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Jesse B. Staniforth
Jesse B. Staniforth is a Montreal-based freelance reporter specializing in Indigenous issues, cybersecurity, music, politics, and death.
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Chuck Rifici: The Problem-Solving Cannabis Financier

How a passion for innovation—and disdain for opioids—made a cannabis true-believer of this Canadian entrepreneur.

Henry Rollins: How a Drug-Hating Punk Came to Respect Cannabis

The famously straight-edge punk legend holds forth on lovable stoners, the connection between cannabis and gay rights, and his goal of being a "moral force" in the cannabis space.

Quebec Wants to Ban Homegrow. Is It the Will of the Voters or Vested Interests?

When Health Minister Lucie Charlebois speaks of a majority who oppose home growing, it very well may be a deck stacked with companies who stand to make a profit from keeping Quebeckers from growing their own.

Canada’s Marijuana Party Founder Loves Legalization Even Though It ‘Pisses Me Off’

Founder of the Bloc Pot and the Marijuana Party (and co-founder of the Montreal Compassion Centre), Marc-Boris St-Maurice reflects on several decades of fighting the good fight for cannabis.

Indigenous Communities and the Cannabis Act: A Clash of Tradition and Treaties

Some Indigenous communities want an all-out ban on cannabis. Others want to be able to grow and sell cannabis freely. All feel they have a moral right to decide for themselves.

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Health Canada Considering Categorizing CBD as Natural Health Product

The class of less-regulated, non-intoxicating cannabis products could be sold over the counter.

Expect Shortages When Extracts and Edibles Hit the Market

Can the country's legal producers meet market demand come Legalization 2.0?

After Returning to Regular Hours, Quebec SQDC Workers Vote to Strike

Workers at one of Montreal's legal retailers want better wages, paid holidays, and bonuses.

Huge Cement Blocks Bar Access to Illicit Toronto Dispensaries

As illegal cannabis stores attempt to continue operation, city agents have escalated their tactics.

Smoke-Free Ontario Act to Keep Vapes Hidden at Cannabis Stores

If you sell a vaping device, you may neither show it to customers before they buy it, nor let them handle it.

RCMP Silent on 2014 Drug Bust Involving Major Licensed Producer

The RCMP in BC and in Ottawa debated "strategic considerations," including informing the press.

Liberals Pass Bill to Suspend Records for Simple Cannabis Possession

Bill C-93 was passed by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.

Vancouver City Council Debates Cannabis Sales in Downtown Eastside

Even before legalization, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has excluded medical cannabis clinics.

Canadian Government Earmarks $24.5M for Cannabis Research Projects

Through the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Bill Blair announced federal funding intentions that focus on research and education.

420 Supporters Claim Parks Board is Keeping Vancouver Park Closed

More than a month after Vancouver's 420 protest/celebration, a popular city space remains fenced off to the public.

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