Canada Cannabis

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.

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.