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Thu
05
Sep

Canada’s cannabis black market down 21% since legalization: StatsCan

Statistics Canada

Wed
04
Sep

Breakenridge: Alberta's cannabis experience has been definition of chill

The rollout of cannabis legalization has been far from smooth, but as we approach legalization’s first anniversary it’s become abundantly clear that Alberta’s approach is heads and shoulders above the rest of the country.

What’s especially remarkable about Alberta’s success is that despite the acrimony between Alberta’s two main parties on just about every issue, they are more or less on the same page when it comes to legalization.

Wed
04
Sep

Quebec Superior Court overturns province's ban on homegrown cannabis

Quebec Superior Court Judge Manon Lavoie overturned the province’s ban on homegrown cannabis on Tuesday, meaning that Quebecers are now free to cultivate cannabis at home without facing legal repercussions.

In June 2018, the provincial government passed Quebec’s cannabis law, which included provisions banning the cultivation of cannabis at home.

However, Lavoie ruled that these provisions are unconstitutional as they infringe upon the jurisdiction of the federal government, which has sole responsibility for legislating on criminal matters.

As a result, homegrown cannabis in Quebec is now regulated by Canadian law, which allows citizens to grow up to four cannabis plants.

Tue
03
Sep

U.S. reverses lifetime ban on Canadian woman who crossed border with CBD oil, her lawyer says

Less than two weeks after a Canadian woman was barred from entering the United States after she was found with cannabidiol (CBD) oil at the border, her lawyer says her lifetime ban from entering the states has been reversed in what he is calling a "best-case scenario."

The 21-year-old, who has asked not to be identified by CBC News, was crossing the border between B.C. and Washington state last month when CBD oil was found in her backpack.

CBD is a non-psychoactive product of the cannabis plant, and is used by the woman to treat the painful side-effects of scoliosis.

Tue
03
Sep

Assembly of First Nations to hold its first National Cannabis Summit

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is convening its first ever National Cannabis Summit following the implementation of Canada’s Cannabis Act.

Hundreds of delegates will gather to engage on the latest information and research relating to First Nations and cannabis, including key issues in areas like jurisdiction over sales and regulation, health impacts, social development impacts and economic development.

Tue
03
Sep

Pot store applicant proposing shop on site of illegal CAFE dispensary still in the running

Ontario government defends updated list, saying vetting will include police checks.

A numbered company is proposing to open a retail cannabis store at this location, 104 Harbord St., the site of an illegal CAFE dispensary. City officials have placed giant concrete blocks in front of the store to keep it from operating. (Chris Glover/CBC)

Despite objections by the city, the Ontario government is allowing a numbered company to proceed with an application for a legal marijuana store at the same Toronto address of a notorious illegal pot dispensary.

The company, 11180673 Canada Inc., which is proposing to open a retail cannabis store at 104 Harbord St., is among 29 applicants still in the running.

Mon
02
Sep

A look at legalization in Canada almost one year in

Few in the cannabis community would argue the fact that one of the biggest stories in the movement in the last 5 years was the legalization of adult-use marijuana in Canada. The first large, developed country to legalize on a federal level, Canada was poised to set the tone for legalization around the world.

But, as I feared, Canada’s government has created an industry that is so restricted it has no hope of competing with the black market. Restrictions have created supply issues which have, in turn, kept prices high.

Mon
02
Sep

Twelve cannabis store applicants disqualified for not submitting documents

The regulator overseeing Ontario’s legal cannabis stores says a dozen licence applicants who participated in the latest lottery have been disqualified.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario held a lottery for the right to apply for one of the next 42 cannabis store licences earlier this month.

Those who won the lottery had until Wednesday to submit the documents and the regulator says 12 failed to do so and were disqualified. One withdrew the application.

The AGCO says today all of the disqualified and withdrawn applicants are now being replaced by people on a waiting list.

The agency says 29 applicants provided the required documents which are now being reviewed, a process that includes background and police checks.

Thu
29
Aug

Canadians hit with lifetime bans for carrying CBD oil across U.S. border

Two Canadians have been given lifetime entry bans to the United States after they attempted to enter the country carrying cannabidiol oil or CBD, a popular cannabis extract legal in Canada that's often used to treat pain and anxiety.

Blaine, Washington-based immigration lawyer Len Saunders, who represents both travellers, told CTV News during both encounters, which took place over the last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents found the CBD oil during secondary inspections.

“It’s as bad as having marijuana itself, or cocaine, or any controlled substance,” Saunders said.

In early August, Saunders said his client, Brett Heuchert, who's a Canadian citizen living in Japan, landed at Seattle's SeaTac International Airport from Tokyo.

Wed
28
Aug

Is Canada’s cannabis packaging excessive?

Have you ever ordered a gram of legal cannabis online in Canada only to have it arrive in a huge box that holds only a small plastic container?

Are you weary of a sea of plain packaging that features a stop sign-like red hexagon that signals the inclusion of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component of cannabis?

After more than six months of legalized cannabis in Canada, the way in which legal cannabis is packaged is definitely a far cry from the dime bag packaging of illegal cannabis.

While the government is making safety their number one priority, there has been some not-too positive feedback about cannabis packaging, saying it is excessive and expressing concerns over its environmental impact.

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