By selling cannabis at below-market rates to low-income substance users, the High Hopes Foundation seeks to help people at risk of overdose access cannabis to use as a substitute for illicit drugs that have become increasingly contaminated by fentanyl and other potent opioids.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, cannabis is a Schedule I drug, and regulations associated with that have long made it difficult for researchers to conduct truly rigorous studies of the plant's medicinal effects.
As the concept of legal weed settles into Canadian culture, pot is filtering into the West Coast health scene, and, of course, there’s a yoga class for that, too. But practitioners of the discipline say cannabis-enhanced yoga is more than a fad—rather, it’s a reimagined concept dating back thousands of years.
“The end of prohibition isn’t a win,” Groundwork Consulting partner and cannabis historian Jamie Shaw cautioned last month at Grassroots Expo at SFU Harbour Centre in Vancouver. “It’s a draw. And it’s a war that’s still going on.”