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Drug controls are 'absolutely pathetic,' activist says regulation will save lives [25.04.2017] A Vancouver based drug policy researcher has been working for decades to get the federal government to regulate illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine...
‘An awful lot of expertise’ [24.04.2017] Black market marijuana growers should be included in the legal market as they can provide valuable expertise as it evolves, Anne McLellan, chair of t...
While waiting to legalize pot, why not decriminalize it in the meantime? [19.04.2017] The Trudeau government has put itself and many Canadians in a bind with the announcement that it will legalize marijuana by July of next year. Canada...
Always look on the bright side of legalization [17.04.2017] I have to say, I’ve been pretty dismayed with the overall response to Bill C-45. While I wasn’t expecting spontaneous mobs of joyous people cheering ...
Legalization plan doesn’t include amnesty for past marijuana-convictions: Liberals [17.04.2017] The federal plan to legalize recreational marijuana does not include the general amnesty for past pot convictions some would like to see, says Public...
Ottawa doctor pioneers use of cannabis to help opioid addicts [16.04.2017] The patients at Dr. Mark Ujjainwalla’s methadone clinic are trying to beat their addiction to heroin, narcotic painkillers and other opioid drugs, bu...
Globe editorial: The Liberals begin Canada’s countdown to legal pot [13.04.2017] The Trudeau government has started off on the right foot down the path to legalization of cannabis. But the next 15 months or so could make or break ...
Is this the end of the black market for marijuana? [13.04.2017] Marijuana was criminalized in Canada in 1923. There was no debate in the House of Commons, just the statement, "There is a new drug in the schedule."...
Canada’s marijuana legalization plan designed to reduce criminal role in market [13.04.2017] Stating that 94 years of prohibition were an "abject failure," the federal government has tabled long-awaited legislation to legalize marijuana for a...
Liberals table bills to legalize pot, clamp down on impaired driving [13.04.2017] The Liberal government tabled legislation to end the prohibition on pot, checking off a major promise from the 2015 campaign. The plan comes with two...
The world’s first pot-focused exchange-traded fund [10.04.2017] The launch of the world’s first cannabis-focused exchange-traded fund (ETF), on the Toronto Stock Exchange, is welcome news to aficionados of marijua...
Liberals set to table marijuana legislation, but key details need to be resolved [10.04.2017] The federal government will table a bill to legalize recreational marijuana on Thursday that is expected to tightly control the ability of producers ...
Toronto pot shop raids: Huge success or costly attack? [07.04.2017] Shut down, Mayor John Tory told marijuana shop owners, or face “whatever enforcement mechanisms” the city can muster to extinguish the “wildfire” spr...
B.C. mulls framework for expanded heroin-assisted treatment [06.04.2017] Prescription heroin, a last-resort treatment for severe addiction currently restricted to only one clinic in all of North America, could one day be d...
Marijuana industry faces challenge in gaining Canadians’ trust, survey finds [29.03.2017] Marijuana stocks may have leapt higher on the news of Ottawa’s plans to legalize the drug by next year, but the industry is facing an uphill battle i...
Pot legalization: Canada doesn’t need another profit-seeking drug industry [28.03.2017] When Canadians have expressed concerns about upcoming cannabis legalization, the government has assured them that the legal cannabis industry will be...
Ottawa's plans for cannabis legalization may be slowed by provinces [27.03.2017] Ottawa’s plan to legalize marijuana by next year could hit serious roadblocks across the country, as provinces and territories are expected to have d...
Liberals to announce marijuana will be legal by July 1, 2018 [26.03.2017] The Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018. CBC News has learned that the leg...
Task-force leader on legalizing marijuana urges prohibition, for now [23.03.2017] Anne McLellan, head of an official task force that submitted recommendations to Ottawa on how best to legalize cannabis, said police everywhere shoul...
Illegal marijuana shops linked to activists Marc, Jodie Emery raided across Canada [09.03.2017] Police officers in several Canadian cities raided illegal marijuana dispensaries linked to activists Marc and Jodie Emery, charging them and several ...
Marijuana stocks drop as Trudeau’s pot czar says Canada won’t rush into legalization [07.03.2017] As investors flock to Canada’s burgeoning marijuana sector, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is signaling recreational pot sales aren’t imm...
Cities have right to regulate marijuana dispensaries: B.C. Supreme Court [16.02.2017] Cities have the right to deny business licences to illegal marijuana dispensaries and to prohibit the cultivation or sale of marijuana through their ...
Illicit drug users and doctors who treat them push to end ‘stigmatizing’ language [29.01.2017] Calling someone a junkie was once the norm, but many people who use illicit drugs and those who treat them say the word addict is just as stigmatizin...
Gangs less involved in cannabis compared with other drugs: Statscan [23.01.2017] Canada’s organized crime groups and gangs are much less likely to produce and traffic marijuana than they are other illicit drugs such as cocaine and...
Canada’s marijuana industry needs innovation to thrive, not protection [11.01.2017] The Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation did not say, “create a marijuana marketing board.” Yet its recommendations would, if implemen...
Why addicts take drugs in 'fix rooms' [09.01.2017] Britain could soon see its first "fix room" for drug users - a safe space where addicts can take illegal narcotics under medical supervision. But who...
Pot task force recommends legal cannabis sales be limited to users over 18 [13.12.2016] The task force appointed by the federal government to study the legalization of marijuana said cannabis sales should be restricted to those 18 and ol...
Ottawa moves to facilitate more injection sites as death toll climbs [09.12.2016] Ottawa will introduce a bill that is expected to reduce barriers to opening and operating supervised drug-con­sumption sites in Canada. The move come...
The next big bubble could be in Canada’s soaring pot market [07.12.2016] The surge of capital into Canada’s nascent marijuana industry has sent stock prices soaring – and brought warnings it’s a bubble that could soon burs...
Trudeau’s bait and switch on legalization? [04.12.2016] Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently expressed frustration around the current cannabis landscape, explaining, “Until we have brought in the propose...
Marijuana task force submits report outlining framework for legal system [29.11.2016] Canada’s new legal marijuana regime is expected to feature a mishmash of provincial rules and a heavily regulated production system that will initial...
Pot ban on drivers won’t work, health experts say [07.11.2016] It would be unrealistic to bar drivers from having any trace of marijuana in their system when it becomes legal in Canada, as B.C. has suggested, bec...
Pot tax would reduce profits, allow black market to thrive: report [31.10.2016] The parliamentary budget watchdog says Ottawa stands to generate hundreds of millions of dollars – not billions – from the first year of recreational...
Panel: Advances towards Cannabis Regulation [04.10.2016] In spite of the prejudices and legal obstacles that persist in relation to a legal market for cannabis, it is undeniable that a strong movement towar...
Canada faces choice on international drug treaties over legalized pot [02.10.2016] As Canada moves forward with its plan to legalize marijuana, government officials have at least one international conundrum to sort out: what to do a...
Vancouver’s safer injection services stalled as overdose death toll mounts [30.09.2016] On Sept. 30, 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Vancouver’s Insite, North America’s first legally authorized safer injection site. ...
Safe injection clinic says 90% of clients' heroin had dangerous drug additive [01.09.2016] North America’s only supervised injection site has found that 90% of its clients’ heroin contained the powerful synthetic fentanyl. Vancouver’s Insit...
Seattle’s potential solution for heroin epidemic: Places for legal drug use [24.08.2016] A task force established to combat a heroin epidemic in the Seattle metropolitan area has endorsed a strategy of establishing places where addicts wo...
Health Canada to allow safety testing of medical marijuana [10.08.2016] Health Canada is easing its prohibitions against safety testing of medical marijuana, which will allow registered growers and patients to have the pr...
Most of Canada’s marijuana growers are otherwise law-abiding: advocates [08.08.2016] Contrary to RCMP wisdom, organized crime groups play a relatively small role in Canada’s underground cannabis trade. The majority of people behind il...
Legalize pot, but bring in quality controls [30.07.2016] The take-home message from a Globe and Mail investigation that tested pot purchased in dispensaries for chemicals, is a lack of quality controls on m...
Restrictions on pot-safety testing put public at risk, scientists warn [27.07.2016] Health Canada’s restrictive approach to marijuana safety testing is putting the public at risk, a growing chorus of scientists and activists warns – ...
Marijuana task force faces ‘fascinating journey’ in crafting legal framework [17.07.2016] The government called on former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan to lead a nine-member task force on marijuana legalization and regulation. She...
The goal of legalized cannabis shouldn’t be corporate gold [14.07.2016] Canada has a tradition of overregulation and one can already sense that the government is poised to place a myriad of restrictions on production and ...
Toronto board of health approves supervised injection sites [03.07.2016] The stories of Toronto residents who died of overdoses on Toronto streets were heard for hours by board of health members, told by their friends, fam...
To better understand pot, Ottawa should look to Colorado [02.07.2016] Not being first has its advantages when it comes to social policy reforms. The State of Colorado has compiled a deep trove of useful data when it com...
Ottawa vows strict regulation of recreational marijuana [29.06.2016] The federal government is moving toward a restrictive market for recreational marijuana, vowing to impose potency limits, controls on advertising, an...
NDP demands immediate decriminalization of marijuana [12.06.2016] The federal New Democrats are putting forward a motion in Parliament to pressure the Liberal government to decriminalize pot before it is legalized. ...
Justin Trudeau may have made the best case for legal pot ever [10.06.2016] Trudeau's argument for legalization is concerned less with creating benefits, and more with reducing harms. He starts from the same place that many l...
New hire is a signal Ottawa is taking a strict line on recreational marijuana [01.06.2016] The Liberal government is sending further signals it plans a strict regime for recreational marijuana by hiring former public safety minister Anne Mc...

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