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Lawmakers in Thailand are proposing a major change to the country’s marijuana law, and one that’s a significant step in the right direction.

As reported by Reuters, Thailand’s Bhumjaithai Party – part of the ruling coalition – has officially proposed legislation that would allow for up to six cannabis plants to be grown legally per household. Introduction of the proposal comes less than a year after the nation legalized medical marijuana.

Supachai Jaisamut of the Bhumjaithai Party, a third-largest partner in the coalition and in charge of the health ministry, said the draft law would allow up to six marijuana plants per household. Cannabis is still a drug under Thai law.

“The principle is for medical use, you can have it at home for ailments, but not smoke it on the street,” Supachai Jaisamut told Reuters. Jaisamut is part of the Bhumjaithai Party, which is teh third-largest partner in the coalition and is in charge of the health ministry

Supachai also told Reuters that the proposal would create the “Plant-based Drug Institute would have authority to purchase, extract and export cannabidiol (CBD), the chemical derived from the cannabis plan…. [he compares] it to the Californian model.”

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Science suggests that humans have been using psychoactive strains of cannabis for at least 2,500 years –  if not longer –  and for nearly as long, humans have experimented with ways to extract its compounds into a wide range of formulations. The earliest cannabis extractions can be traced back to the 10th Century in the Middle East where hashish (or hash) is believed to have originated and become the mind-altering substance of choice over alcohol. Over the subsequent centuries, the techniques for making hashish evolved as cannabis use spread around the world. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s and 1970s that advancements in science and technology would jumpstart a cannabis extract revolution in the West.

As a generation of homegrowers made cannabis more readily available across the U.S. and Canada, some people began to experiment with new ways to process the plant and extract its core compounds — either through trichrome harvesting or rudimentary cannabis infusions using butter or ghee on the stovetop or in slow cookers. Soon after, a few books were published on the subject while at the same time consumer-friendly extraction tools, such as the 1970s-era Isomerizer, were invented with the home extractor in mind

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Paraguay will begin accepting applications for the domestic production of cannabis for medical and research purposes next month, according to an announcement made last week by the country’s health minister. Julio Mazzolini, the minister of public health and social welfare, said in a press conference in Asunción on Thursday that a resolution to establish the rules to apply for the country’s first commercial cannabis production licenses had been approved by the ministry.

Licenses for five vertically integrated cannabis cultivation and manufacturing operations will be available. The National Health Surveillance (Dirección Nacional de Vigilancia Sanitaria/DNVS) will accept applications for the five licenses from October 1 through 31. Applicants will be required to include a certificate of good manufacturing practices; a plan for cannabis cultivation, transportation, and security; and a separate plan for exports, if applicable. The applicants that are awarded the licenses will be required to put them into use within 24 months.

Arnaldo Giuzzio, the chief of Paraguay’s anti-drug agency (Secretaría Nacional Antidrogas/SENAD), told the press that licenses would only be available to operations located in the Central Department, the smallest but most populated of Paraguay’s 17 departments.

Medical Cannabis Legalized in 2017

Paraguay legalized the medical use of cannabis

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Four chefs who cater to a host of dietary restrictions … and one who’ll, ahem, elevate things.

The Jewish High Holy Days are nigh, and that’s just the beginning of causes for celebration between now and the end of 2019. And while entertaining friends can be a lot of fun, in these times of heightened sensitivities and allergies to everything from gluten to opposing opinions, serving your guests can be a trick job to manage.

“People are really limiting how and what they eat,” says LA private chef and cookbook author Christina Xenos. “They are following trends and not all of it is good or necessary, but some of it is.”

One trend that’s fairly unimpeachable is our region’s penchant for premium-grade produce: we have access to a lot of healthy eating that’s also delicious, and that’s reflected in our cuisine. Xenos’s company, Sweet Greek, centers on the more balanced approach of the Mediterranean diet. “It focuses on eating a high proportion of vegetables, legumes, olive oil and grains along with some fish and poultry, and limits red meat and other animal products.”

– Read the entire article at Inside Hook.

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B.C.-based pot firm Evergreen Medicinal has licence suspended by Health Canada

British Columbia-based cannabis producer Evergreen Medicinal Supply had its licence to grow and sell legal marijuana in Canada suspended by Health Canada. The company’s suspension is the second time a Canadian producer had its licence withdrawn by federal regulators following Bonify’s suspension earlier this year. It also comes as investors await Health Canada’s ruling on what penalty it will enforce on CannTrust after the regulator found thousands of kilograms of cannabis being grown in unlicensed rooms. A Health Canada spokesperson said inspectors conducted an unannounced inspection at Evergreen’s facility in Saanichton, B.C. in April which found issues related to the company’s production practices, record-keeping, inventory control, and adherence to licence controls.

Cresco Labs buys Tryke for US$282M to give U.S. pot operator access to lucrative Vegas market

U.S. multistate cannabis operator Cresco Labs is buying Tryke Companies for US$282 million, the company said on Monday. Tryke Companies operates primarily in Nevada and Arizona with several cultivation and dispensary assets in those U.S. states. Tryke also has licences to operate in Utah, which passed legislation to allow for medical cannabis cultivation last December. PI Financial analysts said the deal gives

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has jumped in with other politicians to demand a quickly-enacted ban on flavored tobacco vaping products. His Sunday announcement came in the midst of a little-understood string of vaping-related deaths by severe lung disease, despite the fact that some of the dead were known to have smoked cannabis products.

It would appear that the health crisis is dovetailing with concerns about the growing number of teen vapers to cause politicians to take a stand. Cuomo’s words follow those of the First Couple. After Melania Trump tweeted her concern over the “growing epidemic” of teen vaping last Monday, the president followed up on Wednesday with a press conference with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Flavored vapes would be subject to much more stringent regulatory requirements.

“We can’t have our kids be so affected,” Trump said. “That’s how the First Lady got involved. She’s got a son […] a beautiful young man, and she feels very, very strongly.” Barron Trump, who is also the president’s son, is 13 years old.

Cuomo’s concern was hardly limited to young people. “Vaping is dangerous,” he announced. “Period. No one can say long-term use of vaping — where you’re

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration admonished the electric cigarette company Juul Labs last week for claims that its products are safer than conventional cigarettes. 

In a letter dated September 9, the FDA warned the company over its assertions that the Juul is “much safer than cigarettes,” and that the “FDA would approve it any day,” among other claims that the FDA says it didn’t authorize.

The agency said it determined that the company claimed, in presentations to students made by Juul representatives, that its e-cigarettes constituted  “modified risk tobacco products without an FDA order in effect that permits such sale or distribution.”

“Referring to your [electronic nicotine delivery system, or “ENDS,”] products as ‘99% safer’ than cigarettes, ‘much safer’ than cigarettes, ‘totally safe,’ and ‘a safer alternative than smoking cigarettes’ is particularly concerning because these statements were made directly to children in school,” the letter said. “Our concern is amplified by the epidemic rate of increase in youth use of ENDS products, including JUUL’s products, and evidence that ENDS products contribute to youth use of, and addiction to, nicotine, to which youth are especially vulnerable.”

The FDA asked Juul for a written response to the letter within 15 days

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California’s cannabis market.

Bootleggers eager to profit off unsuspecting consumers are mimicking popular, legal vape brands, pairing replica packaging churned out in Chinese factories with untested, possibly dangerous cannabis oil produced in the state’s vast underground market.

The result: Authentic-looking vape cartridges sold by unlicensed dispensaries and delivery services, along with rogue websites.

The deceptive rip-offs on the street could be linked to an emerging public health crisis. Hundreds of people across the U.S. have been sickened, mainly by vaping cannabis oil. Seven deaths have been reported, the latest on Monday in California’s Tulare County.

Public health officials aren’t sure what’s causing the breathing issues, vomiting and other symptoms, but in California they say most patients reported purchasing vapes from pop-up shops or other illegal sellers that are a pipeline for counterfeit products.

The problem has gotten so pervasive that a major legal brand, Kingpen, is investing millions of dollars to redesign its packaging and product security, The Associated Press has learned.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will spend $20 million on a public awareness campaign about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis products and step up efforts to halt the sale of illicit products amid a rise in vaping-related illnesses.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the actions Monday as part of an executive order.

Many of the hundreds of nationwide vaping illnesses appear linked to use of cannabis-based oils, though some people reported vaping nicotine products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. California has seen at least 63 cases and one of the six deaths reported around the country.

At the same time, flavored e-cigarettes made by companies such as Juul Labs are contributing to a rise in youth smoking. The public awareness campaign Newsom announced aims to tackle all forms of vaping, he said.

“As a father of four, this has been an issue that has been brought to the forefront of my consciousness,” he said.

While President Donald Trump and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have announced plans to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, Newsom said he doesn’t have similar executive authority. But he said he wants lawmakers to send him legislation to do so next year.

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Online cannabis platform Weedmaps announced last Wednesday new details of its plan to remove listings and advertising for unlicensed websites from its services. Weedmaps announced last month that it would work to remove listings for unlicensed cannabis businesses in California, responding to criticism that including them was contributing to the state’s illicit market marijuana sales. The company also announced that it would take steps to support regulated businesses owned by minority entrepreneurs.

“Just three weeks ago, we announced a first-of-its-kind program to help social equity participants gain a rightful foothold in the cannabis industry. We also announced our plan to use the power of our platform to help support licensed cannabis businesses,” said Chris Beals, the CEO of Weedmaps, in a press release on Wednesday. “While these policy changes will only have a symbolic impact on the size of California’s unlicensed market without more licensing opportunities and other large listing platforms following suit, we want to continue to lead by example.”

Weedmaps said it plans to make several enhancements to its website to support licensed businesses, including a new user interface to highlight license information to make it more visible. The company also plans to develop online resources to help

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