Town holding off on cannabis retailer decision

The mayor wants to talk to other municipalities with retail stores first to see what should be kept in mind

Town holding off on cannabis retailer decisionKenneth Brown of The Clarion Kindersley’s mayor says council has decided to indefinitely defer its decision about whether to allow a cannabis retail store in the community. The town’s elected officials said earlier in 2018 that they would wait until the federal and provincial framework was in place to regulate the sale and use of…

Dazed and confused: legalizing cannabis offers no payoff

Provinces and municipalities face a bevy of expenses and a web of regulations. And the tax benefits at all levels are questionable

Dazed and confused: legalizing cannabis offers no payoffYou might wonder how legislators could lose money by legalizing and taxing an addictive substance. Behold, Canadian officials have outdone themselves with the rollout of recreational cannabis. Provinces and municipalities, many already in financial dire straits, have revealed a bevy of legalization costs. Meanwhile, tax projections suggest relatively slim pickings, given the size of the…

Marijuana’s medical attributes vastly overstated

Pot’s benefits have been overstated by political advocates and scientists, whose bias may have tainted research results

Marijuana’s medical attributes vastly overstatedMarijuana users want society to believe the very thing they’ve told themselves for years – that the highs of marijuana far outweigh its lows when it comes to health and the effect on the masses. Informed minds that remain sober and less tainted by personal bias realize that’s probably not the case. Cannabis is demonstrably…

Cannabis by the numbers

The cannabis industry in Canada was estimated at $3 billion in 2017, on par with the beer industry and larger than tobacco

Cannabis by the numbersWith the legalization of cannabis taking effect today, Statistics Canada released some interesting data about the industry and the use of the substance. Here are some of the numbers from StatsCan: The latest National Cannabis Survey results for the third quarter of 2018 indicated about 4.6 million or 15 per cent of Canadians aged 15…

What’s to keep universities from turning into stoner schools?

How marijuana use is reflected in attendance, participation, dropout and failure rates could make a persuasive story

What’s to keep universities from turning into stoner schools?With the exception of those people who smoke marijuana for medical purposes, I haven’t met many people who were improved by smoking up. In my experience with marijuana – and I admit my experience is limited to the second-hand variety – the stereotype of the bored and boring toker rings true. I’m among the few…

The trouble with edible marijuana products

Edibles scare Health Canada and the food industry, since they’re discrete, convenient and potentially dangerous

The trouble with edible marijuana productsOn Oct. 17, smoking cannabis will become legal in Canada. Cannabis edibles, on the other hand, will be legal in a little less than a year. Once cannabis-infused food products are available, things will get complicated in Canada’s food industry. But with the right regulations, this is a profit opportunity that doesn’t come by every…