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A conference and expo at the Western Fair District next year will showcase innovations and opportunities in the burgeoning cannabis industry in Southwestern Ontario.

“We think the sky’s the limit,” Greg Blanchard, director of sales and retail at the Western Fair Association, said of the new partnership with CannabisWiki.

The London-based cannabis media start-up is bringing the CannabisWiki Expo to the Western Fair District next summer, the region’s first such event.

– Read the entire article at The London Free Press.

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DMT, or N, N-dimethyltryptamine is a powerful psychedelic. DMT, like its sister psychedelics (LSD, MDMA, psilocybin … and even marijuana), is a Schedule I controlled substance. So according to the DEA, its abuse potential is high and it has no medical use. Also, according to the DEA, “the history of human experience probably goes back several hundred years since DMT usage is associated with a number of religious practices and rituals.” Indeed, DMT is the active ingredient in ayahuasca and has been used by indigenous communities in the Amazon for centuries; here, the past few decades have seen a resurgence in the use of DMT and/or ayahuasca ceremonies by non-indigenous persons.

Notwithstanding its dubious distinction as a Schedule I drug, DMT increasingly is the subject of study for its potential efficacy in treating a wide array of mental-health conditions including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. This research—as with psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine, ibogaine etc.—is expanding rapidly as numerous neuropharmaceutical companies look to be among the first-to-market potentially revolutionary therapies.

Just last month, Small Pharma, a neuropharmaceutical company, announced that that it has been granted an Innovation Passport Designation by the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency for one of its DMT

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Massachusetts had already legalized medical marijuana when voters were faced with another question in late 2016: whether to legalize cannabis for recreational use. The vote wasn’t close, sailing through on talk of jobs, tax revenue, and, well, people wanting to light up legally. Reality doesn’t always live up to promise, but in this case, it has. Yes, the industry is still facing growing pains, particularly when it comes to creating a level playing field for entrepreneurs. But when it comes to this new industry’s impact on jobs, real-estate investment, municipal tax revenue, and more, these are truly high times.

David Narkewicz wasn’t just a supporter of cannabis coming to Northampton. He was the first customer.

That was three years ago, when NETA opened on Conz Street and became the state’s very first dispensary for legal, recreational cannabis. Today, with cannabis businesses proliferating in the city and across Massachusetts, the outgoing mayor believes his initial enthusiasm was justified.

– Read the entire article at Business West.

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My longtime carpenter was working on my home the other day and we got to talking. He asked me in his thick Irish accent about the cannabis industry in California and what happened to it. “It used to be for helping people but now it’s all about the money,” he said, while shaking his head in disbelief. My heart sank when I heard his words. It was even more painful when I had to agree with him because he’s right…and not just in California.

The nascent cannabis industry used to have a good reputation with the public because medical cannabis operators like Harborside (my former company) were focused on wellness products and messaging. Our mindful communication with the public tapped into something that was already there.

Almost everyone in America knew someone with cancer who got better from marijuana during chemo. The media helped us tell stories of people with serious illnesses finding relief from cannabis. Even children with epilepsy made national news by benefitting from weed. After years of this branding work, pop culture defined the industry as a good force in society.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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In April of this year, Florida’s first attempt at psychedelics reform failed, as a House subcommittee rejected HB 549. This bill, introduced by Rep. Michael Grieco (D-Miami Beach), would have legalized the use of psilocybin for mental treatment in the nation’s third most populous state.

Despite this setback, 2021 could yet be a pivotal year for psychedelics in Florida. In September, Grieco filed a new bill, HB 193, with companion SB 348 filed in the Senate by Minority Leader Lauren Book (D-Plantation). These bills call would require the Department of Health, together with the Board of Medicine, to study the therapeutic efficacy of MDMA, psilocybin, and ketamine in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, chronic pain, and migraines.

Republicans hold ample majorities in both chambers of the Florida legislature, meaning passage of any legislation will require significant from within their ranks. Given the fate of the earlier psilocybin bill, it is fair to ask what is different this time around. The answer, in a nutshell, is that the new bill is more Texas, less Oregon.

HB 549 was “modeled after” Oregon’s Measure 109, which established a legal regime for psilocybin in the state. However, anyone with even a passing knowledge

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Who doesn’t love a good cup of cannabis in the morning?

Smoking weed and sipping coffee is a fun way to sink into a morning, but the duo also pairs up well in the edibles arena. Cream, butter and sugar can all be infused with THC, and there are a handful of easy ways to add an ingestible shot of weed to your bean juice.

Cream or Milk
Infusing milk, half-and-half or condensed milk requires hovering to ensure that a skin doesn’t form, but the process is simple (especially if you have an automatic infusion machine). Grind up and decarboxylate your weed (bake it briefly for twenty to thirty minutes at about 280 degrees to activate the THC), and then add it to a simmering pot of milk or creamer. Let that puppy infuse for 35 to 45 minutes while stirring frequently, then strain out the plant matter.

– Read the entire article at Westword.

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A study of more than 400 health care professionals has revealed that most physicians lack knowledge of medicinal cannabis, with 65% saying that they have been asked about medical marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain but were unable to answer their patients’ questions.

The quantitative research study, which was commissioned by cannabis healthcare brand Cannaceutica, surveyed 445 physicians who treat chronic pain, including general practitioners and specialists in fields such as orthopedics, rheumatology, and sports medicine, about their knowledge of medical cannabis. Physicians who participated in the study had from two to 35 years of practice and were at least somewhat knowledgeable about medical cannabis and at least somewhat likely to recommend it to their patients with chronic pain, assuming medical marijuana was legally available.

– Read the entire article at News.

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Here’s to a great holiday for everyone out there, along with friends and families.

We are thankful for the privilege of working with so many great people and companies every day, and in such a dynamic area of law and policy.

Enjoy the holiday! We’ll be back tomorrow.

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UK firm 4C Labs has been given the first licence to cultivate medical cannabis in Guernsey.

It follows a visit from the UK Home Office to the island to look at the company’s infrastructure and security.

Deputy Neil Inder, president of Guernsey’s Economic Development Committee, said cannabis would not replace the finance industry, “but it’s evidence of diversification and that is a good thing”.

– Read the entire article at BBC News.

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CNN is releasing the sixth installment of its famed Weed documentary series.

Hosted by CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the series focuses on the medical and therapeutic benefits of cannabis and hemp and has been credited for changing the paradigm around medical cannabis and CBD around the world.

It all started nearly 10 years ago when Dr. Gupta began traveling the globe to investigate the benefits of medical marijuana. The first installment of the award-winning documentary series premiered in 2015, highlighting the remarkable benefits of CBD in treating seizure disorders in children.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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