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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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The SQDC has slashed its retail plan from 150 stores to 100

Quebec’s retail model, though strict, has been a peculiar success in the country. Now, the province has decided to adjust its initial retail plan.

Jesse B. Staniforth - January 27, 2020

Toronto spent over $300,000 to block illicit dispensaries with concrete

It cost the city more than $300,000 to repeatedly seal up CAFE and other illicit Toronto dispensaries, some of which continue to operate.

Jesse B. Staniforth - January 27, 2020

Abi Roach leaving HotBox after 20 years, Friendly Stranger is taking over

The Kensington Market consumption lounge and store will be taken over by a fellow pot pioneer.

Jesse B. Staniforth - January 24, 2020

These 8 companies want to buy Cannabis NB

Eight recognizable contenders are looking to turn New Brunswick's drowning Cannabis NB into a profitable operation.

Jesse B. Staniforth - January 21, 2020

Canadian moms band together to fight cannabis stigma

From BC to Saskatchewan and Ontario, cannabis-consuming moms are organizing to combat stigma through podcasts, education, and discussion.

Jesse B. Staniforth - January 21, 2020

BLK MKT cannabis brand sparks controversy over racist marketing

The internet reacts to one cannabis brand's controversial use of a racist slogan to market their products.

Jesse B. Staniforth - January 20, 2020

US border reports increased cannabis seizures in first year of legalization

There's been a nearly 75% increase in US-bound cannabis seizures between November 2018 and October 2019, the first year of Canadian cannabis legalization.

Jesse B. Staniforth - January 17, 2020

Survey: 26% of young people have driven high or ridden with a high driver

Moreover, 15% of respondents said they believed their driving ability was either the same or improved when they were high.

Jesse B. Staniforth - January 8, 2020

Nova Scotia is nearly out of edibles and other 2.0 products

Nova Scotia was one of the first provinces in the country to get their 2.0 products on store shelves before Christmas.

Jesse B. Staniforth - January 8, 2020

AGLC won’t buy from micro producers, delays vape rollout

Alberta's Gaming and Liquor Commission suprised micro cultivators by refusing business that doesn't meet their production requirements.

Jesse B. Staniforth - January 7, 2020