• Federal Task Force Medical Survey Exposes Flawed Legalization Scheme

    Ted Smith Survey #5- Accessing Marijuana for Medical Purposes Continued access to marijuana for medical purposes: It is anticipated that there could continue to be a need to enable access to marijuana for those who require it for medical reasons, but for whom reasonable access is not possible in the legalized context. This might require […]

  • The ACMPR, and the Rift in the Cannabis Industry

    Judith Stamps The recently announced decision by Health Canada, to permit home growing of medical cannabis, is widely regarded as a step forward for patients, and a win for cannabis culture. The program is called: The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, or ACMPR. There are good aspects to this program. Under the new […]

  • Task Force Survey Shows Dispensaries Face Future Raids

    Ted Smith Survey #3-Designing an Appropriate Distribution System Phased-in approach to distribution: In the initial stages of legalizing marijuana, only allowing a proven system of distribution (e.g., through the mail, as is currently done in the medical marijuana regime) could minimize the risks of uncontrolled/illegal retail sales outlined above.  This system could enable access for […]

  • Publishers Note: Dispense the Digest!

    Ted Smith This coming fall, everyone with the Cannabis Digest will be proud to be getting ready to print the publication’s 50th issue. With so much happening in the cannabis scene, it is exciting to have the opportunity to document the changes as we shift from prohibition to legalization. We feel our newspaper has a […]

  • Adam Greenblatt and Santé Cannabis

    Owen Smith Adam Greenblatt is a 31-year-old career cannabis advocate, having been immersed in the cannabis social justice movement and medical cannabis industry for the past decade. Like other pioneer advocates, his efforts were charged by the suffering of someone dear to him. At 18 yrs. old, Adam was getting into trouble with cannabis at school. […]

  • Cannabis Regulation and the Demons of Absolute Control

    Judith Stamps I have begun to suspect that that the minds of some contemporary regulators are under the control of demons. I offer the following examples. Example One In September 2015, the State of California passed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), a comprehensive State licensing system. The Act requires the State to […]

  • Blazing a Trail for Medical Cannabis Access

    Into the Breach, Part 2 (Read into the Breach Part 1) “There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela Chris Clay In the fall of 2014, I found myself seriously experimenting with cannabis for the first time […]

  • Real and Unreal Oppositions in the World of Cannabis in Canada

    Judith Stamps We must not foster the belief that there is a radical dichotomy between Health Canada Licensed Producers (LPs) and medical cannabis dispensaries. And if we are hanging on to an attitude that says: it’s-us-versus-them, we should dump it. So say representatives of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD), spokespersons for LPs, […]

  • What the Judge Said on Patients’ Rights, and What Health Canada Can Do Next

    What the Judge Said on Patients’ Rights, and What Health Canada Can Do Next Judith Stamps Canadians who are ill, and who believe they are obtaining relief from cannabis, have a constitutionally protected right to grow their own medicine. So said Justice Michael Phelan of the BC Federal Court on February 24 2016. At least […]

  • Beware Sharks, Snakes and Pot-Bellied Pigs

    Ted Smith For cannabis enthusiasts the current era is full of excitement and uncertainty.  As the veil of prohibition is lifted around the world, new opportunities to work in the industry as an employee or entrepreneur offer an exciting future for many.  However, with all of this glorious wealth to be made come a few […]

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