Medical marijuana use linked to lower prescription drug use

American states that allow their residents to use marijuana for medical purposes have seen a marked decline in prescription drug use among the elderly and disabled, according to a study published Wednesday. The University of Georgia study looked at the costs...
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Ontarians not sold on LCBO weed sales, poll shows

 As the provincial government hashes out where marijuana should be sold, a new poll suggests Ontarians are deeply divided. While Premier Kathleen Wynne has suggested the LCBO may be the best place to sell recreational cannabis, the Forum Research survey...
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‘Worry About Bad Marijuana — Not Big Marijuana,’ Says D.C. Think Tank

The phrase “Big Marijuana” is tossed around a lot these days, mostly by prohibitionists struggling to stem the tide of legalization that’s washing over America. The phrase purposely links the emergence of legal, regulated cannabis to the most notorious,...
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WDGPH discusses federal legalization of marijuana

E – The board of the local public health unit agreed to send recommendations to the federal government surrounding the possible legalization of marijuana in Canada. At the June 1 Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) meeting medical officer of...
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Marijuana task force to be led by former deputy PM Anne McLellan

Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould announced today the launch of a task force to advise the Canadian government on how best to move forward with its plan to legalize marijuana. The nine-member task force will be chaired by Anne McLellan, a former deputy prime...
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Where Are the Oils?

On June 11, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada sided with the plaintiff in R v Smith, ruling that patients have a right to possess and use cannabis for medical purposes in any form, not just the dried flowers made legally available under the MMPR. By July 7, 2015...
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Can Cannabis Users Donate Blood?

The cannabis community is typically a generous bunch that loves to share (for proof, witness the altruistic glory of the communal bong). However, there’s more than one way to demonstrate goodwill towards your fellow man. Every year, on June 14th,...
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Dispensaries and the Evolution of Enforcement: A History of Failure

Toronto is not Vancouver Torontonians were warned last year, again in January, again a month ago: there is an explosion of dispensaries coming.[a] Dispensaries and activists said there was no need to organize as an industry, this is Toronto, not Vancouver they...
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Sun Life first insurer to stop treating pot users as smokers as marijuana increasingly accepted as a medicine

In a new sign of marijuana’s growing normalization in Canada, a major life insurance company has decided to treat cannabis users as non-smokers, reversing a long-standing policy and offering the group far cheaper premiums. Like its competitors, Sun Life has for...
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Ottawa is to blame for Canadians’ confusion over marijuana

Canada’s medical marijuana fiasco came into sharp relief on Thursday when police in Toronto raided 45 illegal pot dispensaries and seized hundreds of kilograms of cannabis and its related products. Activists were outraged, the police were both apologetic...
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If marijuana is legal in Canada will everybody just get stoned?

Stoned Nation? A Toronto psychologist who treats depression, anxiety and addiction says he doesn’t expect the general population to take up marijuana with great enthusiasm once legalized. Even as police in Toronto swooped down on marijuana dispensaries this week,...
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Toronto police raid storefront pot shops suspected of trafficking

Raids on storefront pot dispensaries in Toronto where police believe marijuana is being sold illegally are being called “ridiculous” by some critics. “I guess we’re all going back to the street to get our pot,” said one man who...
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Why lab-made synthetic marijuana is NOTHING like actual cannabis

(NaturalNews) It seems to be standard operating procedure among scientists and drug manufacturers that whenever a natural substance is found to have beneficial medicinal or health-promoting properties, a synthetic version produced in the laboratory will soon follow...
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Bill Blair blasts unlicensed pot shops as ‘reckless’

The marijuana dispensaries spreading rapidly across Canada’s largest cities are illegal, reckless and often exist to make a “fast buck,” Bill Blair, the federal government’s point person on the legalization of marijuana, said Tuesday. In his strongest signal yet...
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Survey shows Canadian Hospital Pharmacists supportive of cannabis, need education

The Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy have released the results from a 2015 survey on medical marijuana sent out to licensed hospital pharmacists in Canada. The results show that while many Canadian hospital pharmacists find medical marijuana safe and...
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Canada’s cannabis genetics bottleneck

There are hundreds, even thousands of popular cannabis strains available on the black market. But how do these illicit, black market plants find their way into a legal, regulated market? Up to this point, because there are so few legal sources of cannabis in...
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Marijuana legalization point man Bill Blair praises Canada’s licensed producers

Toronto MP Bill Blair offered a glowing endorsement of Canada’s licensed medical marijuana producers on Tuesday, an indication that they are well positioned to serve the recreational market in the future. Blair, the former Toronto police chief and...
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From weed-smoking baby boomers to cannabis-treated patients, senior citizens have become the new market for medical marijuana

To those who are concerned that legalisation of cannabis will spawn a community of pot-smoking teenagers, park aside those fears. To begin with, a decades-long study conducted by the National Institute of Health from 1991 through 2014 arrived at the conclusion...
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Marijuana Marketing: Can the Blossoming Cannabis Industry Overcome ‘Stoner’ Stereotypes?

Marijuana smokers. Pot heads. Stoners. They’re a bunch of dirty hippies, right?  And boy are they lazy! These “pot smokers” live in their moms’ basements. No job. No routine. Ok, maybe they have a routine, but that routine consists of getting...
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Lawsuit against marijuana company over deadly Denver shooting could be first of its kind

The three sons of a woman shot to death in 2014 have filed what appears to be the country’s first wrongful-death lawsuit against the recreational marijuana industry. The lawsuit claims that the company that made the marijuana edible and the store that sold...
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Attempt to modify Allard Decision dismissed

In a ruling from Justice Michael Phelan earlier today, attempts to expand the scope of the Allard decision have been denied, with Phelan allowing the federal government time to address any and all concerns with the regulations. Lawyer John Conroy had requested...
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STEPHEN HARPER VS BILL BLAIR

At least with Stephen Harper, the drug war was obvious. Nobody but a fringe group of social conservatives really believed that cannabis was “infinitely worse than tobacco.” Harper’s war unified activists, it reminded us that there was a difference between state...
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Viewpoint: Clarify pot policy for veterans

Auditor General Michael Ferguson has raised important questions about the increasing use of medical marijuana by Canadian military veterans. As authorities contemplate enforcement actions and zoning bylaws relevant to marijuana dispensaries, and the federal...
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Medical marijuana fires up in Calgary

The process of legalizing pot for recreational use isn’t expected to start until next year, but medical marijuana is already a hit in Calgary. A local clinic that works exclusively in cannabis has about 5,500 patients. “I do this because I believe...
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Germany is set to legalise medical marijuana

Medical marijuana is set to be legalised in Germany after the cabinet approved a draft bill to allow patients to get cannabis on prescription. The Health Ministry said the legislation will allow doctors to prescribe cannabis in the form of dried flowers or extracts...
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Seven reasons why THC in cannabis is good medicine

With a growing number of states, particularly in the southern U.S., starting to accept the medicinal benefits of cannabidiol, or CBD, a therapeutic compound found in the cannabis plant that is beneficial for treating seizures, inflammation and other health...
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Professional Athletes Call for Action on Medical Cannabis

Leading up to last year’s NFL draft, my firm noted the heavy toll that contact sports take on athletes, and how medical cannabis could help to alleviate that burden. Cannabis has been in a much bigger spotlight over the past 12 months and as part of that many...
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Can Marijuana Save Your Skin—And Your Sex Life? Inside the New Topical Cannabis Phenomenon

As state laws allowing the use of marijuana—medical or otherwise—continue to relax like the crowd at a Phish show, places like Colorado, Washington, and California are turning out products unlike anything the world has seen before. Vape pens that double as...
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Cannaphobia: What’s Up With Fear of Marijuana

As with numerous holistic or so-called complementary and alternative medicine modalities, there is nothing new about healing with cannabis! Cannabis is an herb that has had a place in traditional — meaning ancient — medicine for thousands of years, dating back as...
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Whoopi Goldberg launches medical marijuana products for menstrual cramps

Soon, people suffering from menstrual cramps will be be able to relax with some cannabis lavender bath soak courtesy of Whoopi Goldberg. The actress and TV host is teaming up with marijuana entrepreneur Maya Elisabeth to launch a medical marijuana company...
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