Arkansas Marijuana News

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.

– Read the entire article at Bloomberg.

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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.

– Read the entire article at Market Watch.

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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.

– Read the entire article at The Star.

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By any measure, a gram of wax is a solid deal for a double quarter-pounder, two fries, and two large sodas. For 22-year-old Brian Starliper of Idaho Falls, convenience—and the possibility of making a new friend—outweighed cost. “I’m too lazy to get up and go to McDonald’s myself tbh,” Starliper wrote on Facebook. But Facebook, tbh, is crawling with snitches. And somebody tipped off the Idaho Falls Police Department about Starliper’s offer. That tip led to a search warrant which led to a pair of arrests and a long docket of charges. And that’s why it’s not a good idea to talk about weed on Facebook in Idaho.

Who Snitched on the Brian Starliper’s Incredible Wax-for-Fast Food Offer?

Cannabis prices can vary substantially, especially in a place with no legal market. Idaho is one of the few remaining states in the country where cannabis is fully illegal. No medical–not even any decriminalization measures–but plenty of harsh sentences. Possess less than three ounces for personal use, and you’re looking at a misdemeanor charge with up to a year in jail. Anything above that, or any amount with intent to distribute, and you’re looking at a felony. Idaho even has felony charges for

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Stratford’s, the oldest bar in Hollywood, Florida, will soon be converted into a medical marijuana dispensary, according to media reports. First opened in 1938, Stratford’s Bar moved to its current location east of Interstate 95 on Hollywood Boulevard in 1944. The tavern was purchased by Stadlen Family Holdings for $1.5 million on Jan. 28 and will be closing later this year. After the final last call, a cannabis dispensary will be setting up shop at the site.

The medical marijuana retailer will be a partnership between the Stadlen company and Harvest Health and Recreation Inc. of Arizona. Ben Kimbro, a spokesman for Harvest, said that the property will be restored.

“We’ve got this wonderful iconic building that’s in a gateway entry point to Hollywood,” Kimbro said. “We want to get that property back to its original intended glory.”

Joseph Stadlen of Stadlen Family Holdings said that Stratford’s would remain a Hollywood landmark.

“We are not tearing down the building. We’re restoring it to its iconic heyday,” said Stadlen. “As someone who was born and raised in Hollywood, I recognize the significance that Stratford’s plays in the community, and I’m very respectful of that. We never even thought about tearing it down.”

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Senate Judiciary Committee member Kamala Harris

During a February 11  appearance on New York City morning radio show, The Breakfast Club, Senator Kamala Harris admitted smoking marijuana in college and said that she supports its legalization.

Even these days, when a serving member of the U.S. Senate says something like that, it’s news. But Senator Harris’s announcement on January 21 that she’s running for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2020 general election makes her statements all the more significant.

At the 34th minute of the interview (watch below), DJ Envy commented: “They say you opposed legalizing weed.”

“That’s not true,” Harris replied stiffly, then lightened up. “Half my family’s from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?”

Harris’ father Donald is from Jamaican. He came to the U.S. in 1961 to attend the University of California at Berkeley. Her mother, Shyamala, was from India.

Then she launched into a long caveat about pot: “I have had concerns. I believe we need to legalize marijuana and we need to move it on a schedule so we can research the impact weed has on a developing brain. That part of the brain that develops judgment actually begins its growth at ages 18

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A new bill proposed in Raleigh would make it legal to legally possess up to three ounces of cannabis for personal use. State senator Paul Lowe, a Democrat from Forsyth County, proposed SB 58, which would decriminalize low level drug possession.

It would also allow for some past offenders to have North Carolina drug violations expunged from their record. Possession of up to three ounces of cannabis, the bill proposes, could be erased by a petition with a $100 filing fee. Lowe’s bill would not alter laws regarding sentencing for hashish possession.

Lowe acknowledged that not all lawmakers would initially be on board, but; “This is heading in the right direction,” he said. The state senator also introduced a similar bill to decriminalize cannabis possession in the last session of the Senate. “There are new legislators with differing outlooks on a lot of legislation being reintroduced,” he said upon announcing SF 58, as reported by the Winston-Salem Journal. “So now let’s see if the legislation gets a different reception.”

SB 58 takes aim at North Carolina’s current penalties towards marijuana. At the present time, those found with a half ounce or less of any controlled substance face a Class 3

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Nova Scotia is considering expanding the number of retail cannabis stores, as online sales have been slower than expected.

Finance Minister Karen Casey said Thursday that online pot sales were expected to account for about 10 per cent or more of total sales, but are only in the range of six per cent.

Casey said that’s why the province has asked the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. to look at adding to its 12 retail locations currently selling cannabis. She said an expansion would also address geographical gaps in the province.

– Read the entire article at News.

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