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(Organic & Healthy) Cancer Patient Given 18 Months to Live is Cured by Cannabis Oil : –

33 year old David Hibbitt from Staffordshire cured by cannabis oil (which cost £50 a gram from a local dealer)  after he refused chemo. Now he’ll live to get married to his bride to be and start a beautiful life together.
‘Friends had told me about cannabis oil and I dismissed it at first. I’ve never been into drugs,’ the father-of-one said.

‘I felt like the chemo was killing me and I had nothing to lose. I could not really accept I was going to die.’
He had underwent grueling  sessions of chemotherapy and radiotherapy before having surgery to remove his large bowel in March 2013, which were all unsuccessful.

But after his cannabis ‘cure’ he is now looking forward to the future after tying the knot with his partner of six years Heather Martin, 26, at a registry office earlier today.

David Hibbitt had been told he only had 18 months to live but now he’s looking forward to life with his new bride after being given the all clear.

He had underwent gruelling sessions of chemotherapy and radiotherapy before having surgery to remove his large bowel in March 2013, which were all unsuccessful.

But after his cannabis ‘cure’ he is now looking forward to the future after tying the knot with his partner of six years Heather Martin, 26, at a registry office earlier today.

Cancer Research UK said it was aware of patients using cannabis extracts to treat themselves but there was ‘no good evidence’ from clinical trials to prove it was safe and effective.

The charity supports clinical trials into the use of the drug and a synthetic cannabinoid to treat cancer.

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Pro-pot doctor, eye specialist, noted cannabis activist and Big Pharma opposer Dr. Sonya-Kay Forbes was found stabbed to death at her home on Arthur Wint Drive in Kingston, Jamaica recently. Police say it’s unclear whether Forbes was murdered or if she died of self-inflicted stab wounds.

Tragedy in Kingston

Last Wednesday, Forbes, a former Miss Jamaica-turned-eye specialist, was discovered in her bedroom around 7:20 p.m. by a family member. She had suffered a fatal stab wound to her abdomen.

While St. Andrew Central Police have not officially ruled out suicide, those close to Forbes claims she was “in no way suicidal.”

Police said they have no leads at the moment and are still investigating the death in hopes of uncovering further information.

“At this time, the matter is still being treated as a death investigation, not as a murder or a homicide,” authorities told local sources. “We are now awaiting the coroner’s report to determine the cause of death, the information will also be used to inform detectives how they will proceed in the matter.”

Forbes and Cannabis

Forbes was working as a medical eye specialist and senior resident at Kingston Public Hospital. She was reportedly a long-time cannabis advocate who studied the effects of cannabis on vision. In particular, she was part of a study that proved cannabis could improve the eyesight of patients with long-term vision issues.

In some of her most important work, Forbes researched the effects cannabinoids have on tadpoles. She discovered that cannabinoids—a class of chemicals naturally produced by the cannabis plant—can make certain retina cells more sensitive to light. She also found that cannabinoids can improve the speed at which eyes respond to light.

Her studies were based on observations of Jamaican fishermen who were regular cannabis users, and who tended to have exceptional vision at night.

In addition to her vision research, Forbes advocated for the use of medicinal cannabis to treat cancer and other terminal illnesses that typically require expensive and painful treatments. 

Furthermore, Forbes was reportedly advocating for additional government funding into advanced research for the medicinal use of cannabis. Her main goal was to help hospitals and medical facilities give patients alternatives to traditional Big Pharma prescription drugs. 


Many Mourn the Death of Pro-Pot Doctor Sonya-Kay Forbes

Unfortunately, the world lost another voice in the cannabis revolution. While it’s unclear if Forbes was murdered due to her potentially controversial views on medical marijuana, it’s obvious her work won’t go unnoticed. As cannabis continues to become legal on a much larger scale, expect Forbes and her life’s work to serve as a template for the medical community for years to come.

In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, many in her community took to social media to express their love and respect for Forbes.

On Facebook, one man wrote: “Teary eyes, speechless . . . Smh . . . You’re like a sister, friend and a mentor to me, words can’t explain how I am feeling right now.”

A post from another community member said: “How can this be? I am in utter shock. Rest in peace Sonya-Kay Forbes.”

Marijuana enthusiasts gather at the “Weed the People” event to celebrate the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Portland, Oregon on July 3, 2015. On March 30, a Colorado Representative introduced legislation that would make marijuana regulated like alcohol in all 50 states.

In eight states and Washington D.C., adults can legally consume marijuana—and that could soon change to adults in all 50 states. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) recently introduced a bill that would make marijuana federally legal and allow the plant to be regulated as alcohol is in the U.S.

Under the new bill, called the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, the plant would be removed from its Schedule I listing on the Controlled Substances List and would be regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Adults 21 and up would be able to purchase and consume cannabis legally across the nation. Advertising rules similar to those regarding alcohol would also apply to marijuana under the bill.

The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act is part of a package of three cannabis-related bills introduced Thursday by members of the Cannabis Caucus in the House of Representatives, of which Polis is a member along with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who also sponsored the measures.

In addition to regulating marijuana similar to alcohol in the U.S., the bills would change the way marijuana is taxed and allow researchers to study the plant without restrictions. As for medical use of the plant, the bills call for the Department of Veterans Affairs to make recommendations on how cannabis should be used as treatment.

In a statement, Polis, who helped pushed recreational marijuana legislation in Colorado, said the state has demonstrated the benefits of ending marijuana prohibition.

“Colorado has proven that allowing responsible adults to legally purchase marijuana, gives money to classrooms, not cartels; creates jobs, not addicts; and boosts our economy, not our prison population,” he said. “Now, more than ever, it is time we end the federal prohibition on marijuana and remove barriers for states that have chosen to legalize marijuana. This budding industry can’t afford to be stifled by the [President Donald] Trump administration and its mixed-messages about marijuana. The cannabis industry, states, and citizens deserve leadership when it comes to marijuana.”

Polis introduced a similar bill in 2015 that was rejected. However, now that marijuana is legal in some form in 29 states and Americans increasingly support cannabis legalization, Polis is confident the bill could make it to Trump’s desk for approval.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A controversial Olympia sports bar recently had its liquor license suspended for allowing patrons to smoke marijuana, but the bar’s owner is defying the order — and it’s not the first time for Frankie Schnarrs.

Schnarrs is the owner of Frankie’s Sports Pub and he isn’t afraid to stand up to the state and local government.

“I want them to take my license from me. They can go to Hell. Get out of here. Get off my property,” he said.

Schnarrs doesn’t hold back when it comes to what he believes is his right to operate his sports bar the way he wants.

Ten years ago he led the fight against the state smoking ban. He turned his upstairs bar into a “private club,” skirting the county ordinances. And recently he allowed the smoking of marijuana in designated areas of the upstairs bar.

Mike Gosselin is a recreational marijuana smoker.

“I smoke. I’ll go in the back. Certain tables you’re not allowed to smoke around on this side of the bar so I go on the back side of the bar where it’s legal,” he said.

But the state liquor and Cannabis Board said it’s not legal, citing last year’s legislative action signed into law. “It is unlawful for any person to conduct or maintain a marijuana club,” the law reads.

“This is a private room,” said Schnarrs. “It’s not a marijuana club. That’s what they don’t get.”

Last year the board slapped Schnarrs with a $500 fine, and when he didn’t pay it they slapped a sign on his door saying the liquor license was suspended for 5 days.

Not only did Schnarrs not pay the fine, he didn’t abide by the suspension of the liquor license. He continues to sell alcohol and let people smoke marijuana.

Schnarrs says he considers this harassment by the government and he’s suing to get them to cease and desist. In the meantime, life at the bar goes on.

“There is no violation of the Liquor Board. It’s all in their head,” Schnarrs said.

The board now knows about the continued drinking and pot smoking, but they have not disclosed what if anything will be done. The liquor license suspension officially ends at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Marijuana-infused lotions can help moisturize weathered skin and provide additional calming benefits.

t’s winter time and that means the days are short, dark and cold, and your skin is in need of some extra TLC to help combat the dryness that arctic temperatures can bring. During this time of the year, it’s important to switch up your skin routine to incorporate moisturizers that are thicker in texture to help coat any skin that may get exposed to the cold. Cannabis-infused lotions and creams offer a way to hydrate, combined with the therapeutic effects of marijuana to help get you through winter feeling nourished and less tense. Here are some of our suggestions to keep you set until the sun returns in full force.

1) Apothecanna Everyday Body Cream

Cream Skin Cannabis Now

You can use this rich, hydrating cream every day to maintain your skin’s moisture, whether it’s right after a shower or anytime throughout the day. Mandarin, cedar and geranium come together in this lotion to make a light, citrusy scent that won’t have you worried that anyone will guess that you’re using a cannabis-infused lotion at your desk.

2) CBD For Life Foot Cream

Foot Cream Cannabis Now

With your feet bundled up in socks and shoes, it’s important to give them a little attention at the end of a busy day — especially if you’re been standing or walking around for a majority of it. Essential oils like peppermint and arnica combined with cannabis extract can help you reduce pain, soreness and inflammation while also getting some much-needed moisture.

3) Flower Power Super Skin Salve

Skin Salve Cannabis Now

Pull out this salve for those extra dry trouble areas like your elbows, knees, feet and anywhere else that needs some further attention. This salve is made with sungrown cannabis and solar-infused olive oil along with medicinal plants like calendula, comfrey, St. John’s wort, yarrow and plantain to boost the benefits and keep your skin hydrated.

4) Dixie Elixirs Muscle Relief Lotion

Muscle Lotion Cannabis Now

For people whose work involves lots of typing or other repetitive movements with your hands, you can solve two problems with this soothing lotion that will keep your hands moisturized and help cut down on tension as you work. The muscle relief lotion is also great for post-shower moisturizing for a relaxed, pain-free body as you prepare for a rejuvenating rest.

5) Mary Jane’s Medicinals Body Lotion

Body Lotion Cannabis Now

Repair sun-damaged skin from the summer and help you skin regenerate itself with this lotion that can also salvage dry, dull skin. A medley of oils including grapeseed, avocado, jojoba, sweet almond and coconut all work together to soften your skin, stop itchiness related to lack of moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

6) Treat Yourself Skin Healing Body Butter

Healing Lotion Cannabis Now

This luxurious, whipped body butter is great for dry skin as well as eczema, psoriasis and other skin irritations that might get exacerbated when cold weather comes around. Its lightweight, non-greasy formula makes it easy to apply and absorb.

7) Cannabis Basics Hemp Sole’s Desire Repair Cream

Foot Cream Cannabis Now

If you deal with cracked heels and rough feet, rubbing this on before bed and letting it absorb overnight can help make a major difference. Cocoa and shea butter give this cream its thick texture paired with tea tree, arnica, lavender and spearmint to provides long-lasting relief.

8) Kush Creams Aloe-Based Face and Eye Cream

Lotion Cream Cannabis Now

Add this fragrance-free, hypoallergenic cream to your morning and evening skincare routine to keep your face and neck nice and smooth. With hempseed oil, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, infused in this cream, you can combat acne and reduce wrinkles as well.

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A batch of new FDA guidance documents for neurology drugs released Thursday support Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s oft-stated goal to offer manufacturers more flexibility in how they can win the agency’s approval.

The five guidances addressed new drugs for the following conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and related conditions
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Migraine
  • Pediatric epilepsy


Perhaps the most significant shift in policy involved drugs for Alzheimer’s disease, as MedPage Todayreported on Thursday, allowing biomarker effects to be the primary endpoint in patients with Alzheimer pathology but no current symptoms. But the new policies on migraine and pediatric epilepsy are not far behind.

For migraine, the FDA said that manufacturers would no longer be required to conduct trials addressing four different classes of symptoms: pain, nausea, photophobia, and phonophobia. Instead, trials will only need two primary endpoints: pain reduction and effects on individual patients’ “most bothersome symptom.” The latter can be identified either at baseline or at the time of a migraine attack prior to taking the study drug.

The FDA also outlined a series of secondary endpoints that manufacturers should address, including time to complete pain freedom, use of rescue medications, and pain relapse.

And for drugs intended for children age 4 and older with partial onset seizures, the FDA will no longer require that efficacy trials be conducted in children. The agency will now consider efficacy data from adult patients to be sufficient for pediatric approval.

FDA’s reasoning in this instance is that previous trials of seizure drugs conducted in children have shown that their dose-response patterns do not differ from those seen in adult patients. However, formulations of drugs for pediatric patients must still take into consideration the special needs of children, and it’s conceivable that trials will be required to support approval of particular products. “FDA encourages sponsors to explore innovative approaches to pediatric formulation development and testing,” the guidance noted. And the agency will continue to require that clinical trials be conducted in children for safety endpoints.

For ALS, the guidance included no major change from past practice, although it may offer more clarity. Efficacy must be demonstrated at “clinically meaningful” levels for symptoms, function, or survival — period. As for safety, trials merely need to include enough patients and enough drug exposure for adequate assessment of adverse effects, although the FDA did not offer specific recommendations for either parameter.

Meanwhile, the guidance on drugs for “dystrophinopathies” such as DMD mainly served to highlight the difficulties in designing trials of drugs for these conditions. The basic problem is that patients start as children but still vary considerably in age and functional ability, and as trials proceed, participants get older and usually lose function. Thus, a functional measure based on walking ability may be confounded both by participants’ growth and the fact that some will transition to wheelchairs.

The guideline included three single-spaced pages discussing efficacy endpoints, which basically leave it up to individual study sponsors to discuss with FDA staff the best approach on a case-by-case basis — which is not much different from past practice.

One thing the DMD guideline did not do, however, is open a path for approval based solely on biomarker effects such dystrophin levels in muscle, although, effects on objective measures such as respiratory and cardiac muscle function can be used to support approval. But benefit in clinical outcomes remains paramount in these conditions, the FDA indicated.

(Natural News) An epilepsy drug that has left 20,000 U.K. children with damage after their mothers took it during pregnancy is coming under fire for failing to warn users of this very serious side effect.

The drug, sodium valproate, can control the electrical functions in the brain in a way that prevents life-threatening seizures from taking hold. Also known as Epilim and Convulex, the drug is also sometimes given to people with bipolar disorder or migraines.

According to the U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the drug can raise the risk of a baby suffering from serious developmental disorders by as much as 40 percent if taken during pregnancy. It also raises the risks of malformations like cleft palates by 11 percent.

Last September, it was revealed during a hearing at the European Medicines Agency that drug regulators were aware of the problem all the way back in 1973 but failed to add warnings to the drug’s packaging until 2015. In other words, they let women take these dangerous drugs and put their babies at risk for 42 years.

Mothers open up about the toll the drug has taken

It’s one thing to hear the statistics, but it’s the real-life scenarios that illustrate the seriousness of the problem. Three women affected by the problem recently shared their stories with the Daily Mail.

Forty-one-year-old Samantha Luton-Hughes said her doctor never mentioned the medication’s risk of causing serious disabilities during her pregnancies. She said that while they mentioned a risk of cleft palates or lips, they did not warn her of the mental side effects. Her children now suffer from heart murmurs, hernias, and ADHD as a result.

Now, she says they stay home a lot because her children have meltdowns and don’t manage well in social situations, nor do they have any sense of their personal safety. Luton-Hughes is angry that drug regulators did nothing to warn people about sodium valproate’s risks for such a long time.

Another mother, Louise Duffy, took the drug every day during her first pregnancy after her doctors reassured her the baby was growing fine. Her daughter, who is now a teenager, cannot enjoy a normal life because of her autistic symptoms and poor speech. She’s disappointed she can’t do what normal teenagers do, and the fact that she was only diagnosed with fetal valproate syndrome last year means she missed out on essential support that could have helped her as a child.

Despite the diagnosis only being recent, she was born early with a hole in her heart, and she experienced developmental delays as a baby. Caring for her has been stressful, and she will never be able to live on her own.

Natasha Mason, age 28, wants the drug banned after it left her three-year-old son unable to speak and suffering from learning difficulties and severe autism. In her case, doctors told her she would risk the baby’s health by stopping the medication during pregnancy.

Her son, Alfie, was born nine weeks early with breathing difficulties and a doctor diagnosed him with sodium valproate syndrome because of his facial features, which include a long forehead, small lips, and a lack of a nose bridge. His mother blames herself for his condition, and he requires one-on-one support at school. Speaking about the drug, she said: “I want to see it taken off the shelf. I feel failed by the Government.”

Stories like these show just how little people can depend on the government and even their own doctors to look out for their best interests. When you’re pregnant, it’s important to research everything you put into your body to ensure it won’t affect your baby

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Did you know there are roughly 60 different types of seizure?

Over 600,000 people in the UK have epilepsy, with 87 new diagnoses happening every day. Yet because it’s an invisible condition, awareness is limited.

“Epilepsy affects people’s lives in so many ways. Low self-esteem, social isolation and gaining employment can be just some of the issues which people with epilepsy have to deal with,” a spokesperson for Epilepsy Action tells HuffPost UK.

“As a result, many people feel uncomfortable talking about their condition for fear of discrimination or feeling embarrassed.”

To coincide with International Epilepsy Day (12 Feb) and to help educate the wider public, here’s how to tell if someone’s having a seizure, as well as what happens after diagnosis.


Epilepsy can start at any age, but more commonly occurs either in childhood or after the age of 60. It’s often lifelong, but can sometimes get slowly better over time. Epilepsy Action estimates that with the right treatment, the majority of people with epilepsy (70%) could be seizure-free.

The only visible symptom of epilepsy is recurrent seizures caused by bursts of electrical activity in the brain. There are roughly 60 different types of seizure and a person may have more than one type. Some people remain aware throughout their seizures, while others can lose consciousness. For some, epilepsy can be life-threatening: 1,000 people die in the UK every year because of it.

According to the NHS, a seizure might cause a person to: uncontrollably jerk and shake (a “fit”), lose awareness and stare blankly into space, become stiff, collapse or experience strange sensations (such as unusual smells or tastes, and a tingling feeling in the arms or legs).


You should call 999 for an ambulance if someone: has a seizure for the first time, has a seizure that lasts more than five minutes, has multiple seizures in a row, has breathing problems or has seriously injured themselves.

A seizure can be a one-off event, however in other cases it might be a sign of epilepsy. To determine which it is, your doctor will often refer you to a neurologist who can provide further tests. Between seeing your GP and neurologist, the NHS advises to avoid activities that could put you or others in danger, such as driving and swimming.

The neurologist will likely perform an electroencephalogram (EEG) or a brain scan to test brain activity. They may also ask you for more information about your seizure, such as: when you had it, what you were doing when it happened, and how you felt before, during and afterwards.


Epilepsy treatment aims to reduce the amount of seizures people have or stop them completely. According to the NHS, the main treatment options are:

:: Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). Epilepsy Research UK warns people to be mindful of the side effects of some AEDs which can include weight gain, sleepiness, confusion, unsteadiness, lowered efficacy of the contraceptive pill and harm to an unborn baby.

:: One third of people with epilepsy are unable to control their seizures with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), if this is the case, surgery might be advised. Surgery involves removing the small part of the brain that’s causing the seizures.

:: A procedure to put a small electrical device inside the body can also help control seizures, this is called vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). The device is hooked up to a wire under the skin which connects to a nerve in the neck. Bursts of electricity are then sent along the wire to the nerve, which help change electrical signals in the brain.

:: Following a ketogenic diet – high in fat, low in carbs and protein – can also help control seizures. It is usually advised as a temporary solution for children but not for adults, as a high-fat diet is linked to issues like diabetes and heart disease.

Some people need treatment for life whereas others might not need treatment at all if they know what triggers their seizures. Triggers can be anything from stress, lack of sleep, waking up or drinking booze, to menstruation, flashing lights and some medications and illegal drugs.

Experts advise patients with epilepsy to keep a diary so they can learn what prompts their seizures and devise a plan to keep fits at bay.

In Part 1 of this article series, you learned 10 signs that you are in a relationship with a narcissist.  You learned that narcissists are the masters of the guilt trip.  You also learned that narcissists have a set of rules for you in the relationship that they don’t apply to their own behavior.  Here are eight more signs you are in a relationship with a narcissist:

1.  Changing your mind is seen as an affront to them.

“You said you were going to the movies at 6pm.  But now you’re saying that you are going at 8pm.  How can you change plans like that?”  Because you have this wonderful thing called free will.  Human beings have the right to change their mind at any time, and for any reason.  When you change your mind about something, it makes the narcissist feel a loss of control.  As you learned from Part 1 of this article, they will try to get control back through silent treatment, guilt trips, and something called gaslighting, which you’ll read about next.

2.  They flat-out deny something they said or did, and it makes you wonder if you are going crazy.

You could have sworn the narcissist told you they were picking Johnny up from school today.  In fact, you double-checked with them.  But now the narcissist is saying they never told you anything of the sort.  Maybe I just imagined that, you think. You start questioning your version of reality.

Even if you have definitive proof that the narcissist said or did something, they will tell you that you misunderstood, or will blatantly lie and say it never happened.  One of the ways narcissists get control is by making you constantly question your sanity.  What better way to get control over you than by implying (or straight-out telling you) that you are crazy.

This phenomenon of denying or altering the truth is called gaslighting, and it is a hallmark trait of a narcissist.  It is named after the 1944 movie Gaslight, where a husband manipulates a wife into thinking she’s going insane.  One of the ways he does this is by dimming and then brightening the gaslights in their home.  When the wife mentions to him about the lights changing, he claims that he has no idea what she is talking about.

3. They seem charming and affable to everyone else.

Narcissists like to look good and have their behavior perceived as being good.  However, behind closed doors it’s another story.  You feel like no one else sees the real person with whom you live.  In couple’s therapy, your therapist may even not buy that the narcissist is who you say he is.  Remember, narcissists are masters of manipulation.

4.  They will try to reel you back in if you leave.

What the narcissist fears most is perceived abandonment.  The narcissist wants attention – whether it’s good or bad attention doesn’t matter.  In Part I, you learned about the narcissist’s use of silent treatment as a way to gain control in the relationship.  If you try to contact the narcissist or show them that you are upset about silent treatment, they feed off that attention.  If you ignore the silent treatment, the narcissist will then try to reel you back in.  This is sometimes referred to as “hoovering”, like the vacuum.  The narcissist will come on so strong that you are now back in the same relationship dynamic.  As you learned from Part 1, however, that happy reunion will eventually be replaced by an even worse blowup than before.

5.  They aren’t just frugal, they’re stingy.  Except when buying something for themselves.

The narcissist tells you they didn’t have enough money to get you a big birthday present this year.  Then you see they have a bunch of new clothes in their closet.  They expect you to pay for entertainment when the two of you go out – and if you don’t pay, they guilt trip you and tell you about all the times they paid for an activity.  You reluctantly pull out your wallet again, because you don’t want to deal with the blowback that you know is coming if you confront the narcissist.

6.  They give you gifts that make you scratch your head.

The narcissist will give you a birthday gift that has nothing to do with your interests.  In fact, the gift they give you is so off the mark that you wonder if maybe your gift got mixed up with someone else’s.  The gift looks like something that was just pulled off a shelf somewhere with little thought.  These gifts are given when it’s only you and the narcissist at home.  If you are being given a gift in front of other people, it may be an over-the-top gift that you know that the two of you can’t afford. Remember, the narcissist likes looking good in front of others.

7.  Your holidays are usually ruined.

It seems like your partner/spouse gets really upset with you or does a disappearing act right before major holidays, like Christmas.  You can’t even remember what the fight was about, but it was a big one.  In your mind you go over and over what you might have done to upset the narcissist.  The truth is, you may not have done anything at all.  Narcissists hate having the focus off of themselves – you’ve been really busy with your holiday parties at work and in your social organizations (as you should).  Narcissists also have difficulty with what they perceive as their partner/spouse being happy, independent of them.  So now you spend your holiday wondering where the narcissist took off to, and beating yourself up about it.

8.  They tell everyone that you are really crazy.

Remember how the narcissist told you their exes were all crazy, and how finally they were with someone stable (you)?  You now find out through friends and relatives that your ex is telling them that you are insane.  And since everyone finds them to be charming (see number 3 above), you are concerned that these people will believe the narcissist over you.  You may even have friends or relatives that take the narcissist’s side.  You will discover that those are people you didn’t really want around you anyway.  Your true friends know the truth. This narcissistic behavior becomes more likely after a fight or if your relationship ends.

Officials who are setting up the fledgling cannabis retail sector say they’re confident the province will have sufficient supply from federally-licensed producers.

Alberta could be the site of 250 cannabis stores in the first year of legalization, with retailers able to offer discount prices on bud and marijuana oil, provincial officials said Friday.

No one business or person will be able to own more than 15 per cent of the locations, or a maximum of 37 stores, the government said, and the outlets must be located no closer than 100 metres from schools and health-care facilities.

“This is a brand new market and we want to ensure everyone can participate, from the very small to the very large entities,” said Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley, adding there’s no shortage of prospective retailers.

“There has been an enormous amount of interest.”

In Oregon, which has a similar population to Alberta, there are 502 retail licences.

Last month, a city official said it alone has received interest from at least 200 potential retailers.

But regulations that include a $3,000 deposit and annual licensing and application fees totalling $1,100 “might weed out a few,” said Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission vice-president Dave Barry.

Like liquor stores, the cannabis outlets will be permitted to be open between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m.

A prospective merchants who’s been selling medicinal marijuana in B.C. for years said the province is moving cautiously and intelligently.

“I think it’s fair — they need the infrastructure to be in place, and they only have one chance to get it right,” said Fred Pels, owner of The Green Room.

“We don’t want a free-for-all … people have to be looking at the reality of the task facing the province, which is an industry coming at it like a freight train.”

Pels said his company is hoping to set up 10 to 15 stores throughout Alberta and has applications ready for when the province begins accepting them on March 6.

Officials who are setting up the fledgling cannabis retail sector say they’re confident the province will have sufficient supply from federally licensed producers.

Those with convictions for cannabis possession will be allowed to work in the sector, though people with a trafficking past and serious crimes, such as those involving violence, will not.

Those aged 18 and over will be able to purchase a maximum of 30 grams at a time.

Distribution will be handled by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, which performs that duty for liquor retailers, and it will also operate online cannabis sales.

The commission has yet to determine wholesale prices, said Barry.

“We’re cognizant of the fact we want to reduce the illicit market and price must meet that objective,” he said.

Private retailers, however, will have flexibility in setting their prices, opening the door for discounts, but the commission will ensure there’s a limit to how low prices can go.

The Green Room’s Pels said that shouldn’t be an issue in an industry that’s not in the business of losing money.

“The retail street price has been the same since the 1970s — $8 to $10 a gram — and legalization isn’t going to change that,” he said.

Pels said legalized retail cannabis should snuff out the street-level black market in pot.

“If they bring craft growers in on Day 1, there’s no need for a black market,” he said, adding the involvement of smaller producers will help ensure sufficient supply.

Ottawa has indicated it likely won’t meet its initial goal of implementing cannabis legalization on July 1. Instead, it could occur later in the summer — a timetable that doesn’t worry the province, said Ganley.

She noted edibles will remain illegal, though she expects Ottawa to change that in the coming year.

And she said the government isn’t expecting a revenue windfall from storefront and online sales.

“Our modelling suggests the cost to the province will be larger than the revenues to the province,” said Ganley.

The City of Calgary is satisfied with the province’s rules, particularly in how they give regulatory power to municipalities on issues like buffer size, said Matt Zabloski, the city official heading cannabis retail planning.

“We’re pleased with the flexibility it affords municipalities and for the fairly robust regime of background checks for store staff that are fairly stringent,” said Zabloski.


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