Farmers, feds, food and the future of cannabis June 21, 2017 - Kelly Coulter gives us her take on emerging food security issues and how they parallel changes in the cannabis industry Twitter LinkedIn Google Email By Kelly Coulter June 21, 2017 On Friday June 17th, over 100 farmers and citizens concerned about food security in Canada filled the local Cowichan Valley community centre on Vancouver Island, ... Click to Continue Reading.
Bringing motherhood to the cannabis workspace May 13, 2017 - Kelly Coulter talks to Sandra Colasanti about balancing motherhood with an exciting career in the cannabis industry By Kelly Coulter May 13, 2017 “When we as a society begin to value mothers as the givers and supporters of life, then we will see social change in ways that matter.” - Ina May Gaskin There is ... Click to Continue Reading.
What is the perfect price for legal weed? April 8, 2017 - A hypothetical cost analysis for undercutting the black market *The estimates in this article are open to debate, but they make the point. Let’s just say that, hypothetically speaking, the current black market in Canada is based on three models of cultivation. The first model is the seasonal outdoor grower, the second is the hobby ... Click to Continue Reading.
International Women’s Day is an opportunity for the Canadian cannabis industry to reflect March 8, 2017 - In honour of International Women's Day, the cannabis industry must take a good long look at how it will not only include and support women, but also raise... In honour of International Women's Day, the cannabis industry must take a good long look at how it will not only include and support women, but also ... Click to Continue Reading.
Climate change, cannabis and Trudeau July 21, 2016 - If the commitment to combat climate change is credible and sincere it should also impact the government’s regulations with regards to cannabis cultivation Originally published in Lift News. “We can fight climate change without sacrificing growth and prosperity. In fact, our global push toward a low-carbon economy will produce new companies, new growth, and new ... Click to Continue Reading.
Cannabis Clickbait July 19, 2016 - Originally published on Canlio "We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us." — Marshall Mcluhan The Toronto Star recently ran a story about how the government would not allow home grows. The article was based on zero evidence and frankly the headline,"Ottawa might try to prohibit homegrown pot" was, for me, just clickbait ... Click to Continue Reading.
The Stories Project July 6, 2016 - Originally published on Canlio These are without question exciting times to be in the cannabis industry in Canada. Actually, it is beyond exciting. It is nerve wracking, roller-coaster riding, nail biting and downright heart attack inducing for past, present, and future cannabis folks. For some it is change they thought would never come and it ... Click to Continue Reading.
Balancing the government’s legalization objectives will be a challenge July 6, 2016 - If Canada approaches marijuana regulations equitably from the perspective of public health and safety, they have a much greater chance of succeeding Originally published in Lift News. The Government of Canada believes that the new regime for legal access to marijuana must achieve two of the following objectives: Protect young Canadians by keeping marijuana out ... Click to Continue Reading.
The beauty of sun grown cannabis June 29, 2016 - If the outdoor farmer is to prosper in a regulated market, now is the time to start educating the public about the benefits of sustainably grown cannabis Originally published in Lift News. If you have ever walked into a field of sunflowers, then you can imagine the hypnotic beauty of a sun grown cannabis garden. ... Click to Continue Reading.
How Prohibition Hurts Women June 15, 2016 - Originally published on Canlio A 16-year old girl was raped by 30 men in Brazil. It happened at a street party in an area (favela) which is run by drug gang(s). Does prohibition harm women? You bet it does. Does cannabis prohibition harm women disproportionately? Yes it does, but not for the reasons we would ... Click to Continue Reading.
Legalization lobbying fatigue June 10, 2016 - Policy makers need accurate information based on evidence and facts in order to make informed decisions, not self-interest and half-truths. Originally published in Lift News. Last week the Liberal Convention was held in Winnipeg. Conventions are ideal times to speak with politicians en masse in fairly relaxed settings — social in nature but with a ... Click to Continue Reading.
Representing Cannabis in Mainstream Political Discourse June 2, 2016 - Originally published on Canlio I attended my first Liberal Convention in 2011. I had always been a member of the Green Party and had even been asked to run on the Federal ticket, but that all changed with Resolution 117. Resolution 117 was the ‘legalize and regulate’ policy that a group of young Liberals had ... Click to Continue Reading.
Avoiding prohibition 2.0 May 25, 2016 - Canada is at risk of creating a “nanny state” model if we over-regulate with marijuana legalization. Originally published on The Hill Times VICTORIA, B.C.—When Thomas Mulcair recently asked Justin Trudeau “when the hell was he going to legalize marijuana,” it was almost surreal. For those of us who have been working to end cannabis prohibition ... Click to Continue Reading.
The Cost of Craft Cannabis May 18, 2016 - There are many areas in Canada and around the world that have considerable potential to become the craft cannabis regions of the future. The Okanagan Valley now... Originally published in Lift News. There are many areas in Canada and around the world that have considerable potential to become the craft cannabis regions of the future. ... Click to Continue Reading.
The Ottawa Disconnect May 17, 2016 - Originally published on Canlio “Politics has its own language, which is often so complex that it borders on being a code, and the main trick in political journalism is learning how to translate.” -Hunter S. Thompson As a writer focused almost solely on cannabis issues in Canada, I am constantly reading what others are writing, ... Click to Continue Reading.
The Free-Range Unicorn May 9, 2016 - Originally published on Canlio There are two languages being spoken in Canada these days, and they are not French and English. Ottawa is the capital city and the heart of the most populated province, and British Columbia the largest producer of cannabis, and the heart of marijuana culture. Their languages and perspectives are not easy ... Click to Continue Reading.
Regulating cannabis must be done properly April 18, 2016 - Originally published on The Hill Times The majority of Canadians now understand that the legalization and regulation of cannabis is the right thing to do, and the same politicians who were once opposed are now in favour of the regulatory approach. REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE HILL TIMES
Sustainable cannabis: A higher purpose March 24, 2016 - A sustainable cannabis economy means consumers making hard choices about where they spend their money. Originally published in Lift News. On April 20th, 2010 the BP oil spill began. It gushed oil into the Gulf of Mexico until July 12th. I was working at a sustainability centre in downtown Kingston, Ont. and was most fortunate ... Click to Continue Reading.
Women seek their place at the legalization table January 8, 2016 - Women have a long history of cannabis activism in Canada Originally published in Lift News. At a well known restaurant in downtown Vancouver, a private room was reserved for a gathering of women. They were women of a “certain age,” elder women. They were coming to meet each other for the first time. They were ... Click to Continue Reading.
Sustainability in the Future of the Canadian Cannabis Industry November 23, 2015 - We should encourage and work with our policy makers and legislators to develop and implement the most sustainable model possible as we move towards a fully regulated cannabis... Originally published in Lift News. Imagine a commercial sponsored by a cannabis industry association in the future. Here is what you will see. In the first 5 ... Click to Continue Reading.
The word is cannabis, not marijuana January 25, 2013 - Originally published on The Hill Times In the spirit of moving forward, as a progressive society, NORML Women’s Alliance of Canada would like to offer some guidance to achieve a more responsible approach to cannabis news reports. REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE HILL TIMES