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Ontario's private pot shops to stop delivery and curbside pickup

Ontario’s privately-run cannabis stores will no longer be permitted to deliver or offer curbside pickup once an emergency order issued by the province in response to COVID-19 expires.

“As our province carefully moves towards recovery, the (emergency order) to temporarily allow for cannabis retail curbside pickup and delivery will end when the declaration of emergency expires, along with other temporary measures that had been put in place to support people and business during the public health emergency,” said Richard Clark, communications director for Ontario's Finance Minister, in an emailed statement.


Federal Judge Presses U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Transparency in Cannabis Policy

A federal judge is setting new deadlines for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to respond to an ongoing lawsuit seeking specific policy language on the agency’s approach to cannabis at the U.S-Canada border. For the past few years, Canadian cannabis industry employees and investors have been turned away at the border—and, in some cases, barred from the U.S. outright.


Nearly Five Tons of Pot Seized At Canadian Border

Customs officials seized nearly five tons of cannabis last week from a truck that was attempting to cross into the U.S. at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry on New York’s border with Canada, federal law enforcement officers announced on Monday. The seizure is the third large pot bust this month at the border crossing that has seen an uptick in smuggling via commercial vehicles since travel restrictions called in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were put in place this spring.


Ottawa’s ‘backwards’ limit on pot drinks is having unintended consequences, producers warn

Federal government rules limiting sales of cannabis-infused beverages are having unintended consequences, according to industry insiders who say the math behind the current policy favours higher-potency drinks while restricting sales of mellower products.


Cannabis retailers call for change in B.C.’s legal sales regime

A national cannabis retailers group has persuaded the B.C. government to make legal stores safer, and now it wants to level the playing field with black market marijuana sellers who can deliver to their customers.

The Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers (ACCRES) first called in January for a change to B.C. regulation requiring opaque or covered windows for retailers, similar to federal tobacco legislation designed to keep any glimpse of products or brands from those under 19. The move demonstrates the law-enforcement focus of federal and provincial marijuana regimes, with unintended consequences that may increase risk of crime.


Did Canada legalize weed before doing its research?

There’s a world of mystery inside those frosty hairs that coat your cannabis. They are called trichomes, and they grow on lichens, algae, and various plants around the world. The small, mushroom-shaped fibres are also a source of THC and CBD-forming metabolites and the terpenes that give cannabis its unique fragrance. 


Government’s Cannabis Pardons Program Is An ‘Abject Failure’: Advocate

When the Liberals introduced no-fee, expedited pardons for simple cannabis possession, the federal government estimated up to 250,000 people could be eligible. 

Updated Parole Board of Canada (PBC) numbers show 436 pardon applications have been received as of April 3. 

Of those applications, 238 have been approved for cannabis record suspensions. 

The PBC said 178 applications were deemed ineligible or incomplete; 2 applications were discontinued; and 18 had not been accepted for processing at the time the numbers were reported.


Legal cannabis stores had early impact on Hamilton's black market

Hello Cannabis, a medical marijuana information and education centre, had been operating for about a year at 51 Cootes Dr. in Dundas when Ontario held its first recreational retail pot store lottery.


Canadian charged after 15 'large trash bags' of cannabis seized at U.S. border

A 36-year-old Cambridge man is charged with possession and transportation of illegal drugs, after border officers seized about 190 kilograms of cannabis at the Ambassador Bridge Friday.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) media release issued on Monday, the Cambridge man was driving a municipal waste hauler and was referred for inspection around 4 a.m. on Friday.  

During the inspection — which included an x-ray and physical examination — CBP officers discovered several "odd shapes" in the back of the vehicle, ultimately finding 15 "large trash bags" of cannabis.


Cannabis retailers in B.C. seek green light to deliver pot and compete with illegal dealers

A chain of cannabis stores says if they and other legal retailers were allowed to deliver pot, they could nip illegal dealers in the bud.

Hobo Cannabis, a licensed retailer with five locations in B.C., says it and other legal vendors are at a disadvantage against unlicensed competitors who deliver weed — which is against the law.

Harrison Stoker, vice-president of the Donnelly Group, which owns Hobo, said it's a long-standing complaint from the legal sector.

The sticky situation has only become worse during the COVID-19 pandemic, he added, as more consumers want many types of goods delivered.


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