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on June 23, 2017 in Cannabis News Canada

With legalization a year away, experts offer tips on minimizing pot harm

Age, frequency of use and how a person consumes marijuana can all affect risks involved in use, new study says By Catherine Cullen There’s only one way to completely avoid harm when using pot, according to Dr. Benedikt Fischer: Don’t use it at all. But with the federal government aiming to legalize marijuana by July 2018, clearly not everyone in Canada is expected to choose abstinence. Legalized marijuana should be sold through Crown corporation, new report says In fact, statistics suggest upwards of three million Canadians are already using the drug. So Fischer and several colleagues have reviewed the scientific evidence and put together a new set of guidelines aimed...

Age, frequency of use and how a person consumes marijuana can all affect risks involved in use, new study says By Catherine Cullen There’s only one way to completely avoid harm when using pot, according to Dr. Benedikt Fischer: Don’t...

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on June 23, 2017 in Cannabis News Canada

Canada Ponders an Unusual Drug Problem: a Shortage of Marijuana

By Josh Wingrove and Jen Skerritt The biggest challenge for Justin Trudeau’s forthcoming legal recreational marijuana market is a shortage of pot, the finance minister of Canada’s most-populous province says. Ontario’s Charles Sousa said a supply crunch was discussed during a meeting with provincial and federal counterparts this week. Canada is aiming to legalize recreational pot in the next 12 months, the first major economy to do so. One analyst said he’s concerned the government could use a supply shortage as an excuse to delay rolling out the program. “Ultimately the biggest problem that appears after today’s discussion is...

By Josh Wingrove and Jen Skerritt The biggest challenge for Justin Trudeau’s forthcoming legal recreational marijuana market is a shortage of pot, the finance minister of Canada’s most-populous province says. Ontario’s Charles Sousa said a supply crunch was discussed...

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on June 22, 2017 in Cannabis News Canada

Canadian government looks to establish cannabis tracking system in its soon-to-be legalized nation

Health Canada says the proposed system, which would not track individual cannabis users, would allow businesses and regulators to trace all products and address recalls Ottawa is looking to set up a cannabis tracking system to collect information about marijuana products from licensed producers, distributors and retailers — just one of a host of proposed changes to be ushered in alongside legalization. Health Canada says the proposed system, which would not track individual cannabis users, would allow businesses and regulators to trace all products and address recalls. The tracking would also help to ensure cannabis is not being diverted...

Health Canada says the proposed system, which would not track individual cannabis users, would allow businesses and regulators to trace all products and address recalls Ottawa is looking to set up a cannabis tracking system to collect information about...

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on June 22, 2017 in Cannabis News Canada

Large Ontario Labor Union to Provide $3000 Medical Cannabis Benefit

OPSEU to cover medical cannabis for employees TORONTO, June 16, 2017 /CNW/ – On June 15, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) began rolling out a new benefit that provides medical cannabis coverage for insured OPSEU staff. Cannabis can be an effective treatment for a variety of medical conditions. And as the laws around it continue to modernize, employers should keep up with the times. OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas With this new benefit, insured employees and their spouses and dependants can claim up to $3,000 a year for medical cannabis. For these claims to be eligible, they...

OPSEU to cover medical cannabis for employees TORONTO, June 16, 2017 /CNW/ – On June 15, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) began rolling out a new benefit that provides medical cannabis coverage for insured OPSEU staff. Cannabis...

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on June 21, 2017 in Cannabis News Canada

Here’s how cannabis dispensaries could affect restaurants, inside and out

Parking, staffing and new recipes are considerations, not to mention the occasional ruffian By Chad Finkelstein Someone called me for advice about their operation of a cannabis dispensary, clearly confused about whether the law around it is unsettled. It isn’t. It’s black and white. Dispensary operations are illegal. Public confusion over the retail sale of medicinal and recreational cannabis runs high, likely due to the confluence of inconsistent law enforcement and the perception that if so many such businesses exist surely they could not be illegal. So here’s the deal – there is no way to legally sell cannabis...

Parking, staffing and new recipes are considerations, not to mention the occasional ruffian By Chad Finkelstein Someone called me for advice about their operation of a cannabis dispensary, clearly confused about whether the law around it is unsettled. It...

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on June 21, 2017 in Cannabis News Canada

Lift Cannabis conference coming to Vancouver

By Tyler Nyquvest The now internationally known Lift Cannabis Expo has announced it will be hosting its next event in Vancouver. The expo, which previously had been held in Toronto, will take place at the Vancouver convention centre January 12 to 14.  The Vancouver 2018 expo will feature an industry day and Lift Cannabis Business Conference on Friday January 12 before show floors open to the public. This past May, Lift held their second annual Cannabis Expo, which attracted a record-breaking 15,000 people over three days. The steadily growing event is scheduled just months before July 1, 2018, the...

By Tyler Nyquvest The now internationally known Lift Cannabis Expo has announced it will be hosting its next event in Vancouver. The expo, which previously had been held in Toronto, will take place at the Vancouver convention centre January...

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on June 20, 2017 in Cannabis News Canada

Cannabis ‘backup plan’ in the works if provinces unable to regulate by deadline, Morneau says

by Bill Curry The federal government is preparing a backup plan that would see it regulate the distribution and taxation of legal marijuana in provinces that are not ready in time for Ottawa’s July, 2018, deadline. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau outlined the plan Monday following a two-day meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts. Some provinces are expressing concern with the federal government’s deadline for legalization, given that important details, such as how the products will be taxed, have yet to be worked out. Speaking with reporters, Mr. Morneau said a backup plan will be in place that would...

by Bill Curry The federal government is preparing a backup plan that would see it regulate the distribution and taxation of legal marijuana in provinces that are not ready in time for Ottawa’s July, 2018, deadline. Federal Finance Minister Bill...

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on June 16, 2017 in Cannabis News Canada

Canada’s recreational marijuana market expected to help, not hurt, US businesses

By Omar Sacirbey Marijuana business owners and investors in the United States aren’t viewing Canada’s looming legalization of recreational marijuana as a potential competitive threat. Rather, they see it as an opportunity to further grow the U.S. cannabis industry. “Anything that moves the conversation forward in terms of legalization is a broad positive,” said Hadley Ford, managing partner of iAnthus Capital, a New York-based cannabis-centric holding company that is publicly traded in Canada. When Canada’s rec marijuana industry goes online in July 2018, it should have little, if any, negative influence on the U.S. retail market, though cannabis research...

By Omar Sacirbey Marijuana business owners and investors in the United States aren’t viewing Canada’s looming legalization of recreational marijuana as a potential competitive threat. Rather, they see it as an opportunity to further grow the U.S. cannabis industry....

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on June 16, 2017 in Cannabis News Canada

Medical marijuana production plant coming soon to Montreal’s West Island

‘The competition will be very fierce,’ when recreational marijuana is legalized, warns economist By Kalina Laframboise A nondescript building in Montreal’s West Island will be producing close to 4,000 kilograms of marijuana annually — as soon as it gets approval from Health Canada. Aurora Cannabis is hoping to expand its business and break into the Quebec market with a new medical marijuana production plant on Hymus Boulevard in Pointe-Claire. “We hope to have production coming out of that plant before the end of 2017, if we can,” said executive vice-president Cam Battley. This small Alberta village could soon be home to the world’s largest marijuana factory Aurora Cannabis already has a facility in...

‘The competition will be very fierce,’ when recreational marijuana is legalized, warns economist By Kalina Laframboise A nondescript building in Montreal’s West Island will be producing close to 4,000 kilograms of marijuana annually — as soon as it gets approval from Health Canada. Aurora Cannabis is...

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