Randi Druzin
Randi Druzin is an author and journalist in Toronto. She has worked at several major media outlets, including the National Post and the CBC, and has written for dozens of publications, such as The New York Times, Time magazine, ESPN The Magazine, and The Globe and Mail.
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Random Testing, Million-Dollar Fines: Canada’s Cannabis Pesticide Crackdown

Until 2017, the Canadian government trusted licensed producers of cannabis to avoid banned pesticides of their volition. Following high-profile contaminations and class-action lawsuits, a strict new era of checks and balances has begun.

Canada’s Cannabis Tax Plan: Good for Provinces, Bad for Patients

Recreational and medicinal cannabis will be taxed at the same level—and that has drawn heavy criticism from some politicians, physicians, and patient advocates.

This Canadian Staffing Agency Will Help You Find a Job in the Cannabis Industry

“We’ve placed people in a wide range of positions, from sales and marketing to quality assurance, compliance and cultivation,” says cannabis-industry headhunter Alison McMahon.

Less Moral Outrage, More Harm Reduction: Revamping Cannabis Education for the Age of Legalization

Legalization will empower educators to advise people on how to use cannabis responsibly, instead of potentially coming under fire for endorsing the use of an illegal substance.

The Canadian Cannabis Act’s Final Hurdle: A Contentious Senate

“We have to take (the deadline) into account but we also have to do our job seriously,” says Senator André Pratte.

Alberta Will Sell Cannabis Through Private Retailers and a Government Website

The province has determined that cannabis will not be sold in places that sell tobacco, liquor or pharmaceuticals—but has yet to release details about how the private stores will operate.

Canada Wants to Tax Medical Cannabis. Get Ready for a Fight

“Patients are struggling to afford their medicine and this tax would just compound the problem,” says Jonathan Zaid, executive director of Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana.

Hybrid Models and Lock-Boxes: Manitoba and New Brunswick Reveal Cannabis Plan Details

The Manitoba government introduced a hybrid model for the distribution and sale of recreational cannabis, with the province regulating supply but leaving sales to private retailers.

Canadian Lawyers Cry Foul Over New Drugged-Driving Regulations

There are myriad problems with the new rules, lawyers say, and they won’t survive the constitutional court challenges that are sure to follow if those rules become law.

Canadian Edibles Get a Green Light, Licensed Producers Rejoice

If approved by the House of Commons, the new amendment will ensure cannabis edibles and concentrates will be introduced to the Canadian market no later than 12 months after recreational cannabis becomes legal next summer.

Given a Monopoly on Ontario Store Product, Licensed Producers Push for Online Sales

Ontario's proposed regulations give licensed cannabis producers a monopoly on commercial product sold in stores. Should LPs also be permitted to sell directly to consumers online?

As Legalization Looms, Toronto Wrangles Where to Allow Smoking

Cannabis advocates say a plan stipulating that cannabis can only be smoked in private homes is “not feasible” because it would, in effect, prevent many people from smoking it altogether.

‘It’s Impossible’: Canadian Police Challenge Legalization Deadline

Law enforcement officials across the country say they need more time to teach police officers how to enforce the new laws.

The Ontario Proposition: Details and Feedback from the Scene

To come up with its new policy, Ontario looked at the US states that have legalized cannabis, to establish a “safe and sensible framework.”

Torontonians Love Their Dispensaries. Why Is Mayor Tory Dead Set Against Them?

Why does Toronto's mayor remain steadfast in his opposition to dispensaries while so many Ontarians have indicated they want cannabis available through such retailers once recreational use becomes legal? The answer depends on whom you ask.

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