The 10 Largest Canadian Marijuana Stocks

With Canadian pot sales expected to hit $5 billion annually by 2024, it pays to know the biggest names in the industry.

Though a lot of marijuana history has been made in recent years, most of it can be attributed to Canada, which became the first industrialized country in the modern era to green-light adult-use cannabis sales in October 2018.

Despite the launch of recreational pot sales not going as planned — marijuana sales totaled only about 1 billion Canadian dollars (approximately $765 million U.S.) in the trailing 12 months since Oct. 17, 2018 — Wall Street analysts still believe that Canada could be generating in the neighborhood of $5 billion in annual sales from weed by 2024. This provides a long and bountiful runway for the Canadian pot industry to blossom.

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Big Pharma Exec Sentenced to Over Five Years in Prison For Role in Opioid Crisis

“He was already a billionaire when this started, and this made him even richer,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Yeager at big pharma drug dealer John Kapoor’s trial. On Thursday, the Insys Therapeutics founder saw the price of that greed. After pleading not guilty, Kapoor was convicted of orchestrating a criminal conspiracy and sentenced to five and a half years in jail. 

To date, pharmaceutical industry-encouraged, elevated rates of opioid abuse have claimed some 400,000 lives in the United States. In 2017, 68 percent of the 70,000 people who died from a drug overdose perished from opioid abuse.

76 year old Kapoor was the CEO of an Arizona drug company that sold Subsys, an oral fentanyl spray. The drug is every bit as addictive as it sounds. Executives were proven to have been aware of the disastrous effects the spray was taking on patients. But as court documents show, from 2012 to 2015 they employed underhanded techniques to convince doctors to prescribe the drug at high levels, and were unafraid to use bribes, sexual attention, and outright deceit to get the job done. 

The Insys executives were tried under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act [RICO], which rarely has

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Chicago Shop Owner Gets Prison Sentence For Selling K2 Laced With Rat Poison

Convenience store owner Fouad Masoud, owner of the King Mini Mart on South Kedzie Avenue on the west side of Chicago, will spend the next seven years in prison for selling K2 laced with rat poison. Prosecutors had fought for a sentence of 10 years, citing Masoud’s admission to selling upwards of 80 packages of K2 a day.

2018 Outbreak of K2-Related Sicknesses in Chicago Led to Shop Owner’s Arrest

Between March and April 2018, the Illinois Department of Health had received roughly 100 reports of hospitalizations due to severe bleeding. After recognizing a pattern in the cases, state health officials began linking them to patients’ consumption of so-called synthetic marijuana.

Typically sold under the monicker of “K2” or “Spice,” synthetic marijuana is a lab-made analog of the THC cannabinoid cannabis plants naturally produce. But these lab-made copies are imperfect and typically, way more potent, with more severe, long-lasting effects, than natural cannabis.

But it’s not the synthetic cannabinoids that are necessarily making people sick. Rather, its the mysterious chemical mixture used to produce the imitation cannabis compounds. During the 2018 rash of severe bleeding cases in Chicago, patients showed signs that they had consumed brodifacoum, otherwise known as rat

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In Light of Legalization, Chicago Housing Authority Revises Policy on Cannabis Use

The board of commissioners of the Chicago Housing Authority voted on Tuesday to approve a new policy to help protect residents from being evicted for using cannabis. The board’s action revises an announcement from the agency last year that warned to end assistance for those found in possession of pot despite the legalization of marijuana in Illinois.

Under the newly revised policy, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) says that it plans to “work with residents, participants, applicants, and landlords to provide information and guidance in their efforts to exercise their rights under local law without jeopardizing their housing under federal law.”

Despite the legalization of cannabis that went into effect in Illinois on January 1, marijuana continues to be illegal under federal law. That contradiction led the CHA, which receives funding from the federal government, to announce that cannabis would not be acceptable in public housing once marijuana became legal at the state level. In a letter sent to the 63,000 households managed by the agency in November, residents were warned that any marijuana possession or use was grounds for eviction.

“The CHA can TERMINATE all assistance … if you, a member of your household, or a guest or person

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Police Looking for Thief Who Stole From Chicago Airport Cannabis Amnesty Box

When Chicago police installed so-called “cannabis amnesty boxes” in the city’s airports earlier this month, the idea was to provide a safe repository for travelers to dump their weed.

But in that, one apparent thief saw an opportunity. Authorities in the Windy City said this week that someone snatched an item from a box located at Midway Airport. 

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Sun-Times that an individual “removed an unknown object from inside” from the box on Monday evening.

“Tampering with them, or attempting to remove anything placed inside, is a crime, and detectives are investigating this matter,” Guglielmi told the Sun-Times.

Local officials announced earlier this month that the cannabis amnesty boxes have been installed at O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport. Positioned at each airport’s TSA checkpoints, the boxes will serve as a receptacle for travelers who would like to ditch their marijuana products before boarding.

Flying High in Chicago

Domestic travelers passing through Chicago airports like O’Hare and Midway won’t be arrested if they’re caught with cannabis in their carry-on, as TSA has said they would defer to local law enforcement on the matter should an agent find marijuana on a traveler. Chicago police

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Vermont Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Decriminalize Psychedelics and Kratom

A Vermont lawmaker wants to relax the laws surrounding psychedelics

In a bill introduced Wednesday, state Rep. Brian Cina took the first step toward decriminalizing psilocybin, peyote, ayahuasca and kratom, with the legislation alluding to them as “certain drugs commonly used for medicinal, spiritual, religious, or entheogenic purposes.”

The bill, which would take effect on July 1 if it were to pass and be signed into law, would remove those four substances from the state’s list of “regulated drugs,” a classification that includes narcotics, ecstasy, methamphetamine and marijuana. 

Cina, a member of the Progressive Party who was first elected to the Vermont legislature in 2016, promoted the bill in a tweet on Wednesday, arguing that plant-based substances like the aforementioned four should be free of regulation.

“Whether plant medicines are used for treating pain or whether they’re used for seeking pleasure, that is a health care choice, and it’s a waste of society’s resources to criminalize healing practices that go back to the very roots of our humanity,” Cina said on Twitter.

The bill’s ultimate prospects in the general assembly remain unclear, though Cina has three other co-sponsors for the legislation: state Reps. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman (Progressive), Annmarie Christensen (Democrat) and

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