420 with CNW – NIDA Unveils Cannabis Research Priority List

In a notice that was published on Wednesday, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provided a list of the areas that it considers a priority for marijuana research to focus on. These research objectives show that the federal government is taking note of the increasing levels of success that are being registered by advocates who want to see U.S. marijuana law reform.

NIDA observes that the pace at which marijuana policy reform is taking place outpaces the rate at which knowledge is becoming available to help countries around the world to ascertain how the public health effects of the marijuana policy changes can be assessed.

When the list of 13 priorities is analyzed, it is apparent that the federal agency has decided to be broad-minded as it seeks to understand the wave of cannabis legalization across the country. For example, the agency doesn’t just want to know what effects cannabis has, but also wants to learn why people take to medical marijuana and continue using it.

Some of the other objectives listed in the notice of special interest include developing standards that can be followed while measuring the dosage, impairment and intoxication by cannabis.

Another objective seeks to understand how using marijuana alongside or in substitution of other substances, such as alcohol, prescription and non-prescription drugs, tobacco affects health outcomes. The NIDA notice calls this “polysubstance use.”

The federal agency also wants to know how marijuana industry practices, such as marketing, taxes and product prices impact the health outcomes of cannabis use. From this research objective, one can read that NIDA wants to find out whether cannabis industry players are doing anything to make access to marijuana easier, and whether anything can be done (through taxes, for example) to make the drug less accessible.

Of interest to NIDA are the different policies and systems under which marijuana distribution is done in various jurisdictions across the U.S. Which combination of policies and practices offers the best ways to minimize the potential harms of marijuana to the public?

The recent months have seen a number of federal agencies publish notices of marijuana research funding opportunities. In fact, in May this year NIDA advertised a position which to all intents and purposes required someone who would prepare and analyze cannabis rolls/joints for research purposes.

Industry watchers believe that marijuana industry actors like Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN)  will view this newly published notice authored by NIDA as a sign that the federal government may be considering how to reform its marijuana policies without taking too many chances on matters of public health.

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420 with CNW – Illinois Governor Signs Two Bills Expanding Medical Marijuana Program

As another sign of his pledge to make marijuana accessible to Illinois residents, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed two more bills on Monday expanding the medical marijuana program of the state. He stated that the signing ceremony was a message to all medical marijuana users in the state that the state government was on their side.

Senate Bill 2023 was intended to make the medical marijuana program permanent in Illinois. Under the law which legalized medical marijuana back in 2013, the program was transitional and had been given a lifespan of four years.

This particular bill also added 11 conditions to the list of qualifying conditions for which patients can get a recommendation from a doctor to use medical marijuana. The additional conditions include migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pain, polycystic kidney disease and several other conditions.

Starting in January next year, patients on the medical marijuana program will also be allowed to grow a maximum of five cannabis plants. These plants should be in locked areas that are far from public view.

As soon as Senate Bill 2023 was signed, physicians’ assistants and nurse practitioners were allowed to start certifying patients who wished to enroll on the medical marijuana program.

Senate Bill 455 was also signed on Monday. Under this law, kids who are registered to use medical cannabis can now starting getting their treatment on school premises as long as the administration of the medical marijuana is supervised by a member of staff at the school.

The bill also emphasizes that no one who hasn’t attained the age of 21 will be allowed to legally buy marijuana that can be smoked.

The medical marijuana program has seen many modifications from the original program of 2013 which was variously described as too restrictive. For example, under that law, patients had to get a written recommendation from a doctor before being certified to use medical marijuana and they could only buy 2.5 ounces every fortnight. The patients also had to make a pledge that they would never use medical marijuana in the presence of kids or in public. The number of qualifying conditions was also smaller, but most of these restrictions have gradually been eased.

Additionally, the state instituted an Opioid Alternative Pilot Program in February. Under this program, Illinois residents who have opioid abuse problems can have an accelerated path to temporary access to medical cannabis.

As the country counts down to next year when recreational marijuana will become available to residents, experts believe that marijuana industry participants like Golden Developing Solutions Inc. (OTC: DVLP) and Grapefruit Boulevard Investments Inc. (OTCQB: IGNG) are pleased by the progressive way in which matters of the cannabis industry are being handled in Illinois.

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420 with CNW – Outside Lands Makes News as First US Festival to Sell Weed On-Site

Last weekend saw festival-goers in Northern California treated to the first ever major festival to sell marijuana on-site. This happened during the Outside Lands music festival which was held between August 9 and 11 in San Francisco at the Golden Gate Park.

The event had a cordoned-off area called Grass Lands where marijuana and music lovers were delighted to learn that they could buy different marijuana products. More than 20 cannabis vendors were in this section of the festival grounds to serve customers.

While consuming marijuana in public is still illegal in California, the Outside Lands music festival provided a rare opportunity for people to buy and consume pre-rolled joints, marijuana-infused chocolates and other products. People who wanted to smoke their weed could do so in a clearly marked smoking area.

The Outside Lands festival was also notable because it had another first for California. State law doesn’t permit the sale of weed and alcohol within the same venue, but festival attendees could enjoy both. The only restriction was that no one was allowed to enter Grass Lands with an alcoholic beverage, but alcohol was abundant in the other sections of the festival venue.

Grass Lands made its first appearance at the Outside Lands festival last year. During its maiden appearance, only educational materials were available for festival-goers to learn about marijuana and its numerous benefits.

This year, the organizers of Grass Lands had to wait until August 7 when the San Francisco Office of Cannabis finally approved the application for on-site sale of marijuana during the festival. This approval came just two days before the Outside Lands festival was due to start.

The people who attended the festival were allowed to buy a maximum of 2grams of marijuana concentrates while those who wanted cannabis flower could only buy up to 7grams of pot.

Many of the vendors at Grass Lands, such as Kiva Confections and NUG, revealed that their objective in taking part during this year’s Outside Lands festival was to help in making conversations about cannabis and its use normal in society.

As the first event at which cannabis has been sold and consumed in the state, this year’s Outside Lands could be a pointer of what is yet to come for the cannabis industry.

It is widely believed that the entire cannabis industry, including participants like Earth Science Tech Inc. (OTCQB: ETST) and Geyser Brands Inc. (TSX.V: GYSR), applauded the success of this festival because other jurisdictions could borrow a leaf and ease up on the consumption of marijuana during outdoor events.

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420 with CNW – The American Bar Association Asks Congress to Pass Legislation Allowing States to Enact Their Own Cannabis Laws

The American Bar Association-ABA passed a resolution on Monday calling on Congress to let states pass and implement their own marijuana laws. The resolution also wants marijuana to be rescheduled or descheduled by the federal government.

This resolution was adopted during this year’s annual general meeting of the ABA held in San Francisco. While the proponents of the resolution waived their time to talk about that resolution, the resolution was passed without any audible opposition to it.

The ABA emphasized that it didn’t favor or disagree with marijuana legalization, but their chief concern was the untenable contradictions between the federal marijuana laws and the marijuana policies of the states that have opted to legalize the drug for medical and/or recreational use.

The members specifically refer to the complications that state-legal marijuana businesses face on a daily basis, such as being targets because of operating in cash alone. The companies also pay very high federal taxes since the tax-deductible expenses that other businesses enjoy aren’t applicable to marijuana businesses.

The association of 411,000 members therefore urged Congress to pass a law that exempts any marijuana cultivation, processing, manufacture, distribution, and use from the Controlled Substances Act as long as such activity complies with state law.

The resolution of ABA also points out that the spending riders and the guidance memos written by the Department of Justice are not enough to address the regulatory uncertainty. For example, the spending riders have to be revisited each year, and it isn’t clear for how long they will keep being approved. A clear example is the uncertainty surrounding the spending rider covering recreational marijuana. The marijuana industry doesn’t know whether the Senate will endorse that DOJ spending rider, so uncertainty remains.

The American Bar Association also wants the federal government to support marijuana research so that states and the federal government make science-based decisions on the drug. ABA points out that while the DEA called for applications from organizations and companies which could provide research-grade marijuana, no action has been taken three years after the applications were submitted.

The resolution indicates that while the body of knowledge about marijuana, such as its medicinal properties, has grown from the time marijuana was placed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), no step has been taken to adjust the scheduling of the drug and yet other substances, such as alcohol, have been removed. Consequently, the revision of the scheduling of marijuana is overdue, according to the ABA.

Analysts are convinced that industry players like Chemistree Technology Inc. (CSE: CHM) (OTCQB: CHMJF) and ChineseInvestors.com Inc. (OTCQB: CIIX) fully agree with the resolution passed by the American Bar Association, but they also wonder how long it will take lawmakers to finally act on this matter.

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420 with CNW – Using Medical Marijuana in Florida Could Affect Gun Ownership

As more patients get certified to use medical marijuana in Florida, it has come to light that their use of this particular drug could prevent them from purchasing a gun if they declared that they use state-legal marijuana. This reality also applies to medical and recreational marijuana users in states where such use is legal.

When someone goes to buy a gun, he or she is required to fill ATF Form 4473. This form captures all the relevant records pertaining to the firearm you wish to purchase, including details about the buyer.

Section 11e of that form clearly stipulates that the use of marijuana remains a federal crime even if states have legalized the drug. In short, even if medical cannabis is legal in Florida, that legality is of no consequence during the purchase of firearms.

For now, many people may not yet be aware of the implication of using medical marijuana and its effects on gun ownership, but lawyers warn that people will start taking notice or being upset if their applications to buy guns are rejected or when they face criminal charges related to owning a gun when one is a user of marijuana.

However, Craig Kailimai, the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the ATF office in Tampa, Florida says that it is unlikely that the federal government could prosecute gun owners who use medical marijuana in Florida unless the law enforcement agencies can prove that the individual poses a real threat of violence.

Kailimai is quick to add that while charges may not be instituted, it remains a crime to buy a gun if you are a user of marijuana. But, the ATF and the federal government will only pick interest in a marijuana user who conforms to state marijuana laws if such a user becomes violent or reveals violent tendencies.

Unless federal marijuana laws change, people who wish to act in accordance with the strict spirit and letter of the law could be faced with a difficult choice between taking the medical marijuana that they need to deal with their health condition, or to buy and own a firearm.

Analysts believe that marijuana industry players like Cannabis Strategic Ventures, Inc. (OTCQB: NUGS) and Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) could be citing such contradictions between federal and state laws as they campaign for marijuana law reforms at the federal level. No one should have to choose between using medical marijuana and giving up his or her right to own a firearm in the U.S.

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420 with CNW – Why You Should Inform Your Anesthesiologist About Your Cannabis Use

Doctors in Colorado are urging their patients to disclose their cannabis use habits if the patients are due to undergo a surgical procedure regardless of whether that surgery is routine or major surgery.

This call comes after a small study was done on how the medical community was using one common anesthetic drug, propofol, which is used to sedate patients before surgery. The researchers found that on average, the people who used marijuana required approximately thrice the amount of sedation that non-cannabis users required.

These results made the researchers to wonder what additional risks, such as breathing problems, marijuana users may face when they undergo surgery using such high amounts of anesthetics.

In partial response to such concerns, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists updated the guidelines its members use during their work. The amended guidelines now require anesthetic nurses to take additional steps to keep the airways of marijuana users clear while the patients undergo surgery. Another provision also advises the nurses to refrain from using any anesthetic drugs (sedatives) that could potentially affect the heart rate of marijuana users.

The doctors in Colorado explain that they picked interest in the patients’ use of marijuana because the drug can affect how much sedation should be administered prior to a surgical procedure.

Luckily for the medical professionals in Colorado, marijuana has been legal for years, so patients are unlikely to be guarded about revealing their cannabis use habits. This is because the stigma directed at marijuana users has been knocked back to a great extent.

This open discussion with doctors is timely, because the National Survey on Drug Use and Health done in 2017 indicated that the number of people in Colorado who reported that they had used marijuana at least once within the past 30 days increased to 17 percent from 8 percent in 2006 when a similar survey was done. For comparison, the average past 30-day marijuana use in the country is 9 percent.

The larger proportion of people using marijuana in the state means that more people could be exposed to risks during and after surgery if the patients aren’t forthcoming to their doctors so that appropriate precautions are taken.

While more research may still be needed to ascertain what specific effects marijuana use brings to patients besides requiring larger doses of sedatives, it is in your best interest to let your doctor know even if you live in an area where marijuana is still illegal. The risks of keeping quiet about your marijuana use as you go in for surgery outweigh those of full disclosure.

For now, everyone, including marijuana industry participants like Willow Biosciences Corp. (CSE: WLLW) and Youngevity International Inc. (NASDAQ: YGYI), who minds about people’s health would like the scientific community to speed up their inquiry into what the medical community needs to do to keep marijuana users safe before, during and after undergoing surgery. Otherwise, scaremongers may use the gap to spread unfounded rumors about cannabis use.

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420 with CNW – Cannabis Could Help Millennials Deal with Burnout

The World Health Organization describes burnout as a work-related health condition characterized by chronic stress, exhaustion, cynicism and a reduction in personal efficiency. More and more millennials are admitting that they are burnt out even if people from older generations generally regard this age-group as being composed of people who feel entitled, are irresponsible and cannot hold down a job (the way baby boomers could stay at the same job all their lives). Recent research shows that more millennials are self-reporting themselves as burnt out, and marijuana could help them deal with this condition.

While relaxation techniques like yoga and deep breathing can help to deal with the symptoms of burnout, a sizeable number of millennials are inquiring about how cannabis can help with this condition.

A marijuana dispensary owner in Toronto revealed that she sees more young people asking how marijuana can help them to combat stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. These are the classic signs of burnout in these young adults who are bombarded daily by marketing messages which show them that their bodies aren’t good enough and need to be improved, 24/7 access to their smartphones means that they never get to plug out (in the same way that older people could take their landline phones off the hook if they didn’t want to be disturbed), and so many pressures unique to this era.

In 2018, Washington State University conducted research to find out how the individuals who reported that they were experiencing different symptoms of burnout, such as anxiety, stress and depression perceived the effect of smoking different quantities and strains of marijuana in helping them with those symptoms at home.

The researchers found that if people took at least ten puffs on a blend of marijuana which was high in THC and also high in CBD, they experienced higher levels of reduction in stress, depression and anxiety.

While this research may not on its own prove that marijuana is useful as a treatment for burnout, these findings provide a clear indication that the possibility exists and it should be explored further.

If larger randomized double-blind clinical studies confirm that marijuana can indeed treat the cocktail of symptoms linked to burnout, it could save millions of people from getting hooked on prescription medications for these symptoms. Analysts are convinced that industry players like VPR Brands LP (OTC: VPRB) and Wildflower Brands Inc. (CSE: SUN) (OTCQB: WLDFF) are waiting for research to confirm what they have always known about the effects of cannabis on burnout.

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420 with CNW – Study Reviews How Cannabis Inhibits and Kills Cancer Cells

A recent scientific review conducted by researchers at Amity University in India has concluded that the legal status of marijuana should be reconsidered given that there is a lot of research suggesting that compounds from marijuana can inhibit the growth of tumors and also aid the management of different forms of cancer.

The researchers focused on the scientific literature available on the subjects of how different cannabinoids act on various cancers, stimulate appetite, relieve pain and combat nausea.

They discovered that while marijuana compounds can help in treating the symptoms caused by chemotherapy, marijuana shows promise in slowing down the growth of tumors and it can actually kill cancer cells in some cases.

The vast majority of the scientific studies which were included in this review were in vitro (in a test tube) studies while other studies had mice as their test subjects.

There was also a clinical trial which showed that the patients who had an aggressive form of brain cancer exhibited a higher (83 percent) one-year survival rate when given certain cannabinoids as compared to the patients who were treated using a placebo (53 percent one-year survival rate).

Another study included in the review also showed that blood cancer cells which were exposed to two synthetic cannabinoids showed a high rate of mediated apoptosis (programmed cell death). This means that the cannabinoids caused the cancer cells to “commit suicide.”

The researchers point out that not much research has been done on the effect of cannabinoids on breast, oral, liver and lung cancers but those researchers were able to find some studies which revealed that mice with certain types of lung cancer exhibited reduced tumor growth beneath the skin and the cancers didn’t spread as fast from their lungs once those mice were treated with THC.

Even if THC has been given a lot of attention by researchers studying how marijuana can help in the treatment of different cancers, the Amity University team found evidence that other cannabis compounds could also be therapeutic.

For example, they found a study which showed that a certain line of breast cancer significantly reduced its invasiveness and proliferation when those breast cancer cells were exposed to a synthetic form of CBD.

The researchers conclude that on the strength of the existing research pointing to the potential of different marijuana compounds as therapeutic, it is important for the legal status of marijuana (currently regarded as a controlled substance by international conventions) to be revised.

Analysts believe that this call for the revision of the legal status of marijuana is one that industry participants like VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) support wholeheartedly since it would unlock the full potential of the cannabis plant once unfettered research is done.

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420 with CNW – Arizona Cannabis Legalization Effort Takes First Step

The Smart and Safe Arizona Initiative has filed a petition with the Secretary of State for clearance so that the group can start a campaign to gather signatures which will see marijuana legalization put on the state’s 2020 ballot.

Under the initiative, adults who are 21 or older will be able to buy, possess, consume and cultivate marijuana in the state. The initiative also has provisions that will make it possible for people with prior low-level marijuana convictions to have their records wiped clean.

Under the proposal, a fraction of the tax revenue generated from the sale of recreational marijuana will be allocated to the community colleges in the state, as well as to the health and infrastructure sectors.

Some of the provisions in this initiative favor the medical marijuana companies which are currently operating in Arizona. For example, the proposal suggests that the medical marijuana dispensaries in the state will have first priority as retail licenses are issued to companies that would like to participate in the distribution of recreational marijuana. Additional retailers can then be selected randomly by the Arizona Department of Health once the medical cannabis dispensaries have been granted retail licenses.

While this initiative has provisions which are intended to win the support of the marijuana industry in the state, there are other provisions which favor the customer. For instance, the inclusion of home cultivation is good for residents because it gives them a way to keep their costs low, if they have the interest in growing their own marijuana.

The proposed legalization initiative suggests some restrictions on marijuana edibles. These include a ban on the sale of gummy worms and gummy bears which resemble products consumed by children. The THC content of marijuana edibles would also be capped at 10mg per serving.

This initiative is coming at a time when support for marijuana legalization is high, but a number of factors may make the work of the campaigners hard.

For example, Gov. Doug Ducey (R) is opposed to marijuana legalization and is on record saying he was glad that a previous ballot measure in 2016 had failed.

The campaigners will also be aware that medical marijuana was legalized through a slim majority during the elections of 2010. Getting the 237,645 voter signatures to put the initiative on the ballot may therefore the easy part while the real work lies in convincing voters that marijuana legalization is good for them and the state.

For now, the activists in Arizona can count on the support of the cannabis industry in the state as well as the growing interest in seeing an end to marijuana prohibition across the U.S. as factors working in their favor.

Industry analysts believe that marijuana industry actors like Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) and TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) (FRA: TH8) will be watching events in Arizona closely in the run up to the elections.

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420 with CNW – 4 Mistakes You Should Avoid While Making Marijuana Edibles

Nearly all people learn how to make marijuana edibles through personal experiments that have their fair share of “trial and error.” However, there are a number of common mistakes that you can be on guard for as you venture into your journey of marijuana culinary delight. The following are some tips to help you stay clear of making many mistakes.

Decarboxylate Your Weed

Fresh cannabis will not transfer its effects to the different food items to which you add it. The effects of the weed can only be unlocked through a process called decarboxylation. To decarboxylate the weed, heat the marijuana on its own before you add it into your recipe. You will know that decarboxylation has occurred when the smell of your weed gets overpowering. Now is the time to add the marijuana to the products you are preparing. If you add raw weed, what you prepare will have a terrible taste and no one who consumes those edibles will get high.

Grind the Weed Sparingly

Finely ground weed is hard to strain from the oil you infuse it in, and the edibles you prepare will have a grassy taste as well as a green tint. Avoid these problems by grinding the marijuana sparingly so that it remains in sizeable particles that can be caught by a strainer. Grinding the marijuana in your hands is a good way to avoid overdoing it, so leave your fancy grinder out of this.

Stick to the Basics When Heating Weed

As a beginner, it is helpful to heat your oven to 245°F before you let the marijuana heat for between 30 and 40 minutes. As you gain more experience, you can tweak the temperature range and the duration of heating depending on how you want your edibles to taste. Otherwise, forgetting the basics of heating will result in costly lessons that will leave you frustrated that you just can’t seem to get the process right.

Err on the Side of Caution When Determining Dosage

Did you prepare the cannabis-infused oil yourself? Establish how strong it is by taking a teaspoon of that oil and observe how your body and mind respond in an hour. The buzz you feel will guide you on how much oil to use when making different servings of marijuana edibles. In this way, you will expect how high each edible will make you and there will be no unpleasant surprises.

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