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What makes Rona Ambrose mad - cannabis

Ambrose ire all smoke, no fire

Minister of Health disagrees with the Supreme Court of Canada over marijuana ruling.
Medical marijuana, Marijuana businesses, Cannabis, Welfare recipients

Marijuana ads in Downtown Eastside spark online outrage

A controversy unfolding on the pages of Reddit added fuel to the debate about marijuana sales in Vancouver.  Dispensary chain Limelife Society, which operates four locations in Vancouver,...

Marijuana and pizza marry their flavours at restaurant Mega ill

Vancouver's first pizzeria and vapor lounge opens on Kingsway, boldly pairing marijuana use with pizza.

BC pot industry vulnerable to Silicon Valley disruption

Transformation of U.S. marijuana regulations will be felt by Vancouver pot markets.

Smoke signals: Medical marijuana in Canada

Research is helping to shape the therapeutic potential of pot.

Canada needs a realistic approach to cannabis, study finds

Present approach out of step with social values, treats marijuana more rigidly than tobacco, alcohol or even injection drugs, authors argue.

B.C. marijuana seed sales carry on, Marc Emery or not

Marc Emery might be the most well known marijuana seed salesmen, with his long history of political activism, marijuana lobbying and media profile, but his business is not unique.

Pot culture in Vancouver: photo essay

Marijuana possession is illegal in Canada. But a VO photo series shows that not everyone is following the letter of the law.

"Prince of Pot" Marc Emery faces sentencing today in Seattle

After a long extradition fight that ended earlier this year, Marc Emery is finally going to prison, news reports say. Observers expect Emery to receive a five year prison term. Emery's legal team...

California referendum could deal devastating blow to BC's lucrative marijuana export industry

British Columbia’s cannabis activists and law enforcement officials are bracing themselves for a political earthquake that’s set to hit California this fall when voters head to the polls to legalize...