Alberta joined Quebec, which last week indicated its supplies were strong, in confirming it has enough cannabis to lift the REC retail license moratorium that has been in place since November.
61. Go to Cannabis Camp with Meadow’s David Hua
@donnyshell comes to us from Camp Navarro in Mendocino County, where canna-tech company Meadow created a “weed camp” called Meadowlands. @donnyshell spoke with Meadow's CEO David Hua about the vision behind cannabis camp, the journey to creating one of the most popular dispensary POS systems, and how he stays positive in a sometimes brutal industry. Follow David Hua on Twitter at twitter.com/hua and check out Meadow at getmeadow.com. For more information about Meadowlands getmeadow.com/meadowlands
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Through an Access to Information request, the National Post discovered the RCMP killed a media release following a massive 2014 bust of illicit cannabis destined for Ontario LPs, in part due to concern the news bust might reflect poorly on Canopy Growth (then called Tweed).
Bill C-93, which offers free record suspension but not expungement of cannabis possession convictions, passed through the House of Commons public safety committee, whose MPs attached 11 amendments. Canadian Lawyer, iPolitics
Last week, two stories hit the news suggesting illicit cannabis tainted with dangerous opioids might be sold on the illicit market. In response, the Ontario Harm Reduction Network reminded the media that there has not been a single case of cannabis contaminated with opioids.
CBC Thunder Bay
Cannabis sales were up in March, after two declines in January and February. For the first month since legalization, REC sales barely cracked $60M, beating December's previous high of $57.3M.
Vancouver city councillor Rebecca Bligh called for the city to reconsider a pre-legalization zoning decision banning REC stores from the city's Downtown East Side, an area of intense and concentrated poverty and opioid use.
MED advocates say patients are being forgotten in LPs' rush to profit from REC. "It seems like a rec-washing, where everything the government is doing seems intent on never recognizing this as a medicine, and getting people to accept that it’s just a recreational substance," activist Jamie Shaw said.
Fiery debate continues over growing cannabis in the area of BC known as the Agricultural Land Reserve. The provincial Agricultural Land Commission is now leaving it up to municipalities to decide whether they'll allow cannabis greenhouses on the reserved land. Some farmers cried foul, while cannabis growers celebrated.
Vancouver Sun, Nelson Star, Twitter—Dan Sutton
Discussion continues about the term “black market.” Though it was never intended as a racially loaded term, the expression nonetheless unsettles many Black members of the Cannabis community—ranging from activists and entrepreneurs like Vancouver’s Miz D to members of government like Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard.
Miz D and Senator Bernard acknowledge the extremely disproportionate persecution that Black, Indigenous, and other members of minority communities suffered under prohibition, and encourage the public to use more precise language to describe underground economies. At WeedWeek, we prefer the terms “illicit,” “unlicensed,” “unauthorized,” and “illegal” over “black.”
Miz D and Senator Bernard acknowledge the disproportionate persecution Black, Indigenous, and other minorities communities suffered under prohibition, and encourage the public to use more precise language to describe underground economies. At WeedWeek, we prefer the terms “illicit,” “unlicensed,” “unauthorized,” and “illegal” over “black.”
Unlicensed cannabis production is beginning to decline in Nova Scotia, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency estimates Nova Scotia’s most fruitful year for underground growing was 2016, in which Nova Scotians grew and sold more than $100M in product. By 2018, that number was down to $89M, while licensed Nova Scotia growers generated $49M.