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Native American Tribe in California Announces Plan to Grow Medical Marijuana

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A Native American tribe from the renowned California marijuana-growing region known as the Emerald Triangle has announced a plan to open a 2.5-acre indoor growing facility on their land. The 250-member Pinoleville Pomo Nation, located in Mendocino County, is the first tribe to say they will grow and sell medical marijuana in California. The move follows new Department of Justice …

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Federal ad policy impedes doctors, medical marijuana growers say

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Licensed medical marijuana producers say federal advertising rules pertaining to the drug are impeding their ability to adequately inform doctors and patients of treatment options. In November, Health Canada issued warning letters to 20 licensed producers about their advertising practices, telling them they had until Jan 12, 2015, to come into compliance with prohibitions against the advertising of cannabis laid …

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Public told to contact police with concerns over marijuana firm

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Health Canada is instructing anyone with concerns about CEN Biotech – the company seeking to become the country’s largest medical marijuana producer – to contact police or securities regulators. The unusual request comes as allegations of misrepresentation, stock manipulation and falsified documents swirl around the company and its top executive. Health Canada said it can’t comment on the status of …

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FV Pharma Inc.’s medical marijuana facility nearly completed at former Kraft plant in Cobourg

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COBOURG — Standing inside a newly renovated section of the former Kraft plant in Cobourg, Thomas Fairfull is optimistic his company will soon be licensed to produce medical marijuana under Health Canada guidelines. The president and CEO of FV Pharma Inc., a Whitby-based company, Mr. Fairfull said renovations inside a 25,000-square-foot section of the William Street plant were undertaken in …

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Canadian lawyers scent profit as medical marijuana industry prepares to go legit

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Most conversation between two lawyers that include the word “marijuana” also involve other words such as “charges”, “defendant” and “sentencing”. But when Hugo Alves, a partner at Bennett Jones – one of Canada’s largest corporate law firms – chats about the drug with his associate, Michael Lickver, they are more likely to be discussing investment opportunities, exports and quality control. …

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Pain Killers are out of Control

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On October 3 2014 Carly Weeks of The Globe and Mail brought to light the dangerous and life threatening trend of Canadian doctors over prescribing high-dose opioids. It sounds like some of these doctors are carelessly sticking to this dangerous norm despite the real risks faced by the patients who rely on them for professional advice. While drugs like Percocet …

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Opioid Painkiller Deaths Lower in States with Legal Medical Marijuana?

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News Item A recent study by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the annual number of deaths from prescription overdoses from drugs such as Vicodin (hydrocodone+acetaminophen), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone was lower by about 25 percent on average over the period 1999 through 2010. To highlight the growing problem, each day in the United States 46 …