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Wed
11
Jul

Quebec wants to talk pot at agriculture ministers meeting

The Quebec government wants Canada’s agriculture ministers to talk about pot when they meet for their annual federal-provincial-territorial meeting in Vancouver next week.

In an email, Christine Harvey, press secretary for Quebec’s Agriculture Minister Laurent Lessard said Quebec officials have requested cannabis be added to the meeting’s agenda.

The Quebec government also wants to talk about the management of health emergencies when ministers meet, Harvey said.

Canada’s agriculture ministers are set to meet in British Columbia July 18-20, three months before Canadians will legally be allowed to consume marijuana. Lessard is expected to attend the annual meeting.

Fri
29
Jun

Why you won't be able to explore the pot of the world at your local cannabis store

Even a small liquor store offers something of a tour of the world, with wine from six or eight countries at least.

Quebec’s SAQ’s spirits alone are sourced from 61 different countries, and wine from 34.

Tue
19
Jun

Canada: The province of Quebec has finalized their cannabis laws

The government of Quebec has finalized their new cannabis legislation. With the new bill in place, Quebec residents can expect legal cannabis to be available by September, writes Calvin Hughes.

Fri
15
Jun

When it comes to cannabis, Quebec is as conservative as they come

Province doesn't see sale of marijuana as a revenue generator, but is that a missed opportunity?

When Quebec passed its cannabis legislation into law this week, Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois stressed, not for the first time, that legalizing the drug was Ottawa's idea.

"It's important that Quebecers know that the federal government took the decision, and we are making measures that we think are going to protect the health and safety of the population," she said.

In other words, the province got it done, but not by choice.

Indeed, Quebec will be among the most conservative jurisdictions in the country when it comes to the sale, distribution and consumption of cannabis.

Thu
14
Jun

Why Quebec doesn't want its residents getting high on their own supply

Trudeau government takes on provinces over right to ban home cultivation of marijuana.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is disrespecting "the spirit of federalism" by refusing to affirm the provinces' right to ban people from growing their own pot, says Quebec's Canada relations minister. 

The federal government on Wednesday rejected several Senate changes to its cannabis legalization bill, setting the stage for a possible showdown between the Senate and the House of Commons.

Quebec, Manitoba and Nunavut all want to forbid residents from growing recreational marijuana at home once cannabis is legalized federally.

Wed
13
Jun

Quebec has adopted its long-awaited cannabis law

Province lays out rules in anticipation of federal legalization.

After months of debate and revisions, Quebec has adopted a law laying out the guidelines for the sale and distribution of cannabis in the province.

Premier Philippe Couillard's Liberals, who hold a majority in the National Assembly, all voted for Bill 157. Québec Solidaire, which holds three seats, also voted in favour.

The opposition Parti Québécois and Coalition Avenir Québec voted against (more on that later).

Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois says the province will be ready when the federal legislation will be in place later this year. 

But she also took pains to stress the government is not promoting cannabis and the legislation includes plenty of restrictions on its use.

Tue
12
Jun

The Green Organic Dutchman announces receipt of Health Canada cultivation license for Valleyfield, Quebec

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (the “Company” or “TGOD”) (TSX:TGOD) (US:TGODF) is pleased to announce that, effective June 8th, its wholly-owned subsidiary, Medican Organic Inc. has received its Cultivation License from Health Canada for the Company’s breeding facility in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec (“Valleyfield”). The commissioning of this facility will allow the Company to create proprietary, organically grown strains of cannabis and cannabis seeds. 

Mon
11
Jun

Senate amendments test Trudeau's position on homegrown cannabis

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes Canadians should be allowed to grow their own cannabis, but he must now decide whether he wants to enter into a fight with the Senate to make it happen across the country.

Bill C-45, which was adopted by the Senate with 46 amendments on Thursday, allows adult Canadians to grow up to four plants of cannabis in their homes to meet their personal needs.

However, Manitoba and Quebec have decided to prohibit home cultivation as part of their respective plans to legislate the use of cannabis on their territories. With that in mind, the Senate has adopted an amendment that clearly lays out the right of provinces to prohibit home cultivation.

Fri
08
Jun

Some business risks from marijuana regulation changes

A Canadian fish oil supplement supplier, a business that hopes to enter the medical marijuana industry, is warning of the risks posed by the “rapidly-evolving” cannabis industry and uncertainty over Health Canada’s license approval process.

Health, safety and environmental regulations “are subject to change and development,” Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. said in its management discussion and analysis of its financial results, released Tuesday. Quebec-based Neptune, a vendor of fish oil, is applying for a licence with Health Canada to produce cannabis oil.

Tue
05
Jun

Quebec's top weed supplier Hydropothecary is on the hunt for acquisitions

CEO says company interested in rivals with provincial supply contracts and companies with technology to create new pot products — even if they hail from other industries.

Expect more deals in Canada’s burgeoning marijuana sector.

Quebec’s largest producer Hydropothecary Corp. is exploring acquisitions to broaden its offerings or distribution footprint, according to Chief Executive Officer Sebastien St. Louis. It’s interested in rivals with provincial supply contracts as well as companies with technology to create new pot products — even if they hail from other industries, he said.

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