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Federal Court Ruling Not Appealed!

Minister PhilpotToday Health Canada Minister Jane Philpott has decided not to appeal Justice Phelan’s decision that requires amendments to the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).

According to the Minister ““We will respect the decision of the federal court and as such we are now in a situation where we have responsibility to address the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations and they will be amended accordingly in order to address the concerns of the court.”

Under Justice Phelan’s decision Health Canada has until mid-August to make those changes to the MMPR.  TheraCann will therefore continue to keep you updated on any proposed specifics of these changes and how they will be implemented.

For a full review of Minister Philpott’s comments please click here.

To learn more about our analysis for Justice Phelan’s decision click here.

Benchmark Labs and Bergman’s Lab Join Forces!

Bergman Lab and Benchmark Labs v1CALGARY ALBERTA –TheraCann International Corporation (“TheraCann”) is pleased to announce it has entered into a strategic partnership with Bergman’s Lab (“Bergman”), based in Holland and a leading supplier of comprehensive training programs to producers and growers of marijuana for medical and recreational use.

TheraCann is pleased to have been asked to bring the Bergman program to North America.  Bergman is globally recognized for its training and support programs.  As a result of the partnership, TheraCann and its clients will benefit from the years of experience Robert Bergman brings to the marijuana industry in Canada and the United States. TheraCann will integrate the Bergman training program into its industry-leading ERP seed to sale software, “SYSTEM”, providing its clients with even greater benefits and the ability to access and reference all training materials at any time. Bergman will gain greater exposure to the North American market and be provided a secure platform for their clients through TheraCann’s secure, web-based SYSTEM.

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CDC new guidelines may open door to Medical Marijuana

CDClogoCDC issues sweeping new guidelines to restrict opioid prescribing

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, based in Atlanta Georgia USA, issued new guidelines in an attempt to stem the tide of deaths and overdoses resulting from the consumption of opioids to manage pain.  This family of pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by physicians to treat chronic pain, has long been known for its addictive qualities and high risk of overdose.

“Management of chronic pain is an art and a science. The science of opioids for chronic pain is clear” for the vast majority of patients, the known, serious, and too-often fatal risks far outweigh the unproven and transient benefits, wrote CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden and Dr. Debra Houry, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in an essay today in the New England Journal of Medicine.”

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Justice Phelan Allard et. al. v. Her Majesty the Queen

marijuana law_300On Wednesday February 24, 2016, Justice Phelan of the BC Federal Court announced his decision in the matter between Allard, Beemish, Hebert and Davey (the “Plaintiffs”) and the Federal Government (the “Defendant” – Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada).

The matter concerned the plaintiffs claim that their Section 7 Charter Rights were violated by the repeal by Health Canada of the Medical Marihuana Access Regulations (“MMAR”), in favour of the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (“MMPR”), introduced in July 2013.

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Medical Marijuana – A CFL Boon?

football_cannabis_300On the day of Super Bowl 50, we look at the role of medical marijuana in professional sports. Former Toronto Argonaut, Ricky Williams believes that MMJ is crucial to saving all of football. He credits marijuana for preserving his health during his football career and other players say that cannabis helps them avoid painkiller addiction.

According to this article, currently CFL players who want to use marijuana for pain management can do so, providing there are no legal issues obtaining it or using it. By contrast, the NFL is still trying to prohibit its use despite an estimated 60% of NFL players smoke marijuana and an estimated 70 – 90% of players who use prescription painkillers during their playing career went on to abuse them.

The CFL’s lack of testing for cannabis means that players are already exploring it as an alternative to prescription painkillers. As pressure increases to ensure player safety in the NFL, the league should take a few notes from Canada’s playbook to allow medical marijuana as an alternative to prescription drugs for pain management.

Legalizing Marijuana: A Look at the Numbers

Medical-Marijuana-Taxation_300According to this Calgary Herald article, a new report from CIBC World Markets says Canada’s federal and provincial governments could reap as much as $5 billion annually in tax revenues from the sale of legal marijuana. CIBC also estimates that the market could blossom to $10 billion annually.

Prime Minister Trudeau maintains that legalized marijuana will not be a cash cow and that all revenues will address mental health and addiction issues. Given the current economic uncertainty Canada is facing, perhaps it is time the government reconsiders its stance on this issue by expanding the revenues to offset costs for broader health care programs and medical or scientific research. Like other “sin” taxes, such as alcohol or gaming, large portion of the proceeds are returned to the community by supporting charitable and community-based programs, thereby freeing up government funding for other programs.

The bottom line is that if marijuana is going to be legalized, there must be a comprehensive strategy in place to ensure the medical, social and economic well-being of Canadians.

Lets Talk Mental Health!

mental_health_300January 27, 2016 marks the 6th annual #BellLetsTalk day when Canadians are invited to openly talk about mental health issues in an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding it. Did you know that mental health is the leading cause of workplace disability in Canada? More importantly, only 1/3 of those who require mental health-related services in Canada will receive treatment.

There is often a stigma attached to the use of medical marijuana for treatment of various ailments – including mental health issues. According to this Medical Daily article, a preliminary study from the University of Buffalo suggests that medical marijuana can be effective in treating depression, PTSD, anxiety and stress.

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23 Health Benefits of Marijuana

medical_bene_300The cannabis plant has a history dating back thousands of years across many cultures. Until its prohibition in Canada in 1923 and in the U.S. in the 1930’s, cannabis was widely used for the treatment of various ailments.

More and more studies from around the world are uncovering the medicinal benefits of marijuana. As research continues and the use of medical cannabis becomes more mainstream,doctors and patients will increasingly consider medical marijuana as a viable treatment option.

This Business Insider article summarizes 23 health benefits of marijuana.

TheraCann completes Zenalytic Laboratories!

Zen_Labs_logoTheraCann International Corporation (formerly Benchmark Labs) is happy to announce that it has has completed the plan, design, implementation, and training of the core staff  of Zenalytic Laboratories (Zen Labs) that includes the installation, training and support of the TheraCann BenchmarkSYSTEM secure Web based software.

Zen Labs is currently conducting water and soil ISO 17025(2005) analysis while it waits for Health Canada approval for it to also then possess, analyze, transport and destroy medical marijuana.

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