Kingston woman named head of cannabis advocacy group NORML

By Paul Soucy  Global News Posted October 26, 2021 9:48 am Updated October 26, 2021 12:32 pm A Kingston woman now holds the top executive position at a national cannabis reform advocacy group. Jennawae McLean has been named the executive director for the Canadian chapter of NORML, National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws. McLean said she’s […]

October 2020 Newsletter

CARYMA SA’D This month we start global and end up local. Eight years after the world’s largest survey researching the patterns and practices of cannabis cultivation, the researchers are back and they’re asking Canadian cannabis growers to help them get real data to the policymakers who will be reviewing the Cannabis Act (Daniel Bear). On […]

September 2020 Newsletter

CARYMA SA’D As we draw nearer to the second anniversary of cannabis legalization, there is no better time to reflect on the heroic efforts that paved the way for reforms. It is also an opportune moment to envision the progress we hope to see in the future. Staying in touch with the roots of cannabis […]

July 2020 Newsletter

MESSAGE FROM THE NORML CANADA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The past few months have seen uprisings against police brutality across North America and beyond. To quote the late civil rights leader John Lewis, “We may not have chosen the time, but the time has chosen us.“ The war on drugs is inextricably linked to patterns of over-policing […]

Health Canada considers deferring regulatory fees to support licence holders

Offering ‘sensible rules and regulations’ would better support LPs, says NORML Canada president Featuring Commentary from Jack Lloyd and Deepak Anand Mugglehead Michelle Gamage | June 16, 2020 @missmishelle Canadian cannabis licence holders could be up for some financial relief from the federal government.  Over the weekend, Health Canada said due to Covid-19 it was considering […]


NORML Canada, under executive director Caryma Sa’d released a statement arguing anti-Black racism in cannabis  was “not solved by legalization” as few Black people hold any power in the legal market. Weed Week Canada Edition | June 10, 2020 Link to full article.

Regulatory infraction or criminal charge? Licensed companies and individuals are treated very differently when it comes to cannabis laws in Canada

Why isn’t the ‘legal’ cannabis industry held to the same standards as individuals and unlicensed companies? Featuring commentary from Paul Lewin, Jack Lloyd, and Caryma Sa’d The GrowthOp Kate Robertson | June 10, 2020 When management at CannTrust announced on May 29 that a suspended licence had been reinstated for its Niagara cultivation facility, not everyone was […]

Canada exported record amount of dried cannabis in 2019, but mostly to one market

With commentary from Deepak Anand Marijuana Business Daily Matt Lamers | June 9, 2020 Canadian businesses exported more dried medical cannabis than ever last year, but that growth is expected to be challenged when the country’s main export destination – Germany – initiates local production later this year. In 2019, federally regulated producers in Canada […]