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What's the Difference? Recreational vs. Medical Cannabis in Canada

What's the Difference? Recreational vs. Medical Cannabis in Canada

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Now that cannabis is legal from coast to coast, how does Canada’s “recreational” market differ from the medical cannabis system that was first established by Health Canada in 2001? Earlier this year, the Canadian Medical Association submitted a proposal to Health Canada arguing that there was no need to have separate systems for medical and recreational cannabis. In contrast, the Canadian Nurses Association has been in favour of two distinct systems, and worries that collapsing both into one would cause retailers to prioritize recreational users over medical users. The Government of Canada has stated that it is committed to keeping a distinct system for medical patients with quality-controlled product. But what’s the difference? Pricing Recreatio...
Grieving US mom with PTSD has medical cannabis seized at Halifax airport

Grieving US mom with PTSD has medical cannabis seized at Halifax airport

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Her medical cannabis is one of the few things keeping Petite Henry from succumbing to the grief of losing her only two children to suicide. But now she’s without it. The Los Angeles resident had her medication confiscated at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport by Canadian Border Services agents this past Friday. She says she was detained for two-and-a-half hours while her close friend Bobbie Cameron, who had come to the airport ready to welcome her to Halifax, waited. Their families have been decimated by suicide. Cameron’s son, brother, father and nephew all took their own lives. After meeting one another on an online grief support group they have become the closest of friends. The pair, both diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, had resolved to unite ...
Medical cannabis in the UK

Medical cannabis in the UK

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Alex Stevens, professor in criminal justiceUniversity of Kent, Chatham Maritime, Kent, UKA.W.Stevens@kent.ac.ukPatients should not be criminalised for seeking benefitsDo patients have the right to medicate themselves, or should they be punished for doing so? Should their doctors work with them to decide on the best treatment, or does the government know best? These questions are at the heart of the current debate on the use of cannabis as medicine.In the UK, “cannabis based products for medical use in humans” were rescheduled on 1 November 2018. They were placed in schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations, alongside several opioid analgesics. In theory, this means they can now be prescribed. In practice, the NHS has warned that “very few people in England are like...
Several Northeast Ohio health systems not allowing physicians to recommend medical marijuana

Several Northeast Ohio health systems not allowing physicians to recommend medical marijuana

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[unable to retrieve full-text content]Several Northeast Ohio health systems not allowing physicians to recommend medical marijuana  fox8.comDoctor busted after doing medical marijuana exams via closed circuit TV, cops say  Miami HeraldDoctor OK'd pot for patients after chats on closed-circuit TV, cops say  Sun SentinelFull coverage Source link
Doctor busted after doing medical marijuana exams via closed circuit TV, cops say

Doctor busted after doing medical marijuana exams via closed circuit TV, cops say

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Two men went to Pembroke Pines High Life Medical Marijuana Center on different days, each telling a doctor seen only on a computer monitor that he wanted a medical marijuana card so he’d have a legal excuse when workplace drug tests busted him. The doctor, Dr. Tommy Louisville, approved each in August. On Thursday, he got busted. That’s according to the arrest report filed after Louisville got cuffed on two counts of bein...
No clear guidelines on testing for medical marijuana in Florida

No clear guidelines on testing for medical marijuana in Florida

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DAVIE, Fla. - The medical marijuana industry in Florida is still in its infancy and so are the rules around it.“Right now, there is no guarantee that the medicine people are getting is put up against the strictest standards,” said Cynthia Brewer, Director of Operation and Sales at EVIO Labs.Rules by the Department of Health only state cannabis has to be tested and declared safe for human consumption, but there are no specific guidelines.Aside for some regulations on potency, there are no specific guidelines.Tested for what exactly and by who?Those details matter to patients like 69-year-old Linda Williams. Williams said before she switched to cannabis she used to take around 10 pills a day.“Gabapentin, Amitriptyline, muscle relaxers, Imitrex,” Williams said. &ldq...
Seth Moulton teamed up with an unlikely ally on legislation to reform the VA's treatment of medical marijuana

Seth Moulton teamed up with an unlikely ally on legislation to reform the VA's treatment of medical marijuana

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Rep. Matt Gaetz was called “the Trumpiest Congressman in [President Donald] Trump’s Washington” in a recent magazine profile. The combative 35-year-old Florida Republican has gained notoriety for repeatedly promoting conspiracy theories, particularly amid the ongoing midterm election recounts in his home state. But he is also a supporter of legalizing medical marijuana. So even if Rep. Seth Moulton has never hesitated to blast Trump and his Republican allies in Congress, the 40-year-old Massachusetts Democrat apparently sees no reason why he and Gaetz can’t work together for the sake of veterans. The two congressmen teamed up to introduce a trio of bills Wednesday that would reform how the Department of Veterans Affairs treats medical marijuana. Asked abou...