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Fri
18
Sep

Quebec Police celebrate Cannabis Plant Eradication Day

Not everyone will be celebrating this- but it’s all part of a day’s work.

Yesterday (Wednesday September 16th) was Cannabis Plant Eradication Day in Quebec, and the SQ were in the field with choppers and chain saws.

It was a province-wide blitz aimed at dismantling illicit gardening activity in Center-du-Québec, Estrie, Mauricie and Outaouais.

The Access-Cannabis program saw officers dismantle outdoor cannabis production sites in the regions, adding to the totals of more than 27,500 plants seized and 40 arrests so far this year.

Police note that while cannabis consumption is legal, you should be buying from legitimate vendors and not supporting Quebec’s underground economy.

Wed
16
Sep

Legislating THC in Food

As laws for cannabis use change, so do the laws that govern the particular cannabinoids that make up the plant, namely CBD and THC, and how and where they are used. Whereas CBD has already been regulated differently in many places, THC is often left with no regulation at all when it comes to use in edible products.

It has become more commonplace for CBD to be separated from the rest of the cannabis plant, and regulated differently, with the main reason being that since it contains no psychoactive properties, it shouldn’t be treated the same as substances that are psychoactive. With more recreational markets opening, and more food-based products hitting the market, the question of how THC is legislated in food is becoming more of a question.

Wed
16
Sep

Fire breaks out at a barn in Northumberland County revealing an illicit cannabis grow-op

The OPP has confirmed that a barn fire in Ontario’s Northumberland County was housing an illicit weed grow-op.

Wed
16
Sep

Really? That’s what seized cannabis is worth?

It seems that determining the value of cannabis seized by police is all about potential, with a bit of PR mixed in.

Mon
14
Sep

Canada: Cannabis steers healthy increase in agriculture income

Led by surging cannabis sales, farm cash receipts in the first half of the year bucked the general decline caused by the coronavirus.

Receipts of $16.7 billion increased 5.2 per cent over 2019, says the Statistics Canada report.

Without a 62 per cent increase — $685 million — in cannabis sales, farm cash receipts would have increased a mere .8 per cent.

Higher crop receipts of $1.3 billion helped offset a $629 million decline in livestock sales. The decrease was caused by market restrictions when COVID-19 broke out.

Lentil receipts tripled to $604 million with better prices and increased exports to India and Turkey.

Canola returns jumped $249 million as China increased buying and more exports elsewhere offset lost Chinese markets.

Fri
11
Sep

Buffalo a key part of flow of Canadian black market marijuana into United States

It’s a high-stakes cat and mouse game.

Some 2,500 to 3,000 tractor-trailer trucks cross the Peace Bridge from Canada into the United States each day.

Which ones are carrying black market Canadian marijuana?

“Our officers are trained, have inspection skills and gut instincts but we also have a lot of technology,” says Rose Brophy, director of field operations for the Buffalo Field Office for U.S. Customs and Border Security.

And the agency has needed all those tools.

Fri
11
Sep

Low-flying helicopter used to smuggle illegal cannabis from Canada to U.S., police say

A helicopter from Quebec, flying low to the ground to avoid detection, was used to ferry Canadian cannabis across the border into the United States in an illegal gun importation and drug exportation operation, the RCMP say.

Four men were arrested and a helicopter, truck and trailer were seized after six search warrants were executed in Ontario and Quebec in a joint Canada-U.S. probe that spanned 16 months.

It began from a chance sighting near the border.

Wed
09
Sep

‘It’s going to hurt’: Canada’s cannabis industry struggles to find footing in age of COVID-19

Canada’s economy added 245,800 jobs in August but the cannabis industry remains on shaky ground.

Wed
09
Sep

More Seniors Turning to Cannabis and Backing Its Legalization

Seniors’ use of cannabis and their support for its legalization is on the upswing.

Tue
08
Sep

Open-air weed grow with 5,000 plants illegal, even in Canada: RCMP

It’s perfectly legal for Canadian adults 19 and older to grow as many as four cannabis plants in a residence for personal use, but cultivating 5,000 pot plants on a B.C. mountainside is simply pushing things too far.

Apparently, that was a message that bore repeating by the Lytton RCMP when officers carrying out aerial operations had little problem spotting the sizeable grow near the Fraser Valley town in late August.

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