Survey: Canadians willing to take cannabis derived pharmaceuticals

Recent legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada has opened new opportunities for pharmaceutical research. Moreover, public opinion polls indicate that most Canadians trust their doctors in prescribing cannabis-containing pharmeceuticals. A recent study carried out by Ipsos on behalf of Tetra Bio-Pharma has revealed that two out of three (65%) Canadians would be willing to take … Continued

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Alcohol prices to rise April 1st

Having to pay more for your favourite wine, beer or spirit on April 1st is not an April Fools’ joke. Unless the annual “escalator tax” on beer, wine and spirits is repealed the prices of alcohol will grow in Canada on April 1. The tax is annual, meaning that prices increase in April of each … Continued

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Cannabinoids grown from yeast

A new study published in the journal Nature describe a method to genetically alter yeast to produce cannabinoids, the active compounds in cannabis, including the psychoactive ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as well as the non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD). Typically, yeast produces ethanol through the fermentation process when exposed to sugar. However, the new strain of yeast developed … Continued

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Implant to treat opioid addiction

A new treatment is available to Canadians addicted to opioids in the form of an implant which is placed in the upper arm and releases an ongoing low dose of medication for 6 months, with the potential of treatment duration of up to one year. The implant contains medication called buprenorphine, and comes in the … Continued

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Overall drug-impaired driving on the rise

According to a recent report from the Edmonton Police Commission, Edmonton police recorded less than 100 instances of cannabis-impaired driving in 2018. Shortly after cannabis legalization, the Edmonton Police Service marked the police reports in which police officers indicated they believed that the driver was operating the vehicle under the influence of cannabis. The cannabis-related … Continued

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Quebec looks to implement public smoking ban

The Quebec government is facing strong opposition on its bill aimed to increase the legal age of cannabis consumption from 18 to 21 and implement a smoking ban in all public areas. The legal age to purchase alcohol and tobacco in Quebec is 18, and according to current laws, Quebec residents have the right to … Continued

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Potential for injustice with new impaired driving laws

Canadian criminal defense lawyers are voicing concerns regarding the new Bill C-46, which came into effect last month, and provides the police with a wider range of powers to administer sobriety tests on drivers, boaters and even canoeists. Under new tough driving impaired laws past by the Canadian Parliament in December 2018, Canadians could now … Continued

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How Suncor decisions impact Canadian testing

Starting in the first quarter of 2019, workers and contractors of Suncor Energy will be subject to random alcohol and drug tests. Suncor Energy, a Canadian integrated energy company based in Calgary, Alberta, specializes in the production of oil and natural gas in Western Canada, and operates multiple refineries across the country. The jobs subject … Continued

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New cannabinoid getting attention

Chances are, you have heard of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the naturally occurring active compounds (called cannabinoids) found in cannabis and hemp. But, have you heard of CBN? Although its name bears a close resemblance to CBD, cannabinol (CBN) offers distinctive effects and benefits that set it apart from both THC and CBD. CBN is … Continued

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