Legalizing pot: What to watch for in today’s long-awaited bill

By Catherine Cullen, CBC News Apr 13, 2017 Canada is about to do something very few countries in the world have tried: make recreational pot legal. Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government will reveal precisely what it thinks legalization should look like, and there are a ton of fascinating and important questions that need to be answered. First, let’s start with what we already know. CBC News has reported that the federal government will set a minimum age of 18 to buy marijuana, but will give provinces and territories the option to set the age higher. Where it will be sold and how much it will cost will also 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 …

Overgrow Canada 2017!

Dana Larsen has a plan to overgrown the Canadian government and to effectively decriminalize marijuana. He is giving away five million cannabis seeds‎ in packs of 100 to the first 50,000 people that register by April 20th, 2017. This year we’re giving away only one variety of seeds, a strain we’ve named “Freedom Dream”. This variety is grown industrially for seed production.‎ The seeds are not feminized, and will be roughly half males and half females. Freedom Dream plants will grow to about five feet tall. Females will ‎produce flowers with a very low THC level, and around 8-12% CBD 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 …

Jamie Shaw on dispensaries, access, and cannabis as treatment

by Amanda Siebert | March 17th, 2017 | Georgia Straight Long before she served as an expert witness in the landmark case that saw a federal judge rule that Canadians have a constitutional right to grow their own medical marijuana, it was the unexpected advice of a doctor that led Jamie Shaw to visit a compassion club for the first time. The lobbyist, writer, and communications expert has spent almost 20 years in the cannabis industry, working to create more streamlined access to marijuana, both locally and nationally. Seated across from the Straight at a West Broadway cafe, Shaw remembers the 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 …