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Thu
17
Jun

Municipality developing zoning rules for Cannabis Production and Processing Facilities

The Municipal Council Meeting on June 9 was set to address a zoning amendment for Cannabis Production and Processing Facilities in North Grenville. The recommendation from Director of Planning and Development Amy Martin was to repeal the Interim Control By-Law that has been in place since 2019, and approve and enact a new by-law.

Tue
15
Jun

St. Catharines greenhouse yields $14.5M in cannabis plants

Ten people have been charged with one count each of harvesting cannabis without authorization following a raid at a greenhouse in St. Catharines, Ont. that revealed 14,536 cannabis plants estimated to be worth $14.5 million.

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police’s Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team and the Niagara Regional Police Service jointly carried out the raid.

Mon
14
Jun

Is Delta-8 THC Legal?

If you’ve recently stopped by the CBD store down the street or visited one of the many websites selling CBD online, you may have seen something odd – right alongside the CBD oils and tinctures, CBD gummies, and vape juice.

Delta-8-THC.

That leads to a lot of questions.

  1. First of all, what’s THC doing in a CBD store? Isn’t that only supposed to be sold in a marijuana dispensary?
  2. Second, what is Delta-8-THC? Is it just a cleverly named CBD brand? Is it synthetic weed? What’s with the “Delta-8?”
  3. And most importantly: is this really legal?

You have questions. We have answers.

Mon
14
Jun

10 People Arrested After $16M Worth of Pot Seized From St.Catharines Grow Op

10 people are facing charges after OPP seized $16M worth of pot from a licensed cannabis grow op in St. Catharines.

Members of the Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team, OPP, along with Niagara Regional Police Service, executed a search warrant at a Health Canada licensed cannabis grow operation, where infractions to the Cannabis Act were believed to be taking place.

As a result of the warrant being executed police seized 14,536 cannabis plants worth approximately $14,536,000, and 2212.2 pounds of processed cannabis worth approximately $2,212,200.

10 people were charged with one count each of harvesting cannabis without authorization, contrary to the Cannabis Act 12(6)(a). 

Mon
14
Jun

BC government warns about contaminants in illegal cannabis

Testing of illegal cannabis in BC has revealed some contaminants that would not meet legal cannabis market standards.

The BC Cannabis Secretariat sent 20 samples to a federally licensed testing lab and found 24 distinct pesticides, and unacceptable levels of bacteria, fungi, lead, and arsenic.

Legal cannabis is strictly regulated and helps to promote business in local communities.

Thu
10
Jun

Testing People For Marijuana Impairment By Measuring THC Levels Is Unreliable

A new study indicates that THC levels are not accurate representations of whether someone is impaired or not.

A new study suggests that the amount of THC in someone’s system is not an accurate predictor of impairment.

The study, done with the support of the National Institute of Justice, involved 20 participants. They were asked to consume cannabis through edibles or vapes, all with different degrees of THC. Afterward, participants were tested with common field sobriety tests and asked to complete cognitive tasks.

Thu
10
Jun

Zoning for cannabis stores could change to allow for more in Regina

Zoning rules for cannabis stores have left potential businesses frustrated, and amendments could be made to alleviate those concerns, according to a report from City administration

The report said Regina is the only city in Canada that has a reciprocal buffer zone which means schools, parks, day care centres, enclosed rinks, public libraries, and public community centres are not allowed to move within one block or 600 feet of an already established cannabis shop. That rule has kept two to three new businesses from opening so far.

Thu
10
Jun

Mississauga councillors vote against allowing legal cannabis stores once again

Mississauga councillors have voted against a proposal to allow legal cannabis dispensaries in the city, this time despite vocal support from Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

Mississauga initially opted not to allow legalized cannabis stores within city boundaries back in 2018 but local councillors had agreed to revisit that decision following a report from staff that examined the experiences of other municipalities.

However, on Thursday members of the Mississauga council general committee ultimately came to the same decision as they did three years ago, voting 8 to 4 against allowing legal cannabis stores to set up shop.

The matter will still have to go before Mississauga city council for a final vote.

Thu
10
Jun

Tecumseh council votes to reverse ban on cannabis retail

The Town of Tecumseh has become the final municipality in Windsor-Essex to opt in to cannabis retail stores.

In a notice posted on its website, the town said council adopted a motion allowing cannabis businesses to set up shop Tuesday night.

 

In April, council members voted to reconsider the ban on marijuana stores that had been in place since 2018.

Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara said that prior to Tuesday's vote there was an evenly split response to the town's call for feedback on the idea.

Wed
09
Jun

Regina needs approx. 24 legal cannabis stores to disrupt black market: report

Regina needs approximately 24 licensed cannabis shops to disrupt the local black market, according to a new report released by city administration Wednesday.

But wannabe pot shop owners may struggle to reach that number as zoning regulations create barriers to development.

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