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Vaping THC results in similar brain activity to schizophrenia: study

9/26/19--A new study by University of Guelph researchers shows that vaping cannabis can cause prolonged changes in brain activity. The study suggests that brain activity in rats exposed to the vaporized compound once is similar to those with schizophrenia and cannabis-induced psychosis. Read

Mental health expert warns of ‘significant increase’ in cannabis-induced psychosis

1/1/19--Schizophrenia Society of Canada's Chris Summerville discusses the dangers of cannabis-induced psychosis. According the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), 373 people were discharged from hospitals across the country – excluding Ontario and Quebec – after receiving treatment for cannabis-induced psychosis in the 2012/13 fiscal year. That number increased to 723 cases in 2016/17. Read

Man credited with decriminalizing drugs in Portugal not sure legal cannabis is the right move

10/12/18--Joao Goulao, the person who helped Portugal decriminalize all drugs, isn’t sure if Canada’s plan to legalize cannabis is the right one. Goulao says he will be keeping an eye on Canada as it legalizes cannabis next week, but doesn’t know if the move is a good idea. Read

Uncertainty over effectiveness of test for marijuana impaired driving

9/26/18--With marijuana legalization less than a month away, uncertainty remains around the effectiveness of a drug testing device called the Drager DrugTest 5000 used to test for marijuana impaired driving. Although it has been approved by the federal government, there are reports showing the machine gives inaccurate readings in other countries where it’s currently in use. Read

Canadian military seeks to reassure allies as legalized marijuana draws near

9/11/18--The Canadian Armed Forces is seeking to reassure allies about the military's new policy on recreational marijuana, which a senior commander says has so far elicited significant curiosity. The policy limits all consumption to within Canada and puts time restrictions on when service members can use marijuana. Read

Food businesses look to cash in on post-pot cravings with weed-free munchies

7/5/18--Undeterred by a ban on edibles in Canada's initial rollout of legal recreational marijuana, food companies have found a way to cash in on the buzz by catering to post-consumption cravings with marijuana-free munchies. Cannabis-free products are not subject to the strict marketing rules governing the marijuana industry, which is essentially banned from advertising in Canada, with some exceptions. Sensing the dawn of huge marketing opportunity without the complications that come with strict licensing of marijuana itself, other companies are also jumping on board the munchie wagon. Read

Marijuana advent calendar sales soar despite health warnings

11/26/17--Lorilee Fedler of Coast to Coast Medicinals has been overwhelmed by the response since launching marijuana-filled advent calendars packed with only marijuana flowers, only edibles, such as weed-infused gingerbread men and snowflake cookies. The company, which is unlicensed, has sold 150 calendars, with 300 more orders ready for processing on top of a waiting list of about 1,500 people. Read

Anti-marijuana activists target ads for ‘Weedmaps’ app in Montreal

11/4/17--Ads promoting Weedmaps, a California-based website and mobile application, have sprung up in cities across Canada in recent months. The platform lists nearby medical marijuana dispensaries, delivery services as well and resources about cannabis. Anti-marijuana activists have been taking aim at the marijuana advertising that has cropped up in several cities, including on door hangers in Toronto. Read

What are tenants’ rights under proposed marijuana laws?

8/24/17--Many landlords across Canada want to prohibit tenants from growing and smoking marijuana on their properties, but landlords may not be able to prevent all tenants from smoking marijuana inside their units. Court battles over smoking in rental units have gone “both ways” in the past, with the courts sometimes ruling in favor of the tenant and sometimes siding with the landlord. It’s still unclear how the proposed marijuana legislation, which is still being studied by House of Commons’ health and justice committees, will affect landlord-tenant agreements. Read

High school: Marijuana sommelier program offered in Colorado

6/18/17--After becoming fed up with the inconsistent quality and improper naming rampant in the marijuana industry, Max Montrose, a marijuana aficionado who is the president and co-founder of the Trichrome Institute in Denver, designed and launched a program to teach students how to become marijuana experts. The courses are modeled after the wine sommelier program, and Montrose hopes his program will make the title of cannabis interpener as familiar as wine sommelier, cheesemonger, and chocolatier. Read

Quebec psychiatrists urge strict guidelines for marijuana bill

6/5/17--The Quebec Association of Psychiatric Physicians argues that based on their clinical experience, the bill to legalize marijuana is not acceptable in its current form, and will expose young people to major mental health risks. According to the doctors’ opinions, authorizing the purchase of marijuana at 21 instead of 18 years old would allow a better balance to be struck between reducing the harms caused by the illicit market and protecting future generations. Read

N.B. sees marijuana as ‘green gold’ for struggling economy

4/2/17--The New Brunswick government, led by 34-year-old Brian Gallant, sees weed as green gold -- an important creator of revenue and jobs in a province that badly needs both. It is giving producers financial incentives, has developed a community college program for cannabis technicians, and announced that marijuana is to be a pillar of its economic strategy. Read

Marijuana producers lobby government ahead of legalization

3/30/17--Several licensed marijuana producers in Ottawa are urging the federal government to allow them to brand their products and provide medical cannabis on a tax-free basis. The seven producers - Tilray, Tweed, Mettrum, CannTrust, Green Organic Dutchman Holdings, RedeCan Pharm, and Delta 9 Bio-Tech - are lobbying the government prior to the day when legislation legalizing recreational use of the drug is expected to be introduced. Read

Researchers discover flavour genes in marijuana

3/30/17--Prof. Jorg Bohlmann and a team of researchers have found 30 genes within the cannabis genome that determine the aroma and flavour of the plant. The findings, published in the journal Plos One, are the first step toward creating flavour standards that can be replicated. Bohlmann said there is a real need for standardization of the product when it comes to flavours and the strength of psychoactive compounds. Read

Class-action lawsuit launched against Canopy Growth over pesticide in marijuana

3/14/17--A Halifax-based law firm has launched a class-action lawsuit against Canopy Growth and its subsidiary Mettrum over recalls of medical marijuana that contained unauthorized pesticides. A released statement alleges that Mettrum breached its contract with consumers and that its development, distribution, and sale of medical marijuana was negligent. Read

Avoid marijuana while pregnant, urges new health advice

3/3/17--New advice warns women against smoking marijuana while pregnant, as the drug could affect the brain of the developing fetus. During pregnancy, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active chemical in marijuana can cross the placenta and affect the fetus by affecting the birth weight as well brain function, in addition to decreasing the IQ of the child and making it harder for them to pay attention. Read

Marijuana use, driving high on the rise: CAMH survey

12/7/16--A survey released Wednesday by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) found that past-year cannabis use virtually doubled between 1996 and 2015, rising from about eight per cent to almost 15 per cent of respondents. Significant increases were found among all age groups, but especially among 18- to 29-year-olds, with the proportion of pot smokers jumping from about 18 per cent in 1996 to 38 per cent in 2015. Read