Mayor of Montreal says proposed cannabis laws are unfair

The Quebec provincial government has plans to implement a ban on smoking cannabis in any and all public spaces for the City of Montreal is making it clear that this would be impossible to enforce.

Bill 2 would enforce a province-wide ban on smoking cannabis in public spaces as well as raise the legal consumption age from 18 to 21.

The Mayor of Montreal Valerie Plante believes the city should be exempt from these rules if they are implemented and has recently spoken at public hearings to voice the city’s concerns about the bill. Both she and police Chief Sylvain Caron have state that the way of life in Montreal is different from other parts of the province and that it would be much more difficult to enforce the law.


Edmonton gives more bylaw violation tickets to tobacco smokers than cannabis smokers

The City of Edmonton has said that since cannabis became legal in Canada four months ago only three bylaw violation tickets have been given for smoking cannabis.

New rules were put into place in the city after they decided that they needed a way to oversee smoking tobacco and cannabis. A bylaw was passed so that smoking in public spaces is now extremely limited. Smoker must be at least 10 meters away from window, door and transit stops when smoking. There are also new restrictions when it comes to smoking in public places including playgrounds, cemeteries, outdoor pools and skating rinks.


Nova Scotia plans to add more cannabis retail stores

The Province of Nova Scotia has reported seeing slower than expected online cannabis sales and as such plans to add more retail stores.

Finance Minister Karen Casey said that the province has asked the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation to add to their current 12 locations and in doing so, it would address some of the geographical that areas that aren’t currently being serviced with a retail store.

“We believed that online would address some of those areas of the province where there was a gap,” said Casey. “We’ve recognized that to date it has not materialized, so we have to look at how can we get out to other areas if online is not going to bring the consumer in.”


Canadian and UK researchers discover possible link between adolescent cannabis use and depression

A group of researchers from Canada and the United Kingdom report they have found strong evidence to support that consuming cannabis in adolescence will be more likely to develop depression later in life.

The researchers examined 11 studies from the mid-1990s and onward. They looked at people under the age of 18 who used cannabis for non-medical purposes that were then followed into adulthood to see how had developed clinical depression, anxiety or suicidal behavior. None of the studies looked at all three.


Iowa lawmaker proposes legalizing psychedelic drugs for medical purposes

A Republican lawmaker in Iowa introduced a bill in the state legislature that would legalize using Psilocybin, MDMA and Ibogaine for medical reasons.

Jeff Shipley introduced the bills on February 6 in the House of Representatives. House File 249 would remove the substances from the list of Schedule 1 controlled substances and allow for the state to create laws that would allow the drugs for medical purposes. House File 248 would remove Psilocybin from Schedule 1 of the state’s uniform controlled substances act.


70-year-old man suffers heart attack after consuming cannabis lollipop

A 70-year-old New Brunswick man suffered a heart attack and experts are saying it’s because of cannabis lollipop.

The Canadian Journal of Cardiology published a report on Monday detailing the case and how this lollipop may have led to the man’s heart attack. The gentleman was reportedly looking for something to alleviate his arthritis paid and tried the cannabis lollipop.

The lollipop contained 90 mg of THC. To put into perspective, an average joint typically contains around seven mg.

Dalhousie University cardiologist Dr. Alexandra Saunders spoke to sources about the incident.  


Canadian cannabis shortages expected to last years

Cannabis retailers across Canada have struggled to supply consumers with product since the country legalized recreational cannabis five months ago, and industry experts say that this trend is likely to last for a few years.

George Robinson who runs RavenQuest, a cannabis biomed firm, told sources that supply shortages are expected to last at least five years.

“We’re absolutely not getting anywhere close to the (needed) supply,” said Robinson. He added that approximately 5 million kilograms are needed to satisfy the demand for recreational cannabis across the country. Suppliers are currently growing less than 10 percent of that amount. Therefore, there simply isn’t enough cannabis being distributed to retailers.


Harvard study shows men who smoke cannabis have higher sperm counts

Researchers at Harvard University found that cannabis could affect a man’s fertility, but not in the way you might think.

The surprising results from the research found that men who regularly smoke cannabis have higher sperm counts than men who don’t smoke. The findings were published in the journal Human Reproduction earlier this week and have received worldwide attention since previously it was thought that cannabis consumption will negatively affect a man’s sperm count.


Quebec launches cannabis ad campaign in response to influx in hospital visits

According to the Quebec Poison Control Centre, cannabis poisoning cases have risen since Canada legalized cannabis in October. The province has released a new ad campaign warning consumers about the associated risks in response to the influx in hospital visits.

From the legalization date of October 17 all the way through December, the center recorded 89 cases whereas only 25 cases were recorded during the same period of the year prior.

“Right now, it’s hard to distinguish whether there is more exposure, more cases of over-intoxication, or simply more people calling because they feel more comfortable now that it’s legal,” said director of the Quebec Poison Control Centre Maude Saint-Onge.


Canadian cannabis producer uses fish waste to fertilize crops

A Canadian producer based in Ontario is using a unique method of fertilizing their crops that seems a little fishy.

Green Relief, located in Puslinch, Ontario, operates an aquaponics farm that uses filtered fish waste to fertilize their crops. In turn, the crops clean the water for the fish.

The facility is entirely underground with the exception of the ventilation equipment that sticks out of the ground. Green Relief says they are currently the only producer using aquaponics for marijuana production.


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