Medical marijuana has always been a polarizing topic, clouded in controversy, and it can be challenging to distinguish the real medical benefits from the stoner myths. On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, Dr. David Casarett takes us on a tour of the medical cannabis world to learn about its uses and benefits as “medicine”. [Source]
Nevada's Senate Bill 374 signed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval authorized the creation of up to 66 medical marijuana dispensaries, allows up to 12 plants to be grown and possession of 2.5oz. [Source]
The second day of the 2015 Medical Cannabis Bike Tour began in the Dutch town of Weert. Over 80 riders and volunteers set off from the town on the second leg of a 3 day, 420km sporting cannabis odyssey through Europe that took place in June 2015. The participants were riding to raise funds for cancer research that focuses on the use of cannabinoids and is based on research conducted by a science team in Madrid.
The weather was fine, conditions were good and with a lot of flat ground the pace of the leading pelaton, of up to 20 riders, was a consistent 30-35 km/ph, with top speeds of 45km /ph. The pelatons that followed them showed the diversity of the MCBT experience - some matching the fast speeds of the leading pack (only with more breaks to admire the green scenery), whereas for other riders, it was all about enjoying a ride in the sunshine. [Source]
Neil Belot is the Executive Director of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association (CMCIA), which is the industry association of Licensed Producers under the MMPR. He is responsible for developing and executing CMCIA’s overall strategy, assuring its financial health and managing its day-to-day operations. [Source]
The first day involved riding 129 km through Holland, Germany and Belgium. Mostly using cycle paths, there were some hills (yes Dutch hills!) and several river crossings. Over 80 international riders and volunteers converged in Valkenberg, near Maastricht, in southern Holland for the 2015 Medical Cannabis Bike Tour. [Source]
A new study takes a look at how marijuana may help heal broken bones. Researchers at Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University found that CBD, a non-psychotropic component of marijuana, strengthened fractured bones during their healing process.
CBD, or cannabinoid cannabidiol, doesn't make you feel high—it's different from THC, the major psychoactive component in marijuana. Researchers found that when they gave a group of lab rats with leg fractures CBD, their bones were noticeably stronger after eight weeks. Researchers also tested what happened when they gave the rats a mixture of CBD and THC, but found that "CBD alone" was useful as therapy. [Source]
The medical cannabis movement has come a long way thanks to the diverse work of patients, advocates, researchers and medical professionals . The opening panel will explore our progress and recent victories. [Source]
For the past several years, Senator Elizabeth Warren has been a champion for progressives in this country. And now, she’s stepping up to the plate for one of the biggest progressive fights in the United States. Warren, along with seven other U.S. senators, issued a letter to multiple federal drug and health officials that urged action on the subject of medical marijuana. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss this. [Source]
Reason TV traveled to Denver, Colorado, for the National Cannabis Industry Association's second annual Cannabis Business Summit to find out how legalization is driving innovation and growth in the thriving—and legal—marijuana economy. [Source]
For IN the NOW with Anissa Naouai, The Resident visited the Cannabis Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Hundreds of business people came together to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the growing marijuana business in the US. Not surprisingly, cannabis has already become big business in the US, with major players like Monsanto already infiltrating the little grower's product. [Source]
In a city with dispensaries as common as coffee shops, Denver is undoubtedly the epicenter of the legal marijuana movement. And if you’re in the business of bud, it’s a good place to be: Colorado accounted for a third of the country’s 2.7 billion dollar marijuana market last year.
But with being America’s fastest growing industry, comes growing pains. Marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, which has led to conflicting state laws, restrictive regulations, and endless problems for cash-only marijuana business owners and operators.
VICE News meets the investors cashing in on the green rush and finds out how fractured marijuana laws are causing the American market to miss out.
In this excerpt, VICE News visits OrganiGram, a licensed medical marijuana grow operation in Moncton, Canada, where CEO Denis Arsenault is hosting a tour for potential investors from major Canadian banks. [Source]
As marijuana legend Tommy Chong says in this short-form documentary, “Cannabis changed my life. It’s going to change the world.” It’s a sentiment shared by a growing number of people who use the plant to treat cancer and other ailments. Playboy’s Yoonj Kim looks at this discreet yet passionate populace on a mission to bring cannabis treatments for cancer and other diseases to the forefront. [Source]
Join Adelia as she speaks with the founders of Elevation VIP Co-op. Elevation VIP Cooperative is a unique medicinal marijuana dispensary specializing in premium innovative cuisine that enhances the quality of life for patients in the Los Angeles area. They focus on locally sourced organic and seasonal ingredients to produce the highest quality cuisine to be enjoyed by prescriptive clients. [Source]
Renowned cannabis investor and advisor Leslie Bocskor gives us his prescient insights into where the cannabis industry is heading in 2015 and the exciting technologies that are emerging. Leslie goes into detail as to why he believes Las Vegas will become the Silicon Valley of Cannabis very soon. [Source]