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Thu
27
Jan

Cannabis loopholes continue to be a concern In Norfolk

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Norfolk Police Services Board is hoping that a new year means some headway on an old issue.

In a letter sent to Health Canada, the board has once again asked them formally to sit down and discuss Cannabis Loopholes.

That was Chair George Santos.

These “loopholes” are residents using Health Canada’s system to legally obtain cannabis, but then pushing it well past just a few plants, and make large grow ops in the county.

One way this is done is several individuals will designate a sole person as their designated grower, allowing them to have several plants on their property.

Tue
25
Jan

Canadian busted in Scotland for attempted weed-smuggling bid

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Man from Canada nabbed after reportedly trying to bring 40 kilograms of marijuana into country.

A man from Canada was taken into custody at the Edinburgh Airport after border officers found him with about 40 kilograms of cannabis on Jan. 22.

The 27-year-old from Toronto has since been charged with attempting to import controlled drugs into Scotland, notes the National Crime Agency.

Mon
24
Jan

Canadian man arrested for trying to smuggle five kilograms of pot across border

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24-year-old faces felony charge after $30,000 worth of weed found during vehicle check.

A 24-year-old man from Canada was arrested in New York State last week after customs officers found US$24,000 ($30,240) worth of marijuana inside the trunk of his vehicle.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Massena, N.Y. Port of Entry discovered the would-be smuggled cannabis after their suspicions were raised during a primary check of the vehicle.

Fri
21
Jan

Inconsistent policies over cannabis operations 'very frustrating'

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Local politicians, Health Canada officials field cannabis concerns during forum; 'All municipalities are struggling and frustrated,' says Oro-Medonte mayor

Inconsistent policies and laws among various levels of government are causing challenges and concerns when it comes to cannabis operations in municipalities.

That’s one of the messages delivered Thursday evening during a virtual information session hosted by Doug Shipley, MP for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte.

Since being elected in 2019, a year after the federal Cannabis Act came into effect, Shipley has heard a number of concerns from Oro-Medonte residents “affected” by cannabis operations in the township.

Wed
19
Jan

Australian record set with seizure of $60M worth of cannabis ... and counting

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Six people charged after police find illegal grow so big it requires “attention from workers seven days a week.”

Six people in Australia now face drug charges after police discovered a massive illegal cannabis grow-op that housed at least 19,082 plants with an estimated street value of about AU$67 million ($60 million).

The national record was set during a raid earlier this week by Strike Force Harthouse, made up of detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad and assisted by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC). Strike Force Harthouse’s goal is to “investigate the cultivation and supply of cannabis across New South Wales,” notes a statement from the NSW Police.

Tue
18
Jan

Vaccination passport now required liquor and cannabis shops in Quebec

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Proof of vaccination is now required to enter SAQ liquor stores (Société des alcools du Québec) and SQDC pot shops (Société québécoise du cannabis) in the province.

Tue
18
Jan

Man cooking hash oil sparks explosion strong enough to damage Ontario hotel

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Police seize a little more than $4,000 in drugs after blast.

A 51-year-old man who was cooking hash oil at a local hotel in Sudbury, Ont. had to receive treatment after his clandestine culinary caper sparked an explosion.

Mon
17
Jan

Cannabis seizures at Michigan ports skyrocket 2,800 per cent over last two years

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Customs and Border Protection confiscated 6,497 kilograms of weed in fiscal 2021.

The Canada/U.S. border is traditionally a fairly busy place, but the Michigan links have proved a particular hot spot over the last couple of years when it comes to cannabis.

New figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveal that marijuana seizures skyrocketed 2,800 per cent in fiscal 2021 since fiscal 2019 at Michigan’s five ports of entry, reports the CBP’s field office in Detroit. The figures relate to the Ambassador Bridge, the Detroit Windsor Tunnel, the Blue Water Bridge, the International Bridge and Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Fri
14
Jan

Province ponders proof of vaccination at liquor, cannabis stores

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Everything on the table as New Brunswick seeks ways to make life 'uncomfortable' for the unvaccinated

Premier Blaine Higgs says New Brunswick may follow Quebec's lead on asking for proof of COVID-19 vaccination at liquor and cannabis stores.

He says everything is on the table as the province considers new restrictions for people who choose not to get vaccinated against the virus.

"It did have an impact in Quebec, as we understand," he said. '

He was referring to a reported jump in the number of first-dose vaccine appointments booked since the Quebec requirement was announced last week.

Thu
13
Jan

‘Arbitrary’ cutoffs of THC levels make it difficult to measure impaired driving

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After marijuana was legalized in Canada, more drivers in car crashes tested positive for the drug, new research finds.

As more states legalize marijuana for recreational use, it’s become more common for people to have the drug in their  system, leaving public health officials grappling with a thorny question: What constitutes impaired driving?

For alcohol, the cutoff is uniform: A blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 percent. But there is no standard cutoff for THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. And even in places that do institute a cutoff, it’s unclear whether exceeding the limit constitutes impairment, experts say. 

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