Top Medical Marijuana News – Weekly Summary – December 2nd, 2018

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In this week’s cannabis industry news, South Korea legalizes medical cannabis, Canadian academic institutions are growing cannabis on campus, and more!

Ottawa Public Health hasn’t gotten federal cannabis education funding

The Canadian federal government promised to put millions of dollars into funding cannabis education.

Of those millions, a total of $4.1 million has already been promised to several Toronto organizations. Whereas Ottawa hasn’s seen any of that federal money as of yet.

Ottawa Public Health has to apply for a share of the federal cannabis education funding.

“We will be exploring provincial and federal funding opportunities” – Robyn Muzik, Spokesperson for Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health has only spent $20’000 on cannabis education campaigns so far. This is a minuscule amount in comparison to other cities.

There are fewer cannabis consumers in Halifax than in other cities in the Atlantic region of Canada

A recent poll conducted by Corporate Research Associates shows that only 7% of people in Halifax have purchased cannabis since recreational cannabis became legal.

The four biggest cities in the Atlantic region of Canada were included in the survey. The poll results are listed below.

Percentage of residents that bought cannabis legally since legalization

  1. Halifax: 7%
  2. Moncton: 10%
  3. Fredericton: 10%
  4. Saint John: 9%

Percentage of residents that haven’t yet purchased legal cannabis but are planning on doing so in the near future

  1. Halifax: 20%
  2. Moncton: 19%
  3. Fredericton: 18%
  4. Saint John: 14%

Percentage of adults aged 18 – 34 that have purchased legal cannabis since legalization

  1. Halifax: 12%
  2. Moncton: 26%
  3. Fredericton: 28%
  4. Saint John: 22%

Corporate Research Associates plans on continuing cannabis purchase behavior research to see whether or not the cannabis market will increase with time.

BC Police Officer is concerned about the online availability of edibles

A woman in British Columbia was arrested for selling pot brownies that contained 400 milligrams of THC. That’s 40 times the recommended single THC dose.

These pot brownies looked like regular brownies that can be bought at a grocery store.

This caused a lot of concern in constable Derek Gallamore when he imagined what might occur if a child found the edible and ate it thinking it was a regular brownie.

The woman that sold these brownies had been arrested 18 months ago but no charges were pressed because, at the time, it was unclear how legalization would affect a case like this.

The case inspired Derek Gallamore to take a closer look at the cannabis edible market and found that young individuals could easily access strong edibles online.

Derek Gallamore’s efforts to raise awareness on the matter is made evident in a news report that was released last Wednesday.

Edibles are not yet legal in Canada, but the federal government plans on beginning conferences on edible regulations in the near future.

The government is considering implementing a uniform cannabis symbol on cannabis edible product packaging and labels.

South Korea legalizes medical cannabis

Another huge step for the cannabis world comes in the form of South Korea becoming the very first country in East Asia to legalize medical cannabis.

The country’s National Assembly voted in favor of allowing non-hallucinogenic doses of medical cannabis.

South Korean patients that are eligible for medical cannabis treatment can now get access to the drug by applying to the Korea Orphan Drug Center.

New York Health Insurance may soon cover medical cannabis treatment

Currently, New York patients have to pay for medical cannabis treatment themselves, but a bill that would require public health insurance plans to cover the costs of medical cannabis prescriptions could soon pass.

“It’s unfair not to cover marijuana when opioids, OxyContin and Ambien are covered” – New York State Senator Diane Savino

Due to Washington’s authorities’ current classification of cannabis as illegal, the federal government would not provide financial support on this matter and the burden of the program’s costs would likely land on New York taxpayers.

Canadian universities are growing cannabis on campus

Colleges and universities across Canada are now growing cannabis legally on their campuses. Eight of Canada’s colleges and universities have a Health Canada license that allows the cultivation of cannabis for scientific purposes.

These licenses mean universities can move towards cannabis research and provide students with a more practical, in-depth, and hands-on approach.

Max Jones, Department of Agriculture Assistant Professor at The University of Guelph, intends on studying cannabis growing condition optimization, the genetics of cannabis, and gene bank creation for breeder and researcher-use.

Niagara College actually has a graduate certificate program in commercial cannabis production in which students learn about cannabis’s complete life cycle.

South Korea legalizing medical cannabis shows an increase in international acceptance of medical cannabis’s many health benefits. Hopefully, other Asian countries follow suit.  Stay tuned!

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