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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Alberta’s Cannabis Guidelines: 18 to Buy, Liquor Commission in Control

Unlike Ontario, which plans to create retail stores run by the provincial government, Alberta will allow private retailers to enter the market.

6 Takeaways From Dr. Ethan Russo’s ‘Cannabis: An Unconventional Solution to the Opioid Crisis’

Earlier this month, internationally renowned neurologist and psychopharmacologist Ethan Russo joined forces with Americans for Safe Access to address the surprising history of cannabis and opioids, highlighting the efficacy of mitigating the problems of opioids with cannabis.

How Cannabis Can Combat the Opioid Epidemic: An Interview With Philippe Lucas

In a new study, researcher Philippe Lucas lays out the variety of roles cannabis could play in fighting the opioid epidemic.

Ontario Hypes Penalties for High Driving While Awaiting a Reliable Test

Ontario's harshest penalties for driving while high are reserved for young drivers, novice drivers, and commercial drivers.

New Brunswick Announces $90 Million Cannabis Buy

Organigram Holdings will supply the province with five million grams of cannabis a year, and Canopy Growth Corp. will provide an additional four million grams per year.

Ontario Shocker: Province to Restrict Legal Cannabis Sales to 150 Government-Run Stores and One Website

A newly released plan would completely outlaw the province’s thriving and beloved independent dispensaries.

At BRNT Designs, Four University of Alberta Students Aim to Build a Better Bong

For many people, college is where they first encountered and learned to properly handle a bong. But for a quartet of UAlberta students, college is where they hatched their plan to Build a Better Bong

Is Cannabis a ‘Gateway Drug’?

The “cannabis leads to harder narcotics” argument gets trotted out whenever efforts to normalize cannabis are underway. So let’s settle it once and for all: Is cannabis a “gateway drug”?

How to Get a ‘Social Marijuana Use’ License in Denver

Denver's program allows public consumption of cannabis at everything from yoga studios to coffee shops to street fairs—if applicants can manage the application process.

Does Cannabis Belong in Liquor Stores? Provinces Tussle Over an Answer

Canada's alcohol industry and certain government entities are pushing to sell recreational cannabis in existing liquor stores. It's a dicey proposition.

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.

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