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.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/marijuana-legalization-pei-business-leaders-1.4275880

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

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

Eat your green

Eat your green

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.

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Veterans see access to medical marijuana curtailed over doctors’ concerns

Veterans see access to medical marijuana curtailed over doctors’ concerns

Veterans who use medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder are having to go outside the network of clinics sanctioned by Veterans Affairs to get the drug due to concerns by doctors at the clinics about its effectiveness.

The last operational stress injury clinic to prescribe medical marijuana to former soldiers stopped doing so in January, citing a lack of research and concerns it might even be doing more harm than good.

Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/veterans-medical-marijuana-osi-clinics-1.4267592

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

Will smoking marijuana during pregnancy harm the child?

Will smoking marijuana during pregnancy harm the child?

The question

My daughter is pregnant and she has been smoking some marijuana to reduce nausea and vomiting from morning sickness. She says marijuana is a natural product and it won’t hurt her unborn child. Is she right?

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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

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