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Hamilton’s Olivia Brown says one of her clients was selected in the Ontario cannabis retail lottery.

The 25 winners in the province’s pot lottery have been announced, including four applicants in Hamilton according to a local cannabis consultant.

Now it’s up to city council to decide Monday whether to approve legal cannabis stores in the city.

Ontario’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission released results of its lottery Friday night, with seven applicants in the west region, that includes Hamilton, randomly picked to apply for retail pot licences.

– Read the entire article at The Hamilton Spectator.

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When the Trudeau government set out to deliver on its core campaign commitment to legalize cannabis, success was defined for many by legislation that did not impede on each province’s autonomy over responsible implementation.

The timeline was ambitious, and history was ultimately made on Oct. 17, 2018 with the passage of The Cannabis Act.

Throughout the process, I’d hoped to see more concrete, proactive plans toward the pardoning of Canadians who held records for simple cannabis possession. At minimum, it was essential to remove the $631 financial barrier that stood in the way of a record suspension.

The painstakingly careful approach taken by the Liberal government to avoid making commitments about amnesty at the beginning of its mandate was disappointing, to say the least.

– Read the entire article at The Star.

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The Texas Legislature is about to kick off its first session since three licensed marijuana dispensaries opened in the state, providing cannabis products for hundreds of patients. Now advocates are hopeful that lawmakers are ready to dramatically expand that program to thousands more Texans who stand to benefit.

Joshua Raines worried about going to his son’s choir concert in December — not because of his son, but because he himself would be sitting among throngs of people, which was sure to raise his anxieties.

Ultimately, he decided to go. But it wasn’t long before the Army veteran’s hand began shaking — a seizure warning sign. He smoked a cigarette outside, but quickly realized that wasn’t the comfort he sought. So he left the concert early, returned to his Parker County home and turned on his cannabis vape pen.

– Read the entire article at News.

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One of the first children to be prescribed medical cannabis in the UK still can’t get her desperately-needed medication on the NHS.

Jorja Emerson needs the drug to treat her severe epilepsy, which can cause life-threatening seizures, her father says.

But, despite being prescribed a medication called Tilray by a private doctor in London in November, the Northern Irish family still can’t get it in their own country.

Robin Emerson, 31, has had to pay £1,000 for one month’s supply of his daughter’s medicine and had to fly to England himself to collect it.

– Read the entire article at Daily Mail.

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At the risk of generalising, most cannabis users are all about tetrahydrocannabinol. THC being the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for delivering that uplifting ‘high’ that’s synonymous with cannabis consumption. As such, it is common for cannabis users to search high and low for the strongest strains they can lay their hands on – ideally packing as much THC as physically possible. And the higher the concentration of THC, the more potent and powerful the high.

On the other side of the spectrum however, millions of cannabis users turn to pot for alternative reasons. Rather than looking to simply get as high as possible as quickly as possible, they’re instead about relaxation and relief. Particularly in instances where cannabis is used for medical purposes, the strains with the highest concentrations of CBD can be quite remarkable. CBD being the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that’s been linked with an extraordinary array of incredible medical benefits.

From anxiety to depression to chronic pain to insomnia to muscle spasms to inflammation and so many more besides, CBD can be used to treat a variety of conditions, without the risk of lethargy or dysphoria. What’s more, on-going studies into the beneficial effects on CBD are continually uncovering new

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Companion bills that would legalize the personal cultivation of marijuana for those 21 and older has been filed in Washington State’s House of Representatives and Senate.

The legislation, which has bipartisan support in both chambers of the legislature, would allow anyone 21 and older to grow up to six marijuana plants at a private residence, for personal use. If three or more individuals 21+ are living in the same residence they could grow up to, but not more than (regardless of the number of residents), fifteen plants.

Despite the current marijuana possession limit in the state being one ounce, the bills would allow those growing marijuana to possess over this amount if their harvest is larger.

Currently there are 10 states in the U.S. where marijuana has been legalized. However, Washington is the only one of these states where marijuana can’t be grown for personal use.

For the full text of Senate Bill 5155 and House Bill 1131, click here.

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In a ruling that sets immediate precedent across Vermont, the state’s supreme court has decided that the smell of burnt marijuana is not enough to justify law enforcement obtaining a warrant to search a vehicle.

The court ruled that the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from a vehicle is not strong enough evidence or sufficient probable cause to conduct legally search said vehicle. The ruling comes roughly six months after the possession and personal cultivation became legal in the state.

“The seizure, aimed at immobilizing the plaintiff’s vehicle while the officer sought a search warrant, was essentially based solely on the trooper’s initial detection of the faint odor of burnt marijuana, which did not, in and of itself, create fair probability that marijuana would be found in the vehicle”, states the ruling.

The case, Zullo v. Vermont, effectively overturned a lower court decision.

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Did Anthony “Dr. Marijuana” Anzalone overextend himself by authorizing over 3,000 patients for New Jersey’s burgeoning medical marijuana program? State authorities seem to think so — and have underlined their views by putting a freeze on Anzalone’s license while an investigation looks into his practice.

“By temporarily suspending Anzalone from practicing medicine, we are making it clear that we will not allow unscrupulous doctors to enrich themselves at the expense of the safety and welfare of their patients and the public,” New Jersey attorney general Gurbir Grewal told the press.

Anzalone’s attorney Jef Henninger says that the doctor maintains his innocence in the face of the charges.

“Dr. Anzalone is a very popular doctor that takes great care of his patients,” Henninger told NJ Advance Media. “He is a trailblazer in this industry. Dr. Anzalone maintains his innocence and looks forward to having his license reinstated at the conclusion of this matter.”

The physician, who was trained as an obstetrician and began his practice as a Rutherford-based specialist on preventative care for women, has gone on record about his frustration with having to prescribe conventional pain medication.

In 2013, a profile on Anzalone by local news site NJ Spotlight quoted

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Girl Scout Cookies, Superman OG, Silver Haze, and Critical Kush are just some of more than a dozen medical cannabis strains Michigan regulators recalled from two dispensaries on Friday. Friday’s recalls are mandatory and require that dispensaries notify affected customers who may have purchased the contaminated strains. Lab test failures for mold, yeast, and other contaminants prompted the recalls, drawing attention to Michigan’s urgent need for more medical cannabis testing facilities and licensed cultivators.

Medical Cannabis Recalls Stem From Michigan’s Out of Sync Industry

Since 2016, Michigan’s marijuana laws have been undergoing some massive revision. The state legalized medical cannabis in 2008, but opted not to set up much in the way of regulatory or licensing frameworks. Patients and caregivers had to enroll in the program and get certifications. But with no licensed producers, cultivation, and production fell to patients and caregivers themselves.

That changed in 2016 when a coalition of conservative state lawmakers began passing legislation aimed at taxing, regulating and licensing the state’s medical cannabis program. But by then, an entire informal industry of unlicensed growers and distributors had emerged, along with dozens of unlicensed dispensaries. Realizing Michigan’s medical cannabis infrastructure could simply turn on a time and

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The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has accepted an outside consulting group’s recommendations and voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve 32 cannabis dispensaries to serve the state. The action by the commission sets the stage for sales of medicinal cannabis to begin as soon as April, more than two years after voters approved an amendment legalizing medical marijuana in November 2016. Cultivation licenses have already been issued and more than 7,000 patients have been approved to use medical marijuana.

The 32 approved dispensaries represent the four highest scoring applications in each of the state’s eight medical marijuana dispensary zones. Scott Hardin, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, said that the successful applicants will receive official notification from the state by next week.

“Monday at the latest, that [letter of intent] will go to those 32 companies that scored among the highest in each zone,” Hardin said. “They then have seven days to pay a $15,000 licensing fee, post a $100,000 performance bond, and then once we confirm that they still have that storefront… they’ll likely be licensed within the next couple of weeks.”

The state will launch the medical marijuana program with five cultivation facilities and the 32 newly approved dispensaries. If demand

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