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CANADA: Strong opinions on legalized pot - The Community Press

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communitypress.ca (Canada) Remains adamant he will never endorse the establishment of a cannabis retail store here. (Tue Dec 12 02:08:31 2017 PST)
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CANADA: Strong opinions on legalized pot - The Community Press

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CANADA: CanniMed seeks regulatory action against Aurora's hostile takeover bid - Business - Cape Breton Post

Bot - Cannabis - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:06
capebretonpost.com (US) TORONTO b CanniMed Therapeutics is seeking regulatory action in both Saskatchewan and Ontario, the company's latest push back against a hostile takeover ... (Tue Dec 12 02:06:09 2017 PST)
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CANADA: CannabisNB to be the name of recreational cannabis stores in province - Regional - News - Cape Breton Post

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capebretonpost.com (US) CannabisNB to be the name of recreational cannabis stores in province ! Regional ! News ! Cape Breton Post CannabisNB to be the name of recreational cannabis stores in province ! Regional ! News ! Cape Breton Post CannabisNB to be the name of recreational cannabis stores in province FREDERICTON b CannabisNB will be the name of the New Brunswick government's cannabis retail stores when they open next year. (Tue Dec 12 02:06:09 2017 PST)
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CANADA: CannabisNB to be the name of recreational cannabis stores in province - Regional - News - Cape Breton Post

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capebretonpost.com (US) CannabisNB to be the name of recreational cannabis stores in province ! Regional ! News ! Cape Breton Post CannabisNB to be the name of recreational cannabis stores in province ! Regional ! News ! Cape Breton Post CannabisNB to be the name of recreational cannabis stores in province FREDERICTON b CannabisNB will be the name of the New Brunswick government's cannabis retail stores when they open next year. (Tue Dec 12 02:06:09 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $chemicals(75%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $depressant_intoxicant(75%), $alcohol(75%), $cannabis(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $incarceration(100%), $youth(60%)]
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CANADA: CanniMed seeks regulatory action against Aurora's hostile takeover bid - Business - Cape Breton Post

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FL: FL Lawmakers Chide Marijuana Office Over Slow Roll-Out - WUSF News

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wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu (US) FloridaB health officials are under fire for the slow implementation of the latest medical marijuanaB law.B State lawmakers are rejecting the department's excuses. (Tue Dec 12 20:05:42 2017 PST)
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FL: Judge To Hear Arguments On Black Farmer Pot License - WUSF News

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wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu (US) Judge To Hear Arguments On Black Farmer Pot License ! WUSF News Judge To Hear Arguments On Black Farmer Pot License A Leon County circuit judge will hear argumentsB ThursdayB on a request for a temporary injunction to block the Florida Department of Health from carrying out part of a new law that calls for issuing a medical-marijuana license to a black farmer. (Tue Dec 12 20:05:42 2017 PST)
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INTERNATIONAL: Case Studies and Events -- Metro

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Part 4, Recipe: Cannabis-Infused Gelt - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 20:51

Leafly

Part 4, Recipe: Cannabis-Infused Gelt
Leafly
Put the kids to bed before kicking off an elevated round of dreidel complete with cannabis-infused gelt. These chocolate coins will melt in your mouth and impress your guests with their rich flavor. (Courtesy of Satori). Cannabis product: Satori Dark ...

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Coffee Shop Wants to Be Denver's First Legal Cannabis Club - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:39

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Coffee Shop Wants to Be Denver's First Legal Cannabis Club
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For instance, the city required cannabis clubs to be twice as far from schools and anywhere else children gather as liquor stores. Customers buying marijuana products often ask where they are allowed to legally use it, and employees have few answers ...
'Coffee Joint' may become Colorado's first marijuana-use business9NEWS.com
Coffee shop wants to be Denver's first legal marijuana clubNational Post

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First Look At Ohio's 2018 Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure ... - Marijuana Moment

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:30

Marijuana Moment

First Look At Ohio's 2018 Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure ...
Marijuana Moment
A group that tried and failed to convince Ohio voters to legalize marijuana in 2015 is making another attempt. On Monday, a team including investor James Gould and political operative Ian James announced that they will work to place a cannabis ...
Weed: Group seeks to legalize recreational use in OhioCincinnati.com
Ohio medical marijuana scoring consultant had ties to cultivation license winnercleveland.com
Spurned Ohio medical marijuana applicant pushes full legalization voteThe Cannabist
Dayton Daily News -Cleveland Scene Weekly -MyDaytonDailyNews
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Aphria to cut down US cannabis exposure amid TSX delisting review - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:25

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Aphria to cut down US cannabis exposure amid TSX delisting review
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Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) said it is moving to "purify" its balance sheet by reducing its exposure to medical cannabis in the U.S., where pot remains illegal under federal law, as it undergoes a delisting review by the group ...

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Polar bear capital of the world debating sale of legalized marijuana - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:19

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Polar bear capital of the world debating sale of legalized marijuana
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The northern Manitoba town known as the polar bear capital of the world may be remote, but it's dealing with the same issue as many of the province's municipalities — whether cannabis should be sold in the community once recreational use is legalized ...

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Cannabis Stock Exchange? How the CSE capitalized on pot stocks - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:52

The Globe and Mail

Cannabis Stock Exchange? How the CSE capitalized on pot stocks
The Globe and Mail
"I didn't know a lot" about the marijuana business, he says as his laughter subsides. "I didn't know that it was going to be a public-markets story." That story started in 2014, not long after the federal government unveiled new rules for the ...

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Bongs for kids, profits for companies? Scholar Emily Dufton on the ... - The Verge

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:12

Toronto Star

Bongs for kids, profits for companies? Scholar Emily Dufton on the ...
The Verge
The 2016 election seemed like a tipping point for marijuana legalization. Almost 60 percent of Americans support legalizing the drug, and voters in California — the state with the largest economy — decided to approve recreational weed, effectively ...
Teen marijuana use is down in Colorado following legalization, data showsToronto Star
Teen Marijuana Use Down In Most Legalized States, Federal Data ...Marijuana Moment
Teen marijuana use in Colorado down post-legalizationThe Cannabist
The Denver Channel
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Water-Soluble THC Is Now A Thing And Edibles May Never Be The Same

Alternet - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:51
Into microdosing? This is for you.

A guy out of Colorado believes he’s created a product that will disrupt the edibles industry: powdered THC and CBD that’s tasteless and dissolvable in just about anything.

 

Justin Singer came up with the idea after cutting a pot brownie into a million little pieces so his diabetic grandmother could have some without losing her mind, according to Westword. Now, his company, Stillwater Brands, sells a water-soluble product called Ripple, which can infuse pretty much any food or drink item you can think of, from soup to cookies to water.

In fact, according to Westword, Stillwater now offers infused instant coffee and teas with the same technology, with serving sizes ranging from 2.5 milligrams to 10 milligrams of CBD and THC.

The selling point of Ripple is that it doesn’t need fat to bond with, unlike cannabutter. Singer tells Westword the challenge right now is educating consumers. “It’s tough, because dispensaries don’t have a tea aisle. They’re not a Whole Foods. Right now, marijuana information filters down from heavy users to new consumers. So for a 100-milligram user, this probably isn’t for them.”

Singer ‘s ideal consumer? One who microdoses.

“Our product was created for grandmothers and working professionals in mind. Positive effects tend to come in lower doses unless you’re a medical patient. We’ve also seen a little interest in Ripple among active lifestyles — people integrating it into their workouts, adding it to their meals.”

“There’s a helluva lot of math involved in cannabutter.” Singer says. “We don’t expect to be the only ones on the block doing this.”

 

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How Uruguay Makes Legal Marijuana Work

Alternet - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:28
The South American country’s move to full legalization of cannabis has so far proved a success, especially for its 17,391 registered users

Every afternoon a long queue of people gathers outside a tiny neighbourhood pharmacy in Montevideo. The shop is so small that they can only be let in one at a time. It’s a slow process but the mostly young clients don’t seem to mind. They stand outside or sit on doorsteps chatting in groups of twos and threes as they wait their turn in the warm southern spring.

A chemist inside in a green medical coat asks them each to press their thumb on a fingerprint scanner. The electronic device is connected to a central government computer that will either authorise or deny the purchase of their allotted 10 weekly grams of legal marijuana. It is a state-controlled, high quality product guaranteed to provide excellent highs.

“On the street 25 grams of marijuana would cost you 3,000 pesos, that’s about $100 for something with probably a large amount of pesticide, seeds and stems,” says Luciano, a young buyer who is next in line. “But here the same amount would cost you only $30, and it comes in guaranteed, premium quality, thermosealed 5g packs.”

In July this year, tiny Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalise the sale of marijuana across its entire territory.

“The most important thing has been the change of paradigm,” says Gastón Rodríguez Lepera, shareholder in Symbiosis, one of the two private firms producing cannabis for the government’s Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis. “Uruguay dived in at the deep end without too much international support. They said it wouldn’t work. Well, it’s working now.”

With a population of only 3.4 million, squeezed in between its two giant South American neighbours Brazil and Argentina (population 208 million and 43 million respectively), Uruguay has long been at the forefront of liberal policies not only in South America but worldwide.

A divorce law that allowed women to separate from their husbands simply by asking a court for permission was passed as far back as 1913. Abortion was legalised in 2012, with Uruguay the only country in Latin America to do so apart from Cuba.

Part of the reason for Uruguay’s liberal temperament is a longstanding separation of church and state in a region where the Catholic Church remains dominant. There is no official Christmas day on Uruguay’s state calendar. Most Uruguayans refer to the holiday by its government denomination of family day. Easter week is referred to as tourism week.

Uruguay’s switch to a legal marijuana market has not been without its hitches, however, notably the resistance of most pharmacists to act as outlets for the recreational marijuana (medical marijuana remains illegal in Uruguay).

Only 12 of the country’s 1,100 pharmacies have signed up so far to supply the 17,391 government-registered consumers served by the system, which explains the long queues outside. The low price and slim profit margin partly explain their reticence. “But the main problem is that banks have threatened to close the accounts of pharmacies selling marijuana,” said one chemist who sells marijuana in Montevideo, but who did not want to reveal his name for fear of such bank intervention.

Although sales of the drug have been legalised in various US states, they remain illegal at federal level, leading to a situation where most banks refuse to handle marijuana-related accounts anywhere in the world. Even now that sales in Uruguay have been completely legalised, the fear of running into trouble with the US federal authorities has become concrete.

“The problem with the banks was an unforeseen hitch,” says Eduardo Blasina, president of Montevideo’s cannabis museum, set in an old house in the artsy Palermo district of the capital city. “But these bumps will get smoothed out eventually.”

The potency of the original government-licensed marijuana also failed to satisfy consumers at the start. “The government made a mistake because the first batch they released to the market in July had a potency level of only 2% THC,” says Blasina.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis content. This is much lower than the levels found in legal recreational weed in US states like Colorado.

“The government quickly got the message and has now upped the content to 9% THC,” says the Montevideo pharmacist. A consumer himself, he adds: “I’ve tried it and I can assure you that it provides a most satisfactory experience.”

For those who would rather not buy their legal weed at a pharmacy, Uruguay’s marijuana law allows consumers to plant their own at home (up to six plants) or join special privately run “cannabis clubs” with a maximum of 45 members who are allowed to withdraw 40g per month from the club’s crop.

“The transformation of consumers has been astounding,” says Blasina. “They’ve gone from buying low-quality products from street dealers to becoming gourmet experts who compete with the crops at their clubs.”

Confident that pharmacists will eventually find a way to work round the refusal of banks to handle their accounts, Blasina is more worried about the ban on selling legal marijuana to visitors from abroad in a country where tourism keeps growing, partly due to Uruguay’s beautiful beaches, but also because of its growing reputation as a liberal haven in South America.

“Visitors arrive here hoping to enjoy freedom in one of the most liberal countries in the world, so they feel disappointed when they find out they can’t buy legal marijuana,” says Blasina. “They end up buying it on the street, which contradicts the whole point of the law, which is to cut traffickers out of the business.”

Blasina and others have started pressing the government for the passports of tourists to be stamped with a permit to purchase a small amount of marijuana during their stay. “A record number of visitors will arrive this summer and what will we say to them? Sorry, you can’t smoke?” he says.

There are ways round the problem, however. “The quality of the marijuana is so high that the 40 monthly grams permitted by the government far exceeds what I could smoke on my own,” says one Uruguayan who works with foreigners travelling here. “So I always have enough to share around with visitors.”

 

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CannabisNB to be the name of recreational cannabis stores in province - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 08:45

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CannabisNB to be the name of recreational cannabis stores in province
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Finance Minister Cathy Rogers says the provincial government has introduced legislation focused on ensuring public health and safety is respected by having strong regulations for production, distribution, and sale of cannabis. Nova Scotia and P.E.I ...
Here's where you'll be buying marijuana in New Brunswick ...Globalnews.ca

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