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Olympic Athlete Challenging US Travel Ban for Past Marijuana Use

Olympic Athlete Challenging US Travel Ban for Past Marijuana Use

Olympic Athlete Challenging US Travel Ban for Past Marijuana Use

Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati wants to visit the United States to promote Ross’ Gold, his Canadian cannabis brand; however, with Rebagliati having admitted past marijuana use, U.S. Border Agents have used a border policy to prevent him from entering the country.

Veterans Affairs Canada Outs Medical Marijuana Users in Mail

Veterans Affairs Canada Outs Medical Marijuana Users in Mail

On Dec. 30, 2016, Canadian Armed Forces veterans began reporting a privacy breach by Veterans Affairs Canada, as the VAC sent letters to veterans in the federal medical marijuana program with “RE: Cannabis for Medical Purposes” visible in the envelope window.

Study: More Australians Support Legalization Than Oppose It

Study: More Australians Support Legalization Than Oppose It

For the first time in their nation’s history, more Australians support the legalization of recreational than oppose it. This is according to The Australian Election Study, a multi-decade study conducted by Australian National University.

Israel Plans to Relax Penalties for Soldiers Using Marijuana

Israel Plans to Relax Penalties for Soldiers Using Marijuana

The Israeli army is planning to relax its disciplinary action for off-duty soldiers caught smoking marijuana. Israel’s military prosecutor wants to revise the drug policy to allow IDF soldiers to smoke marijuana up to five times.

Mexican Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Mexican Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

On Dec. 13, 2016, the Mexican Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the country. Approved by a margin of 98-7, the bill is part of a larger proposal submitted by President Enrique Peña Nieto to Congress.

Canadian Task Force Shares Report on Future of Federal Legalization

Canadian Task Force Shares Report on Future of Federal Legalization

On Dec. 13, 2016, Anne McLellan and Dr. Mark Ware, the chair and vice chair of Canada’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, presented a report on how the federal government should move forward with the legalization of recreational cannabis in the country.

Toronto Board of Health Wants Canada's Pharmacies to Sell MMJ

Toronto Board of Health Wants Canada’s Pharmacies to Sell MMJ

On Dec. 5, 2016, the Toronto Board of Health passed a motion to recommend that Canada’s federal government approve pharmacies to dispense medical marijuana.

Canadian Marijuana Task Force Announces Report Completion

Canadian Marijuana Task Force Announces Report Completion

On Nov. 30, 2016, Anne McLellan and Dr. Mark Ware, the chair and vice chair of Canada’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, announced that their task force had completed its work and would soon deliver its report to the government.

South Africa Making Moves to Legalize Medical Cannabis in 2017

South Africa Moves to Legalize Medical Cannabis in 2017

On Nov. 23, 2016, South Africa’s Medicines Control Council announced to members of parliament that it had progressed in its study of medical cannabis and that the Department of Health could have a regulatory framework ready to publish by February 2017.

Teva Pharma to Market Syqe Medical's Cannabis Inhaler in Israel

Teva Pharma to Market Syqe Medical’s Cannabis Inhaler in Israel

On Nov. 28, 2016, Teva Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:TEVA) announced that it had entered into an agreement with Syqe Medical to market and distribute Syqe’s medical cannabis inhaler in Israel for pain management, signifying the first time a medical cannabis product will be marketed by an international pharmaceutical company.

OrganiGram Partners with Trailer Park Boys

OrganiGram Partners with Trailer Park Boys

On Nov. 23, 2016, OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (TSXV:OGI), a licensed producer of medical marijuana in Canada, announced that the company had been chosen by Trailer Park Boys, a Nova Scotia-based Netflix original series, as its exclusive marijuana producer, business partner and brand developer.

Olá R&D: Bedrocan Canada Exports Medical Cannabis to Brazil

Olá R&D: Bedrocan Canada Exports Medical Cannabis to Brazil

On Nov. 23, 2016, Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:CGC) announced that Bedrocan Canada, one of its subsidiaries, had completed its first export of cannabis to South America, shipping 10 kg of dried cannabis to Brazil for the research and development of cannabis-based therapeutics in the country.

Canada Revises Cannabis Reimbursement Policy for Veterans

Canada Revises Cannabis Reimbursement Policy for Veterans

On Nov. 22, 2016, Veterans Affairs Canada announced a new reimbursement policy for veterans using medical cannabis. While veterans can now be reimbursed for medical cannabis extracts, the daily reimbursement limit dropped from 10 grams to 3 grams.

Israel at the Vanguard of International Cannabis Science and Medicine

Israel at the Vanguard of Cannabis Science and Medicine

With more than 50 years of academic research and development, Israel leads the way in the science and medicine of cannabis. On Nov. 15, 2016, The World of Cannabis is bringing Israel to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, to explore how the country is poised to break medical and scientific barriers in an exciting frontier market.

Advance Australia: Country Now Accepting MMJ Business Applications

Advance Australia: Country Accepting MMJ Business Applications

On Oct. 30, 2016, Sussan Ley, Australia’s Minister for Health, announced that the application window is now open for those businesses interested in applying for medical marijuana cultivation, manufacturing or research licenses.

From Sea to Sea: The Future of Cannabis in Canada

From Sea to Sea: The Future of Cannabis in Canada

With the country’s legal marijuana marketplace poised to electrify the economy, “The World of Cannabis” is bringing Canada to the Palms Casino Resort on Nov. 15, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Entrepreneurs and Investors: Enter 'The World of Cannabis' in Vegas

Entrepreneurs and Investors: Enter ‘The World of Cannabis’ in Vegas

On Nov. 15, 2016, Marijuana Investor Summit is bringing “The World of Cannabis” to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, to show eager entrepreneurs and investors how to navigate the complexity of international cannabis laws and the opportunities they present.

Canadian Dispensary's Website Hit by Potential Security Breach

Canadian Dispensary’s Website Hit by Potential Security Breach

On Oct. 5, 2016, Vancouver Pain Management Society in Vancouver, B.C., notified patients of a potential security breach that may have made the medical data of some patients publicly available on the dispensary’s website.

Germany Allowing MS Patient to Cultivate Medical Cannabis at Home

Germany Allowing MS Patient to Cultivate Medical Cannabis at Home

On Oct. 2, 2016, Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices, the country’s medical regulatory authority, confirmed that a patient suffering from multiple sclerosis in Mannheim, Germany, will be granted permission to cultivate up to 130 medical cannabis plants for personal use per year in his home.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Following Marijuana Vote in California

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Following Marijuana Vote in California

On Sept. 15, 2016, a legislator from California revealed that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto brought up California’s recreational legalization measure with a delegation of California Democratic lawmakers who were visiting Mexico to discuss trade and border issues.

Canada to Challenge US Travel Ban for Canadians Who Admit Cannabis Use

Canada to Challenge US Travel Ban for Canadians Who Admit Cannabis Use

On Sept. 9, 2016, Ralph Goodale, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced that Canada will challenge the United States to change a border policy that U.S. border agents have used to ban travel into the U.S. for Canadians who admit cannabis use.

Medicinal Cannabis to be Legalised in Australia from November

Medicinal Cannabis to be Legalised in Australia from November

The final decision comes after Federal Parliament this year lent bipartisan support to changes to the Narcotic Drugs Act to allow cannabis to be legally grown and produced in Australia for medicinal purposes as part of a national scheme.

Health Canada Granting Patients Right to Grow Medical Cannabis at Home

Health Canada Granting Patients Right to Grow Medical Cannabis at Home

On Aug. 11, 2016, Health Canada announced that it had replaced the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations with the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, as prompted by the Federal Court of Canada’s decision in Allard v. Canada.

Montel Williams Detained in Germany Over Medical Marijuana

Montel Williams Detained in Germany Over Medical Marijuana

On July 29, 2016, television star and medical marijuana activist Montel Williams was detained in Germany while on vacation with his family. According to TMZ, Williams was briefly detained at Frankfurt Airport after authorities in customs discovered a small bag of marijuana kief in his luggage.

Greece Examining Possibility of Medical Cannabis Legalization

Greece Examining Possibility of Medical Cannabis Legalization

On July 18, 2016, Greece’s Ministry of Health announced that Health Minister Andreas Xanthos had approved the establishment of a working group to study and examine the viability of medical cannabis legalization.

Jamaica's Cannabis Licensing Authority Receives More Than 200 Applications

Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority Receives More Than 200 Applications

Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority has received more than 200 medical cannabis licensing applications, as reported by Jamaica Information Service on June 29, 2016.

High in Persia: Marijuana Use on the Rise in Iran

High in Persia: Marijuana Use on the Rise in Iran

Marijuana use is on the rise in what some make consider one of the most unlikely places on Earth. According to The New York Times, the Islamic Republic of Iran is seeing an uptick in marijuana use even though it has some of the harshest drug laws in the world.


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