Cannabis Tuesday News: Cannabis Drug Approved for Rare Epilepsy

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In Texas, Demand for Cannabis Increases Despite Regulatory Hurdles

Wbur - Cannabis use has gone up during the pandemic. As Texas collects its first hemp harvest, Texas Public Radio's Dominic Anthony Walsh looks at the state's relationship with the newly-legal substance.

Cannabis Rules and Regulations Written, Await Opportunity to Hold Public Hearing

Guampdn - Recreational cannabis products sold on Guam must be clearly labeled “KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND ANIMALS,” and all cannabis-infused food must be sold in child-resistant packaging, according to the proposed rules and regulations for the island’s recreational cannabis industry.

The rules and regulations, written by the Cannabis Control Board, currently are being reviewed by the administration before a public hearing, which is required by law before they can be adopted.

Cannabis Drug Approved for Rare Epilepsy

Thetimes - A cannabis-based medicine has been approved for use on the NHS to treat two rare forms of epilepsy.

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has approved Epidyolex for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, types of epilepsy that can have a severe impact on children.

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Oklahoma Activists Launch Bid for Expungement, Decriminalization

Ganjapreneur - Oklahoma activists are collecting petition signatures to add a cannabis expungement and decriminalization question to November ballots, according to a 102.3 KRMG report. The group – We Are 788 – needs to collect 180,000 signatures in order to put the issue to voters.

Ontario Regulator to Ramp up Number of Pot Shop Licenses It Issues This Fall

Greencamp - Ontario is on pace to see 40 new pot shops licensed this fall as the province’s cannabis retail store regulator announced it is doubling the number of licenses it issues. 

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), responsible for regulating cannabis retail stores in the province, announced it will double store authorizations at the government’s direction. So far, the AGCO issued 164 licenses, 150 of which have opened shop in Ontario. Some 900 applicants are currently waiting to open cannabis retail shops.

Scotland’s First Cannabis-based Medicine Approved for NHS - A cannabis-based medicine has been approved for use on the NHS in Scotland for the first time, giving hope in the treatment of rare types of childhood epilepsy.

Cannabidiol (Epidyolex) has been accepted for the treatment of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a condition which can cause frequent debilitating seizures, by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC).

It has also been allowed to treat Dravet syndrome, another rare type of epilepsy, which again is characterised by severe seizures of various types.

Illinois marijuana: Denied Social Equity Applicants Want to Delay Lottery to Award 75 Dispensary Licenses

Abc7chicago - Illinois' marijuana business is booming. The original intent of legalization was to spread the wealth specifically to minorities, who have been disproportionately affected by war on drugs.

But some applicants claim the state is not awarding enough marijuana dispensary licenses to minority owners. They're asking Governor JB Pritzker for transparency in how people are chosen.

Congressional Vote on Cannabis Research This Week

Marijuanamoment - The House Energy and Commerce Committee scheduled a vote on a bill to expand marijuana research on Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reopening the public comment period on hemp regulations after a wide range of stakeholders—from industry to members of Congress—have blasted their original proposal for months.

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Vermont Lawmakers Edging Closer to Legal Marijuana Market

Wcax - Vermont lawmakers are nearing a deal on rolling out a taxed and regulated market for marijuana, overcoming big hurdles in negotiations.

Lawmakers made a lot of progress on the bill before the weekend with the House and Senate making concessions on several major key points.

The remaining sticking point has to do with how towns will make money off of the new commodity. Right now, pot will be subject to a 14% excise tax and a 6% sales tax. But on the local level, lawmakers are still hashing out the details. The Senate wants to impose a 2% tax on towns that host dispensaries, but the House wants to give towns money from marijuana licensing fees.

Doctor Warns Parents about Toddlers accidentally Consuming Edibles

 Wzzm13 - Accidental marijuana overdoses in toddlers are a growing problem in West Michigan. For Dr. Erica Michiels, the Associate Medical Director for the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Emergency Department, she saw multiple in the last week.

Edibles that look like candy or other foods aren't harmful to a full size adult in moderate amounts, but they do contain a highly concentrated amount of THC.

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