The war on drugs must be fought at addiction’s social roots

The answer to addiction will not be found in the industries of incarceration and prescription

The war on drugs must be fought at addiction’s social rootsOn Oct. 21, pharmaceutical opioid distributors McKesson Corp., AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, and drug manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals agreed to a US$260-million settlement just hours before opening arguments were scheduled to begin in the first opioid-era federal lawsuit in Ohio. This is the first of hundreds of similar lawsuits filed by cities, counties, Native American tribes…

Pharmacare proposal raises some serious questions

Free prescription drugs won’t mean a thing if Canadians can’t access the drugs they need. There has to be a better way to manage our supply

Pharmacare proposal raises some serious questionsBy Susan Martinuk Research associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy The Liberal federal government made a pre-election promise to establish a single, universal pharmacare program that would cover all, or most, of the costs of prescription drugs for Canadians. The idea has been discussed for decades, but the public conversation has rarely gone beyond unproven…

Concern over nearby cannabis stores fading: survey

But more than half of both homeowners (64%) and renters (53%) agree that smoking cannabis inside would devalue a home

Concern over nearby cannabis stores fading: surveyA new survey suggests Canadians are warming up to cannabis dispensaries near their homes. Online real estate company Zoocasa found that 43 per cent of respondents to their survey agreed they would be comfortable with such a business operating in proximity to their home compared with 31 per cent last year. “However, those who don’t…

Canada must protect its drug supply

Canada’s drug supply is meant to provide for 37 million Canadians, not 370 million Americans. U.S. cross-border shopping could endanger Canadians

Canada must protect its drug supplyBy Susan Martinuk Research associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy When U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined a caravan of diabetics for a cross-border shopping trip to buy Canadian insulin, it was a deliberate attempt to publicize his proposed policies to reform health care. He likely had no idea that the media coverage of his…

Canada can learn from Swiss and Dutch drug coverage

Both countries partner with the private sector and expect patients to share the cost of treatment

Canada can learn from Swiss and Dutch drug coverageBy Bacchus Barua and Kristina Acri The Fraser Institute The Liberal federal government seems poised to propose a national pharmacare plan in time for the Oct. 21 federal election. Many proponents note that Canada is the only industrialized country featuring a universal health-care system that doesn’t provide universal coverage for prescription drugs. However, those same…

Canadian drugs can’t cure deadly U.S. shortages

Canada can’t even keep itself stocked with necessary medication and falls far short when it comes to research spending

Canadian drugs can’t cure deadly U.S. shortagesCrippling drug prices in the United States have brought even Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump together: they both favour drug imports from Canada to ease the pain. Vermont, Sanders’ home state, has approved this for state programs and 16 states are queuing up to follow suit. The proposal is seductive, a…

The high social cost of allowing human indulgences

You don’t discourage bad behaviour by making it easier and more pleasant to engage in. Except Canadians have when it comes to gambling and drug use

The high social cost of allowing human indulgencesNot long ago, governments prohibited behaviour that was bad for its citizenry, like gambling and smoking pot. But now, government seems to encourage it, to the detriment of society. In gambling, those insufficiently aware of statistical probabilities are induced to lose money to those with a deeper knowledge of the odds – a sort of…

Westleaf to supply $4M of cannabis derivative products to Delta 9

Westleaf to supply $4M of cannabis derivative products to Delta 9Westleaf Inc. announced on Wednesday that its subsidiary, Westleaf Labs LP, has entered into a white-labelling agreement with Delta 9 to supply approximately $4 million of cannabis derivative products from its large-scale extraction and manufacturing facility in Calgary. Calgary-based Westleaf said the contract will begin on Oct. 1, subject to receipt of final licence approval…

Cannabis company Sundial Growers acquires U.K. company

Intends to use parts of these facilities to cultivate hemp and cannabis

Cannabis company Sundial Growers acquires U.K. companyCalgary-based cannabis company Sundial Growers Inc. acquired U.K.-based Bridge Farm Group with plans to produce and sell high-quality CBD products globally. In a news release, Sundial said Bridge Farm is a market-leading producer of ornamental plants, flowers and herbs in the United Kingdom. It operates three growing facilities with 1.5 million square feet and plans…

Westleaf announces same-day cannabis delivery in Saskatoon

The feature is being offered through its Prairie Records online store

Westleaf announces same-day cannabis delivery in SaskatoonCannabis users in the greater Saskatoon area can now have same-day delivery of their product, thanks to Calgary-based Westleaf Inc. The feature is being offered through its Prairie Records online store. "Adding another customer-centric feature is all part of enhancing the Prairie Records brand among our customers and making it that much easier to purchase…

Canadian cannabis sales forecast to soar in next few years

Global sales of cannabis grew by 20% in 2018 and are expected to grow by 36% this year: report

Canadian cannabis sales forecast to soar in next few yearsAn international report says spending on adult-use cannabis in Canada is forecast to grow from $113 million in the partial year of 2018 to almost $4.8 billion by 2024. Cannabis became legalized nationwide on Oct. 17, 2018. The seventh edition in the series State of Legal Cannabis Markets reports was released Thursday by Arcview Market…

Big tax revenue from legalized cannabis sales

Federal and provincial government take lower than expected because of bumpy rollout, but significant growth expected in sales and taxes

Big tax revenue from legalized cannabis salesHere’s clear evidence that cannabis is big business. In the first five and a half months following the legalization of cannabis, Canadian governments earned $186 million from excise taxes and general taxes on goods and services directly related to the sale of cannabis, reported Statistics Canada on Wednesday. The federal agency said excise taxes are…

Edible cannabis rules fall far short of expectations

The strict rules could mean the black market will explode. And they will almost certainly mean that industry will defy regulations

Edible cannabis rules fall far short of expectationsHealth Canada’s regulatory framework on cannabis edibles will likely receive parliamentary approval and royal assent within weeks. But the framework is not exactly what most had in mind a few years ago, when everyone thought the federal government was inviting all Canadians to an enormous festival, at an exciting venue playing great music, with lots…

Constraining pain medication will only worsen drug problem

Limiting access to alcohol led to chaos during the Prohibition. Will constraining opioids do the same?

Constraining pain medication will only worsen drug problemThere are so many reasons to be very glad that we live in Canada – one of the main is that we’re governed by the rule of law. Laws and the rules and regulations that underpin them are enacted by democratically-elected governments. They’re enforced and upheld by police and courts that are amazingly upright and…
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