Canada Legalization

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.

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.  

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.

Legalization Advocates Should Be First To Address Substance Abuse

Bill Bogart | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

As we urge the move to legalization and regulation, we also need to recognize that Canada has significant issues with drug consumption, both in terms of those that are legal, at present, and those that will become regulated as we shift away from criminalization.

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?

Surge In Marijuana Dispensaries Catches Cities By Surprise

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.24.2016 | Canada

Opponents say the storefront dispensaries are technically illegal and should be closed immediately.

An End To The War On Drugs May Finally Be In Sight

Bill Bogart | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Bill Bogart

The War may suffer a slow and prolonged demise, but the end will surely come. Canada can be a leader on these issues. It can steadfastly promote the winding down of the War. Our country should reclaim its position on the international stage, not as a nation of power, but one of humanity.

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

Dana Larsen | Posted 12.29.2016 | 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.

We Must Protect The Interests Of Medical Cannabis After Legalization

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 11.20.2016 | 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.

Canadian Pot Smokers Deserve An Apology

Dana Larsen | Posted 11.02.2016 | 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.

5 Ways Trudeau Can Start Legalizing Marijuana Right Away

Dana Larsen | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Legalization of cannabis is coming to Canada! Let's make sure we do it right.

Tories Blast Trudeau's Vow To Work On Legalizing Pot 'Right Away'

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum and Ryan Maloney | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Politics

"We're going to get started on that right away."

Should Canada Take a Public Health Approach to Cannabis Legalization?

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 07.09.2016 | Canada Business
Jenna Valleriani

One of the most popular topics on the 2015 elections agenda is legalization and cannabis is by far the most widely used illegal drug in the Canada. People often compare a potential legalization model to alcohol. The way alcohol is regulated in Canada provides some really important public health benefits.

5 Canadians Fighting To Change The Country's Marijuana Laws

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Politics

"It’s more that we need to work towards ending stigma and shame..."

Ex-Tory MP: 'Real Conservatives Support Legal Marijuana'

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Politics

“His personal crusade against marijuana users is just another expensive, big government intervention, wasting tax dollars and treating Canadians like children.”

The Greatest Threat From Cannabis Lies in its Illegality

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

The celebrants on April 20 don't necessarily know the history of how cannabis came to be illegal, but they do know cannabis is less harmful to users than all other illicit drugs and considerably less harmful than alcohol and tobacco. They know that the greatest threat from cannabis lies in its continued illegality by policy makers who wish the evidence would just go away.