P.E.I. business leaders weigh in on marijuana legalization

P.E.I. business leaders weigh in on marijuana legalization

As P.E.I. considers the rules it will have to put in place around marijuana legalization, Island business leaders and owners are weighing in, hoping to have their voices heard.

The federal government has said it will legalize pot by July 2018, and the provinces will have to come up with their own rules for sales by then.

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Standalone, government stores considered for P.E.I. marijuana sales

Standalone, government stores considered for P.E.I. marijuana sales

Premier Wade MacLauchlan says the province is considering standalone stores as its method for dealing with the sale of marijuana.

“There seems to be a position emerging, if you look at the other provinces, that it should be public, [for] reasons we can likely understand, and that it should be sold apart from where alcohol is available,” said MacLauchlan.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-marijuana-sales-1.4275194

Conversations That Matter: Is Canada ready for legal pot?

This week, Conversations That Matter features Barinder Rasode of NICHE, an organization that is playing a role in helping producers, regulators, police and provincial governments get ready for the biggest social change since the abolition of prohibition.

Rasode says, “there is a need for greater collaboration between governments, industry and the public.”

Continue reading: http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/conversations-that-matter-is-canada-ready-for-legal-pot

Former B.C. health minister joins burgeoning medical marijuana industry

Former B.C. health minister joins burgeoning medical marijuana industry

B.C.’s former Liberal health minister Terry Lake has a new job in the medical marijuana industry with Quebec company Hydropothecary.

In an interview with Early Edition guest host Stephen Quinn, Lake said his background in science and government will be helpful to the company.

“What we want to ensure is that we are socially, environmentally and scientifically responsible, and assure the public and governments across Canada that we are upholding the highest standards possible.”

The publicly-traded company produces medical marijuana and other pot products in Gatineau, Que.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/lake-job-change-pot-1.4270131

Provinces agree legal pot must be competitive with black market, Bill Blair says

Provinces agree legal pot must be competitive with black market, Bill Blair says

There is an overwhelming national consensus that legal marijuana must be priced, taxed and made available competitively with the black market, the man tasked with leading the drug’s legalization in Canada said Monday.

All the provinces agree more needs to be done to better protect children and to take away revenues from organized criminals, MP Bill Blair said in an interview Monday.

Continue reading: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/08/28/provinces-agree-legal-pot-must-be-competitive-with-black-market-bill-blair-says.html

Medical cannabis growers say education key to improving relationships with city landlords

Medical cannabis growers say education key to improving relationships with city landlords

The gentle hum of whirring fans and the unmistakable smell of fresh cannabis drift through a garage at the back of a house on a quiet Calgary street.

It’s legal but the woman behind the small grow-op is keeping things under wraps. She’s new here, on a month-to-month lease and — like many licensed home growers — she’s worried about the consequences of her landlord finding out.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/medical-cannabis-marijuana-landlords-1.4262571

Canada’s elite athletes are smoking, eating and investing in pot

Canada’s elite athletes are smoking, eating and investing in pot

Canada’s elite athletes are smoking, eating and investing in marijuana. Is a toke before stepping to the start line far off?

The Canadian government intends to legalize recreational cannabis by July 1, 2018. It’s already legal for personal, recreational use in a handful of U.S. states.

Cannabis, hashish, marijuana, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list, but only during competition.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/canadian-athletes-pending-weed-legalization-1.4247634

No pot smoking in cars? Tough rules urged for legalization of marijuana

No pot smoking in cars? Tough rules urged for legalization of marijuana

When it becomes legal next July, recreational marijuana should be sold with more restrictions than that other weed — tobacco — says the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Ontario branch.

The group will release a position paper Monday calling on the province to ban pot smoking in cars with a “zero tolerance” policy, cap the amount of THC in cannabis products and use all tax revenues from them to boost addiction and mental health services.

Continue reading: https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/08/14/no-pot-smoking-in-cars-tough-rules-urged-for-legalization-of-marijuana.html

Marijuana Is Saving These Small Towns All Across Canada, Here’s How

Marijuana Is Saving These Small Towns All Across Canada, Here’s How

Small towns in Canada don’t have it easy right now. Many of the industries that traditionally supported the economies of Canada’s small towns (forestry, farming) are no longer as viable, making it hard to find permanent work for many small-town residents.

Enter the marijuana industry, the saving grace of small towns across the country.

Growing more and more profitable as an industry, especially with legalization on the horizon, the marijuana sector is saving the economies of small towns all across Canada.

Continue reading: https://www.mtlblog.com/whats-happening/marijuana-is-saving-these-small-towns-all-across-canada-heres-how

Toronto’s potential marijuana tax wouldn’t pay for big ticket items, mayor says

Toronto’s potential marijuana tax wouldn’t pay for big ticket items, mayor says

Mayor John Tory doesn’t expect a “special levy” on legal marijuana sales will allow Toronto to smoke its way to paying for subways or social housing repairs, but he’s still pursuing one.

And while one insider expects Tory will get what he wants, at least one councillor has criticized the move, suggesting the city should be doing more consultation work before getting into conversations with the province.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/pot-tax-debate-1.4216883

After blowing July 1 deadline, Canada seems likely to legalize pot while ignoring UN treaties

After blowing July 1 deadline, Canada seems likely to legalize pot while ignoring UN treaties

Since a July 1 deadline to start withdrawing from international narcotics treaties has passed, the federal government is left with fewer, and much more awkward, ways of legalizing marijuana by July of 2018 without breaking international law, an expert says.

“The government still does have some options,” says Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University in Toronto who specializes in global health law. “Those options are not all great, but they are still options.”

Continue reading: http://globalnews.ca/news/3606927/after-blowing-july-1-deadline-canada-seems-likely-to-legalize-pot-while-ignoring-un-treaties/

Federal-provincial showdown looms over legal pot deadline

Federal-provincial showdown looms over legal pot deadline

A potential showdown is looming over the federal government’s target date to legalize pot.

Premiers announced today they will ask the federal government to postpone its plan to legalize marijuana if issues related to road safety, taxation, training for distributors and public education aren’t addressed.

At a news conference to close off the annual summer Council of the Federation meeting in Edmonton, the premiers announced they have formed a working group that will report back on progress by Nov. 1. Premiers will seek an extension if the federal timetable is deemed “unrealistic.”

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/premiers-courts-cannabis-1.4210895

Canada’s premiers discuss delaying the legalization of marijuana

Canada’s premiers discuss delaying the legalization of marijuana

It’s time to take a deep breath and put pot on the back burner for an extra year, says Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.

He’s trying to persuade his provincial and territorial counterparts at their annual conference to ask Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to delay the legalization of cannabis 12 months to July 1, 2019.

That would increase the chances of avoiding the “hodge-podge” of different provincial ages of majority and regulations now seen with beer, wine and spirits, Pallister said Tuesday.

Continue reading: https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/07/18/canadas-premiers-discuss-delaying-the-legalization-of-marijuana.html

Mayor John Tory calls for marijuana tax to help city handle increased costs

Mayor John Tory calls for marijuana tax to help city handle increased costs

Mayor John Tory says marijuana legalization will create new expenses for the city, and he wants the province to consider a potential “special levy” on pot sales to help Toronto pay.

Tory wrote a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne this week that says while he supports legalization — calling it a “sound and sensible public policy in 2017” — he still has a number of concerns that the two governments have to address together.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/tory-wants-special-levy-on-marijuana-sales-1.4210725

Where cannabis users will be allowed to smoke is still up in the air

Where cannabis users will be allowed to smoke is still up in the air

As the provincial government continues to hammer out the details of cannabis legalization in Ontario, the issue of where pot smokers will be allowed to light up is at the top of some people’s minds.

Last week the province posted a public survey online to solicit opinions on various aspects of the impending legalization of marijuana, and it has already received commentary on the question of where cannabis smokers should be able to toke.

In an interview with CBC’s Metro Morning on Friday, the province’s Attorney General Yasir Naqvi seemed to suggest that the public could look to tobacco bylaws for answers, adding that cannabis had already been written into the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

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