Wynne 'encouraged' by Blair's comments supporting marijuana sales at liquor stores
By Chris Fox, CP24.com on January 11, 2016
“I am encouraged that he (Blair) has said as a preliminary approach that it might make sense to use the distribution network that is already in place but that is not a foregone conclusion,” Wynne said at Queen’s Park on Monday. “He has got a lot of people to talk to and he has got a lot of questions to ask and decisions to make over the coming months.”
In his interview with The Star, Blair stopped short of endorsing the sale of legalized pot at government-run liquor stores but he did say that the retail outlets represent a “model and framework” that can be built on.
Speaking with reporters, Wynne said she has “a lot of respect for Bill Blair” and is looking forward to the “opportunity to talk to him” about the legalization of marijuana.
Ex-colleague will lobby MP Bill Blair to restrict field of pot growers
By Daniel Leblanc on January 10, 2016
A former high-ranking colleague and friend of MP Bill Blair, the Liberal government’s point man on marijuana legalization, will lobby the ex-Toronto police chief in hopes of ensuring a tightly controlled system in which only licensed firms are allowed to grow the lucrative drug.
Kim Derry, a deputy chief of the Toronto Police Service under Mr. Blair, is a promoter of marijuana facility THC Meds Ontario Inc., along with George Smitherman, a former Ontario Liberal deputy premier. Mr. Blair, put in charge of the marijuana file last week, will play a key role in determining who gets to grow the product once it is legalized.
Medical marijuana growers call to expand mail order system for recreational use
By Christine Chubb on January 9, 2016
Medical marijuana growers say there’s a simple solution to fast-track selling recreational pot legally – mail it out.
Currently, medicinal marijuana can be sold by mail order to those with a prescription. Growers say a quick way to start selling it legally across the country would be to simply add recreational use to their distribution list.
Canopy Growth: Perfectly Positioned in Canada's Market
Watch an interview with Canopy Growth Corp. CEO Bruce Linton.
SEATTLE, WA / ACCESSWIRE / JANUARY 6, 2016 / CFN Media - The Canadian cannabis industry is poised to become a massive multi-billion-dollar market over the coming years. After the Canadian government implemented the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) back in 2013, incoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to introduce a more widespread recreational marijuana program that would make Canada the second country in the world to fully legalize the drug after Uruguay's landmark decision in 2012.
While the actual implementation of the program could take some time, given Trudeau's prudent approach to crafting the right legislation, Canada will become the first G20 nation to develop a recreational program that is controlled, taxed, and safe for consumers. Many other countries considering programs of their own will likely look towards Canada as a model for their own programs that may be rolled out over the next decade.
Why Canada’s marijuana growers are in a race to make their pot taste delicious
By Peter Koven on January 8, 2016
Medical marijuana that you can eat is poised to explode into a huge growth industry.
SMITHS FALLS, ONT. — For more than four decades, Smiths Falls was known as the “Chocolate Capital of Ontario” because of its iconic Hershey factory. But Hershey bolted in 2009, and a few years later, the plant was sold to a very different sort of company: Tweed Marjuana Inc. In 2014, it re-opened as Canada’s largest marijuana production facility.
... In effect, the town of Smiths Falls has been rebranded as Ontario’s pot capital. But if Bruce Linton gets his way, it will be going back to chocolate soon enough.
Respectfully, I must disagree with Premier Kathleen Wynne that the LCBO should control marijuana sales in Ontario. If the only issue associated with selling recreational drugs like tobacco, alcohol and marijuana was just keeping them out of reach of our youth during their formative years, then I would agree.
I would also add that the LCBO and The Beer Store are models of environmentally-friendly packaging and recycling. Bravo.
My problem with the LCBO and The Beer Store is their size, their undue control of the alcohol industry as a regulated monopoly and their limited liability. They have a profit motive to promote and encourage increased alcohol consumption. They don't fund drug rehabilitation and counselling programs to reduce the harm to the individual and society from recreational alcohol consumption.
International treaties a concern before Feds can legalize marijuana
By Mike Blanchfield (The Canadian Press) on January 5, 2016
OTTAWA – The Liberal government will have to do substantial work on the international stage before it can follow through on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to legalize marijuana, new documents suggest.
That work will have to include figuring out how Canada would comply with three international treaties to which the country is a party, all of which criminalize the possession and production of marijuana.
Petition calls for ‘no marijuana’ zone around schools
By Kristin Rushowy on January 4, 2016
When marijuana becomes legal, it should not be sold within 500 metres of any school, says a candidate for the upcoming trustee byelection in Scarborough-Rouge River, who has launched a petition.
Sharon Kerr said she’s heard concerns about the federal Liberal government’s promise to legalize the recreational use of pot as she’s been going door-to-door campaigning for the Ward 21 seat for the Toronto District School Board left vacant by Shaun Chen, who was recently elected as an MP.
“The topic came up and it became evident that something had to go out,” said Kerr, a mother of two. “We need to put students first, and (parents) don’t want marijuana being sold anywhere near their kids’ schools.”
Epilepsy and marijuana; A year long study suggests cannabidiol reduce seizures
By Marie Ellis on December 30, 2015
In a year-long study conducted by epilepsy specialists at the New York University Langone Medical Center, results have suggested that a derivative of medical marijuana effectively reduces seizure frequency and is safe for most children and young adults who have epilepsy.
Results from the study were presented earlier this year at the American Epilepsy Society's Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, but this is the first time the findings have been published in a peer-reviewed journal - The Lancet Neurology.
The MMPR continues to grow in size and scope as new producers, patients and physicians take part in the program. New statistics from January through October of 2015 show over 1,300 doctors now signing medical documents to access marijuana for medical purposes for, on average, ~3 grams a day to over 34,000 patients to date, with almost 5,000kg sold and another ~8,000 in storage.
Don't Let Those Who Opposed Legal Cannabis Profit From It Now
By Dana Larsen on December 29, 2015
Before premiers, liquor unions and corporations start falling all over each other in an effort to cash in on legal cannabis sales, let's remember the real reasons we should be ending cannabis prohibition in Canada.
Yes, we should be legalizing cannabis in Canada, but not because of the tax revenue it will generate, and not because legalization a better way to keep cannabis from kids, and not even because polls show that most Canadians now support changing the law.
We should be ending cannabis prohibition in Canada because the war on cannabis and cannabis users has always been unjustified, immoral and harmful to individuals and society.
EDITORIAL: Selling drugs at government liquor stores is a crackpot idea
With Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister, it’s no longer a question of if marijuana will be legalized, but when. Now a bigger question exists: how will it be sold?
Unsurprisingly, stakeholders in the provincial liquor monopolies have weighed in before any announcement from the federal government, pleading that they should have the exclusive right to sell ganja to the public.
Words from a professional pot producer: Emily Moeller from Bedrocan
A Q & A with Emily Moeller, the head grower at Bedrocan Canada’s massive medical marijuana production facility.
Is there anything you’d like to see changed in the industry? I would like to see it be a little bit easier for patients to get access to medicine. Right now, it can be time consuming and even somewhat costly for patients to get their prescription and get signed up with a licensed producer. If you’re sick and you need medicine, you shouldn’t have to jump through all these hoops and find a doctor who will prescribe you medicine, because many won’t. Legalizing marijuana for recreational use has been a hot topic in this year’s election.
Do you have an opinion on this? As far as I’m concerned, this has very little to do with what I do. If the recreational market gets legalized it will obviously change how we operate as a business, but as far as I’m concerned the recreational market is one market and the medicinal market is a totally different fish.
Mettrum Receives Health Canada License to Sell Marijuana Extracts
From the Mettrum press release: Mettrum is the second company in the industry to have been awarded a license for the production and sale of cannabis extracts.
"Securing this license is a continuation of our strategy of providing cannabis products, in a variety of formats. Our clients will be able to rely upon a selection of cannabis oils representing each band of the Mettrum Spectrum including our CBD strains. Cannabis extracts provide a level of standardization that cannot be achieved in the flower form, and in some cases, it is a more convenient consumption method," said Michael Haines, Chief Executive Officer of Mettrum. "We are very excited about this new phase for the industry and we look forward to continuing our role as a market leader, and provider, of high quality, cannabis products."
Many Canadians use CBD oil, pediatric marijuana to treat epilepsy.
Ella Turkington, 5, has intractable epilepsy and autism. Her parents Kim and Rob Turkington administers cannabidiol (CBD) oil in conjunction with her pharmaceuticals - as more families are experimenting with pediatric cannabis - to treat her epilepsy.
New poll finds that plurality of Ontarians oppose selling Marijuana at LCBO
By Chris Fox on December 22, 2015
A plurality of Ontarians oppose selling marijuana in LCBO outlets despite comments from Premier Kathleen Wynne arguing that it would be a logical fit, a new poll has found.
In an interview with CP24 last week, Wynne said that the LCBO would be a “good network” for legalized marijuana sales because it is a “trusted institution” that already has infrastructure in place to restrict access to its products and sell them responsibly.
A province-wide poll conducted by Forum Research, however, has found that the idea may not be widely supported by Ontarians.
Experts stress ‘Goldilocks point’ for pot taxes: Not too low or high, but just right
By Christopher Reynolds on December 22, 2015
As Canada mulls how to handle marijuana legalization — promised in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s election platform — experts are stressing the “Goldilocks point” for taxes: not too low, not too high, but just right.
“They can’t raise taxes too much or people will just smoke the illegal stuff,” said Timothy Easton, an economist at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.
“You want to have it high enough to discourage consumption — if, in fact, that’s your goal — but if you set it too high you end up with a continuation of the black market,” noted Patrick Fafard, associate professor at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Cannabis controversy: Should doctors prescribe it to kids?
Published on December 18, 2015
The Canadian Pediatric Society released a statement on the therapeutic treatment of children with cannabis this week which reads, in part, "There is little evidence supporting the use of medical cannabis in children and most front-line doctors should not be prescribing the drug to young people." But many parents across Canada say that cannabis has been a huge help to their children - in particular, it's been used to treat children who suffer severe epileptic seizures.
Marijuana legalization policies still in research stage, Trudeau says
By Ian Bailey on December 17, 2015
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t committing to the sale of marijuana in liquor outlets, as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and others have suggested, but he isn’t ruling it out.
During a visit to Vancouver City Hall on Thursday – the first by a sitting prime minister since Mr. Trudeau’s father, Pierre, visited in 1973 – Mr. Trudeau said he is open to all “best practices” on the issue as he forges ahead with his commitment to legalize and regulate marijuana.
Politicians, activists differ on where to deal legalized pot
By Haydn Watters on December 16, 2015
From liquor stores to home delivery, a look at the most-discussed marijuana distribution models
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to legalize marijuana, but the question remains — where will it be sold and distributed once that happens? There are many different distribution models governments could implement — making marijuana available solely through one model or a variety of different ways — and Ottawa says it is determined to work with the provinces and territories to sort these out. Here's a look at the most-discussed models, along with some of their advantages and disadvantages.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says once Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government moves to legalize marijuana it should be sold in provincially owned LCBO stores.
“It makes sense to me that the liquor distribution mechanism that we have in place at LCBO is very well-suited to putting in place the social responsibility aspects that would need to be in place,” the premier said Monday at Queen’s Park.
Vermont medical school delves into marijuana science
By Lisa Rathke on December 9, 2015
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — As more states allow for the use of medical marijuana, the University of Vermont is offering a course in the science of the drug — and the professors say they are challenged by a lack of research on what has long been a taboo topic.
Other institutions have offered classes in marijuana law and policy, but the university's medical school is likely the country's first to offer a full course on medical cannabis, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Other medical schools have touched on the topic.
"What we're trying to do with this course is to sort of demystify this whole subject matter, to try to treat this like any other drug, like alcohol or amphetamines or opioids," said Vermont pharmacology professor Wolfgang Dostmann. "Just demystify the whole thing and say what it is, what is going on with it, how does it work."
Chief executive Justin Gover said production in 2015 had already increased by 20 times and that this was expected to double further in 2016 to meet "significant" commercial demand for Epidiolex, if it is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Some analysts believe the drug could get the green light in early 2017.
Premier Christy Clark says B.C. ready to work with Ottawa on marijuana legalization
By Travis Lupick on December 7, 2015
British Columbia’s premier has said the province is “ready to endorse and allow” a federal plan to legalize marijuana.
Speaking to Global News on December 6, Christy Clark was asked if she was supportive of the new Liberal government’s plan to allow for the sale of recreational cannabis.
“Well, I mean we’re happy to work with whatever the federal government decides on that,” Clark began. “You know they were really clear—and it was a big election issue in B.C.—about their position on this. And so we’re prepared to move forward on it, and I know lots of ideas about how we might regulate it.”
Ottawa grants commercial producer first license to sell cannabis oils
By Mike Hager on December 7, 2015
Ottawa has given a commercial medical marijuana producer the first licence to sell cannabis oils through the federally regulated mail-order system, six months after a Supreme Court ruling forced Health Canada to allow access to edible forms of the drug.
Peace Naturals Project Inc., based in Stayner, Ont., announced Monday that it is the first commercial producer to be approved to sell cannabis oil. Fourteen other commercial producers are listed on Health Canada’s website as being permitted to produce cannabis oil, but they are still awaiting bureaucratic approval to sell it. Currently, 20 producers are licensed to sell dried marijuana.
Lessons for Canada: Israel to Enhance Access to Medical Cannabis
By Arron Bockner on December 7, 2015
Israel to allow sale of cannabis in pharmacies, doubling the number of licensed producers. Canada's MMPR struggles with similar issues of supply and distribution.
In the 1990s, both Canada and Israel began permitting the use of medical cannabis. Like Canada, cannabis is illegal in Israel, except when authorized for medical use. Furthermore, the Israeli framework is comparable in that cannabis is not an officially approved medicine and it is regulated by the federal Ministry of Health.
The ballots were barely counted on federal election night when British Columbia’s largest union began planning its pitch to sell legal marijuana in B.C. liquor stores.
“On Oct. 19, after the election results, that’s when we first started having informal conversations about it with our senior staff,” said Stephanie Smith, president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during that election to legalize pot across Canada, assuring voters it would be a top priority for his new Liberal government.
The BCGEU, which represents government liquor-store workers, knew it had to quickly make its case to get the public and politicians on side.
Let’s remove stigma and get on with medical marijuana research
Published on December 6, 2015
As Canadian politicians put out feelers on the idea of legalized recreational marijuana, oddly enough, we still aren’t making a lot of progress when it comes to possibilities for medicinal uses.
That’s a shame, considering widespread testimonials about its benefits. Advocates for its use are claiming, perhaps not surprisingly, that they believe it's the stigma about this herb – long vilified and placed by our laws among the ranks of ‘killer drugs’ from pushers – that’s standing in the way of improved research for medicinal cannabis.
A national roundtable on medical cannabis was hosted by The Arthritis Society in Vancouver last week. Its goal was to set research priorities for a substance that has been available medically for a decade but has been subject to little scientific research.
Post Interview with medical marijuana entrepreneur Marc Wayne
By Ron Johnson on December 4, 2015
When Justin Trudeau was elected prime minister of Canada, he pledged to end marijuana prohibition and legalize it for adult use. It may not have actually sunk in for Canadians, but it is coming. And if Toronto resident Marc Wayne of medical marijuana company Bedrocan Inc. has anything to say about, it should happen quickly.
Canada could be the first G7 country to legalize marijuana
By The Canadian Press on December 5, 2015
It has taken more than 40 years, but the government of Canada is finally formally committing to legalizing marijuana.
Gov. Gen. David Johnston delivered the governing priorities of Justin Trudeau's Liberals in the speech from the throne Friday, including a pledge to "legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana."
B.C. liquor store workers want to sell legal pot by Christmas 2016
By Tyler Orton on December 3, 2015
B.C. liquor store workers want to deck their shelves with legalized recreational pot in time for Christmas 2016.
The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) and the B.C. Private Liquor Store Association (BCPLSA) announced Wednesday (December 2) they were partnering up to advocate for the sale of pot through their existing distribution and retail systems.
The partners, who are calling themselves the Responsible Marijuana Retail Alliance of B.C., said the age-controlled stored provide an ideal environment for sales.
A new portable device to detect recent marijuana use
By Bob Yirka on December 3, 2015
California based Hound Labs Inc. is claiming to have made a breakthrough in the rush to develop a portable device capable of detecting THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in the breath of someone that has recently smoked a substance containing the chemical. They claim also that their device will soon be small enough for use by law enforcement to remove impaired drivers from the road.
Mayor of Nanaimo says he has no control over RCMP decision to raid pot shops
By Mike Hager on December 2, 2015
B.C., Nanaimo mayor Bill McKay said the federal government must “get off their keister” and issue guidelines for municipalities such as his, which are facing a boom in illegal sales.
He said part of the problem is that Tilray and other commercial producers are still waiting on the federal government to allow them to sell the cannabis oils that patients get from dispensaries. “This drug is regulated federally and I just wish the wheels in Ottawa would turn a whole bunch faster,” Mr. McKay said.
B.C. union, private liquor stores want legalized marijuana sales to go through them
By The Canadian Press on December 2, 2015
Private liquor stores in B.C. and the union representing workers in government-owned stores say they want legalized marijuana sales to be sold alongside alcohol.
The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union and the B.C. Private Liquor Store Association announced a partnership to advocate for the sale of recreational pot through the province’s existing alcohol retail system, in both public and private stores.
Canada's new marijuana laws must attend to business: Don Pittis
By Don Pittis on December 2, 2015
As rural youth have known for more than a generation, growing pot, even in the Canadian climate, is not so difficult. A sunny patch between young pines, a bit of fertilizer and seed and then go away till autumn.
The constraint on pot production has never been agricultural.
Marijuana laws have been in place for so long that there will be political pressure to make sure any changes put health and safety first as Canada leads the way on pot regulation. But as governments across the country consider how to liberalize the rules on the distribution and use of cannabis, they are also laying the ground rules for a multibillion-dollar industry.
Where Canadian premiers stand on marijuana legalization
By Aaron Bockner on November 30, 2015
Assuming the Liberal Party fulfills their promise to legalize cannabis, a national discussion on how to regulate the substance will be required. The outcome of such a conversation will probably include a combination of federal, provincial and territorial cannabis regulations that are similar to those already in place for alcohol and tobacco.
Canadian bankers still view marijuana businesses with caution
By Mike Hager on November 29, 2015
On the cusp of receiving a coveted new licence to grow medical marijuana, Dan LaFlamme went looking for a bank to represent his family-owned business and encountered the kind of rejection those in the burgeoning industry have gotten used to.
Two of them turned Canna Farms away before a third finally agreed. It was early 2014 and the company, based in Hope, B.C., had secured the fifth licence from Health Canada to produce medical cannabis for its new commercial mail-order system.
“I think it was just so new, [the banks] didn’t know [it was legal],” Mr. LaFlamme said.
Read Whole Article @ The Globe and Mail
Friday, November 27, 2015
Courier delivery model could speed up recreational access to marijuana, says Linton
By The Canadian Press ~ OBJ on November 26, 2015
The CEO of Canopy Growth Corp. says a delivery-by-courier model would be a good first step as the new Liberal government looks to allow recreational access to marijuana.
"I think there may be an interim opportunity for distribution to happen quickly, to show a milestone of achieving things, because milestones in politics seem to be important," Bruce Linton said during the company's second-quarter earnings call Thursday.
"If the feds wish to have limited recreational access by way of direct courier, and then evolve it into presentation into LCBOs or SAQs or wherever, that could be something that could happen, and certainly we are actively, actively advocating that kind of first step."
Medical marijuana farm opening southeast of Latchford, Ontario
DelShen Therapeutics is developing a state of the art pharmaceutical grade medical marijuana operation in a repurposed government built forestry growing operation.
Mining and manufacturing may be on a low in northern Ontario, but it appears growing marijuana is on a high.
The media is being invited to a news conference in Kirkland Lake Friday where it will be announced that an "unique economic and community development agreement" will be signed regarding medical marijuana.
"We've heard the concerns around this regulation, and we're going to take this feedback and see if this regulation is the best way to move forward," Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla said Thursday.
Halifax Cannabinoid Medical Clinic provides support for patients and doctors
By CBC News on November 25, 2015
'Most GPs and specialists aren't very comfortable writing prescriptions for cannabis'
A new Halifax clinic is helping patients and their doctors navigate the sometimes complicated medical and legal grounds for cannabis-based treatments.
"The thing is most GPs and specialists aren't very comfortable writing prescriptions for cannabis. We will actually take that over," said Dr. Danial Schedcter, medical director of Canabanoid Medical Clinic, which also has a location in Toronto.
Ontario to allow use of medical marijuana in public places
By City News on November 25, 2015
Instead of popping two aspirins, you can now light up a joint at work – if you have a medical marijuana prescription.
Medical marijuana users with a doctor’s prescription are exempt from the laws that prohibit cigarette smoking and e-cigarette vaping in most public places in Ontario, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dipika Damerla, explained on Wednesday.
Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society case study on medical marijuana for complex pain syndrome
The prescription of medical cannabis by a transitional pain service to wean a patient with complex pain from opioid use following liver transplantation.
"The purpose of this case report is to describe a patient with a preoperative complex pain syndrome who underwent liver transplantation and was able to reduce his opioid consumption significantly following the initiation of treatment with medical cannabis."
Growing Green: Weed From an ex-Chocolate Factory in Canada
By Kenneth Hughes
A factory once owned by Hershey in Canada now makes products that offer a slightly stronger buzz than a milk chocolate kiss. The site in Smith Falls, Ontario, has 168,000 square feet that is licensed by the government for medical marijuana production. Tweed's sales could reach C$100 million a year for its many home-grown varieties and blends.
Union suggests legalized marijuana should be sold through LCBO
By CTV Toronto on November 21, 2015
Marijuana should be sold in LCBO stores if the drug is legalized by the federal government, according to the head of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas said provincial liquor stores have a solid track record of responsibly selling alcohol, and he believes the same standards would be applied to the sale of legalized pot.
We Must Protect The Interests Of Medical Cannabis After Legalization
By Jenna Valleriani on November 20, 2015
The cannabis community held tight to a victory in Canada's federal election, when the Liberals stepped out with a majority government. Legalization of cannabis is part of their official platform and now that they hold a majority, it can't come soon enough. Some are still skeptical -- others have promised legalization before Justin Trudeau.
It could mean some big things for everyone. Will dispensaries finally be regulated federally? Will licensed producers be at the forefront of an "inevitable" recreational market? What about home growing?
Canada Legalization Advancing, Application Avalanche in WA & Ohio MJ Revamp
ByJohn Schroyer and Omar Sacirbeyon November 20, 2015
Canada moves toward legalizing recreational cannabis, Washington State gets flooded with applications for new retail marijuana licenses, and the man in charge of the failed MJ campaign in Ohio promises to change his approach in 2016.
Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.
The impending legalization of cannabis has sparked a formal effort in Manitoba to determine how marijuana ought to be regulated and sold.
In Monday’s throne speech, the Selinger government said Manitoba’s Liquor & Gaming Authority and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries "will be well positioned to regulate the sale and distribution of marijuana in a safe and socially responsible manner" once Justin Trudeau’s Liberals make it legal to light up.
Canada - Ontario - Vancouver Island mayors seek guidance from Ottawa on marijuana shops
By Mike Hager on November 17, 2015
The mayors of two of Vancouver Island’s biggest cities are calling on the federal Liberal government to advise them what to do with the illegal pot shops cropping up in their communities and explain more of what the path to promised legalization could look like.
This week, Victoria city council will debate a pot-shop bylaw proposal similar to the one Vancouver passed in June, while Nanaimo’s mayor is trying to ease tensions between operators of 10 dispensaries and the local RCMP detachment, which has threatened to raid the stores if they do not stop illegally trafficking cannabis by the end of this week.
Roy Green Interviews Lawyer Alan Young about Marijuana Legalization
Legalizing marijuana. Most Canadians want this to take place and the new federal government is committed to making this happen. Our guest has argued for legalized marijuana before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Should marijuana be legal? Or do we have other issues to tackle first? Guest: Alan Young. Law professor, Osgoode Hall, York University. Has said he “doesn’t trust politicians.”
Pharmacy owner wants city, province to regulate pot sales
By Sean Kavanagh on November 17
Internet pharmacy pioneer Daren Jorgenson says he's starting a company to sell recreational marijuana — but he'll wait for the province and city to set regulations before he opens a store in Winnipeg.
The businessman says he should have a Vancouver location up and running as early as March, but a Winnipeg store will only come when either the city or the province, or both, gets rules in place for the industry to follow.
Canada - In Official Ministerial Letters: Prime Minister Trudeau directs Justice, Health and Public Safety ministers to work together to Legalize Marijuana for Adults
Excerpt from his letter to Justice Minister Ms. Wilson-Raybould: "In particular, I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities:
Working with the Ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Health, create a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana. (This was the 6th 'top priority' in a list of 15. - Marijuana.Ca)
I know I can count on you to fulfill the important responsibilities entrusted in you. In turn, please know that you can count on me to support you every day in your role as Minister.
I am deeply grateful to have this opportunity to serve with you as we build an even greater country. Together, we will work tirelessly to honour the trust Canadians have given us."
Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada
After reading the federal expectations and guidelines on how financial institutions could offer banking services tomarijuana businesses, Jennifer Roberts, COO of the $207 million Obee Credit Union, never expected the Tumwater, Wash.-based cooperative would be able to serve the cash-rich pot industry.
“I read the Cole Memo and thought, there is no way our small credit union can do anything in this arena to comply, so we decided we were not going to get involved,” Roberts recalled.
Most financial institutions are wary about serving the marijuana industry because it could potentially create the compliance nightmare from hell, coupled with the possibility of federal crackdowns.
Despite initial serious doubts,Obee CUlearned how to manage serving its marijuana business clients, even with all of the added layers of regulatory costs and scrutiny.
US: Legal Cannabis Big Data And Market Research Leaders Just Combined Forces To Get Investors Buzzing
ByAlex Konradon November 9, 2015
Giadha Aguirre DeCarcer saw the data powering big-money decisions to back private companies or consider public buyouts and wondered why there no one was doing the same for the legal cannabis industry.
The one-time investment banker and consultant began attending the sector’s budding event circuit, pitching aBloombergfor cannabis data. HerWashingtonD.C.-based startup, New Frontier Financial, began to publish reports assessing regional opportunities, upcoming legislation and the impact of looming price changes. Lawmakers, cannabis entrepreneurs and, increasingly, mainstream investors started to buy in to DeCarcer’s data. “We’ve been right enough times to build a solid reputation,” DeCarcer says.