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Study Debunks Theory That Legalized Marijuana Helps Prevent Opioid Deaths

A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point of legal pot advocates. Researchers repeated an analysis that sparked excitement years ago. The previous work linked medical marijuana …

Some Claims of Medical Cannabis Lack Scientific Evidence

Marijuana has been shown to help ease pain and a few other health problems, yet two-thirds of U.S. states have decided pot should be legal to treat many other conditions with little scientific backing. At least 1.4 million Americans are …

Chronic Pain is Top Reason Patients Use Medical Marijuana

The stigma surrounding marijuana use appears to be slowly fading in the U.S. New research from the University of Michigan, published in the February issue of Health Affairs, provides insight into the use of medical marijuana. According to the research, …

Troubled Opioid Seller Insys Looks to Cannabis to Save Itself

Sitting in a Boston courtroom in a dark, pinstriped suit, the former top sales executive at Insys Therapeutics Inc., Alex Burlakoff, listened as federal prosecutors read out crimes he and the company had allegedly committed. Insys had bribed doctors and …

Canada Gets Ready for Legalized Recreational Marijuana on Oct. 17

Mat Beren and his friends used to drive by the vast greenhouses of southern British Columbia and joke about how much weed they could grow there. Years later, it’s no joke. The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some …

Canada’s Intact Financial Not Planning to Insure Recreational Cannabis Industry

Don’t expect Intact Financial Corp., Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer, to insure the recreational-cannabis industry anytime soon. “It’s not seen as the pot of gold that we should chase after,” Chief Financial Officer Louis Marcotte said Tuesday at the …

Canada Delays Sales of Recreational Cannabis in Retail Stores as Legalization Looms

Canada’s largest province is delaying the launch of private marijuana sales in bricks-and-mortar stores until April 2019, nearly six months after the drug is legalized for recreational use. Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government said Monday it will start cannabis sales with …

Some Recreational Cannabis Products to Remain Banned Under New Canada Law

A key segment of Canada’s marijuana industry will remain banned for up to a year after the drug becomes legal for recreational use — making it harder for Justin Trudeau to kill off the black market. Edibles, beverages, and pot …

Canadian Health Insurers Reluctant to Provide Cover for Medical Marijuana

Sun Life Financial, Canada’s No. 2 insurer, recently started covering medical marijuana in its Canadian health insurance plan – more than 17 years after the country first legalized it. The coverage, which requires employers to pay a premium, extends only …

Canada’s Evergreen Pacific Insurance Corp. to Buy Natural Health Provider Synergy

Evergreen Pacific Insurance Corp. (EPIC), the Toronto-based financial-services holding company, announced it has signed a binding agreement to acquire a majority interest in Synergy Health Services, subject to completion of customary due diligence. Financial details of the transaction were not …