boing

Does oral cannabidiol convert to THC, a psychoactive form of cannabinoid, in the stomach?

A new study demonstrating the conversion of oral cannabidiol (CBD) to the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the presence of gastric fluids could explain why children given CBD to treat epilepsy had an unexpectedly high rate of adverse effects such as sleepiness and fatigue. The study, "Identification of Psychoactive Degradants of Cannabidiol in Simulated Gastric and Physiologic Fluid", is published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, a new peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Open Access Journal website.
More @ Scien Mag

Willie Nelson is hiring

Like marijuana? Willie Nelson might have the perfect job for you.

HEMP - Naturally Splendid (V.NSP) receives additional $1.45 million purchase order

According to the news release, including this latest round of purchase orders, the company has now secured a total value of export purchase orders to date in 2016 exceeding $5.7 million. The company had initially anticipated shipping 100 tons of shelled hemp seed hearts to South Korea in 2016, but now has shipped over 400 tons of shelled hemp seed hearts to South Korea in just four months.
More @ Stockhouse


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Tuesday June 22, 2016

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by Mike Hager

Bill Blair, the federal government’s lead on legalizing marijuana, has been quietly meeting with advocates for the illegal pot shops springing up across the country, hearing their arguments for how regulating the sector could help eliminate the black market.

Mr. Blair would not confirm or deny that these conversations took place or his government’s stance on regulating dispensaries. His spokesman, Michael Davis, said in an e-mailed statement that he has “been listening to as many different points of view on this file as possible, and will continue to do so.”

These meetings are the first signal that the Liberal government is open to a discussion on dispensaries, several hundred of which operate outside of Health Canada’s mail-order system for medical cannabis. The government is attempting to craft a strict set of regulations aimed at stopping the “billions upon billions of dollars flowing into the pockets of organized crime, street gangs and gun-runners,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said recently, as well as prohibiting minors from accessing the drug.

More @ Globe & Mail


Marijuana.Ca comment: It is crucial for all levels of government to listen carefully to a wide range of viewpoints from people and groups that have been very involved in this issue for a long time. They have important insights and understand the nuances of this area that other participants don't. 


 
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Tuesday June 21st, 2016
 
Canadian marijuana court cases go ahead, even for less than two grams

Richards was charged with simple possession, and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, the federal agency that handles drug crimes, chose to take the matter to court, where Richards was found guilty and ordered to pay a $100 fine in April 2015. The Liberals, with their promise of legalization, were elected to power a few months later.

Richards appealed his conviction, and the PPSC fought him there as well. But late last month Superior Court Justice Casey Hill overturned Richards’ conviction, saying the police officer failed to advise him of his right to a lawyer after asking him if he had any marijuana.

More @ MetroNews.Ca

New role of the endocannabinoid system in the formation of habits uncovered
 
This finding could be valuable to the understanding of human conditions, in which the balance between goal-directed and habitual behaviours is disrupted.
More @ Lift


Supreme Closes $3.6 Million Private Placement

Supreme Pharmaceuticals Inc. (the "Company") (OTC PINK:SPRWF) (CSE:SL) is pleased to announce that it has closed the first tranche of a non-brokered private placement (the "Financing") for gross proceeds of $3,615,880 Upon closing, the Company issued 9,039,700 units (each a "Unit") at a price of $0.40 per Unit.
More @ Digital Journal

Toronto licensing committee meeting, June 27, 2016 : Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

This report responds to Licensing and Standards Committee's direction of May 19, 2016 to provide a review of existing medical marihuana regulations, an overview of operations of medical marihuana dispensaries in Toronto, an overview of practices in other jurisdictions, and regulatory mechanisms that may address the recent proliferation of storefront medical marihuana dispensaries. The directive noted specific concerns related to the clustering of medical marihuana dispensaries in Toronto, their proximity to schools and community centres, and the nuisances that they have generated.
More @ Toronto.Ca

Colorado: Youth pot use hasn't gone up since legalization

Marijuana use among Colorado high schoolers has not increased since legalization. That's according to the state Health Department, which released a new batch of youth survey results Monday.

The 2015 survey of about 17,000 middle and high school students across the state showed that about 21 percent of high school students reported that they currently use pot. That's just a hair below the national average, which was almost 22 percent.


HEMP - Hemp seeds being distributed to West Virginia growers

Hemp seeds are being distributed to approved growers in West Virginia for a research project on the crop. State officials say it took two years to create rules governing the project. Applicants must pass background checks before being licensed to participate. The planting of hemp seeds moved forward this year after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill that would have prevented individuals from growing industrial hemp for research projects.
More @ The Cannabist


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Monday June 20, 2016

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The Ontario government is quietly gearing up for legalized marijuana sales, the Star has learned. With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set to allow recreational cannabis use as early as next year, Queen’s Park has begun work on how distribution and retailing will eventually be handled.

Finance Minister Charles Sousa says a working group has been struck comprised of bureaucrats from his department, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Attorney General.

“We’re working with the feds. With their commitment to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana, we are going to work with them,” Sousa said in an interview. “We’re guided by their commitment, but at the same time we’re having an across-ministry working group. We’ve got senior officials involved. We’ve begun some research and background (work) already in terms of what Ontario’s approach should be,” he said.

“But it’s complex. There’s different viewpoints. There’s different inputs from several ministries. We’re at it. We’re close. But I don’t want to jump the gun on any of this stuff . . . because I want us to take a steady approach as to what’s ultimately going to take place.”

More @ Toronto Star


Marijuana.Ca comment: It's very good to see the Ontario government taking this seriously. We strongly urge the Ontario government and all provincial governments to allow for regulated and privately run marijuana stores. There are privately run wine stores that are able to effectively do age verification. Marijuana stores can be regulated in the same way to prevent sales to minors. We are not opposed to marijuana being available at the LCBO, but it should be done in tandem with privately run marijuana stores. 

 
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Monday June 20th, 2016 

Bedrocan Canada starts selling medical marijuana oil today

Press Release: Bedrocan Canada Inc. (Bedrocan Canada), wholly owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation (Canopy Growth) (TSXV: CGC) has received its Health Canada license to sell cannabis oils in addition to dried cannabis products. Three varieties are available for sale today with the remaining three standardized Bedrocan varieties following shortly. New bedro-oils are made by extracting oils from Bedrocan Canada's line of standardized whole-flower cannabis varieties using COsupercritical extraction equipment. Once the crude extraction is purified, it is balanced with organic sunflower oil to create a versatile product that can be consumed on its own or used for baking or cooking.

"Many of our clients have expressed a desire to ingest cannabis oils to either compliment or substitute the inhaled route," said Marc Wayne, President, Bedrocan Canada. "We're proud to offer this new option for patients who, whether for convenience or for health reasons, prefer to ingest their medical cannabis."

More @ Marijuana.Ca

Forget the United States - Canada Could Easily Represent Marijuana's Biggest Opportunity
 
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just laid out his case for why legalizing cannabis makes a lot of sense. If we look to our neighbor to the North, Canada, we see a country that could be on the precipice of becoming the most profitable market for cannabis in the world.
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Rumour: Take with big grain of salt: U.S. Gov't Will Legalize Medical Marijuana on August 1, 2016 

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will reclassify marijuana as a "Schedule Two" drug on August 1, 2016, essentially legalizing medicinal cannabis in all 50 states with a doctor's prescription, said a DEA lawyer with knowledge of the matter. The DEA Lawyer had told the lawyer representing a DEA informant of the DEA's plan to legalize medicinal cannibis nationwide on August 1, 2016. When questioned by our reporter, the DEA lawyer felt compelled to admit the truth to him as well.
More @ Santa Monica Observer

25 states now call marijuana “medicine.” Why doesn’t the DEA?

This year has been a symbolically significant year for medical marijuana policy: with the passage of legislation in Pennsylvania and Ohio nearly 175 million Americans -- over half of the population -- now have access to medical marijuana.
More @ Washington Post

USA - The 8 Most Popular Jobs in the Marijuana Industry

Pot is a big business and only destined to get bigger. Legal sales last year reached $5.7 billion, up more than a billion dollars over the previous year. Sales this year are expected to top $7.1 billion. A number of marijuana industry job hunter websites have popped up in recent years to take advantage of the booming sector, and one of them has now put out a list of the hottest pot jobs. The website, 420careers.com, bills itself as "the marijuana industry's job listing site," and here's its list of the most popular jobs in pot:


HEMP - Nutritional benefits of seeds

Hemp seeds are a particularly good source of protein, and thought to be a complete protein, making them a nutritious alternative to animal protein. The protein, along with their high fat content, contributes to a longer feeling of fullness after eating. Hemp seeds are also high in potassium, vitamin E and zinc. Add them to smoothies or baked goods.
More @ Times Telegram


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Friday June 17, 2016

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It is the first-ever partnership for Microsoft with a company connected to the marijuana industry. Kind has been selling its marijuana seed to sale tracking software to businesses and governments for three years.

The company will have it's platform on Microsoft's government cloud.

Kind's, Agrisoft Seed to Sale software, "closes the loop between marijuana-related businesses, regulatory agencies, and financial institutions," a press release said.

Microsoft told the BBC in an emailed statement that it supported "government customers and partners to help them meet their missions".

Link to Press Release


Marijuana.Ca comment: The Marijuana Prohibition continues to collapse In North America and in other countries around the world. We applaud this bold move by Microsoft, considering the cognitive dissonance that exists between the US federal government and those states where marijuana is legal. 


 
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Friday June 17th, 2016 

Canada's Island Garden becomes Canada's 32nd Licensed Producer

Canada's Island Garden is the first medical marijuana production, processing and distribution company located in PEI. Canada's Island Garden officially received their Licence to cultivate (only) from Health Canada and becomes the 32nd licensed producer in Canada.
More @ Marijuana.Ca

Chuck Rifici Interview
 
Branding is key.
More @ LegacyCan.Ca


Denver set more tourism records in 2015. 

Again, marijuana gets no credit for bump. Denver hosted 16.4 million overnight visitors who spent $5 billion in 2015, setting a new tourism record for the 10th year in a row. That’s 1 million more visitors than the previous year.
More @ The Cannabist

Bedrocan gets sales license for it's oils

Oils go on sale this Monday.
More @ Twitter

California lawmakers OK water for pot growers

The bill allows licensed marijuana growers to use water from natural rivers, streams or lakes without state approval or environmental assessment. It cleared the Assembly in a 46-26 vote. It now goes to the Senate.


HEMP - Press Release: Ecofibre Sends 6 Tons Of Australian Certified Hemp Seed To USA.

Prepares For Commercial Activities Via Its USA Subsidiary, United Life Science.
More @ PR Newswire


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Archive: Thursday June 16, 2016


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By Anjuli Patil

If Morgan Oulton's provincial care home agrees to it, she could get the treatment. Morgan Oulton suffers from severe epilepsy and autism. The parents of a 12-year-old girl with severe epilepsy and autism say the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services is now opening the door for the child to take medicinal cannabis oil at her provincial care home. 

Chantelle and Brent Oulton have been fighting for the doctor-prescribed treatment, free of the psychoactive ingredient THC, for their daughter Morgan for months.

But while the department has given the green light, the family said catch is that staff at the Yarmouth Association for Community Residental Options (YACRO), where Morgan receives around-the-clock care, must agree to administer it.

"Have Community Services and YACRO already discussed this and they already know that YACRO will say no anyway? Therefore we're really not being given options. That may or may not be the case. Until we talk to YACRO, we won't be able to make an informed decision," she said. The Oultons were joined Wednesday by Brenda Hardiman, chair of Advocating Parents of Nova Scotia, who questioned how the government could "trump a neurologist's recommendation."

"We want our parental rights back, we want the right to make medical decisions for our daughter," Chantelle Oulton told a room full of reporters on Wednesday.


More @ CBC.CA


Marijuana.Ca comment: A doctor has prescribed this medicine. The provincial care home must not stand in the way of Morgan accessing this. All care home's across Canada should allow access when a doctor prescribes. It's not complicated.


 
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Thursday June 16th, 2016 

My nephew and the Toronto pot dispensary busts
- By Mark Bonokoski

If not for stepping out for a coffee, my oldest nephew, Jay, would have been among the nearly 100 arrested in the coordinated police raids of 43 storefront Toronto pot dispensaries at the end of May. Instead, he got grainy smart-phone footage of the takedown of the dispensary where he works as a clerk — footage taken from across the street of police with guns drawn, of his co-workers in handcuffs, and even a “patient” in a wheelchair being cuffed as well.

This incensed Jay. If not for having a medical marijuana user’s certificate, I do not know where Jay would be today. His life has not been what anyone wished it would be. He has issues. Until he took to medical marijuana to deal with those issues, however, he was on a daily handful of pharmaceuticals, complete with all their soul-sapping side effects, in order to deal with increasing anxiety, depression and a borderline personality disorder. Now he is on none.

“Medical marijuana changed my life,” he says.
More @ Toronto Sun

Bootleggers, Baptists, bureaucrats, and bongs: How special interests will shape marijuana legalization
 
Where there are markets, regulations, and money, special interests and self-serving behavior will not be far away. So argue Philip Wallach and Jonathan Rauch in this new paper that examines how special interests are likely to shape marijuana legalization and regulation in the United States.

Why did legalization of marijuana break through in the face of what had long been overwhelming interest-group resistance? In a post-disruption world, how might key social and bureaucratic actors reorganize and reassert themselves? As legalization ushers in a “new normal” of marijuana-related regulation and lobbying, what kinds of pitfalls and opportunities lie ahead? In this paper, Wallach and Rauch address those questions through the prism of what political economists often call the theory of public choice—the study of how interest groups and bureaucratic incentives influence policy outcomes. Their conclusions include:
More @ Brookings.Edu


USA - Oakland museum's marijuana exhibit: Scholarly, fun and a little dangerous. (Go ahead, touch that bud!)

Behind plexiglass in the middle of the room, four beautiful pot plants glowed green under indoor lights. “They’re not ours,” said the exhibit’s curator, Sarah Seiter, with a giggle. “We’re holding them for a friend.”

This is an ambitious undertaking for the Oakland Museum of California, but it comes at the right time and in the right place. The museum’s mission is to tackle timely and important topics. (I’m looking forward to “All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50,” scheduled for October.)

Already, a million or so Californians have medical cards, which let them buy pot legally at dispensaries. An initiative heading for the November ballot will ask voters if they are willing to legalize pot for all adults, making it as accessible as alcohol. “Legalization will have a profound impact on our state,” said museum director Lori Fogarty. “And yet marijuana is often misunderstood, or people have a very limited perspective based on what they think they know. We are going to put the debate out there.”
More @ LA Times

Toronto marijuana shop operators call charges ‘ridiculous’

Some of those facing hefty fines for alleged zoning bylaw infractions could face jail time on drug trafficking charges.
More @ The Star

Canada -Some licensed producers will enter the recreational market if marijuana is legalized but others will remain strictly medical

CanniMed will remain strictly medical, said Zettl. There is still much to learn about how the different cannabinoids in marijuana can be useful in treating various conditions, he said, and his company plans to participate in studies to “slice through and get to the real meat of it.” The recreational market, on the other hand, is unlikely to be as interested in research. “The recreational purpose, getting high, is an overdose response. Functional treatment is usually 10% of that,” said Zettl. “People who want to use it as a medicine take just enough to manage their symptoms and get on with their day. They don’t want to get stoned.” Bedrocan Canada, based in Toronto, also plans to remain solely medical.


HEMP - Press Release: Quebec Based HEMP.CA Group Announces Planting of Initial Hemp Crop Pursuant to Health Canada License

HEMP.CA Group ('Hemp.ca'), a multi-brand company operating in the cannabis and hemp sectors, is pleased to announce that it has begun its operation in St. Lucien with the planting of 11 carefully selected hemp cultivars. Hemp.ca has been approved by Health Canada to cultivate and extract hemp seeds under the 'IHR' (Industrial Hemp Regulations). The hemp cultivars will be used to supply the seed stock requirements of Hemp.ca's various subsidiary brands.
More @ MarketWired.com


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Wednesday June 15, 2016

7ACRES Sungrown Marijuana: 342,000 square feet.
More than a million plants when fully operational.


- Video by Remo

7ACRES has a license to cultivate from Health Canada. A sales license will be the next stage for them. 7ACRES is owned by Supreme.

Excerpts from their website:

"Sun grown in Kincardine.In a first-of-its kind 7 acre greenhouse, we’re growing high-quality medical marijuana a little differently. Passionately, and with a lot of care; because that’s what it takes to deliver a product that’s consistently better. And with a little help from the sun, just as nature intended."

"7ACRE’s 342,000 sq. ft. Hybrid Greenhouse is the first of its kind: combining the best aspects of indoor marijuana cultivation with the economies of greenhouse production into a single large-format facility. Utilizing technology and modular design, Supreme will produce high quality marijuana at an attractive cost of production. Concentration of production in a single facility reduces management, operational and regulatory overhead compared to the increased overhead of multi-facility operations.

342,000 sq. ft. is the equivalent of 7ACRES and approximately 6 NFL football fields. Our Greenhouse is wholly owned and sits on 16 acres of land in the Bruce Energy Centre.

At full capacity, the Hybrid greenhouse will be capable of producing over 50,000,000 grams per annum of output. Currently, the facility is a 342,000 sq. ft. existing structure that is being built out in a phased model to match market demand. Our next phase of growth, Phase 1, is currently being built and will bring on an additional 80,000 sq. ft. of production space, specifically for growing, in addition to the 40,000 sq. ft. that is currently operational."


More @ Supreme.Ca




Marijuana.Ca comment: It's great to see that 7ACRES is using greenhouses and sunlight. The scale of this growing facility is massive. They will be able to grow a very large quantity of marijuana that will be available as medicine to patients across Canada.



 
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Wednesday June 15th, 2016 

Vancouver Councillor Bewildered by Libs' Refusal to Decriminalize Pot.

A Vancouver city councillor says Ottawa's rejection of a New Democrat motion to decriminalize marijuana possession goes against his city's successful approach towards marijuana law enforcement. Kerry Jang says argument that NDP motion would help organized crime doesn't make sense.
More @ The Tyee

Quebec Marijuana Registry tracks 500 medical marijuana patients
 
The Quebec College of Physicians made it mandatory for doctors and patients to take part in a research study if they wanted access to cannabis. But tracking the use of medical marijuana in the province has proven to be a challenge.
More @ GlobalNews.Ca


USA - Why the future of marijuana research relies on legalization

For years, advocates have touted the plant's potential while government agencies and pharmaceutical companies worked to undermine research. Now that the plant has been legalized in many states for its medical properties, there has been a significant upswing in the number of studies conducted on marijuana. The trouble for researchers is that access laws haven’t kept pace with marijuana’s rapidly changing status; as such, research that might inform a legal policy framework is lacking.

If marijuana was legalized or reclassified from a Schedule 1 drug, scientists would have better access to a diverse range of strains, providing more opportunities to conduct qualitative studies on control groups of recreational users. These studies could help prove (or disprove) the mountain of anecdotal evidence that exists around the health benefits of marijuana. 
More @ Lift

Washington D.C. Could Allow Recreational Sales

Washington D.C. has been one of the most exciting spots to watch for cannabis legalization. The city has made some very interesting decisions; from holding cannabis rallies right outside the White House, to starting up community cannabis gardens in order to help get cannabis out to the masses. Now, if a new budget proposal passes, cannabis may become legal for retail sale in the district. According to the Sun Times, Obama has proposed a Congressional budget alteration that would rework the language currently keeping D.C. from being able to spend any money on recreational cannabis sales.

According to Marijuana Majority, as reported by the Sun Times, the new proposal’s language specifies that, “The White House budget’s language is nearly identical to current law, except that by adding the word ‘Federal’ it makes it clear the city could spend its own local funds as it sees fit.”
More @ I Read Culture

Canada - Medical marijuana counselling businesses to be regulated under Calgary's land use bylaw

Bylaw change means operators will need development permits.


HEMP - USA - Hemp festival promotes benefits of Industrial hemp

In connection to Hemp History Week, Sunday was also Hemp History Day in Virginia. A music festival took place at the Vanguard Ranch in Gordonsville to renew strong support for hemp farming in the United States. Hemp is illegal to grow in the U.S., but event organizers say the crop is important because it can provide jobs to farmers and small businesses. This year's campaign theme is Grow our Future, which focuses on ways industrial hemp farming and hemp products can lead to healthier lifestyles.
More @ Newsplex.com


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Tuesday June 14, 2016

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- By Joanna Smith

Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould confirmed Monday the Liberal government would not support the NDP motion.

Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith had a constituent come to his office last week seeking help for a problem he believes should no longer exist. Erskine-Smith, who represents the Toronto riding of Beaches-East York, said the man had been charged with simple possession of seven grams of pot — something the Liberals have promised to legalize within the next couple of years. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government plans to introduce legislation to legalize marijuana next spring, but has no plans in the meantime to decriminalize the drug before a new regulatory regime replaces the existing laws. That left Erskine-Smith — and the constituent who came to him for help — in a bit of a tough spot.

“I told him that we weren’t going to be able to do anything at the federal level in the interim based upon my government’s position,” said Erskine-Smith, who rose Monday in the House of Commons to support an NDP motion calling for decriminalization.

More @ Toronto Star



“One of the great injustices in this country,” is the disparate and disproportional police enforcement of marijuana laws and, “the impact that it has on minority communities, aboriginal communities and those in our most vulnerable neighbourhoods.”
- MP Bill Blair


Marijuana.Ca comment: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted to smoking pot while he was a member of parliament. If he passed a joint to someone, that is considered drug trafficking according to the law.

There's a strange disconnect going on within the Liberal Team on this issue. If Health Canada can pass regulations to regulate Medical Marijuana, then surely Health Canada or another ministry can do the same to decriminalize marijuana in the interim, without creating a free for all. We strongly and respectfully urge the Liberals to seriously reconsider this issue.



 
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Tuesday June 14th, 2016 

How many more Canadians will be getting criminal records for marijuana possession?

NDP MP Murray Rankin, who introduced the opposition day measure calling on the government to decriminalize personal possession of marijuana, requested the Minister of Justice supply the statistics that show how many Canadians have received charges for basic possession since the Liberals formed Government.

“Can the Minister advise this House, how many thousands of Canadians were given criminal records since the Liberals were elected in 2015?,” asked Rankin. Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould responded that she would find out that information and present it at a later date.
More @ Lift

Sick Kids and the benefits of Marijuana Oil
 
"First, I'd like to say thanks for inspiring an open forum for people with questions about cannabis. I'm a single parent living in a state where marijuana is illegal for medicinal and recreational use. The bad part is I use marijuana and concentrates for one of my kids who has a blood disorder and lives in pain for days at a time. Right before he turned one, he had been in and out of hospitals for his medical condition, and I didn't know what to do to help him. After the final bout of pneumonia before his first birthday I was introduced to medicinal marijuana and oils. Instantly I saw the pain relief this beautiful flower brought to my son, sadly it has been a secret I've carried for years. The most challenging part of all is being able to find a job with full-time flexibility, that allows for me to work from home when my son is sick, or worse trying to pass a drug test. I've worked in healthcare finance for nine years with tons of experience, but it seems I always have to choose between my son and job."
More @ Merry Jane


Girl Ditches Several Prescription Medications For Raw Cannabis Juice & Look What Happened

It’s quite remarkable how many ‘success’ stories are out there when it comes to using cannabis for medicinal purposes. If we consider cancer, for example, many people have used or incorporated medical marijuana into their healing routine. One great example is Mykala Comstock. Mykala had T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a very rare and aggressive form of childhood leukaemia. In July of 2012, doctors discovered a basketball-sized mass of lymphoblasts in her chest. Her mass was so large that she was not able to be sedated for risk of death from the pressure on her esophagus and heart.

Chemotherapy wasn’t working, so it got to the point where doctors strongly recommended a bone marrow transplant along with full body radiation. Her parents said no, and started using a strict cannabis routine from that point on. Ever since she started, the cancer went into remission. It’s now four years later and Mykala is still completely cancer free. This is just one of many examples. 
More @ Collective Evolution

Pot businessman Jim McAlpine eyes Canada in expansion plans for 420 Games

Marijuana and fitness can be mentioned together, says 1998 Olympic gold medal snowboarder.
More @ Toronto STar

USA - Marijuana sales on 4/20 hit record highs. 

Colorado sales up nearly 45%, and Washington up 100%.


HEMP - Top 5 Hemp Products & The Benefits Of Using Them

The health benefits of cannabis are inarguably high and its sister plant hemp is equally beneficial for the body and the environment. Hemp seeds are one of the most nutrient dense seeds on the planet and, if used more frequently in the production of consumer items, could significantly decrease deforestation and the use of both fossil fuels and pesticides. Hemp can be consumed raw, ground into meal, and made into oil or a vegan milk substitute. Only a few short years ago, hemp was a rare sight in your grocery store or on the label of your favourite shirt. Now, it can be found in our food, accessories, clothing, body products, plastics, cars, paper, and construction materials.
More @ Collective Evolution


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Monday June 13, 2016

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- by Christopher Guly

Colorado and Washington may have jumped ahead in the race to become North America’s marijuana kings, but Canada is now positioned to take a lead in the booming multibillion-dollar industry.

Canadian leaders could legalize recreational marijuana use as soon as next year, potentially opening the door for pot to be sold at pharmacies and province-run liquor stores. Medical cannabis has been legal in the country since 2001.

Under the new legislation, marijuana growers and distributors in Canada would also find themselves free of the trip wires that make the pot business in the U.S. risky – such as being barred from opening bank accounts or doing business with big-money investors.

“There is a lot of excitement and optimism from marijuana businesses and entrepreneurs in the U.S., who have their fingers crossed that Canada is going to pull this off,” says Chris Walsh, editorial director of Marijuana Business Daily, published in Rhode Island.

Canada’s expected move to legalize recreational pot won’t lead to  instant world domination. But the  plan represents a huge market for U.S. businesses and investors who have already identified an opportunity north of the border, Walsh says.


More @ Los Angeles Times


Marijuana.Ca comment: Canada has a long history related to marijuana growing and consuming. Medical and recreational. There is an enormous amount of talent in our country. It is important that the soon to be announced Marijuana Task Force is comprised of a wide range of stakeholders that will allow for an effective, sensible and vibrant regulated legal industry to unfold.



 
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Monday June 13th, 2016 

NDP calls on Trudeau’s Liberals to immediately decriminalize marijuana 

The New Democrats are urging the Liberal government to decriminalize pot before they legalize it. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana, and his government plans to get started next spring. Meanwhile, the existing criminal law remains on the books and police are expected to enforce it. The motion also calls on the government to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana for personal use immediately. “Arresting people and giving them criminal records for possession of small quantities just doesn’t seem fair, in light of their commitment, apparently, to legalize marijuana,” New Democrat MP Murray Rankin said Sunday. Rankin also said the law is being applied inconsistently across the country, which adds to the unfairness. Rankin said one way to decriminalize it without having to wait for legislation to make its way through Parliament would be to have Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould issue a directive under the Public Prosecutions Act ordering Crown counsel to avoid proceeding with prosecution for simple possession offences. “I just think the sensible thing to do would be to no longer charge people until we can get the reformed regime in place,” said Rankin.
More @ GlobalNews.Ca

USA - 175 million Americans have access to medical pot. Why doesn’t the DEA consider it medicine?
 
Pressure is mounting on the federal government to update decades-old marijuana policy.
More @ The Cannabist


Marijuana News 2016: Scientists, Frustrated By Funding Shortfalls, Launch Institute For Research On Cannabinoids

“There is growing momentum to create and develop these kinds of programs,” said McGill University professor Mark Ware, executive director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids and now a member of IROC’s scientific board. “The dialogue nationally and internationally around cannabis has reached a point where it is no longer possible to ignore it. And secondly, there is an industry emerging around medical cannabis. I think you put these two things together, and it’s a perfect storm.”
More @ IB Times

USA - Ohio Medical Marijuana Legalization a Possible Tipping Point

With the stroke of a pen, a former Republican presidential candidate legalized medical marijuana this week in the nation’s seventh-largest state by population. Let that sink in for a moment. The politician wielding the pen: Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the last GOP presidential candidate to drop out against now-presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
More @ MJ Biz Daily

Justin Trudeau may have made the best case for legal pot ever - Washington Post

Speaking Wednesday at an economic conference, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made one of the more buttoned-down, straight-edged arguments for marijuana legalization I've heard in recent years.


HEMP - 51 Things You Never Knew About Hemp

The world has had a long and complicated relationship with hemp. It wasn’t until the twentieth century that hemp fell out of favor as one of the most important crops in the history of mankind. In 2016, however, anything is possible it seems. So, it could be very soon where a variety of applications using hemp become economical, and hemp grows into a boon for society. What was once a widespread plant became a taboo within decades. Its history shows it is useful for tens of thousands of applications and counting. So, in honor of Hemp History Week, which takes place from June 6-12, MERRY JANE put together a list of the 51 things you need to know about hemp:
More @ Merry Jane


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Friday June 10, 2016

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Canadian company Tilray begins shipping marijuana overseas
- by Alexandra Posadzki

Canadian cannabis producer Tilray is placing its bets on budding demand from markets overseas as it begins shipping medical marijuana products to Croatia.

The company will be exporting two varieties of liquid capsules that contain the active medicinal ingredients of marijuana to patients in Croatia, which legalized the drug for medical use last year. The first contains 5.0 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and 5.0 mg of cannabidiol, or CBD, per capsule, while the second contains 2.5 mg of THC and 2.0 mg of CBD. 

Tilray president Brendan Kennedy says the company is the first of the Canadian producers to ship medical marijuana products overseas.

More @ GlobalNews.Ca


Marijuana.Ca comment: It's great to see Canadian medicine going to patients in Croatia. That said, it is vital that the upcoming changes from Health Canada related to Medical Marijuana address the core needs of patients in Canada.



 
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Friday June 10th, 2016 

What's That Smell? Decoding The Aromas In Your Marijuana 

You've got a choice, pot smokers: carelessly torch and inhale a bowl of whatever random schwag you're handed in the same amount of time it takes to scarf a Big Mac - or slow your roll and embrace a more tasteful, meditative smoking experience. More people are getting turned on to the idea that you can savour weed the same way you would a fine wine. Some even suggest the following three-step tasting process: first of all, inhale, holding the smoke in your mouth for a few seconds before letting it go. Second: a longer puff, inhaling deeply, then a rapidly exhale through both the mouth and nose. Third: inhaling with moderate intensity and exhaling through the mouth, which they claim engenders a triple-whammy taste-activating experience.

Got it? Good. If you can actually remember all that, here are five tasting notes to which you should stay attuned:
More @ Civilized.life

Women in Cannabis: Paola Pineda is Bogota’s Top Cannabis Doc
 
The cannabis industry may be disproportionately male, but pioneering women across the globe are thinking outside the box to return cannabis to the mainstream of medicine and society. In Colombia, Dr. Paola Pineda Villegas, a surgeon with a master’s degree in the study of HIV and a specialist in medical and sanitary law, is just such a leader. 
More @ Leafly


Father's Day Gift Guide for Marijuana Enthusiasts

These toker-friendly gift ideas are perfect for dear old Dad!
More @ Merry Jane

Canada - Despite the crackdowns, marijuana entrepreneurs are betting on “edibles”

Virginia Maria Vidal started medicating with marijuana in 2003, after the birth of triplets left her with post-natal discomfort. She ran into trouble over the years, once being arrested, charged, and eventually acquitted of possessing 19 grams of pot. Even after obtaining a licence to use medical marijuana, the 45-year-old mother of six and caregiver to a grandparent with dementia found the smoke to be a nuisance and embarrassing. So she ground it into tea instead. “It was a way to medicate without smell, without judgment, and in a way that you can medicate slowly,” says Ms. Vidal of Toronto.

Last year she collaborated with her eldest son Ricardo to launch Mary’s Original Tea, an organically-sourced line of flavours such as peppermint and orange pekoe. Each packet is infused with 60 milligrams of THC – the active cannabinoid ingredient that can relieve pain or give a “high.” And they’re now available in 60 stores. Or, at least, they were. Last month’s crackdown on Toronto’s illegal marijuana dispensaries shuttered many of the family company’s partners.
More @ Globe and Mail

Michael Baldasaro passes away

Hamilton marijuana activist and perennial local political candidate, Michael James Baldasaro passed away June 8 at Emanuel House, a hospice care facility on Stinson Street. He was 67.


HEMP - USA - Hemp Week 2016: End America’s Hemp Prohibition by Busting Myths

Hemp history week begins June 6, and one hemp businessman and activist is driving across the country for the second phase of his Hemp Road Trip, to show America the power of industrial hemp. It’s a grassroots campaign to end the prohibition of hemp through education and gathering commitments from lawmakers to co-sponsor the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015. Currently, the proposed legislation has fourteen Senators and sixty-nine Congressional cosponsors on board.
More @ MarijuanaTimes.Org


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Thursday June 9, 2016

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‘Canada Could Be To Cannabis What France Is To Wine' - Alan Gertner
- by Daniel Tencer

A conference on Canada’s economic future got a taste Wednesday of a possible new strategy for the country: Becoming a world leader in the burgeoning marijuana industry. Thanks to Canada’s medical marijuana program, the country’s licensed producers are already the most sophisticated manufacturers of cannabis in the world, said Alan Gertner, co-founder of Tokyo Smoke, a Toronto cafe chain that caters to pot smokers. Canada “could be to cannabis what France is to wine,” he said. Gertner was speaking at the Economist magazine's Canada Summit in Toronto, focusing on the country's economic future and featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as keynote speaker.

Trudeau said later he "absolutely disagreed" with Gertner's assertion. But that's only because of the high "calibre of Canadian wines," he told the audience to laughter. But Gertner sees potential worth billions in the marijuana industry. “Canada has an incredible opportunity to [be a] home for innovation in marijuana,” he said. He sees marijuana as a “fascinating” business not least because, for the first time, a new industry is developing with a pre-existing customer base already in place. “It’s already the case that more marijuana is sold than candy” in Canada, Gertner said, referring to pot as “a $100-billion business.” 

But for Gertner, it’s about selling a lifestyle and an image as much as marketing an intoxicating product. Marketing marijuana will be about “lifestyle advertising,” Gertner predicted. Alcohol ads show that “people who drink are not defined by their drinking,” and creating marijuana lifestyle brands would work the same way, he suggested.

More @ Reuters.Ca


Marijuana.Ca comment: We are confident that a very large majority of Canadians want to see that kids and young teens have no access to Marijuana for recreational purposes. We applaud the Prime Minister recognizing the potential innovation and positive economic benefits that will come when Canadians and entrepreneurs participate in the marijuana business when it's legalized.


 
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Thursday June 9th, 2016 

Patients and Neighbors Support Their Toronto Dispensaries

As the government, police, justice system, and dispensaries continue their constitutional four-way, owners of said dispensaries are cautiously opening or reopening as the case may be, but this time with a little help from their patients and local neighbors. Patients have been holding stand-ins or ‘vape-ins’ at these local cannabis joints, with the idea in mind that if the feds want to arrest they have to arrest everyone, even the 80-year-old grandmother with arthritis.
More @ Marijuana.com

Canada - Liquor heads, government, top federal enforcement cop, quietly meet in NB to discuss
 
The result of the multi-day meeting will now see liquor bosses move to brief their respective governments on the best practices they discussed at length with North America’s top marijuana authorities.
More @ TelegraphJournal.com


Canada - Medical cannabis clinic opening in Collingwood

Collingwood is getting it's first medical cannabis clinic. The clinic is being opened in partnership with Collingwood physician, Dr. Linda Morel, and will operate under the name Mind, Body, Spirit Connection in partnership with the Canadian Cannabis clinic network of medical clinics specializing in cannabis. This will be their 17th clinic in Ontario. The clinic set to open in early July on St. Marie Street.
More @ The Enterprise Bulletin

Women Are Growing a More Diverse Marijuana Industry

Female entrepreneurs are carving out a space for themselves in the burgeoning sector. Marijuana prohibition in the US is quickly losing ground, with 13 states having passed decriminalization laws since 1973 and at least 20 states poised to vote on similar measures in 2016. As cannabis inches towards broader legalization, it has created the country's fastest-growing industry––and women are investing early. While people have been using and consuming the plant for ages, its 'official' market is growing almost from scratch, allowing female entrepreneurs to carve out a space for themselves in it from the beginning. More women hold executive positions in the cannabis industry than in any other.
More @ Elle

Ohio Legalizes Medical Marijuana!

25th US State to do so. The Medical Marijuana Prohibition continues to collapse.


HEMP - Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance: The Time for Medical Hemp Is Now

Press Release: Canadians could choose medical hemp for clinical therapies once Health Canada modernizes its Industrial Hemp Regulations, according to the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA). "Hemp could serve as a Canadian medicinal health product because it contains cannabidiol (CBD) but almost no THC, the psychoactive component," says Kim Shukla, Executive Director, CHTA. "Ironically, today Canadians who need the beneficial cannabinoids to treat medical conditions only have recourse to marijuana, while these components of our hemp crops are being left to waste in Canadian fields."
More @ DigitalJournal.com



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Wednesday June 8, 2016

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- By Ethan Lou 

Operators of Toronto's unlicensed marijuana stores said on Tuesday they would defy Canada's drug laws and continue their sales despite a police crackdown two weeks ago that targeted nearly half of the city's roughly 100 stores. Some unlicensed stores have been accused of selling to people without proper prescriptions.

Some, such as the Cannabis Culture franchise in Toronto and Vancouver, sell openly to recreational users

Representatives from industry associations and at least 35 medical marijuana stores met to discuss how to keep selling as Canada moves toward legalizing the drug's recreational use. "At Tuesday's meeting, which was held at a marijuana-smoking lounge and attended by about 50 people, operators whose stores were raided told the audience what to expect. A lawyer spoke about how retailers can best deal with police.

More @ Reuters.Ca


Marijuana.Ca comment: All levels of government need to work more effectively together to create meaningful regulations that address the key issues here. Access, safety, testing and labelling.



 
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Wednesday June 8th, 2016 

Tissue Culture for Marijuana Cultivation Could Replace Cloning as the Gold Standard

Large scale agriculture is at its most efficient when it has a reliable, uniform supply of juvenile plantlets to grow from. Cannabis culture is no different, and starting vegetation phase of growth from already hardened plantlets (as opposed to seeds) saves time and resources otherwise spent on attempting to propagate non-viable or substandard / undesirable seeds within a group.

A technique widely used in other branches of industrial scale agriculture has the potential to address all of these shortcomings of classical mother and cut clones, and do so economically and with vast scalability. As you’ve probably guessed from the title, this approach is tissue culture (“TC”). Tissue culture from plants involves taking a small amount of plant tissue which is induced to return to- and maintained in- a primitive stage (in the form of ‘calluses’). These cells can be propagated indefinitely in defined synthetic media; when plantlets are desired, some of these cells are taken out and then induced to differentiate into all of the different tissue that makes up a complete plant.

More @ New Cannabis Ventures

No medical marijuana in Nova Scotia group home, despite epileptic girl's prescription to treat her severe epilepsy.
 
Parents of a girl with severe epilepsy want to try treating their daughter with medicinal cannabis, but because she's living in a provincial care home, Nova Scotia's Department of Community Services won't allow it. Since she was three-years-old, Morgan has been on a series of medications to control her conditions. The drugs have had various rates of success, but also side effects. "We want Morgan [to have] an opportunity to try [medical cannabis] because we've just watched her deteriorate on a lot of these medications," her father, Brent Oulton, said. Chantelle Oulton describes the many drug treatments as a vicious cycle. She says anti-seizure drugs can cause behavioural problems and the drugs used to control behaviour can contribute to seizures, so at the age of 11, she decided to wean her daughter off all of them. At first it went well. Surprisingly, Morgan was seizure free for three months. According to Chantelle, Morgan's personality also began to shine through. Despite having a prescription from Halifax's Cannabinoid Medical, so far, Morgan is unable to start treatment because she is in the care of the province. In an email, a spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services told CBC, "At this point, experts in the field have advised against the use of medical marijuana for people under the age of 18."
More @ CBC.CA


Surprise: Most of us have been inhaling marijuana the wrong way

Most of us were taught to hold in each toke as long as we could. And a lot of people have been doing exactly that for years. Decades even. Now cannabis consumers are starting to discover they don’t have to hold it in for so long. This is true, but there’s more: A slightly different way of inhaling cannabis that will optimize your consumption of this medicine and preserve your stash.
More @ GreenFlowerMedia.com

What's It Really Like to Work in Seattle's Pot Industry?

Cannabusiness Owners and Employees Discuss the Economic Reality—and Limits—of Working in the So-Called "Green Rush". "You see many people working hard, working long hours, and not driving sports cars. The people I see are motivated more by what they can do to help other people.” 
More @ The Stranger

City of Vancouver pursues second round of injunctions against pot shops. Court action also names landlords in documents.

The city continues to ramp up its legal fight against illegal marijuana dispensaries and plans to seek court injunctions against an additional 38 pot shop operators and their landlords. A week ago, the city announced it filed the necessary paperwork in B.C. Supreme Court to seek injunctions against 17 pot shop operators who continue to operate in defiance of the city’s new business licence regulations.


HEMP - This is the first time hemp’s been planted in West Virginia legally since WWII

Before it was outlawed in 1938, hemp was named the next billion dollar crop by Popular Science Magazine.
More @ The Cannabist



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Wednesday June 7, 2016

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- By Mike Hager 

Fewer Canadian veterans have sought prescription opioids and tranquillizers in recent years, while at the same time prescriptions for medical marijuana have skyrocketed. 

It is not clear whether the two are related, but the trend echoes what researchers have found in U.S. states with medical-cannabis laws. New data provided to The Globe and Mail by Veterans Affairs Canada show that over the past four years, the number of veterans prescribed benzodiazepines – with brands such as Xanax, Ativan and Valium – had decreased nearly 30 per cent. Opioid prescriptions also shrank almost 17 per cent during that same period.

This set of statistics is too small and unrefined to prove any concrete links between the use of the three drugs. But American research showing significant declines in opioid overdoses where medical marijuana has been legalized suggests that people may be substituting these oft-abused medicines with cannabis, according to Thomas Kerr, a researcher with the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

“This isn’t surprising and we’re seeing the same effect all over the place measured in different ways,” Dr. Kerr said. (Earlier this year, Dr. Kerr and his colleagues at the centre urged the Canadian medical establishment to embrace giving medical marijuana to pain patients instead of frequently abused opioids.)


More @ Globe & Mail


Marijuana.Ca comment: We have met with veterans who are adamant about the benefit of medical marijuana for the various challenges they face, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is important to continue to give veterans access to this medicine thru Veteran Affairs. Increasing research in this area should be a priority.

Check out the Marijuana For Trauma website to get more information about how medical marijuana benefits veterans.
 


 
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Tuesday June 7th, 2016 

Kirk Tousaw has meeting with Bill Blair

"Just spent a useful and productive hour and forty-five minutes with Bill Blair (in a small group setting) discussing the path forward."
Via Twitter

89 Percent of U.S. Voters Say Medical Marijuana Should Be Legal
 
A new poll finds landslide support medical marijuana in general and for military veterans, but only 54 percent support legalization in general.
More @ inc.com


Top NFL doctors set up conference call with marijuana advocates and researchers

For months, Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe has been advocating for the NFL to change its marijuana policy, to open the door to research the drug’s possibilities for pain relief. Finally, it appears the NFL is willing to listen.

In a profile of Monroe by Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, it’s mentioned that a pair of the league’s top medical people participated in a conference call with the researchers Monroe has helped fund with his $80,000 donation.
More @ NBC Sports

Weed growing nuns hope to heal the world with marijuana

Video: Sisters of the valley.
More @ Daily Mail

USA - Denver - Picking a pot shop: choose where you feel at home

Video: Picking the perfect pot shop: Are you experienced?

Former store manager and branding consultant says you'll know your dispensary when you find it -- and it's likely to be based on length of cannabis use and if the space 'feels good'.


HEMP - Hemp for health. That should be the plant’s new campaign slogan.

If you’ve not yet become a fan, then the seventh annual Hemp History Week, which starts today and continues through Sunday, is a perfect chance to get acquainted with this superfood, which is tremendously rich in nutrients. The event is a nationwide celebration and an effort by advocates to promote hemp’s value and versatility.
More @ Toledo Blade


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Monday June 6, 2016

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Toronto Star: We talk to a range of experts in the wake of the Project Claudia raids.
- By Alex Ballingall 

Everybody seems to be talking about marijuana these days. Impending legalization has prompted a many-faceted debate about how our society should incorporate the greenery, even as dispensaries selling cannabis and related goods are popping up like, well, weeds.

With his warehouse lined with lush cannabis, Neil Closner might be an unlikely voice of restraint in Toronto’s budding marijuana market. But the CEO of Markham-based medical weed producer MedReleaf, which has thousands of medicinal patients across the country, says things have gotten “a little out of hand.”

The day after police raids drove fear into the city’s burgeoning dispensary scene, a pot shop at 801 Queen St. W. opened its doors in abject defiance. Erin Goodwin, co-manager of the Cannabis Culture shop, did the media rounds in the wake of the raids, proudly announcing her store would sell weed to anyone 19 or older. It was a proclamation from the more radical, laissez-faire end of the marijuana legalization spectrum.

Lisa Campbell loves weed. She’s smoked it since she was a teenager. She eats it. She rubs it on her skin. She soaks it in alcohol and absorbs it under her tongue. And since 2013, she’s been a prescribed medicinal marijuana user, treating chronic wrist pain and other ailments.


Olga Fowell doesn’t want to be a buzz kill, but this is just getting ridiculous. The Forest Hill denizen said she’s watched with dismay and disgust as shops selling pot have opened along Eglinton Ave. W.

More @ Toronto Star


Marijuana.Ca comment: The Marijuana Prohibition is ending.

This is long overdue, considering the harms it causes. As we move into a new era that provides access, respects liberty and local interests, it is vital that all levels of government be inclusive and listen carefully to the needs and concerns of a wide range of stakeholders and people.   



 
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Monday June 6th, 2016 

Israel: Patient Survey Finds 90% Effectiveness Rate For Medical Marijuana Use

More and more people are using medical marijuana every day across the globe. As the stigma surrounding cannabis use continues to erode, I expect that trend to continue. Why are more and more people turning to medical marijuana? That answer is simple – it works. Consider the results of a survey out of Israel which found that medical marijuana was effective for almost every one that used it. Per The Joint Blog:

Over 90% of patients enrolled in Israel’s medical cannabis program report significant improvements in symptoms such as pain and nausea, according to a new survey presented at the Sixth International Jerusalem Conference on Health Policy.
More @ The Weed Blog

Greg Engel - Tilray: We have one of the most advanced medical cannabis industries in the world, which will help as we build a new regulatory framework.
 
We need to support personal medical production in a manner that is consistent with Allard.  We have to do this while also addressing public safety and security concerns, and allowing licensed producers to continue supplying the rest of the patient population with labelled, tested and quality-controlled medical cannabis.

In February 2016, in Allard v. Canada 2016 FC 236 (Allard), the Federal Court of Canada struck down regulations prohibiting patients from producing their own medical cannabis. Subsequently, the federal government decided not to appeal that ruling or the six-month timeframe for enacting new regulations. These decisions have set in motion a review of Canadian medical cannabis policy that will once again result in significant regulatory changes. These changes may also inform Canada’s legislation on adult recreational cannabis, which is expected in spring 2017.
More @ irpp.org


'Heartbreaking': Toronto pot dispensaries feeling the stress after police raids

Following recent raids, local dispensaries say decriminalization process needs to go faster.

More than a week after Toronto police raided dozens of local pot dispensaries, the ones still open are feeling the stress. “Most [staff] are just trying to make a living, not making big bucks like the owners,” said a manager at the Green Room dispensary in Davisville who identified himself as Green Eyez. “We shouldn’t have to worry about being charged with a serious crime.”
More @ MetroNews.Ca

Dealer thinks pot's quality will increase with legalization

The dealer suggests that the Prohibition of alcohol in the U.S. is an instructive precedent. Once it ended in 1933, the makers of black-market alcohol were driven out of business by the ready availability of legal booze. However, the dealer is confident the potency of cannabis will improve, as happened with alcohol once the Prohibition ban was lifted: “It would increase the quality overall.” “It’ll improve quality,” agreed Whitehead. “I think the potency will be whatever the market will bear.”
More @ LP Press

Commercial and Legal Considerations of Marijuana Legalization - by Dustin Paterson and Byron Tse

Call me biased as I write this from the historic heart of the city itself, but Seattle is ahead of the game on a lot of things. Social values are progressive; music scenes of all genres thrive here; tech giants and startups bring big ideas and talent to town; the coffee is some of the best in the world; cultures and cuisines of all kinds collide; outdoor activities abound; the natural beauty is breathtaking; oh yes, and cannabis is totally legal.

While the Emerald City is beautiful year-round, the best time to visit is between May and October. Forget all the rain-powered stereotypes ­– when the sun shines (and it does, for the majority of the summer), the whole metropolis comes out for boating, beach picnics, bonfires, and more – and trust me, you want to be here (and high) for all of it.


HEMP - Hacking Hemp in New York’s Southern Tier.

How the hemp revolution will transform New York’s Southern Tier From Seed to Scale.
More @ Huffington Post


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Trudeau, speaking in Winnipeg during a question-and-answer session at the Free Press News Café late Thursday afternoon, repeated the fact he smoked marijuana when he was younger but is well past that phase of his life.
- By Ruth Bonneville 

"You can talk about how marijuana may be less harmful than alcohol or cigarettes in some ways, and there’s studies to prove that, but there is no question that the developing brain, underage Canadians, are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of marijuana. So, my approach is to say if we legalize marijuana, if we start controlling points of sale, demand to show proper I.D. the same way we do for alcohol or cigarettes, will make it more difficult for young people to get access to marijuana.

"And the second thing is that our current system provides billions upon billions of dollars of revenue to criminal organizations, street gangs and gun runners. It’s a massive source of revenue for violence in our streets. So legalizing, getting the point of sale out of the hands of criminals, controlling who we sell it to, will make our system safer for Canadians." 

"But it was just never my thing," he said. "I don’t drink very much, I don’t smoke, never have. I don’t even drink coffee because I don’t like the jolt that caffeine gives me. And when I told people I don’t drink coffee it made far more of an uproar than it did when I told people I once smoked a cigarette, once smoked a joint. So, the fact is it’s my choice that I not do that, and we should respect adults' choices — to make their own decisions."

More @ Winnipeg Free Press


Marijuana.Ca comment: Good to hear the Prime Minister talk about respecting the choices that adults make. We strongly urge Mr. Trudeau and his team to accelerate the process towards implementing legalization and to find a way to immediately stop the arrests for possession. A ministerial regulation could achieve this.



 
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Friday June 3rd, 2016 

Recreational : At least two stores in Toronto are now publicly stating they will sell Marijuana to Adults over 19. No medical note required.

1. Cannabis Culture on Queen Street recently announced this.

2. WeLeaf: Canada! In light of recent events, we are proud to announce #WeLeaf is NOW fully recreational! Call for details.
Via WeLeaf Twitter

New hire is a signal Ottawa is taking a strict line on recreational marijuana
 
The Liberal government is sending further signals it plans a strict regime for recreational marijuana by hiring former public safety minister Anne McLellan to develop plans to legalize the drug.
More @ Globe and Mail


A Medical Marijuana Patient is Suing Toronto for $1 Million Over the Dispensary Crackdown

Raymond Hathaway, a paralegal who uses a cannabis extract called Rick Simpson oil, aka Phoenix Tears, to treat an inoperable tumour in his spine, told VICE that dispensaries in Scarborough, where he lives, were targeted by Project Claudia. As a result, he said he can't access the medicine he needs to treat pain and swelling caused by the tumour. He's now suing the city for infringing on his rights.
More @ Vice

USA - Marijuana's $40 Billion Dollar Green Rush

This is the Green Rush, and according to Simon Bannink, the founder of the #1 online cannabis headshop in the world — Amsterdam based Grasscity — it is just getting started.

“It is predicted that by 2020 the industry will grow to be over $40 billion dollars. It also means a lot more competition,” Bannink (or “Super Joint” as he’s affectionately called by the Grasscity community) told me via email. “There are thousands of brands competing to try and do what we’re doing. Grasscity is extremely lucky to have a 16 year head start on building customers, users, and industry partners.”
More @ Forbes

The Definitive Marijuana Travel Guide to Seattle

Call me biased as I write this from the historic heart of the city itself, but Seattle is ahead of the game on a lot of things. Social values are progressive; music scenes of all genres thrive here; tech giants and startups bring big ideas and talent to town; the coffee is some of the best in the world; cultures and cuisines of all kinds collide; outdoor activities abound; the natural beauty is breathtaking; oh yes, and cannabis is totally legal.

While the Emerald City is beautiful year-round, the best time to visit is between May and October. Forget all the rain-powered stereotypes ­– when the sun shines (and it does, for the majority of the summer), the whole metropolis comes out for boating, beach picnics, bonfires, and more – and trust me, you want to be here (and high) for all of it.


HEMP - Canada - Hemp industry scrambling to meet new Korean demand

Regulatory hurdles seen hindering expansion of acres.
More @ GrainNews.Ca


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Thursday June 2, 2016

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The Liberal government has tapped former cabinet minister Anne McLellan to head a long-awaited task force that will examine the best way to legalize marijuana, the Ottawa Citizen has learned.
- By Lee Berthiaume 

The task force will be unveiled before Parliament breaks for the summer, sources have confirmed, and report to Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief and current parliamentary secretary who is the Trudeau government’s point person on marijuana.

It will consult experts and others on a framework for the proposed legislation, including how to regulate and tax the drug. The panel will be asked to report back by the first week of November, sources say, as the government hopes to table its legislation in the spring. 

The decision to have McLellan lead the effort is being applauded, given her unique experience in previous Liberal governments from 1993 to 2006. During that time, she served as minister of justice and minister of health under Jean Chretien, before Paul Martin made her Canada’s first public safety minister. Those three departments are now responsible for coming up with the government’s proposed scheme for legalizing marijuana.

More @ National Post


Marijuana.Ca comment: It is welcome news that the task force will be announced this month. We look forward to hearing the official announcement about this from the government. If the Liberals can Legalize Marijuana at the beginning of the summer of 2017, this summer of 2016 will be the last summer where Canadians will be considered criminals for possessing and consuming Marijuana.



 
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Thursday June 2nd, 2016 

Can Toronto Regulate Dispensaires?

Twitter: Adam Vaughan, JOe Cressy, Gord Perks and others debate whether Toronto has the power to regulate dispensaries. 
more @ Twitter

CBC Podcast: Licensed Producers. Dispensaries. by Piya Chattopadhyay
 

more @ CBC.CA


USA - Oregon's recreational marijuana market expands to edibles and extracts starting today

From dawn until midnight, Andi Bixel churns out ice cream. She's made so much ice cream that the machine has started to act up. She bought another this week so she can keep going without a break. You won't find Bixel's treats, made with local ingredients like lavender and honey, in Portland's famous ice cream parlors or trendy grocery stores. Her cold confections are infused with marijuana.

Bixel's startup, Drip Ice Cream, is one of dozens jockeying for shelf space and new consumers as Oregon continues the gradual rollout of its recreational marijuana program.

Starting Thursday, anyone 21 and older can buy marijuana-infused edibles and extracts at medical marijuana dispensaries selling to the recreational market. It's the latest milestone in Oregon's effort to create a regulated marketplace for one of the state's most popular commodities.
more @ Oregon Live

California researchers are going to have access to the highest-grade medical cannabis for research — far surpassing the federal government’s awful supplies — under new rules approved in the California legislature Wednesday.

The California State Assembly green-lit more medical pot research in AB 1575 — an omnibus bill which further trims and shapes California’s historic new medical cannabis regulations. The bill now heads to the Senate.

“For the first time in nearly two decades, California is regulating medical cannabis to protect patients, businesses, our communities, and the environment. But passing [the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act] was just the beginning,” stated Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). “AB 1575 builds on our historic success by resolving outstanding issues to improve implementation and ease the transition to a regulated market.”
more @ SFGate

Israeli Justice Minister Mulls Decriminalization of Marijuana

Ayelet Shaked said to be considering letting pot smokers off with a fine.

HEMP - Canada - NorQuest College operated bio-tech incubator officially out of gates in Drayton Valley

The CETC is located in the Town of Drayton Valley’s new Bio Mile. The Bio Mile is designed to provide a home to companies, organizations, and research partnerships focusing on creating new products from bio-mass or bio-mass waste. With its Weyerhauser mill, and being surrounded by prime agricultural land and oil and gas facilities, Drayton is the ideal location for bio-industrial innovation and commercialization. The Bio-Mile’s anchor tenant, Bio-Composites Group, currently converts waste hemp fiber into biodegradable interior car panels for the automotive industry.
more @ Drayton Valley Western Review



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Wednesday June 1, 2016

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'We have two parallel systems: one licensed, and one civilly disobedient,' expert says.
- By Lucas Powers 

Until last Thursday, many Canadians could probably be forgiven for thinking marijuana was, at least in practical terms, basically legal in this country. It's just a matter of waiting for the Liberal majority government in Ottawa to write a bill and win a few votes. No big deal. Then Toronto police raided 43 storefront marijuana shops and arrested more than 90 people, adding a potent hit of confusion to the status of Canada's pot laws and the will of police to crack down.

Of course there are the laws as they are written, and police from coast to coast to coast have have pointed out it's their sworn duty to enforce them. But there have also been marijuana compassion clubs in cities across the country for decades, as well as dispensaries, whose owners often claim to operate in a legal grey area."

The fact is the marijuana landscape in this country is thoroughly hazy and filled with unknowns: new medical marijuana legislation due in late August, a new bill for legal recreational pot use to be unveiled next spring and a mind-boggling explosion of medical marijuana dispensaries across Canada. Toronto, for example, went from a handful of dispensaries to, according to police, about 100 in just a few years. 

"Right now it's confusing for the public, policy-makers and especially for patients," Hilary Black, co-founder of the B.C. Compassion Club based on Vancouver Island, told CBC News in a recent interview.

More @ CBC.CA
 

Marijuana.Ca comment: The Prohibition is collapsing, left, right and centre.

The federal Liberals must move swiftly and dilligently in tandem with the provinces and local governments to effectively address the confusion and chaos that is only going to increase in the coming months. The archaic and harmful Marijuana Prohibition Law is not being respected because it is a horrible law that should never have been passed in the first place. Good laws and regulations respect and reflect the will and concerns of Canadian citizens. Upholding a bad law brings the justice system into disrepute and reduces the credibility of federal, provincial and local governments. Taking various intelligent and compassionate actions immediately will allow for a smoother transition to improved Medical Access and Marijuana Legalization for Adult Use. 


 
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Wednesday June 1st, 2016 

Pot Dispensaries Saved My Son's Life: Mom To Toronto Mayor

As Toronto police crack down on unlicensed marijuana dispensaries, one mom is fighting to keep them open. Mandy McKnight’s eight-year-old son Liam suffers from Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that causes him to have multiple seizures a day. Three years ago, Liam was prescribed marijuana oil, which has since saved his life. “If it had not been for the dispensary we found I am not even sure that Liam would be here today,” McKnight wrote in a powerful open letter to Toronto Mayor John Tory.
more @ HuffingtonPost.Ca

Why Alan Gertner Left A Great Job At Google To Start Tokyo Smoke In Toronto 
 
I'm a sucker for stories about people living or travelling in some exotic locale, and at the same time find themselves on a journey of self-discovery - one that causes a life-altering shift in perspective and career path. So I had to talk to Alan Gertner myself when I first read about his decision to quit a successful, high-paying job with Google to start a cannabis company - a choice he made while working on a contract in Ghana, West Africa.
more @ Civilized


City of Vancouver taking defiant pot shop owners to court

Injunctions were filed Tuesday against 17 of 55 marijuana dispensaries that ignored orders to shut down by the end of May. While all pot shops are illegal, city councillors directed staff to regulate the local industry last year after scores of shops sprung up around Vancouver. The legal move, which would compel the 17 shops to close, comes after city inspectors issued more than $61,000 in violation tickets to businesses that did not meet the city’s regulatory requirements and refused to cease operation. Coun. Kerry Jang said another round of injunctions are coming next week for the other shops defying civic rules.

Canada - Stoned behind the wheel? Study looking at effect of cannabis on driving

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is conducting a study that is looking at the impacts of cannabis on driving. Lead scientist Robert Mann says the purpose of the study is to assess the impact of smoked cannabis on driving skills. The study will explore a number of aspects of cannabis use while driving, Mann said, including the amount of cannabis in a person’s system and their performance in a driving simulation. “We are also looking at residual effects of the drug,” Mann added.
more @ GlobalNews.Ca

The Growing Need for the Marijuana Sommelier. Tasting, smells, aromas and reactions.

Just like the food, wine, and spirits industries have their specialized experts, connoisseurs, and sommeliers, it’s time for the Cannabis industry to employ true quality searchers and finders.

HEMP - Hemp activists showcase their cause with ‘all hemp’ luncheon

Press, the public and politicians pay attention to marijuana legalization. Now they can also take a peek at “industrial cannabis” — or hemp. The groups Vote Hemp and the Hemp Industries Association have planned a unique outreach on Wednesday in the nation’s capital for journalists and the legislatively minded.
more @ Washington Times


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Tuesday May 31, 2016

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Liberal MP Adam Vaughan says that 'the law's the law' 

The Toronto Board of Health is calling on the federal government to provide "immediate" clarity on pot rules, following police raids on dozens of marijuana dispensaries across the city last week. A motion passed by the board calls for a regulatory framework with a public health approach, ahead of the forthcoming federal legalization and regulation in 2017. The Liberal government has said it will introduce new legislation next year, but the city's health board says that's not good enough — there is a need for interim rules now.

Coun. Joe Cressy, who sits on the health board, said the city has been struggling with a "legislative limbo." "We've been told that criminalization doesn't work, so tomorrow we're going to solve it, but today you're going to have to continue to enforce it," said Cressy, who is the councillor for Ward 20 and chair of the Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel. "That doesn't work."

Not everyone agrees that the health board's motion is needed. Adam Vaughan, the Liberal member of Parliament for Fort York-Spadina and a former Toronto councillor, said there is no need for extra, interim, rules, tweeting that "the law's the law.""Cities have the regulatory tools they need, police have the same laws they've always had. Not doing anything was T.O.'s choice," he wrote. Vaughan is also the federal secretary to the prime minister for intergovernmental affairs, informally known as the "unity minister."

more @ CBC.CA 

Marijuana.Ca comment: "The law is the law" - Adam Vaughan.
Mr. Vaughan, that insidious harmful law will cause 50,000 more Canadians to be charged with possession in the next 12 months. We urge all politicians to consider what MP Bill Blair has said about this law:

“One of the great injustices in this country,” is the disparate and disproportional police enforcement of marijuana laws and, “the impact that it has on minority communities, aboriginal communities and those in our most vulnerable neighbourhoods.”
- MP Bill Blair

Marijuana.Ca comment:
A large and growing number of Canadians representing a very diverse group of relevant stakeholders are becoming increasingly disappointed that the Liberals are continuing to allow these arrests to take place. An interim ministerial order or regulation could stop these arrests immediately, while the Marijuana Task Force moves forward to present it's recommendations so Marijuana can actually be Legalized by the summer of 2017.

It is an injustice and a strategic blunder to allow these possession arrests to continue. We strongly urge Prime Minister Trudeau, Health Minister Philpott, Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould, Minister Goodale and MP Bill Blair to take action to stop these arrests.

Legalization may not actually occur until late fall of 2017. 75,000 more Canadians could be charged by then, including Canadians from "minority communities, aboriginal communities and those in our most vulnerable neighbourhoods.”, which are those communities that Mr. Blair mentions in his quote above.
 


Toronto Board of Health consideration on May 30, 2016

Link to original document on Toronto.Ca

Legalization and Regulation of Non-Medical Cannabis

Board Decision

Caution: This is a preliminary decision. This decision should not be considered final until the meeting is complete and the City Clerk has confirmed the decisions for this meeting.

The Board of Health:

1. Urged the federal Minister of Health to use an evidence-based public health approach to develop a regulatory framework for non-medical cannabis with a goal of reducing potential harms for the population as a whole.
2. Urged the federal Minister of Health to earmark funding for research related to the full range of potential health impacts of non-medical cannabis use, including for occasional and moderate consumption.

3. Urged the federal Minister of Health to earmark some of the savings and tax revenue generated from the legalization of cannabis toward low income communities particularly those affected by the unintended consequences of legalization.

4. Urged Health Canada to work with relevant stakeholders to develop and fund a comprehensive monitoring system for cannabis, including the collection of baseline data, prior to implementation of a regulatory system.

5. Urged the Government of Canada to provide immediate interim guidance on how municipalities should approach the possession and sale of non-medical cannabis, using a public health approach, prior to the forthcoming legalization and regulation in 2017.

6. Requested The Medical Officer of Health to begin an educational campaign on the risks and benefits of use of non-medical cannabis.

7. Forwarded the report (May 13, 2016) from the Medical Officer of Health to the federal Minister of Health, MP Bill Blair and other Toronto area Members of Parliament, the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ontario Minister of Finance, the Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the provincial and federal Ministries of Transportation, the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health, the Urban Public Health Network, the Association of Local Public Health Agencies, and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, for information.

Origin
(May 13, 2016) Report from the Medical Officer of Health


  

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Tuesday May 31st, 2016 

Liberals' marijuana policy is a big fog

On its signature policy of marijuana legalization, the Trudeau government's performance is a glowing object lesson in non-delivery.

Somewhere in Canada at any given time, groups of federal cabinet ministers are clustering at the feet of a few famous gurus of the high art of “deliverology,” learning how to implement the promises that brought them to power by retreating to mountains and forests to absorb the wise words of international experts. Meanwhile, here in the real world, the same government's almost spectacular mishandling of its most notorious promise — legalizing marijuana — is actively creating whole new classes of marijuana criminal, leading to widespread arrests, confiscation of property, neighbourhood strife and massive civic confusion.
more @ Toronto Star

Ontario Liberals shoot down Conservative's effort to exempt marijuana vapour lounges and compassion clubs from new rules
 
Ontario’s Liberal government quashed on Monday an opposition motion to exempt vapour lounges and compassion clubs from new rules that would bar medical marijuana use anywhere cigarettes are already banned. Bill 178 seeks to amend the Smoke Free Ontario Act to treat medical marijuana smoke the same way it does tobacco. It was sent back to the house for a final vote from committee on Monday without a set of proposed changes that would have allowed medical pot use in some public spaces. The proposed amendments, from a Tory MPP, would have allowed pot cafés, vapour lounges — so called because instead of smoke the weed is brought to a temperature where it releases a far less harmful vapour — and compassion clubs to continue to operate.

Bill 178 would essentially prevent medical users from smoking anywhere outside of a private home, and that’s why Hillier put forward three exemptions: one would note the difference between smoking and vaping, one would allow licensed cafés and lounges to continue to operate and the third would allow employers to declare a workplace friendly to medical pot use.
more @ National Post


India - Shiva Is A God Who Likes Marijuana — And So Do Many Of His Followers

Shiva is one chill deity. He's one of the three major gods in the Hindu religion. And he has a penchant for pot. "Shiva loves marijuana. So we come to share Shiva's prasad [offerings] with everyone else," explains a 60-year-old holy man who gives his name as Radhe Baba. It's the eve of the festival of Shiva Ratri, or "The Night of Shiva" — March 7 this year. The celebration marks the day Shiva saved the universe from darkness and married the goddess Parvati. Groups of dreadlocked Hindu ascetics sit around small smoky fires puffing on clay pipes at Pashupati, one of Nepal's holiest Hindu temples, in the capital city of Kathmandu. Hundreds of holy men (and some women) have traveled from around Nepal and India for the festival. They spend the days before the holiday alternately praying and lounging to prepare to commune with Shiva.

And they also smoke hashish. Marijuana smoke mingles with the bonfires. Both are symbols of religious devotion. Shiva, it's believed, used marijuana both to relax and to focus better for meditation.

Australia - Sex and Hemp parties join forces for election

The Australian Sex Party and the Marijuana (HEMP) Party have reached an historic agreement to win seats at the coming federal election. The parties will share joint tickets in a number of states in an effort to win the last two Senate seats in each jurisdiction. Under the new Senate voting rules the last two seats in many states are an unknown quantity. Details of the new coalition were announced at the Sex/Marijuana (HEMP) Party Queensland Senate launch on Sunday in Brisbane.
more @ Echo.Net

USA -Connecticut advocates cheer passage of medical marijuana law for minors with serious illnesses

Robert Fiore’s childhood onset epilepsy is long under control, but he made it his mission to legalize medical marijuana for those under 18 in Connecticut after watching the CNN special report, “Weed,” which featured the remarkable change cannabis oil made in a young girl with epilepsy suffering some 300 seizures a week.

HEMP - Canadian Entrepreneur Derek Kesek makes hemp-based fuel in Costa Rica

Transforming hemp into the surfboard beneath your feet or the plane that takes you skyward: That’s the mission of the Canadian company Hempearth, which has made Costa Rica a key player in its operations. Hemp is the non-psychoactive variety of the Cannabis sativa plant, and is often used for industrial reasons because of its strength and versatility. Hempearth’s founder, Derek Kesek, a Canadian internet marketer, musician, chef and former organic restaurant owner, is working to create of the world’s first hemp airplane, its biofuel and a series of hemp surfboards.

While his company is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Kesek has also been working out of La Guácima, Alajuela, where the company has been producing hemp biofuel. He anticipates that within a month, Hempearth’s surfboards will be released in Costa Rica as well.
more @ TicoTimes.Net


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"The government needs to move quickly to create
a cohesive set of national regulations." - Hillary Black
 
 

B.C. Compassion Club founder Hilary Black says Ottawa needs to move quickly to create a cohesive national set of regulations. 

"I believe that there is room for small medium and large size businesses."

Make cannabis an approved medicine.

"Focus on the needs of patients."

- HIllary Black

more @ CBC.CA 

Marijuana.Ca comment: There is a growing level of confusion and uncertainty amongst huge swaths of the Canadian public, patients, healthcare providers, politicians and the industry itself. The government needs to move on this issue in an inclusive and respectful manner that takes into consideration the key stakeholders and their interests.
 

Marijuana.Ca attended the Lift Expo this weekend.
We met some great people there and want to thank the folks at Lift and to everyone who participated. 



 
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Monday May 30th, 2016 

Toronto - Cannabis Culture marijuana store will sell to anyone over 19

“We do not want to force people to be sick or to fake illness or to pay a doctor for permission to access cannabis,” said Jodie Emery, a spokesman for the Cannabis Culture brand. Cannabis Culture is “providing cannabis to anyone who can prove that they’re over the age of 19, as we don’t want to discriminate against the healthy or able,” Emery said. 
more @ Toronto Sun

Recreational pot needs new federal rules, says Toronto city councillor

'The police are enforcing a failed federal law. That law needs to change,' says Joe Cressy. The Toronto Board of Health on Monday will consider a report from Toronto Public Health that recommends a "public health approach" to the regulation of recreational marijuana. The report, which includes a series of recommendations, outlines how recreational pot could be regulated federally. Cressy said if the board supports the report, the city could recommend this approach to the federal government.
more CBC.CA


Ottawa is to blame for Canadians’ confusion over marijuana

Canada’s medical marijuana fiasco came into sharp relief on Thursday when police in Toronto raided 45 illegal pot dispensaries and seized hundreds of kilograms of cannabis and its related products. Activists were outraged, the police were both apologetic and unapologetic, and, as always, the public was confused. The situation is a mess. It is now looking as though the Liberal government should have anticipated Canada’s chronic confusion when it announced last month that it would wait an entire year before introducing long-promised legislation to legalize marijuana.

Sun Life first insurer to stop treating pot users as smokers as marijuana increasingly accepted as a medicine

In a new sign of marijuana’s growing normalization in Canada, a major life insurance company has decided to treat cannabis users as non-smokers, reversing a long-standing policy and offering the group far cheaper premiums. Like its competitors, Sun Life has for years classified anyone who disclosed using marijuana — either recreationally or for medical purposes — as a smoker, saddling them with charges that could be triple those of non-smokers.

But in a message to brokers last week, the company said the latest research on the drug’s health impacts convinced it to change that approach.
more @ National Post

Indoor vs. Outdoor Marijuana Growing: 3 Key Differences

Cannabis has long been cultivated outdoors and is one of the oldest agricultural crops in existence. Growing indoors, however, has been around for less than a century and came about as a result of prohibition. Most advancements in cannabis production have occurred during the era of indoor cultivation; staying out of sight was initially a way to protect the grower from the laws against cannabis. As technology advanced, the industry was able to expand its knowledge of the plant by leaps and bounds, and this was also true for areas where outdoor farming managed to succeed like Southern Oregon and Northern California.

HEMP - Harvesting Liberty: Dan Malloy’s New Film Investigates Hemp Farming

Dan Malloy is a very interesting man. He’s much more than a surfer–he dabbles in a lot of things, including farming and filmmaking. His latest endeavour, a film titled Harvesting Liberty, mixes both of those together.
more @ The Interia


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Friday May 27, 2016

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Toronto police sweep through pot dispensaries as part of citywide crackdown on illegal trafficking

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu said officers executed several simultaneous search warrants starting at noon Thursday at “various locations that have been identified as trafficking in marijuana outside of the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulation.”
more @ National Post 


After marijuana raids, a protest and an explanation by the police

Toronto police are expected to provide more information on Friday after sweeping raids on Thursday targeted marijuana dispensaries around the city. A protest will be held near police headquarters, condemning the raids. The protest by marijuana advocates is expected to begin at 10 a.m. Police Chief Mark Saunders is expected to speak about the raids, dubbed Project Claudia, at 10:30 a.m.
more @ CityNews.Ca


Toronto City Councillor Jim Karygiannis says he wants to stop the city’s crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries.

“Instead of shutting them down, I think we can certainly go and caution them and make sure that we move quickly in order to have rules and regulations to standardize them.”
More @ Toronto Sun


Dispensary lawyer, Kirk Tousaw:

“To the extent that the zoning law is a prohibition based on the fact that it’s a dispensary, I say that that’s unconstitutional,” Mr. Tousaw said at a press conference at Toronto’s city hall. “… If you are in a retail zone, and you are operating a retail business, and the only problem is that it’s ‘illegal,’ pursuant to federal law, I say that federal law is unconstitutional and the Charter trumps. And that’s the end of the story.”
more @ Globe & Mail

 
Marijuana.Ca comment: Clearly, there is an urgency for all levels of government and related ministries to be proactive, decisive and inclusive in making wise and compassionate decisions in the coming weeks and months. It is very important that a wide range of stakeholders are included in the current and upcoming discussions around both Medical Marijuana and the upcoming Legalization of Recreational Marijuana for Adult Use.

All levels of government and related ministries need to raise the level of priority and urgency assigned to addressing the key issues related to both the Medical and Recreational aspects of Marijuana.



 
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Friday May 27th, 2016 

Medical Marijuana For Pets? It’s No Joke

Amanda Reiman of Drug Policy Alliance tells The Guardian that her cat, Monkey, was relieved of the pain associated with her terminal intestinal cancer after Reiman started mixing tiny amounts of cannabis oil into her food. She acknowledges the seeming absurdity of medical marijuana for pets - but recalls a not-so-distant time when medical marijuana for humans was similarly dismissed as ridiculous. 
more @ Civilized

Canada - Protect kids when Marijuana is Legalized

Legalizing marijuana is the right thing to do, but we must ensure that our children don’t become victims in the process.
more Toronto Star


The 5 Best Marijuana Jobs

The marijuana industry is growing quickly and just as quickly gaining wider societal acceptance. As such, more people are looking at the cannabis industry as a career choice. Some of the jobs are little out of the ordinary, but that’s probably what draws many workers interested in cannabis jobs. Whether they worked with marijuana in the black market or just want an alternative to the standard cubicle job, thousands are trying to get in.

Cannabis company Terra Tech Corp.  recently held a job fair in Las Vegas. They ran a quarter page ad and expected about 200 people to show up. They got 2,000 instead. “Most people just want to get into the space,” said CEO Derek Peterson. “They believe in the product.” Peterson said a lot of people came without any experience and since the jobs are unique, they tried to pair existing skills with new job requirements.

Swiss scientists create cannabis e-cigarette

Swiss scientists have created a cannabis e-cigarette, intended for medical use, that is safer than a joint and better than a pill, they said on Thursday. "Therapeutic cannavaping", they argued, should be examined as an alternative to existing medical treatments which can come in the form of a syrup, pill, mouth spray, skin patch, suppository, or a plain-old spliff.
more @ TheLocal.CH

California - North Coast marijuana growers fear a takeover by 'Big Alcohol'

For some veteran growers in the North Coast, the requirement to sell to distributors looked like the corporate seed to their destruction. They would operate like the alcohol industry, where Budweiser and Miller have ruled since Prohibition, where beer, bourbon or wine makers can sell their products only through state-licensed brokers, who then sell to stores.

HEMP - Eco find: Foster Naturals’ orange oil–infused spray leaves surfaces shining

Foster Naturals is the latest B.C.–born company to hit the green cleaning scene, and we’re digging the brand’s lineup of sustainably produced, vegan, and biodegradable home, beauty, and pet-care products. From tough-on-grease lemon-lime dish soap to hemp- and sage-infused shampoo, each cleaner harnesses the power of plant- and coconut-derived ingredients to leave bodies and surfaces shining.
more @ Georgia Straight


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If dispensaries hope to have a place in a recreational marijuana system, they need to represent themselves to the public in an effective manner.
- by Jenna Valleriani

MP Bill Blair sat as a keynote yesterday at the “Marijuana Regulation: Policy and Business Considerations” conference, hosted by Wildeboer Dellelece LLP, LaBarge Weinstein LLP and Dundee Capital Markets. The topic and keynote drew a large crowd of Licensed Producers, investors, lawyers, consultants and others. You’ve probably already heard about Blair’s unfavourable depiction of dispensaries – referring to them as reckless, bandits, gang related, and criminal, but perhaps most cringe-worthy was the idea dispensaries do not care about communities and people’s health.

I, naively, was surprised by this blanket discussion. After all, while Blair served as the Toronto Police Chief, dispensaries still existed in the city. They survived off community and patient relationships, and had informal relationships with local police. He certainly knows the small pocket of pioneering dispensaries that have existed for roughly 20 years. I found myself shaking my head for a lot of the discussion because there was no acknowledgement around how and why dispensaries were needed in the first place, which could have brought much needed nuance to the conversation.

If dispensaries are to be included in some form, times right now are crucial: they need to work closely with both the Cannabis Friendly Business Association (CFBA) and Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) under one unified voice.

The message needs to be clear: Are dispensaries looking to be included in the MMPR as a point of distribution? Do they want regulation from the city? Or, are they looking to ensure small businesses can participate in a future recreational system? 

more @ Lift Cannabis


Marijuana.Ca comment: Medical - Who is allowed to grow? What quality control is required? Who is allowed to sell? Where can it be sold? 
Some clarity about these points will be coming before August 25, 2016 from Health Canada.




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Thursday May 26th, 2016 

Toronto Medical Marijuana dispensary owners call for regulation

Queens of Cannabis insist it’s business as usual despite their landlord being served a warning letter by the city as part of an ongoing crackdown on weed dispensaries. Owners Tania Cyalume and Brandy Zurborg joined other medical marijuana advocates at an emergency press conference on Wednesday calling for the immediate need to regulate pot shops. Queens of Cannabis argues that its marijuana comes from legal sources, essentially patients with the legal right to grow their own green. “We’ve won the right in the courts to provide access to other patients, and that’s what we’re doing,” argued owner Zurborg. 
more @ Toronto Sun

USA - "Marijuana Mom" fights for daughter's health

Marijuana is illegal in North Carolina, but that is not stopping one woman from getting it to her sick daughter. "She has Unverricht-Lungbord Disease III," Martin explained. "She is the only case of its kind in the United States. Ali constantly seizes, she has a constant seizure rhythm." Martin provides her daughter marijuana in many different forms. Kendra Martin's daughter, Ali, has an extremely rare disease that causes constant myoclonic seizures.
more @ Fox 46


Marijuana Tourism Grows in Canada

Now with upcoming legislation that will allow the country to sell recreational MJ nationwide, the opportunity for cannabis enthusiasts to see the great white north is upon us, and tour companies are planning to roll out “cannatourism” packages as soon as legally possible.

One such company based in BC, CannaTour, is billed as “The number one leading tourism agency that provides individuals with access to the Canadian cannabis industry in its entirety.” Ashley Moore is the Customer Service Manager and Sales Rep and she is confident that this is going to be big. “We are born and raised residents of BC and have access to growers, producers, dispensaries, and other amazing experiences.” Moore wants the tours to reflect the diverse country of Canada by introducing travelers to the men and women of the cannabis community. Moore has been getting ready to provide her services on a broader scale once legalization is in place and she has seen increasing interest in marijuana tourism.

The Medical Marijuana Scene in Los Angeles Has Some Major Issues

Just as LA's weed scene begins to emerge from the shadows, regulators are looming with shutdowns. Los Angeles is known as one of the most influential U.S. cities when it comes to medical cannabis, but local business owners are operating in a legal grey area. Safe access for patients, the free-market economy, and legitimacy for operators are just a few of the issues LA cannabis entrepreneurs are grappling with under current law.
more @ The Cannabist

US House Votes to Give Medical Marijuana to Veterans

The U.S. House took action to increase military veterans’ access to medical marijuana on Thursday. By a vote of 233-189, representatives approved an amendment preventing the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) from spending money to enforce a current policy that prohibits its government doctors from filling out medical marijuana recommendation forms in states where the drug is legal.

HEMP - How Did This Former Dell Exec Make A Car Out Of Cannabis?

The Renew Sportscar looks like your standard, cherry-red, curvy midlife crisis-mobile - but the vehicle, made by former Dell National Sales Manager Bruce Michael Dietzen, isn't made of run-of-the-mill fibreglass or steel. Rather, the body of the car is made from "3 plies of woven hemp" weighing a total of approximately 100 pounds, Dietzen tells the New York Post, which "made it rigid enough to keep its shape." Dietzen says the body of the car, manufactured, in Florida using hemp fabric imported from China, cost about $200,000 to build and is "ten times more dent resistant than steel." It runs on a bio fuel made from recycled agricultural waste.
more @ MySteinbach.ca


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Wednesday May 25, 2016

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The greatest thing about cooking with cannabis is that you have to actually cook with cannabis! There are no real products on the market that are accessible to patients, so you have to get your hands dirty, get in the kitchen and create.  Which makes for a better product that is designed specifically for your needs.

The Wellness Soldier’s “Cooking with Cannabis” cookbook helps you with 30+ healthy recipes that help heal your body from the inside. While using cannabis as a medicine you can experience. Each recipe is accompanied with stunning photography by Kaleena Lindsay Photography.

We bring you on a cooking with cannabis culinary adventure, where you’ll journey through each meal of the day, Italian cuisine, and delicious desserts.

You’ll find delicious recipes such as;

Breakfast Smoothies,
Salad 101 with Dressings,
Basil & Garlic Aioli,
Pancetta & Pea Risotto,
Whiskey BBQ Sauce,
Goats Cheese & Chive Mashed Potatoes,
and of course…Brownies w/ Chocolate Ganache

You will learn about;

The decarboxylation process,
Infusion Basics
How to create cannabis butter and oil 3 different ways,
The key benefits of Tilray/LP cannabis oils,
How to vapor infuse foods using the Herbalizer

Click here for more info and to buy the cookbook


Marijuana.Ca comment: Cody is passionate about what he does!
He is a Veteran, Chef, Marijuana Advocate and Father of Three children.
More info about him is here.
 


 

Wednesday May 25th, 2016 

Marijuana legalization point man Bill Blair praises Canada’s licensed producers. Marijuana Task Force to report it's findings in November 2016.

Toronto MP Bill Blair offered a glowing endorsement of Canada’s licensed medical marijuana producers on Tuesday, an indication that they are well positioned to serve the recreational market in the future. Blair, the former Toronto police chief and current parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice and attorney general, is the federal government’s point man on legalizing recreational pot use. He said the licensed producers offer a very strong model to build upon as Ottawa tries to build a functional market. “I have come to believe it is possible … for marijuana to be produced in a way that maximizes safety for Canadians,” he told the audience at a marijuana regulation conference in Toronto.

The federal government is putting together a task force to look at how to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana. The task force is expected to report back with its findings by November, paving the way for the federal government to unveil its legalization plans next year.

Blair said the task force will be consulting experts of all stripes across the country, but noted that the business community will be playing a “very significant role” in the process.
more @ Financial Post

Bedrocan now offers same day medical pot delivery in Toronto. $5 per gram.

Press Release: "Bedrocan Canada, based in Toronto, produces regulated, quality-controlled medical cannabis, with all cannabis varieties now priced at only $5 per gram under Bedrocan's sector-leading True Compassionate Pricing, which ensures affordability for all cannabis patients. Moreover, today, Bedrocan Canada is announcing same-day delivery for legally registered patients in Toronto."
more @ NewsWire.Ca


USA - Crowdfunding Now Viable Financing Option for Marijuana Companies

New federal rules allowing small businesses to tap ordinary folks will give upstart marijuana companies a sorely needed alternative to traditional sources of financing such as angel investors and venture capitalists. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s new rules tied to crowdfunding could create a tidal wave of fresh financing in the cannabis industry. 

Vape pen reviews: 12 portable vaporizers that stand out

Here are the top products for 2014: Vape pen reviews and other styles of portable vapes. (Interesting to see what was hot in 2014.)
more @ The Cannabist

What Is Cannabis Decarboxylation?

To get the most out of the marijuana plant and its consumption, more than a few factors come into play. Among them, it is essential to know and understand its qualities and the processes through which it passes. Decarboxylation is worthy of serious consideration as a way to neutralise the plant’s unwanted effects.

HEMP - Awesome Omegas! A Breakdown on What, Why and How Much?

There are two types of polyunsaturated fats. First, Omega 3 fatty acids which are also known as Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA). These are found in ingredients such a flax, whole grains and leafy greens. This further breaks down into the categories of EPA and DHA which are naturally found in Fish and Algae. Next is Omega 6, also known as Linoleic Acid (LA) and found in Sunflower, Soy, Corn, Peanut etc. These further break down into the categories of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) found in borage, evening primrose, black currant, hemp seed oils or Arachidonic Acid (AA) found in animal products. Both EPA and GLA have been shown to have beneficial anti-inflammatory effects.
more @ MySteinbach.ca



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Tuesday May 24, 2016

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by Jenna Valleriani & Viresh Fernando 

The federal Liberal government intends to fulfill its election promise and legalize recreational use of marijuana across Canada some time next year.

Meanwhile, a British Columbia Supreme Court decision in February, which held that the mail-order federal program to obtain physician-authorized marijuana is neither affordable nor accessible, created a legal lacuna when it comes to accessing marijuana even for medicinal use.

One of the outcomes of the B.C. case was that retail marijuana outlets in Toronto grew in number to more than 120. Many of these retail outlets, however, sell marijuana even without a medicinal-use prescription as long as the customer produces either a prescription or other proof (such as a pill bottle) evidencing that the customer suffers from a condition such as pain, anxiety, post-traumatic stress or insomnia, for which marijuana provides relief.

The current concerns about accessing medicinal marijuana are similar to the issues that will arise when the federal government legalizes recreational use. Therefore, we don’t need to wait and see what the federal legislative landscape will be with respect to recreational use.

Provinces such as Quebec and Alberta have, for many years, allowed private businesses to sell alcohol. Ontario is gradually shedding its monopoly with respect to beer and wine sales. So there is no logic in the Ontario government creating a monopoly when it comes to marijuana sales.

But the current status quo for marijuana retailing is unacceptable and deserves some regulation. Provinces and cities should, and can, craft a regulatory framework that addresses current and future concerns regarding the proliferation of marijuana retailing, whether it is for medicinal or recreational use.

more @ Globe & Mail


Marijuana.Ca comment: Clearly there is an urgency for all levels of government and related ministries to be proactive, decisive and inclusive in taking action and making decisions in the coming weeks and months. Health Canada will be announcing new medical marijuana regulations before August 25th, 2016. These new regulations will be important reference points for the various stakeholders and decision makers.

 


 

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Tuesday May 24th, 2016 

Canada - Why pharmacists should be dispensing medical marijuana 

Suppose you take three medications for three different conditions. Now, add medical marijuana. Wouldn’t you want to know possible risks and interactions? That’s why the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) recently recommended that pharmacists play a front-line role in patient management and dispensing of medical marijuana. More patients are choosing medical marijuana as a treatment. As it stands today, many may be at risk by not receiving the same counsel and oversight provided for other drugs. For many patients, medical marijuana is a third or fourth line treatment, and these patients are often on a number of other medications. The potential for drug interactions increases and the need for pharmacist oversight becomes even more important.
more @ Globe & Mail

How to calculate THC dosage in recipes for marijuana edibles

Here's a guide for home cooks on how to calculate a cannabutter ratio and determine the THC dosage for weed-infused recipes.
more @ The Cannabist


Marijuana Taxes Are Helping Colorado's Youth Go to College

Marijuana related taxes and fees brought the state an extra $135 million last year. Thanks to marijuana, some Colorado students will have an easier time paying for college. The Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation, in Colorado’s Pueblo County, is distributing scholarships to 25 students this year, USA Today reports. The grants, which amount to $1,000 each, are being funded by cannabis taxes.

Vancouver - Operators of Point Grey pot shop celebrate being first to get a licence

A personal trainer, an entrepreneur and a recent kinesiology grad are the three partners behind the city’s first illegal marijuana dispensary to receive a business licence. Jesse Charn Rice-Jones, Harkrishan Singh Sidhu and Bradley James Quevillon are directors of Wealthshop Social Society, which plans to open the Wealth Shop retail dispensary next week at suite 104-4545 West 10th Ave in Point Grey. The trio hoped to keep a low profile before opening the shop but understood there would be media interest in learning more about the operators behind the city’s first licensed dispensary. “We were very excited and, of course, being the first one and kind of making history here is great for us,” said Sidhu of receiving a business licence Monday. Now the trio is looking to open two more dispensaries in Vancouver and is close to opening one next week in Toronto, where that city has yet to introduce a licensing scheme. All dispensaries are still considered illegal under Canada's drug laws.
more @ Vancourier.com

Tilray Medical Potmobile coming to Metro Vancouver

A federally certified marijuana production company will be rolling a mobile clinic into Metro Vancouver next month to assess potential patients for Health Canada-approved medical pot licences. Tilray vice-president of patient research and advocacy Philippe Lucas said on Wednesday the clinic is intended to offer patients a means of getting federally certified pot — as some estimates suggest the number of Canadians self-medicating with pot using other means could number in the hundreds of thousands.

HEMP - The Canadian Hemp industry wants Ottawa to free it from outdated rules for the crop still treated like a controlled drug

Canada’s hemp industry is demanding the federal government liberate it from antiquated regulations, a move it says could help revive interest in Ontario production and processing.
more @ LFPress.com



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 Friday May 20, 2016

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John Tory Admits Smoking Up In Youth, Even Favouring Lenience.
First published in 2006, refers to an article published in 1976 in Obiter Dicta, the Osgoode Hall Law School paper.
- by Antonella Artuso


Tory went on to reminisce about the time he and a friend were entering a Lake Simcoe marina with a half pound of marijuana aboard and noticed they were being followed by another boat with a powerful searchlight.  "I managed to persuade my accomplice not to ditch the stuff so he stuffed it down his pants and we made it to the dock without incident," Tory wrote. 

The Conservative leader said he believes many people his age have similar tales to tell.

"I characterize ( the article ) as honest observations of somebody 30 years ago," Tory said.  "And at the same time I listened to Jimi Hendrix and I had long hair that was almost down to my shoulders, which my father was constantly telling me to get cut because I looked like a hippie."

The youthful Tory wrote that he used marijuana "to some extent" in high school and in his first year of university but hadn't touched the stuff in several years.

"At the time, I really saw nothing wrong with it although on certain occasions in certain circumstances I was somewhat paranoid of the badge swooping down and carting me away," he wrote.


more @ Mapinc.Org


Marijuana.Ca comment: A huge number of Canadians have explored marijuana / cannabis at some point in their lives for personal, medical or sacramental purposes. Many continue to do so today. All levels of government and related ministries need to raise the level of priority and urgency assigned to addressing the key issues related to both the medical and recreational aspects of Marijuana. Regulatory and Legal changes that address the core needs of key stakeholders need to be effectively and swiftly implemented. 

 


 

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Friday May 20th, 2016 

Should John Tory Crack Down on Toronto’s Marijuana Dispensaries?


Torontoist contributors square off on the legal grey area surrounding weed shops.
FOR: ERIK MCLAREN. AGAINST: DEBORAH B.
more @ Torontoist

How Does Marijuana Consumption Affect Autism?

In the absence of empirical data, however, is a growing body of anecdotal evidence that cannabis is making children with autism happier and healthier. And some doctors are listening. “Anecdotes should not be dismissed,” said Dr. Daniele Piomelli, one of the world’s top neuroscientists and endocannabinoid researchers. The University of California-Irvine faculty member won’t consider prescribing cannabis at this time, but is aware of the growing clamor for it. “An anecdote is a pointer. It’s something that suggests something needs to be either proven or disproven.”
more @ Leafly


Doctor-on-demand app Akira launches in Ontario

Toronto-based health consultation mobile platform Akira has launched, with $500,000 in seed funding from several investors, including Shopify founder Tobias Lütke, Top Hat founder Mike Silagadze, and venture capital firm HIGHLINE.

The chef cooking his way to a marijuana revolution: 'I'm a scientist at heart'

Christopher Sayegh, owner and operator of the Herbal Chef, a company that hosts pop-up dinners and sells all manner of cannabis-infused food products, hopes to do away with the kind of marijuana misinformation I grew up with and usher in an era of enlightened pot usage in California and eventually, all across the country.
more @ The Guardian

Marijuana Industry Unexpected Boost For Alberta's Struggling Economy

It's an unexpected shot in the arm for Alberta's struggling economy. And it's about as unlikely as it gets. Alberta's only industrial-scale grower of medical marijuana, Aurora Cannabis, just served notice that business is booming. The company now has well over 2,000 customers, beginning from a standing start in January. Prior to that, Aurora had to wait for the issuance of a sales licence from Healt