The trick to crossing the border as an industry insider, says RavenQuest BioMed CEO George Robinson, is to be direct and honest but not volunteer information unless they ask.
Smoking is still the most common way Canadians consume cannabis, but rates are declining as vaping and edibles are on the rise. (Straight Cannabis)
Statistics Canada's first tests of wastewater sewage to gauge traces of THC revealed Montreal consumes 1,922 grams per week of cannabis, Toronto consumes 1,257 grams, and Vancouver consumes 721 grams. All calculations have margins of error of nearly 50%. (Surrey Now, Twitter--David Brown)
Health Canada will publish draft regulations for edibles legalization the next few weeks. A public consultation process will follow. (MJ Biz Daily)
Activists stepped up efforts calling for Ottawa to remove both excise tax and sales tax from MED products, which are not applied to other prescription medication. Patient advocates were on Parliament Hill this week meeting with MPs to explain their cause. (CTV News)
Even driving after using CBD may be enough to get you charged with DUI--because many CBD products contain enough THC to meet the very low threshold police use to determine impairment.
Canadian and American scientists have located the previously hidden DNA of cannabis, confirming THC and CBD are produced by different genes. They also isolated genes that determine cannabis potency. (The Star)
Cannabis research is booming, but scientists now face the challenge of determining standards for variables like standard unit-doses of THC and other cannabinoids. (The Leaf)
Moving from the illicit market to the commercial mainstream can be a difficult move, but some cannabis boosters believe it's best for normalizing the culture and the plant. (GrowthOp)
There's no legal way to buy seeds, so home growers are asking MED growers for seeds and clones as gifts or in trade. (The Star)
The RCMP and the Canadian Armed Forces continue to work together to find and destroy illicit outdoor cannabis farms. (Vice)
Three quarters of MED users still get their cannabis illegally--from friends, online dispensaries, or traditional dealers. (Globe and Mail--Paywall)
Eight universities have Health Canada licenses to cultivate cannabis for scientific purposes. (National Post)
Health Canada released its allowable limits for solvent residues in oils produced by LPs. Solvents are illegal for home use on cannabis.
The supply shortage may well go on for months--with British Columbia predicting the drought may extend for another year and a half. (MarketWatch) Mixed Bag for Q3 Earnings
A new anonymous poll by Bloomberg discovered only 17 CEOs of 29 legal cannabis producers in Canada and the US admitted using their products either medically or recreationally.
A survey of Canadians by the Ontario Securities Commission found only 18% of cannabis investors made purchases following advice from a financial representative or portfolio manager, while 32% relied in whole or in part on advice from friends and family.
Last week, Niagara-area LP RedeCan was forced to recall all 3.5-gram bottles of its B.E.C. strain with lot-code 4B2L3 after receiving five complaints of mould contamination. However, other customers were complaining on Reddit they had found dead insects in their cannabis. (CTV News)
This summer, Canada was awash with questionably legal marketing by LPs. Festival sponsorships, poster-ads, and billboards were widespread, and while Health Canada complained, it didn't yet have the teeth to crack down. That grey area ended on October 17, and a cannabis lawyer says LPs who didn't take advantage of it missed a crucial chance to build their brands. (Cannabis Law)
Second Cup franchisees are suing the coffee chain that recently shifted its focus to cannabis. They have a series of complaints, including allegations the Second Cup misused franchisee funds. (Global News)
Florida LP Trulieve went public on the Canadian Securities Exchange via a reverse takeover of a mining company. It raised $65.8M. (Tallahassee Democrat)
The number of people seeking jobs in the Canadian cannabis industry has quintupled since last year. (BC Business)
Thirty countries have legalized MED and six are buying Canadian cannabis exports. (Daily Hive Grow)
The tech area of the cannabis sector is growing quickly. (CBC Business)
Entirely illegal Mail-Order-Marijuana operation The Green Ace released a professional-looking press release to celeberate "[taking] the lead in providing premium marijuana strains Canada-wide." (Digital Journal)
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.
Calgary police say the first month of legalization was uneventful, and "the sky has not fallen."
Illegal cannabis continues to prosper, say Alberta police and retailers. Edibles are a large part of a trade, and prices are lower than provincially mandated minimums. (Calgary Journal)
University of Alberta professors cautioned against seeing CBD as a panacea. (Folio)
The man who oversees cannabis sales for BC wants to give consumers what they want, but says logistics and supply chain delays mean it will be some time before that becomes routine. (Vancouver Sun)
Police are sounding the alarm over the wide availability of high-THC edibles that look like regular candy (and are often packaged as such) and bear either no or little warning to keep away from children. (CBC Vancouver)
The University of British Columbia launched its Canopy Growth Professor of Cannabis Science position, which will be filled by epidemiologist M-J Milloy. He plans to study the use of cannabis to fight the opioid crisis. (The Star)
Suddenly faced with powerful competition in Ontario and Alberta, the strains known as BC Bud may be at risk of being forgotten. (Globe and Mail--Paywall)
The BC Liquor Distribution Board put out a call for photographers to take cannabis photos--so long as they don't glamorize cannabis. (Vancouver Sun)
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario released its guide to the REC retail application process.
Just outside Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario Provincial Police ticketed a man $215 for driving a vehicle with cannabis within reach. The man said he bought the 27 grams of cannabis on Tyendinaga Territory and police fined him $180 for unlawfully purchasing cannabis. (Global News)
Ottawa Public Health says they're getting no excise tax money with which to fund their programs to lessen negative effects of REC legalization. (CBC Ottawa)
An illegal compassion club in Windsor that was raided two weeks ago is now giving cannabis away for free in return for donations of food and clothing for charity. (Windsor Star)
A man attempted to enter a Simcoe, Ontario provincial courthouse with "a large quantity" of cannabis in his possession, which security screeners detected. He was charged with possession for the purpose of selling. (CTV News)
Within days of election in October, the conservative CAQ government asked Ministry of Health staffers and the Quebec Institute of Public Health for research to justify the party's plan to raise the age of consumtion from 18 to 21. They were annoyed when the bodies delivered the same research they had given to the outgoing Liberal government--recommending the age be 18. (Le Devoir--In French)
Following on reports suggesting lobby videos visible from outside Société Québécoise du Cannabis outlets were breaking Quebec's cannabis law by describing strains as "energizing," "euphoric," or "calming and relaxing," the SQDC pulled the video. (Montreal Gazette)
Applications for production licenses by Quebec producers represent 62 of the 600 applications presently in the Health Canada queue. Producers and municipal officials across the province want Ottawa to hurry up and help get Quebec businesses up and running. (TVA Nouvelles--In French)
The first college-level cannabis processing program in Quebec will likely begin next spring. The course will specialize in teaching post-harvest work like oil extraction.
Newfoundland's RCMP reported the number of criminal cases involving cannabis has gone down, while the number of ticketable violations has gone up.
Nova Scotia's illegal dispensaries are fighting to stay open because they say they serve a medical need for users who may have difficulty accessing MED through LPs' online mail-order systems, or shouldn't be forced to wait for mail delivery. (Global News)
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said he would not share Manitoba's cut of federal cannabis excise tax revenues with his province's municipalities for the time being. (Winnipeg Free Press)
Cannabis stores are buoying businesses in a once-derelict Winnipeg neighbourhood. (CBC Winnipeg)
Saskatoon opened its first REC store, which allows only one purchase per customer, though "size doesn't matter." (CBC Saskatoon)
There have only been two impaired driving convictions related to cannabis in Iqaluit since legalization. RCMP Staff-Sgt Garfield Elliott said in September he did not expect legalization would make much difference to impaired driving, and this week he said he stands by that statement. (Nunatsiaq News)