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Cedar Park Mom Credits Medical Marijuana For Helping Her Son Live A Better Life After Rare Disease Diagnosis


Texas lawmakers are back in session and some of the bills headed their way have to do with medical marijuana reform. A Cedar Park mother and Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation are working to encourage state legislators to remove restrictions on qualifying conditions and eliminate the THC cap. “The idea that I would give my chi – I mean – my child marijuana, are you kidding,” said mother Carissa Barenblat. “That’s not something I came lightly…


In the Cannabis Kitchen with Laurie Wolf


When the pandemic lockdowns began, people started buying a lot of things. For some folks, it was sourdough bread starters. For others (mostly sadists), it was exercise bikes. And for people in Oregon, it was–to put it bluntly–a metric shit-ton of weed. Oregonians broke their own record, buying more than a billion dollars’ worth of recreational cannabis in 2020, with Multnomah County stoners leading the way, according to data from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.…


14 States Where Marijuana Remains Entirely Illegal


Will the new administration in Washington reduce this number to zero? Since 2021 began, perhaps no industry has created more buzz than cannabis. It’s certainly not hard to understand why, with some estimates suggesting that annual U.S. pot sales could triple between 2019 and 2025 to more than $41 billion. In the November election, 36 states waved the green flag on medical marijuana, 15 of which also allow for the consumption and/or retail sale of…

Recreational Cannabis Sales In Arizona Bring New Jobs – And Long Lines


A day after Arizona dispensaries began selling recreational marijuana, the long lines haven’t slowed — but this could be a benefit to thousands in the state that are unemployed. Territory Dispensary was one of more than 80 businesses to receive a license Friday from the Department of Health Services to legally sell recreational marijuana. Sure enough, the demand was there. FOX 10 asked Robert Smith, general manager for Territory, if there’s a concern their product…


Warm Up and Calm Down this Winter with CBD-Infused Soup


Kitchen Toke’s Golden Beet Soup & Roasted Vegetable And Lentil Soup In the newly released winter issue of Kitchen Toke magazine, author Laura Lagano writes in the “Unsung Cannabinoids Explained” cover story, “In our current worldwide pandemic, we now have an added global anxiety disorder.” This week, anxiety across America is heightened even more with a transition of power unlike history has ever experienced before, making a stronger case for CBD consumption and revisiting the…


Queen’s Windsor Farm Shop Selling ‘Popular’ Cannabis-Infused Drinks


The Queen’s Windsor Farm Shop is selling cannabis-infused energy drinks that are flying off the shelves as customers buy in bulk. The farm shop is selling an energy drink called Trip, made from the marijuana compound cannabidiol (CBD). Trip comes in four flavours and has been extremely popular at Her Majesty’s Windsor Farm Shop. A source told The Sun: “The drinks are quite quirky but very unusual for a farm shop — especially one run…

Netherlands To Supply Medical Cannabis Until July Despite Brexit Ban


The mother of a nine-year-old boy with a severe and rare form of epilepsy who was told Brexit would end the supply of a life-changing cannabis medicine that saved her son’s life has been given a six-month reprieve. Hannah Deacon said she was hugely grateful after being given the lifeline by the Dutch government, which has sanctioned continued supply of the medicines despite a Brexit ban on fulfilling prescriptions from the UK. She received a…


If You’re A Cannabis Patient In Utah, Here’s Why You Can No Longer Cross Borders For Marijuana


A recent survey showed nearly 60% of patients still consider buying cannabis from black market and out-of-state sources. Last year, Chelsie Warren quit her job as a bus driver so she’d be free to sign up as one of Utah’s first cannabis patient cardholders and qualify for the plant-based treatment that soothes her chronic back pain. She’s found a new job since then and doesn’t regret the trade-off. But the Garland resident is disappointed she…


New Zealand Suspends Helicopter Searches for Cannabis Crops


CANNABIS CULTURE – A spokesperson for the New Zealand police was quoted to say, “with the increased harm in many communities arising from other drugs, particularly methamphetamine, a one-size-fits-all annual aerial national cannabis operation no longer represents the most appropriate deployment of police resources.” Light propeller aircraft and helicopters have taken to the skies yearly from the 70s, giving New Zealand police a tool to surveil the ground below for cannabis-growing plots, forest fields, or…


One Man’s Journey From Injustice to Advocacy


CANNABIS CULTURE – “You build perseverance, and no one can take that away from you. They can take your money, take your bank account, they can change legislation, but they can’t take away your perseverance. They cannot take away your will,” Earl Carruthers says of his journey from injustice to advocacy. See, Earl wasn’t always as passionate about cannabis, as he is now. After a debilitating injury and a historic brush with the law, Carruthers…


New Study Shows Cannabis Reduces Inflammatory ‘Storms’ Caused By COVID-19


A promising new study out of Canada offers data that some cannabis strains help reduce a specific type of inflammatory distress—called a “cytokine storm”—that proceeds severe cases of acute respiratory distress due to COVID-19. In a study conducted by researchers at Pathway Research Inc., the University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge, scientists used artificial human skin, technically a “well-established full-thickness human 3D skin artificial EpiDermFTTM tissue model.” The skin tissue model was exposed…


Multiple Non-Violent Cannabis Offenders Pardoned on Trump’s Last Day


CANNABIS CULTURE – Former President Donald Trump’s list of last-day pardons included 12 people imprisoned for non-violent cannabis offenses, some of who were under life-without-parole sentences.  Last Prisoner Project Executive Director and General Counsel, Sarah Gersten said in a press release that the act was, “…further evidence of the overwhelming bipartisan support for broad-based cannabis policy reforms.” Corvain Cooper, 41, was sentenced to life without parole for distribution of marijuana and money laundering. Cooper has…


Aurora Cannabis Lays Off Workers After Signing New Sales Broker Deal


Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it has laid off some workers after signing an agreement with an external sales broker. The Edmonton-based cannabis company’s spokeswoman Michelle Lefler confirmed the cuts but wouldn’t disclose the number of staff impacted or what cities they were located in. Lefler says the move was prompted by Aurora’s recent decision to hire Great North Distributors Inc. to represent the pot company in sales activities across Canada. – Read the entire article…


Jay-Z Joins Push to Boost Minority-Owned Cannabis Businesses


Rapper creates $10 million fund for startups, saying people of color have missed out on marijuana boom. Jay-Z is launching a fund to invest in minority-owned cannabis startups to bolster Black participation in the industry. The rapper and entrepreneur says he is motivated by an imbalance in the marijuana business: People of color, who have been disproportionately punished for involvement in the drug where it is illegal, comprise only a small number of those making…

Company Offers Cannabis Couquets for Valentine’s Day


This Valentine’s Day, Torontonians can send a marijuana bouquet to a special someone. Paraluman Flora and GreenPort Cannabis have collaborated to make the pot bouquet arrangements. The $80 bouquet comes with colourful blooms and seven grams of cannabis. – Read the entire article at Toronto Sun.


Medical Cannabis Program To Begin This Year After Funding Received


Use of products licensed under scheme can apply where conventional treatments fail. Funding has been made available for a new programme providing cannabis-based medical products to patients to begin later this year, the Department of Health has announced. Use of products licensed under the Medicinal Cannabis Access Programme can apply where conventional treatments are unsuccessful. – Read the entire article at The Irish Times.

Inflammation And Obesity: Can Cannabis Help Break The Cycle?


It is thought that CBD can work to combat inflammation throughout the body. Like many chronic lifestyle-related diseases, inflammation is at the core. Obesity may be no different. When it comes to obesity, doctors oftentimes prescribe medications to treat the accompanying co-morbidities, such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and dysregulated blood glucose. Some note, however, that inflammation is at the root of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. – Read the…


DEA’s Latest Policy Change Another Burden on Cannabis Research


CANNABIS CULTURE –  Dr. John Streicher of the University of Arizona says the DEA’s new regulations offer no help to researchers — and he’s not the only one. “From my point of view it makes no difference at all,” Streicher says under the new rules he will still need to file for a Schedule I license with the DEA, as he did under the old regulations.  Streicher’s research focuses on pain management, often with opioids…


Is France Moving Towards A Legalization Of Cannabis?


France has some of the harshest cannabis laws in Europe–it has been illegal in the country since 1970, the state doesn’t allow medicinal use, and there is no distinction in law between personal use and trafficking, as there is in some countries. However, France has the highest reported use of cannabis in Europe. Between 2015 and 2017, according to Statista, just over 11% of the French population said they had used cannabis over the previous…


“America is Back”: Chelsea Handler Debuts Cannabis Line for Inauguration Day


The comedian curated the mix of products for the kit with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support Cage Free Repair, a cannabis reform nonprofit. Cannabis enthusiast Chelsea Handler has teamed up with dispensaries Sweet Flower and The Apothecarium to launch the “America is Back Kit,” a curated mix of her favorite brands and items in celebration of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Handler’s kit includes CANN beverages, Pure Beauty pre-rolls, Garden Society chocolates, a…


At Last, Mexico Publishes Medical Cannabis Regulations


Last week, our neighbor to the South took a significant step forward in cannabis reform, when Mexico’s health ministry published rules regulating the use of medicinal cannabis. This will hopefully be the first of many major cannabis reform measures in Mexico this year. The Mexican government issued regulations on their three-year-old medical marijuana program. This is different from the adult-use legislation currently being discussed in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies – the lower house. The…


4 Things To Consider When Looking For A Medical Cannabis Doctor


Finding the right medical marijuana doctor might take some time and patience. Here are some things you should consider when looking for one. Doctors who will prescribe you medical marijuana are just as important as primary care physicians. What works for one person may not work for another; it all depends on personality, the conditions you’re treating, the state where you live and more. Knowing that there’s no “one size fits all” approach may help…

Will Cannabis Tourism Lead The Way To Economic Recovery?


The events of recent months – which, at no risk of ambiguity, will not be discussed here – have created something of a roadblock for nearly every industry that was, just twelve months ago, thriving in the global marketplace. Not least among those industries is the world of travel and tourism which, on both a local, national and international level, has ground to a halt for nigh-on twelve months. There are plenty of ideas swirling…

Illinois Sitting On $62 Million In Cannabis Revenue Meant To Foster Businesses And Help Neighborhoods Hurt By Poverty And Violence


Despite promises that cannabis legalization in Illinois would fund more minority business participation and neighborhood improvements, the state has yet to spend $62 million collected for those purposes. Part of the delay in awarding the money is due to problems with the state’s system to award new cannabis business licenses. The other reason for the holdup, officials say, is because of an outpouring of requests for funding. The lack of help for communities and entrepreneurs…

What To Know Before Giving Your Pet CBD


Pets are family, and their humans want to do everything they can to help them. So, as more people find relief from various physical and mental ailments through cannabidiol (CBD), it’s only natural that they’d want to allow their pets the same healing. A number of CBD brands, such as Elixinol, Extract Labs, and Nature’s Script are now offering pet CBD oil and edibles. Some companies, such as Pet Relief and MediPets are dedicated to…


Cannabis Grower Released from Life-Sentence, Says More Prisoners Should Go Home


CANNABIS CULTURE –   “I’m so blessed to be released but there are still a lot (of cannabis prisoners) that are still there,” says Andy Cox — now reunited with his mother, two children, and extended family in Florida after 13 years in federal lock-up. In 2004, Cox began growing cannabis plants in the Chattahoochee National Forest of Georgia where his father owned land. After complaints from neighbors, National Forest Service agents followed ATV tracks to…


Thailand Serves Up Cannabis Cuisine To Happy Customers


“Giggling bread” and “joyfully dancing salad” aren’t the usual dishes on a menu in Thailand, but one eatery is hoping its cannabis-infused cuisine can lure foreign tourists and take the taboo out of the recently legalized leaf. The restaurant at the Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachin Buri started serving its own happy meals this month, after Thailand de-listed cannabis as a narcotic, allowing state-authorized firms to cultivate the plant. “Cannabis leaves, when put in…


Michigan Cannabis Sales Near $1B In First Year Of Adult-Use Sales


Cannabis sales in Michigan spiked during December, bringing the total to $984.6 million for 2020. Medical cannabis sales accounted for $474 million for the year, while adult-use sales reached $510.7 million, according to New Cannabis Ventures citing data from the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency. Combined cannabis sales, including medical and adult-use, for December amounted to $101 million. – Read the entire article at Benzinga.


UFC Won’t Punish Fighters For Cannabis Use In Policy Change


The UFC will no longer punish fighters for using marijuana in most cases, making a major change to its anti-doping policy. The world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion confirmed Thursday that it will no longer worry about positive tests for carboxy-THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, unless it believes a fighter used it intentionally to enhance performance. All other cannabinoids derived naturally from marijuana are no longer prohibited substances, said Jeff Novitzky, the UFC’s senior…


Destigmatize Cannabis Use For Mental Health


Opinion: 1 in 7 Canadians use cannabis for medicinal purposes, yet they are labelled as irresponsible ‘potheads.’ Health Canada just released the results of its 2020 Canadian Cannabis Survey, noting that a whopping 27 per cent of Canadians had used cannabis in the last year. Approximately half of those surveyed stated that they used cannabis for medical purposes, with rates of usage particularly high among people reporting poor or fair mental health. These findings overlap…