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Wed
18
Jul

Health Canada warns cannabis companies against advertising at music festivals and other events

As the country moves closer to legalization, Health Canada is warning cannabis companies currently sponsoring music festivals and other events that they need to comply with advertising regulations or they could risk serious consequences.

Promoting cannabis brands is being viewed similarly to the way tobacco is promoted, which is essentially not at all. Cannabis companies are therefore rushing to promote their brand ahead of legalization.

The law will not take effect until October 17, the official date set for nationwide legalization.

Companies who do not comply with the law risk having their licensed suspended, fines as high as $5 million and possible jail time, said Health Canada in a public notice.

Wed
18
Jul

Many cannabis products will remain under illicit status with Canadian Cannabis legalization

Though Justin Trudeau’s government has promised an October 17 legalization date, it’s unlikely that the black market in Canada will be going anywhere any time soon since so many products critical to the industry will remain under illicit status.  

The government has decided that more time is necessary to research the “unique risks” associated with cannabis products other than dried flower and oil.

Edibles, cannabis-infused beverages and cannabis used for vaping will remain banned for at least a year following this October’s legalization date.

Tue
17
Jul

10 Terpenes commonly found in cannabis and their benefits

Until recently, the highest priority in cannabis for growers and consumers were THC and CBD levels, but with the industry going mainstream, terpenes found in cannabis have become a hot topic.

Terpenes are the aromatic organic hydrocarbons, or essential oils, found in a plant and even in some insects. They were developed to ward off unwanted predators that might eat them and also to attract pollinators such as bees.

Though terpenes are found in most plants, the term is most commonly associated with cannabis since consumers are becoming more aware that terpenes are the reason each strain has its own unique scent.

Thu
12
Jul

Recreational cannabis is making Canadian-U.S. border crossing more difficult than ever

Recreational adult-use cannabis is set to be legal across Canada on October 17, a move that has created tension between Canada and The U.S., especially at the border.

Canadians admitting to previous cannabis use or who are remotely involved with the cannabis industry have been receiving harsh penalties upon attempting to enter the States. Many people are being turned around and receiving lifetime bans from entering the states.

Fri
06
Jul

Battle of the Coasts: Marijuana legislation from east to west

It’s taken a long time for cannabis to come into the mainstream with still a long way to go. When it comes to cannabis policies, the West Coast of the United States has been incredibly influential in reducing associated stigmas.

Though cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, states like Oregon, Washington, Colorado and of course, California, have pushed those legal boundaries, resulting in flourishing legal markets.

Wed
27
Jun

Canada: CannTrust unveils Niagara Perpetual Harvest Facility

CannTrust Holdings Inc. held the official grand opening of its Niagara Perpetual Harvest Facility on Tuesday. Moving quickly toward harvesting once a day, this facility is the first of its kind in Canada.

Currently boasting 450,000 square feet of cultivation space, the Niagara operation has an annual output of about 50,000 kilograms.

The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that enables them to be one of the lowest cost producers with some of the highest quality product. It’s projected that the facility will be able to produce at a cost per gram that is far lower than traditional indoor grow facilities.

Fri
22
Jun

What will recreational cannabis look like in Canada?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that recreational cannabis will be legal nationwide by October 17.

In the meantime, provinces, territories and their respective municipalities are scrambling to work out how things will be regulated and to ensure they’re prepared for legal sales.

The legal cannabis rollout will vary greatly province to province. Some provinces such as Ontario and most of the Atlantic provinces have chosen the public retail route, overseen and run entirely by the provincial governments. Most of these provinces are running their program through their liquor control boards.

Wed
13
Jun

Canada: How do employers accommodate cannabis in the workplace?

Legal recreational cannabis coming into effect in Canada has left a lot of employers feeling unprepared with how to deal with employees using marijuana at work.

Lorenzo Lisi and David Reiter, Partners at Aird & Berlis LLP spoke at the O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo in Toronto last week in a panel called Cannabis in the Workplace: Policies, Planning to Avoid Liability and Industry Stigma. The discussion provided insight on how to manage cannabis consumption in the workplace and how to accommodate those who require cannabis for medical use.

Mon
11
Jun

Canada: O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo highlights the need for justice in the cannabis industry

The second annual O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo brought thousands of cannabis industry professionals, investors, patients and consumers together in Toronto mere weeks before cannabis legalization is supposed to take place across Canada.

The Conference took place last week over the course of three days at Toronto’s International Centre. Over 200 cannabis business exhibitors featured their products and services on the expo floor while over 130 industry professionals lead various seminars and panel discussions to highlight important aspects of the industry, from legislation to new trends in cannabis cosmetics.

Wed
06
Jun

Canadian cannabis industry will come together for second annual O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo

Just weeks before Canada is expected to legalize cannabis use across the country, the second annual MNP O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo is ready to take place June 7-9 at the International Centre in Toronto.

Recently voted the number one cannabis conference in Canada by High! Canada Magazine, O’Cannabiz will feature over 100 industry speakers from across North America, as well as a variety of workshops and seminars. Over 200 vendors will showcase their services and merchandise on the exhibition floor.

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