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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.
Cannabis is the most widely available and most used illegal substance in the world, and Canadian youth are among the top users. Parents and their kids need to prepare for the day it becomes legal in Canada in 2018. (Shutterstock)

Legal weed: What your kids really need to know

Parents can help protect their kids from cannabis abuse by openly discussing the health risks, the pleasures and the responsible ways to use the drug.
Dozens of studies and numerous reviews have demonstrated the safety of vaccines. (Shutterstock)

Public health at risk when opinion trumps evidence

In an era when opinion often trumps evidence in public health issues, it's time to support and invest in evidence-based medicine to protect the public from dangerous, poorly informed beliefs.
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.
A medical cannabis grower. Shivanshu Pandev/flickr

Study: cannabis may reduce crack use

Scientists have never found a medicine to help crack users who want to decrease their consumption. Canadian researchers think cannabis might be the answer.
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Ella Fitzgerald’s flirtation with reefer songs

Just as Fitzgerald's career was taking off, jazz was under attack for its purported connection to drug culture. If she wanted to become a mainstream superstar, she needed to make a choice.
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.
Lucy Haslam and Alex Wodak helped convince the public and politicians that the time for legalised medicinal cannabis had come. AAP/Alan Porritt

Change Agents: Alex Wodak and Lucy Haslam on the push to legalise medicinal cannabis

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In 2016 three Australian states and the Commonwealth passed laws to legalise the growing of medicinal cannabis. It was an extraordinary result for a campaign that struggled for decades to gain traction.
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.

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