Dave Schmader
Dave Schmader is Leafly's senior editor focusing on all things Canadian. He's the author of the book Weed: The User's Guide.
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7 Tips for Making the Most of Seattle Hempfest

Being a free-of-charge cannabis festival held in a glorious outdoor locale, Seattle Hempfest is easy to enjoy. But here are a few strategic tips for making the most of it.

Ontario Report Urges Immediate Decriminalization (and Many Other Things)

Canada's impending Cannabis Act leaves specifics of distribution, possession, and purchase up to individual provinces. This week, Ontario took up the challenge with “Cannabis Legalization and Regulation,” a dossier of recommendations from the Ontario division of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

What Does It Mean to Declare the Opioid Epidemic a ‘National Emergency’?

The opioid crisis is raging and plans to declare it a national emergency are in the works. What does a formal declaration of a national emergency entail?

Fentanyl-Laced Cannabis: Forever Feared, Not Yet Found

Last week, police in London, Ontario, announced the discovery of fentanyl in the urine of cannabis consumers. What they haven't found is any fentanyl-laced cannabis, ever.

Three Concrete Tips for Navigating the Hazy World of Cannabis Investing

By 2020, sales of legal cannabis in the United States and Canada are predicted to hit over $40 billion annually. These are the kind of new-industry numbers that tempt even the stock-market averse to consider how they might get in on the action, but investing in the legal cannabis world remains an iffy business.

Cannabis Impairment in the Workplace: Easy to Discuss, Difficult to Detect

Questions abound, but conclusive answers about how best to determine real-time cannabis impairment remain elusive.

Two Canadians Arrested for Cannabis in China, Leaving a Bushel of Questions

On July 14, two Canadian employees with the Cirque de Soleil-styled equestrian extravaganza Cavalia were arrested and imprisoned in Beijing, after allegedly being found to have consumed marijuana.

5 Tips for High People Attending Food Festivals

From the Bite of Seattle to the Taste of Chicago to the Maine Lobster Fest, outdoor food festivals are a beloved American tradition. They are also heaven on earth for high people.

Phil Fontaine: Fostering First-Nation Reconciliation Through Cannabis

Phil Fontaine's aims range from establishing medical-marijuana grow-ops on Indigenous land to prepping Indigenous citizens for a variety of cannabis-industry jobs.

Confirmed: Canadian Cannabis Patients Love Their (Imperiled) Dispensaries

According to a new study by the University of British Columbia, Canada's imperiled dispensaries are beloved fixtures in the lives of medical marijuana patients, many of whom prefer procuring their medicine from such unlicensed dispensaries rather than taking the legal mail-order route.

Toronto’s Dispensary-Targeting “Project Lincoln” Continues

Following last week’s coordinated raids of seven dispensaries and six residences in Toronto and six undisclosed locations in the Vancouver and Denman Island areas, this week brought the continuation of the operation known as “Project Lincoln,” with Toronto police re-raiding a Canna Clinic dispensary that was part of last week’s raids.

Four Takeaways From Canada’s ‘Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines’

Last week a coalition of Canadian health agencies released their “Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines.” Here’s a quartet of pertinent takeaways.

Toronto Police Raid Seven City Dispensaries

Exactly one week after Toronto Mayor John Tory announced impending crackdowns on the city’s illegal-yet-plentiful cannabis dispensaries, Toronto police made good on the promise, executing a series of dispensary raids across the city yesterday morning.

Canadian Finance Ministers Hash Out Cannabis Taxes

For a second day in Ottawa, Canadian finance ministers from the federal, provincial, and territorial levels are gathering to strategize a coordinated approach to cannabis taxation.

Ontario Dogs to Remain CBD-Free

Health Canada has confirmed that Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations do not apply to veterinarians or their animal patients.

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