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CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Some of the people rushing to emergency rooms thought the CBD vape they inhaled would help like a gentle medicine. Others puffed it for fun.

What the vapors delivered instead was a jolt of synthetic marijuana, and with it an intense high of hallucinations and even seizures.

More than 50 people around Salt Lake City had been poisoned by the time the outbreak ended early last year, most by a vape called Yolo! — the acronym for “you only live once.”

In recent months, hundreds of vape users have developed mysterious lung illnesses, and more than 30 have died. Yolo was different. Users knew immediately something was wrong.

Who was responsible for Yolo? Public health officials and criminal investigators couldn’t figure that out. Just as it seemed to appear from nowhere, Yolo faded away with little trace.

As part of an investigation into the illegal spiking of CBD vapes that are not supposed to have any psychoactive effect at all, The Associated Press sought to understand the story behind Yolo.

The trail led to a Southern California beach town and an entrepreneur whose vaping habit prompted a career change that took her from Hollywood parties to

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‘I think the market asked for it, basically,’ said business co-owner.

A Saint John restaurant is adding a unique ingredient to its menu.

The Coop is adding cannabis oil, minus the THC, to the sauce on some of its wings. THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis.

“I think the market asked for it, basically,” said co-owner Renee Theriault.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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Initially I was hesitant to take on this topic, menopause. Why? Being a man, I couldn’t possibly understand (I don’t, really) nor would I ever experience the thrills and deep joys of menopause. (I wouldn’t have that sports car either from what is described as Male Menopause. It doesn’t exist for men, no matter how we plead.) But actually I have experienced menopause from afar, however I won’t go into that in this article. Good thing really. But enough of what I know or better yet, don’t know about menopause. What I do know is that THC and CBD when combined in carefully metered doses (at the source) offer a deep form of relief that just has to be shared in my column. No matter what your personal thoughts are about taking any form of cannabis, this product that I discovered named Hello Again is Taking on Menopause… at the Source. Check it out!

As any woman of a certain age (or her family and friends) can tell you, menopause is anything but predictable or pleasant. Telltale signs like hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, chills, weight gain, and changes in sex drive can be common symptoms experienced by all women

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CANNABIS CULTURE – One year into “legalization” and the tragic gaps in the Liberal plan become more evident everyday. As the Patron Saint of Stoners Tommy Chong said on a recent Canadian tour, “Sure it’s legal, but you can’t smoke it anywhere.” And of course, if you want to buy “legal” cannabis you have to submit yourself to purchasing from government sources, at high prices, limited availability and often low quality.

What we must remember, legal cannabis was not a gift from government. Legal cannabis was earned and the list of martyrs to our cause grows with every raid, arrest and civil forfeiture.  For most, the promise of amnesty remains beyond reach. Peaceful and ethical cannabis providers as well as their patients continue to be vilified in this all-for-profit shareholder controlled government cash grab.

BUT there is hope, we’ve successfully demanded change before and we must continue. Our lawyers have a major medical cannabis legal case underway and they desperately need information from medical patients who need access to cannabis. Copy/paste the following questionnaire into a new word document or email then fill-in and send your answers to: [email protected].

MEDICAL CANNABIS QUESTIONNAIRE

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Address:

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Introduction and Purpose

 

A “Medically Approved Patient” is entitled to “Reasonable Access” to their approved cannabis medicine under section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Currently under Part 14 of the federal Cannabis Act Regulations, entitled “Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes”, medically approved patients can grow their own cannabis (PPL) or have somebody designated to produce it for them (DGL) if authorized by a Health Canada license. Alternatively, a doctor can provide an authorization to purchase cannabis products on the internet from a federal Licensed Producer (LP), who are only allowed to send cannabis products to patients

One Oklahoma State Department of Health employee appears to have been going through it during the process of drafting the state’s medical marijuana regulation earlier this year. Emails that lawyer Julia Ezell alleged contained dangerous threats from marijuana advocates have been proven to have been sent from her own cell phone. Ezell pled guilty on Wednesday to two misdemeanors for falsifying the threats.

“We will stop YOU and you’re [sic] greed,” went one of the emails. “Any way it takes to end your evil and protect what is ours.”

Ezell was employed by the Department of Health and was fleshing out emergency cannabis regulations this summer in accordance with House Bill 2612, which created Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program. CBS reports that the agency went against Ezell’s legal recommendations, thus voting to approve the prohibition of the sale of smokable marijuana and requiring a pharmacist at every dispensary.

When the agency’s rules were made public, medical cannabis advocates weren’t happy with the harsh restriction and requirement. Two lawsuits were filed against the board.

Emails Appeared Threatening

Ezell reported to department officials that she had received almost a dozen emails that made threats against her life. One read: “We would hate to

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Weddings are all about the details: Champagne, flowers, music, cannabis.

Yes, cannabis: Why not?

Now that marijuana is legal, a bud bar at your wedding or marijuana foliage in the bridal bouquet could be fresh.

You can find out more about pot-themed wedding ideas on Oct. 27, when the Toronto Cannabis Wedding Expo rolls into the Berkeley Church event space, 315 Queen St. E.

– Read the entire article at Toronto Sun.

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Florida voters may have the opportunity to legalize recreational marijuana at the ballot box next year, and a new study may help bolster the advocates’ case. 

The study, conducted by New Frontier Data, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank dedicated to providing empirical research on cannabis, suggests that the state could see a significant uptick in jobs over the next several years if pot is legalized. 

John Kagia, chief knowledge officer of New Frontier Data, said that if prohibition is lifted, the number of jobs in Florida related to hemp and pot could swell to 128,587 by 2025—a sevenfold increase from the nearly 17,000 cannabis jobs in the state.

Kagia, as quoted by the Miami New Times, that the types of jobs generated by the cannabis industry vary widely, including “lower-skilled labor roles such as trimmers or budtenders, [plus] higher-skilled workers like extraction tech, chemists, and other manufacturers dealing with edibles.”

The study also said that the Sunshine State could claim a 12 percent share of the entire nationwide cannabis market by 2025, which is expected to total almost $30 billion. 

Marijuana In The Sunshine State

Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a measure in 2016 that legalized medical marijuana, but a year

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Aurora Cannabis (ACB) is well-positioned for the inevitable rebound in the cannabis sector, as it ramps up production capacity, boosts its GMP-compliant output, and develops a variety of derivative products to serve the Canadian and international markets.

By the end of June 2020, the company expects to have well over 625,000 kilograms in annual production capacity, and is now ready to increase the amount of GMP-compliant cannabis to send to the European market.

In this article we’re going to focus on the derivatives market in Canada, which while being approved of on October 17, 2019, won’t be available for sale until December 17, 2019 because of the required 60-day review period required by Canadian law.

– Read the entire article at Yahoo News.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The governors from several Northeastern states said Thursday they want to work together to regulate marijuana and vaping, including possible regional restrictions on flavored vaping products.

Democratic governors from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania met in New York City with health and legislative officials. Representatives from Massachusetts and Colorado were also on hand for the meeting.

“What we want to do is coordinate this on a regional basis,” said Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, noting how the “patchwork quilt of marijuana regulations makes no sense at all.” He said the group came up with “very preliminary” principles concerning how to regulate legalized, recreational marijuana, such as agreeing to have similar policies for THC content, edibles, advertising and taxation in order to dissuade people from turning to the illicit market.

Lamont said “different states are going to have different timeframes” to pass marijuana legislation and he didn’t foresee everyone enacting the exact same law at the same time. He said more work needs to be done and staff from the participating states will continue working together on the issue. Several of the governors unsuccessfully pushed for their states to allow recreational pot sales in the last

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Ever since Canada became the first major country to legalize marijuana for adults a year ago, other nations have been paying attention.

The small South American nation of Uruguay was the first to legalize marijuana for adults. New Zealand, Luxembourg and Mexico are among those that have looked to Canada for guidance or lessons, while Russia has chastised it for its “barefaced” flouting of international anti-drug treaties.

Here’s a look at how Canada’s experiment is playing out internationally and where the next attempts at legalization are coming:

United States

States continue to flout federal prohibition and legalize marijuana within their borders, arguing that the nation’s war on pot has drained law enforcement resources, had a disparate impact on minorities and failed to curb the drug’s popularity.

Thirty-three states and Washington, D.C., have now legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, with Michigan and Illinois the most recent of 11 states to OK recreational sales.

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives, with significant bipartisan support, passed a bill that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking while sheltering financial institutions from prosecution for handling marijuana-linked money. That would clear up a serious headache for the industry. Many pot businesses

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