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Thu
04
Jun

Cannabis and Coronavirus: Adjusting Against a Backdrop of Social Unrest

The first week of June arrived in America as states struggled to “reopen,” with retailers and other types of vendors taking cautious steps toward the second phase of Federal and state officials’ plans for kick-starting the U.S. economy.

At the same time, the death of African American man George Floyd on May 29 ignited nationwide protests against police brutality and supporting Black Lives Matter, among other civil rights groups.

Thu
04
Jun

Pot industry seeks federal tax relief to help firms weather pandemic

The Canadian cannabis industry is asking Ottawa for relief in paying regulatory fees to the government to help distressed pot companies weather the current pandemic this year. 

The National Cannabis Working Group, an offshoot of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, has asked the Canadian government to excuse a regulatory fee payment — which is equal to 2.3 per cent of a pot company's annual revenue — over the next three fiscal quarters to help support a post-COVID recovery for pot firms. 

Wed
03
Jun

New Brunswick residents might be happy it's harder to grow cannabis indoors, but growers are mad at 'nonsensical' rules

For the people in New Brunswick, cannabis is better out than in.

Wed
03
Jun

Alberta tables legislation to prohibit minors from vaping but doesn't ban flavours

Alberta minors will be prohibited from consuming or purchasing vaping products under new legislation introduced Tuesday, but the province will not immediately ban or restrict flavours.

If passed, the legislation would set the minimum age for purchasing, possessing, and consuming products at 18 and restrict any sharing of products to youth under that age. It would also align with and expand on federal and provincial tobacco laws by banning usage in public areas, including playgrounds, around hospitals, sports fields, and on school properties.

Tue
02
Jun

B.C. may allow licensed cannabis retailers to accept online payments, deliver

What happened: B.C. may change its Cannabis Control and Licensing Act  to allow legal private cannabis retailers to conduct e-commerce sales, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth told Business in Vancouver in an exclusive interview.

Why this matters: The change would put legal cannabis retailers on a level playing field with the provincial government’s BC Cannabis Stores website as well as black-market operators that illegally sell cannabis online.

B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth told BIV that he is open to allowing all licensed cannabis retailers to sell online.

Mon
01
Jun

Cannabis, liquor businesses see less red tape due to COVID-19

While social programs have expanded immensely in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, government authorities have also relaxed many regulations that were once deemed near-impossible to change — such as when and where alcohol can be sold, or who is allowed to deliver cannabis to you.

From health-care licensing to food labelling, deregulation has become one of the responses to try and expedite otherwise lengthier approval processes during a health crisis. 

But multiple levels of government will, presumably, have to decide which changes should stick in the post COVID-world.

Thu
28
May

This Northern Ontario community wants to say goodbye to skunky cannabis smells

So what if cannabis is legal? Some residents of West Nipissing in northern Ontario argue weed stinks and they don’t want the smell in their town.

As a result, town council is examining an odour bylaw that would restrict what some say is pungent smells emanating from legal weed operations.

Any such move could cement the community’s apparent view of pot. Currently, the municipality does not allow smoking cannabis on sidewalks, but smoking cigarettes is fine and dandy.

Wed
27
May

Edmonton police are focused on shutting down illegal weed websites. Will their strategy work?

“Politics, convenience and product.” These are the three reasons long-time cannabis consumer Andrew gives for using the illicit market rather than legal stores.

It’s been more than 18 months since Canada legalized weed, but the 54-year-old Nova Scotian prefers to buy from an illicit cannabis website. “I’ve simply been told by people that they’re not happy with the product or the price. So I’m just not going to try,” he says.

Wed
27
May

Edmonton library will go to court over distance between cannabis stores and branches

The Edmonton Public Library is challenging three decisions by the city's development appeal board allowing cannabis stores to open within 200 metres of its branches.

The Court of Appeal of Alberta has granted the city's library board leave to appeal decisions made by Edmonton's development appeal board.

The city's bylaws require a distance of at least 200 metres between a cannabis retail store and a public library.

The development appeal board has the authority to grant an exemption to that requirement under the Municipal Government Act

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