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Thu
25
Oct

5 things Canada got right when it legalized pot

It turns out that when you legalize marijuana, a lot of people show up to buy it. That development seemed to surprise cannabis controllers in Canada, where shortages were reported almost immediately after legal recreational sales began last week.

Wed
24
Oct

Canna-diss: South Korea to punish those who use cannabis in Canada

Recreational cannabis use may now be legal in Canada, but South Koreans visiting the country who are tempted to smoke up risk facing punishment back home, their government warned on Tuesday.

“Even if South Koreans are in a region where marijuana is legal, it will be illegal for them to consume it,” the South Korean Embassy in Canada said on Twitter. “Please take care not to commit an illegal act and be punished.”

South Koreans have known for decades that they can be prosecuted at home for using drugs overseas, even in countries where consumption is legal.

Under the country’s narcotics law, growing, possessing, transporting or consuming marijuana is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison or a fine of up to 50 million won, about $44,000.

Wed
24
Oct

Mexico may be next to legalize cannabis: incoming FM

Mexico "absolutely" could follow Canada's lead in legalizing marijuana as a way to reduce violence generated by a war on drugs that "doesn't work," its incoming foreign minister said Tuesday.

Marcelo Ebrard, who will become foreign minister when Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes office December 1, said he discussed Ottawa's experience Monday with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Asked whether Mexico might follow Canada's example, Ebrard told reporters, "Sure, absolutely."

"We think it is a very interesting option in the short term for Mexico," he said. "We think there are two options: the Canadian model or the Uruguay model."

Tue
23
Oct

Legally high: Handling marijuana in the workforce

It is official: recreational marijuana is legal in Canada with effect from October 17. With that comes a patchwork of jurisdictional laws establishing where and how marijuana products will be sold and used by consumers.

Tue
23
Oct

Here's how to legally travel with cannabis in Canada

The Cannabis Act has officially come into force, meaning Canadians can now legally possess and consume recreational cannabis (with some restrictions, of course).

Travelling cannasseurs can now rejoice at not having to search through every bit of luggage before hopping over to a domestic destination (border crossing with weed is still illegal).

Here are the most common modes of transportation and how to stay compliant when you travel with cannabis.

Domestic flights

According to a statement from Transport Canada, “after October 17, 2018, passengers will be permitted to have a legal amount of cannabis, which is 30 grams, in either their carry on or checked bag, if they are flying to a domestic destination.”

Mon
22
Oct

Canada nearly runs out of weed after legalization

Canada can’t keep up with demand for newly legal weed. Four days after the country put marijuana legalization into effect nationally, retail shops are nearly sold out.

“It’s a mess. The supply is just a mess,” Patrick Wallace, owner of the Alberta shop Waldo’s 420 Store, told CBC.

Canada’s Parliament voted to legalize marijuana in June, and that decision went into effect on Wednesday, with differing rules across Canada’s provinces. The newly legal industry is expected to be worth $6.5 billion in annual sales.

Fri
19
Oct

These 3 marijuana stocks are catching more buzz on recent developments

Wednesday marked the "big day" that every cannabisand marijuana stocks enthusiast has been waiting for. The country firmly moved ahead with its program that legalizes the sale of recreationalmarijuana across Canada. As government cannabis retailers opened from Newfoundland to British Columbia, Canadian citizens battled long lines and waited for hours to buy the first state-approved cannabis.

Fri
19
Oct

4 Canadian marijuana stocks set to ramp up production quickly

Today we have identified some Canadian marijuana stocks that are well positioned to meet Canadian recreational cannabis demand for the foreseeable future.

Statistics Canada estimates that Canadians spent $5.7B on cannabis in 2017 and the demand for cannabis is expected to be extremely high now that it can be purchased legally. To meet such demands many Licensed Producers in Canada have made significant investments to increase their production capacity by renovating or building production facilities.

Fri
19
Oct

Demand for marijuana real estate ‘astronomical’ as Canada legalizes

Ontario and B.C. alone have already snapped up more than half of the country’s existing grow-op space.

The rush for cannabis is on in Canada and so is finding the real estate to grow it.

The legalization of recreational weed on Wednesday has already fuelled a sixfold surge in pot-growing facilities to 8.7 million square feet (808,256 square meters) in the year through September, according to data from Altus Group Ltd. — space about the size of Amazon.com Inc.’s Seattle headquarters.

Fri
19
Oct

The most confusing marijuana laws that could cost you thousands

If you feel confused about the rules for using, buying, growing or doing anything with cannabis, you are not alone.

For starters, know this: the federal law, The Cannabis Act, lays the framework, but the provinces and municipalities ultimately set the ground rules. With that said, here’s are a few kind-of-confusing-cannabis laws that might trip you up, but could cost set you back thousands if you don’t remember.

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