Articles on Marijuana legalization

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In less than a month, marijuana can be legally purchased from private retailers in Ontario and across Canada. Are we ready for it? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Are we really ready for privatized pot sales?

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.
Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s finance minister, and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney talk to the media after announcing Ontario’s cannabis retail model on Aug. 13. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Ontario uproots its plans for selling weed

Ontario’s change to private sector cannabis stores will give consumers more convenience. That will mean stronger competition against the black market, but potentially higher consumption too.
A parade of bar men protest Prohibition along Yonge Street in Toronto in 1916. Library and Archives Canada

Want cannabis stores banned in your town? Read this first

History has shown that prohibiting popular intoxicants spurs illegal and sometimes excessive use. Ontario municipalities taking up Doug Ford's offer to ban local retail weed sales should take note.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford arrives for the buck-a-beer plan announcement at Barley Days brewery in Picton, Ont., on Aug. 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Why Doug Ford should think twice about changing booze and weed laws

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is loosening the province's liquor laws. Before dismantling a system, it's a good idea to know why it was established in the first place.
Will offices, construction sites and medical clinics be full of stoned workers after Canada’s promised marijuana legalization date of July 2018? (Shutterstock)

Marijuana in the workplace: What is unsafe?

Will offices, construction sites and medical clinics become less safe after marijuana legalization in Canada this summer? Our experts review the evidence, or lack of it.
Drops of marijuana extract are placed on candy in the kitchen of AmeriCanna Edibles in 2017 in Boulder, Colorado. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joe Mahoney)

Eating weed gummies at work? Marijuana rules may take a decade to sort out

The promised marijuana legalization date of July 2018 is approaching fast. Many outstanding regulatory issues -- such as online sales and occupational health and safety -- pose urgent challenges.
Cannabis plant strains in jars in MediJean’s Health Canada-licensed tissue culture development lab are kept for research as manager Abdul Ahad works in the Richmond, B.C., facility, in this 2014 file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

How to grow cannabis? With modern science and technology

The legal cannabis industry will have to develop scientific research and evidence based growth methods and technology if it is to succeed against the secretive illicit industry.
Marijuana brand name stickers are visible as customers line up at the counter in CannaDaddy’s Wellness Center marijuana dispensary in Oregon in April. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

‘Where’s the weed?’ Branding is essential for cannabis companies

There's a strong case for governments to allow cannabis producers to brand their products via packaging and advertising like any other product. It could boost quality and consumer satisfaction.
Setting a low age floor for legal access to cannabis could improve drug-use prevention, education, health and safety for youth, research suggests. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Marijuana age limit should be low - not high

Allowing young people to legally access marijuana will improve cannabis education and use-prevention, and hinder illegal activity.
This is what a marijuana plant, growing legally in Colorado, looks like. Reuters/Rick Wilking

Pot with patents could plant the seeds of future lawsuits

The federal government outlaws marijuana, but many states are legalizing it. Coupled with the growing number of cannabis-related patents, the potential for court battles is dizzying.
Smaller-dose pot-infused brownies are divided and packaged at The Growing Kitchen in Boulder, Co. AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

Edible marijuana: What we need to know

Edible marijuana, especially in forms that are appealing to young people, is problematic. Here are things to consider to keep kids safe.
A Miami police officer looks at a driver’s license he requested from a motorist at a DUI checkpoint. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

With legal pot comes a problem: How do we weed out impaired drivers?

We have a reliable and easy-to-use test to measure blood alcohol concentration. But right now we don't have a fast, reliable test to gauge whether someone is too doped up to drive.
Cannabis is on display at Shango Premium Cannabis, in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 30, 2015. Timothy J. Gonzalez/AP

Marijuana legalization: Big changes across country

The trend toward marijuana legalization is growing, but the legality, or illegality, of cannabis at the federal level hasn't changed at all.
Sea of Green Farms in Seattle, Washington. REUTERS/JASON REDMOND

From wine to weed: Keeping the marijuana farm small and local

An era of prohibition may soon be over for marijuana, and powerful players are watching. A legal expert explains how smaller, local producers can keep their pot in the game.
Indoor marijuana farms are becoming one of the most energy-intensive industries in the United States. www.shutterstock.com

Curbing the marijuana industry’s voracious energy appetite

As more states legalize marijuana, growing pot indoors is consuming massive quantities of energy. Rules for this new industry should include requirements to use clean power or pay carbon fees.

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