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Fri
21
Sep

Pot legalization bringing boon to hemp farmers

The federal government’s end to its 95-year pot prohibition will also be a boon for hemp producers. They’ll soon be allowed to sell the plant’s flowers to be processed for its CBD, a cannabinoid without any psychoactive effects that’s being hailed for its medicinal potential.

Health Canada approved an exemption last month allowing commercial hemp growers to harvest flowers and leaves to be dried and stored on their farms ahead of Oct. 17, when the sales ban on those portions of the plant will be lifted. Only the stalks, seeds and stems can be sold now.

“That’s a brand new revenue stream,” Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance executive director Ted Haney said.

Fri
21
Sep

U.S. border officials can see every legal weed purchase you’ve ever made in these Canadian provinces

Does this whole marijuana legalization process have your head spinning as much as it does mine? With the recent news that smoking and investing in weed could land you a lifetime ban from the U.S., Canadians are justifiably shook - and the whole dilemma just got a tad more complicated. Allow me to explain why.

According to an article by Global News, U.S. authorities don't need a warrant to go snooping into your credit card transactions. With that being said, if one were to purchase marijuana with their credit card and tried to cross the border, patrol officials could potentially see this.

Thu
20
Sep

Canadian cannabis legalization set to transform the industrial hemp industry

The legalization of cannabis in Canada is about to bring big changes not just for medical cannabis companies but for hemp growers as well.

Thu
20
Sep

Canada, U.S. urged to compromise on cannabis at border

Canadians involved in the legal cannabis industry are facing deep potholes on the road to entering the United States — and immigration lawyers say the federal government needs to help them navigate a way through.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency sent tremors through the country’s burgeoning cannabis sector last week with word that legalization in Canada won’t change the fact that American laws treat marijuana as a banned substance, and industry insiders as drug traffickers.

Despite the fact that some jurisdictions in North America permit the use of medical and recreational marijuana, U.S. federal law continues to prohibit its sale, possession, production and distribution, an agency spokesperson said in a statement.

Thu
20
Sep

Marijuana will add $8 billion to Canada’s economy — at least on paper, TD says

Canada’s measure of real gross domestic product will get a boost after the legalization of marijuana adds as much as $8 billion to the country’s economy, according to Toronto-Dominion Bank.

Statistics Canada will begin including “licensed and unlicensed cannabis activity” in its economic calculations after the Oct. 17 roll out, which will have an impact on measured growth rates in the final quarter of 2018 and first quarter 2019, TD says. The bank cautions that the increase to growth is actually an accounting illusion, because some of the cannabis-related trade already existed in the economy but wasn’t formally captured in most measures of output.

Thu
20
Sep

Alberta won't permit cannabis lounges until edible products are regulated

Albertans hoping to spark up in a cannabis cafe or lounge will have to wait until edible cannabis products are regulated, says the province.

In a statement, the province said while they await more information on an easy-to-eat pot product, they will be ready to regulate brick-and-mortar consumption sites at a later date.

Health Canada has set a prospective date of October 2019 for the sale of edible marijuana products.

Ward 3 Coun. Jyoti Gondek said a lack of government communication has caused issues that could have been prevented. “My thoughts haven’t changed much over the entire time we have been having this debate,” she said.

Wed
19
Sep

Canada’s military is using weed goggles to simulate what it’s like to be high

In a boardroom at the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces headquarters in Ottawa, Christian Lizotte was ready to toss some balls.

He held a tray of black, red, and orange balls in one hand; on the table beside him rested a pair of black goggles similar to ski goggles. But this isn’t actually a game, and these goggles, when combined with certain activities, are meant to simulate the effects of being stoned on cannabis without actually consuming it.

Lizotte, a health promotion specialist at the armed forces, turns to his colleague, Laura O’Dell, and instructs her to catch only the black ones without the goggles or, so to speak, sober. “Clear?” he asked. “All right, let’s do this.”

Wed
19
Sep

Canadian soldiers have been given their marijuana marching orders

With Canada's legalization of cannabis consumption quickly creeping up on the calendar, the nation's Armed Forces decided that it might be high time to figure out where and when those with access to small arms, artillery and combat aircraft should be allowed to take a toke.

Soldiers will be banned from smoking or otherwise consuming the drug up to eight hours before reporting for duty.

The ban on usage will kick in 28 days before any deployment for personnel serving on submarines, planes or helicopters, or for those piloting drones, conducting high-altitude parachute drops or engaging in air traffic control.

Wed
19
Sep

B.C. government cannabis workers could be barred from entering U.S.

B.C. government employees who work in provincially-run legal cannabis stores could find themselves barred from entering the United States. 

Mike Farnworth said Monday he’s aware of a threat by U.S. border officials to deny entry to anyone involved in Canada’s marijuana industry, which will become legal Oct. 17.

That’s raised the risk that hundreds of B.C. government employees could find themselves unable to travel to the United States because they staff the new public cannabis retail stores and distribution branch, including front-line workers, managers and even ministry officials. The first B.C. government store, in Kamloops, will open on the day of federal legalization.

Tue
18
Sep

In a month, pot will be legal. But the list of rules has never been longer

Let the countdown begin: The end of pot prohibition – which has been in place since 1923 – is less than one month away.

Come Oct. 17, adults will be able to legally possess 30 grams of dried cannabis, or the equivalent in oil. But many details need to be worked out before then.

Like many other things in Canada (access to health care, for example), access to recreational cannabis will very much be a postal-code lottery.

In Ontario, for example, there will be no bricks-and-mortar cannabis stores until April, 2019, after the new Conservative government scrapped plans for 150 government-run stores in favour of private retailers.

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