Conversations That Matter: Is Canada ready for legal pot?

This week, Conversations That Matter features Barinder Rasode of NICHE, an organization that is playing a role in helping producers, regulators, police and provincial governments get ready for the biggest social change since the abolition of prohibition.

Rasode says, “there is a need for greater collaboration between governments, industry and the public.”

Continue reading: http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/conversations-that-matter-is-canada-ready-for-legal-pot

Will smoking marijuana during pregnancy harm the child?

Will smoking marijuana during pregnancy harm the child?

The question

My daughter is pregnant and she has been smoking some marijuana to reduce nausea and vomiting from morning sickness. She says marijuana is a natural product and it won’t hurt her unborn child. Is she right?

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Marijuana Is Saving These Small Towns All Across Canada, Here’s How

Marijuana Is Saving These Small Towns All Across Canada, Here’s How

Small towns in Canada don’t have it easy right now. Many of the industries that traditionally supported the economies of Canada’s small towns (forestry, farming) are no longer as viable, making it hard to find permanent work for many small-town residents.

Enter the marijuana industry, the saving grace of small towns across the country.

Growing more and more profitable as an industry, especially with legalization on the horizon, the marijuana sector is saving the economies of small towns all across Canada.

Continue reading: https://www.mtlblog.com/whats-happening/marijuana-is-saving-these-small-towns-all-across-canada-heres-how

Pot charges rise in Montreal despite downward trend in rest of Canada

Pot charges rise in Montreal despite downward trend in rest of Canada

Marijuana charges are on the rise in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec, while in the rest of Canada cannabis-related charges are declining ahead of Ottawa’s plans to legalize the drug.

The number of cannabis-related charges has ebbed countrywide from last year, continuing a downward trend since a peak in 2011.

For Canadians older than 12, 17,700 were charged with possession last year, according to police-reported statistics released by Statistics Canada. This is down from 21,300 in 2015.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-quebec-pot-charges-statistics-1.4219840

Pot charges drop in 2016, Statistics Canada reports

Pot charges drop in 2016, Statistics Canada reports

The number of cannabis-related offences reported to police declined for the fifth straight year, Statistics Canada said Monday as it released its annual report on police-reported crime.

There were about 55,000 offences related to marijuana reported to police in 2016, about 6,000 fewer than reported the year before, despite the percentage of Canadians consuming the drug on the rise.

The agency said police charged 17,733 people with the possession of pot last year, a drop of about 3,600 from 2015.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cannabis-offences-statistics-canada-1.4216688

Marijuana-stock frenzy could end very badly in Canada

Marijuana-stock frenzy could end very badly in Canada

There’s one bummer question haunting all the marijuana businesses popping up between British Columbia and Newfoundland.

How much do Canucks like weed, eh?

A year before recreational cannabis is expected to become legal in Canada, there’s an explosion in companies cultivating the stuff. At least 10 marijuana outfits have new listings this year on the TSX Venture Exchange and Canada Securities Exchange. Some 51 enterprises have gotten the green light to grow pot, and 815 applicants are in the queue. All told, it could be enough to raise the country’s raw-weed output more than tenfold.

Continue reading: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/investment-ideas/marijuana-frenzy-could-end-very-badly-in-canada/article35707424/

B.C. partnership targets science behind cannabis cures

B.C. partnership targets science behind cannabis cures

When inquiring minds ask about medical marijuana use, Dan Sutton is quick to state his credentials.

“I’m in no way an academic or a researcher or a physician,” said the founder and managing director of Maple Ridge-based Tantalus Labs, one of 10 firms licensed to cultivate medical marijuana in B.C. “I’m an entrepreneur.”

So, while there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence promoting the medical benefits of cannabinoids – the chemical compounds in marijuana that get a reaction from the brain – Sutton said there’s little quantifiable data documenting their effectiveness.

Continue reading: https://www.biv.com/article/2017/7/bc-partnership-targets-science-behind-cannabis-cur/

B.C. partnership targets science behind cannabis cures

B.C. partnership targets science behind cannabis cures

When inquiring minds ask about medical marijuana use, Dan Sutton is quick to state his credentials.

“I’m in no way an academic or a researcher or a physician,” said the founder and managing director of Maple Ridge-based Tantalus Labs, one of 10 firms licensed to cultivate medical marijuana in B.C. “I’m an entrepreneur.”

So, while there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence promoting the medical benefits of cannabinoids – the chemical compounds in marijuana that get a reaction from the brain – Sutton said there’s little quantifiable data documenting their effectiveness.

Continue reading: https://www.biv.com/article/2017/7/bc-partnership-targets-science-behind-cannabis-cur/

Researchers seek 1,000 Vancouver pot shop users for survey

Researchers seek 1,000 Vancouver pot shop users for survey

The B.C. Centre on Substance Use wants to know how, when, where and why marijuana dispensary users buy their pot.

The drug-use research centre is seeking 1,000 dispensary clients to join an online survey to examine the possible benefits and harms of dispensaries as Canada gets ready for legalization next year.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-pot-shop-dispensary-1.4179189

Canadians have a long way to go to meet new marijuana use guidelines

Pot-smoking Canadians have a lot of work to do if they want to comply with Canada’s new guidelines on cannabis use.

A panel of doctors and public health experts released new guidelines for lower-risk marijuana use on Friday. They include recommendations on the strength of marijuana, the frequency of use and the age at which people should use marijuana, to minimize negative health outcomes.

Continue reading: http://globalnews.ca/news/3551514/canadians-have-a-long-way-to-go-to-meet-new-marijuana-use-guidelines/

Legalizing cannabis could help reduce opioid use, experts say

Legalizing cannabis could help reduce opioid use, experts say

Leading medical experts say legalizing cannabis may offer new hope to one day reduce the use of opioids — powerful drugs frequently prescribed for the treatment of pain.

Dr. Mark Ware, a globally recognized researcher and the vice-chair of the federal government’s task force on legalizing marijuana, says a legal framework for cannabis will help to facilitate further research.

Continue reading: http://www.torontosun.com/2017/06/14/legalizing-cannabis-could-help-reduce-opioid-use-experts-say

Startup seeks to modernize grow ops as Canada set to legalize pot

Startup seeks to modernize grow ops as Canada set to legalize pot

Question: When is a datacentre not a datacentre?

Answer: When it’s growing pot.

Smart datacentre managers use technology to regulate power consumption and productivity. Paolo Pincente, CEO of Grow Ratio, is basing his business on the fact that cannabis grow-ops work the same way.

Pincente comes from an IT background, having sold his managed IT services business pNetworks in 2015. Now, he wants to bring the same efficiencies found in high-performance datacentres into licensed grow-ops.

Continue reading: http://www.itworldcanada.com/article/startup-seeks-to-modernize-grow-ops-as-canada-set-to-legalize-pot/393771

After pot is legal: Doctors urge province not to forget marijuana can do harm

After pot is legal: Doctors urge province not to forget marijuana can do harm

New Brunswick doctors say only a Crown corporation with strict monopoly control should be allowed to sell recreational marijuana in the province.

Whether NB Liquor or some other corporation takes charge of sales, the retail marijuana business should not be subject to profit targets or take place alongside the sale of alcohol or tobacco, the New Brunswick Medical Society says.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/pot-new-brunswick-legal-1.4156321

Smoking weed to relax? Don’t overdo it, study says

Nearly 40% of people who use marijuana say they do so primarily to help them relax. New research from the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests that many of those folks may be overdoing it.

As it turns out, there hasn’t actually been a whole lot of research done on the stress-mitigating effects of pot, according to Emma Childs, Joseph Lutz and Harriet de Wit of UIC. So they conducted a randomized, double-blind lab experiment involving 42 test subjects to see how different doses of THC – pot’s main chemical ingredient – affected the subjects’ responses to stressful situations.

Continue reading: http://www.torontosun.com/2017/06/09/smoking-weed-to-relax-dont-overdo-it-study-says

Decriminalize cannabis before it is legalized: Editorial

Decriminalize cannabis before it is legalized: Editorial

Pot smokers are not known for getting things done in a hurry, but legislators seeking to revamp our marijuana laws shouldn’t follow their lead.

In fact the federal government should hurry up and decriminalize possession of recreational marijuana immediately.

The Liberal government plans to legalize, regulate and restrict cannabis by July 2018. The promise was part of the election platform that propelled the party to a majority government.

Continue reading: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/columnists/2017/06/08/decriminalize-immediately.html

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