Doctors writing in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology noted the case of a New Brunswick 70-year-old with a history of heart problems who suffered a heart attack after consuming three quarters of a 90-milligram THC lollipop (between 18 and 36 times the recommended edibles start-dose of 2.5 to 5 milligrams) to help with osteoathritis.
A McGill university meta-analysis of studies found roughly 7% of teens and younger adults who use cannabis experience increased risk of depression and suicidal behaviour.
Montreal Gazette, GrowthOp
An Ipsos survey of adult cannabis users found 82% used cannabis as part of sex (72% before, 66% after, 44% as foreplay, 57% before masturbating).
An Angus Reid poll found 17% of Canadians have a close friend or family member who’s struggled with opioid dependence, and 7% have lost someone close to them to an opioid overdose.
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Aphria announced it had concluded an internal special-committee review of its LATAM holdings, which found the company purchased those assets at a rate “within an acceptable range as compared to similar acquisitions by competitors,” though on the higher end. Meanwhile, “certain of the non-independent directors of the Company had conflicting interests in the Acquisition that were not fully disclosed to the Board.” As a result, the committee made five recommendations to bolster board independence, which the board agreed to adopt.
Press Release, Financial Post, Bloomberg
Analysts at US investment bank Raymond James released a report calling Canadian LPs overvalued by as much as 90%.
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After questions last week about whether in-store sales promotions and product discounts by Alberta REC stores breached the Cannabis Act, REC retail company High Tide is developing an age-gated system of user accounts that would show cannabis ads only to registered customers.
Globe and Mail—Paywall
Seniors across BC are interested in trying both MED and REC, driving the popularity of cannabis information sessions for seniors.
After the Star reported on still-illegal THC- and CBD-infused lotions, massage oils, lube, and other intimate products for sale at Vancouver’s Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show, show organizers ejected booths selling the items.
Now that cannabis is legal in Vancouver, the parks board has called for 4/20 celebrations to relocate out of the Vancouver parks to somewhere where smoking is illegal. They passed a motion to ban sale of cannabis during the celebrations, while also asking city council to relocate the event outside of the city’s parks system.
REC retailers have only a few weeks remaining before the April 1 deadline to open their stores, and insiders expect few will actually be operating by then. Compliance experts say the most likely source of delay is the lottery rules prohibiting franchising or changes to the corporate structure of the company.
Ontario finance minister Vic Fedeli said there are no plans in sight for more stores beyond the 25 licensed via the REC lottery. Compliance expert Deepak Anand said the province was using the supply shortage as an excuse to slow the retail rollout as they figure out how to organize it.
Akwesasne's Indian Way Longhouse is not the ruling political body in the territory, but it claims it has the right under traditional law to license dispensaries in the territory. The ruling Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs does not agree: its police raided the dispensary IWL licensed.
The Lombard Glen Golf and Country Club in Eastern Ontario will rebrand itself Rolling Greens as it becomes the country’s first cannabis-friendly golf course. Leafly
LP-greenhouse light pollution is so high in some Ontario towns that it nearly replaces streetlights.
Lift & Co.
The odours from an LP production facility outside London has provoked more than a hundred complaints.
Ottawa residents near the proposed first legal REC store worry the traffic will change their neighbourhood.
Windsor won’t likely have a REC store until 2020, and its illicit market is thriving.
The CAQ government began its consultations on Bill 2, the Act that will raise the age for cannabis and ban cannabis smoking in public, but few experts were present in the hearings. Several major expert groups—including the Association of Emergency Medical Specialists, the Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health, and the Quebec Provincial Police Association (APPQ)—have pulled out.
The US$2B San Francisco company JUUL Labs (maker of Juul nicotine-vaporizers) has registered itself as a lobbyist in Quebec on Bill 2. The company was originally a subsidiary of cannabis-vaporizer company PAX, but was spun off into its own entity in 2017. It's unclear why JUUL, whose products contain nicotine, would be interested in Bill 2, which only limits cannabis smoking and vaping. To date the company has made no contact with the Ministry of Health.
La Presse—In French
Nova Scotia is looking into increasing its number of REC retail stores since so few people are buying online. Finance minister Karen Casey said the government hoped to open stores in underserved areas of the province.
Chronicle-Herald, Cape Breton Post
While 51 Saskatchewan stores received the go-ahead to apply for REC retail permits last summer, only 20 have actually opened.
A Saskatchewan man is going to a judge-only trial for selling illicit cannabis he said was MED for patients who had difficulty accessing it through the federal MED system. His clientele, he said, was mostly homeless and low-income customers who could not afford the minimum-order amounts, did not have fixed addresses, or could not wait for delivery. He was charged in 2016.
Two Saskatchewan hunters were fined and banned from hunting for two years after they drove into a foot-access-only wildlife habitat with loaded rifles in a vehicle that smelled strongly of recently enjoyed cannabis. Cannabis was found in the vehicle.
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