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Thu
12
Jul

Ontario injured workers shut out of medical pot coverage - told to take opioids instead

Many injured workers in Ontario are being given an ultimatum: take potentially addictive cocktails of opioids and other pharmaceuticals, or pay for your own help, a CBC Toronto investigation has revealed.

Insurers like Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) are frequently refusing to help injured workers who want to turn to seemingly less harmful drugs like medical marijuana.

"We have an opioid epidemic here in Canada," said Maurice Sagle, 60, a former carpenter. 

"I'm thinking [the WSIB] better get out of the past."

For it's part, the WSIB says it's reducing the number of drug claims for opioids and deals with requests for medical pot "on a case-by-case basis." 

Wed
11
Jul

People in Ottawa region about 35 times more likely to be charged for cannabis possession as ...

Charges and convictions for cannabis-related crimes have dropped by more than half over the past year in Canada. However, those rates vary significantly across the country, raising concerns about the uneven application of justice ahead of legalization on October 17.

According to an analysis conducted by The Logic of Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) data obtained via access to information requests, there were 5,594 charges for possession of cannabis in 2017-2018, compared with 11,818 charges in 2016-2017. Similarly, possession convictions fell by more than half over the same period, from 2,515 to 1,041.

Wed
11
Jul

Marijuana cultivation facility to expand in Kitchener as company secures permits

Plans to expand a marijuana cultivation facility in Kitchener will go ahead after city permits for the project came through.

On Tuesday, James E. Wagner Cultivation Corporation announced it had secured building permits to complete a set of planned renovations to their facility on Manitou Drive.

The facility will become the company's head office and will be its main growing location.

In a release, company officials said they expect to complete about eight grow or "flowering" rooms within 12 weeks, as well as a vegetation room, a trimming and processing room, a drying room and other areas.

Wed
11
Jul

NOTL considering increased setbacks on pot production facilities

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is considering increasing setbacks for marijuana production facilities when they are located near residential areas and other sensitive properties such as churches, schools and playgrounds.

On Monday at a public meeting, several residents spoke in favour of increasing setbacks to limit the smell emanating from the facilities which also impact their property values.

St. Davids resident Andrew Stewart said the smell is so bad at times from the medical marijuana facility Tweed Farms, a subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corp., on Concession 5 that he can't open his windows or go outside.

Stewart said when he and other neighbours have complained to the company, they get "silence, threats and excuses."

Tue
10
Jul

Hamilton police shut down dozens of pot dispensaries, and all but 2 reopened again

It's a clear sign Hamilton is losing its battle against illegal marijuana dispensaries. Every time police or the city try to shut one down, new numbers show, they just open back up again.

Lloyd Ferguson, Ancaster councillor and chair of the police services board, says police have shut down 42 dispensaries, and all but two reopened again.

City efforts aren't much better. Bylaw staff have identified 80 dispensaries in total, and 47 are operating now, said Ken Leendertse, director of licensing.

But of the 33 authorities have managed to close, he said, most of them just moved to a different location and reopened again.

Tue
03
Jul

Thunder Bay man seeking to restart student group on drug policy

A former grad student in Thunder Bay, Ont., is hoping to restart the local chapter of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP).

Canada is at a critical time for drug policy with the arrival of legalized marijuana, John Reesor told CBC, and youth need to have a voice in those discussions.

One possible area of concern, he said, is the fact that the newly passed federal law legalizing pot allows possession of very small amounts of the drug - up to five grams - by individuals aged 12 to 18. However, it is a criminal offence for adults who provide the drug to people of that same age group.

Fri
29
Jun

More education and awareness needed as new drug-impaired driving rules take effect July 1

As new drug-impaired driving rules take effect in Ontario July 1st, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) is reminding motorists of the dangers, fines and penalties of drug-impaired driving.

As of July 1, 2018, under Ontario's Highway Traffic Act, tougher penalties will take effect for young and novice drivers who have alcohol in their system and will add matching penalties for drugs. There are also new penalties for commercial vehicle drivers who have the presence of alcohol or drugs in their system.

Fri
29
Jun

Ontario presses cannabis suppliers to cut prices

Ontario’s cannabis retailing arm is putting pressure on some growers to reduce prices as the province strives to ensure marijuana on its shelves will be cheap enough to compete with the illicit market.

In talks with producers to determine which companies will supply the recreational market, officials for the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) are pushing for some strains of flower to be available to consumers at a retail price of about $7.50 a gram, including taxes, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Thu
28
Jun

Ryerson launching 'Business of Cannabis' course

Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, in collaboration with the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM), is pleased to announce the launch of a new introductory course, The Business of Cannabis.

Thu
28
Jun

Aphria hires people who have illegally worked with cannabis, CEO calls it an 'asset'

When you ask Aphria CEO Vic Neufeld if he would hire people who have illegally worked with cannabis in the past, he'll give you a blunt answer.

"So, it helps."

Earlier this month, Neufeld announced the cannabis producer was raising $225 million for expansions, with $55 million set aside for "cannabis extraction."

And with legalization of recreational marijuana consumption fast approaching, Aphria will be hiring more workers with product knowledge — regardless of how that knowledge is acquired.

Employing the most qualified workers

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