Forget maple syrup and poutine: Cannabis will put Canada on the map

Forget maple syrup and poutine: Cannabis will put Canada on the map

There’s a new product from the Great White North slated to hit the world market: Canadian cannabis.

Aurora Sky, the 800,000-square-foot marijuana production facility near Edmonton International Airport, has had about 80 per cent of its glass greenhouses erected, with six of their 17 planned growing bays completed.

Continue reading: https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7539185-forget-maple-syrup-and-poutine-cannabis-will-put-canada-on-the-map/

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

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 Can Be A World Leader In Medical Cannabis

Canada Can Be A World Leader In Medical Cannabis

There are millions of people worldwide with chronic diseases and other medical conditions whose lives could be improved with better access to medical cannabis. Meanwhile, for the past decade and a half, Canada has built the most sophisticated medical cannabis framework in the world. These circumstances present an exceptional opportunity for trade leadership on the international stage.

Continue reading: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/brendan-kennedy-/canada-can-be-a-world-leader-in-medical-cannabis_a_23156157/

Canadian athletes enter tricky doping landscape with pending legalization of weed

Canadian athletes enter tricky doping landscape with pending legalization of weed

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: https://www.thestar.com/sports/amateur/2017/08/15/canadian-athletes-enter-tricky-doping-landscape-with-pending-legalization-of-weed.html

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

Legal pot may breathe life into small Canadian towns hit by resource losses

Legal pot may breathe life into small Canadian towns hit by resource losses

In a tree-nestled First Nation community on Vancouver Island, forestry and farming used to be the major industries that kept the economy humming and put food on families’ tables.

But members of the Cowichan Tribes, like people from so many small and rural towns in Canada, have seen jobs driven elsewhere through dramatic changes to those sectors.

Continue reading: http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/legal-pot-may-breathe-life-into-small-canadian-towns-hit-by-resource-losses

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

Rural Canadian towns hope legal pot breathes new life into burnt-out economies

Rural Canadian towns hope legal pot breathes new life into burnt-out economies

In a tree-nestled First Nation community on Vancouver Island, forestry and farming used to be the major industries that kept the economy humming and put food on families’ tables.

But members of the Cowichan Tribes, like people from so many small and rural towns in Canada, have seen jobs driven elsewhere through dramatic changes to those sectors.

Continue reading: https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/08/06/rural-canadian-towns-hope-legal-pot-breathes-new-life-into-burnt-out-economies.html

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

MLAs hear business pros and cons of legalized marijuana

MLAs hear business pros and cons of legalized marijuana

A committee of MLAs helping New Brunswick prepare for legal marijuana heard Saint John business concerns Tuesday about employees working while high, as well as some hopes for how the legalization will lead to new jobs.

“There is a real and genuine rush and rising tide in cannabis,” Derek Riedle, founder and publisher of Civilized, a marijuana lifestyle magazine based in Saint John.

The select committee on cannabis, made up of Liberal and opposition MLAs, heard both business pros and cons when it stopped in Saint John to gather ideas before the province drafts regulations for recreational marijuana use.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/saint-john-marijuana-business-1.4220730

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