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Canopy Growth CEO apologizes over tainted medical marijuana

'I'm sorry you had to go through this,' says Bruce Linton as firm takes over Mettrum after pesticide recall. The founder and CEO of Canopy Growth has apologized to customers over a medical marijuana recall that forced Health Canada to introduce spot checks for banned pesticides at licensed production facilities. The apology is aimed at customers who bought medical marijuana from the Toronto-based company Mettrum. Canopy Growth took over Mettrum on Feb. 1. In an email sent Thursday to Mettrum customers, Bruce Linton said new quality assurance practices are now in place. 'I'm sorry you had to go through this' "I'm sorry you had to go through this. And I will do my best to ensure it doesn't happen again," he wrote in the email seen by [...]

By | 2017-02-24T12:02:50+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Canopy Growth CEO apologizes over tainted medical marijuana

💬Cannabis in the Office: Whose Rights Prevail? – Featured Panel at O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo 2017

    April 21 to April 23, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel View this email in your browser FEATURED PANEL: One worker’s medicine is another’s asthma attack. And regulatory loosening of marijuana will almost certainly cause a paradigm shift from pee-in-a-cup disciplinary programs to accommodation on medical grounds. Everything from human rights laws to workplace safety regulations to common courtesy will be in play as employers and employees seek common ground on all new territory. This panel will identify and sort out some of the biggest issues. REGISTER NOW  Participating Companies RESERVE YOUR BOOTH Media contacts: Vanessa Andres, Holmes PR, 416-628-5612, vandres@holmespr.com Zeenat Salimi, Holmes PR, 416-628-5606, zsalimi@holmespr.com O'Cannabiz contact: Kayley Szanto, O'Cannabiz [...]

By | 2017-02-24T11:51:04+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on 💬Cannabis in the Office: Whose Rights Prevail? – Featured Panel at O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo 2017

Pot dispensary workers question what legal rights they have

Sexual harassment, robberies and police raids threaten employees of illegal pot shops. Sarah has no illusions about the pot dispensary that employs her. She knows it’s illegal. She knows it’s not a licensed medical service. She knows that, by working there, she risks being caught up in police raids and armed robberies. Sarah, who asked for her name to be changed for fear of being fired, is a self-described “bud-tender,” a $13-per-hour shift worker on the front lines of Toronto’s illegal marijuana industry. The job was an easy paycheque when she badly needed one. After months behind the counter at Canna Clinic in Kensington Market, Sarah has amassed a litany of complaints, from sexual harassment [...]

By | 2017-02-23T10:21:34+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Pot dispensary workers question what legal rights they have

Canada’s ‘princess of pot’ to open Cannabis Culture shop in Ottawa

Canada’s “princess of pot” says she’s opening a Cannabis Culture shop in Ottawa Wednesday. Jodie Emery, wife of longtime Canadian pot crusader Marc Emery, says the downtown location will be opened Wednesday afternoon after a pro-marijuana rally on Parliament Hill at 11 a.m. The Emerys have been opening illegal marijuana dispensaries across the country, some of them franchises, as they push for legalization. The Canadian government has promised to introduce legislation legalizing recreational marijuana in the spring. In the meantime, several hundred marijuana dispensaries have opened across Canada, most ostensibly to serve medical patients. Police have responded differently to the spread of illegal dispensaries. There have been police raids in Ottawa, Toronto and a number [...]

By | 2017-02-22T12:15:16+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Canada’s ‘princess of pot’ to open Cannabis Culture shop in Ottawa

Medical marijuana producer at centre of recall has organic certification suspended

New Brunswick's Organigram says it will test for pesticides and install cameras in mixing areas. A Moncton, N.B., medical marijuana operation at the centre of a Health Canada recall continues to promote itself as organic on its website, even though its organic certification was suspended last month. Federally licensed producer Organigram has been caught up in two voluntary recalls of almost all of its products sold in 2016 after residual levels of two banned pesticides, myclobutanil and bifenazate, were found. CBC News has learned the recall triggered an investigation by Ecocert, a Quebec-based organic certification body recognized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Ecocert had approved Organigram's organic status. The CFIA uses third-party certification bodies, such as Ecocert, to verify that [...]

By | 2017-02-17T10:53:01+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Medical marijuana producer at centre of recall has organic certification suspended

PESTICIDE SCANDAL SNARES ‘TRAILER PARK BOYS’-APPROVED MARIJUANA BRAND

What bad joke or obvious pun are you supposed to make in a stranger-than-fiction, seriously health-threatening situation like this? We have no idea, so we’ll try to play it straight: Health Canada is now conducting random spot-checks for pesticides at all of the 38 companies it licenses to produce medical marijuana, after two companies—including the one contracted to produce marijuana with Trailer Park Boys branding—were caught using banned chemicals. Prior to the pesticide revelations, government regulators trusted the companies they worked with so fully, they weren’t checking licensed producers for pesticides at all. How about: You’re better off with weed grown by idiots in the trailer park. No? Both Mettrum, Ltd., and OrganiGram—the latter of [...]

By | 2017-02-17T10:39:19+00:00 February 17th, 2017|News|Comments Off on PESTICIDE SCANDAL SNARES ‘TRAILER PARK BOYS’-APPROVED MARIJUANA BRAND

Canada is one step closer to legalizing cannabis and workplace safety is top of mind

Task force report recommends researching implications for occupational health and safety issues. On Nov. 30, 2016, the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation presented its Final Report to the federal government. The Report sets out recommendations to the federal government “on the design of a new system to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis.” This brings the federal government one step closer to legalizing cannabis in Canada. The full report, titled A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada: The Final Report of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, is now available for download. Noteworthy to employers are the Task Force’s comments on minimizing the harms of use [...]

By | 2017-02-14T17:05:37+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Canada is one step closer to legalizing cannabis and workplace safety is top of mind

Canopy swings to profit as cannabis producer’s revenue surges 180%

Canopy Growth Corporation, Canada's largest medicinal marijuana producer, swung to a profit in its fiscal third quarter as revenue surged 180 per cent year-over-year. Canopy (WEED.TO) earned $3.0 million in the quarter, or $0.02 per diluted share. A year earlier, Canopy posted a $3.3-million net loss, or $0.04 per share. Quarterly revenue hit $9.8 million in the three-month period ending Dec. 31, 2016 -- marking a 180 per cent surge over the year ago period. "The third quarter provided new opportunities and challenges for our business, with demand largely exceeding supply throughout the quarter," Canopy CEO Bruce Linton said in a press release on Tuesday. "A function of our growing patient base, the time required to [...]

By | 2017-02-14T09:53:47+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Canopy swings to profit as cannabis producer’s revenue surges 180%

Cannabis industry opposes call for plain packaging and bans on advertising

VANCOUVER -- Garfield Mahood has spent 30 years fighting for the Canadian government to require plain packaging for cigarettes. So, the long-time non-smokers' rights activist says he doesn't have much faith in the government's ability to regulate and restrict the marketing of marijuana. "They identified tobacco products as a cause of disease back in the 1950s," said Mahood, president of the Campaign for Justice on Tobacco Fraud. "They've never been able to bring this epidemic close to a conclusion. "What would give you faith that health departments are going to effectively regulate any health problems related to these other drugs?" As the Liberal government prepares to introduce legislation to "legalize, regulate and restrict access to [...]

By | 2017-02-14T09:48:29+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cannabis industry opposes call for plain packaging and bans on advertising

How Marijuana Is Transforming the Event Industry

From “bud bars” to cannabis-infused dinners, find out how marijuana is being used in states that have legalized it. Four states legalized recreational use of marijuana in November—California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada—bringing the total number to eight plus Washington, D.C. As these laws go into effect, and attitudes toward the drug begin to soften, expect to see everything from cannabis-infused food and beverages to rolled marijuana cigarettes at events such as festivals, weddings, and more. “What I’ve noticed is when we have produced events in cities where there is legalized marijuana, it is a very attractive option for young people for an after-party, particularly in the form of edibles,” says event designer Jes Gordon of [...]

By | 2017-02-13T10:59:15+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on How Marijuana Is Transforming the Event Industry