Cannabis-ness: Marijuana companies anchoring themselves in Edmonton ahead of legalization

Cannabis-ness: Marijuana companies anchoring themselves in Edmonton ahead of legalization

With marijuana legalization looming, Edmonton is opening up its doors to businesses and inquiries alike — from local establishments to established entrerprises.

Edmonton officials have passed multiple bylaws ahead of the federal government’s 2018 target of legalization, including bylaws that prevent existing bars and cannabis paraphernalia stores from transitioning into marijuana lounges.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/cannabis-marijuana-edmonton-business-1.4237622

Hay fever or high? Toronto police preparing for legal pot, but can’t rely on tests for impaired drivers

Hay fever or high? Toronto police preparing for legal pot, but can’t rely on tests for impaired drivers

With 200 officers trained to detect inebriated drivers already — and more on the way in time for marijuana’s expected legalization next spring — Sgt. Brett Moore of Toronto police’s Traffic Services is confident in law enforcement’s ability to prevent stoners from getting away with driving high.

But Moore admits the drug presents its share of challenges.

“It is a shift from alcohol,” he told CBC’s Metro Morning earlier this week.

But testing for cannabis impairment, he says, follows the same principles as testing for alcohol, despite the lack of a handy breath test.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/driving-high-toronto-law-1.4236764

Ontario prepping awareness campaign on danger of marijuana ahead of legalization

Ontario prepping awareness campaign on danger of marijuana ahead of legalization

 

Think of it as Reefer Awareness, not Reefer Madness, an over-the-top 1936 film preaching the evils of marijuana.

With less than a year until the federal government legalizes recreational marijuana, Ontario is starting work on a public education campaign to highlight health and other dangers of pot – particularly to young adults.

Continue reading: http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2017/07/29/awarness-campaign-on-danger-of-marijuana-ahead-legalization.html

Pot charges rise in Montreal despite downward trend in rest of Canada

Pot charges rise in Montreal despite downward trend in rest of Canada

Marijuana charges are on the rise in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec, while in the rest of Canada cannabis-related charges are declining ahead of Ottawa’s plans to legalize the drug.

The number of cannabis-related charges has ebbed countrywide from last year, continuing a downward trend since a peak in 2011.

For Canadians older than 12, 17,700 were charged with possession last year, according to police-reported statistics released by Statistics Canada. This is down from 21,300 in 2015.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-quebec-pot-charges-statistics-1.4219840

Doctor urges weed-wary colleagues to prescribe pot, not opioids for pain relief

Doctor urges weed-wary colleagues to prescribe pot, not opioids for pain relief

A Windsor, Ont., doctor is urging his weed-wary colleagues to embrace marijuana as a bona fide pain treatment option because he is overwhelmed with patients seeking alternatives to addictive opioids.

Dr. Christopher Blue is also calling on governments and health-care insurers to ensure medical marijuana is covered under benefit programs because the cost will prevent potential patients from turning to it for pain management.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/doctor-urges-weed-wary-colleagues-to-prescribe-pot-not-opioids-for-pain-relief-1.4216732

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

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.

When marijuana is legal in Canada, there may not be enough to go around

By this time next year, when marijuana becomes legal in Canada, people looking to get high could be facing the oldest problem in business: not enough supply to meet demand.

The licensed marijuana producers in Canada who already grow weed for the medical marijuana market are trying to expand as quickly as possible to meet the increased demand of recreational pot legalization.

But they say they can only expand so quickly and new producers are not getting into the business fast enough.

Continue reading: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/when-marijuana-is-legal-in-canada-there-may-not-be-enough-to-go-around-1.3501033#

B.C. partnership targets science behind cannabis cures

B.C. partnership targets science behind cannabis cures

When inquiring minds ask about medical marijuana use, Dan Sutton is quick to state his credentials.

“I’m in no way an academic or a researcher or a physician,” said the founder and managing director of Maple Ridge-based Tantalus Labs, one of 10 firms licensed to cultivate medical marijuana in B.C. “I’m an entrepreneur.”

So, while there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence promoting the medical benefits of cannabinoids – the chemical compounds in marijuana that get a reaction from the brain – Sutton said there’s little quantifiable data documenting their effectiveness.

Continue reading: https://www.biv.com/article/2017/7/bc-partnership-targets-science-behind-cannabis-cur/

B.C. partnership targets science behind cannabis cures

B.C. partnership targets science behind cannabis cures

When inquiring minds ask about medical marijuana use, Dan Sutton is quick to state his credentials.

“I’m in no way an academic or a researcher or a physician,” said the founder and managing director of Maple Ridge-based Tantalus Labs, one of 10 firms licensed to cultivate medical marijuana in B.C. “I’m an entrepreneur.”

So, while there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence promoting the medical benefits of cannabinoids – the chemical compounds in marijuana that get a reaction from the brain – Sutton said there’s little quantifiable data documenting their effectiveness.

Continue reading: https://www.biv.com/article/2017/7/bc-partnership-targets-science-behind-cannabis-cur/

Happy Cannabis Day? Marijuana industry scrambles in countdown to 2018 recreational opening

Happy Cannabis Day? Marijuana industry scrambles in countdown to 2018 recreational opening

Bill Panagiotakopoulos was surveying construction on his gated property outside Hamilton when he got the call he had been dreaming about for years: his company, Beleave Inc., was officially Canada’s 44th licensed marijuana producer.

The entrepreneur debated whether to answer the call from an unknown number that fateful mid-May afternoon, but as soon as he heard he was on a conference call with Health Canada representatives, he broke into a run, frantically searching for a quiet place to talk.

Continue reading: http://business.financialpost.com/commodities/agriculture/happy-cannabis-day-marijuana-industry-scrambles-in-countdown-to-2018-recreational-opening/wcm/2e523476-d4a8-44e0-87b9-326ab231e421

Researchers seek 1,000 Vancouver pot shop users for survey

Researchers seek 1,000 Vancouver pot shop users for survey

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.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-pot-shop-dispensary-1.4179189

Pot insider says dispensaries are ‘dreaming’ if they think they’ll be part of legalization framework

Pot insider says dispensaries are ‘dreaming’ if they think they’ll be part of legalization framework

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.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/omar-khan-pot-legalization-1.4177837

Canadians have a long way to go to meet new marijuana use guidelines

Pot-smoking Canadians have a lot of work to do if they want to comply with Canada’s new guidelines on cannabis use.

A panel of doctors and public health experts released new guidelines for lower-risk marijuana use on Friday. They include recommendations on the strength of marijuana, the frequency of use and the age at which people should use marijuana, to minimize negative health outcomes.

Continue reading: http://globalnews.ca/news/3551514/canadians-have-a-long-way-to-go-to-meet-new-marijuana-use-guidelines/

As provinces seek the ‘right’ price for pot, how it’s sold could matter

As provinces seek the ‘right’ price for pot, how it’s sold could matter

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.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/provincial-marijuana-sales-retail-1.4167735

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