ALBERTA MUNICIPALITIES WANT THEIR SAY IN THE LEGALIZATION PROCESS

(Originally written for Lift Cannabis on 27 September 2016) An outline of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association’s response to the recent Task Force report The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) responded to the federal government’s Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation’s call for input through a public letter released on August 3rd, 2016. In Read more about ALBERTA MUNICIPALITIES WANT THEIR SAY IN THE LEGALIZATION PROCESS[…]

ONTARIO CITIES NEED TO SHAPE THEIR OWN DESTINY IN THE CANNABIS CONVERSATION

(Originally written for Lift Cannabis on 29 August 2016) Examples from other jurisdictions show that municipalities need to move now to ensure they have a say in what legalization looks like in the future On June 27th, 2016, in the lead up to their annual general meeting, the Board of Director’s for the Association of Municipalities Read more about ONTARIO CITIES NEED TO SHAPE THEIR OWN DESTINY IN THE CANNABIS CONVERSATION[…]

DENVER’S MARIJUANA CZAR DISCUSSES LEGALIZATION WITH ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES

(Originally written for Lift Cannabis on 17 August 2016) Ashley Kilroy, Denver’s Marijuana Czar, spoke to delegates from the 444 municipalities across Ontario about legalization at the annual AMO AGM The 2016 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference played host to Denver, Colorado’s Marijuana Czar this week. The AMO is the representative and advocacy body for Read more about DENVER’S MARIJUANA CZAR DISCUSSES LEGALIZATION WITH ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES[…]

DOES ONTARIO DESERVE ANOTHER MONOPOLY?

(Originally written for Lift Cannabis on 21 June 2016) Ontario may seek an LCBO-like model to control marijuana distribution but this approach with alcohol, tobacco and gambling has done a poor job to limit use. The Ontario Finance Minister tossed in his two-cents this past week on the commercialization of cannabis for personal use, reinforcing Premier Read more about DOES ONTARIO DESERVE ANOTHER MONOPOLY?[…]

TORONTO BOARD OF HEALTH DISCUSSES RECREATIONAL LEGALIZATION

(Originally written for Lift Cannabis on 31 May 2016) The Board was presented with a report calling for an evidence-based public health approach to the legalization of cannabis The Toronto Board of Health met Monday May 30th at City Hall to, amongst other issues, discuss the Legalization and Regulation of Non-Medical Cannabis. The Board, chaired by Read more about TORONTO BOARD OF HEALTH DISCUSSES RECREATIONAL LEGALIZATION[…]

TORONTO LICENSING COMMITTEE TO LOOK INTO DISPENSARY REGULATIONS

(Originally written for Lift Cannabis on 19 May 2016) A short but contentious meeting as Municipal Licensing & Standards Committee approves Mayor’s request to look at dispensary regulations Toronto City Hall’s first foray into a public discussion on regulations of cannabis dispensaries was short-lived and lively today. At 9:45, the City of Toronto Licensing and Standards Read more about TORONTO LICENSING COMMITTEE TO LOOK INTO DISPENSARY REGULATIONS[…]

ON THE NEED TO KEEP RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA AND MEDICINAL CANNABIS SEPARATE

I truly hope that as we move toward legalising and commercialising recreation cannabis, that we do not lose the incredible momentum that has been built up in our medicinal and therapeutic cannabis industry in Canada. The medicinal and therapeutic uses of cannabis are remarkable, and the more research we do, the more we learn about Read more about ON THE NEED TO KEEP RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA AND MEDICINAL CANNABIS SEPARATE[…]

ON THE RISE OF DISPENSARIES AND THE NEED TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF MEDICINAL CANNABIS

If you live in an urban centre, it would be difficult to miss the explosion of dispensaries in the past few months. If you live in Vancouver, you are rolling your eyes at the rest of the country – the rapid proliferation of “dispensaries” in Vancouver has been going on for years, to the point Read more about ON THE RISE OF DISPENSARIES AND THE NEED TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF MEDICINAL CANNABIS[…]

ON HOW PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU IS DOING SO FAR

A few years ago, this conversation would have been unfathomable. Medicinal cannabis was struggling to gain legitimacy – the idea that one day soon the provincial liquor boards would be publicly vying for a piece of the proverbial pie would have been laughable. The Prime Minister has done more to move this issue forward in Read more about ON HOW PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU IS DOING SO FAR[…]