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Tue
27
Jul

As Canada reopens to U.S. citizens, marijuana not welcome

Canada is opening their border to vaccinated U.S. travelers on August 9, but while cannabis is now legal in New York state and Canada, it’s still illegal to take it between the two locations.

Since Canada legalized cannabis in 2018, Mike Niezgoda with U.S. Customs and Border Protection said there have been a number of smuggling cases.

“We had an incursion that came via helicopter that landed in Grand Island, just north of Buffalo,” he said. That was in 2019 when Border Patrol agents recovered four duffel bags carrying a total of more than 100 pounds of weed with an estimated street value of more than $100,000.

Mon
26
Jul

Selwyn Township to host public meeting on proposed changes to cannabis regulations

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Proposed changes to how Selwyn Township regulates the production and cultivation of cannabis will be discussed at a public meeting on Aug. 10.

Township council is considering a number of amendments to a zoning bylaw that currently regulates how and under what circumstances marijuana can be grown, cultivated and processed within Selwyn.

The township was forced to rethink its existing regulations earlier this year after a proposed grow-up in Ennismore, located near a residential area, sparked concern from community members.

Tue
20
Jul

'A colonial view': Manitoba First Nation criticizes province for taking legal action over cannabis store

WINNIPEG -- A Manitoba First Nation is speaking out against the province for taking legal action against them over the operation of a cannabis store on their own land.

The Manitoba government wants the store Indigenous Bloom to close for operating without a Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority licence, Long Plain First Nation is part owner of the store, which is located in Portage la Prairie, Man.

Chief Dennis Meeches of Long Plain First Nation said he’s not surprised by the province’s actions, adding that the store is fully compliant under Health Canada’s regulations.

Mon
12
Jul

Apple Changes Cannabis App Policy – Will Google Follow?

Apps on phones and other devices play a huge role in most of our daily lives. Some apps are purely for entertainment, such as mind numbing video games.

Other apps play a much more important role, such as apps that are dedicated to tracking exercise activity or other health-related matters.

In the cannabis world apps come in many forms, however, access to those apps can often be tricky. 

Historically, major app providers like Google and Apple have been unkind to cannabis apps, often preventing them from being listed or taking them down shortly after initial listing.

Mon
12
Jul

First Nations territory, Health Canada sign landmark cannabis pact

Kahnawà:ke, Health Canada agreement on cannabis rules could spark further First Nations investment

An agreement between one Quebec-based First Nations territory and Health Canada looks to establish new cannabis regulations that could usher in fresh investment and opportunity for Canada's Indigenous communities. 

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke announced on Monday that it signed a memorandum of understanding with Health Canada that will create a licensing regime alongside the territory's cannabis laws which will allow businesses to pursue cannabis cultivation and processing licences. 

Fri
09
Jul

Why marijuana should not be banned for athletes

The USA Track & Field (USATF) confirmed on Tuesday that the Olympic hopeful Sha’Carri Richardson will not compete in Tokyo after testing positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Since the 30-day suspension of the Breakout Sprinter was announced on Friday, celebrities and lawmakers, including US Congressman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, have come to her defense to give the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) a stance of designating marijuana. Calling for reassessment as a banned substance, and for USATF to compete with Richardson.

WADA, which sets anti-doping guidelines for sports organizations around the world, bans substances that can improve performance, pose risks to athletes, or “violate the spirit of sports.”

Thu
08
Jul

More than 25 pounds of pot and $15K in cash seized by RCMP in Rankin Inlet

RCMP in Nunavut have seized 25.7 pounds (11.6 kilograms) of cannabis, $15,600 and an ATV after executing a search warrant in Rankin Inlet.

The hamlet is home to about 3,000 people.

In a press release, the RCMP noted that two individuals have been arrested and charged in relation to the search.

Larissa Misheralak has been charged with possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling; unlawfully import cannabis into Nunavut, and possession of property obtained by crime over $5000.

Dustin MacLean faces the same charges as well as failing to comply with an undertaking.

Wed
07
Jul

Why Curing Cannabis Is Critical to Plant Quality

A proper curing process is a key to producing a smooth, flavorful smoke representative of the most delicate buds. A recent blog post from Growlink outlines what curing cannabis is, and how to do it.

What Is Curing Cannabis?

Curing is a process that involves aging/drying harvested plant material to fine-tune the moisture content and allow for the decay of sugars and chlorophyll before consumption. Many plants are cured, such as cannabis, hemp, sagebrush, bay leaves, tea leaves, and tobacco.

Tue
06
Jul

Why is the Olympics more difficult with marijuana than professional sports?

Though pro leagues are slowly adjusting to the reality that marijuana is not a performance-enhancing drug, it remains squarely on the banned list for Olympic sports.

That reality will force American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson to miss the Olympics this month.

Tue
06
Jul

'A colonial view': Manitoba First Nation criticizes province for taking legal action over cannabis store

A Manitoba First Nation is speaking out against the province for taking legal action against them over the operation of a cannabis store on their own land.

The Manitoba government wants the store Indigenous Bloom to close for operating without a Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority licence, Long Plain First Nation is part owner of the store, which is located in Portage la Prairie, Man.

Chief Dennis Meeches of Long Plain First Nation said he’s not surprised by the province’s actions, adding that the store is fully compliant under Health Canada’s regulations.

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