Jesse B. Staniforth
Jesse B. Staniforth is a Montreal-based freelance reporter specializing in Indigenous issues, cybersecurity, music, politics, and death.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Leaked Document Reveals Ontario’s Conflicted Path to Legalization

The official government document—leaked to Vice last week—is full of contradictions with Ontario policy.

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Legalization Day Recap: A Tour of Montreal’s 3 New SQDC Locations

On Legalization Day at 10:00 am, three outlets of the government-run Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC) opened their doors in Montreal, out of twelve across…

Quebec Election Could Sweep in a Cannabis Clampdown

Polls indicate the CAQ will gain power, and their cannabis policies are much more restrictive than the current law.

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.

Quebec’s Hardline Cannabis Law: Strict Limits, No Homegrow

“Quebec will be ready for the legalization of cannabis this summer and which, I repeat, has been imposed by the federal government,” said Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois.

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.

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.

In Advance of Legalization, Ottawa Offers A Crash Course in Cannabis Law

Megan D. Wallace will be teaching the course as a survey of the possible impacts that cannabis legalization will have on the law—and the possibilities, she says, are widespread.

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.

Quebec Battles Federal Law and Facts En Route to Legalization

Its government is fighting the federal home-grow mandate, its landlords want the right to ban cannabis, and its top-ranking officials are peddling easily disproven lies. What is Quebec’s problem?

Quebec’s Cannabis Regulations: 8 Takeaways

On Thursday, Quebec’s Liberal government tabled Bill 157, the legislation outlining the system of sale and distribution for legal cannabis in the province. Though Public…

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