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Wed
12
Feb

What is the Environmental Impact of Commercial Cannabis?

Humans have been cultivating the numerous varieties of Cannabis plant for thousands of years – and the plant is thought to have grown naturally in the wild for much longer before that. From sativa to indica, the plant has been used for everything from paper and clothing to nutrition and medicine, and everything in between. Cannabis has also been credited with having various properties and uses that can have positive environmental impacts. 

Tue
11
Feb

Pot drinks at the bar? Ontario to consult on cannabis consumption lounges

Ontario launched a consultation process Monday to solicit input about potentially permitting cannabis consumption in lounges, outdoor festivals and concerts across the province.

The provincial government said it is collecting feedback now to explore future policies that could result in a more open cannabis market, although no changes to existing legislation are expected and there is no timeline provided on when a decision could be made. Any new legislation tabled by the Ontario government is also expected to leave smoke-free laws intact, meaning that there would be no public indoor smoking or vaping permitted in the province.

Fri
07
Feb

Canada's most-publicized cannabis industry scandals

The Canadian cannabis industry had a promising beginning, but the “Green Rush” has significantly slowed in recent months. Now, the industry is facing a long list of challenges: Lacklustre sales, a slow rollout of retail outlets, competition from the illicit market and waning enthusiasm among investors, to name a few.

But bad behaviour on the part of licensed cannabis cultivators has generated more interest across the country than any other problem. Some industry observers attribute contraventions of the Cannabis Act (which replaced the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations in 2018) and securities infractions to increasing pressure from consumers and investors. But some balk at that notion.

Fri
07
Feb

Access denied: B.C. court rejects licensing appeal brought by illicit dispensaries

B.C.’s court of appeal has ruled against 11 illegal cannabis dispensaries hoping to continue business as usual in Vancouver.

The illicit shops — including Cannabis Culture and Weeds Glass & Gifts — were seeking to overturn a 2018 decision by Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Justice Hinkson found that the city of Vancouver did not exceed its jurisdiction when targeting the stores using a federal bylaw that regulates the location of dispensaries.

Thu
06
Feb

How Atlantic Canadian companies are tackling Cannabis 2.0

In the last week of January, a month after edibles arrived at the NSLC, the Clyde Street store was mostly bare of them. No chocolates, no gummies. The cases of THC-infused beverages were empty. There were three flavours of CBD-infused tea bags from Everie (from High Park) in stock, as well as a number of vape cartridges, including one from Reef (from Nova Scotia's Aqualitas). But that was about it.

That should change sooner rather than later, however.

In October 2018, just after the first round of cannabis legalization, Canadian cannabis companies immediately began working on what they knew was coming next: Cannabis 2.0, or, edibles.

Thu
06
Feb

Canada Post asks cannabis producers to stop shipping to Campobello Island

Canada Post has asked cannabis producers to stop shipping marijuana to a small island in Eastern Canada, in order to curb a sharp increase in the number of mail trucks being stopped and searched by U.S. border officials.

Campobello Island, located off the southwestern tip of New Brunswick, is accessible year-round only by a bridge from the American state of Maine, so all mail to the community must pass briefly through the United States.

Over the last year, residents have been experiencing a rise in the number of their letters and packages being searched and seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities.

Thu
06
Feb

Could CBD Cause Impaired Driving?

Now that the entire nation is presumably hopped up on CBD, are the roads even safe to travel on anymore?  

Cannabidiol, the non-intoxicating cannabis compound best known by its three-letter abbreviation CBD, is perhaps the most crucial discovery of mankind since the dawning of rolled toilet paper. Well, let’s not get carried away. Where would we be without that stuff, am I right?

Wed
05
Feb

Massachusetts’ cannabis sales worth over half of entire Canadian market

Dow do you like them apples?

In just over one year, legal cannabis sales in Massachusetts — a state with the population of 6.9 million — reached more than half of legal sales for the entire country of Canada, according to a U.S. national cannabis law firm.

All financial amounts in this story are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

Cannabis retailers in the northeastern state sold around US$509 million ($677 million) worth of legal weed from November 2018 to the end of January 2020, Vicente Sederberg LLP data analysis calculated.

Wed
05
Feb

How People Are Still Getting Busted For Marijuana At Airports

Getting busted with anything more than an ounce of cannabis in most parts of the U.S. is destined to get an unsuspecting traveler arrested and jammed up in the criminal justice system.

The legalization of marijuana in just a handful of states has made Americans gutsy when it comes to breaking drug trafficking laws. Ever since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) came out and said that they “do not search for marijuana,” more toking travelers have been using the airways to smuggle weed from legal states into areas of prohibition.

Tue
04
Feb

Edmonton police say impact of weed legalization lower than expected despite rise in drug-driving

Although recent numbers indicate an increase in the number of drug-impaired driving arrests, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) reports the overall impact of cannabis legalization has been lower than initially expected.

Police suspect that about 39 drug-impaired driving arrests between January and October 2019 have involved cannabis consumption, versus a suspected 33 arrests during the same period in the previous year.

The picture may become clearer with a report headed to city council this week indicating police expect that factors such as second-wave cannabis products and more legal supply to increase those numbers.

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