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Tue
27
Nov

Canada is still using the military to eradicate illegal weed crops

The Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are continuing their annual joint search-and-destroy mission against illegal outdoor cannabis grows — another example of how the war against the plant is alive and well, despite legalization.

Fri
23
Nov

What Canadian cannabis investors need to know about crossing the U.S. border

A B.C. cannabis industry investor who was planning to attend a conference in Las Vegas last week ended up stuck in Canada with a lifetime ban on entering the United States. The man’s lawyer says the case is a reminder that Canadians need to think twice about what they tell U.S. border agents.

Immigration lawyer Len Saunders told CTV News Channel that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent stopped the man and asked why he was going to Las Vegas. The man said he was going to a cannabis conference and planned to tour a marijuana production facility in Nevada, where recreational cannabis has been legal since 2017.

Fri
23
Nov

Canada could face marijuana shortages into the next decade

The marijuana industry has seemingly been breaking down barriers at every turn in 2018Opens a New Window.. Just to provide a quick overview, investors have thus far witnessed:

Thu
22
Nov

This Canadian province is running out of marijuana and it's causing business shutdowns, delays, and shortages

Weed has only been legalized in Canada for one month, and weed supply has already become a major issue. In Alberta, the province has had to completely halt any new applications to open marijuana retail stores. They've even begun to give refunds to hopeful weed stores owners who applied to open a store all because of marijuana shortages. 

Thu
22
Nov

Lifetime ban from U.S. travel for Canadian marijuana investor

There were concerns this would happen, and it has, again.

A Canadian investor in the cannabis industry has been permanently banned from entering the U.S. He is the second such investor to receive a lifetime ban from the U.S.

In May, a Vancouver-based venture capitalist Sam Znaimer, an investor in some U.S. cannabis startups, was stopped by U.S border agents, and was also barred for life. Since October, recreational use of cannabis was made legal, adding to the already legal medicinal cannabis market. Thousands of Canadians have jumped into the new rapidly expanding and lucrative industry, from executives, to workers, to investors.

Wed
21
Nov

Worst may be yet to come for cannabis execs, pot users looking to cross Canada-U.S. border, experts say

A month into legalization of recreational cannabis, lawyers bracing for a spike in Canadians banned from U.S.

Marijuana has been legal in Canada for a month already, but immigration lawyers and cannabis executives say when it comes to getting into the United States, the worst may be yet to come.

As Canadians get used to the fact that cannabis is no longer against the law in their country, some experts fear they will forget the perils that past and present marijuana use still poses for those seeking to cross the Canada-U.S. border.

Henry Chang, a Toronto-based immigration lawyer, says he's bracing for a spike in cases of people who end up being banned outright from entering the U.S. for owning up to using pot.

Mon
19
Nov

5 reasons Canada is facing a marijuana shortage

The marijuana industry has delivered one milestone after another in 2018.

The highlight, of course, was the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada on Oct. 17, 2018, which ended nine decades of adult-use prohibition. However, we also witnessed two more U.S. states legalize medical pot, which went along with Michigan becoming the 10th state to OK recreational weed use. Add in pot stock uplistings, the first cannabis-derived drug being approved in the U.S., and Tilray becoming the first pot stock to IPO on a reputable U.S. exchange, and you have the makings of a groundbreaking year.

Fri
16
Nov

Why is Canada running out of marijuana?

In the early days of legalisation, James Burns was confident his company had enough product on the shelves of its five new cannabis retail stores, even though they only received half of their order from the provincial supplier.

Now, he has had staff refreshing the government supply website in the early hours to snap up scarce new stock as soon as it's available, and is considering restricting store hours.

"While there was product to order we were very comfortably getting a large amount of it," says Burns, the CEO of Alcanna, a company that owns a chain of private liquor stores in Canada and the US and, now, cannabis stores in the province of Alberta.

Fri
16
Nov

Canadian marijuana shortages could go on for years

When Canadian provinces across the country came up against shortages of marijuana in the first month of legalization, it was frustrating. But even more frustrating is that this current lack could last for years.

According to Khurram Malik, CEO of Biome Grow Inc., the shortage is not only due to delays in licensing, but is also partly caused by the strict regulations on the country’s 132 licensed producers and enforced by Health Canada. The time needed by cannabis businesses to come up with a product that’s not only up to par, but is also compliant is standing in the way as well. These are problems projected to persist into the foreseeable future.

Fri
16
Nov

Unhappy with new rules for cannabis stores, some councillors want Hamilton to opt out

Several city councillors say they want to opt out of having private cannabis stores in Hamilton, especially given how close they can be to schools.

At least four of Hamilton's 15 councillors say they want more control over where pot stores go and are unhappy with key parts of the new provincial guidelines released Wednesday. Under the new guidelines, the shops can't be within 150 metres of schools. Councillors wanted 300 metres.

Unless those changes are made, they say, they don't want private shops in Hamilton at all.

"I'm appalled by the ridiculous minimum of only 150 metres (approximately 450 feet) that a recreational store has to be away from a nearby school with lots of children," said Tom Jackson of Ward 6. The planned setback, he said, is "shameful."

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