The federal government, through the Canadian Institute of Health Research, earmarked $24.5M for cannabis research projects across Canada. CTV News
- The government also announced a $10.1M investment over five years to increase the number of police trained in field-sobriety testing and drug recognition.
- Bill Blair said, “For many years all we could tell our kids was ‘just say no,’ now we can start telling our kids, ‘think.’ […] It makes us a leader in the world because the world is looking to Canada as a place where research takes place.”
- Some of the money will go to buy Dräger DrugTest 5000 saliva-testing devices for police forces in BC, despite the devices being useless to test impairment and likely subject to constitutional challenge by drivers claiming the devices were improperly used to declare them intoxicated when they were sober.
Vancouver Criminal Lawyer, Vice
- Researcher Nick Jikomes argued we’re “entering a golden age of cannabis research.” He shared a graph of the number of studies containing the word “cannabis” in their title or abstract, which have been increasing since the 1990s and have more than doubled in the past eight years.
- A Vernon, BC MED dispensary is being shut down after a series of $1,000 fines and the threat of jail.
- Time is running out for the Liberal government to pass its cannabis-convictions records-suspension Bill C-93.