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Researchers Are Working On A New Cannabis Saliva Test For Impaired Drivers

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Drivers who are intoxicated with alcohol, while driving, are often subjected to roadside stops, in the United States, where they are asked to take breathalyzer tests and would further have to go through stiff penalties if the alcohol content in their blood exceeds the legal limitations. However, there is no current test that exists, for cannabis intoxication.

Scientists have now reported that they are another step closer to the invention of a convenient saliva test that will measure the cannabis levels at roadside stops. American Chemical Society (ACS) SciMeeetings online platform, will be where the researchers will be presenting their results.

According to Shalini Prasad, Ph.D., who led the study, people usually tend to think that drunk driving is worse than driving after smoking cannabis and consider the latter to be relatively “safer”. However, she further explained how both substances can cause similar effects in the body such as slowed reaction time, diminished alertness, and reduced self-awareness.

Tetrahydrocannabinol  (THC) is the psychoactive compound in cannabis and constitutes impairment. However, the safe levels of THC in blood, unlike alcohol, have not been well characterized. According to Prasad, despite it being an emerging field, 1 to 15 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood, is suggested by the preliminary clinical reports, to be considered a level of impairment.

The law enforcement agencies are focusing on how to keep the roads safe from high drivers, as more U.S states continue the decriminalization of cannabis. The blood tests for THC are time-consuming and invasive, despite the accuracy. Along with that, this is not a convenient test for many police officers to perform skillfully at roadside stops. Some researchers are working on a cannabis test that would be similar to a breathalyzer for alcohol, to measure THC levels in the breath.

However, according to Prasad, extensive and error-prone data processing would be required to filter out the effects of other compounds as the levels of THC are low in the breath. Consequently, focusing on the close correlation between saliva and blood, Prasad and colleagues aimed at the development of a saliva test for THC that would be simple, quick and accurate.

THC sensor strips and an electronic reader were engineered by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas. The sensor strips contained two electrodes and were coated with an antibody. The antibody binds with THC and isolates it from other compounds in the saliva. According to Prasad, the antibody is used, to focus only on the needle in the haystack.

The researchers performed the test by adding a tiny drop of human saliva that was spiked with THC, on the strip. The strip was then inserted into the electronic reader, which further applied a specific voltage. The electric current changed due to the occurrence of the polarization between the interacting antibody and the THC surfaces, shortly after the THC attached to the antibody. THC concentration would then be traceable after the conversion of data by the e-reader.

However, for THC levels ranging from 100 picograms per milliliter to 100 nanograms per milliliter, the device held accuracy. According to Prasad, this prototype was the first to be able to report both low and high concentrations of THC, with high sensitivity and specificity. Furthermore, the test requires less than five minutes to perform and complete.

Due to legal issues regarding cannabis in Texas, THC spiked saliva is what researchers are working with rather than actual cannabis smokers. However, law enforcement agencies and researchers from other states where cannabis is legalized, are interested in collaboration.

Additionally, lawmakers and regulatory groups have shown interest to develop effective laws by using the data generated by the device.

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Investment In Marijuana Industry May Become Easy After Renewing UK Legislation

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Investments in the marijuana industry and businesses relating to cannabis have been limited as the UK legislation has limitations. The investment policies for investing money in the national cannabis business and international weed activities differ for every country. The authorities of a country or state determine and formulates laws according to their locality needs, demands, and requirements.

RizeETF Founders Progress in Marijuana Industry

The company Rize Medical Cannabis and Life Sciences Ucits ETF has been doing business regarding marijuana, reports Ft. Since 2016 the company is focusing on potentials of earnings through legal, medical marijuana sales. Rize ETF has also analyzed the possible increase in profits if the investment is permitted in the marijuana industry.

The company RizeETF lists funds in the Stock Exchange of London. Funds are also listed by companies in Deutsche Borse Xetra and Six Swiss Exchange. Rules for the stock investments for the marijuana industry vary. There is a greater chance of many countries legalizing cannabis business activities. TrackInsight elaborates that funds for marijuana increase from $792 million to $4.4 billion.

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According to current legislation regarding the marijuana industry or business and investment, investment in marijuana involving business can occur only if it is legal. The marijuana business has to be legal at the national level within the United Kingdom and outside as well.

Changes in Investment Trends and Marijuana Usage

In the last year, investment trends in the legal marijuana industry and businesses have increased immensely. Those who have been investing in the industry were able to generate huge profits.

Extraction of various chemicals from different parts of the cannabis plant is possible. These various types of chemicals are classified depending upon their properties. In November, it was made clear by the European Court of Justice that cannabidiol is not a narcotic. The UN Commission on Narcotics Drugs also removed marijuana from the list of detrimental drugs.

Changes are occurring on an international level, and chances of increasing progress of the marijuana industry are high as new legislation is under discussion. The passing of a bill suggesting the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana in New York has already occurred. In New York, people are free to use marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes.

ALSO READ: Social and Economic Equity a Priority in New York Cannabis Legislation

The US Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act is yet to pass. When the House of Representatives passes this bill banking industry will provide services to people of the marijuana industry. Hence, cannabis business owners will handle cash easily and get sufficient investors if they require investment.

ETFs Earnings and More

The investment in the marijuana industry is made by cannabis-focused ETFs. There are many alterations in business trends involved; companies are exploring new markets for the sale of their medicinal and recreational cannabis products.

Many companies that were have signed agreements have canceled them as one of the companies begins to invest in recreational cannabis products. Recreational marijuana products are still to get approval from the international market to get maximum profits in this field. However, investing in it will be highly profitable when national legislation regarding allowing cannabis for recreational use will get approval. The ETFs owning the marijuana industry will generate sufficient income as long as their business activities are legal on a national and international level.

Some people have concerns that ETFs that have been investing or have to experience in investing in the marijuana industry are generating maximum capital. According to Morningstar’s Lamont, ETFs shall not invest in retail setups as they will not generate sufficient income. Lamont recommends investing in sectors including the marijuana industry and cannabis-related businesses. But he suggests that cannabis retail investment is risky.

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Minnesota Cannabis Legalization Bill All Set For Approval

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The cannabis legalization bill has been represented in different states, including Minnesota. The House of Minnesota has been having discussions regarding the subject. After considering every aspect of the bill, the House will soon pass and implement it, reports Kare11.

Cannabis legalization and decriminalization bills in different states aim to enhance the flourishing of the marijuana industry. Other objectives include providing equal opportunity to people of color and minorities to start their businesses. Possession of a certain amount will not lead to imprisonment as possessing marijuana up to a certain amount for individuals above 21 will be legal.

The Efforts of Minnesota Legislature for Passing the Bill

Legislatures have been trying for many years to formulate and pass a bill allowing recreational or adult use of marijuana. On Thursday, the Minnesota House will vote regarding approving the legislation. If the cannabis legalization bill gets approval on Thursday, then people in Minnesota above the age of twenty-one can easily use marijuana for recreational purposes.

DFL leaders to legalize marijuana have been making efforts and presenting bills. But there has been a delay in passing these bills due to the opposition of Republicans. According to Rep. Winkler, the opposition does not want to vote and is not interested in passing the cannabis legalization bill in any way. Winkler further adds that opposition is the main reason for delaying legalization and decriminalization of cannabis.

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According to state DFL leaders, every detail about the cannabis legalization bill has been discussed. The topic of discussion includes the possible outcome of passing the bill and the benefits it will generate for Minnesota. Leaders are highly hopeful that the bill will get approval during a House meeting scheduled for Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Why Republicans Oppose Cannabis Legalization Bill in Minnesota

Republicans highlight that they intend to manage the budget without increasing taxation. Paul Gazelka is the Republican Senate Majority Leader. According to Paul, improving the economy by safely reopening schools and business activities is better than legalizing cannabis for people.

Besides, Republicans have doubts and concerns regarding the side effects of the recreational use of marijuana. Republicans elaborate their perspective by saying that adverse effects to recreational use of cannabis have appeared in some areas. Thus, according to them, it is better to learn more before passing the cannabis legalization bill in Minnesota.

But Rep. Winkler disagrees with the Republican point of view. According to Paal Carter, the tobacco and alcohol industries are working effectively within regulations, and the cannabis industry will work likewise by following cannabis legalization and decriminalization bills.

Winkler clarifies that the formulation of the cannabis legalization bill represented in the House took over two years. After completing research, talking to law enforcement, and considering public health officials’ opinions and concerns, the bill formulation occurs. Thus, there is nothing to worry about, and the bill is all set to pass.

Possible Changes that Can Occur After Approval of Cannabis Legalization Bill 

The passing of this bill will enable the legal business and sales of cannabis products. The cannabis legalization bill will result in anyone above the age of 21 purchasing cannabis for recreational purposes from an authorized marijuana retailer. Record-keeping regarding cannabis users and the demand or sales of cannabis products will be easy.

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After passing and putting the marijuana legalization bill into action, Minnesota will be able to earn large tax revenues. Other states that legalized marijuana last year were able to obtain huge tax revenue. According to the Tax Foundation, Colorado and Washington successfully earned more than $300 million through tax revenue from legal cannabis activities.

Twelve of the House committees have approved of marijuana legalization, and the final decision will occur on Thursday after the vote.

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Marijuana Cultivation in Colombia by Flora Growth Becomes Public

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Marijuana cultivation within any state has to be per the cannabis laws of that state. In Colombia, some cannabis cultivators can grow cannabis outside within a certain area.

There are chances of the introduction of new cannabis reforms at the federal level. Investors are making their moves while observing the situation closely as their profit or loss depends upon new regulations. Marijuana cultivation usually takes place in indoor greenhouses. In Canada, mostly cannabis companies cultivate marijuana through the controlled environment in greenhouses.

Some cannabis companies have their set up in Canada and different states of the United States. Production units can be found in Canada and the US, and the types of methods used for cannabis cultivation can vary.

Marijuana Cultivation Methods and Cultivation Preferences 

Cannabis cultivation can occur inside greenhouses and outside in an open environment if temperature and other growth factors are appropriate for its growth. Moreover, marijuana cultivation in the outside or open fields is cost-effective and requires traditional methods for this process of cultivation.

Indoor greenhouse cultivation of cannabis occurs in a controlled environment, and it yields the best marijuana product qualitatively and quantitatively. Latest technologies are used in this method of cultivation. The cost for marijuana cultivation using new technologies is much greater than the cost-spends at its growth using traditional methods.

Some growth tricks used to increase the yield of cannabis include topping, super cropping, flushing, low-stress training, and monster chopping. Other cutting methods can increase the growth of marijuana.

ALSO READ: Canopy Growth And Other Cannabis Company Stocks Rise

Flora Growth is a cannabis company in Colombia, USA, and has headquarters in Toronto, Canada. The company cultivates marijuana for producing its medicinal products via traditional methods.

In Colombia, cannabis companies do not quickly get a license to register and grow marijuana within companies’ premises. According to CEO Luis Merchan, Flora Growth has the approval of the Colombian government for legal marijuana cultivation, and cultivating a gram of marijuana dry flowers costs only 6 cents. The cost of indoor cultivation of cannabis in North America is about $1.25.

Despite being cost-effective, companies are not racing to get Colombian government approval as these companies prefer cultivating marijuana closer to home.

Alterations in Flora Growth Shares 

Investors are not interested in investing in Flora Growth, and company shares continue to fall up to four percent, reported CNN. Traditional marijuana cultivation costs remarkably low, and Flora Growth can generate high-quality cannabis-based foods. Flora Growth also formulates beauty products using cannabis.

The increase in share prices is slow, and the company is still small as compared to other companies involved in the cannabis business on an international level. Flora Growth has to make many efforts to improve its share price and grow to become a bigger cannabis company like Altria, Tilray, and Canopy.

Flora Growth has made a public offering to make mergers or sign contracts with other companies and investors. The CEO is confident that Flora Growth will successfully increase its share prices. The company can earn sufficient earnings by selling good quality products produced at low cost as it uses traditional marijuana cultivation methods.

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The company has a partnership with Miss Universe of 2014, Paulina Vega. As a result of this partnership, the launch of Flora Growth cannabis-infused topical products has become easy and effective in increasing stock prices. The skincare cannabis product formulation occurs by extracting CBD and other non-psychoactive phytochemicals from the cannabis plant. The extraction of components occurs by utilizing plants grown through traditional marijuana cultivation methods.

According to Merchan, Flora Growth has remarkable cultivation facilities, infrastructure, marketing team, cooperative working team, and efficient sales team across the globe.

Changes in reforms to marijuana cultivation, sales, possession, and other marijuana activities will increase competition, and Flora Growth has the potential to flourish in a highly competing environment.

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