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Cannabis Coming to Uruguay Pharmacies—At Last

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

Uruguay's government announced last week the granting of licenses to two companies to grow cannabis for commercial distribution. 

Juan Andrés Roballo, head of the National Drug Board, said the two companies chosen out of 22 applicants were Symbiosys and Iccorp, both start-ups financed by Uruguayan and foreign capital.

They will each be allowed to produce two metric tons of cannabis yearly—with the plantations to be guarded by government troops. Uruguayans will be able to purchase 10 grams (about a third of an ounce) weekly. Roballo told reporters that cannabis will go on sale in the country's  pharmacies "in no less than eight months from now."

The move has been a long time coming.

In May 2014, Uruguay's cabinet set a six-month deadline for pharmacy sales. But as November came, regulators backed off setting a firm date because of the country's elections, which returned the leftist Frente Amplio (Broad Front) to power. Conservative challengers who campaigned against the legalization policy were soundly rejected by Uruguay's voters.

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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Sun, October, 4th 2015 by THCFinder


Doctors pioneer pot as an opioid substitute

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, October, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

Hundreds of opioid addicts are being treated with medical marijuana in Massachusetts, with advocates touting the new therapy as a life-changing alternative to a deadly epidemic — and facing down critics who contend they are peddling junk science.

“We have a statewide epidemic of opioid deaths,” said Dr. Gary Witman of Canna Care Docs, a network of facilities that issue medicinal marijuana cards in seven states, including nine clinics in Massachusetts. “As soon as we can get people off opioids to a nonaddicting substance — and medicinal marijuana is nonaddicting — I think it would dramatically impact the amount of opioid deaths.”

Witman, who works out of a Fall River Canna Care clinic, says he has treated about 80 patients who were addicted to opioids, muscle relaxers or anti-anxiety medication with cannabis using a one-month tapering program. More than 75 percent of those patients stopped taking the harder drugs, Witman said.

Cannabis, Witman said, can treat the symptoms patients had been using opioids to manage, such as chronic pain or anxiety — and treat them far more safely.

Dr. Harold Altvater of Delta 9 Medical Consulting in Malden says he has also seen success with medical marijuana as a substitution therapy.

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NORML Chapters Lead Reform Efforts On The Local Level

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

norml scholarships drug policy reform conference

State and Local

Excitement filled the air at this year’s Boston Freedom Rally as Massachusetts voters consider two initiatives aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana in 2016. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and Bay State Repeal are both working to collect the signatures needed to qualify for next November’s ballot.

Bay State Repeal, a measure backed by MassCann NORML was a big hit at the Freedom Rally

California NORML’s partnership with ReformCA will guarantee responsible marijuana consumers an opportunity to have their voices heard as stakeholders continue to weigh in on the various initiatives currently being proposed.

California NORML partners in ReformCA 2016 initiative effort

With legalization on this November’s ballot, Ohioans will have a chance to not just end the arrest of thousands of marijuana consumers, they’ll be able to bring relief to people seeking the medicinal benefits of marijuana to treat their ailments.

Eleanor Ahrens, president and founding member of Southeast Ohio NORML awaits relief

Since July, Florida NORML has seen a lot of success with marijuana decriminalization efforts. From Miami-Dade County, to municipalities such as Hallandale Beach and Miami Beach, local governments have embraced this current trend. Several other cities are looking to take action in the months ahead.

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