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on August 14, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Multiple sclerosis patient calls medical cannabis trial ‘a miracle’

The Montreal study, now in Phase 2, will try to determine if cannabis can be used as a less-dangerous substitute for opiate-based painkillers Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette By the time she decided to try cannabis pills, Joanne Fiorito was in dire straits. Fiorito could barely lift her feet when she walked and sometimes used an electric wheelchair to get around. Occasionally she’d wake up in the middle of the night, riddled with pain from her tensing muscles. The 61 year old has lived with multiple sclerosis for most of her life and, despite her use of heavy doses of...

The Montreal study, now in Phase 2, will try to determine if cannabis can be used as a less-dangerous substitute for opiate-based painkillers Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette By the time she decided to try cannabis pills, Joanne Fiorito was...

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on August 14, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Grocery store locations among first round of approvals for Calgary cannabis dispensaries

By Adam Toy Calgarians are getting a better idea of where they’ll be able to purchase recreational marijuana, whether at a dedicated dispensary or perhaps under the roof of a supermarket. And based on the addresses released by the City of Calgary, it looks like you might just be able to pick up cannabis while out grocery shopping at major grocery stores around the city. Eleven Calgary Co-op locations, including one gas station, received approvals to sell cannabis. Seven Real Canadian Superstores and one Real Canadian Liquor Store also got approval. Both grocery-store chains had previously stated intentions to...

By Adam Toy Calgarians are getting a better idea of where they’ll be able to purchase recreational marijuana, whether at a dedicated dispensary or perhaps under the roof of a supermarket. And based on the addresses released by the...

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on August 8, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Cannabis retail companies flock to Ontario in ‘frenzy,’ despite silence from province on pot plans

Farrah Merali · CBC News Despite no official word from the province on how it plans to manage the sale of recreational cannabis come October, private retailers are flocking to Ontario to set up shop. “Ontario is a frenzy right now in terms of entrepreneurs, real estate developers — anybody within the cannabis infrastructure,” said Dave Martyn, president of Starbuds Canada and Compass Cannabis Clinic. “The level of anticipation that’s building up is massive right now.” Martyn said Starbuds — a cannabis retailer originally based in Colorado —  has already secured multiple locations in Ontario. The medicinal arm of the company, Compass Cannabis Clinic, already has locations...

Farrah Merali · CBC News Despite no official word from the province on how it plans to manage the sale of recreational cannabis come October, private retailers are flocking to Ontario to set up shop. “Ontario is a frenzy...

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on August 8, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada

Pot smokers most happy with private retail model

By Tony Coulson & Curtis Brown Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario Progressive Conservative government have signalled that cannabis will be sold in privately owned stores rather than through the newly created and government-owned Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), with Ontario following the lead of the four Western provinces and Newfoundland and Labrador in selling cannabis through a private or mixed retail system. This policy shift in Canada’s largest province is a game-changing development for the budding cannabis industry. Overnight, private cannabis retailers in Canada doubled their potential customer base, as this decision gives private retailers access to an estimated...

By Tony Coulson & Curtis Brown Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario Progressive Conservative government have signalled that cannabis will be sold in privately owned stores rather than through the newly created and government-owned Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), with...

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on August 8, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Canada: Toronto clubs bringing together cannabis and comedy

Submitted by Marijuana News It’s an age-old pairing that’s sparked a sub-genre of films, shows and standup acts: cannabis and comedy. “You just have to watch a Cheech and Chong movie to know that cannabis makes you susceptible to laughter,” says Mark Breslin, founder of Yuk Yuk’s comedy clubs in Canada. Yet stoned audiences are often the toughest to make laugh, say standup comics, who note that what high crowds lack in audible appreciation they make up for in friendly feedback and less heckling than drinking audiences. “They might not laugh at you the entire show, but after they’ll...

Submitted by Marijuana News It’s an age-old pairing that’s sparked a sub-genre of films, shows and standup acts: cannabis and comedy. “You just have to watch a Cheech and Chong movie to know that cannabis makes you susceptible to...

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on July 31, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Canadian Government Approves Device for Roadside Saliva Drug Tests

Canada’s Attorney General approved the device after an independent panel of experts and pilot program found it to be reliable. ByAdam Drury In June, the Canadian government approved Bill C-45, making Canada the second country in the world to legalize cannabis for adult use. But right on the bill’s heels was another, Bill C-46, which also passed in June. Whereas Bill C-45 legalizes cannabis, Bill C-46 dramatically overhauls Canada’s impaired driving laws. The overhaul of the Criminal Code addresses the sweeping national changes brought by cannabis legalization and establishes how law enforcement will handle drivers whom they suspect are...

Canada’s Attorney General approved the device after an independent panel of experts and pilot program found it to be reliable. ByAdam Drury In June, the Canadian government approved Bill C-45, making Canada the second country in the world to...

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on July 31, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

What Will a Gram of Legal Weed Cost in Canada?

With an excise tax of 10% and GST, legal weed will probably end up costing more than what you can get from your dealer. One of the primary determinants of whether the federal government’s plan to legalize recreational weed will end up being a success story is how much a gram of legal weed will cost the Canadian consumer. If the price of legal weed is higher than the current market price of black market weed, there’ll be very little incentive for people to go the legal route. On the flip side, if legal weed is roughly the same...

With an excise tax of 10% and GST, legal weed will probably end up costing more than what you can get from your dealer. One of the primary determinants of whether the federal government’s plan to legalize recreational weed...

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on July 31, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

The Rise of ‘Weed Tech’: Cannabis Tech Sector Flourishes in Lead Up to Legalization

By Amy O’kruk, The Globe and Mail A growing number of Canadian tech entrepreneurs are betting big on the future of cannabis in the lead up to legalization later this year.These “weed tech,” or “canna tech,” companies, as they are sometimes called, are hoping to cash in on the new legal market by creating specialized software and hardware to serve the cannabis industry and consumers. Investor interest, so far, has focused mostly on companies cultivating cannabis. But the ancillary market, which includes industry-specific technology as well as other offshoots, such as consumption devices and security, is predicted to be...

By Amy O’kruk, The Globe and Mail A growing number of Canadian tech entrepreneurs are betting big on the future of cannabis in the lead up to legalization later this year.These “weed tech,” or “canna tech,” companies, as they...

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on July 31, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Canada: Federal government set to approve first device for testing drivers’ saliva for cannabis

Submitted by Marijuana News Roadside saliva-testing devices were authorized by Bill C-46, a massive overhaul of Canada’s impaired driving laws that passed in June. The federal government’s crackdown on drug-impaired driving has taken a big step forward, as the Justice Department is set to give its blessing to Canada’s first roadside saliva test. Once in use, police officers will be able to swab a driver’s mouth to test for the presence of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Roadside saliva-testing devices were authorized by Bill C-46, a massive overhaul of Canada’s impaired driving laws that passed in June. But before...

Submitted by Marijuana News Roadside saliva-testing devices were authorized by Bill C-46, a massive overhaul of Canada’s impaired driving laws that passed in June. The federal government’s crackdown on drug-impaired driving has taken a big step forward, as the...

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on July 31, 2018 in Cannabis News Canada Featured

Manulife, Shoppers partner in medical cannabis program

Submitted by Marijuana News Manulife Financial Corp. is retooling its approach to medical cannabis, unveiling a new benefits program on Tuesday that will also offer patients access to virtual support from a trained team at Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. Companies have been slow to offer coverage for medical marijuana in their group benefits policies, and Manulife is trying to change that by treating cannabis more like any other drug and adding a pharmacy to the process to help assist patients and control usage. The move also sees Shoppers elbow its way into the nascent cannabis space, inserting itself into...

Submitted by Marijuana News Manulife Financial Corp. is retooling its approach to medical cannabis, unveiling a new benefits program on Tuesday that will also offer patients access to virtual support from a trained team at Shoppers Drug Mart Corp....

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