While police and politicians hail the anti-pot effort as key to curbing organized crime and keeping communities safe, there’s questions about its effectiveness especially as the drug will be legalized next year.
Over the last year, the number of active and former members of Canada's national police force, the RCMP, who were reimbursed for their marijuana prescriptions has more than doubled. The number is still small though, from 20 in 2014 to 47.
More than 90 marijuana dispensary workers were arrested on 186 charges for selling weed illegally on Thursday in what is believed to be the largest such crackdown in Canadian history.
The dozens of bust that unfurled across Canada’s largest city at noon on Thursday are said to make up the largest operation of its kind in the country’s history.
But others are criticizing the Liberal government for not legalizing marijuana as soon as they took office, and pushed them to decriminalize the drug as soon as possible and address regulations surrounding production afterwards.
And over the last five years or so, there's been a boom in commercial extraction ventures, especially in British Columbia, selling to individual customers and shops across the country.
By Greg Walters
Patent No. 9095554 could be the opening salvo in a new series of legal battles over innovations in cannabis breeding, sparking a potential gold rush for pot patents.
By Tess Owen
Legislators in New Jersey want to add women's menstrual cramps to the list of ailments that can be treated or eased with medical marijuana products under state law.
The remarks come just a week before the UN General Assembly is due to hold a special session on global drug policy, where international leaders are expected to discuss decriminalization.
With no clear indication from the government as to when it will legalize pot, cannabis advocates say Canadian law enforcement is taking an arbitrary approach when it comes to cracking down on illegal pot in the interim.
By Tess Owen
Hundreds of demonstrators advocating for marijuana legalization gathered outside the White House on Saturday and staged a mass smokeout.
Spurred into action by a supreme court ruling, Mexico could soon start legalizing medical marijuana, and raise the threshold for decriminalized consumer possession. It might even start considering licit domestic cultivation of cannabis and opium.
A new World Health Organization survey of 11, 13 and 15-year-olds shows Canada had the highest use of cannabis among "schoolchildren," at 27 percent over a 12-month period.
By Liz Fields
The state will vote for a Democratic candidate today, as part of the Super Tuesday contests. With so much on the line, marijuana industry heads are leaning toward Sanders.
The state's public health department is now looking at ways to help educate visitors about potential side-effects and dosage at the point-of-sale retail locations.
One Canadian Member of Parliament took off to New York to try and convince foreign countries to drop their hang-ups about pot.
Bill Blair, the former police chief who is in charge of devising a legalization scheme under Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party, said that there should be no confusion: recreational pot remains illegal... for now.
By Tess Owen
A new report projects huge growth in the marijuana industry in 2016, but banks are still wary of working with legal weed merchants due to federal restrictions.
Toronto is getting a taste of what a recreational marijuana market could be as a new dispensary and lounge opens in the city's east end — even though it's still illegal.