Manitoba's 1st medicinal marijuana centre for veterans opens

It's a sight typically seen in Royal Canadian Legion halls — veterans gathered and sharing stories. But instead, that was the scene at the opening ceremony for a new wellness centre in Headingley, Man. this weekend, which focuses on helping vets get medical marijuana.

The province's first Marijuana for Trauma centre opened on Saturday morning, the 13th such centre the company has opened in Canada.

The centre, located west of the Perimeter Highway at 4280 Portage Ave., helps veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions get access to marijuana for medicinal purposes.

"Marijuana for Trauma grew from an absolute need, a true need," said Riley McGee, the western Canada director of operations for the company.


Marijuana Activist Aims to Make 4/20 Family Friendly

Should the same festival offer both a “bud garden” and a bouncy castle?

A local medical marijuana advocate is proposing just that for a pro-cannabis event next spring.

Steven Stairs, president of the Winnipeg 4/20 organizing committee, said he’s met with city and provincial officials to discuss ways to add a kid-friendly element to festivities a day after the main event on April 20, 2017.

Otherwise known as 4/20, that’s the day cities around the world host pot-smoking demonstrations.


Medical Marijuana Advocate Speaking to Seniors Curious About Cannabis

For years, Steven Stairs has advocated for medical marijuana users in Winnipeg – but recently, his audience has changed.

"It's definitely reaching a different demographic of seniors; that is much more unexpected than I ever thought it would be,” he said.

Recently, Stairs has started hosting information sessions at assisted living centres because residents are curious about cannabis.

"I tell seniors that doctors used to give me time frames for how long I would have vision,” said Stairs, who has glaucoma. “When I was 16, they said I’d be blind by 40. Then at 20, I'd be blind by 30 and since I started using medical marijuana they don't give me a time frame anymore."

So far, Stairs has spoken at three different facilities, including Riverwood Square.


Marijuana Sales in Colorado Provide Possible Manitoba Model, Official Says

The head of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries says if recreational marijuana is legalized, it should at least initially be sold in retail stores separate from liquor stores. 

CEO John Stinson recently took a trip to Denver, Colo., in search of a pot-selling model that works. He toured recreational marijuana production and retail facilities and met with state officials.

"I saw a retail model that really impressed me," he said.

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries CEO John Stinson says a retail space in Colorado is an encouraging model for selling recreational marijuana in Manitoba. (Matt Kwong/CBC)


Canada: Pot-growing ruling hailed

Winnipeg medical-marijuana patients hailed a federal court ruling that struck down "arbitrary and overbroad" legislation from the former Conservative government banning Canadian medical pot users from growing their own weed.

And the one company in Winnipeg with a federal licence to supply medical marijuana indicated the ruling won’t affect it, at least not in the short term.


The city’s most vocal advocate for medical-marijuana rights said even without knowing whether Ottawa will appeal the ruling, he couldn’t contain his delight.


Manitoba: Medical Marijuana Production Facility Proposed For Morris

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A developer is looking to setup a medical marijuana production facility in the Town of Morris.

Mayor Gavin van der Linde says the location being discussed used to be an old chicken barn, located in the heavy industrial area.

A conditional use application would need to be approved by the town.

A public hearing was held Thursday night, with about a dozen local residents in attendance expressing varying opinions. Notices were sent to residents living within 100 meters of the proposed site.


Edmonton marijuana grower given nine years for killing co-conspirator

A second man has been sent to prison after killing his co-conspirator in a marijuana operation for spending the drug home’s rent money on a Mexican vacation.

Stanley Vincent James Shawyer, 38, was sentenced to nine years for manslaughter after the May 2012 killing of Phillip Jochen Woehrle. In December, 38-year-old Thaven Philipp Gardiner received the same sentence for the same crime.

Woehrle, 28, was killed by a single gunshot. His body was later discovered in the burning drug home at 129th Street and 117th Avenue.

“Mr. Woehrle died in a cruel and frightening way,” said Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Adam Germain. “He was shot in the back with a .40-calibre handgun. He is more than just a name on the indictment.”


Hemp firms fire up $42-M merger

Leader in food products joins leader in ingredients

Manitoba has long been home to the two largest hemp food companies on the continent and now they have joined forces to make an even stronger push to get hemp foods into more North American households.

Winnipeg's Manitoba Harvest, a subsidiary of Compass Diversified Holdings, has acquired Hemp Oil Canada, Inc. (HOC) for $42 million.

Last summer, Connecticut-based Compass acquired 87 per cent of Manitoba Harvest for $132.5 million.

Both companies are dominant leaders in their respective markets -- Manitoba Harvest in branded hemp foods and HOC in the hemp-ingredient field. Each of them command about 65 per cent of the North American market.


Laid-off hemp hearts workers are 'knocking on the hearts of the company'


Former Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods workers gathered Thursday to speak out about how the company laid them off after they voted on whether to form a union.

The company let 19 workers go on Nov. 18, two weeks after the vote. 

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Workers who were laid off from Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods have filed a complaint with the Manitoba Labour Board arguing the company tried to interfere with employees' efforts for form a union. (CBC)


Manitoba Liquor Board planning for pot sales underway

The impending legalization of cannabis has sparked a formal effort in Manitoba to determine how marijuana ought to be regulated and sold.

In Monday’s throne speech, the Selinger government said Manitoba’s Liquor & Gaming Authority and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries "will be well positioned to regulate the sale and distribution of marijuana in a safe and socially responsible manner" once Justin Trudeau’s Liberals make it legal to light up.

On Dec. 3, when the Trudeau government issues its own throne speech, Canada’s provinces and territories expect to receive direction to help them plan for the not-so-distant future when consumers can buy a bag of weed on the up and up.


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