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Fri
20
Sep

Quebec petition calls for provincial cannabis retailer to ban single-use pot packaging

A petition to lower the quantity of single-use packaging on Quebec cannabis products has garnered more than 1,500 signatures—and counting.

The petition calls on the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC), the province’s only legal cannabis retailer, to halt the use of all single-use plastic components, which are currently ubiquitous in Quebec retail.

Mon
16
Sep

Quebec cannabis stores report $1.4 million in net income during second quarter

The Société québécoise du cannabis, Quebec’s online and storefront cannabis sales network, posted a net income of $1.36 million for the 12-week period that ended on June 22, based on total sales of $45.1 million.

In a report published on Friday, the SQDC revealed that its storefront branches proved to be vastly more popular than its websites during that period. According to the report, SQDC branches boasted sales of $39.5 million, compared to $5.6 million generated by the websites. In terms of quantity, the SQDC branches sold 5,512 kilograms of cannabis, while 752 kilograms were sold through the websites.

Mon
09
Sep

Ruling that Quebecers can grow pot at home could boost challenge of Manitoba's law

Manitobans who want to grow their own recreational cannabis may now have legal ammunition to use in any future court challenge of the province's home-growing ban.

The Quebec Superior Court struck down that province's ban on home cannabis cultivation on Tuesday. In its decision, the court ruled the provincial ban was unconstitutional because it infringed on the federal government's jurisdiction over criminal matters.

Wed
04
Sep

Quebec Superior Court overturns province's ban on homegrown cannabis

Quebec Superior Court Judge Manon Lavoie overturned the province’s ban on homegrown cannabis on Tuesday, meaning that Quebecers are now free to cultivate cannabis at home without facing legal repercussions.

In June 2018, the provincial government passed Quebec’s cannabis law, which included provisions banning the cultivation of cannabis at home.

However, Lavoie ruled that these provisions are unconstitutional as they infringe upon the jurisdiction of the federal government, which has sole responsibility for legislating on criminal matters.

As a result, homegrown cannabis in Quebec is now regulated by Canadian law, which allows citizens to grow up to four cannabis plants.

Wed
04
Sep

What sewage screening suggests about cannabis use and the black market in Canada

When it comes to cannabis, the proof is in the peeing.

Canada’s national statistics agency has been collecting and testing municipal wastewater samples from five cities for traces of cannabis to gauge actual usage of the now legal drug. The results are surprising: In some cases they contradict other Statistics Canada data on pot use, while shedding light on the potential size of the black market.

Wed
28
Aug

Ban cannabis-infused soft drinks, public health directors urge Quebec

Quebec’s public-health directors are warning that the provincial government’s proposed regulations restricting edible cannabis products contain “grey areas … that undermine the effectiveness” of the new rules.

In July, the Coalition Avenir Québec government announced that it will ban the sale of cannabis-based chocolates, candies and “any other product attractive to minors.” However, the draft regulations do not specifically prohibit the sale of cannabis-infused soft drinks and juices and, in fact, would “establish that an edible cannabis product in liquid form cannot contain THC (the main active ingredient) that is greater than 5 milligrams per package.”

Wed
28
Aug

Five major Canadian cities tests their wastewater for cannabis, here's what they found

Statistics Canada recently released the conclusions of a yearlong study examining levels of various illicit drugs, and cannabis, in the wastewater of Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax.

The pilot test study drew samples of the water in the period between March 2018 and February 2019. The research, one StatsCan claims is “the largest ever conducted in North America in terms of population covered,” was carried out in collaboration with Yargeau Laboratory of McGill University’s Department of Chemical Engineering.

Tue
30
Jul

Osheaga allowing legal cannabis on site for this weekend's music festival

With this weekend’s wildly popular outdoor music festivallooming, Osheaga organizers are reminding guests that only government-bought cannabis will be available on site.

Since the festival takes place at Parc Jean-Drapeau, smoking cannabis will be permitted as provincial law allows smoking in public parks.

More like OsheGANJA, right?

(Sorry, we still have time to work on that pun.)

While live music, herds of people, and cannabis may pair together nicely, Osheaga officials are warning festival-goers that only sealed containers from a government source will be allowed.

Thu
25
Jul

Quebec to ban sweet pot edibles ahead of next legalization phase

Quebecers hoping to buy cannabis chocolates, jujubes and other sweets after they become legal in Canada will be out of luck as the provincial government has decided to ban their sale.

Judging the measures planned by Ottawa to regulate the upcoming legalization of cannabis edible sales insufficient, Quebec unveiled its more stringent rules Wednesday.

The province announced it would ban the sale of cannabis candies, confections, desserts -- including chocolate -- and "any other product that is attractive to minors."

Thu
25
Jul

Couche-Tard makes strategic investment in cannabis retailer Fire & Flower

Giant Quebec-based convenience store owner Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is investing in cannabis retailer Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. of Edmonton to spur its “aggressive growth.”

Couche-Tard is paying almost $26 million for a 9.9 per cent stake in the cannabis seller that includes warrants to increase its ownership to 50.1 per cent, according to a statement by the owner of Circle K stores.

The investment allows Fire & Flower to expand from the 23 cannabis outlets in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario that it operates or licenses, Couche-Tard said.

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