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02
Oct

Colorado case study: What legalizing marijuana could mean for Canada

Possibly one of the most dramatic changes coming from a Liberal government, if elected on Oct. 19, would be the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

Earlier this week on the campaign trail, Trudeau said his party is “committed to legalizing and regulating marijuana,” which would “remove the criminal element” linked to the drug and make it more difficult for youth to access.

To see what that could mean for consumers and tax collectors alike, voters can look no further than Colorado. In early 2014, it became the first U.S. state to legalize marijuana.

Fri
02
Oct

Police target marijuana sellers, so those are the consequences

In your article, Mr. Kim Hale is quoted as saying that being convicted for cultivating marijuana "turns you right into a criminal, and to me, that is barbaric."  Sorry, but committing a criminal act makes you a criminal.  A conviction merely confirms it. 

Surely even under the influence of marijuana, one must agree that breaking into your house and pilfering your TV, makes that person a criminal or robbing a bank makes that person a criminal whether they are  caught and convicted or not.

Fri
02
Oct

Laguna Blends Inc. - Health Canada Grants Approval for 3 Additional Flavours

KELOWNA, BC / ACCESSWIRE / September 29, 2015 / Laguna Blends Inc. (the "Company" or "Laguna") (CNSX: LAG) is pleased to announce that it has received approval from Health Canada for three additional powdered flavours: PRO369 Chocolate Banana, Mixed Berry and Vanilla Caramel. On Sept. 22nd, 2015 Laguna announced that it had received approval for Pro369 Tropical Powder.

The Minister of Health has granted Laguna a product license along with a Natural Product Number ("NPN") for all four of the Pro369 Flavours. They are all listed under the same NPN.

Laguna intends to market the listed four powdered flavours of its unique hemp proteins through its planned affiliate network.

Fri
02
Oct

Leaders' debate: Parties argue over economy, security, niqabs and marijuana

The issue of the niqab in Canadian citizenship ceremonies roared to life again in Friday’s leadership debate with Tom Mulcair trying to fight his way out of a political corner by accusing the prime minister of using the issue for political reasons.

The debate also featured a ferocious battle about values with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau demanding Stephen Harper state once and for all whether he is pro-choice. Harper retaliated by accusing him of setting a bad example to youth because the Liberals want to legalize marijuana.

Fri
02
Oct

FEDERAL ELECTION: We asked what the government should do about marijuana

As a regular feature leading up to the Oct. 19 federal election, we will ask you to weigh in on issues that matter.

Last week, we asked:

How should the marijuana issue be handled?

Here’s what you said:

“I think it should be decriminalized because it would mean more control over distribution and it could be regulated.”

Linda Guenther, Aurora

“We should go back to allowing those with a medical license to grow their own because we have just created a conglomerate culture and people who need it are having trouble getting it. The current policy is great for business, but not people.”

Michael Smith, Aurora

Fri
02
Oct

CANNABIS FOR CHRONIC PAIN IS ‘REASONABLY SAFE’

Patients with chronic pain who used cannabis daily for one year did not have an increase in serious adverse events compared to pain patients who did not use cannabis, according to a new study.

“This is the first and largest study of the long term safety of medical cannabis use by patients suffering from chronic pain ever conducted,” says lead author Mark Ware, associate professor of family medicine and anesthesia at McGill University.

“We found that medical cannabis, when used by patients who are experienced users, and as part of a monitored treatment program for chronic pain over one year, appears to have a reasonable safety profile.”

Thu
01
Oct

First long term study on medical cannabis shows only small adverse effects, but also small reductions in pain

A new study conducted on the medical consumption of cannabis came up with some good news, and some bad news: for starters, while there were some adverse effects on consumers, no serious effects were reported. However, the reduction in pain also seems to be very small.

Thu
01
Oct

Canadian multicenter study examines safety of medical cannabis in the treatment of chronic pain

Montreal, September 29, 2015-- A Canadian research team led by Dr. Mark Ware from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montréal has completed a national multicentre study looking at the safety of medical cannabis use among patients suffering from chronic pain. They found that patients with chronic pain who used cannabis daily for one year, when carefully monitored, did not have an increase in serious adverse events compared to pain patients who did not use cannabis. The results, which have been published online in The Journal of Pain, will serve as a benchmark study on the side effects of cannabis when used in pain management.

Thu
01
Oct

Marijuana not a gateway drug, says UVic study

A new study by researchers at the University of Victoria and UBC suggests pot is getting a bad rap as a gateway drug.

The study indicates cannabis can actually be a safer substitute for potentially more dangerous drugs like prescription opiates, alcohol and illicit substances.

"While cannabis is not benign, most research suggests that it's safer and less addictive than many substances, particularly prescription opiates," said lead author Philippe Lucas in a written statement.

"So research suggesting that cannabis substitution could reduce harms and lessen the public health and safety impact of alcohol and other drugs has significant policy implications."

Lucas says for some people, it might even be an "exit drug" to addiction.

Thu
01
Oct

Medical Marijuana Can Be A Huge Help For People In Pain -- With A Few Stipulations

People who experience chronic pain can go for years without relief, jumping from one medication to the next without necessarily relieving any of their symptoms.

But hope for these conditions has been found in the form of medical marijuana — as long as doctors continue to study it and prescribe it.

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