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How are Industry Leaders in Cannabis Working to Dismantle Systemic Racism?

Cannabis is not the only industry that can act as a microcosm of the world but it may be the most prominent. Cannabis is still federally illegal so there are many areas in which people can be turned away from participating due to previous arrests for cannabis.

During the Fall Emerge 2020 Virtual Cannabis Conference & Expo, Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM) Founder and CEO Roz McCarthy led a panel discussion with industry-leading advocacy organizations. Together, they addressed the myriad concerns surrounding social equity within the cannabis industry.  


As Canada Enters Cannabis 2.0: A New Chance for Brands to Stand Out

When you go to the grocery store, do you pick your tomatoes based on the greenhouse they came from? Or do you just pick the ones that look the best and go about your day?


Sweet haul: Saskatoon police’s drug bust includes 55 jars of cannabis-infused honey

A 23-year-old man faces 19 drug and weapon charges after an early-morning bust by the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) revealed various cannabis-related products and evidence of psilocybin being produced.

After observing activity consistent with drug trafficking, officers with SPS’s drug and tactical support units arrived at the first location at about 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 29 to execute a warrant at an apartment, notes a police statement.

During the search, officers found various forms of cannabis products, cannabis, psilocybin, cash and evidence of psilocybin production.


Canadian man jailed for attempting to enter Singapore with a cannabis vape pen

A Canadian man who works in Singapore has been jailed for 16 weeks after trying to enter the country with a cannabis vape pen that contained tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

According to a report from TODAY, 29-year-old Daniel Moher was gifted the pen, which contained 0.35 grams of liquid, by a friend in Canada. Moher then attempted to conceal it inside a deodorant bottle when he returned to Singapore.

The court heard that Moher has been grieving the loss of another friend and was consuming cannabis to cope.


Should Legal Cannabis be Taxed According to Potency?

The legal cannabis industry is booming virtually anywhere sales are allowed.

For most legal cannabis countries, the industry is limited to just medical cannabis. After all, only Uruguay and Canada allow adult-use sales at the national level so far.

Of course, some areas in the United States also allow legal adult-use cannabis sales, but not the entire country.

New Zealand almost became the third country to legalize cannabis for adult use in 2020 with a legalization measure on the ballot. Unfortunately, the measure was turned down by voters.

This year a handful of countries may legalize cannabis. Mexico and Israel seem to be all but certain to get legalization to the finish line in 2021, with a few other countries also pursuing legalization.


UN removes cannabis from list of most dangerous substances

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has voted to remove cannabis from the list of the most dangerous substance.

According to the UN news portal, in reviewing a series of World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations on cannabis and its derivatives, CND zeroed in on the decision to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

Under the schedule, cannabis was listed alongside specific deadly, addictive opioids, including heroin, recognised as having little to no therapeutic purpose.


Will Cannabis Legalization Lower its Price?

One of the most common questions cannabis consumers ask one another is how much cannabis costs in their part of the world.

It’s always fun to compare cost, quality, and quantity.

One thing many cannabis consumers across the globe will be quick to point out is that cannabis is not cheap. 

For the lucky folks who live in a part of the world where cannabis is decent quality and cheap, congratulations.

But for the rest of us, high-quality cannabis is usually fairly expensive.


Illegal cannabis, rifle seized by Saskatoon police in firearms investigation

Five people are facing charges after a Saskatoon police investigation led by the guns and gangs unit.

Originally, police were investigating information that a home on the 1700 block of 2nd Avenue N. may have been selling drugs and that the people involved may have had a weapon.


On Tuesday, police pulled over a Buick Regal at Assiniboine Drive and Warman Road. According to a news release, police arrested a person in the car wanted in connection with the drug house investigation.

Officers allegedly found numerous cell phones in the car, as well as a meth pipe and various identity documents, some of which had been reported stolen. Police also say they found a conducted energy weapon, a knife, a machete, a meat cleaver and open alcohol.


Chatham-Kent police dismantle 4 illegal cannabis plants, seize more than $25M in marijuana plants

Chatham-Kent police have seized more than 25,000 marijuana plants worth $25.5 million after dismantling four illegal grow-ops in the region over the last few months, according to a news release. 

Since September, Chatham-Kent police have dismantled four illegal cannabis operations in the region, three of which were uncovered in January. 


"This past year, a significant amount of cannabis associated to illegal drug operations has been found in Chatham-Kent," Chatham-Kent police chief Gary Conn said in a news release. "These operations will not be tolerated here in our community as we know their actions may lead to violent behaviour, property crimes and organized crime."


Ontario man fined for working in an illicit cannabis dispensary says he was not aware the store was unlicensed

Just as some Canadians have had difficulty sorting legal cannabis suppliers from illicit ones, a retail worker in Barrie says he was unaware that his former employer, an illicit dispensary, was not above-board.

Orillia Matters reports that defence lawyer Ariyan Zaraineh told the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie last week that his client, Matthew Richer, was “not aware of the situation.”

According to a news release from Barrie Police Service, Richer was arrested and charged during a raid at the dispensary on July 31, 2019.


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