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Fri
17
Jul

Alberta judge determines cannabis grower's rights were violated, but refuses to stay charges

Shaun Charles Howell’s unlicensed Innisfail cannabis grow was busted by the RCMP in March 2017. He was charged with unlawfully producing cannabis and possession of over three kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.

In addition to himself, Howell was providing cannabis to a few patients, including a disabled homeless man to whom he provided cannabis products at no cost and his daughter who suffers from epilepsy.

The judge agreed that the man’s constitutional rights had been violated under previous, pre-legalization drug legislation. But his bid to have the charges stayed was denied.

Thu
16
Jul

New record: More than 4 tonnes of marijuana allegedly seized at Canada-U.S. border

 
 
     

TORONTO -- American authorities say they have made the biggest seizure of marijuana at the Canadian border on record.

Thu
16
Jul

B.C. cuts frequency of criminal record checks for workers in cannabis retail

Those working in recreational cannabis retail in B.C. will need to complete security verification every five years instead of every two, an obligation initially meant to keep organized crime out of the province’s legal weed market.

The change will apply for workers who currently have valid security screening. The period will be extended from the date of their initial verification, according to B.C. Ministry of Attorney General.

Tue
14
Jul

Canadian Police Chiefs Call For Decriminalization Of Low-Level Drug Possession

A group of Canadian police chiefs is calling on the federal government to decriminalize the possession of all drugs for personal use in a committee report issued this month. The report from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) also recommends that an integrated approach to drug addiction be established to address the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis. Canada legalized the use of cannabis by adults and established a regulatory framework for recreational marijuana commerce in 2018.

Mon
13
Jul

Can celebrity-backed cannabis brands exist under Health Canada’s tight regulations? We’re only starting to find out how

The Canadian cannabis industry has forged a number of partnerships with celebrities, including Snoop Dogg and LBS (formerly Leafs By Snoop); Seth Rogen and Houseplant; and Trailer Park Boys and Trailer Park Buds. But Trailer Park Buds didn’t last long. Organigram, the licensed producer behind the brand, recently announced that it would cease development of products bearing that trademark following a review with Health Canada — leading many in the industry to wonder what line that particular brand crossed.

Fri
10
Jul

Head of cannabis retailer says Canada needs thousands more stores to compete with black market weed

The chief executive officer of independent cannabis retailer Fire and Flower Holdings said this week Canada needs 4,000 pot shops in order to compete with the country’s still-thriving

Wed
08
Jul

Ontario's private pot shops to stop delivery and curbside pickup

Ontario’s privately-run cannabis stores will no longer be permitted to deliver or offer curbside pickup once an emergency order issued by the province in response to COVID-19 expires.

“As our province carefully moves towards recovery, the (emergency order) to temporarily allow for cannabis retail curbside pickup and delivery will end when the declaration of emergency expires, along with other temporary measures that had been put in place to support people and business during the public health emergency,” said Richard Clark, communications director for Ontario's Finance Minister, in an emailed statement.

Thu
02
Jul

Federal Judge Presses U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Transparency in Cannabis Policy

A federal judge is setting new deadlines for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to respond to an ongoing lawsuit seeking specific policy language on the agency’s approach to cannabis at the U.S-Canada border. For the past few years, Canadian cannabis industry employees and investors have been turned away at the border—and, in some cases, barred from the U.S. outright.

Wed
01
Jul

Nearly Five Tons of Pot Seized At Canadian Border

Customs officials seized nearly five tons of cannabis last week from a truck that was attempting to cross into the U.S. at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry on New York’s border with Canada, federal law enforcement officers announced on Monday. The seizure is the third large pot bust this month at the border crossing that has seen an uptick in smuggling via commercial vehicles since travel restrictions called in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were put in place this spring.

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