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West Australian Doctors Still Facing Delays When Prescribing Medicinal Cannabis

The Director of the St Francis Medical Group, David Cooper, told 6PR Mornings that West Australian doctors are still being bogged down by red tape when trying to prescribe medicinal cannabis to their patients. Earlier this month the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) handed down its final decision in favour of down-scheduling low dose cannabidiol (CBD) preparations from Schedule 4 to Schedule 3, which means the drug will soon be available for purchase from Australian pharmacies… …

Pandemic Has Not Stopped The Boom In Ottawa Cannabis Shops

As of Tuesday, 27 cannabis stores were authorized to be open in Ottawa, compared to seven last May. Another 58 entrepreneurs have secured locations for stores and are going through the application process to obtain a licence. Cara Rose-Brown and her husband Tim Brown opened their store in July, four months into the pandemic that has devastated many small businesses. But business is brisk at the Spiritleaf cannabis shop on Main Street in Stittsville. They… …

‘It’s The First Thing I Do When I Wake Up.’ Canadians Turning To Cannabis To Cope Through COVID-19 Pandemic

Arianne Persaud has been using more cannabis this year, after losing a restaurant industry job at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. To cope with the stress of being unemployed, Persaud initially turned to alcohol. But Persaud decided to cut down the drinking and consume more cannabis for relief after noticing a decline in physical and mental health. “With alcohol there’s always this extreme emotion, it’s either you’re celebrating something or drowning in your sorrows,”… …