Cannabis industry to province: Make room for made-in-Manitoba weed

Existing players in legal-cannabis sector urge province to ensure diversity of entrants into new marketplace. Winnipeg's modest legal-cannabis industry wants the Progressive Conservative government to foster a made-in-Manitoba marijuana sector as the clock ticks down toward the legalization of recreational weed. Cannabis producers and retailers say Brian Pallister's government ought to allow an array of entrants into recreational cannabis production, distribution and retailing in Manitoba — and in a manner that doesn't allow large national players to monopolize the local marketplace after legalization next July. "I think the worst case for Manitoba here would be to allow for us to import products from other provinces, to retail stores that are run by companies from other provinces, with none of the profits, [...]

By | 2017-08-02T13:19:38+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cannabis industry to province: Make room for made-in-Manitoba weed

Federal-provincial showdown looms over legal pot deadline

Premiers say time running out to address road safety, taxation and black market issues. A potential showdown is looming over the federal government's target date to legalize pot. Premiers announced today they will ask the federal government to postpone its plan to legalize marijuana if issues related to road safety, taxation, training for distributors and public education aren't addressed. At a news conference to close off the annual summer Council of the Federation meeting in Edmonton, the premiers announced they have formed a working group that will report back on progress by Nov. 1. Premiers will seek an extension if the federal timetable is deemed "unrealistic." "Premiers around this table agreed that should the federal government not [...]

By | 2017-08-01T15:42:44+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Federal-provincial showdown looms over legal pot deadline

Time to Grow Up, Canada!!

NIAGARA FALLS, ON, July 25, 2017 /CNW/ - Canada's premiere cannabis industry show is coming to Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls. Grow Up Conference and Expo has partnered with the producers of O' CANNABIZ and Canadian Music Week who bring the expertise to deliver a high quality experience for industry professionals and attendees. The 19+ event is open to the public and will feature world-renown speakers, panelists and exhibits from leading companies in Canada's burgeoning medical cannabis industry. Scheduled for October 6-7 with an industry kick-off party slated for October 5th, Grow Up Conference and Expo will bring together licensed producers, suppliers, equipment manufacturers, investors, lawyers, government officials, legal retail owners and growing enthusiasts – all in one magnificent location. Speaker sessions and exhibit [...]

By | 2017-07-26T09:57:04+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Time to Grow Up, Canada!!

Premiers set to tackle clogged courts and legal cannabis

Countdown is on for leaders to figure out where marijuana will be sold and legal smoking age. Coping with new pot rules, court delays and an escalating opioid crisis are some of the pressing issues premiers will tackle on the final day of their meeting in Edmonton today. As the Council of the Federation turns its focus from trade and economic issues to criminal justice, one premier is proposing a collective demand that the federal government postpone legalizing marijuana for one year. Manitoba's Brian Pallister made the pitch Tuesday, arguing there's not enough time for provinces and territories to get regulations, road safety provisions and public awareness in place to meet the federal government's target of July 2018 for legal pot. "I'm [...]

By | 2017-07-19T10:05:34+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Premiers set to tackle clogged courts and legal cannabis

Tragically Hip goes into partnership with medical marijuana upstart

Marijuana companies may have limited abilities to advertise after federal legislation is passed   The Tragically Hip has announced a partnership with medical marijuana company Newstrike. "After much discussion and assessment on our part, we've decided that this company — and the many creative people in it — are a perfect fit for The Hip," said the band in a news release. The company says the band members are "significant investors" in Newstrike, which will begin trading on the TSX in June under the new symbol HIP. The band will also play a role in the company's branding efforts. "No one knows Canada and Canadians like the members of The Tragically Hip," said Newstrike [...]

By | 2017-05-30T20:44:16+00:00 May 30th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Tragically Hip goes into partnership with medical marijuana upstart

Liberals’ Marijuana Legalization Bills Introduced In The House Of Commons

OTTAWA — The federal government is steering Canada into a bold and risky social experiment with proposed new laws legalizing recreational marijuana for those aged 18 and older — and stringent new criminal sanctions for those who break them. The bundle of bills tabled Thursday in the House of Commons marks the start of a lengthy process which, once complete in July 2018, will usher in a dramatic cultural change, its ramifications reaching into nearly every aspect of Canadian society. Since the 2015 election campaign, the Liberals have couched their push to legalize pot in a counterintuitive message: that it is the single best way to keep the drug out of the hands of impressionable [...]

By | 2017-04-14T10:44:34+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Liberals’ Marijuana Legalization Bills Introduced In The House Of Commons

Cannabis Day is coming soon. What’s next for pot plans in Ontario?

Though the provinces are still waiting for the federal government’s legislation expected next month, Ontario is already developing its own marijuana strategy to ensure they’re ready for legalization on July 1, 2018 — Cannabis Day. Ottawa’s plan to roll out legalized marijuana on July 1, 2018, will make it Cannabis Day as well as Canada Day. But next month’s federal legislation amending the Criminal Code also means provincial laws need to be changed and a distribution system developed to ensure cannabis sales are restricted to adults. It is an industry that a Deloitte report last fall estimates could be worth $22.6 billion annually, eclipsing the combined sales of beer, wine, and spirits. The Ontario government [...]

By | 2017-03-29T09:57:08+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cannabis Day is coming soon. What’s next for pot plans in Ontario?

Ottawa rushing to draft marijuana legalization bill ahead of 4/20: sources

The federal government has been scrambling to draft legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, hoping to have a bill in place ahead of the symbolic date of April 20, sources said. A senior federal official said preparing the legislation has exposed a number of divisions on key issues between the Health, Justice and Public Safety departments, requiring federal lawyers to work overtime to find the appropriate legal language to express the government’s final intentions. The government is hoping to legalize pot by July 1, 2018, CBC News reported Sunday night. The governing Liberals used last year’s 4/20 celebrations – festivals held annually across the country in which marijuana enthusiasts publicly light up – [...]

By | 2017-03-27T15:12:30+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Ottawa rushing to draft marijuana legalization bill ahead of 4/20: sources

Liberals to announce marijuana will be legal by July 1, 2018

Provinces will have right to decide how marijuana is distributed and sold, CBC News has learned.   The Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018. CBC News has learned that the legislation will be announced during the week of April 10 and will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed task force that was chaired by former liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan. Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief who has been stickhandling the marijuana file for the government, briefed the Liberal caucus on the roll-out plan and the legislation during caucus meetings this weekend. Bill Blair, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice, [...]

By | 2017-03-27T15:11:17+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Liberals to announce marijuana will be legal by July 1, 2018