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Tue
15
Dec

Research Says Cannabis Affects Intestinal Flora And May Prevent Obesity

Canadian researchers have recently published a study that shows the potential cannabis has for preventing and treating obesity. Mice fed a high-fat diet with daily THC administration gained significantly less weight than those without THC. Cannabis may have some protective effect against high levels of intestinal microbes associated with obesity.

Tue
24
Nov

Watch this short doc on the benefits of medical marijuana

"Weed is way more than just weed," says Tristan Williams, the subject of a new short doc on the 'undeniable benefits' of medicinal marijuana by Abandoned Spirt House Films, founded in Halifax a few years ago by King's College grads Roland Eksteins and Nicolas Bergeron. 

Both Eksteins and Bergeron are currently videographers in residence at The Banff Centre in Albertabut often collaborate on independent work, including A Different Light

Thu
05
Nov

RCMP seize $670000 worth of marijuana from property near Balzac

Two Calgarians face charges following Thursday morning’s RCMP search of a rural property in Rocky View County that resulted in the seizure of hundreds of marijuana plants.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., members of the Airdrie RCMP including the crime reduction unit, K-9, and the ‘Green Team South’ executed a search warrant at a home at an undisclosed location near Balzac.

As a result of the search, officers discovered a marijuana grow-operation in the attached garage of the home. The street value of the 536 seized plants is estimated at $670,000.

Two people were located inside the home and arrested. A 58-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman, both from Calgary, face charges of production of marijuana and possession of property obtained by crime.

Tue
03
Nov

$1.4M marijuana grow-op busted in southern Alberta

 RCMP have uncovered a large marijuana grow operation in Rocky View County, southern Alberta, Tuesday afternoon. Strathmore RCMP executed a search warrant at a rural property north of Langdon, where they found 1,140 marijuana plants with an estimated value of $1.4 million.RCMP said the grow op was located inside multiple rooms in a residence, as well as a large outbuilding on the property.Thong Vihn Nguyen, 63, and Phan Thi Dang, 62, were arrested and face multiple charges, including production and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.Strathmore RCMP received assistance from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit “Green Team,” the RCMP Police Dog Service and the Strathmore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit.

Thu
08
Oct

Marijuana dependency increasingly concerning for Calgary youth rehab clinic

The growth of marijuana dependency is a troubling issue for Calgary’s youth, according to a director at a local clinic. 

“It’s alarming to the point that we’re treating more marijuana dependent youth across North America than any other illicit drug combined,” said Dr. Jackie Smith at the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre, adding the majority of her clients are addicted to and dependent on pot.

Smith’s comments come on the heels of Canada’s changing political stance on weed, where Vancouver is selling it through dispensaries and the Liberals promise to legalize it, if elected. 

“It’s just condoned and way more accessible now,” she said, adding kids who wake-and-bake miss classes and end up highly anxious when they don’t do the drug. 

Fri
25
Sep

Brain researcher cautions against suggestions cannabis causes schizophrenia

Matthew Hill, of the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute has published a Perspective piece in the journal Nature voicing his concerns about other academics and journalists who suggest that cannabis use causes schizophrenia. He points out that there is little evidence of such a connection and suggests that there is actually evidence that cannabis use does not cause the mental disorder.

Tue
22
Sep

Accused in Edmonton marijuana-dispensary raid will fight charges

 

The head of a marijuana dispensary raided in July says he hopes the related charges are resolved quickly, but he’s prepared to fight a lengthy court battle.

“We’ll go to the Supreme Court if we have to,” Aaron Bott said outside the courthouse Tuesday where a crowd of supporters stood nearby after his first appearance on a trafficking charge. “We’re a little bit confused on why we have to defend ourselves. We’re not criminals.”

In July, Bott was taken by surprise when officers from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams showed up at 4121 118th Ave., the marijuana supplier his family has run for more than a decade.

Mon
21
Sep

MACROS, Alberta's only cannabis club, in court Tuesday

After a July 22 raid, Alberta’s only cannabis club is in provincial court this week, and club president Aaron Bott plans to lobby for permission to operate.

Following a July raid, Alberta’s only cannabis “compassion club” will have its day in court Tuesday, and plans on sparking a broader discussion thereafter.

Alberta’s Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) raided The Mobile Access Compassionate Resources Organization Society (MACROS) on July 22—the store was closed as products and growing equipment were seized from the founder’s home, and the society’s president, Aaron Bott, was arrested.

Tue
15
Sep

Alberta mom denied marijuana presciption for daughter turns to Ontario

TORONTO - An Alberta mother whose daughter has severe epilepsy has travelled to Ontario for a medical marijuana prescription after the girl's doctor said he was no longer allowed to provide permission to purchase the product.

In 2013, Sarah Wilkinson had started extracting cannabis oil from dried marijuana - purchased from a licensed grower with a prescription from a neurologist at Alberta Children's Hospital - to prevent life-threatening seizures in her eight-year-old daughter Mia.

But in July, the physician declined to renew the prescription because of a hospital policy based on the position of Alberta Health Services, the provincial health authority, which does not support the use of medical marijuana for pediatric patients with epilepsy.

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