Experts and advocates skeptical pot conviction pardons will benefit northerners

Canadians with simple cannabis possession convictions will be eligible for record suspensions, but advocates and experts say it won't be so easy.

Bill C-93 came into force this month, and allows people to get fast-tracked record suspensions at no cost. A record suspension prevents a criminal record or pardon from appearing in the National Repository of Criminal Records.

The legislation waives the previous $631 application fee and ends the application wait period of up to 10 years. 

"What it doesn't get rid of, is the lead-up costs," said Samantha McAleese, a PhD candidate in sociology at Carleton University who researches recent changes to Canada's pardon system.


Canadian cannabis stock climbs on financial results

A quarter-over-quarter revenue surge powered a Canadian cannabis stock Tuesday. Here’s some small stocks making big moves on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (as of 11:30 am EST):

48North Cannabis Corp. (TSXV:NRTH), a Canadian cannabis stock, jumped 14% to $1.06 on Tuesday after announcing second-quarter revenue of $2.4 million, an 88% quarter-over-quarter increase.

As well, shares of SunOpta Inc. (TSX:SOY) sank 39% to $3.20 as the organic, non-genetically modified and specialty foods provider said it has fired its President and Chief Executive Officer David Colo.


Why Quebec doesn't want its residents getting high on their own supply

Trudeau government takes on provinces over right to ban home cultivation of marijuana.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is disrespecting "the spirit of federalism" by refusing to affirm the provinces' right to ban people from growing their own pot, says Quebec's Canada relations minister. 

The federal government on Wednesday rejected several Senate changes to its cannabis legalization bill, setting the stage for a possible showdown between the Senate and the House of Commons.

Quebec, Manitoba and Nunavut all want to forbid residents from growing recreational marijuana at home once cannabis is legalized federally.


Nunavut's draft pot legislation to prohibit home-grown cannabis, allow private stores

A 3-month consultation will be required before private or government stores and lounges can be opened.

Nunavummiut will not be able to grow cannabis in their homes, if the territory's Cannabis Act passes into law as it is currently proposed.

Bill 7 was introduced to the Legislative Assembly for a first reading on May 24. Next week, it is expected to receive a second reading — at which point it is likely the Minister of Finance, David Akeeagok, will speak to the bill.

The bill will likely then pass to a standing committee for further review.

The Cannabis Act was drafted based on what the territorial government heard during community consultations, according to Dan Carlson, assistant deputy minister for the Department of Finance.


How Will Legalization Impact Canada's Northern Territories?

Most of the discussion around legalization has been centered on the provinces, but how will it affect the northern territories differently?

When the government begins to digest the marijuana legalization task force’s report, the feedback they will be reading will come from numerous stakeholders — from individual citizens, to activist groups, health professionals, and municipal, provincial, and territorial governments, to name a few.

We’ve covered a lot of issues arising from many of these groups, but we’ve not yet discussed in  depth the issues facing Canada’s territories.


Is legal marijuana a good idea for Nunavut?

As the federal government moves toward legalizing marijuana, Nunavummiut are divided about the impact that the move may have on their territory.

During last year's federal election campaign, the Liberals pledged to legalize pot, as several countries and U.S. states have done.

Pot smokers in Nunavut say it's great news.

"I smoke it on streets. I smoke it everywhere I want," says Corianna Manitok, 23. The Igloolik resident says she spends $2,000 per month on weed, but dreams of a cheaper buzz with legalization.

"It's kinda hard for the user to have an addiction like that and pay for what they have to eat," she said.


The Doobie Diet: Cannabis Keeps You Thin

Potheads rejoice and revel in your healthy lifestyle choices! In news that will surely get a giggling woo-hoo from stoners everywhere, scientists have concluded that using marijuana makes you less likely to be obese. This seems counterintuitive to anyone who has ever taken Mary Jane out for the night and then had a serious case of the munchies. Surely all those two-in-the-morning trips to 7-11 for Ben and Jerry's and microwave burritos pile on the pounds, don't they?


Marijuana users in Nunavik thinner, with less diabetes

Forget about weight watchers; new research out of Nunavik suggests the secret to a slim figure might be… marijuana.

Recently, researchers from Quebec looked into why levels of Type 2 diabetes were so low among Inuit.

Michel Lucas

Dr Michel Lucas is one of the co-authors of a study linking low body weight and marijuana use in Nunavik. (CBC)

The study, called "Cannabis use in relation to obesity and insulin resistance in the Inuit population," analysed health data from 786 adults in Nunavik, and the results took them by surprise.

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