Sam Riches
Sam Riches is a writer and journalist in Toronto. His work can be found in Vice, Pacific Standard, Wired, and many other publications.
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Say What? Why ‘Cannabis’ Is Rising and ‘Marijuana’ Is Fading

With legalization sweeping across North America, the very words we use are changing.

Step Inside Canada’s High Church of Cannabis

Just outside Vancouver, Minister Davidacus Holmes administers cannabis sacrament to thousands and tries to get arrested. No luck so far.

Her Mission: Getting Craft Cannabis Into Ontario’s Government Cannabis Stores

After making her name producing pop-up black-market cannabis markets, Lisa Campbell's ready to help craft cannabis find its rightful place in Ontario's government-controlled legal cannabis scene.

Indigenous Cannabis: Revitalizing First-Nation Economies Through Legalization

“There is an undeniable sense within the First Nation community of not being left behind,” says Jacob Taylor, co-founder of the First Nations-owned and -operated socioeconomic development firm the Pontiac Group.

‘Exchanging Prohibition for Extreme Regulation’: Toronto Braces for New Cannabis Reality

"[Ontario] could have simply licensed all the existing dispensaries," says lawyer Jack Lloyd. "Instead, they’ve elected to declare war on a group of political activists, cannabis enthusiasts, and cannabis legalization activists. To say that it’s draconian is an understatement.”

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The Hottest Item at This Toronto Design Boutique? State-of-the-Art Cannabis Chocolate

A meticulous cannapreneur and a brave boutique have created a space for craft cannabis. Is there a place for them in the legal marketplace?

Cannabis Entrepreneur Antuanette Gomez Launches Bid for Toronto City Council

After breathing new life into the Toronto chapter of Women Grow, Antuanette Gomez is shifting her focus to politics and, beginning next month, making a run for Toronto city council.

The Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty Fights to Right Prohibition’s Wrongs

The Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty is making sure the government can’t continue to deal in erratic hypocrisy, but must actually address the systemic and oppressive failings of prohibition.

Her Mission: Getting Craft Cannabis Into Ontario’s Government Cannabis Stores

After making her name producing pop-up black-market cannabis markets, Lisa Campbell's ready to help craft cannabis find its rightful place in Ontario's government-controlled legal cannabis scene.

‘Sensible Ontario’ Brings the Fight for Ontario Cannabis Lounges to the People

The grassroots campaign Sensible Ontario is challenging Ontario's cannabis legislation, pushing for both licensed cannabis lounges and private cannabis stores.

‘I Just Love Getting People High’: In the Kitchen With a Black-Market Edibles Maker

The Canadian government won't be ready to regulate an edibles market until 12 months after legalization. For now, producers like Fritz labor precariously, building up small businesses that face an uncertain future, while the legalization boom awaits.

Indigenous Cannabis: Revitalizing First-Nation Economies Through Legalization

“There is an undeniable sense within the First Nation community of not being left behind,” says Jacob Taylor, co-founder of the First Nations-owned and -operated socioeconomic development firm the Pontiac Group.

‘Reasonable Access’: This Court Case Could Decide the Future of Ontario Dispensaries

The two-day hearing pits the City of Toronto against Canna Clinic, with precedent-setting implications.

‘Exchanging Prohibition for Extreme Regulation’: Toronto Braces for New Cannabis Reality

"[Ontario] could have simply licensed all the existing dispensaries," says lawyer Jack Lloyd. "Instead, they’ve elected to declare war on a group of political activists, cannabis enthusiasts, and cannabis legalization activists. To say that it’s draconian is an understatement.”

Step Inside Canada’s High Church of Cannabis

Just outside Vancouver, Minister Davidacus Holmes administers cannabis sacrament to thousands and tries to get arrested. No luck so far.

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