Chinese Authorities Say Cannabis Legalization in Canada, US Poses Threat to China

Chinese drug enforcement authorities believe that the legalization of cannabis in Canada and parts of the United States has led to an increase in marijuana smuggling into the country and poses a “new threat to China,” according to a report from CNN. Liu Yuejin, the deputy director of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, said in a press conference in Beijing on Monday that the country of nearly 1.4 billion people now has 24,000 cannabis users, a figure that spiked 25 percent in 2018. Liu acknowledged that there are “few cannabis users” in relation to the total population.

“In two years, we have found increasing cannabis trafficked from North America to China,” he said.

Liu reported that China had intercepted 115 packages containing cannabis that had been sent to the country through international postal services in 2018. The parcels contained a total of “55 kilograms (1940 ounces) of cannabis and cannabis products.” Liu did not specify how many of the packages had been sent from Canada and the United States.

Most of the individuals suspected of being connected to the smuggled packages were either foreign students or Chinese nationals who had returned to the country after studying abroad, according to

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New York Rallying for Marijuana Legalization, But May Fall Two Votes Short

It’s the last chance for marijuana legalization in New York State in 2019. Legislators in Albany have until Wednesday, June 19 to make a decision.

For the last few weeks, supporters have been pushing back against the perception that the legalization bill won’t pass. Gov. Andrew Cuomo seemingly lost interest after it wasn’t included in the state budget at the end of March.

On June 5, the Democrat & Chronicle identified which Senators were supporting the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MARTA), weren’t and were leaning either pro or con.

In favor: Bailey, Biaggi, Carlucci, Comrie, Gianaris, Gounardes, Hoylman, Jackson, Kennedy, Krueger, Liu, May, Montgomery, Myrie, Parker, Ramos, Rivera, Salazar, Sanders, Savino, Sepulveda, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins, Thomas

Against: Brooks, Kaplan, Persaud, Martinez

Leaning in favor: Addabbo, Benjamin, Breslin, Kavanagh, Metzger, Skoufis

Leaning against: Gaughran, Harckham, Kaminsky, Mayer

Undecided: Stavisky

With 63 members, 32 Senators need to vote in favor for a bill to pass. Counting those in favor and leaning in favor, there are 30 votes. Apparently, no one has switched sides in the last two weeks despite increasing pressure from advocates to do so. The Senate is comprised of 39 Democrats, 22 Republicans and two unaffiliated. That means nine Democrats are

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Edinburgh Mum Praises Effects of Banned Cannabis Oil on Son’s Epilepsy

AN EDINBURGH mum has praised the effects of medical cannabis oil which has helped her son who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called Doose Syndrome.

Karen Gray, 44, started giving her son Bedrolite after NHS prescribed drugs left him in a “vegetative state” in hospital.

Murray, 6, had previously been on Epidiolex. While it initially worked, he soon ended up in hospital.

Karen said: “He was being fed by tubes, having seizures, essentially in a vegetative state.

– Read the entire article at The Scottish Sun.

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How to Eat, Drink, and Appreciate Cannabis at Restaurants

From infusions to strain-specific cooking, veteran chefs are forging new identities while up-and-comers are making their mark.

On a recent evening at the James Beard House in New York City, guests decked out in fine dining attire gathered for an intimate dinner party. The James Beard Foundation had once again invited its members to enjoy cocktails, food, and wine while mingling with the makers themselves. However, what made this dinner party different was that the key talking point— terpenes (more on that later)—was something about which this group of seasoned foodies knew very little. And what made it memorable was that a leading voice in the culinary industry showcased how cooking with cannabis can elevate cuisine even in the absence of a high.

Though it takes plenty of moving parts to assemble a restaurant, cannabis has the rare opportunity to create sweeping changes across the entire hospitality industry. The incorporation of cannabis products into the dining room given its devoted fan base can have a serious economic impact on a restaurant’s bottom line, not to mention impact the dining experience. The National Restaurant Association recently released a report finding that almost 77% of chefs surveyed chose drinks and food infused

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Canada Had the Perfect Model to Make Cannabis Retailing Work. We Ignored It.

Opinion: There is still time for Canadian governments to serve the public by copying the market for alcoholic beverages.

When Bill C-45 was passed in 2017, making the sale and recreational consumption of cannabis legal, politicians proudly announced that Canada’s legalization of cannabis and the regulations around its sales and production would provide a guide to the world on how to legalize.

However, 19 months after the bill passed, and nearly eight months after legalization took effect on Oct. 17, 2018, provinces have failed to licence enough retail stores and suppliers to meet the demand of consumers. As a result, unlicenced retail stores and black-market dealers continue to operate. Supplies come from unlicenced growers, some of which may have links to criminals and organized crime.

– Read the entire article at Financial Post.

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Seniors Drive Shift of Cannabis Perceptions Towards Wellness

Perhaps the greatest challenge facing the movement to legalize cannabis is the need to overcome decades of disinformation proliferated through War on Drugs propaganda. And if the good fight is to be won, it will require a shift in the common perception of cannabis – from dangerous, gateway drug to safe and effective medicine.

The prohibition-era re-branding of cannabis as medicine made its first major breakthrough in 1996 with the passage of Proposition 215 – the landmark Compassionate Use Act in California that first introduced “medical marijuana” into the law books. At the time, activist Dennis Person was distributing cannabis to AIDS patients in San Francisco, and voters were convinced that he shouldn’t be prosecuted as a criminal for his humanitarian efforts.

Now state by state, legislators are responding to the will of their constituents who want access to medical cannabis that is regulated and controlled for quality. Yet if cannabis is going to be legalized at the federal level, it may happen because policy-makers acknowledge that a critical mass of Americans believe that the drug’s useful medicinal qualities outweigh its dangers.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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How Cannabis Can Help Seniors Improve Their Quality Of Life

Senior citizens can enjoy a heightened quality of life thanks to the immense, versatile therapeutics of cannabis. Whether you’re smoking, dabbing, vaping, or using CBD oil and infusions, there is always a way to get potent pain relief and a noticeable lift to your mood. If you’re open cured dried herbs, then there are endless strains of marijuana to choose from, each giving a profoundly different effect. Same goes for the various concentrations of cannabinoids in CBD-oils and extracts, as well as other products like edibles. Getting the medical benefits doesn’t mean that you need to get high, and if you do, there are tons of options for you. Let’s take a close look at how cannabis can help seniors improve their quality of life.

Cannabis improves mental acuity & supplies a neuroprotective effect

THC is showing potential as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other clinical conditions of cognitive decline. Studies show that low doses of THC directly interact with the amyloid beta peptides inhibiting their aggregation. These peptides are found in high concentrations in Alzheimer’s patients leading researchers to believe that regular supplementation will slow the onset and possibly prevent

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W. Virginia Community College Offers Free Tuition to Students Who Pass Drug Test

If West Virginia students are interested in participating in a new program that allows them to attend community colleges for free, they’ll have to make sure they haven’t smoked any marijuana recently.

It was announced on Thursday that THC will be on a list of banned substances for participants in the program, funding for which was approved unanimously by the state Senate in February via Senate Bill 284.

“The motivation for the bill is to lift the education-attainment level for all West Virginians and give them a pathway to a brighter future,” said legislation sponsor and state Senate president Mitch Carmichael at the time of the bill’s passage. “From a state perspective, it helps us say to the world that our workforce is drug-free, trained, educated, and ready to go to work.”

A consultant who is working on the program announced that applicants will also be tested for opiates, oxycodone, hydrocodone, cocaine, amphetamines, and other substances. If a student is able to provide proof that they are consuming a drug for a medical purpose, they will be exempted from tests on the substance.  

The program will start in the fall of this year. Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the drug

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Meet America’s Most Powerful Cannabis Union

The United Food and Commercial Workers union is now a major force in marijuana politics — but criticisms of it have grown with its influence.

No one knows more about the complicated alliance between unions and the cannabis industry than Dale Sky Jones, chancellor of Oakland’s Oaksterdam University, a marijuana trade school. She calls herself “Patient Zero.”

In 2010, major unions were just starting to throw their weight behind weed in California as part of Prop 19, a ballot initiative for recreational marijuana. Jones says an organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) walked into the campaign office for Prop 19, a campaign Oaksterdam’s founder spearheaded, and said, “You’re not just a bunch of tree-hugging, crystal-gripping hippies carrying signs. You actually have a statewide campaign on the ballot.”

– Read the entire article at Rolling Stone.

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Cannabis Edibles Available for Sale Legally in Mid-December

Health Canada will unveil details about rollout today.

New cannabis products — like edibles, beverages, topicals and extracts — will be for sale legally in Canada in mid-December.

Regulations will come into effect on Oct. 17, and the products will be available two months later, Radio-Canada has learned.

Details on the final regulations and timeline will be released Friday by Health Canada.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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