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Marijuana Business Daily | August 13, 2018
 Ontario scraps government monopoly, adopts private retail plan for adult-use cannabis market


Matt Lamers
Ontarios new retail framework for recreational cannabis will start with online-only sales when legalization takes effect Oct. 17, with a network of privately owned stores expected to be in place by April 1. The new retail plan, first reported by Marijuana Business Daily, is a complete overhaul of the previous governments commitment to opening only a small number of publicly owned stores. The change was unveiled at a Monday afternoon news conference by Attorney General Caroline Mulroney and Finance Minister Vic Fedeli. Some key details include: Privately owned retai....
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The Weed Blog | 8/16/2018
 Last Ditch Lawsuit Claims Utahs MMJ Ballot Violates Mormons Religious Beliefs


A second lawsuit has been filed to block legalization by members of the Church or Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, now filing their second lawsuit to block voters from legalizing medical cannabis, are attempting to prove that the ballot initiative, Proposition 2, violates their religious beliefs. Proponents of the measure have called the lawsuit a wacky attempt to stop Utahns from voting on it this coming November. The group leading the lawsuit say the MMJ legalization measure would violate the religious beliefs of one Walter J. Plumb, an attorney and active member of Mormon Church who also happens to be the primary financier....
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NORML | August 9, 2018
 NORML PAC Endorses Senator Bernie Sanders for Reelection


The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Political Action Committee NORML PAC has endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for reelection in Vermont. Bernie has become one of the most outspoken and visible advocates for ending marijuana prohibition, stated NORML PAC Executive Director Erik Altieri, He has called for sensible drug policy throughout his career, made descheduling marijuana a key component of his platform when running for the Democratic nomination for President in 2016, and has co-sponsored key pieces of federal legislation such as the....
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The Joint Blog | August 13, 2018
 Study: Cannabis Terpenes have Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant, Analgesic, Anticonvulsive, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Anticancer, Antitumor, Neuroprotective, Anti-Mutagenic, Anti-Allergic, Antibiotic and Anti-Diabetic Attributes


Anthony Martinelli

A new study has found that cannabis terpenes have attributes that are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, anxiolytic, anticancer, antitumor, neuroprotective, anti-mutagenic, anti-allergic, antibiotic and anti-diabetic.
The study was published by the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Its abstract starts by stating that Cannabaceae plants Cannabis sativa L. and Humulus lupulus L. are rich in terpenes both are typically comprised of terpenes as up to 3-5 percent of the dry-mass of the female inflorescence. Some terpenes are relatively well known for their potential in biomedicine and have been used in traditional medicine for centuries, while others are yet to be studied in detail. With that in mind, The current, comprehensive review presents terpenes found in cannabis and hops. The....
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The Weed Blog | 8/13/18
 Its Official: North Dakota Legalization Activists Gather Enough Signatures


Travis Maurer
LegalizeND has submitted enough signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization initiative for this Novembers ballot. Make that more than enough. On Monday Aug 13, North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger confirmed that LegalizeND has submitted more than enough signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization initiative for this Novembers ballot. Activists submitted more than 18,000 signatures to qualify the full legalization measure. After random sampling, officials determined that 15,039 were valid, exceeding the number needed to qualify for the ballot, which is 13,452. ....
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The Weed Blog | 8/13/18
 Hawaii Update: Big Island Still Waiting to Open Dispensaries


Travis Maurer
Six out of eight dispensaries that sell MMJ in Hawaii have opened on all the major islands except Hawaii Island. Although it has been a year since Hawaii legalized recreational cannabis and nearly a decade since it approved medical, there are still no retail dispensaries selling cannabis on the Big Island. Six out of eight dispensaries that sell MMJ in Hawaii have opened on all the major islands except Hawaii Island, which has by far the most medical patients, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser. A Big Island dispensary was expected to open as early in December 201....
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The Weed Blog | 8/13/18
 Hawaii Update: Big Island Still Waiting to Open Dispensaries
Travis Maurer
Six out of eight dispensaries that sell MMJ in Hawaii have opened on all the major islands except Hawaii Island. Although it has been a year since Hawaii legalized recreational cannabis and nearly a decade since it approved medical, there are still no retail dispensaries selling cannabis on the Big Island. Six out of eight dispensaries that sell MMJ in Hawaii have opened on all the major islands except Hawaii Island, which has by far the most medical patients, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser. A Big Island dispensary was expected to open as early in December 201....
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NORML | August 8, 2018
 New Federal Employment Protections Bill Introduced For Marijuana Consumers
Today, Congressman Charlie Crist held a press conference to announce the introduction of the Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act, HR 6589. The bipartisan bill would explicitly bar federal agencies from discriminating against workers solely because of their status as a cannabis consumer, or due to testing positive for marijuana use on a workplace drug test. Send a message to your Representative in support of this bill now Medical marijuana is an issue of compassion, and in the veterans community, access is even more important as more and more veterans ar....
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Marijuana Business Daily | August 8, 2018
 Too much of a good thing in Oregon as cannabis businesses adapt to flooded market


Bart Schaneman
Theres one major pain point for Oregon marijuana business owners that eclipses all others: a supply glut caused by too much cannabis and insufficient demand. The surplus of wholesale cannabis has shifted the dynamics of the states MJ industry. It has forced growers to cut costs and eliminate staff. And it has created a buyers market for retailers stocking up on low-priced product. It used to be a growers market, said Shane McKee, chief cultivator of vertically integrated company Shango, based in the Portland area. But with todays supply glut, the leverage has shifted in f....
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The Joint Blog | August 9, 2018
 Recently the United States Food and Drug Administration FDA, for the first time ever, gave approval to a marijuana-based medicine. The company behind the medicine now says he expects the government to reschedule cannabis within 90 days.


Anthony Martinelli
We expect to make Epidiolex available to U.S. patients this fall, following rescheduling which is expected to occur within 90 days of FDA approval, said GW Pharmarceuticals CEO Justin Grover in a recent earnings call. We have been building commercial inventory in recent months and are in a position to ship product into the U.S. supply chain, once rescheduling is complete. In June, Epidiolex became the first marijuana-derived medicine to ever be approved by the FDA. According to Grover, roughly 1,200 people in other countries are currently receiving Epidiolex, mostly for Le....
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The Joint Blog | August 10, 2018
 Study: Legalizing Medical Marijuana Associated with a 33.7 Reduction in Workplace Fatalities Among Those Aged 25 to 44


Anthony Martinelli

According to a new study published by the International Journal of Drug Policy, the legalization of medical marijuana is associated with a large decrease in workplace fatalities .
According to its abstract, the aim of the study was to determine the association between legalizing medical marijuana and workplace fatalities. Using data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia between 1992 and 2015 obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, regression models were adjusted for state demographics, the unemployment rate, state fixed effects, and year fixed effects. Legalizing medical marijuana was associated with a 19.5 percent reduction in the expected number of workplace fatalities among workers aged 2544, states the study. This associated grew....
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The Joint Blog | August 10, 2018 Facebook Twitter Reddit Google Pinterest
 Study: Legalizing Medical Marijuana Associated with a 33.7 Reduction in Workplace Fatalities Among Those Aged 25 to 44
Anthony Martinelli

According to a new study published by the International Journal of Drug Policy, the legalization of medical marijuana is associated with a large decrease in workplace fatalities .
According to its abstract, the aim of the study was to determine the association between legalizing medical marijuana and workplace fatalities. Using data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia between 1992 and 2015 obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, regression models were adjusted for state demographics, the unemployment rate, state fixed effects, and year fixed effects. Legalizing medical marijuana was associated with a 19.5 percent reduction in the expected number of workplace fatalities among workers aged 2544, states the study. This associated grew....
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Smell The Truth | August 8, 2018
 Nearly one-fifth of Californians are still buying marijuana from black market, study finds


Oscar Pascual
Some cannabis consumers are still buying their products on a criminal level, despite Californias newly regulated legal market. A report published by the Bay Area-based cannabis delivery company Eaze found that 18 percent of Californias marijuana consumers are buying from unlicensed suppliers, reports Marijuana Moment. The report comes over a month after Californias Bureau of Cannabis Control BCC implemented a list of guidelines that all legal distributors must meet in order to sell products legally. The move towards a regulated market has also left few legitimate product....
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The Washington Post | August 6 | OKLAHOMA CITY
 Oklahoma governor signs revised medical marijuana guidelines
Associated Press
Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a revised set of emergency rules governing the use of medical marijuana in Oklahoma less than a week after they were approved by the state Board of Health. Fallin signed the regulations into law on Monday, describing them as very basic and the best option in developing a proper regulatory framework. State health officials adopted the rules on Wednesday to replace ones adopted on July 10 that were heavily criticized by Oklahomas attorney general and medical marijuana advocates. The new rules amend or revoke the previous guidelines, including el....
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The Washington Post | August 6 | OKLAHOMA CITY
 Oklahoma governor signs revised medical marijuana guidelines
Associated Press
Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a revised set of emergency rules governing the use of medical marijuana in Oklahoma less than a week after they were approved by the state Board of Health. Fallin signed the regulations into law on Monday, describing them as very basic and the best option in developing a proper regulatory framework. State health officials adopted the rules on Wednesday to replace ones adopted on July 10 that were heavily criticized by Oklahomas attorney general and medical marijuana advocates. The new rules amend or revoke the previous guidelines, including el....
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