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Ottawa’s ‘backwards’ limit on pot drinks is having unintended consequences, producers warn

Federal government rules limiting sales of cannabis-infused beverages are having unintended consequences, according to industry insiders who say the math behind the current policy favours higher-potency drinks while restricting sales of mellower products.


Cannabis retailers call for change in B.C.’s legal sales regime

A national cannabis retailers group has persuaded the B.C. government to make legal stores safer, and now it wants to level the playing field with black market marijuana sellers who can deliver to their customers.

The Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers (ACCRES) first called in January for a change to B.C. regulation requiring opaque or covered windows for retailers, similar to federal tobacco legislation designed to keep any glimpse of products or brands from those under 19. The move demonstrates the law-enforcement focus of federal and provincial marijuana regimes, with unintended consequences that may increase risk of crime.


Did Canada legalize weed before doing its research?

There’s a world of mystery inside those frosty hairs that coat your cannabis. They are called trichomes, and they grow on lichens, algae, and various plants around the world. The small, mushroom-shaped fibres are also a source of THC and CBD-forming metabolites and the terpenes that give cannabis its unique fragrance. 


Government’s Cannabis Pardons Program Is An ‘Abject Failure’: Advocate

When the Liberals introduced no-fee, expedited pardons for simple cannabis possession, the federal government estimated up to 250,000 people could be eligible. 

Updated Parole Board of Canada (PBC) numbers show 436 pardon applications have been received as of April 3. 

Of those applications, 238 have been approved for cannabis record suspensions. 

The PBC said 178 applications were deemed ineligible or incomplete; 2 applications were discontinued; and 18 had not been accepted for processing at the time the numbers were reported.


Legal cannabis stores had early impact on Hamilton's black market

Hello Cannabis, a medical marijuana information and education centre, had been operating for about a year at 51 Cootes Dr. in Dundas when Ontario held its first recreational retail pot store lottery.


Canadian charged after 15 'large trash bags' of cannabis seized at U.S. border

A 36-year-old Cambridge man is charged with possession and transportation of illegal drugs, after border officers seized about 190 kilograms of cannabis at the Ambassador Bridge Friday.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) media release issued on Monday, the Cambridge man was driving a municipal waste hauler and was referred for inspection around 4 a.m. on Friday.  

During the inspection — which included an x-ray and physical examination — CBP officers discovered several "odd shapes" in the back of the vehicle, ultimately finding 15 "large trash bags" of cannabis.


Cannabis retailers in B.C. seek green light to deliver pot and compete with illegal dealers

A chain of cannabis stores says if they and other legal retailers were allowed to deliver pot, they could nip illegal dealers in the bud.

Hobo Cannabis, a licensed retailer with five locations in B.C., says it and other legal vendors are at a disadvantage against unlicensed competitors who deliver weed — which is against the law.

Harrison Stoker, vice-president of the Donnelly Group, which owns Hobo, said it's a long-standing complaint from the legal sector.

The sticky situation has only become worse during the COVID-19 pandemic, he added, as more consumers want many types of goods delivered.


Information commissioner takes health ministry to court over weed info

The federal health ministry is refusing to name the 575 locations of medical marijuana producers in Canada.

In court documents, the ministry claims that giving out postal codes or home cities “would create a serious possibility that individuals could be identified,” according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

The non-disclosure has led to a federal lawsuit by Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard, who dismissed the ministry’s claim.

“Canadians have a right to request information from the government,” Maynard told the Commons government operations committee. “The right of access and need for transparency have not been suspended during the pandemic.”


$500M lawsuit accuses cannabis retailers of distributing product with incorrect THC and CBD levels

A class-action lawsuit filed in Calgary against cannabis companies claims the THC and CBD levels in their medicinal and recreational cannabis products differed from what was represented on packaging.

According to the statement of claim filed at the Judicial Centre of Calgary on Tuesday, June 16, the companies allegedly sold cannabis products to Canadian consumers with drastically different THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or CBD (cannabidiol) levels than advertised on the label.

The defendants named in the lawsuit are:


Cannabis was legalized 20 months ago. But it appears to be business as usual for Vancouver's illegal pot shops

It took the owners of ARCannabis more than 18 months to become a fully licensed marijuana dispensary in Vancouver.

Tonny Dinh and Joe Le first applied when the process opened in the city prior to the legalization of marijuana in Canada on Oct. 18, 2018.

Finally, after seemingly endless paperwork, applications and background checks, the shop officially opened in April this year.

But that's not the path all shops have taken. Many have forgone the legal route yet continue to operate within city limits, much to the dismay of business owners who have chosen the legitimate process.

The City of Vancouver says 16 cannabis retailers are still operating unlicensed storefronts, while 24 are fully licensed.

"It does frustrate us," says Dinh.


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