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.

It would be nice to know what marijuana industry players like The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) and The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) suggest beginners can do to simplify the process of making cannabis edibles.

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420 with CNW – Medical Marijuana Finally Available in Louisiana

Last week, we indicated that Louisiana patients could be able to purchase medical marijuana this week, and that has come to pass. On Tuesday, GB Sciences, the cultivator and manufacturer working with Louisiana State University, got approval from the state regulator to ship a batch of medical marijuana products to licensed pharmacies after the samples that were taken by the regulator passed the tests they were subjected to.

Most of the nine pharmacies which secured licenses to sell medical marijuana across Louisiana are widely expected to open their doors to patients by the end of this week.

Gary Hess, a combat veteran, was one of the first two people to buy medical marijuana in the state after the Tuesday ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by Capitol Wellness Solutions, one of the licensed pharmacies in Louisiana. Hess told the media that he was glad that he could finally use medical marijuana legally in the presence of his family.

The combat veteran revealed that while traveling to California, he used medical marijuana and was astounded by how helpful it was in relieving his PTSD symptoms. He added it was a big relief for medical marijuana to become available in his home state.

Fred Mills, the state senator and pharmacist who sponsored the bill which brought medical marijuana to Louisiana, stated that he had never imagined that it would take this long for medical marijuana products to become available to patients after the appropriate law was passed four years ago. Mills added that he was disturbed to keep receiving desperate phone calls from patients who kept asking him how much longer they must wait before getting relief from their symptoms. He was therefore glad that the long wait has finally come to an end and those patients could start visiting legal sources of the medical marijuana products they need.

88 doctors have so far been given the nod to start recommending patients who qualify to join the medical marijuana program. The state has a list of qualifying conditions for which patients can access the program.

Currently, Louisiana law only allows medical cannabis products that are in the form of oils, tinctures, pills, inhalers and other such forms, but it doesn’t permit the smoking of medical marijuana.

The state has left pharmacies to set their own product retail prices, and interested patients will pay out of pocket since medical insurers aren’t covering this form of treatment. The product prices are expected to vary between $99 and $200, according to a representative of one of the pharmacies which have received consignments of the products made by GB Sciences. The products made by Southern University and its partner will take a while to be available since they have just planted their maiden crop.

For now, analysts believe that industry actors like Sproutly Canada Inc. (CSE: SPR) (OTCQB: SRUTF) (FRA: 38G) and Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) are glad that the far south of the U.S. has got the first state permitting medical marijuana.

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420 with CNW – Luxembourg Reveals Intention to Become First in Europe to Legalize Marijuana

Luxembourg’s health minister has confirmed that the country plans to legalize recreational marijuana and he has urged other European Union (EU) member states to relax their own marijuana laws. If the country ends prohibition, it will be the first European country to take this bold step in defiance of UN conventions on the matter.

Etienne Schneider, Luxembourg’s health minister, said that the current drug policy which has been in existence in the country for the past 50 years hasn’t had the desired effect because prohibition only served to make marijuana more appealing to the youth. He added that he hoped that the citizens of Luxembourg would all become more open-minded towards drugs.

According to the legalization plan, residents who are at least 18-years old would be able to buy, possess and use marijuana in Luxembourg two years from now. The state plans to create an agency through which the production and distribution of marijuana will be regulated.

The draft law through which this legalization will be implemented is expected to be unveiled later this year. The health minister revealed that the draft law is likely to include provisions banning visitors from buying marijuana during their stay in Luxembourg. Schneider says this provision is necessary in order to prevent the country from becoming a destination for “drug tourists.”

The legalization law is also likely to ban the home cultivation of marijuana while also decriminalizing the possession of less than 28grams of the drug by minors between 12 and 17 years of age. However, minors who contravene this rather liberal provision will face stiff penalties.

Luxembourg’s health minister also said that he was keen to convince other countries in the EU to follow Luxembourg’s lead and reform their own marijuana laws.

According to additional information provided by Schneider, there is likely to be limited resistance to the plan to legalize marijuana in Luxembourg because a coalition of the Liberals, the Greens and the Social Democrats agreed to this plan. Last year, Felix Braz (the justice minister) and Schneider flew to Canada to see how one of the largest Canadian pot companies was producing marijuana for the recreational market.

Medical marijuana is already legal in Luxembourg and the possession of limited amounts of marijuana was decriminalized. Full legalization therefore seems to be the next logical step for this EU country.

It is unclear how other EU countries will respond to the legalization of cannabis in Luxembourg. The Netherlands is currently the only country in the EU which tolerates recreational marijuana since the drug is neither illegal nor legal. Coffee shops openly sell marijuana even if the cultivation and processing of the substance remains illegal in the country.

Pundits believe that the global cannabis industry, including actors like Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQB: PLPRF) and SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING), could be very pleased by the news coming from Luxembourg since this may trigger a domino effect in other EU countries.

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420 with CNW – Former FDA Boss Says Federal Marijuana Decriminalization Should Be Considered

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has revealed that he believes that there are valid reasons why the U.S. federal government should consider decriminalizing marijuana at a national level. Gottlieb was speaking on Wednesday during an interview with C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

Responding to a caller from Washington State who revealed that the legalization of recreational marijuana was showing good results in the state, Gottlieb remarked that it was important to draw a distinction between decriminalization and legalization.

The former director revealed that in his opinion, it wasn’t right from a public policy perspective to keep incarcerating people for low-level marijuana possession and those people suffer because of the resultant criminal records and yet other people who commit more serious offenses don’t suffer as much.

As a follow up question to this response, the show host asked Scott Gottlieb whether he ever made similar statements to the White House while he was still the FDA head. He responded that he had not, and added that his work at the FDA was focused on public health issues and delving into decriminalization would have been beyond his mandate.

Gottlieb explained that he is personally opposed to the legalization of marijuana, especially adult-use marijuana, because it raises public health concerns regarding how the developing brains of minors will be affected in the long-term due to the use of marijuana.

It should be remembered that recent research has shown that the rates of teen cannabis use reduce once states legalize recreational cannabis, contradicting the view held by the former FDA chief.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb also stated that there is need for the federal government to come up with a system which standardizes the marijuana laws in the states which have enacted laws to end cannabis prohibition. In his view, some states are “too permissive” while others have adequate protections in place, such as on matters of access by minors. Federal action would raise the bar and ensure that the states which legalize marijuana do so in a way that meets the minimum standards established by the federal government.

However, Gottlieb admitted that this is unlikely to happen any time soon since the federal government still has a lot of catching up to do on matters of marijuana. Analysts think industry players like Nabis Holdings Inc. (CSE: NAB) (OTC: NABIF) (FRA: 71P) and Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX.V: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI) can only wait until voters put their elected leaders under immense pressure so that they implement marijuana law reforms.

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420 with CNW – Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Turns Around and Decides to Back Marijuana Legalization Drive

Last week, we reported that Regulate Florida, an advocacy group campaigning to put marijuana legalization on the 2020 state ballot had gathered enough valid votes to get the Supreme Court to review the language of their petition and that John Morgan, the personal injury lawyer who had bankrolled an initiative to legalize medical marijuana had declined to support the current push to legalize recreational marijuana saying that in his opinion, Florida wasn’t ready for such a shift. Now the lawyer has made a 180-degree turn and has decided to put his weight behind efforts to make adult-use marijuana legal in the state in 2020.

Initially, John Morgan had opted to back an initiative to raise the minimum wage in Florida rather than support attempts to get a measure on recreational marijuana voted on during the next elections.

However, the lawyer wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday that he was too old to care (about what critics think) and that he believed that marijuana should be legal in Florida. Morgan said that he believes that there is time and money to push for legalization through a ballot measure and now that he had helped to gather sufficient signatures to put the minimum wage issue on the ballot, he would now turn his attention to marijuana legalization.

The self-appointed “pot daddy” wrote that his change of mind came about after marijuana industry leaders who had the financial muscle to get marijuana legalized sooner rather than later approached him and asked for his involvement.

John Morgan admitted that while getting a measure approved for inclusion on the ballot will be very hard, such an initiative will pass with overwhelming support once the matter is up for a decision on Election Day.

Morgan was tightlipped about the identity of the “industry leaders” who contacted him, but one of the legalization campaigns is being spearheaded by a lobbyist who is on the payroll of MedMen, a medical marijuana dispensary chain.

Any measure that is included on the ballot must get at least 60 percent voter approval before the constitution can be amended. In 2014, Morgan backed a move to have medical marijuana legalized but that campaign only garnered 58 percent support, which was just shy of the proportion needed to amend the constitution.

For now, analysts believe that industry participants like Marijuana Company of America Inc. (OTCQB: MCOA) and MustGrow Biologics Corp. (CSE: MGRO) could be relieved that the experienced marijuana campaigner has jumped into the fray even if he hasn’t yet decided which particular campaign he intends to join.

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