Canada Marijuana

World Watching Canada Move To Legal Pot: Task Force Head

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.19.2017 | Canada Politics

The federal government's goal is to have a legalized system in place by June 2018.

Government Hopes Pot Data Will Help Weed Out Illegal Market

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Politics

From street prices to how often people light up, the government hopes the collected data helps it fight the black market.

Taxing Legal Marijuana Could Keep The Black Market In Business

Dan Sutton | Posted 05.08.2017 | Canada Politics
Dan Sutton

There are many who ascribe the value of a sin tax to non-medical cannabis use. The argument for high taxation levels is to increase government revenues and discourage the use of an inebriating substance. Proponents of this argument might go as far as to say the more tax the better. This creates a problematic externality.

Grading Each B.C. Political Party's Stance On Cannabis

Dana Larsen | Posted 05.05.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Considering how important cannabis is to our province in every way, it's surprising that legalization hasn't been a bigger topic in this election. Legalization could be a big boon for B.C., or it could be a devastating blow to our provincial economy. We need a premier who will get it right.

Weed-Loving Moms Deserve To Be In On The Conversation

Unity Marguerite Whittaker | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Living
Unity Marguerite Whittaker

Bringing the public perception of marijuana to a place where women, especially moms, are comfortable being identified as cannabis users may not sound like a big deal, but this is about so much more than enabling more moms to get high - it's about data, health and wellness.

What You Should Know Before Talking To Your Kids About Pot

HuffPost Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 05.01.2017 | Canada Parents

Don't be scared to have this conversation.

Legal Marijuana Is Going To Change The Canadian Workplace

Workopolis | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Business
Workopolis

On April 13, the Liberal government unveiled a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in Canada by July 2018. If passed, the legislation would allow people over the age of 18 to buy marijuana. What does this mean for your job (and career prospects)?

Muzzling The Benefits Of CBD-Rich Cannabis Is Censorship

Marc Davis | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Marc Davis

Canada's federal government is refusing to let the nation's legal cultivators of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis spread the word about the CBD-rich kind. This is in spite of the fact that the chemical CBD (also known as cannabidiol) provides some of marijuana's most sought-after healing powers, according to medical studies.

Trudeau's Hypocrisy On Pot Pardons Is Ruining Lives

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

If Trudeau says something shouldn't be criminal in a year, then people shouldn't be getting criminal records for it now - especially when most of those people are folks who don't enjoy his family's privileges of being white and wealthy. A criminal record traps people in the country and traps them in poverty. Almost every job does background checks, even volunteer organizations. It deeply impacts lives and when that record is due to nonviolent pot possession, it amounts to cruel and usual punishment.

Pot Users Are Actually More Social Than Non-Users: Survey

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Business

They tend to be more educated, too.

Feds Seek To Create Pot Tracking System

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Politics

Health Canada did not say how much the proposed system would cost.

Canadians Believe Pot Bill Won't Stop Youth From Getting Drug: Poll

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Politics

There's a lot of doubt in the bill's ability to achieve the government's key goals.

Teens Say Legalizing Marijuana Doesn't Change Their Opinion On It

CP | Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada Politics

Those 18 and over will be able to buy the drug legally in 2018.

Kimmel Mocks Canada's Pot Legalization Plan (And Seth Rogen)

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.14.2017 | Canada Living

Is Canada "about to become the stoner living in America's attic?''

It's Here: Liberals Introduce Marijuana Legalization Plan

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.14.2017 | Canada Politics

The bills introduced today would make Canada the first member of the G7 to legalize marijuana for recreational use across the country.

Legal Marijuana Bill Could Require Plain, Brand-Free Packaging

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada Politics

The prospect of plain packaging has pot producers warning the federal government that they won't be able to compete with the black market without some form of branding.

Legalizing Cannabis Will Fail If Producers Can't Brand Their Pot

Brendan Kennedy | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Politics
Brendan Kennedy

Reasonable taxation, responsible branding and in-store marketing are the most powerful tools the federal government has to eliminate the black market. Professional companies must be allowed to explain to consumers why their products are superior to those offered by their illegal competitors.

Liberals Introducing Pot Legalization Bill Thursday

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada Politics

The Liberals say the current system of prohibition does not stop young people from using marijuana.

More Canadian Employers Need To Cover Medical Marijuana

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Business
Jenna Valleriani

Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaws recently made headlines by announcing they will cover medical cannabis for their employees. But the devil is always in the details. While these two chains should be praised for their progressive steps forward, we also need to ask who this coverage is provided for, how much is being covered, as well as how this fits with the overall long-term strategy to position pharmacies as the front-line dispensers of medical cannabis.

Trudeau's Handling Of The Cannabis Industry Risks Public Safety

Tim Moen | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Politics
Tim Moen

If we are concerned about public safety we need to make it more attractive for people to grow, distribute and consume cannabis legally than illegally so that there is engagement with public safety mechanisms. Right now it is far more attractive for people to grow and consume illegally.

Liberals Opt For A Slow Burn On Legal Weed

Andrew Tumilty | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Andrew Tumilty

It is encouraging to see that the Liberal government has taken their time making this change and will continue to do so. There are a number of legal and social factors to consider when deciding something that has been illegal should be otherwise.

Legalizing Cannabis Will Protect Youth More Than Prohibition Ever Has

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

We often create policies that are meant to protect youth, particularly around drug use. But what we actually end up doing is criminalizing and victimizing them further. With regulation we'll actually be able to start to undo some of the harms caused by prohibition - harms a lot worse than the use of cannabis itself.

NDP Leadership Candidates Slam Liberals On Pot, Youth Unemployment

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.26.2017 | Canada Politics

Contenders faced off in their second debate.

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.