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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.

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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Liberals Pass Bill to Suspend Records for Simple Cannabis Possession

Bill C-93 was passed by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.

Vancouver City Council Debates Cannabis Sales in Downtown Eastside

Even before legalization, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has excluded medical cannabis clinics.

Canadian Government Earmarks $24.5M for Cannabis Research Projects

Through the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Bill Blair announced federal funding intentions that focus on research and education.

420 Supporters Claim Parks Board is Keeping Vancouver Park Closed

More than a month after Vancouver's 420 protest/celebration, a popular city space remains fenced off to the public.

Health Canada to Allow Provinces to Decide About Nursery Seed Sales

With home-growing as an emerging legal market, currently in its first harvest, nursery owners are eager to get the go ahead.

More Conservative Politicians Are Joining the Cannabis Industry

With a BC MLA and federal MP both joining the board of directors of Vancouver's ParcelPal.

NS Man Evicted for Smoking Medical Cannabis in Smoke-Free Apartment

He's taking his case to the Supreme Court next.

Designated Driver not Accountable for Cannabis-Carrying Passengers, Court Decides

A Newfoundland woman said she had no idea her passengers were carrying cannabis in a mason jar.

Niagara Senior Arrested for 1,200 Cannabis Plants, Claims Personal Use

A search warrant was issued based on the strong smell of cannabis emanating from his house.

Edibles Unlikely to Launch in Canadian Market Until 2020

The Canadian government is set to legalize edibles by Oct. 17 but don’t expect an automatic unveiling on store shelves the next day.