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Cannabis edibles will soon be legal: Everything you need to know

New regulations for cannabis edibles and topicals come into effect on Oct. 17, with products expected to reach store shelves in December

Here’s what consumers and parents need to know

New regulations for cannabis edibles and topicals come into effect on Oct. 17,

“Edibles” is the umbrella term for cannabis-infused products, which can include beverages, cotton candy, dissolvable strips, gummy candies or baked goods. And topicals are products which can include lotions, balms, and oils absorbed through the skin for relief of pain or inflammation, according to Leafly.


B.C. school districts target vaping, call for increased regulation

A British Columbia school board says it has “serious concerns” about the risk of vaping and is asking all levels of government to take action.

In an example of how school districts are grappling with the new products amid shifting regulatory frameworks, the Central Okanagan School District outlined in a letter to parents on Friday how it is working to curb the use of e-cigarettes by students.

Since May, the school district says it has met with local municipal governments to encourage the development of bylaws to prevent advertising and targeting sales to minors.


Vancouver's Anandia is here to ensure that your cannabis sativa is safe

B.C.-based Anandia Laboratories Inc. recently opened a brand-new headquarters in Vancouver’s bustling technology core.

The rapidly-expanding company tests batches of cannabis from licensed producers to ensure their safety. It has doubled in size over the past year since federal legalization came into force. (Heads up to cannabis industry job seekers — they’re hiring)


Vancouver company tests for dangers lurking in legal marijuana

efore pot can be sold in Canada, it must be screened in laboratories like Vancouver’s Anandia.

The company has just opened new headquarters in the city’s technology hub on Great Northern Way. Pot producers pay Anandia to test their product, and business in so good, its staff has nearly doubled.

And they’re not done hiring.

Before marijuana can be legally sold in Canada, it has to undergo safety testing.

Health Canada requires every new batch of marijuana to be tested for substances like bacteria, yeast and mold.


Canadians' comfort with nearby cannabis stores rises, survey shows

Nearly a year has passed since the Canadian government legalized recreational cannabis cultivation and consumption.

Zoocasa, the Toronto-based real estate brokerage house, surveyed more than 1,300 Canadians between Sept. 17 and 29, 2019, to learn how Canadians’ opinions have evolved since the law changed on Oct. 17, 2018.

The survey follows up on an initial poll by Zoocasa conducted a year ago, which displayed a lot of uncertainty surrounding the first days of legalization, said Penelope Graham, Zoocasa’s managing editor.


B.C. cannabis companies say eight is not enough when it comes to retail stores

Running legal dispensaries in B.C. is a numbers game and the big players say they’re losing out.

Currently, no cannabis retail businesses are permitted to operate at more than eight locations in the province—a rule meant to encourage competition and give small owners a fighting chance in a tough industry.

Only 14 dispensaries are currently on the right side of the law in B.C. as bigger companies are forced to be selective about where they set up shop.


Something to write home about: B.C. man finds a pencil in his joint

The store was quick to provide Chris Graham with a replacement and its parent company, Donnelly Group, said the problem originated from someone else in the supply chain. Photo via Kelowna Now

A B.C. man’s relaxing Saturday night plans were erased when he discovered the prerolled joint he was trying to light up contained a large piece of a pencil and no actual cannabis.

“I finally got the joint lit after several tries and when I went to have a puff something was clearly not right,” Chris Graham, who picked up the product at Hobo Cannabis in Kelowna for just under $7, told Kelowna Now.


Why Aurora Cannabis wants to grow cannabis outdoors

Aurora Cannabis (ACB), a popular player in the cannabis industry, wants to grow cannabis outdoors now. In July, it received Health Canada licenses for outdoor cultivation at two Canadian sites. With the cannabis industry evolving, this could be an interesting turning point for the company. Let’s dig into this further.


B.C. teen vaping plan coming within the month, says minister

B.C.’s plan to tackle the alarming increase in teen vaping and e-cigarette use will come within a month and likely include a new licensing system similar to tobacco sales, says the province’s health minister.

Adrian Dix said he is concerned by the rising number of cases across North America of youth who have suffered lung damage and other health problems after using e-cigarettes.

“We’re going to act soon,” Dix said Monday. “I think it’s a serious situation. We’re disappointed, despite our considerable efforts, that the federal government didn’t act before the election. But we remain optimistic they will (act). People expect us to act very soon and we will lay out our plan certainly within the next month.”


Stirring the Pot: Cannabis drinks promise to mix up the beverage market

Should B.C.’s alcohol industry be worried?

In October, the federal government will celebrate a year of recreational cannabis becoming legal. There’s no word on how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and company plan to mark the occasion. (Or if Trudeau will be in office long enough to enjoy the day.)

A year later, the only real differences for those who consume the drug recreationally are that they can get it in nice, government-approved wrapping and (ostensibly) don’t have to make small talk with scraggly dealers or hide in public. How people actually use marijuana hasn’t changed much.


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