Second Cup’s Parent Opens First Cannabis Dispensary, Plans More Outlets

Second Cup’s parent opens first cannabis dispensary, plans more outlets SUSAN KRASHINSKY ROBERTSONRETAILING REPORTER

Article by Susan Krashinsky Robertson, Globe and Mail Second Cup’s parent company has opened its first recreational cannabis dispensary on the site of a former cafe in Toronto, and has announced plans for more dispensaries under its new retail brand, Hemisphere Cannabis Co. Mississauga, Ont.-based The Second Cup Ltd. will open six more Hemisphere Cannabis locations in Ontario by the end of ...

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Canadian Cannabis Inventory Soars to New High, Indicating More Pain Ahead for Producers

Canadian cannabis inventory soars to new high, indicating more pain ahead for producers Published 21 hours ago | By Matt Lamers FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditEmail

Article by Matt Lamers, Marijuana Business Daily Federally licensed producers in Canada are stockpiling more cannabis than ever, new figures from the Canadian government show, indicating that some producers are in store for more financial pain as the market looks for equilibrium. Deeper industrywide cuts might still be needed for the large producers to shed excess production, even as the ...

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New Study to Examine Efficacy of Medical Cannabis, Bring Standardization to Cannabis Industry

New study to examine efficacy of medical cannabis, bring standardization to cannabis industry Noushin Ziafati Dr. Hance Clarke, director of pain services at Toronto General Hospital, is leading a new study that will track patient health outcomes from verified and validated medical cannabis products to give physicians and patients the information they need to make informed treatment decisions. - Contributed

Article by Noushin Ziafati, The Chronicle Herald A new study will seek to determine the efficacy of medical cannabis for specific conditions and help physicians in Canada prescribe it at the right dose, for the right patient. Launched Thursday, the Medical Cannabis Real-World Evidence (MC-RWE) clinical trial is being led by Dr. Hance Clarke, director of pain services at Toronto ...

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Niagara-Area Town Buys $5000 Device to Measure Weed Smell After Repeated Complaints From Residents

HOME BEYOND LOCAL ONTARIO: Niagara-area town buys $5000 device to measure weed smell after repeated complaints from residents Grow-ops too dank for council? about 20 hours ago By: Ludvig Drevfjall A $5000 dollar device will detect unwanted whiffs. (File photo)

Article by Ludvig Drevfjall, Timmins Today The towns of Welland and Pelham are stepping up their efforts to air out pot smell coming from local cannabis producers that they say are causing a headache for locals. In Pelham, a new nuisance bylaw will take effect by the end of the month, giving the town the opportunity to fine industrial growers for unwanted ...

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She is the First Black Woman in Canada With a Federally Licensed Cannabis Store. Now She Fears Her Spot Might Close Before it Even Opens

Vivianne Wilson is pictured in front of her cannabis store, GreenPort. She's caught in red tape trying to open her doors. GTA She is the first Black woman in Canada with a federally licensed cannabis store. Now she fears her spot might close before it even opens Jenna Moon By Jenna Moon

Article by Jenna Moon, Toronto Star Since January, Vivianne Wilson has been waiting for confirmation that her cannabis store can open its doors. Wilson, founder of GreenPort Cannnabis in Toronto, is the first Black woman who is an independent owner and operator of a licensed Canadian cannabis retail business. She said her company aims to bring diversity to Canada’s cannabis industry. “We’re ...

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Ontario to End Delivery, Pickup Services for Provincial Cannabis Shops

MARIJUANA 3h ago Ontario to end delivery, pickup services for provincial pot shops By David George-Cosh

Article by David George-Cosh, BNN Bloomberg Ontario-based privately-run cannabis stores will no longer be allowed to provide delivery or curbside pickup services to customers this month when a provincial emergency order expires, according to a government spokesperson. “As our province carefully moves towards recovery, the [emergency order] to temporarily allow for cannabis retail curbside pick-up and delivery will end when the ...

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Canadian Cannabis Companies Have Landed in Legal Hot Water Due to False Advertising

CANADIAN CANNABIS COMPANIES HAVE LANDED IN LEGAL HOT WATER DUE TO FALSE ADVERTISING SARAH LEAMONJULY 3, 2020 CANNABIS CANADACANNABIS LEGALIZATIONCANNABIS NEWSFEATURED0 COMMENTS96 VIEWS A lawsuit filed in the Court of Queens’ Bench in Alberta is making some pretty heavy allegations and naming a number of big Canadian cannabis companies for false advertising as parties to the proceedings. cannabis companies false advertising Lead plaintiff on the matter, Lisa Marie Langeuin, says that she was sold misleading products with false advertising after purchasing cannabis packed and distributed by Tilray Canada at a retail store called Canna Cabana in Calgary. Langeuin says that she selected the product based on the potency as displayed on the product packaging. However, after taking the recommended dosage on several occasions, she says that she felt nothing. Undeterred, Langeuin took the product to her doctor to get to the bottom of it. After examining the packaging, Langeuin says that her doctor became concerned. He told her that the manner in which the cannabis was sold in this case – in a plastic bottle with a plastic lining – could cause the plastic to leech into the product itself. This, according to the doctor, could cause liver or pancreas damage as well as degrade the product’s potency level over time. But Langeuin says that she and her doctor did not stop their research there. Concerned about false advertising and potential adverse health effects, they purchased a number of cannabis products and sent them to third party testing companies to determine their true contents. They say they that the results were alarming, with many products containing a higher than labeled THC potency or a lower than labeled CBD level. The lawsuit alleges that product potency is “drastically different” than advertised and “could have” caused harm to the plaintiff and other members of the public. It seeks a whopping $500-million judgement along with punitive damages of $5 million from each of the named defendants. Parties named to the suit include Tilray, Cronos and Aurora Cannabis, as well as a number of other cannabis industry players and subsidiaries. Community safety and consumer empowerment are some of the key issues at play here, with lawyers for the plaintiff arguing that legal cannabis products must be properly marketed and safely delivered to consumers. The potential for harm, they say, is serious if proper standards are not met. But this isn’t the first time that Canadian cannabis companies have landed in legal hot water. In February, nine U.S. law firms launched class-action lawsuits against Canopy Growth, Aurora Cannabis and Hexo Corp alleging that the companies had released misleading inventory information and overstated their sales potential. While these sorts of class action lawsuits are rather typical for a new and emerging industry, the cannabis sector has taken harder than expected hits over the two years. With a 75 percent drop in cannabis stocks, many investors are looking for more secure alternatives, sending ripples of doubt through the industry. Lay-offs, cutbacks and corporate restructuring are some of the more troubling symptoms of an industry struggling to stay on its feet. And this most recent lawsuit will only cast more shadows over Canadian cannabis. If what Langeuin says is true, the chance of the court ruling that false or misleading advertising has taken place is not insubstantial. The legal test for false or misleading advertising is relatively straight-forward. It ultimately comes down to whether a representation was made to the public to promote a product that was misleading in nature and material to the transaction. In determining whether a representation is “material”, the court will consider whether an average consumer would be influenced in their decision to purchase the product in question or not based on the information represented. In the past, courts have found that things like product pricing and other key aspects – like projected performance or components – to be material representations. It is therefore not unlikely that the courts will find potency to be a material in terms of cannabis sales and advertising. Moreover, it is important to note that in cases like these, the plaintiff only needs to prove their case on the civil burden of proof. This is on a balance of probabilities and is much lower than the criminal standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. But even if Canadian cannabis companies’ role in false advertising is proven, the quantum of damages may be adjusted by the court. Generally speaking, Canadian courts have been more conservative than their American counterparts when it comes to accessing big cash awards. So, just because this particular lawsuit is seeking a half-billion-dollar pay-day, that fact alone doesn’t mean it will happen. Only time will tell what damages – if any at all – is appropriate. At this point, none of the products in question have been recalled by Health Canada. FacebookTwitterLinkedInShare AURORA CANNABIS INCCRONOSHEXO CORPLISA MARIE LANGEUIN SHARE ON Save Tweet PREVIOUS ARTICLE HEALTHY FOODS TO EAT THAT CAN IMPROVE AND EXTEND YOUR MARIJUANA HIGH NEXT ARTICLE EVER AFTER MUSIC FESTIVAL, FANS REACT TO 2020 CANCELLATION. Sarah Leamon SARAH LEAMON CONTRIBUTING WRITER Sarah Leamon is a criminal defence lawyer and founder of Sarah Leamon Law Group. Sarah specializes in impaired driving offences and cannabis law. 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Article by Sarah Leamon, Cannabis Life Network A lawsuit filed in the Court of Queens’ Bench in Alberta is making some pretty heavy allegations and naming a number of big Canadian cannabis companies for false advertising as parties to the proceedings. Lead plaintiff on the matter, Lisa Marie Langeuin, says that she was sold misleading products with false advertising after purchasing cannabis packed and ...

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Ontario MP Demands Health Canada Act Against ‘Criminal Elements’ of Cannabis, Says Dead Animals Left on Porches are Linked

NEWS Ontario MP demands Health Canada act against 'criminal elements' of cannabis, says dead animals left on porches are linked In a letter to Health Canada, Sloan warns some growers "utilize loopholes in existing federal regulations to enrich themselves and ignore municipal bylaws via large scale cannabis growing operations.” By Emma SpearsFile - Conservative MP Derek Sloan is a rookie. Photo: MEGHAN BALOGH/THE WHIG-STANDARD/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Article by Emma Spears, Growth Op An Ontario-based MP and Conservative leadership candidate is demanding that Health Canada make immediate moves to halt what he alleges to be cannabis-related “potential criminality and corruption” in his riding. Hastings-Lennox and Addington MP Derek Sloan wrote a letter to Health Minister Patty Hajdu urging her department to take action against local cannabis operations ...

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Health Canada: ‘Any Celebrity Affiliation With Cannabis has Potential to be Noncompliant’

NEWS BRIEF Health Canada: ‘Any celebrity affiliation with cannabis has potential to be noncompliant’ Published 19 seconds ago | By Solomon Israel Any celebrity affiliation with a cannabis product, including promotions and marketing, has the potential to be noncompliant with federal law, according to Canada’s cannabis regulator.

Article by Solomon Israel, Marijuana Business Daily Any celebrity affiliation with a cannabis product, including promotions and marketing, has the potential to be noncompliant with federal law, according to Canada’s cannabis regulator. The warning comes as some major Canadian cannabis producers continue offering brands affiliated to varying degrees with celebrities or popular fictional characters. The regulator has taken notice. In ...

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