Canada Marijuana

Value of On-Site Cannabis Dispensaries Is Missed in Federal Regulations

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

In all of our discussions on what 'gaps' need to be addressed under the MMPR, the lack of onsite distribution comes up again and again, and is one of the major reasons for the continued proliferation of dispensaries across Canada. It's certainly a more patient-focused option, where usually patients who access dispensaries are often given the option of coming in or having it mailed.

Misinformed Cannabis Policies Prevent Access to Life-Saving Treatments

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

My work as a scientist involves researching the potential impact of cannabis among people living with HIV/AIDS. Patients have told us for decades that marijuana helps them deal with the side effects of their medications. But now, in a preliminary study, we have found evidence to suggest that people who use cannabis are more likely to have slower HIV disease progression -- meaning that they can live longer and healthier lives.

Want to Keep Marijuana Away From Teenagers? Regulate it

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

As someone who went from a teenager who easily bought cannabis under prohibition to a budtender keeping cannabis out of the hands of teenagers, there is no doubt in my mind that regulation creates real barriers to teen access to cannabis. There is no gatekeeper in the illegal drug market. Drug dealers never check ID. Beyond accessibility, another common misconception is that regulation produces a wealth of brand new cannabis users who are trying the drug simply because it's legal to do so.

We Must Separate Fact From Fiction in the Cannabis Debate

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

Conversations about cannabis policy are heating up. So it's no surprise that we suddenly seem immersed in claims and counterclaims on a slew of topics related to cannabis use and regulation. The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy has tasked itself with determining the strength of scientific support for such claims. Over the past year, we've been working diligently on scanning the news media and online conversations about cannabis to identify the most oft-repeated or high-profile claims including the ones above related to its use and regulation.

Mom To Be Extradited To U.S. On Drug Charges, Has To Leave Toddler

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada

Joanna Paluski argued the minister had not taken into account the best interests of her toddler given that she is the sole caregiver.

Health Canada Spends $1.5M To Re-Air Pot Ads Before Election

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Politics

"Our government will continue to raise awareness about the harmful effects of drug abuse and encourage youth to choose a drug-free lifestyle."

Vancouver's Civic Booze-Pushers Need To Lay Off Pot Protest

Dana Larsen | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Gay Pride used to be controversial too, but nowadays every politician wants to be at the front of the parade.

Vancouver Becomes 1st In Canada To Regulate Medical Pot Dispensaries

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The city also made changes to its proposed points system that was meant to help weed out bad pot shops that are connected to gang activity or sell to kids.

Marijuana IS Addictive

Candace Plattor | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Candace Plattor

I know addiction from many different personal and professional angles -- and I ask that you take this letter seriously. I know what I'm talking about.

Marijuana Dispensaries In B.C. Have An Image Problem

Casey Hrynkow | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Casey Hrynkow

Marijuana dispensaries in B.C. have yet to define why they exist, who they are for and why anyone should care. They live nostalgically in the anti-establishment, authority-bucking era of sticking it to the man. Changes in legislation and evolving market conditions demand that the medical marijuana industry grow up.

Supreme Court: Medical Marijuana More Than Just Dried Pot

CP | Geordon Omand and Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Business

Medical marijuana can legally be consumed in a range of ways — from cannabis-infused cookies and brownies to cooking oils and tea — the Supreme Court of Canada ruled.

Parents Seek Marijuana Oil Legalization For Epileptic Daughter

CP | Liam Casey, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living

THORNHILL, Ont. - Gwenevere Repetski turns three next month and she is finally able to crawl, a milestone her parents thought they would never see.She...

Prince Of Pot In High Spirits At Vancouver 4/20

The Huffington Post B.C. | Ty Clark | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Marijuana activist Marc Emery returns to hometown welcome at first 4/20 since he was jailed in U.S.

WATCH: Why Do They Call 4/20 Weed Day?

Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada

You're no Cheech or Chong, but you know what 4/20 stands for right? Of course you do. It's Weed Day, the day pot lovers the world over celebrate their...

5 Canadians Fighting To Change The Country's Marijuana Laws

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Politics

"It’s more that we need to work towards ending stigma and shame..."

Ex-Tory MP: 'Real Conservatives Support Legal Marijuana'

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Politics

“His personal crusade against marijuana users is just another expensive, big government intervention, wasting tax dollars and treating Canadians like children.”

Marijuana Use Declining Among Youth: StatsCan

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Marijuana use may be down among teens and young adults, a new report from Statistics Canada suggests.Younger Canadians are still the biggest...

The Greatest Threat From Cannabis Lies in its Illegality

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

The celebrants on April 20 don't necessarily know the history of how cannabis came to be illegal, but they do know cannabis is less harmful to users than all other illicit drugs and considerably less harmful than alcohol and tobacco. They know that the greatest threat from cannabis lies in its continued illegality by policy makers who wish the evidence would just go away.

Canada's Lawyers and Judges Need To Brush Up On Marijuana Laws

Dana Larsen | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Dana Larsen

Instead of being laughed off as a silly mistake, this deserves serious scrutiny. Where there is one mistake caught only by a fluke, there are probably many more that didn't get noticed. Harper's cannabis crackdown means that our courts are steadily processing more and more small-time cannabis cases. As these cases clog the system, judges will find themselves even more pressed to deal with them quickly, and be paying even less attention to the specific details in each case. These kinds of sentencing mistakes will only happen more often.

Stinky Grow-Ops Targeted By Langley Bylaw

CBC | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Residents of the Township of Langley, B.C., who are fed up with the pungent smells coming from marijuana grow-ops could get some relief from a new byl...

Marijuana Top Drug Choice Of Canadian Army: Report

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Marijuana remains the drug of choice for members of the Canadian army, based on the Force's latest blind drug testing report that also found...

Neighbouring Pot Grow-Op Making Workers Sick: Business Owner

CBC | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Business

A Vaughan man says that the overwhelming smell of marijuana wafting from an allegedly legal grow-op next door to his restoration business is causing s...

Feds Lose 'Significant' Pot Battle

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Business

VANCOUVER - The Conservative government has lost its latest attempt to prevent medical marijuana users from growing pot at home, with the Federal Cour...

Bob Marley's Family Selling High-End Marijuana Brand

AFP | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Music

Thirty-three years after his untimely death, ganja-loving reggae icon Bob Marley is being remembered with an eponymous brand of top-end marijuana, his...

Heavy Marijuana Use Shrinks The Brain, But May Actually Make Up For It

Huffington Post Canada | Christian Cotroneo | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living

Don't be alarmed, but smoking a lot of pot for a long time may shrink your brain. At least, that's the conclusion U.S. neuroscientists have reached...