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Aphria considering selling its US unit amid federal crackdown on marijuana in legalized pot states - Financial Post

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Aphria considering selling its US unit amid federal crackdown on marijuana in legalized pot states
Financial Post
Canadian cannabis company Aphria Inc said on Thursday it was exploring strategic alternatives, including a sale, for its U.S. business, amid tightening enforcement of federal cannabis laws in the country. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of ...
Aphria looks to unload assets in retreat from U.S. cannabis market ...The Globe and Mail

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Here’s The Latest Research Results On Marijuana And Heart Health

Alternet - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:54
To shed more light on this subject, researchers went back to examine the data from dozens of studies on marijuana and the heart.

Although some preliminary research from last year frightened the cannabis community when it suggested that regular pot smokers were three times more likely to succumb to hypertension, a more recent analysis finds this is not necessarily the case. It seems that until the more research is conducted on the herb, the scientific world remains mostly in the dark about the overall affect of cannabis on cardiovascular health.

To shed more light on this subject, researchers went back to examine the data from dozens of studies on marijuana and heart health. Essentially, the main focus was to learn whether marijuana causes elevated cholesterol levels or high blood pressure. The study group searched for any evidence linking marijuana to heart disease. But what they ultimately discovered was that all of the previous research surrounding this topic is flawed.

“Evidence examining the effect of marijuana on cardiovascular risk factors and outcomes … is insufficient,” researchers concluded, according to a report from Business Insider.

The results of the latest study are consistent with a much larger investigation published last year. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which consists of some of the leading scientific minds in the country, determined there was “insufficient evidence” that smoking marijuana was a detriment to heart health. More specifically, the group was unable to establish whether cannabis could trigger a heart attack.

Still, science says that marijuana does in fact increase a person’s heart rate by up to 50 beats a minute. Some believe this means the herb definitely has a negative affect on heart function. Yet, all of this “limited evidence” is all over the place. Some smaller studies have shown that marijuana might actually have the power to lower blood pressure, rather than increase it. In the end, the scientific community remains stumped.

But it is not likely we will have any definitive answers with respect to marijuana and the heart anytime in the near future. Until the federal government chooses to downgrade the Schedule I classification of the cannabis plant under the Controlled Substances Act, research will be hard to come by. As it stands, scientists have a tough time getting green lit for studies to examine the health benefits of cannabis because of all the red tape they have to cut through to get approval from all of the pertinent government agencies. This has caused researchers like Dr. Sue Sisley to get jammed up in her years-long exploration of medical marijuana as a treatment for patients with PTSD.

Considering that marijuana is legal in over half the nation for medicinal and recreational purposes, now would be a good time for the Trump administration to initiate the rescheduling process. Because not knowing how marijuana impacts the heart and other factors is the real risk to public health and safety.

 

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As legalization looms, more Metro Vancouver cities outlaw ... - CBC.ca - CBC.ca

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As legalization looms, more Metro Vancouver cities outlaw ... - CBC.ca
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Suburbs of Metro Vancouver are digging in their heels against the sale and production of cannabis ahead of looming federal regulation of the drug.

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Regulators urged to include so-called grey market in marijuana legalization - National Post

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Regulators urged to include so-called grey market in marijuana legalization
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Behind the counter stands Vanessa Dandurand, the 30-year-old store manager with an encyclopedic knowledge of cannabis and many dedicated return customers. “For so many of our clients, this can be the only positive interaction they have all day. Their ...

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AK: News Briefs - The Valdez Star

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valdezstar.net (US) New pot head New pot head (AP) A new chairman has been elected to lead the board that regulates Alaska's legal marijuana industry. (AP) A new chairman has been elected to lead the board that regulates Alaska's legal marijuana industry. Department of Justice changed its policy on marijuana enforcement. Buccaneer Linnea Langseth... (Thu Feb 01 18:35:49 2018 PST)
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AK: Utqiagvik, formerly known as Barrow, where the climate has changed - The Valdez Star

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valdezstar.net (US) Marijuana store to remain open despite recent federal policy shift (Thu Feb 01 18:35:49 2018 PST)
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AK: Op-ed: The grim reality of sexual assault in Alaska -- The Sun Star

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uafsunstar.com (US) Its residents are privy to legalized cannabis and its growing popularity among the rest of the United States. (Thu Feb 01 18:35:09 2018 PST)
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AK: News Briefs - The Valdez Star

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AK: Utqiagvik, formerly known as Barrow, where the climate has changed - The Valdez Star

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AK: Arts and Entertainment -- The Sun Star

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AK: Op-ed: The grim reality of sexual assault in Alaska -- The Sun Star

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AK: Opioid Task Force holds town hall meeting on education, awareness - The Skagway News.

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AK: Fairbanks marijuana store shut down by state for alleged major violations

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webcenter11.com (US) Local business 'Frozen Budz' was shut down Friday by the state marijuana control board. (Thu Feb 01 18:29:24 2018 PST)
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AK: Politics - KTVA 11 - The Voice of Alaska

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ktva.com (US) Burglarized marijuana grow blames city for six-figure losses The owner of an Anchorage marijuana cultivation facility is pointing his finger at the city after his business was burglarized last month. (Thu Feb 01 18:29:11 2018 PST)
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AK: National - Top Story - KTVA 11 - The Voice of Alaska

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ktva.com (US) Prosecutors in San Francisco and San Diego are moving to erase thousands of marijuana convictions en masse. (Thu Feb 01 18:29:11 2018 PST)
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AK: Alaska Headlines - KTVA 11 - The Voice of Alaska

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ktva.com (US) Alaska Headlines - KTVA 11 - The Voice of Alaska Marijuana tax collections in Alaska tumble again Marijuana tax revenue in Alaska fell for the second straight month in December, though a state tax auditor says the slide may be short lived. Correction: Alaska-Fatal Police Shooting story In stories Jan. 31, 2018, and Oct. 12, 2017, about an Alaska police offi... (Thu Feb 01 18:29:11 2018 PST)
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AK: Crime - KTVA 11 - The Voice of Alaska

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ktva.com (US) Stabbed in neck by teen on mushrooms Fairbanks Police are investigating a stabbing Friday in which a teenage girl was stabbed in the neck. (Thu Feb 01 18:29:11 2018 PST)
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AK: Local News - KTVA 11 - The Voice of Alaska

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ktva.com (US) Marijuana tax collections in Alaska tumble again Marijuana tax revenue in Alaska fell for the second straight month in December, though a state tax auditor says the slide may be short-lived. Suspect in drug ring denied visit ... (Thu Feb 01 18:29:11 2018 PST)
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AK: KTVA 11 - The Voice of Alaska

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ktva.com (US) Companies exploit marijuana 'gifting' loophole to skirt regulations Cops suspended after allegedly eating pot, calling for backup (Thu Feb 01 18:29:11 2018 PST)
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AK: Fairbanks marijuana store shut down by state for alleged major violations

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