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…

Citizens present concerns at RCMP town hall meeting

The three areas of focus were property crime such as theft, mischief, traffic offences and drug enforcement

Citizens present concerns at RCMP town hall meetingKenneth Brown of The Clarion A small crowd at Monday night’s RCMP town hall meeting in Kindersley has shared big concerns with four commanding officers for the Kindersley detachment. The town hall meeting was held on Nov. 5 at the Elks Hall in Kindersley. The meeting was attended by approximately 50 people who were able…

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…

Too many bureaucratic hurdles for cannabis research

Why researchers are studying cannabis for promising anti-seizure medication

Too many bureaucratic hurdles for cannabis researchWe’ve lost many years of potentially important research on the use of cannabis as medicine because of polarized views of the ‘weed’ among researchers, policy-makers and the general public. On one side, there are those who see cannabis as a dangerous psychoactive drug that should be prohibited. On the other, there are those who view cannabis as…

Before implementing national pharmacare, look at what provinces already offer

Instead of using scarce health-care dollars broadly, we should identify and support those Canadians falling through the cracks

Before implementing national pharmacare, look at what provinces already offerModern medicines can improve health outcomes and quality of life for those stricken with illness. As a result, policy-makers and ordinary Canadians are understandably concerned about patient access, affordability and insurance coverage for prescrip­tion drugs. However, recent calls for a national pharmacare program would have many believe that Canadians without private drug insurance – about…

What you need to know about travelling with cannabis

Plus great wireless earbuds, off the beaten path in Alberta’s mountains, Cuba boosts its Wi-Fi and new Palm Springs flights

What you need to know about travelling with cannabisIt’s Day 1 of legalized non-medicinal marijuana in Canada, so what does the change mean for travellers who want to bring their stash or cannabis prescription with them when they go on holidays? The rules around bringing cannabis with you when you hit the road are pretty straightforward – if you’re staying inside the country.…

Smoking cannabis at home a bad idea for most Canadians: report

The survey found that homeowners felt that lighting up would harm a home’s resale value, as would growing cannabis

Smoking cannabis at home a bad idea for most Canadians: reportA new survey by residential real estate company Zoocasa says most Canadians feel that smoking cannabis inside their homes is a bad idea. The survey found that 64 per cent of homeowners felt that lighting up would harm a home’s resale value. Also, 57 per cent felt that growing the legal amount of cannabis, which…

Company provides the metrics the cannabis market needs

Jason Hardy of Cann Standard talks about why it’s important to track and synthesize data about the industry

Company provides the metrics the cannabis market needsJason Hardy is co-founder of Cann Standard. What is Cann Standard and what does it do? Hardy: Cann Standard’s mandate is to define cannabis markets. We log listing information for cannabis products anywhere we can find them, from producer and dispensary websites to larger cannabis listing sites and review websites. We process the data and…

Sundial Growers partners with U of S for cannabis research

Project to study the effectiveness of using cannabis as a treatment for dementia

Sundial Growers partners with U of S for cannabis researchAlberta-based cannabis producer Sundial Growers is partnering with the University of Saskatchewan to research the efficacy of cannabis as a treatment for dementia. Clinical studies will be undertaken as part of the research. “With today's (Tuesday) announcement and similar collaborations with the University of Calgary and Sundial's Mitacs research initiative, we are demonstrating our commitment to becoming…

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…

Sundial Growers, feds supporting cannabis research

University of Lethbridge team to examine impact on inflammation, as well as study potential anti-cancer properties

Sundial Growers, feds supporting cannabis researchAlberta-based Sundial Growers has received a research grant to study and genetically map more than 100 cannabis cultivars. The company announced on Tuesday that Sundial is contributing $247,500 to the research and that is being matched by a grant from the federal government’s Mitacs Accelerate Program. University of Lethbridge professors Drs. Igor Kovalchuk and Olga…

ATB Financial lends Westleaf Cannabis funds for SK facility

Company plans 115,000-square-foot cannabis cultivation facility near Battleford

ATB Financial lends Westleaf Cannabis funds for SK facilityWestleaf Cannabis is receiving a development loan of up to $24 million from ATB Financial to build its business. “As one of the first traditional lenders to enter the cannabis space, we’re proud of our long-term partnership with ATB as it has been instrumental in bringing our Westleaf vision to life,” said Taylor Ethans, chief…

Sundial’s cannabis cultivating plant in Olds receives licence

The facility will have 140 individually-controlled cultivating rooms and the company will employ 500 people

Sundial’s cannabis cultivating plant in Olds receives licenceA cannabis cultivating plant in Olds has received its licence from Health Canada for the first phase of its 500,000-square-foot facility. “Receiving this licence is one of Sundial's most significant milestones to date and I am extremely proud of our team's commitment to develop and execute this important project,” said Torsten Kuenzlen, Sundial’s CEO. “We…

Universities must prepare for legalization of pot

Students need real information that avoids both scare tactics and blanket reassurances based on unrepresentative anecdotes

Universities must prepare for legalization of potBy Alexandra Burnett, and Rodney A. Clifton Frontier Centre for Public Policy Marijuana will become legal in Canada on Oct. 17. Some students can hardly wait but are their universities ready? In curricular terms, the institutional response has been impressive. Many Canadian universities have already begun new courses to prepare their students to thrive in…

Stop playing the racist card and deal with the real problems

To ignore a safety issue involving alcohol use among Indigenous communities for fear of being labelled a racist is just plain wrong

Stop playing the racist card and deal with the real problemsEver since Wilbur and Orville Wright proved that heavier-than-air machines could fly, safety has been a priority when it comes to air travel. Engines and chassis are inspected and re-inspected. If some gizmo in your car engine breaks, your car stops and you look under the hood. You don’t have that luxury in an airplane.…
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