This New York pharmacist wants you to add CBD to your coffee

A New York pharmacist wants to add a little cannabis to your coffee.

Dr. Craig Leivent believes the cannabis-extract CBD is something "we should be using." He's part  of a growing segment of entrepreneurs pitching the prominent, non-psychoactive marijuana compound as a health food and dietary supplement, writes Calvin Hughes.

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Will vaping replace smoking marijuana?

With the rise of vaping, and persistent concerns that smoking marijuana is unhealthy, more and more cannabis consumers are changing the way they enjoy a puff.

But does that mean the joint will one day become extinct?

We asked a panel of experts to weigh in on whether or not vaping will ever replace smoking marijuana, writes James McClure.

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Can medical marijuana treat migraines? Here's what you need to know

As of 2018, 30 of 50 U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana to treat a variety of diseases and conditions. Some states, for example, have approved medical marijuana use for health issues such as depression, arthritis, and chronic pain.

Migraines are another condition that could qualify you for a medical marijuana card in a handful of states, including California and New Jersey.

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Is there new support for medical marijuana in Indiana?

Hoosier veterans are promising to lead the way when it comes to legalized medical marijuana in Indiana.

They made their voices heard at a recent medical cannabis town hall at the state library. Jep Staker is a former Marine sniper who at one time was taking opioids. He realized his dosages were increasing, as was his risk for overdose. That's when he asked his VA doctor about cannabis.

"I took a good look at it and I talked with my doctor," said Staker. "And I asked him, 'What about all these states passing medical cannabis laws?' and the doctor said, 'You know if I could recommend it or prescribe it, I would.' And I said, 'Say no more.'"

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12 Things you must know about Canopy Growth Corp.'s first-quarter report

Everything seems to be moving in the right direction, except the most important figure.

The marijuana industry is barreling toward what will likely be the most important day in its history: Oct. 17, 2018. On this date, Canada officially makes it legal for licensed dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana to adults aged 18 or 19 (depending on the province) and older.

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US Federal government confirms: Marijuana kills certain cancer cells and could cure brain tumors

It is easy to say that marijuana is close to being legalized by the United States Federal Government. As it stands, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This means that marijuana is one of the most strictly regulated drugs, apparently because it is considered to have “no medicinal value” to the public.

But it has now emerged that the US federal government has admitted that marijuana may in fact serve as a useful treatment for brain tumors, one of the  most dangerous type of cancers. Brain tumors can occur at any age, and the exact cause of brain tumors is not clear to researchers.

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This rehab center helps people get off drugs by getting them onto cannabis

Can recovering addicts smoke weed without backsliding into substance abuse? It’s a question frequently asked by those in the recovery community as well as the general public - especially people who don't consider cannabis a drug in the first place, writes Tess Barker.

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Here are the top 10 marijuana stocks

This is what you’ve all been waiting for — here are the top 10 marijuana stocks on the TSX, ordered from smallest to largest.

10. Supreme Cannabis Company (TSXV:FIRE)

Mostly due to growing its share count by roughly 60% from a year ago, Supreme had about $80 million in cash as of March 31.

Supreme’s biggest news items for the summer months have been its supply agreements with the liquor boards of B.C., Alberta, and Manitoba.

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Ohio issues 2 medical marijuana testing lab licenses after months-long wait

Columbus research giant Battelle and North Coast Testing Laboratories in Northeast Ohio were awarded medical marijuana testing lab licenses on Friday. 

The Ohio Department of Commerce also awarded two more marijuana product processor provisional licenses -- for a total of nine out of an available 40. Standard Wellness Company LLC may be the first company to be licensed at each level in the supply chain -- growing, manufacturing and selling. 

Testing lab and processor provisional licensees have six months to build their facilities and pass a state inspection before beginning operations.

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Weed really does have major ‘beneficial effects’ for people living with inflammatory bowel disease

Cannabis smokers are known to suffer from the munchies – and perhaps a sore stomach after they’ve gorged themselves.

But it turns out that weed might have a ‘beneficial effect’ for people suffering from problems with their digestive system. A team of researchers wanted to see if anecdotal evidence about the health implications of ganja were true. They were astonished to see that the active chemicals present in cannabis helped to control and reduce intestinal inflammation in mice.

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Federal court says employers can still drug test workers with legally prescribed marijuana

While medical marijuana may be legal in 30 states, that doesn't actually mean people living in areas with legally prescribed cannabis can partake as much as they want. And now a federal court has reinforced those standards, writes Joseph Misulonas.

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Medical marijuana user's boss can drug test him, court says

A New Jersey business does not have to waive its requirement for mandatory drug testing for a worker who uses medical marijuana, a federal court has ruled.

Daniel Cotto Jr. of Bridgeton had sued Ardagh Glass citing the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination after the company wouldn't allow him to return to his job unless he submitted to breathalyzer and urine screenings.

Ardagh asked that Cotto's suit be dismissed, an action which was granted by Judge Robert B. Kugler sitting in U.S. District Court in Camden.

"New Jersey law does not require private employers to waive drug tests for users of medical marijuana," Kugler wrote.

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Ducky’s Bill: A Bid to Save Children’s Lives and Educations

Washington father John Barclay is fighting for young cannabis patients to receive their medication at school. He was inspired by his own daughter, River, who suffers from a rare disorder that he says is more effectively managed with CBD than any other medication they’ve tried. If Barclay is successful, Washington would join states like New Jersey and Colorado, both of which have adopted similar policies within the last two years.

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Why do Aussies self-medicate with cannabis?

A survey has looked into how Australians use illicit cannabis to treat health conditions.

Australians who use illicit cannabis for medical reasons do so mainly to treat mental health issues, chronic pain, and sleep problems.

An anonymous online survey of 1748 participants was conducted in April to October 2016—immediately prior to the 2016 legislation for frameworks for medicinal cannabis use being passed.

Researchers from the University of Sydney found the most frequent reasons for medicinal cannabis use were to treat anxiety (50.7%), back pain (50%), depression (49.3%), and sleep problems (43.5%).

Respondents had used medicinal cannabis an average of 19.9 days of the previous 28 days, and a median of 26 of the preceding 28 days.

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Lynn's first medical marijuana facility and recreational pot shop set to open this fall

LYNN — The city’s first medical marijuana facility and pot shop is set to open in October on the Lynnway.

Newton-based Massachusetts Patient Foundation (MPF), which operates dispensaries in Oregon and Colorado, has signed a host agreement with the city to open a medical marijuana dispensary at the 4,631-square-foot Cooper-Lewis building, which would also contain a recreational pot shop.

The company still has to have its special permit approved by the City Council for the recreational component to the facility. Its special permit was approved for medical marijuana retail sales last August.

Under the host agreement, MPF will provide the city with 6 percent of annual gross revenues.

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Medical marijuana wait: Regulatory hurdle for Louisiana crop

Louisiana's first medical marijuana crop will take longer than expected to reach patients.

GB Sciences, the marijuana grower for the LSU AgCenter, had hoped to provide product to Louisiana's nine licensed medical marijuana pharmacies by September. But the company tells The News-Star the earliest harvest likely will be in November.

John Davis, GB Sciences president, said his company is waiting for the state agriculture department, which is regulating the industry, to sign off on GB Sciences' medical marijuana growing facility plans.

Agriculture Commission Mike Strain said he isn't trying to stall the process. He said GB Sciences has to finish its operating procedures and complete its background checks with the state police.

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Marijuana is not really legal in California if residents don't have a reasonable way to buy it

California law allows adults to buy marijuana. It allows licensed businesses to deliver marijuana to customers, and it says specifically that cities and counties cannot prevent delivery services from traveling on public roads. Yet even though cities can’t stop deliveries traveling through their jurisdiction, many cities currently ban deliveries to their jurisdiction.

That means that unlike deliveries of virtually every other legal, adult-use product — including alcohol and cigarettes, which can be ordered over the internet in California ­— marijuana deliveries are barred.

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Study finds cannabis may be treatment option for schizophrenia

A University of New Mexico study has found that cannabis may be an effective treatment option for schizophrenia, according to a report on the research. The report was published last week in the journal Medicines by Jegason P. Diviant and Jacob M. Vigil of the University of New Mexico Department of Psychology and Sarah S. Stith of the university’s Department of Economics.

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We may finally know why marijuana helps people with chronic gut problems

As John Mayer tells us (and tells us, and tells us), your body is a wonderland. When it comes to microbial life, this holds especially true for your gut. There, hundreds of residential species eat, breed, and excrete waste. Somehow, your intestines manage to thrive with this zoo inside them—for the most part. In some cases things aren’t so wonderful: your gut starts attacking itself in an autoimmune response that’s bad for microbes and host alike.

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Gardiner to consider temporary ban on new medical marijuana shops

Gardiner officials are scheduled to consider on Wednesday whether to enact a temporary ban on allowing additional medical marijuana caregiver shops in the city.

“These places are springing up, and we’re trying to get a handle on the best way to regulate them,” Gardiner Mayor Thom Harnett said Monday. “This is an emergency proposal that’s retroactive to July 9. Anything not in the pipeline by then would be subject to the moratorium.”

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Bay Area girl makes history by being first in California to be allowed medical marijuana in school

A Santa Rosa Family is celebrating the first day of school Monday because, thanks to a judge’s order, their five-year-old child will be able to attend her first day of kindergarten and bring her medical marijuana on campus.

When Brooke Adams walks onto campus Monday morning she will be setting a legal precedent.

Brooke will be one of the first children in the country — and the first in California — to be legally allowed to be given medical marijuana at school.

When she was just an infant, Brook was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome.

“It gives her seizures that don’t stop very easily, or don’t stop at all,” her father Jon Adams told NBC Bay Area.

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This U.S. territory is on the verge of legalizing marijuana in a unique way

No U.S. state or territory has done this before.

In a little more than two months -- Oct. 17, to be precise -- the cannabis landscape will change forever. That's the date when Canada will officially wave the green flag on recreational marijuana sales to adults, becoming the first industrialized country to do so, and only the second country overall to have legalized adult-use pot (the other being Uruguay).

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Israel & Canada high on budding medical cannabis ties

Experts warn government regulations tied to exporting marijuana could lose Israel billions of dollars in revenue

Israel, the so-called Start-up Nation, could soon become known as the Silicon Valley of medical marijuana if leaders in the industry have their way. Israel’s medical cannabis sector is flourishing, thanks in part to growing business ties with Canada, which will officially legalize marijuana in October. Hundreds of millions of dollars in deals between Canadian and Israeli companies have already been inked, with investments covering innovative products treating a wide range of health issues—from cancer, to epilepsy, to sleep disorders.

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3 Things you need to know about the hottest marijuana stock on the market

MariMed's share price has nearly quadrupled so far in 2018. Here's why -- and whether the hot marijuana stock is one to buy.

Canadian marijuana stocks receive a lot of attention. That's understandable, since most of the marijuana businesses with the highest market caps are based in Canada. However, there are some stocks of U.S. companies that operate in the cannabis industry that could be interesting to investors. 

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With cannabis coming to the workplace, what constitutes ‘impairment’?

Just as digital transformation has disrupted legacy business models, cannabis legalization will fundamentally challenge workplace policies.

On Oct. 17, recreational marijuana will officially become legal in Canada. According to a recent study conducted by Deloitte, 22 per cent of the Canadian adult population consumes recreational cannabis at least occasionally, and a further 17 per cent show some willingness to try it.

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Puerto Rico launches online medical cannabis platform

In a release issued Thursday by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s office, La Fortaleza, it was announced that an online platform “that seeks to significantly streamline the licensing processes and the registration of patients who benefit from the Medicinal Cannabis Program” will be fully operational next week.

Currently in Argentina, the governor was quoted as saying that the “most recent statistical data indicate that 32,276 patients in Puerto Rico are using medical cannabis as an option for medical treatment. Given this, we have created this tool with the purpose of facilitating a more effective access for both doctors and patients and that the community in general can benefit.”

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38 Ohio doctors approved in August to recommend medical marijuana

Another 38 physicians were certified this week to recommend medical marijuana in Ohio. 

Currently, 222 physicians have active certificates to recommend cannabis to patients with one of 21 medical conditions. That's a far cry from what industry experts say will be necessary to serve an estimated 200,000 patients. State regulators expect Ohio's program will start with far fewer patients and say more physicians will sign on as the program grows.

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Medical marijuana: Not on campus, OU, OSU say

Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma are telling students that even if they become licensed medical marijuana patients in the state’s new legal program, they may not possess or use marijuana on campus.

According to a joint news release from OSU and OU, it is because the schools receive federal funding that they must ban marijuana, still an illegal drug at the federal level, even for state-sanctioned patients.

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First marijuana-derived prescription drug will cost $32500 a year

A new marijuana-derived drug to treat rare forms of severe epilepsy in children will cost about $32,500 per patient, per year.

Epidiolex, the first cannabis pharmaceutical to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, contains the active ingredient cannabidiol (CBD). It does not contain psychoactive molecule THC, which generates the high for which marijuana is best known.

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Canada's largest cannabis company is testing CBD for pets

Canopy Growth, Canada’s largest cannabis company, has recently been approved by the Veterinary Drug Directorate of Health Canada to research the effectiveness of cannabidiol to treat anxiety in certain animals.

Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating compound in cannabis, has been gaining traction recently for its health and therapeutic benefits in humans, and there are currently CBD-infused products on the grey market for pets to help with conditions such as arthritis.

The research will be conducted by Canopy Animal Health (CAH), a division of Canopy Health which focuses on developing cannabis-based healthcare products for companion animals.

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Canada: Distinct difference between recreational and medicinal cannabis

With the legalization of recreational marijuana roughly two months away, the director of a medicinal cannabis clinic in Courtenay hopes to educate the public.

“I want to clear up some the miscommunication or misunderstanding about how things are happening in the coming months, particularly when recreational cannabis becomes legal,” said Denise Ropp of GrowWise Health.

There is a “distinct difference” between medicinal and recreational pot, according to Ropp.

“Right now, medicinal cannabis is legal through the process and the route that we actually use, which is referral by a physician or by themselves to our clinic, (and then) we hook people up with licensed producers,” Ropp explained.

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Mother of epileptic teenager calls for new law in Northern Ireland

The mother of an epileptic teenager is calling for a new “Billy’s Law” in Northern Ireland.

Billy Caldwell’s mum Charlotte successfully led a campaign to get medicinal cannabis laws changed in the UK after her son’s medicines were confiscated at Heathrow Airport on June 11.

She said while families across England, Wales and Scotland can expect to be seamlessly prescribed medicinal cannabis by specialist doctors, as announced by Home Secretary Sajid Javid, those in Northern Ireland have to apply for several licences before they can receive the life-changing medication.

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Medical Marijuana to be permitted in UK

Following the recent high-profile case of Billy Caldwell, the British Home Secretary announced recently that medical cannabis is to be made available to UK patients on prescription.

Cannabis-derived medicines that meet certain safety and quality standards will be reclassified by fall 2018, so that they can be prescribed by specialist clinicians without the need for a Home Office licence. All fees for permits to use medicinal cannabis are to be waived in the interim. There will be no change in the law on the recreational use of cannabis in the UK, which will remain illegal.

The proposed changes to UK legislation in relation to medical cannabis will of course be of particular interest to medical cannabis companies based in Canada.

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Florida seeks to uphold ban on smoking medical marijuana

Pointing in part to smoking-related health effects, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office on Friday filed a 57-page brief arguing that an appeals court should uphold a decision by the Legislature to ban smoking medical marijuana.

The brief, filed at the 1st District Court of Appeal, came as the state challenges a May ruling by Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers, who said the smoking ban violates a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medicalmarijuana.

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Oak Park company designs oral, quick absorbing cannabis

Oak Park-based PharmaCann, a vertically integrated cannabis company, designed PharmaCann Capsules to ensure medical cannabis is absorbed better and lasts longer, providing patients a first-of-its-kind delivery method beyond inhalation, edibles and tinctures.

The patent-pending oral form pharmaceutical-grade capsules are the first to use self-emulsifying drug delivery system (SEDDS) technology for cannabis, the company said.

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From combat to marijuana processing — veteran corners the CBD market

Craig Henderson started Extract Labs, a Boulder, Colorado-based company offering cannabidiol-infused products, in the garage of his home in December 2016. Now, less than two years later, the multimillion dollar company of 25 staff has become a staple in the increasingly popular realm of cannabidiol, or CBD, the main medicinal ingredient in marijuana.

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Canopy Growth CEO: 'We're going to make anything and everything that's lawful'

Five years ago, Yahoo Canada News did a series on the dying small towns of Canada. The stagnation was largely blamed on the exit of one industry or another from many of the places visited. One of the towns featured in that series was Smiths Falls, Ont., struggling to recover from the exit of chocolate maker Hershey’s in 2007. At the time, residents said tourism was the answer to the town’s economic woes. Little did they know the industry that would breath life back into Smiths Falls was cannabis.

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Endocannabinoid deficiency suspected as cause for Fibromyalgia

For decades, since fibromyalgia disproportionately affected women, those who suffered with its often debilitating effects were often labeled as “hysterical women.” Many doctors would not even acknowledge that it was a legitimate physical disorder and called women hypochondriacs. It was often referred to as a “psychosomatic disorder.” Over the decades, the medical community has finally recognized it as a physical disorder, but have only speculated as to its underlying cause. The conventional Western medical treatment consisted of 3 pharmaceuticals, none of which helps with the symptoms, but produces plenty of side effects. The 3 drugs are Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella.

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How CBD (cannabidiol) can help with anxiety

Your guide to treating anxiety with CBD oil and how to dial in the best dose using the optimal CBD oil product for your needs.

In technical jargon, cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical constituent of Cannabis sativa that’s a pharmacologically broad-spectrum drug. In simpler terms, CBD has a wide array of potential therapeutic and medicinal effects, and cannabis (and hemp!) plants produce it naturally.

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9 Ways marijuana has made history this year

"Marijuana firsts" happened with regularity through the first seven months of 2018.

If you're an investor, there's a good chance you've been unable to avoid the discussion of "marijuana stocks" in recent years. And there's a good reason for that: growth.

According to cannabis research firm ArcView, North American legal weed sales soared 33% in 2017 to $9.7 billion, and they're expected to grow by a robust compound annual rate of 28% through 2021. Should this forecast come to fruition, the North American legal pot industry could be generating nearly $25 billion in annual sales by the end of 2021.

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The pluses and minuses of allowing medical marijuana at school

Every day at noon, Karina Garcia drives to her son’s South San Francisco high school to give him a dose of cannabis oil to prevent potentially life-threatening seizures.

But she can’t do it on campus. She has to take Jojo, a 19-year-old with severe epilepsy, off school grounds to squirt the drug into his mouth, then bring him back for his special education classes.

It doesn’t matter that Jojo has a doctor’s note to take the drug, nor that the medication is legal for both medicinal and recreational purposes in California. Marijuana use is strictly forbidden on school sites because it violates federal law.

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80-year-old grandma busted for weed in Michigan

An 80-year-old grandmother in Michigan was jailed after deputies found a small amount of cannabis at her home, and an expired Michigan medical marijuana card. Delores Saltzman and her son Mark Saltzman talked to WXMI. That's when Delores said she uses cannabis to control her pain from ongoing health conditions. Delores' credits cannabis for saving her life, adding when doctors prescribed her opioids, it caused her stomach pains and vomiting.

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This UK man is giving free CBD to the terminally ill

A UK man is defying cannabis prohibition in Britain by offering free CBD to terminally ill patients.   Satnam Bains (not his real name) is risking up to 14 years in prison for providing the cannabis-extract to seriously ill patients. And he's not charging a single pence despite the considerable cost of producing cannabis oil.

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This health effect of a new cannabis-infused beer leaves scientists baffled

Province Brands says their upcoming cannabis-infused brew contains an additive that will give you a quick and easy come down — a claim that's being met with skepticism from scientists, writes Calvin Hughes.

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People use cannabis products for health problems but misinformation and out-of-date regulations are stopping most from benefitting

When he was 15 years old, Jonas Duclos started to have some health issues. It took a while to work out what was wrong, but his doctors finally told him he was suffering from a rare genetic disease called PRP, which was attacking his skin and blood. For the past 17 years, Duclos has been trying to manage the excruciating pain the condition brings.

"Suffering from constant pain... it is a real nightmare on a daily basis, and many people cannot understand that struggle because it's really hard to grasp how terrible it is," he told Business Insider.

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Oklahoma: What 'gaps' will the legislature need to fill in medical marijuana regulations?

Legislature will be asked to fill in gaps in emergency medical marijuana rules. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health will participate in a question-and-answer session Wednesday with the bipartisan, bicameral working group assigned to handle medical marijuana regulations.

Although the group cannot enact policy until the Legislature is in session, Interim Health Commissioner Tom Bates has said there were “some gaps” in the newest iteration of emergency rules that lawmakers should address.

Buffy Heater, chief of data, public policy and promotion for the Health Department, said Friday that the board was unable to enact rules it wanted on three major issues: laboratory testing, product recalls, and product packaging and labeling.

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Georgia might allow medical marijuana growing and dispensing

Patients in Georgia are allowed to consume medical marijuana — if they can find a way to get it.

It’s still illegal to buy or transport cannabis oil in Georgia, even though the state authorized registered patients to use it three years ago.

That could soon change.

Georgia legislators are holding the first in a series of public meetings this month about how to improve access to cannabis oil. The meetings of the Low THC Medical Oil Access Commission could result in legislation to change Georgia’s medical marijuana law next year.

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Illinois governor OKs allowing medical cannabis at schools

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring public schools to allow parents to administer medical marijuana at school to eligible children.

The Republican signed the legislation Wednesday. The new law allows parents or guardians to administer a “cannabis-infused product” to a student on school property or on a school bus if both parent and child have been cleared to use the product by the state’s medical marijuana law.

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Canadian Medical Association: Doctors want medical pot phased out after legalization

'There’s definitely some physicians who feel comfortable in that area, but most don’t'.

Doctors in Canada want to see the medical cannabis system phased out once legalization happens later this year, says a Canadian Medical Association vice-president.

"The medical profession, as a whole, has really struggled with the whole concept of medical cannabis. There's definitely some physicians who feel comfortable in that area but most don't," Dr. Jeff Blackmer, vice-president of medical professionalism for the Canadian Medical Association, told CBC Calgary News at 6. 

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Canada: As cannabis legalization looms, we answer your burning questions about weed

After years of debate, hundreds of pages in legislation, and several last-minute policy changes, Canadians will at last be able to legally blaze up starting Oct. 17, after the Senate approved recreational use of the drug in June.

In advance of the fall date, we pored through government websites, read the fine print of provincial regulations, and consulted expert studies to answer some questions you might have about cannabis.

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