Regulation

Oregon aiming to supply Cannabis nationally

In what may be considered preemptive action, Oregon legislature passed Senate Bill 582, allowing the governor to enter agreements with other states for cannabis import and export. This hinges on the federal government, but if so, Oregon aims to be a national supplier of cannabis. https://lat.ms/2LezJ00

Benjamin Caplan, MDOregon aiming to supply Cannabis nationally
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Characteristics of Canadians likely to try or increase cannabis use following legalization for non-medical purposes

In October 2018, recreational cannabis became legal in Canada. And in 2019, researchers asked nearly 20 thousand Canadians over the age of 15 about their cannabis habits. The survey found that 1 in 5 Canadians plan on trying or increasing cannabis use following legalization for non-medical purposes, particularly those who are younger, who have used cannabis in the past 3 months, and who have a higher income. To ensure responsible cannabis use and informed decision-making, clinicians and policy-makers should pay close attention to these higher risk populations.

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Pregnant women are using more cannabis over time

Statistics show that in the past 15 years, the number of pregnant women using marijuana, especially in their first trimester, has risen greatly. These numbers may be slightly skewed, but they show the importance of more research being done on the effect of cannabis on pregnant women. https://cnn.it/2WWQV1e

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Guidelines for Canada’s cannabis edibles tight, but also vague

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/guidelines-for-canadas-cannabis-edibles-tight-but-also-vague

Months after the decision to legalize cannabis, Canadian lawmakers work to regulate the packaging and advertising of cannabis products. The new guidelines forbid the mixing of alcohol and THC and also ensure that products are not “appealing to a young person.”

Benjamin Caplan, MDGuidelines for Canada’s cannabis edibles tight, but also vague
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How to prevent inappropriate teen use?

Especially in Colorado and Washington, people are taking note of teens’ use and access to potent marijuana, and many are concerned that there are not enough measures in place to prevent this. Newly legalized states should look into this before it becomes a national issue. https://wapo.st/2Fgmto9

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The Education of Dispensary Staff is Varied and Lacks Regulation

Training and Practices of Cannabis Dispensary Staff

How much medical training does your local budtender possess? An online survey sent to medical marijuana dispensary staff reported only 55% of staffers had any formal training for their position, with 20% reporting some background in medical/scientific training. The analysis reported that many among the dispensary staff are recommending cannabis choices that are consistent with current evidence, but some are recommending strains that are either ineffective or exacerbate a patient’s condition. The findings of this study stress the importance of consistent and well-regulated training of dispensary staff.

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A Call for Physicians to Embrace Medicinal Cannabis as a Virtuoso of Prudence

The Prescription of Medicinal Cannabis and the Virtue of Prudence: Without Phobia(S) Nor Philia(S)

A passionate physician shared his opinion on prescribing patients medicinal cannabis, promoting its use in accordance with the virtue of prudence. The piece implores physicians to identify the medicinal benefits of cannabis and embrace its side effects without fear. Medicinal cannabis has its place among prescriptions with “respect for leges artis” as long as the decision to recommend cannabis is the result of an ethical-clinically based decision.  

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Common Concerns for cannabis CEOs

When the CEOs of major cannabis companies were asked what they believed the biggest threats to the cannabis industry are, the answers were consistent with common concerns: black market cannabis, public policy, execution of businesses, as well as consistency of product and markets. Not only in the US, but also globally https://yhoo.it/31pNOO9

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News: Medical dispensaries vs Recreational

As more states begin to legalize cannabis recreationally, the number of medical patients drops rapidly. Higher costs, fewer shops, and the removal of some products for ones with a wider appeal can make it difficult for patients to get the medication they have been relying on. http://bit.ly/31slU3Y

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Video: The Netherland’s History with Medical Marijuana

A video adaptation of “Key elements of legal environments for medical use of cannabis” that details The Netherland’s history with medical marijuana.

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