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.


Newfoundland and Labrador cannabis enthusiasts celebrate last illegal 4-20, they hope

There are four, 12-inch industrial air filters attached to the ceiling of the Puffin Hutt at 268 Water St.

The air filters keep the smoke of customers at a reasonable level as they sit, relax and get stoned on cannabis they brought from home — the Puffin Hutt does not sell cannabis products.

In the mid-afternoon on Friday, about 80 cannabis enthusiasts were in the lounge, the former home of the Stetson and, most recently, Velvet Nightclub.

At 4:20 p.m. on April 20, the four, 12-inch industrial air filters were turned off.

Each customer lit their cannabis cigarette and let the smoke fill the room.

Shortly thereafter, the fog over St. John’s harbour was merely the second-thickest fog in the city.


From seafood to smokables: Newfoundland fish plant to be converted to cannabis

Less fish, more 4/20 if one local entrepreneur has his way

Cannabis could be coming to the rescue of a Newfoundland fishing community that's been without an economic centre since Hurricane Igor laid waste to the area in 2010. 

Port Union's old Ocean Choice International fish plant could soon be used to plant marijuana. 

The disused building is in the final stages of a sale to local businessman Daniel Porter, who is planning to turn it into a cannabis growing facility for medicinal and recreational pot.

"This means the world to me," Porter said.

"I love that I can come home and create work and have an impact on the community … it affects people's lives and children's lives, and it creates a massive employment spinoff."


Newfoundland opens survey on marijuana legislation

The provincial government is seeking public input on new marijuana legislation set to come into effect in little over a year.

Justice Minister Andrew Parsons says government has launched a website to allow people to have their say on what they’d like to see.

He says questions include age restrictions, where it should be sold, and what other restrictions are necessary once the use of marijuana is legalized.

What Parsons calls “targeted stakeholders” will be separately surveyed.

They will include the medical community and business interests. He uses the age restrictions as an example, whereby they weigh what the public thinks is a good age, against medical evidence.

The online survey, which will be open until June 30.


Marijuana society decries raids on dispensaries in Saint John

Advocates for medical marijuana are denouncing a series of police raids in Saint John on cannabis dispensaries in the city.

Six stores were raided by officers from the Saint John city police and nearby forces on Tuesday and 12 people were charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, echoing earlier raids in Halifax, Toronto, Montreal and elsewhere.

City police chief John Bates has said the dispensaries are operating illegally and police cannot "hypothesize" what the Liberal government will do with their marijuana legislation, or when they will do it.


Forgotten marijuana didn't violate drug policy, Newfoundland Supreme Court rules

A millwright who lost his job at the Terra Nova oil field — because of a tiny amount of marijuana found in his jeans pocket at the airport — did not violate his employer's anti-drug policy, according to the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court.

Justice Donald Burrage ruled Wednesday that the zero-tolerance policy was not violated because the man had forgotten the drugs were in his pocket, and did not intend to bring them to work.

Burrage's ruling came after an appeal by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union which challenged a January 2016 arbitrator's decision on the case. 

A summary of the facts said the man had been working on a call-in basis and had made more than 40 trips offshore before his dismissal in January 2014.


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