Canada Cannabis

We Must Protect The Interests Of Medical Cannabis After Legalization

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Jenna Valleriani

My only hope is that the eventual regulating bodies take a broader look at public health outcomes, and we fight against a purely commercial cannabis market. We should acknowledge Canada's distinct history when it comes to reform, cannabis policy and medical cannabis.

Retirement May Be A Lot Greener For These Boomers

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Business
Nancy A. Shenker

This is an industry unlike most. It touches on a variety of specialties and professions. Despite the stigma that used to exist around marijuana, now that the business opportunity is significant, many Boomers are coming out of the "weed closet" to begin new or expanded careers.

Canadian Pot Smokers Deserve An Apology

Dana Larsen | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Living
Dana Larsen

An apology is what Canada's cannabis culture wants and deserves. Without a formal recognition that the war on cannabis has been a century-long mistake, we will never be able to truly heal from this dark part of our history.

7 Key Things Trudeau's Pot Legalization Must Include

Dana Larsen | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

If home cultivation is not allowed, then cannabis is not truly legalized in Canada. Canadians must have at least as much right to grow their own cannabis as they do to brew their own beer and wine.

5 Ways Trudeau Can Start Legalizing Marijuana Right Away

Dana Larsen | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Legalization of cannabis is coming to Canada! Let's make sure we do it right.

Activism in Canada's Medical Cannabis Industry is Evolving

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Living
Jenna Valleriani

To deny the history of medical cannabis access does a disservice to our understanding of access in Canada and what it's actually like for patients trying to navigate this system. We've seen the framing of cannabis in the media change rapidly -- I don't doubt much of this is owed to the professionalization of the new federal industry, alongside more research, more interest and, of course, more money.

Election Could Speed Up Pot Industry Growth, Experts Say

CP | Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Pres | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Business

Trudeau has long promised to legalize and regulate marijuana if elected, while Mulcair has said the NDP would decriminalize the drug immediately.

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.

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.

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.

Should Canada Take a Public Health Approach to Cannabis Legalization?

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Business
Jenna Valleriani

One of the most popular topics on the 2015 elections agenda is legalization and cannabis is by far the most widely used illegal drug in the Canada. People often compare a potential legalization model to alcohol. The way alcohol is regulated in Canada provides some really important public health benefits.

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.

New Medical Marijuana Laws Remove the Rights of Patients

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

The transition from Health Canada's old medical cannabis regulations, to the new regulations removed the right of patients or caregivers to produce their own medicine. This was an important decision which, in the meantime, will prevent the violation of patients' constitutional rights to life, liberty and security. Recently, this injunction was appealed, but yesterday the unanimous decision to uphold the injunction was released, and soon after, lawyer Kirk Tousaw tweeted, "both systems can and should exist."

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...

Four Big Ways the Media Got the Marijuana Study Wrong

Dana Larsen | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

You might have seen the recent headlines: "Cannabis as addictive as heroin, major new study finds", "Study finally demolishes claims that smoking pot is harmless," and "20 years of marijuana research shows ill effects of chronic use." I'm here to tell you: don't believe the hype.

B.C. Medical Marijuana Company Implodes On Twitter

Dana Larsen | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

This week, MediJean CEO Jean Chiasson began tweet-attacking his business partners, accusing their breeder of theft, and threatening to sue Health Canada and the RCMP. The next day he deleted all of those tweets and claimed his account had been hacked, even as he confirmed the posts' basic accuracy.

Attention Hemp Farmers: I Will Buy Your Hash!

Dana Larsen | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

I believe we should get that process started now, instead of waiting for the laws to catch up. The sick and dying people who need cannabis medicines don't have time to wait for the government and Health Canada to get their act together.

Canada's Shocking Waste Of A Billion Grams Of Medical Cannabis Resin

Dana Larsen | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Health Canada should be talking to our nation's hemp farmers, helping them to start harvesting and using the valuable resins they're now throwing away. This is our best source for cheap and effective cannabis medicines, with whatever potency, cannabinoid mix and psychoactive effect desired.

Greenleaf Marijuana Recall Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

Dana Larsen | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

It's another historical first for Canada's modern medical marijuana market, as the first batch of substandard bud has been recalled. Patients who have been using Greenleaf's product should be worried. Without more information, the reason for the recall could be anything from a minor risk to a serious one.

Top 6 Ways Health Canada Is Screwing Up Medical Marijuana

Dana Larsen | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

If Health Canada spent as much time and money on researching medical marijuana and creating a properly run system as they have on court battles against patients, then we'd all be a lot better off. But unless you've just taken a big bong-hit, I wouldn't hold your breath.

Canada's Medical Marijuana Rules Are Made To Be Broken

Dana Larsen | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

The seized marijuana all came from designated growers who were licensed to grow for up to two patients each under the old system. These are the same home gardens which Health Canada ordered to be shut down, claiming that they are all mold-ridden, unsafe and unhealthy. Yet at the same time, it's allowed for these growers to sell their product to the newly licensed producers, who can then flip it to patients at a profit? How does any of this make sense?

Corporate Pot Profiteers Don't Care About Patients

Dana Larsen | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

I want to point out that not a single one of the new licensed producers has ever come out publicly in support of patients' rights to grow their own. And certainly none of these multi-million dollar operations has donated so much as one cent towards this ongoing legal challenge. Why would they? They stand to reap greater profits if patients are forbidden to compete by growing cheaply for themselves.

Medical Marijuana Directive Shows Health Canada Can't Be Trusted

Dana Larsen | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

In a notice posted on their website this week, Health Canada shows why they cannot be trusted to act in the best interest of Canadians who need cannabis-based medicines.

Sunny Freeman

Why This MS Patient Is Taking On Health Canada | Sunny Freeman | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Business

Robert Davidson’s multiple sclerosis left him unable to walk for 15 years. He had prescriptions for 13 different drugs – including high doses of ...

New Medical Marijuana System Will Lead to Widespread Fraud

Dana Larsen | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

With dozens of different companies providing medical cannabis, each with different labels and packaging, it will be impossible for an officer to tell if the cannabis in question is really from a licensed producer. I predict widespread proliferation of fake prescription bottles with fake labels and fake contact information. I predict that police will quickly become frustrated in trying to figure out who is valid and who is not.