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Saskatoon’s Living Skies Cannabis store is making an effort to be even more green.

The shop has brought in a recycling bin, designed for marijuana packaging.

“This was an optional thing for us cannabis retailers, but to us, this wasn’t an option. We have to do this, because it’s the right thing to do,” Cierra Sieben-Chuback, owner of Living Skies Cannabis, said.

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For more than 20 percent of Americans, chronic pain is part of daily life. Many aren’t getting the relief they need.

Pain treatments have been typically limited to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioid medications, which carry the risk of addiction. Both have risks of side effects. With opioids frequently in the headlines, many people with chronic pain can’t get access to the medication they depend on to get through the day without intense pain.

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Getting caught with a marijuana joint or two is no longer grounds for arrest in Buffalo, Mayor Byron W. Brown said Friday.

“I am directing Buffalo police to have its officers stop enforcing low-level marijuana possession offenses,” Brown said.

Brown disclosed the city’s new marijuana policy during his 13th annual State of the City address, held before a crowd of almost 2,000 people at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Following the address, Brown said marijuana possession arrests already are not a priority for city police. Police made fewer than 200 “marijuana only” arrests last year, Brown said.

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Nova Cannabis has reached a licence agreement with one of the lottery winners selected to apply for one of the first 25 cannabis retail licences in Ontario, with a location planned for Toronto.

The chief executive of Alcanna Inc., which operates five Nova Cannabis stores in Alberta, says as part of the agreement lottery winner Heather Conlon has the right to use its retail banner name.

James Burns said Conlon approached Alcanna – in which licensed producer Aurora Cannabis has a 25 per cent stake – seeking assistance in setting up shop.

“She has a licence agreement to use our name, and we’ll help her out with some of the construction, training… but it’s her store,” he said.

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Ed “NJ Weedman” Forchion triumphantly walked out of Mercer County’s jail last May, riding a high fueled by a significant legal win.

A jury acquitted him of a witness-tampering charge that grew out of his marijuana-dealing cases, which were pending.

About a week later, he got more good news: the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office announced it was dismissing or downgrading to municipal court the felony cases against him. New Jersey, the prosecutor’s office said then, was undergoing a shift in the attitude to marijuana, and the office was getting on that bus. And Forchion had spent over a year in jail, and prosecutors took that into consideration too.

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The first bulk batch of medical cannabis imported into the U.K. since it was legalized for prescription last year has arrived from the Netherlands.

The shipment, exported by the Office of Medical Cannabis, will be sent directly to pharmacies to provide to patients under prescription for treating conditions including chronic pain and multiple sclerosis, according to a statement from British startup Grow Biotech. The company said it worked with investor European Cannabis Holdings and pharmaceutical importer IPS Specials to facilitate the delivery.

The U.K.’s Home Office gave specialist doctors the option to prescribe medical marijuana in November. They will be able to offer the drug on a case-by-case basis when other licensed products cannot meet the patients’ needs. That followed a shift in public attitudes toward cannabis-based medicines after two British children with epilepsy were prevented from bringing medication back into the country, sparking an outcry.

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In 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. Since then, more states have followed. To date, 33 states have legalized the recreational or medicinal use of marijuana. Canada legalized recreational use nation-wide in October 2018.

As these legal markets emerge, investments are pouring in (by one estimate, consumer spending on marijuana will reach $23.4 billion in 2022), including two high-profile investments from Corona-maker Constellation Brands STZ, +0.55% and Marlboro-maker Altria MO, -0.81%

These investments from Big Alcohol and Big Tobacco might suggest the cannabis industry will come to be dominated by a few large producers and retailers. And certainly, some price-sensitive consumers will prefer the type of cheap, generic cannabis that large-scale producers specialize in.

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Somecritics claim that consuming any cannabis whatsoever as a parent isirresponsible. In which case, you have to say the same about every parent onearth who ever indulges in a glass of wine or the occasional beer. It’s exactlythe same thing – complete BS on both accounts.

Justbecause you’re a parent doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy cannabis responsibly.  Irrespective of what the anti-pot set mighthave you think, there’s no reason cannabis should ever get in the way ofpositive parenting. It’s simply a case of ensuring you’re as mindful andproactive as necessary – as would be the case with alcohol.

Infact, responsible consumption of cannabis as a parent could actually provebeneficial. Better sleeping habits, lower levels of stress,more energy to tackle the day and so on – all possible through careful cannabisconsumption. So to suggest that every parent that uses cannabis should beashamed of their lifestyle is both unfair and unfounded.

At theend of the day, it’s up to you and you alone to ensure that your lifestylechoices are conducive with positive parenting. If that includes the periodicconsumption of cannabis, why the hell not? Just as long as you’re the bestparent you can be, that’s all that matters.

Still,experts on the advocacy side

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Utah’s largest healthcare provider has authorized its doctors to recommend the use of medical marijuana for their patients, according to media reports. Intermountain Healthcare announced on Thursday that it has established a system to issue recommendation letters to patients with qualifying health conditions who could benefit from cannabis.

Mark Briesacher, the Intermountain chief physician executive, said that the company’s healthcare providers have prepared to discuss medical marijuana with patients who ask for a recommendation.

“We’re ready for patients to meet with their physicians, their nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and begin the conversation around, ‘Is medical cannabis something that I should consider? Is this something given my health conditions, do you think this might help?”’ Briesacher said.

Briesacher noted that Intermountain took input from patients, families, advocates, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists to create its medical marijuana policy. He said that providers are not required to discuss the use of medical marijuana with patients and that those who do will only be able to issue a recommendation, not a prescription.

“We’ve worked diligently to verify protections to providers who choose to give letters to their patients and ensure our process fully complies with state law,” Briesacher said.

He also said that there is still a lot

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Would-be cannabis shop owners in Ontario have just a few weeks left to pass through intense regulatory hoops if they hope to be selling marijuana by April.

Most likely some of them will be unable to open in time to meet the government deadline, industry insiders say. With just a month and a half to go, only eight proposed shops across the province have submitted their retail store applications.

What many had thought would be a chance to make a quick buck reselling one of Ontario’s first 25 pot shop licenses is turning out to be a nightmare of red tape and regulation.

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