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Mon
18
Jun

HRM advised to ban outdoor marijuana plants and hire 8 pot bylaw officers

Enforcing the proposed municipal rules would cost nearly $1M a year, staff report finds.

A new report says the Halifax Regional Municipality will have to hire eight additional bylaw officers to enforce new municipal cannabis rules.

If council decides to follow all of the staff recommendations, it would cost about $970,000 a year.

Once finalized, federal laws will let people grow four plants on their own residential property. 

The HRM report cites concerns about the associated smell. They recommend only allowing plants to be grown inside the home.

Thu
14
Jun

Growing marijuana at home likely to increase fire risk

"Fortunately we're versed in it, but we're just going to see more of it," says Halifax deputy fire chief.

Halifax's deputy fire chief says the department is looking ahead to the legalization of marijuana and anticipating an increased risk of fires from people growing and smoking pot at home.

Deputy fire chief Roy Hollett told CBC's Information Morning that the department has already dealt with fires that have been caused by illegal growing operations.

"Fortunately we're versed in it, but we're just going to see more of it," he said.

In its review of federal marijuana legislation, the Canadian Senate suggested a number of amendments, including that the federal government grant provinces the authority to ban home cultivation of marijuana. 

Mon
11
Jun

Cannabis and cardiology in Cape Breton

An Ontario doctor and medical cannabis expert says caution should be taken when prescribing marijuana to cardiovascular patients.

Danial Schecter, co-founder of the Cannabinoid Medical Clinic, said a challenge for physicians is that cannabinoids are not included in the current health-care curriculum.

A consultant for various medical marijuana companies, Schecter was a presenter at the 21st annual Clinical Day in Cardiology, which took place Friday at Cape Breton University.

“It’s important for all health-care professionals to understand what cannabinoids are because we’re going to see them being more and more incorporated into clinical practice guidelines,” said Schecter.

Fri
08
Jun

Expert cautions people with heart problems about using cannabis

Cannabis can have troublesome effects on people with unstable heart conditions, says physician.

A medical cannabis expert is cautioning people with heart problems about using marijuana.

Dr. Danial Schecter is one of the keynote speakers at a cardiology symposium today in Sydney, N.S.

Schecter is the co-founder of the Cannabinoid Medical Clinic, which has 20 Canabo Medical Clinic locations across Canada, including one in Halifax. 

His comments come as doctors see more patients using marijuana, both medically and recreationally. Schecter advocates the use of cannabis to treat a variety of medical conditions.

Wed
06
Jun

Pot vending machines: Dartmouth company wants to improve access to cannabis

Dispension Industries holds the Canadian distribution rights for a technology designed to deliver regulated products in a secure manner.

A Dartmouth company is hoping one day Nova Scotians will be allowed to get cannabis from a vending machine that would only dispense pot to verified customers.

Dispension Industries holds the Canadian distribution rights for a technology designed to deliver regulated products in a secure manner.

"The way we do that is by implementing a dispensing system that verifies a person's identity by using their vascular imprint, which is the vein pattern, to give them access to the regulated products kept inside," explained co-founder Corey Yantha.

Tue
05
Jun

Despite many unknowns, municipalities prep for cannabis legalization

Impaired driving enforcement, drafting bylaws and zoning changes are just some of the concerns officials have.

As cannabis legalization looms, municipalities across the country are trying to make sure they're prepared.

Mark Phillips, the chief administrative officer for the Town of Kentville, N.S., said the provincial and federal governments have laid out their own rules around marijuana consumption, but there are still many questions about how municipalities will enforce those laws and pay for the necessary policing.

City staff will also be on the front line since citizens will be more likely to call their town councillor or city helpline with questions or concerns, not the federal government.

"It's a bit of an unknown," Phillips told CBC News.

Mon
04
Jun

Navigating the '50 shades of grey' surrounding marijuana legalization and the workplace

While a recent court ruling has given some relief to plan sponsors concerned about having an obligation cover medical marijuana under their benefits plans, they still face a number of questions with legalization of the recreational version of the drug coming fast.

That was a key message from Loretta Bouwmeester, a partner at Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP, during a session at Benefits Canada‘s Calgary Benefits Summit last week.

“Do you have to cover it? The answer is no. It’s a benefit that you can add on,” Bouwmeester told participants at the event at Calgary’s Fairmont Palliser hotel last Tuesday.

Thu
31
May

Marine Atlantic prepares for legalization

Marine Atlantic, like many large corporations, is preparing for and struggling to get policies in place prior to the legalization of cannabis.

There are “concerns for both crew and passengers,” says Marine Atlantic’s David Frew, vice-president of corporate strategy and human resources.

“That’s important to us given the nature of the service that we provide and where we provide it,” Frew said during Sydney Port Days recently.

The ferry service operates four vessels on two routes between North Sydney and Newfoundland. Last year, it carried 328,000 passengers and 95,000 commercial vehicles.

Wed
30
May

Meet Nova Scotia's 3 legal cannabis growers

The race is on for growers to achieve the next level of licensing from Health Canada — the licence to sell.

It might sound like a setup line to a joke.

What do an old slaughterhouse, an empty Bowater building and a former military facility all have in common?

The punchline: All three are now being used to grow cannabis in Nova Scotia — the start of what the farmers say will be a bumper crop in three communities.

In the Wentworth Valley, there are hundreds of plants in various stages of growth at Breathing Green Solutions.

Mon
28
May

North Sydney ferry company planning for pot

Marine Atlantic expected to release new policy in the ‘coming weeks’.

Marine Atlantic, like many large corporations, is preparing for and struggling to get policies in place prior to the legalization of cannabis expected this summer.

The ferry service operates four vessels on two routes between North Sydney and Newfoundland. Last year, it carried 328,000 passengers and 95,000 commercial vehicles.

There are “concerns for both crew and passengers,” said Marine Atlantic’s David Frew, who is the vice-president of corporate strategy and human resources.

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