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David Pinder, 60, admitted producing cannabis but said it was used as a painkiller for his wife.

A man grew cannabis plants to help his suffering wife with agonising pain from serious back and neck injuries.

She used the cannabis as part of a recipe for cakes that she could eat rather than smoking it and this was less addictive than painkillers, a court heard.

David Pinder, 60, of Saxon Court, Bottesford, admitted producing cannabis on January 13.

James Byatt, prosecuting, told Grimsby Magistrates’ Court that police went to Pinder’s home and found nine mature cannabis plants 4ft tall, with water, lights and a timer.

– Read the entire article at Gimbsby Telegraph.

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Supply chain logistics is a headache and a half across any industry, but the difficulty level goes way up within the world of cannabis. Because of federal laws, FedEx, UPS and USPS are not an option. Distributors need a variety of licenses and must operate within specific regulations. For example, cannabis brands must either become their own first-party distributor, with W2 employees and company-owned cars, distribution centers, etc., or use a licensed third-party distributor.

Wayv, the B2B cannabis logistics platform founded by serial entrepreneur Keith McCarty, is looking to solve this problem with the launch of its Dynamic Distribution platform. Of course, Wayv has been operational for upwards of a year, having received $5 million in seed led by Craft Ventures’ David Sacks (former co-worker to McCarty from the Yammer days) back in October 2018.

– Read the entire article at Tech Crunch.

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Creating infused olive oil is an essential ingredient for any at-home chef who wants to make elevated cuisine and this CBD, or cannabidiol, olive oil is useful for a variety of recipes. Here’s how to create a CBD olive oil at home using CBD-rich flower. Remember, your dosage numbers will differ depending on the strain and source that you use, so be sure to calculate the CBD milligrams per serving beforehand. Do your best to make an accurate estimate, always use measuring spoons to dose, and always conservatively sample each batch before serving to others.

For this recipe, you are going to use the stove top method for infusion. Once you master this technique, you can easily infuse other essential pantry items such as butter, coconut oil, avocado oil and more. With these ingredients, you can explore other recipes featured in The Ultimate Guide to CBD: Explore the World of Cannabidiol (Fair Winds Press) which debuts in March 2020.

– Read the entire article at Wine Enthusiast.

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A new economic development plan has high hopes for Smiths Falls to become the first community in Canada to endorse a cannabis tourism strategy.

In a report that will be presented to council on Monday, the town’s economic development and tourism office says it hopes to leverage the town’s new identity as the cannabis capital of Canada by implementing a tourism strategy that will hopefully draw hundreds of thousands of people to the town every year.

“The legalization of cannabis, combined with Canopy Growth’s headquarters in Smiths Falls, has presented Smiths Falls with an unparalleled opportunity to become a leader in the cannabis tourism industry,” the report reads.

– Read the entire article at Recorder.

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As the United States approaches an election year in 2020, the opioid crisis is among the biggest issues facing the nation.

Over 200,000 people have died from opioid overdoses since 1999, including 31,473 in 2018 alone, according to the CDC. Opioid addiction affects an estimated 1.7 million people, with overprescription being among the bigger reasons for its proliferation.

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has been open about how he smoked marijuana to deal with years of injuries in the NFL, but in a wide-ranging interview with Sports Illustrated, he discussed how widespread painkiller use has been in the NFL.

– Read the entire article at Yahoo News.

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CANNABIS CULTURE – Founding members of the Royal Society, the centuries old institute of science, were experimenting with cannabis and likely magic mushrooms!

The Royal Society, formally known as The President, Council and Fellows of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, is a learned society and the United Kingdom’s national Academy of Sciences. Founded on the 28th of November 1660, it was granted a royal charter by King Charles II as “The Royal Society”.

Many of the Royal Society’s founding members were practicing alchemists, Freemasons, and also likely secret Rosicrucians. This was also a time where scientists might find themselves on the pyre of fire beside the heretics, so we can be sure there was a need for secrecy. We know from historical letters that one of the original founders, Robert Boyle, (1627-1691) a noted Freemason, had written numbers of people about his interest in opening an Invisible College, a subject detailed by Frances Yates in The Rosicrucian Enlightenment. In one 1647 letter, Boyle certainly deems the Royal Society as the Invisible College: “The best on’t is, that the cornerstone of the invisible or (as they term themselves) the Philosophical College, do now and then honor me

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Elaine Levy says she has spent £30k on private supply despite prescriptions being made legal.

The mother of a woman with severe epilepsy has put her house up for sale after spending her family’s savings on private prescriptions for medical cannabis.

Elaine Levy, the mother of 25-year-old Fallon, who has Lennox–Gastaut syndrome, said she had been forced to sell up in an attempt to fund her daughter’s care after spending more than £30,000.

“We just can’t do it any more,” she said. “It’s been a year and three months but we’ve got less than a month’s medicine left and we’re now at the end of the road. Why am I having to beg when it was made legal last November?”

– Read the entire article at The guardian.

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The fallout over the spate of vaping-linked deaths continued on Friday, as Walmart announced that it will stop selling e-cigarettes. 

In a memo to local managers, the world’s largest retailer cited “regulatory complexity” and industry “uncertainty” as its reasoning behind the decision.

“Given the growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes, we plan to discontinue the sale of electronic nicotine delivery products at all Walmart and Sam’s Club U.S. locations,” the memo said. “We will complete our exit after selling through current inventory.”

The move is just the latest bit of blowback for an e-cigarette industry that finds itself under increasing scrutiny for products that have been linked to hundreds of hospitalizations and a disquieting rise in deaths. 

E-cigarettes have long been billed as a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes, but the sudden uptick in vaping-related illnesses has cast considerable doubt on those claims. 

Walmart’s announcement on Friday represents a significant setback for the vaping industry, which has in recent weeks drawn the attention of the federal government. 

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a rebuke to the popular e-cigarette company Juul Labs for making unauthorized claims that its product is “much

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We’re hovering on the brink of the first pro-marijuana federal legislation in an age. On Friday morning, the House confirmed that the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act will be put to a vote next week. The proposed legislation is only the third piece of potential cannabis law to make it out of committee, and the really crazy part? With a fair level of bipartisan support, the thing has a good chance of passing.

The bill would be a serious assist to cannabis businesses that are currently hamstrung by being locked out of many national financial institutions. The SAFE Act would ensure stability to the US’ growing marijuana industry.

Historic as it may be, many marijuana advocates don’t think the bill is an appropriate first step towards federal cannabis legalization in a nation that has suffered an unjust and racist war on drugs. The ACLU, Center for American Progress, Drug Policy Alliance, Human Rights Watch, and other organizations sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi this week raising concerns about the SAFE Act. In the communiqué, the groups questioned the wisdom of focusing cannabis reform on marijuana business leaders.

“[The SAFE Banking Act] narrowly addresses the

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A bipartisan group of state legislators has introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin, according to media reports. The bill, from Republican Sen. Patrick Testin and Democrats Sen. Jon Erpenbach and Rep. Chris Taylor, was being circulated among lawmakers for cosponsors on Friday.

Testin said in a statement that for him, legalizing the medicinal use of cannabis in Wisconsin is a personal issue.

“Growing up, my grandfather was one of my heroes. I watched as cancer robbed him of his strength and vitality,” he said. “I saw him make the decision to go outside the law to seek treatment with medical marijuana. It restored his appetite, and I believe it added months to his life. Doctors and patients, not government, should decide if cannabis is the right treatment.”

Under the measure, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services would be required to establish a medical cannabis registry and issue identification cards to patients with a qualifying condition such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other serious medical conditions. Patients’ regular physicians will be required to request identifications cards from the state registry on their patients’ behalf.

The proposed legislation would also require that medical marijuana producers, manufacturers,

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