Top Canadian Pharmacy Exec. Wants to Dispense Medical Cannabis

The top executive of one of Canada’s largest pharmacy and grocery chains wants in on the nation’s medical marijuana market, according to The Toronto Star. Galen G. Weston, president and executive chairman of Loblaws, said Thursday that Canada’s pharmacists are well-positioned for safely dispensing a controlled substance like cannabis. “We’re an industry that is extremely effective at managing […]

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Toronto Officials Perplexed by Wave of New Marijuana Dispensaries

An influx of medical marijuana dispensaries in Toronto, Ontario have local lawmakers scratching their heads over how to react to the changing tides of marijuana reform. Under Canadian federal law, only government-licensed companies can legally distribute marijuana for medicinal purposes — and only via mail service. On the other hand, a recent court decision ruled that patients are […]

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Canada Announces Plan to Decriminalize Cannabis by Spring 2017

The Canadian Liberal Party will introduce legislation to decriminalize and regulate recreational cannabis nationwide by the spring of 2017, Health Minister Jane Philpott announced on Wednesday at the U.N. General Assembly on international drug policy in New York. According to a Reuters report, Philpott said Canada’s new marijuana laws would keep cannabis out of the hands of children […]

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Canadian Feds Working Toward National Legalization

The federal government of Canada is making moves toward the national legalization of recreational cannabis. In an interview with CBC News’s Stephen Quinn, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said that officials are working toward legislation that will “ultimately involve the legalization of marijuana, trying to take the whole profit element out of the […]

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Canadian Activist Pledges to Give Away One Million Seeds for Cannabis ‘Victory Gardens’

Renowned Canadian marijuana activist Dana Larsen has pledged to give away more than million pot seeds to help Canadian medical cannabis patients everywhere plant and grow their own “victory gardens” this spring. Larsen was a founding member of the BC Marijuana Party, the Canadian Marijuana Party, and founded the Vancouver Dispensary Society. He also founded Sensible BC — the largest grassroots cannabis reform organization […]

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Ontario Public Vaping Privileges Take a Hit

Amidst the growing popularity of vaping, medical cannabis, and other tobacco products, Ontario’s government is scrambling to batten down the hatch. In one response, Queen’s Park has moved to outlaw the smoking and vaping of medical cannabis products in enclosed public spaces, workplaces, and many outdoor areas as well. A government official said that the […]

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Canadian Medical Marijuana Patients Win Rights to Homegrown Cannabis

In a landmark ruling out of British Columbia, Federal Judge Michael Phelan has determined that Health Canada’s established medical cannabis framework is unconstitutional, granting Canada’s Liberal Party a six-month window to work out new medical marijuana legislation. In the meantime, Judge Phelan has also ruled that patients should be allowed to grow their own cannabis once more […]

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New Medical Vaping Lounge Purports to be Canada’s Largest

A business claiming to be Canada’s largest vaping lounge quietly opened in Windsor last week. Higher Limits, co-owned by Jon Liedtke, Alex Newman, and a third owner who requested to remain anonymous, is a place where medical cannabis patients can convene and vape. The lounge is located in a 6,000 square foot building that was formerly […]

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Canada Legalization Will Violate International Treaties, Trudeau Warns

Before Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can follow through on his promise to end cannabis prohibition in Canada, the nation first needs to figure out how it can do so without violating several global treaties regarding the production and possession of marijuana. There are three international conventions that Canada’s Liberal Party will need to work […]

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Marijuana for Trauma: Advocating Improved Cannabis Access for Canadian Veterans

As per Health Canada’s Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations established in 2001, patients across Canada suffering from certain debilitating conditions can be prescribed medical cannabis. If they register with a licensed producer, they can purchase said cannabis. Veterans returning from war are sometimes prescribed cannabis to treat symptoms of PTSD — the Canadian Veterans Affairs actually covers the cost […]

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Canadians Want Government-Run Cannabis Stores, Latest Poll Shows

A new poll of Canadian voters finds that nearly half of those surveyed would like, once marijuana is legalized there, for the government to run the dispensary system itself, Marijuana.com reports. The Forum poll, published December 9th, found that 40% of respondents would be in favor of having commercial cannabis be grown by a select […]

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Canadian Judge Fines Man $1.30 for 30 Cannabis Plants In Symbolic Protest Against Prohibition

In a symbolic protest of the war on cannabis, a Québecois judge fined a man $1.30 for being in possession of 30 illegal marijuana plants. Mario Larouche, 46, had failed to obtain a medical marijuana prescription to treat his pain and turned to growing marijuana illegally in order to relieve his symptoms. Judge Pierre Chevalier […]

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Health Canada Approves First Product Line of Medical Cannabis Oils

Peace Naturals Project Inc. is the first licensed medical cannabis producer in Canada to receive approval from Health Canada to begin distributing medicinal cannabis oils under the country’s federal medical marijuana program. In a press release issued Monday, Peace Naturals Project announced it had completed the manufacturing and testing of its first two batches of cannabis oil, named Cerene and […]

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Canadian Government Renews Commitment to Cannabis Legalization

Building on the campaign promises of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was elected in October, Gov. Gen. David Johnston delivered a speech on Friday mentioning the new Canadian Liberal government’s plan to regulate marijuana. Legalization was one of the primary issues Trudeau ran on in his recent bid for Prime Minister. In the speech […]

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Mounties Raid Vancouver Dispensaries, Confusion Persists Over B.C. Cannabis Laws

As Canada’s newly-elected liberal government prepares to legalize cannabis, municipalities are struggling to deal with a lack of guidelines regarding how to regulate the drug in the meantime, The Globe and Mail reports. Mounties in Nanaimo, B.C. raided three dispensaries Tuesday after alleged complaints that the stores were selling to minors, advertising on the street and selling […]

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Ontario City Officials to Allow Public Consumption of Medical Cannabis

New Ontario regulations allow medical cannabis patients to smoke, vaporize, or otherwise consume their medicine in openly public places, The Star reports. Even typically sensitive locations — such as movie theaters, restaurants, schools, stadiums, or playgrounds packed with children — will not be exempted from this rule. However, this change does not necessarily mean that Ontario’s restaurants will soon be flooded with […]

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Canada’s Liberal Party Wins Election, Plans to Legalize Cannabis

Canada’s newly elected Liberal Party, headed by Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau, may be poised to legalize marijuana there. Cannabis legalization was a main feature of the party’s electoral campaign. From its website: “We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young […]

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Canada High Court Rules All Forms of Cannabis Legal for Medical Use

Canada’s highest court made a laudable legal decision last week, ruling unanimously that all forms of cannabis are legal for medical purposes. The decision brings edibles, concentrates, topical lotions and other forms under the legal medical marijuana umbrella. The court ruled that patients should not be restricted to smoking marijuana for treatment, and wrote that […]

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