Clarify Pot Policy for Veterans

Today I wrote a short viewpoint for the Star Phoenix. The article is on medical cannabis for Canadian veterans. Auditor General Michael Ferguson has raised important questions about the increasing use of medical marijuana by Canadian military veterans. As authorities contemplate enforcement actions and zoning bylaws relevant to marijuana dispensaries, and the federal Liberal governmentContinue reading “Clarify Pot Policy for Veterans”

The Rise of Big Cannabis on Shaw TV

The Rise of Big Cannabis Symposium that I recently aired on Shaw TV in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw and Swift Current stations. The first airing was this weekend on March 19th @ 9:30pm Other dates to follow: March 21st – 11pm March 23rd – 9:30pm March 24th – 10pm Bonus airing in Saskatoon on MarchContinue reading “The Rise of Big Cannabis on Shaw TV”

Fentanyl vs. Alcohol

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) told us today that there’s been a rise in Fentanyl-related deaths in Saskatchewan. No doubt, this is a major issue. But I also wanted to contextualize this story with some information about booze. * According to the information collected by the Office of the Chief Coroner, there have been 41Continue reading “Fentanyl vs. Alcohol”

In the Weeds: Understanding Government Action and Canada’s Marijuana Industry

What is happening with Canadian marijuana policy? We seem to be stuck in the weeds. And there’s a fog of confusion. According to Jim Bronskill, there are the 9 major factors that have driven the Canadian government’s “federal marijuana moves” over the past few months. The key source for him was a November 2015 ministerial briefingContinue reading “In the Weeds: Understanding Government Action and Canada’s Marijuana Industry”

Mixed reviews for the Allard marijuana decision

Cannabis. Pot. Marijuana. Ganga. Weed. Grass. These are interesting times for sure. I was interviewed for the Saskatoon local news on the recent Allard decision. Honestly, I wasn’t terribly happy with this interview, but it can be viewed here. http://globalnews.ca/video/2541487/mixed-reviews-for-federal-court-marijuana-decision Finally: I would like to be upfront about something. The Global story used the word “Professor”Continue reading “Mixed reviews for the Allard marijuana decision”

Devising an Endgame in the War on Tobacco

In recent months, some tobacco and health experts around the country have begun to devise radical proposals to hinder Big Tobacco and crush the business in a final, coordinated attack. The National Post’s Tom Blackwell, in particular, has offered illuminating coverage of the debates within the anti-smoking community, where moderates are pitted against prohibitionists. TheContinue reading “Devising an Endgame in the War on Tobacco”

Adolf Meyer and American Psychiatry

In Susan Lamb’s excellent new book, Pathologist of the Mind, we are exposed to the history of American psychiatry and Adolf Meyer. Her express goal, as I write in the new issue of History of Psychiatry, is to rediscover Meyerian psychiatry and establish a foundation on which future scholars of psychiatry might build. The book is bothContinue reading “Adolf Meyer and American Psychiatry”

Dallas Buyers Club and Saskatoon Marijuana

I just penned a short piece on Dallas Buyers Club and the current debates about medical marijuana in Saskatoon, SK for the Star Phoenix. With the federal election fast approaching, the Harper government’s move to enlarge Canada’s marijuana industry, and the RCMP’s potential actions against dispensaries here in Saskatoon, a lot is happening!   TheContinue reading “Dallas Buyers Club and Saskatoon Marijuana”

The Canadian Election and Sask Marijuana

The federal election is going to have a profound impact on Saskatchewan’s marijuana industry. So writes D.C. Fraser in a new article for the Regina Leader-Post. I told Fraser during an interview for the story that “Depending on what the winner suggests about medical marijuana legislation, (it will have) a direct impact on the economy, and on thisContinue reading “The Canadian Election and Sask Marijuana”

Happy Halloween, and a Freaky Fen-Phen Article

Happy Halloween, everybody! The best part of the day is not the cute kids in their adorable costumes. Or the wild parties. Or seeing Michael Jackson’s Thriller over and over and over again. No. The best part has to be the treats. As I was casually munching chocolate bars with my coffee this morning (WunderbarContinue reading “Happy Halloween, and a Freaky Fen-Phen Article”