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Fri
09
Jul

Why marijuana should not be banned for athletes

The USA Track & Field (USATF) confirmed on Tuesday that the Olympic hopeful Sha’Carri Richardson will not compete in Tokyo after testing positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Since the 30-day suspension of the Breakout Sprinter was announced on Friday, celebrities and lawmakers, including US Congressman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, have come to her defense to give the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) a stance of designating marijuana. Calling for reassessment as a banned substance, and for USATF to compete with Richardson.

WADA, which sets anti-doping guidelines for sports organizations around the world, bans substances that can improve performance, pose risks to athletes, or “violate the spirit of sports.”

Thu
08
Jul

More than 25 pounds of pot and $15K in cash seized by RCMP in Rankin Inlet

RCMP in Nunavut have seized 25.7 pounds (11.6 kilograms) of cannabis, $15,600 and an ATV after executing a search warrant in Rankin Inlet.

The hamlet is home to about 3,000 people.

In a press release, the RCMP noted that two individuals have been arrested and charged in relation to the search.

Larissa Misheralak has been charged with possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling; unlawfully import cannabis into Nunavut, and possession of property obtained by crime over $5000.

Dustin MacLean faces the same charges as well as failing to comply with an undertaking.

Wed
07
Jul

Why Curing Cannabis Is Critical to Plant Quality

A proper curing process is a key to producing a smooth, flavorful smoke representative of the most delicate buds. A recent blog post from Growlink outlines what curing cannabis is, and how to do it.

What Is Curing Cannabis?

Curing is a process that involves aging/drying harvested plant material to fine-tune the moisture content and allow for the decay of sugars and chlorophyll before consumption. Many plants are cured, such as cannabis, hemp, sagebrush, bay leaves, tea leaves, and tobacco.

Tue
06
Jul

Why is the Olympics more difficult with marijuana than professional sports?

Though pro leagues are slowly adjusting to the reality that marijuana is not a performance-enhancing drug, it remains squarely on the banned list for Olympic sports.

That reality will force American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson to miss the Olympics this month.

Tue
06
Jul

'A colonial view': Manitoba First Nation criticizes province for taking legal action over cannabis store

A Manitoba First Nation is speaking out against the province for taking legal action against them over the operation of a cannabis store on their own land.

The Manitoba government wants the store Indigenous Bloom to close for operating without a Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority licence, Long Plain First Nation is part owner of the store, which is located in Portage la Prairie, Man.

Chief Dennis Meeches of Long Plain First Nation said he’s not surprised by the province’s actions, adding that the store is fully compliant under Health Canada’s regulations.

Mon
05
Jul

Five key takeaways from Ontario's annual cannabis report

Five key takeaways from Ontario's annual cannabis report

Mon
05
Jul

This retired Canadian Olympian wants cannabis taken off the Games' banned substances list

The ban on Olympic athletes using cannabis is outdated and needs to change, says retired Canadian Olympic hurdler Perdita Felicien.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Friday that American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson has accepted a 30-day suspension after testing positive for THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. As a result, her Olympic trials results have been erased, and she won't be allowed to compete in her signature 100-metre dash at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

 

Fri
02
Jul

Seeing green? Economic impact of cannabis may be slow, modest

Though the arrival of legalized marijuana has been met with excitement and anticipation, economics and commercial real estate experts are tamping down expectations.

For one thing, they caution, it’s unrealistic to think marijuana shops will pop up on every street corner. The market, while potentially significant, just isn’t that big — and it won’t be a snap of the fingers to open a pot shop.

Though New Mexico has more than 117,000 residents registered in the state’s medical cannabis program with 12,628 living in Santa Fe County, recreational marijuana may be only a modest player in the state’s overall economic portfolio.

Wed
30
Jun

Some Canadian Drivers are Driving While Knowingly Impaired from Alcohol, Cannabis or an Illicit Drug

A recent poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of MADD Canada shows that some Canadian drivers aged 18-70 with a valid driver’s license (referred to as Canadian drivers hereafter) are driving while knowingly impaired from alcohol, cannabis, or an illicit drug that has not been prescribed, and that young men are even more likely to be engaging in these behaviours.

Tue
29
Jun

Canadian man charged with drug importation, trafficking in Malta

A 62-year-old Canadian man now faces drug charges after Malta’s Police Drug Squad was tipped off that three postal packages addressed to him contained approximately 18,000 cannabis cigarettes.

The man was arrested on June 25 after officials with the Customs Department reported the find to the drug squad, according to the Malta Police Force. The boxes contained what officials believe to be cannabis.

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