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What the legal cannabis market will look like across Canada

After a very long wait since Prime Minister announced that cannabis would be legal in Canada when he was elected in 2015, the official legalization date is only two days away.

Here are some quick facts about what the legal market will look like in each province and territory.

 

Fri
12
Oct

Marijuana and the Mid-Terms: A new opportunity for cannabis legalization in some key Midwestern states

The momentum for cannabis reform in the U.S., which has had landmark political success beginning in 2012, appears to be gaining speed ahead of next month’s midterm elections.

Voters in Michigan and North Dakota will be deciding on the legalization of adult-use, recreational cannabis in November while Utah and Missouri voters will look at several medical marijuana measures.

Fri
12
Oct

Canadian regulators find that cannabis company disclosures are insufficient

A Canadian regulatory watchdog group announced Wednesday that the disclosure by cannabis companies is at an insufficient level.

Thu
11
Oct

U.S. government clarifies policy on border crossing for Canadian cannabis employees

After headlines circulated about how cannabis professionals should be concerned when crossing the border, the U.S. government said in a statement Tuesday that Canadian cannabis professionals are free to cross the border for non-work related reasons.

“A Canadian citizen working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in Canada, coming to the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry will generally be admissible to the U.S.,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said in the statement.

The confusion stems from another statement made in September from U.S. Customs that said being involved in the Canadian cannabis industry could “affect admissibility to the U.S.”

Thu
11
Oct

U.S. tobacco giant Altria in talks with Canadian cannabis company

A major U.S. tobacco company is reportedly in talks to acquire an equity stake in a Canadian licensed producer.

Altria Group Inc. executives have recently met with Canadian cannabis grower Aphria Inc. on multiple occasions to discuss their interest in acquiring a minority stake in the Leamington, Ontario-based company with an intention to eventually hold a majority of Aphria’s shares. The most recent meeting took place on Monday in Leamington.

Altria, based in Virginia, makes tobacco products, cigars and wine and has a market capitalization of US $119-billion. It owns Philip Morris USA, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, and also has a 10 percent stake in Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, which is the world’s largest brewing company.

Wed
10
Oct

Canadian workplace policies are ready for cannabis legalization

With recreational cannabis becoming legal across Canada in just a week, companies are still scrambling to get their cannabis use policies in line to ensure safety in the workplace.

Though there is nationwide concern about how to handle the new legal market as it pertains to the workplace, labour lawyers suggest that most organizations will be able to handle the transition.

Fri
05
Oct

Canada facing nationwide cannabis shortage ahead of legalization

Canada’s legal recreational cannabis market may not have the supply it needs to meet sales in its first year. Recreational cannabis is set to be legal in less than two weeks, but as the October 17 date approaches, industry experts are predicting that the current supply is unlikely to meet the high demand expected for the next year.

“There is not currently enough legal supply of marijuana to actually supply all the recreational demand in Canada,” economist Rosalie Wyonch of the C.D. Howe Institute told the CBC. “We didn’t have enough producers far enough ahead from legalization that they’ll actually be able to deliver enough product to market by the time legalization happens.”

Thu
04
Oct

Michigan state house votes to ban cannabis-infused alcoholic beverages

Legislation to ban cannabis-infused alcoholic drinks was approved Wednesday by the state house with a 101-4 vote and it’s expected to gain the signature of Michigan governor Rick Snyder which will put the legislation into law.

House Bill No. 4668 will ban the possession of all alcoholic drinks containing cannabis, even if only for personal use. An exception will be made for research institutions, according to High Times.

“A person shall not use or offer for use, possess, sell, or offer for sale marihuana-infused beer, wine, mixed wine drink, mixed spirit drink, or spirits. A person that violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor,” the statute reads.

Wed
03
Oct

President of leading cannabis supply company GGS Structures Inc. invited to speak at Canadian Parliament on impact of tariffs

Vineland, Oct 2, 2018 – President of GGS Structures Inc. Leigh Coulter spoke to the parliamentary Standing Committee on International Trade concerning the impact of tariffs on businesses, companies and workers.

The committee is conducting a study on how tariffs are affecting Canadian businesses and asked Coulter to act as a witness to explain how recent tariffs have affected GGS and other steel and aluminum purchasers, as well as to recommend alternative measures. Spokespersons from Essar Steel Algoma Inc. and Tenaris also addressed the committee following Coulter’s presentation.

As a leading supplier to the legal cannabis industry and greenhouse industry that exports globally with 50 per cent of its sales in the US, Coulter understands that free trade helps business.

Wed
03
Oct

Some U.S. scientists and politicians are baffled by the Federal Government’s latest actions on medical cannabis

Conflicting signals from Washington, regarding the federal government’s approach to medical marijuana, has both politicians and researchers in the U.S. expressing frustration over how lawmakers on Capitol Hill are handling the issue.

Last month the House Judiciary Committee approved the Medical Cannabis Research Act. The measure, sponsored by Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, would “increase the number of manufacturers registered under the Controlled Substances Act to manufacture cannabis for legitimate research purposes.” It would also let Veterans Affairs health care providers make recommendations to veterans when it comes to taking part in federally-approved cannabis clinical trials, “and for other purposes.”

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