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Research shows that many women think marijuana consumption during pregnancy is harmless

Researchers from the University of British Columbia released a report earlier this week that states that as many as one-third of pregnant women think it is safe to consume marijuana while pregnant.

The lead author of the report and assistant professor in the department of family practice at UBC, Hamideh Bayrampour, said that this study will hopefully help create an understanding for public health officials about some of the perceptions surrounding cannabis use since it’s become legal in Canada.

The study was published in the journal Preventive Medicine and included data from six U.S. studies. One of the most important findings is that a lot of women have thought cannabis was safe during pregnancy because their healthcare providers did not tell them otherwise.  


Government cannabis stores considered in mid-size cities over larger metropolitan areas

More than three months after cannabis became legal in Canada, there is still only one provincial government-run cannabis store in B.C. — in the Interior town of Kamloops.

However, applications from the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch, which runs these shops, are now before city councils in Courtenay, Williams Lake, Terrace, Prince George and Nanaimo. There is also an application for another store in Kamloops.

Vivana Zanocco, communications manager with the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch, said they've chosen the above communities because they believe the B.C. Cannabis Stores would be welcomed by residents.

"We're in it for the long haul," she told Daybreak North host Carolina de Ryk. "We certainly don't want to go where we're not wanted."


B.C. Cancer to lead first national cannabis clinical trial for symptom relief

B.C. Cancer will lead a first-ever, national clinical trial that aims to answer whether cannabis plant extracts truly help with symptom relief.

Recruitment for the 48-day trial in 150 patients will begin soon after the expected Health Canada and ethics approval is obtained. Patients in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Prince George, Victoria, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto will be enrolled in the trial investigating whether cannabis properties reduce cancer-related symptoms including pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety and nausea.


Recreational pot legalization sparks a boom in cannabis reseach

Dr. Mark Ware has devoted the past 20 years of his career to studying marijuana, and he can remember some "dark, lean" periods when he had to fight for meagre funding.

"There were times when I was told you couldn't even use 'cannabis' and 'research' in the same sentence," he recalled.

Now, Ware is the chief medical officer of one of Canada's largest pot companies, Canopy Growth Corp., which is conducting millions of dollars worth of research on the use of cannabis to treat conditions including anxiety, insomnia and pain.


B.C.'s marijuana cops not yet ready for action

That may be a relief to the 20 or so illegal pot shops still operating in Vancouver, however, lawyer Kyla Lee said they should be worried about City of Vancouver plans to use a recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling against them.

B.C.’s new pot cops will not be raiding Vancouver’s illegal marijuana stores anytime soon.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Public Safety, the Community Safety Unit isn’t yet operational.

“It is too early to confirm operational details such as spokesperson, the reporting structure, the total number of investigators or other positions,” the statement read. “The CSU is actively recruiting to fill all positions and a number of competitions are currently underway.” 


Canada: Illegal Vancouver cannabis dispensary operators risk jail time if they don't shut down

Illegal cannabis dispensaries in Vancouver have been warned once more to shut down or risk some hefty fines and possibly even jail time.

The warning follows last month’s order from the Province of British Columbia for the dozens of illegal shops in Vancouver to cease operations. The City had previously filed 53 injunction applications against the illicit shops.

When the order was given in December, there was no timeline given for when shops had to be closed and owners were unsure of how the province would be enforcing the order, but the City’s warning on Monday suggested that time is running out for those who have yet to shut down.


Vancouver's first two licensed marijuana retailers open for business

Vancouver’s first legal pot shops are open for business, more than two months after marijuana was legalized in Canada.

City Cannabis Co.’s Fraser Street location and Evergreen Cannabis Society in Kitsilano have opened their doors.

Both companies had to jump through extensive regulatory hoops, even as illegal retailers continue to operate across in the city.

British Columbia has lagged behind other provinces in issuing non-medical cannabis retail licences, which must first be approved by the province, then referred to local governments or Indigenous communities for approval.


British Columbia finally has more than one legal brick and mortar pot shop

Two months after legalization, British Columbia finally has more than just one place to buy weed, writes Calvin Hughes. 


Canada: B.C. Supreme Court orders Vancouver's cannabis dispensaries to shut down

This morning (December 13), the B.C. Supreme Court ordered all illicit cannabis dispensaries operating in Vancouver to close their doors or face penalties.

In April 2016, the City of Vancouver introduced a medical marijuana–related use (MMRU) model. All existing dispensaries at that time—approximately 100 storefronts—were given until the end of the month to cease operations or face “enforcement action”.

Since then, the city filed 53 injunctions against cannabis-related businesses operating outside regulations—28 of those shops fought back and continued to provide patient access illegally, officially joining Team Black Market. The case, known as the “dispensary test case”, was brought before the B.C. Supreme court in September.


Cannabis company says no mislabelled spray ever reached stores

A former Kamloops mayor and MLA who is now an executive at a Quebec-based cannabis supplier said his company is “extremely confident” a Thompson Rivers University student is incorrect in her claim to have used mislabelled pot spray — a product expected to undergo scientific testing to determine its contents.

Terry Lake, vice-president of Hexo Corporation, said his company’s staffers noticed a discrepancy in their warehouse after sending a shipment of CBD spray to government-owned B.C. Cannabis.


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