New study finds top reasons Canadians are using cannabis

A new study called “The Future of Cannabis in Canada”, conducted by Insights West for Resonance Consultancy in partnership with Valens GroWorks Corp., has found that Canadian consumers will use cannabis for a number of health benefits including reducing stress, as a sleep aid and for relieving anxiety.

“Our study found that almost 80% of Canadians are turning to cannabis for relaxation and well-being even though the majority of users don’t have medical prescriptions. Clearly, even without clinical research, Canadians believe cannabis has a positive impact on their health and LP’s should take not,” said Everett Knight, Executive VP, Strategy and Investments for Valens GroWorks in a press release.


City of Detroit approves multi-million dollar cannabis business park project with training center

The City of Detroit approved plans for a multi-million dollar project for a cannabis business park on Livernois Avenue which would include five cultivations businesses, two processing businesses and a provisioning center.

Also included at the business park will be a cannabis training program put on by Green Cure Wellness Inc. and Southeast Provisioning LLC.

“The grow/processing will be in the back of the facility, so it’s out of the way of the residential area,” said Maurice Morton of the Morton Law Group and former Chief of the special operations division on the Detroit police force. “It’s going to be very discreet, you won’t even know it’s there.”


Switching from Hemp to Marijuana? 3 Things to Consider

The legal cannabis industry is rapidly expanding with new legislation being considered and often passed in one state or another almost weekly. However, strict regulations, high taxes and restricted sales have created obstacles for cannabis cultivators to grow their product and see a profit, especially those catering to the THC market. This is why so many growers are entering the CBD market, or more specifically, opting to grow hemp instead.

Many growers are choosing to grow hemp which can be processed to produce CBD oil, with plans on switching to marijuana when it is completely legal and easier to do so.


Ontario pharmacists to take mandatory cannabis education course

Pharmacists in Ontario will have to take a mandatory cannabis education course this year in order to continue practicing in the province.

The Ontario College of Pharmacists has told members that the course must be completed by March 27, 2020.

Even though medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001, the mandatory course follows recreational legalization as more people are coming to doctors and pharmacists with questions about cannabis use. With edible cannabis to be legal sometime this year, the College wants to ensure that patients are getting the right information from their pharmacists.


Second roadside test set to be approved in Canada

The Government of Canada is set to approve a second option that law enforcement can use for roadside saliva tests to detect for drug impairment.

In an order made on April 20, the Canadian Department of Justice announced a proposal to add three pieces of equipment made by the company Abbott that are designed to be used together for roadside tests. The pieces include the SoToxa analyzer which collects a saliva sample and a cartridge that holds the sample.

“Approval of the SoToxa™, the Abbott SoToxa™ Test Cartridge and the Abbott SoToxa™ Oral Fluid Collection Device, when used together, as ‘approved drug screening equipment,’ would permit its use by law enforcement. A positive result would be a strong indication of recent use,” reads the order.


Medical cannabis approved by Alabama senate judiciary committee

A bill that would allow for limited legal medical marijuana sales in Alabama was advanced by state lawmakers earlier this week.

The bill was advanced in a 6-2 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee following a public hearing. The bill will now be decided upon by the Alabama Senate.

If the bill passes, it would create a medical cannabis commission for cultivating, processing and establishing a licensing program for dispensaries that would depend on demand. The program would also include a registry system for patients to be issued medical cannabis cards. The bill would cap the THC content at 3 percent.  


Legal immigrants being denied citizenship for working in legal cannabis industry

Mayor of Denver, Colorado, Michael B. Hancock, is speaking out after immigrants who work in Colorado’s legal cannabis industry have been denied citizenship.

Mayor Hancock sent a letter to mayors of pro-cannabis cities across the country including:

  • Oakland, CA
  • West Hollywood, CA
  • Portland, OR
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Thornton, CO
  • Everett, WA
  • Seattle, WA

The above cities are part of the Government for Responsible U.S. Cannabis Policy Coalition. Hancock urged the mayors of the cities to protect immigrants who have or are currently working in the legal cannabis industry.


Colorado study finds regular cannabis users require more anesthesia for medical prcedures

Cannabis users may need more than triple the typical amount of anesthesia for medical procedures according to the findings of a new study.

Colorado researchers conducted the study by examining medical records of 250 patients who had an endoscopy. Of those patients, 25 used cannabis regularly between 2015 and 2017. It was found that patients who used cannabis every day or weekly required 220.5 percent higher of a dose of propofol during sedation than patients who did not. Regular consumers also required 14 percent for fentanyl and 19.6 percent more midazolam.


Dallas DA will no longer prosecute first-time cannabis misdemeanors

A memo released by the Dallas County district attorney John Creuzot states that first-time cannabis-related misdemeanors will no longer be prosecuted by his office. He also announced in the statement that first-time misdemeanors currently in-process that were filed before he took office will be thrown out.

Creuzot said the change is just part of “a step forward in ending mass incarceration in Dallas County.” The memo also included other changes in priority for law enforcement such as no longer prosecuting small possession charges for other drugs, people caught stealing “necessities” as well as anyone who drove with a suspended license.  


NYC set to ban employers from requiring drug tests from job candidates

A bill approved by New York City Council would ban employers from requiring employees to undergo a drug test as part of the hiring process.

The bill was passed on Tuesday in a 41-4 vote as part of larger city initiative of trying to reduce the legal repercussions associated with using marijuana. Police in the city and in surrounding jurisdictions have cut down significantly on marijuana-related arrests and council also recently passed a resolution asking the state to legalize recreational cannabis.


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