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Connecticut Adds Chronic Pain As Qualifying Condition For Medical Marijuana

Chronic pain patients in Connecticut may now have access to medical cannabis…but the rules may still be too restrictive.

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California Cannabis Officials Pushing For More Pot Policy Policing

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control is continuing to crack down on the illicit market.

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Canada’s Witset First Nation Members to Make Their Own Cannabis Laws

The Witset First Nation is exercising their right to determine their own cannabis laws.

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Discovery May Explain Loss of Ego Attributed to Psilocybin

Research into psychedelic mushrooms has yielded some key findings.

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Oregon Cannabis: What to Do If You Receive an OLCC Notice of Proposed License Cancellation or Other “Charging Document”

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (“OLCC”) is tasked with regulating medical and recreational cannabis in Oregon and this includes commencing administrative enforcement proceedings against licensees found in violation of one or more rules. The OLCC may seek sanctions against licensees ranging from a monetary penalty and/or a period of suspension to license cancellation. We sat on the last rulemaking committee and advised the OLCC on this issue, which resulted in some significant changes to the process and associated penalties. We also regularly represent OLCC licensees who find themselves in trouble with the OLCC and we often negotiate favorable settlements on behalf of our clients. It has been some time since we’ve written on this topic and so a refresher on the process is in order—particularly in light of new rules that focus on Licensing and Security issues.

As every OLCC licensee knows, the rules are complex and change frequently and marijuana businesses should establish a comprehensive compliance plan. (See posts on that  here, here, here, and here). When the OLCC determines a cannabis business or its employee has violated a rule, it issues what is known as a “charging document.” The charging document will list what rule has been

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Nugg Club: Cannabis Subscription Boxes Hit the Market for 2020

Cannabis Subscription Boxes Hit the Market

Subscription boxes are all the rage in recent years with hundreds of industries joining in on the monthly delivery craze. Thousands of companies have turned retail into a SaaS-model, delivering monthly boxes of everything from makeup and clothing to dirt of the month and scavenger hunt tools. Now, cannabis is about to join the ranks of BarkBox, ipsy and StitchFix.

Nugg Club, which is now available in Los Angeles and Orange County, is owned by parent company NuggMD, the nation’s leading cannabis-focused telemedicine platform. The box will deliver full-sized, highly-curated and personalized cannabis products directly to the consumer’s doorstep.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Ontario Cannabis Retailer Has Plans for a Sarnia Store

Sessions Cannabis, which has several retail outlets in several Ontario communities, says it is seeking permission from the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission to open a store in a plaza at 600 Murphy Road, next to the Real Canadian Superstore.

Another cannabis retailer has plans to open a store in Sarnia.

Sessions Cannabis, which has retail outlets in a number of Ontario communities, says it’s seeking permission from the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission to open a store in a plaza at 600 Murphy Rd., next to the Real Canadian Superstore.

No regulated cannabis stores have opened in Sarnia since Canada legalized the recreational use of marijuana in October 2018, but another retailer, Natures Buds, has applied to the commission to open in a unit of the 1362 Lambton Mall Rd. plaza.

– Read the entire article at The Observer.

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Not All CBD Health Claims Are Treated Equal

If you read this blog and keep a close eye on the cannabidiol (“CBD”) industry, you know that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”)  takes issue with advertising tools containing egregious, unfounded claims about the health benefits of CBD products. Yet, you might be surprised to read that the federal agency does not go after every actor that promotes the therapeutic value of these products. This post explains why.

The FTC is empowered under the Federal Trade Commission Act (“FTC Act”) to regulate advertising to protect the public from unfair and deceptive claims made in any medium. Under the FTC Act, companies must support their advertising claims with solid evidence. This is especially true for businesses that market food, dietary supplements, and other health-related products. The objective of the FTC is to ensure that consumers get accurate information about these products so they can make informed decisions.

In reviewing health claims, the FTC gives great deference to the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) – the agency tasked with regulating these products. The FTC follows the FDA’s determination of whether there is adequate support for a health claim to be made.

As we have written at length, the FDA treats any

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Here’s Why Food Tastes Better When You Have The Munchies

The munchies are one of the most pleasant side effects of marijuana. Here are some explanations as to why that is.

While seasoned smokers find ways of ignoring the urge to inhale satisfying snacks after consuming weed, succumbing to it always leads to really delicious eating — whether you’re splurging on a five-course meal or simply rediscovering the nuances of a grilled cheese sandwich.

The munchies cause some stress for people who don’t want to gain weight, but they’re a great medicinal side effect, stimulating the appetite of people who have trouble eating for whatever reason. Despite the vast body of evidence that exists on the munchies, we don’t really understand why it happens. But there is some research that highlights some interesting connections.

– Read the entire article at The Fresh Toast.

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Baby Given Cannabis-Based Drug in Medical First in Norfolk

A baby has become the first to get a cannabis-derived medicine in a trial to help those born with a condition that can lead to brain damage.

Oscar Parodi was born at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).

This is a lack of oxygen or blood flow from the placenta to the baby.

As part of his treatment he will be given a dose of the study’s cannabis-based drug.

– Read the entire article at BBC News.

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