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Indigenous pot shop owner refuses to shut down after being raided by province

Cory Brewer, sovereign dispensary owner standing behind all of the products packaged for seizure by the CSU.Article source- https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/indigenous-pot-shop-owner-refuses-to-shut-down-after-being-raided-by-province/ Indigenous pot shop owner refuses to shut down after being raided by province.Kelsie Kilawna - Local Journalism Initiative ReporterJun 11, 2020   Tupa’s Joint opened without provincial license. Owner Cory Brewer says he’s asserting his sovereign rights backed by his band and UNDRIP. Members of British Columbia’s Community Safety Unit (CSU) raided Tupa’s Joint, an Indigenous owned cannabis dispensary, and seized all of its products Wednesday. “They took 10 thousand dollars worth of product,” says owner Cory Brewer. Brewer, a member of the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB), opened Tupa’s Joint on May 23, 2020. The store sells cannabis and hemp products but is also a healing centre focused on cultural wellness. But Tupa’s Joint doesn’t have a provincial license to sell cannabis. Brewer says he doesn’t plan on getting one. “As far as I’m…

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Cannabis shows promise blocking coronavirus infection: Alberta researcher

University of Lethbridge researcher Igor Kovalchuk is leading a study on medical cannabis as a potential therapy for COVID-19. SUMMITED PHOTOBill KaufmannPublishing date:May 7, 2020  • Cannabis extracts are showing potential in making people more resistant to the novel coronavirus, says an Alberta researcher leading a study. After sifting through 400 cannabis strains, researchers at the University of Lethbridge are concentrating on about a dozen that show promising results in ensuring less fertile ground for the potentially lethal virus to take root, said biological scientist Dr. Igor Kovalchuk. “A number of them have reduced the number of these (virus) receptors by 73 per cent, the chance of it getting in is much lower,” said Kovalchuk. “If they can reduce the number of receptors, there’s much less chance of getting infected.” Employing cannabis sativa strains over the past three months, the researcher said the effective balance between cannabis components THC and CBD — the latter more…

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British Columbia makes cannabis businesses ‘essential’ during COVID-19

British Columbia makes cannabis businesses ‘essential’ during COVID-19 Published March 27, 2020 British Columbia has designated cannabis retailers and producers as essential services, meaning regulated cannabis businesses can keep operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Essential services are those daily services essential to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal functioning,” wrote B.C.’s Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General in a press release issued Thursday. Such essential services “should and are encouraged to remain open,” says the press release, although they should adhere to COVID-19 guidance provided by B.C.’s provincial health officer. Unless explicitly ordered to close, B.C. businesses that have not been designated essential and are not included on the province’s essential services list “may stay open if (they) can adapt (their) services and workplace to the orders and recommendations of the (provincial health officer).” The essential services list includes cannabis retailers and producers, along with other retail service provides, like grocery stores and liquor…

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