This Week in Cannabis: Top Stories From Across Canada From Jan. 4-10

This Week in Cannabis: Top Stories From Around Canada From Jan. 4-10

Vancouver stalwart Cannabis Culture is final at the end of the month, as many as 35,000 would-be cannabis shop operators entered Ontario’s lottery, and Shoppers Drug Mart has launched an online store for medical cannabis.

We’ve rounded up this week’s top stories from across Canada.

Vancouver’s stalwart series Cannabis Culture announced it would be closing three of its Vancouver shops following a BC Supreme Court judgment ordering the shuttering of unlicensed dispensaries. Though the decision was unrelated, the announcement occurred at precisely the same time as journalist Deidre Olsen was accusing Cannabis Culture founder (and self-appointed) “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery of grooming her for sex when she was 17 and he was 50. Another journalist responded to the allegation by reporting Emery had sexually harassed her as well.

Ontario’s recreational-cannabis retail lottery opened on Monday and the response was monstrous. According to lawyer Trina Fraser, the amount of respondents vying for one of the 25 available license-approval positions might have been as large as 35,000, though was likely at least 9,000. Applicants crashed the Ontario AGCO site and forced the provincial bureau to push back the entry period for an extra hour. Winners–announced Friday–will be asked to hit the ground running, and speedy . First they have to provide $6,000 licensing fees and a $50,000 line of credit. Then, if they fail to open April 1 they will be fined $12,500 per week. David Phillips, who led the cannabis file under the former Ontario Liberal government, stated the window was so tight he doubted any retailers would be able to open in time for April Fool’s Day.

In the Wahnapitae First Nation, an hour north of Sudbury, the community’s Anishinabek Police together with the Ontario Provincial Police spanned two dispensaries, seizing $110,000 worth of flower, edibles, and concentrates, charging half . On-reserve raids are complicated, especially when they involve provincial authorities, who are often unwelcome in First Nations lands (whose relationship is with the federal government).

The presence of the Anishinabek Police means the raid was approved by the Country ’s Band Council. However, that doesn’t guarantee it had been done with the aid of the community. In 2017, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory’s police force, supported by the OPP, raided dispensaries in that community and put off a firestorm of controversy among taxpayers who did not want community authorities enforcing provincial law. Since that time, Tyendinaga authorities have said they will respond to the First Nation’s own legislative policies on cannabis instead of Ontario’s, and the community has grown into one of Canada’s dispensary hotspots, with as many as one dispensary for every eight residents.

HAMILTON, ON — Hosted at Zee Float on Jan. 16, this workshop offers a holistic framework for pain management, using foods and herbs including CBD.

Lift & Co.. Cannabis Business Conference

VANCOUVER, BC — Now in its fourth year, this conference brings together leaders in the Canadian cannabis business over the weekend at the Vancouver Convention Centre.


The Hangover Bowl

VIDEO — This week on The Terpenes cooking show, get the recipe for this ultimate hangover helper featuring Cannabis-infused duck fat confit potatoes.

Published at Fri, 11 Jan 2019 21:39:58 +0000

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