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Yesterday, the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration announced that Epidiolex, the newly approved medication by the Food & Drug Administration, is being placed in Schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act, the least restrictive schedule of the CSA. The FDA announced in June that it approved Epidiolex for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older. Epidiolex contains cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical constituent of the cannabis plant. The CBD in Epidiolex is extracted from the cannabis plant and is the first FDA-approved drug to contain a purified extract from the plant. Marijuana and CBD derived from marijuana remain against the law, except for the limited circumstances that it has been determined there is a medically approved benefit via approval by the FDA. In those instances, the drug will be made appropriately available to the public for medical use. See more here: https://www.dea.gov/press-releases/2018/09/27/fda-approved-drug-epidiolex-placed-schedule-v-controlled-substance-act

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Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after the Senate passed  Bill C-45 on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29, according to a CNN report. Bill C-45 stems from a campaign pledge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep marijuana away from underage users and reduce related crime.Canada is only the second country in the world to implement legislation to permit a nationwide marijuana market. In the neighboring US, nine states and the District of Columbia now allow for recreational marijuana use, and 30 allow for medical use. Once the bill is formally approved, adults will be able to carry and share up to 30 grams of legal marijuana in public. They also will be allowed to cultivate up to four plants in their households and prepare products such as edibles for personal use. However, stringent rules will still govern the purchase and use of marijuana. Consumers are expected to purchase marijuana from retailers regulated by provinces, territories or federally licensed producers. Marijuana will not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco. The Canadian government has also implemented changes to their impaired driving laws to address repercussions for driving under the influence of cannabis. The bill set a floor on the minimum age of the consumer at 18 years, and makes the production, distribution, or sale of cannabis products an offense for minors. While provinces can increase the minimum age, the intent is to continue to discourage Canadian youth from pot use, by establishing many of the…

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It seems like every day since Florida voted in November to pass Amendment 2 that someone asks what is going on with medical marijuana in Florida. When is it going to start? How do I get a license? What are the new laws? The truth is, we in the industry don’t have all the answers yet because the Florida Legislature and Department of Health still have to work out rules and regulations that will govern the process and industry. According to the Miami Herald, 200 doctors are qualified to prescribe marijuana and that under the 2014 law that legalized a limited form of medical marijuana, the patients of such doctors have to have a history with that doctor for at least 90 days before they are able to prescribe marijuana treatment for approved illnesses. We are unsure yet if the Florida Legislature and Department of Health plan on removing the 90 day requirement but many patients are going to these doctors preemptively to start the 90 day waiting period process. The law has expanded its list of approved conditions for medical marijuana treatment to include: ▪ Cancer ▪ Epilepsy ▪ Glaucoma ▪ HIV ▪ AIDS ▪ Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ▪ Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) ▪ Crohn’s disease ▪ Parkinson’s disease ▪ Multiple sclerosis The frustration with Florida residents is that as of now the law does not allow the use of smokeable marijuana but rather the use of oils, tinctures and capsules as the legal form of treatment available. Floridians won’t have to wait too…

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