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Calgary cannabis crusader celebrates first 4-20 since legalization

By Drug Policy, News Media

April 20, 2019
Alanna Smith – Calgary Herald

image – “Kalika (left) joins dozens of participates at a 4 20 public rally while lighting up her bong and enjoying the atmosphere at City Hall. Saturday, April 20, 2019. Brendan Miller/Postmedia”

“Keith Fagan has been a lifelong cannabis crusader but as he celebrates the first 4-20 since legalization he says more advocacy work is needed to eliminate the stigma still clouding now-legal pot users.”

4-20 celebration in Calgary has a ‘different feel’ after prohibition lifted

April 20, 2019

Michael Franklin, Web Producer – CTV Calgary
April 20 has always been an unofficial holiday of sorts for cannabis users to enjoy their product and fight for its legalization. But even now that the drug is legal, some experts say the battle isn’t over.

Post-legalization, Alberta cannabis fans look ahead with 4-20 ‘protestival’

April 20, 2019

Emma McIntosh – Star Calgary
Omar Mosleh – Star Edmonton
EDMONTON AND CALGARY—Alberta’s first 4-20 celebration with legal cannabis felt a little less like a protest and a little more like a celebration..

Calgary Now: Is legal cannabis really coming? Part 1

April 20, 2019

Original broadcast April 26, 2016
Kevin Chorney – Shaw TV Calgary

YouTube Video

Consultation: Strict regulation of edible cannabis, extracts and topicals

By Drug Policy, Government, Health Canada

From: Health Canada

Current Status: Open

This consultation opened on December 20, 2018. It will close on February 20, 2019.

We are seeking feedback on draft regulations to minimize the public health and public safety risks posed by:

edible cannabis
cannabis extracts
cannabis topicals

These cannabis products will be permitted for legal sale under the Cannabis Act no later than October 17, 2019.

Join in: How to participate

Health Canada Infographic:

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Breaking down a stigma: Expert talks legalization of pot and mental health issue

By Drug Policy, News Media

September 23, 2018
Kayla Butler – 660 City News

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“We need to really strongly look at cannabis because it does help people. We know it’s helping people getting off of opiates. We know it’s helping people with mental health issues, with mood improvement, pain improvement.”

Senate passed C45 Cannabis Act

By Drug Policy, Government, News Media

Justin Trudeau to announce the date for cannabis legalization (Legalized 1.0) today June 20, 2018, at 4:30 PM EST (2:30 PM Alberta time)

A Conservative senator attempt to amendment C45 to let provinces
ban personal cannabis cultivation at home failed.

Royal Assent is expected to happen before the end of this week.
Changes to the current CDSA to be complete in 12 weeks. Actual date yet to be set.

#cannabis #c45 #CDSA

Alberta Health Services doctor redneck reefer madness!

By Drug Policy, News Media

warning reefer madness
Published April 15, 2018, “Health experts warn educators to ramp up readiness for pot legalization
Updated April 16, 2018, “AHS doctor worries more kids will self-medicate with pot once it’s legalized
Eva Ferguson – Calgary Herald

The science and evidence
April 17, 2018 – Sept. 4, 2002

Published April 17, 2018, “4/19 pot panel wants to clear the air regarding cannabis and youth
Bronwyn Beairsto – Vancouver Courier
University of British Columbia professor and researcher for the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, M-J Milloy says the link between cannabis and brain development is still merely by association.
There a great number of scientists worldwide working on this issue, but there’s been no smoking gun, Milloy said.
Zach Walsh, another UBC researcher specializing in cannabis, concurs.The evidence is weaker than the rhetoric;
According to Walsh, there appears to be a link between schizophrenia and other psychosis and marijuana use, but this could just be an association rather than causal.
He notes that there’s been a dramatic increase in cannabis use in recent years, especially in Canada, but schizophrenia levels have stayed stagnant.

Published February 9, 2018, “Why cannabis shouldn’t be considered a gateway drug
Calgary professor debunks marijuana myths” Dave Dormer – CBC News U of C associate professor Matthew Hill says some common beliefs around the drug aren’t rooted in fact Myth: Cannabis alters brain structure. A: That one I would say, right now from the current studies, that would be false.

Published November 21, 2017, “Five marijuana myths debunked: A public health expert clears the air on misinformation
Kevin Maimann – Metro
The University of Alberta, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, Dr. Elaine Hyshka; Assistant Professor, School of Public Health. Dr. Elaine Hyshka, “There are also people who claim that cannabis is going to basically damage your brain when you use it, especially if you’re young, and that it’s going to contribute to the intellectual downfall of a generation. And that’s also not true,” she said.
Published November 14, 2017, “Debunking myths about cannabis legalization
The University of Alberta, O’Brien Institute for Public Health

December 16, 2015, “Cannabis for the Management of Pain: Assessment of Safety Study (COMPASS)
Dr. Mark Ware – McGill University
Our data show that daily cannabis users had no greater risk than non-users (control group) to experience serious adverse events,’’ explains Dr. Aline Boulanger, director of the pain clinic at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal. ‘’We found no evidence of harmful effects on cognitive function, or blood tests among cannabis consumers and we observed a significant improvement in their levels of pain, symptom distress, mood and quality of life compared to controls.

December 2, 2013, “A Controlled Family Study of Cannabis Users with and without Psychosis
Harvard University study
Evidenced that teen cannabis consumption is not lead to the development of schizophrenia later in life. The study compared families with a history of schizophrenia to those without. The study also examined non-psychotic cannabis consumers and non-consuming participant controls. The results of the current study suggest that having an increased familial morbid risk for schizophrenia may be the underlying basis for schizophrenia in cannabis users and not cannabis use by itself.

September 2002The Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drug Use” studied the cannabis issue extensively.
Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs.
Their unanimous recommendation was that cannabis be legalized in a regulatory framework similar to alcohol.
“Scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cannabis is substantially less harmful than alcohol and should be treated not as a criminal issue but as a social and public health issue”

Download printable PDF document
with the science and evidence below

No toking in public under Calgary bylaws

By Drug Policy, Government, News Media


April 5, 2018
Calgary votes to ban public pot consumption
Sarah Rieger · CBC News
Cannabis lounges will be illegal, too
Council voted 10-4, with only Calgary city councillors George Chahal, Joe Magliocca, Ward Sutherland and Evan Woolley voting against.

April 3, 2018
City of Calgary cannabis bylaws committee meeting
Cannabis Legalization – Proposed Bylaws, CPS2018-0367

April 3, 2018
The idea isn’t being welcomed by Keith Fagin of the cannabis advocacy group Calgary420. He says cannabis users deserve somewhere public where they can gather to smoke, vape or eat the drug.

April 2, 2018
Calgary 420 says the city might be overstepping with proposed new rules that would ban the use of cannabis in public places like parks and sidewalks. Ian Campbell has more.

March 30, 2018
Some real reefer madness in the public comments section of the CBC News article.
Contact Calgary city councillors before Tuesday, April 3 and have your voice heard.