RCMP traffic stop leads to largest marihuana seizure in Canada

On July 22, 2018, a RCMP officer on traffic patrol stopped a commercial semi-trailer on the Trans-Canada Highway at Westhawk, Manitoba. The stop was initiated to conduct a regulatory inspection of the driver’s paperwork. These checks are done to ensure safety of commercial vehicles and their loads as commercial vehicles are involved in approximately 20% of road fatalities every year in Manitoba.

When the officer stopped this vehicle and checked the driver’s paperwork, several discrepancies were discovered. The load was then examined by several officers in order to try and resolve those discrepancies. When the officers opened the trailer, they found 925 pounds of vacuum-packaged marihuana as well as 75 pounds of cannabis shatter, oils, and edibles hidden among the legitimate load of food products.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested; the drugs and the semi-trailer were seized. Claudiu Huber, 46, from Agassiz, BC, is charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Trafficking a Controlled Substance. He has been released pending a future court date.

The semi-trailer load originated in lower mainland, BC, and was destined for southern Ontario.

This seizure is the largest marihuana seizure through a traffic stop in Canada since 2015.

Illicit drugs destroy lives, homes, and communities. The marihuana in this seizure was produced and trafficked illegally, and destined for the illegal market. For end consumers, there is no way to know the origin or the potency of the marihuana in this seizure, which could have very harmful health effects on anyone consuming the drug. The RCMP remains fully committed to enforcing laws against illicit drugs to their fullest extent in the interest of public safety.

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Cannabis facility to be built on Saskatchewan First Nation

 

cannabis cultivation facility is being built on a Saskatchewan First Nation near Battleford, Sask.

Calgary-based Westleaf Cannabis Inc. made the announcement Tuesday morning after the Thunderchild First Nation invested $8-million in the company.

Chief Delbert Wapass, who will sit on the company’s board of directors, said they believe in the legalization of recreational cannabis and the economic opportunities it will provide.

“We are proud to be Westleaf’s largest shareholder, as we strongly believe that this relationship will bring significant benefits to our band,” Wapass said in a statement.

“Westleaf’s strong knowledge of the industry and its vision to develop high-quality cannabis products in the prairies in collaboration with our members will make our relationship a natural and rewarding fit.”

READ MORE: Some provinces plan to hire teens for marijuana sting operations

Scott Hurd, president and CEO of Westleaf Cannabis, said strategic partnership is a significant step for the company.

“One of the defining moments for our company was our decision to partner with Thunderchild First Nation,” Hurd said.

“We look forward to building a partnership that will allow us to put a spotlight on the Canadian production of cannabis, while instilling a sense of pride and ownership in the communities we serve.”

The 115,000 square foot facility on Thunderchild land near Battleford will produce and manufacture a diverse range of cannabis products once it is operational, and employees will undergo an extensive training program.

READ MORE: Saskatchewan selects retailers for cannabis stores

Westleaf was recently awarded a permit to operate a cannabis retail outlet in Warman, Sask., and plans to open outlets in Alberta and British Columbia.

Spring 2018 MWNH – Ailment and 
Treatment Guide

 

Welcome to the first edition of our Medicine Wheel Treatment and Ailments Guide. Medicine Wheel Natural Healing is an Indigenous cannabis dispensary in Alderville First Nation. We created this catalogue to help our clients find the best possible cannabis related treatment for their ailments.

Before you decide to use cannabis in your healing journey, we do recommend that you consult with your doctors and other health care professionals. Remember that the healing journey is more than just the medicine we put in our bodies. It is a lifestyle we choose, a state of mind, our diet and daily exercise; by taking all these steps we move toward reaching a better state of health and balance.

Please click for the download link for the PDF of the Ailment and Treatment Guide.

MEDIA ADVISORY-Indigenous Owned And Operated “True North Seed Bank” Launches 4/20

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Indigenous Owned And Operated “True North Seed Bank” Launches as North America’s Largest Cannabis Seed Collector

Monday, April 16, 2018.

Alderville First Nation – On Friday, April 20, 2018, True North Seed Bank, holders of North America’s largest variety of cannabis seeds, will hold its grand opening with giveaways, a barbeque and live music. The 4/20 celebration will take place at its freshly built location in Medicine Wheel Plaza, next to the Medicine Wheel Natural Healing dispensary in Alderville First Nation. Customers will be able to choose from among 2000 varieties of seeds, ready and available on site.

WHO: Cannabis users, enthusiasts, growers, seed bank and dispensary staff, residents of Alderville and the wider community.

WHAT: Grand opening of seed bank with giveaways, BBQ and live music.

    • First 100 customers receive a gift bag including a Canuk Puck (a hockey puck filled with seeds) worth $280

    • 420 bbq burgers, 420 bbq hotdogs, 420 soft drinks

    • live music by Alderville artist Cale Crowe

WHEN: Friday, April 20, from noon until the celebration is over

WHERE: Medicine Wheel Plaza – 8986 County Road 45, Alderville First Nation – See MAP

                  MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/VCqzeUQGbk92

WHY: With Canada’s legalization there will be a high need for seeds for home and commercial use. True North will supply a massive diversity of seeds to the public, including rare strains. The indigenous owners, operators and staff of Medicine Wheel Natural Healing and True North Seed Bank are ensuring that the indigenous, natural approach to cannabis medicine is supported from seed to harvest.

VISUALS:  Line-ups of people driving, parking, standing; customers reviewing stock, seed catalogue, asking questions; staff explaining strains, making sales; people enjoying bbq; musician playing.

For more information:

Rob Stevenson, Owner – mobile: (905) 396-5488

Smoke Signals Media – mobile – (613) 900-2676 /  magazinesmokesignals@gmail.com

https://truenorthseedbank.com  / https://medicinewheelnaturalhealing.com / https://smokesignals.media

 

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From the land, to the people: introducing Mukwa Botanicals

By Smoke Signals Media

ALDERVILLE FIRST NATION – From salves and lip balms to tinctures and vape pens, Mukwa Botanicals now offers a wide range of indigenous sourced and indigenous made cannabis products. After the official product launch to be held on Saturday, February 24th from 1-4pm at Medicine Wheel Natural Healing, the Mukwa Botanicals line will be available at indigenous cannabis dispensaries across Ontario.

Mukwa means bear in the Ojibway language. In Anishinaabe culture, the bear represents courage, strength, and leadership and the bear clan is traditionally tasked with providing medicines for the people. Mukwa Botanicals was created by Rob Stevenson, an Anishinaabe man of the Bear Clan, who owns Medicine Wheel Natural Healing in Alderville First Nation. Rob identified the need for an Indigenous brand of cannabis products that would uphold the Seven Grandfather Teachings that underpin the core philosophy of Medicine Wheel Natural Healing.

Rob Stevenson speaks with a reporter in Medicine Wheel Natural Healing.

“We’re community-focused,” says Stevenson. “I’m trying to put us in a position to develop the indigenous cannabis industry as a whole, not just for myself but for all the different communities that want to take this path.”

The Mukwa Botanical brand is “developed by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people,” Stevenson emphasizes, indicating that ‘Mukwa’ is a reference to his own identity in belonging to the bear clan. “It encompasses all of what we’re trying to do: using products that are made by indigenous people, majority-sourced from Indigenous people, and we are putting a portion of the profits back to the community.”

Some of the products that Mukwa Botanicals will feature at the launch include rechargeable vape pens that vary in CBD and THC content, from all CBD, to mixed, to mostly THC. Other products include tinctures and essential oils, and soon organic edibles will be added to the product line.

Mukwa Botanicals tincture line.

Essential to the Mukwa brand is the way the medicine is extracted, a method that favours using the entire plant’s spectrum rather than employing isolates or distillates to separate its various psycho and non-psychoactive contents. The idea, Stevenson explains, is to maintain the plant’s full terpene profile, which then creates an “entourage effect” that works much better on the body.

“So we’re trying to create a more holistic environment, because it’s not just about money,” Stevenson said. “We’re really trying to educate people. Again, it’s not just the THC numbers and products; there’s a heck of a lot more to the plant than just the THC – and that’s what we want to focus on.”

As the medicinal cannabis industry grows, more people are beginning to see the true potential of the plant. Its medicinal value is rapidly coming to be accepted even by the western health system. But it will be a while longer before all the stigma is removed from the plant and those that choose to use it are able to do so freely. Rob hopes that what he is doing at Medicine Wheel and with Mukwa Botanicals will help bridge that gap and, in doing so, give Indian Country a much needed economic boost.

And that cannot be understated. As Rob explained, economic independence – whether it’s from medicinal cannabis or any other industry – is essential for political independence.

Medicinal cannabis “is an opportunity for us to get off the coattails of the government and to become self sustaining again,” he said. “What I’d like to see is non-interference. I understand there will be some kind of need to work with the government, but I think it should be up to each individual community to decide how to proceed. Now there’s the opportunity to get on board and make something of this opportunity.”

Medicine Wheel Natural Healing is located at 8986 County Road 45, in Alderville First Nation. The Mukwa Botanicals launch will be held all day on Saturday, February 24 at the Medicine Wheel store from 1-4pm. Visit Mukwa Botanicals at www.mukwabotanicals.com

 

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that is associated with increased pressure within the eye causing damage to the optic nerve. This can lead to:

  • Loss of vision
  • Appearance of rainbow colours and circles around brought lights.
  • Eye pain  
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting

Benefits: Cannabis smoking has been shown to decrease the pressure within the eye that causes damage to the nerve. This is thanks to cannabis’s anti-inflammatory properties. Treatment with cannabis has slowed and even stopped the loss of vision. It helps with alleviating pain and nausea associated with headaches from pressure within the eyes.

Treatment: The most direct method of intake is to use topical eye drops of 2.8% THC drops. This method lowers the IOP which is the leading cause of nerve damage in the eye. Other options include smoking or vaping which is fast acting.

Recommended method of intake: Edibles, smoking, topicals, eye drops.

Restless leg syndrome (RLS)

RLS is a disorder of the nervous system that causes an urge to move the legs. People experience various sensations especial when at rest that cause an irresistible urge to move their legs. Symptoms include:

  • Various sensations in the legs
  • Itchy skin
  • Pins and needles
  • Creepy crawly sensation
  • Sleep disturbances

Benefits: Studies have found that inhalation of cannabis works best. The quickness of inhalations allows for the decrease of various sensations in the legs. Strains containing THC help with sleep disturbances as well.

Treatment: Due to the nature of RLS, smoking or vaping is most effective right before bed as the effects do not last for a long time, but will aid in falling asleep.  Sativa strains work best due to their relaxing properties. A combination of smoking for the quick effect and an edible can allowed for a restful sleep all night.  

Recommended method of intake: Smoking, vaping, edibles.

Arthritis

Arthritis refers to joint pain/inflammations or joint disease of which there are many different types. The two most common forms of arthritis are Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsule, which then becomes inflamed and swollen. Osteoarthritis is this most common form of arthritis and is a degenerative conditions caused by aging bones, obesity, or injury. Symptoms my come and go as well as be mild or sever and can cause permanent joint changes:

  • Joint: swelling, pain, stiffness, redness, tenderness and warmth
  • Fatigue
  • Deceased range of motion

Benefits: Cannabis has shown to be beneficial to those suffering with any form of arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties and it’s regulation of pain. People suffering from RA find it alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and aids with sleep. With the use of cannabis, patients have reduced or even eliminated their use of pharmaceutical drugs, which means eliminating all of the negative side effects that come with them. Although there is no treatment of osteoarthritis, cannabis aids with the symptoms that accompany this ailment through its pain regulation and anti-inflammatory properties.

Treatment: A combination of THC and CBD would be most effective, depending to time of usage as well as pain intensity. Strains higher in CBD help with pain management throughout the day without any psychoactive effects, whereas strains with THC are better suited for the night. Treatment can also include a combination of methods such as smoking as well as topical use. Smoking delivers rapid pain relief although it does not last long. Therefore a combination with a tincture or edible would offer the most relief from symptoms.

Recommended method of intake: Topicals, edibles, oils, tinctures, smoking, vaping

Crohn’s and colitis

Colitis is an inflammatory disease that occurs within the inner lining of the colon. Crohn’s disease can appear anywhere in the digestive tract and often affects all layers of the bowel walls. Its symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping and pain
  • Weight loss and reduced appetite
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Inability to defecate
  • Pain due to inflammation

Benefits: The benefit of using cannabis for the treatment of Crohn’s and colitis is that it offers relief from pain associated with cramping and general pain, as well as pain associated with inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties characteristic of cannabis reduce inflammation within the colon as well as the digestive track. This in turn allows the body to more properly digest food and allows for more regular bowl movements.

Patients with Crohn’s can sometimes suffer from “opportunistic” infections. CBD anti bacteria effects can help with the prevention of these infections.  

Treatment: Strains high in CBD help reduce severe inflammation and discomfort within the digestive track (4% or higher). Strains containing 30 mg of THC and 15 mg of CBD (2:1 ratio) have shown to be the most beneficial.

Other options include topicals, which can be applied to the abdominal area to decrease pain and intestinal motility. Juicing the raw leaves of cannabis if available allows for the intake of THC-A, reducing the inflammation and symptoms associated with Crohn’s.

For those suffering with severe pain or discomfort, because of potency, concentrates are strong enough to ease pain and discomfort.  

Recommended method of intake: Smoking, vaping, edibles, tinctures, topicals.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is an umbrella term for progressive lung disease. COPD is characterized by:

  • Breathlessness
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Excess mucus
  • Chronis cough

Benefits: Breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, are all characterized by inflammation within the lungs caused by disease.  The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis reduce inflammation within the lungs that causes many of the symptoms associated with COPD. Some studies have found that low levels of CBD have helped treat nicotine addictions as well which lead to COPD.

Treatment: Strains containing both THC and CBD are effective in the treatments of inflammation. THC was found to deactivate inflammatory proteins where CBD has continued to reduce the amount of inflammation. Ingestion through edibles or oils in food is favourable due to the nature of COPD, smoking as well as vaporizing, may irritate the lining of the lungs.  

Recommended method of intake: Edibles, oils.