From illegal to essential: First legal cannabis store opens in Windsor, Canada amidst COVID-19 pande

A safety protocol was put in place for customers who lined up. A lineup of people outside of J. Supply Co. for its opening Saturday morning. Tape was put on the ground six feet apart, both outside and inside for people to practise social distancing. (Jacob Barker/CBC) The doors to J. Supply Co. opened on Saturday to a lineup of people waiting to make their first purchase at a legal cannabis retailer in Windsor, about 18 months after the federal government legalized it for recreational use. "We're just excited to finally be here," said David Craig, chief design officer for J. Supply Co. Windsor's first legal cannabis shop could open by end of March Windsor's first legal cannabis shop set to o

Will COVID-19 Cause The US Government To Finally Treat Cannabis As A Medicine?

The debate is still well underway and unresolved: Is cannabis (both cannabis and hemp) considered a plant with medicinal value? Cannabis scientists have proven over and over again, it can be. Examples abound where cannabis has proven effective in treating seizures, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even oral health and diabetes, among a variety of other conditions. Still, lawmakers and cannabis advocates do not overwhelmingly agree. Even presidential nominee, Joseph Biden, whose social policies are more progressive than that of his conservative counterparts, believes medical cannabis requires more research before the federal government can legalize it. More recently, the debate on m

Coronavirus could accelerate US cannabis legalisation

As the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic piles up, U.S. cities and states are set to face significant lost revenue given the loss of business activity. But, as DataTrek Research’s Jessica Rabe writes in a note, “there’s a simple and effective solution for states and cities to help cover their huge budget shortfalls after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides: legalize recreational sales of marijuana.” New York, the epicenter of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., might see a revenue drop of $4 billion to $7 billion compared to what it was expecting, according to the state comptroller. With a budget of $87.9 billion, that’s significant. 11 states and Washington, D.C. currently allow legal recrea

Six arrested over big NT cannabis bust

Six men have been charged with serious drug and other offences in Darwin. Suspicious electronic money transfers from Darwin to Indonesia have led police to a major drug smuggling and money laundering operation. After a joint investigation involving Northern Territory officers and the Australian Federal Police, six men have been charged with serious drug and other offences. Police allege a 49-year-old NT drug dealer had organised for couriers to take money to Bali on his behalf to invest in clubs and bars in an attempt to launder it, as well as investing in businesses, property and vehicles in Australia for the same purpose. The money was allegedly the proceeds of cannabis dealing, with polic

Cannabis dispensaries listed as essential businesses under L.A. County coronavirus order

Cannabis dispensaries will be allowed to continue operating in Los Angeles County under the just-announced “safer at home” emergency order that closes nonessential businesses through at least April 19. (Illustration by Kagan McLeod) The “safer at home” emergency order just announced by Los Angeles County and the cities within its borders at a Thursday evening news conference requires all indoor malls, shopping centers, playgrounds and nonessential retail businesses to close effective midnight tonight through at least April 19. Allowed to operate — as long as they observe proper social-distancing guidelines and do not include more than 10 people in one place — are a list of essential services

Cannabis sales soar as Canadians hunker for coronavirus lockdown

Cannabis consumers line up outside a Montreal sales point for the mood-altering drug March 18, 2020 To manage stress in the face of the coronavirus pandemic or just to pass the time under quarantine, Canadians and tourists have been lining up for several days at pot shops and flooding online cannabis retailers' sites to stock up on the mood-altering drug that was legalized here in 2018. In front of the Societe Quebecoise du Cannabis (SQDC) boutique on Sainte-Catherine Street, Montreal's main commercial drive, a long line has formed before it even opens. "We decided to quarantine, we're just going to look for 'weed' for the 15 days," says Maureen Duflot, 28. She arrived in Montreal Tuesday ev

Nearly $12 million worth of cannabis plants destroyed in major bust

Nearly $12 million worth of cannabis has been seized and destroyed following a major drug bust over the border. Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad came across the huge haul during this year’s Cannabis Eradication Program, which targets the outdoor cultivation of cannabis throughout Northern NSW. During the program, detectives seized 5,818 plants, with an estimated potential street value of $11.6 million. This includes more than 3,100 plants and 5kg of cannabis head seized in the Coffs Police District between 3 and 7 February, more than 1,690 plants seized in Richmond Police District between 24 and 28 February, and 1,015 plants seized in Tweed/Byron Police Distr

Dutch queue for cannabis as coronavirus closes cafes

Cannabis smokers aiming to keep calm and carry on despite coronavirus queued up outside Dutch "coffee shops" on Sunday after the government ordered their closure to beat the outbreak. Customers lined up in their dozens as they tried to beat a deadline for the closure of the cannabis cafes and stockpile weed supplies for what could be weeks of lockdown. The Netherlands' famed coffee shops have become as much a part of the country's popular image abroad as sex clubs in Amsterdam's famed red light district, which were also ordered to shut by 6:00 pm along with all bars and restaurants. "For maybe for the next two months we're not able to get some weed so it should be nice to at least have some

Cannabis medicine could help stop insomnia, researchers hope

Cannabis-based medicine is being tested as a more "natural" remedy to help fight insomnia. Jodie Buddle says she's tried everything else to help her sleep. "Sometimes I don't sleep at all, sometimes I'll have two hours broken sleep," she said. "The maximum I've had is five hours." Insomnia affects one in 10 adult Australians. (9News) She says she's tried melatonin, natural products, avoiding phones and screens at night - but nothing's worked. Ms Buddle is not alone, with one in 10 Australian adults struggling to have quality sleep. The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research has partnered with the Lambert initiative to trial a new medicine containing two chemicals from the cannabis plant. The

Researchers uncover hidden antibiotic potential of cannabis

Professor Eric Brown (left); research associate Maya Farha (centre), and postdoctoral fellow Omar El-Halfawy, are authors of the study and members of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University. Credit: McMaster University McMaster University researchers have identified an antibacterial compound made by cannabis plants that may serve as a lead for new drug development. An interdisciplinary team of McMaster researchers found that the chemical compound, or cannabinoid, called cannabigerol (CBG) is not only antibacterial but also effective in mice against a resilient family of bacteria known as m

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