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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 [...]

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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 | February 13th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on How Marijuana Is Transforming the Event Industry

Medical marijuana workers fight for labour rights at Ontario agriculture tribunal

February 10, 2017 15:43 ET Medical marijuana workers fight for labour rights at Ontario agriculture tribunal Workers at MedReleaf in Markham charge they were terminated because they tried to unionize TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 10, 2017) - The struggle to win union rights for medical cannabis workers in Canada has entered a new chapter, with the commencement of hearings at Ontario's Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal (AFRAA Tribunal) for workers at MedReleaf in Markham, Ontario. The Markham-based MedReleaf operates an industrial facility with approximately 50 employees who grow, trim, harvest, and package medical grade marijuana. The MedReleaf workers have been trying to join UFCW Canada (United Food and Commercial Workers union) for nearly [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Medical marijuana workers fight for labour rights at Ontario agriculture tribunal

Why Donald Trump could be the Canadian marijuana industry’s secret weapon

In the last few years, attitudes to marijuana in the U.S. appeared to be easing. And in many ways, they have. Four states have fully legalized recreational cannabis, and four more voted to follow them in November. But the same election that doubled the number of pot-tolerant states brought Donald Trump into the White House. With him come people in key cabinet positions who loathe marijuana and have at least some power to act on it. Marijuana is still illegal under U.S. federal law. The likely consequence: an end to the easygoing attitude that the Obama administration brought to states that chose legalization. Canada, on the other hand, will soon be the only industrialized country [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Why Donald Trump could be the Canadian marijuana industry’s secret weapon

Two medical marijuana companies face new rules after banned pesticide use

Health Canada is adding new terms and conditions to the licences of two federally regulated medical-marijuana companies caught with banned chemicals in their products, requiring them to be tested regularly to ensure they are not using dangerous pesticides that can harm consumers. The new rules are being affixed to the licences of Mettrum Ltd. and OrganiGram Inc., which are caught in the middle of a tainted-marijuana controversy after they were discovered selling product that contained a banned pesticide known as myclobutanil. The chemical, which was discovered in shipments the companies made in 2016, is banned for use on products that are smoked, such as tobacco and cannabis, because it emits hydrogen cyanide when heated. The [...]

By | February 10th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Two medical marijuana companies face new rules after banned pesticide use

Health Canada to randomly test medical marijuana

Health Canada will begin randomly testing pot from licensed medical marijuana producers to ensure that unauthorized pesticides are not used in the growing process, after two growers were found to be using banned pesticides, the agency announced Wednesday. The random inspections will check to ensure that licensed producers are sticking to the list of 13 approved pesticides for use on medical marijuana. The agency says producers caught using unauthorized pesticides will be required to recall their products, and corrective action will be taken. The new measures come after products from two licensed growers were found to contain low levels of myclobutanil, bifenazate and pyrethrins, which are prohibited under the Pest Control Products Act and the [...]

By | February 9th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Health Canada to randomly test medical marijuana