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Jesse B. Staniforth

Jesse B. Staniforth is the editor of the free cannabis-industry
newsletter WeedWeek Canada. He also reports on Indigenous issues,
cybersecurity, and food safety.

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Chuck Rifici: The Problem-Solving Cannabis Financier

How a passion for innovation—and disdain for opioids—made a cannabis true-believer of this Canadian entrepreneur.

Jesse B. Staniforth - August 3, 2017

Henry Rollins: How a Drug-Hating Punk Came to Respect Cannabis

The famously straight-edge punk legend holds forth on lovable stoners, the connection between cannabis and gay rights, and his goal of being a "moral force" in the cannabis space.

Jesse B. Staniforth - June 21, 2018

Quebec Wants to Ban Homegrow. Is It the Will of the Voters or Vested Interests?

When Health Minister Lucie Charlebois speaks of a majority who oppose home growing, it very well may be a deck stacked with companies who stand to make a profit from keeping Quebeckers from growing their own.

Jesse B. Staniforth - May 15, 2018

Indigenous Communities and the Cannabis Act: A Clash of Tradition and Treaties

Some Indigenous communities want an all-out ban on cannabis. Others want to be able to grow and sell cannabis freely. All feel they have a moral right to decide for themselves.

Jesse B. Staniforth - May 9, 2018

Canada’s Marijuana Party Founder Loves Legalization Even Though It ‘Pisses Me Off’

Founder of the Bloc Pot and the Marijuana Party (and co-founder of the Montreal Compassion Centre), Marc-Boris St-Maurice reflects on several decades of fighting the good fight for cannabis.

Jesse B. Staniforth - April 25, 2018

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Second Cup Coffee undergoes rebrand ahead of cannabis expansion

The popular Canadian coffee chain has a new corporate name as Aegis Brands and plans for cannabis retail in the country.

Jesse B. Staniforth - November 14, 2019

Drake’s Dream Crew wants to trademark Health Canada’s THC symbol

Drake’s team has its eyes set on commercial use of Health Canada’s THC symbol in the US.

Jesse B. Staniforth - November 14, 2019

Click-and-collect, farm-fresh cannabis coming to Ontario

Ontario government approves new, more convenient cannabis shopping options.

Jesse B. Staniforth - November 7, 2019

Quebec raising age of cannabis consumption to 21 in the new year

One civil rights lawyer calls the provincial move unconstitutional, while public health experts point to potential risks for young adults.

Jesse B. Staniforth - November 6, 2019

Holt Renfrew launches cannabis pop up in time for holidays

Tokyo Smoke teams up with Canada’s top luxury department store, setting sights on Vancouver and Toronto's Mink Mile.

Jesse B. Staniforth - November 5, 2019

Edmonton considers legalizing cannabis consumption lounges

The province of Alberta has always been more open to consumption lounges than other parts of the country.

Jesse B. Staniforth - November 5, 2019

Quebec’s ban on homegrow violates federal law according to courts

Justice Lavoie decided that provincial possession and cultivation bans fall under federal jurisdiction, not provincial.

Jesse B. Staniforth - October 15, 2019

Yukon’s first cannabis store to close on anniversary of legalization

Acting as a buffer between legalization and private retail in the province, government run Cannabis Yukon was only temporary.

Jesse B. Staniforth - October 15, 2019

Are your cannabis plants safe? Backyard thefts are on the rise

While seeds only cost $15 apiece, properly tended outdoor plants can bear 100 grams of bud or more, making the average suburban backyard four-plant grow a desirable target for thieves.

Jesse B. Staniforth - October 4, 2019