As Ontario celebrates switch to private cannabis retail, stores delayed until April 2019

Congratulations Ontario! It took awhile, but finally, common sense prevailed as the province announced it is completely scrapping the government’s planned monopoly on recreational cannabis in favour of private retail outlets – and all it took was for the Ontario Liberals to get completely annihilated in June’s election! With the Progressive Conservatives in power, leader […]

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Why you should come to the “Fore20 Golf Tournament” Aug. 19

What are you doing this weekend? If you love sun, fun, golf, and dabs, then we’ve got the perfect event for you- the 3rd annual Fore20 Golf Tournament and Cannabis Cup, happening this Sunday, Aug. 19, at the beautiful Squamish Valley Golf Club. In just a few short years, the Fore20 Golf Tournament has quickly […]

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Calgary approves major grocers like Calgary Co-op and Superstore to sell cannabis

The City of Calgary recently released a list of addresses that were approved to sell cannabis which includes some big grocery chains such as Calgary Co-op and the Real Canadian Superstore. All in all, 12 Calgary Co-ops, 7 Real Canadian Superstores, and 1 Real Canadian Liquor Store have been approved by the city, and Calgary […]

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Up to 14% of cannabis users driving high according to Stats Canada

On Aug. 9, Stats Canada released the results of its quarterly National Cannabis Survey which found, among other things, that 1 in 7 cannabis users got behind the wheel within two hours of consuming and that approximately 1.4 million Canadians had gotten in a vehicle driven by someone who had used cannabis two hours prior. […]

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Not Welcome! Aurora Kicks Sensible BC Out Of Vancouver Pride

This weekend I decided to get away from it all and head over to Vancouver for the 40th Annual Pride Parade. My girlfriend Nicole manages a few dispensaries owned by Dana Larsen and told me that they would not be in the Pride Parade this year. In the past, Sensible BC has been a big […]

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CBD Hops to it

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, has become a mainstream product these days. Studies have linked CBD to everything from helping people maintain youthful and radiant skin, to reducing anxiety and pain, to helping people kick cigarettes, and more. CBD commonly comes from cannabis and it’s present in hemp and in medical marijuana. However, cannabis isn’t […]

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Are Nova Scotia cannabis stores illegally glamourizing and normalizing cannabis?

In Nova Scotia, government-run cannabis stores will have 4 distinct categories for their products in order to better help consumers find what they need: Relax Unwind Centre Enhance Aside from the debatable semantics of the words (what exactly is the difference between “relax” and “unwind”, for example), the plans are being criticised by psychologist and […]

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Queens of the Stone Age light up the Commodore at LP-sponsored show

On August 4, Queens of the Stone Age played to a packed crowd in Vancouver, completely rocking the Commodore Ballroom. Sponsored by Aurora Cannabis, Canada’s second largest licensed producer, the show was part of the Aurora Illumination Series of coast-to-coast concerts featuring big names like Post Malone, City and Colour, and Ghostface Killah, just to […]

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Victoria’s Mayor and Council to Discuss Onsite Cannabis Consumption

It is nice to be able to say that there are some politicians that are actually listening to the people. At the Aug. 9, 2018 meeting, The City Council of Victoria and Mayor will be discussing the need to create regulations for safe onsite cannabis consumption! Listed at the end of the agenda, under section […]

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Election Rejection: The Peculiar Path to Legalization for American states

Have you ever wondered why only some of the states in the United States allow their citizens legal access to a safe and effective medication? Have you ever wondered why even though most Americans would love to see medical cannabis legalized and a large portion would also prefer recreational cannabis to be legal rather than […]

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Nothing To Fear But Legalization

It is happening more and more. It used to be the odd random time but now, when I converse with my friends working in the Cannabis industry, legalization is always a topic. Crushing exorbitant fines and a 14 year jail sentence are nothing to blow smoke at. The options for those who work in cannabis […]

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Wait, Cannabis Can Help Me Lose Weight?

Weight is something that many people struggle with, and according to research published in 2016: “More than 35% of U.S. adults are obese.” Cannabis is known to increase consumers appetite AKA give them the munchies. But did you know that cannabis can also help with weight loss? You heard that right. Cannabis can actually act […]

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Canadian drivers get ready to say “Ahhhh!” for THC saliva tests

Devices that can test the level of THC (and cocaine) in saliva will soon be coming to a Canadian cop near you as federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has just given a German-made drug-testing device a 30-day notice of approval. These devices give police a new tool to check for drug-impaired driving as previously, authorities […]

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Five Common Mistakes First Time Cannabis Users Make

Even though cannabis use is pretty widespread these days, there are still lots of people who have never tried smoking pot, or consuming it in other ways. For many, the idea seems intimidating and although the jury is out on whether or not cannabis is still considered a gateway drug, some people are just afraid […]

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Gov’t on controversial Cannabis-impaired Driving laws: Punish first, research later

On July 4, 2018, the federal government announced its plan to earmark nearly $1 million towards research on cannabis-impaired driving.   The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is set to undertake a three-year study to determine, once and for all, how high a person has to be to be too high to drive.  This announcement […]

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VCBC gives MLA Carol James 3 conditions for compliance with legalization laws

If you ask any of the staff or volunteers at the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club what they will do on October 17th, they will tell you that business will operate as usual. On July 26, 2018, Ted Smith wrote a letter to BC’s Deputy Premier and Finance Minister, Carole James to explain. Here is that letter: […]

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How Prohibition has led to Shady and Toxic CBD Products

We live in a shady world where some people will do anything for a quick buck- even if that means poisoning other people to make that buck. That’s why it’s essential only to purchase CBD from trusted sources, especially because some companies use low CBD hemp oil and market it differently, making mislabeling a considerable […]

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Cannabis Patient Profile – Meet Margie

I had never heard of juvenile arthritis until one day when I was working at the VCBC; a very warm and friendly senior couple, Ian and Margie came through the doors. Right away, I noticed two bright, contagious smiles while I served them, delighted to hear them express how cannabis had saved their lives. Margie […]

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Ryan Reynolds producing R-rated pot parody of 90’s classic “Home Alone”

Movie star Ryan Reynolds is producing an R-rated parody of Home Alone called Stoned Alone for 20th Century Fox. It’s like Fox exec Matt Reilly saw Jon Stewart’s cameo in Half Baked and took it a little too seriously, probably thinking to himself, “Remember Home Alone? Well, let’s do that, except on weed”, while chuckling and patting […]

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Ontario on the verge of scrapping government-only cannabis stores

Wherever you lie on the political spectrum, the recent election of the Progressive Conservatives in Ontario, led by Doug Ford, may have a silver lining for cannabis retail after all. Since the Ontario PC’s were elected, there has been little clarification on the issue of allowing private stores to sell cannabis despite requests from multiple […]

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How Cannabis Legalization May Affect Your Insurance

Almost 5 million Canadians may have consumed cannabis in 2017, spending more than $5.5 billion dollars on the drug, according to Statistics Canada, and whether you consume cannabis or not, there will likely be insurance price adjustments coming your way. The numbers of Canadians using cannabis could soon skyrocket because on Oct. 17, the federal […]

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What’s the link between cannabis & schizophrenia & should you be worried?

Studies have shown that schizophrenia only affects up to 1% of the general population, but if you use cannabis, your chances of suffering from schizophrenia can increase by as much as 7X. Why is that? What is schizophrenia? First, we should take a look at what schizophrenia is- a mental illness with symptoms that include abnormal […]

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Toronto-based company creates world’s first beer brewed from cannabis

A Canadian company is claiming to be the first in the world to come up with a cannabis beer but there are already cannabis beers on the market, so what makes this one so different? The new beer is the latest creation from Ontario-based Province Brands and what makes it stand out from any other […]

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Health Canada’s rules for cannabis sponsorships are hypocritical and hurt music festivals

Some of Canada’s biggest licensed producers are getting into sponsorships in a big way and Health Canada is not happy about it at all. On Jul. 13, the government released a statement saying: “The actions of some companies have underscored the need for the [marketing and advertising] prohibitions in the [Cannabis] Act and their rigorous […]

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5 Crazy Busts: Weed all about it

When it comes to weed, you either love it, or you don’t but unless you can’t read, there’s no denying that cannabis has loads of medicinal value. Yet still, this blazing and amazing plant is the center of bust after bust. I took a look online to see what I could find when it came […]

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Medicated while driving: Medicinal cannabis patients get a break under Bill 174

For all the medical cannabis patients rightfully worried about being thrown in jail for driving while medicated, there’s good news- at least for those who live in Ontario. Bill 174, aka the Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Statute Law Amendment Act, contains an important amendment to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act. The act states that: “Exceptions […]

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5 reasons why Canada needs cannabis lounges

With legalization mere months away, provinces and territories across the country are enacting their respective cannabis regulations, and one of the big questions hanging in the air is: What about cannabis lounges? For anyone dreaming of Amsterdam-style coffee shops and cool lounges where you can drop in to freely smoke and vape cannabis, I’ve got […]

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Osoyoos Banned All Government Retail Cannabis

In an epic and righteous move, Osoyoos has BANNED ALL GOVERNMENT RETAIL CANNABIS IN FAVOR OF PRIVATE RETAIL STORES! That’s right! To support small businesses, giving them a fighting chance, Osoyoos will not allow the sale of LP bud in provincial stores. Mayor Sue McKortoff, the City Council and the South Okanagan Chamber Of Commerce […]

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Ontario to end folly of liquor monopoly while blindly pushing ahead with gov’t-controlled cannabis

Ontario’s recently elected Progressive Conservative government announced its plans to end the LCBO’s near-monopoly on alcohol sales in its throne speech last week. That means beer and wine sales will be expanded to big box stores, grocery stores, and corner stores, which fulfills a major campaign promise that the Ford government has called a “show […]

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Awkward Ways Used To Smuggle Cannabis

Recently, I went to a festival and I had to sneak in my weed. Feeling like a teenager about to be busted got me thinking of all the hilarious incognito cannabis use that has happened over the years; as well as all the tricks that have been used to hide it. Considering that these won’t […]

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Dumbstruck By Beauty At The Great Canadian Glass Gathering

Of all the cannabis events I have been to or heard of, the Great Canadian Glass Gathering is one of the best. The energy of the place is serenely peaceful, happy and welcoming. You don’t need a lot of money to experience it but you could definitely spend a small fortune and walk away happy […]

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Canadians should Think Twice Before Crossing the American Border

Crossing the border may become much more difficult for a certain group of Canadians come October 17, 2018.  While cannabis-users have been gearing up for potential issues at the border for some time, it now appears that people working in the cannabis industry may also be affected – regardless of whether they use the drug […]

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BC Liquor Supplying from LPs — Have We Lost BC Bud?

The British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch, the only legal wholesaler of cannabis in the province, announced Wednesday that it had begun contract negotiations with 31 licensed producers. The branch’s general manager and CEO, Blain Lawson, went as far as to announce “LDB’s commitment to working towards eliminating the illicit market.” Who is this black market? The 5% of […]

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Health Canada Sucks (And is Killing You)

Health Canada spent most of the 20th century promoting a terrible diet for everyone. The Lipid hypothesis says saturated fats are bad for you and we should use carbohydrates as our primary source of fuel. This is bunk.  Governments severely messed up in their health care delivery system by forgetting that prevention is key to […]

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Craig Ex on heading to Amsterdam for the High Times Cannabis Cup

CLN caught up with Craig Ex aka the Expert of Expert Joints before he hit the tarmac on his way to Amsterdam for the High Times Cannabis Cup, and he told us about the special “Fridazed” radio show he’ll be doing this Friday live from Amsterdam, what he’s looking forward to in the city famous […]

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Canopy acquires Hiku, owner of Tokyo Smoke, as cannabis oligopoly looms

Canopy Growth Corp., Canada’s largest licensed producer, has announced its acquisition of Hiku Brands Co., and estimates of the all-stock deal range from $250 M (as reported in the Financial Post) to $350 M (according to Hiku). Hiku owns the cannabis lifestyle brand/ coffee shop Tokyo Smoke along with licensed producer DOJA Cannabis, and Canopy […]

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Too High for This

Eat, sleep, and CBD are all great ways to come down from cannabis if you get too high. “I’m freaking out man, talk me down.” These aren’t usually the words you hear when you’re smoking bud with your buds. But, that doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. Weed is getting stronger, and the effects of […]

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Just Say No to the Community Safety Unit

British Columbia’s NDP government is promising a Community Safety Unit to enforce cannabis legalization.  How Orwellian. A new whole bureaucracy to enforce cannabis laws. So much for the argument that prohibition was a waste of taxpayers money. Somehow, governments in Canada have made legalization a boondoggle as well. These people really do deserve to be locked […]

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2018 Great Canadian Glass Gathering Recap

Check out the recap of the Great Canadian Glass Gathering which was an amazing weekend in beautiful Birken BC full of dabs, glass art, community, and culture. Watch as Chad Jackett from Liberty Farms says hi to and gets high with some new and familiar faces as he explores the grounds of the Glass Gathering […]

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Cannabis Business Summit announces keynote speaker: former deputy AG James M. Cole

James M. Cole, the former Deputy Attorney General who served from 2010-2015 during the Obama presidency, has been announced as the keynote speaker at the Cannabis Business Summit and Expo in San Jose on July 25-27. As the author of the 2013 “Cole Memo”, James Cole fundamentally shifted the legal landscape for cannabis in America. […]

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Some States Still Hate

Cannabis legalization took another step forward in the United States as Oklahoma became the 30th state to pass a medical cannabis law. This should show you how bought out the countries political leaders are. They’re owned by big pharma and other special interest groups that have their own plans for the American people. That can be […]

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Owner of Best Buds Society on being a wanted man, the billionaires trying to control Saskatchewan’s cannabis industry, and more

Cannabis Life Network spoke with Pat Warnecke, the owner of Saskatchewan-based medical dispensary Best Buds Society, on June 22, a day after he turned himself into police after finding out he had a warrant out for his arrest, which was related to the Regina Police dispensary raids back in March. Pat Warnecke told us about his […]

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Why You Should Eat Cannabis Seeds: 5 Health Benefits

For a plant that was highly appreciated in the past given its unmatchable benefits and value, cannabis has quite the opposite reputation lingering around now, although it is popularly (and illegally) used for recreational purposes all across the globe today. The debate to prove whether it has health benefits lasted for almost as long as […]

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Crony-Capitalism in Manitoba

If you search for, “crony-capitalism” you’ll get a pretty straightforward definition: “an economic system characterized by close, mutually advantageous relationships between business leaders and government officials.” Wikipedia goes further to describe it as, “an economy in which businesses thrive not as a result of risks they take, but rather as a return on money amassed […]

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It’s High time for Adventure so check out these Elevated Canadian travel ideas

It’s almost official! Canadian adults will soon be able to ‘legally’ experience a herb that has been forced to the black market and underground for decades due to prohibition. This month, both the House and Senate signed off on legislation to bring an ‘end’ to prohibition surrounding cannabis in Canada. The legislation has been given […]

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Why Weed makes food and sex better

Everything is better when you’re high! But have you ever stopped to wonder why? I mean, aside from the obvious answer of, well you’re phucking high, so everything’s great? Food is better with weed, sex is better with weed and life, in general, is just better with weed. This isn’t just a stoner concept either. […]

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Your cannabis licenses, please

Health Canada recently released its regulations that aim to clarify the Cannabis Act, but at 390 pages long it’s a lot to cover, so this piece will serve as an introduction to licenses. But first, a little background Many outlets have pointed out that Health Canada’s regulations are a whopping 390 pages long, but in reality, it’s […]

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Health Canada announces cannabis regulations which include no THC limits for dried flower

On Jun. 27th, Health Canada announced new regulations in support of the Cannabis Act, which received Royal Assent last week and is scheduled to come into effect on Oct. 17, 2018. As always, the government says that one of its top priorities is protecting the health and safety of Canadians and the regulations will cover […]

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BC Cannabis laws: A breakdown

Now that cannabis has been cleared by our federal government for legal sale in October, many provinces are turning their minds to the tough questions that will need to be answered in order to make this pipe dream a reality. In BC, the provincial government has already put a significant amount of thought into what legal […]

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The Cannabis Act – Medical Access Is No High Priority

It’s a strange feeling and to be honest, I am struggling to describe it; as soon as The Cannabis Act receives Royally Assent, I could face 14 years in jail because I help manage a compassion club and we sell cannabis to sick people. We have no intention of denying life-saving medicine to our members, […]

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Who should represent the Cannabis industry?

As cannabis becomes more mainstream, there is a discussion happening within the community over who should (and shouldn’t) speak for the cannabis cause. One side is saying that we need new spokespeople as legalization kicks in because the activists who got it here no longer represent the common cannabis user, while the other side argues […]

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B.C. Announces Central Cannabis Warehouse and Online Platform

Who are the lobbyists for Shopify? Because they’re doing great work. Great, in the sense that they’re excelling at crony-capitalism… not something to be proud of, but I digress. Shopify will be handling the online cannabis sales for not only Ontario but British Columbia as well.  In economic circles, when governments make exclusive deals with […]

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Marijuana in the Mix: The Effect of Pairing Foods with Cannabis

As the market for cannabis heats up around the world, from the superfood appeal of hemp seeds to the newfound popularity of cannabidiol (CBD oil), it’s no surprise that people are looking for new ways to pump up the power of the plant. While there’s a lot of potential on the horizon for medical marijuana […]

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Cannabis At Work

As the government’s self-imposed deadline for cannabis legalization approaches, politicians and legislators have been working around the clock to tie up any loose ends that could potentially cause problems once the product legally hits the streets. So far, they have tackled complex issues around cannabis and driving, as well as setting age limits and guidelines around […]

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3 Changes to Canada’s Impaired Driving Laws

With legal cannabis comes new impaired driving laws.  And it ain’t good. Bill C-46 overhauls impaired driving laws so police now have more power (and the tools) to charge drivers. The Bill also makes it easier for courts to ram through impaired driving cases quicker. Saliva Testing In the same way police do roadside breath tests […]

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