Canada Marijuana

World Will Be 'Looking To Canada' On Pot Legalization, Philpott Says

CBC | Posted 11.28.2015 | Canada Politics

The government will look abroad for best practices, said the health minister.

Marijuana Should Be Sold At LCBO, Union Head Says

CBC | CBC News | Posted 11.21.2015 | Canada Business

"There would not be any need to reinvent the wheel."

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.

It's Time To End The War On Drugs In Canada

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

I was a true believer in the war on drugs, but at the end of the day, as a physician, I have believe in an evidenced-based approach. The evidence shows that incarceration doesn't work, and decriminalization with offers of treatment do. It's time to ignore dogma and act in the best interests of Canadians. It's time to end this war.

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.

It Won't Be That Easy For Trudeau To Legalize Pot: Colorado Official

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Politics

"It's going to be a lot harder to implement than you think. It's going to take a lot longer to do it. And it's going to cost more than you think."

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.

Is Cannabis Tourism a Cause for Concern?

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

As more and more places legalize and regulate cannabis, the wider implications of bringing the trade above ground have inevitably attracted scrutiny. A growth in tourism related to the drug is one such implication, and it's dividing opinion. It's time to shift the focus away from blanket opposition to legalization based on fears that it will lead to an influx of troublemakers intent on getting high. A regulated market would give policymakers the tools to combat -- or encourage -- cannabis tourism, as they see fit. The alternative is to allow organized criminals to continue managing the trade.

Here's Why We Hear So Many False Claims About Cannabis

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

On the whole, my many years of research on substance use has taught me a major overarching lesson: we are much more likely to demonize drugs for their negative effects than consider their neutral or potentially positive impacts. Or -- in scientific terms -- there is a built-in bias in the scientific literature, textbooks, and popular press towards highlighting the negative aspects of drug use.

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.

Health Canada Threatens 13 B.C. Pot Shops With Police Raids

CP | Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.12.2015 | Canada

"It's confusing for us right now. We're trying to figure out what the problem is.''

Althia Raj

Liberal Candidate Resigns After Controversial Pot Comments | Althia Raj | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Politics

"Ms. Davies' views in no way reflect the values or policies of the Liberal Party of Canada," said a statement.

How Cannabis Legalization Has Impacted Impaired Driving

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

You've likely heard that regulating cannabis markets will lead to more stoned drivers on the road. Although the evidence in support of this claim is weak, it's repeated time and time again. So we thought we would ask members of law enforcement from Washington State what they think of this claim.

We Need to Get the Facts Right on Cannabis Addiction

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

Instead of implying that cannabis and heroin dependence are equivalent, we should conceive of the use of drugs as being on a spectrum ranging from non-problematic to problematic use. The fact that the majority of cannabis use isn't harmful has significant implications for our cannabis policies. But realizing that a majority of people do not come to harm by their own non-problematic cannabis use does not downplay the seriousness of problematic cannabis use. However, for all the harm that can come from cannabis use, even more can come from its criminalization.

Value of On-Site Cannabis Dispensaries Is Missed in Federal Regulations

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

In all of our discussions on what 'gaps' need to be addressed under the MMPR, the lack of onsite distribution comes up again and again, and is one of the major reasons for the continued proliferation of dispensaries across Canada. It's certainly a more patient-focused option, where usually patients who access dispensaries are often given the option of coming in or having it mailed.

Misinformed Cannabis Policies Prevent Access to Life-Saving Treatments

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

My work as a scientist involves researching the potential impact of cannabis among people living with HIV/AIDS. Patients have told us for decades that marijuana helps them deal with the side effects of their medications. But now, in a preliminary study, we have found evidence to suggest that people who use cannabis are more likely to have slower HIV disease progression -- meaning that they can live longer and healthier lives.

Want to Keep Marijuana Away From Teenagers? Regulate it

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

As someone who went from a teenager who easily bought cannabis under prohibition to a budtender keeping cannabis out of the hands of teenagers, there is no doubt in my mind that regulation creates real barriers to teen access to cannabis. There is no gatekeeper in the illegal drug market. Drug dealers never check ID. Beyond accessibility, another common misconception is that regulation produces a wealth of brand new cannabis users who are trying the drug simply because it's legal to do so.

We Must Separate Fact From Fiction in the Cannabis Debate

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

Conversations about cannabis policy are heating up. So it's no surprise that we suddenly seem immersed in claims and counterclaims on a slew of topics related to cannabis use and regulation. The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy has tasked itself with determining the strength of scientific support for such claims. Over the past year, we've been working diligently on scanning the news media and online conversations about cannabis to identify the most oft-repeated or high-profile claims including the ones above related to its use and regulation.

Mom To Be Extradited To U.S. On Drug Charges, Has To Leave Toddler

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada

Joanna Paluski argued the minister had not taken into account the best interests of her toddler given that she is the sole caregiver.

Health Canada Spends $1.5M To Re-Air Pot Ads Before Election

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Politics

"Our government will continue to raise awareness about the harmful effects of drug abuse and encourage youth to choose a drug-free lifestyle."

Vancouver's Civic Booze-Pushers Need To Lay Off Pot Protest

Dana Larsen | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Gay Pride used to be controversial too, but nowadays every politician wants to be at the front of the parade.

Vancouver Becomes 1st In Canada To Regulate Medical Pot Dispensaries

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The city also made changes to its proposed points system that was meant to help weed out bad pot shops that are connected to gang activity or sell to kids.

Marijuana IS Addictive

Candace Plattor | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Candace Plattor

I know addiction from many different personal and professional angles -- and I ask that you take this letter seriously. I know what I'm talking about.

Marijuana Dispensaries In B.C. Have An Image Problem

Casey Hrynkow | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Casey Hrynkow

Marijuana dispensaries in B.C. have yet to define why they exist, who they are for and why anyone should care. They live nostalgically in the anti-establishment, authority-bucking era of sticking it to the man. Changes in legislation and evolving market conditions demand that the medical marijuana industry grow up.