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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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It’s now illegal to carry cannabis without an excise stamp in Manitoba

Plus, Manitoba introduces new provincial 30 gram public possession limits, allowing provincial police to issue fines of nearly $700.

Jesse B. Staniforth - December 13, 2019

Stats Canada report: $908M worth of cannabis sold in first year of legalization

New Statistics Canada report shows the country failed to hit sales projections as illicit economies managed to stay alive in key markets.

Jesse B. Staniforth - December 13, 2019

Ex-cop Fantino wants to open a pot shop in Toronto’s Kensington Market

Will the ex-cop and former prohibitionist open shop in Toronto's boho district before established cannabis advocates and residents can?

Jesse B. Staniforth - December 11, 2019

Only 5% of Canadian cannabis tests positive for pesticides

Health Canada conducts random cannabis sampling in the regulated market.

Jesse B. Staniforth - December 9, 2019

Quebec looks into same-day delivery to battle illicit market

Hoping to compete with an entrenched legacy market composed largely of delivery services, the SQDC wants to introduce delivery within 24 hours.

Jesse B. Staniforth - November 29, 2019

Quebec’s Couche Tard convenience plans to bid on Cannabis NB

The retail chain with assets including Circle K and Mac’s Milk convenience stores, has been eager to get into legal cannabis retail for years.

Jesse B. Staniforth - November 29, 2019

BC funding initiative to usher legacy growers into legal industry

The province’s social development and poverty reduction ministry announced $675,000 in funding over two years aimed at helping independent businesses transition into the legal cannabis market.

Jesse B. Staniforth - November 22, 2019

Employees and bosses equally uninformed on medical cannabis rights

Cannabis in the workplace is a complex issue—employers now complain governments didn't do enough to educate them ahead of legalization.

Jesse B. Staniforth - November 22, 2019

Surprised by thriving illicit market, Ontario officials rethink cannabis retail

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie is having second thoughts about opting out of cannabis retail while city officials in Windsor continue to debate proposed locations.

Jesse B. Staniforth - November 15, 2019