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Mon
01
Mar

P.E.I. woman dies after consuming cannabis product laced with fentanyl

A woman in her 20s has died after using a cannabis product mixed with fentanyl, methamphetamine and the synthetic drug W-18, Prince Edward Island's chief public health officer says. 

P.E.I.'s coroner reported the accidental overdose death late Friday. Investigations are ongoing, according to a written news release.

Dr. Heather Morrison warned that anyone consuming any kind of street drugs should take steps to reduce the risks and carry naloxone, and share the information with other drug-users that naloxone is available. 

Naloxone, also known by the trade name Narcan, is highly effective at reversing the effects of overdoses of opioids including heroin, morphine or fentanyl.  

Anyone consuming cannabis should ensure it comes from a safe source, she added. 

Fri
19
Feb

Consumer price index falls on P.E.I.

The COVID-19 pandemic turned the arrow on price increases on P.E.I. in 2020, with the provincial economy showing a small amount of deflation.

While inflation was subdued across Canada last year, P.E.I. was the only province to record deflation from December 2019 to December 2020, with the consumer price index down 0.14 per cent from December to December. Nationally, the CPI rose 0.73 per cent.

 

Mon
30
Nov

Through cannabis tourism, P.E.I. has an opportunity to grow

If you’ve been following the political coverage in the Maritimes recently, you’d have seen considerable coverage of the challenges faced by the tourism industry both within the region and, more specifically, here on Prince Edward Island.

Problems in the tourism industry aren’t unique to P.E.I. nor the Maritimes. Having said that, the outsized impact of this tourism turbulence on the local economy differentiates the sector’s importance to our province’s bottom line compared to the experience of other jurisdictions.

Last week, we saw the Government of Nova Scotia announce commercial property tax forgiveness for tourism operators, and the Official Opposition leader in P.E.I. press the government for its own immediate plans to support the sector in these trying times.

Thu
23
Jul

A new P.E.I. program aims to discourage underage cannabis use and self-medicating for mental health

A new diversion and educational justice program on P.E.I. is designed to give young Islanders an opportunity to understand the health, legal and social risks of cannabis use and possession.

Thu
02
Jul

We ranked Canada's cannabis-friendly provinces from worst to best

Canadians are clearly in love with cannabis, but not all provinces were created equal when it comes to permitting pot. While the historic Cannabis Act applies to all provinces, the rules around distribution and consumption fall to the provinces — and municipalities have some say on it, too.

That’s why for Canada Day, The GrowthOp takes a look at the growing industry from coast-to-coast — crunching the data on price, consumption habits, number of stores, public consumption options and the ability to grow at home — to find out which provinces are rolling out the red carpet for weed and which are still warming up to the country’s second favourite leaf.

Here are our findings.

Tue
26
May

PEI has opened its cannabis stores — with one head-scratching restriction

Prince Edward Island required its four licensed cannabis retail locations to take protective measures when they reopened May 22, but wearing masks was reportedly not among them.

Beyond allowing only “limited access,” namely restricting the number of location occupants, mandatory measures in PEI Cannabis stores included having physical distancing both inside and outside stores, general screening regarding compliance with self-isolation demands prior to entry into the businesses, and no cash transactions for the time being.

Fri
15
May

P.E.I. Cannabis stores to reopen next week

P.E.I. will reopen its four cannabis stores May 22, Steven Myers announced Thursday at a media briefing on COVID-19. 

The province shut down the pot stores along with provincially-owned liquor stores March 19. 

Liquor stores began to gradually reopen but pot stores remained delivery-only. Government waived the shipping costs and set up a phone-in option to make ordering easier.

In announcing which public services would reopen under Phase 2 of the province's ease-back from coronavirus restrictions, Myers said all P.E.I. Cannabis stores will reopen May 22, with what he called limited access.

Thu
07
May

Privacy watchdog finishes investigation of P.E.I. Cannabis

An investigation by P.E.I.'s privacy watchdog into P.E.I. Cannabis Management Corporation (PEICMC) has found that overall the corporation is doing a good job protecting Islanders privacy, but said there are areas that could be improved. 

The investigation was launched in October 2018 — two days after the P.E.I. Cannabis retail stores opened — after complaints were made that scanners were being using to check customer's IDs and that some of that information was being stored for a 24-hour period. 

Those machines were quickly pulled from the stores and Zach Currie, PEICMC's director of operations, said there are no plans to reintroduce machines like that in the near future. 

The PEICMC has since switched to checking the ID of anyone who looks under 30, said Currie.

Tue
21
Apr

Celebrating pot not a reason to breach public health orders, says P.E.I. Cannabis

The 20th of April, the annual celebratory day for cannabis consumers, looks much different this year.

Zach Currie, director of cannabis operations with P.E.I. Cannabis,  says they're still encouraging those eager to enjoy the day, but to do it safely and with respect to what has been laid out by P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Office.

"We're basically trying to relay a message that aligns with the general messaging coming from the public health community, which is, you know, maintaining social distancing wherever you can," he said.

"Especially with cannabis, you know, you don't want to be sharing."

Tue
14
Apr

P.E.I. Cannabis sales plummet as stores remain closed due to COVID-19

Sales in P.E.I. Cannabis have fallen close to 70 per cent since retail outlets were closed in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Cannabis retail stores on the Island were closed alongside liquor stores on March 19. While some liquor stores on the Island have reopened, the cannabis stores remain closed, although sales can still be made online. 

"Right now we're probably doing approximately 30 to 35 per cent of our normal business that we would do during this time of year," said Zach Currie, director of operations with the P.E.I. Cannabis Management Corporation. 

P.E.I. Cannabis has seen a spike in its online orders, said Currie, and that's where staff have been focusing most of their attention. 

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