Study: Marijuana Use Associated With Decreased Incidence of Liver Cirrhosis in Those With Hepatitis C

Marijuana use is associated with decreased incidence of liver cirrhosis in those with the Hepatitis C Virus, according to a new study published by the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

A cirrhosis word cloud.

“The effect of cannabis use on chronic liver disease (CLD) from Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection, the most common cause of CLD, has been controversial”, states the study’s abstract. “Here, we investigated the impact of cannabis use on the prevalence of CLD among HCV infected individuals.”

For the study researchers “analyzed hospital discharge records of adults (age ≥ 18 years) with a positive HCV diagnosis”, evaluating “records from 2007 to 2014 of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS)” while excluding “records with other causes of chronic liver diseases (alcohol, hemochromatosis, NAFLD, PBC, HBV, etc.).”

Of the 188,333 records, researchers “matched cannabis users to nonusers on 1:1 ratio, using a propensity-based matching system, with a stringent algorithm.” They then “used conditional regression models with generalized estimating equations to measure the adjusted prevalence rate ratio (aPRR) for having liver cirrhosis (and its complications), carcinoma, mortality, discharge disposition, and the adjusted mean ratio (aMR) of total hospital cost and length of stay (LOS) [SAS 9.4].”

The study “revealed

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Massachusetts’ First Legal Recreational Marijuana Sales to Occur on November 20

The first legal recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts will take place on Tuesday, November 20.

Two marijuana retail outlets were given the green light today to begin selling recreational marijuana next week. New England Treatment Access in Northampton and Cultivate Holdings in Leicester will become the first outlets to sale marijuana as part of the state’s legalization initiative (passed by voters in 2016).

Both stores, which were given the go-ahead to open in three days by the Cannabis Control Commission, say they will open their door to recreational marijuana customers the morning of November 20. New England Treatment Access plans to open at 8 a.m., while Cultivate Holdings will open at 10 a.m.

As reported by the Associated Press, the “commence operations” notice given to the two outlets requires them to wait three calendar days before opening so they can coordinate with local officials and law enforcement. The openings are expected to draw big crowds, based on the experiences of other legal U.S. states and Canada when they first launched recreational sales.

“This signal to open retail marijuana establishments marks a major milestone for voters who approved legal, adult-use cannabis in our state,” said Steven Hoffman, chairman of the cannabis panel, in a statement.

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‘Very, Very Rich Market’: Why Top Canadian Marijuana Companies All Have Their Eyes on Europe

Four of Canada’s largest cannabis companies reported earnings this week. While many investors anxiously awaited management’s outlook for the newly-legal recreational market at home, executives clearly wanted to talk up ambitions abroad.

It’s not hard to see why. Projections for fully legal cannabis in Europe, for example, dwarf comparable North American estimates.

The third edition of the European Cannabis Report forecasts a market worth 115.7 billion euros (US$130.33 billion) by 2028. Meanwhile, legal cannabis in the United States could amount to just $75 billion by 2030, according to a recent estimate by Cowan.

– Read the entire article at Yahoo News.

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Grieving U.S. Mom With Ptsd Has Medical Cannabis Seized at Halifax Airport

Her medical cannabis is one of the few things keeping Petite Henry from succumbing to the grief of losing her only two children to suicide.

But now she’s without it.

The Los Angeles resident had her medication confiscated at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport by Canadian Border Services agents this past Friday.

She says she was detained for two-and-a-half hours while her close friend Bobbie Cameron, who had come to the airport ready to welcome her to Halifax, waited.

– Read the entire article at The Chronicle Herald.

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6 Cannabis Cookbooks With Recipes From Basic to Gourmet

As cannabis is legalized — although it remains illegal under federal law —and goes mainstream in California and other states, the cookbook industry has churned into high gear with books on what ways to use jazz cabbage beyond the bong. What to look for? A lot depends on your level of expertise — not just in the kitchen but with cannabis itself. If you’ve been making batches of pot brownies and want to expand your repertoire to, say, French macarons, there are cookbooks to help you out. Many books have lengthy introductions that outline the specifics of cooking with cannabis, so find one that fits with what you know — or don’t know.

“Bong Appetit: Mastering the Art of Cooking With Weed” by the editors of Munchies (Ten Speed Press, $30)

This book, based on the Munchies and Viceland television series “Bong Appétit,” was published in October by Ten Speed Press. (This is in itself notable, as Ten Speed is one of the best cookbook publishers around, and continues the legitimate trajectory of the cannabis cooking genre.) The book has a comprehensive introduction that includes topics such as dosing, techniques, methods of decarboxylation and infusion, cannabis pairing tips, questions to

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Sea Weed: This Cannabis-Infused Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe Makes Family Dinners More Relaxing

When it comes to side dishes that can double as main meals, is there anything better than macaroni and cheese? Not only do you have two of the best food groups — carbs and cheese — but you can customize it to fit the rest of the meal. You can easily go from a multi-cheese mac to a barbecue chicken mac and cheese to almost literally anything else (as long as you have the ingredients you want) if you needed to.

One of our favorite additions to mac and cheese is the king of the crustaceans, lobster. Soft, buttery lobster meat coated in melted cheese? How is that not the idea of side dish perfection? (Trick question, because it is side dish perfection.)

While it may be perfection, we realized something recently. It can be made even better. How? Cannabis, of course. A delicious meal that also relaxes us? Sign us up yesterday.

– Read the entire article at The Mnaual.

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No Spike in Cannabis-impaired Driving One Month After Legalization, Data Shows

Canadian police have not seen a spike in cannabis-impaired driving one month since legalization, but there needs to be more awareness of laws around storing marijuana in vehicles and passengers smoking weed, law enforcement officials say.

The Canadian Press canvassed police forces and provincial and territorial Crowns across the country and while some said it was too early to provide data, others said initial numbers and anecdotal impressions suggest stoned driving isn’t on the rise.

“Even before the legislation we were catching a lot of high school kids because marijuana has seemed to be kind of mainstream forever,” said Sgt. Joe Cantelo of the Kennebecasis Regional Police Force in New Brunswick.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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Doctor Who Uses Medical Marijuana Sues After Being Denied a Gun

A Pennsylvania doctor and medical marijuana patient is suing for his right to own a gun. Dr. Matthew Roman, who practices medicine in Philadelphia, maintains that his Second and Fifth Amendment rights were violated when he was denied the right to purchase a gun. The suit against the U.S. Department of Justice and Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Thursday.

In April, Roman went to a South Philadelphia licensed gun dealer to purchase a revolver for self-defense. But when the dealer asked Roman if he used cannabis and he replied affirmatively, his purchase was denied, according to attorney John Weston.

“The doc answered that question truthfully,” said Weston. “And the dealer said ‘I can’t sell you a gun’.”

A federal law passed at the beginning of the War on Drugs in 1968 prohibits anyone who uses cannabis from using or owning a firearm. In 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the law does not violate Second Amendment guarantees to the right to bear arms.

Weston said that the court may try to reject the lawsuit, but believes it may be heard because of the

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The IRS is Reportedly Overwhelmed by Cash Payments from Marijuana Businesses

While all other business in the United States pay their federal taxes by check or electronically, state-legal cannabis businesses pay their taxes in a rather old-timey way. The company schedules an in-person appointment with their local IRS office. When the company representative arrives, they’re shown to a secure space where, in front of two IRS agents who never leave the room, they count out tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. The yearly, nerve-rattling ritual is well-known to cannabis businesses. And it’s a symptom of the industry’s ongoing cash problem, its inability to access basic banking services due to the federal cannabis prohibition.

The well-documented cash problem facing the cannabis industry hurts companies and consumers in many ways. But according to the IRS, the cash issue is also causing major headaches for the federal government. With cannabis businesses paying billions in taxes with cash, the IRS is reportedly facing a cash problem of its own.

The IRS Is Spending $1.7 Million to Count Cash from Cannabis Industry Taxes

Despite state and local efforts to provide financial services to cannabis businesses, a recent McClatchy report estimates 70 percent of all companies do not work with a bank. Instead, they

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Double Barrel and Verano Announce Exclusive Cannabis Business Partnership

Specialty vaporizer manufacturer Double Barrel announced that it has entered into an exclusive partnership with Verano Holdings that will create new markets for its patented flagship product. News of the deal was revealed at the opening of MJBizCon, a cannabis industry convention taking place this week in Las Vegas.

Under the deal, Double Barrel will be offered at Verano’s Zen Leaf cannabis dispensaries in Illinois effective immediately. The companies plan to then extend the partnership early next year to Maryland, Florida, and Nevada, with more states to follow.

Ann Skalski, the chief brand officer for Double Barrel, said in a press release that the new partnership brings together two firms that are focused on quality.

“Verano and Double Barrel share a passion for superior quality, exquisite taste and operational excellence taken to a whole new level, making Verano the ideal partner for sharing our Double Barrel lifestyle with the world,” said Skalski.

Verano Holdings is a vertically integrated cannabis cultivator, processor, and retailer with licensed operations in four states. The company’s premium cannabis oil blends

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