Vancouver Radio Ad for Illegal Dispensaries Stirs Canadian Health Agency

Two months after a Vancouver newspaper reported that multiple Canadian agencies passed the buck over a controversial radio advertisement promoting a chain of illegal cannabis dispensaries, Health Canada asserted its authority on the matter this month.

Minister of Health Rona Ambrose announced Friday that she has directed Health Canada to monitor illegal cannabis advertising in print, online, on the radio and on television. Previously, Health Canada acted primarily upon complaints.

The announcement follows the warning Health Canada sent in June to Justin Wilcomes, the Vancouver radio host who in April began airing advertising Eden Medical Society, a chain of five unregulated cannabis dispensaries in British Columbia’s largest city. Continue reading