Canadaian Medicinal Marijuana NEWS Archives


March 28, 2011

Are legal pot grow-ops a justifiable hazard?

There are houses in Abbotsford where pot is growing with the sanction of the federal government, and neither the Abbotsford Police nor city hall knows where they are. Even Health Canada, which licenses these grow–ops, is not allowed to enter these residences to enforce regulations without the owner's consent. It's a system that frustrates politicians and police across the […]

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March 25, 2011

Marijuana called pot, grass, weed - and now investment?

t has been called a lot of things over the years: grass, Mary Jane, wacky weed. Now, researchers are suggesting a new moniker for marijuana: alternative investment. A report out this week on the U.S. medical marijuana market estimates the unconventional business already generates $1.7 billion in economic activity a year. But that market could grow […]

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March 21, 2011

Health pot issue clouded

Members of Kelowna's compassion club were gobsmacked by the idea local politicians wanted their input on problems surrounding medical marijuana growers, let alone that talks slated for next Monday could give rise to a committee dedicated to the issue. "I'm so excited. I won't be sleeping much this week–this is the first time they've engaged people in this manner, to […]

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March 13, 2011

Medical marijuana grow-ops need an overhaul, say B.C. mayors

Medicinal marijuana grow operations – sanctioned by Canadian law – are unworkable, not just in this province but across the country, say a growing number of B.C. mayors. The municipal politicians say hundreds of authorized grow ops are blurring the line for police, who are trying to combat a parallel, multi–billion–dollar drug trade controlled by violent gangs. […]

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March 12, 2011

Health Canada mails details of marijuana users

A privacy breach on the part of Health Canada has landed personal information in the hands of a medical marijuana patient in Toronto. Kyle Andrews, who relies on medical marijuana to ease symptoms brought on by HIV and Hepatitis C, received a package from Health Canada Wednesday that […]

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March 12, 2011

Mayors want end to medical marijuana growing

The mayors of Langley Township and the City of Langley are calling on the federal government to cancel licences for medical marijuana growing operations. Legal marijuana is proving a major crime headache for the Langleys, which saw another violent attack on a legal growing operation last weekend. On Sunday morning, a medicinal marijuana growing operation in […]

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March 11, 2011

Refreshing common sense on marijuana

What would you do if you were the judge? A man in his 40s (his name is protected under provincial law) is involved in a severe car crash. His spine is badly damaged, resulting in painful spasms. A variety of painkillers is prescribed to alleviate the pain, but none are effective. Would you agree to the medical use of marijuana? […]

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March 10, 2011

Judges make the right marijuana ruling

What would you do if you were the judge? A man in his 40s (his name is protected under provincial law) is involved in a severe car crash. His spine is badly damaged resulting in painful spasms. A variety of painkillers are prescribed to alleviate the pain, but none are effective. Would you agree to the medical use of marijuana? Patient X requested insurance coverage for marijuana, but it was refused. Not an unexpected decision as the use of this drug has sparked controversy for many […]

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January 25, 2011

Medical marijuana user starts service

Leslie Johnson wants to help bring medical marijuana into the mainstream and the first step is getting users and growers licensed. The Malakwa resident has begun something of a grassroots venture in the […]

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February 18, 2011

Conditional sentence for growing pot in Maple Ridge

[…] His doctor has told him he is eligible to receive medical marijuana under Health Canada guidelines. The couple, however, failed to apply for the Health Canada permit […]

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January 30, 2011

Doctors cautioned not to prescribe pot

It's been legal for years. But just try to get a prescription. Medical marijuana has become a kind of oxymoron in most of Canada […]

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January 18, 2011

City bylaws pushing out pot grow ops

[…] the city also went after legal medical marijuana operations by putting in place a bylaw that prohibits anyone from growing the plant for others in residential and agricultural zones. Growing a small amount of medical […]

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January 8, 2011

Equipment returned broken, medical marijuana user says

Les Petherick's net income is $1,100 a month and he has to come up with $300 to replace equipment that he says worked fine the last time he saw it. Petherick has a medical-marijuana card and is legally allowed to grow marijuana but […]

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January 7, 2011

Health Canada slow with pot licences

OTTAWA –– A woman who's been waiting five months for an updated licence to use medical marijuana says the situation for patients is getting worse. Marie Tripp filed an application in August to change her licence after her doctor doubled her prescription for cannabis, and spoke to […]

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December 29, 2010

HealthWatch's Top 10 stories of 2010

The use of medical marijuana for the relief of chronic pain is the subject of ongoing debate. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) –the substance extracted from the hemp or marijuana plant –is closely related to pain–relieving molecules released by our own bodies. […]

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December 29, 2010

Marijuana activist's eligibility for B.C. NDP leadership questioned by party president

The B.C. NDP leadership race got off to a shaky start Wednesday, with a dust–up over whether the first person to declare his candidacy was a paid–up party member. Marijuana activist Dana Larsen held a news conference to announce his intention to campaign for the leadership. Three hours later, NDP party president Moe Sihota said Mr. Larsen was ineligible because […]

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December 22, 2010

Cops quiet on details of medicinal pot bust

Nanaimo RCMP are still not releasing details on their raid last Friday of a medicinal marijuana operation in Cedar that had an expired licence from Health Canada. But Const. Gary O'Brien said the RCMP were justified in carrying out the raid on the pot operation at […]

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Health Canada is working to address the temporary delay in processing applications

Health Canada is currently experiencing a temporary delay in processing applications for an authorization to possess and/or a licence to produce marihuana for medical purposes, due to a sharp rise in the number of applications received in recent months. To address this situation, Health Canada has implemented a strategy that is improving the efficiency of its review and authorization process and will restore […]

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October 26,2010

Cancer kills pot activist

Rainey had lived with Crohn's disease since she was a teenager and in the last years of her life struggled against melanoma and lymphatic cancer. […]

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October 19,2010

Libby calls for an end to long wait times for medical marijuana patients

Chronically ill Canadians are waiting months to get and renew permits for access to medical marijuana. Patients are being cut off from their legally prescribed medication because of an under-resourced overly bureaucratic application process. Mr. Speaker, people don't want to break the law to access and use their legally prescribed drugs. Will the Minister stop treating patients like criminals […]

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October 14,2010

Pot's not the problem, Mr. Harper

When will governments – in particular the Harper Conservative government – get the message? The one about how medical marijuana has potential to be one of the most useful, effective, and relatively safe, not to mention cheapest, pharmacological agents? This was lately affirmed yet again by publication in the Canadian Medical Association Journal of a McGill University Health Centre randomized, placebo–controlled clinical trial. It confirmed that marijuana offers significant […]

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October 8,2010

City of Surrey faces human rights complaint over growth of medical marijuana

A woman has filed a human rights complaint against the City of Surrey claiming its refusal to allow her to grow her own medical marijuana is discrimination against the disabled. The woman, who is maintaining her anonymity, claims to have multiple serious health issues, but a release sent out […]

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October 7,2010

West Kelowna man struggles to get medical marijuana license

A West Kelowna man who uses marijuana for medicinal purposes says the government is prolonging his suffering and making him a criminal. Dave Napora was born with a degenerative genetic disease that causes him extreme pain and prolonged depression. He says marijuana is the best medicine he’s ever tried because […]

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October 4,2010

Input on Proposed MMAR Regulation Changes

You may be aware that Health Canada is undertaking public consultations in regard to possible regulatory changes to the MMAR but I’ve heard that many groups and interested activists have not been part of this consultation. I want to make sure your voices are heard in this process and […]

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October 7,2010

House of Commons toker wants to legally munch medicinal pot

An Abbotsford man who blazed a J in the House of Commons said there was no bylaw that precludes him from smoking medical marijuana in Canada’s lower house. Samuel Mellace lit the joint Monday in the House and was quickly and quietly asked to put it out, which he did. Mellace said he was protesting […]

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October 6,2010

Video: Medical marijuana let down

Two medical marijuana patients say they've been let down by the system […]

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October 5,2010

Abbotsford man lights joint in House of Commons

A medical marijuana user lit up a joint in the House of Commons Monday to draw attention to what he calls unfair rules set by Health Canada. Abbotsford's Samuel Mellace is a licensed pot user under the federal government's medical marijuana program. He started smoking a joint Monday afternoon while in the public gallery of the House of Commons as the daily question period came to an end. Mellace took a few drags on […]

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October 5,2010

The future of cannabis agriculture: a pot factory in Oakland, California

Californians are voting in a few weeks whether to legalize and regulate marijuana, with prediction … What does this mean for British Columbians? … is BC's economy headed for a pot induced recession? […]

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October 4,2010

Saying No to Conservative Drug Bill S-10

I joined a dedicated group of activists outside Liberal MP Hedy Fry's office on Saturday as part of country-wide rallies at Members of Parliament's offices to protest Bill S-10, the Conservative drug legislation that would bring American-style mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana "offences" to Canada. It was a small but vocal group, and we handed out flyers to […]

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October 4,2010

B.C. medical marijuana user lights up in the Commons to protest law

OTTAWA – A medical marijuana user lit up a joint in the House of Commons Monday to draw attention to what he calls unfair rules set by Health Canada. amuel Mellace, who lives in Abbotsford, B.C., is a licensed pot user under the federal government's medical marijuana program. He started smoking […]

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October 3,2010

Feds slow to process medical marijuana licences

OTTAWA - It's taking too long to make changes to licences for medical marijuana, with some waiting more than six months for a permit that's only good for a year, critics charge. Health Canada gives out licences to people with […]

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October 3,2010

Tougher pot laws dopey, say protesters

John Pichette, who has a medical dispensation to smoke marijuana for health reasons, was front and centre Saturday at a Kelowna rally protesting the possibility of harsher punishments for growing pot. The Penticton man fashioned himself a marijuana cigarette as […]

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October 1,2010

No jail for possessing an ounce of weed in California

A $100 fine is the maximum penalty of being caught with less than an ounce of marijuana in California, after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Bill 1449 into law Thursday night … Californians with a Medical Marijuana Identification Card are exempt from the fine … Canadians eligible for medical marijuana can order about 30 grams from Health Canada for $150 plus tax, which varies from province to province […]

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October 1,2010

Cities urge province to cull urban deer

Dangerous deer are running amok in … too hard for patients to get medical marijuana, so regulation of the issue should be transferred from the federal to the provincial […]

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September 30,2010

Election notebook for Thursday

Mayoral candidate Michael Baldasaro is advocating the establishment of medical marijuana grow operations in the city’s industrial core as a way to create local jobs and use vacant buildings. […]

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September 30,2010

Marijuana goes to voters

One of two men challenging the country's marijuana laws in superior court made a brief appearance in Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday. […]

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September 30,2010

Candidates share visions

Seven mayoral candidates … Turmel, an unabashed advocate of medical and other marijuana use, said that […]

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September 30,2010

Man's challenge of marijuana laws delayed two weeks

One of two men challenging the country's marijuana laws in superior court made a brief appearance in Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday. […]

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September 29,2010

Pot law protester guilty

A 68–year–old man charged with marijuana production received one year of probation Tuesday because he was later approved by Health Canada to possess the drug legally, says a federal prosecutor. "In light of that," Mauro DiCarlo said he was satisfied […]

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September 29,2010

Errors, delays irritate licensed pot user

Playing by the rules has caused Dominika Somerton nothing but pain. The Falmouth, Hants County, woman, who is prescribed medical marijuana for the pain caused by multiple sclerosis, says government red tape has made it impossible to get the drug when she needs it. "I’m tired of it […]

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Sep.29,2010

Couple gets house arrest for growing marijuana for purpose of trafficking

NEW GLASGOW – A Watervale couple has received a 12-month conditional sentence for growing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. William Joseph Young, 51, and Judith Marie Jackson, 54, were arrested last October after the Pictou County Street Crime Unit set up […]

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Sep.29,2010

Make sure medical growops follow rules

They’ll be talking about medical marijuana grows, booze pricing and even musty old clauses in land sales agreements that hurt a city’s growth plans. And it’s hoped other cities will see Maple Ridge’s point of view and adopt the resolutions and push the provincial government into action at […]

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Sep.29,2010

Make sure medical growops follow rules

They’ll be talking about medical marijuana grows, booze pricing and even musty old clauses in land sales agreements that hurt a city’s growth plans. And it’s hoped other cities will see Maple Ridge’s point of view and adopt the resolutions and push the provincial government into action at […]

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Sep.28,2010

Police comment shows anti-marijuana bias

Re "Accused has expired medical marijuana card" (Sept. 16) See News Archives

The quotes from Sgt. Walter DiClemente clearly demonstrate either ignorance or bias on his part, as I will assume this is not a reflection of the beliefs of all the officers in this division. The day Mr. DiClemente can show me where I can go to obtain a temporary permit for my medicine I […]

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Sep.28,2010

Prosecutor argues against pot law challenge

Any argument that a landmark marijuana case in 2000 deleted cannabis from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is wrong, a federal prosecutor argued Monday. Kevin Wilson, with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, argued that two men challenging […]

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Sep.27,2010

Guelph medical pot user frustrated by federal delays

GUELPH – It has been a stressful eight months for Jeff McKay as he waits for a Health Canada permit allowing him to possess and use an additional seven grams of marijuana to alleviate symptoms of HIV and Hepatitis C. The 37–year–old Guelph man currently holds a Health Canada permit allowing him to […]

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Sep.24,2010

Councillors to vote on four–year terms

Municipal politicians are gathering … who tend to dominate the executive … federal supervision of medical marijuana licences that allow people to grow legally […]

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Sep.24,2010

Medical marijuana protest at courthouse

About 20 people gathered out–side the Simcoe St. courthouse Thursday to support a medical marijuana user charged because he's still waiting for Health Canada to renew his licence. Several said they could just as easily end up in court because they're in the same situation. […]

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Sep.23,2010

Refugees score better health benefits than Canadians

OTTAWA – The federal government has launched a review of its health–care program for refugees after questions from QMI Agency about the level of benefits offered. The federal plan that covers […]

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Sep.23,2010

Film fest focuses on hemp world

The International Hempology 101 Society presents the first annual Gulf Island Cannabis Film Fest Saturday at the Roxy Theatre on Gabriola Island. Produced in the U.S. in 2005, Waiting to Exhale is the first full length film to focus upon medicinal cannabis issues. […]

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Sep.22,2010

Nanaimo man, 73, punished for pot and guns

Fire reveals illegal medicinal grow–op

A 73–year–old Nanaimo man was given a six–month conditional sentence and 10–year firearms ban on Tuesday after a fire at his East Wellington home led to the discovery of an illegal medical marijuana growing–operation and […]

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Sept.21,2010

HealthWatch: Does marijuana really relieve pain?

Absent from much of the debate on the use and availability of medical marijuana is the question of effectiveness

MONTREAL – The use of marijuana for a few carefully selected medical conditions has generated heated discussion, pitting those who favour legalization against those who warn about the undesired consequences of wider availability. Absent from much of the debate so far, however, is[…]

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Sep.20,2010

Governments should mull pot business

The Ontario government's decision to enter the world of online gambling had me confused. Isn't gambling an addiction? Won't that just encourage more people to gamble, creating more gambling addicts with […]

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Sept.17,2010

Cannabis Comedy Club: Where do they Get this Misinformation?

[…] on pain at McGill University in Montreal, where they call Marijuana JANE…. None of us American Medical Marijuana Doctors have been able to get […]

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Sept.16,2010

Accused has expired medical marijuana card

JUSTICE: Accused man says he was licensed to use medical marijuana since May2009. When he learned police had raided his room, seized his pot and charged him with producing and possessing marijuana, Les Petherick said he was stunned. "I didn't actually believe it. I thought I was safe as I could be," he said. The 46–year–old has been a licensed […]

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Sept.15,2010

Marijuana lessens pain

McGill University researcher Dr. Mark Ware and his associates recently published a … of criminal law with experience in the field of medical marijuana, … […]

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Sep.14,2010

Winning pot-shot on drug war? Decriminalization

Canada is poised to pass Bill S-10 which would allow a minimum sentence of six to nine months for anyone caught growing six or more marijuana plants […]

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Sep.14,2010

Conditional discharge for medical marijuana

A Courtenay man caught growing marijuana to treat chronic back and neck pain has received a conditional discharge. Nathan Babcock (28) fell 120 feet from a tree seven years ago while working for a forestry company. Since then, he has been struggling to […]

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Sep.10,2010

Winnipeg hemp foods company on a high

Venture Capital Firm Helps With Expansion Mike Fata says only the global recession has managed to slow the company down. When daytime talk show stars like Martha Stewart and Dr. Oz start endorsing the health and nutritional benefits of hemp–seed foods, chances are it’s only a matter of time before middle America will start queuing up to […]

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September 7, 2010

Pot Chronic Pain Neuropathic Relief Study Reviews Marijuana

Pot chronic pain neuropathic relief study reviews marijuana. Pot may ease chronic neuropathic pain, according to a new study. Chronic neuropathic pain is due to nerve damage where pot could used to east pain using medical marijuana […]

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August, 31,2010

Medical marijuana still elusive in Alberta

Smoking marijuana might ease some types of pain, as a new scientific study has found, but that's only if you can manage to get some of it. Simonne LeBlanc, executive director of AIDS Calgary, said that while a number of her clients find marijuana to be an effective treatment for the pain and nausea associated with HIV, it's tough to come by legally in Alberta. "It's really difficult to find a physician […]

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August 30,2010

Cannabis may relieve chronic nerve pain

Smoking cannabis from a pipe can significantly reduce chronic pain in patients with damaged nerves, a study suggests. A small study of 23 people also showed improvements with sleep and anxiety. Writing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the researchers said […]

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July, 9,2010

Health Canada asked to relax pot distribution rules

A provincial civil liberties group is calling on the federal government to relax its grip on medical marijuana distribution. "It’s so critical that we take away this double bind that seriously ill patients are in, where they have to choose between breaking the law and getting their medicines," B.C. Civil Liberties Association’s policy director Micheal Vonn said. "This situation is not one that […]

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July, 1,2010

How dare you?

Dear Editor, Re: Grade 5 and 6 students know what it means to say no, Westerly News, June 24, 2010. What would parents do if someone came into their school to push one religion onto kids in favour of another? […]

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June 28,2010

Weed Control Part 1: MS sufferer finds relief with medical marijuana

Matt Young used to bust kids for smoking pot as a security officer in Calgary, but now it's Young who's trying to find a way to smoke marijuana in peace. That search almost cost him his life. Young, now living in Saskatchewan, is a former private security manager and amateur bodybuilder who wanted to be a police officer. He's watched all that disappear as his multiple sclerosis advanced […]

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June 25,2010

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June 22,2010

Pot dispensary on 'radar screen'

Superintendent Dave Walsh said The Always Growing Green Society (TAGGS) medicinal marijuana dispensary that opened up in May as well as issues with legal marijuana grow–ops are still on the police's "radar screen." "We're continuing to work with the […]


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June 15,2010

Tighten rules on medicinal pot production: Grit MP

A growing number of Canadians permitted to grow pot for health reasons are exploiting the special right to operate grow–ops, says a Liberal MP who wants to tighten the rules. Scarborough, Ont., MP Michelle Simson's Bill C–539 aims to […]

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June 11,2010

Not all marijuana users should be treated the same way, study says

A public health drive aimed at educating heavy marijuana users most likely to run into problems with the drug should replace the current one–size–fits–all criminalization of all users, says a new Canadian study. “We’re arguing for a differentiated approach that recognizes that some people, but only some, a minority, have problems from their cannabis use and […]

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June 7,2010

Health Canada Statement on Medical Marihuana Compassion Clubs

OTTAWA – Health Canada would like to provide information regarding the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) as they relate to organizations such as "compassion clubs" or "cannabis dispensaries". Under the MMAR, Health Canada does not licence organizations such as "compassion clubs" or "cannabis dispensaries" to possess, produce, or distribute marihuana for medical purposes. Under the MMAR, only […]

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June 6,2010

Raids highlight gaps in medical marijuana program

Police raids that shut down five compassion clubs in Quebec on Thursday underline some key problems with the federal government's medical marijuana distribution program, says the former leader of the Marijuana Party, Marc–Boris St–Maurice. […]

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June 5,2010

BC pot shop fears crackdown after Quebec raids

As a new medical marijuana dispensary is set to open next week in Vancouver’s West End, the B. C. Compassion Club Society expressed concern Friday that raids on four pot shops in Montreal could be the start of a disturbing trend of police crackdowns across the country. Desperate medical pot users in Quebec have been calling […]

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June 3,2010

Police raid Maple Ridge medical marijuana growop

Police seized 1,744 pot plants from a house in Maple Ridge Thursday which was licensed to grow marijuana. The bust in the 12000–block of Skillen Street follows a four–month long investigation that found […]

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June 1,2010

Stop pot shop, says MP

Conservative MP Randy Kamp believes medicinal marijuana users who are getting their pot from a non–profit dispensary that just opened up in Maple Ridge should be charged for breaking the law. "They have a legal mechanism to get it through Health Canada or to designate someone to grow it for them so it’s certainly not that […]

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May 28,2010

Pot Suit Brought To Bring Insight

Pio says he wants police in B.C. to better undferstand medical marijuana Don Pio is authorized to smoke marijuana, and he wants every sheriff and police officer in B.C. to leave him alone. Six months after his arrest for carrying pot into the Kelowna Law Courts, the 35–year–old Kelowna man is suing the provincial […]

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May 27,2010

Pot dispensary still a ‘great concern’

There might be little the law can do about medicinal marijuana shops, but Maple Ridge council is trying to take a tougher tack on those who grow medicinal pot. Tuesday, council approved sending a letter to MP Randy Kamp and Health Canada, asking the department to ensure that all marijuana–licence holders are following provincial, federal […]

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May 21,2010

Court axes inspection law used to find pot operations

Cities Need Warrant To Enter Premises, Appeal Court Rules A law that allows city electrical inspectors to search houses for marijuana growing operations without warrants violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled. Five members of the court sided with appellant and Hells Angel associate Jason Cyrus […]

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May 20,2010

Family Tree medical marijuana co–op fights back

For the first time under the city’s new medical marijuana ordinance, Redding Police Chief Peter Hansen is recommending the suspension of a cannabis club’s operating permit because he says it’s been a nuisance. Hansen wants the city to revoke the license of Family Tree Care Center Co–Op in the Mission Square shopping center on Bechelli […]

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May 17,2010

N.B. Doctors Open To Pot

Province Ranks Fourth Per Capita In Country For Number Of People Authorized To Possess Medical Marijuana FREDERICTON – New Brunswick has some of Canada’s more pot–friendly physicians, and a national group says they expect even more provincial doctors to be writing dope prescriptions in the year to come. The […]

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May 15,2010

Process To Obtain Medicinal Pot Very Difficult, Says Local Patient

Medical Marijuana Different Than Prescription Drugs A Nanaimo woman who suffers with a brain tumour wants to know why she can walk into any clinic in the city and get narcotics that may do her more harm than good, but can’t get confirmation from Health Canada that her medicinal marijuana […]

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May 14,2010

Petition supports pot dispensary

TAGGS medicinal marijuana dispensary has collected more than 150 signatures on a petition supporting its existence in just a few days, said director Michael Joinson (pictured). The dispensary also now has 35 members. The dispensary opened its doors on May 3 on 224 Street and has been creating headaches for […]

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May 13,2010

Mayor meets with pot dispensary society

If the mayor of Maple Ridge had his way, marijuana would regulated and taxed. “In Ernie’s perfect world, it would be dispensed from a pharmacy just like all other medicine,” said Ernie Daykin, after a meeting Tuesday with the director of the Always Growing Green Society, Michael Joinson, and marijuana activists Dana […]

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May 13,2010

Club Reopens To Sell Medical Pot

Although a medical marijuana compassion club was shut down in Oceanside a few years ago, Bob Estes believes the mid–Island is ready for the service. It is legal for people with a Health Canada licence or doctor’s note to use medical marijuana in Canada, but it is not legal for people to buy or sell it. As […]

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May 13,2010

Permitted To Use Pot

Nova Scotia Has Highest Percentage of Authorized Medical Marijuana Users NOVA SCOTIANS use more medical marijuana per capita than anyone else in the country, the latest Health Canada figures show. About one person for every 1,914 Nova Scotians is authorized by the federal government to use the drug, compared to one for every 8,013 people in Ontario […]

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May 11,2010

Pot club stung by legal confusion

I’m confused. Not dazed and confused. Just confused. The source of my confusion is the decision by the Guelph Police Service to bust the Medical Cannabis Club of Guelph last week, which led to trafficking charges against four staff, including founder Rade Kovacevic. Part of my confusion may be because the message from Canadian […]

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May 10,2010

Cops, District Check Out Medical Pot Shop

A new medicinal marijuana dispensary on 224 Street in Maple Ridge already has 18 people signed up as members in the first week of operation. However, Michael Joinson, director of The Always Growing Green Society ( TAGGS ), which runs the dispensary, is nervous the District of Maple Ridge or the Ridge […]

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May 3,2010

Marijuana Dispensary Opens In Maple Ridge

A dispensary to distribute medicinal marijuana in Maple Ridge opened its doors to its first customers Tuesday. In the first half–hour of an open house the previous day, eight people signed up to become members of the Taggs Medical Cannabis Dispensary, operated by the newly–formed non–profit Always Growing Green Society. All members of the dispensary must […]

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April 29,2010

'Mountain over a marijuana hill'

Delhi grower Rick West believes local police are building a "mountain over a marijuana hill" after two residents en route from his medical marijuana information centre were stopped. West claims that a Norfolk OPP officer […]

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April 27,2010

Residents catch a whiff of storefront operation

DELHI –A new storefront business in Delhi that provides information on how to get marijuana for medical purposes has left residents concerned and confused, Norfolk's police services board was told."There is considerable concern in the community, […]

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April 27,2010

Is medical marijuana a good treatment for Autism?

Parents with Autistic children say finding a treatment for the condition can become an obsession, and often controls their lives which is why they weren't surprised to learn that some parents are giving their Autistic children medical marijuana. […]

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April 23,2010

Health Canada employees goofing off online

MONTREAL – Dozens of Health Canada civil servants were caught spending most of their time on the job surfing the web, checking personal emails, reading news, watching videos or playing online games. In some extreme cases, people were fired. Documents obtained by QMI Agency through Access to Information reveal that civil servants at Health Canada and at Canada's Public Health Agency at times spent the equivalent of three work weeks per month using […]

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April 21,2010

Everybody must get serious. The Toronto Freedom Festival is not just about blowing smoke

Last year, just as the Toronto Freedom Festival was gearing up for its annual celebration of/demonstration for the right to make personal choices, backbencher Liberal MP Keith Martin had introduced bill C–359 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The small but significant […]

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April 17,2010

When Marijuana Is The Only Source Of Relief

When Georgia Peschel first heard police had raided CALM, a compassion club in Toronto, her initial panicked reaction was this: “Now where will my son get his marijuana?” For the past three years, Peschel and her 17–year–old have made the hour–long drive into Toronto every two weeks. They would knock on a […]

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April 16,2010

Most Canadians still support decriminalization of pot: poll

A new poll shows the majority of Canadians support the legalizing of marijuana but not other, hard–core drugs. And nowhere is that support higher than in British Columbia, where more than six in 10 people say having a toke shouldn’t earn you a date with the courts. But the Angus Reid poll, released Thursday, also shows […]

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April 14,2010

Pot–growing operations decrease property values, make tough sell

Real Estate Experts Discuss Restoration Projects, Explain Depreciation Of Home Resale Selling homes identified as marijuana–growing operations can be a difficult task, according to real estate experts in Nanaimo. Property owners tend to spend anywhere between $10,000 and $20,000 on average to bring the property up to code, only to then take another […]

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April 14,2010

Health Canada seeks firm to grow medical marijuana

OTTAWA — Health Canada is looking for someone to grow government–approved weed. The department has served notice it will soon allow firms to bid on a contract to grow and distribute medical marijuana. A series of court […]

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April 10,2010

Coherence needed on marijuana laws

If Canada's legal position on marijuana could get any less coherent, it's hard to know how. In Montreal, neighbours of a 1,000–member "Compassion Club" have noticed that a suspiciously large number of "patients" for […]

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April 9,2010

Medical marijuana supporters hope N.S. ruling sets precedent

HALIFAX — Advocates of medical marijuana are hailing a landmark Nova Scotia court ruling, hoping it leads the way to taxpayer–funded pot supplies for low–income patients across Canada. […]

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April 9,2010

Marijuana Myths Abound

Marijuana, not to put too fine a point on it, is illegal. Its possession and use is against the law. People used to go to jail for possessing small quantities of cannabis. That’s rarely the case these days, at least in Canada; the United States is a different kettle of fish where the […]

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April 8,2010

Medical marijuana user seeks tax refund

A Prospect man hopes the Canada Revenue Agency will grant him a tax refund on medical marijuana he bought from the black market, saying the drugs provided by Ottawa are second–rate […]

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April 6,2010

Tax claim for pot from black market

A Nova Scotia man who buys medical marijuana from drug dealers says it should be tax deductible because the government–supplied drug is poor quality. Tom McMullin, 45, has […]

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April 5,2010

Medical marijuana compassion clubs face new scrutiny

In the video, plainclothes officers chase a patron into a storefront doorway. One man is pushed face–first to the ground and handcuffed. Another patron is knocked down as two officers rush past. Some carry nightclubs. One officer appears to slap a patron twice on the head. […]

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April 2,2010

Justice Minister Mulls Pot Penalties

A legal decision ordering the province to pay for a woman’s pot has Justice Minister Ross Landry musing about the merits of decriminalization. Landry suggested to reporters at Province House on Thursday that his department will probably eventually discuss whether prosecuting someone for possessing a small amount of marijuana is a good use of resources. “We have […]

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April 1,2010

NS Must Pay For Woman’s Medical Marijuana, Judge Rules

The province has been ordered to pay for the medical marijuana used by a woman who is on social assistance. In a decision released this afternoon, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has ordered the Department of Community Services to pay for Sally Campbell’s prescription pot. She suffers from a number of ailments and has a certificate […]

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March 30,2010

Pot Fines Worth $763,080 To City

The City of Chilliwack may not be making money off of marijuana, but its five–year–old fine and fee scheme has stemmed the costs associated with pot grow–ops. The city has collected three–quarters of a million dollars in fees and fines since it introduced an anti–marijuana–growing bylaw in 2004. The bylaw was called the toughest such legislation when […]

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March 30,2010

Harper’s YouTube Comments Off Base On Marijuana

A Stephen Harper fan and supporter, I applaud his foray into new media on YouTube last week answering a selection chosen by Google/YouTube producers from 1.800–odd questions pre–submitted by the online video service’s users. However, I disagree with the prime minister’s take on the dominant topic addressed – marijuana legalization – which […]

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March 30,2010

Pot legalization crusader released from jail

A woman who spent months in jail fighting Canada’s pot laws has been released after being found guilty of growing and trafficking marijuana. Edith Noreen Evers, founder of the North Island Compassion Club, was sentenced to time served after spending a total of about five months in pre–trial custody, some of it in hospital, as her […]

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March 26,2010

Marijuana far from harmless

What do you know about delta–9–tetrahydrocannabinol? If you are the parent of a child who is 12 years old or older you might want to get familiar with delta–9–tetrahydrocannabinol; TCH for short. TCH is the main active chemical in marijuana. As a parent reading this you are probably thinking one of two things; […]

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March 26,2010

Canadians 'ahead of politicians' on marijuana laws

If Californians vote to legalize, Canada unlikely to follow suit, say two MPs

Canadians are ahead of their federal politicians on the issue of liberalizing marijuana laws, according to two high–profile lawmakers from B.C. […]

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March 25,2010

Time to rethink Canada's Drug Strategy – Libby's letter to the Minister of Justice

I write to draw your attention to the recent study from the Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI): Effect of Drug Law Enforcement on Drug–Related Violence: Evidence from a Scientific Reviewa comprehensive study of existing English scientific evaluations on the impact of drug law enforcement on related violence. The study concludes […]

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March 23,2010

Time to kill the sacred cow of pot prohibition

Seventeen per cent of Canadians report having used cannabis in the past year, despite it being illegal. Prohibition, it seems, is hardly stopping people from using cannabis. For perspective, […]

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March 20,2010

No Weed To Succeed

Don’t Park Your Life ‘At the End of a Marijuana Cigarette,’ Ignatieff Tells Mount Pearl Students After encouraging O’Donel High students to vote and help create a better country, it was Michael Ignatieff’s reply to a young man’s question about legalizing marijuana that drew the loudest and longest applause. “If I had […]

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March 18,2010

What’s the current legal status of marijuana in Canada?

As one of the country's foremost marijuana legalization activists, Dana Larsen knows the score when it comes to pot laws in Canada. He's been involved in the marijuana debate […]

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March 18,2010

Medical Marijuana Access Regulations in Canada

Canada’s initiative to decriminalize marijuana is focused on terminally ill patients who benefit from the use of medical marijuana to relieve unbearable symptoms of chronic and terminal illnesses. The Marijuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) lists specific rules for Canadians to follow. The (MMAR) gives the Canadian health care system a legal method to regulate individuals who use, cultivate, or store marijuana for medical purposes. The regulations are […]

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March 16,2010

Will Stephen Harper's YouTube interview go to pot?

Stephen Harper waltzed through his first interview gig on YouTube on Tuesday and along the way he gave a thumbs–up to the seal hunt and the crackdown on “guns, gangs and drugs” and a firm thumbs–down to legalizing pot. “The reason drugs are illegal is because they are bad,” the prime minister said. “And even if these […]

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March 4,2010

Marijuana masses meet at Vic Cannabis Convention

The smell of sweet skunk and sounds of cannabis coughing were tell–tale clues for the location of the 11th–annual Victoria Cannabis Convention. Many members of Victoria’s cannabis community gathered this past Sunday, Feb. 28, in UVic’s David Strong Building, to celebrate and educate people about marijuana’s benefits. The […]

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March 4,2010

VicPD Officer Ordered to Stay Quiet

VICTORIA – The BC Civil Liberties Association has filed a complaint against the Victoria Police Department for muzzling one of its officers […]

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February 25,2010

Lobby Group Will Run Vapour Lounge At Event Campbellford — A group of east Northumberland residents will help run Canada’s first medical marijuana expo. Medicinal Awareness ( MA ), a lobby group for medicinal marijuana, will operate the vapour lounge at the ‘Treating Yourself Expo’ at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from July 16–18. […]

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February 25,2010

Laws, Court Rulings, Realities

Cannabis, its preparations, derivatives and similar synthetic preparations are classified as Schedule II controlled substances in Canada. Unlawful possession is a criminal offence. Possession of small amounts (<30g) of cannabis marijuana is punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or imprisonment for up to six months, and larger amounts (>30g) is punishable by up to five years less a day. Trafficking and possession for […]

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February 24,2010

UN watchdog takes aim at Canada's medical marijuana program

UNITED NATIONS — Justice Minister Robert Nicholson said Wednesday the government’s medical marijuana regulations are under review after the UN’s drugs watchdog warned Canada needs to tighten up the system. […]

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February 22,2010

Council Highlights - Town of Georgina

Council passed the following motion concerning licensed marihuana grow operations: "Whereas in June 2001, the federal government implemented the marihuana medical access regulations (MMAR) which allows for licensed marihuana grow operations. The MMAR authorizes health Canada to issue licenses to possess, as well as produce, marihuana for persons with certain medical conditions. It also allows for […]

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February 21,2010

Electricity, marijuana and the law – The real dope on power use

The Real Dope on Power Use Homeowners have a reasonable expectation of privacy over information concerning most activities that take place in their homes. Therefore, absent a search warrant or a potential emergency situation, police aren’t entitled to enter a home to discover the activities taking place. But what about electrical consumption patterns? Do homeowners have a reasonable […]

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February 17,2010

Medical Marijuana Prescriptions Being Stymied

Biased policies against medical marijuana by Saskatchewan’s governing body of medical practitioners are deterring doctors from granting prescriptions, say medicinal pot proponents. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan’s policy doesn’t prohibit doctors from prescribing marijuana, but the policy states the college is uncertain of the risks and benefits because evidence of marijuana’s advantages is […]

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February 12,2010

RCMP study cites 70 cases of abuse of medical marijuana licences

An RCMP review of medical marijuana licences found 70 cases across the country of holders violating the terms of their licence agreements. The 2009 report said that in 40 of the cases, those with permits for medical pot production were trafficking excess marijuana to make a profit, RCMP Cpl. Dan Weatherby said Thursday. Weatherby […]

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February 9,2010

B.C. Alzheimer's study finds marijuana no help

A new University of British Columbia study suggests the research effort now devoted to medical marijuana as therapeutic treatment for cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s may be better directed elsewhere. Scientists had hoped to confirm previous studies that pointed to a possible use for medical marijuana in treating Alzheimer’s disease, according to UBC psychiatry professor Dr. […]

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February 7,2010

Cannabis Beneficial for Multiple Sclerosis Patients, Study Finds

A systematic review conducted by The Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation found that five of six controlled trials reported a reduction in spasticity and an improvement in mobility amongst multiple sclerosis patients using cannabis extracts. The two researchers, Shaheen Lakhan and Marie Rowland from the Los Angeles–based foundation, searched for trials evaluating cannabis extracts. Specifically […]

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February 4,2010

Libby Speaking out on Medical Marijuana – Health Canada Must Consult With Stakeholders

Thank you for your August 2009 letter in response to my call for a full public review of the Canada’s Marijuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR). In your letter, you outline your plan to amend the MMAR […]

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February 4,2010

Growing Pot In The B.C. Heartland

Somewhere in a quiet corner of Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, a cannabis crop is being harvested right now, legally. The half–dozen or so known local growers are a select bunch of 4,869 people in Canada authorized to possess the narcotic plant under Marihuana Medical Access Regulations. “Cannabis isn’t for everybody, but patients are […]

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February 3,2010

Libby Speaking out on Medical Marijuana - Health Canada Must Consult With Stakeholders

Thank you for your August 2009 letter in response to my call for a full public review of the Canada’s Marijuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR). In your letter, you outline your plan to amend the MMAR to address the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that Paragraph 41 (b.1) violates the Charter or Rights and Freedoms and "unjustifiably limits […]

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January 29,2010

Growing Pot In The B.C. Heartland

Documentary Looks At The Impact Of The Marijuana Industry On A Small–Town Economy Marijuana is believed to be a $20 billion industry in Canada. But most discussion about the drug is centered around the moral issue of whether to legalize it or not. Lionel Goddard thought it was high time somebody looked at marijuana […]

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January 28,2010

CannaBiz

Canada's $20 billion–dollar marijuana industry is now at a violent crossroads between crime and commerce. Impossible to police, yet steadily gaining public acceptance, the cannabis industry is now so vast and vital to Canada's national economy that it can no longer be ignored. […]

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January 28,2010

Fact Sheet: Marijuana in Canada

Marijuana is estimated to be a $19–21 billion dollar industry in Canada. No one knows for sure. – Various sources including US Drug Enforcement Agency & Stephen Easton, SFU Economist BC's annual marijuana crop, if valued at retail street prices and sold by the cigarette, is worth over $7 billion […]

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December 18,2009

RCMP 'Green Team' busts pot grow–ops

Crime statistics from 2008 to 2009 were relatively consistent, Inspector Kevin Hewco reported at meetings of two local councils this week. “There’s nothing surprising here to us,” the North Cowichan/ Duncan detachment commander told North Cowichan Council. “We do try to look for trends.” The North Cowichan/ Duncan detachment commander spoke to Duncan City […]

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January 28,2010

Medical marijuana user in fear of law

“Sarah” puts her lips to the vapour–filled bag, inhaling medicine and worry in one intoxicating breath. The 52–year–old Windsor woman, who did not want her real name used, is a Health Canada–approved medical marijuana user. Or, at least, she used to be. Right now she lives in limbo, largely shutting herself in at home […]

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December 31, 2009

Businessman Sees Pot–ential Growth

Hopes to Compete With Government in Medical Marijuana Business A licensed B.C. pot grower was in Toronto yesterday trying to take a bite out of Health Canada’s monopoly on medicinal marijuana. Sam Mellace, 56, formerly of Toronto, is allowed to grow 292 plants, which he does in a Racle Valley, B.C. “industrial–style” operation that yields about seven […]

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December 30, 2009

B.C. Man Gets Licence for Record Number of Marijuana

A B.C. resident has received a Health Canada licence to possess 60 grams of marijuana for daily medical use, allowing him to legally grow as many as 292 marijuana plants. The licence provides for possibly the largest quantity ever to be legalized in Canada, say lawyers in Vancouver and Toronto who have been involved in high […]

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December 29, 2009

Guelph cannabis club a smoking ‘business’

GUELPH – It’s a controversial operation but quietly so. While it promotes itself and its workings via the internet, it guards its location closely. Even when you’ve arrived at the lobby of the downtown building where it’s situated – for now at least – only a simple sign marks its presence. White plastic letters on a […]

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December 22, 2009

Calgary marijuana crusader escapes jail time for trafficking

A Manitoba judge has cut a major break to a medical marijuana crusader found guilty of trafficking pot across Canada. Grant Krieger received a suspended sentence with nine months of probation Monday — a far cry from the jail sentence he feared he might receive and predicted would kill him. “Mr. Krieger is not […]

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December 18, 2009

Shedding some light on our pot laws

The Conservative government and the Liberal–dominated Senate may find this a buzz–kill but a drug expert says neither of their approaches to prosecuting pot producers makes sense. Earlier this year, MPs passed a drug bill that included a mandatory minimum sentence of six months in jail for growing as few as five pot plants. Drug reform […]

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December 16, 2009

Police raid pot advocate’s home

The Amherst–area man who believes marijuana cures cancer says he is seeking political refuge in Europe. In a video on his Phoenix Tears website, Rick Simpson said police raided his home Nov. 25 and will charge him in connection with items they seized. “If I return home, I will be arrested and put in jail without bail […]

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December 6, 2009

Marijuana 'baker' hoping for a day in court

Pot Activist Admits His Kitchen Isn’t Authorized By Health Canada A Victoria marijuana advocate is ready for a court fight, but he may not get one. An apartment–based marijuana “bakery” that was raided by police on Thursday is linked to the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada ( CBCC ), founded by marijuana advocate Ted Smith. Whether charges […]

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December 4, 2009

Revised crime bill to go easier on pot growers

For the second time this fall, a committee of the Liberal–dominated Senate has amended a Conservative law–and–order bill, eliminating an element that would automatically send marijuana growers to jail for at least six months if they’re caught with as few as five plants. The committee altered the controversial bill yesterday to retain a judge’s discretion when […]

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November 25, 2009

Rick Simpson's House Busted Again

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November 25, 2009

Citizen presents petition on marijuana issue

Local resident Sylvia Treptow presented the mayor with a petition signed by 152 residents opposed to discussing the medical marijuana issue at the city council table. Treptow appeared at the Nov. 16 meeting of council to present the document which has been available at Work ‘n’Play and Yaky Jacquie’s for the past few months. “The citizens want […]

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November 7, 2009

Cannabinoids (marijuana) could assist in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder

According to Medical News, Use of cannabinoids (marijuana) could assist in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder patients. This is exposed in a recent study carried out at the Learning and Memory Lab in the University of Haifa's Department of Psychology. The study, carried out by research student Eti Ganon-Elazar under the supervision of Dr. Irit Akirav, was published in the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience. In most cases […]

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November 2, 2009

Feds Demand Users Prepay for Their Pot

OTTAWA — Health Canada is getting tough with patients who use government–certified medical marijuana, demanding full payment in advance before shipping the weed. The move, effective Nov. 30, is designed to halt the rising number of accounts in arrears — and force more patients to pay off old debts that now total […]

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October 27, 2009

City Gains Unusual Pot Ally

The threat to public safety from an unknown number of medical marijuana grow operations in Chilliwack prompted Mayor Sharon Gaetz to write a letter to the federal minister of health asking for a meeting. But the issue has also garnered support from what might be considered an unusual corner. The Vancouver Foresight Society ( VFS ), a […]

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October 25, 2009

Ontario Leads in Legalized Pot Use

OTTAWA — The number of Canadians legally permitted to use pot as medicine has tripled during the last three years since the Conservatives took power. At last official count by Health Canada this past June, 4,029 people were authorized to possess cannabis under Marijuana Medical Access Regulations, 2,841 were allowed to grow their own plants and […]

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October 26, 2009

Legal pot smokers growing in number across Canada

OTTAWA – The number of Canadians legally permitted to use pot as medicine has tripled in the past three years since the Conservatives took power. At last official count by Health Canada this past June, 4,029 people were authorized to possess cannabis under Marijuana Medical Access Regulations, 2,841 […]

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October 25, 2009

Pot–Activist Councillor Passing the Bong

After 10 Years, Philippe Lucas Leaving Medical–Marijuana Supplier Aside from the pungent odour of fresh marijuana in the air, the Vancouver Island Compassion Society’s Cormorant Street office has the feel of any other medical clinic. “I’ve been doing this for so long I don’t even notice it any more,” says Philippe Lucas, of the […]

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October 25, 2009

Drug good for some, bad for others

The latest Visions magazine featuring a guest editorial by Victoria councillor and medicinal–marijuana activist Philippe Lucas is no stoner’s guide to getting high. Instead the magazine, B.C.’s mental health and addictions journal published by B.C. Partners for Mental Health and Addictions, presents an unvarnished view of some of the pros and cons of marijuana use, including […]

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

10 years of dealing pot

The Marijuana Party of Canada’s founder was on hand to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of medical marijuana distribution in Montreal. The past 10 years have been a bit of an uphill battle, Marc–Boris Saint–Maurice said. Medical marijuana is available to members of Montreal’s Compassion Centre where the celebration, hosted by two original founders of the movement, […]

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Weeding Through Government Red Tape

Marijuana–Use Advocate Says Health Canada Exemptions Not Enough to Really Help People in Need of Pain Control A SERIOUS BACK AND NECK injury at work many years ago left him in chronic pain, and Harrietsfield’s John Cook eventually found that marijuana provided the best relief. The married, 44–year–old father of two now smokes from five to […]

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Thursday, September 30, 2009

Remembering Medical Marijuana User Marilyn Holsten

There shouldn't have been an issue about her using medical marijuana,” MP Libby Davies said. “The government had given her the permit and […]

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Farmer Goes To Pot

From the outside, the farm looks like any other in the tobacco belt. The side windows on the old–style wooden kilns are open. This year’s crop is visible, hanging upside down and turning yellow. The only clue that something is amiss is the greenhouse, its contents hidden by plastic sheets put up on the inside. A […]

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Marijuana : Time To Study The Long Term Effects

As part of the Conservative minority government’s anti–drug strategy, announced in 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper quietly announced through a press release that $550,000 will be used to examine a potential link between marijuana use and the development of schizophrenia. This style of political maneuvering has become commonplace during Harper’s reign. He takes a relatively small […]

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Schizophrenia link to cannabis denied

A STUDY by North Staffordshire academics has rejected a link between smoking cannabis and an increase in mental illness. The research found there were no rises in cases of schizophrenia or psychoses diagnosed in the UK over nine years, during which the use of the drug had grown substantially. Pro–cannabis campaigners seized on the results as supporting […]

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August 29, 2009

Salmon Arm officials criticized for evicting marijuana grower

Human Rights Tribunal Rules City Discriminated Against Disabled Man Salmon Arm city officials have been rapped on the knuckles for kicking a man out of his home for more than two years because he was growing marijuana — even though they knew it was for medicinal use. The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the city discriminated […]

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August 17, 2009

Marijuana's journey to legal health treatment: the Canadian experience

Medical marijuana is grown under contract for Health Canada by Prairie Plant Systems…. This time, they said the charges violated Parker's charter rights….. Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of … for how much the global economy will grow in 2010 by a full percentage point,[…]

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Published: August 6, 2009

Patrick Swayze 'Using Marijuana'

Patrick Swayze has been using marijuana as he battles aggressive pancreatic cancer, it has been claimed. […]

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July 6 2009, 6:30

A court decision that effectively loosens Ottawa’s tight grip on access to medical marijuana has been upheld by the Federal Court of Appeal.

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June 26, 2009, 4:12pm

A 50–year–old Quebecer who had a Health Canada permit to grow medicinal cannabis to ease his pain has received a one–year suspended jail sentence.

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June 9, 2009, 6:30

A Langley man with a Health Canada licence to grow marijuana was busted by the RCMP’s green team for stealing hydro and for growing more plants than he was allowed to.

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May 29, 2009, 6:04

New Medical Pot Rule A Bummer, Advocates Say

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May 27 2009 02:05:36 PM

New Medical Marijuana Rules Too Strict, Canadian Users Say New federal regulations allowing designated medical marijuana producers to grow cannabis for two approved users of marijuana –– up from one –– are a "slap in the face," advocates said Tuesday.

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November 7, 2008

Don’t confuse hemp with marijuana

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July 11, 2008

NDP calls for better Medical Marijuana Program

As you may already know, major problems have become apparent regarding the accessibility and administration of Canada’s medical marijuana program. I recently wrote a letter to the Minister of Health urging a public review of the program. For your interest, I’ve included a copy of that letter below. Currently, I’m also investigating the possibility of introducing private member’s legislation to […]

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June 18, 2008

Medical marijuana could help our war–stressed soldiers.

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Date: December 5, 2006

Cut to marijuana research sends strong message

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Date: October 5, 2006

Marijuana may stave off Alzheimer's - U.S. study

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Date: April 21, 2006

Marijuana For Medical Use Turned Down By FDA

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Date: April 20, 2005

Canada Approves Cannabis Spray

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December 8, 2004

MUHC launches Canada's first medical cannabis study

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