Canada Cannabis

Mail-Order Pot? What Are You, High?

Mark Towhey | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

I'm not a marijuana consumer -- never have been, never will be. But, I understand business planning and marketing.  Marijuana is a retail product for recreational consumers. For most users, it's not a staple item (after all, it's "recreational" remember) so, they don't always plan ahead. Impulse sales, product expertise, advice from local sales staff, and immediate fulfillment are paramount. Mail-order may be a complementary channel for some users, but it won't be the only channel. The idea it can be, is simply a non-starter.  

Trudeau Says He Isn't Legalizing Pot To Make Smokers Happy

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 12.04.2016 | Canada Politics

Trudeau’s comments come as his government is set to introduce legislation regulating the sale of marijuana this spring.

Medical Marijuana Could Help End Canada's Veteran Suicide Crisis

Marc Davis | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

Former Canadian combat engineer Fabian Henry used to thrive on adrenaline - especially in combat zones - during his 12 years in the military. Now he smokes medical marijuana to avoid stressors that remind him of his most disturbing wartime experiences. And that's what now keeps him sane, he says.

Canada Can Learn How To Legalize Pot From America's Example

Jasmin Guénette | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Jasmin Guénette

As the Canadian government prepares to introduce legislation next spring to legalize marijuana for recreational use, there are some useful lessons to be drawn from the experiments that have been taking place south of the border since 2012.

Let's Find Some Better Words For Weed

Carol Levine | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Living
Carol Levine

Pot. Dope. Weed. 420. Bud. Doobie. Toke. Even 15 years after marijuana was approved for legal medical use in Canada, the language describing it obscures, conceals and hides. Can cannabis shed its dubious and illicit past so that this compound can be looked at within a medical framework first, and a recreational one second?

An Inside Look At One Of Canada's New Licensed Cannabis Producers

Madaline Zannes | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Living
Madaline Zannes

The 23,500 square foot production facility in Paris, Ontario started off early in cultivation. As soon as their license to grow was granted, work began straight away. As part of a fully integrated medical marijuana and health care company, high standards must be held to carry on business under the regulations.

Physicians Must Provide Leadership On Medicinal Cannabis

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Some physicians are writing thousands of cannabis prescriptions every year for a wide variety of maladies. Many of their "patients" are not adequately assessed, nor are they informed about or encouraged to try conventional treatment options, which often have far more evidence for their safety and efficacy. Their "patient" wants cannabis and they get cannabis.

Finally, A Medical Cannabis App Exists

Marc Davis | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

Users of any iPhone model in Canada, as well as Androids, can now purchase medical cannabis at the touch of a button. How, why, where? Let's find out.

We Need A New Global Approach To Drug Control Policies

Anthony Wile | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Anthony Wile

It is important to understand that neither President Santos nor others in Colombia's government (or other countries' leaders) have suggested we replace the failed war on drugs with a global "free-for-all." Rather, he suggests we replace what is now "a war on people who use drugs" with new and improved "drug control policies."

Use Marijuana Tax Revenues To Treat Related Public Health Issues

Bill Bogart | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Bill Bogart

The money raised through those taxes will have more impact if it is used to support prevention and counselling than it will by becoming part of general revenues used for various purposes. Second, the taxes will more likely be supported by the public if they are used for these specific ends.

Green Rush 2.0: Canadian Marijuana Is A Growth Industry

Quito Maggi | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Business
Quito Maggi

Yes, I said it. Back in 2014, a "green rush" began as mainstream investors started realizing the huge profits that could be made in the cannabis business when just two states had legal sales of recreational cannabis. With legal recreational use likely less than a year away, why haven't we yet seen a spike in share prices for Canadian cannabis stocks?

We Must Remember The Mandate When Legalizing Marijuana

Quito Maggi | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

We have heard a lot about legalization, and right now everyone is talking about the regulations that will go along with that legalization, but it would be prudent to remember the mandate of the government: Legalize, Regulate, and Restrict Access to minor of cannabis products.

Plant Seeds Of Environmentally Friendly Cannabis Industry Now

Anthony Wile | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Business
Anthony Wile

In a world committed to lowering our carbon footprint, the environmental and economic bottom line is that the current unnatural, environmentally unfriendly, high-cost producers are unlikely to succeed. This is the challenge of the Canadian/U.S. marketplace.

How Cannabis Has Given An Ontario Boy A 'New Lease On Life'

Marc Davis | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

Tyler is one of Canada's youngest medical marijuana patients. He suffers from cerebral palsy. And he has a seizure disorder called Lennox Gastaut syndrome. This debilitating paediatric form of epilepsy typically worsens as a child ages and can even become life-threatening.

Vancouverites Clearly Don't Support Expensive Dispensary Crackdown

Dana Larsen | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

These bylaws are so restrictive because they were written under the shadow of the Harper government. Now that we have the Liberals in power, and with such clear opposition to the current bylaws from the people of Vancouver, it is time for Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver to rethink their plan.

The Simple Reason Behind Toronto's Marijuana Dispensary Crackdown

Quito Maggi | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

Cannabis Canada, the trade association that represents Canada's Licensed Producers of medical marijuana, has been lobbying the city quite extensively. But these efforts have been ongoing now for some time -- why the urgency to crack down now? The answer is not as simple as we'd like it to be.

Toronto Landlords May Pay Price For Illegal Pot Shops

YPNextHome | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Business
YPNextHome

Pot dispensaries, cannabis cafes, medical marijuana clinics, smoke shops, vapour lounges -- cannabis culture has gained a foothold in Toronto. Some neighbourhoods have had little to no infiltration, but many have had a staggering number of pot dispensaries open along the main street, out in the open.

Cannabis Industry Unexpected Boost For Alberta's Struggling Economy

Marc Davis | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Business
Marc Davis

Canada's recreational market promises to be worth billions of dollars annually if it proves to be anywhere near as successful as in Colorado, which has a population seven times smaller than Canada's 35 million. Last year, legal recreational sales in Colorado almost topped one billion U.S. dollars.

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Crackdown Gets Priorities All Wrong

Quito Maggi | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

Toronto Mayor John Tory has written a letter to the head of Municipal Licensing and Standards to ask for a report and recommendations for dealing with what he called the "verging on out of control" growth of medical marijuana dispensaries. Let's compare their health and safety impacts to industries that already exist.

Marijuana's Pro-Psychotic Effects May Put Teens At Risk

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

There is no single cause for schizophrenia. THC alone is not responsible, but there is an abundance of evidence that THC can provoke an earlier onset of schizophrenia by up to six years. There is also solid evidence to suggest a causal link between THC and schizophrenia.

T.O. Councillor Should Get His Medical Marijuana Facts Straight

Quito Maggi | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

It's hard to tell from the councillor's statement whether he is simply unaware of the rules and Supreme Court ruling, or whether he is choosing to ignore the facts to get media exposure. Either way, it's reckless and unprofessional behaviour for a Toronto city councillor.

The Symptoms Of Schizophrenia Are Frightening, Isolating And Debilitating

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Schizophrenia is a complex and often devastating illness, characterized by the presence of psychotic symptoms including delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thinking and behaviour and negative symptoms (apathy, lack of motivation, social withdrawal, and reduced emotional responsiveness).

Why Medical Cannabis Users Aren't Just "Getting High"

Dave Murphy | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Living
Dave Murphy

Cannabis has been a medicine for far longer than it has been a drug. There are many different theories of its history, and signs of it date back to the old testament and ancient europe, all over Asia, and spread down into Africa. Ancient history is a matter of interpretation and the details remain in debate, but cannabis use was a huge part of culture and medicine in distant parts of the world. As a medical user, I do still get high some times for fun. But that's not the whole picture.

Put Medical Marijuana Patient Rights Above Profit Margins

Quito Maggi | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

Last week we saw the Pharmacy Association weigh in on the future of medicinal cannabis distribution in Canada. They want in now, saying they should be the "front line" in dispensing the drug. It is an interesting reversal from their earlier position on medicinal cannabis, so let's try to understand why.

You Can't Deny Marijuana Is Dangerous For Developing Minds

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Physicians have not effectively confronted pot-related myths, nor have we adequately educated our patients. When I tell parents about marijuana's risks, they often express shock. Many believe it's like oregano... a safe "natural product" that adds a little spice to life. But pot is not benign.