In this November 2019 photo, patrons smoke marijuana at a state-licensed but federally illegal marijuana establishment in Los Angeles.
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U.S. Congress might not pursue full cannabis legalization this year. But it should still provide Americans with some of Canada’s legal clarity.
During the pandemic Americans turned to CBD, which purports to have calming effects.
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Hemp, CBD and marijuana are all forms of cannabis – but they are different in significant ways, from form and legality to their potential uses as treatment for various health conditions.
Mexico’s militarized war on drugs – and, often, drug users – has killed at least 150,000 people over the past 15 years.
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Mexico would not fully legalize cannabis; its new regulation plan makes recreational use legal. However modest, that would be a symbolic milestone for a country immersed in a long, deadly drug war.
Activists wave flags in front of the U.S. Capitol to demand that Congress pass cannabis reform legislation on Oct. 8, 2019.
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A cannabis decriminalization bill approved by the House is a sign from Congress that sentiment around the drug is evolving, but it misses a chance to regulate marijuana for the good of all Americans.
Many young people are unaware of the health risks of e-cigarettes.
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Even as evidence of its adverse effects emerges, vaping is growing more popular among young people.
Cannabis edibles like sour candy straws are now available for purchase and consumption, but the risks from overdosing are quite high.
As cannabis candies and chocolates become widely available, sweeter edibles may be more appealing to youth. We need to work to minimize the potential health impacts.
Evidence suggests that Muslim men in France have been disproportionately arrested and jailed for cannabis-related crimes since the drug became illegal in 1970.
Muslims make up 9% of France’s population and half of all its prisoners – many convicted on drug charges. But social justice isn’t part of the country’s growing debate on legalization.
While 68 percent of men now support marijuana legalization, only 56 percent of women do.
Could mothers be responsible for the gender gap? Or are other factors at play?
Dogs don’t need pot or CBD or other marijuana derivatives.
As marijuana and its derivatives are sold legally in more states, pets are getting into pot, accidentally. And some owners are intentionally giving them CBD. A vet explains the dangers.
Has marijuana legalization reached a tipping point?
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Two-thirds of all US states now have some kind of legal pot, and support for legalization has never been higher. But ballot initiatives can only take legalization so far, researchers say.
Utah residents show support for a ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
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Midterm voters in Utah, Missouri, Michigan and North Dakota will decide whether to join the 31 US states that have some form of legal marijuana. But ballot initiatives can only take pot so far.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Marijuana varieties on display in a California dispensary.
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Medical marijuana? Recreational marijuana? Both or neither? Here’s a quick guide to the topsy-turvy landscape for marijuana regulation in the US.
Lack of clear evidence on impairment from cannabis use has led to vastly different workplace policies. Police officers in Ottawa and Vancouver face no restrictions on their off-work use of cannabis as long as they are fit for duty, officers in Calgary have been banned from use and in Toronto they face a 28-day abstinence period.
Will offices, construction sites and medical clinics become less safe now that marijuana is legal in Canada? Our experts review the evidence, or lack of it.
A still from the 1936 propaganda film ‘Reefer Madness.’
Research from the last few decades suggest marijuana helps more than it harms. But Jeff Sessions’ proposed crackdown would take us back nearly a century.
Drops of marijuana extract are placed on candy in the kitchen of AmeriCanna Edibles in 2017 in Boulder, Colorado.
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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.