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A proposed measure legalizing medical cannabis access in Mississippi has qualified for the 2020 ballot. Mississippi’s Secretary of State’s Office notified lawmakers on Tuesday that petitioners, Mississippians for Compassionate Care, had gathered a sufficient number of signatures to place Measure 65 before voters this November.

Just one week into legal recreational cannabis sales in Illinois, some dispensaries have halted sales of adult-use pot while others have been forced to temporarily close. Sales of recreational pot began briskly on January 1 after a legalization bill was passed by the Illinois legislature and signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in June.

Anxiety is a condition that has kept many people from enjoying the medical benefits of cannabis. There are two spectrums when it comes to cannabis and anxiety. Even though many people use cannabis to relieve stress, there are people that suffer from anxiety who can end up panicking after consuming high levels of THC.

The biological system of the human body is absolutely amazing. The organic ensemble of fibers, nerve endings, tissues, and whatnot are so complicated and in the right situation, is completely capable of restoring itself. Most of it is due to the endocannabinoid system present in each and every mammal on the planet. The brain forms also part of this equation and the adult brain can produce new neurons. This process is called neurogenesis.

As cannabis edibles become legal in an increasing number of countries, medical experts are warning people about the possible health risks that these may pose to consumers, as well as their family members. Cannabis edibles do not come without health risks, researchers caution. The use of cannabis — for medical and, sometimes, recreational purposes — is becoming legal in an increasing number of countries around the world, with regions of the United States currently in the lead. The most recent example, however, is that of Canada, where authorities declared certain cannabis edibles — cannabis-infused foods — legal as of October 2019. In Canada, respondents to recent Deloitte surveys reported that they were eager to use edibles not just for recreational purposes, but also for a range of medical reasons, chiefly to help them cope with anxiety and sleep disorders. "It is [also] notable that current edible consumers say they are more likely to buy premade cannabis edibles rather than make their own — mainly because it's more convenient, according to 80% of current consumers," states the Deloitte report based on the results of those surveys. However, edibles come with a range of health risks — both for people who have never used cannabis before and for some of their family members and cohabitants, particularly children and pets. Jasleen Grewal, Ph.D., and Lawrence Loh, Ph.D. — from the University of Toronto in Canada — have recently published a commentary in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that draws attention to these risks. powered by Rubicon Project Overconsumption is a significant risk MEDICAL NEWS TODAY NEWSLETTER Stay in the know. Get our free daily newsletter Expect in-depth, science-backed toplines of our best stories every day. Tap in and keep your curiosity satisfied. Enter your email Your privacy is important to us "Although edibles are commonly viewed as a safer and more desirable alternative to smoked or vaped cannabis, physicians and the public should be aware of several risks related to the use of cannabis edibles," warn Grewal and Loh in their published paper. One risk is that unlike, for instance, smoking cannabis, consuming edibles can take much longer — up to 4 hours — to produce an effect. This delay could lead some people, especially those who are new to the drug, to increase their portion, resulting in overconsumption. Moreover, the authors note, the effect of cannabis from edibles can last for 8 hours or even longer, "which lengthens the duration of impaired judgment and coordination experienced in comparison to inhaled cannabis." The two researchers also warn that even the standard, state-approved dose of cannabis present in regulated edibles can cause different effects in different individuals, as some may be more sensitive to the drug than others. Thus, some people may overdose even on edibles with lower concentrations of cannabis, and those who have no previous experience of the drug are particularly at risk, the specialists caution. Another issue is that edibles often come in very appetizing forms, such as candy or cookies, meaning that they may appeal immediately to children and household pets. Should children and animals end up consuming cannabis edibles, they could easily come to harm. Other groups who may be vulnerable to the health risks associated with consuming cannabis edibles are older individuals, the researchers report. The two authors also cite data from the U.S. regarding the effect of the legalization of edibles on those belonging to at-risk groups. "After legalization of cannabis edibles in Colorado, the state poison control center saw a 70% increase in calls for accidental cannabis exposure in children from 2013 to 2017, and studies of healthcare usage reported more children than adults being treated for ingestion incidents," they write. "Among older adults, cannabis consumption — including use of edibles — has been linked to greater cognitive impairment and a heightened risk of hypotension-related falls, arrhythmia, and drug interactions," the authors add. Going forward, Grewal and Loh advise healthcare professionals to make sure to explain to their patients the risks associated with edibles, as well as methods of preventing these risks. They conclude: "Physicians should routinely question patients who ask about cannabis about their use or intended use of edible cannabis products so that they can counsel these patients regarding child safety, potential for accidental overconsumption and delayed effects, and potential for interactions with other substances, such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, sleeping aids, and opioids." Marijuana / Cannabis / CBDNutrition / Diet Written by Maria Cohut, Ph.D. on January 6, 2020 - Fact checked by Isabel Godfrey New

Utah health officials plan to award pharmacy licenses to 10 companies to dispense medical marijuana at 14 sites across the state, a major development in the program’s approaching launch. The chosen sites announced Friday by the Department of Health are largely in metro Salt Lake City or elsewhere in northern Utah but also include two in southern Utah and one in rural eastern Utah.

The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) is the leading B2B cannabis event series and has been held in the United States, Canada, Spain, Germany, and Switzerland.

"This is a pilot clinic, because we cannot produce enough doctors with expertise in cannabis"

Al Harrington, former NBA player and current cannabis advocate, was buoyed by news that major league baseball has dropped marijuana from its banned substance list and said he believes it is just a matter of time before professional basketball follows suit.

Latin America’s cannabis market is poised to become a central piece in the development of a legal global cannabis industry. With land and weather perfectly fit for cannabis cultivation, relatively low labor costs, and a strategic location for exports into North America, the region is on its way to becoming an important cannabis hub.

ARKANSAS — This year came with a lot of promises. In Arkansas, the biggest promise was medical marijuana coming to the state. FOX13's Winnie Wright has pulled the numbers together and learned where things stand since its implementation.

Even as more states allow medical marijuana, traveling between states with cannabis can leave patients in legal limbo. This fall, Sierra Riddle queued up at security at Los Angeles International Airport with a tincture bottle of THC oil — the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis — in her purse. Ms. Riddle, 31, a nursing assistant from southern Oregon, was traveling with her son Landon, 9, and uses medical marijuana to treat his severe nerve pain from chemotherapy, as well as her own chronic pain. She was on her way to a medical conference in Dallas to talk about her son’s medical marijuana use and was “praying and meditating that we’d make it through security,” when a Transportation Security Administration agent pulled the bottle out of her bag.

Following extensive public awareness campaigns and increased media pressure on the healthcare system, the legalisation of medical cannabis in November 2018 was hailed a monumental victory among clinicians and patients alike.

A marijuana lobbyist became the only statewide Democrat sworn into office. Smoking medical marijuana became legal in Florida. A new hemp program gave farmers statewide the optimism for a new cash crop. On the whole, 2019 proved to be a monumental year for cannabis in the state

Regular cannabis use has risen more quickly among people with depression, and they’re less likely to perceive it as risky, compared with people who aren’t depressed, a U.S. study suggests.

TORONTO -- Emma Alter realized something was wrong with her King Charles spaniel Maggie when she turned down a cookie. They’d gone to the dog park in Toronto where Alter, 31, can only assume Maggie got into something she shouldn’t have. Two to three hours after the walk, the dog had rejected the treat, could barely stand up and was swaying with a “weird head bobble.” Alter rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic.

In a statement made late last week, President Trump declared that he reserves the right to disregard a provision that was approved by Congress with the intention of protecting state medical cannabis regulations from federal obstruction. The statement was attached to a funding bill, and reads as follows: “Division B, section 531 of the Act provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds made available under this Act to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories. My Administration will treat this provision consistent with the President’s constitutional responsibility to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.”

In this Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, an industrial hemp plant is shown in Clayton Township, Mich. With industrial hemp promoted as a new cash crop for struggling farmers, Louisiana's agriculture department is fast-tracking the regulations for the newly legal commodity, with the first grower licenses expected to win approval in February 2020. Interested farmers are packing orientation sessions to learn about the lengthy paperwork, licensing, testing and reporting requirements the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry is enacting to govern industrial hemp production in Louisiana, under a program overwhelmingly backed by lawmakers earlier this year.

There is an extensive, ever-growing body of peer-reviewed medical research which attest to the efficacy of cannabis in aiding restful sleep for patients of all ages.

People with severe epilepsy will be able to access a cannabis-based medicine on the NHS from early next year after it was fast-tracked for use. NHS England said doctors would be able to prescribe Epidyolex from 6 January. It will be for children from age two, as well as adults, but some campaigners warn it is "too little too late".