No Fee or Waiting Period to Get a Pardon for Past Cannabis Convictions in Canada

As Canada legalized the recreational use of marijuana nationwide on Wednesday, government officials announced a simplified and cost-free process to receive a pardon for past minor pot offenses. Scott Bardsley, a spokesperson for Canada’s Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, told ABC News that a law was being drafted to streamline pardons for possession of less than …

Why I Turned to Cannabis for Morning Sickness—And Why You Shouldn’t Judge

At a ripe six months pregnant, I’m currently one of those ‘poor women’ whose nausea lasts well beyond the first trimester. It came on like a tidal wave at six weeks and the combined powers of acupressure wristbands, lemon rind and ginger candy did little more than make me laugh with disappointment. Rounding out the second trimester, I no longer …

O, Canada!

Our neighbor to the north made some big news today, as Canada is now the largest country in the world where marijuana can be freely bought, sold, possessed, grown, and used by all of its adult citizens. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now made good on one of his big campaign promises, and today Canadians from coast to coast began …

Ontario Human Rights Commission Clarifies Laws on Working While Stoned

In the final days before Canada legalizes cannabis, various groups and organizations are working hard to hammer out last minute policies, guidelines, and rules. Most recently, this includes the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). Yesterday, the group released an updated policy. The document clarifies key points about when, where, and how people can or cannot consume legal cannabis. In particular, …

Researchers Find Cannabis May Limit Some Driving Abilities

For the study, researchers used a simulator to study the driving abilities of 45 recreational cannabis users aged 18-24. Participants were tested before using cannabis and again one, three, and five hours after vaporizing a 100-milligram dose of cannabis with a THC content of 12.9 percent. “Performance was almost always significantly better without cannabis,” the authors of the study wrote. “Among young …

Canada’s Legal Cannabis May Pose Challenges for Police Dogs

Legal cannabis in Canada may mean big changes for the country’s police canine units, according to a report from the CBC. Officer Jeff Rotinsky, a canine handler with the Winnipeg Police Service in the province of Manitoba, told local media that his police dog Mya will see less work once legalization goes into effect next week. “What happens is, come …

Las Vegas’ Cannabition Museum Offers a Fresh Spin on Tourism

Giant buds you can hug, a slide that drops into a pool of nugs, and the world’s largest bong are among the promises of Cannabition, an immersive cannabis museum now open in downtown Las Vegas. According to founder JJ Walker, the experience takes guests from “seed to celebration” via photogenic, interactive, and often enlightening installations. ‘Immersive’ is a hot buzzword …

Here Are 10 Economic Sectors Impacted by Legal Marijuana

Marijuana legalization continues to spread. It’s already legal for adults in nine states (including California, the nation’s most populous), and medical marijuana is legal in 30. Canada goes legal next Wednesday, and we could see two more medical marijuana states, Utah and Missouri, and two more legalization states, Michigan and North Dakota, on Election Day. And New Jersey is on …

A New Fingerprint Drug Testing System Can Detect With 99 Percent Accuracy

A groundbreaking new fingerprint drug testing system can detect the presence of cannabis and other drugs with up to 99 percent accuracy, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology. The device, the Reader 1000 manufactured by U.K. firm Intelligent Fingerprinting, can detect four classes of commonly abused drugs in the trace amounts of sweat found in …

Gov. Jerry Brown recently acted on a raft of cannabis bills that passed this year.

Here is a quick breakdown of what was signed and what was vetoed. Among the bills signed into law: AB 1793 allows adults convicted of cannabis-related offenses that are no longer considered illegal to have them automatically removed from their records. SB 1294 creates equity provisions that will allow cannabis business licensees who qualify to get access to low- or …