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AN EDINBURGH mum has praised the effects of medical cannabis oil which has helped her son who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called Doose Syndrome.

Karen Gray, 44, started giving her son Bedrolite after NHS prescribed drugs left him in a “vegetative state” in hospital.

Murray, 6, had previously been on Epidiolex. While it initially worked, he soon ended up in hospital.

Karen said: “He was being fed by tubes, having seizures, essentially in a vegetative state.

– Read the entire article at The Scottish Sun.

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From infusions to strain-specific cooking, veteran chefs are forging new identities while up-and-comers are making their mark.

On a recent evening at the James Beard House in New York City, guests decked out in fine dining attire gathered for an intimate dinner party. The James Beard Foundation had once again invited its members to enjoy cocktails, food, and wine while mingling with the makers themselves. However, what made this dinner party different was that the key talking point— terpenes (more on that later)—was something about which this group of seasoned foodies knew very little. And what made it memorable was that a leading voice in the culinary industry showcased how cooking with cannabis can elevate cuisine even in the absence of a high.

Though it takes plenty of moving parts to assemble a restaurant, cannabis has the rare opportunity to create sweeping changes across the entire hospitality industry. The incorporation of cannabis products into the dining room given its devoted fan base can have a serious economic impact on a restaurant’s bottom line, not to mention impact the dining experience. The National Restaurant Association recently released a report finding that almost 77% of chefs surveyed chose drinks and food infused

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Opinion: There is still time for Canadian governments to serve the public by copying the market for alcoholic beverages.

When Bill C-45 was passed in 2017, making the sale and recreational consumption of cannabis legal, politicians proudly announced that Canada’s legalization of cannabis and the regulations around its sales and production would provide a guide to the world on how to legalize.

However, 19 months after the bill passed, and nearly eight months after legalization took effect on Oct. 17, 2018, provinces have failed to licence enough retail stores and suppliers to meet the demand of consumers. As a result, unlicenced retail stores and black-market dealers continue to operate. Supplies come from unlicenced growers, some of which may have links to criminals and organized crime.

– Read the entire article at Financial Post.

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Perhaps the greatest challenge facing the movement to legalize cannabis is the need to overcome decades of disinformation proliferated through War on Drugs propaganda. And if the good fight is to be won, it will require a shift in the common perception of cannabis – from dangerous, gateway drug to safe and effective medicine.

The prohibition-era re-branding of cannabis as medicine made its first major breakthrough in 1996 with the passage of Proposition 215 – the landmark Compassionate Use Act in California that first introduced “medical marijuana” into the law books. At the time, activist Dennis Person was distributing cannabis to AIDS patients in San Francisco, and voters were convinced that he shouldn’t be prosecuted as a criminal for his humanitarian efforts.

Now state by state, legislators are responding to the will of their constituents who want access to medical cannabis that is regulated and controlled for quality. Yet if cannabis is going to be legalized at the federal level, it may happen because policy-makers acknowledge that a critical mass of Americans believe that the drug’s useful medicinal qualities outweigh its dangers.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Senior citizens can enjoy a heightened quality of life thanks to the immense, versatile therapeutics of cannabis. Whether you’re smoking, dabbing, vaping, or using CBD oil and infusions, there is always a way to get potent pain relief and a noticeable lift to your mood. If you’re open cured dried herbs, then there are endless strains of marijuana to choose from, each giving a profoundly different effect. Same goes for the various concentrations of cannabinoids in CBD-oils and extracts, as well as other products like edibles. Getting the medical benefits doesn’t mean that you need to get high, and if you do, there are tons of options for you. Let’s take a close look at how cannabis can help seniors improve their quality of life.

Cannabis improves mental acuity & supplies a neuroprotective effect

THC is showing potential as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other clinical conditions of cognitive decline. Studies show that low doses of THC directly interact with the amyloid beta peptides inhibiting their aggregation. These peptides are found in high concentrations in Alzheimer’s patients leading researchers to believe that regular supplementation will slow the onset and possibly prevent

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If West Virginia students are interested in participating in a new program that allows them to attend community colleges for free, they’ll have to make sure they haven’t smoked any marijuana recently.

It was announced on Thursday that THC will be on a list of banned substances for participants in the program, funding for which was approved unanimously by the state Senate in February via Senate Bill 284.

“The motivation for the bill is to lift the education-attainment level for all West Virginians and give them a pathway to a brighter future,” said legislation sponsor and state Senate president Mitch Carmichael at the time of the bill’s passage. “From a state perspective, it helps us say to the world that our workforce is drug-free, trained, educated, and ready to go to work.”

A consultant who is working on the program announced that applicants will also be tested for opiates, oxycodone, hydrocodone, cocaine, amphetamines, and other substances. If a student is able to provide proof that they are consuming a drug for a medical purpose, they will be exempted from tests on the substance.  

The program will start in the fall of this year. Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the drug

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The United Food and Commercial Workers union is now a major force in marijuana politics — but criticisms of it have grown with its influence.

No one knows more about the complicated alliance between unions and the cannabis industry than Dale Sky Jones, chancellor of Oakland’s Oaksterdam University, a marijuana trade school. She calls herself “Patient Zero.”

In 2010, major unions were just starting to throw their weight behind weed in California as part of Prop 19, a ballot initiative for recreational marijuana. Jones says an organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) walked into the campaign office for Prop 19, a campaign Oaksterdam’s founder spearheaded, and said, “You’re not just a bunch of tree-hugging, crystal-gripping hippies carrying signs. You actually have a statewide campaign on the ballot.”

– Read the entire article at Rolling Stone.

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Health Canada will unveil details about rollout today.

New cannabis products — like edibles, beverages, topicals and extracts — will be for sale legally in Canada in mid-December.

Regulations will come into effect on Oct. 17, and the products will be available two months later, Radio-Canada has learned.

Details on the final regulations and timeline will be released Friday by Health Canada.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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Cannabis edible and topical products will be available to Canadian consumers by the middle of December, according to media reports. Rules to regulate the products are expected to be released by the federal health agency Health Canada on Friday and would go into effect on October 17, one year after Canada legalized cannabis with the passage of Bill C-45. Initial regulations only included provisions that allowed the sale of cannabis flower and oils.

Once the new regulations for cannabis edibles and topicals go into effect in October, manufacturers would be given 60 days to implement them before products go on sale in December.

Sources speaking with CTV News on the condition of anonymity revealed that the regulations are expected to limit the amount of THC in edible products to 10 milligrams per package. Edibles would also be subject to strict requirements to lessen their appeal to children, including limitations on the packaging and the shape of products. THC capsules are also expected to be allowed by the new regulations, which would limit the potency to 10 milligrams of THC per capsule and 1,000 milligrams THC per package.

Cannabis products will not be permitted to contain tobacco, nicotine, or added caffeine.

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Canada’s historic legalization of marijuana in October 2018 prompted some major changes to the country’s drug-impaired driving laws. The changes aimed to respond to concerns about legalization’s impact on public safety, especially on the road. As a result, many provinces implemented “zero tolerance” policies for drivers found to have THC in their system. But a new study from researchers at the University of British Columbia suggests Canada’s drug-impaired driving laws may be too strict. According to researchers, the low levels of THC Canada currently considers over the legal limit do not increase drivers’ risk of getting in a car crash.

Researchers: No Link Between Low Levels of THC and Car Crashes

Due to public perceptions about the health and safety risks of legalized cannabis, Canadian officials opted to play it safe. So they set up very conservative legal limits for THC. Under Canadian law, drivers can face fines up to $1,000 for driving with two to five nanograms (ng) of THC per milliliter (mL) of blood. Drivers found to have more than five ng/mL of THC face fines over $1,000 and possible jail time. Canada even has special rules for drivers that mix alcohol and cannabis. Fines above $1,000 and

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