Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana escalated their Don’t Tax Medicine campaign calling on the Federal government to end the MED excise tax.
Toronto’s medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa called for Ottawa to ban candies, gummies, and candy-flavoured cannabis vape products that could appeal to children. She reflected on the number of cases of accidental cannabis consumption in the US, in urging a ban on cannabis products “appealing to children due to their colour or shape.” De Villa called for the federal government to ban ads for vape products from areas where youth could access them, and to ban “marketing materials showing cannabis use in movies and video games.”
CBC Toronto, CTV News
The second National Indigenous Cannabis and Hemp Conference took place in Ottawa this week, and I attended on Wednesday, where I had some great conversations and heard complex discussions about the state of cannabis among Indigenous communities.
After alleging two weeks ago that founding CEO Sean Dollinger breached his fiduciary duty and personally enriched himself, Namaste Technologies reached a settlement with Dollinger in return for Dollinger withdrawing his application for an injunction against Namaste. Financial Post
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An Edmonton councillor described legalization as a “non-event,” with more tickets handed out for tobacco infractions than cannabis.
Aurora will open a retail store in the West Edmonton Mall, provoking outrage from US anti-cannabis group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which said such the store shouldn’t be allowed since “There are kids that are congregating at the mall.” (The mall already contains three tobacconists, a vape store, a liquor store, and a casino.)
The BC Centre on Substance Use called for opioid compassion clubs styled on cannabis compassion clubs to sell regulated heroin to opioid users. The BCCSU believes a regulated supply would stem the overdose crisis by helping users avoid fentanyl sold as less potent or desirable drugs.
Vancouver Sun, Youtube
Ontario’s mandatory four-hour course for REC retailers teaches things like identifying stoned customers through their dry mouths and tendency tofumbling with items. The goal of the course is to help retail employees identified impaired customers within 15 to 20 seconds.
CBC Toronto, Financial Post, Yahoo Finance
The mayors of several Ontario municipalities argue they aren’t receiving their fair share of provincial funding for cannabis. They say they need funds for increased policing and “social issues” related to legalization.
London Free Press
Though LPs weren’t allowed to enter the REC retail lottery, one of the lottery winners in London, ON, has applied to open a Tweed-branded store. Tweed has 11 stores in Newfoundland and Manitoba, and has the right to open five more in Saskatchewan.
Nova Cannabis stressed its REC licensing deal with Toronto lottery winner Heather Conlon was not a franchise, but rather an arrangement in which the company will “help her out with some of the construction, training... but it's her store.”
Quebec’s National Assembly began its second week of consultations on Bill 2, the CAQ government’s proposed law to increase of the age of cannabis consumption to 21 from 18 and ban cannabis smoking in public places.
When Quebec criminalized the sale of items bearing cannabis leaves or any words or images connected with cannabis last fall, many wondered whether the change was accidental (as it had not appeared in earlier drafts of Quebec’s Cannabis Act). The Quebec government has proven serious about enforcing the new law, however, and the Ministry of Health and Social Services has now given out four fines of between $1,000 and $5,000 to stores, including one whose infraction was selling beauty items with the word “cannabis” on them.
Representatives of the Quebec National First Aid Institute (INSQ) want to educate ski-patrollers about the effects of cannabis, which they believe may change the kinds of emergencies patrollers encounter on the ski slope.
Radio Canada—In French
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation reportedQ3 sales were up 9.2%. Sales from October 1 to December 30 added up to $163.5M, with cannabis representing $17.4M in sales.
A study by PEI-based LP FIGR found Atlantic Canadians have increased their enthusiasm for REC since legalization, with 67% saying it is more socially acceptable since October 17.
The Coast profiled illicit Halifax cannabis dealers, who say their business has increased since legalization.
A PEI appeals court found lower courts failed to take into account the family and Indigenous history of a 20-year-old PEI man convicted of cannabis trafficking when they sentenced him to 90 days in prison for possession of 15 grams of cannabis at a Charlottetown high school.
Manitoba RCMP have given 75 cannabis-related tickets since legalization, but they say they know much more cannabis is being used in vehicles, and many more are driving impaired.
For the moment, drunk- and distracted-driving tickets are more common than cannabis-related offenses.
Winnipeg got its first physician-led cannabis clinic.
A Saskatchewan REC store has brought in a bin to recycle cannabis packaging from all LPs.
The Yukon is shifting to a private REC retail model and is now taking applications for retail licenses. The applications are long and challenging.
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