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Tue
01
Jun

What’s The Correlation Between Legal Marijuana And Teen Use?

Studies that show no links between legal cannabis programs and marijuana use by young people should be encouraging news for advocates and those who are wary of cannabis.

A new batch of data shows that despite marijuana earning its legal status in several U.S. states, young people aren’t exactly getting their hands on the stuff any easier. This data adds to a growing body of evidence that indicates that legal marijuana doesn’t make it more likely for teens to consume it.

Tue
01
Jun

Marijuana legalization makes black market weed cheaper, heroin more expensive

When states first began to “experiment” with the legalization of marijuana, lawmakers, state officials, and everyone else, for that matter, were eager to see how selling legal weed would pan out.

On the one hand, naysayers wanted to judge whether the socioeconomic cost of legalization was worth the tax dollars the market would surely drive into state and local coffers. At the same time, advocates stood waiting for a “told ya so” moment, when they could show the nation that a legitimate pot market would not lead to a drug-addled society. Years later, the results have been mixed.

Fri
28
May

Canada's Regulated Industry Has Grown. What About the Black Market?

Canada is currently home to the largest legal adult-use cannabis industry on earth. The only other country that has legalized adult-use so far is Uruguay. Unfortunately, there are still unregulated markets.

Whereas Canada has a population of roughly 37.5 million people, Uruguay’s population is less than 1/10th of Canada’s (roughly 3.5 million people). In addition to a much larger population, Canada’s adult-use industry is open to anyone of legal age compared to Uruguay where only residents can make legal purchases. Canada’s legalization rollout was far from smooth, however, that was expected given the fact that Canada was essentially doing something that no other country had done before.

Wed
26
May

U.K. man ran illicit dispensary importing and selling Canadian weed

A Welsh man’s business selling illegally imported Canadian cannabis to patrons across the U.K. was busted after the smell of success proved too strong.

Bradley Furness, 26, is facing a suspended sentence after running what the prosecution referred to as a “pot distribution centre” from his home in Aberystwyth, Wales.

Suspicions were piqued in June 2017 when a worker at a postal centre noticed a distinctive odour wafting from a mail bag containing 52 similarly labeled padded envelopes, Wales Online reports. Inspectors opened the packages, which were each revealed to contain sealed packages of weed, alongside a polite “thank you” note.

Tue
25
May

Canada Now Has Psilocybin Dispensaries

Dana Larsen is anything but discreet about his business—and that’s exactly the point. “I’m definitely not the first person to sell mushrooms online,” he says. “But I might be the first to put my name, face, and reputation on the line for it.”

Tue
25
May

Manitoba cites ‘significant public safety concerns’ in shutting down cannabis store

In what is believed to be a first for Manitoba, the Meta Cannabis Supply Co. store on Long Plain First Nation’s urban reserve in Winnipeg has had its license pulled after regulators reported it was breaching provincial requirements.

It is alleged the store sanctioned and is selling unregulated cannabis from an unlicensed store on the First Nation’s Keeshkeemaquah reserve, according to a joint statement Wednesday from Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MBLL) and the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LGCA).

Fri
21
May

Mounties in Newfoundland and Labrador to soon be armed with new drug-screening devices

It won’t be long before Newfoundland and Labrador’s RCMP is equipped with portable roadside drug-screening devices, the police service has announced.

Representing another tool to aid officers with suspected cannabis drug-impaired driving investigations, the devices “will be rolling out to various areas of the province in the near future,” according to the RCMP. In the next few weeks, 21 such devices will be distributed in locations across the province.

Thu
20
May

Opportunities for Canadian cannabis companies exist in the U.S., even as federal legalization lags

The results of the 2020 election in the United States touched off a wave of enthusiasm among Canadian cannabis companies looking to cash in on business opportunities south of the border.

With the Democrats retaining their majority in the House of Representatives while picking up control of the Senate and the White House, it appeared to casual observers that full federal legalization could be just around the corner. This is still possible, but it is by no means certain.

Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities within the legal hemp-derived CBD space for companies looking to expand their presence south of the border.

Wed
19
May

Opportunities for Canadian cannabis companies exist in the U.S., even as federal legalization lags

The results of the 2020 election in the United States touched off a wave of enthusiasm among Canadian cannabis companies looking to cash in on business opportunities south of the border.

With the Democrats retaining their majority in the House of Representatives while picking up control of the Senate and the White House, it appeared to casual observers that full federal legalization could be just around the corner. This is still possible, but it is by no means certain.

Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities within the legal hemp-derived CBD space for companies looking to expand their presence south of the border.

Wed
19
May

Vancouver's own Seth Rogen on comedy, his debut book and where cannabis legalization went wrong in Canada

Seth Rogen talks to Q’s Tom Power about his hilarious new memoir, Yearbook, and his famous use of weed.

"As someone who has done this a very long time, nothing is valued less on this planet — creatively — than comedy," he told host Tom Power in an interview on CBC Radio's Q."It is by far the least valued creative output. My wife has done puzzles that have gotten more praise than entire comedic films that we've made.

Despite that, Rogen added he only cares about the approval of his audience.

"We're not as much chasing the approval of our peers, for better or worse," he said, followed by his signature laugh.

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