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Federal government to review Canopy, Constellation deal

A deal that could see U.S.-based alcohol giant Constellation Brands Inc. take a majority ownership stake in Canada's leading cannabis producer Canopy Growth Corp., will be reviewed by the federal government.

StatCan cannabis survey finds 1 in 7 Canadians driving high

Ottawa - A new Statistics Canada survey has found about 1.4 million Canadians reported they had been a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who had consumed cannabis in the previous two hours.

Lebanon's hash farmers fear going legal may hit profits

Bechou - The sun-soaked cannabis fields are just out of reach of a nearby army checkpoint. Its production is lucrative in Lebanon, but growers fear legalising its medical use could slash profits.

FDA approves first marijuana-derived drug

Washington - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a medication called Epidiolex. This is the first FDA-approved drug derived from marijuana.

Q&A: What are the therapeutic aspects of cannabis? Special

Boulder - To address ill-health conditions, some healthcare professionals are looking at an integrative approach with medical cannabis together with nutrition, acupuncture, yoga, and meditation. Laura Lagano of the Holistic Cannabis Academy explains more.

France charges two cannabis 'coffeeshop' managers after raids

Paris - Paris prosecutors said Friday that two people have been charged over illicit drugs following raids on two shops at the centre of an "ultralight" marijuana craze.

Legal marijuana is set to outsell liquor in Canada by 2020

Canada became the second country to legalize marijuana on Tuesday evening. Canada's legal marijuana market will be a $6.5 billion industry by 2020, according to a new report from CIBC, one of the country's largest banks.

Canada lawmakers vote to legalize cannabis

Ottawa - Canada is set to become the first G7 country to legalize cannabis after lawmakers on Monday passed a bill that would allow free consumption of the mind-altering drug.

Fight brews in Canada over home grown pot

Ottawa - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced a political challenge to his marijuana legalization bill Wednesday as a fight brewed over whether Canadians should be allowed to grow marijuana at home.

Canada Senate passes bill legalizing recreational marijuana

Ottawa - Canada's Senate passed a bill Thursday legalizing recreational marijuana, moving it closer to becoming the first member of the Group of Seven nations to legalize the production, sale and consumption of the drug.

Heir to the Jim Beam bourbon fortune enters cannabis industry

Ben Kovler is the great-grandson of Harry Blum, who invested in Jim Beam after the end of Prohibition. And like his great-grandfather, Kovler is taking a chance on a product that is illegal and investing in Canada's soon to be legal pot industry.

Canada: Huge merger creates pot giant ahead of legalization

Montr - With the legalization of recreational marijuana looming in Canada, therapeutic producer Aurora said Monday it was acquiring rival MedReleaf Corp. in a huge deal set to create a giant company. Aurora said it would pay Can$3.2 billion ($2.

Trudeau sees other countries following Canada to legalize pot

Ottawa - The world is closely following Canada's plans to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an exclusive interview with AFP, predicting that several nations would follow suit.

Lift rebrands to Lift&Co. as it prepares to go public

Toronto - Today, Toronto-based Lift&Co introduced a brand-new look. Previously known as Lift, Lift & Co announced their refreshed name, logo and positioning in anticipation of the Canadian legalization of cannabis this coming summer.

App helps cannabis users understand their impairment

Chicago - A new app has been designed to make cannabis use safer. The app is called 'Am I Stoned?' Here the intention is to help users understand their impairment.

Essential Science: Where coffee works like cannabis

Coffee is well known as a psychostimulant, however its effect on the body’s metabolism, in dozens of different ways, such as of steroids and the neurotransmitters, in a similar way to cannabis, is a new medical discovery.

California's cannabis market is going to be bigger than beer

California began the sale of recreational marijuana on January 1. The market is expected to hit $3.7 billion by the end 2018, and that number will increase to over $5 billion in 2019. Legal marijuana will be a tax windfall for the state.

Ontario Liquor Control Board announces cannabis deal

Toronto - The Ontario government will use Shopify's e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and also in stores. The province intends to be the only distributor of legal recreational cannabis.

Greece set to allow medical cannabis use

Atenas - Greece's parliament is expected to approve the medical use of cannabis in the coming weeks, a deputy minister said Sunday, adding that the change would attract investment to the country.

Legal marijuana off to blazing start in California

Desert Hot Springs - It's the first day that marijuana can be bought and sold legally in California, and store owner Nicole Salisbury's stock of pot edibles is already running low.

Canadian cannabis firm licensed to produce in Denmark

Ottawa - Canadian medical marijuana producer Canopy Growth said Monday its joint venture Spectrum Cannabis has been licensed to grow pot in Denmark for sale throughout the European Union.

Tourists roll up for Morocco's cannabis trail

Targuist - It may not feature in Morocco's official tourism brochures but cannabis attracts thousands of visitors a year to the North African country.

Blockchain for Canadian cannabis industry

Toronto - IBM have made a suggestion to officials in Canada that they evaluate the advantages of using blockchain to control the supply and management for the soon-to-be legalized cannabis industry.

Dutch councils aim high in dope growing experiment

Den Haag - Local Dutch councils are queueing up to join a government experiment to grow marijuana which could see its production legally licenced in the Netherlands, the NOS broadcaster said Tuesday.

Turning weed into wine in Lebanon

- Sitting among the vines of Sauvignon Blanc and Tempranillo growing on his spectacular farm in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, Michel Emad remembers the not-so-distant time when he opted to cultivate cannabis.

Australia cautiously enters medical marijuana market

Melbourne - At a secret location in Australia's southeast, Peter Crook delicately tends to a two-month-old cannabis cutting.

Polish lawmakers legalise medicinal marijuana

Varsovia - Poland's lower house of parliament, which is controlled by the conservatives, on Thursday voted to make medicinal marijuana legal under certain circumstances.

Cannabis reverses brain aging process in new study

Bonn - The new study relates to an animal model. Here scientists have restored the memory performance of Methuselah mice to a juvenile stage. The leading question is: could this effect also be seen with people?

France to scrap prison terms for cannabis users

Paris - France will introduce a law by year's end that will end prison terms for cannabis use, although consuming the drug will remain a criminal offence, a government spokesman said Friday.

Op-Ed: Cannabis ‘reverses brain aging, improves memory’: New study

Jerusalem - For decades, the War on Weed has emphasized health risks. For the last 20 years, nothing but health positives have been discovered. A new study throws a light on both fake news of the past and fabulous science of the future.
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Hundreds of Toronto activists gathered at Toronto Police Headquarters at 40 College Street in order to show their support for legalizing marijuana
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Frankie the sniffer dog found a cannabis farm as well as undisclosed amounts of undelivered mail.
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Tens of thousands of Torontonians gathered at Queen s Park in downtown Toronto where many lounged ar...
Tens of thousands of Torontonians gathered at Queen's Park in downtown Toronto where many lounged around, smoked pot and listened to the music. Merchants also supplied many marijuana supplies such as bongs.
Tens of thousands of Torontonians gathered at Queen s Park in downtown Toronto where many lounged ar...
Tens of thousands of Torontonians gathered at Queen's Park in downtown Toronto where many lounged around, smoked pot and listened to the music. Merchants also supplied many marijuana supplies such as bongs.