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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 executive chairman Scott Kelly. "With their involvement and support, Newstrike firmly believes [...]

May 30th, 2017|Categories: 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 and still-developing children. The long-standing prohibition on pot in Canada has been [...]

April 14th, 2017|Categories: 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 now has bureaucrats from a dozen departments developing the province’s marijuana strategy, [...]

March 29th, 2017|Categories: 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 – to announce that they would table their legislation this spring. The government [...]

March 27th, 2017|Categories: 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, speaking at an open caucus meeting and panel discussion on the legalization [...]

March 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Comments Off on Liberals to announce marijuana will be legal by July 1, 2018

Task-force leader on legalizing marijuana urges prohibition, for now

A former Liberal cabinet minister who recently chaired a panel guiding Ottawa’s push to legalize cannabis says police everywhere should enforce the existing prohibition of marijuana, despite several communities in British Columbia choosing to regulate – not raid – illegal pot shops. Anne McLellan, head of an official task force that submitted recommendations to Ottawa on how best to legalize cannabis, said Thursday that Vancouver crafted Canada’s first municipal marijuana bylaw in response to what was a “growing difficult situation for them.” But the former minister of public safety, health and justice in the Liberal governments of Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin said other cities should not follow suit before the current laws change, echoing what the federal government has repeatedly said when asked about the rise [...]

March 24th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Comments Off on Task-force leader on legalizing marijuana urges prohibition, for now

Growing your own medical marijuana just got really complicated

Canada's biggest licensed producer of medical marijuana launched its first collection of feminized seeds for sale last week. In response to a federal court ruling, Health Canada reintroduced "provisions for individuals to produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes or to designate someone to produce it for them" as part of the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) last August. But even through ACMPR, growing your own medicine may be way more challenging than the three or four clicks required to shop online for your weed. First, you'll need a certificate from your physician outlining your daily intake. This medical document must then be sent to Health Canada with a completed 11-page registration form that details where you plan to grow [...]

March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Comments Off on Growing your own medical marijuana just got really complicated

Manitoba wants to set limit on marijuana consumption in public places

The Manitoba government is moving to set restrictions on marijuana similar to those on alcohol. Proposed legislation would list marijuana as an intoxicant and ban people from consuming it in a vehicle. Police would also have the right to suspend a driver's licence for 24 hours — similar to an alcohol provision — if they thought a person was under the influence of pot. Medical marijuana user and legalization advocate, Steven Stairs said he is disappointed by the proposed legislation. He called it overly broad and said it fails to distinguish medical marijuana use from recreational consumption. "If I'm a medical user and I have pot in my car, do I have to put it in my trunk too? That is kind of stupid," he said. "So the police can pull [...]

March 21st, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Comments Off on Manitoba wants to set limit on marijuana consumption in public places

Culling Cannabis Dispensaries Exposes Trudeau’s Hypocrisy

Canada's medical marijuana (MMJ) dispensaries may soon become an endangered species. They're already in danger of being legislated out of business. But it now seems that Canada's police agencies have declared open season on them. Law enforcement raids on dispensaries have been all over the news lately. The fact that Canada's "pot czar" is ex-cop Bill Blair already has dispensaries and cottage-industry cannabis cultivators shuddering. After all, he built his law enforcement career on throwing these kinds of people behind bars. To many of them, Blair is still the guy they call "Bill the Narc," someone who had their homes raided by SWAT teams. That's because he was a long-time undercover narcotics cop before he become Toronto's police chief. He retired in 2015. Canada's medical marijuana dispensaries [...]

March 17th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News|Comments Off on Culling Cannabis Dispensaries Exposes Trudeau’s Hypocrisy

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