Significant Economic Opportunities For Indigenous Communities in the New Cannabis Market

Significant economic opportunities for Indigenous communities in the new cannabis market By HAROLD CALLA Opinion “As the cannabis market prepares to open, it should include Indigenous communities and bring jobs to our youth. The timing could not be better for inclusion,” writes Harold Calla. (MEL MELCON / TNS)

Article by Harold Calla, The Toronto Star First Nation communities have taken giant steps to become self-reliant — and the next step leads into Canada’s emerging cannabis market. It’s time to consider how First Nations and other governments can enable economic development within a regulated market. First Nations are ready. Many have developed institutions to implement property tax systems, ensure ...

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Feds Won’t Decriminalize Any Drugs Besides Cannabis, Despite Calls From Major Cities and Public Health Experts

Feds won’t decriminalize any drugs besides cannabis, despite calls from cities JANICE DICKSON

Article by Janice Dickson, Canadian Press via Globe and Mail The federal government says it will not consider decriminalizing drugs beyond marijuana, despite calls from Canada’s major cities to consider the measure. As the opioid epidemic washes over the country, Montreal and Toronto are echoing Vancouver and urging the federal government to treat drug use as a public health issue, ...

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Ontario’s Cannabis Retail System Will Be Open For Business When Marijuana is Legalized Oct. 17, Province Says

Ontario’s cannabis retail system will be open for business when marijuana is legalized Oct. 17, province says By ROB FERGUSON Queen's Park Bureau Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, shares a joke with Finance Minister Vic Fedeli during Question Period at the Ontario Legislature on July 30, 2018. The first four Ontario Cannabis Stores were to be located in Toronto, Guelph, Kingston and Thunder Bay. (CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Article by Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star Ontario will have a cannabis retail system open for business when recreational marijuana is legalized across the country in less than three months, says Finance Minister Vic Fedeli. “We are going to be operational by Oct. 17,” Fedeli said Monday as questions swirled about how the province will sell weed following reports private retailers are being ...

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Ottawa Politicians Wary About Potential Pot Privatization

Ottawa politicians wary about potential pot privatization Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn Province says it's been working to launch cannabis retail and distribution system to meet federal deadline Krystalle Ramlakhan · CBC News Mona Fortier, the Liberal MP for Ottawa-Vanier, wants to make sure that young people aren't accessing cannabis under the new regime. (Olivier Plante/Radio-Canada) Recreational marijuana will be legal in the fall, but under the new Ontario government it's not yet clear what role private stores will have in that market. (Associated Press)

Article by Krystalle Ramlakhan, CBC News Politicians in Ottawa’s core neighbourhoods are reacting to the uncertainty around who will sell cannabis with a new Progressive Conservative government in power and Doug Ford as Ontario’s premier. Ford has said he’s open to recreational marijuana being sold on the free market, but he also wants to consult with municipalities, stakeholders and his caucus before ...

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Globe Editorial: The Ford Government Gets it Right on Cannabis Sales

Globe editorial: The Ford government gets it right on cannabis sales

Article by The Globe and Mail Doug Ford, of course, knows a thing or two about private-sector cannabis sales. Ontario’s new premier was a mid-level hash dealer in 1980s Etobicoke, then a suburb of Toronto, The Globe and Mail has reported. (Mr. Ford denies it.) But if Premier Ford’s understanding of the cannabis market has its roots in a misspent youth, the ...

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13,768 People Were Charged With Cannabis Possession in Canada Last Year

13,768 people were charged with cannabis possession in Canada last year Emma Spears

Article by Emma Spears, Daily Hive The number of people charged with cannabis-related crimes in 2017 was the lowest it’s been in 20 years, according to a Statistics Canada survey released June 23. About 13,768 people in Canada were charged with possession of up to 30g of cannabis in 2017 , according to statistics reported by police to StatsCan. That’s down from ...

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

The rise of ‘weed tech’: Cannabis tech sector flourishes in lead up to legalization AMY O'KRUK Software developers at Ample Organics are photographed in their office in Toronto, on July 16, 2018. CHRISTOPHER KATSAROV /THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Article 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 ...

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Windsor Hosts Pop-Up Market For Currently Illegal Pot Products

Windsor hosts pop-up market for currently illegal pot products Dozens of cannabis products were sold at The Friendly Market, a small pre-legalization gathering of vendors. TAYLOR CAMPBELL A medical marijuana user, left, reacts to a sampling of product during a cannabis pop-up market in Ford City on July 29, 2018. The woman was joined by her spouse, centre, and others during the impromptu five-hour Windsor event on Sunday. WINDSOR STAR

Article by Taylor Campbell, Windsor Star Trafficking in marijuana is still illegal in Canada and punishable by imprisonment, but that didn’t stop local pot purveyors from organizing a pop-up “Friendly Market” in Windsor on Sunday. A potpourri of pot products from a dozen different vendors, and all containing different cannabis components, were available for purchase during the impromptu drug market ...

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PC Plan for Private-Sector Pot Sales Plants Seeds of Opportunity

PC plan for private-sector pot sales plants seeds of opportunity Can Ontario have the groundwork in place for private pot dispensaries to open in the fall? DALE CARRUTHERS

Article by Dale Carruthers, London Free Press Can Ontario have the groundwork in place for private pot dispensaries to open in the fall? Doubtful, says one leading marijuana lawyer. But that didn’t stop a flood of calls Friday to a cannabis consulting firm from businesses looking to get into Ontario’s lucrative market. The marijuana industry was abuzz following reports the ...

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Beyond Vaporization

Beyond Vaporization

Article by Mel W, High! Canada One of the best parts of the cannabis industry to me is the testimonials and all the amazing stories I get to hear about how cannabis has changed people’s lives. One of the best stories I have heard to date comes from a dear friend of mine, Jean-Marc with Sublimator Warrior. For those of ...

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