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

Canada awaits hemp boom, with companies pivoting to capitalize on CBD

Excitement about hemp’s market potential is white-hot in Canada, where hemp production already overwhelms the United States and changing regulations could unleash a huge new market for CBD products. Company after company in Canada is gambling that the government will soon dramatically expand how the nation’s 120,000 acres of hemp can be used. In particular, marijuana businesses, food companies, pharmaceutical firms, investors and entrepreneurs expect the Canadian government in coming months will make it easier for growers and processors to extract CBD from hemp leaves and flower. “People are excited,” said Jan Slaski, a hemp researcher for InnoTech Alberta, an engineering research firm in Edmonton. “We have so much hemp here already. And farmers are [...]

By | 2017-11-10T13:38:17+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Canada awaits hemp boom, with companies pivoting to capitalize on CBD

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

CannTrust™ Announces Receiving Health Canada Approval to Export Medical Marijuana Internationally and the Shipping of Medical Marijuana to Australia

/THIS NEWS RELEASE IS INTENDED FOR DISTRIBUTION IN CANADA ONLY AND IS NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES/ VAUGHAN, ON, Nov. 8, 2017 /CNW/ – CannTrust Holdings Inc. (“CannTrust” or the “Company” I CSE: TRST), a licensed producer of medical cannabis under the Health Canada Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation (” ACMPR “) program, is pleased to announce that it has received Health Canada approval to export medical marijuana internationally to Countries where medical marijuana is legalized and that the Company has now begun shipping to Australia. “We are very proud and excited to begin the international shipping of our pharmaceutically standardized medical marijuana [...]

By | 2017-11-08T15:11:09+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on CannTrust™ Announces Receiving Health Canada Approval to Export Medical Marijuana Internationally and the Shipping of Medical Marijuana to Australia

Manitoba premier says he won’t follow Ontario cannabis model

Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press Published Monday, November 6, 2017 5:59PM EST  Last Updated Monday, November 6, 2017 11:05PM EST WINNIPEG - Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister signalled Monday that the province's private sector will be involved in the distribution of marijuana when recreational use is legalized next July. Pallister said details of the provincial plan to govern cannabis would be released Tuesday. He rejected earlier statements from the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union that sales should be done exclusively through government-run stores. Pallister said there will be some sort of a "hybrid option" - public-sector regulation and distribution combined with private-sector delivery - that could take business away from the existing black "People want [...]

By | 2017-11-07T13:41:29+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Manitoba premier says he won’t follow Ontario cannabis model

Justin Trudeau Suggests $1 Per Gram Tax On Marijuana

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is proposing to levy a federal excise tax on recreational marijuana once it becomes legal next July, with the provinces and territories receiving half the revenue. Under a federal proposal put to premiers during a first ministers meeting Tuesday, each gram of pot would be subject to an excise tax of $1 on sales up to $10 and a 10 per cent tax on sales of more than $10. However, premiers argued that provinces will foot the lion's share of the cost of regulating and enforcing the new regime and should, therefore, get the lion's share of the revenue. Trudeau said the level of taxation on marijuana and revenue [...]

By | 2017-11-06T12:58:58+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Justin Trudeau Suggests $1 Per Gram Tax On Marijuana

Legalized marijuana presents opportunity of a lifetime for Canadian entrepreneurs

  Canada is creating a $23 billion business opportunity. And that's just the beginning. The modern-day prospectors in Canada's new cannabis market are working hard and cutting deals as the final eight months tick down to the day when recreational marijuana is fully legalized. Like the gold miners who trekked to the Yukon 120 years ago, today's fortune hunters are forging into the unknown. Some will get rich, some won't make it, and a few will leave their mark for generations. The motherlode is an industry valued at $23 billion, according to research from accounting firm Deloitte. That includes growing and retail sales, transportation, security, edibles, taxes, and tourism. Canadians could also be at the [...]

By | 2017-11-03T14:13:36+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Legalized marijuana presents opportunity of a lifetime for Canadian entrepreneurs