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Tue
26
May

Ford doesn't rule out keeping booze and pot delivery

They haven’t ruled it out, but they haven’t committed to it either. The Ford government has allowed restaurants to sell booze to go, either for takeout or delivery, and allowed cannabis shops to deliver for the last while due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will they let it stay once we start returning to “normal”?

The question was put to Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Prabmeet Sarkaria, Ford’s Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction.

“There’s gonna be a lot of things, as we say, the new way of doing business and not only in government, but in the private sector too,” Ford said Monday during his regular update.

Tue
26
May

PEI has opened its cannabis stores — with one head-scratching restriction

Prince Edward Island required its four licensed cannabis retail locations to take protective measures when they reopened May 22, but wearing masks was reportedly not among them.

Beyond allowing only “limited access,” namely restricting the number of location occupants, mandatory measures in PEI Cannabis stores included having physical distancing both inside and outside stores, general screening regarding compliance with self-isolation demands prior to entry into the businesses, and no cash transactions for the time being.

Tue
26
May

Cannabis may be legal, but one northern Ontario town wants to pass a law against smelly pot plants

One northern Ontario town is looking for a way to make smelly cannabis plants illegal.

West Nipissing council wants to draft a bylaw to regulate the odour from the four marijuana plants each Ontario resident is legally now allowed to grow.

Councillor Lise Senecal put the issue on the table after getting complaints from several residents in Sturgeon Falls.

"I didn't even have to get out. I just rolled down my window," she says of going to check out the skunk-like stink.

"It's a very strong smell. I could have gotten a buzz."

She says the right to enjoy your own property is a "basic right" and wants to see cannabis smell listed as a nuisance in a town bylaw, similar to what the City of Hamilton has already passed.

Mon
25
May

Cannabis may be legal, but one northern Ontario town wants to pass a law against smelly pot plants

Town council to debate proposed bylaw at meeting next month

One northern Ontario town is looking for a way to make smelly cannabis plants illegal.

West Nipissing council wants to draft a bylaw to regulate the odour from the four marijuana plants each Ontario resident is legally now allowed to grow.

Councillor Lise Senecal put the issue on the table after getting complaints from several residents in Sturgeon Falls.

"I didn't even have to get out. I just rolled down my window," she says of going to check out the skunk-like stink.

"It's a very strong smell. I could have gotten a buzz."

Thu
21
May

The last holdout for cannabis retail in Canada is going to be opening stores soon

Cannabis retail stores are coming to Nunavut, the territorial government announced on Tuesday. 

They will begin accepting retail applications on June 1. 

The territory that nearly 40,000 people call home passed its Cannabis Act in June 2018, but only two companies — Canopy Growth and AgMedica Bioscience Inc — have been permitted to sell their products since then, with customers ordering online or over the phone.  

Fri
15
May

We’re #1. We’re #1. Canada has been named the most cannabis-friendly country in the world

What’s the best country in the world when it comes to cannabis friendliness?

Canadians won’t need to travel the world to find out — and given current travel restrictions, that’s probably a good thing — we only have to look at our own front doors.

Among the very first countries to legalize medicinal marijuana and the second to green light recreational cannabis, Canada’s progressive views on weed have led to the No. 1 spot in new rankings issued by The Weed Blog.

Fri
15
May

P.E.I. Cannabis stores to reopen next week

P.E.I. will reopen its four cannabis stores May 22, Steven Myers announced Thursday at a media briefing on COVID-19. 

The province shut down the pot stores along with provincially-owned liquor stores March 19. 

Liquor stores began to gradually reopen but pot stores remained delivery-only. Government waived the shipping costs and set up a phone-in option to make ordering easier.

In announcing which public services would reopen under Phase 2 of the province's ease-back from coronavirus restrictions, Myers said all P.E.I. Cannabis stores will reopen May 22, with what he called limited access.

Thu
14
May

Trial And Error: Cannabis And The Big Four Sports Leagues

It seems likely that cannabis will end up like alcohol, only monitored for actual abuse with corresponding treatment options and monetary fines depending on number of offenses.

Anyone who knows me knows that I really enjoy sports of all kinds. I was a college soccer player and played competitive club soccer in Florida before that from the age of 7 onward (and I now play in an adult co-ed league in Los Angeles). Unfortunately, COVID-19 has put the damper on watching live professional sports on TV, and clearly no one can attend any sporting events right now or likely anytime soon. Pro athletes have time on their hands now to train and/or rest up accordingly, which got me to thinking about our pro leagues’ treatment of cannabis and how it has evolved over recent years.

Wed
13
May

How The Cannabis Industry Pivots, Shows Resilience In The Face Of Uncertainty

The cannabis industry is a dynamic industry that is used to operating in times of uncertainty. Over the past decade, a widespread stigma around cannabis and regulatory limitations have slowly eased to produce a growing industry that is expected to hit nearly $74 billion by 2027. Despite what appeared to be an unstoppable run in recent months, the cannabis industry has not been immune from the economic impacts of the COVID19 crisis. 

Tue
12
May

The illicit market has a competitive advantage over Ontario retail stores. And numbers reflect this once again

The snail-like pace of cannabis retail rollout in Canada’s largest province is just one reason the country as a whole has been unable to stub out the fiery illicit market and realize higher sales.

Retail stores accounted for about $200 million of Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) total recreational sales, which amounted to just shy of $300 million in 2019, chief commercial officer Cheri Mara told the Toronto Star. “I wouldn’t be honest with you if I said we were happy with that number… when our mandate is to eradicate the illicit market,” Mara said, noting the estimated Ontario market is $2.9 billion.

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