Where to buy weed during the COVID-19 pandemic

Approximately 4,000 times these past two weeks, I’ve thanked my lucky stars cannabis was legalized before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe and sent us all cowering in our bong dens.


Canopy Growth closing legal pot shops amid virus outbreak

Canopy Growth Corp. is temporarily shutting down its corporate-owned cannabis stores across the country Tuesday due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the company said in a statement. 

Canopy, which owns 23 legal cannabis stores in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador, will close its stores for an undetermined period of time at 5 p.m. local.  It is also closing its visitors centre located at its headquarters in Smiths Falls, Ont. 

“We have a responsibility to our employees, their families, and our communities to do our part to ‘flatten the curve’ by limiting social interactions. For us, that means shifting our focus from retail to e-commerce," said David Klein, chief executive officer of Canopy Growth, in a statement. 


Sask. doctor fined $15,000 for improperly prescribing pot

A Humboldt doctor has been ordered to pay nearly $24,000 after prescribing cannabis to nearly 1,000 patients over six weeks in 2017 while working in Saskatoon.

Dr. Mishack Zwane admitted to charges of unprofessional conduct laid by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan. The college alleged Zwane did not comply with college bylaws around the prescription of cannabis nor did he appropriately bill the province’s medical plan for his assessments of patients.


Sask. company investigating cannabis as a treatment for depression, PTSD

A Saskatoon-based company is looking at the possibility of cannabis as a treatment for mental health issues.

ZYUS Life Sciences has formed a partnership with a University of Saskatchewan research team to begin the process with pre-trial study.

The 18-month study will establish a baseline foundation for clinical trials.

ZYUS President C-E-O Brent Zettl says the entire process could take about five years with the hope of developing a fixed-dose combination.

Zettl says their goal is doctor-prescribed capsules that could treat disorders like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder without side-effects.


Saskatoon woman appealing after court says province was right not to subsidize her medicinal cannabis

A Saskatoon woman who is fighting to have the Government of Saskatchewan subsidize her medicinal cannabis says she hopes to take her battle to the province’s highest court.

Alicia Yashcheshen, who consumes medicinal cannabis to treat her Crohn’s disease and chronic pain, receives social assistance through the Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services. In 2018, she applied for special food status coverage to cover her medicinal cannabis. According to court documents, the ministry rejected the application, saying that cannabis is a drug, not a food item.


University of Saskatchewan, ZYUS Life Sciences to study marijuana's effects on mental health

ZYUS Life Sciences is partnering with the University of Saskatchewan to take a closer look at how cannabis derivatives can improve mental health.

The pre-clinical study, called Cannabis Derivatives: Therapeutic Potential in Animal Models of Brain Disorders, will be led by Yanbo Zhang, a psychiatrist and associate professor at the university.


Sask. marijuana users asked to be cautious as edibles hit store shelves Tuesday

The provincial government says people should be prepared as marijuana edibles, extracts and topicals become available for purchase this week.

While these products have been approved by Health Canada, experts said edibles work differently in people's bodies than smoked marijuana.

"Consumers should be starting low and going slow," said Geoff Conn, owner of Saskatoon's The Pot Shack. "Your body's got to get used to it."

Conn said edibles often have a longer onset period between eating the pot and feeling its effects. As a result, people need to be careful not to ingest too much if they think the edible isn't working.


Don't expect to see edibles in these three provinces for at least another month


Police saw 'fewer issues than were expected' during 1st year of cannabis legalization: report

A report to Saskatoon's Board of Police Commissioners outlines how the first year of marijuana legalization affected law enforcement in the city.

"Since cannabis legalization on Oct. 17, 2018, the Saskatoon Police Service has experienced fewer issues than were expected based on our research," says the report, dated Nov. 28 and set to be presented at the board's Thursday meeting.


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