Cannabis in Canada – Everything you MUST know!

In 2018, Canada made a historical decision by legalizing medicinal and recreational marijuana. It is also the first G7 nation to allow marijuana use. Even after two years, the demand for marijuana keeps on rising in Canada.

If you’re a cannabis connoisseur, read on to learn amazing facts about cannabis in Canada.

Cannabis Legalization in Canada

After prohibiting cannabis for almost 80 years, the Canadian government launched the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) program in 2001. This policy allowed legal access to marijuana for Canadians who couldn’t find relief through regular medication.

The MMAR ultimately transformed into the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) in 2013, having a more liberal approach.


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.  


Where to buy weed during the COVID-19 pandemic

Approximately 4,000 times these past two weeks, I’ve thanked my lucky stars cannabis was legalized before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe and sent us all cowering in our bong dens.


More Nunavut businesses can now apply to sell cannabis

Business owners in Nunavut can now apply to open kiosks to sell cannabis from their stores — even when minors are in the building. 

To make cannabis retailing more accessible to Nunavut's business community, amendments to the territory's Cannabis Act are allowing businesses, like grocery stores and hotels, to sell cannabis products in places where minors also shop.  

Bills for those changes passed in the Legislative Assembly during the recent winter sitting. 

"The federal regulations are really strict around minors and we support that, but we wanted to give an opportunity for cannabis business to be successful in a small community," said Jo-Anne Falkiner, director of corporate finance with the territory's Department of Finance. 


Nunavut governments looks to fine tune its cannabis act this sitting

Nunavut's Legislative Assembly will reconvene Tuesday in Iqaluit for nearly four weeks. During that time cabinet has plans to talk about cannabis regulation. 

Nunavut's Cannabis Act passed in June of 2018, before the federal government legalized cannabis that fall. But the act only allows for online sales of cannabis. 

This sitting, the government will introduce amendments to that legislation that would regulate the supply and sale of cannabis by in-store retailers. 

The Cannabis Act already allows the government to approve licences for retailers, and it did put out a request for "expressions of interest" from vendors and suppliers.   


Faulty pot: How to return your weed

Be careful what you wish for, especially when placing an order for weed online. Returning it can be a challenge, with policies varying from province to province.

Here’s what the shipping and return policies look like across the country.

British Columbia 

Bought a product that’s defective, shipped in error or recalled? The BC Cannabis Stores will take them back, but returns must be initiated within 15 days of the purchase.


Nunavut explores retail cannabis options as resilient black market thrives

A year after the legalization of recreational cannabis, Nunavut is still struggling to make a dent in its black market.

Territorial finance minister George Hickes told the legislative assembly this week that online sales are not doing the trick and a retail option is needed to compete with illegal sales. Cannabis users can only legally obtain the drug through Tweed and Vertical Cannabis.


O'Cannabis: On the first anniversary of legalization, a cross-country snapshot of where we stand

October 17, 2019, marks the first anniversary of the legalization of cannabis federally in Canada, and the date when the second phase of products — edibles, extracts, topicals and some other alternative cannabis products also become legal. 

Each province and territory were handed the reins for rolling out legalization, and the results in terms of access to legal marijuana are very different for Canadians depending on where they live. This has also had an impact on consumption patterns.


Experts and advocates skeptical pot conviction pardons will benefit northerners

Canadians with simple cannabis possession convictions will be eligible for record suspensions, but advocates and experts say it won't be so easy.

Bill C-93 came into force this month, and allows people to get fast-tracked record suspensions at no cost. A record suspension prevents a criminal record or pardon from appearing in the National Repository of Criminal Records.

The legislation waives the previous $631 application fee and ends the application wait period of up to 10 years. 

"What it doesn't get rid of, is the lead-up costs," said Samantha McAleese, a PhD candidate in sociology at Carleton University who researches recent changes to Canada's pardon system.


Canadian cannabis stock climbs on financial results

A quarter-over-quarter revenue surge powered a Canadian cannabis stock Tuesday. Here’s some small stocks making big moves on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (as of 11:30 am EST):

48North Cannabis Corp. (TSXV:NRTH), a Canadian cannabis stock, jumped 14% to $1.06 on Tuesday after announcing second-quarter revenue of $2.4 million, an 88% quarter-over-quarter increase.

As well, shares of SunOpta Inc. (TSX:SOY) sank 39% to $3.20 as the organic, non-genetically modified and specialty foods provider said it has fired its President and Chief Executive Officer David Colo.


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