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Vancouver's own Seth Rogen on comedy, his debut book and where cannabis legalization went wrong in Canada

Seth Rogen talks to Q’s Tom Power about his hilarious new memoir, Yearbook, and his famous use of weed.

"As someone who has done this a very long time, nothing is valued less on this planet — creatively — than comedy," he told host Tom Power in an interview on CBC Radio's Q."It is by far the least valued creative output. My wife has done puzzles that have gotten more praise than entire comedic films that we've made.

Despite that, Rogen added he only cares about the approval of his audience.

"We're not as much chasing the approval of our peers, for better or worse," he said, followed by his signature laugh.


How this Vancouver company’s plan to be a game-changer hinges on human trials of cannabis vapes

Looking within and without is essential in the cannabis industry, whether a company is setting its sights on improving user experiences, identifying potential foreign markets, cementing its position at home or trying to figure out what makes for fair compensation in an ever-evolving sector.


Nextleaf Solutions starts human trials of cannabis vapes



B.C. saw a dramatic increase in pre-conception cannabis use after legalization

Cannabis use among women who were about to conceive children nearly doubled following B.C.’s legalization of cannabis in 2018, a new study from UBC finds.

The findings show a 71 per cent increase in self-reported cannabis use by those in the preconception period (the three months before becoming pregnant) after adjusting for factors like age, education, relationship status, income and history of mental health disorders between two sample groups.

Cannabis use during pregnancy remained statistically unchanged.

“I was very surprised when I saw the huge increase in preconception use,” said Dr. Hamideh Bayrampour, the study’s lead author. “It’s a very dramatic change over a period of less than two years.”


How cannabis helped this Okanagan woman walk again

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Jayna Pooley says it took her two and a half years to regain the strength to walk after moving from pharmaceuticals to cannabis. Photo by Kelsie Kilawna, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Sitting in a little cafe in Syilx territory in downtown Vernon, Jayna Pooley clinks her spoon against her cup as she gingerly stirs her coffee. The sun is out and she’s preparing for a meeting later that day to talk about cannabis with the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. 

Pooley has been sharing her story, one of personal perseverance, as a way to inspire others to explore the healing properties of cannabis, a medicine she credits for helping her walk again. 


Vancouver Island mom hopes to destigmatize cannabis use for parents

A West Shore mother is making waves on the internet after sharing a social media posting asking why cannabis use is met with considerable stigma, while other substances – like alcohol – are seen in a different light.

Jannine MacKinnon, who runs the popular "eeasymomroutines" Instagram page, expressed her views on responsible cannabis use to her more than 21,000 followers in February.

The post quickly became one of her most popular, resonating with almost 400,000 people.

"I actually sat on it for about a month before posting it," she said. "I was very nervous with how it was going to come across. I hadn't talked about cannabis at all on my account."


B.C. cannabis sales doubled in 2020, but Okanagan retail market still tough

Canadians spent more than twice as much cash in legal cannabis stores last year, as licensed retailers across the country rolled up $2.6 billion.

In British Columbia, the figure is even higher. Numbers recently released by Statistics Canada show consumers were flocking to legal weed stores spending $370 million last year compared to $117 million the year before – more than a 217 per cent increase.

The dollar amount shows that after a ropey start at the beginning of legalization, more consumers are turning their backs on the black market and are heading into legal pot shops.


High weed retailer fees in Vancouver should be taken down a notch or more

Members of Vancouver City Council have asked municipal staff to come up with ways to cut the fees being paid by cannabis retailers in the city.

The annual fees charged to weed retailers dwarf those of other businesses, such as liquor establishments. While the annual renewal tab for a cannabis retailer is a hefty $1,500, the annual fee for a liquor store is $429.00, notes the council motion.


One of Canada’s oldest cannabis medical dispensaries facing a new threat

The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club (VCBC), a 25-year-old nonprofit society that serves more than 8,000 medical cannabis patients, is facing a new threat.

The club has been the subject of multiple raids in recent years, but B.C. authorities are now targeting the building’s landlord in an attempt to permanently close the doors of the institution.

Despite support from the mayor and local city council to allow the society to continue to operate, an exemption can only be granted by the B.C. cabinet.


Vancouver council votes to slash sky-high fees for cannabis retailers

A city councillor is hopeful this is the last year cannabis retailers in Vancouver will pay the highest licensing fees in the country.

A motion passed Thursday is the first step in slashing the $34,000 annual fee — which is nearly ten times what liquor stores pay.

Coun. Rebecca Bligh says the move is meant to help licensed retailers thrive.

“It was quite clear that there’s a growing concern that Vancouver’s market is actually growing, but in the illegal market,” Bligh says.



Copycat pot edibles that look like candy are poisoning kids, doctors say Social Sharing

Dr. Jane Pegg couldn't believe her eyes when she saw the pot edibles that had poisoned a two-year-old who had been rushed to the emergency room in October.

"It so shocked and appalled me … the package looked almost identical to gummies that are sold as candies in the store," the Nanaimo, B.C., pediatrician said.


The boy wasn't moving and was having trouble breathing.

His distraught mother had accidentally given him marijuana-laced gummies that contained a massive dose of THC — a psychoactive compound in cannabis — thinking it was candy.

The edibles belonged to the child's grandfather, who has arthritis, and are sold under the names "Stoney Patch" and "Stoner Patch."


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