Marijuana dispensary rules needed in Saskatoon, advocate says

The founder of a Saskatoon-based compassion club hopes to bend the ear of city council to get them to look at medical marijuana dispensary regulations.

Mark Hauk submitted a letter to Saskatoon city council requesting to speak at their Aug. 20 meeting to try and get officials to see marijuana as medicine rather than a street drug.

What I'd like to ask of city council is that they consider implementing medical marijuana dispensary regulations similar to what Vancouver and Victoria have recently done,€ Hauk told News Talk Radio.

Hauk said it'€™s important local governments tackle the issue of regulating dispensaries before they start popping up haphazardly all over the city.


Marijuana plant found in Swift Current flower planter

REGINA — Amid the flowers in a downtown Swift Current planter this week were buds of another kind.

On Monday, RCMP weeded a suspected marijuana plant from a flower pot in the 300 block of Central Avenue North.

Suspected, said City RCMP Staff Sgt. Gary Hodges, because “we didn’t send it away for analysis, nor are we going to.” But “it looked like it based on our experience.”

RCMP seized and disposed of the plant.

Hodges has “no clue” how it got there.

“There’s all kinds of speculation: Did somebody plant it there as a joke? I don’t know where the city gets their plants from — did somebody at the greenhouse nursery put it (there)? There’s numerous, millions of ways it could have got there.”


'Sophisticated' marijuana grow-op uncovered by Sask. RCMP

LEADER, Sask. – Hundreds of marijuana plants were uncovered by RCMP at a grow-op on the weekend in southwest Saskatchewan. On Friday evening, officers initially conducted a traffic stop in the town of Richmound, Sask.

RCMP arrested a man and woman and seized a significant amount of marijuana from the vehicle.

As a result of the traffic stop, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Richmound early Saturday morning. A “large and sophisticated” marijuana grow operation was located inside.

Approximately 433 plants were seized. RCMP say the street value of the marijuana exceeds $430,000.

As a result of the investigation, three people were charged with offences including production and possession for the purpose of trafficking in cannabis marijuana.


RCMP seize $430K worth of marijuana near Maple Creek

REGINA — The RCMP has uncovered a large marijuana grow-op in a small community in southeast Saskatchewan.

A total of 433 pot plants were found over the weekend inside a residence in the village of Richmound, located about 450 kilometres west of Regina. According to an RCMP news release, the plants had a street value of more than $430,000 — a sizable cash crop for an agricultural area, about 80 kilometres north of Maple Creek near the Alberta border.

RCMP said the investigation was prompted by a traffic stop in Richmound on Friday by members of the Leader detachment. What was described in the release as “a significant amount” of marijuana was seized from the vehicle. An adult male and female were arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.


Brent Zettl On Canada’s First Health Canada Approved Clinical Trial With Cannabis

Prairie Plant Systems and CanniMed announced yesterday the beginning of recruitment for their CAPRI Trial (Cannabinoid Profile Investigation of Vaporized Cannabis in Patients with Osteoarthritis of the Knee). This clinical trial is Canada’s first randomized, double blind, placebo controlled, proof-of-concept, crossover clinical trial of single dose vaporized cannabis in adults with painful osteoarthritis of the knee. The Saskatoon producer will be partnering with researchers at Dalhousie University and McGill University Health Centre to begin the process in the coming weeks of accepting 40 patients over 50 years of age.


Medical marijuana facility hits roadblock

A business proposal in the Rural Municipality of Wilton is facing an uncertain future after pulling a development application.

Agro Greens Natural Products Ltd is the company behind the proposal, and are currently seeking a new location for their proposed medical marijuana facility. The business owners had a chance to present their idea to Wilton residents at a meeting back in May, and were met with a list of concerns from area residents. After that meeting, the application was left to the RM council to decide upon.

However, council was left without an application to consider after the proposal was pulled.


First Health Canada Approved Medical Cannabis Clinical Trial Starts Patient Recruitment

Landmark trial will be first to study safety and efficacy of a series of cannabinoid profiles


Compassion club says they'll provide marijuana if necessary in Saskatoon

A Saskatoon advocate for medical marijuana wants to clear the air.

Mark Hauk is with the Saskatchewan Compassion Club. They plan to open a facility in Saskatoon. Hauk said his organization prefers to help people navigate the current system for legally obtaining medical marijuana. But, he said that system often leaves people who have perscriptions unable to obtain the drug. 

Hauk cited a number of ways the system can let people down, including wait lists, unavailability of specific strains and minumum order size requirements that can make patients unable to afford their medicine. 


Saskatoon could get first pot dispensary

Mark Hauk is planning to open a medical cannabis dispensary in Saskatoon.

A Saskatoon medical marijuana advocate is hoping to open a storefront in the city this week where he can help people obtain prescriptions and in some cases sell them their cannabis.

Mark Hauk, proprietor of the Saskatchewan Compassion Club, said he submitted a formal offer with a landlord in the Exhibition neighbourhood on Friday. If his lease is approved, the business, which he describes as a clinic, dispensary and community centre, will open as soon as possible.

"The minute I get those keys, I plan to open the clinic," he said.


Saskatoon student in human rights fight over medical marijuana

SASKATOON – Michael Wileniec used to walk across the street from his Saskatoon high school several times a day and hang out with the rest of the smokers, although he was the only one puffing on prescribed medical marijuana.

His routine ended earlier this year when school officials told him he could not smoke prescribed weed on school grounds, nor could he attend classes while under its influence. Wileniec fought the ruling before the school board and lost.

“We got a reply back from the superintendent saying there’s no need for medical marijuana in the school and that a student under medical marijuana is a safety hazard to the faculty,” the 21-year-old said in an interview.



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