The NHL has professional sports’ most tolerant attitude to cannabis. The league has 31 teams, 28 of whom play in Canadian and US cities where MED is legal on a federal or state level, and the league does not punish players who test positive for THC.
A report by the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) reiterated that Canada was breaking international narcotics-control treaties, and faulted “poorly regulated medical cannabis programs” such as Canada’s for “[contributing] to the legalization of nonmedical cannabis use.”
MJ Biz Daily
The Liberals’ proposed no-fee record-suspension process for possession convictions may not even guarantee those records will be suspended permanently. Critics note they could be easily reversed by the next government.
Canada has made a surprising amount of progress since legalization, the Globe’s Jameson Berkow, argued. Canada should not gauge the success of legalization on the continued role of illicit players in the cannabis market only four (supply-short) months after October 17.
Globe and Mail—Paywall
PricewaterhouseCoopers resigned as auditor of Namaste Technologies and has not yet been replaced. Namaste also announced that their financial statements would not be ready in time for the March 31 deadline for the third year in a row.
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Banff will allow five REC stores, though they will be located out of populated areas. Starbuds CEO Dave Martyn said, “Banff is as restrictive as anywhere we’ve operated, and we’re looking at 40 locations in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan.”
Twitter Figure Mike Z, aka “Infosec Dan Fielding,” wrote an extensive review of Alberta’s “SellSafe” course for cannabis retail workers, with a few favourable conclusions, and a few complaints about the program stigmatizing consumers as stoners.
BC received its first share of federal excise taxes, which the federal government predicts will add up to $68M over three years, rather than the $200M the BC government wrote into its budget.
Statistics Canada data found BC had the third lowest cannabis consumption rate of Canadian provinces. Only 15.3% of British Columbians told Statistics Canada they had consumed cannabis--legal or illicit--since legalization.
Critics of Vancouver’s 4/20 celebrations leaked a Vancouver city staff memo showing the last two events have cost the city nearly $600,000.
A Victoria counsellor joined other researchers in asking Health Canada for an exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act so they can research whether psilocybin mushrooms ease death anxiety among those with terminal illnesses.
Kelowna’s city council approved 15 of the 41 first-round applications it received for REC shops, allowing proprietors to begin rezoning their property.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario issued its first three REC retail licenses.
The REC lottery left Ontario’s Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo area (population 523,894) without any cannabis stores.
The OCS announced it met with private REC retailers to walk them through the cannabis wholesale process.
A proposed cannabis production facility between Belleville and Oshawa is receiving stiff opposition from some locals, who fear it will change the character of the small town.
Abi Roach, owner of Toronto’s Hotspot Lounge, described her despair at having to tell MED users they could no longer vape in her lounge due to Ontario clean-air law, and argued cracking down on vaping rather than smoking did more harm than good.
Following protests over dispensary raids, Akwesasne Mohawk Territory’s government body the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne said it intended to develop territorial cannabis regulations and licensing in consultation with the community.
Cornwall Seaway News
Countering the Quebec government move to raise the age for cannabis to 21 from 18, McGill University law professor Daniel Weinstock argued the age should be lowered to 16, because measures to keep cannabis out of adolescent hands will inevitably fail and younger users will access cannabis anyway.
To date, the Société Québécoise du Cannabis has processed 173 returned items worth roughly $8,900. Many of the the returned products (accepted unconsumed in their original containers) weighed less than they were marked, while some have been too dry or mouldy, or contained ants.
Journal de Montréal—In French
Newfoundland and Labrador finance minister Tom Osborne said, “I think it's fair to say [cannabis] demand is probably greater than we anticipated, which is probably a good thing for the NLC in terms of regulator of the product, and a good thing for the industry.”
Manitoba finance minister Scott Fielding said cannabis sales cancelled out $6M in provincial beer sales in four months (representing, noted one commentator, only 1% of sales), and argued this proved legalization was not the financial boom some promised it would be. NDP opposition leader Wab Kinew retorted, “If this government can't make money selling weed then I think their reputation as good managers of money is grossly overstated.”
CBC Manitoba, Twitter
The CBC profiled the last days of an illicit Saskatoon REC retailer.
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