Topic: cannabis in canada

Tech companies and pot producers becoming fast friends

A close relationship is developing between Canada's pot producers and the technology companies that support them. With pressure on producers to improve their yields and profits, technology will be a key factor in keeping plants healthy and improving harvests, say experts.

Corner Brook's BeeHighve is now N.L.'s first licensed cannabis producer

Retail stores will be able to order BeeHighve products through the NLC, said Mark German, the company's vice-president.

Gananoque, Ont., adopts tough rules on smoking pot outside

Smoking marijuana in any public place in Gananoque, Ont., will come with a hefty fine under new rules the community has passed.

St. Albert vape shop busted for selling illegal cannabis, police say

Three people have been charged with drug trafficking after RCMP raided a St. Albert vape shop police say had been advertising for months that it was selling cannabis products.
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Seniors left out of cannabis public health information push

Even though the rate of pot use is growing the fastest among Canadians who are 65 and older, seniors — and their doctors — struggle to find information that addresses their specific health questions.

Don't count on pot pardons to wipe your record clean, legal experts warn

John Baxter was convicted in the 1980s for robbery and possession of a joint. He's spent 30 years trying to clear his name and says a pardon he got in 2014 did not help him at the border.

'Cannabis isn't as easy to grow as people think', and then there's the paperwork

Snags in the supply chains of legal retail pot stores across Canada are no big surprise for a fledgling industry trying to meet huge demand, experts say.

Not your garden variety, 1970s weed: Sask. doctor warns of 'bad cannabis'

There’s good cannabis, and there’s bad cannabis, says a Regina doctor — and young people in particular should know the difference. Dr. Senthil Damodharan says cannabis now is much more damaging and toxic than it used to be.

Tens of thousands of Canadians could soon be eligible for a pot pardon, but lawyers warn about limitations

The Liberal government's announcement that it will expedite the processing of pardons for people with minor cannabis-related crimes is welcome news to quite literally tens of thousands of Canadians who have been convicted of possession offences.

'Everything's got to go': Vancouver dispensaries clear shelves as legalization hits

Dispensaries selling pot are clearing their shelves, and in many cases, holding blowout sales as recreational pot becomes legal across Canada.
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Step inside a Cannabis NB store

CBC New Brunswick gets a first look at a Cannabis NB store with actual product on the shelves.

Canada's giant public health 'experiment' with legalized cannabis begins

Experts say making marijuana legal will help yield much needed insight into the drug's health effects — both positive and negative.

Cannabis is legal in Canada — here's what you need to know

Recreational marijuana is legal, but the vision of a pot-permissive Canada still remains hazy. We try to answer some frequently asked questions surrounding legal weed.

Cannabis and the border: what pot-smoking Canadians need to know

Each day, 400,000 Canadians cross the Canada-U.S. border. Beginning Oct. 17, more and more of those travellers could be forced to answer an uncomfortable question posed by wary American customs officers: Have you ever smoked pot?

U.S. border patrol warns 'amnesty' for pot convictions doesn't guarantee entry

A senior U.S. border patrol official is warning travellers that cannabis remains an illegal narcotic in the U.S. — and even if you've been granted amnesty for a previous pot-related criminal conviction, you could still be denied entry to the United States.

Greenhouse growers turn to cannabis to cash in on lucrative crop

A growing number of fruit and vegetable farmers in southern Ontario are switching over to cannabis or at least adding it to their production. That means additional demand for water, electricity and other municipal services — a financial challenge for small towns like Leamington.

Campfires and cannabis: Parks Canada says it's OK to smoke pot at campsites

Millions of visitors to Canada's national parks can add cannabis to their camping kits. Parks Canada said people can consume marijuana at their campsites after it becomes legal Wednesday.

Meet your e-dealer: Shopify confident its online tech can handle cannabis demand

If the rollout of legal recreational marijuana goes more-or-less smoothly this week, an Ottawa-based tech firm will be able to claim at least some of the credit.

What do you do if your pet gets its paws on your pot stash?

With cannabis becoming legal this week, Montreal veterinarian urge pet owners to take precautions to make sure their pets don't become intoxicated on cannabis.

RCMP expect massive spike in blood test requests with new impaired driving law

The RCMP is expecting its national forensic labs to be flooded with blood test requests over the next four years as Canada's new impaired driving laws mature.
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How will Canadians buy pot? It depends where they live

Pot becomes legal on Wednesday, but the rules vary widely across the country, with some provinces allowing private retail sales and others putting recreational cannabis under the control of government-run monopolies. Here's a guide to the rules.

Parliament Hill's workplace cannabis policies are a little ... disjointed

With only days to go before recreational cannabis use becomes legal in Canada, Parliament Hill's own rules governing marijuana in the workplace are a confusing patchwork — or, in some instances, nonexistent.

Legal cannabis is here, it's time to answer some burning questions

Canadians put some big questions about legalized cannabis to the experts, including Minister of border security and organized crime reduction Bill Blair, president of the Canadian Medical Association Dr. Gigi Osler, and Kirk Tousaw, lawyer and consultant for Canopy Growth Corp.
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Legal weed in Canada: How it works where you live | Power & Politics

Marijuana will be legal in Canada starting Oct. 17, but the rules are different in each province. CBC's Power & Politics breaks it down.

Investors rush to patent genetically modified cannabis molecules

Biotechnology companies and drug producers are trying to isolate and patent the active chemicals in cannabis, potentially creating new medicines. That has critics raising "bio piracy" fears, as the once-illicit industry becomes mainstream.

Canadian pot industry workers will be able to enter U.S. for pleasure travel

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says Canadian citizens working in the cannabis industry should be able to enter the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry.

This is how much legal pot you can take on domestic flights

Travellers flying within Canada will be allowed to pack as much as 30 grams of cannabis. This what that looks like.

Don't delete your dealer's number yet — legal cannabis shortage looms

Licensed cannabis producers have thousands of kilograms of marijuana in their vaults, ready for Oct. 17. But industry analysts are already forecasting a shortage of legal supply during the first year of legal recreation use.

As legalization looms, pot dispensaries wrestle with whether to close now to go legit later

Marijuana entrepreneurs who've been selling the drug for years see a conundrum as legalization draws near — close up shop now and leave their customers in a lurch or stay open and face blacklisting once governments open the floodgates.

As legalization looms, Canada's pot companies about to be tested

Pot companies have spent years — and raised billions — on the promise of legalized marijuana. Now reality looms, where some will likely soar and some will likely fail. The CEO of Aphria believes scale and automation will set his company apart.

Want to buy legal cannabis? Here's what you need to know

With just a month left to go until recreational pot is legal across the country, here's what you need to know if you want to partake.

Canadians on track to spend almost $6B on pot this year — most of it the illegal variety

Statistics Canada says Canadians are on track to spend almost $6 billion on pot this year, as consumption of both legal and illegal varieties is growing steadily.

Many Canadians driving after consuming cannabis, according to new StatsCan data

A troubling new survey from Statistics Canada says that more than a million Canadians have reported being the passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who has consumed cannabis within two hours of driving.

Pot companies on hiring spree ahead of lucrative legal market

Considering a career in the cannabis business? Now may be the time to jump in as marijuana companies ramp up production and rush to fill jobs ahead of pot’s legalization on Oct. 17.

Cannabis and the border: what pot-smoking Canadians need to know

Each day, 400,000 Canadians cross the Canada-U.S. border. Beginning Oct. 17, 2018, more and more of those travellers could be forced to answer an uncomfortable question posed by wary American customs officers: Have you ever smoked pot?

Legalization comes with risks: Doctors reminding public that health effects of cannabis use are real

On the heels of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement Wednesday that adults will be able to legally buy and consume recreational marijuana on Oct. 17, some doctors are reminding Canadians of potential risks from cannabis and countering some of the misperceptions about the drug that still prevail.