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FridayOct 19, 2018 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – A Peek Into Canopy Growth’s Cannabis Manufacturing Facility Just Before Legalization Day

Wednesday (October 17) marked the start of a new era in Canada after recreational cannabis became legal. Canadians waited for this day, but not as eagerly as Canopy Growth, one of the leading cannabis companies in the country. The President and co-CEO of the firm, Mark Zekulin, said that they pulled all the stops, including using every kind of transportation available in Canada (except dog sleds) to ensure that cannabis supplies were distributed to all the retailers who had placed orders from around the country. Zekulin added that the company had been preparing for legalization day for years. That statement…

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FridayOct 19, 2018 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Canada’s Experiment With Legalized Marijuana Begins

The countdown to the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Canada ended yesterday when retail stores opened for the first time to serve adults who wanted to consume this substance that has been wrapped in a lot of controversy for decades. Legalization day also marked the start of one of the biggest “experiments" in public health policy. This is because cannabis was legalized without fully understanding how different categories of people would be affected by its regular consumption. Of primary interest are teens and young adults. While federal law places the minimum age for those who can legally buy and…

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ThursdayOct 18, 2018 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – FDA Calls for Public Comments on Marijuana

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that members of the public and the scientific community have an opportunity to share their thoughts on several substances, including marijuana. Of specific interest is the medical usefulness, abuse potential and actual abuse of the listed substances (including cannabis). The FDA action comes at a time when the World Health Organization (WHO) is planning to meet in November this year to review the scheduling of cannabis. The ECDD (Expert Committee on Drug Dependence) is the body that will decide whether marijuana should stay as a schedule 1 substance or that categorization should…

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ThursdayOct 18, 2018 4:20 am

420 with CNW – U.S. Customs Now Says Canadian Cannabis Industry Workers Can Enter the U.S.

The cloud of uncertainty in the minds of Canadians working in the legal marijuana industry may have lifted a little after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Administration (CBP) put up an update on its website stating that cannabis industry workers may be “generally” admissible into the U.S. in case their travel isn’t connected to their work. This clarification comes several weeks after CBP issued a press release in which it suggested that anyone involved in the cannabis industry would not be allowed to cross into the U.S. That statement left marijuana industry workers contemplating an end to simple things…

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WednesdayOct 17, 2018 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – Washington State Marijuana Tracking System Flawed, Says Report

An assessment report released by Gartner Consulting recently has found that Washington State rushed to implement a seed-to-sale marijuana tracking system even though the regulator and the system provider knew that the tracking system was flawed. That rushed implementation cost retailers revenue since many dispensaries were unwilling to buy marijuana from those retailers whose systems hadn’t been integrated with Leaf Date Systems (the tracking platform created by MJ Freeway). Gartner Consulting is an independent technology and research firm based in Connecticut. Washington State LCB (Liquor and Cannabis Board) contracted Gartner Consulting to assess the tracking system over a period of…

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WednesdayOct 17, 2018 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Facebook Lifts Ban on Marijuana Searches Ahead of Canadian Cannabis Legalization

While the U.S. customs authorities may be unsure about how to respond once recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada, social media giant Facebook has taken the step to stop preventing search results from showing in case a user is looking for cannabis pages, articles and organizations, among other kinds of related content. Facebook has been filtering out any search results connected to cannabis for more than a year. This action was in line with the platform’s rules that barred illegal products and substances from being traded or trafficked using the platform. That is now bound to change as Facebook users…

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TuesdayOct 16, 2018 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – Walmart Canada Considers Selling Cannabis-Based Products

The Canadian branch of Walmart Inc. has revealed that it is thinking about including cannabis-based products on its shelves. This announcement makes Walmart the first major retailer to express interest in participating in the cannabis industry. Other major companies from the U.S. to show interest in the Canadian cannabis industry were from the beverage and alcohol industry (Coca Cola and Constellation Brands). Just how free are these companies when it comes to making decisions about getting involved in the cannabis industry? Market sentiment may be forcing their hand as was seen when Pepsi Cola shares dipped on the stock exchange…

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TuesdayOct 16, 2018 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Canada May Not Have Enough Cannabis to Meet Demand Upon Legalization

It is just a matter of hours before recreational marijuana is legalized in Canada but researchers are suggesting that the country may not have enough marijuana on the shelves to meet the demand for it. Researchers based at the University of Waterloo and their counterparts at C.D. Howe Institute warned that many people who may want to celebrate legalization with a joint may be unable to do so due to the limited capacity of cannabis suppliers to meet the expected demand. The researchers revealed that the current suppliers may only be in position to meet between 30 percent and 60…

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MondayOct 15, 2018 4:20 pm

420 with CNW – Poll Shows 62 Percent of Americans Favor Marijuana Decriminalization

A recent poll conducted by Pew Research Center shows that 62 percent of all Americans want cannabis to be legalized. The findings are in line with previous polls which have been showing an increase in the number of citizens who favor marijuana legalization. A total of 1,754 adults were interviewed by phone and their responses showed the highest support for decriminalization since Pew Research Center started conducting yearly polls about the sentiments of citizens regarding marijuana. This increased support may have been fueled by the legalization of pot in several states as well as D.C. However, the rate at which…

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FridayOct 12, 2018 4:20 am

420 with CNW – Medical Marijuana Users in Illinois Increase by 80 Percent

A report released by the Illinois Department of Public Health shows that the users of medical marijuana in that state have increased by 80 percent so far when compared with the statistics for 2017. The report shows that most patients using medical cannabis wanted to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More than 4,000 people out of the 46,000 who have used medical marijuana this year used cannabis to treat PTSD. PTSD was followed by fibromyalgia at 3,400 patients while cancer was close behind at 2,500 patients seeking medical cannabis. It is also noteworthy that about 75 percent of all patients…

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