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.

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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

The ‘Muji of Marijuana’ Opens Its Doors in Toronto

The ‘Muji of Marijuana’ Opens Its Doors in Toronto

A new store in Toronto hopes to bring stylish accessories for weed smokers to the masses.

At an industrial-chic concrete bar, a gleaming La Marzocco machine cranks out perfect espressos. John Chamberlain lithographs hang from textured cork walls, and custom fixtures cast a warm glow over small, sleek tables of Italian Calacatta Cielo marble. Oh, and there’s a $300 bong for sale, along with a $445 cannabis humidor.

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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

Forget pot producers – here’s a better way for investors to cash in on cannabis legalization

Forget pot producers – here’s a better way for investors to cash in on cannabis legalization

The cannabis retailer from Vancouver makes a strong pitch to a group of wealthy investors for capital to expand his budding business.

Charts highlight solid growth and healthy sales projections in what is expected to be a booming market. Upscale stores will be designed to appeal to baby boomers and younger consumers with high disposable incomes. We could be looking at a pot version of Starbucks in the making.

Continue reading: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/globe-wealth/cannabis-investing-despite-solid-growth-not-a-game-for-the-timid/article35810337/

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

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

Cannabis consultations fuel debate over who gets to sell recreational pot

Cannabis consultations fuel debate over who gets to sell recreational pot

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.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/cannabis-consultations-st-stephen-legalization-1.4219407

Pot charges drop in 2016, Statistics Canada reports

Pot charges drop in 2016, Statistics Canada reports

The number of cannabis-related offences reported to police declined for the fifth straight year, Statistics Canada said Monday as it released its annual report on police-reported crime.

There were about 55,000 offences related to marijuana reported to police in 2016, about 6,000 fewer than reported the year before, despite the percentage of Canadians consuming the drug on the rise.

The agency said police charged 17,733 people with the possession of pot last year, a drop of about 3,600 from 2015.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cannabis-offences-statistics-canada-1.4216688

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

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

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