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on August 14, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Multiple sclerosis patient calls medical cannabis trial ‘a miracle’

The Montreal study, now in Phase 2, will try to determine if cannabis can be used as a less-dangerous substitute for opiate-based painkillers Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette By the time she decided to try cannabis pills, Joanne Fiorito was in dire straits. Fiorito could barely lift her feet when she walked and sometimes used an electric wheelchair to get around. Occasionally she’d wake up in the middle of the night, riddled with pain from her tensing muscles. The 61 year old has lived with multiple sclerosis for most of her life and, despite her use of heavy doses of...

The Montreal study, now in Phase 2, will try to determine if cannabis can be used as a less-dangerous substitute for opiate-based painkillers Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette By the time she decided to try cannabis pills, Joanne Fiorito was...

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on August 14, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Grocery store locations among first round of approvals for Calgary cannabis dispensaries

By Adam Toy Calgarians are getting a better idea of where they’ll be able to purchase recreational marijuana, whether at a dedicated dispensary or perhaps under the roof of a supermarket. And based on the addresses released by the City of Calgary, it looks like you might just be able to pick up cannabis while out grocery shopping at major grocery stores around the city. Eleven Calgary Co-op locations, including one gas station, received approvals to sell cannabis. Seven Real Canadian Superstores and one Real Canadian Liquor Store also got approval. Both grocery-store chains had previously stated intentions to...

By Adam Toy Calgarians are getting a better idea of where they’ll be able to purchase recreational marijuana, whether at a dedicated dispensary or perhaps under the roof of a supermarket. And based on the addresses released by the...

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on August 14, 2018 in Cannabis News Europe Featured

Cannabis could help treat inflammatory bowel diseases which affect millions, first study shows

Marijuana ingredient mimics body’s inflammation off-switch and could lead to new drug targets for Crohn’s and colitis Alex Matthews-King Health Correspondent Chemicals in cannabis can mimic the signals the body uses to regulate inflammation in the gut and could help treat serious chronic bowel conditions like Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis, scientists have said. Research from the University of Bath said the findings could help explain why some patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) report medical marijuana can help their symptoms. The trials are only in mice at this stage, but could lead to new drug targets for disorders which affect...

Marijuana ingredient mimics body’s inflammation off-switch and could lead to new drug targets for Crohn’s and colitis Alex Matthews-King Health Correspondent Chemicals in cannabis can mimic the signals the body uses to regulate inflammation in the gut and could help...

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on August 8, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Cannabis retail companies flock to Ontario in ‘frenzy,’ despite silence from province on pot plans

Farrah Merali · CBC News Despite no official word from the province on how it plans to manage the sale of recreational cannabis come October, private retailers are flocking to Ontario to set up shop. “Ontario is a frenzy right now in terms of entrepreneurs, real estate developers — anybody within the cannabis infrastructure,” said Dave Martyn, president of Starbuds Canada and Compass Cannabis Clinic. “The level of anticipation that’s building up is massive right now.” Martyn said Starbuds — a cannabis retailer originally based in Colorado —  has already secured multiple locations in Ontario. The medicinal arm of the company, Compass Cannabis Clinic, already has locations...

Farrah Merali · CBC News Despite no official word from the province on how it plans to manage the sale of recreational cannabis come October, private retailers are flocking to Ontario to set up shop. “Ontario is a frenzy...

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on August 8, 2018 in Cannabis News United States

Why I traded in my wine for weed

I stopped smoking marijuana years ago. But with pot being pitched as the answer to everything from stress to sleeplessness, I decided to find out if cannabis is the fastest route to wellness. Introducing the new world of weed. by Carley Fortune, Chatelaine I’ve never really liked smoking pot. More to the point, I’ve never really liked the way pot makes me feel: foggy and sleepy and clumsy. Once, while stoned, I attempted to make a peppermint tea and ended up pouring a kettle of boiling water onto my hand. I was in my early twenties at the time,...

I stopped smoking marijuana years ago. But with pot being pitched as the answer to everything from stress to sleeplessness, I decided to find out if cannabis is the fastest route to wellness. Introducing the new world of weed....

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on August 8, 2018 in Cannabis News United States

Ohio Is Having Trouble Finding Producers for Cannabis Edibles Market

By Mike Adams, Forbes It appears Ohio is having some difficulty scrounging up enough reputable cannabis companies to produce a variety of pot products for the state’s medical marijuana program. The Ohio Department of Commerce recently issued its first round of processor licenses, approving only 7 out of 104 applicants. The state says the majority of the businesses interested in producing marijuana–infused oils and treats did not meet the minimum requirements. So now, it’s back to drawing board. This means there are still several opportunities for stand-up cannabis operations to get in on the ground floor of the Buckeye...

By Mike Adams, Forbes It appears Ohio is having some difficulty scrounging up enough reputable cannabis companies to produce a variety of pot products for the state’s medical marijuana program. The Ohio Department of Commerce recently issued its first...

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on August 8, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada

Pot smokers most happy with private retail model

By Tony Coulson & Curtis Brown Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario Progressive Conservative government have signalled that cannabis will be sold in privately owned stores rather than through the newly created and government-owned Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), with Ontario following the lead of the four Western provinces and Newfoundland and Labrador in selling cannabis through a private or mixed retail system. This policy shift in Canada’s largest province is a game-changing development for the budding cannabis industry. Overnight, private cannabis retailers in Canada doubled their potential customer base, as this decision gives private retailers access to an estimated...

By Tony Coulson & Curtis Brown Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario Progressive Conservative government have signalled that cannabis will be sold in privately owned stores rather than through the newly created and government-owned Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), with...

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on August 8, 2018 in Cannabis News United States

Wrigley Billionaire Moves From Chewing Gum to Medical Marijuana

By Craig Giammona The scion of a family that made a fortune in chewing gum is moving into pot. William Wrigley Jr. II, who helped orchestrate the sale of his family’s business to Mars Inc. in 2008, led a $65 million investment round for Surterra Wellness, a medical cannabis startup in Georgia with licenses to operate in Florida and Texas. The funding brings the total raised so far to $100 million, according to Surterra. Wrigley, 54, who left the gum and candy business after the sale, backs companies through a personal investment arm based in West Palm Beach, Florida....

By Craig Giammona The scion of a family that made a fortune in chewing gum is moving into pot. William Wrigley Jr. II, who helped orchestrate the sale of his family’s business to Mars Inc. in 2008, led a...

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on August 8, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Canada: Toronto clubs bringing together cannabis and comedy

Submitted by Marijuana News It’s an age-old pairing that’s sparked a sub-genre of films, shows and standup acts: cannabis and comedy. “You just have to watch a Cheech and Chong movie to know that cannabis makes you susceptible to laughter,” says Mark Breslin, founder of Yuk Yuk’s comedy clubs in Canada. Yet stoned audiences are often the toughest to make laugh, say standup comics, who note that what high crowds lack in audible appreciation they make up for in friendly feedback and less heckling than drinking audiences. “They might not laugh at you the entire show, but after they’ll...

Submitted by Marijuana News It’s an age-old pairing that’s sparked a sub-genre of films, shows and standup acts: cannabis and comedy. “You just have to watch a Cheech and Chong movie to know that cannabis makes you susceptible to...

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on August 8, 2018 in Cannabis News United States Featured

Cannabis use can no longer be punished in Georgia, court rules

Submitted by Marijuana News Georgia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that all punishments for cannabis consumption, including fines, be immediately abolished. The court’s ruling – which took place on July 30 – was effective immediately, meaning it is now the law. The only exception to this, according to the Court, is if the cannabis consumption is perceived to cause direct harm to a third party. The Court stated that cannabis use could still be punished if “it is conducted in [educational] institutions, in some public places, for example in public transport, [or] in the presence of juveniles”. Story Continues Below It remains...

Submitted by Marijuana News Georgia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that all punishments for cannabis consumption, including fines, be immediately abolished. The court’s ruling – which took place on July 30 – was effective immediately, meaning it is now the...

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