“Whitewashed” Canada’s legal weed industry has a diversity problem

By Rachel Browne on Jun 1, 2017 Scanning through images of the top brass at Canada’s legal medical cannabis industry reveals a sea of white. Almost all 45 of the federally licensed producers (LPs) are run by white men. They’re currently the only businesses legally allowed to cultivate and sell the product, and only for those with medical prescriptions. And they’re the companies that will continue to lead the recreational market, which the government plans to implement by next year. VICE News asked every LP for detailed diversity information about their executive boards and senior management, and any inclusion initiatives Read More …

Francis Boots discusses the cannabis plant from a traditional Onkwehon:we perspective

Francis Boots discusses the cannabis plant from a traditional Onkwehon:we perspective. Boots talks about the how the longhouse people in Akwesasne developed a proposal to do a legal grow op and his perspectives on the cannabis plant. This interview was conducted on May 22nd 2017 by Tom Keefer.

The Liberal Party elite is heavily invested in the medical marijuana Licensed Producers mail-order business

By Potfacts.ca Anne McLellan is engaged by the law firm Bennett Jones LLP, that describes itself as a ‘very entrepreneurial law firm’ that wants to be the ‘go to’ law firm for licensed producers (LPs) of marijuana in Canada. This is what should disqualify McLellan for the appearance of a conflict of interest. But then Justin Trudeau was first introduced to “legalization” by Tweed Marijuana licensed producer cofounder Chuck Rifici, who has gotten rich as a consequence of his investment in his LP, and who has been agitating for all competing dispensaries and cannabis sellers to be arrested and shut down. Rifici is also the chief Read More …

OxyContin creator expands into Canadian pot industry

When Emblem Cannabis Corp was cleared by the federal government to sell medical marijuana in August, the company set out to attract new investors, vowing to “change the face” of the industry. In company materials, Emblem touted the wealth of experience its top executives brought to the fold, particularly in its pharmaceutical division. The man in charge of that business, John H. Stewart, was a veteran of the drug industry, having spent close to 40 years in key roles at one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. His successes, Emblem said, included launching 11 new products, in particular one blockbuster Read More …

Medical marijuana firms discussed using banned pesticides

Grant Robertson and Mike Hager  |  The Globe and Mail | March 7, 2017 Two years before Canada’s medical-marijuana sector became embroiled in a tainted cannabis scare, the trade organization representing the majority of commercial growers explored using banned pesticides on their products, according to newly obtained documents. Meeting minutes and confidential e-mails sent in 2015 to more than a dozen companies on the subject, show that some industry members supported using prohibited chemicals such as myclobutanil – a pesticide that produces hydrogen cyanide when combusted and can lead to serious health problems. Though the application for approval was never carried out, myclobutanil Read More …

Trudeau’s Handling Of The Cannabis Industry Risks Public Safety

By Tim Moen, Leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada | Huffington Post As a firefighter/paramedic I have been on the front lines of public safety for over two decades. A couple of years ago I testified as an expert witness (fire officer) in the Allard vs. Canada case where a number of licensed cannabis growers brought a constitutional challenge against the government of Canada who had shut down the program that allowed them to legally grow their own medical cannabis. Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis was brought in by the Crown to testify as an expert witness who had Read More …

Pot legalization: Canada doesn’t need another profit-seeking drug industry

By Michael DeVillaer | The Globe and Mail When Canadians have expressed concerns about upcoming cannabis legalization, the government has assured them that the legal cannabis industry will be strictly regulated to protect public health. This promise raises important questions: Has legalization of our other drug industries – alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceuticals – prevented harm from their misuse? Have these drug industries effectively balanced the pursuit of revenue with protection of public health? Has government regulation of drug industries been effective? A review of the research and policy documents is not reassuring. The many potential liabilities of the Canadian government’s Read More …

First Nations Should Explore Cashing In On Legal Cannabis

By Liam Massaubi Huffington Post When people hear of First Nation communities, it is usually about a crisis, casinos or mind-blowing poverty conveniently hidden away in one of the world’s richest continents. Or it is about on-reserve tobacco production, ranging from criticism of the supposed “free ride” for Indigenous people all the way to claims of organized crime and fraudulent production and sales. There is usually little painted positively, even though the success of businesses in some First Nation communities are truly impressive. The emerging legalization of marijuana is an opportunity for continued and new business success in First Nation communities. As Read More …

Will the White House Declare a New War on Cannabis?

By By Gary Symons, Equedia US Weed Industry in Peril, Canadian Pot Companies Set to Soar? Let me be blunt. The announcements by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on a federal crackdown of recreational marijuana go beyond the realm of common sense. Unfortunately, there is little doubt that Sessions and his boss Donald Trump are seriously considering a policy to arrest and prosecute people involved in the legal recreational marijuana industry. “I’m definitely not a fan of expanded use of marijuana,” Sessions said in February. “States, they can pass the laws they choose. Read More …

Legal Recreational Pot Is Nearer Than You Think

It’s Canada’s biggest guessing game. At least that’s the case for about eight million Canucks. Which is how many of us are expected to embrace a looming recreational market for cannabis. -Advertisement- Everybody wants to know when the federal government will finally make this election promise a reality. Will it be next year? Or could it still be a couple of years away? I want to know as much as anyone else. And fortunately, I don’t have to resort to asking for guesstimates from eternally-optimistic pot aficionados or tipsy businessmen in the bar. Instead, I’m fortunate enough to have access Read More …