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...
"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...

The Lifeline

Is cannabis a solution for Vancouver’s opioid overdose crisis? Researchers and community advocates have high hopes for the plant’s potential. Sarah Blyth has witnessed the progression of Vancouver’s opioid overdose epidemic firsthand. “We were seeing overdoses in the alley,” says Blyth, who manages the weekly Downtown Eastside (DTES) Street Market. “There...

Get Cooking

One of L.A.’s most buzzed-about cannabis chefs shares his culinary expertise for elevating this unusual ingredient beyond the basic brownie. Meet Christopher Sayegh: the Herbal Chef Christopher Sayegh has a reputation. A prominent character in the culinary cannabis scene, the L.A. chef is regarded as somewhat of a mad scientist...

The New Normal

This summer, Canada will become the first advanced industrialized nation to legalize and regulate cannabis from production to consumption. As the federal government creates history this year, many are hoping that the safe transition to legal cannabis will lead to a new normal: the subtle mainstreaming of cannabis consumption. Because...
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...
Last year, Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada’s largest pharmacy chain, applied to Health Canada to become a distributor of licensed medical cannabis. At the time it made sense. The newest users of cannabis weren’t—and still aren’t—teens and young adults, but aging baby boomers who would rather shop at a familiar...
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...

Full Circle

Want to know what the future of cannabis legalization will hold? Just look back to the wine industry’s past. Even without a firm date for the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, every province and territory across the country has announced a general framework for its wholesale distribution and retail....
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,...