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A promising new study out of Canada offers data that some cannabis strains help reduce a specific type of inflammatory distress—called a “cytokine storm”—that proceeds severe cases of acute respiratory distress due to COVID-19.

In a study conducted by researchers at Pathway Research Inc., the University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge, scientists used artificial human skin, technically a “well-established full-thickness human 3D skin artificial EpiDermFTTM tissue model.” The skin tissue model was exposed to UV rays to cause “induced inflammation.” The model was then treated with seven different cannabis strains to see the efficacy in reducing inflammation.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Massachusetts cannabis dispensaries are currently suing the state over the new, contentious, delivery regulations. 

Specifically, the dispensaries involved in the suit have a problem with the fact that only certain disenfranchised business owners will be able to deliver cannabis for the first three years, in order to try and make the industry more equitable. 

The regulations were put in place by the Cannabis Control Commission last year, and they specify two types of cannabis licenses. One allows couriers to provide delivery for dispensaries, and the other allows companies to purchase product and keep it in a warehouse to then deliver it to customers. 

While that created quite a diverse pool of options for those looking to dip their toes into delivery, existing dispensaries and other parties who are not disenfranchised but want to get into the industry are upset that they will not have a chance at the application process until at least three years down the road. 

The applicants who qualify for the program fall under the umbrella of either the social equity program or the economic empowerment program. 

The Controversy Behind The Lawsuit

Many, including social equity advocates, are excited about this move, because it means those who

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A group of cannabis growers have taken advantage of the now-empty financial district.

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Jay-Z has launched an initiative to help lift up those who have been negatively impacted by the war on drugs.

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In our last post, we alerted you on the publication of the new Regulations on Sanitary Control for the Production, Research and Medical Use of Cannabis and Its Pharmacological Derivatives (the “Medical Regulations”). In this post, we provide an overview of what the Medical Regulations will address and what it potentially means to your business.

As expected, the Medical Regulations deal with the control, promotion and sanitary supervision of raw materials, pharmacological derivatives and medicines. Regulated activities include:

Primary production for manufacturing supply; Raw material generation for research and seed production; Health and pharmacological research; Manufacturing of pharmacological derivatives and medicines and medical activities related to diagnoses, therapeutic, rehabilitation and palliative care; Importation, exportation and marketing.

Activities connected with all of the above will be authorized through licenses or permits, and the Regulations provide the requirements to obtain them. Among the activities that will be authorized officially for the first time are:

Quality control laboratories Growing for research and industrial purposes Cannabis research protocols Processing, transport, import (both for industries and for self-consumption) Export Issuance of cannabis-related prescriptions Set-up of establishments permitted to sell medical cannabis products

The regulations clarify that COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks)

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Rapper creates $10 million fund for startups, saying people of color have missed out on marijuana boom.

Jay-Z is launching a fund to invest in minority-owned cannabis startups to bolster Black participation in the industry.

The rapper and entrepreneur says he is motivated by an imbalance in the marijuana business: People of color, who have been disproportionately punished for involvement in the drug where it is illegal, comprise only a small number of those making money from the multibillion-dollar market in legalized pot.

– Read the entire article at The Wall Street Journal.

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Use of products licensed under scheme can apply where conventional treatments fail.

Funding has been made available for a new programme providing cannabis-based medical products to patients to begin later this year, the Department of Health has announced.

Use of products licensed under the Medicinal Cannabis Access Programme can apply where conventional treatments are unsuccessful.

– Read the entire article at The Irish Times.

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This Valentine’s Day, Torontonians can send a marijuana bouquet to a special someone.

Paraluman Flora and GreenPort Cannabis have collaborated to make the pot bouquet arrangements.

The $80 bouquet comes with colourful blooms and seven grams of cannabis.

– Read the entire article at Toronto Sun.

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A newly published study supports the idea that cannabis may help some people in their goal of alcohol cessation.

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Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it has laid off some workers after signing an agreement with an external sales broker.

The Edmonton-based cannabis company’s spokeswoman Michelle Lefler confirmed the cuts but wouldn’t disclose the number of staff impacted or what cities they were located in.

Lefler says the move was prompted by Aurora’s recent decision to hire Great North Distributors Inc. to represent the pot company in sales activities across Canada.

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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