The game changer

Health Canada caught the cannabis industry by surprise in November when they unveiled sweeping changes to the regulatory approach to cannabis. The proposed regulations outline how the government will control production and distribution come July 2018. Among other changes, the new rules they have proposed open the door to craft...
Last week our company was invited to participate in a stakeholder meeting with Health Canada in Ottawa along with a select number of other stakeholders. As has always been the theme song with Health Canada in the last six months, the atmosphere was forward-thinking and transparent. The goal of...

The boomer boom

As the baby boomer population ages, its members are turning to cannabis in record numbers—and changing the expectations of the industry. Walter Sorto wasn’t sure how his mother would react when he told her he wanted to get into the cannabis business. She didn’t like it when he smoked cannabis...
A new post-secondary program at B.C.’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University prepares students for the green rush. Your university years are a time of exploration. They’re a time to study the classics, a foreign language, or the nature of the universe. But marijuana? Well, that may not be a pipe dream anymore. Kwantlen Polytechnic...

West meets east

Synergies between medical marijuana and traditional Chinese medicine treatments are growing as we move into a new era of patient care. he advent of spring in Heilongjiang, China’s northernmost province, is a time when the annual rush for “green gold” begins. Here on the frosty Chinese-Russian border, naturally divided by the...

Taking the leap

The new Canadian dream? Creating a home-grown cannabis empire. Meet three locals who have traded it all in to pursue the green rush. Since the dawn of the internet, there is arguably no other emerging industry in the modern era more disruptive, polarizing, terrifying, contentious and potentially more lucrative than...
Piper Courtenay My Story
In 2013, I found out I was pregnant. Once I decided to have an abortion, I spent hours relentlessly researching what was about to happen. I read countless testimonials and obsessively memorized the steps of the procedure—from the consultation to the cookies and ginger ale in the recovery room....
Five years in, here’s how legalization has shaped our neighbors in the Pacific Northwest. In November 2012, Washington State legalized recreational marijuana. And almost immediately, things started to change. “Within a month of the law having passed, prosecutors across the state dismissed current pending charges for possession of marijuana,” says attorney...
Associate editor Fabian Dawson takes a quick look at the diverse range of voices that is shaping the Great Canadian Cannabis Conversation. THE DOCTORS The Canadian Medical Association (CMA), which unites over 85,000 physicians on national health and medical matters, wants the legal age for consumption to be amended to 21,...
"Our mission is to turn our passion for the plant into a thriving business that produces high-quality cannabis at a commercial scale.” As a budding lawyer at the University of Ottawa, John Fowler’s passion for cannabis was often met with curiosity, derision and suspicion. But in the years since his...