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on May 30, 2020 in Cannabis News United States

High Times Greats: I Was JFK’s Dealer

By High Times In 1974, High Times interviewed a man who claimed to be JFK’s dealer. In honor of the late President John F. Kennedy’s birthday May 29, we’re bringing you the following conversation between Lesley Morrissey and an unnamed individual who said he was JFK’s weed dealer, first published in the Fall, 1974 issue of High Times. The man who claimed to know the Kennedys leaned over his pâté and confided to me. “Before I contacted you, I investigated a bit to see if High Times was legitimate.” Across his suite, he assayed the departing waitress from room...

By High Times In 1974, High Times interviewed a man who claimed to be JFK’s dealer. In honor of the late President John F. Kennedy’s birthday May 29, we’re bringing you the following conversation between Lesley Morrissey and an...

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on May 30, 2020 in Cannabis News Canada

This Alberta scientist received worldwide attention for his cannabis and COVID-19 study.

Submitted by Marijuana News But getting funding and a clinical trial going in Canada remains a massive challenge Dr. Igor Kovalchuk, a biological scientist and professor at the University of Lethbridge, wasn’t expecting his phone to ring this much. In April, he and a team of researchers and biologists published preclinical research in PrePrints, a multidisciplinary publishing platform, that demonstrated certain cultivars (strains of cannabis) may reduce the rate of entry of COVID-19 into human cells. But despite the worldwide interest the research garnered, Kovalchuk says it has been difficult to move the study forward in Canada, where a...

Submitted by Marijuana News But getting funding and a clinical trial going in Canada remains a massive challenge Dr. Igor Kovalchuk, a biological scientist and professor at the University of Lethbridge, wasn’t expecting his phone to ring this much....

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on May 30, 2020 in World News

Hemp Fiber Materials Have Major Environmental Upside

Submitted by Marijuana News Every day, you come across a media story addressing concerns over the environment, and one of the biggest issues being addressed in these reports is environmental plastic pollution (EPP). EPP is the problem caused by oil-based plastic products, which are not recycled and left anywhere outdoors, especially in nature and the oceans, to breakdown into their toxic polymer components over the next 700 years. Bio-composite products could have a big impact on this problem. In fact, it could be argued that utilizing hemp fiber to replace a portion of the polymer volume in existing plastic...

Submitted by Marijuana News Every day, you come across a media story addressing concerns over the environment, and one of the biggest issues being addressed in these reports is environmental plastic pollution (EPP). EPP is the problem caused by...

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on May 30, 2020 in World News

COVID-19’s Surprising Impact on Cannabis Sales

Submitted by Marijuana News For the past couple of months, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has wreaked havoc on the U.S. and global economy. In the U.S., more than 39 million people have filed an initial jobless claim within the past nine weeks, while the unemployment rate in India has increased from 8.7% in March to more than 27% by May 3.  Regardless of the country, the results are similar. COVID-19 has also been relatively indiscriminate when it comes to the economy. Though pockets of strength have emerged, most industries have been negatively impacted by the spread of...

Submitted by Marijuana News For the past couple of months, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has wreaked havoc on the U.S. and global economy. In the U.S., more than 39 million people have filed an initial jobless claim...

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on May 30, 2020 in Cannabis News Canada

Canopy Rivers Tightens Belt, Cuts Employees

Submitted by Marijuana News Canopy Rivers Inc. (OTC: CNPOF) is laying off employees and cutting back on spending as the company focuses on positive cash flow. The venture capital firm that specializes in cannabis companies said that it is streamlining its operations to preserve its cash on hand. However, Canopy Rivers said it is still planning on repurchasing some of its subordinated voting shares and that is can buy up to 10% of these shares. The stock was lately trading at $1.02 per share. The company said in a statement that it is making the following changes: A material...

Submitted by Marijuana News Canopy Rivers Inc. (OTC: CNPOF) is laying off employees and cutting back on spending as the company focuses on positive cash flow. The venture capital firm that specializes in cannabis companies said that it is...

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on May 30, 2020 in Cannabis News Canada

Tilray to close Leamington cannabis greenhouse operation

Submitted by Marijuana News A licenced cannabis greenhouse in Leamington, employing about 120 people will be shutting down operations over the next six weeks. Tilray, Inc. the owner of High Park Gardens announced Wednesday it would be closing its Leamington operation. The company says the closure is expected to yield $7.5 million in annualized net savings. “We are continuously evaluating the evolving needs of our business, against a challenging industry backdrop, to ensure we’re in the best position to produce world-class products and deliver positive results for our stakeholders,” Brendan Kennedy, Tilray CEO said in a statement. Tilray acquired...

Submitted by Marijuana News A licenced cannabis greenhouse in Leamington, employing about 120 people will be shutting down operations over the next six weeks. Tilray, Inc. the owner of High Park Gardens announced Wednesday it would be closing its...

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on May 30, 2020 in World News

More Patients Turning to Medical Marijuana for Arthritis Pain

Submitted by Marijuana News Lots of people are using medical marijuana to treat their arthritis and other muscle aches and pains, often without consulting their doctor, a new study reports. As many as 1 in 5 patients who consult an orthopedic surgeon for chronic musculoskeletal pain are using a cannabis product to treat them, Canadian researchers found. “We found 20% had reported past or current use of cannabis with the specific intention to manage pain,” said study author Dr. Timothy Leroux, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Toronto. “Not just recreational users, but patients who said, ‘I’m using...

Submitted by Marijuana News Lots of people are using medical marijuana to treat their arthritis and other muscle aches and pains, often without consulting their doctor, a new study reports. As many as 1 in 5 patients who consult...

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on May 30, 2020 in Cannabis News Europe

Cannabis users rush to darknet to stock up for lockdowns, EU report says

Submitted by Marijuana News Cannabis users appear to be stocking up via the darknet to avoid shortages while under lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak, the European drug agency said in a report. The Lisbon-based agency analyzed thousands of reviews on three major darknet market sites between January and March and found that restrictions on movement appeared to have triggered an increase in activity of around 25% during the period. The majority of buyers were looking for cannabis, Europe’s most commonly used illicit drug. “The cannabis market is a large one and many regular cannabis users may have decided to...

Submitted by Marijuana News Cannabis users appear to be stocking up via the darknet to avoid shortages while under lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak, the European drug agency said in a report. The Lisbon-based agency analyzed thousands of reviews...

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on May 1, 2020 in Cannabis News United States

U.S. cannabis companies say legalization would be an economic saviour. Have they learned nothing from Canada?

Submitted by Marijuana News As COVID-19 brings economic growth to a standstill, some in the U.S. believe there’s a way out. “When we all start to be able to lift our heads from this COVID experience, we are going to be faced with a scenario where a lot of jobs have gone away,” Charlie Bachtell, CEO of U.S.-based cannabis company Cresco Labs, tells CNBC. “How are we going to bring that back? I think cannabis has to be part of that discussion,” he says. Cannabis is a revenue generator — and therefore, a tax generator, adds Boris Jordan, executive...

Submitted by Marijuana News As COVID-19 brings economic growth to a standstill, some in the U.S. believe there’s a way out. “When we all start to be able to lift our heads from this COVID experience, we are going...

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on May 1, 2020 in World News

From workplace discrimination to high costs, there’s plenty of fight left for cannabis advocates

Submitted by Marijuana News I’ve been fighting for medical cannabis patients for 25 years. From riding my bike around Vancouver with a pager and a canvas backpack delivering cannabis to patients during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the mid-90s, to opening the country’s first medical cannabis organization, I became Canopy Growth’s first chief advocacy officer in the global cannabis space. A lot has changed since 1995, but not my dedication to improving Canada’s medical cannabis program. Through the COVID-19 crisis, the federal government recommended that medical cannabis be considered essential to the country’s critical health care infrastructure. We have come...

Submitted by Marijuana News I’ve been fighting for medical cannabis patients for 25 years. From riding my bike around Vancouver with a pager and a canvas backpack delivering cannabis to patients during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the mid-90s, to...

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