Current member of both the Nova Scotia legislature and the province’s Progressive Conservative Party Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin voiced concerns about the impact legalized cannabis may have on the maritime province, saying, “I have a best friend in Amherst who is from Jamaica. She said to me, ‘Elizabeth, smoking marijuana in Jamaica is completely accepted, and there’s a completely different work ethic and very low productivity in Jamaica.’” Smith-McCrossin has since apologized for her remarks, which were labeled as racist. Source: CBC
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Alan Silber, a New Jersey-based attorney with Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, a full-service, mid-size law firm headquartered in Hackensack, co-wrote a 116-page brief filled with legal arguments and supporting documents in favor of de-scheduling cannabis. The brief, submitted to the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs, argues that cannabis does not meet the definition of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and never has; that some OTC medications (like acetaminophen) have a higher risk for abuse than cannabis; and that there are 30 medical associations that recognize the cannabis plant’s medicinal properties. Source: Pashman Stein press release
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CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta penned an open letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions offering to share the results of his investigation into the medical benefits of cannabis. (Sessions’ office refused meeting and interview requests.) Among other discoveries, Dr. Gupta found that the compounds present in cannabis can help break addiction cycles. Source: CNN
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