Could Medical Marijuana Be Your next Employee Health Benefit?

Major Canadian employers are considering covering the drug, says an industry insider.

The winds of change are blowing through employee benefit plans across Canada, and they smell like weed.

Benefits industry insider Mike Sullivan caught a whiff at a recent meeting with some of his clients, who represent private companies with benefit plans that cover about three million Canadian workers across a range of industries. Continue reading “Could Medical Marijuana Be Your next Employee Health Benefit?”

Older Women and Medical Marijuana: A New Growth Industry

Jeanine Moss never expected to get into the cannabis industry. But that was before her hip-replacement surgery.

Moss, 62, of Marina Del Ray, California, had quit her job as a marketing consultant before she had her hip done in 2014. As she left the hospital, her doctors handed her a “shopping bag filled with opiates,” she said. The drugs made her disoriented and woozy. Continue reading “Older Women and Medical Marijuana: A New Growth Industry”

These 6 groups help vets get access to medical marijuana

On Memorial Day, America pauses to remember those who gave their lives in service to the country. It’s also a day for a grateful nation to thank and assist its nearly 19 million veterans, many of whom survived their service only to return to civilian life with battle scars seen and unseen.

As the nation continues to come to grips with how best to help its wounded warriors, an increasing number of veterans — and the organizations that support them — are demanding safe access to medical marijuana to treat traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other physical and mental afflictions. Continue reading “These 6 groups help vets get access to medical marijuana”

Canadians Worried Ottawa Rushing into Pot Legalization: Poll

Even attendees at Canada’s biggest cannabis trade show, Lift, on this weekend at Metro Convention Centre, had mixed feelings about legalization, with some worried government control and corporatization would crush the little guy.

Longtime head shop owner Luke Reynolds sees recreational marijuana in Canada eventually rolling out “like Tim Hortons and Starbucks” on every corner. Continue reading “Canadians Worried Ottawa Rushing into Pot Legalization: Poll”

Study Proves Marijuana Can Reduce Epileptic Seizures

Medical researchers have confirmed what some desperate parents have been claiming for years—that a nonpsychoactive component of marijuana known as cannabidiol (CBD) can reduce epileptic seizures in some children.

Published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the findings stem from a double-blind, placebo-controlled study—the most scientifically rigorous type of investigation possible. Continue reading “Study Proves Marijuana Can Reduce Epileptic Seizures”

Microdosing With Cannabis: Benefits Without the Buzz

In the midst of a potency obsessed market where high-THC marks mean everything, there is a growing community of cannabis advocates that are pushing for less consumption as opposed to more. This tactic is called “microdosing,” a growing trend as cannabis consumption becomes more mainstream. Continue reading “Microdosing With Cannabis: Benefits Without the Buzz”

Marijuana experts question how industry will mature as rapid growth continues

Regulated marijuana sales are growing rapidly in participating states, but with federal legalization still a slow-turning wheel, it could take decades for the industry to fully mature on a national level.

On the back of 11 states passing marijuana-related measures last year, sales of recreational marijuana are expected to increase by roughly 30% this year — reaching $5.1 billion to $6.1 billion — and increase up to 45% in 2018, according to industry data provided by Chris Walsh, analyst and editorial director of Marijuana Business Daily. Continue reading “Marijuana experts question how industry will mature as rapid growth continues”

How the Trump administration is impacting the multi-billion-dollar marijuana industry

“I think the impact we will see coming out of Washington, D.C., is fewer investors coming into the space … fewer people launching businesses direct to the plant — cultivation, dispensing and manufacturing. That’s where you’re going to see people not wanting to enter the cannabis space,” she says. Continue reading “How the Trump administration is impacting the multi-billion-dollar marijuana industry”

Michigan Cannabis Legalization Marches Toward 2018 Ballot

Advocates of legalizing recreational marijuana use and repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage law cleared a procedural step Thursday and will quickly begin collecting signatures needed to send the bills to lawmakers and potentially voters. Continue reading “Michigan Cannabis Legalization Marches Toward 2018 Ballot”