Lawyer Emma Rhodes argued the Cannabis Act’s provisions for youths may be unconstitutional under the Youth Criminal Justice Act due to differences in sanctions for the possession of cannabis and cannabis plants.
A plant scientist calling him- or herself Terp Ferguson noted of the 173 clinical trials on CBD ongoing in the US, 95% have doses exceeding 100 milligrams per day.
A report from a cannabis researchers Brightfield Group modeled the Canadian cannabis industry in 2021 based on REC sales since legalization and concluded the industry would be worth $5B—not $7B or $8B as others have predicted.
Online accessories retailer Namaste fired CEO Sean Dollinger—whose September share-pledge party (featuring Snoop Dogg and models dressed as sexy nurses) resulted in Tilray cutting its ties with the company. Namaste also plans to sue Dollinger, and assess its strategy.
According to Allan Rewak, executive director of the Cannabis Council of Canada, excise stickers remain a critical stumbling block for LPs. The stickers continue to arrive without adhesive and each LP must determine how to affix them.
Health Canada suspended Bonify’s sales license as punishment for procuring illicit cannabis and passing it off as its products. As well, Health Canada forwarded the case to both the RCMP and Canada Revenue Agency for further investigation.
Tetra Bio-Pharma announced that in December it temporarily suspended its Phase 3 clinical research studies (into the epain and quality of life for ffects of smokable cannabis on terminal cancer pain and quality of life) after the raw cannabis it received from Aphria (which owns 20% of Tetra) tested positive for mycotoxins permissible under the Cannabis Act, but not under food-grade Good Manufacturing Practices.
Aphria’s board recommended shareholders reject Green Growth Brands’ hostile takeover bid as “undervalued and inadequate” and “exploitative.” Some shareholders agreed, while others see GGB as an impressive company that would give Aphria exposure to the US market. GrowthOp
Cannabis hasn’t yet caused declining alcohol consumption, but some believe THC beverages will change that. Lots of LPs are working to develop cannabis beers that act like alcoholic beers in terms of sensation onset time.
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Calgary’s Canna Cabana and Nova Cannabis both offered a variety of REC products on sale at 50% off. Reddit posters debated whether the Cannabis Act actually allowed point-of-sale locations to offer discounts on cannabis, or just promotional information.
A traffic stop outside Banff led police to 148 kilograms of illicit cannabis, along with psychedelic mushrooms, shatter, edibles, and $11,000 in cash.
The City of Vancouver plans to crack down on dispensaries after the BC Supreme Court decision ordering unlicensed dispensaries to close. Noting the absence of physical MED stores, the ongoing supply shortage, and the value of MED in easing the opioid crisis, activist Dana Larsen said, “This is the wrong time to have a dispensary crackdown.”
CBC British Columbia
Pamela McColl, chair of anti-cannabis lobby group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, said she had approached the Vancouver school board to encourage them to stock THC-testing swabs with which they can determine whether students are using cannabis. Lawyer Kyla Lee noted this would likely lead to minorities being targeted, while “courts have recognized that children have privacy rights even while in school, and those privacy rights are heightened when it comes to their personal property.”
Vancouver’s park board commissioner is calling for sales of cannabis to be banned at this year’s 4/20 event.
BC’s health officer called for decriminalization of possession of small amounts of all drugs.
Globe and Mail—Paywall
Gary Hatt, one of the five Greater Toronto Area winners of the REC retail lottery, was disqualified for breaking the lottery’s rule 2.b, which says winners may not change their ownership structure or corporate structure in a way that changes control of the company.
“Cannabis retail is not for the faint of heart,” said Cannabis Compliance’s Brenna Boonstra, noting that between now and April 1, Ontario REC retail lottery winners need to secure a location, design a store and renovate it, install security, hire and train staff, order products, and make sure the store is compliant with all regulations. Most onlookers believe few lottery winners will be open on time, while a few lottery winners believe they’ll be open as soon as they’re allowed.
Ontario released its demanding inspection and pre-inspection criteria for REC retailers.
The province debuted CannSell, an obligatory four-hour training course for REC retailers developed by Lift & Co. in partnership with MADD.
The Star, Straight Cannabis
The province also launched its wholesale website for REC retailers to buy from the Ontario Cannabis Store.
The OCS announced six new supply agreements with LPs as well as 11 accessories providers.
REC retailer High Tide announced it was partnering with one of Ontario’s REC retail lottery winners to open its first store in the province, though the company did not specify how much they paid for their minority share, nor in which region of the province the winner was located.
Business Insider (Press Release), Twitter—Jameson Berkow
Band police in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory raided two REC dispensaries, one of which claimed it was licensed to sell cannabis. The Territory has its own cannabis regulations, including its own licensing process.
The Ottawa neighbourhood of Wellington West, where I grew up, will be home to the city’s first legal REC store.
More than 20 pediatricians specializing in adolescent health signed an open letter dismissing Quebec’s proposed plan to raise the age for cannabis use from 18 to 21, which they said would “have an inverse effect than that which is predicted on adolescents and young adults.” The reason for legalization, they said, was not that cannabis is a harmless substance, but rather that it can be more easily controlled when it’s legal.
La Presse—In French
Following news that provincial poison control centres have seen three times as many excessive-cannabis cases since legalization, Quebec launched a $1.5M campaign to warn about cannabis that will run ads in movie theatres, TV, radio, and online. Aimed at 15- to-35-year-olds, the ads are nonsensical and bizarre in a bid to attract attention.
The Quebec government’s plan to raise the age of REC consumption and purchase to 21 means the provincial company will lay off 15 workers (including three full-time workers) who are below 21.
The SQDC website crashed for a while on Tuesday, thanks to an update that “took longer than expected.” For those Quebeckers who do not live near the 12 SQDC retail locations, the website is their only means to access legal REC.
Journal de Montréal
Two more SQDC stores have unionized.
La Presse—In French
Kanehsatake Mohawk Territory, outside Montreal, has nearly as many dispensaries (11) as the whole province of Quebec (12), due to a lack of local police that leaves the community’s Chief forced to call traditional Kanehsatake enemies the Quebec provincial police la Surété du Québec. (I explained this in a little more detail in a post last fall.)
Journal de Montréal—In French
New Brunswick reported it has only received 53% of the products it has ordered to date, due to continuing supply shortages. Cannabis NB has only been able to keep 11% of its products consistently in stock.
MJ Biz Daily
A Halifax woman who uses MED for her MS had her driver’s license suspended and her car impounded after a Draeger DrugTest 5000 showed the presence of cannabis in her system, but she passed an inspection by a drug-recognition expert.
A couple in Bridgewater, NS, were sentenced to several months in prison (to be served on weekends) for routinely giving the woman’s 13-year-old son cannabis to smoke and calling him “a pussy” when he coughed. National Post
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