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A woman in Austell, Georgia was recently arrested after police say she fed a contaminated milkshake to a dog. More specifically, authorities say the milkshake was laced with meth and marijuana. The woman is now being held in jail on $4,100 bail.

The Incident in Question

As reported by local news source Marietta Daily Journal, police identified the woman as 37 year old Nicole Ledford. According to an arrest warrant issued for Ledford, the incident took place back in September 2018.

Cobb County Police say they initially pulled Ledford over for what sounds like a routine traffic violation. But then at some point during the stop, Ledford allegedly fed a milkshake to a brown and white mixed-breed dog named Moose.

Following the traffic stop, authorities tested Moose’s urine. And authorities said the test came back positive for THC.

Additionally, the arrest warrant also states that methamphetamine was present in the milkshake that had been fed to the dog.

After receiving lab test results, officials arrested Ledford on January 17. She was booked and is currently being held at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. Bail has reportedly been set at $4,100.

According to local reports from authorities in Cobb County,

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A University of Michigan study has found that many medical marijuana users were able to replace their use of pharmaceutical drugs with cannabis. The research, which was published this month in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, showed that 44 percent of those who used medical cannabis were able to stop taking a pharmaceutical drug, use less of one, or both.

The study was conducted by Daniel Kruger of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and co-authored by Jessica Kruger, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Buffalo. The researchers aimed to assess attitudes and use of medical cannabis and the mainstream health care system, which they defined as either a doctor or hospital, among marijuana users.

To conduct the study, researchers surveyed 450 adult attendees of an event advocating for cannabis law reform held at the university each year. Among the 392 usable completed surveys, 78 percent said that they used cannabis to treat a medical or health condition. The study also revealed that 42 percent of survey respondents had stopped taking a prescription drug due to their use of medicinal cannabis. Also, 38 percent reported that they had reduced their use of prescription medications. Those who responded to the survey reported using

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Dozens of Ontario cities, towns and villages have hung keep-out signs on their borders, opting out of hosting pot shops.

On Wednesday morning, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s website had a decision recorded for all 414 communities granted the opt-out right by the province. The results: 77 municipalities had decided to prohibit the shops. These included large centres like Mississauga, Markham, Oakville, Pickering, Richmond Hill and Vaughan in the 905 regions surrounding Toronto. Toronto itself voted yes to the shops and is scheduled to see five open April Fool’s Day. The number opting in was 337.

Municipalities that chose to opt out by the Jan. 22 deadline can reconsider and welcome the stores anytime. But a decision to allow them is irrevocable.

Communities that refused the stores, however, have forsaken their full stake in a $40-million implementation fund the province is providing to help defray any increased policing, education or public health costs the shops may bring to welcoming municipalities.

– Read the entire article at The Star.

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One industry insider expects shortage to continue until 2022, as more legal cannabis diverted to edibles.

Canada’s persistent shortage of legal cannabis could drag on for years. The impending legalization of edible pot will only divert more product away from empty store shelves across the country. One industry insider said he now expects that shortage to endure until 2022.

“If it was just the current product set, I’d say a year to 18 months,” said Chuck Rifici, CEO of the Toronto-based cannabis company Auxly.

“But because we have edibles and a bunch of new product types coming in October, I think it’ll be the better part of three years before we have true equilibrium and oversupply in the space.”

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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A federal judge has ruled that a New Mexico medical cannabis cultivator’s rights were violated when tight restrictions were imposed on its state fair application. United States District Court Judge James Parker said in a ruling released last week that Expo New Mexico, the venue for the state fair, violated the First Amendment rights of Ultra Health Inc. by placing unreasonable limits on the items the company could display in its booth at the state fair.

“The State Fair’s restrictions … as applied to Ultra Health’s 2017 State Fair application were unreasonable in light of the purpose of the forum and the surrounding circumstances and therefore violated Ultra Health’s First Amendment right to free speech,” Judge Parker stated in his ruling, according to a press release from the company.

Duke Rodriguez, the CEO for Ultra Health, said that that the court’s ruling “is a clear victory for cannabis advocates in New Mexico and across the nation. Judge Parker’s recognition that medical cannabis producers’ free speech should be protected is a first-of-its-kind ruling defending the right to fully educate and inform the public on the benefits of cannabis.”

Ultra Health had applied for a booth at the 2017 New Mexico State Fair in order to share information with the

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Organigram, Inc. is Atlantic Canada’s original licensed producer of medical cannabis. Since starting out in 2013, the company has won multiple awards for its cannabis products and services. But on Friday, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia certified a 2017 class action lawsuit against Organigram. The court’s certification means the company will go to trial. In a statement, Organigram has vowed to fight back against the class action, which stems from pesticide contamination in the company’s medical cannabis products.

Medical Cannabis Producer Organigram Faces Class Action Suit over 2016-2017 Pesticide Contamination

Based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Organigram, Inc. is the region’s largest licensed medical cannabis supplier. But the well-known company stands accused of making its customers ill with pesticide-contaminated cannabis.

In late 2016 and early 2017, Organigram issued two, large-scale, voluntary recalls of medical cannabis produced between Feb. 1 and Dec. 16, 2016. Independent, third-party laboratory tests detected the banned pesticides myclobutanil and bifenazate in multiple lots. The lab tests prompted the product recalls, which in 2017 led to the class action lawsuit against Organigram.

Class-Action Lawsuit Against Organigram Claims Patients Suffered Adverse Health Effects

Speaking with the CBC, lawyer Ray Wagner said his clients are suing Organigram for compensation

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Pro skateboarder Cory Scott Juneau today officially accepted sanctions after testing positive for cannabis. Although his period of suspension is technically complete, thanks to a reduction in suspension length, Juneau is reportedly the first American skateboarder to receive a suspension for having THC in his system.

Cory Juneau Suspended for THC

Earlier today, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) published a press release announcing that 19 year old Juneau had formally accepted a ruling from the agency that carried a six-month suspension.

In some ways, the story is a bit confusing as most of the situation played out last year. But according to USADA, the whole thing started on January 28, 2018 at the Oi Park Jam skateboard competition in Brazil.

At the event, Juneau reportedly had to take a urine drug test, which came back positive for THC. Under USADA rules, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, THC is a banned substance. And testing positive for it can land athletes in hot water.

Initially, Juneau failed a drug test administered by the Brazilian Anti-Doping Agency. But that agency quickly handed the case over to USADA.

From there, the U.S.-based agency reviewed the case and

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Legislation to decriminalize the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana – and up to five grams of resin – has been filed in Kentucky’s Senate.

Senate Bill 82 was filed by State Senator Jimmy Higdon (R). It was initially assigned to the State and Local Government Committee, but was reassigned today to the Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor Committee. The measure would decriminalize “personal use quantity” of marijuana, which is defined by being less than an ounce of bud or less than five grams of resin. Those caught possessing within these limits could not face jail time or a criminal charge, but could be given a fine.

The legislation would also exempt “personal use marijuana accessories” from the state’s drug paraphernalia law, allowing for the possession of smoking devices such as pipes and bongs.

“Basically, what my bill says is, they shall write them a ticket,” Higdon said at a recent public forum. “It’s no more than a speeding ticket.”

For the full text of Senate Bill 82 click here.

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CANNABIS CULTURE – Last week, big shots, salespeople, liberty seekers and motivated entrepreneurs looking to cash in on the “green rush” converged on the basement of the Vancouver Convention Center for the cities first cannabis conference since “legalization.”

Billed as “Canada’s Meeting Place for Cannabis”, from the 10 – 13 of January the Lift & Co. Cannabis Business Conference opened its doors in downtown Vancouver.

Truth is, if you’ve been to a convention before, you’ve kind of been to them all. The well-lit stands, shuffling crowds and eager salespeople generally have the same energy.

Here, there were a couple of differences from your typical business convention. Firstly, there were noticeably less ties, though many in attendance did don their classiest attire.

A peculiar reality, especially in a post-“legalization” reality, for a convention on cannabis, there was little to of the miraculous plant on display. Perhaps I missed it, but i did not even smell the familiar pungent smoke until exiting the convention hall. This is common at cannabis conferences, cannabis is talked about, while being kept out of view. 

Still, the people were there, so I got a chance to talk to all the different sorts of people populating the floor.

The

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CBS has turned down a cannabis company’s plans to air a medical marijuana advocacy commercial during the Super Bowl, according to media reports. Acreage Holdings, a firm with licensed cannabis cultivation, processing, and dispensary operations in 15 states, had hoped to run the television advertisement during coverage of the NFL championship game on Feb. 3. George Allen, the president of Acreage Holdings, told Bloomberg that the commercial is an attempt to “create an advocacy campaign for constituents who are being lost in the dialogue,” Allen said.

Allen said that airtime during the biggest television event of the year would have been a good way to accomplish that goal.

“It’s hard to compete with the amount of attention something gets when it airs during the Super Bowl,” he said.

Acreage had already produced the television spot and was prepared to spend more than $5 million to run the ad. Although controversial advertisements have been rejected for the Super Bowl by television networks in the past, Allen said his company believed its commercial might be accepted.

“We certainly thought there was a chance,” Allen said. “You strike when the chance of your strike has the probability of success — this isn’t a doomed

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