There’s money to be made from legalising cannabis.
To fight the black market, the price of legal cannabis has to be relatively low. But if nothing else is done, the black market will persist.
Cannabis producers must ensure the quality of their products is high, but not too “high.”
To deliver good-quality cannabis, producers must simultaneously aim for both careful science and carefree highs.
Cannabis edibles will be legal in October. Is Canada ready for it?
Cannabis edibles will be legal in October. But the regulations set by Ottawa on cannabis edibles are confusing to retailers, making it difficult for Canada to lead the way for other countries.
A flag is flown during the annual marijuana 420 gathering in Toronto.
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Canada's federal government is running out of time before the summer session to pass a bill that would pardon those convicted of minor cannabis possession.
Assorted cannabis bud strains.
Marijuana is known for delivering a good high. But the plant's uses go well beyond the recreational. Marijuana contains a trove of medicinal compounds whose uses we are just now discovering.
Data from provinces varies, but it generally shows Canadian cannabis users prefer to buy dry flowers (to smoke or vape their weed), want high-quality products and prefer shopping in bricks-and-mortar stores rather than online.
Government data outline what’s popular with Canadian cannabis shoppers. Among other things, they prefer smoke-able cannabis, high-quality products and in-store shopping.
A depiction of a cannabis bud drops from the ceiling at Leafly’s countdown party in Toronto as midnight passes and marks the first day of the legalization of cannabis across Canada.
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Government data suggest medical cannabis availability improved after legalization in Canada. But producers have struggled to meet demand for recreational cannabis other than oils.
Perhaps one day Humboldt pot will be as famous as Bordeaux wine.
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About two-thirds of Americans now live in states where marijuana is legal for medicinal or recreational purposes, leading some to worry corporate and Wall Street interests will take over the industry.
The new cannabis legislation in Canada does not give enough thought to those who were overly punished for cannabis-related activities.
Now that cannabis is almost legal in Canada, many are celebrating. Before we forget, we should remember those that have been arrested for previous crimes and push for amnesty.
In less than a month, marijuana can be legally purchased from private retailers in Ontario and some other places across Canada. Are we ready for it?
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As marijuana legalization looms and we we contemplate the future of cannabis sales in Canada, there are still lots of questions for both the public and government to consider.
The Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) of Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia unanimously voted on March 5, 2018 to ban all smoking of marijuana products on campus — for health and safety reasons.
In advance of marijuana legalization in Canada, one university in British Columbia has taken a firm stance, banning all smoking of cannabis products on campus.
New research in North Yorkshire has found most police officers are keen not to criminalise cannabis users.
A man smokes a large marijuana joint during the annual 4/20 marijuana celebration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 20, 2018. With legalization ahead, provinces are taking different approaches in how they sell weed to the public.
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Canadian provinces are choosing various approaches to cannabis sales as legalization approaches. Ontario's will combine aspects of computer stores, wine boutiques and post-prohibition liquor outlets.
Only certain compounds in cannabis are at fault.
Cannabis use is linked to psychosis, but only a small number of users will experience it.
Pharmacy or marijuana dispensary?
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Marijuana has a rich linguistic tradition. But drive by dispensaries like 'Advanced Medical Alternatives' or 'Alameda Wellness Center,' and you might think you’re passing the office of a physical therapist.
A woman lights up at Sunset Beach in Vancouver, B.C., last year on April 20. A new Calgary bylaw, meantime, bans the public consumption of cannabis and restricts people to smoking weed only at home, unfairly affecting those who rent.
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A new Calgary bylaw prevents people from smoking weed in public; only homeowners can spark up on their private property. Here's why that unfairly targets and penalizes racial minorities.
Canada is on track to legalize marijuana on July 1. But why was it criminalized in the first place?
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Canada is legalizing marijuana on July 1. But how the drug became criminalized in the first place is an interesting saga that involves anti-Chinese racism and international influence.
‘Don’t mind me dear, I’ve got joint problems.’
Cannabis use among the baby boomer generation is on the rise, here's why.
Workers produce medical marijuana at Canopy Growth Corporation’s Tweed facility in Smiths Falls, Ont.
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In competing with Canada's black markets, legal cannabis has potential strengths and weaknesses. Most flow directly from governments' policy choices.
A 2015 study from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse describes youth perceiving marijuana as “relatively harmless” and “not as dangerous as drinking and driving.”
Provincial policies to implement the legal consumption of marijuana are unlikely to protect children and youth. High school teachers and parents will be on the front line.