New Editors at Social History of Alcohol and Drugs

The ADHS is pleased to announce that the editorship of its journal, *The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs*, will be taken over by Prof. Nancy D. Campbell (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Prof. David Herzberg (Buffalo) and Dr. Lucas Richert (Strathclyde). The society would also like to express its gratitude for the work that outgoing editor, […]Continue reading “New Editors at Social History of Alcohol and Drugs”

Big Pharma Round-Up V (#Cannabis edition)

Any of this stock market record due to Big Pharma boost from Jeff Sessions new memo against people's right to legal cannabis? https://t.co/HQotfSGzAl — Martha Densmore (@Acubody) January 4, 2018 Big Pharma wanted to sell more opioids. Then this happened..#opioidcrisis #opioid @conradhackett pic.twitter.com/rpHxGDeytW Alternatives, such as cannabis *cannot* overdose and are *way less* addictive —Continue reading “Big Pharma Round-Up V (#Cannabis edition)”

Cannabis ‘Policy Brief’ Announcement

It’s my pleasure to promote the publication of an important Policy Brief on Cannabis by Kathleen Thompson. Over the past few years she has helped drive conversations about the consumption and control of marijuana. Her recent Policy Brief ought to be read by anyone and everyone! Here’s an extract. LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS: THE POLICY CHALLENGESContinue reading “Cannabis ‘Policy Brief’ Announcement”

Weed in the Workplace

The newest issue of Canadian HR Reporter discusses ‘weed in the workplace’ and focuses on drug screening. There are some vital ideas here about on-the-job safety, the legalities of drug testing, and impairment. Basically – drugs during ‘9 to 5.’ Also, I get my two cents in there! Check it out at Increasing use of marijuanaContinue reading “Weed in the Workplace”

Tories, Turmoil, and Marijuana Legalization

THE CBC reported yesterday that there is tremendous turmoil within the Conservative Party over the legalization of marijuana. Without Stephen Harper, the issue has created controversy. The story below is by Stephen Dyer. * As candidates for the Conservative Party’s leadership race continue to line up, an issue has emerged that many thought the Tories hadContinue reading “Tories, Turmoil, and Marijuana Legalization”

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”

More Meth? Crystal Meth Business on the Rise in SK

According to the CBC, one of the noticeable trends in Regina crime last year was the rise of methamphetamine, often called crystal meth. According to the Regina Police Service, there were 708 grams of meth seized last year, up from 308 grams in 2014. The number of meth seizures has also spiked, from 81 in 2014 toContinue reading “More Meth? Crystal Meth Business on the Rise in SK”

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”

Legal pot won’t affect workplace drug testing, expert says

In today’s Star Phoenix, Alex MacPherson reports on mandatory drug testing in the workplace. It’s a thoughtful piece and useful for the business community. The legalization of marijuana will raise numerous issues in the business community, in labour law, and among unions and union members, including pre-employment and random drug testing.  We can see justContinue reading “Legal pot won’t affect workplace drug testing, expert says”

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”