Mom and son convenience store owners excited to sell pot in Labrador West

Tobin's Convenience is the only retailer in Labrador to get a licence to sell marijuana.

So far, there will be only one place to buy legal marijuana in all of Labrador once the federal government passes the required legislation, and that's through Tobin's Convenience, a family-run business in Labrador City. 

"We're excited, we're anxious, we're nervous … we're just overjoyed. There's no words to express how you feel," owner Brenda Tobin told CBC News.

Tobin's is one of 24 retailers around the province selected by Cannabis NL. which is a branch of the provincial liquor corporation, and it's the only one approved so far in Labrador.


Cannabis and your community: NL

Province continues to prepare for July legalization of cannabis.

Municipal leaders had the chance to discuss the legalization of cannabis and how it could impact their communities before closing out the Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) Symposium May 5.

Sean Ryan, the Newfoundland Liquor Corperation’s (NLC) vice-president of Regulatory Services and Social Responsibility, spoke at the Gander session to field cannabis questions.

“It’s probably the biggest societal shift I’ll see in my generation,” the retired law enforcement officer said about the July roll-out goal. “A lot of issues need to be met head on before welcoming product into the community.”


Tax-free pot will be used to fund programs in Conne River

Miawpukek First Nation chosen to sell marijuana on its reserve.

It still has to be approved by the community, but the Miawpukek First Nation Reserve in Conne River was one of 24 successful applicants announced Monday to sell marijuana in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Chief Misel Joe says the weed will be tax free for some.

"Like everything else coming to the reserve, it would be tax exempt. Everything that's brought into the community is tax exempt, so that would be no different," Joe told CBC Radio's St. John's Morning Show.


Site chosen in St. John's for cannabis production facility

The company chosen to supply legal cannabis to Newfoundland and Labrador has chosen a site for its local production facility, with an announcement planned for today.

An information note for the St. John's city council's planning and development committee shows the site is 390 Eastland Drive in the White Hills area of the city.

A news conference is scheduled at that address for today with representatives of Canopy Growth and Christopher Mitchelmore, minister of Tourism, Culture and Innovation.

According to the city, the property is owned by Baine Johnson Properties and is zoned for light industrial use.

At a meeting in early April, the city agreed to remove open space restrictions at the north end of the property.


'Let's Talk Cannabis' event scheduled in Bonavista

Tip-A-Vista Wellness Foundation leads community dialogue with Eastern Health

Looking to talk cannabis?

There is an upcoming dialogue in Bonavista based on the pending legalization of marijuana.

The Tip-A-Vista Wellness Foundation, in partnership with Eastern Health’s Mental Health and Addictions program will be hosting a community dialogue as part of a national “Let’s Talk Cannabis” project.

Occurring in four different provinces, the talk is coordinated by the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) and is funded by Health Canada — Drug Treatment Fund.


Collaborating on cannabis

Memorial hosts conference focused on emerging industry.

Planned grow-ops. Medical uses of cannabis. Bill-C45 and the regulatory rollout of legal marijuana in Newfoundland and Labrador.

These and other topics were explored by guest speakers at The Year of Legalization: Challenges and Opportunities in the Cannabis Industry, Memorial University’s first forum on the emerging industry on April 24.


Canopy Growth files for environmental assessment of N.L. cannabis production plan

Province says information will be posted online once it's officially registered.

Canopy Growth says it is making progress on its plans for Newfoundland and Labrador, and has filed an environmental assessment application for its planned cannabis production facility.

The deadline was March 31, according to a copy of the agreement the company signed last year with the Newfoundland and Labrador government. CBC News obtained a heavily-redacted version of that document through access to information.

That filing was done on schedule, Canopy spokesman Jordan Sinclair said by email Tuesday afternoon.


Corner Brook PhD teaches cannabis course in Colorado

Paul Seaborn had front row seat for first full legalization plan in North America.

Paul Seaborn saw something happening all around Colorado that was worth studying, so he lobbied the University of Denver to let him teach a course on it. Seaborn, originally from Corner Brook, is now an assistant professor teaching the business of cannabis.

"There's never been this type of industry so everything that happens is a first and it's great for our students to be a part of that and to understand it," he said.

Seaborn was back in Newfoundland Tuesday for a conference at Memorial University on the challenges and opportunities of legal cannabis.

He dropped by the St. John's Morning Show to explain his work and what he teaches his students.


International partners aim to establish cannabis research and development project in St. John’s

About two years ago, Chris Snellen was diagnosed with cancer of the tonsils as a result of the human papillomavirus.

When he broached the subject of a referral to the Canabo Medical Clinic in Churchill Square, his medical team balked at the idea.
“They said, ‘If you do everything we say, we have a scientific number of 80 per cent odds that you’re going to come out of this cancer-free. If you take marijuana during or before, then we don’t know what that’s going to do to your odds,’” Snellen says.


Marijuana goes mainstream

What a difference a year or so makes.

Right now, as we speak, criminal cases are wending their way through Canada’s court system for individuals who were caught running “dial-a-dope” businesses. In case you’ve not run into that term before, it’s people who run a phone service to sell drugs. You dial, place an order, set up a meeting, hand over the money and get the goods.

If it’s a police officer on the other end of the line instead of a regular customer, the handover might end up with the seller in jail.

Now, with the changes in cannabis laws, it looks like our provincial liquor monopoly is getting into the dial-a-dope business as well, but you’ll be dialing this dealer on the internet, and delivery will be even more convenient.


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