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Mon
07
Oct

Ontario appellate judge dismisses latest motion to suspend pot shop licensing process

An Ontario appellate judge ruled on Wednesday to dismiss a motion by a group of disqualified cannabis store applicants requesting the province’s retail cannabis licensing process be suspended pending an appeal being heard.

“The process that the government has decided on should be permitted to proceed. If the moving parties are ultimately successful, they may have a remedy, at the very least, in damages,” Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Ian Nordheimer said in his remarks dismissing the stay motion.

The ruling will now see the application process to open 42 new cannabis stores in Ontario continue, although the proper roll-out of these new shops is expected to be delayed for some time.

Mon
07
Oct

Suspected cannabis-impaired drivers more costly to test: Police report

It’s more costly for police to deal with a suspected cannabis-impaired driver than one suspected of driving drunk, suggests a new report heading to city councillors.
 
New numbers in a report to be presented to city council’s community and public services committee on Oct. 16 show that in the first eight months of the year ending in August 2019, city police arrested 94 drug-impaired drivers, compared to 69 in the same period in 2018. Of those, 29 were suspected to be impaired by cannabis, compared to 17 in the first eight months of 2018.
 
Fri
04
Oct

Marijuana candidate withdraws as party struggles to find relevance

A Marijuana Party candidate has been forced to put out his election hopes, at least for now.

The ballot has been finalized for the Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding ahead of this month’s federal election, and Brynn Jones’s name is no longer on it.

“I am saddened to announce I have to step out of election due to an unforeseen family issue,” Jones told Vernon Morning Star. “I will continue to fight for my constituents in my riding and across Canada and will continue my duties as West Canada Director for the party.”

Fri
04
Oct

Cannabidiol still off WADA prohibited substances list

The cannabinoid cannabidiol has again been explicitly left off the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.

The Prohibited List details substances and methods that are banned in sport. The list is updated annually based on scientific and medical research, trends, and intelligence sourced from law enforcement agencies and pharmaceutical companies.

In order for a substance or method to be added to WADA’s ban list, it needs to meet at least two of the following three criteria:

Fri
04
Oct

Edmonton police expect cannabis-related costs to soar higher

After an active first year since federal cannabis legalization came into effect, Edmonton police are predicting an intensification of cannabis-related offences.

And with legal edibles set to hit the shelves sometime in December, a report authored by the city is predicting that along with Edmonton residents, police costs will be getting higher.

Thu
03
Oct

Alberta to review smoking legislation with aim of regulating vaping

A provincial review of Alberta’s tobacco and smoking legislation could result in regulations for vaping by next spring.

Calgary-Klein MLA Jeremy Nixon will lead the review and will work with Alberta Health to examine the evidence and consult with Albertans and stakeholders, Health Minister Tyler Shandro said Wednesday.

“We want to let people know the risks of vaping and we want to regulate it based on the evidence,” Shandro said. “So we’re going to take a close look at vaping as part of the overall review of our smoking legislation.”

Alberta’s Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act requires a review to begin by Nov. 1. The current legislation does not address vaping, Shandro noted.

Thu
03
Oct

Ontario appellate judge dismisses latest motion to suspend pot shop licensing process

An Ontario appellate judge ruled on Wednesday to dismiss a motion by a group of disqualified cannabis store applicants requesting the province’s retail cannabis licensing process be suspended pending an appeal being heard.

“The process that the government has decided on should be permitted to proceed. If the moving parties are ultimately successful, they may have a remedy, at the very least, in damages,” Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Ian Nordheimer said in his remarks dismissing the stay motion.

The ruling will now see the application process to open 42 new cannabis stores in Ontario continue, although the proper roll-out of these new shops is expected to be delayed for some time.

Wed
02
Oct

Cannabis Canada: Pot industry adds $8.26B to Canada’s GDP

Canada’s cannabis sector contributed $8.26 billion to the country’s gross domestic product as of July, a steady increase from the $7.02 billion last October when recreational cannabis was legalized, according to new data published by Statistics Canada on Tuesday. The StatsCan figures also show Canada's legal cannabis industry has grown by a whopping 185 per cent in the first 10 months since recreational marijuana was legalized. The black market’s cannabis output has fallen by 21 per cent in that same time, according to StatsCan estimates.

Wed
02
Oct

What does ‘Cannabis 2.0’ mean for Canada’s pot industry?

Get ready Canada, cannabis 2.0 is coming!

About one year after cannabis dried flower and oils were first legalized in October, a new wave of products will be hitting store shelves in December.

These products include 1) cannabis-infused foods and drinks, called edibles and drinkables, 2) concentrates that can be used with vaporizers, and 3) topicals, such as ones made from cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of cannabis.

Expectations for these new products are huge.

Tue
01
Oct

Sask. Court of Appeal upholds tossing drug charges

The province’s top court has agreed with a judge who tossed out 10 drug charges against a man because the wheels of justice moved too slowly.

Arrested in June 2013, Jeremy Mark Lemioer’s trial was set for June of 2017. But in a decision ahead of that trial date, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Richard Elson determined a four-year delay was unreasonable and directed a stay of proceedings against the then-34-year-old Regina man. The Crown appealed.

But in a recently released decision, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal rejected the Crown’s argument.

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