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OTTAWA - Canadians consumed an estimated $5B to $6.2B worth of cannabis in 2015, a study by Statistics Canada showed.  Using existing data sources, the study estimated there were 4.9M medical and recreational users of cannabis aged 15 and older in 2015. (Reuters)  REPORT:   Estimates of cannabis consumption 1960-2015 


 It isn't your father's pot

OTTAWA - Some experts say that marijuana is becoming more potent because of consumer demand, and that recreational users should beware of its effects, especially young people.    (CBC)   


Health Canada's 'scary' claim

OTTAWA - An ominous 30-second ad now on YouTube and TV warns that smoking too many joints can seriously harm a teen's developing brain, with the words 'Decreased IQ' crossing the screen.  (CBC)    RELATED:   Medical marijuana users have quadrupled


There is a study for that

OTTAWA - The federal Public Safety department had its researchers do a study on the street price of marijuana from coast to coast, based on the website    (Global)   PREVIOUS:   Continue to grow their own    Marijuana was criminalized in 1923, but why?   Why Canada banned pot   


Pot farm application

TORNTO - The province's former Liberal health minister, George Smitherman, is getting into the pot game with Kandavel Palanivel, a Markham pharmacist and Kim Derry, a former deputy chief of the Toronto police.  (Toronto Star)   Growing business


Herbal incense

ST JOHN'S - Herbal incense that has been linked to serious health risks when smoked is now available to buy at stores.  The herbs may be sprayed with a synthetic version of the active chemical in marijuana. (CBC)  MORE:   Synthetic pot peddled in Vancouver   ON police campaign against 'legal pot'    

A cash business

WASHINGTON - The US federal government still classifies marijuana as a 'Schedule 1' drug, on a par with heroin. Banks that handle marijuana money can be charged with money laundering. Pot businesses, therefore, are on the whole stuck working with cash, which causes problems for more than just tax collection.   (Economist) 


Massive cloud of smoke

VANCOUVER - As 4:20pm approached on Thursday, thousands of people at Vancouver's Sunset Beach were asked to sit down to avoid chaos while 420 event organizers began throwing hundreds of pre-rolled joints into the crowd. Police reported that the crowd appeared to be larger than last year's event, estimating attendance around 35,000 people.  (CBC)  MORE:   420 is different this year 


Pot seized

EDMONTON - Police said the total street value of the drugs seized as part of the investigation is estimated to be $1.29M, with total of 440 lbs of marijuana the largest ever seizure of the drug in the history of EPS.  (CTV)    


Joint ventures

With a quarter of a billion customers and revenues of around $300B a year, the narcotics industry is one that any big pharmaceutical firm would surely scramble to get into.  (Economist)   MORE:    'Green Wednesday'   


Canadian weed in Viet Nam

HANOI - Potent marijuana grown indoors in Canada and the US is easy to buy in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and sells for up to 10 times the price of locally grown weed.   (AP) 


If they have it they will abuse it

OTTAWA - A gaffe by Health Canada has outed thousands of medical marijuana users.   (CP)  


Fees the real high

VANCOUVER - Medical marijuana users are scoffing at pricey fees doctors are charging to get a signature for legal pot.   (SunMedia)   Medical marijuana recall 

Surprise, Gov't overpriced

Canadians pay an average of less than $7 a gram for pot, according to Statistics Canada data collected through a crowdsourcing pilot project.  The average price reported is lower than the $10-a-gram estimate used when the federal government reached a tax revenue-sharing agreement with the provinces and territories in Dec.   (CBC)    

 Down the drain  

Sin tax small part of government windfall

Money losing plan

Legalizing won't extinguish black market

Impossible to train officers in time

Black market will survive

Pot plan a haze  

NB creates Crown Corp to oversee pot sales

BC Premier's pot laced with fentanyl warning

Value of a sin tax

Legalized:  fiscal considerations

New ways to run afoul

Tax plan unacceptable  

CRA dashes pot revenue hopes

Weed sin tax 

Street price 

Senate deal

Politics leads to delay

Unelected hacks delay 

Entitled, regulators not ready

Legal weed could harm economy

Legalization risks   .pdf

Pot laws

AB rules for pot sales

BC pot sellers 

 4 groups to sell pot in MB  

Shopify to supply Ontario online

6 companies announce deals to supply Quebec

Feds face balancing act  

Colocating cannabis and alcohol a bad idea

Cannabis in Canada

Cities want at least half the money

Feds willing to share revenue to help municipalities  

75% share of federal excise tax revenues  

Politicians struggle with taxing  

OC targets  

Unlikely to kill black market

Aim to keep OC out

Entitled win

Stick it to sinners

New pot policy

Banned pesticide found in medical marijuana 

What's in your pot?

Where to deal legal pot

Task force on legalization 

Economic salvation   Brian Gallant  

SAQ commissioned study recommends SAQ

Bill C-45  

More to come  


Threat to entitlement   

Changes to impaired laws

Bill C-46 

Provinces overwhelmed

Provinces' plans

Tax on medical cannabis outrage

Pot added to list of border questions

Boon for public service union

Union will be ready 

Pot pricing before entitlements

Backup sin tax plan

Provinces seek entitlement level

Another sin tax

Ottawa urged to withdrawal from drug treaties



Ties surprise

Anne McLellan

Bennett Jones 

Sin taxes

Marijuana could be cash cow

Pricey to legally obtain seeds

Government trying to catch up

Shoppers applies   Shoppers Drug Mart  

Legalized marijuana task force 

Keeping the Sin money flowing  

Creating a regulated market

Free Market   

Regulated market 

Pain 'not a high priority

Medical pot regulations

System out of control

Health Canada blocks dying patients

Court upholds medical pot laws

OC infiltrated market

Everybody wants sin tax percentages

Cities want a %

New entitled cash flow coming

Legalization about much more than plant

Government at work   

Feds lose appeal 

Harm reduction more effective

Entitlement percentage

Growing their own revenue   .pdf

UBC develop $15 pot breathalyzer

Race to develop pot breathalyzers

Colorado pot industry tour

Price cutting 

Researchers urge pot over opioids

Guilty pleas

TORONTO - Jodie and Marc Emery pleaded guilty Monday to a number of drug-related charges related to what the Crown called a 'sophisticated' dispensary operation.  (CP) 

Bail, dispensary reopens

Cannabis Culture

Ordered to cease operation of Cannabis Culture

Jodie & Marc Emery    


Cannabis Culture raids

Pot shops raided

Vancouver raid 

Cities have right

2017 BCSC 0237

Expanding, legal or not

Not having a licence is unlawful 

Pot shop crackdown

BC marijuana shops illegal

Pot shops plan to fight

New licensing bylaw

11 of the 176 applicants had been approved

Some pot shops told to close immediately

VPD raids pot shop

Drug situation in Vancouver   .pdf 

Chief defends raids     


OTTAWA - As Canada moves forward with its plan to legalize marijuana, government officials have at least one international conundrum to sort out: what to do about the global treaties Canada has signed that prohibit making pot legal?  (CBC)

Border hypocrisy

Law by treaties 

Summit fails to reach consensus

Brownfield UN statement

UNGASS 2016   

Doors opening

What Canadians need to know

CBSA prepares to smoke out tourists

US to free Emery after pot term  


Cannabis: Senate committee on illegal drugs

Pot stance should spark debate

Global failure

Ending the war on drugs   .pdf

Reefer madness, isn't

US war on drugs

Game changing drug reports

Drug Problem in the Americas 2013  .pdf 

Scenarios for the Drug Problem   .pdf

Minister denies

Reason to keep illegal drugs illegal

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition  


Mandatory drug sentences 'colossal mistake'

Political ideology trumping evidence

Commission urges changes to crime bill

Top Mountie remains silent on issue

Legalization won't save money  

Mayors vote to decriminalize pot

What if the dream came true 

War on drugs a failure

War on illegal drugs failing 

Chiefs suggest pot cash flow

Price cutting

MONTEVIDEO - Marijuana will be sold at licensed Uruguayan pharmacies at a price of between 20-22 pesos ($0.87-$0.95) per gram.   (LAHT) 

Cannabis in Uruguay 

Burn out and battle fatigue

EMCDDA new drugs 2010  

War on drugs has failed

Global Commission on Drug Policy


Global Commission on Drug Policy Report

Not what the doctor ordered

Are you overpaying?

OC won't fade away  

Falling prices

Winding down the war on drugs

White House defends war on drugs  

US drug kingpin list  

100 years of the war on drugs  

US opens Canadian front


New drugs becoming available

Legalization wouldn't snuff out OC 

On drugs   .pdf

Any way you need it

OTTAWA - Restricting medical access to marijuana to a dried form has now been declared 'null and void' - Sections 4 and 5 of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, which prohibits possession of non-dried forms of cannabis, will no longer be in effect.   (CBC)  

2015 SCC 34

Minister outraged

Edibles cool

Grow your own

Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations

2016 FC 236    

Insurance plan must pay for medical marijuana 

More treatment, less enabling

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