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Jesse B. Staniforth

Jesse B. Staniforth is the editor of the free cannabis-industry
newsletter WeedWeek Canada. He also reports on Indigenous issues,
cybersecurity, and food safety.

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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.

Jesse B. Staniforth - August 3, 2017

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.

Jesse B. Staniforth - June 21, 2018

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.

Jesse B. Staniforth - May 15, 2018

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.

Jesse B. Staniforth - May 9, 2018

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.

Jesse B. Staniforth - April 25, 2018

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Quebec’s ban on homegrow violates federal law according to courts

Justice Lavoie decided that provincial possession and cultivation bans fall under federal jurisdiction, not provincial.

Jesse B. Staniforth - October 15, 2019

Yukon’s first cannabis store to close on anniversary of legalization

Acting as a buffer between legalization and private retail in the province, government run Cannabis Yukon was only temporary.

Jesse B. Staniforth - October 15, 2019

Are your cannabis plants safe? Backyard thefts are on the rise

While seeds only cost $15 apiece, properly tended outdoor plants can bear 100 grams of bud or more, making the average suburban backyard four-plant grow a desirable target for thieves.

Jesse B. Staniforth - October 4, 2019

Canada’s next cannabis tourism destination could be this small town

Home to a Canopy Growth production facility and Canada's first 420 golf course, Mayor Shawn Pankow wants to put his town on the map.

Jesse B. Staniforth - September 27, 2019

Use of new cannabis breathalyzer could break labour laws

The race for a cannabis breathalyzer is on—despite the questionable legal application of such a device in Canada.

Jesse B. Staniforth - September 26, 2019

The Green Party’s cannabis platform makes zero sense

Elizabeth May revealed the Green Party's position on cannabis policy as part of its 88-page election platform, released on Monday.

Jesse B. Staniforth - September 26, 2019

Candidates expected to go quiet on cannabis ahead of federal election

Liberals reticent to take credit for creating a thriving new job market.

Jesse B. Staniforth - September 19, 2019