Canada - Message to the Liberals : Stop the Arrests and Expunge records for possession of pot, Victoria BC MP Murray Rankin urges.

The federal Liberal government needs to start taking steps toward fulfilling its promise to legalize marijuana, such as by expunging criminal records for possession, says Victoria NDP MP Murray Rankin. Rankin said in the House of Commons on Friday that if the government is serious about not criminalizing Canadians for simple possession of marijuana, it could take steps now. “The current government could have taken immediate action, but has not,” said Rankin, the NDP justice critic. “There are no details, no timeline for decriminalizing marijuana possession, no commitment to expunge the records of hundreds of thousands of Canadians convicted for simple possession, and thousands are still unfairly facing possible arrest, tying up the police and our justice system.”
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Patients' Voices

Audio : Canada - Michael Arsenault is not allowed to use his medical marijuana in hospital.

A Moncton man dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and chronic pain is fighting for permission to vape medical marijuana while staying in the Dr. Georges-L-Dumont University Hospital Centre.Michel Arsenault said he became immune to pills and other pharmaceuticals. He said the medical marijuana gave him "great relief."

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34:1 CBD to THC Marijuana strain ratio. Katelyn Faith strain.

USA - Minnesota Medical Solutions, one of two medical cannabis operators in the state, announced the creation of a new strain with a higher cannabidiol (CBD) content than any cannabis plant known.
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Marijuana Makes Me Elevated, Not High.

"It's about getting myself out of the way and letting the ideas flow," says Charles, "not every time - but when it works, it works well." Charles (whose name has been changed) is an Oxford-trained philosopher and good friend discussing the effect of cannabis on his writing. Between "straight" and "high" there is a zone we might call "elevated." It's where all parts of the brain are lit up, firing on all cylinders, so to speak, but one is able to direct the bliss into something worthwhile, important and satisfying. "When I return to [what I've written] the next day, or days later," Charles continues, "I'm pleased to discover that I can use maybe 75 percent of it." Cannabis doesn't interfere, says Charles, rather, it "facilitates the flow of ideas from my head to my fingers."

Canada - Nanaimo city council takes step towards regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.

Nanaimo City Council is moving towards regulating marijuana storefronts in the city. Council voted unanimously at it’s regular meeting this week in favour of staff investigating what other cities have done to regulate the industry. Dispensary operators says it’s a step in the right direction but ultimately they’re hoping the federal government will move quickly to legalize marijuana.
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USA - Mother wants medical marijuana to help child with rare disease. Ali Herron gets constant seizures
Doctors said a Monroe teenager's life-altering disease is about one in four million in the United States.Ali Herron is one of just a few dozen cases in the country. In an exclusive interview with anchor Liz Foster, Ali's mother spoke about how a medical marijuana trial is giving them hope.
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Canada - Do Pot and Booze Mix? There’s a Turf War in Canada Over Where to Sell Weed.

"Cannabis and alcohol do not mix well together. Selling both products at the same outlet could promote unintended consequences," said Rielle Capler, an advisor for the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMDC) in a statement released by the group on Wednesday.
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HEMP - press release - Largest Industrial Hemp Expo in United States

The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado will host the 3rd Annual NoCo Hemp Expo on April 1-2, 2016. The expo will bring together what is bound to be the largest mix of Hempsters under one roof for two spectacular days of hemp education, workshops and hemp-based products.
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Featured Medicinal Video

Green Medicine - Chile's Medical Cannabis Revolution 2015 Documentary.
Green Medicine is a new documentary film that gives an insight into the medical cannabis scene in Chile. It follows the story of Daya Foundation, a non-profit organisation, that was granted a licence by the Chilean government to begin Latin America's first legal cannabis grow in 2014.
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Licensed Producer Focus

Canada - Mettrum Receives Health Canada License to Sell Marijuana Extracts. 

From the Mettrum press release: Mettrum is the second company in the industry to have been awarded a license for the production and sale of cannabis extracts."Securing this license is a continuation of our strategy of providing cannabis products, in a variety of formats. Our clients will be able to rely upon a selection of cannabis oils representing each band of the Mettrum Spectrum including our CBD strains. Cannabis extracts provide a level of standardization that cannot be achieved in the flower form, and in some cases, it is a more convenient consumption method," said Michael Haines, Chief Executive Officer of Mettrum. "We are very excited about this new phase for the industry and we look forward to continuing our role as a market leader, and provider, of high quality, cannabis products." 
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Canadian Events

Lift Cannabis Expo. Toronto, Canada.
Medical cannabis tradeshow.
May 28-29, 2016.
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USA Events

November 2015

High Times Cannabis Cup – Amsterdam


December 2015

Emerald Cup