Study says Millions Find Mail Order Cannabis Online

Results of a recent study by researchers at San Diego State University found that millions of people are potentially able to purchase illicit cannabis online and obtain cannabis via regular shipping options, including delivery through the U.S. Postal Service, commercial parcel carriers, and private couriers. While conducted in the United States, there are some strong parrallels that can be drawn to the Canadian cannabis market.

The study was published in peer review American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Researchers analyzed “anonymized, aggregate Internet queries and search results” from Google for the period between January 2005 and June 2017, using search terms that included references to cannabis or marijuana, as well as any retail terms, like, “buy,” “shop,” or “order.”

“Mail-order marijuana retailers occupied half of the first-page results, and three out of every four searches resulted in a mail-order marijuana retailer as the very first suggested link.”

The study also said that, for the time period analyzed, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Nevada had the highest number of online searches for retail marijuana. Searches referencing retail marijuana increased in every state overall during the study, researchers said, except for two–Alabama and Mississippi.

Forty-one percent of searches analyzed led to retail advertising of marijuana available by mail order, and three out of four searches resulted in a mail order marijuana retailer coming up as the first result, at the top of the search page.

Lead research professor John W. Ayers noted, “Anyone… can search for and buy marijuana from their smartphone regardless of what state they live in.”

The study’s lead author Theodore Caputi said, “the instant online availability of marijuana could increase marijuana dependence”

Overall, it seemed to be an observation of the current online weed climate, but there is no doubt that the future is here and buying weed online is a natural progression of visiting dispensaries.

Finally, the researchers Ayers suggested that public health officials working with Internet service providers might purge marijuana retailers from search engine results, in order to prevent minors from accessing marijuana online and, in legal states, to eliminate illicit marijuana retailers from competing with licensed cannabis vendors. It remains to be determined the future, but for now, you can buy weed online Canada.

Weed Canada Online – helps combat Canada’s massive opioid problem

In 2017, Canada broke a national record for the number of apparent opioid deaths, with those occurring between January and September surpassing the number of deaths from all of 2016. Opiods are a huge issue, but weed has seemingly come to the resuce, hence why we encourage Canadians to buy weed online. Read below to understand, weed canada online, has made a massive difference.

For almost 10 years, there have been a smattering of studies published examining the potential for cannabis to be used in the fight against the growing North American opioid crisis, given its aptitude for chronic pain relief. The legalization of weed in Canada this coming summer has thrust this debate back into the spotlight.

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“Our research is showing that patients that go through the proper dosing methodology, approximately 80 per cent of those patients will reduce or stop using opiates,” said Bryan Hendin, the founder and president of the Toronto-based medicinal marijuana clinic, Apollo Clinics. MJN Express didn’t speak or source this information alone, we would like to thank Global News.

What does the research say?

The most recent studies that support this theory were published early in April in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal, and highlight how legalizing cannabis in certain American states coincided with a reduction in opiate prescriptions in those states.

The first study examined how legislation that let people use weed to treat specific medical conditions could be linked to a six per cent drop in prescribing opioids for pain. The second found that Medicare patients living in states with medicinal weed dispensaries filled about 14 per cent fewer prescriptions for daily doses of opioids than those in other states.

“It’s definitely a viable option. The research definitely shows that cannabis works on opiates … to reduce or substitute opiates for a better quality of life,” said Dr. Michael Verbora, the medical director with Aleafia Medical Cannabis Care.

READ this news article: Canada breaks record for opioid deaths

Cannabis contains several compounds, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the main psychoactive component in cannabis) and cannabidiol (CBD). Beyond the psychoactive effects of these compounds, research released in 2008 has demonstrated that they also impact the bodily systems in charge of pain regulation.

An additional study was released by the International Journal of Drug Policy in 2017which further explored the use of medical cannabis as a substitution for several prescriptions. The patients involved in the study reported it to be a successful substitute for many prescription drugs, including opioids.

In conducting its own study involving over 300 chronic pain patients over three years, Apollo clinics concluded that participants reported a 20 per cent reduction in the severity of symptoms and a dramatic reduction in opiate use, though it depended on what Hendin referred to as the “dosing methodology” behind this treatment.

What do the experts say?

Several cannabis clinics across Canada have trialled a method known as the “substitution method,” but according to Hendin and Verbora, this strategy can be “incredibly effective” for patients only when properly employed.

“The answer is, definitely maybe,” said Hendin. “It has everything to do with the actual handling of the medical cannabis.”

He went on to explain how an understanding of the product and the limitations of the patient are key to whether or not the substitution method is successful.

“You have to spend time working with the patient, going through the process. If you don’t go through that process, you’re just throwing a dart at a board. There’s no strategy to it,” he said.

A patient that suffers from severe anxiety, he added, shouldn’t be prescribed a cannabis strain with high levels of THC, for example. Furthermore, if a patient suffers from schizophrenia, prescribing cannabis with high THC could also pose several negative consequences.

Verbora agrees that in implementing this method, it’s vital to “go about it slow because otherwise, it can cause a number of unpleasant side effects.”

Patients with severe mental-health conditions or are pregnant should also exercise caution when considering cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain.

However, Verbora adds that while several studies have proven its efficacy in treating opioid dependency in patients — as long as caution is exercised amid certain medical nuances — there are several financial barriers to accessing cannabis in Canada that aren’t in place for other prescription drugs, including opiates.

Is Canada ready to use cannabis to fight the opioid crisis? 

Canada is currently the second-largest, per-capita prescriber of prescription opioids in the world. As these numbers have continued to escalate, calls for employing cannabis as part of a solution to this problem have grown louder and louder.

One Windsor doctor, Dr. Christopher Blue, for example, has become known for prescribing cannabis to patients with chronic pain and trauma. In addition, the former B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake, who’s now the vice-president at a marijuana company, not mjnexpress, has been vocal in pushing for further research into using cannabis to treat opioid dependency.

“I’m not saying it’s the answer to the opioid crisis. I’m saying it’s one of the options we should explore,” said Lake, who chose not to run in last spring’s provincial election.

“It’s very promising and deserving of further research and there’s no better place to do that than in British Columbia,” he said.

At the same time, Canada is quickly approaching legalizing recreational cannabis sometime this summer, and the federal government started programs to better understand the impacts of medical cannabis on the human body and mind.


While the research indicates that weed could be part of the solution to opioid dependency in Canada, both Verbora and Hendin admit that there are some financial barriers for patients who wish to access medical cannabis.

Currently, medical cannabis prescriptions are not covered under most insurance plans and are subject to a number of sales taxes, unlike many other prescription drugs including opioids. For example, some medical marijuana patients are bracing for an uphill battle in their bid to convince the federal government to exempt medicinal cannabis from excise taxes.

Their lobbying effort will begin once MPs start debating the government’s budget implementation bill, which in its current form would apply the taxes to all but a small group of cannabis-based drugs.

“It’s a bit biased, and it’s counter-productive. There should be no taxes on it,” said Verbora. “The reality is, patients don’t want to be sick and most patients don’t choose to be sick. It does appear discriminatory.”

Verbora and Hendin remain confident that even legalization in the recreational market could have an impact on opioid consumption as more Canadians opt to try weed instead.

Quite possibly, we could see a reduction of opioids consumed. We have seen unbelievable reduction said Hendin.

Furthermore, Verbora predicted that recreational legalization might prompt a reduction in consumption of alcohol and tobacco in Canada as well. He notes that patients hoping to reduce their consumption of opioids with medical weed should consult their physician first.

While he emphasizes that the opioid crisis in Canada requires a more layered approach than relying only on substituting opioid prescriptions with cannabis, he believes it can serve as a “very viable alternative.”

Rock Stars Entering Cannabis

KISS bass player Gene Simmons says he’s never smoked a joint in his life, but he’s now the global ambassador for a company that’s gearing up to sell recreational pot to Canadians.

In fact, the 68-year-old rock star is the CEO at Vancouver-based Invictus MD Strategies Corp.

That’s “chief evangelist officer,” the title Simmons gained in a multimillion-dollar deal with the company.

Simmons, famous on stage for his demon makeup, large tongue and fire-spitting, will put his “branding and merchandising genius” to work on behalf of Invictus, the company says.

Simmons is not the only celebrity hooking up with a cannabis company.

Members of The Tragically Hip are creative partners and shareholders in Newstrike Resources Ltd., the owner of Up Cannabis. Beleave Inc. has a brand licensing deal with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, who played pot dealers Jay and Silent Bob in movies and animated TV series. The team behind made-in-Canada stoner characters The Trailer Park Boys has a business and brand development deal with New Brunswick’s OrganiGram. Tweed Inc. in Smiths Falls sells rap icon Snoop Dogg’s “Leafs by Snoop” weed.

Kevin Smith (left) and Jason Mewes in the movie Jay and Silent bob Strike Back.

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Snoop Dogg performs at Bluesfest in July 2014. ASHLEY FRASER / OTTAWA CITIZEN

It’s all part of a push by cannabis companies to build brands and make their products stand out. But that effort is going to be complicated by the pending legalization law in Canada, which will come with strict regulations.

The federal Cannabis Act will ban mass advertising and promotion. It will not allow any TV commercials, billboards or glossy magazine ads extolling the virtues of the dried weed and cannabis oil that will be sold in plain packages from behind the counter upon legalization. Cannabis companies won’t be allowed to sponsor people or events or put their names on sports and cultural facilities, either.

The law will also prohibit promotion of cannabis through endorsements and testimonials, by depicting people, characters or animals, by appealing to youth, or by associating the drug with a lifestyle of “glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.”

However, the law has yet to be interpreted.

And what type of celebrity partnerships will be allowed is a big question for the fledgling cannabis industry, says Aaron Sonshine, co-head of the cannabis law section at Toronto firm Bennett Jones.

“Companies are trying to find ways to create brand profile in an industry that is increasingly competitive,” says Sonshine. “(Companies) will be looking for ways to create brand recognition by aligning themselves with popular figures in a way that doesn’t cross the line with the new regime.”

Federal politicians have emphasized their intention to guard against the promotion of cannabis, especially to young people. The tension between the government’s promise of “strict regulation” and the industry’s desire to sell products and expand is obvious.

The day before Simmons appeared at the Toronto Stock Exchange when Invictus changed its trading symbol to “Gene,” Health Canada unveiled a proposed design for cannabis packages.

Health Canada Weed Packaging
This is an example of the packaging being proposed by Health Canada for cannabis products when pot becomes legal in Canada.  OTTWP

THC MJN ExpressThe package is dominated by health warnings printed in screaming yellow, alerting users to the risks of addiction, psychosis, schizophrenia, hurting their unborn babies, inhaling harmful chemicals or injuring or killing themselves or others if they drive or operate heavy machinery while stoned.

The packages also include a warning symbol for products containing THC: a red stop sign with a cannabis leaf inside.

Companies will be allowed to add small slogans or logos and choose one background colour for the package. No fluorescent or metallic colours, glossy coatings, texture or foil allowed.

Experts expect that, at some point, Health Canada will provide more guidance, either in regulations or guidelines.

For example, the looming pot law does not define the terms “testimonial” and “endorsement.”

“So it’s not a testimonial or endorsement if it’s coming from your chief evangelist officer?” tweeted Ottawa lawyer Trina Fraser, using the hashtag #LetTheWorkaroundsBegin.

“There’s obviously a lot of room for interpretation with what’s in there,” said Fraser in an interview.

“I suspect what will happen is that some (companies) will continue to push the boundaries, push the boundaries again, until Health Canada or someone tells them to stop.”

Nothing in the law forbids a celebrity from representing a cannabis company, she says, “but if what is coming out of their mouth constitutes a testimonial or endorsement (of cannabis), that’s really the issue.”

In a news release, Invictus said Simmons will offer advice on marketing, make public appearances, attend investor and annual general meetings, and be a spokesman in the media.

It’s not a “day-to-day job,” Invictus CEO Dan Kriznic told the Business News Network. “It’s somebody who spreads the message.” Simmons has a global fan base, he said in the interview. “For a public company, I wanted to get more eyeballs onto Invictus, and looking at Gene, he was somebody who could help me do that.”

For Simmons, it’s simply a good business opportunity.  

“I’ve never had any cannabis of any kind,” Simmons told BNN. He’s never been drunk, either, or smoked cigarettes, he said.

“I invest in all sorts of things that I don’t personally use,” Simmons told BNN.  

Simmons said he was impressed with Invictus and finds the cannabis industry fascinating.

He certainly has business savvy. Simmons helped create the KISS spinoff empire of more than 2,500 licensed items, from T-shirts to lunch boxes, starred in a reality TV show with his family, has his own record label and is a best-selling author. His entrepreneurial ventures include a restaurant chain and a soda line called Moneybags.

But can a celebrity such as Simmons make public appearances on behalf of a cannabis company without promoting cannabis?

It will be up to Health Canada to draw the line in the sand, says Matt Maurer, head of the cannabis law section at Minden Gross in Toronto.

He sums up both sides of the argument: “Is Gene Simmons not allowed to talk about the company he (partly) owns because the legislation says he’s not allowed to endorse cannabis? If you put Gene Simmons beside a picture of Invictus, is that an endorsement?”

On the one hand, business owners should be allowed to “say whatever they want and sing the virtues of their business,” says Maurer. “On the other hand, if all that was required was an ownership stake in the business, then every company could simply grant shares, however minimal, to the celebrity of their choosing and get around the no-testimonial/endorsement requirement.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if it ends up somewhere in the middle, where the relationship is allowed to stand, but there is just more guidance on what these celebrity owners are  allowed to say and not say, and do and not do.”

In the meantime, companies are looking at opportunities — Sonshine says he knows of half a dozen celebrities who are “kicking the tires” on deals with cannabis companies. “It’s a race to position yourself as a company before the new rules come into effect.

“It’s pretty clear the rules, once introduced, will be pretty restrictive.”

The chief financial officer of Beleave Inc. said his company is taking a cautious approach to its licensing deal with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.

Beleave hopes to work with the actors to develop a cannabis strain, but the details will be worked out when it’s more clear what will be allowed, said Bojan Krasic.

Beleave won’t be going into the “grey area of promotion” in the months before the law comes into effect because there is no point spending time and money on a marketing campaign now that won’t be allowed later, he said.

“This is a long-term project. How it may turn out we’ll have to see.”

It’s an open question whether the restrictions on cannabis promotion would withstand a legal challenge based on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantee of freedom of expression, said Matt Anderson, a lawyer at Duncan Craig in Edmonton.

For the time being, companies are doing things that will be prohibited under the new law, such as sponsoring music festivals and other events.

Tweed Inc., the cannabis company based in Smiths Falls, for instance, sponsored a show at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week last month. The ensembles by 19 designers featured tweed, of course.

The new cannabis law is expected to be in force by late summer or early fall, unless the bill gets tied up in Parliament. Buy weed online canada, on MJN Express.

What we still don’t know about marijuana legalization

One person flicks through images in an online store, buy weed online, the title of the website – planning to purchase a selection and ship it to themselves. Another goes to a cannabis dispensary to browse the menu for the perfect pick-up

This is bound to be the reality across Canada after July 1st sees the proposed Cannabis Act (or Bill C-45) comes into law.

Depending on which province or territory you live in, if you are of legal age to purchase marijuana, you will soon be able to drop into a licensed store or order it online from the comfort of your own home.

But the promised legalization date of July 1, 2018, is approaching fast. Many aspects of marijuana regulation will not be finalized by then.

Marijuana regulation in Canada is looking less like a 6-month occurrence, and more like a 10-year project.

There are some key issues that need to be decided before legalization.

such as online sales, occupational health and safety, regulating cannabis edibles, and more. What is the plan and how will it be implemented.

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Policy levels to consider

In 2016, a Canadian task force was assembled and given the task to make recommendations on a new framework to support the production and sales of recreational marijuana.

Bill C-45 still needs final approval from the Senate. But the provinces and territories have begun the preparation for this eventual reality.

Canada’s policy environment is like three levels, with each level of higher government setting the boundaries of the lower government’s regulations.

Nationally, the focus has primarily been on youth, enforcement (training officers in time for legalization) and taxation (such as finalizing tax disbursement details between all parties).
Within the provinces and territories, the conversation has been focused on minimum age, impairment and where to sell and by whom. These policy issues fall squarely under the provincial and territorial domains and it makes most sense for them to build upon existing tobacco and alcohol infrastructure, meaning there will be differences between jurisdictions.

These variations could result in confusion (different age minimums) or provide unwanted advantages (lower taxation levels could boost sales in a particular province).

Cities will be left to deal with bylaw issues – such as public consumption and policing. Here again, there will be a number of variations in policy and resources within municipal jurisdictions.

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A major issue facing each province and territory is how and where marijuana will be sold.

Most producers are likely to want to provide online “delivery to your door” services. Many already do so for medical marijuana and are poised to expand their presence after legalization like MJN Express

Provinces will need to decide if they will allow online sales and how they expect retailers to enforce minimum age requirements. Purchasing online with home delivery creates additional issues that still need to be worked out. It is widely believed that most provinces will allow these to continue to operate.

Smoking safely at work

Employers will have an interesting challenge. What are acceptable levels of impairment and how will we test and enforce them?

For safety-sensitive occupations, many companies already have random work-site testing with a zero tolerance policy for alcohol and other impairing substances. For other occupations, the culture around marijuana is defined by its illegal status. Most people choose not to step outside for their smoke break and light up a joint – because it’s illegal, not because they wouldn’t enjoy it.

In the context of legalized marijuana, smoking a joint with your coffee will be acceptable. But how will that be balanced with the expectation to work without impairment? This part still needs to be figured out.

Freedom and privacy will be at the forefront of this debate. How employers will balance safety, privacy and their “duty to accommodate” employees who use medical marijuana is still not known.

At minimum, employers may need to revisit workplace policies in order to balance the needs of employees who require the use of marijuana and the safety of their workplaces. Our hunch is that occupational health and safety issues will eventually be settled through the courts rather than through development of good sound policy.

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Marijuana edibles come in all forms, from chocolate bars to gummy bears. These familiar-looking, colourful items are already a big hit in Colorado where marijuana was legalized in 2014. Cannabis-infused edibles will likely continue the myth of cannabis as a natural alternative with no harms.

Canada is looking at bringing Edibles into legislation in 2019.

The government acknowledges more issues involved with edibles, such as they may also increase the likelihood that children will accidentally consume these products.

Which regulations or approaches limit accidental ingestion? How will the introduction of edibles influence the number of users and their use patterns? How will edibles affect impairment levels differently than smoked product? These are just a few of the issues that we know very little about.
Edibles are an easy part of the market to carve off and deal with later.

The issues surrounding their inclusion are complicated and, wisely, several of the provinces have already stated that they will not allow edibles in the July 2018 regulations.

A 10-year project

Canada is only the second country in the world to legalize marijuana (or the 10th jurisdiction if we count all the states in the U.S.). We will have to learn most of the lessons ourselves. Policy shortcomings or failings are inevitable.

We should expect to make continual adjustments, modifications and regulations over the next 10 years. But us at MJN Express, a mail order marijuana company, are excited to see what the future holds.


No Cannabis to be sold in BC liquor stores.

This article was created by CTV News, Laura Kane.

When recreational marijuana is legalized in Canada this summer, British Columbians won’t be able to buy it along with a six-pack of beer.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth is set to unveil a suite of rules and regulations for legal cannabis in B.C. on Monday.

Global News has learned that chief among them will be a ban on the sale of cannabis products alongside any alcohol products.

In addition to the liquor store ban, Farnworth is set to announce that landlords will have the right to ban tenants from growing cannabis on their premises.

LISTEN: Inching closer to legalization


The province has previously announced that marijuana will be sold in a mixture of privately owned and publicly owned outlets; it is now set to clarify that none of those outlets will be liquor stores.

WATCH: B.C. landlords call for pot smoking ban

Under the model, it would be possible for a stand-alone cannabis retail outlet to be established next door to a liquor store, but not within its doors.

Farnworth has rejected the selling of cannabis in liquor stores, known as “co-location,” despite a campaign by an unlikely alliance of private liquor retailers and unionized public liquor store workers to allow for the sale of the products side by side.

READ MORE: B.C.’s liquor stores want control of recreational pot sales, but not everyone’s on board

That alliance has argued that liquor stores already have the infrastructure in place to safely handle cannabis, and that staff are well trained to prevent the sale to minors or intoxicated people.

WATCH: Reaction to legalization of marijuana in B.C.

However, public health experts including former Chief Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall have argued against co-location.

Those experts argued that while 80 per cent of British Columbians consume alcohol, just 17 per cent say they use cannabis.

READ MORE: B.C. Government unveils how cannabis will be sold once legalized

On one hand, they argued, making cannabis available in any of B.C.’s nearly 900 public and private liquor outlets could increase marijuana use, while on the other hand, it could expose people seeking marijuana who have addiction issues to alcohol.

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Liberal caucus proposes decriminalization of illegal drug use, simple possession

They’re pushing the Trudeau government to go much further than legalizing recreational marijuana. In a priority resolution they hope will be adopted at the Liberals’ policy convention in April for inclusion in the next election platform, the national caucus is calling on the government to eliminate criminal penalties for simple possession and consumption of all illicit drugs.

Newly-minted NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has taken a similar stance.

But the Conservatives, who have opposed many elements of the plan to legalize pot by July, are signaling that they would object to decriminalizing the use of other, harder drugs even more strenuously.

“The Conservatives haven’t been satisfied or in any way pleased with what they’re doing in the area of marijuana. I think it’s going to be a complete mess in this country,” Conservative justice critic Rob Nicholson said in an interview.

“That being said, to expand this … to do anything that does anything except discourage people from taking opioids and strong drugs I think is a mistake,” he added.

“If you’re saying it’s OK to consume this, you’re not sending out the message here that this is a huge problem that tears families apart, destroys peoples’ health, decreases the safety within this country. Because who’s going to be providing them with this? These are the criminal elements.”

Many Conservatives feared legalization of pot would be just the first step towards legalizing other, harder drugs. But Nicholson said he’s frankly surprised that Liberal MPs aren’t even waiting to see how legalizing cannabis works out before starting down that slippery slope.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly ruled out legalization of drugs other than cannabis. He has not so far commented on the resolution advanced by his own caucus, which does not actually go so far as to advocate legalization of other drugs.

Rather, the caucus is proposing that Canada adopt the model that has proven successful in Portugal in significantly reducing overdose deaths, decreasing illicit drug use and reducing the social cost of drug abuse.

Since 2001, Portugal has expanded treatment and harm reduction services, such as safe injection sites, and eliminated criminal penalties for simple possession and consumption of all illegal drugs. A person found in possession of a drug for personal use is no longer arrested but ordered to appear before a “dissuasion commission” which can refer the person to a treatment program or impose administrative sanctions.

“We see on all the metrics that matter, in terms of a public health approach, positive success stories,” Toronto Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith said in an interview.

“We’re certainly not talking about legalizing all drugs here. We’re talking about a step that would decriminalize (drug use) … I think the easiest way of thinking about it is we currently use the criminal justice system to tackle drug abuse and let’s use the health system as much as possible to tackle drug abuse instead.”

In a recent byelection in Toronto’s Scarborough-Agincourt, the Conservative candidate ran social media ads, one of which featured a grainy photo of a junkie injecting heroin into his arm. The ads warned voters about the Liberals’ plan to legalize pot and create more safe injection sites.

“The Trudeau Liberals want to bring dangerous drugs into our community,” one ad asserted. “The Liberals are rushing to legalizing (sic) marijuana despite concerns being raised by police and health professionals. And now they want to legalize prescription heroin!”

It’s not hard to imagine how much sharper Conservative attacks would become if the Liberal party adopts the caucus proposal. But Erskine-Smith said Liberals shouldn’t let that deter them.

“If the Conservatives want to ignore the evidence and lash out in some tough-on-crime way, I say have at it. It hasn’t worked in the past and I don’t think it will work,” he said.

“I hope we’re past the point of worrying whether Canadians are going to buy into this idea … It doesn’t matter what political stripe you are, if you care about the evidence and you care about what works, I think you’ve got to get past the politics of it and what the easy attack ad is and follow the evidence to save lives.”

14% of Canada’s population bought cannabis in 2017

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With the legalization of recreational cannabis less than six months away, Ottawa wants to get a clear picture of the industry in Canada. To that end, the national statistics agency, Statistics Canada, conducted a wide-ranging study that looked at the cannabis sector from 1961 to 2017, examining data such as consumption, domestic production, the size of the US market, the Canadian share of the American market, and seizure data at the border in both directions.

In 2017, Canadians spent an estimated $5.7 billion on cannabis.

The government agency also reached out to Canadians via anonymous web-based surveys, which sought input on cannabis’ regional purchase price, quantity, quality, and division between medical and recreational use. The results were released January 25. Here are the big takeaways:

Canadians Like Cannabis…

In 2017, some 4.9 million Canadians, about 14% of the country’s total population, spent an estimated $5.7 billion on cannabis, 90% of which was for recreational purposes. This works out to around $1,200 per cannabis consumer.

…But They Still Spend More on Alcohol and Tobacco

Canadians spent just over $22 billion on alcohol and $16 billion on tobacco products in 2016.

Canada’s Cannabis Industry Is Bigger Than Its Tobacco and Alcohol Industries

Much of the tobacco and alcohol consumed in Canada is imported. Not so with cannabis.

In 2014, the domestic cannabis-producing industry was valued at $3.4 billion, whereas the tobacco industry was valued at $1 billion and the brewery industry at $2.9 billion. Much of the tobacco and alcohol consumed in Canada is imported. Not so with cannabis.

Availability Is Bringing Cannabis Prices Down

The price of a gram of cannabis declined between 1989 and 2016, from $12 to $7.50, even though Canadians have been spending increasingly more on cannabis overall. Government statisticians attribute the drop in price to an increase in supply compared with demand.

Teens Spend Less on Cannabis Than Other Age Groups

Between 2000 and 2017, 40% of Canadian cannabis purchases were made by citizens aged 25 to 44. 33% were made by those aged 18 to 24.  18% were made by those aged 15 to 17, and 9% were made by those aged 45 to 64.

Boomers and Cannabis Are Old Friends

Cannabis consumption among middle-aged Canadians, those between 45 and 64 years old, has been increasing in recent years. In 1975, they accounted for 4% of cannabis purchases. By 2017, the percentage was 23%. Are Baby Boomers renewing their love affair with the magic plant or did they never let it cool in the first place?

When Opportunity Knocks…

Last year, 20% of Canada’s cannabis production, about $1.2 billion worth of it, was illegally sold outside the country. That is a 900% increase from 1961.

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Online Dispensary, shifting how Canadians consume marijuana

Legalization of recreational marijuana has altered the way people consume their weed.


Many believe the days of lighting & smoking joints and pulling bong rips are coming to an end.


Instead, they believe the future of marijuana consumption lies in the form of edibles, vaporizers and concentrates.


CBD products such as soaps, make-up and lotions have also risen in popularity.


If you’re treating a medical condition or simply looking for a recreational high – there’s an array of delivery options when it comes to using cannabis.


Knowing the benefits and disadvantages of each, you can determine which method is most suitable for you.


Smoking medical marijuana


Perhaps due to the availability of devices and their ease of use, smoking is the most popular delivery method associated with cannabis.


There are a variety of ways to smoke marijuana whether you’re seeking the social interaction surrounding a hookah or wanting the simple portable convenience of a hand a pipe. Other smoking devices include rolling papers, bongs, and bubblers.


Some people like to get creative and construct their own disposable, one-time use devices out of the household and even grocery items.


Many people choose to smoke cannabis as it’s the most expedient delivery method and offers the quickest onset of effects. Dosing is relatively easy to manage, as well.


But while not as carcinogenic and harmful as smoking cigarettes, smoking marijuana may leave you with respiratory and bronchial damage.


If you want to smoke, then you ought to smoke less. Choose a more potent strain with higher levels of THC to lessen the number of inhalations necessary for proper dosage.


Contrary to popular belief, holding in smoke doesn’t quicken the effects of marijuana. Avoid inhaling too many tars and toxins by taking short, shallow hits then exhaling immediately. That’s the best way to smoke. If you consider mail order weed, the process becomes easier.



As an alternative, using vaporizers is the healthiest way to inhale cannabis. Similar to smoking, vaping involves slowly heating cannabis to a temperature high enough to extract cannabinoids, converting them to airborne vapors.


Unlike smoking, the remaining plant material isn’t heated enough to cause combustion, reducing the number of harmful byproducts.



Vaping devices come in a variety of forms from tabletop devices to portable hand-held pens. Vaporizers offer the same benefits and convenience of smoking cannabis while limiting exposure to toxins and chemical irritants.




Ingesting cannabis is one of the safest methods of consumption and can provide some of the most intense full-body and psychoactive effects.


Cannabis-infused products, or edibles, include baked goods, candies, sodas, and teas, most of which are prepared with about 6-10 milligrams of THC per dose.  However, edibles do not offer immediate results.

Your digestive systems process cannabis slowly and can delay the onset of effects for sometimes up to 2 hours. But once THC enters your liver, the cannabinoids metabolize into a more potent chemical, resulting in an exceedingly powerful and enduring high.×580.jpg


Use caution when eating an infused product as it’s easy to overindulge and accidentally overdose. Treat edibles as you would any other drug. Don’t consume them on an empty stomach or in conjunction with alcohol.


Tinctures & Topicals


If you’re looking for a more dosage-controlled delivery method, tinctures offer fast-acting results but without the harmful side-effects of smoking. Tinctures are liquid cannabis extracts that can be directly consumed by placing a few drops under your tongue.


The THC is then quickly absorbed by the body rather than slowly digested, providing instant results.


Tinctures offer the versatility of consumption in that drops can be added to any food or beverage. But if ingested in this manner, results aren’t as immediate since the liver needs time to process it, just like with any other edible.


Tinctures are also quite portable as the liquid is generally packaged in small bottles with dropper tops. A typical dose ranges from about 2-3 drops to no more than 2 full droppers.


Topicals are lotions, balms, sprays, and ointments, topicals are another safe and effective way to administer your marijuana. But while they are the best option localized relief, topicals will not provide cerebral stimulation or psychoactive reactions.


Topicals are made from cannabis extracts and oils that have been decarboxylated to active cannabinoids. They can be directly applied to and quickly absorbed by your skin. This makes it a perfect treatment options for joint pain, swelling, muscle soreness, and even sunburns.


Whatever the delivery method you choose, remember to start low and go slow. Begin with a low dose of cannabis. Establish the potency of your product then be patient and allow time for the drugs to take effect. If more dosing is required, supplement as needed.


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The Globe ran an investigation that found evidence of intentional use of banned pesticides within the marijuana industry. Including that product safety tests were not required to ensure chemicals were not being used.

A similar incident occurred when a patient of Organigram took several unopened containers of marijuana to a federally approved lab and the results showed evidence of five unauthorized pesticides.

As a result of the Marijuana’s producers inability to control their weed, the government of Canada announced that safety testing on all products would be introduced prior to the government’s plan to legalize cannabis for recreational use.

Financial penalties of up to 1 million dollars were put into place, and Scott Wood, a former military police man who was exposed to contaminated marijuana said “you would think the companies are all going to think twice before they use anything they’re not supposed to.”

Mr Wood went on to say “I personally think it should be more than $1-million.”

Patients exposed to contaminated weed have developed serious and unexplained illnesses, including severe weight loss, nausea and abdominal pain.

Health Canada has acknowledged this issue, and is ready to tackle it head on, any company that does not comply with the fines could have its operating licence suspended or revoked.

Spokeswoman for Health Canada, Tammy Jarbeau said, the changes will “provide the Minister of Health with the authority to issue an administrative monetary penalty of up to $1-million per violation to a licensed producer for a violation of the Act or its regulations.”

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Throwback 2012: Liberals endorse Medical and Recreational Marijuana Legalization

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The Liberal party of Canada, headed by Justin Trudeau, dared to challenge the war on drugs. Supporting ending the prohibition of marijuana. Thus enabling online dispensaries to function legally, as well as physical medical marijuana stores in Canada.

They overwhelmingly voted for a resolution regarding the legalization and regulation of marijuana (aka Cannabis) — a position also held by leader Bob Rae, at the time, it was uncertain what would come of it.
“Let’s face up to it, Canada, the war on drugs has been a complete bust,” Rae said in a concluding speech to the large Liberal renewal convention.
Prior to 2012, Liberals called for the decriminalization of marijuana, as did the NDP. The new call to legalize it completely and regulate its production and sale, much as is done with alcohol, was in stark contrast to the governing Conservatives.

In 2012, they made the decision to wholly support recreational marijuana, now 6 years later we are about to see their efforts come to life.
Wrapping up the convention, Rae heralded the moves as a sign the chastened Liberal party is reaching out and renewing itself after the party was reduced to a third-party rump with only 34 seats.
“We Liberals have clearly and emphatically said to the people of Canada: ‘We embrace change and we embrace all Canadians as we rebuild this great national party.”‘
“If you want to be part of a group of free-thinking, innovative, thoughtful, pragmatic, hopeful, positive, happy people, come and join the Liberal party,” he exhorted, adding with a chuckle, “And after the resolution on marijuana today, it’s going to be a group of even happier people in the Liberal party.”
Rae told delegates it makes no sense “to send another generation of young people into prison” for marijuana offenses when “the most addictive substances that are facing Canada today are alcohol and cigarettes.”
While they were willing to take some risks, delegates balked at a resolution calling on Canada to consider cutting its ties to the monarchy, an idea that would open a constitutional can of worms.
Both the marijuana and monarchy resolutions were put forward by the party’s youth wing, which argued that the Liberal party needed to advance bold ideas that are more reflective of young people if it is to revive.
“I think that there’s a certain amount of generational change happening in the party,” said Samuel Lavoie, president of the Liberal youth wing at the time, and his words are as true as ever in 2018.
“We’re willing to push the envelope and we have the numbers and we have the willpower to flex our muscles when it’s needed.”
With an overwhelming 77 percent of delegates voting for legalization, Lavoie predicted: “I think it is really difficult for anyone to just ignore the result and the will of the membership.”


In July 2018, we are to see his words come to fruition with marijuana legalization on the cusp of law.


At the time, representative thought Canadians may be comfortable with decriminalizing pot as a first step. However, Justin has decided to legalize marijuana first.

Speculation about Rae’s future was a constant buzz in the background of the convention. When he took the post of interim leader last May, the party’s national executive demanded — and Rae promised — not to seek the post permanently. However, the executive, with eight new members elected at the convention, could choose to remove the ban on Rae running for permanent leader and Rae has steadfastly refused to say whether he’d take the plunge. Fortunately, Justin Trudeau decided to run at the time.
At a joint news conference with Rae, Crawley said the 33-member executive will make decisions about leadership rules “over the next few months.” He reiterated his view that the interim leader would have to step aside if a decision was made to run in the leadership contest slated for the spring of 2013.
“I accept completely what Michael just said,” Rae added.

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