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Device for roadside drug testing set to be approved in Canada

Ottawa - Last month Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould published a notice of intention to approve the Dräger DrugTest 5000, and list it as “approved drug screening equipment” for law enforcement to use at the roadside to test for both THC and cocaine.

Georgia legalises personal use of marijuana

Tbili - The Georgian Constitutional Court on Monday abolished fines for using marijuana but stipulated that growing and selling the drug would remain an offence.

As legalization nears, marijuana-related charges at all-time low

Ottawa - Continuing a six-year downward trend, the number of people charged with marijuana-related crimes in Canada last year was at the lowest level in 20 years.

New York State considering legalizing recreational marijuana

The state of New York is considering whether it should legalize recreational marijuana as a new report comes out in favor of such a move.

FDA approves first marijuana-derived drug

Washington - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a medication called Epidiolex. This is the first FDA-approved drug derived from marijuana.

Pot investors from Canada are being banned from entry into U.S.

For years, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been given the discretion to question Canadians entering the U.S. about their marijuana use. Now, cannabis legalization in Canada, the U.S. is focusing on the whole industry, including investors.

Q&A: What are the therapeutic aspects of cannabis? Special

Boulder - To address ill-health conditions, some healthcare professionals are looking at an integrative approach with medical cannabis together with nutrition, acupuncture, yoga, and meditation. Laura Lagano of the Holistic Cannabis Academy explains more.

Joint session: Pot found growing at Japan MPs' building

Apo - Marijuana plants have been found growing at an office building used by lawmakers in Japan, which has some of the strictest drug laws in the developed world, an official said Friday.

After marathon session, MPs head home, leaving pot bill in limbo

Ottawa - Canada's Conservative party is not too pleased with the Liberal government, creating a marathon session of voting in the House of Commons that lasted through Thursday night and into Friday morning — resulting in no legislation getting passed.

Senate votes to legalize recreational marijuana in Canada

Ottawa - Senators have voted to pass the Trudeau government's landmark legislation to lift Canada's 95-year-old prohibition on recreational cannabis by a vote of 56 to 30 with one abstention.

Trudeau government says mandatory drug testing possible

The legislation that would legalize recreational cannabis consumption in Canada is in the Senate for a planned final vote on or before June 7. With just five days remaining before the vote, the federal government is thinking about mandatory drug-testing.

'Green rush' as U.S. cannabusinesses list on Canadian exchange

Toronto - Some U.S. marijuana businesses are looking to their neighbor to the north and listing on a second-tier Canadian stock exchange in a bid to circumvent federal prohibitions against cannabis.

Substance management policies needed before pot is legalized

Ottawa - The legalization of recreational marijuana is just a month away in Canada, and one company fears that many employers may not have a current Workplace Substance Management Policy in place. They have launched an online toolkit to help companies prepare.

Oregon marijuana farmers turn to growing hemp to fight oversupply

The glut of marijuana in Oregon is driving pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some growers to start looking at another cannabis plant, hemp, to make ends meet.

Aurora Cannabis to acquire MedReleaf in $3.2 billion deal

Toronto - In the largest acquisition to date in the Canadian marijuana industry, Aurora Cannabis will acquire MedReleaf Corp. for C$3.2 billion ($2.51 billion) in an all-stock transaction.

Canopy Growth expands production and retail operations

St. John's - On Monday, Canopy Growth VP Jeff Ryan and provincial Industry Minister Chris Mitchelmore put shovels in the ground at the site of the company's future production facility in the White Hills area of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

App helps cannabis users understand their impairment

Chicago - A new app has been designed to make cannabis use safer. The app is called 'Am I Stoned?' Here the intention is to help users understand their impairment.

Essential Science: Where coffee works like cannabis

Coffee is well known as a psychostimulant, however its effect on the body’s metabolism, in dozens of different ways, such as of steroids and the neurotransmitters, in a similar way to cannabis, is a new medical discovery.

Canadians spent an estimated $5.7 billion on marijuana in 2017

Toronto - According to a January 2018 report from Statistics Canada, In 2017, about 4.9 million Canadians spent $5.7 billion on cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. This was equivalent to around $1,200 per cannabis consumer.

U.S. to rescind policy that has let legalized marijuana flourish

Washington - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

Country star Michael Ray is arrested for DUI and drug possession

Eustis - On December 20, country star Michael Ray was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), and drug possession in Eustis, Florida.

Luxembourg moves further towards legalising medical marijuana

Brussels - Luxembourg, following a broader EU and global trend, took another step on Tuesday towards legalising medical marijuana by announcing plans for a two-year pilot project.

Failed drug tests keeping Americans from finding employment

President Trump's message on keeping jobs in the country and putting Americans back to work has been heard by companies across Middle America - and the jobs are there. But when up to 50 percent of applicants fail a drug test, what's a company to do?

Op-Ed: DOJ crackdown on marijuana is more of a vendetta than justice

Trump's Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by DOJ chief Jeff Sessions is expected to release a report in the next few days that may link marijuana use to violent crime, with recommendations for tougher sentences for its sale or use.

Roadside drug testing pilot program works well in Canada

Public Safety Canada has announced the pilot project initiated in December 2016 that tested two roadside drug testing devices can be successfully used to detect drug-impaired driving, adding another milestone to the legalizing of recreational marijuana.

Cannabis reverses brain aging process in new study

Bonn - The new study relates to an animal model. Here scientists have restored the memory performance of Methuselah mice to a juvenile stage. The leading question is: could this effect also be seen with people?

California man jailed 120 days for raping 16-year-old sister

Crescent City - A California judge formally sentenced a 20 year-old man to probation for drugging and then raping his 16-year-old sister. Although he will spend 120 days in jail, the prosecutor who had asked for a six-year-sentence called the sentence “egregious.”

Op-Ed: Cannabis ‘reverses brain aging, improves memory’: New study

Jerusalem - For decades, the War on Weed has emphasized health risks. For the last 20 years, nothing but health positives have been discovered. A new study throws a light on both fake news of the past and fabulous science of the future.

Chemicals in marijuana and chili peppers can calm inflammation

Farmington - You might not think that chili peppers and marijuana have anything in common, but researchers at the University of Connecticut have discovered a new function for the chemicals found in hot peppers and pot that calm inflammation in the digestive tract.

Canada to legalize recreational marijuana by mid-2018: report

Ottawa - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party will introduce legislation in the coming weeks that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada by mid-2018, reports said Monday.
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A marijuana leaf is displayed at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington
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A glass pipe used when smoking Marijuana.
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Hundreds of Toronto activists gathered at Toronto Police Headquarters at 40 College Street in order to show their support for legalizing marijuana
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John Boehner has done a 180 on his stance on legalizing marijuana use in the U.S.
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A grouping of marijuana buds, pictured above on April 13, 2014.
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Gary Johnson fakes a heart attack during a discussion about marijuana at CPAC 2015.
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Hundreds of Toronto activists gathered at Toronto Police Headquarters at 40 College Street in order to show their support for legalizing marijuana
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Tens of thousands of Torontonians gathered at Queen's Park in downtown Toronto where many lounged around, smoked pot and listened to the music. Merchants also supplied many marijuana supplies such as bongs.
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Sativex contains marijuana-derived ingredients.
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Marijuana edibles at Green Essentials, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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Spain's Civil Guard uncovered four huge greenhouses of marijuana in the Murcia region.
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Canopy Growth ranks as the biggest pure-play marijuana stock on the planet right now. Canopy had a market value of C$7.1 billion ($5.4 billion) as of Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
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Terry Bennett, a convicted drug dealer in the UK has been told by a judge to write a 5,000 word essay on the dangers of marijuana.
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A marijuana sample
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Hound Labs is developing a breathalyzer for marijuana and alcohol that could hit the market later this year.
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