British Columbia

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Wed
17
Apr

Controversy around Vancouver's 4/20 only fuels protest's existence, says organizer

Cannabis has been legal for many months now but the controversy over Vancouver's annual 4/20 weed celebration event hasn't subsided.

The Vancouver Park Board held an emergency meeting Monday night and passed a motion asking organizers to cancel a scheduled concert by Cypress Hill, in an effort to control crowd size.

"I consider that request to be ridiculous," said Dana Larsen, one of the organizers of 4/20. "Obviously, we're not going to be cancelling."

Despite cannabis now being legal, he's adamant the need to protest isn't over.

Wed
17
Apr

B.C.’s six-month cannabis checkup: legalization support strong

This month, Canada will observe six months since marijuana was legalized. The culmination of a Justin Trudeau campaign promise made in 2015 took longer than originally anticipated and has endured its share of setbacks.

At this point, there is a minuscule number of stand-alone marijuana stores operating across the country and most legal sales are being conducted through the mail. British Columbia’s government calculated it would garner $200 million in cannabis tax revenue over the first three years after legalization, but the figure was recently revised to “just” $68 million. The slow process to open stores is partly to blame for this alteration.

Fri
12
Apr

Here’s why the B.C. Lions are the most weed-friendly sports team in Vancouver

Cannabis is forbidden to players in most professional and collegiate sports leagues despite an increasing number of jurisdictions across North America legalizing the plant for recreational use.

While most leagues have yet to change policies to enable players to use cannabis, the Canadian Football League (CFL) is the exception, and it is the most accepting of cannabis of the sports leagues that have Vancouver teams.

In a statement to Business in Vancouver, the CFL noted its drug-testing policy for players “has never included testing for marijuana or other recreational drugs.” Instead, the league said, “it focuses on performance–enhancing drugs. That will continue to be the case.”

Thu
11
Apr

B.C.'s legal cannabis lagging in competition with 'grey market' marijuana

B.C. rang up $19.1 million in legal cannabis sales in 2018, just seven per cent of Canada’s overall marijuana revenue, even though the province makes up nearly 14 per cent of the national population, according to an analysis by Arcview Market Research.

In Alberta, however, legal sales — both recreational and medical — added up to $216.5 million, about 28 per cent of the nation’s overall legal revenue although that province is only 12 per cent of Canada’s population.

Tue
09
Apr

This entrepreneur wants to cure the sick with high-quality cannabis

Lucia, a Colombian girl, suffered severe epileptic seizures since adolescence. Although she visited many doctors and specialists, at 35 years of age she had not found anything that would help her treat the debilitating symptoms of her illness.

One day she was able to travel to Canada where a specialist recommended a brand of medicinal cannabis oil that, as soon as she tried, significantly mitigated her ailments. Her spasms were less violent and her triggers less frequent.

Upon returning to her home country, however, Lucia could not locate the medicine that had benefited her so much. Although she tried many cannabidiol presentations available on her local market, none gave her the same result she had experienced in Canada.

Tue
09
Apr

Legally growing pot in Canada could void your home insurance

A recent court ruling in British Columbia, Canada that focused on the "material change" clause in homeowners insurance policies could have the potential to shed a spotlight on the incompatibility of such a position with new federal cannabis laws. According to the Globe and Mail, The decision of Vancouver Supreme Court Justice Margot Fleming in February 2019 could very well have far-reaching effects for all homeowners in Canada who grow even a single marijuana plant inside their home.

Mon
08
Apr

No apologies for delays approving private cannabis sales in greater Vancouver

Some background checks take longer than others. That’s what we’re hearing as frustration mounts for retailers wanting to sell cannabis in greater Vancouver.

British Columbia’s Minister of Public Safety is defending the vetting process. Mike Farnworth says efforts are being made to weed out organized crime.

“I can tell you that a significant number of the applications that we have received do require a deeper dive because we find alerts that come up in the initial background checks that there are some issues, whether or not they’re criminal, but have to be thoroughly examined,” he says. “The fact that we’ve got extensive background checks tells me that the process is working.”

Fri
05
Apr

B.C. eyes smaller pot growers to fight product shortage

B.C. has a marijuana shortage.

At least that’s the story with government-sanctioned cannabis products in the wake of the national legalization of marijuana last October.

“Supply is still very much an issue not just here but across the country,” B.C. Minister of Solicitor General and Public Safety Mike Farnworth said April 4. He said the province has been pushing for the addition of marijuana microproducers into the supply chain to ensure enough pot gets to market.

Supply issues began to plague market not long after legalization.

And doobie-desperate British Columbians can forget wandering down the street to the local dealer if that dealer’s become a neighbourhood nuisance.

Thu
04
Apr

Are B.C. home values going to pot?

There is a wide gap between what Canadians fear might be the impact of cannabis legalization on the value of their homes and what other jurisdictions have experienced.

Most Canadians believe legalization will hurt property values, according to an October 2018 survey by real estate company Zoocasa. The poll found that 42 per cent of respondents believed a dispensary located nearby would reduce their home’s value, compared with 36 per cent who disagreed. An even larger proportion (48 per cent) indicated that a dispensary nearby would reduce their desire to buy a home in that area.

Tue
02
Apr

The top 5 cannabis retail brands in Canada

Cannabis retail has rapidly emerged as one of the most important components of the marijuana value chain. Not only do retail gatekeepers control one of the most intimate parts of the cannabis purchasing experience, but they do so at a premium — making cannabis retail a likely determinant of any marijuana company’s staying power.

In this article, we explore some of the leading cannabis retail brands in Canada.

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