Canadian Finance Minister Announces Cannabis-by-Mail Plan for Provinces Not Ready for Legal Cannabis Sales

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A Canadian flag (with a red cannabis leaf instead of the normal maple leaf) blowing in the wind.Canada’s federal government has announced a plan that would permit adults to obtain cannabis products through the mail if their province has not yet established a regulated retail regime by the time the government begins allowing legal sales, according to a Globe and Mail report. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that while the government is […]
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CARERS Act Reintroduced Following Sessions’ Attempt to Undo MMJ Protections

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A young cannabis plant soaking up the output of an LED grow light in a legal California medical grow operation.In light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recently revealed attempt to restore Congressional funding for the prosecution of state-legal cannabis operations, a group of bipartisan U.S. Senators has reintroduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act, according to a Rolling Stone report. The CARERS Act, originally introduced in 2015, was the first piece of federal legislation […]
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Utah Advocates Pushing to Put MMJ to Voters in 2018

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Skyline view of Salt Lake City, the capital city of Utah, with the State Capitol building on the right.Advocates in Utah hoping to put a comprehensive medical cannabis question to voters in 2018 have begun the petitioning process, basing the language of their initiative on legislation that died before lawmakers last year, the Daily Herald reports. Although smoking would be prohibited under the measure, it would allow whole-plant access. Currently, the state permits […]
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Australian Firm Set to Trial Two Cannabis-Derived Drugs

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A medical researcher handles medical equipment inside of a sterile work zone.Australia’s Medlab Clinical Limited is expected to begin trials of two cannabis-derived medicines after receiving approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee, according to an Australian Journal of Pharmacy report. Both drugs are being considered as cancer therapies. NanaBis will be tested in advanced stage cancer patients with intractable pain. The product, which contains both […]
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Denver’s Proposed Social-Use Rules Draw Heavy Criticism

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A man uses a lighter and glass pipe to smoke some cannabis.Denver, Colorado’s proposed social use rules are so restrictive that the director for the Initiative 300 campaign – approved by 53.7 percent of city voters during November’s election – said “99 percent” of interested businesses would not apply for a social consumption license under the rules, according to a Denver Post report. Included in the […]
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German MMJ Market Attracting Canadian Firms, Maricann Leads Pack

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The flag of Germany with a misty cannabis leaf collage spliced over the top.On January 19, the German parliament unanimously legalized medicinal cannabis use, paving the way for patients with a doctor’s prescription to purchase cannabis products from pharmacies. Unlike America’s fractured medical cannabis system, German patients will be able to have their medicinal cannabis treatments covered by insurance, and access is not based on qualifying conditions – […]
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Federal Bill Would Allow CBD Research, Entrench Pharmaceutical Companies

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A jumble of young cannabis plants before a white background.The leaders of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), have introduced the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act, which they say will support research on the potential benefits of CBD by allowing it to be conducted using Schedule II registration. However, by reclassifying CBD, the measure – if […]
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