Parliament’s Privy Council formally made Bill Blair the minister responsible for the Cannabis Act. He takes the file over from health minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor.
Statistics Canada’s wastewater testing measured the amount of THC in municipal sewers as a means of determining cannabis consumption.
BC and Yukon’s Catholic Bishops support the use of MED, but regarding REC, they warned, “The mere fact that an activity is made legal by the government does not automatically mean that it is morally acceptable.”
On Tuesday, I reported Kimberly Webster, the fourth-year Kamloops, BC psychology student suing both the BC Liquor Distribution Branch and Hexo for allegedly mislabelling high-THC oral spray as high-CBD/low-THC, was revealed to be an anti-cannabis activist who co-authored an error-filled article last summer with Thompson Rivers University professor Chris Montoya opposing cannabis on campus. Montoya sits on the advisory council for Drug Free Kids Canada.
WeedWeek Canada, Kamloops This Week, Twitter, The Conversation
Wiarton, Ontario will host the first legal cannabis-themed curling "bongspiel."
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities says many of its member cities have seen none of the excise tax revenues the provinces split 75/25 with the federal government.
The remaining dates in which the government can publish its edibles draft regulations are December 8, 15, and 22.
Illegal dealers haven’t lost many customers since legalization.
A University of Guelph sociology professor argued the Canadian government reasoning behind REC legalization was faulty because organized crime was not involved in illicit production and young people will always be able to access illegal cannabis.
Health Canada policy advisor David Brown noted as of September 2018, there are 25,447 active personal and designated MED production licenses, and 342,102 total client registrations.
Much of the week's business news concerned the Quintessential Capital Management/Hindenburg Research reports on Aphria that included serious accusations of mismanagement and insider dealing. I wrote about the events as they were unfolding on Tuesday.
The Canadian Securities Administrators, a federal body comprising 13 provincial and territorial securities regulators, is investigating “abusive” short-selling in Canada, at a time of increasing activist short-selling.
Ontario LP 48North, which acquired Good & Green on Monday, plans to develop Canada’s first industrial scale outdoor production facility. NewsWire, MJ Biz Daily
Canopy acquired Volcano-vaporizer-maker Storz & Bickel for €145 million (roughly C$220M).
Canopy Press ReleaseThe Canadian Cannabis LP Index followed its 25% decline in October with a 14.8% decline in November.
Demand for craft cannabis is growing, and potential distributors are noticing.
CBC British Columbia
Supreme inked a deal to bring rapper Wiz Khalifa’s cannabis brand—Khalifa Kush—to Canada, though the company will have to step carefully to avoid running afoul of Health Canada’s stringent rules against associating cannabis with any celebrity.
The oil and gas sector continues to lose personnel to cannabis.
65. A Very Canadian Pot Scandal with Jesse Staniforth
Jesse Staniforth, Editor of WeedWeek Canada, updates Alex and Donnell on breaking Canadian stories. There is no lack of scandal: Cannabis giant Canopy Growth fired founder and CEO Bruce Linton and CannTrust, a major licensed producer, is estimated to lose C$350 Million for ignoring the law. New regulations limiting THC in edibles exacerbate the over-packaging crisis. The country continues to battle the illicit market which is now also available online and is known by the cool name "MOMS" (mail order marijuana sites). Plus, Alex and Donnell discuss Jay-Z's partnership with Caliva.
Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis’s supply shortages may continue for as long as 18 months.
After Calgary police said last week that , “the sky hasn’t fallen,” the police commission in neighbouring Edmonton asked the municipality for a 25% (or $87M) funding increase, a significant portion of which will cover the cost of policing legalization.
The Star, CBC Edmonton
Calgary’s planning committee will implement 300-metre buffers between all cannabis retailers along downtown’s 8th Avenue.
BC Bud has partly lost its legendary status following legalization and the array of LP varieties on offer, but BC’s craft growers are making money selling illegally in Europe, where Canadian craft cannabis can fetch the equivalent of $38 per gram.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario published its standards for REC retail. Among them:
Eighty percent of the 12,000 Ottawa residents who sounded off in the city’s online survey (out of 23,000 responses total) voted for REC retail, saying they preferred buying in a store to ordering online. In a report tabled on Wednesday, city staff recommended city council opt in. Later in the week, Ottawa Police supported REC retail.
CBC Ottawa, Twitter
Cannabis Compliance’s Deepak Anand called on the Alcohol & Gaming Commission Ontario to address rumours that REC retail applications will not open as planned on December 17. To date, there has been no response.
A Windsor MED lounge announced it was being forced to close for good due to Ontario smoking laws.
Quebec's new CAQ government, led by Premier François Legault, quickly tabled legislation to raise the age for cannabis to 21 and ban cannabis use in all public places. I wrote about it on Wednesday.
Small LPs are eager to ink supply agreements with the SQDC, and last week Supreme and Up Cannabis both joined the Registry of Lobbyists to pitch their products to the SQDC. The SQDC’s website says it has entered a second phase of procurement and wishes to diversify its supply. Huffpost Quebec—In French
The Quebec government has invested $7.2M in the SQDC so far.
La Tribune—In French
Sales figures from PEI and Nova Scotia showed smaller LPs did better than larger ones in the first month of legalization.
More retailers opened in Saskatchwan, and demand remains intense.
Manitoba has only issued two cautions to REC sellers since legalization and says the province’s retailers are following the rules.
A Nunavut News editorial argued cannabis legalization and the opening of Iqaluit’s beer and wine store were harm reductive and a strong alternative to the illegal bootlegging and cannabis sales previously widespread in the territory.