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on April 21, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada

Canada Debates Law to Determine How and When Motorists Are Too High to Drive

By Jon Hiltz Witnessing Bill C-45, Canada’s cannabis legalization law, trickle through Parliament was like watching a candy bar slowly being released from an old vending machine. The coil holding the treat never moves fast enough — and you cross your fingers that it doesn’t get stuck on the way down. As Canadians gaze at the piece of legislation that will ultimately end more than 90 years of cannabis prohibition, many have taken their eyes off of Bill C-45’s stepsister, Bill C-46. “Bill C-46 amends the criminal code and makes consequential amendments to other acts, but the piece that...

By Jon Hiltz Witnessing Bill C-45, Canada’s cannabis legalization law, trickle through Parliament was like watching a candy bar slowly being released from an old vending machine. The coil holding the treat never moves fast enough — and you...

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on April 17, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada

Canada to measure marijuana use by testing sewage

As a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana works its way through the Canadian Parliament, the government is gearing up to track cannabis consumption more closely than it has before. Statistics Canada has begun to do city-scale drug screening by monitoring what Canadians flush down the toilet. Six cities have agreed to contribute samples from the place where all drains congregate — their wastewater treatment plants. Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Alberta; Vancouver and Surrey in British Columbia; and Halifax, Nova Scotia, will participate. All told, the network would capture data on drug use from about a quarter of Canada’s total...

As a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana works its way through the Canadian Parliament, the government is gearing up to track cannabis consumption more closely than it has before. Statistics Canada has begun to do city-scale drug screening...

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on April 17, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Producers are Stockpiling Weed Ahead of Legalization — but it Probably Won’t Be Enough

By Martin Patriquin, Vice News Licensed weed producers in Canada are hoarding massive amounts of medical marijuana in their inventories in anticipation of selling it on the recreational market. But even these stockpiles won’t likely come close to meeting expected demand once weed becomes legal later this year. Between April and December 2017, stockpiles of dried marijuana held by Canada’s licensed producers nearly doubled, to about 39,000 kilograms, according to Health Canada statistics. Producers have stashed away just over 11,000 kilograms of Cannabis oil in the same time period—more than double the inventory from eight months earlier. They are...

By Martin Patriquin, Vice News Licensed weed producers in Canada are hoarding massive amounts of medical marijuana in their inventories in anticipation of selling it on the recreational market. But even these stockpiles won’t likely come close to meeting...

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on April 11, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

‘Grandfather of Pot’ Tommy Chong reflects on a lifetime of fighting to get weed legalized

Paul Haber, W5 Producer Tommy Chong, best known as one half of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong, celebrated his 80th birthday this year and admits to W5 to smoking weed regularly. For most of his adult life, cannabis has been illegal, yet Chong has continued to smoke it openly and publicly. The actor who is known for playing an endearing, hippie stoner is an opinionated activist for cannabis reform. In Chongs’s mind, weed has never been illegal, “so I never even give it any thought,” he says. With Canada on the cusp of legalization, Chong’s life work as...

Paul Haber, W5 Producer Tommy Chong, best known as one half of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong, celebrated his 80th birthday this year and admits to W5 to smoking weed regularly. For most of his adult life, cannabis...

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on April 11, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada

Calgary recreational pot bylaw bans public consumption of non-medical weed

The Canadian Press Calgary city council has approved recreational marijuana rules that ban the consumption of any form of non-medical pot in public. The bylaw will apply to smoking, vaping and edibles once the federal legalization of recreational weed comes into effect later this year, likely sometime this summer. Medical cannabis will still be allowed to be consumed in public, but under the same restrictions that apply to smoking tobacco. Related Stories City of Calgary staff recommend bylaw to ban public consumption of cannabis Legal weed won’t meet immediate tax windfall, Notley says Brownie mix key to Calgary company...

The Canadian Press Calgary city council has approved recreational marijuana rules that ban the consumption of any form of non-medical pot in public. The bylaw will apply to smoking, vaping and edibles once the federal legalization of recreational weed...

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on April 6, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Canada: Even where it’s legal to sell marijuana, it’s hard to advertise it

Submitted by Marijuana News As the cannabis industry grows, generating an estimated $10 billion in annual sales, states are increasingly approving medical marijuana programs and passing adult-use laws. But for marketing agencies, marijuana dispensaries and cannabis brands, advertising the pot brings its own hurdles. Online platforms with prime advertising space like Facebook and Google do not allow drug, or drug-related promotions on their sites, leaving a large share of marijuana advertising to blogs and podcasts, newsletters and print media. And while experts say Facebook and Google – which control the lion’s share of digital advertising in the country –...

Submitted by Marijuana News As the cannabis industry grows, generating an estimated $10 billion in annual sales, states are increasingly approving medical marijuana programs and passing adult-use laws. But for marketing agencies, marijuana dispensaries and cannabis brands, advertising the...

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on April 6, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Rock stars, actors getting in on Canada’s race to legal weed

  Jacquie Miller More from Jacquie Miller KISS bass player Gene Simmons says he’s never smoked a joint in his life, but he’s now the global ambassador for a company that’s gearing up to sell recreational pot to Canadians. In fact, the 68-year-old rock star is the CEO at Vancouver-based Invictus MD Strategies Corp. That’s “chief evangelist officer,” the title Simmons gained in a multimillion-dollar deal with the company. Simmons, famous on stage for his demon makeup, large tongue and fire-spitting, will put his “branding and merchandising genius” to work on behalf of Invictus, the company says. Simmons is not...

  Jacquie Miller More from Jacquie Miller KISS bass player Gene Simmons says he’s never smoked a joint in his life, but he’s now the global ambassador for a company that’s gearing up to sell recreational pot to Canadians....

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on April 6, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

N.S. landlords get greenlight to ban smoking, growing pot

Jeff Lagerquist, CTVNews.ca Writer @jefflagerquist Nova Scotia landlords will have the power to ban smoking and growing marijuana in their rental units once pot becomes legal. Under the new rules outlined by the province on Tuesday, landlords must provide four months’ notice of a ban to the tenant, before April 30, 2019. When the landlord provides notice, the tenant has one month to give the landlord three months’ notice to terminate the lease. Scroll down or click here to vote in our poll of the day Related Stories City of Calgary staff recommend bylaw to ban public consumption of...

Jeff Lagerquist, CTVNews.ca Writer @jefflagerquist Nova Scotia landlords will have the power to ban smoking and growing marijuana in their rental units once pot becomes legal. Under the new rules outlined by the province on Tuesday, landlords must provide...

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on April 6, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Driving Growers and Sellers Underground, the Canadian Government Begins to Usurp the Marijuana Industry

By Sponsored Content by KOKOgurl Most may be surprised to learn that Canada’s largest black market involves the very same substance the government has recently deemed to be legislated as “not illegal.” But for many otherwise law-abiding members of society, “not illegal” doesn’t mean “legal” either. Members of this enormous underground market aren’t tattooed thugs or violent criminals—they’re parents, grandparents, teachers, community members, professionals, and others who prefer to buy and sell medical marijuana through local dispensaries and consume it at lounges rather than depend on corporate businesses hand-selected by government organizations like the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). Many...

By Sponsored Content by KOKOgurl Most may be surprised to learn that Canada’s largest black market involves the very same substance the government has recently deemed to be legislated as “not illegal.” But for many otherwise law-abiding members of society, “not...

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on April 2, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

A Running List of Canada’s Biggest Weed Hypocrites

By Manisha Krishnan, Vice News These former narcs have seen the light—now that there’s billions of dollars to be made. Not so long ago, Stephen Harper was Canada’s prime minister and he was warning us all that weed was “infinitely worse” than tobacco. Harper, you’ll recall, favoured a tough-on-crime agenda that included mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug crimes—laws that were eventually struck down as unconstitutional. During his tenure, Health Canada also spent $7 million on anti-drug ads, including one that dubiously claimed cannabis use lowers the IQ of young people. So it’s a tad ironic that one of...

By Manisha Krishnan, Vice News These former narcs have seen the light—now that there’s billions of dollars to be made. Not so long ago, Stephen Harper was Canada’s prime minister and he was warning us all that weed was...

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