Federal marijuana legislation clears House of Commons, headed for the Senate

Bill C-45 will now go to the Senate for further scrutiny. MPs passed the Liberal government's bill to legalize cannabis Monday evening, sending the legislation down the hall to the Senate for further study and debate. The legislation was largely supported along partisan lines, although it secured the support of the NDP and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. The final vote was 200 MPs in favour, with 82 against. Conservative MP Scott Reid voted for the bill after he polled constituents in his eastern Ontario riding, Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, and found a plurality supported the Liberal plan. A last-ditch Conservative effort to delay the bill — and send it to the Commons health committee for further study — [...]

By | 2017-11-29T09:34:31+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Federal marijuana legislation clears House of Commons, headed for the Senate

Winnipeg Free Press rolls out marijuana news site The Leaf

The site generated about 1,300 page views in its first 12 hours, despite not being widely promoted, the editor of the Winnipeg Free Press says. A specialized cannabis news website called The Leaf is generating quite a “buzz” since launching earlier this week, according to the editor of the Winnipeg Free Press. Paul Samyn said the newspaper thinks there is growing reader appetite locally and nationally for news about marijuana as Canada moves toward legalization of recreational pot use next summer. “What we thought would be a smart thing in this digital age is to try and create a destination that would serve anyone looking for information, not just those who would normally be seen [...]

By | 2017-11-24T16:14:15+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Winnipeg Free Press rolls out marijuana news site The Leaf

Aurora Cannabis to buy greenhouse design firm Larssen

  DAN HEALING THE CANADIAN PRESS NOVEMBER 23, 2017 Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it intends to use its ownership of greenhouse design firm Larssen Ltd. to pressure other cannabis producers to enter partnerships that will further its aggressive growth plans. In a news release, the Alberta-based cannabis producer said Larssen is involved with more than 15 cannabis industry clients globally, including five Canadian licensed producers, but the Canadian deals will be reassessed once the buyout announced Thursday is completed. "We're going to certainly encourage those to proceed but we're going to require some level of partnership, whether that be an equity stake or a supply agreement or other things," said Aurora executive vice-president Cam Battley. [...]

By | 2017-11-23T13:18:41+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Aurora Cannabis to buy greenhouse design firm Larssen

Ottawa outlines long-awaited rules for pot sales

New rules would require mandatory health warnings and child-proof packaging, security screening for pot executives, and limits on the amount of cannabis in each legal joint or vial of cannabis oil sold. By TONDA MACCHARLES Ottawa Bureau reporter   OTTAWA—The federal government has released a raft of proposed new rules for legalized marijuana that would require mandatory health warnings and child-proof packaging, security screening for pot executives, and limits on the amount of cannabis in each legal joint or vial of cannabis oil sold. The Liberal government wants to create a range of licenses for large-scale and smaller “craft” cannabis cultivators, as well as separate licenses for large and small cannabis processors. Ottawa would establish a Cannabis [...]

By | 2017-11-22T12:36:44+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Ottawa outlines long-awaited rules for pot sales

New Brunswick says it’s the first province to secure a full cannabis supply

The province announced a memorandum of understanding with supplier Zenabis to provide four million grams of cannabis and derivative products, on top of two other agreements it has already made.   ATHOLVILLE, N.B.—New Brunswick says it has become the first province to fully secure its supply of recreational marijuana. It announced a memorandum of understanding with Zenabis to provide four million grams of cannabis and derivative products with a retail value of about $40 million. The province previously signed similar agreements with Organigram and Canopy Growth Corp., each worth about $40 million annually. “New Brunswick becomes (the) first province in Canada to fully secure supply of cannabis and cannabis products for all its consumers,” Zenabis [...]

By | 2017-11-21T16:08:28+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on New Brunswick says it’s the first province to secure a full cannabis supply

Canadian legalization round-up via LiftCannabis

A complete overview of where the provinces and territories currently stand in preparing for legalization. By David Brown   As legalization legislation makes its way through the House of Commons, Canada’s provinces and territories are also working out how to manage and regulate cannabis distribution, sales, age limits, home grows, and more. Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, is expected to finish debate at report stage and third reading in the House this week or next, and then make its way to the Senate. Along with this federal legislation, provinces and territories are working on or already formally debating their own bills to manage the responsibilities given to them under the Cannabis Act, once it is [...]

By | 2017-11-20T10:18:12+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Canadian legalization round-up via LiftCannabis

What happens to drug-sniffing dogs when marijuana is legalized in Canada?

From how it’s sold to what the health implications are, the impending legalization of marijuana has proven complex, to say the least. Among the questions this process has opened for governments and law enforcement is one that has yet to be answered — what will legalization mean for police canines trained to treat pot as illegal? READ MORE: Pot legalization in Canada: Here’s what you need to know about proposed law   At this point, no one really knows. Police drug dogs are generally trained to sniff out a host of contraband that includes marijuana. These four-legged officers can’t tell their handlers what drug they smelled — just that they found something, typically indicated by sitting down. Often, [...]

By | 2017-11-17T13:11:36+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on What happens to drug-sniffing dogs when marijuana is legalized in Canada?

Quebec to sell cannabis online via SAQ, Radio-Canada sources say

Provincially controlled sales through liquor board to be part of new bill expected Thursday. Legal cannabis could be just a click away for Quebecers once Canada's new marijuana law comes into effect, Radio-Canada has learned. The Quebec government plans to table its own legislation to manage legal marijuana sales Thursday, Radio-Canada has confirmed, and it intends to manage online marijuana sales through the SAQ, Quebec's publicly owned liquor agency. Governments grappling with how to keep pot bought online out of the hands of underage users Legalized marijuana presents opportunity of a lifetime for Canadian entrepreneurs Neighbouring New Brunswick has yet to work out details, but provincial leaders there have told CBC News that customers might pay for the product online [...]

By | 2017-11-16T11:22:32+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Quebec to sell cannabis online via SAQ, Radio-Canada sources say

Nova Scotia’s marijuana plan expected by end of 2017

'We're well-positioned now to come to conclusions by the end of the calendar year,' says Mark Furey Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey said Nova Scotians can expect to hear about the province's marijuana plan by the end of 2017. "Our objective hopefully is by the end of the calendar year we'll have a clear position on age and distribution," he told reporters Thursday following a cabinet meeting. "We'll do that before the holidays." Cannabis is expected to be legalized across the country by Canada Day 2018. Online survey results In October, the province launched an online survey asking for the public's opinion on issues like the legal age to purchase and use recreational cannabis, where [...]

By | 2017-11-09T15:11:36+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Nova Scotia’s marijuana plan expected by end of 2017

Canada’s Leading Licensed Producers Release Recommendations for Responsible Cannabis Branding & Marketing Guidelines

Guidelines developed in conjunction with Advertising Standards Canada would inform Canadians about responsible use, protect public health and safety, and combat the illicit market. TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Branding ("Coalition"), made up of seventeen of Canada's authorized Licensed Cannabis Producers, in partnership with the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council and Cannabis Canada Association, released the Adult Use Cannabis Advertising and Marketing Guidelines for Licensed Producers. The proposed guidelines, which if endorsed by government, would come into effect following the legalization of adult consumer use of cannabis in July 2018, are designed to protect youth and the safety of all Canadians, while also ensuring that Health Canada authorized Licensed Producers can compete effectively with Canada's thriving illicit market. The Coalition, representing approximately 90 percent [...]

By | 2017-11-08T15:42:48+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Canada’s Leading Licensed Producers Release Recommendations for Responsible Cannabis Branding & Marketing Guidelines