Cannabis firms in Canada and the U.S. require financial support from major institutions, but only the larger companies are winning favour with big banks while smaller businesses have to rely on similarly smaller banks such as Alterna.
When Gill Polard, a Vancouver mom of two, spoke to a fellow mothers around a year ago, she heard a similar refrain. "This mom was telling me how cannabis is so bad, so dangerous, and moms shouldn’t do it at all. Meanwhile, she’s telling me this while guzzling a glass of wine and holding her newborn in the other arm,” Polard recalls in an interview.
Smoking a joint on a Winnipeg street will be very different than doing the same on Toronto’s Spadina Avenue. One is illegal while the other is not, according to the varied provincial laws on public consumption. Understandably, it can be confusing, but experts hope laws will eventually change to allow safe spaces for cannabis consumers to enjoy their products.
As a champion of drug-policy reform, Niagara-based Jenna Valleriani has a lot to say about Canada’s legalization of recreational cannabis and what Canada can improve upon to better serve the medical market. In this Q&A with Cannvas.Me, Valleriani doesn’t pull any punches.
October 2019 will usher in a new era of recreational cannabis legalization in Canada, where edibles and concentrates will finally hit shelves. Canada has drafted regulations on what consumers can expect in October but not everyone is happy with the proposals.
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