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Fri
13
Sep

Mixed reactions to U.S. move to ban flavoured e-cigarettes

A potential ban on flavoured e-cigarettes in the U.S. is a welcome step towards greater regulation of vaping products, says the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

“It’s encouraging to see federal governments start to have those types of conversations,” said Eric Nadalin, a manager in the WECHU’s health promotion department.

“Certainly, the concern with flavoured e-cigarettes is their attractiveness to youths. It’s something that we do want to acknowledge and develop protections against.”

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced a proposal for new enforcement policies by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would effectively remove flavoured e-cigarettes from the U.S. vaping market.

Fri
13
Sep

New Ontario pot shop licences delayed until judge rules on disqualified applicants

The launch of the next wave of cannabis stores set to open in Ontario this October will be delayed after a provincial judge suspended the province’s regulator from issuing any new pot shop licences for two weeks.

Justice David Corbett said he will rule on Sept. 25 whether 11 disqualified cannabis retail lottery winners should resume the application process for a coveted pot shop licence in Ontario or let people on a waiting list take their place.

In an effort to avoid complicating the tangled nature of the lottery winner and waiting list process, all licences will be on hold until he can make a final ruling, the judge ruled. 

Fri
13
Sep

One year into legalization, here’s what we know about how Canadians use cannabis

How has legal pot changed your life? Has it, at all? As a country, legalization catalyzed some shifts that could end up being the start of trends that shape the industry in days to come.

Fri
13
Sep

Retailers left in a haze as new cannabis promotion rules announced

A hazy rollout of new rules surrounding the promotion of cannabis products has left some Edmonton-area retailers feeling perplexed.

Starting on Oct. 17, any public advertisement for cannabis products or retailers can legally have a surface area no larger than 300 square centimetres — though it remains unclear what exactly this restriction applies to.

For reference, the surface area of a standard piece of printer paper is just over 600 sq. cm.

Fri
13
Sep

Why pot's illicit history is making it so hard for companies to get patents in the legal cannabis era

When Canopy Growth Corp. announced a plan to acquire cannabis researcher Ebbu Inc. for US$330 million last October, it touted the company’s intellectual property as the primary reason for the deal, mentioning it five times in the short press release.

A year later, Canopy is struggling to turn that intellectual property into patents. One of Ebbu’s first applications was rejected twice by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. When it was then narrowed significantly in a renewed attempt at approval, it was rejected a third time.

Thu
12
Sep

U.S. vaping concerns loom as Canada legalizes pot devices

A wave of illnesses and deaths in the U.S. linked to vaping products may dampen demand for soon-to-be-legal cannabis vapes in Canada later this year, industry watchers say.

An ongoing vaping probe south of the border -- where as many as five people have died and hundreds more have fallen ill -- may slow sales growth in what has been one of the fastest growing categories in the industry, said Jennifer Lee, Deloitte Canada's Cannabis national leader.

"It's going to create some hesitation in the market," she said in an interview. However, new users are more likely to be deterred than smokers who are looking to shift to reduced-risk products, Lee added.

Thu
12
Sep

'Procedurally unfair': Disqualified cannabis lottery winners file legal challenge against AGCO

Eleven Ontario cannabis retail lottery winners have filed a legal challenge against the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for disqualifying them from the lottery process, arguing the AGCO’s decision was “fundamentally wrong” and reached by a “procedurally unfair process.”

Seven of those eleven lottery winners — chosen on Aug. 20 — used addresses linked to legal cannabis retailer HighLife Cannabis Co. on their applications.

A Financial Post investigation days after the lottery draw found that over 100 different individuals used 14 HighLife-linked addresses to submit more than 650 applications to the AGCO, emerging with seven out of 42 lottery wins.

Tue
10
Sep

Why cannabis tourism isn't flying high in Canada

Canadian tourism bureaus use controlled substances such as alcohol to entice people to attend wine cycling tours or craft brewery events, but when it comes to cannabis tourism the same push is virtually non-existent. 

"I think we need to get on board or people are going to take their interests elsewhere," said Jessilin Deschamps, manager of Windsor River Cruise. "I think we're missing out on a huge market right now because certain people have biases against it."

The wine connoisseur in some ways is not different than the cannabis connoisseur.- Rick Moscone, Canadian Marketing Association's working group on cannabis

Tue
10
Sep

Indigenous Groups seek autonomous cannabis taxing

Canada’s First Nations are crafting a plan for a separate cannabis regulatory regime that they will present to Ottawa by the spring − no matter which party wins the coming federal election
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A national working group of two dozen chiefs and cannabis-policy experts behind the plan had its inaugural meeting on the sidelines of the Assembly of First Nations’ Cannabis Summit in Vancouver last week. The group has begun work on creating a framework for Canada’s Indigenous peoples to license, test and tax cannabis products made and sold on their territories.
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