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Thu
27
Jun

Research shows marijuana impairment ‘non-significant’ factor in vehicle crashes

Researchers who pored over the blood work of more than 3,000 drivers involved in crashes in British Columbia have concluded cannabis was a non-factor when it comes to responsibility for those crashes.

But don’t take that as licence to roll another number for the road, said a Halifax addictions expert who co-authored the study.

“I’ve witnessed the evidence over 20 years,” said Dr. Mark Asbridge, a researcher and professor at Dalhousie University’s department of community health and epidemiology.

Thu
27
Jun

Molson venture sees drinks making up to 30% of Canada pot market

Cannabis-infused beverages will make up 20% to 30% of the Canadian pot market and the joint venture between Molson Coors Brewing Co. and Hexo Corp. intends to be the leader in the segment, according to its chief executive officer.

Canada will allow beverages, along with edibles and other new formats, to be sold in legal dispensaries beginning in December. After legalization was originally limited to dried flower and oils, companies are now positioning themselves to take advantage of the new categories, which are expected to attract more consumer demand and generate higher margins.

Wed
26
Jun

Cannabis-induced psychosis in teenagers and young adults: Risk factors, detection, management

Cannabis use is extremely common among adolescents and young adults, with an estimated 14% of students in the 10th grade, 23% of students in the 12th grade, and 22% of college students and young adults engaging in at least monthly use in 2016.1 In 2015, 1.8 million adolescents (aged 12-17 years) and 6.9 million young adults (aged 18-25 years) were current users of cannabis.2 Moreover, the problem is increasing: 30-day prevalence of use among students in the 12th grade rose from 19% in 2007 to 23% in 2017.3 There is even higher use in Canada: In 2013, an estimated 28% of youths aged 11 to 15 years admitted to using cannabis at

Wed
26
Jun

Dried cannabis sales up 6 per cent in April as inventories rise

 Heath Canada says sales of legal dried cannabis grew 16 per cent in April compared with the prior month.

More than 8,800 kilograms of recreational and medical cannabis was sold in the month, up from 7,627 kilograms in March.

Total cannabis oil sales grew 3.5 per cent to 8,196 litres.

Almost 76 per cent of dried cannabis sales were non-medical while 42 per cent of oil was recreational.

As of the end of April, 215,665 kilograms of dried cannabis was held in inventory, 24 times the amount sold across Canada that month.

Wed
26
Jun

Ontario Cannabis Store was government body with most complaints to the ombudsman

Grievances from frustrated pot customers have given the Ontario Cannabis Store the dubious distinction of being the government organization that was the subject of the most complaints to the province's ombudsman.

More than 2,400 Ontario residents complained about the government's online marijuana store in the wake of delays and delivery problems, the ombudsman said in his annual report released Tuesday.

The OCS was the single most complained-about government organization of the past fiscal year, with 2,411 concerns filed, Paul Dube said. There were actually more complaints about correctional facilities — 5,711, up 14 per cent from last year — but they are spread out over various institutions.

Tue
25
Jun

Nova Scotia to sell cannabis edibles before end of the year

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation will sell cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals when the products become legal later this year.

Finance Minister Karen Casey says the government had great success with NSLC when they were asked to take on the retail for cannabis, including education and awareness programs for staff.

Casey says there have been ongoing discussions with the private sector and First Nations, but for now, the government needed a retailer who was ready and could follow the same retail model set out for cannabis.

She says the new products will be sold in the same 12 NSLC stores that currently sell cannabis.

Amended Health Canada regulations governing the sale of edibles, extracts and topicals come into force on Oct. 17.

Tue
25
Jun

What now after legal weed?

Testing for impairment from cannabis is no “magic bullet”. Rather, effective oversight, worker supervision and having an impairment-management program are key to navigating the post-legal-weed world. This was the message that Tom Brocklehurst, director of prevention practices and quality with WorkSafeBC in Richmond, Brit­ish Columbia, delivered during a session at the 2019 West­ern Conference on Safety in Vancouver.

“We are now six months after legalization. I don’t know if the sky has fallen — I don’t think it has,” Brocklehurst said. “Impairment has been around as long as there are impairing substances, and impaired workers have been around for as long as people have been working.”

Tue
25
Jun

Baked Sale: What you need to know about new cannabis products

This Christmas Santa may be flying higher than his sleigh as he indulges on the goodies left out for him along his route.

New cannabis-infused products — edibles, beverages, extracts and concentrates — should be available by mid-December.

People will be able to purchase the new products at the Ontario Cannabis Store or licensed retailers in accordance with Health Canada regulations.

Here’s what you need to know:

Edibles

Cannabis edibles refer to foods that contain THC — the ingredient in marijuana that gets users high — and provide an alternative to smoking weed.

They are popular as baked goods, especially brownies, cookies, chocolates and candies. But you can also cook with cannabis oil (canna oil) or butter.

Mon
24
Jun

Greater Victoria region home to four licensed recreational pot retailers

Despite its apparent reputation, Vancouver Island remains behind other regions of the province when it comes to issuing marijuana retail licenses.

According to the latest available statistics from the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB), the region of Vancouver Island, Powell River and Gulf Islands is home to six licensed non-medicinal private retail stores. That is three less than the Greater Vancouver and Sunshine Coast region, and 12 less than the Interior and North. That region also leads all regions with paid, complete applications (221), paid but incomplete applications (23) and applications referred to local government or Indigenous Nations (169).

Fri
21
Jun

Canada could hit pot oversupply as early as 2019, depending on edibles: BDS

Canada could reach an oversupply of legal pot as soon as the end of this year, depending on how the rollout of edibles and other next-generation products impacts supply, a U.S. cannabis research analyst says.

BDS Analytics' managing director and principal analyst Tom Adams said that given the pattern in other markets, as well as the ability of Canada's well-funded licensed producers to beef up capacity, "everything points to a real rapid end."

"The point of balance will last about 10 seconds... and then we'll be on to the competitive battle that consumers can look forward to, of course, because that means lower prices," he said in an interview.

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