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Mon
23
Nov

Sixteen arrested after grow-op raid near Merritt, B.C.

Sixteen people have been arrested and 800 cannabis plants seized after Mounties raided a property near Merritt, B.C.

RCMP say they went in with a search warrant on a rural property Thursday, finding a large commercial building with 800 pot plants in various stages of growth.

Police say they also seized marijuana growing equipment.

Sixteen people, all of whom have ties to the Lower Mainland, were arrested at the site, but police say they were released with charges pending.

Cpl. Derrick Francis with Merritt RCMP says the operation would have been able to grow three crops per year.

He says the impact of getting that amount of cannabis off the street is "immeasurable."

Fri
20
Nov

OPP search warrant leads to seizure of $80 million dollars worth of cannabis in Leamington Ont.

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OPP say they're cracking down on illegal grow operations

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have seized over $80 million dollars worth of cannabis from a greenhouse operation in Leamington Ont.

Officers from the provincial joint force cannabis enforcement team (PJFCET) attended a Mersea Road location on Wednesday to execute a Cannabis Act Search warrant.

According to police, over 75,000 cannabis plants and over 5,300 pounds of processed cannabis were seized.

"The proliferation of illegal marijuana grow operations, as evidenced by this recent significant seizure in Leamington, demonstrates the resolve by criminal enterprise groups to profit from illegal activity," said Inspector Glenn Miller, OPP  detachment commander in Essex.

Thu
19
Nov

Fly with Cannabis – Which Countries Let You Do It

Different ways to be legal

Not only does every country have its own laws regarding the use, possession, sale, cultivation, and import/export of cannabis, but often these categories too can be broken down further into medical legalizations, recreational legalizations, and even religious legalizations, each with its own set of laws concerning use, possession, sale, cultivation, and import/export.

Thu
19
Nov

City removes limit of one cannabis licence per business

The City of Grande Prairie will eliminate the restriction of one cannabis business license per business entity and will no longer require sales information.

City council amended the existing Business License Bylaw during its Monday meeting.

Over the past two years since cannabis legalization, the city has received a number of inquires from industry stakeholders regarding opening additional outlets. They have also requested that the limit of one license per business entity be removed.

In a previous interview, Coun. Dylan Bressey noted that this cap only served to impede mom-and-pop stores.

Thu
19
Nov

Winnipeg doesn't have bylaws to 'strongly regulate' medical cannabis grow-ops: city planner

Faced with multiple complaints from residents, Winnipeg city council's property and planning committee has voted to ask the public service to look at whether the municipality can regulate or ban growing cannabis at home.

Councillors on the committee heard from several residents at a Monday meeting who complained about the odour from homes set up to grow cannabis under medicinal licences issued by the federal government.

They also raised fears about the possible involvement of organized crime in such grow-ops.

Tue
17
Nov

Canada has two systems for cannabis use, but they’re at risk of blending into one

Canada’s medical cannabis system effectively prioritizes safety and transparency. But from the patient perspective, the experience is not ideal.

Tue
17
Nov

'What kind of grandfather needs 140 plants?': Neighbours fed up with dozens of medical marijuana grow-ops

People living in several north Winnipeg neighbourhoods say they have become prisoners in their own homes since their neighbours sold their houses to new owners who have turned them into medical marijuana grow operations.

"The smell is horrific," said Eddie Calisto-Tavares.

Calisto-Tavares owns her own business and, like many, is now working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She and her husband started going for daily walks around the neighbourhood in March and began to notice a strong odour around certain homes, she said.

"We thought it was winter and probably the skunks are hibernating," she said.

Mon
16
Nov

Growing Pains: What’s Next For The Cannabis Industry In Canada

In order for the legal cannabis industry to continue maturing into adulthood, Canada needs to redefine its position on the quality of the products being produced.

Saturday, October 17, marked the two-year milestone of Canada becoming the first G7 country to legalize adult-use cannabis federally with the adoption of the Cannabis Act. Since then, the country’s cannabis industry has seen a rapid expansion.

Fri
13
Nov

Veterans Affairs Canada and their Cannabis Policy for Veterans

Changes in Cannabis Policy for Veterans since the introduction

It all began in 2007, when Veterans Affairs Canada made the decision to reimburse a veteran for his medical cannabis expenses. Since then, the department has been reimbursing the cannabis costs of thousands of veterans.

Fri
13
Nov

'Not like black market' — Essex County gets its first legal pot shops

The owner of Essex County’s first legal retail pot shop might not just be Canada’s youngest cannabis businessman but also the country’s first second-generation entrepreneur in what is a fairly new but expanding economic sector.

“My father was a co-founder of Aphria — we’ve been in this since the beginning,” said Anthony Cervini, the owner of Tony’s Joint in Essex, who only recently turned 22

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