Last week, Cannabis Compliance’s Deepak Anand ominously received no reply when he asked the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to confirm or deny rumours retail cannabis applications would not open as planned on December 17. The rumours were borne out in the new Ontario Cannabis License Act regulations, published Friday.
Health Canada did not publish its edibles regulations, meaning they will likely be published next week.
Despite legalization, it remains difficult for Black Canadians with cannabis-related convictions to find quality work.
Across Canada, physicians are acknowledging gaps in their knowledge about cannabis and hurrying to learn to understand the drug.
As the holiday season gets going, some are using REC at parties more openly, while others are still holding back for fear of stigma. Global
Canadian military veterans are increasingly working in LPs.
Tommy Chong is glad legalization is reducing stigma, but feels the federal approach to legalizing REC has “kept the underground market alive and vibrant.”
REC legalization helped lower Canada’s unemployment numbers to the lowest since 1976. ABS-CBN
Rather than drain interest away from MED, REC legalization seems to be encouraging patients to approach their doctors about using cannabis therapeutically.
The CBC released an interactive tool for understanding how THC is processed in the brain.
The continuing supply shortage is a threat to REC retailers across the country. Some are closing while they await restocking, while others are focusing on selling accessories. Under law REC retailers may not sell products unrelated to cannabis, so diversifying is not an option.
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Quebec’s securities regulator, l’Auotorité des marchés financiers, is paying attention to Aphria after short-sellers alleged last week the company had misled investors and made insider deals.
Cronos CEO Mike Gorenstein said his company “immediately hit it off” with Marlboro parent company Altria, which acquired 45% of Cronos last week. Gorenstein described Altria’s management team as focused on “reducing risk and increasing consumer choice.”
The Star, Financial Post
Two BC cannabis connoisseurs, both partners in industry Groundwork Consultants and longtime BC MED and craft-growing insiders, have been trying legal REC ordered from the BC cannabis store and commenting about it on Twitter.
To date, Health Canada has only received 23 applications for microcultivation licenses. In order to finalize applications, growers need local zoning approval—but many cities haven’t hammered out their zoning, while others do not welcome microcultivation.
The US passed its Farm Bill, legalizing CBD among other hemp extracts. Canadian CBD producers hope to profit from the change.
Globe and Mail
Former Canadian foreign minister Lloyd Axworthy joined Tilray’s International Advisory Board, along with former Vermont governor Howard Dean, and former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele.
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The drive toward outdoor growing for LPs continues, with promises of product at 20 cents per gram rather than $1 to $3 per gram indoors. NOW Toronto
Whether it’s dehumidifiers, payment platforms, lighting systems, or armoured vehicles, the ancillary market for products to aid in cannabis production and distribution may be worth billions. “For every dollar smoked, there’s probably 25 cents of ancillary cogs,” said a private equity investor in ancillary firms.
Workers in the cannabis industry are making slightly more on average than workers in other Canadian fields, though 79% of them are male. Vice
As of January 2, a new Health Canada regulatory regime will demand all LPs have their products tested by independent laboratories for pesticide ingredients. Previously, LPs were banned from using pesticides but not obliged to test for them.
MJ Business Daily published its guide to best practices for hiring in the cannabis sector.
Manitoba LP Bonify announced the recall of two strains—Cherry Lime and Warlock Kush—that may exceed limits for microbial or chemical contamination. Roughly 52 of the 3.5-gram packages in question were sold at three locations in Saskatchewan.
65. A Very Canadian Pot Scandal with Jesse Staniforth
Jesse Staniforth, Editor of WeedWeek Canada, updates Alex and Donnell on breaking Canadian stories. There is no lack of scandal: Cannabis giant Canopy Growth fired founder and CEO Bruce Linton and CannTrust, a major licensed producer, is estimated to lose C$350 Million for ignoring the law. New regulations limiting THC in edibles exacerbate the over-packaging crisis. The country continues to battle the illicit market which is now also available online and is known by the cool name "MOMS" (mail order marijuana sites). Plus, Alex and Donnell discuss Jay-Z's partnership with Caliva.
There are 710 cannabis retail licenses pending in Alberta—which has frozen licensing due to product shortages—while 28 applicants have withdrawn their applications.
The BC Supreme Court sided with the City of Vancouver and ordered 28 illegal dispensaries closed.
Two months into legalization, the government of British Columbia has still only opened one Crown cannabis store and licensed three private stores—none in Vancouver.
A dispensary on the Kwaw-kwaw-Apilt First Nation is operating according to the Nation’s own law on cannabis, which they consider to supersede the federal Cannabis Act. If the RCMP intends to raid the shop, the federal government will be on a collision course with the Indian Act as well as other Indigenous title issues.
The Ontario Cannabis Store website announced it has suspended its standard delivery guarantees, roughly three weeks after Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said the backlog “has now been taken care of and we’re back to normal.”
Fedeli issued a statement ahead of a meeting of the provincial finance ministers with federal finance minister Bill Morneau calling on the federal government to “take steps to address the national cannabis supply shortage and ensure there is an adequate and predictable supply of recreational cannabis by federally licensed producers to meet the objectives of legalization.”
The Ontario Cannabis Store website announced it has suspended its standard delivery guarantees, roughly three weeks after Fedeli said the backlog “has now been taken care of and we’re back to normal.”
London, Ontario police charged the landlords of two buildings containing dispensaries, a power granted under the new Ontario cannabis law.
One Ontario tomato greenhouse is resisting offers from LPs, emblematic of farmers hesitant to leave food behind in favour of growing cannabis.
Usually anti-cannabis tabloid Journal de Montréal published a fact check disproving the claim by CAQ Deputy Minister for Health and Social Service’s Lionel Carmant—a pediatric neurologist—that cannabis “shrinks” brains of chronic youth users.
In a Twitter comment, Carmant promised $25M for cannabis “prevention, education, and intervention for youths aged 6 to 21”—on top of the Cannabis Prevention and Research Fund the Liberal government created last June. Per the Liberal government’s Cannabis Regulation Act, the Prevention and Research Fund will also receive $25M, which the government must spend before the end of the fiscal year on March 31. Journal de Québec—In French
The Quebec Association for Public Health released a statement assailing the CAQ plan to raise the age for cannabis to 21.
Éduc’alcool, the Quebec NGO formed by the alcoholic beverage industry with the provincial liquor supplier Société des Alcools du Québec, warned Quebeckers about using cannabis in conjunction with alcohol.
Montreal police launched a specialized team to investigate and shut down illegal cannabis production and sales. (Global News)
The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Mohawk Territory adopted the territory’s own law on cannabis, banning the sale to those below 21 and bringing cannabis sales in the territory under Council control. Journal de Québec—In French
Consumers in Atlantic Canada—among the country’s heaviest cannabis users—are worried there won’t be enough supply to meet their Christmas cannabis needs.
Ontario LP Natural MedCo’s Eve & Co. brand is the first Canadian company to offer clones for sale.
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Nothing cannabis-related made the news in the North this week, but Kuugaq Café in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, “always [has] muskox, caribou, and char on the menu all the time.” Muskox burgers and chili and char chowder join roasted-caribou panini on a menu that amazingly includes vegetarian options, which I have never seen in the North.