Ontario

Mon
30
Nov

Ontario First Nation to grow medical marijuana

A tiny northern Ontario First Nation has announced plans to get into the medical marijuana business.

The Wahgoshig First Nation, near Kirkland Lake, is partnering with an Ontario company called DelShen Therapeutics to convert a former forestry operation into a facility that will grow "pharmaceutical grade" pot.

The medical marijuana grown will be a strain developed in the Netherlands, specifically for medical purposes.

The entire operation is expected to cost $18-million. In a press release, chief David Babin said the First Nation has chipped in $2-million of that cost.

Sat
28
Nov

Use of Medical Marijuana in Public Places Could Be Legal In Ontario

Now instead of popping two aspirins, residents of Ontario with a medical marijuana prescription will be free to light up their joint even at public places. The province is planning to allow the use of marijuana after a public backlash.

Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla said they will be considering feedback from the media and the comments online and the government will reconsider the exemption. His exemption will allow medical marijuana users to vaporize in restaurants, at work or on playgrounds.

Rob Cunningham, a senior policy analyst at the Canadian Cancer Society, told VICE News that the passing of the regulation will not bring a major change as there already exists no ban on smoking medical marijuana anywhere in the province.

Sat
28
Nov

Wynne says medical marijuana exemptions to be revisited after public backlash

Premier Kathleen Wynne says she wants to sit in the no toking section at the movies.

Two days after her government pulled back a controversial plan to allow medical marijuana to be vaped or smoked in public places where tobacco smoking is banned, Wynne told reporters she understands the public backlash.

“I have a lot of sympathy for the concerns that were raised” about second-hand smoke, the premier told reporters Saturday at a Liberal convention where party activists lined up to have her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, autograph his new memoir.

“I would have a problem with it,” Wynne replied when asked if she’d like to be watching a movie and have a patron sitting beside her vaping medicinal marijuana.

“We need to think this through.”

Sat
28
Nov

Wake and bake: Marijuana-infused, cold-brewed coffee

It was during an endless drive home from a camping trip in eastern Washington that entrepreneur Adam Stites came up with his latest product. "What would happen if I infused heavy cream with cannabis, then mixed it with my coffee?" he mused. ("My VW van doesn't go very fast, so I have a lot of time to think," Stites explains.)

He road-tested the idea as soon as he got home. So strong was the first dose, Stites woke up 13 hours after chugging a single cup. Nonetheless, his professional interest was piqued. Soon he set up Mirth Provisions to sell a commercial version of his creation: marijuana-infused cold-brew coffee, dosed up with 20 milligrams of THC per serving. Waggishly named "Legal," it's the ultimate wake and bake.

Fri
27
Nov

Wahgoshig First Nation Announces Unique Community Partnership Investment With DelShen ...

KIRKLAND LAKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov 27, 2015) - Wahgoshig First Nation (WFN) and DelShen Therapeutics Corp. (DelShen Therapeutics) today announced that they have signed a first-of-its-kind community benefits agreement that will deliver investment, training and employment benefits to the region.

Fri
27
Nov

Canadian Dispensary Investigation: The Wild West of Medical Marijuana


On Wednesday, the province stressed that medical marijuana was heavily regulated.

CityNews put that claim to the test, sending someone with a hidden camera into half a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries in Toronto to find out just how hard, or easy, it was to score weed.

Fri
27
Nov

Ontario makes U-turn on day-old medical marijuana rule

Ontario’s plan to allow vaping and smoking of medical marijuana anywhere, anytime is going back to the drawing board after a public backlash suggested it was one toke over the line.

Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla quickly reversed course Thursday over concerns about exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke in restaurants, theatres, offices and other public spaces where tobacco smoking is banned.

“We will consider this feedback, look at it very carefully and see what we need to do,” she told reporters.

Thu
26
Nov

Medical marijuana operation opening

KIRKLAND LAKE - DelShen Therapeutics is developing a state of the art pharmaceutical grade medical marijuana operation in a repurposed government built forestry growing operation near Kirkland Lake.

The Wahgoshig First Nation (WFN) and DelShen Therapeutics will make the announcement Friday.

Several representatives will make remarks about the economic opportunity from Chief David Babin the Chief of Wahgoshig First Nation; Charlie Angus Member of Parliament for Timmins—James Bay; Tony Antoniazzi Mayor of Kirkland Lake; and DelShen Therapeutics executives and Board representatives.

The Wahgoshig First Nation is nestled in a village near Matheson Ontario. The reserve

encompasses 19,239 acres; the north end meets the south shore of Abitibi Lake, which divides

Thu
26
Nov

Marijuana eyed as safer substitute to reduce prescription narcotic addictions, overdoses

The routine back operation Bob Deslauriers had in 1987 was supposed to fix damage wrought by a rugby-playing youth. Two decades after the fact, it nearly killed him.

The 58-year-old unknowingly received a tainted blood transfusion during the surgery, and 18 years later discovered the resulting hepatitis C infection had virtually destroyed his liver.

A transplant last year saved Deslauriers’ life, but by the time he left hospital, the engineer and former corporate CEO had another problem: He was on so much opioid painkiller, he could do little but blankly stare at the TV.

Thu
26
Nov

Ontario to allow smoking and vaping medical marijuana in public places

Instead of popping two aspirins, you can now light up a joint at work – if you have a medical marijuana prescription.

Medical marijuana users with a doctor’s prescription are exempt from the laws that prohibit cigarette smoking and e-cigarette vaping in most public places in Ontario, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dipika Damerla, explained on Wednesday.

“The law allows for an exemption because someone needs it for a medical purpose … It’s about negotiating. It’s about balancing the rights,” she said.

But Damerla said the legislation that allows for the exemption also permits business owners and employers to “override the exemption.”

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