While newspapers fall over themselves to be scandalized by 100 grand going towards policing 4/20 once a year, they are silent about the much bigger expense of fighting the pointless war against cannabis. The fact is that Vancouver's cannabis activists have saved the city many millions of dollars over the years.
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.
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.
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.
Last week, Toronto police raided 43 dispensaries and arrested more than 90 people.
Toronto Mayor John Tory has written a letter to the head of Municipal Licensing and Standards to ask for a report and recommendations for dealing with what he called the "verging on out of control" growth of medical marijuana dispensaries. Let's compare their health and safety impacts to industries that already exist.
Pot dispensaries or pharmacies would be better, Ontarians say.
And you can only get it in Canada.
Trudeau has long promised to legalize and regulate marijuana if elected, while Mulcair has said the NDP would decriminalize the drug immediately.
OTTAWA - New regulations which increase oversight around the authorization of marijuana for medical use have gone into effect