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Thu
07
Nov

Ontario to allow cannabis retailers to sell online and over the phone

Cannabis retailers will soon be able to sell products online or over the phone for in-store pick-up as the Ontario government adopts a “click-and-connect” sales model to expand access to legal marijuana.

Finance Minister Rod Phillips announced the proposed changes in the government's fall economic statement Wednesday, saying they will decrease waits for cannabis and help combat the black market.

The shift comes as the Progressive Conservative government pledges to lift a cap it imposed on the number of cannabis stores in Ontario.

“All of the provincial jurisdictions are learning and trying to make sure that we take the best approach,” Phillips said. “Our priorities are getting rid of black market cannabis and safety in our communities.”

Wed
06
Nov

Inside the London company on the cutting edge of cannabis science

Whether you know it or not, chances are KGK Science has probably touched some aspect of your life. If you regularly take vitamins or health supplements, you've probably benefited from the company's work on your last trip to the local drug store. 

"If it says it's better absorbed, we've likely done that study or if you get a cholesterol-lowering product or a probiotic, we've likely done a lot of those studies," said company CEO Najla Guthrie. 

A scientist herself, Guthrie, first cut her teeth at Western University studying the anti-cancer effects of compounds found in foods, such as flavinoids or tocotrienols.

Wed
06
Nov

'Good' or 'bad' drugs? Cannabis, vaping challenge traditional categories, says Ontario public health researcher

Regulators have spent the past 70 years trying to figure out how to regulate tobacco. Now a fast-changing recreational drug use landscape in Canada that includes three legal products — tobacco, vaping and cannabis — means regulators will have to figure out the interplay of the three, says an expert in public health policy.

Between 35,000 and 45,000 deaths in year in Canada are attributed to smoking, about 30 per cent of all cancer deaths. However, cannabis and vaping are challenging the traditional categories of “good” and “bad” drugs, said David Hammond, who was in Ottawa on Monday to speak at the biennial Canadian Cancer Research Conference.

Wed
06
Nov

Your cannabis movements are being tracked… and there’s nothing you can do about it

In the modern age, most of our purchases are tracked by apps, smart home devices like Alexa, and social media, to name a few.

Prior to the Canada’s relatively recent cannabis legalization, consumers only had to worry about government surveillance. Now, however, the cannabis industry joins the rest of the world in having their purchasing habits monitored.

Wed
06
Nov

Sask. introduces bill to treat vaping like smoking

The Saskatchewan government is planning to treat e-cigarettes and vaporizers much like tobacco, limiting where they’re sold and how they’re advertised while setting the age limit at 18.

Health Minister Jim Reiter introduced amendments to the Tobacco Control Act on Tuesday. If passed, the new rules will come into effect in the spring, but Reiter said they’re only a first step.

Notably, the bill won’t explicitly ban flavoured vaping products. It would allow the government to restrict them through regulation. Reiter said that will come after a consultation period.

Tue
05
Nov

New edible cannabis products could be here for Christmas

Hungry for cannabis

Cape Bretoners are hungry for cannabis.

Beverly Ware, spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, confirmed customers have been asking about edibles. 

Ware said under federal regulations the corporation cannot legally purchase edible and drinkable cannabis until Dec. 16. On Oct. 17, licensed producers submitted their products for consideration, a 60-day process. No decisions have been made on what products the NSLC may carry.

Ware said when they receive the new products will depend on their suppliers but there is the possibility some could come in prior to Christmas.

Tue
05
Nov

Edmonton city councillor calls for more cannabis laws ahead of edibles rollout

Edmonton city councillor Mike Nickel thinks towns across the country are neglecting regulations for cannabis cafes.

“Cannabis lounges are going to come,” he told Global News. “No other place in the country right now, I don’t think, has enabled in their bylaws the concept of a cannabis lounge, so we’re breaking new ground here.”

Council will debate Nickel’s motion in their upcoming meeting on Tuesday.

“If it’s a legitimate product, then we have to see it consumed responsibly,” he said.

“This is an opportunity to talk about how we can grow some business in town.”

Mon
04
Nov

Health Canada allows cannabis company MediPharm Labs to conduct sensory testing on humans

MediPharm Labs was just granted a tasty treat from Health Canada.

The Ontario-based company has received a cannabis research licence that will allow it to conduct controlled testing on humans to determine the best flavour profiles for its products.

Fri
01
Nov

Cannabis beer: grant to study and develop innovative yeasts

Province Brands of Canada, developers of the world’s first and only beers brewed from the cannabis plant, will join with Western University (WU) to study and develop innovative yeasts.

Fri
01
Nov

Health Canada warns that flavouring agents in vaping products are “untested”

Health Canada is warning Canadians that the ingredients used to flavour some vaping products have not been tested to establish if they can be safely inhaled, although the federal department reports it’s working towards rectifying the issue.

“The inhalation of flavours — this happens with electronic cigarettes— it did not exist before this,” Mathieu Morissette, a researcher at the University Institute of Cardiology and Respirology of Quebec, and a professor at the Faculty of Medicine at l’Université Laval, told the Canadian Press.

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