The Benefits vs. Harms of Cannabis Education

April 17, 2018

There is much said about educating people on the harms of cannabis.

According to some scientific studies that are prolific in the media, cannabis can lead to psychosis – especially in youth. It can also be harmful to the developing brain and should not be used by those under the age of 25.

There are other scientific studies that show these results are inconclusive and other studies that show the opposite, though they receive very little media coverage.
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New Laws Will Set Us Free – Or Will They?

March 26, 2018

Legalization of cannabis is coming and we will all be home free! Or will we?

Although generally, it will be a relief for many people to be able to possess cannabis legally, I and many others have serious concerns about the regulations, especially around impaired driving laws. While many business types are running around with dollar signs in their eyes, the person on the street should be alarmed to know that he/she could just as likely become a criminal under “legalization” as they were during prohibition.
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Reducing the Supply Shortage of Cannabis, Post-Legalization

October 16, 2017

There are many predictions of a chronic cannabis shortage when it is legalized. No matter how smooth the provincial governments pave the way, it all ends with out-of-stock producers holding up the line.

There are measures that could help alleviate the shortage, namely legal personal growers who are licensed under the ACMPR. You are supposed to only grow enough for your own needs, based on a per gram a day limit. Each gram translates into 5 plants. Continue reading

Canada Looks to B.C., Alberta After Ontario Drops the Ball on Legalization

September 15, 2017

The Ontario government has unveiled it’s plan to regulate cannabis in the province in July 2018. Lawmakers believe they can eliminate the black market by opening 40 government run stores and a mail order delivery in the first year, followed by 40 more stores in 2019 and 150 by 2020. They will shut down all illegal dispensaries before the official stores are open. The local neighbourhood dealer better be well prepared for all the business that will come their way.
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Greening Out – And How to Avoid It

March 28, 2017

You are consuming some cannabis with your friends and feeling wonderful, but one more hit, and not so much. After a few moments, you begin to feel woozy, light-headed, dizzy, anxiety is welling up; you may feel nauseous, and even vomit. You are desperately seeking somewhere to lie or sit down if you haven’t got there already.

Cannabis consumers may be familiar with the term “greening out”, which means when one has over indulged ingesting cannabis, and are now experiencing unpleasant effects such as dizziness, fainting, anxiety or vomiting.
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The Grey Market Adds Legitimacy To Licensed Producers

March 6, 2017

A significant percentage of patients (42%) reported accessing cannabis from illegal/unregulated sources in addition to access via LPs, and over half (55%) were charged to receive a medical recommendation to use cannabis, with nearly 25% paying $300 or more.

International Journal of Drug Policy

We hear how well Licensed Producers (LP’s) are doing in the legal medical cannabis market, how stocks are going up, the market is expanding, and everything is rosy and fine. But there are many problems with the legal market that are being masked by the entrenched grey market. The proof is summarized in a paper entitled, “Medical Cannabis Access, Use, And Substitution For Prescription Opioids And Other Substances: A Survey Of Authorized Medical Cannabis Patients,” published recently in the International Journal of Drug Policy. (1)
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Yearly Cannabis Arrests in Canada


Cannabis Arrests
1922 ……….. 0
1923 ……….. 0
1924 ……….. 0
1925 ……….. 0
1926 ……….. 0
1927 ……….. 0
1928 ……….. 0
1929 ……….. 0
1930 ……….. 0
1931 ……….. 0
1932 ……….. na
1933 ……….. 0
1934 ……….. 0
1935 ……….. 0
1936 ……….. 0
1937 ……….. 4
1938 ……….. 4
1939 ……….. 12
1940 ……….. 3
1941 ……….. 0
1942 ……….. 0
1943 ……….. 2
1944 ……….. 0
1945 ……….. 0
1946 ……….. 0
1947 ……….. 0
1948 ……….. 6
1949 ……….. 5
1950 ……….. n/a
1951 ……….. 5
1952 ……….. 6
1953 ……….. 7
1954 ……….. 2
1955 ……….. 8
1956 ……….. 1
1957 ……….. 5
1958 ……….. 14
1959 ……….. 22
1960 ……….. 21
1961 ……….. 17
1962 ……….. 16
1963 ……….. 29
1964 ……….. 39
1965 ……….. 32
1966 ……….. 112
1967 ……….. 447
1968 ……….. 817
1969 ……….. 1,476
1970 ……….. 5,399
1971 ……….. (…)
1972 ……….. 10,695
1973 ……….. (…)
1974 ……….. (…)
1975 ……….. (…)
1976 ……….. (…)
1977 ……….. 58,481
1978 ……….. 53,378
1979 ……….. 56,834
1980 ……….. 64,866
1981 ……….. 65,763
1982 ……….. 53,658
1983 ……….. 43,799
1984 ……….. 43,917
1985 ……….. 43,803
1986 ……….. 41,514
1987 ……….. 43,072
1988 ……….. 40,030
1989 ……….. 40,243
1990 ……….. 38,810
1991 ……….. 33,267
1992 ……….. 34,993
1993 ……….. 35,995
1994 ……….. 40,496
1995 ……….. 43,845
1996 ……….. 47,234
1997 ……….. 47,933
1998 ……….. 50,917
1999 ……….. 60,011
2000 ……….. 66,171
2001 ……….. 70,624
2002 ……….. 69,989
2003 ……….. 60,670 *
2004 ……….. 67,832
2005 ……….. 59,973
2006 ……….. 58,878
2007 ……….. 62,510
2008 ……….. 80,061
2009 ……….. 65,316
2010 ……….. 77,126
2011 ……….. 77,954
2012 ……….. 73,594
2013 ……….. 73,273
2014 ……….. 68,010
2015 ……….. 58,659

*Reason for drop

From: CannabisLink.ca

Transitioning to Legal Cannabis

November 20, 2016

Some people who are experienced with cannabis see a huge need to help educate the public and politicians about this plant because fear seems to abound everywhere. There is still so much misinformation coming from some authoritative sources, and unravelling decades of propaganda is no small task. Most people don’t know that cannabis has never caused a single death in thousands of years of use, and that by over-regulating it to address perceived harms could be a futile effort in the face of a long established illegal market that has been around for decades.

Throughout our lifetimes, cannabis has been a part of society in the worst possible way – total prohibition, which in reality means, no rules, anything goes. Ten and twelve year old children buy, sell and smoke it, and have for decades. Now the rhetoric to strictly regulate and restrict access, implies we will be under an extreme opposite cannabis regime, albeit, a legal one
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Doctors – Treat opioid overuse with cannabis

September 8, 2016

“Opioids overuse is the worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history; two people an hour are dying of opioids misuse in the United States, and, proportionally, the problem is likely as bad, if not worse, in Canada.”
Dr. Gary Franklin, leading expert on workers’ compensation and medical director of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/opioid-overuse-is-creating-lost-generation-expert-says/article31547148/

That has to be a wake up call for doctors, patients and society as a whole. There is a safer solution staring us in our collective face, yet the medical profession en masse, seems so reluctant to even entertain the idea of using cannabis as a substitute or adjunct to opioid therapy. There are thousands of results from studies, data collection, and anecdotal evidence displayed when searching for cannabis reduces opioid use that one wonders why it would not be considered and prescribed and monitored to see if it helps alleviate this epidemic. Zero deaths in thousands and thousands of years of use – what do we have to lose?

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