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Task-force leader on legalizing marijuana urges prohibition, for now

A former Liberal cabinet minister who recently chaired a panel guiding Ottawa’s push to legalize cannabis says police everywhere should enforce the existing prohibition of marijuana, despite several communities in British Columbia choosing to regulate – not raid – illegal pot shops. Anne McLellan, head of an official task force that submitted recommendations to Ottawa on how best to legalize cannabis, said Thursday that Vancouver crafted Canada’s first municipal marijuana bylaw in response to what was a “growing difficult situation for them.” But the former minister of public safety, health and justice in the Liberal governments of Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin said other cities should not follow suit before the current laws change, echoing [...]

By | March 24th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Task-force leader on legalizing marijuana urges prohibition, for now

Growing your own medical marijuana just got really complicated

Canada's biggest licensed producer of medical marijuana launched its first collection of feminized seeds for sale last week. In response to a federal court ruling, Health Canada reintroduced "provisions for individuals to produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes or to designate someone to produce it for them" as part of the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) last August. But even through ACMPR, growing your own medicine may be way more challenging than the three or four clicks required to shop online for your weed. First, you'll need a certificate from your physician outlining your daily intake. This medical document must then be sent to Health Canada with [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Growing your own medical marijuana just got really complicated

Manitoba wants to set limit on marijuana consumption in public places

The Manitoba government is moving to set restrictions on marijuana similar to those on alcohol. Proposed legislation would list marijuana as an intoxicant and ban people from consuming it in a vehicle. Police would also have the right to suspend a driver's licence for 24 hours — similar to an alcohol provision — if they thought a person was under the influence of pot. Medical marijuana user and legalization advocate, Steven Stairs said he is disappointed by the proposed legislation. He called it overly broad and said it fails to distinguish medical marijuana use from recreational consumption. "If I'm a medical user and I have pot in my car, do I have to put it in my trunk too? [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Manitoba wants to set limit on marijuana consumption in public places

Culling Cannabis Dispensaries Exposes Trudeau’s Hypocrisy

Canada's medical marijuana (MMJ) dispensaries may soon become an endangered species. They're already in danger of being legislated out of business. But it now seems that Canada's police agencies have declared open season on them. Law enforcement raids on dispensaries have been all over the news lately. The fact that Canada's "pot czar" is ex-cop Bill Blair already has dispensaries and cottage-industry cannabis cultivators shuddering. After all, he built his law enforcement career on throwing these kinds of people behind bars. To many of them, Blair is still the guy they call "Bill the Narc," someone who had their homes raided by SWAT teams. That's because he was a long-time undercover narcotics cop before he [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Culling Cannabis Dispensaries Exposes Trudeau’s Hypocrisy

Medical-marijuana company CEO pushes for stricter cannabis regulation

The head of one of Canada’s largest medical marijuana companies says recent pesticide recalls have been a “real wake-up call” for the industry, and he wants the sector and Health Canada to do a lot more to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Aphria Inc. chief executive officer Vic Neufeld, who ran vitamin giant Jamieson Laboratories Ltd. before moving to medical marijuana in 2014, said stronger enforcement is needed to prevent future problems. Mr. Neufeld would like to see Health Canada take a pharmaceutical approach to the industry, by introducing a strict product-testing regime across the sector and recovering the costs of those added enforcement measures by charging fees to the industry. This method is a [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Medical-marijuana company CEO pushes for stricter cannabis regulation

Canada’s Justice System Is Crumbling As Cannabis Raids Continue

Canada's justice system is in the midst of a major crisis. Many hundreds of important cases across Canada have been dropped due to a lack of court resources. These include some very serious crimes. In Ontario, 6,500 cases in provincial court could soon be dropped due to delays, including 38 for homicide or attempted murder. In one terrible case last year, a man named Kenneth Williamson was convicted of raping a minor over 100 times, but because of lengthy delays in taking his case to trial, his conviction was overturned. Late last year, two men had charges of first degree murder dropped because of long delays in getting to trial. In unrelated cases, alleged killers [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Canada’s Justice System Is Crumbling As Cannabis Raids Continue

Future of Cannabis Culture dispensaries up in smoke after police raids

"Our livelihood, our brand, our money, our inventories all gone!" says owner Marc Emery, after co-ordinated police operation shuts down storefront marijuana shops in Toronto and franchise's head office in Vancouver. The faint smell of marijuana smoke hung in the halls of Old City Hall on Friday, as dozens turned out for the bail hearing of Cannabis Culture dispensary owners Marc and Jodie Emery. The "Prince and Princess of Pot," were arrested, along with business partners Chris Goodwin, Erin Goodwin, and Britney Guerra, on Wednesday night and charged with raft of marijuana-related offences, including trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime. The arrests were part of Project Gator, a nationwide operation co-ordinated by Toronto police specifically targeting six Cannabis [...]

By | March 13th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Future of Cannabis Culture dispensaries up in smoke after police raids

Marijuana stocks get bounce after dispensary raids throughout the country

Publicly-traded marijuana companies had a rough week but got a bounce Thursday following news of raids at the Cannabis Culture dispensary chain owned by Marc and Jodie Emery. The outspoken marijuana activists were arrested at Toronto’s Pearson Airport and a series of Cannabis Culture dispensaries, which are not licensed to sell medical marijuana, were raided in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto. Investors may have interpreted the raids as the government attempting to “draw a line” between the kind of operations that will eventually be allowed in the legal recreational market and those that will be forbidden, said an analyst who did not want to be named because he does not follow dispensaries. “Once there’s a line drawn, [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Marijuana stocks get bounce after dispensary raids throughout the country

Aurora Cannabis to disclose marijuana testing data to ease public concerns

Pesticide contamination in Canadian medical marijuana has led to recalls, proposed lawsuits. Medical marijuana firm Aurora Cannabis Inc. has announced a new disclosure process for its third-party quality control testing, which it says will assure clients of the purity of its products. That announcement comes amid growing concern over recalls of contaminated marijuana sold by Health Canada-approved producers. Health Canada to spot check medical marijuana Alberta to be home to 'world's largest' legal grow op Need weed? There's an app for that Every product sold by Aurora now comes with a certificate of analysis provided by cannabis testing laboratory Anandia Labs. Aurora, which is based in Cremona, Alta., and has offices in Vancouver, says the certificates [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Aurora Cannabis to disclose marijuana testing data to ease public concerns

Medical marijuana firms discussed using banned pesticides

Two years before Canada’s medical-marijuana sector became embroiled in a tainted cannabis scare, the trade organization representing the majority of commercial growers explored using banned pesticides on their products, according to newly obtained documents. Meeting minutes and confidential e-mails sent in 2015 to more than a dozen companies on the subject, show that some industry members supported using prohibited chemicals such as myclobutanil – a pesticide that produces hydrogen cyanide when combusted and can lead to serious health problems. Though the application for approval was never carried out, myclobutanil is now at the centre of a controversy over patient safety in the sector after two companies – Mettrum Ltd. and OrganiGram Inc. – were found [...]

By | March 8th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Medical marijuana firms discussed using banned pesticides