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Fri
20
Mar

Edmonton police bust cannabis websites, online vendors evade rules

Edmonton police are taking their fight against illegal cannabis online, but some sellers are still evading the rules.

Police say they have begun taking over more than 100 domains for websites selling illegal cannabis this week. Websites display a message indicating the domain has been seized and asking visitors with information to contact police. Recreational cannabis can only be legally purchased online from Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) in this province.

At least one vendor seems to have circumvented the shutdown. Getkush.ca was seized by police this week, but a post on the company’s Facebook page indicates it changed its domain on Monday. The new website is still active.

Thu
19
Mar
Thu
19
Mar

Canadian Border Closure Effect On Cannabis Companies

As the Covid 19 quarantine measure continue, President Trump tweeted, “We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our northern border with Canada.” He said trade would not be affected. However, many cannabis companies have operations in both countries.

Wed
18
Mar

Five things employers should know about CBD

The CBD industry is booming and shows signs of not going away anytime soon. While more and more businesses continue to incorporate the compound with differing levels of success, people continue to be as intrigued by CBD as ever, finding it accessible enough to want to incorporate it into their lives, be that for health or fun.

With this environment in mind, it’s important for employers to understand the compound and the benefits and hindrances it could provide for employees. Since CBD has connections with marijuana and the legality of that topic remains complex, it’s best if employers are just as informed as users who consume the compound. Here are 5 things employers should know about CBD:

Wed
18
Mar

'These are people's real livelihoods': Will Ottawa provide COVID-19 relief for cannabis companies?

More bad news could be on the horizon for the Canadian cannabis industry. 

On Monday night, Dan Sutton, the CEO and founder of BC-based cannabis cultivator Tantalus Labs, tweeted that a senior account manager at the Business Development Bank of Canada — a Crown corporation mandated to help develop small and medium-sized companies through financing and other means — had notified them that they would not be providing relief to the cannabis sector.

As cannabis companies are increasingly feeling the impact of the pandemic lockdown with temporary layoffs and store closures, cash flow interruptions could lead to permanent closures for some businesses, Sutton said.  

Tue
17
Mar

Cannabis sales surge as Ontario declares state of emergency

As public health officials work to contain the coronavirus, Canadians are doubling down on cannabis.

Before the premier announced the province was in a state of emergency on Tuesday, Ontario Cannabis Store experienced a surge in sales. Sales were up 80 per cent on Saturday and 100 per cent on Sunday, Daffyd Roderick, director of communications for the OCS, told the The GrowthOp in an email. More than 7,000 orders were placed over the weekend.

Mon
16
Mar

4 Ways Coronavirus Can Affect the Marijuana Industry

In case you missed it, the World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement that most people were expecting this past Wednesday, March 11: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is officially a pandemic.

Fri
13
Mar

Canada Proudly Defends Their Decision to Legalize Cannabis

In 2018 Canada took a huge step forward for cannabis reform when they legalized the possession, cultivation and commercial sale of the plant for adults, making them the largest nation in the world to do so. Since then, they have been under the watchful eye of many – like the states in the U.S. that have legalized cannabis – to see how it plays out. After a year and a half, Canada is still defending their decision to the United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotic Drugs. 

Fri
13
Mar

Driving with cannabis? Best to put it in the trunk

Dear Herb: How am I supposed to legally transport weed in my car? — Road Tripper

Dear Road Tripper: As with so many issues surrounding legalization in Canada, it depends on where you live — the federal Cannabis Act doesn’t address the issue of transporting cannabis in a vehicle, so it’s up to provincial and territorial governments. The overarching theme across those different legal jurisdictions is this: Like alcohol, cannabis should never be in reach of a vehicle’s driver or passengers. Some provinces and territories allow cannabis to be within reach if it’s still sealed in the original container.

Thu
12
Mar

Canadian health officials recommend other countries don't take the same route with cannabis

During a recent speech to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, a Canadian health official not only touted the government’s commitment to a strict regulatory framework when it comes to cannabis among its accomplishments but also said they wouldn’t recommend other nations take the same approach.

Michelle Boudreau gave the opening remarks for Canada at the 63rd General Debate of the UNCND in Vienna, Austria. In it, she outlined the country’s accomplishments when it comes to domestic and international drug policy.

Unsurprisingly, cannabis figured heavily into the remarks, but less expected were the comments that other countries should not emulate the Canada’s approach to the drug

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