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Company caught selling tainted marijuana can’t trace source of contamination

A federally regulated medical marijuana company caught selling products tainted with a banned pesticide that can cause debilitating health problems has been unable to determine how the chemical got into its supply, raising new questions about the oversight of the industry. Organigram Inc. said on Monday that it has wrapped up an internal investigation into a product recall announced in December, but has turned up “inconclusive findings” with “no hard evidence leading to the source of the contamination.” The company also said it would offer full refunds to customers who purchased the tainted product, after initially refusing over the past two months to give patients their money back. The refunds will cost $2.26-million, Organigram said, [...]

By | 2017-02-27T14:43:24+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Company caught selling tainted marijuana can’t trace source of contamination

Canadian Marijuana Stocks Tumble As Trump White House Talks Crackdown

TORONTO — Shares of Canadian and U.S. marijuana producers fell Friday after the Trump administration suggested a crackdown on recreational marijuana may be in the works. Most of Canada’s publicly traded pot growers ended Friday lower after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer predicted the Justice Department will be looking more closely at the issue. “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of it,” Spicer said at a White House briefing. Spicer said “there is a big difference” between medical marijuana, which Congress has in effect condoned, and “recreational use, which is something the Department of Justice I think will be further looking into.” Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corp. (stock ticker symbol WEED), which bills [...]

By | 2017-02-27T14:37:48+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Canadian Marijuana Stocks Tumble As Trump White House Talks Crackdown

Canadian medical marijuana company to make its own lab-test results public

A Canadian medical marijuana company has taken matters into its own hands amid a tainted cannabis scare that has left Health Canada struggling to reassure patients the products sold by federally licensed producers can be trusted. CanniMed Therapeutics Inc., based in Saskatoon, has taken the unusual step of commissioning independent lab tests on some of its products and making the data public to show consumers that its medicine contains no banned pesticides. The move is an effort by the company to distance itself from industry recalls over the past few months since three federally licensed producers were caught selling medical marijuana that contained the banned pesticide myclobutanil. The chemical emits hydrogen cyanide when burned and [...]

By | 2017-02-24T12:16:40+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Canadian medical marijuana company to make its own lab-test results public

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