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British Columbia plans 3-year decriminalization test


Canadian officials announced on Wednesday that a plan to decriminalize small amounts of drugs in British Columbia has been approved for a three-year test period.

British Columbia will decriminalize personal possession of small amounts of drugs for three years in an attempt to address the province’s crisis of overdose deaths. The Canadian federal government announced on Wednesday that it had approved a request from provincial officials to enact the plan, which will decriminalize possession of street drugs including heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine.


Delta cannabis grower partners with Langara project

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A large-scale cannabis greenhouse operation in East Ladner has announced that it has signed an agreement with Langara College to support the Applied Science for the Canadian Cannabis Industry (ASCCI) research project. The agreement will provide opportunities for researchers and students to study cannabis using the latest technology, facilitate innovation and address questions that are important to the industry.

During the course of the five-year research project, which integrates chemistry, biology and bioinformatics, Pure Sunfarms’ experts will work with faculty members and students at Langara on research that will provide new data and insights for published research, and also help advance Pure Sunfarms’ product development strategy.


Village Farms International Acquires 100% of Balanced Health Botanicals

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VANCOUVER, BC, Aug. 16, 2021 /CNW/ - Village Farms International, Inc.


Columbia has at least another 6-week wait before medical marijuana is sold

Medical marijuana dispensaries are starting to open in Missouri. It may take a little longer in Columbia. 

N'Bliss dispensaries in the St. Louis area saw long lines when they opened over the weekend. A Kansas City area dispensary was to open Monday. 

Six different companies plan to open dispensaries throughout Columbia. As of Wednesday afternoon, they were not yet approved to operate.


B.C. selling less legal cannabis than any province other than P.E.I.

B.C. sold less legal cannabis than any province other than Prince Edward Island in the first nine months of legalization and officials blame supply shortages and a slow rollout of retail stores.

Statistics Canada data shows B.C. sold $19.5 million worth of legal pot from October 2018 through June 2019. The only province that sold less was P.E.I., which took in $10.7 million with only a fraction of B.C.’s population.

In its annual report, B.C.’s liquor distribution branch said problems with supply and slower than anticipated provincial and municipal approvals resulted in the province’s cannabis industry evolving at a slower rate.


Quebec and B.C. top country's weed sales in May

Recreational weed sales in Canada enjoyed a significant boost in May — up 14 per cent — according to data from Statistics Canada.

“Sales improved to $85 million in May, up from $74 million in April and $60 million in March,” Marijuana Business Daily reports. British Columbia recorded the biggest sales growth in May with a 37 per cent increase thanks to improved access via the opening of a number of new dispensaries.


B.C. consumes significantly more cannabis than any other Canadian province

To the surprise of no one, B.C. loves cannabis — and now it has the numbers to prove it, City News reports.

British Columbia consumes significantly more cannabis than any other province, according to the recently-released 2019 United Nations World Drug Report.


B.C. has the highest use of cannabis in the country

B.C is no stranger to cannabis and a new UN report says the province is smoking more than any other province.

The numbers don’t come as a surprise for people out on the street in Vancouver today. “That’s sort of the perception and stereotype in B.C., we think of as the home of cannabis consumption in Canada because the climate is more favourable,” says Brad.

More than a quarter of people in B.C. over the age of 15 report using cannabis in 2017.

The 2019 World Drug Report released by the United Nation’s Office on Drug and Crime on June 26 reported higher numbers of Cannabis use across the country between the 2011 and 2017.

The report shows a dramatic increase of cannabis use, with it rising 62 per cent during these years in Canada.


Federal government offers millions to help B.C. police spot drugged driving

The federal government is boosting funding to help B.C. police recognize drug-impaired drivers and buy roadside testing devices, as many forces remain wary of the technology.

Bill Blair, the minister responsible for organized crime reduction and border security, announced on Tuesday the spending of $10.1 million over five years to increase the number of officers trained in field sobriety testing and as drug recognition experts.

The money will also help police forces buy approved roadside devices to develop standardized data collection and help the province get a clearer picture of the extent of drug-impaired driving, Blair said.


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