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Canadian Skies get Cannabis-Friendlier for Medical users

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Canadian Skies get Cannabis-Friendlier for Medical users

Canadian Skies get Cannabis-Friendlier for Medical users

In late September, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) introduced a new policy for baggage screeners who find medical cannabis at airport security checkpoints. Now, as of October 2017, police will only be called for large quantities of cannabis.

What does CATSA consider a ‘large quantity’?

Large quantities in this case means having more cannabis than can fit into a 1L bag or bottle. It’s a little strange that cannabis is being measured by volume instead of weight, but that would equal to approximately 1-1.5 ounces, depending on the cannabis.

This also assumes the traveler has the proper medical documents because if they find cannabis in your baggage or you declare it and you don’t have the documents, the cops will still be called.

Why change now?

This move is supposed to streamline the process for screening officers who are dealing with a surge of cannabis being found in airports across Canada by making it easier to separate legal and illegal cannabis.

CATSA’s previous policy regarding cannabis was to call police for any amount of cannabis found and the police would then have to verify the passenger’s medical documents. This led to complaints from travelers who had their plans delayed and felt singled-out and shamed for their choice of medicine.

It has also been suggested that passengers traveling with medical cannabis put it in their carry-on baggage because if the drug detection dogs find the cannabis in stowaway, that will take even longer to sort out, even with the proper documentation.

The feds respond

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau told TVA, “The law is the law until it is amended and we fully expect CATSA and all crown corporations to be in compliance with that position.”

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TVA: Marijuana dans l’avion, c’est possible.


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Published at Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:30:17 +0000

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MMJ Canada CEO talks world’s politest police raid and fight for Ontario dispensaries

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MMJ Canada CEO talks world’s politest police raid and fight for Ontario dispensaries

MMJ Canada CEO talks world’s politest police raid and fight for Ontario dispensaries

Clint Younge, the CEO of MMJ Canada, talked to us about how Ontario’s LCBO retail model for recreational cannabis threatens to put all of Ontario’s existing dispensaries out of business, what he hopes to accomplish by speaking to Hamilton city council, and how we can join the fight for fair and common sense cannabis laws.

You recently spoke to Hamilton’s City Council. Can you tell us about the experience?

It was great. I got 45 min to speak and the councillors were listening and asking important, valid questions like “Why are you bringing your dispensaries from Vancouver even though you’re from Hamilton, and why are other dispensaries not following the rules?”

Some dispensaries aren’t following the rules because they are not educated- they don’t know the rules. They don’t know that you’re not supposed to open within 300 m of a school. There’s even one dispensary that’s directly across from a school, like 10 m away! But the dispensaries aren’t doing it out of spite, and the council needs to open the communication lines so we can work together.

I’m trying to help Hamilton with what I learned in Vancouver because Hamilton is my hometown, and I’m like “We need to regulate and figure this out. We need to start talking.”

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Clint speaking to the Licensing and Standards Committee

Which councillors would you consider cannabis-friendly?

There’s so many. 100% councillor Matthew Green is cannabis-friendly. He has no issue with cannabis. He doesn’t like the big corporations and he doesn’t like the LCBO model and he thinks there’s a lot of hypocrisy going on in the government- you can see it with former high-ranking government officials jumping into bed with licensed producers, leaving small businesses to fend for themselves or worse.

But councillor Green also made it very clear that dispensaries need to stay away from schools. If you’re coming to Hamilton, he expects you to operate like a proper business.

There’s also councillors Jason Farr, Terry Whitehead, and Arlene Vanderbeek who believe there needs to be standards but don’t have an issue with cannabis. Even Doug Conley, the councillor who put the motion forward for more enforcement, was open-minded and listened to me. After I talked to the councillors during my delegation, the city actually rewrote the motion!

The original enforcement was for all dispensaries in Hamilton. But after I spoke, the council came back and said “no non-medical cannabis in areas and residences near children”- which I am totally in favor of! And the dispensaries need to give up a little bit, too, but by working with the city, they’ll get to ensure the longevity of their business along with look good in the public eye.

Right now, we have the ability and the chance to do something very major in Ontario. I’ve never seen a city council this friendly and who knows how far they’re going to take this battle.

How do you feel about MMJ Canada locations in Hamilton being raided a few times over the last few months?

If you were to see the way we were raided, you would have came in and looked around like “What, really?”.

Unlike in Toronto where all the staff are being charged along with whoever is on site, Officer Gibson called me and said “Hey Clint, this is a routine raid of your dispensaries but don’t worry, everything will be fine and I’ll let your staff go.”

When I got there, I told them about my PTSD and that I was really nervous. I asked if i was going to jail. The officer laughed and said that wouldn’t happen unless I had a warrant out, and they would just take my product and I could lock up the store within an hour.

The police were very polite- they even said I had a beautiful establishment and said they believed that only 5% of the cannabis industry had ties to organized crime. I think 5% is a fair assumption but really, 5% of any industry could have that criminal element.

I see the raids as just the bumps and bruises that come with cannabis, and the police are only doing their jobs. But, I think they have bigger things to deal with in Hamilton like the opioid crisis, hard drugs, guns, and organized crime- the real issues.

I even made a video of the raid where I explained exactly what was happening and it went kind of viral, and some of the police even thanked me for it later!

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One of Hamilton’s MMJ Canada locations.

How has the community responded in the wake of Ontario’s plans for an LCBO-controlled retail model?

The community is scared, and anyone who says they aren’t is lying. We’re all scared because we’ve built our lives on this. We’re in the public spotlight now and we have to defend what we love and fight for our small businesses.

We want to be treated like businesspeople- we’re setting standards in our shops, we’re paying taxes, and we’re testing our products- and we want the credit that we deserve for all the work we’ve done and we’re getting tired of always having to fight for it.

But as tired as everyone is, I’ve never seen a community battle like the cannabis community. It is the most inspiring thing I’ve ever been a part of in my entire life. It’s a David versus Goliath story, and we’re taking the punches and we’re rolling with it.

We’re all fighting because we have no life left if we lose.

How long has MMJ been open in Hamilton?

A year and a half now. May 4th (May the 4th be with you) back in 2016. In Toronto we opened on Apr. 23rd, 2016.

Do you think it would be better if Canada had consistent cannabis laws across the country?

I don’t know about that- that’s really hard to say. Let’s be honest, it’s Canada. The provinces are going to do whatever they want. But I believe there should be a general standard and a general kindness. Dispensaries should be included, in every province, but I think that Ontario also has the right to go with the LCBO model and I get it- it’s simple and to the point.

But it’s like they’re ripping the heart out of the chest.

We’re wasting all this money on court cases and litigation when really, everyone could be making a little bit of money and the most important thing- our patients won’t be going without their medicine for Christ’s sake!

People don’t get that it’s all being taken away from where we started- when it was all about compassion. That compassion for patients is being lost in the translation to legalization.

What approach do you think Ontario should take instead?

I think Ontario should have a private and public partnership, where the government and private businesses can work together- like the LCBO and craft beer. In Ontario, there’s Collective Arts Brewing which is doing awesome things with craft beer, and I hope to see something similar with craft cannabis come up.

But I think that we’re going to see major constitutional challenges in the future and our patients could be very upset with the outcomes.

Aside from the Hamilton Votes Dispensaries Facebook page, how else can people show their support?

Social media. Hamilton Votes Dispensaries has been going great- we’ve already got 5600 signatures and they’re all ready to go out and vote. In just three months, we’ve already got thousands of members and it’s only going to grow. That’s just from our dispensaries- who knows what other dispensaries have been getting.

We’d love to see more of the public at the council meetings, and I’d love to see them show support when they see our videos come out.

Were there any last thoughts or upcoming events you’d like to tell us about?

I’ve got MMJ Canada’s ‘Collective Care’ event with rapper Merkules coming up on October 29 at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver. It’s been amazing seeing this event grow over the last few years- we’ve had performances from the likes of Monster Truck, Walk Off the Earth, Scott Helman, and Bend Sinister in the past.  

It all started at my dispensary in Vancouver a few years back with my friend’s band, the Vancity Collab. It was great and kind of set a precedent where people started to listen to MMJ. From there it just steamrolled and got bigger and bigger, and now we’re selling out venues!

For the Oct. 29 event, we’ve got a $1000 prize for best Halloween costume with $750 and $500 for the runner-ups. We’re also doing a live auction for concert tickets and a night out in Whistler, and it’s all going to Friends with Hearts, an organization that my friend Jay Perry started. It’s for families that can’t afford Christmas. We’re raising like $20,000-30,000 between now and Christmas to buy these families Christmas presents. It’s so cool and it gives me goosebumps just talking about it knowing that kids who never got to experience Christmas actually get to. It’s awesome.

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Collective Care at Fortune Sound Club Oct. 29, 2017.

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Published at Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:00:27 +0000

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Random drug tests after DUI arrest ruled unconstitutional by Washington Supreme Court

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Random drug tests after DUI arrest ruled unconstitutional by Washington Supreme Court

Random drug tests after DUI arrest ruled unconstitutional by Washington Supreme Court

SPOKANE, Wash. — Requiring people who are arrested for driving under the influence to submit to random urinalysis tests as a condition of release is unconstitutional, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The case involves three people arrested in 2015 in Spokane County — Cortney Blomstrom, Brooke Button and Christopher Cooper — for driving under the influence. Each defendant was ordered to participate in random urinalysis testing as a condition of pretrial release.

All three challenged the conditions with the Spokane County Superior Court, which denied their requests.

The state Supreme Court reversed that decision. The case was returned to the Superior Court for further proceedings in a decision written by Justice Charles Wiggins and signed by five justices.

In Blomstrom’s case, the state requested she undergo random urinalysis four times a month. Blomstrom objected, citing her lack of criminal record and the court requirement that she abstain from using alcohol as adequate to protect public safety.The court ordered her to undergo urinalysis twice a month.

In Cooper’s case, the state again requested four random urinalysis tests a month, which the court imposed.

Button was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana and had a lengthy record. The state requested four random urinalysis tests a month, which the court ordered.

The three challenged the testing conditions as violating the federal and state constitutions.

“Urinalysis is at least as invasive as a roadblock or a pat down search,” the Supreme Court said, concluding that court-ordered testing “constitutes an acute privacy invasion by the state.”

Four justices issued a partial dissent.

“Once an individual has been arrested on probable cause for certain offenses, such as DUI, courts have the authority to prohibit drug and alcohol use,” the dissent said.

That prohibition can be monitored through random urinalysis, the dissent signed by Justice Steven C. Gonzalez said.

“Judges should not be categorically prohibited from imposing necessary and narrowly tailored release conditions on defendants arrested on probable cause for DUI,” the dissent said.

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Published at Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:40:37 +0000

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EXPERT JOINTS LIVE! The Prairie Medicinal Harvest Cup Special

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EXPERT JOINTS LIVE! The Prairie Medicinal Harvest Cup Special

EXPERT JOINTS LIVE! The Prairie Medicinal Harvest Cup Special

Join Craig Ex aka ‘The Expert of EXPERT JOINTS’ Thursday at 4:20 pm PT for a special episode of his weekly weed webcast!

Toke up & tune in for a special episode from Saskatoon SK, featuring Jeff Lundstrom of  Skunk Funk, as we talk about the 7th annual Prairie Medicinal Harvest Cup.

Original air date – October 5th, 2017

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Published at Mon, 02 Oct 2017 21:52:32 +0000

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Anxiety Sufferers Should Be Growing These 5 Cannabis Varieties

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Anxiety Sufferers Should Be Growing These 5 Cannabis Varieties

Anxiety Sufferers Should Be Growing These 5 Cannabis Varieties

Did you know that approximately 40 million American citizens aged 18 and above are suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)? In fact, anxiety is considered the most common type of mental illness in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Heart palpitations, sweating, shortness of breath – suffice to say, the symptoms of an anxiety attack are not pleasant.

As the world is becoming increasingly familiar with the potential of medical marijuana for the treatment of widespread illnesses and ailments, more and more people are turning to the cannabis plant for anxiety relief. Best of all, you don’t have to smoke it to experience the beneficial effects, nor do you have to feel “stoned” (unless you want to, of course).

What does this mean, you ask? Well, it means that you could be ditching those pharmaceutical drugs for an all-natural alternative, like medical marijuana!

Using Cannabidiol (CBD Oil) to Cure Anxiety Symptoms

A study that focused on marijuana as a cure for anxiety revealed how one of the plant’s cannabinoids, cannabidiol (CBD), works just like an anxiolytic agent. Conversely, the most well-known cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), actually increased anxiety symptoms in both animals and humans. Accounting for around 40% of the plant’s active substances, CBD can be extracted from the plant matter and consumed in various forms, such as by dropping tinctures onto the tongue or adding cannabis oil to a morning bowl of oatmeal.

CBD oil is growing in popularity among members of the medical community as a genuine treatment option for mitigating the effects of anxiety. Initially, it gained widespread attention as a treatment for seizures, with Charlotte’s Web CBD oil hitting headlines for curing a young girl who was formerly experiencing 300 grand mal seizures weekly. Now, CBD oil is considered a “life-saving” treatment and is being used as an anxiolytic drug.

Why grow your own medical marijuana to treat anxiety?

Not only is cannabis known to ease anxiety-related symptoms but also, it could prove effective for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Scientific findings indicate promising results that, in some cases, even surpass the potential of Doctor-administered medication. With that being said, people who are battling the relentless mental illness should be cultivating strains that contain a higher percentage of CBD and lower percentage of THC.

If you reside in a US state that allows you to legally grow marijuana plants, such as Alaska, California or Colorado, you can avoid queuing at dispensaries. Furthermore, you can reap the following perks when you grow your own bud:

  • Save Money – Although growing marijuana for anxiety will require an initial investment, the long-term savings will add up when compared to paying per gram or ounce at a local dispensary.
  • Learn to Harvest – From selecting seeds to trimming your plants, there is much to be discovered when you cultivate your own cannabis. As you learn how to harvest, you can even start experimenting with cross-breeding techniques.
  • Complete Convenience – No more queuing at dispensaries to purchase a gram of your preferred strain. Growing your own medical marijuana ensures a quality homegrown product right at your fingertips.

Note: For Canadian consumers, it is possible to register and produce your own cannabis for medical purposes, if you meet the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) guidelines.

Selecting Marijuana Strains for Anxiety Relief

Should you be someone who experiences an uphill battle with anxiety or perhaps know someone who does, consider investing in a quality grow kit. A basic kit will contain the essentials, such as a tent, lamp, fan and carbon filter. Once you become the proud owner of a grow kit, you can take advantage of an all-in-one solution that aids you in developing an oasis for cannabis cultivation.

The following five anxiety-related marijuana strains can be grown from the comfort of your home (depending on which state you reside in) and could have a positive impact on your life:

  • CBD OG Kush – Although this hybrid variety has an equal CBD to THC ratio of 1:1, the strain is highly favored among anxiety sufferers. Introduced to the world by a man named Charles Scott from the Reeferman Seed Company, CBD OG Kush can also be used to reduce stress, depression and attention deficit disorder (ADD). Some tests have revealed a 21% CBD content for this anxiety-relieving marijuana strain, which produces solid nuggets that provide the user with a floaty feeling.
  • CBD Critical Cure – An indica-dominant strain that is widely used by medical and recreational marijuana consumers, CBD Critical Cure contains approximately 8% CBD and 5% THC. Expect a slightly earthy flavor from this anxiety-related strain, but don’t expect the psychoactive effects to be too intense. Instead, you can anticipate a feeling of relaxation, minus the drowsiness.
  • CBD MediHaze – This unique strain combines the genetics of various other CBD-rich strains, including Neville’s Haze and Super Silver Haze. It is a 80/20 sativa-dominant strain that has been proven to relieve the symptoms of anxiety, pain and inflammation. Some seeds contain double the amount of CBD and the fragrant strain will leave you feeling uplifted.
  • Cannatonic – Medical marijuana users are choosing the Cannatonic strain to ease anxiety, muscle spasms, pain and migraines. It has a fairly balanced CBD to THC ratio. However, the CBD content is always higher, allowing the user to consume this type of cannabis and experience an almighty release of built-up tension. An award-winning strain, Cannatonic’s herbal citrus flavor is similar to the taste of OG Kush – it’s well-known grandparent strain.
  • Harlequin – Feel lifted without getting completely baked by enjoying the taste of Harlequin. Boasting an impressive CBD to THC ratio of 5:8, this 75% sativa-dominant strain is considered to be one of the rarest on the planet! You will feel clear-minded and focused after using Harlequin, which merges the genetics of Swiss landrace and Colombian Gold.

Are you unable to grow your own medical marijuana based on the law?

Not to worry if you are residing in an area that has not yet legalized marijuana cultivation. Obtaining a medical marijuana card is fairly straightforward and will enable you to step foot inside any local dispensary to buy anxiety-relieving strains. There’s an added benefit of procuring your pot this way – you can ask the ‘budtender’ any questions that might be on your mind!

Find out more about accessing medical marijuana in Canada here.

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Published at Mon, 02 Oct 2017 21:57:48 +0000

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Stoner’s Most Popular Spots for Munchies, ranked

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Stoner’s Most Popular Spots for Munchies, ranked

Stoner’s Most Popular Spots for Munchies, ranked

Fast food has always been the stoner’s stereotypical go-to for the munchies, but have you ever wondered which chain reigns supreme?

It turns out that McDonald’s is by far the run-away winner, according to a joint study conducted in states where cannabis is legal by Consumer Research Around Cannabis and Green Market Report.

In the past four weeks, 43% of respondents chose the Golden Arches, and Taco Bell came in at a distant second with 18.3%. Next came Wendy’s with 17.8%, Burger King with 17.6%, Subway at 8.7%, and KFC with 5.5%. Rounding out the top 10 was Arby’s, Chick-Fil-A, Jack-In-The-Box and Carl’s Jr., in that order.

“McDonald’s wins by virtue of the sheer number of locations – by default really,” said Jeff Stein, Vice President of Consumer Research Around Cannabis.

In 2016, there were 14,146 McDonald’s in the USA, compared to 5,604 Taco Bells- but Taco Bell has been no slouch in the marketing department. In Orange County, Taco Bell partnered with ride-sharing app Lyft, allowing customers to make a quick drive-thru stop between the prime hours for munchies, 9pm-2am.

With cannabis legalization slated for July 2018 in Canada, North American fast food restaurants may soon be booming, which may make them great investing opportunities as well.

But this increase in fast food munchies also provides law enforcement a huge opportunity to catch impaired drivers at drive-thrus, and some departments have already tried this with Operation WULF (Would U Like Fries With That), which places plainclothes officers near drive-thru windows. There is also Project Drive Thru, where drive-thru workers are trained by police to spot signs of driver impairment.

What’s your favourite post-session munchies spot? Let us know in the comments below!

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Green Market Report: Cannabis Consumers Prefer McDonald’s and Taco Bell over Burger King and Arby’s.

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Published at Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:16:57 +0000

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