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CannTrust’s prospects of resuming cannabis sales dim

CannTrust’s stock took another major hit on Monday after the embattled cannabis producer disclosed it had received a second non-compliance rating from Health Canada, this time in connection to its facility in Vaughan, Ont. 

The violations at the 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility included converting five rooms into storage areas that were used to hold cannabis beginning in June 2018 and the construction of two new areas, one of which was used to store cannabis from November 2018 onwards, all without  approval from Health Canada.

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15
Aug

Mexico's top court demands regulation on medical marijuana after long delays

Mexico’s supreme court ordered the health ministry on Wednesday to issue regulation within six months on medical marijuana use, saying its failure to do so after legalization in 2017 had put rights at risk for patients, including children.

The court made the decision as part of its ruling in favor of a child who needed medication derived from cannabis substance THC to treat epilepsy.

“Due to the absence of rules regulating the therapeutic use of cannabis, it was impossible for the plaintiff to access treatment based on this substance or any of its derivatives,” the court said in a statement.

The health ministry had been instructed to update its guidelines within half a year following a June 2017 reform to legalize marijuana for medical and scientific needs.

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15
Aug

Canadian pot shops concentrated in low-income neighbourhoods: Ottawa study

Canada’s legal pot shops are concentrated in the country’s poorest neighbourhoods, according to the findings of a new study that raises important questions about the conduct of the nation’s experiment in legalized cannabis.

The peer-reviewed study, published in the online access journal, CMAJ Open, plotted the country’s 260 cannabis retail stores and assessed the income levels of the neighbourhoods in which they were situated, along with their proximity to schools.

Researchers found that twice as many neighbourhoods in the lowest income quintile had pot shops in or near them (587), compared to the country’s highest income neighbourhoods (245).

The study assessed neighbourhoods within one kilometre of an established pot shop.

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15
Aug

New Jersey Governor signs Hemp Bill

New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed off on legislation last week to expand the opportunities for industrial hemp in the state.

It’s been a really odd state of affairs in New Jersey with medical cannabis cultivation legal, but a very limited industrial hemp program so far – but New Jersey hasn’t been alone in this.

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15
Aug

Alabama Commission considers medical marijuana proposal

A 15-person panel in Alabama convened for the first time Tuesday to consider whether medical marijuana is right for the state.

The panel, known as the Medical Cannabis Study Commission, was born out of a bill to legalize medical cannabis that was introduced in the Alabama state legislature earlier this year. As lawmakers called for more information, the legislation was shifted from a proposal to legalize medical marijuana to instead appoint a commission to study the issue.

Wed
14
Aug

Governor of Illinois signs Bill to expand State’s medical marijuana program

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed two bills on Monday that expanded access to the state’s medical marijuana program, which currently stands at over 80,000 patients. The legislation ensures the medical marijuana program’s status as a permanent system, and adds to the ways in which patients are able to access their cannabis.

“We’re telling each and every one of those patients, we’re on your side,” Pritzker said during Monday’s news conference.

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14
Aug

Delaware Governor signs Law reducing marijuana possession penalties for juveniles

Democratic Gov. John Carney has signed legislation amending criminal penalties for juveniles who violate the state’s marijuana possession laws.

Senate Bill 45 eliminates criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession offenses (up to one ounce) for those under the age of 21. Instead, juvenile offenders will face a fine-only civil penalty. Those with past criminal convictions for juvenile offenses will be eligible for the mandatory expungement of their records.

The new law took effect immediately upon signing.

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14
Aug

Cannabis zero-tolerance common in Canadian workplaces: study

Canadian workplaces are globally trail-blazing cannabis policies, with nearly half of private-sector employers imposing a blanket ban on cannabis use, says a Conference Board of Canada survey.

While legalization has pushed Canadian employers to address that reality — 76 per cent had updated their pot policies before the end of prohibition last October — many are still grappling with sensitive areas, said study senior researcher Monica Haberl.

And the survey of 163 employers found 48 per cent have adopted no-use-at-anytime rules for their workers despite the drug’s legality, said the report titled Acting on the Cannabis Act.

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14
Aug

Michigan is experiencing a medical marijuana drought

Marijuana users have often been plagued by the August drought: those dog days of late summer that fall between harvests in Mexico or somewhere when there was simply no weed available, when you went down your list of dealers and struck out on every one with a "call me back in a week or two" response.

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14
Aug

Feds spent more on marijuana prohibition in 2018 than fighting domestic terrorism

The DEA spent $18 million last year eradicating illegal marijuana grows, though it allegedly doesn’t know where most of the money went.

Following the tragic shootings in Texas and Ohio last week, the nation asked what more could be done to fight domestic terrorism. Donald Trump was on board to help, promising federal officers “whatever they need” to effectively counteract homegrown terrorists. But as VICE News reports, Trump should first look at the money his administration spends destroying marijuana plants.

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