Canada Cannabis

More Canadian Employers Need To Cover Medical Marijuana

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Business
Jenna Valleriani

Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaws recently made headlines by announcing they will cover medical cannabis for their employees. But the devil is always in the details. While these two chains should be praised for their progressive steps forward, we also need to ask who this coverage is provided for, how much is being covered, as well as how this fits with the overall long-term strategy to position pharmacies as the front-line dispensers of medical cannabis.

Trudeau's Handling Of The Cannabis Industry Risks Public Safety

Tim Moen | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Politics
Tim Moen

If we are concerned about public safety we need to make it more attractive for people to grow, distribute and consume cannabis legally than illegally so that there is engagement with public safety mechanisms. Right now it is far more attractive for people to grow and consume illegally.

Will Step One Of Cannabis Legalization Be Mail Delivery?

Lift | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Politics
Lift

Having a retail system operational in every province by July 1, 2018 is incredibly ambitious. One way that the government might intend on meeting this timeframe is a phased-in approach to the sale of recreational cannabis, for example allowing initial delivery by mail only, while the storefront model works itself out.

Legalizing Cannabis Will Protect Youth More Than Prohibition Ever Has

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

We often create policies that are meant to protect youth, particularly around drug use. But what we actually end up doing is criminalizing and victimizing them further. With regulation we'll actually be able to start to undo some of the harms caused by prohibition - harms a lot worse than the use of cannabis itself.

People Will Die From Cannabis Dispensary Raids

Dana Larsen | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Two major studies in the US have found that the states which have cannabis dispensaries have much lower rates of opioid use and deaths. This makes sense, because cannabis is often used as a pain reliever, just like opioids are. When people have easy access to a safer pain-reliever, cannabis, they are less likely to use the more risky one, opioids.

End The Unfounded Paranoia Around Minors Scoring Marijuana

Dana Larsen | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

The way the media and government treats the idea of minors and cannabis or minors and alcohol is very different. When a dispensary is alleged to have sold some cannabis to a minor, they face a police raid and harsh commentary in the media. But the daily sales to minors from liquor outlets is not treated like a big deal at all.

Canada's Justice System Is Crumbling As Cannabis Raids Continue

Dana Larsen | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Politics
Dana Larsen

Considering this justice system crisis, cannabis should obviously be the lowest priority for police and the courts, but it's not. Not only are police launching more raids against dispensaries than ever before, but ridiculous charges for small-scale "cannabis crimes" are continuing from coast to coast.

Please Stop Arresting Marijuana Activists, For Canada's Sake

Ian Carey | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada Living
Ian Carey

In the end, all of the charges against Marc and Jodie Emery will be dismissed. So why bother arresting them? Every second of time and every cent spent to arrest the pot power couple will lead to absolutely nothing productive, and nothing which benefits Canadians.

Should Landlords Be Able To Deny Tenants The Right To Grow Pot?

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Living
Jenna Valleriani

While to some extent, I believe homeowners should have some say in what happens in their rental properties, this needs to be balanced with the rights of individuals to grow their cannabis for medical purposes and have access to affordable medicine.

Consume Cannabis To Lose Weight

Marc Davis | Posted 02.24.2017 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

A certain, lesser-known kind of marijuana can help you lose weight. It can even help you stay slim, too. I'm serious -- even though some readers presumably think I must be smoking something funny to make such a seemingly crazy claim. After all, pot is known for stimulating the appetite -- commonly known as "getting the munchies" -- and encouraging cravings for unhealthy carbohydrates like potato chips or cookies.

Trudeau Has Overseen Over 56,000 Pot Possession Arrests

Dana Larsen | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Since Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister, I estimate that there have been over 56,000 "police reported incidents" of cannabis possession in Canada. Note that these are not cases where people are being arrested for a more serious crime, and the police also find a joint in their pocket. These are "federal statute incidents reported by police, by most serious offence." So in all these "incidents," cannabis possession was the most serious "crime" being committed.

Legal Recreational Pot Is Nearer Than You Think

Marc Davis | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

Everybody wants to know when the federal government will finally make this election promise a reality. Will it be next year? Or could it still be a couple of years away? I want to know as much as anyone else. And fortunately, I don't have to resort to asking for guesstimates from eternally-optimistic pot aficionados or tipsy businessmen in the bar. Instead, I'm fortunate enough to have access to the hotshots who run Canada's publicly-traded, industrial-scale growers.

Cannabis Can Relieve Pain, But Carries Risks

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada Living

A U.S. report says many uncertainties remain about the plant's health and safety risks.

Modern Medicine Needs Pot In A Pill

Marc Davis | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

To be fully accepted by the medical establishment, the delivery method for medical marijuana has to evolve. In other words, smoking or eating cannabis-infused foods must be replaced by slow-release, standardized-dosage pills or capsules. And they have to be pharmaceutical-grade.

We Need To Stop Infantilizing Young Adults Over Cannabis Access

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

Since the Task Force announced their recommendations for the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada last week, the focus has predominantly been on age restrictions, suggested in the report at 18 years old with provincial autonomy to mirror drinking ages. While the media frames this as "Trudeau OK with Canadians as young as 18 accessing cannabis", I find myself questioning why we continue to speak about young adults who are 18 and 19 as if they are children.

'Prince Of Pot' Calls PM A Disgrace As Montreal Dispensaries Raided

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Business

One day after the dispensaries opened, they're being raided.

Restricting Veterans' Medical Cannabis Will Cost Lives

Marc Davis | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Marc Davis

Whether help comes in the form of artillery fire, jet fighters, or helicopter gunships, no expense is spared to support and protect our troops when the bullets start flying. But is the federal government willing to continue to fork out $85 a day to keep each of our veterans with PTSD out of harm's way? Apparently not!

There's Been No Bait-And-Switch On Cannabis Legalization

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently expressed frustration around the current cannabis landscape, explaining, "Until we have brought in the proposed system... the current prohibition stands," and encouraging police to enforce the law, particularly as it pertains to the continued expansion of medical cannabis dispensaries in major cities across Canada. The response has been one of uniform frustration from many angles, but I don't believe Justin Trudeau actually lied about the Liberal party's intentions on the cannabis file.

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.