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Earlier this month, voters in Utah said yes to Proposition 2, which legalized medical marijuana. But despite the popular victory, Utah’s medical marijuana battle is far from over. Recently, state lawmakers scheduled a special legislative session aimed at replacing Proposition 2 with a “compromise bill.” Now, medical marijuana activists are threatening a lawsuit against state lawmakers and other powerful groups in the state.

Non-Spoliation Letter

On November 14, attorney Ross “Rocky” Anderson sent a “non-spoliation letter” to several key leaders in Utah. Among the recipients were several lawmakers and representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), commonly known as the Mormon Church.

The notice was sent on behalf of Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE) and The Epilepsy Association of Utah. Both were leading advocacy groups in support of Proposition 2.

The letter stated that the groups are now looking into a potential lawsuit. Additionally, it warned recipients against deleting, destroying, or damaging any records that could eventually become evidence if the lawsuit materializes.

The Mormon Church is at the heart of the possible lawsuit. More specifically, the degree to which the Mormon Church is influencing plans to overwrite Prop 2.

The LDS Church is

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Good news for bee fans; hemp fields may hold a worst-case cache of nutrients for hungry colonies, according to a study done by a Colorado State etymology student. Last week, Colton O’Brien presented, in a gathering of etymological societies, his discovery of a total of 23 bee genera in traps that he set up in a hemp field in August. The preponderance of the winged critters that the student found among the hemp rows indicate that the crop could have unexpected ecological value — a nice bonus should current rumblings of hemp legalization result in a boom of the plant’s commercial production.

In some ways, hemp plants are a surprising draw for bee populations. The plant does not create nectar, and its pollen is typically spread by wind, not insects. O’Brien’s month-long study was conducted at a time of year in which few other plants are growing, which may explain in part the hemp’s popularity for hungry bees on the search for sustenance. In reporting the story, ScienceNews adds that the effects of hemp pollen on bee larvae is unknown.

But it’s possible that in hard times, hemp could be a good resource for struggling bee colonies. In the November 11

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According to new polling, the vast majority of Indiana adults support legalizing medical marijuana.

The poll, conducted at Ball State University, found that 81% of adults in Indiana are in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. Only 16% are opposed to the move.

Earlier this year Indiana passed legislation legalizing the medical use of CBD oil. However, the extremely restrictive nature of the law has led to medical marijuana proponents to continue advocating for an expanded law that allows for the medical use of all marijuana, not just CBD oil, while expanding the list of conditions that qualify individuals to use the medicine. This new poll gives them quite a bit of ammo in their effort.

The poll shows that support for medical marijuana in Indiana is roughly the same as, or just slightly lower than, support nationwide: A HealthDay/Harris Poll released earlier this year found that 85% of Americans believe that marijuana “should be legalized for medical use”.

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced last week that she is suing retail pharmacies CVS and Walgreens for their alleged role in the nationwide opioid crisis. The two companies have been added to a lawsuit filed by the state in May against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, and several pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors.

Bondi said in a press release on Friday that she will hold accountable firms that profit from the country’s ongoing epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths caused by opioid painkillers.

“We will continue to pursue those companies that played a role in creating the opioid crisis,” Bondi said. “Thousands of Floridians have suffered as a result of the actions of the defendants.”

In an amended complaint filed in the lawsuit, the attorney general’s office alleges that CVS and Walgreens were two of the largest distributors of opioids in the state and that the companies failed in their responsibility under Florida law to stop suspicious orders for the drugs. The suit also alleges that Walgreens and CVS dispensed unreasonable quantities of opioids from their pharmacies.

Billions of Pills Dispensed

According to the amended complaint, since 2006 Walgreens has dispensed billions of opioid pills from its Florida pharmacies. At

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‘Cannabis and food do go together’: Travis Petersen says the appetite is growing.

The legal sale of edible cannabis is still a year off but a Canadian travelling chef is discovering a definite appetite for it at his private parties and events.

Travis Petersen, the chef and owner at The Nomad Cook, a Vancouver company that hosts pop-up dinners, has started catering events serving cannabis-infused dishes.

“Cannabis and food do go together. Some people may not understand it, but don’t knock it till you try it,” he said at a dinner earlier this month where he served a five-course meal to Edmonton customers.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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The team at a Whitby, Ont., brewing company is in high spirits, as they’re hopeful a new joint venture will bring in big business.

Brock St. Brewing Company has partnered with Province Brands to produce a new kind of beer, a brew that may get you high, which the head of the company says will hit the market once edibles become legal in Ontario.

The brewery has signed a licensing agreement with Province Brands, which touts itself as the developer of the world’s first beers brewed from the cannabis plant, so that it can produce a new line of products.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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Despite strict rules limiting the promotion of now legal recreational pot now in effect, cannabis promotions continue to pop up amid loopholes and a lack of clarity on how the legislation’s grey areas should be applied.

Nearly one month on since legalization, there is disagreement in the sector on murky portions of the Cannabis Act governing marketing, with some licensed producers taking a more aggressive approach and others holding back.

“The fact that you aren’t seeing that an overwhelming wave yet of those kinds of tactics, to me, demonstrates that there is still uncertainty,” said Rebecca Brown, founder of Crowns Agency, a Toronto-based marketing consultancy focused on the marijuana industry.

– Read the entire article at Financial Post.

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I had a medical marijuana card for nearly two years before I worked up the nerve to buy legal weed. Living in laid-back Vermont, I had access to a friend’s homegrown herb, which my husband used to make me cannabis-infused coconut butter in the family Crock-Pot. Applying the butter topically soothed my chronic pelvic pain and relieved symptoms of the debilitating bladder syndrome that had plagued me for a decade and warranted the card. Occasionally,…

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Marijuana use is associated with decreased incidence of liver cirrhosis in those with the Hepatitis C Virus, according to a new study published by the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

A cirrhosis word cloud.

“The effect of cannabis use on chronic liver disease (CLD) from Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection, the most common cause of CLD, has been controversial”, states the study’s abstract. “Here, we investigated the impact of cannabis use on the prevalence of CLD among HCV infected individuals.”

For the study researchers “analyzed hospital discharge records of adults (age ≥ 18 years) with a positive HCV diagnosis”, evaluating “records from 2007 to 2014 of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS)” while excluding “records with other causes of chronic liver diseases (alcohol, hemochromatosis, NAFLD, PBC, HBV, etc.).”

Of the 188,333 records, researchers “matched cannabis users to nonusers on 1:1 ratio, using a propensity-based matching system, with a stringent algorithm.” They then “used conditional regression models with generalized estimating equations to measure the adjusted prevalence rate ratio (aPRR) for having liver cirrhosis (and its complications), carcinoma, mortality, discharge disposition, and the adjusted mean ratio (aMR) of total hospital cost and length of stay (LOS) [SAS 9.4].”

The study “revealed

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The first legal recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts will take place on Tuesday, November 20.

Two marijuana retail outlets were given the green light today to begin selling recreational marijuana next week. New England Treatment Access in Northampton and Cultivate Holdings in Leicester will become the first outlets to sale marijuana as part of the state’s legalization initiative (passed by voters in 2016).

Both stores, which were given the go-ahead to open in three days by the Cannabis Control Commission, say they will open their door to recreational marijuana customers the morning of November 20. New England Treatment Access plans to open at 8 a.m., while Cultivate Holdings will open at 10 a.m.

As reported by the Associated Press, the “commence operations” notice given to the two outlets requires them to wait three calendar days before opening so they can coordinate with local officials and law enforcement. The openings are expected to draw big crowds, based on the experiences of other legal U.S. states and Canada when they first launched recreational sales.

“This signal to open retail marijuana establishments marks a major milestone for voters who approved legal, adult-use cannabis in our state,” said Steven Hoffman, chairman of the cannabis panel, in a statement.

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