Mum to Climb Mountain in Plea for Medicinal Cannabis

A mother who is pleading for a licence for medicinal cannabis for her sick toddler who suffers from seizures plans to climb Croagh Patrick this Sunday in order to highlight her plight. Michael O’Neill, who will be two at the end of August, has a neurological condition called bilateral frontal polymicrogyric, which involves him having too many folds on the frontal lobes of his brain. He has experienced severe seizures which are currently reduced Read entire story

Alberta Students Ask Province to Spend Any Marijuana Taxes on Mental Health

Some University of Alberta graduate students want the province to roll any tax revenue raised from the legal sale of marijuana into mental-health and addictions programs. Student Advocates for Public Health say such programs are badly underfunded at a time when substance abuse is costing the province's health-care system about $1 billion a year. "We are calling on Alberta's NDP government to reinvest 100 per cent of cannabis sales tax revenue Read entire story

Licensed Marijuana Producers Keen for Details in Canada’s Marijuana Legislation

Licensed marijuana producers are eagerly anticipating legislation from the federal government to legalize cannabis. More than 50 vendors from across Canada and the United States took part in the first annual Cannabis and Hemp Expo at the Edmonton Expo Centre on Saturday; the first event of its kind in Alberta. “We decided to go ahead with it once the Liberals came into power because they obviously are going to be recreationally legalizing Read entire story

Bipartisan Bill Would Reclassify Marijuana as Schedule 3 Substance

Bipartisan legislation proposed in the House on Thursday would make marijuana a Schedule 3 drug, removing cannabis from its current standing as a Schedule 1 substance alongside deadly contraband including ecstasy and heroin. By reclassifying weed in the same category as anabolic steroids, Congress would “make it easier for ill-patients and scientific and medical researchers to obtain marijuana,” the bill’s authors said in a statement Thursday. On Read entire story

What Marijuana Legalization in Canada Could Mean for the United States

America's neighbor to the north is fast moving toward legalizing recreational marijuana nationwide, which would make Canada the second country in the world to do so. And the impact of having weed legalized on such a big scale, so close to home, may affect the future of pot in the United States. "There are those who sometimes regard Canada as the 51st state. It would be an important signal about the movement coming of age.… (c) Cannabis Read entire story

A Raid on a Pot Shop Draws the Ire of the Public Stationed on the Sidewalk

As police and city officials raid another weed dispensary operating outside the law, prospective customers have just one question: “Why?” “Another one?” A steady stream of exasperated, would-be customers standing on the sunlit sidewalk outside the Toronto Leaf Dispensary on Queen St. E. and Jarvis St. on Friday afternoon share a common refrain. Just after 1 p.m., uniformed police officers and the city’s by-law enforcement officers walked up to Read entire story

It Could be Legal to Carry up to 30 Grams of Marijuana Under Bill to be Tabled Thursday

Highly anticipated pot plans will be made public on Thursday. When marijuana becomes a legal recreational drug in Canada, the Liberal government wants Canadians to be able to hold up to 30 grams without fear of running afoul of the law, Radio-Canada and CBC News have learned. That is just one of several details about what will be included in the federal government's marijuana legislation, which is expected to be introduced on Thursday, according Read entire story

Company Caught Selling Tainted Marijuana Can’t Trace Source of Contamination

A federally regulated medical marijuana company caught selling products tainted with a banned pesticide that can cause debilitating health problems has been unable to determine how the chemical got into its supply, raising new questions about the oversight of the industry. Organigram Inc. said on Monday that it has wrapped up an internal investigation into a product recall announced in December, but has turned up "inconclusive findings" with "no Read entire story

Trudeau Urges Police to ‘Enforce the Law’ on Marijuana

A “frustrated” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants police to enforce the law and criminally charge illegal marijuana dispensaries. “People are right now breaking the law,” Trudeau told the Star’s editorial board on Friday. “We haven’t changed the laws. We haven’t legalized it yet. Yes, we got a clear mandate to do that. We’ve said we will. We’ve said we’re going to do it to protect our kids and to keep the money out of the… (c) Cannabis Read entire story

Will Amsterdam’s Marijuana Culture be Stubbed Out? Oldest Cannabis Cafe in City Set to Close in Government Crackdown

Amsterdam's oldest coffee shop has been shut down by the Dutch government leaving tourists and locals alike wondering if this spells the demise of the city's famous cannabis culture. Mellow Yellow, a cannabis cafe that's been open since 1967, will shut up shop on January 1 by order of the mayor. The shop set a precedent and led the way for countless coffee shops to pop up all over the city. It has to close… (c) Cannabis Culture - Read Read entire story

Montreal Mayor Vows ‘Zero Tolerance’ as Illegal Marijuana Shops Open

Montreal's mayor is vowing the city will do whatever it can to stop a Canadian chain of recreational marijuana shops that began selling cannabis across the city Thursday. Cannabis Culture, which is co-owned by pot activists Jodie and Marc Emery, already has stores in British Columbia and Ontario. They have now brought their shops to Montreal, even though current federal laws do not allow for the sale of recreational marijuana. The federal Read entire story

Stop Treating Marijuana Like Heroin

Supporters of a saner marijuana policy scored a small victory this week when the Obama administration said it would authorize more institutions to grow marijuana for medical research. But the government passed up an opportunity to make a more significant change. The Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday turned down two petitions — one from the governors of Rhode Island and Washington and the other from a resident of New Mexico — requesting Read entire story

Marijuana Legalization in Canada: What We Know and Don’t Know

Liberal government hopes to introduce legislation to legalize marijuana in 2017. Canada is lurching toward marijuana legalization, but the Liberals aren't being blunt about what the new law will mean for the average pot-friendly Canadian. Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould announced on Thursday the launch of a task force to advise the Canadian government on how best to map its plan to legalize marijuana. The task force report could give us a better Read entire story

NDP Demands Immediate Decriminalization of Marijuana

MP Murray Rankin says too many people are getting criminal records for something that will soon be legal. The federal New Democrats are putting forward a motion in Parliament today to pressure the Liberal government to decriminalize pot before it is legalized. NDP Justice Critic Murray Rankin says it is not fair to arrest people and give them criminal records for possessing marijuana if the practice will soon be legal. - Read the entire Read entire story

An Educated Society Needs No Control – The Venus Project (Video)

By JAMES HSU - Karma Jello The Choice is Ours is a documentary series presented by the Venus Project. Interviews by a variety of scientists, media professionals, and other thinkers explores a variety of issues that are of social, economic, and technical interest. The Venus Project created this informative documentary to compel the viewer into rethinking what’s possible in our world. To question the values, behaviors, origins and Read entire story

Legal Pot Taxes Could Add $5B a Year to Government Coffers, CIBC says

PM has promised legal marijuana will not be a cash cow, all revenues will be spent on public health Call it Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's secret stash. A new report from CIBC World Markets says Canada's federal and provincial governments could reap as much as $5 billion annually in tax revenues from the sale of legal marijuana. CIBC economist Avery Shenfeld crunched the numbers using current estimates of Canadian recreational pot consumption, Read entire story

Canadian Government Reaffirms Plan to Legalize Marijuana

The government says they will learn from U.S. states where the drug has been legalized New Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s administration has reaffirmed that it will make moves to legalize marijuana now that parliament is resuming after the October election. In a speech Friday laying out policy plans, Governor General David Johnston said the new Liberal government would make recreational use of the drug legal, but that it would Read entire story