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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.
Most Popular Articles

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.

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.

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Surprising Wins from Ontario’s Latest Cannabis Retail Lottery

When the AGCO announced the most recent 42 winners of Ontario’s lottery to decide who may apply for cannabis retail licenses, insiders were quick to identify quirks and anomalies among the list of winners.

Medical Patients Still See Unlicensed Dispensaries as Superior

Many Canadians believe so—and they're willing to fight for it.

Canadian Cannabis Retail Stores Concentrated in Low-Income Areas

According to a recent study out of Ottawa.

Northern Canadians Unlikely to Benefit From New Record-Suspension Bill

Due to expenses, difficulty of filing, and the potential of multiple charges, Bill C-93’s ‘no-cost record suspensions’ aren’t necessarily free.

Gene Simmons Leaves Role at Canadian Cannabis Company

Though KISS bassist Gene Simmons had a five-year contract with Canadian medical cannabis producer Invictus MD, he’s left his role of 'Chief Evangelist Officer' after just 17 months.

Cannabis NB Blamed its $2M First Quarter Loss on the Illicit Market

Progressive Conservative Premier Blaine Higgs flirted with privatizing adult-use retail in the province, scaling down Cannabis NB, or bringing in third-party experts to run the Crown company.

Health Canada Isn’t Too Worried About Canadian Producers on Snapchat

Are Health Canada's advertisement regulations strict enough on social media, where a large portion of active users are under age?

Alberta Leads the Country with 254 Licensed Adult-Use Retailers

It’s just the beginning of August and Alberta is still shattering expectations.

Quebec Sets Sights on Topicals Ban at SQDC Stores

In Quebec’s ongoing campaign against simple access to alternative cannabis products and applications, Health Minister Lionel Carmant follows the province’s proposed edibles ban with one aimed at medicinal topicals.

Vancouver Island Compassion Society Closes After 20 Years

The compassion society would love to reopen under legal terms, but Health Canada’s strict regulations make it hard to imagine the VICS as part of the legal cannabis stream.

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