Fibromyalgia And Cannabis: What The Latest Research Says

Even though pharmaceutical drugs and OTC pain-relievers are typically used to help manage fibromyalgia, cannabinoids like CBD and THC are being considered more now than ever before.

If you had to guess, how many people in the United States do you think live with fibromyalgia? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), roughly four million American adults (2% of the country’s population) struggle with this chronic medical condition.

Fibromyalgia consists of widespread, severe, and often overwhelming musculoskeletal pain. Regardless of the traditional fibromyalgia treatment methods that currently exist, to help combat the pain and other uncomfortable symptoms associated with this condition, cannabis as an alternative medicine is gaining traction and usage.

– Read the entire article at The Fresh Toast.

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Carlos Santana Talks Mirayo, Handling Covid Fatigue And How ‘Cannabis Opens Doors To Divine Wisdom’

Carlos Santana has openly shared his respect towards the plant throughout the years.

A magician on the guitar, the music legend and entrepreneur has often touted the healing properties of marijuana ever since he was a little kid. Santan credits his mother for shaping his outlook, as well the appreciation of his native Mexican culture, which cherishes earth given medicines.

The 10-time Grammy-award winning musician is also known to the public for his charity work. Back in 1998, Santana founded The Milagro Foundation (The Miracle Foundation) with his family. The group helps underserved and vulnerable children around the globe, and supports organizations that work with children in the areas of health, education, and the arts.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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Mississippi Attorney General and Secretary of State Support Medical Cannabis

As a Mississippi mayor sues the state over medical cannabis, the attorney general of Mississippi, Lynn Fitch, as well as Secretary of State Michael Watson, are on the side of the medical initiative. This is surprising to many, as both Fitch and Watson are Republicans. 

The mayor of Madison, Mary Hawkins Butler, initially filed the lawsuit in October, before medical cannabis even passed, claiming that Initiative 65 would limit the abilities of cities to control where medical cannabis businesses are built. While the initiative passed back in November by a significant number of votes, she is still hoping to see it overturned. 

However, so far, she is not getting a lot of support from major players in the state. The attorney general’s office is arguing in support of the secretary of state’s office against the lawsuit. 

Butler is claiming that she has a leg to stand on because the initiative process is outdated, since it requires the same number of signatures from five congressional districts. Mississippi no longer has five congressional districts; since 2000, they have four. 

The restructuring happened because of fighting over partisan issues, and the lines being redrawn on a federal level. Therefore, it no longer works

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Mexico Cannabis Trademarks: Register Them NOW!

In a recent blog post we considered the evolving situation concerning the registrability of cannabis trademarks in Brazil. Today we turn our attention to Mexico.

As a starting point, it is important to remember that cannabis legalization efforts are considerably more advanced in Mexico than in Brazil. The Mexican legislature is in the midst of considering a legalization bill, which the Senate has already approved. Medical use is legal and recreational use is accepted de facto, thanks to Supreme Court precedent. This is a great time to mention that our Mexico-based cannabis attorney, Adrián Cisneros Aguilar, tracks these issues closely on this blog.

Information provided by one of the largest medical cannabis providers in Mexico confirms there is no absolute bar on registration of cannabis-related trademarks—as there was in the past. The company in question has been able to register ten cannabis-related trademarks. While the Mexican Institute for Industrial Property (IMPI) did raise objections during the application process, these were solved by making changes to the wordmark or design in question. The problems were with similarity, rather than with the trademarks’ connection to cannabis.

At the same time, we know IMPI has rejected some applications for cannabis-related trademarks, on the

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Retired Athletes Jumping High Into The Cannabis Industry

Cannabis, by any name, has long been abhorred in the world of professional sports. But, times are changing. Prior to this year, the drug had been on the banned substance list of every major sports association save the National Hockey League. While marijuana remains on the list, the NBA initially elected to suspend testing players for it during the 2019 season restart – a policy they extended into the 2020-2021 season. Let’s be frank, weed is typically tied to African-American athletes and has often been tied to the “character issues” of said athletes. Insert Stephen A. Smith’s “Stay off the weed!” rant.

Several athletes have lost endorsements, money, and sometimes their entire careers due to recreational use of marijuana. One of the more glaring cases is Ricky Williams. The former Heisman Trophy winning running back was suspended numerous times for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. When all was said and done, he estimated that he lost over $10 million in salary and potential endorsements due to his usage. The athlete ultimately retired from the league in 2011 as the Miami Dolphins all-time rushing leader. As more and more states legalize cannabis, Williams stands to recoup some, if not all,

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Welland’s First Legal Cannabis Store Delivering To Homes During Lockdown

Welland’s first legal cannabis dispensary served about 100 customers on its first day of business.

In April 2019 Sessions Cannabis opened the first store of its kind in Hamilton and since then has established another in that city, as well as locations in Toronto, Collingwood and Cambridge.

Stores in Orillia, Oshawa, North York and Windsor have opened recently, and close to another 30 locations under the company’s umbrella are awaiting approval from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to start serving.

– Read the entire article at Welland Tribune.

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Arguments Filed in South Dakota Cannabis Suit

South Dakota law enforcement officials are challenging the cannabis legalization measure that passed this last November, and now, more arguments are being filed in the official suit, adding fuel to the fire that is building up against legal cannabis.

This suit was started by Sheriff Kevin Thom of Pennington and Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Rick Miller, who are attempting to declare that all ballots involved with Amendment A, the legal cannabis amendment, are now null and void.

“I’ve dedicated my life to defending and upholding the rule of law,” Thom says in a press release when the suit was first announced. “The South Dakota Constitution is the foundation for our government, and any attempt to modify it should not be taken lightly. I respect the voice of the voters in South Dakota; however, in this case, I believe the process was flawed and done improperly, due to no fault of the voters.”

The suit was filed in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court in South Dakota, and if it succeeds, it would overturn Amendment A, which only passed by a 54 percent voter margin. The argument is based on the fact that the question of legalization deals with regulations of cannabis for

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Hemp Litigation: Does Qualified Immunity Protect Law Enforcement Who Wrongly Destroy Hemp?

Earlier this fall, several news outlets reported on a lawsuit alleging that federal and state law enforcement agencies in California wrongfully destroyed a hemp grow worth more than $3 million. (See here, and here). The case, Agro Dynamics, LLC v. DEA, et al., was filed in the federal district court for the Southern District of California. Along with the DEA, the defendants include San Diego County and various federal and state law enforcement personnel, whom the plaintiffs seek to hold personally liable for the destruction of the hemp.

Recently, San Diego County and its officers filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit as against them, in part under the doctrine of qualified immunity. Before discussing qualified immunity, a brief review of the allegations will be helpful.

Plaintiff alleges that it obtained a registration from the County for the legal cultivation of hemp in August 2019, several months after enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill. Relying on its permit, Plaintiff expended considerable time and effort to plant approximately 3,000 hemp plants, that according to laboratory testing had THC content of less than .3%.

In September 2019, a DEA agent conducted aerial reconnaissance in support of marijuana eradication operations and observed what

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5 Winning Food And Cannabis Combos

The cannabis plant has literally come out of the closet and become acceptable to talk about. Combine that with something else people like to talk about (food!) and you can’t lose!

As a nutritionist and the co-founder of the Holistic Cannabis Academy, I get asked a lot of unsolicited questions about food and cannabis. After all, we imbue all of our social interactions with food. As a society, we have become intrigued with food and everything that pertains to it including cooking and, of course, my favorite topic — nutrition.

Cannabis is a great conversation starter for so many reasons. For one, it’s not federally legal, yet it’s legalized by individual states for medical or adult use (recreational) purposes in more than half the country. And, of course, the plant has literally come out of the closet, so cannaphobia is mitigated and it has become acceptable to talk about the plant. Combine talking about food and cannabis and you have a winning combination!

– Read the entire article at The Fresh Toast.

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