Canada Marijuana

End The Unfounded Paranoia Around Minors Scoring Marijuana

Dana Larsen | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

The way the media and government treats the idea of minors and cannabis or minors and alcohol is very different. When a dispensary is alleged to have sold some cannabis to a minor, they face a police raid and harsh commentary in the media. But the daily sales to minors from liquor outlets is not treated like a big deal at all.

Canada's Justice System Is Crumbling As Cannabis Raids Continue

Dana Larsen | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Politics
Dana Larsen

Considering this justice system crisis, cannabis should obviously be the lowest priority for police and the courts, but it's not. Not only are police launching more raids against dispensaries than ever before, but ridiculous charges for small-scale "cannabis crimes" are continuing from coast to coast.

We Must Legalize Drugs To Fight Opioids

Bill Bogart | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada
Bill Bogart

Legalization of all non medical use of drugs is an attainable goal. But confronting the opioid crisis is an urgent and unprecedented call to action. Public health experts and their activist allies are leading the way. Let's not get caught up in complicated and protracted arguments about legalization of all drugs.

Rectal Marijuana Is More Effective Than Smoking Joints: Doctor

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Living

Health Canada officially recommends against smoking marijuana.

Marijuana The Only Illicit Drug Gov't Will Legalize: Trudeau

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Politics

The PM said legalizing marijuana will take money away from gangs.

Should Landlords Be Able To Deny Tenants The Right To Grow Pot?

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Living
Jenna Valleriani

While to some extent, I believe homeowners should have some say in what happens in their rental properties, this needs to be balanced with the rights of individuals to grow their cannabis for medical purposes and have access to affordable medicine.

Trudeau Has Overseen Over 56,000 Pot Possession Arrests

Dana Larsen | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Since Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister, I estimate that there have been over 56,000 "police reported incidents" of cannabis possession in Canada. Note that these are not cases where people are being arrested for a more serious crime, and the police also find a joint in their pocket. These are "federal statute incidents reported by police, by most serious offence." So in all these "incidents," cannabis possession was the most serious "crime" being committed.

The Conservative Party's Opportunity For Real Change

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada
Kokulan Mahendiran

While the main output of the ongoing battle for the Conservative Party of Canada's leadership has been a deluge of candidates, a few interesting policies have also surfaced.

Legal Recreational Pot Is Nearer Than You Think

Marc Davis | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

Everybody wants to know when the federal government will finally make this election promise a reality. Will it be next year? Or could it still be a couple of years away? I want to know as much as anyone else. And fortunately, I don't have to resort to asking for guesstimates from eternally-optimistic pot aficionados or tipsy businessmen in the bar. Instead, I'm fortunate enough to have access to the hotshots who run Canada's publicly-traded, industrial-scale growers.

Cannabis Can Relieve Pain, But Carries Risks

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada Living

A U.S. report says many uncertainties remain about the plant's health and safety risks.

First Nations Should Explore Cashing In On Legal Cannabis

Liam Massaubi | Posted 01.04.2017 | Canada Business
Liam Massaubi

The emerging legalization of marijuana is an opportunity for continued and new business success in First Nation communities. As parts of the U.S. have started legalizing the sale of marijuana (and Canada is on its way), cannabis capitalists are flocking to invest in dispensaries and other marijuana-related projects.

Trump's Marijuana Stance Could Cause 'Discomfort' For Canada: Prof

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Rieger | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Business

He's not a fan.

Contamination Scandals Send Big Pot's Moral Argument Up In Smoke

Marc Davis | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Business
Marc Davis

Canada's well-financed medical marijuana LPs boast that they're pioneering the very best industry standards in the world. Now this claim to fame has been besmirched.

What To Know If You Are Barred From The United States

Henry Chang | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Living
Henry Chang

When I previously discussed why Canadians may be barred from the United States if they admit to smoking marijuana, I did not discuss what options might be available if a Canadian is actually barred by United States Customs and Border Protection ("USCBP") based on criminal grounds. I will now address this issue.

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.

Marijuana Is An Old Remedy That Gives New Relief

Sean Mallen | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Living
Sean Mallen

As marijuana marches towards legalization in Canada, researchers are digging ever deeper into its potential therapeutic benefits. For people suffering from epilepsy it could mean reaching back to the wisdom of the ancients to deliver a modern form of relief.

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.  

3 Thieves Arrested In P.E.I. After Mistaking Hops For Pot

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada

Can you see the difference? Three Islanders couldn't.

Canada Can Learn How To Legalize Pot From America's Example

Jasmin Guénette | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Jasmin Guénette

As the Canadian government prepares to introduce legislation next spring to legalize marijuana for recreational use, there are some useful lessons to be drawn from the experiments that have been taking place south of the border since 2012.

Let's Find Some Better Words For Weed

Carol Levine | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Living
Carol Levine

Pot. Dope. Weed. 420. Bud. Doobie. Toke. Even 15 years after marijuana was approved for legal medical use in Canada, the language describing it obscures, conceals and hides. Can cannabis shed its dubious and illicit past so that this compound can be looked at within a medical framework first, and a recreational one second?

Canadian Driving Laws Must Adapt To Realities Of Legal Marijuana

Sarah E. Leamon | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah E. Leamon

After at least one effective marijuana-detecting method has been identified, legislative changes must be made and a scheme will need to be developed. The scheme will need to balance the liberties of citizens with the need for public safety.

Clearing The Dust: The Canadian Cannabis Industry's Future

Anthony Wile | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Business
Anthony Wile

Ultimately, the marketplace will be defined as regulators decide, with input from special interest groups -- large distributors like pharmacies and liquor control boards, the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Pharmacists Association etc. -- that have influence in helping to shape the law in their desired direction.

Guess A Marijuana Vending Cart Isn't Such A Good Idea After All

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Police say the 22-year-old man in charge of the vending cart was found in possession of 150 grams of marijuana.

Trudeau Botched Playing Both Ends Of The Political Spectrum

James Di Fiore | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Politics
James Di Fiore

"Sunny ways." The term crystallized Justin Trudeau's victory in 2015. His campaign was well run, and Trudeau successfully siphoned support from the right- and left-wing parties in Canada, ushering in what was supposed to be a new way of doing politics. But Trudeau has stumbled.