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Cannabis is becoming universally known as a mood enhancer and anxiety-reducing substance.

However, the plant notoriously lacks clinical research to inform its safe and correct use in specific psychiatric disorders like anxiety and depression.

A new study published last month is shedding light on the plant’s therapeutic potential.

While a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers only recently introduced a bill to remove federal barriers for conducting research on marijuana, researchers have come up with creative ways to study the plant’s effects on the general population by conducting observational studies.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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Some Japanese who have gone abroad and been exposed to the benefits of cannabis derivatives, particularly CBD, are hoping Japan will change course. But the government shows little inclination.

From an early age, Japanese society had conditioned Takayuki Miyabe to fear marijuana. But that was before his infant daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy.

Desperately scouring the internet for a cure, he came upon an unexpected savior: a derivative of cannabis called CBD. During a business trip to California, he bought a tiny amber bottle of the elixir, hoping for a miracle.

– Read the entire article at New York Times.

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Former Arkansas Lawmaker Launches Cannabis Legalization Campaign |

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Montana Issues Proposed Rules for Future Cannabis Marketplace |

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Kansas Sheriff Seizes Cash from Legal Marijuana Sales | High Times

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At Harris Bricken, we keep close tabs on what is happening around the world, and we know that our friends and clients do, as well. We are happy to provide this podcast series: Global Law and Business, hosted by international attorneys Fred Rocafort and Jonathan Bench, where we look at the world by talking with business leaders, innovators, service providers, manufacturers, and government leaders around the world.

In Episode #79, we are joined by Marco Algorta, Public Relations Manager at Khiron Life Sciences and a cannabis activist in Uruguay. We discuss:

Why Marco is less bullish about Uruguay’s cannabis sector than he was a few years ago. Uruguay’s strengths and weaknesses as a cannabis actor. What Uruguay needs to do to get its canna mojo back. Uruguay’s broader political and economic environment. Colombia and other countries to watch in Latam when it comes to cannabis. Marco’s experience setting up CannaPur and selling it to Khiron. What makes canna startups thrive (or fail). Regional differences in Marco’s native Brazil. Uruguay’s outsized role in world football/soccer. Listening, and watching recommendations from: Marco  Jonathan Fred

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The Myth of Cannabis-Infused Halloween Candy—Debunked | High Times

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State regulators think a conditional license, which grants extra time for startup costs and to win local approvals, will make a big difference.

Manuel Caban is a lifelong Camden, New Jersey, resident who was arrested twice for marijuana offenses and a decade ago spent 30 days and then a year in prison for dealing.

That, he figures, makes him an ideal candidate for a license to sell cannabis now that New Jersey has legalized it with a focus on giving individuals who suffered under cannabis prohibition a solid path into the industry.

– Read the entire article at Portland Press Herald.

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The legal recreational cannabis market continues to hold steady in Illinois as the end of September saw cannabis product sales for the year near the $1 billion mark.

September sales hit just over $120 million, making it the seventh month in a row in which sales exceeded $1 million, Marijuana Moment reported. Last month’s sales are an 80% increase over the same month last year, the article stated.

Morgan Fox, spokesperson for the National Cannabis Industry Association, says this growth is largely a continuation of the trend away from the unregulated market.

– Read the entire article at Washington Examiner.

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Two patients who suffered side effects with conventional medicine speak out.

Paul had just sat for his ‘A’ levels when he was diagnosed with ADHD, and was immediately put on conventional medicine. But the 18-year-old suddenly became extremely anxious, felt continuously nauseous and grew emotionally inept.

“I could not sleep at all, and when I tried to socialise, I felt like a robot. The side effects were horrible – my creativity was that of a potato,” he told Times of Malta. “I knew I needed to be weaned off the drugs, and when I was swapped to medicinal cannabis, I could finally manage my ADHD symptoms for the first time in my life,” said Paul, now aged 24.

He went on to earn top marks for his bachelor’s degree thesis, eventually enrolling for a master’s degree.

– Read the entire article at Times of Malta.

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