Governments taking cautious approach to cannabis marketing

Marketing after legalization suggests most provinces are seeking to distance cannabis from existing alcohol and gaming brands

Governments taking cautious approach to cannabis marketingThe provinces have been largely ambivalent to the sale of cannabis and even appear to employ a “demarketing” strategy, according to a University of Alberta look at the branding behind legalization that also showed flexible public policy can be beneficial in times of uncertainty. “Our initial expectation was that governments would be competing fairly effectively…

More than 100 toxic chemicals found in cannabis smoke

Typical joint contains nearly 2,600 chemicals, including some linked with cancer, genetic mutation and birth defects: U of A study

More than 100 toxic chemicals found in cannabis smokeUniversity of Alberta engineering researchers have characterized the potentially hazardous particles in cannabis smoke and have raised awareness about their potential health effects. “It's not out of line to say there's potential health risk in marijuana smoke, and there's not nearly enough research,” said Robert Nishida, a U of A post-doctoral fellow and co-lead on…

Why COVID-19 could make the overdose epidemic worse

Social isolation can be deadly for people struggling with addictions, says University of Alberta expert

Why COVID-19 could make the overdose epidemic worseWhen Alberta’s chief medical officer, Deena Hinshaw, announced special exemptions to COVID-19 regulations for group therapy in residential addiction treatment centres, it was exactly what University of Alberta addictions expert Cameron Wild was hoping to hear. “The whole concept of recovery is in part founded on developing strong social supportive relationships,” said Wild. Wild is principal investigator with the…

The rise of the night owl: a convenience store giant

Alimentation Couche-Tard has become one of the largest convenience store chains in the world by converting gas dollars and foot traffic into more food sales

The rise of the night owl: a convenience store giantTaking over the world, one convenience store at a time, was Couche-Tard’s plan from day one. There are two types of convenience stores: Mom-and-pop stores, often operated by local people or newcomers seeking a better life in their adopted country. Stores that are part of enormous multinational conglomerates, which streamline operations by supporting thousands of…

Cannabis use by Canadian seniors on the rise

About 578,000 Canadians reported trying cannabis for the first time in the past three months: StatsCan

Cannabis use by Canadian seniors on the riseBy Troy Media A report released on Wednesday by Statistics Canada says cannabis use is less common among seniors than it is in other age groups but consumption has been accelerating at a much faster pace than it has among other age groups. The report said seniors use is seven per cent compared with 10…

Males more likely to use cannabis than females: StatsCan

Males more likely to use cannabis than females: StatsCanFrom mid-May to mid-June, about 4.9 million or 16 per cent of Canadians aged 15 and older reported using cannabis in the previous three months, according to a report released on Thursday by Statistics Canada.  The federal agency said this was unchanged from what was reported one year earlier (before legalization) for the provinces and…

The high social cost of allowing human indulgences

You don’t discourage bad behaviour by making it easier and more pleasant to engage in. Except Canadians have when it comes to gambling and drug use

The high social cost of allowing human indulgencesNot long ago, governments prohibited behaviour that was bad for its citizenry, like gambling and smoking pot. But now, government seems to encourage it, to the detriment of society. In gambling, those insufficiently aware of statistical probabilities are induced to lose money to those with a deeper knowledge of the odds – a sort of…

Westleaf to supply $4M of cannabis derivative products to Delta 9

Westleaf to supply $4M of cannabis derivative products to Delta 9Westleaf Inc. announced on Wednesday that its subsidiary, Westleaf Labs LP, has entered into a white-labelling agreement with Delta 9 to supply approximately $4 million of cannabis derivative products from its large-scale extraction and manufacturing facility in Calgary. Calgary-based Westleaf said the contract will begin on Oct. 1, subject to receipt of final licence approval…

Edible cannabis rules fall far short of expectations

The strict rules could mean the black market will explode. And they will almost certainly mean that industry will defy regulations

Edible cannabis rules fall far short of expectationsHealth Canada’s regulatory framework on cannabis edibles will likely receive parliamentary approval and royal assent within weeks. But the framework is not exactly what most had in mind a few years ago, when everyone thought the federal government was inviting all Canadians to an enormous festival, at an exciting venue playing great music, with lots…