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Mon
16
Jul

Council rejects plans for giant Ancaster pot greenhouse

City council has rejected a major greenhouse expansion request from one of Canada's fastest-growing medical marijuana companies — and sparked an inevitable legal appeal.

Councillors voted 9-4 against a city planner-supported application by The Green Organic Dutchman to build a 150,000-square-foot greenhouse on Jerseyville Road in Ancaster, spurring a smattering of applause from a small group of area residents in the council chambers.

The city reconfirmed a controversial maximum size limit of 24,000 square feet for medical pot facilities just weeks ago, a point made by several councillors who opposed the exception request.

Wed
11
Jul

People in Ottawa region about 35 times more likely to be charged for cannabis possession as ...

Charges and convictions for cannabis-related crimes have dropped by more than half over the past year in Canada. However, those rates vary significantly across the country, raising concerns about the uneven application of justice ahead of legalization on October 17.

According to an analysis conducted by The Logic of Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) data obtained via access to information requests, there were 5,594 charges for possession of cannabis in 2017-2018, compared with 11,818 charges in 2016-2017. Similarly, possession convictions fell by more than half over the same period, from 2,515 to 1,041.

Wed
11
Jul

Lacombe bylaw proposes banning cannabis consumption in public places

ALBERTA -- City council in Lacombe has given first reading to the community’s first smoking bylaw, one with heavy restrictions on where tobacco and cannabis can be consumed in public.

The proposed bylaw prohibits cannabis smoking, vaping or consumption in any public place – including parks, trails and playgrounds – as well as private property frequented by residents (business or mall parking lots, for example).

Tobacco smoking would be allowed in parking lots provided a person is at least 10 metres from any doorway.

Wed
11
Jul

Quebec wants to talk pot at agriculture ministers meeting

The Quebec government wants Canada’s agriculture ministers to talk about pot when they meet for their annual federal-provincial-territorial meeting in Vancouver next week.

In an email, Christine Harvey, press secretary for Quebec’s Agriculture Minister Laurent Lessard said Quebec officials have requested cannabis be added to the meeting’s agenda.

The Quebec government also wants to talk about the management of health emergencies when ministers meet, Harvey said.

Canada’s agriculture ministers are set to meet in British Columbia July 18-20, three months before Canadians will legally be allowed to consume marijuana. Lessard is expected to attend the annual meeting.

Wed
11
Jul

NOTL considering increased setbacks on pot production facilities

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is considering increasing setbacks for marijuana production facilities when they are located near residential areas and other sensitive properties such as churches, schools and playgrounds.

On Monday at a public meeting, several residents spoke in favour of increasing setbacks to limit the smell emanating from the facilities which also impact their property values.

St. Davids resident Andrew Stewart said the smell is so bad at times from the medical marijuana facility Tweed Farms, a subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corp., on Concession 5 that he can't open his windows or go outside.

Stewart said when he and other neighbours have complained to the company, they get "silence, threats and excuses."

Tue
10
Jul

Russia says Canadian cannabis legalization breaks international law

Russia has issued an official statement accusing Canada of breaking international legal obligations by legalizing recreational cannabis. The country is calling on the other G-7 nations to respond.

The international agreements that Russian officials are referring to include the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 and, most recently, the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988.

Tue
10
Jul

Hamilton police shut down dozens of pot dispensaries, and all but 2 reopened again

It's a clear sign Hamilton is losing its battle against illegal marijuana dispensaries. Every time police or the city try to shut one down, new numbers show, they just open back up again.

Lloyd Ferguson, Ancaster councillor and chair of the police services board, says police have shut down 42 dispensaries, and all but two reopened again.

City efforts aren't much better. Bylaw staff have identified 80 dispensaries in total, and 47 are operating now, said Ken Leendertse, director of licensing.

But of the 33 authorities have managed to close, he said, most of them just moved to a different location and reopened again.

Mon
09
Jul

BC First Nations get into growing, selling marijuana before legalization

Cannabis legalization may be just three months away in Canada but First Nations in Chilliwack aren’t waiting.

A second marijuana dispensary on a local reserve opened its doors this week with a grand opening set for July 11, with a third storefront on the way.

Indigenous Bloom opened its doors to customers on the Kwaw-Kwaw-Apilt reserve on Ashwell Road on July 5 while workers were still on site putting the finishing touches on the medical marijuana dispensary.

And Indigenous Bloom Corp, which is based in Kelowna, is just getting started with some big corporate experience and First Nations leadership on its board.

Fri
06
Jul

Key facts from the Canadian Cannabis Act’s 400 pages of regulations

Canadians have known for a while that legal recreational cannabis would soon become a national fact. But no one knew the precise specifics of the Cannabis Act’s regulations, which contain much of the minutiae and rule-setting that fill in many of the blanks in the federal legislation.

The Canadian government recently released 400 pages (!) of Cannabis Act regulations, covering everything from cultivation, processing, and sales of cannabis flower to the shape and colour of barcodes on cannabis packages. (There can only be one per package, and it must be square and in black and white.) Here are six of the most interesting regulation takeaways.

Wed
04
Jul

Legalization of cannabis one step towards ending war on drugs

Canada is poised to be the second country in the world to legalize cannabis after Uruguay legalized marijuana's production, sale, and consumption in December 2013. There, the state controls all aspects of the marijuana market, which will be much like Canada’s upcoming plan.

The marijuana laws of these two countries will be even more liberal than the Netherlands, where recreational drugs are illegal, but a policy of tolerance is intact.

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