Medical-marijuana company CEO pushes for stricter cannabis regulation

The head of one of Canada’s largest medical marijuana companies says recent pesticide recalls have been a “real wake-up call” for the industry, and he wants the sector and Health Canada to do a lot more to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Aphria Inc. chief executive officer Vic Neufeld, who ran vitamin giant Jamieson Laboratories Ltd. before moving to medical marijuana in 2014, said stronger enforcement is needed to prevent future problems. Mr. Neufeld would like to see Health Canada take a pharmaceutical approach to the industry, by introducing a strict product-testing regime across the sector and recovering the costs of those added enforcement measures by charging fees to the industry. This method is a [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Medical-marijuana company CEO pushes for stricter cannabis regulation

Canada’s Justice System Is Crumbling As Cannabis Raids Continue

Canada's justice system is in the midst of a major crisis. Many hundreds of important cases across Canada have been dropped due to a lack of court resources. These include some very serious crimes. In Ontario, 6,500 cases in provincial court could soon be dropped due to delays, including 38 for homicide or attempted murder. In one terrible case last year, a man named Kenneth Williamson was convicted of raping a minor over 100 times, but because of lengthy delays in taking his case to trial, his conviction was overturned. Late last year, two men had charges of first degree murder dropped because of long delays in getting to trial. In unrelated cases, alleged killers [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Canada’s Justice System Is Crumbling As Cannabis Raids Continue

Future of Cannabis Culture dispensaries up in smoke after police raids

"Our livelihood, our brand, our money, our inventories all gone!" says owner Marc Emery, after co-ordinated police operation shuts down storefront marijuana shops in Toronto and franchise's head office in Vancouver. The faint smell of marijuana smoke hung in the halls of Old City Hall on Friday, as dozens turned out for the bail hearing of Cannabis Culture dispensary owners Marc and Jodie Emery. The "Prince and Princess of Pot," were arrested, along with business partners Chris Goodwin, Erin Goodwin, and Britney Guerra, on Wednesday night and charged with raft of marijuana-related offences, including trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime. The arrests were part of Project Gator, a nationwide operation co-ordinated by Toronto police specifically targeting six Cannabis [...]

By | March 13th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Future of Cannabis Culture dispensaries up in smoke after police raids

Marijuana stocks get bounce after dispensary raids throughout the country

Publicly-traded marijuana companies had a rough week but got a bounce Thursday following news of raids at the Cannabis Culture dispensary chain owned by Marc and Jodie Emery. The outspoken marijuana activists were arrested at Toronto’s Pearson Airport and a series of Cannabis Culture dispensaries, which are not licensed to sell medical marijuana, were raided in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto. Investors may have interpreted the raids as the government attempting to “draw a line” between the kind of operations that will eventually be allowed in the legal recreational market and those that will be forbidden, said an analyst who did not want to be named because he does not follow dispensaries. “Once there’s a line drawn, [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Marijuana stocks get bounce after dispensary raids throughout the country

Aurora Cannabis to disclose marijuana testing data to ease public concerns

Pesticide contamination in Canadian medical marijuana has led to recalls, proposed lawsuits. Medical marijuana firm Aurora Cannabis Inc. has announced a new disclosure process for its third-party quality control testing, which it says will assure clients of the purity of its products. That announcement comes amid growing concern over recalls of contaminated marijuana sold by Health Canada-approved producers. Health Canada to spot check medical marijuana Alberta to be home to 'world's largest' legal grow op Need weed? There's an app for that Every product sold by Aurora now comes with a certificate of analysis provided by cannabis testing laboratory Anandia Labs. Aurora, which is based in Cremona, Alta., and has offices in Vancouver, says the certificates [...]

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Medical marijuana firms discussed using banned pesticides

Two years before Canada’s medical-marijuana sector became embroiled in a tainted cannabis scare, the trade organization representing the majority of commercial growers explored using banned pesticides on their products, according to newly obtained documents. Meeting minutes and confidential e-mails sent in 2015 to more than a dozen companies on the subject, show that some industry members supported using prohibited chemicals such as myclobutanil – a pesticide that produces hydrogen cyanide when combusted and can lead to serious health problems. Though the application for approval was never carried out, myclobutanil is now at the centre of a controversy over patient safety in the sector after two companies – Mettrum Ltd. and OrganiGram Inc. – were found [...]

By | March 8th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Medical marijuana firms discussed using banned pesticides

Marijuana stocks drop as Trudeau’s pot czar says Canada won’t rush into legalization

As investors flock to Canada’s burgeoning marijuana sector, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is signaling recreational pot sales aren’t imminent. Lawmaker Bill Blair -- the former Toronto police chief leading Trudeau’s legalization effort -- confirmed a bill is due in parliament this spring, but it won’t be the last hurdle as ample regulatory work remains. The federal government will take its time and work with provinces, territories and cities to build a framework and develop specific regulations, he said. The government is also looking for ways to control production, distribution and consumption of legalized marijuana, while testing it for quality and keeping it out of the hands of minors, Mr. Blair said. “We will take [...]

By | March 7th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Marijuana stocks drop as Trudeau’s pot czar says Canada won’t rush into legalization

Israel moves to decriminalize marijuana

JERUSALEM -- Holy smokes! The Israeli government has taken a step toward decriminalizing marijuana use. Israeli media say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet has approved a measure that would reduce penalties for possession of marijuana. If caught, smokers would pay a fine, instead of facing criminal charges. Netanyahu said ahead of Sunday's meeting that a "new enforcement policy" should be drawn up "cautiously and in a controlled manner." The decision does not mean that Jerusalem will now have Amsterdam-style coffee shops. The Haaretz daily said a committee would study ways to regulate the use of pot. Opposition lawmaker Tamar Zandberg told Haaretz: "This is an important step, but not the end of the road. It [...]

By | March 6th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Israel moves to decriminalize marijuana

Why doctors don’t want to be the gatekeepers of medical marijuana

There are concerns about the absence of peer-reviewed research, the possible side effects, and appropriate dosages. VANCOUVER – Not all medicinal marijuana is created equal. That’s what some experts are saying as they warn about the health risks and curtailed effectiveness associated with smoking medicine. As medical pot becomes increasingly mainstream and Canada moves toward legalizing the substance, health experts are emphasizing the need for doctors and patients to consider the sometimes serious side effects linked to the various ways of consuming the drug. Paul Farnan, an addictions specialist at the University of British Columbia, likened a recommendation to smoke medicinal marijuana to a doctor handing out a prescription to light up an opium pipe. [...]

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Q&A Former premier Darrell Dexter now a lobbyist for marijuana industry

Darrell Dexter's newest interest is marijuana. The former NDP premier of Nova Scotia is a vice-chair at Global Public Affairs, the country's largest privately held government relations firm. Dexter will be leading the firm's cannabis industry clients as marijuana legislation and regulations are rolled out. He spoke by phone from Calgary with the CBC's Elizabeth Chiu. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q: Why are you interested in lobbying for the marijuana industry? A: You might know that a recent Deloitte report on this industry says that it will, in all likelihood, reach something in the order of a $22-billion industry, in fact eclipsing the combined sales of beer, wine and spirits. This [...]

By | March 2nd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Q&A Former premier Darrell Dexter now a lobbyist for marijuana industry