Health Canada

Greenleaf Marijuana Recall Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

Dana Larsen | Posted 04.22.2014 | 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.

Wow, Health Canada Sure Hates Weed

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Business

If you’re wondering why many Canadian doctors are so reluctant to prescribe marijuana to patients, Health Canada’s information site for health-car...

Top 6 Ways Health Canada Is Screwing Up Medical Marijuana

Dana Larsen | Posted 04.15.2014 | 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.

We Deserve to Know More About Prescription Drugs

Roojin Habibi | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Roojin Habibi

Why is Health Canada only letting doctors and the public know part of the story about the safety and effectiveness of new pharmaceutical drugs? Inadequate information can be as dangerous as misinformation. Here's how.

Sunny Freeman

Medical Pot Producer Gives Up On Stash Seized By RCMP

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Business

Medical marijuana producer Tweed Inc. is abandoning a shipment of pot that was seized by the Mounties last week but maintains the company, which is li...

Canada's Medical Marijuana Rules Are Made To Be Broken

Dana Larsen | Posted 04.10.2014 | 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?

Have Access To a Measles Vaccine? Get It Now

Rebecca Cuneo Keenan | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada
Rebecca Cuneo Keenan

We wait until newborns are two months old before giving them their first shots. Some people have underlying medical conditions that prevent them from getting vaccinated. And in rare instances a vaccination just might not be effective in any given individual. So those of us who can vaccinate our children really should.

Just Going to the Gym Doesn't Make You 'Healthy'

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Somewhere along the way the lines got blurred. You are either in a hospital sick and dying, or you are a pro athlete and cover model. No one gives praise to the middle ground. No one talks about the family of five who are all healthy body weight, active but not stand outs on a sports team, and who eat healthy everyday.

Medical Marijuana Companies Ready For Big Sales

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - From the outside, there's little to distinguish MediJean Distribution Inc.'s headquarters from the unremarkable office complexes and wareh...

Sunny Freeman

Why Canada's Billion-Dollar Pot Biz May Have Just Gone Up In Smoke

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Business

The promise of a billion dollar Canadian medical marijuana industry may have gone up in smoke before the market even gets off the ground. Once pro...

B.C. Addicts Ask To Keep Using Prescription Heroin

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A group of chronic drug addicts are asking a Vancouver judge for an injunction against the federal government that would allow them access...

Uruguay Mulls Importing Weed .. From Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Business

Uruguay’s government is about to start selling marijuana as a source of revenue, and some officials are hoping Canada’s medical marijuana producer...

Harper Launches A Witch Hunt On Medical Pot Users

Daniel Tencer | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Business
Daniel Tencer

Imagine the federal government decided one day that a doctor-prescribed medication you're using is now illegal. Imagine the government then sent you a notice demanding that you write a letter to them, declaring you have destroyed all your illegal medication. And if you don't, the government says they will pass your confidential medical information -- and that of everyone else using this drug who doesn't write a letter -- to the police. Improbable as it seems, this is exactly what's happening to more than 37,000 Canadians right now. And apparently the Harper government considers this acceptable, because the medication in question is marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Directive Shows Health Canada Can't Be Trusted

Dana Larsen | Posted 03.17.2014 | 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.

Health Canada Threatens Medical Pot Users With Legal Action

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada Business

Medical marijuana growers hoping the federal government would be lax in implementing its new ban on self-grown pot next month are likely to be disappo...

Canada Should Put Restrictions on Acetaminophen

Kapil Khatter | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Business
Kapil Khatter

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tempra, Anacin) is the top-selling over-the-counter painkiller, available without prescription since the 1950s, yet there have long been serious questions about its safety. Canada and the United States do have warning labels saying the stuff is hard on your liver, but the Canadian ones don't exactly jump out at you, often buried deep in the fine print. Meanwhile, sountries like France and Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, have even begun restricting where you can buy acetaminophen.

Medical Pot Grow-Ops Are Safe: Mayors

CBC | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Municipal politicians and police in B.C. say it's doubtful home marijuana grow-ops will be shut down when new federal rules come into play. As ...

New Medical Marijuana System Will Lead to Widespread Fraud

Dana Larsen | Posted 02.24.2014 | 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.

Safe-Injection Site Wants Legal Operation

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - After running a safe-injection site for 12 years without an exemption to drug laws, the operators of a Vancouver health centre are asking ...

My Complicated Relationship With MSG

David Martin | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Living
David Martin

I'm at war with a food additive and it looks like I may be fighting a losing battle. The additive is monosodium glutamate, better known as MSG, and just when I think I've neutralized the enemy, it adopts a new disguise and breaks through my defenses.

Medical Pot Users Hope Police Turn Blind Eye

CBC | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Medical marijuana users in B.C. are hoping new Health Canada regulations requiring cannabis producers and sellers to obtain licenses will not be enfo...

A Pot Grower On The TSX?

CBC | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Business

A group of Ottawa technology executives has made a bid to take prospective medical marijuana producer Tweed Inc. public. Tweed Inc. made headlines l...

Feds Fear Social Services Costs In Massive Mining Project

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The federal government may struggle to keep up with a growing need for mental-health and other social services in First Nations communities l...

Canadian Start Up Takes Aim At Medical Debt

John F. Gray | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

If being sick doesn't kill you, the medical bills might. Imagine getting better and being bankrupted for it. Facing the prospect of financially devastating medical bills is a reality many Americans know isn't going away. But a newly announced partnership between B.C. startup FundRazr and leading US provider of healthcare information Healthline.com may just save them from financial ruin.

Canada's Top Province For Breastfeeding Is..

The Huffington Post, B.C. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

British Columbian mothers are more likely to breastfeed their babies exclusively for six months or more than mothers in the rest of Canada, a report r...