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Raids on Illegal Cannabis Dispensaries in Montreal – 12 Arrested

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Raids on Illegal Cannabis Dispensaries

Montreal Police conducted raids on illicit Cannabis dispensaries and arrested 12 people. This series of raids was not a sudden. A cue was given way before in March 2019, upon which investigations started.

The tip said that a café on the Queen Mary Road, Café Amsterdam, had invoiced itself as an official private organization for the users of medicinal marijuana. However, it was selling cannabis for recreational purposes without a proper license. The recreational cannabis products included cookies, gummies, and brownies.

Details of the Raid & Investigation

Although Marijuana (recreational and medicinal) are legal in Canada, it is under very strict restrictions. An important point to keep in mind is that only SQDC (government body responsible for the sale of recreational cannabis in the province of Quebec) is authorized for the retail sale of cannabis in Montreal.

The police were investigating this case of illegal sales of Marijuana for quite a long time. It took almost 15 months to trace the other 3 places involved in the illegal sales on Cannabis. These 710 CRC outlets were located on Sherbrooke St. W. downtown.

Also Read: Illinois – Cannabis Dispensary Licenses Delayed Until August

According to police, the 12 people arrested following the raids on illegal Cannabis Dispensaries have many criminal charges pressed on them. Initially police have released them. However, they will have to appear before the court. The police confiscated more than 5 kilograms of Cannabis, with 200 grams of pure hashish, a considerable amount of edibles (cannabis-derived) and goods such as creams, and oils.

System under SQDC

Canada has a proper and well-established system for the buying and selling of Cannabis and Cannabis related products. Anyone can easily purchase cannabis products from any SQDC governed outlet or online website. SQDC sells all varieties of cannabis related products. It offers a versatile consumer experience. The products it regularly sells include teas, dried flower products, ground products, oils, joints that are pre-rolled, capsules and oral sprays.

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It also helps the buyers in choosing their type of Cannabis products. It chooses a product for the customer based on their choice of strain, product type, amount of THC and/or CBD, potency, and aroma.  Based in Edmonton, Aurora and Smith’s Falls, Tweed (based in Ontario), Emerald Health Therapeutics, Dubon, and Hexo are some best-known vendors of SQDC.

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With the initialization of operations of SQDC, it is against the law to buy any kind of Cannabis products from Street Dealers. Even though SQDC prices more than the regular street dealers, it is the only way to access legal Cannabis products. The state only allows licensed Cannabis farming. This means anybody growing Cannabis in their houses is illegaly doing so.

The recent legalization of Cannabis (both for medicinal and recreational purposes) has led to new researches on Cannabis. Cannabis has found its utility in treating the novel Coronavirus. Due to its ability of curing COVID-19 patients, its supply and demand has remarkably increased. It is also very helpful in treating anxiety, alleviating PTSD and seizures.

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Cannabis Found Effective in Treating Pain With Zero Side-Effects

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Recent Researches on Cannabis revealed its efficacy in Treating Pain with zero side-effects. A survey conducted as a part of this researched showed that patients experienced relief using cannabis for pain.

An Effective Substitute of Opioid

The survey also showed that Cannabis has greatly substituted Opioid. Opioid is a harmful drug which is used for managing pain. Previously, Opioid was the only drug effective in treating pain. However, it had a lot of side-effects. It causes drowsiness, mental fog, nausea, and constipation. It can also cause slowed breathing, which can lead to overdose deaths.

The daily use of cannabis in patients showed prolonged improvements in pain management and increased quality of life. In just a short interval of only three months, patients began to feel improvement in overall physical and mental health.

Effectiveness of CBD Oil in Pain Management

CBD (Cannabidiol) exists as a chemical compound which is obtained from the cannabis plant. Moreover, it decreases the pain with no development of any mind-altering or psychoactive effects. Additionally, CBD oil is produced by the extraction of CBD powder from the cannabis plant. Recommendations involve the use of olive or coconut oil, as a mixture, for better use.

Also Read: Good News For Sciatica Patients: Study Reveals Effective Results of CBD Oil

The latest studies on CBD oil have unveiled its neuroprotective, anti-seizure, and pain relieving qualities. Owing to its remarkable impacts on the human body, several celebrities are advocating for CBD.

Worldwide Legalization of Cannabis

It is important to remember that 33 states of the U.S. have legalized the use of medicinal Cannabis while 11 states have legalized the use of medical Cannabis.  With these recent legalization, the demand and supply of cannabis increased by multifold. Increased demand led to increased research on the subject.

Also Read: Asian Visitor Caught Smuggling 6kgs of Cannabis in Dubai

Cannabis has found many uses in our daily lives. It can treat something as painful as Sciatica Pain. The use of Cannabis can alleviate the frequency of seizures. It also reduces anxiety. it helps with the PTSD. Many people have found Cannabis useful in calming their nerves and dealing with insomnia.

COVID-19 & CANNABIS

In view of the recent pandemic, COVID-19, Cannabis has also found its utility in speeding up the recovery of COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that has infected over 11 million people in the world. It is a cause of nearly half a million deaths worldwide. Medical marijuana has helped many people recover from the deadly disease.

In the view of the situation, many different countries have also relaxed their laws on the use of cannabis and cannabis related products. COVID-19 very badly affected economies all around the world. Tax revenues generated by the sales of Cannabis might help lift the deflating economies.

DANGERS of Cannabis

Cannabis consists of two main compounds; CBD (Cannabinol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). While CBD is responsible for relaxing the brain and nerves, THC is responsible for the ‘buzz’ or ‘high feeling’. THC acts on specific receptors in brain cells and slowly deteriorates our brain.

However, Cannabis is an extremely useful drug if used in measured quantities. It is highly effective in Treating Pain With Zero Side-Effects.

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Cannabis Activist Julian Stobbs Stabbed To Death

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The Cannabis activist Julian Stobbs, who struggled for several years in order to legalize personal marijuana use in South Africa, has been killed in a robbery at his Lanseria farm near Johannesburg. This incident took place in the early hours of Friday morning.

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According to reports, Stobbs and his wife, Myrtle Clark better known as the Dagga couple fought a battle through courts in order to legalize cannabis. The police put them behind bars in 2010 for growing and smoking cannabis. As a result, after their release, they filed the case in the court.

 The Incident Of Robbery

The couple was asleep in their home located just outside Johannesburg when the burglars entered their home. They further entered into the couple’s bedroom and shot and stabbed him to death.

Myrtle didn’t get any physical injuries.  The burglars took everything in the house along with them. This includes two cellphones and two laptops.

According to a statement on the Dagga couple Facebook page, the South African cannabis community is grieving over the death of such a courageous warrior.

The family is appealing that the people must respect their privacy at the moment. Moreover, the public must allow Myrtle and the family some space during these tough times. Further, they are quite grateful for the love they have received from the public up till now.

Als0 Read: Cannabis May Be A Cure For Various Cancers

A Courageous Warrior

The killing of Stobbs might prove to be a huge calamity for the cannabis society in South Africa. A long-time South African cannabis activist and businessman Tony Budden told that Stobbs and Clarke were quite determined to aware people about the plant and its benefits. The citizens called him a courageous warrior. He was the one who never got scared to stand up for what he truly believed in.

Arrest In 2010

A few years back in August, 2010, police swooped the couples home. As a result, they were accused of possessing marijuana with the intention of selling it in the market. Clarke later told about the raid that all that the officers found was a middle aged couple in their pajamas and some quantity of cannabis.

The police arrested them after a five-hour trial in their kitchen. Stobbs further told that the police put a revolver on his cheek when he was sitting in the lounge. Clarke stated that: “The more we thought about it, the more we realized this was a gross invasion of our privacy. This is about sovereignty, it’s about cognitive liberty, it’s about the very freedom of our minds.”

Tour To Various Other Countries

The couple travelled the whole South Africa in order to give statements to rural and farming communities. They introduced their manifesto through which they decided to develop a way for freedom of cannabis in South Africa.

They further travelled to United Nations in New York to spread their message at an international level. Moreover, they even appeared at hearings on the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna to further pass on their message.

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Both of them also studied the current cannabis laws all around the world. They made an attempt to convince international experts to attest on their behalf about the health impacts of cannabis. Stobbs also admitted that he started smoking cannabis several years ago. According to him, the ones who use drugs have rights as well, they are not animals and must not be imprisoned.

Consequently, the police stopped arresting adults for growing cannabis for their own use.

 

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Cannabis May Be A Cure For Various Cancers

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Various innovative and developing countries have acknowledged the healing benefits of cannabis. It has been used in herbal remedies for centuries. Studies have also shown that they can actively help in the treatment of various cancers.

Source: Arizona Natural Selections

The Study

A number of studies have been conducted to study medicinal uses of cannabis. These also include people going through a cancer treatment. The studies suggest that marijuana can help in controlling the following:

Pain: Like opioids, marijuana works as one of the strongest pain relievers while treating patients living with cancer related pain. In addition to this, it may have anti-inflammatory effects that may help in curing pain.

Neuropathy: It is a medical term for nerve damage and is a frequent problem of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. It’s characteristics includes a feeling of weakness, numbness, itching and a flaming sensation in the hands and feet. Hence, marijuana provides comfort and liberation of pain resulting from neuropathy.

Nausea and Vomiting: Nausea and vomiting are one of the side effects of chemotherapy. Many cancer patients encounter these side effects. Dronabinol is a synthetic cannabinoid which is approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration for such kind of side effects. Various other examinations clearly indicates that medical marijuana plays a valuable role in curing nausea and vomiting.

Also Read: Medicinal Cannabis Legalized In Australia But People Opt For Illegal Sources

Anorexia or Cachexia: It is the medical term for the loss of appetite. Cachexia is the phenomenon of unintended loss of weight specially the loss of lean muscle and fat often followed by tiredness and a reduction in functional abilities.

FDA has also approved the synthetic cannabinoid Dronabinol for anorexia associated with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). However, there are not enough researches that indicates the effectiveness of medicinal marijuana in controlling of these symptoms. But, marijuana may increase the intake of food in HIV patients.

Anti-neoplastic: Lab and animal testing shows that marijuana might be productive in slowing down or preventing the development of certain tumors.

Conclusion Of The Study

However, this study shows that marijuana can be safe and secure in treating cancer but it does not indicates that marijuana will help in curing the disease. Hence, people must not only depend on marijuana for treatment while keeping themselves away from conventional medical care for cancer.

Side Effects Of Marijuana

Although THC may assist in reducing nausea and other symptoms, it also has a few side effects such as inability to think clearly or focus. The long-term side effects include psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, depression or a person may become a bipolar patient. Additionally, respiratory disorders such as chronic bronchitis may also develop.

There is no as such evidence available that supports the use of medicinal marijuana. Moreover, since marijuana is considered as an illegal drug so the research and investigation on its medical use has been greatly reduced. However, interest in this field has greatly increased over the past few years. Furthermore, it requires a lot of studies in order to comprehend the benefits posed by marijuana to improve symptoms and standard of life for cancer patients.

Also Read: Family Hospitalized After Mistaking Marijuana Leaves For Fenugreek 

When To See Your Doctor?

It is necessary to maintain an honest discussion with your doctor about any sorts of symptoms you are experiencing. As a result, this will allow your doctor to decide whether there is a need to prescribe medicinal marijuana for treatment or not.

There are numerous ways of consuming marijuana such as vaporization, edibles, pills or oils. If your doctor prescribes medical marijuana as a treatment for you then you must also discuss the most suitable form for you based on the availability of the products in your region. Moreover, it’s essential to remember that the side effects vary from person to person based on the product you have used.

Hence, you must also discuss the side effects you’re experiencing with your doctor in order to prevent further complications.

 

 

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