Trudeau win yields actual marijuana prize for treasure hunt


There may be more adult treats than tricks on Halloween afternoon now that the Liberals are in power.

Chris — who doesn’t publicly reveal his surname — of Juju Joints, is organizing the third annual Haunted Halloween Marijuana Treasure Hunt on Oct. 31 in High Park in order to spread awareness of easier access to medical marijuana.

While participants won’t find any joints in the park, the hunt will yield $50,000 in certificates for marijuana cigarettes that can be redeemed at Chris’ downtown dispensary for anyone 19 and older.

Chris said since Justin Trudeau was elected the next prime minister, he’ll give away marijuana to any adult, even those without a medical marijuana licence.


Healthcare app Figure 1 has signed up nearly half a million physicians in just over two years

Three strategies the startup used that you can replicate

Recently, Toronto-based healthcare startup Figure 1 reached an important milestone: more than 500,000 medical professionals are now using its app, up from 150,000 users a year ago. 

Joshua Landy, Richard Penner and Gregory Levey launched Figure 1 in May 2013. Landy, a physician, came up with the idea while studying the smartphone habits of doctors at Stanford University in 2012. Shortly after, he invited Penner and Levey to join him and run the technical and business sides of the company.


Chlormet CEO Yari Nieken talks to Cantech Letter

When Chlormet Technologies (CSE:PUF) acquired AAA Heidelberg, a company in the process of applying for an Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) license with Heath Canada it already had a partially completed 8800 square foot marijuana cultivation facility in London, Ontario. Soon after, Chlormet added a facility for production and processing of marijuana in Washington State.


Ottawa police confiscate home grown marijuana


The Ottawa Police Service drug unit said it collected more than 200 kilograms of marijuana plants during its annual fall 2015 outdoor eradication project.

Police identified 15 locations across in various rural areas of the city and harvested 22 “patches” totalling 1,505 marijuana plants, which they say have a street value of more than $1.5 million. The plants were seized.  No suspect have been identified.

“The seizure of this quantity of marijuana represents a significant loss of illicit profits which finance a variety of criminal enterprises including gun smuggling, human trafficking and cocaine importation,” said acting staff sergeant Ian McDonell, of the Ottawa Police Service’s drug unit.


Harper's assertion that pot is worse than tobacco is 'misleading,' UW expert says

A University of Waterloo researcher is slamming Stephen Harper's assertion that marijuana is "infinitely worse" than tobacco, saying the remark has no basis in scientific fact.

The Conservative leader made the comment the morning after the final debate of the election campaign Friday night, during which he criticized Justin Trudeau's proposal to legalize the drug.

Asked by a reporter on Saturday why he so strongly objected to the Liberal leader's plan, Harper said there is "overwhelming and growing" evidence of "the bad long-term effects" of marijuana use. Noting that authorities have spent decades trying to discourage Canadians from using tobacco, he said "marijuana is infinitely worse, and is something we do not want to encourage."


Medical marijuana set to open in Ottawa by late November

If you get a chance to walk in to the medical marijuana dispensary in Ottawa one of the first things you might notice is that it doesn't quite feel like a pharmacy or doctor's office.

The whitewashed clinical atmosphere of most healthcare facilities is replaced by warmer shades of blue and green that feel more welcoming.

That ambiance was intentionally created by the people behind PharmaCannis, which expects to be opening the facility, located just north of Interstate 80, in mid to late November.

"We know the people who will be coming here are people who go to the doctor's office a lot," said Norah Scott, founder of PharmaCannis. "So it was intentional that we didn't want it to feel too clinical but at the same time we didn't want it to feel casual."


Police target marijuana sellers, so those are the consequences

In your article, Mr. Kim Hale is quoted as saying that being convicted for cultivating marijuana "turns you right into a criminal, and to me, that is barbaric."  Sorry, but committing a criminal act makes you a criminal.  A conviction merely confirms it. 

Surely even under the influence of marijuana, one must agree that breaking into your house and pilfering your TV, makes that person a criminal or robbing a bank makes that person a criminal whether they are  caught and convicted or not.


Tweed Farms Granted License For Entire 350,000 Square Foot Facility

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, Sept. 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Tweed Farms Inc. (Tweed Farms), wholly owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX.V: CGC) (Canopy Growth), has received Health Canada approval to commence cannabis cultivation in all 350,000 sq. ft. of the facility's growing space, a ten-fold increase from the previously licensed area.


Medical marijuana seems to safely help chronic pain patients: study

TORONTO -- A benchmark study has found that patients who use medical marijuana to treat chronic pain don't have more serious side-effects than sufferers who don't use the herb.

Dr. Mark Ware, the Montreal pain specialist who led the national study, says medical cannabis appears to have a reasonable safety profile when taken by patients who are experienced users.

The four-year study followed 215 adults with chronic non-cancer pain who used medical cannabis and compared them to a control group of 216 chronic pain sufferers who were not marijuana users.

The cannabis group was given access to herbal cannabis containing 12.5 per cent of the active ingredient THC from a licensed cannabis producer.


Ontario judge strikes down mandatory minimum sentence for pot growing

An Ontario judge has struck down one of the Conservative government’s signature drug laws – a six-month minimum jail term for growing between six and 200 marijuana plants for the purpose of trafficking.

The ruling came after a constitutional challenge brought by a man who had pleaded guilty to working in a grow-op. The man, Duc Vu, 42, of Brampton, Ont., called the minimum sentences for growing marijuana “cruel and unusual punishment” under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. And the judge agreed.

Mandatory minimums have been a pillar of the federal government’s approach to crime, with the Conservatives creating 60 mandatory minimum prison terms for drugs, guns, sex offences and other crimes, according to the Justice Department.


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