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A new study reveals that there are similarities between nicotine and cannabis vaping use in teens and young adults, and that they are mostly used at the same rate. Many reported using both substances, and those who reported vaping nicotine at a younger age also reported to have used cannabis. 

The results took into consideration age, parental education level, gender, race, and ethnicity as it assessed the rate of vaping use for both cannabis and nicotine. All of these questions were asked in the self-reported surveys the youth participants completed. 

This study, which was published by JAMA Network Open, looked at instances of use from teens and young adults in the United States. It took data from students at high schools across Los Angeles at six-month interviews as they went through their last two years of high schools, then a year or two after finishing high school. 

“Growth mixture modeling (GMM) was used to identify latent trajectories of vape use. Parallel GMM was used to assess co-occurrence of nicotine and cannabis vaping trajectories,” the survey says regarding the method used to identify comparisons that were not readily obvious to those looking for patterns. 

“For each nicotine-use vaping trajectory, the probability

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Cannabis use is becoming more accepted nationwide, with fewer than a dozen states making it fully illegal. One group turning to cannabis more than ever is older adults.

A study published in April found the number of Americans age 65 and older who smoke marijuana or enjoy edibles increased 75% from 2015 to 2018. Now, research out of the University of California – San Diego shows older adults are using cannabis to treat a host of common health conditions.

The study, published earlier this month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that of 568 patients surveyed, 15% had used cannabis within the past three years, with half of users reporting using it regularly and mostly for medical purposes.

– Read the entire article at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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On November 4, citizens in five U.S. states could wake up to newly-approved measures to legalize recreational or medical cannabis. It appears November could also be a big month for Argentina, with reports indicating that a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use will be introduced next month in Argentina’s Congress. The bill is being drafted by Socialist Deputy Enrique Estévez (who, for followers of Argentine politics, is not part of President Alberto Fernández’ left-leaning coalition; the Socialist Party caucuses with opposition political groups).

Currently, Argentina is waiting for new regulations on medical cannabis, which was legalized in 2017, as we discussed in Malbec and Medical Cannabis: Have Them Both in Argentina. Estévez’ bill would decriminalize recreational cannabis use and allow home cultivation of up to 480 grams per year. Not coincidentally, sources close to Estévez are drawing parallels between the proposal and neighboring Uruguay’s existing framework. Uruguay’s own cannabis law also establishes a 480-gram annual limit for home growers (to learn more about Uruguay’s cannabis framework, listen to our Global Law and Business Podcast interview with Dr. Rodolfo Perdomo). However, while Uruguay aspires to become a cannabis export and research powerhouse, Estévez’ vision for cannabis in Argentina appears modest, focused

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There’s a growing body of research supporting the use of cannabis for MS symptom relief. Would it work for me?

If you have multiple sclerosis, you already know that MS symptoms can be difficult to treat.

In the absence of effective solutions, a growing number of people are looking to medical cannabis to manage common MS problems like chronic nerve pain, spasticity, and insomnia. Left unmanaged, these symptoms can have a profound impact on quality of life.

Having lived with MS for 19 years, I’m well acquainted with nerve pain, spasticity, and insomnia — and how distressing these symptoms can be.

– Read the entire article at Healthline.

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New Jersey is poised to join the growing number of states to legalize recreational marijuana use when voters head to the polls next month, according to a new survey out this week.

The latest Brach Eichler Cannabis Poll showed that 65 percent of likely Garden State voters either strongly or somewhat support a referendum that will appear on the New Jersey ballot to legalize pot for adults 21 and older. Twenty-nine percent said they were opposed, while six percent said they remain undecided with less than a month before Election Day.

“While we are seeing some ads regarding the referendum, there seem to be far fewer than for previous referenda,” John Fanburg, co-chair of the cannabis practice at Brach Eichler, said, as quoted by NJ.com. “We are also seeing increased awareness of the initiative in the past three weeks, meaning voters have been reading press reports or investigating the issue on their own and not relying on one-sided ads to educate themselves.”

As NJ.com noted, Brach Eichler “is a law firm that stands to benefit from legalization, and has worked with DKC Analytics to conduct four polls on the ballot question.” 

A bill introduced in the New Jersey state legislature

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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, through their officially established National Cannabis Working Group, will be reviewing the Cannabis Act that presides as law over the industry in Canada

The review will be a chance to provide feedback on how Canada can improve their framework, and what kind of changes could potentially be made to make legal cannabis in the country even better and to work out existing kinks and issues. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is a group that helps look into the economic implications on and from the cannabis industry, and they hope to learn a lot from taking a closer look at the industry. 

“As the first among larger developed economies to legalize recreational cannabis for adult use, Canadian cannabis companies have learned first-hand about what parts of the Cannabis Act and associated regulations have worked and what haven’t,” said Ryan Greer, senior director, Cannabis Policy at the Chamber and co-chair of the Working Group. “Through this review, the industry will provide thorough recommendations to the federal government about what changes are needed so industry can better compete with the illegal market, create more jobs, maintain Canada’s leadership in global markets and help the government achieve its health

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An explosion that took place Thursday afternoon of last week in New Mexico is making headlines, as it took place inside a cannabis manufacturing facility and injured two.

Local news sources report that two men were injured in the explosion last week, which took place at New Mexicann Natural Medicine’s facility based in Santa Fe. It is also noteworthy that less than five years ago, the plant made headlines for another explosion of a similar type.  

Jimmy Vigil, New Mexico State Fire Marshal fire investigations bureau captain, reported that the incident is currently still under investigation by several different entities. Camera footage of the dispensary and extraction unit will be looked at more closely, and samples from the unit will be examined by the Santa Fe City Fire Department, the state Department of Health and OSHA. 

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The two injured employees involved in the explosion were airlifted to the hospital in Denver directly after the event, according to the Department of Health. Their names have not as of yet been provided to the press. Both employees were burned on their heads and torsos, and were in serious enough condition to be airlifted to the hospital, but official details about

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Earlier this month, Vermont became the most recent state to legalize recreational cannabis. In the 2020 elections, cannabis legalization initiatives will appear on the ballots in Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota (we’ll be doing a weekly series on these states each Sunday leading up to the election, and you can read about Arizona, Mississippi, Montana in those links). To date, the vast majority of U.S. states have legalized cannabis in one form or another.

While states have been increasingly willing to legalize cannabis, the federal government has dropped the ball. Over the last few years, Congress has made many efforts to legalize cannabis or at least provide some benefits to the industry, but nothing has materialized. Most recently, the House of Representatives kicked the can further down the road on the MORE Act by delaying a floor vote that ultimately would have been pretty meaningless anyway if the law had made it to the Republican-controlled Senate.

While it’s clear that Congress can’t seem to get its act together, many had hoped that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear Washington v. Barr, a case in which petitioners sought to have the Court declare certain provisions of the

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If you ever wanted to meet The Blues Brothers while getting cannabis from your local dispensary, it’s your lucky day.

Jim Belushi, founder of Belushi’s Farm, and comedian and actor Dan Aykroyd, as well as former Broncos player and author Ray Crockett, will be in attendance for The Green Solution’s 10th anniversary celebration. The Green Solution, founded during Colorado’s medical cannabis days in 2010, has amassed a fleet of 21 cannabis storefronts today. What better way to celebrate a 10 year anniversary than with a cannabis icon-filled party?

The event coincides with the Colorado launch of The Blues Brothers pre-rolls, featuring the legendary Blues Brothers on the package, in honor of Jim’s late brother and comic John Belushi’s legacy. Belushi pays homage to his late brother in the brand, offering a mini pack of 6 joints called the “working man’s brand.” It will be available in every location of The Green Solution by the end of this year, a spokesperson for the company says.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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On October 16, 2020, the Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking relating to regulatory changes to the commercial cannabis license application process. The proposed rule changes will affect Title 16, California Code of Regulations, sections 5002, 5017, 5021 and 5600.

These proposed regulations will implement the statutory changes called for in AB 2138, which was signed by the Governor on September 30, 2018. The provisions within AB 2138 became operative on July 1, 2020, and were intended to remove some of the licensing and employment barriers faced by those with prior criminal convictions or disciplinary actions where those individuals can demonstrate rehabilitation. According to the BCC’s press release:

[T]he changes to the statutes prohibit bureaus from requiring applicants for licensure to disclose information or documentation regarding the applicant’s criminal history. Additionally, if a bureau decides to deny an applicant for licensure, the bureau must provide the applicant with notice of the denial, including the reason for the denial, as well as instructions for appealing the decision and the process for receiving a copy of the applicant’s conviction history.

AB 2138 also amends BPC section 480 to prohibit a bureau from denying a

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