Countdown to Cannabis: The Case for Amnesty

The end of prohibition — and the increasing expectation that the Trudeau government will expunge the records of all Canadians with minor cannabis possession convictions — is all well and good in principle. But making it so could end up being a logistical nightmare, given the nature of police record-keeping in Canada. Estimates vary — and if Ottawa has an official tally it has never been made public — but the widespread belief is that…
The end of prohibition — and the increasing expectation that the Trudeau government will expunge the records of all Canadians with minor cannabis possession convictions — is all well and good in principle. But making it so could end up being a logistical nightmare, given the nature of police record-keeping in Canada. Estimates vary — and if Ottawa has an official tally it has never been made public — but the widespread belief is that…

Talking About Cannabis

Education is key as the public gets ready for the legalization of marijuana on Oct. 17, say the members of a panel at a forum held this week in Brantford. “We need to stop being afraid to talk about this,” said Kathryn Kissinger, a human resources specialist and one of the panel speakers at the forum held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 90, on Oak Street. “We need to get the right information to…
Education is key as the public gets ready for the legalization of marijuana on Oct. 17, say the members of a panel at a forum held this week in Brantford. “We need to stop being afraid to talk about this,” said Kathryn Kissinger, a human resources specialist and one of the panel speakers at the forum held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 90, on Oak Street. “We need to get the right information to…

The Definitive Cannabis-Infused Travel Guide to Boulder, Colorado

Before legalization in Colorado as we know it, there was Boulder— a mountainside utopia where droves of hippies found refuge in the late 1960s. Also home to the University of Colorado, students have sparked spliffs for decades, too, with its campus playing host to the largest 4/20 smoke-out and rally in the country every April. While the spirit of free-love and free-thinking refreshingly remains, the city has since morphed into a mecca for the outdoorsy…
Before legalization in Colorado as we know it, there was Boulder— a mountainside utopia where droves of hippies found refuge in the late 1960s. Also home to the University of Colorado, students have sparked spliffs for decades, too, with its campus playing host to the largest 4/20 smoke-out and rally in the country every April. While the spirit of free-love and free-thinking refreshingly remains, the city has since morphed into a mecca for the outdoorsy…

As Marijuana Legalization Looms, More Edmonton Condo Boards are Banning Smoking Entirely, Dividing Residents

With the legalization of marijuana around the corner, condominium boards across the city are updating their smoking bylaws — with some opting to completely ban smoking on premises. Moreover, with city hall looking to update its own public smoking bylaws, boards across the city are hoping to stay ahead of the curve. “Overall, I think it’s a good idea for boards to at least sit down and discuss whether they want to be proactive about…
With the legalization of marijuana around the corner, condominium boards across the city are updating their smoking bylaws — with some opting to completely ban smoking on premises. Moreover, with city hall looking to update its own public smoking bylaws, boards across the city are hoping to stay ahead of the curve. “Overall, I think it’s a good idea for boards to at least sit down and discuss whether they want to be proactive about…

Richmond Hill, Markham to Opt Out of Retail Cannabis Sales

The mayor of Richmond Hill has said that his city will opt out of the government’s plan to introduce private retail stores for cannabis by April 2019. Mayor David Barrow said that while some residents disagree with his stance, city council will not be in favour of legal pot shops in the city. “We’re not a willing host of recreation retail outlet,” Barrow told CTV News Toronto on Wednesday. “We had a number of people…
The mayor of Richmond Hill has said that his city will opt out of the government’s plan to introduce private retail stores for cannabis by April 2019. Mayor David Barrow said that while some residents disagree with his stance, city council will not be in favour of legal pot shops in the city. “We’re not a willing host of recreation retail outlet,” Barrow told CTV News Toronto on Wednesday. “We had a number of people…

Second Cup Says It May Convert Ontario Coffee Shops to Cannabis Stores

The Second Cup Ltd. says it is actively reviewing locations in Ontario for potential conversion to cannabis retail stores in light of policy changes in the province. The company’s announcement comes after Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government said it would allow private retailers to sell recreational marijuana starting next April. Second Cup had announced a partnership with marijuana clinic operator National Access Cannabis in April to potentially convert coffee shops to retail stores under the brand…
The Second Cup Ltd. says it is actively reviewing locations in Ontario for potential conversion to cannabis retail stores in light of policy changes in the province. The company’s announcement comes after Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government said it would allow private retailers to sell recreational marijuana starting next April. Second Cup had announced a partnership with marijuana clinic operator National Access Cannabis in April to potentially convert coffee shops to retail stores under the brand…

Canadian Medical Association Shouldn’t Give Cannabis Cold Shoulder

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) recently announced that it supports the elimination of the current medical cannabis system once federal legalization is implemented in October. The rationale is “the lack of evidence, the lack of scientific studies showing it actually works, the lack of knowledge around dosing and interactions with other medications.” The CMA’s reservation with cannabis as a safe and effective therapeutic option mirrors concerns within the medical community. Cannabis is known to be…
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) recently announced that it supports the elimination of the current medical cannabis system once federal legalization is implemented in October. The rationale is “the lack of evidence, the lack of scientific studies showing it actually works, the lack of knowledge around dosing and interactions with other medications.” The CMA’s reservation with cannabis as a safe and effective therapeutic option mirrors concerns within the medical community. Cannabis is known to be…

Making Room for Women in the Marijuana World

Marijuana has been a man’s world but that’s changing according to Canndora, a company billed as a Cannabis Brand for Women, by Women. They recently held an event in Oakville called Cannabis and Women. What’s Out There for Me? About 50 women and a few m…

Marijuana has been a man's world but that's changing according to Canndora, a company billed as a Cannabis Brand for Women, by Women. They recently held an event in Oakville called Cannabis and Women. What's Out There for Me? About 50 women and a few men turned out for the casual marijuana meet and greet. Bridget Hoffer is one of the four women who started Canndora (www.canndora.com). The cannabis space, a term used often at…

Water Qualifying for the Home Grower

CANNABIS CULTURE – High-quality crops require high-quality water. Water is an essential component for all plant growth. It delivers essential nutrients for growth and development, translocation of photosynthates, evaporative cooling of the plants, and to maintain structural support through turgor pressure.  Water is considered the universal solvent as it can dissolve more substances than any other liquid, allowing for the delivery of those essential elements, but also some potentially deleterious materials. Therefore, the quality of irrigation…
CANNABIS CULTURE - High-quality crops require high-quality water. Water is an essential component for all plant growth. It delivers essential nutrients for growth and development, translocation of photosynthates, evaporative cooling of the plants, and to maintain structural support through turgor pressure.  Water is considered the universal solvent as it can dissolve more substances than any other liquid, allowing for the delivery of those essential elements, but also some potentially deleterious materials. Therefore, the quality of irrigation…

The Good Fight of the Friendly Licenced Producer

As recreational cannabis legalization gets set to finally happen there is no denying that the cannabis industry is going to be big business. Cannabis legalization will open a lot of different markets in both the recreational and medical areas. Dry flow…

Safe Cannabis Edibles
As recreational cannabis legalization gets set to finally happen there is no denying that the cannabis industry is going to be big business. Cannabis legalization will open a lot of different markets in both the recreational and medical areas. Dry flower, oils and concentrates, vaping, edibles and more all offer opportunities for companies to grow within an expanding industry. As such, there will be many players trying to stake a claim. With cannabis markets worldwide…