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Fri
15
Apr

Viral Letter to Trudeau Asks for Marijuana Legalization

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to legalize marijuana, but efforts to implement an effective medical system and reform marijuana laws in the country have not happened fast enough, says 27-year-old David Murphy, a farmer in Nova Scotia who uses cannabis to treat his brain cancer.

In a letter to Trudeau, Murphy described a recent raid against a dispensary that he happened to witness and called on the prime minister to clarify Canada's drug policy so that patients aren't left without medicine in the event that law enforcement authorities shut down legal dispensaries. Currently, medical marijuana is legal in Canada, but raids continue to affect dispensaries across the country, CBC News reports.

Thu
14
Apr

The buzz behind the Canadian bud biz

Call it the business of bud for the Beemer set. From marketing gurus to wheelers and dealers with ties to Bay Street investment firms who know a good thing when they smell it, medical cannabis is going corporate in a very big way. Those lucky enough to own a coveted licence to produce weed are already planting the seeds for market domination in anticipation of the explosion of demand that's sure to come when the Trudeau government delivers on its pledge to legalize it. The long, strange trip to end pot prohibition just got trippier.

I no longer have any idea where I am. I start to have 80s flashbacks of Harry Stinson's Mad Hatter, the insane birthday party destination where kids behaved like savages in an empty warehouse between hot dogs and cake fights. 

Thu
14
Apr

Canada: What to do if your employee asks to use medicinal marijuana at work

Using marijuana remains illegal for most people, despite the Liberal federal government’s push to legalize it. Even if marijuana use is legalized, employers still have the right to prohibit it in their workplaces and to create policies that allow them to fire employees who come to work intoxicated, subject to the same rules that apply to alcohol use.

However, that is not the case with prescribed medical marijuana. Since the passing of legislation in 2014, the number of employees alleging that their use of marijuana is related to chronic pain, cancer, sleeping disorders, and so on, has grown.

Wed
13
Apr

Canadian Marijuana Legalization Appears to Be on Fast Track, Says Clarus

Clarus Securities analyst Noel Atkinson says comments yesterday from Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale are a sign that marijuana legalization is closer to becoming a reality than previously thought, a development he thinks is very good news for Licensed Producers (LPs).

In a research update to clients this morning, Atkinson notes that in an interview with the CBC’s “On The Coast” host Stephen Quinn, Goodale said the government was moving forward with is goal of legalizing recreational marijuana in Canada and that a legalization task force of representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal governments would soon be appointed.

Wed
13
Apr

Who Is The Best Pitchman For B.C. Cannabis?

So who is the best pitchman for the already-legendary B.C. bud? The Cannabis Growers of Canada (CGC) or Seth Rogen?

The CGC posted a public service ad on its web site that begins very much like a standard tourism commercial. "British Columbia, home to the most beautiful landscapes in the world," it begins, with shots of its picturesque mountains and waterways. And then it's on to vineyards, hot springs, skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. "In B.C., we strike the right balance between nature and nurture," the narrator says.

Wed
13
Apr

Growth Opportunities in the Canadian Marijuana Market

The Canadian marijuana market is expected to grow fast and based on our model, it is still well under-penetrated, leaving room for significant growth and potential new entrants (assuming their facilities can be financed). We have forecast the peak Canadian marijuana market size to be over $2.5-billion in 2020, assuming full legalization down the road (over $1.1-billion in 2020 without full legalization) - some of these sales are being cannibalized to the black market via dispensaries.

Tue
12
Apr

Lawyer once heralded as marijuana movement hero back before disciplinary hearing

A Windsor lawyer accused of practising law without a licence is being hauled before a disciplinary hearing later this week.

Brian McAllister, the lawyer responsible for getting marijuana possession laws temporarily struck down in 2003, has been without a licence to practice law since November 2013. In 2012, he had signed an agreement not to practise law unless he was under the supervision of a mentor approved by the Law Society of Upper Canada, the regulatory body for lawyers in the province. He now stands accused of breaching that 2012 agreement and continuing to practise despite the 2013 licence suspension.

Tue
12
Apr

Cancer Patient Wants to Grow His Own Medical Marijuana

Dave Murphy wants to pressure the federal government to legalize and regulate home-grown medical marijuana.

A Nova Scotia man living with brain cancer is appealing to the prime minister in an effort to get a licence to grow medical marijuana.​

Dave Murphy, 27, says he wrote to Justin Trudeau and is speaking out now because he wants to put pressure on the federal government to move forward with legislation to legalize and regulate home-grown medical marijuana

Tue
12
Apr

New Brunswick Advised to Prepare for Legal Marijuana

Dr. Larry Wolk says the introduction of legal pot in Colorado has gone smoothly.

A Colorado doctor says New Brunswick needs to get citizens up to speed on legalized marijuana well before it arrives.

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Dr. Larry Wolk helped his state introduce legal pot four years ago.He says people there had many fears and state officials had to plenty of homework beforehand. (CBC)

Tue
12
Apr

Health Canada Releases Revised Medical Marijuana Manual

New medical marijuana guidelines respond to doctors' complaints about having too little information.

Health Canada has significantly expanded its medical marijuana manual for health-care professionals, adding major new sections about the potential adverse effects on the teenaged brain and driving safety.

The document is much larger than the previous 2013 edition, and responds to doctors' complaints about having too little information on the medical science even as they're being asked to authorize marijuana for a growing number of patients.

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