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Tue
18
Jan

Vaccination passport now required liquor and cannabis shops in Quebec

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Proof of vaccination is now required to enter SAQ liquor stores (Société des alcools du Québec) and SQDC pot shops (Société québécoise du cannabis) in the province.

Tue
18
Jan

Man cooking hash oil sparks explosion strong enough to damage Ontario hotel

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Police seize a little more than $4,000 in drugs after blast.

A 51-year-old man who was cooking hash oil at a local hotel in Sudbury, Ont. had to receive treatment after his clandestine culinary caper sparked an explosion.

Mon
17
Jan

Cannabis seizures at Michigan ports skyrocket 2,800 per cent over last two years

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Customs and Border Protection confiscated 6,497 kilograms of weed in fiscal 2021.

The Canada/U.S. border is traditionally a fairly busy place, but the Michigan links have proved a particular hot spot over the last couple of years when it comes to cannabis.

New figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveal that marijuana seizures skyrocketed 2,800 per cent in fiscal 2021 since fiscal 2019 at Michigan’s five ports of entry, reports the CBP’s field office in Detroit. The figures relate to the Ambassador Bridge, the Detroit Windsor Tunnel, the Blue Water Bridge, the International Bridge and Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Fri
14
Jan

Province ponders proof of vaccination at liquor, cannabis stores

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Everything on the table as New Brunswick seeks ways to make life 'uncomfortable' for the unvaccinated

Premier Blaine Higgs says New Brunswick may follow Quebec's lead on asking for proof of COVID-19 vaccination at liquor and cannabis stores.

He says everything is on the table as the province considers new restrictions for people who choose not to get vaccinated against the virus.

"It did have an impact in Quebec, as we understand," he said. '

He was referring to a reported jump in the number of first-dose vaccine appointments booked since the Quebec requirement was announced last week.

Thu
13
Jan

‘Arbitrary’ cutoffs of THC levels make it difficult to measure impaired driving

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After marijuana was legalized in Canada, more drivers in car crashes tested positive for the drug, new research finds.

As more states legalize marijuana for recreational use, it’s become more common for people to have the drug in their  system, leaving public health officials grappling with a thorny question: What constitutes impaired driving?

For alcohol, the cutoff is uniform: A blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 percent. But there is no standard cutoff for THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. And even in places that do institute a cutoff, it’s unclear whether exceeding the limit constitutes impairment, experts say. 

Thu
13
Jan

More Canadians may be driving high since cannabis legalization

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THC is being detected in twice as many injured drivers since cannabis was legalized in Canada, according to new UBC research published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The findings may be a signal that more Canadians are choosing to drive after using cannabis.

“It’s concerning that we’re seeing such a dramatic increase,” said Dr. Jeffrey Brubacher (he/him), associate professor in UBC’s department of emergency medicine and the principal investigator of the study.

“There are serious risks associated with driving after cannabis use. Our findings suggest more is needed to deter this dangerous behaviour in light of legalization.

Thu
13
Jan

Driving violations spark traffic stop, seizure of cannabis shatter and wax

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The products were not marked for sale in Canada or Alberta.

No seatbelt and yapping on a cellphone were more than enough to attract the attention of an Alberta RCMP traffic officer who stopped a driver and subsequently discovered weed products in the vehicle.

The stop occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 8, according to CTV News. Tellingly, the officer was working a Safe Roads Enhanced Enforcement shift in Airdrie, Alta. at the time, per Airdrie Today.

Wed
12
Jan

When it comes to legal cannabis, Canada’s doing it right

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If U.S. policymakers want to better prioritize public health while legalizing cannabis, they should look to Canada's model for ideas, according to a new research report funded by Stanford University.

Keith Humphreys, PhD, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford Medicine, commissioned the report in his role as co-director of the Stanford Network on Addiction Policy, in an effort to more closely examine Canada's efforts to control marketing of the drug, its use of government-run cannabis retail stores and efforts to reduce youth access to better prevent harmful drug use.

I talked with Humphreys about the results of the study and how it could be useful in forming future policy in the United States.

Tue
11
Jan

Early morning house fire

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One taken to hospital with smoke inhalation after early morning house fire in Vernon

One person was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation after an early morning house fire in Vernon Tuesday.

Firefighters were dispatched to the 25th Avenue fire about 1:10 a.m. following report of smoke coming from a single-storey house on the 3600 block.

Crews arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the front of the structure.

“Crews advanced on the fire and quickly contained it to the front portion of the house,” says deputy fire chief Alan Hofsink.

“The house sustained significant smoke and fire damage. When crews arrived, all occupants of the home were already outside, and one person was transported to hospital for smoke inhalation and undetermined injuries.”

Tue
11
Jan

Covid Vaccinations Quadruple In Quebec Ahead Of Liquor, Cannabis Store Restrictions

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Quebec officials have reported the number of first-dose appointments for Covid-19 vaccines have quadrupled after announcing that vaccination passports will be required to enter liquor and cannabis stores. 

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