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Cannabis food and drink patents saw increase in last five years, says report - Cannabis News

The cannabis food and drink sector has seen a large increase in patent filings in the last five years, according to a PatSnap report.

The report, which covered cannabis compounds in edibles and beverages and how new legislation offers a “once in a lifetime opportunity”, showed that 242 patent families covering cannabis food and drink were filed in 2015, up from 144 in 2012, evidencing a growing trend toward cannabis patents over the past 5 years.

According to the report, legal cannabis sales in the US are expected to reach almost $10 billion in 2018 and nearly $23 billion in 2025.

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World Anti-Doping Agency should remove cannabis from banned list, says Canadian snowboard legend - Cannabis News

Ross Rebagliati was stripped of 1998 Olympic gold medal after positive test for the drug.

With the legalizing of marijuana in Canada now official, the World Anti-Doping Agency should remove cannabis from its banned list of drugs, says Canadian Ross Rebagliati, whose Olympic snowboard gold medal was taken away after he tested positive for the drug, then subsequently returned on a technicality.

WADA, which fights the use of drugs in sport, is based in Montreal where 12 marijuana shops were due to open on Wednesday.

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How Much Per Gram? A Tour of Canadian Pot Prices on Day 1 - Cannabis News

Quebec offers the lowest prices, Ontario among the highest, with legal cannabis prices generally not far off black market rates.

Canadian cannabis consumers flocked to the country’s first legal marijuana stores and online sites Wednesday to find prices that generally compete with the black market.

Here’s a tour of what a gram of dried cannabis costs around the country on Day 1 of legalization.

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Cannabis Industry Mover And Shaker Party? MJBA Ambassador At Large Is There

By Jake Dimmock,MJBA Ambassador-At-Large WASHINGTON: Last night I had the pleasure of attending a special celebratory gathering of the movers and shakers of Washington’s Legal Cannabis Industry. Held at the Hard Rock Cafe, and hosted by Jared Mirsky, CEO and founder of cannabis digital agency Wick and Mortar, the “Movers and Shakers” celebration marked Wick and Mortar (originally Read the full article...Original link
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How Medical Cannabis Can Be A Silver Bullet For Neuropathy - Cannabis News

Various studies have shown that medical marijuana has proven efficacious in lessening pain levels for neuropathic pain patients where other prescription medications have proven un-effective.

Neuropathy is a generalized term which signifies exhibited symptoms of nerve damage in human beings—neuropathic pain is one of these symptoms.

Neuropathy pain arises from a wide variety of sources that all stem from nerve injury, including: “diabetes mellitus…infections, alcoholism, traumatic injuries, autoimmune diseases, medications, infections, tumors, and inherited disorders”.

Due to the aforementioned life afflictions, neuropathy manifests in different ways depending on the sort of nerve damage involved with each specific case. 

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War Veteran Non-Profit Hosts Inaugural Medical Cannabis Conference Days Before Missourians Vote on Medical Cannabis Ballot

Nation’s Cannabis Experts Address Consumers, Healthcare Providers & Emerging Trade at October 27 & 28 St. Charles-based Forum MISSOURI: The inaugural Missouri Medical Cannabis Conference will be held Saturday & Sunday, October 27 and October 28, and will provide voters, potential patients, caretakers, varied healthcare providers and those interested in the associated business and trade of Read the full article...Original link
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Guam: Governor Signs Home Grow Legislation Into Law

GUAM: The Governor for the US territory of Guam has signed legislation permitting qualified medical cannabis patients and their caregivers the ability to grow personal use amounts of cannabis at home. Under the new law, applicants can apply to the Department of Health and Social Services to receive a home cultivation permit. Approved applicants may grow up to Read the full article...Original link
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MedMen Real Estate Assets Seed New Investment Vehicle

CALIFORNIA: MedMen Enterprises announced that it has reached agreement to sell a significant portion of its real estate assets to the newly formed Treehouse Real Estate Investment Trust (“Treehouse”). Treehouse is a real estate investment vehicle that capitalizes on the cannabis industry’s continued growth; initial investors include real estate firms New England Development, Samuels & Associates and Read the full article...Original link
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Alternative Health Acquires California Cannabis Distribution, Manufacturing & Cultivation Licenses

CANADA: Alternate Health, an international leader in technology solutions for the regulated cannabis industry, announced that the Company signed an arms length  agreement on October 16, 2018, to acquire 100% of Four Twenty Inc., receiving coveted cannabis distribution, manufacturing, processing and cultivation permits as part of the agreement. Four Twenty Inc. also holds a five-year Read the full article...Original link
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Canada and cannabis legalization: Reaction in the United States - Cannabis News

As Canada makes history with its nationwide legalization of cannabis, some observers in the United States are watching with a sense of cautious optimism; in the hopes that their northern neighbor’s actions might end up having a positive impact on America’s cannabis legalization movement.

But there are also concerns about the unintended legal consequences of Canada’s cannabis legalization when it comes to the tens of millions of Canadians and Americans who cross their mutual border annually.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a statement late last month, clarifying its policies regarding “Canada’s Legalization of Marijuana and Crossing the Border.”

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Medical marijuana approved in Rhode Island for children with autism - Cannabis News

The Rhode Island Department of Health approved a petition from parents Tuesday which would allow them to use medical marijuana to treat children with autism.

A petition was filed to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for patients with autism back in April.

At a hearing in August, one parent argued that autism qualifies as a debilitating medical condition.

In a letter sent to parents, the health department said that effective Tuesday, doctors will be able to prescribe medical marijuana for autistic patients, putting Rhode Island on a short list of states to do so.

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MedPharm Awarded Colorado’s First Cannabis Research License

COLORADO:  MedPharm, a leading medical cannabis grow, R&D laboratory and compounding facility, announced today that it has been awarded the first cannabis research license by the state of Colorado. To get the license, the state looked at the applicant’s capabilities to successfully develop and conduct research. The cannabis research license was created by the state to Read the full article...Original link
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Canada Makes Marijuana Legal, and a National Experiment Begins - Cannabis News

Canada on Wednesday became the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana, beginning a national experiment that will alter the country’s social, cultural and economic fabric, and present the nation with its biggest public policy challenge in decades.

On Wednesday morning, the government announced that it would introduce legislation to make it easier for Canadians who had been convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana to obtain a pardon.

While the government is not offering a blanket amnesty, Ralph Goodale, the public safety minister, said at a news conference in Ottawa that as “a matter of basic fairness,” the government would seek to end the minimum waiting period of five years to apply for a pardon as well as waiving the fee of 631 Canadian dollars.

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MPP Op-Ed: Our Neighbor to The North

On Wednesday, marijuana sales will begin nationwide in Canada, making it the second country in the world — following Uruguay — with a federally legal adult-use marijuana industry.  Each Canadian province has developed its own system for how marijuana will be sold to adults. This will include government stores, private retailers, online government sales with Read the full article...Original link
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Activists To Celebrate 4 Years Of Philadelphia Marijuana Decriminalization At City Hall

PENNSYLVANIA: Cannabis consumers will gather at Philadelphia City Hall on Saturday, October 20, 2018 to participate in a Pop Up Weed Garden to celebrate a bit more liberty for the plant. Four years ago, Philadelphia Police (PPD) began issuing civil fine tickets in lieu of a criminal arrest for small amounts of marijuana.  Jeanine Campbell with Read the full article...Original link
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Ohio Department of Commerce Announces Processor Application Update

OHIO: The Ohio Department of Commerce has received numerous questions about the details that should be included in the facility plot plan described in the processor application clarification request dated October 3. Based on those questions, the Department wanted to provide additional guidance that the applicants should show both the interior and exterior of the facility in order Read the full article...Original link
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Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Results for Pilot Study on Treatment of Cancer Anorexia-Cachexia Syndrome (CACS)

Preliminary findings showed +80% of patients had increase in appetite and 60% +10% weight increase ISRAEL & MARYLAND: Cannabics Pharmaceuticals, a leader in personalized cannabinoid medicine focused on cancer and its side effects, announced the results of its pilot study to test the efficacy of Cannabics capsules for the treatment of cancer anorexia-cachexia syndrome (CACS) in advanced Read the full article...Original link
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These Two States Are Poised To Be The Next Big Marijuana Markets - Cannabis News

What are the next state-legal markets likely to excite the capital markets?

With federal prohibition still alive and well despite record public support for marijuana legalization, the cannabis industry in the United States remains a state-by-state business.

The inability to cross state lines has led to a web of complex and disparate state laws and regulations for businesses to navigate.

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Altitude Investment Management Believes Canadian Cannabis Legalization “Milestone”

NEW YORK: The legalization of cannabis for medical and adult use in Canada represents a milestone in the growing trend toward legalization and decriminalization of cannabis and cannabis products, according to Altitude Investment Management. “Canada is the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to legalize cannabis for both medical purposes and adult use, and it Read the full article...Original link
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Melissa Etheridge Talks Art, Culture and Marijuana Advocacy In The Legalization Era - Cannabis News

It’s been a little over a year since singer, activist and marijuana entrepreneur Melissa Etheridge was arrested for cannabis possession by federal agents in North Dakota near the U.S.-Canada border.

Her tour bus was stopped and searched shortly after touring in Alberta, and agents discovered a vape pen containing cannabis oil.

Etheridge, who’s become an outspoken advocate for legalization in the years since she started using the plant medicinally after being diagnosed with breast cancer in her 40s, told Marijuana Moment in a new interview that the experience of being busted did not deter her.

Rather, it has motivated her to continue advocating for patients and spreading the word about marijuana’s therapeutic potential.

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