Doctors Nova Scotia seeks restriction on marijuana use in public as Canada prepares to legalize cannabis

Doctors Nova Scotia seeks restriction on marijuana use in public as Canada prepares to legalize cannabis

Historic as it was, the U.S. Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act in 1970 which placed marijuana in the category of Schedule I substances, the most restrictive of all categories.  This meant that it was in contravention of the law of the land to either use, possess or distribute cannabis and any violation would tantamount to criminal penalties.

However, after all these years, it seems that banning marijuana did not do much to curb its usage, addiction and misuse in the country. Realizing this, and the medicinal properties that it is known to possess, many states legalized its use for medical purposes in due course. In fact, some states went a step further legalizing its recreational use as well. As of today, medical marijuana stands legalized in 29 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, of which 10 allow it for recreational purpose also. Read more

California to crack down on ‘gray marijuana’

California to crack down on ‘gray marijuana’

California is one of the pioneers, paving the way for other states, in adopting policies allowing the use of cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes. The Californian government has passed laws to govern not only the use of marijuana, but also to allow conditional cultivation, distribution and sale of cannabis by government licensed parties.

Quickly realising that the already existing medical marijuana laws had loopholes and was being exploited by the unlicensed collectives and cooperatives, California finally decided to address the issue and take preventive measures to ensure that illegal sale of marijuana is curbed. This crackdown on the “gray marijuana” market was essentially to ensure that the licensed operators were not at a disadvantage considering the fact that they had to follow the formal route of licensing, cultivation and sale involving more financial and social accountability. Read more

New track-and-trace software to help California prevent marijuana black marketing

New track-and-trace software to help California prevent marijuana black marketing

With 30 states and the District of Columbia legalizing marijuana in one form or the other, the risk of cannabis abuse has only become higher than ever in the United States. California, which was the first state to establish a medical marijuana program way back in 1996, took a leap by legalizing weed for recreational use from January 1, 2018. However, realizing the threat of misuse of the legally grown marijuana the state engaged a Florida-based software company to develop a tracking system to keep tabs on the publicly available cannabis. Read more

Cannabis-induced psychosis is lower than previously believed, finds new study

Cannabis-induced psychosis is lower than previously believed, finds new study

A psychotic experience (psychosis) is characterized by hallucinations, delusions and inconsistent behavior. People who suffer from psychosis are unable to distinguish between psychotic symptoms and real-life situations. Although psychosis is frequently believed to be a symptom of schizophrenia, it can be indicative of other mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder and chronic depression. Psychosis may also be triggered by Parkinson’s disease, brain tumors and cerebrovascular accident (stroke), or due to the effect of certain medicines, alcohol and drugs. Read more

Long-term marijuana users are at higher risk of mental disorders

Long-term marijuana users are at higher risk of mental disorders

An increasing number of Americans are queuing up outside mental health establishments to be treated for their psychiatric disorders. This makes it imperative to understand the factors responsible for the growing pervasiveness of mental illnesses in the nation.
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