Canada Cannabis

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.

A Look Inside Mettrum, A Medical Cannabis Producer

Madaline Zanni | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Business
Madaline Zanni

Mettrum's licensed production facilities span over 80,000 square feet of capacity, located on a total of over 80 acres of land. The Bowmanville location (one of two) is massive, and houses their client service team and part of the grow operations.

Protect Medical Marijuana Patient Rights In Bill 45 Debate

Quito Maggi | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

Once implemented, Bill 45 would put medicinal marijuana under the same regulations as tobacco products under the Smoke Free Ontario Act. I am in full agreement and support of the proposed changes to control the sale of e-cigarettes, but I can't agree with lumping in medicinal cannabis patients.

Is Cannabis the Solution To Canada's Painkiller Epidemic?

Marc Davis | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

It sounds like torture. A living nightmare. But for many people with severe nerve pain, it's their everyday life. And access to marijuana is a humane and viable alternative to typical painkillers. It can literally mean the difference between life and death. So what's the problem?

Banning Public Medical Marijuna Use Solves A Non-Existent Problem

Quito Maggi | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

We've all experienced that annoyance, maybe on the bus, at work, in parks and malls in every corner of the province. Packs of medicinal cannabis users vaping their cannabis, wantonly blowing their cannabis vapour in our faces, laughing at us while they "get high." Call me sheltered, but I have never encountered it.

Segregating Medical Marijuana Patients Isn't The Answer

Quito Maggi | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

By equating medicinal cannabis with tobacco and applying the same rules to its sale and use, the Ontario government is effectively telling patients to get back in to the closet where they belong. It's a regressive policy that has no place in this country.

Don't Wait To Overgrow Canada's Unjust Marijuana Laws

Dana Larsen | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Dana Larsen

As Canada moves towards legalization, it's good to remember how we got here. It is civil disobedience against the unjust pot prohibition laws that has gotten us to the verge of legalization. We must keep up that momentum as we enter into the final stretch of our cannabis campaign.

Put An End To Racially Biased Arrests For Pot Possession

Dana Larsen | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Dana Larsen

In Nunavut and the North West Territories, about one per cent of the population gets arrested for a cannabis offence every year. That is an astoundingly high rate of arrests, especially when compared with cities like Vancouver, where such arrests are very rare. So, why continue to criminalize possession in some parts of the country and not others?

The 8 Ways Canada Can Legalize Marijuana

Dana Larsen | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Ending cannabis prohibition must also make right the mistakes of the past. When we legalize cannabis we must not forget those who are still in jail now for cannabis, or the many Canadians with cannabis criminal records. We want a quick and easy process for Canadians to apply to have their cannabis criminal records expunged.

Vancouver Should Embrace Its Growing Cannabis Celebration

Dana Larsen | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Living
Dana Larsen

What started with a handful of people at Victory Square Park on April 20, 1995, has organically grown into one of Vancouver's largest and most well-known civic events. Last year, Vancouver's 420 celebration brought in upwards of 40,000 people to the Art Gallery grounds throughout the day.

CBD Is The Chemical Medical Marijuana Is Buzzing About

Marc Davis | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

Marijuana's bad boy image has been getting a well-earned makeover in recent years, thanks in part to its surging popularity as a legitimate form of herbal medicine. In fact, it's not cannabis' infamous THC content that's creating a real buzz these days. Instead, it's a lesser-known chemical called CBD that is attracting much of the attention.

Don't Let Those Who Opposed Legal Cannabis Profit From It Now

Dana Larsen | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Dana Larsen

Before premiers, liquor unions and corporations start falling all over each other in an effort to cash in on legal cannabis sales, let's remember the real reasons we should be ending cannabis prohibition in Canada.

A Cannabis Tax Can Help Cities Pay For New Infrastructure

Quito Maggi | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

The problem with establishing a Federal Cannabis Tax Fund is that somebody needs to ask for it, now, before the legislation is drafted. Mayors and councils across Canada may be reluctant to raise this publicly while marijuana is still illegal and because there is no formal recognition of municipal governments in our constitution.

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.