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on July 16, 2018 in World News

Winners of the 2018 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup

By Chloé Harper Gold The 2018 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup had some stiff competition. Here’s who came out on top. This past weekend, we traveled abroad to the Netherlands for this year’s Amsterdam Cannabis Cup. The competition brought attention to dozens of hard-working and inspiring people—growers, innovators, and company owners. Here are the seed companies that are the winners of the 2018 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup: Hash 1st Place: Gelato 41 by Field Extracts x Connected Canabis 2nd Place: Headbanger by Nature Boyz x Karma Genetics 3rd Place: Sour Power OG by Karma Squad x Flawless Extract Hybrid Flower 1st Place: Biscotti by Connected Canabis 2nd Place: Rainbow Rider by Karma Squad 3rd...

By Chloé Harper Gold The 2018 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup had some stiff competition. Here’s who came out on top. This past weekend, we traveled abroad to the Netherlands for this year’s Amsterdam Cannabis Cup. The competition brought attention to dozens...

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on July 16, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Why Canadian Insurers Are Wary of Covering Medical Marijuana

Sun Life Financial, Canada’s No. 2 insurer, recently started covering medical marijuana in its Canadian health insurance plan – more than 17 years after the country first legalized it. The coverage, which requires employers to pay a premium, extends only to a handful of conditions as a last resort. “It’s not medical marijuana for any purpose,” said Dave Jones, senior vice-president of group benefits at Sun Life. “It’s for specific conditions and symptoms where the evidence is clear that medical cannabis has enough value to outweigh risks.” Sun Life’s cautious approach reflects concern across Canada’s health insurance industry over...

Sun Life Financial, Canada’s No. 2 insurer, recently started covering medical marijuana in its Canadian health insurance plan – more than 17 years after the country first legalized it. The coverage, which requires employers to pay a premium, extends...

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on July 16, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada

Cannabis for Kids?

By Jane Gerster, Global News Almost Half of Canadian Pediatricians Didn’t Know They Could Prescribe: Survey Dr. Michael Rieder wants it made clear that cannabis is not a side-effect free, cure-all. The London, Ont., pediatrician has had many children referred to him by doctors who know Rieder wrote the Canadian Paediatric Society’s position statement on cannabis use and aren’t sure whether to prescribe. READ MORE: Doctors should think twice before prescribing medical marijuana: guideline The conversations, Rieder says, are rather interesting. “The families usually come in with a certain set of ideas,” he says. “Medical cannabis is imbued with...

By Jane Gerster, Global News Almost Half of Canadian Pediatricians Didn’t Know They Could Prescribe: Survey Dr. Michael Rieder wants it made clear that cannabis is not a side-effect free, cure-all. The London, Ont., pediatrician has had many children...

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on July 16, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada

‘Trifecta of Opportunity Within One Plant’: Prairie Hemp Farmers Could Win Big With New Cannabis Rules

By Mark Rendell, Financial Post Allowing cannabidiol harvest could generate $10 billion in economic activity over the next 10 years, government estimates. While the federal government is legalizing marijuana to regulate and tax the psychoactive drug, Prairie farmers growing non-smokable hemp appear set to become major beneficiaries of the new regime. The updated industrial hemp regulations, released this week alongside Health Canada’s recreational cannabis rules, will allow hemp growers to harvest the flowers and leaves from their crop for non-psychoactive compounds such as cannabidiol (CBD). “Whole plant” harvest could generate up to $10 billion in economic activity over the...

By Mark Rendell, Financial Post Allowing cannabidiol harvest could generate $10 billion in economic activity over the next 10 years, government estimates. While the federal government is legalizing marijuana to regulate and tax the psychoactive drug, Prairie farmers growing...

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on July 16, 2018 in World News

Eaze CEO: ‘No doubt’ Amazon will sell weed

Submitted by Marijuana News It won’t be on sale this Prime Day, but one day the CEO of cannabis delivery company Eaze thinks Amazon will be in the weed business. “I think there’s no doubt that eventually Amazon will get into this business. The question is, is that five years, 10 years, or 20 years,” says Eaze CEO Jim Patterson. “I think it will be a bit longer for them … until there’s much more clarity at the federal level.” With laws changing around the country, legal sales of marijuana are expected to more than double in the next...

Submitted by Marijuana News It won’t be on sale this Prime Day, but one day the CEO of cannabis delivery company Eaze thinks Amazon will be in the weed business. “I think there’s no doubt that eventually Amazon will...

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on July 16, 2018 in Cannabis News United States

A drive-thru cannabis dispensary just opened up in Washington State

The first drive-thru cannabis dispensary just opened for business in Washington state. And the staff of Joint Rivers are thrilled to be following in the footsteps of the Nevada-based shop Cannabis Marketplace, which became the very first drive-thru dispensary when it opened in November 2017, writes Calvin Hughes. “We are grateful and excited to provide great cannabis products with stellar customer service by the most educated and professional team in the Pacific Northwest,” General Manager Audra Jagger told Federal Way Mirror. But some Auburn residents aren’t happy about the drive-thru venue because the city set a limit on the number of dispensaries allowed in its jurisdiction...

The first drive-thru cannabis dispensary just opened for business in Washington state. And the staff of Joint Rivers are thrilled to be following in the footsteps of the Nevada-based shop Cannabis Marketplace, which became the very first drive-thru dispensary when it opened in November...

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on July 16, 2018 in Cannabis News United States Featured

New York state health officials conclude ‘legalize it’

Submitted by Marijuana News One of the nation’s most powerful, prosperous, and populous states is laying the groundwork to end cannabis prohibition. On Friday, July 13, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker released a 75-page Marijuana Legalization Impact Assessment, concluding that “the positive effects of a regulated marijuana market in [New York State] outweigh the potential negative impacts.” Drawing on findings from nine other legal-cannabis states as well as medical marijuana in 29 states, the assessment made about a dozen sweeping conclusions that advance the argument for cannabis regulation and taxation in the Empire State. Among them: “Marijuana regulation...

Submitted by Marijuana News One of the nation’s most powerful, prosperous, and populous states is laying the groundwork to end cannabis prohibition. On Friday, July 13, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker released a 75-page Marijuana Legalization Impact Assessment,...

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on July 16, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

New grow light technology being tested in Canada

Submitted by Marijuana News A new, broad-spectrum light that mimics sunlight more closely than others is being tested in Canada, the Edmonton Journal reports. The light is manufactured by Edmonton-based G2V Optics and was originally designed to test solar cells at the University of Alberta. Michael Taschuk, the developer of the light, previously managed a team of researchers at the University of Alberta. The lights have been in use at Endless Sky Canna Corp in British Columbia, Canada. Endless Sky’s CEO Travis George reports that the lights are twice as effective as other grow lights the company has used. “It’s an Alberta-manufactured...

Submitted by Marijuana News A new, broad-spectrum light that mimics sunlight more closely than others is being tested in Canada, the Edmonton Journal reports. The light is manufactured by Edmonton-based G2V Optics and was originally designed to test solar cells at...

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on July 16, 2018 in Cannabis News South America Featured

Brazil is mulling over marijuana legalization

Submitted by Marijuana News The largest country in South America is mulling over marijuana legalization. Earlier this week, Brazil’s socialist Worker’s Party has introduced a bill that would legalized medical as well as recreational cannabis in the South American country. And while support for legalization is high among voters, the opposition to marijuana reform remains strong in Brazil, writes Calvin Hughes. Inspired by countries that have repealed cannabis prohibition, the Worker’s Party recently introduced a legalization bill to the nation’s House of Representatives last Tuesday. But that’s probably as far as that legislation will get – despite the fact that a...

Submitted by Marijuana News The largest country in South America is mulling over marijuana legalization. Earlier this week, Brazil’s socialist Worker’s Party has introduced a bill that would legalized medical as well as recreational cannabis in the South American country....

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on July 16, 2018 in Cannabis News Europe Featured

Medicinal cannabis oil brought into UK legally for first time as mother of epileptic boy hails ‘momentous occasion’

Submitted by Marijuana News A woman has legally brought medicinal cannabis oil into the UK in the first-known successful attempt since the government paved the way for reforms. Hannah Deacon, a mother of a boy with epilepsy, was allowed to pass through London City Airport on Tuesday carrying a five-month supply of the banned drug from Amsterdam. Licences for her son, Alfie Dingley, to be treated using cannabis were granted by the Home Office on 19 June after a long-running battle. It came the same day a young girl waiting for her own cannabis oil licence was rushed to hospital and placed on life...

Submitted by Marijuana News A woman has legally brought medicinal cannabis oil into the UK in the first-known successful attempt since the government paved the way for reforms. Hannah Deacon, a mother of a boy with epilepsy, was allowed to pass...

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