It’s time to end Vancouver’s wasteful war on weed for good

By Dana Larsen,  Director of Sensible BC, the Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary and Overgrow Canada | Huffington Post | June 2nd, 2017 Media coverage of Vancouver’s 4/20 protest festival is very different from that given to every other event in the city. While stories about festivals like Vaisakhi or the Pride Parade focus on the revenues generated by local businesses and the economic benefits these community events bring, our cannabis event is viciously attacked in the media as some kind of drain on civic resources. In fact, the complete opposite is true. B.C.’s cannabis industry is one of our province’s biggest economic engines. Read More …

‘We’re dealing with a lot of deep trauma’: B.C. Aboriginal peoples turn to culture for healing amid overdose crisis

  by Nick Eagland | Vancouver Sun | April 2, 2017 The morning of his sister’s funeral, Jonathan Ewenin walked out of Vancouver General Hospital not knowing why he’d slept there. Rail-thin, dazed and alone, he worried what his sister, Mary Bee, would have thought of him and of how he’d almost missed the chance to say goodbye. It was Nov. 4, 2016, Ewenin’s 19th birthday. A fentanyl overdose had nearly killed him the night before, Ewenin later learned. His 26-year-old sister died Oct. 22. Her cause of death remains unknown. Ewenin rushed to St. James Anglican Church in the Downtown Eastside for the funeral service, which was 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 …