Canada Marijuana

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.

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.