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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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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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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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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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Higher education: New LA College class to study marijuana

Submitted by Marijuana News Professor Ike Levine’s new class at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College this fall — “Marijuana — Hemp, Hype, Hope and High” — will be purely academic. Mostly. “It’s not going to be a primer for people on how to grow pot. It’s not all about that,” Levine said. “It’s a little bit about that.” And don’t expect any show-and-tell. Mostly. “You can’t do medical (marijuana) or any marijuana research unless you have a special license from the feds,” Levine said. “Being that I don’t have that special license and not wanting to risk...

Submitted by Marijuana News Professor Ike Levine’s new class at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College this fall — “Marijuana — Hemp, Hype, Hope and High” — will be purely academic. Mostly. “It’s not going to be a...

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California taxes keeping cannabis consumers in the black market

Submitted by Marijuana News Despite the overwhelming majority of Californians being happy with the legal cannabis market, there is still a significant percentage of residents who buy marijuana illegally, due in large part to high taxes on the substance. A new report from Eaze Insights shows that 84 percent of Californians are “satisfied” with the legal marijuana market, but approximately 20 percent have purchased illegal or illicit marijuana in the past three months. Concerning to regulators and the state’s finances is that 84 percent of that segment of the population is “highly likely to repeat that behavior in the future due...

Submitted by Marijuana News Despite the overwhelming majority of Californians being happy with the legal cannabis market, there is still a significant percentage of residents who buy marijuana illegally, due in large part to high taxes on the substance....

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7 Best States to Grow Marijuana In

Submitted by Marijuana News While many of us are content to just visit a dispensary to purchase marijuana, some people like to get their hands dirty (literally) and grow their own cannabis, writes Joseph Misulonas. And while that can be quite the endeavor, there are things you can do to make it easier on yourself. For instance, you can pick a good place to live. Here are the seven best state to grow marijuana, based on both climate and legality: 1. California Story Continues Below California already produces the most marijuana in the United States, so it’s no surprise it’s...

Submitted by Marijuana News While many of us are content to just visit a dispensary to purchase marijuana, some people like to get their hands dirty (literally) and grow their own cannabis, writes Joseph Misulonas. And while that can be...

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This UK man is giving free CBD to the terminally ill

Submitted by Marijuana News A UK man is defying cannabis prohibition in Britain by offering free CBD to terminally ill patients.   Satnam Bains (not his real name) is risking up to 14 years in prison for providing the cannabis-extract to seriously ill patients. And he’s not charging a single pence despite the considerable cost of producing cannabis oil. “I make no money from this and every batch costs me a few hundred quid. All I want is to heal as many people as I can and I ask them to pray for my brother,” Bains told Huffington Post. So instead of taking cash from patients, he’s hoping...

Submitted by Marijuana News A UK man is defying cannabis prohibition in Britain by offering free CBD to terminally ill patients.   Satnam Bains (not his real name) is risking up to 14 years in prison for providing the cannabis-extract to seriously ill patients. And...

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