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Fri
18
May

Michael Cohl bets on the latest cool thing since rock 'n' roll changed the world — cannabis

Diane Francis: Concert promoter Michael Cohl is publishing a website, launching a business and staging a high-level conference, which he calls the 'Davos of Cannabis'.

Michael Cohl has made a fortune as a Canadian concert promoter, theatrical producer and touring impresario. He has represented more than 150 artists from Frank Sinatra to the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd and U2 to name just a few of his most famous clients.

Michael not only organized their tours, but also helped them with everything from merchandising their swag to marketing their DVDs, TV specials, books and films. Along the way, he racked up a fortune and landed a Juno, a Billboard, a place in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, a Tony and an Emmy.

Fri
18
May

Lessons for PEI about marijuana education from Colorado

'We did a lot of creative testing and audience testing'.

As the P.E.I. government launches its campaign to educate Islanders about marijuana, it might want to look to Colorado, which has been running a campaign to educate its citizens for three and a half years.

The province announced Wednesday it had issued a request for proposals for an education campaign to teach Islanders about marijuana use.

According to Tara Dunn, marijuana communications specialist for the Colorado Department of Public Health, its program has had a lot of success but is also in the midst of a major relaunch.

Fri
18
May

Councillor De Genova's marijuana motion goes up in smoke…for now

NPA councillor wants cannabis at pot shops to come from Health Canada-approved producers.

You may have heard that NPA Coun. Melissa De Genova introduced a motion at city council this week in an effort to take a bite out of organized crime’s involvement in marijuana dispensaries.

You probably didn’t hear that her motion went up in smoke…for now.

You probably didn’t hear because you were not in the council chamber at 10 p.m. Wednesday, or watching the livestream from your computer when debate on the motion came to a halt after De Genova’s NPA colleague, Hector Bremner, voted against extending the meeting beyond 10 bells.

As a rule, council has to be unanimous in wanting to go beyond 10 p.m.

Why did Bremner do it?

Fri
18
May

A gold-rush attitude won't help Canada's marijuana industry

Jeanette VanderMarel is co-founder and president of Good & Green, a late-stage applicant for a federal license, and co-founder of The Green Organic Dutchman.

In the 19th century it was gold rushes in British Columbia. In the 20th century it was the discovery of oil in Alberta. In the 21st century, it will be the growth of cannabis across Canada.

For good and bad, Canada has been shaped by a series of singular, transformational events. In each case, the economic boom and ensuing social impact has challenged Canadian society and tested the ability of governments and courts to recalibrate policies, laws and expectations.

Fri
18
May

Alcohol broker Southern Glazer's partners with Aphria to sell weed

Bacardi broker to launch new cannabis distribution company to represent Aphria products to retailers and regulators across the country.

The Canadian arm of alcohol distributor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits LLC is entering the cannabis market by launching a marijuana-focused broker and partnering with licensed producer Aphria Inc.

The new company, Great North Distributors Inc., will represent Aphria products to retailers and regulators across the country, essentially acting as Aphria’s on-the-spot salesforce, the company said on Thursday.

“We’re going to be able to take a lot of the experience we have from the beverage alcohol market and translate it to the cannabis market,” said Doug Wieland, general manager of Southern Glazer’s Canadian division.

Fri
18
May

Vancouver Island city demands pot dispensaries directly fund bylaw, policing, education costs

The City of Langford wants recreational cannabis retailers in the municipality to help cover the costs of regulation, enforcement and education around the drug. 

Langford has previously been hostile to the idea of dispensaries, but council is now accepting proposals for up to five recreational stores to operate when marijuana becomes legal later this year. 

The city says applicants must detail the direct financial contributions they plan to make to policing and administration.

Fri
18
May

Where is amnesty in the federal government's plan to legalize cannabis?

Toronto lawyer Annamaria Enenajor has launched a campaign urging the government to "right history's wrongs" by expunging personal possession charges.

Last week, two international media outlets published articles about the notable absence of amnesty in the Canadian government's plan to legalize cannabis.

“Canada plans to legalize weed – but will those convicted of crimes get amnesty?” asked The Guardian. Al Jazeera posed a similar question in its headline: “Can Canada undo ‘injustice’ of cannabis possession convictions?”

Fri
18
May

A test for pot potency from UBC Okanagan

Researchers develop faster test for cannabis quality.

With pot legalization on its way, producers are increasingly looking for quick and accurate means of determining the potency and quality of their plants.

Researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have developed a new method of measuring phytocannabinoids—the primary bioactive molecules in cannabis—that will lead to faster, safer and more accurate information for producers, regulators and consumers alike.

Thu
17
May

Heally on health: How to get better sleep using medical cannabis

We talked to a doctor from the online medical marijuana evaluation service Heally about how to get more rest through cannabis products.

Thu
17
May

Legal cannabis can’t beat street dealers without concentrates, senate hears

The Cannabis Act’s ban of certain cannabis products will leave a consumer void and allow the black market to thrive, the CEO of a Canadian cannabis company told a Canadian Senate hearing during testimony last week.

Josh Campbell is the head of dosist, a company that has released a disposable, dose-controlled cannabis pen that is selling like hotcakes in California. But in Canada, concentrates and edibles won’t be available for at least a year, and it’s not known not when a product like Campbell’s will be allowed.

Leafly spoke to Campbell after his testimony in front of the Senate’s Standing Committee von Social Affairs, Science, and Technology.

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