Early data says legalization hasn't contributed to an increase in impaired driving. (The Star)
The 300-metre buffer between cannabis retailers and schools has become standard in many Canadian cities, starting with Vancouver. That city determined the distance by consulting with US jurisdictions, whose advice was based on American federal drug-sentencing guidelines that are harsher for drug dealers selling or producing drugs within 1,000 feet of schools. (Globe and Mail)
Continued protests from suffering patients unable to get MED leaves some wondering why there's no legal requirement for LPs to prioritize it above REC. (Globe and Mail--Paywall)
The perceived difference between indica and sativa is a "folk taxonomy" bordering on meaningless, according to a recent paper by cannabis researcher. (The Leaf) From the paper:
Illicit dispensaries are thriving. Asked what changed in the business after legalization, an employee in Ontario said, "We're just busier." (Financial Post)
Public Health activists called for cannabis to be used immediately to address the opioid crisis. (Vancouver Sun)
Chinese-Canadians are uneasy about cannabis legalization, which may lead to challenges for Liberal MPs in Chinese-Canadian ridings. (Hill Times)
The Federal government, Organigram, the University of Moncton, Genome Atlantic, Genome Canada, and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation will contribute a combined $1.1M to a project using genetic mapping to identify traits of specific strains. (Huddle)
An outdoor growing facility outside Ottawa may be the first of its kind in Canada, which legalized outdoor growing as part of C-45. (CTV News)
Edibles will represent the “second wave” of legalization, and LPs are developing a range of products they can release next October. Legal edibles open to door to many more product possibilities than the dried flower and oil which are already legal. (Yahoo News)
Cannabis industry analysis BDS Analytics predicted the price of REC is going to plummet, though not as hard as it has in some US REC states because most Canadian REC is greenhouse-grown, which is easier to control and protect. (Bloomberg)
Aphria, in Leamington, ON, suffered a walkout of new local hires during sweltering summer cultivation season, and will turn to hiring temporary foreign workers. (Windsor Star)
Canada leads the world in cannabis trademarks, but that could change quickly if other countries legalize. (World Trademark Review—Paywall)
A former illegal grower who was arrested and imprisoned said it's a mistake to keep former growers with criminal records out of the legal industry.
Newsweek predicted legal REC shortages could continue for years.
LP industry group the Cannabis Council of Canada said Health Canada needs to approve more licensed producers and production sites in order to meet the country’s enormous cannabis demands. (Calgary Herald)
Natural-health-product advocates want CBD to be declassified as a drug, while MED advocates say CBD users should consult physicians and have their treatment followed. (CBC Kitchener-Waterloo)
US-based Acreage Holdings--with which both former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and former anti-cannabis Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney are affiliated--went public in Canada. (Financial Post)
Illegal cannabis seeds are selling well as a result of the legal-seed shortage. (Globe and Mail)
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.
With Calgary retailers still routinely running out of stock, the province replaced its first-come-first-served order system with one designed to "level the playing field" for retail owners. (MSN, CBC Calgary)
The BC Supreme Court case over Vancouver's MED dispensaries who refused to close after October 17 may affect the future of other retailers who want to remain in the MED stream. The dispensaries in question buy grey-market stock from MMAR growers, which is not sold through the BC Liquor Distribution Branch. (Kamloops Matters)
The BC Liquor Distribution Board said numerous LPs failed to supply expected stock, though not so drastically that it has been forced to close its one provincial store or curtail online sales. (Vancouver Sun)
While most cannabis tickets so far have involved open containers in vehicles, Vancouver DUI lawyer Kyla Lee noted in her blog there are some circumstances in which cannabis consumption is allowed in vehicles.
Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli claimed on Monday the Ontario Cannabis Store's backlog "has now been taken care of and we’re back to normal," meaning Ontario customers should expect delivery in one to three days. The OCS website still warns of a delivery of three to five days. (CityNews)
Though only one LP--TerrAscend--has taken responsibility for mislabelled product, the Ontario Cannabis Store claims other LPs' products were mislabelled contributing to delivery delays. They did not specify which LPs mislabelled products. (National Post)
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory cannabis activist Jordan Brant published a summary/analysis of perspectives on cannabis among Tyendinaga band members/residents. (Google Drive)
Montreal borough Westmount banned smoking in parks and green spaces, adding itself to the patchwork map of neighbourhoods inside the city of Montreal where smoking is illegal. (CTV Montreal)
Cannabis sold by the Société Québécoise du Cannabis is 40% cheaper than that sold in Ontario, and 52% cheaper than in New Brunswick. (Le Devoir—In French)
A survey completed in June 2018 found Quebec's heaviest REC consumers are 18 to 24 and mostly male. If the Legault CAQ government raises the age from 18 to 21, that may affect legal sales in the province. (Montreal Gazette, Daily Hive)
BC’s Self-appointed "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery tried and failed to get arrested in Montreal for selling merchandise emblazoned with cannabis images and slogans, which are now illegal under provincial law. (Montreal Gazette)
Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey promised the province would provide municipalities funds for dealing with legalization soon. (Halifax Today)
Saskatchewan demanded the Muscowpetung First Nation close a cannabis store that opened on that territory for band members and non-Native MED patients last week without license from the province.
The mayor of Gjoa Haven, in western Nunavut, said the federal government should use cannabis revenues to build an addictions treatment centre in his community, which desperately needs to expand its available addictions and mental-health services. (Nunatsiaq News)