• Opioid Prescriptions Decline in Canada Following Cannabis Legalization

    Author: Ali Khan |

    The legalization of cannabis in Canada, a groundbreaking move for the country, led the way for a decline in opioid prescriptions across the nation, according to a recent study from the University of Toronto and published in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy regarding opiate prescription rates. “On 17 October 2018 recreational cannabis became legal in Canada, thereby increasing access and reducing the stigma associated with its use for pain management,” the study’s abstract explains in an overview of the findings. “This study assessed total opioid prescribing volumes and expenditures prior to and following cannabis legalization.” Opioid Prescriptions Before And After Cannabis…

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  • Cannabis Canada Weekly: Weedmaps (finally) plays nice in Canada, Canopy continues to shrink

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    It appears that Weedmaps is finally playing nice in Canada.  One day after the company announced plans to go public through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, Weedmaps confirmed Thursday that it now requires any Canadian cannabis listings on its web site to include a formal retail licence number. That would essentially stop any illicit operators from offering their products on the company's platform, and ensure that licensed cannabis retailers are able to advertise on Weedmaps without competing with cheaper or unregulated options. "As the rate of cannabis retail licence (approvals) rapidly increases, particularly in Ontario, Weedmaps wants to continue to…

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  • HOW TO CREATE AN IMMERSIVE STONER DINING EXPERIENCE AT HOME

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    You and your partner just smoked a fat joint, getting you perfectly baked. Sitting with a soft, fuzzy blanket, you mentally note how comfortable it feels to sit on your living room couch. Hearing Gordon Ramsey, you look up and stare at the TV, hypnotized by the beef wellingtons coming out of Hell’s Kitchen. All of the sudden, the munchies hit you like a train but there is little in the house to satisfy that one specific craving. Even worse, you’re too baked to do anything about it.  Have you ever been there? If so, you are not alone. The struggle is…

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  • How a 6-foot-8 steel-town mayor became 2020’s unlikely legalization rock star

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis , Cannabis Legalization

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    If you happened to visit the Pennsylvania state capital recently, you may have been surprised to find a large cannabis leaf flag flying high over the building’s main entrance. It’s a particularly jarring sight considering that police in Pennsylvania made 21,789 arrests in 2019 for cannabis possession, and show no signs of stopping—because Republicans in control of the state legislature continue to block every attempt to enter the world of legal weed. That explains why Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has taken to letting his freak flag fly, specifically from the balcony of his second floor office in the capital building. He made his…

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  • Cannabis Was the Quiet Hero of 2020

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis , Cannabis Legalization

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    Americans may be divided, but its citizens agree on one thing: Life is better with cannabis. For proof, look no further than our most recent election. On November 4th, citizens in four diverse states voted to legalize cannabis for adult use. These wins reflected the will of a vast spectrum of the American populace, from fiercely red South Dakota to deep blue New Jersey to newly purple Arizona. Not a single race was particularly close, and most saw cannabis win in a landslide. Those despairing about America's future may take solace knowing a leafy green thread runs throughout our country.   Changing Views Of course, the…

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  • Cannabis in Ontario isn't all roses and sunshine. Here are some major causes for concern

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis , Cannabis Legalization

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    On Monday, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) published a wide-ranging report offering insight into the purchasing patterns of Ontario cannabis consumers.  The data covers all legal sales across the province from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. A few licensed producers and product categories emerged as leaders and we’ve covered them here. But it wasn’t all roses and sunshine. The report highlighted several areas still of concern for the fledgling industry. These are some of the losers from the important initial report. The OCS   The provincial wholesaler continues to evolve in its scope and approach, which is good news, but more improvements are needed as more than…

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  • Combining cannabis with psychedelic mushrooms: Recipe for mind expansion or a bad trip?

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis , Cannabis Legalization

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    It’s not uncommon to find cannabis consumers who also use psychoactive mushrooms, and vice versa. The internet is full of articles about self-administering psilocybin and marijuana together, with anecdotal reports from people who perceive an enhanced effect from the combination. People have combined the two compounds for decades—if not centuries. One 2006 study that looked into polysubstance use among university students found that of the 149 students surveyed, nearly 60% regularly co-administered cannabis and psilocybin (the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms). That co-administration remained mostly limited to the experimentation of younger adults, though, until recently. In the past few years, mainstream interest in psilocybin has exploded,…

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  • Seth Rogen on fighting cannabis stigma and why pot should be as accepted as beer

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis , Cannabis Legalization

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    When actor Seth Rogen was growing up and smoking cannabis in Vancouver, he recalls there was a constant cloud of shame around the substance that still lingers. “I smoke weed all day and every day and have for 20 years … For me, it’s like glasses or shoes. It’s something I need to navigate my life,” Rogen, the star of comedic hits like “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express,” told The Canadian Press over a video call on Thursday. “People have tried to make me feel shame about it over the years or have tried to make me seem like I’m weak or stupid…

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  • COVID-19 pandemic a ‘boon’ for legal cannabis in Canada as marijuana industry turns two

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis , Cannabis Legalization

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    Canada’s legal marijuana industry is celebrating a jump in sales, more brick-and-mortar stores and competitive pricing as it celebrates two years in business. Since Canada legalized recreational marijuana on Oct. 17, 2018, legal sellers and producers have struggled to compete with the black market, but there have been recent gains in the licensed industry. The change? The coronavirus pandemic, says retail marketing expert David Soberman. “It’s been a boon for the legal industry,” said Soberman, a professor of marketing at the University of Toronto.  In July, licensed marijuana stores sold more than $231 million in product — a 15-per cent increase from June’s sales —…

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  • Aurora Cannabis gets new CEO, expects up to $1.8B writedown

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    Aurora Cannabis Inc. warned Tuesday it expects to record a writedown of up to $1.8 billion in its fourth quarter, and announced it is promoting Miguel Martin, the company's head of U.S. operations, to the role of chief executive officer. Aurora said in a statement that it expects to take a massive writedown between $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion of goodwill and intangible assets when it reports its fiscal fourth-quarter results on Sept. 22. The writedown includes an inventory charge of approximately $140 million and a $90 million asset writedown, Aurora said. Aurora previously wrote down $1 billion in assets earlier this year when…

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  • What Does This Recent Milestone for Canadian Pot Companies Mean for Investors?

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    Canada updated its quarterly sales numbers for the nationwide cannabis industry on Sep. 4. During the second quarter, which lasted from April to June, household spending on unlicensed cannabis totaled 785 million Canadian dollars and was down 4.7% from the previous quarter. This number has declined in every period since the recreational market opened in Canada on October 17, 2018. In the legal market, CA$648 million was spent on recreational pot and CA$155 million was spent on medicinal marijuana, combining for a total of CA$803 million. At first glance, this sounds huge for Canadian cannabis companies. It's the first time the…

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  • Pakistan Approves Industrial Cannabis and Hemp

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    Pakistan made a bold move when they decided to allow commercial, domestic, medical cannabis and hemp production within the nation. The hemp, at least for now, will be grown at an Herbal Medicine Park based in Jhelum.  “Cabinet has approved the first license for @MinistryofST and PCSIR [Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research] for industrial and medical use of Hemp… [The] landmark decision will place Pakistan in billions of USD CBD market,” minister for science and technology Fawad Chaudhry announced on Twitter in an exciting update.  This is a huge step for Pakistan, as this will help them enter the CBD market and become viable players in…

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  • Beware when shopping for cannabis online

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    It's legal, and now you can buy it anywhere. But if during the pandemic you started ordering pot – like everything else—online, you may have run into some problems. That's what happened to one Port Alberni man, who asked McLaughlin On Your Side not to identify him. He'd ordered cannabis online before, and decided to try Hello Ganja, a site based out of the United States.  The site offered a 25 per cent discount on larger orders.  "I noticed if I bought bulk I could get a fairly decent price, but of course that costs more," he told CTV News. So the man ordered…

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  • Uncertainty Often Surrounds Cannabis Qualifying Conditions Lists

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis , Cannabis Legalization

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    Medical cannabis programs across the United States vary on a range of legislative points. Without any federal allowances in place, states are left to choose their own regulations, leaving patients in varying circumstances depending on where they reside in the country.  The current situation affects medical patients from the moment they register for the program to their everyday dealings as an eventual license holder. One of the earliest, and most apparent, examples a prospective patient may encounter occurs when attempting to qualify for the program itself. While some states allow for a wide range of conditions under its medical program, others remain restrictive,…

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  • Pass the cannabis revenue, B.C. communities ask for fourth year

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    Alberta, Ontario and Quebec have committed to share legal cannabis revenues with local governments, and in their fourth year of asking, B.C. municipalities expect their province to do the same. The Union of B.C. Municipalities is preparing for its 2020 conference, a virtual event to be broadcast from Victoria Sept. 22-24. Cannabis revenue sharing with local governments is among the executive’s top priorities for the annual get-together with B.C. cabinet ministers.   The resolution notes that Ottawa increased the share of federal excise tax on legal cannabis to the provinces to 75 per cent in recognition of costs to administer and enforce legalized recreational cannabis…

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  • Canopy to open 10 stores in Alberta under Tweed and Tokyo Smoke banners

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    cannabis stores in Alberta. The Ontario-based company says it's set to open 10 stores under the Tweed and Tokyo Smoke banners and has additional locations in the pipeline. The stores, which are to open over the next week, include seven locations in Calgary, one each in Spruce Grove, Lethbridge and Edmonton.   Canopy says it will create more than 100 jobs in Alberta. Canopy is one of Canada's largest cannabis producers and retailers. The company says the expansion into Alberta will bring its number of retail locations across Canada to a total of 50, with more planned later this year.   For the Full story check it out…

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  • Calling for tighter cannabis operation rules

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    Hastings County has joined with Lennox and Addington counties to pressure Health Canada for stronger rules governing cannabis grow operations. The wardens of the two counties, Warden Rick Phillips and Warden Marg Ibester have signed a joint letter to the federal and provincial governments calling for tighter controls over cannabis operations. Warden Rick Phillips announced Thursday that there will be a chance to explain the concerns when officials from Hastings County, Quinte West and Belleville meet next week with officials of Health Canada. The letters to provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark and Minister of Health Canada Patty Hajdu emphasize…

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  • Good News for Cannabis Operators Seeking Capital

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis , Cannabis Legalization

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    While the cannabis industry has seen its fair share of ups and downs, the industry continues to be an exciting space for consumers, players in the industry and the country as a whole. Because cannabis is still illegal at the federal level, and traditional banking products and services are unavailable to cannabis operators, they are left to navigate the capital markets in a different way. The three options for a cannabis operator to obtain capital is through debt, company equity, and real estate. This isn’t all that different from any other company, but the scarcity of capital and unfavorable terms makes it much different.…

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  • The Oddest Cannabis Laws And Regulations

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

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    The history of cannabis laws and regulations in the United States is a complicated, convoluted affair that has arguably only gotten more confusing as more and more states launch legal medical and recreational marijuana programs. The result can sometimes be, well, a bit odd. The following is a short list of some of the stranger cannabis regulations currently on the books in the US.  1. Don’t transport marijuana by boat in California  Make sure not to run fowl of the law in California. (wiroklyngz/123rf) California became the first state to legalize cannabis when the state approved a medical marijuana program in 1996. And while California is…

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  • New to medical marijuana? Curious? Here’s what experts say you should know.

    Author: James M | | Categories: Cannabis

    Getting medical marijuana has never been easier in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Telemedicine, online ordering, and home delivery — innovations spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic — have streamlined the process and encouraged more people than ever to explore whether cannabis might be a good health choice for them. But patients new to the program face a bewildering array of cannabis products when they make their first foray into state-approved marijuana retailers, which in Pennsylvania are called dispensaries. “Back in the day you got whatever your dealer had, and it was always “this is really good s—,” said one patient from West Chester,…

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