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Edible cannabis products most likely to send 4/20 revellers to poison control - Vancouver Sun

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:51

Vancouver Sun

Edible cannabis products most likely to send 4/20 revellers to poison control
Vancouver Sun
“The 4/20 cannabis calls represent a real spike, way over what we see on ordinary days,” said Dr. Tom Kosatsky, medical director of environmental health services for the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. He acknowledged that the total number of calls ...

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Municipalities deciding how to respond to BC's cannabis retail plan - Vancouver Sun

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:35

Vancouver Sun

Municipalities deciding how to respond to BC's cannabis retail plan
Vancouver Sun
Municipalities in Metro Vancouver have taken a variety of approaches to retail marijuana sales, from referring the matter to staff and forming committees, to coming up with their own frameworks before the announcement. Dan Layng, chief licence ...

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Get ready for weed yoga: The first legal cannabis spa may be on its way - Mashable

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 15:52

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Get ready for weed yoga: The first legal cannabis spa may be on its way
Mashable
Weed and yoga might just be a match made in heaven. But despite pot's legal status in Denver, "ganja yoga" isn't permitted. Well, unless you get stoned yourself and then go to a yoga class. But maybe there's another option on the way... Owners of the ...

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BC cannabis retail regs put firewall between production and sales - Financial Post

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 15:42

Financial Post

BC cannabis retail regs put firewall between production and sales
Financial Post
TORONTO — You can't grow your bud and sell it too, the government of British Columbia told cannabis companies this week, in a move that could make it difficult for micro-producers to compete and impossible for larger producers to get in on the retail ...
So you want to set up a marijuana dispensaryVancouver Courier

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Bernard Noble Finally Granted Parole After Being Sentenced to 13 Years for Possessing Two Joints

Alternet - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:24
Click here for reuse options! It is time that all prisoners of the war on drugs are returned home to be reunited with their families.

Bernard Noble, who was sentenced to 13 years for possessing two marijuana joints, was granted parole yesterday after serving more than 8 years in a Louisiana prison. His case drew national attention and outrage, at a time when states are legalizing marijuana and individuals are making big bucks with the business of marijuana.

Bernard was riding his bike up a one way street the wrong way when police stopped him. They found two marijuana joints in his possession and threw the book at him because of two prior low-level drug law violations.

The Drug Policy Alliance filed a friend of the court brief in the Louisiana Supreme Court in 2014, calling for judicial relief, but the appeal was denied. Then, in 2015, the Board of Pardons and Parole rejected Noble’s petition for clemency because he had not served 10 or more years in prison.  (Louisiana state law requires prisoners to have been in custody of the Department of Corrections for a minimum of 10 years before they’ll consider an inmate’s application for clemency.)

Bernard’s sentence is a prime example of the draconian nature of the marijuana laws in many states across the country and one in which Attorney General Jeff Sessions advocates for. Sessions has been very vocal about turning back the hand of time in America’s war on drugs.

In stark contrast to Louisiana, many states have legalized and decriminalized possession of marijuana for personal use. According to a new DPA report, total marijuana arrests in legal marijuana states have plummeted --  saving hundreds of millions of dollars and sparing thousands of people from being branded with a lifelong criminal record.

To be sentenced under unjust laws to a tremendous amount of time is unconscionable.  I know this because I served 12 years of a 15-to-life sentence behind bars for a non-violent drug crime. In 1997, after serving 12 years I was granted executive clemency by New York Governor George Pataki.

Noble has never been convicted of anything more serious than possession of drugs for personal use, but because of the draconian nature of Louisiana’s drug laws Bernard was forced to leave his home and his seven children behind. It almost feels unreal that a case like his could happen despite the tremendous recent strides in marijuana law reform.  But there are still over 500,000 people getting arrested in the U.S. every year just for getting caught with a small amount of marijuana.

It is time that all prisoners of the war on drugs are returned home to be reunited with their families, in the name of justice.

This piece first appeared on the Drug Policy Alliance Blog.

 

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Illegal pot shops flourish in Ottawa; one plans a cannabis lounge - Ottawa Citizen

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:30

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Illegal pot shops flourish in Ottawa; one plans a cannabis lounge
Ottawa Citizen
Cannabis Nature, one of the city's newest pot shops, features a take out window carved out of the drywall. OTTwp. Share Adjust Comment Print. Ontario's attorney general has warned that illegal marijuana dispensaries will be closed across the province ...

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7 Reasons To Smoke Marijuana Every Day

Alternet - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:54
As if you needed more than one. 1. It Can Give You A Healthier Liver

That is, if you’re addicted to alcohol. A recent study found that alcoholics who smoked weed everyday had healthier livers.

According to BGR:

A peer-reviewed paper accepted for publication in Liver International journal looked at inpatient discharge data for 320,000 adult patients with a history of alcohol abuse. When comparing the data, researchers found that the 10% of alcoholics who also used weed exhibited a lower rate of liver disease of any kind. Alcoholics who were habitual users exhibited an even lower incidence of liver disease than occasional users, strongly suggesting that yes, weed can help prevent liver damage from drinking.

2. It Can Help Your Brain

The chemical compounds inherent in cannabis, THC and CBD, help protect our brains. This is particularly true in relation to brain injury.

But, according to The Fresh Toast‘s Trey Reckling:

It’s not just about traumatic brain injury. The reputable Salk Institute has contributed to a growing body of research that shows that low doses of THC reduce the plaque forming proteins associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. It effectively reduces inflammation and helps prevent neural cell death, preserving the brain’s ability to be “plastic.”

In addition to holding promise for people suffering from traumatic brain injury and early onset dementia, this function of cannabis is also of great interest to people with post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. Cannabis is believed to be effective for people with PTSD because neuroplasticity helps their brain to ‘forget’ the trauma more than before and allows the brain to rewire connections of learned fear, reducing hyper vigilancenightmares and night terrors.

3. It Can Treat Migraines

A study from the University of Colorado, published in the January issue of Parmacotherapy, showed that the frequency of migraines in patients who used cannabis dropped from 10.4 per month to 4.6—a number that’s both statistically and clinically significant.

According to TFT‘s Richard Faulk, “Secondary findings showed that different cannabis delivery routes had different strengths: Smoked marijuana, which hits the bloodstream almost instantly, was best for treating acute migraines. On the other hand, edibles, which take much longer to metabolize, helped prevent headaches.”

4. It Can Aid In Weight Loss 

Cannabis helps the body regulate insulin production more efficiently. The TFT‘s cannabis editor, Al Olson, credits marijuana with helping him shed 50 pounds in 2016.

Says Olson:

Essentially what may be happening is this: Marijuana will generally promote appetite and binge eating when first using marijuana. Eventually, it has the opposite effect and the cannabinoid receptors in your brain become desensitized or trained.

He says while marijuana assists in weight loss, it’s not going to help you lose weight on its own. “You seriously need to adopt a healthier lifestyle and be mindful of what you are putting in your body.”

5. Weed Helps Promote Creativity

People credit smoking weed with getting their creative juices flowing, and it’s not just talk. According to TFT’s Al Olson, the link between marijuana and creativity is legit. He points to a 2010 study that showed THC’s ability to increase “hyper-priming.”

Put simply, hyper-priming is what occurs when your brain makes a connection between two items that are seemingly unrelated. When under the influence of THC, most people are capable of making these connections faster than those not under the influence. In other words, cannabis produces psychotomimetic symptoms, which leads to connecting disparate concepts, the type of divergent thinking that is considered primary to creative thinking.

6. It Will Help You Sleep

Marijuana has been proven time and again as a sleep aid. But how does it work, exactly? As TFT‘s Al Olson reports, as more and more states move to legalize cannabis, more of us are looking at the herb as an alternative to pharmaceuticals. Studies have shown that cannabis can improve the duration and quality of sleep. A 1973 study suggests that THC reduces the amount of time it takes those with insomnia to fall asleep. Another study found that those that regularly used THC fell asleep faster.

7. Lighting Up Can Lower Your Risk Of Diabetes

study from SUNY Buffalo, shows that adult marijuana users in the US consume on average more soda, more alcohol—particularly beer—more salt, pork, cheese, and salty snacks, and they eat less fruit than nonusers. And yet, they are skinnier.

Says TFT‘s Richard Faulk:

For those of us who try to lead a healthy lifestyle, eat well, and limit the amount of substances we abuse, the cruel fact seems to be that habitual marijuana users take in more calories and yet are less inclined toward obesity and diabetes. Of course, this was not a controlled study, so the pot might be a deceptive correlation. Maybe some overlooked factor is actually key—like maybe all the cannabis users also do yoga or bike to work or have tapeworms.

 

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Citing Infamous Big Tobacco Hearing, Sanders Wants Drug CEOs to Testify on Opioid Crisis

Alternet - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:45
Demanding an investigation by lawmakers, Sanders notes that the epidemic has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is calling for pharmaceutical industry executives to testify in the Senate and for lawmakers to investigate the role manufacturers and distributors have played in fueling the national opioid crisis.

"This epidemic has not only cost us hundreds of thousands of lives, but has also cost federal, state, and local governments hundreds of billions of dollars for healthcare, law enforcement, and reduced productivity," Sanders wrote in a letter(pdf) to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, on Monday.

While President Donald Trump continues to fail on his promise to seriously prioritize the issue of opioid addiction, the letter declares, "It is time for the United States Congress to investigate this crisis, to learn what the drug companies knew about these products, and to hold them accountable in helping communities all over this country address this deadly and expensive crisis," emphasizing the HELP Committee "should be at the forefront of investigating all the causes that led to this epidemic."

More than 63,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 alone, and the majorityof those deaths were tied to opioid use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (and recent research has shown the official count may be far lower than the actual death toll). While the HELP Committee has held multiple hearings in response to the crisis—with another scheduled for Thursday—none have addressed the culpability of prescription drug companies, particularly with regard to marketing practices and communicating risks to doctors.

"This crisis did not happen in a vacuum. Thanks to the work of many investigative journalists, we know that pharmaceutical companies lied about the addictive impacts of the drugs. In other words, they knew how dangerous these products were, but refused to tell doctors and patients," the letter continues, pointing to a series of damning reports that have been published in recent years. "The public needs to know whether or not the industry's marketing practices were complicit in creating this crisis."

Sanders' letter recounts when tobacco industry executives testified in front of a House subcommittee in 1994, highlighting that during the hearing, lawmakers "had the courage to demand" that those testifying "tell the American people what they knew and when they knew that tobacco was a major health hazard, and had killed millions of people." Noting that those hearings "led to real change," the senator demands lawmakers "summon that courage again" to bring Big Pharma executives to the Senate.

While more than 100 states and municipalities have filed lawsuits and received settlements from opioid producers and distributors, which the letter acknowledges, the senator emphasizes that it's "not nearly enough" to cover the costs of crisis, declaring "the states cannot do it alone."

The letter also notes that Sanders plans to "introduce legislation to hold these companies accountable for the destruction they have caused," which he says would "prohibit illegal marketing and distribution practices with respect to opioids" and require drug companies to "reimburse the economic impact of their products."

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Canaccord Genuity earnings get big boost from marijuana sector - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:13

CBC.ca

Canaccord Genuity earnings get big boost from marijuana sector
CBC.ca
Canaccord Genuity's third-quarter earnings got a major lift from a flurry of deals in the Canadian cannabis sector, which helped the investment bank see its net income rise more than 500 per cent year-over-year. The Toronto-based financial services and ...
Canaccord eyes junior gold sector after cannabis and crypto drive ...BNN
Canada's Biggest Marijuana Adviser Sees `Robust' Deals, More ...Bloomberg

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Why states should limit the potency of marijuana - Washington Post

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 05:03

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Why states should limit the potency of marijuana
Washington Post
Marijuana legalization states have taken no steps to limit the potency of marijuana, which has increased sharply in recent years. A new study suggests this could create public health problems down the road as more users become addicted or otherwise ...

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Can you fly with marijuana within legalized states? - USA TODAY

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 05:02

USA TODAY

Can you fly with marijuana within legalized states?
USA TODAY
“The intent being [cannabis products] are not allowable anywhere inside the buildings, be it pre- or post-security.” Meanwhile, in Colorado, which back in 2014 was the first state to license stores to sell recreational marijuana, Denver International ...

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Ian Mulgrew: Cannabis regulations missing the mark, and the snicker - Vancouver Sun

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 03:00

Vancouver Sun

Ian Mulgrew: Cannabis regulations missing the mark, and the snicker
Vancouver Sun
The provincial government's initial plan for marijuana legalization must have been put together by spoilsports and dour Mrs. Grundies. It's tone-deaf. I preferred it when politicians were making Cheech-and-Chong jokes and sniggering about smoking pot ...
Legal cannabis won't come cheap in BCVancouver Courier
Marijuana | Topics | Toronto StarToronto Star

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OR: Pushing Back Against AG Jeff Sessions' War on Weed, Oregon, 19 Other States Seek Expanded Banking Options - Willamette Week

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 00:27
wweek.com (US) Obama-era document that said federal law enforcement officials would not prosecute the marijuana industry in states where the drug is legal. (Wed Feb 07 22:27:25 2018 PST)
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OR: Willamette Week -- Portland News, Movies, Music, Restaurants, Arts - Willamette Week

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OR: Pushing Back Against AG Jeff Sessions' War on Weed, Oregon, 19 Other States Seek Expanded Banking Options - Willamette Week

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OR: Audit: State pot tracking, licensing system needs improvement - Capital Bureau - Wallowa County Chieftain

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OR: Audit: State pot tracking, licensing system needs improvement - Capital Bureau - Wallowa County Chieftain

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haliburtonecho.ca (Canada) Preparing for pot legalization There remain a multitude of unanswered questions for Ontario municipalities when it comes to the impending legalization of ma... (Wed Feb 07 02:16:04 2018 PST)
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