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The DEA Just Made It Easier to Do Research on Weed | WIRED

ACCORDING TO THE US government, marijuana is one of the most dangerous drugs in existence—a Schedule 1 narcotic, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Like heroin, LSD, and ecstasy, cannabis has no accepted medical use, is highly addictive, and harmful. Oh, you don’t agree? Disprove it. Only, you probably can’t, because turning those the Schedule 1 definitions into testable hypotheses would first mean running a gauntlet of regulatory hoops. The scientific canon has almost no research on cannabis. And in the US, almost all of what little research does get done uses the same crop of marijuana plant, grown on a single plot at the University of Mississippi. But today, the DEA’s longstanding stance towards [...]

By | August 17th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Tweed shrugs off competition from marijuana home growers – Ottawa – CBC News

Canadians who use cannabis for medical purposes will soon be able to grow their own weed under new rules outlined by the federal government on Thursday. But a licensed producer based in Smiths Falls, Ont., isn't worried about having to fend off competition from medical marijuana users intent on producing their own plants. Medical marijuana patients can grow 'limited amount' of cannabis at home under new laws Ban on medical marijuana patients growing own pot struck down by Federal Court "People could decide to grow their own," said Bruce Linton, founder and CEO of Tweed. "But they prefer to buy from a lawful, properly produced, safe supplier." Under existing rules patients who use medical marijuana are required by law [...]

By | August 17th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Factbox: Cannabis industry reacts to DEA decision on marijuana | Fox News

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday denied requests to stop classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use, leaving users and businesses in limbo after many states have legalized it for medical or recreational purposes. But the DEA did relax certain restrictions on growing marijuana for research purposes. For decades, marijuana has been listed as a "Schedule I" drug, placing it on par with heroin and LSD. Following are responses from cannabis industry executives... Continue Reading: Factbox: Cannabis industry reacts to DEA decision on marijuana | Fox News

By | August 17th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Canada to allow medical patients to grow own cannabis | Reuters

Medical marijuana patients in Canada will be allowed to grow a limited amount of cannabis for their own use or designate someone to grow it for them, the government said on Thursday. The government had been given six months to comply with a federal court ruling that struck down the previous administration's ban on medical patients' growing cannabis. Health Canada said medical marijuana patients would also continue to have the option of buying cannabis from one of 34 producers licensed by the federal government. But it reiterated that storefronts selling marijuana, commonly known as dispensaries or compassion clubs, are not authorized to sell cannabis for medical or any other purposes. "These operations are illegally supplied, [...]

By | August 17th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Cannabis Diversity Summit Denver| Activism Panel | The Weed Blog

Cannabis activists from around the nation gathered in Denver to discuss the intersection of cannabis and color at the first ever Cannabis Diversity Summit. Listen as Madeline Martinez from Oregon, Jake Cabrera from Ohio, Sabria Melina Still from DC and Andrea Sallis from Dallas, Texas discuss what needs to be done NOW to ensure the cannabis reform movement serves the communities prohibition has devastated. SHARE and subscribe at CharloGreene.com for the latest cannabis news, exclusive interview and useful reviews. Source: Cannabis Diversity Summit Denver| Activism Panel | The Weed Blog https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh6QzoBcvO4

By | August 17th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Canada Marijuana Legalization: NDP Motion Calls On Liberals To Decriminalize Pot Possession

OTTAWA —The New Democrats are urging the Liberal government to decriminalize pot before they legalize it. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana, and his government plans to get started next spring. Meanwhile, simple possession of marijuana remains a criminal offence. The NDP is introducing an opposition day motion Monday calling on the House of Commons to recognize there is a contradiction in giving people criminal records for something the government has said should not be a crime. The motion also calls on the government to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana for personal use immediately. Trudeau has said he does not plan to decriminalize marijuana, arguing [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|News|0 Comments

We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.

Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug. Arresting and prosecuting these offenses is expensive for our criminal justice system. It traps too many Canadians in the criminal justice system for minor, non-violent offenses. At the same time, the proceeds from the illegal drug trade support organized crime and greater threats to public safety, like human trafficking and hard drugs. To ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals, we will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Why California voters and others will say ‘yes’ to marijuana legalization | TheHill

Voters in at least eight states, including Florida, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada, will decide on marijuana-related ballot initiatives this November. The most high-profile and far-reaching of these campaigns is California's Adult Use Marijuana Act (Proposition 64), which permits adults to possess and grow small quantities of cannabis for personal use while also establishing a regulatory framework for the plant's commercial production and for the taxation of its retail sale. It is estimated that these reforms will result in some $100 million annually in taxpayers' savings while raising up to $1 billion in new revenue, much of which is earmarked to fund drug prevention and drug awareness programs. Similar laws are already in place in Alaska, [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Marijuana legalization in Canada: What we know and don’t know – Politics – CBC News

Canada is lurching toward marijuana legalization, but the Liberals aren't being blunt about what the new law will mean for the average pot-friendly Canadian.Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould announced on Thursday the launch of a task force to advise the Canadian government on how best to map its plan to legalize marijuana.The task force report could give us a better sense of what the Liberals' law will look like. Still, the panel is just offering recommendations and the Liberals could always take another route. Source: Marijuana legalization in Canada: What we know and don't know - Politics - CBC News

By | July 18th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Quebec pharmacy giant Jean Coutu open to selling medical marijuana, but won’t lobby federal government | CTV News

Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Published Tuesday, July 5, 2016 3:24PM EDT VARENNES, Que. -- The CEO of Jean Coutu, one of the country's largest pharmacy chains, said Tuesday he is open to selling medical marijuana but won't lobby the federal government to do so."We're not going to actively pursue this," Francois Coutu said following the company's annual general meeting at its new headquarters and automated distribution centre in Varennes, Que.Coutu said he doesn't know how profitable the sale of medical marijuana would be for the company, which operates 417 stores in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick. Source: Quebec pharmacy giant Jean Coutu open to selling medical marijuana, but won't lobby federal government | CTV [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|News|0 Comments