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Thu
17
Oct

Vaping health concerns cast haze over cannabis market expansion

Public health concerns over vaping have cast a haze over expansion excitement in the cannabis market.

The production and sale of cannabis derivatives — edibles, extracts, topicals and vape products — become legal Thursday on the one-year anniversary of the legalization of recreational cannabis.

Licence holders need to give 60 days notice to Health Canada that they intend to sell the products, so they won’t land on store shelves until mid-December.

Some cannabis companies in Canada are anticipating a substantial increase in sales, but Christopher Carlsten said he would have liked to see legalization of cannabis vaping products postponed, or at the very least have significantly more public education about it.

Wed
16
Oct

Skip the Dishes, for weed: Manitoba's rules pave way for private delivery of legal pot

Founders of a new cannabis delivery platform set to launch in Winnipeg say they plan to use the Manitoba market as a test case for possible Canadian expansion, thanks to provincial laws that are comparatively friendly to online retailers.

"[We're] looking at it as the first kind of domino," said Ian Delves, president and co-founder of Super Anytime, a soon-to-launch cannabis delivery platform that operates in a way similar to Skip the Dishes or Uber Eats — but delivering pot rather than food.

The app will serve as a platform for ordering, with customers able to take their pick of products from local retailers. The deliveries will be made by Pineapple Express, a same-day delivery service already operating in Winnipeg.

Tue
15
Oct

Prairies 'bright spot' in Canadian cannabis market as legalization anniversary nears, expert says

As the one-year anniversary of the legalization of recreational cannabis approaches, an industry expert says the Prairie provinces are outpacing larger players Ontario and Quebec in the Canadian market with a smoother rollout and stronger sales.

"Manitoba and Saskatchewan are making Ontario and Quebec look very bad," said Chris Damas, editor of BCMI Cannabis Report, a newsletter for cannabis investors in Canada and the U.S.

In the two largest provinces, Damas said poor regulatory frameworks and slow-to-open stores meant the industry underperformed in its first year. He praised the framework in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan for allowing private retailers to sell product and opening the door to e-commerce.

Tue
15
Oct

Manitoba premier wants more details on edibles, says packaging must protect kids

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is hoping for more details on the federal government’s plan to ensure edible cannabis products will not be produced or packaged in a way that would entice children and teens.

Health Canada released regulations in July that said edibles must not be “reasonably considered to be appealing to a young person,” but did not specify which colours, flavours or forms will be permitted.

Sales of edible cannabis products are to start in December, and Pallister says he would like specifics.

“The first concern we have is protection of our people. And protection … of our children is uppermost in all of our minds,” he said Friday.

“The question of whether the federal government has got that covered or not is a matter of debate.”

Mon
07
Oct

Manitoba to maintain prohibition on pot edibles in public

Those who hoped to eat pot cookies at outdoor concerts and other public gatherings appear to be out of luck.

Premier Brian Pallister said Friday that his government will make it illegal to consume marijuana edibles in most public spaces. Pallister said he believes current legislation will block that use but, if it doesn’t, his government will amend the law to fix that.

“We will have to look at, probably, the wording through an amendment, if necessary. The intention of the law is very clear that we are making illegal the public consumption (of cannabis),” said Pallister.

The federal government is set to legalize the sale of marijuana edibles in mid-December. The sale of non-medicinal cannabis dried flowers and oils became legal in October 2018.

Mon
07
Oct

Law will be changed if needed to cover edibles: Manitoba premier

Manitoba will ban the public consumption of cannabis in all its forms, even if changes are needed to provincial law, Premier Brian Pallister said Friday.

“We’ll have to look, probably, at the wording through an amendment if necessary,” Pallister said.

“But the intention of the law is … that we’re making illegal the public consumption of goods whether smoking, as smoking is illegal now … but also on the consumption of edible products.”

Most provinces already have strict rules on where cannabis can be consumed in any form, but Manitoba’s cannabis law was written specific to smoking and vaping.

Fri
20
Sep

Puff luck: Provincial pot websites have hugely uneven supply and selection

At midnight on Oct. 17, 2018—the second it became legal to sell cannabis—Christopher Duffitt was ready. His store, Puff Puff Pass Head Shop, opened its doors to a lineup of customers in Clarenville, Nfld., a town of 6,300 people northwest of St. John’s. But it quickly became clear that the business wouldn’t be open for long.

Mon
16
Sep

Manitobans weigh in on debate over flavoured e-cigarette ban

As health professionals try to understand how vaping products might trigger severe lung injuries, there are new calls for a ban on thousands of candy and dessert-like e-cigarette flavours that attract young people.

It's something Josh Halpern understands. He started vaping several years ago and his favourite flavour is lime.

"They just taste good, they don't taste like a cigarette, you know?" the 33-year-old Winnipegger said.

"If there was no flavours or nothing that tasted good, I'm sure kids wouldn't want to do it in the first place."

A 2015 study found more than 80 per cent of underage teens who use e-cigarettes started with flavoured vape juice.

Tue
10
Sep

Indigenous Groups seek autonomous cannabis taxing

Canada’s First Nations are crafting a plan for a separate cannabis regulatory regime that they will present to Ottawa by the spring − no matter which party wins the coming federal election
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A national working group of two dozen chiefs and cannabis-policy experts behind the plan had its inaugural meeting on the sidelines of the Assembly of First Nations’ Cannabis Summit in Vancouver last week. The group has begun work on creating a framework for Canada’s Indigenous peoples to license, test and tax cannabis products made and sold on their territories.
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Mon
09
Sep

Ruling that Quebecers can grow pot at home could boost challenge of Manitoba's law

Manitobans who want to grow their own recreational cannabis may now have legal ammunition to use in any future court challenge of the province's home-growing ban.

The Quebec Superior Court struck down that province's ban on home cannabis cultivation on Tuesday. In its decision, the court ruled the provincial ban was unconstitutional because it infringed on the federal government's jurisdiction over criminal matters.

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