Fledgling entrepreneurs are trying to get started in the edible marijuana business in advance of next summer’s promised legalization. As Corey Mintz reports, they have all the stresses of any other food business, as well as other, more unique concerns.
A community centre in St. Stephen heard conflicting opinions echo through its halls Monday morning on who should be allowed to sell recreational cannabis.
The select committee on cannabis is touring New Brunswick to hear the public’s thoughts on how and where to distribute marijuana when it’s legalized next July — whether it be privatized, sold through a Crown corporation, or through pharmacies.
Police charged 80 people, seized close to 180 kilograms of marijuana and more than $350,000 in cash after raids on dispensaries and homes in Toronto and Vancouver last week.
Seven Canna Clinic marijuana dispensaries and six residences were targeted in coordinated raids across Toronto Thursday, in an investigation dubbed Project Lincoln in partnership with the RCMP and the city’s Municipal Licensing & Standards division.
The B.C. Centre on Substance Use wants to know how, when, where and why marijuana dispensary users buy their pot.
The drug-use research centre is seeking 1,000 dispensary clients to join an online survey to examine the possible benefits and harms of dispensaries as Canada gets ready for legalization next year.
Omar Khan sat down with Matt Galloway on Metro Morning to discuss big questions that have yet to be answered in the federal government’s push to develop a legal framework for recreational marijuana sales by July 2018.
Khan is former chief of staff to the Ontario health minister and he now works with the marijuana industry as vice president, public affairs of Hill + Knowlton strategies.
Provincial finance ministers are getting a clear message from the federal government this week: Keep taxes on legal marijuana sales consistently low across Canada, or risk undercutting the government’s goal of ending black market cannabis sales.
But provincial governments may find that enticing consumers to buy legal marijuana over illicit weed will take more than just tweaking tax rates. The question of how provinces allow marijuana to be sold could also play an important role in pricing.
An illegal pot shop on Bank Street recently had a sale on peanut butter cookies. The cannabis-laced sweets were $5, a third of the regular price of $15.
“For this price, you can’t go wrong,” said a customer snapping up 10 of them. “Might as well stock up.”
The store had traditional dried weed for sale in glass jars, but half the display cases were filled with cookies, gummy candies shaped like teddy bears, tea, cannabis concentrates and vape pens loaded with cannabis oil.
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Recreational marijuana may be legal by Canada Day 2018, but Canadians will probably be buying it online, says Ottawa lawyer Trina Fraser.
She and some others in the cannabis industry doubt whether legal pot stores will be open in most provinces by the federal government’s target date for legalization.
There is a massive amount of regulatory work to be done, says Fraser, who advises clients on obtaining licenses to grow marijuana.
Toronto mayor John Tory says he’d like to see further police crackdowns on the growing number of marijuana dispensaries sprouting up around the city.
The last round of raids were conducted in March, when Toronto Police searched stores owned by cannabis activists Marc and Jodie Emery. They were among five people arrested as part of what police called Project Gator.
In May 2016, Toronto Police conducted a much larger operation, raiding 43 storefronts and arresting more than 90 people in the process.
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Longtime head shop owner Luke Reynolds sees recreational marijuana in Canada eventually rolling out “like Tim Hortons and Starbucks” on every corner.
“It will be government run and I think they’re going to crush all the little guys like us who started this movement in the first place,” said Reynolds, owner of PipeDreamz in Ajax, while selling his vaporizers and pipes for pot smokers at Lift, Canada’s biggest cannabis convention, Saturday in Toronto.
Three men are facing charges and another is wanted by police following a raid at a downtown Toronto marijuana dispensary.
Police said they executed a search warrant at a Weed the North location on Camden Street, in the area of Adelaide Street West and Spadina Avenue, at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
On April 13th Trudeau’s Liberals tabled a bill in the House of Commons to legalize marijuana in Canada. Following their reversal on many key campaign promises, the Federal Liberals seem to be bending to pressure and are actually delivering on something! Legalization is undoubtedly popular among young people and nearly two thirds of the general population is supportive. But as they say, the devil is in the details and in typical Liberal fashion, there are some nasty little details.
The legislation would make it legal for anyone over the age of 18 to purchase fresh or dried cannabis, cannabis oils, seeds and plants.
Workers at a medical marijuana dispensary in Toronto’s east end have joined Unifor, the country’s largest private-sector union.
Forty workers – including reception, production, supervisors and packaging and retail staff – at the Broadview Avenue location of Canna Clinic are now represented by the union.
Unifor says it’s believed to be the first time that marijuana dispensary workers in Canada have unionized.
A marijuana dispensary in Sooke has expanded its clientele to include the canine world.
Castle Naturals has been selling biscuits containing cannabis for the last year and says ever since they went on sale, dogs and their owners can’t get enough.
“They’re one of our top sellers. They work, so people come back,” said dispensary owner Lori Rittaler. “About an hour after they take the dog bones, they’re up walking with you again. It gives them years back of their life.”
There can’t be much that better illustrates the mainstreaming of cannabis in North American culture than an industry “trade show” at which two world-class athletes endorse the product and muse about a day when pot companies will sponsor pro sports arenas.