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Fri
22
Jan

Illegal cannabis, rifle seized by Saskatoon police in firearms investigation

Five people are facing charges after a Saskatoon police investigation led by the guns and gangs unit.

Originally, police were investigating information that a home on the 1700 block of 2nd Avenue N. may have been selling drugs and that the people involved may have had a weapon.

 

On Tuesday, police pulled over a Buick Regal at Assiniboine Drive and Warman Road. According to a news release, police arrested a person in the car wanted in connection with the drug house investigation.

Officers allegedly found numerous cell phones in the car, as well as a meth pipe and various identity documents, some of which had been reported stolen. Police also say they found a conducted energy weapon, a knife, a machete, a meat cleaver and open alcohol.

Fri
22
Jan

Chatham-Kent police dismantle 4 illegal cannabis plants, seize more than $25M in marijuana plants

Chatham-Kent police have seized more than 25,000 marijuana plants worth $25.5 million after dismantling four illegal grow-ops in the region over the last few months, according to a news release. 

Since September, Chatham-Kent police have dismantled four illegal cannabis operations in the region, three of which were uncovered in January. 

 

"This past year, a significant amount of cannabis associated to illegal drug operations has been found in Chatham-Kent," Chatham-Kent police chief Gary Conn said in a news release. "These operations will not be tolerated here in our community as we know their actions may lead to violent behaviour, property crimes and organized crime."

Wed
20
Jan

Ontario man fined for working in an illicit cannabis dispensary says he was not aware the store was unlicensed

Just as some Canadians have had difficulty sorting legal cannabis suppliers from illicit ones, a retail worker in Barrie says he was unaware that his former employer, an illicit dispensary, was not above-board.

Orillia Matters reports that defence lawyer Ariyan Zaraineh told the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie last week that his client, Matthew Richer, was “not aware of the situation.”

According to a news release from Barrie Police Service, Richer was arrested and charged during a raid at the dispensary on July 31, 2019.

Wed
20
Jan

Seizures of liquid marijuana surging in Japan

The amount of liquid marijuana seized in Japan has been surging, putting police and customs authorities on high alert.

The estimated amount of marijuana in liquid form confiscated by Tokyo Customs in 2020 jumped nearly 70 times from the previous year’s level. A customs official described the situation as “an explosive increase.”

 

 

The liquid extracted from marijuana plants has a higher content of hallucinogenic tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, than dried cannabis and can be used in a similar way to electronic cigarettes.

“Many users are youngsters,” an official at Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department said. “My impression is that it has been in wider use for the past 10 years or so.”

Tue
19
Jan

Give Canadian cannabis producers more packaging and labelling flexibility

While efforts to legalize recreational cannabis nationally have stalled in the United States, New  Zealand, Mexico and Israel, Canada’s legal market continues to evolve.

Mon
18
Jan

OPP's enforcement team tackles illegal cannabis market

In the last two years, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET) have tackled illegal cannabis production, sale and distribution enterprises across Ontario.

The PJFCET is responsible for enforcing the cannabis laws and investigating criminal enterprises that exploit or abuse the legal cannabis market and consists of members from OPP, Kingston Police Service, Hamilton Police Service, Barrie Police Service, Waterloo Regional Police Service, Sarnia Police Service, Windsor Police Service, London Police Service and Niagara Regional Police Service.

Fri
15
Jan

Here's why Vermont is seeing rising rates of cannabis seized at the Canadian border

Experts say Vermont and other states bordering Canada are seeing increasing rates of black market cannabis seizures at federal crossings.

“Seizures have increased over the past year significantly,” said Michael McCarthy, public information officer for Customs and Border Protection (CBP). “There’s a difference between a personal use amount versus a smuggling attempt in a larger quantity for distribution.”

In December, CBP officers at Highgate Springs Port of Entry seized a shipment of over 1,400 pounds of cannabis inside a shipment of kitchen cabinets from Quebec. CBP officials say the shipment was destined for Massachusetts.

Fri
15
Jan

More cannabis stores popping up in Manitoba, but market not saturated yet, retailers say

Dozens of cannabis stores are sprouting up in Manitoba, after the province opened the retail market last June to anyone who is interested.

Manitoba's cannabis regulator has approved 23 stores under its new open market licensing system, with 33 more retailers waiting for approval.

 

That's a big spike from the 33 stores licensed between the legalization of recreational cannabis in October 2018 and May 2020. 

During that period, the province capped the number of licences it awarded for cannabis retail. As of June, it opened the market up.

Wed
13
Jan

Why You Can’t Smoke Cannabis in Public (Even Where Marijuana is Legal)

If you’ve never visited a state where cannabis is legal (and you’ve never been to Canada), you might imagine the fully-legal corners of the world as hash heaven – people picnicking with joints in hand, basking in Bob Ross-like golden rays of sunshine and the sweet freedom that comes from being able to light up whenever you please.

We hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but that’s not the reality – like, at all.

Wed
13
Jan

What Will 2021 Bring for the Global Cannabis Industry?

The year 2020 was a dud in many, many ways due to the pandemic. However, it was a record year for the emerging cannabis industry. Cannabis entrepreneurs around the globe sold a record amount of cannabis and cannabis-infused products.

Unfortunately, no countries legalized cannabis for adult use in 2020, but a number of countries either allowed medical cannabis industries to launch or expand. Many cannabis industry projections from years ago focused on the year 2020 and virtually every one of those projections proved to be too conservative.

So what does 2021 have in store for the emerging cannabis industry? Ultimately, only time will tell. Below are some things to consider.

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