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

Medical cannabis growers say education key to improving relationships with city landlords

Medical cannabis growers say education key to improving relationships with city landlords

The gentle hum of whirring fans and the unmistakable smell of fresh cannabis drift through a garage at the back of a house on a quiet Calgary street.

It’s legal but the woman behind the small grow-op is keeping things under wraps. She’s new here, on a month-to-month lease and — like many licensed home growers — she’s worried about the consequences of her landlord finding out.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/medical-cannabis-marijuana-landlords-1.4262571

Canadian athletes enter tricky doping landscape with pending legalization of weed

Canadian athletes enter tricky doping landscape with pending legalization of weed

Canada’s elite athletes are smoking, eating and investing in marijuana. Is a toke before stepping to the start line far off?

The Canadian government intends to legalize recreational cannabis by July 1, 2018. It’s already legal for personal, recreational use in a handful of U.S. states.

Cannabis, hashish, marijuana, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list, but only during competition.

Continue reading: https://www.thestar.com/sports/amateur/2017/08/15/canadian-athletes-enter-tricky-doping-landscape-with-pending-legalization-of-weed.html

When marijuana is legal in Canada, there may not be enough to go around

By this time next year, when marijuana becomes legal in Canada, people looking to get high could be facing the oldest problem in business: not enough supply to meet demand.

The licensed marijuana producers in Canada who already grow weed for the medical marijuana market are trying to expand as quickly as possible to meet the increased demand of recreational pot legalization.

But they say they can only expand so quickly and new producers are not getting into the business fast enough.

Continue reading: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/when-marijuana-is-legal-in-canada-there-may-not-be-enough-to-go-around-1.3501033#

How big is Canada’s marijuana market, really?

In June, a company called MYM Nutraceuticals announced plans to build one of the world’s largest marijuana greenhouse operations. It’s a joint venture of sorts with the town of Weedon (naturally) in Quebec, where the municipality will buy the land and the company will have the right to purchase the acreage later. MYM anticipates the operation will consist of 15 greenhouses totalling 1.5 million-square-feet of production space. At full capacity, MYM says it can produce more than 150 metric tons of cannabis per year, worth about $750 million. In another release a few days later, the “Weedon Project” had apparently expanded to include a cannabis education centre, a cannabis museum, a 2,500-person auditorium and a 22-room hotel.

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/

Kathleen Wynne still weighing options for marijuana sales

Kathleen Wynne still weighing options for marijuana sales

After a flurry of activity this spring — expanding rent control, announcing a $15 minimum wage, cutting hydro bills, bringing Pharmacare to children and young adults — what’s next for Premier Kathleen Wynne?

I put that question and a few others to Wynne in an interview on the grounds of Queen’s Park on Tuesday, with the legislature wrapped up for its summer break and the election less than one year away.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/kathleen-wynne-interview-1.4158452

Uruguay sets path for Canada on marijuana legalization within international treaties

Uruguay sets path for Canada on marijuana legalization within international treaties

Uruguay‘s envoy to Ottawa says his small South American country has opened up some breathing room for marijuana legalization within international treaties that have outlawed recreational pot for decades.

Ambassador Martin Vidal credits his country, the first to legalize recreational cannabis at a national level, as something of a trailblazer for countries like Canada that are planning to embark on the same path.

Continue reading: http://globalnews.ca/news/3505443/canada-uruguay-marijuana-treaties/

The parents of Queensland boy Chase Walker believe controversial treatment is working

A desperate couple accused of snatching their severely disabled four-year-old son from a Queensland Hospital last month are living in a controversial church, where the youngster is being given cannabis oil by a deregistered doctor.

Cini Walker and Marc Steven made national headlines when they were accused of taking little Chase Walker from hospital where he was being treated for spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

Continue reading: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/the-parents-of-queensland-boy-chase-walker-believe-controversial-treatment-is-working/news-story/f367701a51d5c60569d7231a098b6bdc

 

City costs for Vancouver 4-20 marijuana protest more than $245,000

This year’s 4-20 marijuana day of protest in Vancouver cost the city more than $245,000.

The city says estimates 40,000 people were at Sunset Beach Park and the Vancouver Art Gallery during the April 20 protest.

The city says in a news release that police costs came to over $170,000, while other costs such as sanitation, and fire and rescue pushed the costs even higher.

Continue reading: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/city-costs-for-vancouver-4-20-marijuana-protest-more-than-245-000-1.3429840#

 

Canada Marijuana Legalization: Anne McLellan Says World Watching As Country Moves To Legal Market

Canada Marijuana Legalization: Anne McLellan Says World Watching As Country Moves To Legal Market

The lead of the federally appointed task force on the legalization of cannabis says the world is watching as Canada looks to legalize the drug’s recreational use by next summer.

Anne McLellan, a former Liberal public safety minister, says other countries want to see how successful Canada is at developing a legal market for cannabis, to what extent it addresses organized crime and how it deals with drug-impaired driving.

Continue reading: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/05/19/anne-mclellan-marijuana-world_n_16705268.html

Workers at Toronto marijuana dispensary join Unifor union

Workers at Toronto marijuana dispensary join Unifor union

Workers at a medical marijuana dispensary in Toronto’s east end have joined Unifor, the country’s largest private-sector union.

Forty workers – including reception, production, supervisors and packaging and retail staff – at the Broadview Avenue location of Canna Clinic are now represented by the union.

Unifor says it’s believed to be the first time that marijuana dispensary workers in Canada have unionized.

Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/workers-at-torontos-canna-clinic-marijuana-dispensary-join-unifor-union/article35024791/

Pot for pets? Dispensary sells cannabis dog treats to relieve pain, anxiety

Pot for pets? Dispensary sells cannabis dog treats to relieve pain, anxiety

A marijuana dispensary in Sooke has expanded its clientele to include the canine world.

Castle Naturals has been selling biscuits containing cannabis for the last year and says ever since they went on sale, dogs and their owners can’t get enough.

“They’re one of our top sellers. They work, so people come back,” said dispensary owner Lori Rittaler. “About an hour after they take the dog bones, they’re up walking with you again. It gives them years back of their life.”

Source: http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/pot-for-pets-dispensary-sells-cannabis-dog-treats-to-relieve-pain-anxiety-1.3417027

Four questions with psychologist and cannabis researcher Zach Walsh

Four questions with psychologist and cannabis researcher Zach Walsh

Speakers attending this weekend’s Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo are preparing to impart some serious knowledge on everything from pain management to growing and cultivation.

The two-day conference (May 6 and 7) will bring doctors, researchers, educators, scientists, authors, growers, activists, historians, and entrepreneurs to The Nest at UBC for a series of keynote speeches and panel discussions that are sure to challenge the numerous stigmas about cannabis and its applications.

Source: http://www.straight.com/life/904091/four-questions-psychologist-and-cannabis-researcher-zach-walsh

California ‘weed nuns’ could bring cannabis healing mission to Canada

California ‘weed nuns’ could bring cannabis healing mission to Canada

Meet the Sisters of the Valley — California’s self-ordained “weed nuns” who are on a mission to heal and empower women through their cannabis products.

Based near the town of Merced in the Central Valley, an area of California which produces over half of the fruit, vegetables and nuts grown in the United States, the Sisters of the Valley grow and harvest their own cannabis plants according to moon cycles. They then cook them up into cannabis-based balms and ointments which they say have the power to heal and improve one’s well-being.

Source: http://globalnews.ca/news/3394819/california-weed-nuns-could-bring-cannabis-healing-mission-to-canada/

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