Topic: medical marijuana


Seniors look to cannabis to ease ailments of aging

From swollen joints to dementia, seniors are increasingly looking to cannabis to treat the ailments of aging and a study is underway to better understand its effectiveness.

Wiisag Corporation close to planting 1st outdoor medical cannabis grow-op in a First Nation

Neyaashiinigmiing could be the first First Nation in the country to host a licensed outdoor medical marijuana grow operation on its territory.

B.C. naturopath linked to illegal pot trade has licence cancelled

A B.C. naturopath with a history of discipline over actions connected to illegal cannabis sales has been ordered to pay $25,000 for practising without a valid licence.

New Brunswick tackles issue of medical cannabis for injured workers

New Brunswick was the first province to develop a policy spelling out when WorkSafe NB would cover cannabis as a medical aid, according to WorkSafe NB chief medical officer Dr. Paul Atkinson.

B.C.-based grower approved to export marijuana to U.S. for clinical trial

Tilray will be exporting capsules for a study examining potential treatment for adults with essential tremor.

Medical marijuana system will continue after legalization, says Health Canada

Health Canada will continue operating the medical marijuana system after recreational use of cannabis is legalized next month, but it will be reviewed within five years.

Federal lawyer asks B.C. judge to toss experts' reports on medical marijuana

A lawyer for the federal government is asking the court to reject the reports of three doctors and a criminologist she says are either unqualified or biased in favour of medical marijuana dispensaries fighting to stay open in Vancouver.

Many cannabis health claims aren't backed by science

Fervour over how cannabis could help patients suffering from various ailments has run wildly ahead of what scientific studies have proven it can do, experts say.

No weed for City of Corner Brook workers, with one exception

The city has carved out its rules around cannabis, in advance of legalization.

Medical marijuana users brace for tax hike

Jean-François Turcotte says new taxes on medical marijuana will make it more difficult for some patients to afford.

Medicinal marijuana users worry as condos rush to ban pot smoking ahead of legalization

Many condo boards are trying to put new rules in place, fearing there will be more people smoking pot on their properties after it becomes legal.

Medical cannabis doesn't kill people, opiates kill people, doctor says

Barbara Mainville, a former emergency room doctor and coroner who now sees patients at Canabo Medical Clinic, says it makes no sense for the Ontario government to cover the cost of prescription opiates but not medical cannabis.

Disability benefit recipients demand access to medical cannabis

Bobbi Assoun says using medical cannabis has allowed her to stop using other drugs, including the opiate hydromorphone. However, because the Ontario Disability Support Program won't cover the cost, she worries she'll have to go back to opiates and fears becoming addicted.

Pediatricians need more information on medical marijuana for kids, study says

About half of Canadian pediatricians surveyed say they've had a young patient who has used cannabis for medical reasons, but most are unwilling to prescribe it due to a lack of evidence about its effectiveness or safety for children and adolescents.

Life after A Tribe Called Red: Ian Campeau focused on farming, family and moving forward

Not many people walk away from a band at the height of its popularity, but that's exactly what Ian Campeau, a former member of A Tribe Called Red did. In October 2017, Campeau announced he was leaving the band in a tweet.

6 people face charges after RCMP raid 2 marijuana dispensaries in Moncton

Six people are facing charges after police seized drugs and lab equipment from two alleged illegal marijuana dispensaries in Moncton.

Nanaimo cannabis company signs deal with Shoppers Drug Mart

Products may be sold online as regulations restrict sales in retail pharmacies.

Kapuskasing aims to profit from medical marijuana business

The Kapuskasing Economic Development Corporation will today sign a memorandum of understanding with pharmaceutical grade cannabis producer, CannAssist Canada for a public-private partnership to construct a medical marijuana production facility near the airport.

Pot-growing classes start next month at Dieppe community college

Starting in November, community college students in Dieppe can begin training as medical cannabis cultivation technicians.

Regina marijuana dispensaries grow to at least 10 storefronts in city

CBC has confirmed and located 10 shops selling marijuana in the city so far, with products ranging from salves and buds to pot gummy bears.

Atholville medical marijuana facility approved for production

Zenabis has been waiting for approval since buying a warehouse in Atholville, N.B., in 2014.

Legal grow-op costs landlord his insurance

After his tenant was discovered legally growing medical marijuana, this homeowner says his housing insurance was cut off

Shoppers want to sell pot

Canada's largest pharmacy chain has formally applied to be a distributor of medical marijuana

Organic pot grower living the dream in Whistler

David Bernard-Perron didn't have interest in marijuana when he was a masters student studying organic agriculture at McGill University, but now he's on the forefront of a burgeoning industry.

New Victoria marijuana shop rules fair, cannabis advocate says

Victoria's new regulations for cannabis dispensaries get a thumbs-up from a director of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries.

Vancouver Cannabis expo shows breadth, growth of Canadian marijuana industry

A two-day marijuana exhibition in Vancouver is giving people an idea of just how large and varied Canada's cannabis industry has become.

What marijuana legalization could mean for Canada's real estate market

In Colorado, where marijuana has been legal since 2014, homes with proper greenhouses to grow weed tend to sell more quickly.

Illegal medical marijuana dispensary in Fredericton could face charges, police warn

A medical marijuana dispensary in Fredericton could face charges or be searched, police warned in a statement on Thursday.

Saskatoon doctor raises questions about medical pot rule changes

A Saskatoon doctor says medical professionals have questions about changes to medical marijuana rules in the country.

Medical marijuana - new rules

New rules come into effect this week that make it easier for patients to grow their own cannabis. We spoke with a legal expert about what these new rules mean for medical marijuana users and others.

Ontario Morning Podcast - Monday August 22, 2016

The benefits of teaching kids to code, medical marijuana, questions about the Strathroy shooting, time capsule in Peterborough, surrogate pregnancy, tours of the Kingston penetentiary

Medical marijuana dispensary opens in uptown Saint John

Saint John residents can now purchase medical marijuana right in the heart of the city's uptown, provided they have the right paperwork.

New Saint John business gives 'reasonable access' to medical pot

There's a new medical marijuana dispensary in Uptown Saint John that says it is there to help veterans and the elderly skip long mail delivery waits.

In what kind of grey area do pot dispensaries exist?

Medical marijuana dispensaries are a growing business in Ottawa -- but until official pot legislation is drafted, are they legal? Lawyer and law prof Eugene Oscappella breaks it down for All in a Day.

Stittsville councillor opposes medical marijuana dispensary after visit

Stittsville Councillor Shad Qadri says a medical marijuana dispensary in his ward is operating outside the law, despite the owner's efforts to argue his facility is secure and would only dispense to people with prescriptions.

Penticton considers marijuana dispensary regulations

After a cafe selling marijuana lost its business licence, Penticton council agreed to discuss the possibility of coming up with medical marijuana dispensary rules for the city.

Kamloops man wants council support for medical marijuana

The federal government has said it plans to move ahead with legalizing pot. That means that a Kamloops business owner wants to keep his proposed medical marijuana facility moving forward. This week, city council will receive a letter asking for council to support the project.

Kamloops man wants council support for medical marijuana

A Kamloops business owner is looking for city council to endorse a proposed legal grow-op.

Vancouver issuing 10 more pot shop injunctions by next week

Vancouver's chief licensing inspector says another ten marijuana dispensaries should expect to receive injunctions notices soon.

B.C. bans e-cigarette sales to youths

New legislation restricting the sale and use of e-cigarettes in B.C. is coming into effect on Sept. 1, the government has announced.

Tilray begins exporting medical marijuana to Croatia

Canadian cannabis producer Tilray is placing its bets on budding demand from markets overseas as it begins shipping medical marijuana products to Croatia.

Medical marijuana smoker fights for right to smoke on BC Ferries

A medical marijuana smoker who posted a video of a heated argument with a BC Ferries officer says he's within his rights to light up in designated smoking zones.

From chocolate factory to "pot den": How small towns could profit from big marijuana

How an abandoned Hershey chocolate plant in Smiths Falls, Ontario became home to Canada's largest legal medical marijuana producer.

Vancouver marijuana bust breaks up protest for 'pot people'

A member of a Vancouver protest calling for human rights for "pot people" says that the city and police overreacted when they closed the two-week makeshift camp down Thursday.

Legal Weed 2

Last week, we looked at how legalization might affect those in the illegal weed trade. This week, we follow up with licensed producers of medical marijuana.

Vancouver files injunctions to shut down unlicensed pot shops

The City of Vancouver has announced it's filing injunctions to close 17 of 55 unlicensed marijuana dispensaries.

Cannabis makes up 22% of veteran drug payments

More than one-fifth of the money paid to veterans by the federal government for prescribed drugs in the fiscal year 2015-16 went toward medical cannabis. The data, obtained by CBC News through an Access to Information request, shows the effect medical marijuana payments are having on the drug reimbursement budget of Veterans Affairs Canada.

Legal Weed

Stoned yoga, marijuana dispensaries and street dealers, and why you can't buy medicinal marijuana at a pharmacy.

'Green rush' sees wave of pot shops popping up in Nelson, B.C.

In the absence of clear federal direction the marijuana dispensary boom that Vancouver is grappling with has moved to B.C.'s interior, including Nelson.

Pot shops: Vancouver issues first medical marijuana business licence

An unassuming store that overlooks a Safeway parking lot near the gates of UBC is Vancouver's first licensed medical marijuana business.


Auditor General Michael Ferguson on issues with the medicinal marijuana program for veterans, a lack of equipment and training for reservists & fraudulent citizenship applicants becoming Canadians.

26 Vancouver pot shops slapped with tickets for operating illegally

City of Vancouver bylaw officers handed out 44 tickets to pot shops still operating days after the deadline for closing them passed.

Toronto vows to crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries

Toronto's growing number of medical marijuana dispensaries are breaking the rules and could pay for it with tens of thousands of dollars in fines, one city official is warning.

Kamloops marijuana dispensary gets unwanted attention

Tucked away behind an unassuming store-front on Victoria street is a medical marijuana dispensary. The RCMP know it's there. They're always threatening to shut it down, but the owner - a 60 year old woman - is ready for a fight. Daybreak's Doug Herbert takes us on a tour.

Pot shop advocates protest in Vancouver as deadline passes

Vancouver marijuana dispensaries that haven't been approved to apply for business licences and had a deadline of Friday to close will face city bylaw enforcement beginning Saturday.

CEO of Aphria talks about moving into recreational market

Preparing for legalization

Sidney, B.C. pot shop raided by RCMP, one man arrested

RCMP in Sidney confirm police raided the marijuana shop Dispensary by the Sea Thursday and arrested one man.

Kamloops marijuana dispensary gets unwanted attention

A 60-year-old woman is now selling medical marijuana, but police keep paying he a visit.

Deadline looms for 100-plus pot shops while 100s more line up to open

More than 100 Vancouver medical marijuana stores are required to close by this weekend, but there are more than 200 applicants waiting to seek the city's permission to open new pot shops.

Lawyer wants more patients to be able to grow their own pot

A lawyer is asking a Federal Court judge to expand a ruling that found patients in Canada have the right to grow their own medical marijuana.

Union fights for mine worker's right to use medical marijuana

Canada is moving to legalize marijuana, but Saskatchewan businesses may be slower to accept it in the workplace.

Toronto Mayor John Tory concerned about growing number of marijuana dispensaries

At a Wednesday morning news conference, Mayor John Tory expressed concern over the growing number of medical marijuana dispensaries in Toronto.

Medical marijuana: How a headache sufferer got his insurance to cover cannabis

Once debilitated by chronic headaches, university student Jonathan Zaid​ says medical marijuana has allowed him to have a normal life. Now he's pushing to get insurers to cover medical cannabis.

Medical marijuana dispensing eyed by Canadian Pharmacists Association

An association that represents individual pharmacists has changed its stance on medical cannabis, saying pharmacists should play a "front-line" role in dispensing the drug.

Whoopi Goldberg launches medical marijuana products for menstrual cramps

Soon, people suffering from menstrual cramps will be be able to relax with some cannabis lavender bath soak courtesy of Whoopi Goldberg.

OrganiGram gets $990K from New Brunswick government

The New Brunswick government is giving up to $990,000 to Moncton's medical marijuana company OrganiGram through payroll rebates.

Plans for P.E.I.'s first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Summerside

Craig Gaudet of Summerside, P.E.I., hopes to open the Island's first medical marijuana dispensary this April.

Medical marijuana clinic coming to downtown Sudbury

A medical marijuana clinic is planning to open up shop in downtown Sudbury — and advocates and users of the drug hope it will help to end the stigma associated with pot.

Medical marijuana groups say increase in veterans' pot claims no shock

Two of the leading Canadian companies that help veterans file reimbursement claims for medicinal marijuana say the spike in payments from the federal government over the past couple of years comes as no surprise.

Halifax denies medical marijuana dispensary business permit

Halifax is denying a business occupancy permit to a newly opened medical marijuana dispensary in Cole Harbour, but the owner says the city is "ill-prepared" for a growing business in Canada.

Bill Blair on legalizing marijuana

Liberal MP Bill Blair, the man leading the task force on marijuana legalization, discusses the process for making pot legal and what should happen while the laws are being changed.

Marijuana ruling a win for patients, says retired Winnipeg police officer

Retired Winnipeg homicide detective Bill VanderGraaf says he is "elated" that medical marijuana users in Canada will be permitted to grow their own cannabis.
CBC Forum

Should medical marijuana users have the right to grow their own?

The Liberal government has six months to change the law around growing medical marijuana after a Federal Court judge ruled regulations that prevented users from growing their own are invalid. Should medical marijuana users should have the right to grow their own?

First 4 Vancouver marijuana dispensaries denied business licence appeals

Vancouver's board of variance has denied the first four appeals from marijuana dispensaries hoping to reverse the city's refusal to grant them a business licence.

Licence appeals begin for Vancouver marijuana dispensaries

62 marijuana shop owners who were denied licences by the City of Vancouver will be appealing those decisions before the city's board of variance beginning Feb. 17. One shop owner is confident he will be allowed to stay put.

Nova Scotia doctors worried about young people using medical marijuana

Some Nova Scotia doctors are concerned young people are receiving prescriptions to smoke medical marijuana, despite the effects marijuana has on the developing brain.

Pot shop rules proposed in Victoria as marijuana businesses multiply

Proposed regulations for medical marijuana businesses in Victoria cover everything from distance from schools to the kinds of cannabis products that can be sold.

Saskatoon councillors vote against business licences for marijuana dispensaries

A City of Saskatoon committee has made it much more difficult for marijuana dispensaries to open in the city.

Licensed pot shops coming to Vancouver as early as March

Licensed pot shops could be operating in Vancouver by the end of March if the new permitting process continues to unfold according to plan.

Former elite Canadian diver arrested for drug trafficking says he was delivering to medical marijuana shops

A former elite Canadian diver has been charge with drug trafficking after police pulled him over for speeding but then discovered marijuana, shatter and hashish worth more than $100K in his car.

Ottawa boy relies on homemade cannabis oil to calm 'catastrophic' seizures

A Supreme Court of Canada ruling in June paved the way for marijuana patients to consume marijuana, rather than just smoke it, and Health Canada gave producers the green light in July to make plant-based extracts like cannabis oil. But some are still waiting for licences to sell their product.

Fire marshal investigating after blaze damages factory with basement grow-op

The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating after a fire damaged an industrial building with a medical marijuana grow-op in the basement early Saturday.

Christy Clark addresses provincial controversies in year-end interview

The B.C. premier sat down with CBC legislative reporter Richard Zusssman for an end-of-year interview.

Medical marijuana users not being targeted in tweet, SGI says

Saskatchewan Government Insurance says it's not targeting medical marijuana users with a tweet showing pot and a medicine bottle that warns against driving while "high."

Doctors advised kids and cannabis don't mix

The Canadian Paediatric Society says doctors should not prescribe cannabis for kids because it could be harmful, despite common but unfounded perceptions marijuana is safe and effective.

Vernon pot shops to sell marijuana off and on after RCMP raid threat

Five pot shops in Vernon have agreed to sell marijuana on a rotating basis, after RCMP said last week they may raid stores if the owners don't close up shop.

Medical cannabis and arthritis pain research subject of roundtable talks

The majority of people, 65 per cent, who are authorized to possess medical cannabis, use it to manage arthritis pain, according to The Arthritis Society.

Ucluelet man upset after medical pot seized

A Vancouver Island man who has a license to produce and possess medical marijuana is upset that a package he tried to mail to his wife has been seized.

Nanaimo marijuana dispensaries raided by RCMP

Nanaimo RCMP served search warrants on three marijuana dispensaries Tuesday.

Northern Ontario First Nation signs deal with medical marijuana company

Wahgoshig First Nation, near Matheson, and DelShen Therapeutics have announced an agreement going forward to develop a medical marijuana growing operation.

Ontario medical marijuana exemption under review just 1 day after it was announced

Ontario's Liberal government says it will re-examine its recent move to allow medical marijuana users to smoke and vape the drug anywhere in the province, just one day after announcing the change.

Medical marijuana users get OK from Ontario government to vaporize anywhere

Medical marijuana users in Ontario are now legally able to use vaporizers just about anywhere in the province.

Saskatoon police explain marijuana dispensary charges

The Saskatoon Police Service has issued a public statement outlining its reasons for the arrests of four Saskatchewan Compassion Club employees.

Saskatoon woman offers emotional support for arrested compassion club member

Even though she says she has never consumed marijuana, a Saskatoon woman stood up and spoke at a rally on Saturday to decry the police raid of the Saskatchewan Compassion Club.

Mark Hauk reacts to arrest, charges

Saskatchewan Compassion Club owner Mark Hauk reacts to his arrest and charges

Saskatoon medical marijuana dispensary owner outraged over 'gutless' police raid

Mark Hauk, the 36-year-old owner of Saskatoon's unlicensed medical marijuana dispensary, has been charged with drug trafficking and released on $1,000 bail.

Saskatchewan Compassion Club raided by Saskatoon police

The Saskatchewan Compassion Club has been raided by Saskatoon police.

Dried medical pot producers await approval to sell now-legal cannabis oils

A number of Canada's medical marijuana growers are poised to release cannabis oils for authorized patients who don't want to smoke or vaporize the dried herb to relieve their symptoms.

Won’t Back Down – Part 3: Kapuskasing

Our series continues on profiling communities in the north that won't back down when tough times happen. The Town of Kapuskasing is looking to develop a stable medical marijuana grow-op in hopes of having jobs that will be recession proof.

Q&A with Dr. Dave Hepburn, B.C. doctor going on medical marijuana speaking tour

Dr. Dave Hepburn says medicinal cannabis can be an effective treatment for MS, Crohn’s disease, anxiety, insomnia and pain