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ThursdayApr 18, 2019 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – American Cannabis Sales Expected to Double on 4/20

For the uninitiated, 4/20 in the marijuana industry can be equated to Fourth of July. The exact origin of that “holiday” isn’t known, but there is speculation that the day is named after the time of the day (4:20 p.m.) when a group of students would meet outside their high school in the 1970s to hunt for some legendary cannabis plants that had been abandoned. According to that myth, those students never found that marijuana crop, so they doggedly kept up their search. On 4/20, sales of marijuana are expected to, at the very least, double at all retail facilities…

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ThursdayApr 18, 2019 4:20 am

420 with CNW – First Medical Cannabis Greenhouse Opened in Sydney

Approximately one year ago, the Australian federal government changed its rules on marijuana and cleared the way for cannabis to be grown using taxpayer money. Those changes have seen the first government-run cannabis greenhouse opening in Sydney, New South Wales. The plan is to start by growing limited amounts of cannabis for research purposes before commercial cultivation can begin. Right now, the plants in the greenhouse will be studied on issues like humidity, fertilizers, temperature, lighting and other growing factors necessary to produce a crop whose attributes are uniform. Once the facility can produce cannabis of the same medical quality,…

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WednesdayApr 17, 2019 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – New Jersey Lawmakers Remain Undecided as Governor Sets Cannabis Legalization Deadline

Approximately a month ago, a vote in the New Jersey senate on a bill to legalize recreational cannabis was postponed after it was realized that the bill may not have enough support among the senators. Now Gov. Murphy has given the legislators up to the end of May to pass the bill or he would use his executive powers to expand the medical cannabis program. Insiders say that the biggest sticking point is the matter of who qualifies to have their cannabis-related criminal record expunged. The bill sets the marijuana possession limit at 5 pounds if someone is to have…

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WednesdayApr 17, 2019 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Dutch Government Unveils Plan to Conduct Regulated Cannabis Market Experiment

The Netherlands has had a unique model in which marijuana is neither legal nor illegal yet it is sold in coffee shops. However, the cultivation of cannabis is illegal in the country, so the cannabis products consumed in the licensed coffee shops are obtained from illegal sources. The government wants to end this situation by conducting experiments in the regulated production of cannabis. To this end, ten cultivators have been selected and each one of them is expected to grow between six and ten different varieties of marijuana. The THC content of that marijuana will be prominently indicated on the…

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TuesdayApr 16, 2019 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – Canadian Army Veterans Switch to Cannabis Instead of Opioids

Veterans Affairs Canada has revealed that marijuana use among veterans in the country has skyrocketed so much that $65 million was spent on weed for veterans last year. This rise in medical cannabis use not surprisingly coincides with a decline in the use of prescription opioids by the veterans. Previously, injured veterans had to take a cocktail of medications for the different conditions they were suffering from. Major Mark Campbell (Rtd) is one such former soldier who lost both legs during a tour to Afghanistan. The retired major calls cannabis “magic” because it was the only remedy that could give…

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TuesdayApr 16, 2019 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Washington State Passes Medical Cannabis in Schools and Marijuana Testing Bills

Two separate cannabis bills have been passed by the Washington state Senate. One has to do with the use of medical cannabis in schools and another regards testing cannabis products before they get on the market. The bill on medical cannabis in schools is intended to help students with chronic illnesses for which they are being treated using medical marijuana. The bill will allow those students to get their medical cannabis treatment while at school. More specifically, the treatment will be administered by a parent, and not a school official or a nurse. This provision was intended to eliminate any…

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MondayApr 15, 2019 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – New York City Council Wants to End Employee Drug Testing

As New York State gets closer to legalizing recreational marijuana, the city council of New York has voted in favor of a bill that will ban employers from subjecting prospective employees to pre-employment cannabis tests. If enacted into law, this bill will be a trailblazer because no other city or municipality in the U.S. has passed such a law explicitly stating that employers are no longer allowed to test job applicants for marijuana before considering them for employment. The bill contains a clause that it will only be enacted a minimum of one year after the bill has been passed.…

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MondayApr 15, 2019 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Cannabis Inhalers Could Be the Next Asthma and Cancer Pain Medication

Whole smoking is the most common administration method for medical cannabis, not all patients are willing or able to use this method. For example, those who have respiratory challenges like asthma are unable to smoke cannabis because it may aggravate their condition. Terminally ill patients may also find it hard to smoke marijuana as part of their treatment. For such patients, two Israeli companies have teamed up to develop cannabis inhalers through which they can take their medication. The two firms are Panaxia Pharmaceuticals and Rafa Pharmaceuticals. The two companies are working together to bring marijuana inhalers to the market…

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FridayApr 12, 2019 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – Cumbersome UK Medical Cannabis Program Forces Parents to Resort to Smuggling

Legally, patients who qualify can access medical cannabis across the UK ever since an enabling law paved the way for this treatment to be available from November 1, 2018. However, the reality is another thing altogether as patients are made to jump endless hoops in order to access medical marijuana through the National Health Service (NHS). The cumbersome bureaucratic system has compelled many desperate parents of kids who badly need medical marijuana to resort to smuggling the medicine from other countries. Emma Appleby is one of those parents, and her story is heart-wrenching. She says her daughter, aged nine, suffers…

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FridayApr 12, 2019 4:20 am

420 with CNW – California’s Cannabis Home Delivery Policy Faces Legal Challenge

Recently, California passed a rule to allow the statewide delivery of cannabis. However, a legal battle between the state and 25 cities is brewing after the cities went to court to have that rule overturned. When California legalized marijuana, local governments were given the right to decide whether cannabis businesses and sales would be permitted in their jurisdictions and the conditions under which such operations could be permitted. Many local governments exercised their right and opted to ban recreational cannabis from their jurisdictions. The new rule allowing cannabis retailers to deliver cannabis to “any address” within the state has angered…

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