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Thu
11
Jun

Regulatory infraction or criminal charge? Licensed companies and individuals are treated very differently when it comes to cannabis laws in Canada

When management at CannTrust announced on May 29 that a suspended

Tue
09
Jun

Ontario Details How Legal Cannabis Is Taking Root

Today the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) published A Year in Review (2019-2020): Ontario’s first full year of legal cannabis operations as a resource for the Ontario cannabis industry. It provides comprehensive data including detailed sales figures by category and brand, pricing information and consumer trends.

This transparent and publicly available source of cannabis data is an important milestone in building Canada’s largest, most dynamic, legal cannabis marketplace. The report will evolve over time with the goal of supporting authorized retailers and licensed producers, informing social responsibility efforts and offering a transparent view into Ontario’s cannabis sector.

Tue
09
Jun

What happens to weed that gets seized by the cops?

Cannabis seizures are unlikely to inspire too many positive thoughts in the minds of weed enthusiasts, but Thailand’s decision to use almost 22 tonnes of confiscated weed to help advance related medical research isn’t likely to be met with protests among too many stoners.

The Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) in Thailand is divvying up a massive haul of cannabis to the benefit of 11 medical institutes and research facilities registered to use marijuana for research purposes, according to the Bankok Post.

Tue
09
Jun

Health Canada warning companies of mislabeling of THC levels

Health Canada has been warning cannabis companies of the mislabeling of the THC contents in certain products, the Calgary Herald reported. 

According to the regulator, which is responsible for Canada’s federal health policy, most cannabis companies have been in compliance with the Cannabis Act and regulations, but there have been instances of products having as much as five times the THC content that’s advertised.

Since the legalization of recreational marijuana, Health Canada has ordered 15 recalls of products that contained mislabeled THC or CBD levels, most of which were sold as dried flower. 

Tue
09
Jun

Let's talk about celebrities and their weed brands. How do they get around Health Canada's marketing rules?

When Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka made its Canadian debut more than a decade ago, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario banned it. It wasn’t because Akroyd was promoting the “clean” and “premium” nature of the product, or using his celebrity status to sell booze. No issues there. It was the skull-shaped bottle that had them worried. 

Tue
09
Jun

COVID-19 Highlights Critical Flaws in Cannabis Supply Chain

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has exposed critical vulnerabilities in national governments and business operations around the world.

The virus is significantly disrupting supply chains and consumer habits on a global level that will reverberate across every industry in the coming months.

The aftershocks of the crisis could last for years.

While the legal cannabis industry is theoretically recession-resistant in the same way alcohol and pharmaceutical sales have been impervious to historical downturns, cultivators must take necessary measures to safeguard their long-term financial safety.

Mon
08
Jun

OPP bust alleged illicit cannabis delivery service, seize $155,0000 in product

Provincial police officers seized cannabis products and psilocybin with an estimated value of more than $155,000 when they raided the headquarters of an illicit online delivery service known as HerbertHaze operating in Pembroke and Petawawa on Thursday afternoon, the force says.

Three people from Petawawa were arrested.

Cannabis products including resin, edibles and the concentrate known as shatter were seized along with “a large quantity” of cash from the service, which was known as Potawawa420 until last month, police said. About $75,000 worth of property was also seized, including two vehicles.

Two men aged 42 and 49, and a 35-year-old woman face charges including possession of cannabis for the purpose of distribution and possession of the proceeds of crime.

Mon
08
Jun

Faulty THC dosages turning up in legal cannabis: Health Canada

Health Canada has been flagging legal cannabis products containing incorrect amounts of THC content — up to five times more of the ingredient than advertised.

Since recreational legalization took effect in October 2018, the federal agency has ordered 15 recalls of products due to labelling errors in the actual levels of THC and CBD present.

In one instance, a package of pre-rolled cannabis cigarettes was determined to have five times the THC content posted.

Other instances had THC levels below that listed.

“The (federal) cannabis regulations require licence holders to investigate complaints received about the quality of cannabis and, if necessary, to take corrective measures,” Health Canada spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau said in an email.

Mon
08
Jun

Are Amazon, Uber, etc. the future for delivering post-pandemic cannabis?

It’s hard to say where we are in the COVID-19 pandemic right now, as infections and deaths continue to rise. But there have been movements in the cannabis industry that are changing the way the industry operates amid the pandemic that may stay post-pandemic.

Being allowed to operate as an “essential” business in the U.S. — which had a few bumps in the road between including both medical with recreational as essential businesses in states such as Colorado (that state quickly changed and added recreational) and Massachusetts — was one positive result that gave the industry some needed respect.

Sales have been strong, and delivery options were expanded as well.

Thu
04
Jun

West Nipissing town council scraps plan to control smell of legal cannabis

West Nipissing has decided not to outlaw the smell of legally grown cannabis.

Municipal council voted down a proposed bylaw Tuesday night that would have required anyone growing cannabis to control the odour.

"People are going to have to get used to the smell of cannabis. The same way we got used to the smell of asphalt and traffic and cars and stuff," said West Nipissing councillor Jeremy Seguin.

"It's going to stink at first and some people may not adjust to it very quickly."

Councillor Lise Senecal, who first put this idea on the table two weeks ago, said the rights of everyone need to be respected.

"You cannot tell people 'Well, deal with it.' Because that's not the way it's working," she told council.​

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