Michael J. Armstrong

Michael J. Armstrong is an associate professor of operations research at Brock University.

Recent articles

Here’s Why Cannabis Juicing Can Be Good For You

As the THC in cannabis only becomes psychoactive when heated, consuming raw cannabis allows one to get the benefits of the plant in a non-intoxicating way.  

If You’re Worried About FaceApp, You Should Worry About All Social Media Apps

Even apps that are worth billions of dollars and have revolutionized the world come with their own set of dubious privacy policies.

Legalizing Marijuana Seems To Lower Teen Interest In Weed

The study revealed that online searches for alcohol dropped 11% post legalization, though tobacco products were searched almost 8% more.

Some Canadian Used A Fake ID Of Marvel’s Thor To Buy Weed Online

Thor Odinson, you know, the popular Marvel character played by Chris Hemsworth in the movies? A totally legitimate human you should sell marijuana to, right?

Study Finds Opioid Users Not Switching To Medical Marijuana

Is there really any truth to the idea that marijuana could be a saving grace for the tens of thousands of people who die every year as a result of opioid overdose?

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Cannabis Quality Involves Careful Science And Carefree Highs

Product quality is one area where legal suppliers might have advantages over the black market, but to deliver good quality cannabis, producers must simultaneously aim for both careful science and carefree highs.

Feds Are Blowing Smoke About Canada’s Ample Pot Supplies

Ontario’s first legal cannabis shops are finally here. One challenge they’ll face is Canada’s nationwide product shortage.

Scarce Retail Weed Shops Mean Most Canadians Still Use Black Market Pot

Canada has fallen short in eradicating black markets through marijuana legalization. Here's what the country is losing as a result and how Canada could improve the shortcoming.

How Canadians Are Buying Cannabis And Getting High Now That It’s Legal

There was much speculation throughout 2018 about Canada’s soon-to-be-legal cannabis market. But only recently has data become available that shows what cannabis consumers really want and actually buy.

Where’s The Weed? Clues To Canada’s Marijuana Shortages

Where’s the weed!? That’s been a common Canadian refrain lately. Shortages appeared almost immediately after recreational cannabis sales began last October.

Legal Cannabis Vs. Black Market: Can It Compete?

Legalization day marks the start of several interesting competitions. The most important one from a public policy perspective is the competition between legal cannabis and black markets.