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Sun
14
Oct

Why Canadian marijuana growers could enter the U.S. sooner than you think

It's no secret that Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) and other Canadian marijuana growers would love to expand into the huge U.S. market. But marijuana remains illegal at the federal level in the U.S. As long as this remains the case, Canopy and its peers won't be able to directly enter the U.S.

Sun
14
Oct

Five things about what's legal and what's not in Canada's new pot law

Canada's new law legalizing recreational cannabis goes into force on Wednesday. Here are five things about what's legal and what's not under this historic piece of legislation:

1. Can't vote, can't toke: The legal age for consuming cannabis is at least 18 or 19, depending on the province. The Justice Department says the age restrictions are in keeping with, "a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of pot." Of the three priorities the department cites for accomplishing those goals, the top one is keeping cannabis "out of the hands of youth."

Sun
14
Oct

Here’s what you need to know about Canada’s marijuana legalization

Canada is legalizing adult use of marijuana on Oct. 17 and will be the second and largest country to do so.

The federal government established the broad outline of the legalization law but left it up to provinces and territories to fill in some of the details – such as whether to allow home grows, to establish a legal purchase age of 18 or 19, and whether to sell through government-run pot shops or private outlets.

Here’s a look at how the industry will look, as well as some key differences between Canada’s approach and that of the nine U.S. states that have legalized so-called recreational marijuana:

Fri
12
Oct

Ontario's online weed store will ship with Canada Post with a $5 delivery fee

Starting a week today, people in Ontario will be able to legally buy marijuana at a government-run online store, with the product delivered to customers for a $5 delivery fee using Canada Post. 

Officials with the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) held a technical briefing with reporters today, less than a week before recreational cannabis use becomes legal in Canada on Wednesday. 

Visitors to the site must first enter their birth date to confirm they're older than 19. The age is then verified using identification upon delivery.

Fri
12
Oct

Canadian pot industry workers will be able to enter U.S. for pleasure travel

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says Canadian citizens working in the cannabis industry should be able to enter the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry.

The agency updated its website Tuesday, providing a measure of clarity after a vague statement last month left the industry and investors facing uncertainty about travel of any kind to the U.S.

That statement sparked weeks of confusion and rumours that those tied to the cannabis industry could face lifetime bans from the U.S.

Thu
11
Oct

Cannabis policies in place for off-duty police officers in some forces ‘offensive,’ association says

The critical comments come as the RCMP and the Toronto police service both eye a rule that would bar cannabis use by members within 28 days of a shift.

The Calgary police service’s policy is even stricter, forbidding the vast majority of officers from consuming marijuana during their down time once recreational use of the drug becomes legal Oct. 17.

Wed
10
Oct

BC government unveils final list of regulations around cannabis legalization

With just over a week to go until legalization, the BC government has said that “new and amended regulations” are now in place “to support British Columbia’s legal cannabis regime and prioritize the health and safety of British Columbians.”

Wed
10
Oct

All the places in Canada you can get legal cannabis on weed day

Cannabis is going to be legalized in across Canada next Wednesday, October 17, but that doesn’t mean everyone is going to be able to buy and consume legal weed then.

Not being able to get hands on the legal stuff will be the situation a lot of Canadians find themselves in come legalization day. To be blunt (hehe) about it, the provincial government's rollouts on legal weed aren’t fair nor equal. Yes, all the provinces will be offering an online service to ship weed to their residents but none are advertising same-day delivery. This means that, sadly, on national Weed Is Legal Day there are going to be some who won’t be able to get nice and baked off legal kush and will be forced to get weed the same way we’ve always purchased weed.

Tue
09
Oct

Will it be legal to have marijuana in my car?

Driving with a joint behind your ear probably won’t land you in the joint, but you’ll likely score a fine.

“So every province I’ve looked at, you can’t have cannabis in your vehicle unless it’s stored in a closed or fastened container out of the reach of the driver,” said Eric Dumschat, legal counsel for MADD Canada. “It’s the same with alcohol – you just can’t have joints rolling around in the back seat just like you can’t have an open beer bottle inside the car.”

In Ontario, Bill 36 is the proposed update to several laws to address how the province will handle legal weed. If it passes, it will ban driving with an open bag of weed or loose joints in a vehicle once marijuana becomes legal to smoke this month.

Tue
09
Oct

Too high to drive? Enforcement of drug-impaired driving in Ontario could face roadblocks similar to those encountered in Colorado

If you could look into a crystal ball to see the future of drug-impaired driving on Ontario roads come October 17, you might see Colorado.

Since cannabis was legalized there four years ago, statistics on marijuana and driving compiled by the state found that more than 20 per cent of drivers involved in fatal accidents had some level of cannabis in their system.

And a survey this year of more than 15,000 cannabis users in the state found that nearly 70 per cent of them had driven under the influence of marijuana at least once in the past year. Forty per cent of them said they didn’t think it affected their ability to drive.

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