British Columbia


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.


Cannabis education an early casualty of legalization, say industry insiders

Legalization may be making it harder for cannabis users to truly understand what they’re putting in their bodies, industry insiders say.

That’s because the legal recreational industry has been limited in terms of what it can tell consumers about the properties of pot, so it’s turning to catchy — but vague and often meaningless — branding instead.


Causing a stink: B.C. could put forward cannabis emissions regulation by year-end

Cannabis producers in B.C. may be forced to stop and smell the grass… and then make sure no one else can.

The smell produced by cannabis production is at the heart of a Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) staff recommendation for the Climate Change Action Committee to green light suggestions to proceed with a public consultation that, within the year, could result in a proposed regulation requiring cannabis producers to undertake significant upgrades and purchase new equipment.


British Columbia insurance claim denied because of cannabis on property

Since cannabis became legal in Canada last year, there are certain laws in place that allow Canadians to grow limited amounts of cannabis in a household, but a recent court ruling presents a cautionary tale for Canadians growing marijuana on their property.

A superior court judge in British Columbia ruled that a home insurer can deny coverage for a small, legal medical grow located in Chilliwack following a major fire on the property, even though the fire was not caused by the plants.


Greenline POS services The Niagara Herbalist, first licenced Ontario cannabis retailer

The Niagara Herbalist is the first licenced cannabis retailer in Ontario, and after careful consideration they have chosen Greenline POS as their compliant inventory management solution.

“We chose Greenline POS because their team had the most working knowledge about real life cannabis retail operations out of all the POS systems we looked at.”

– Kevin (co-owner of The Niagara Herbalist)

For new cannabis retailers, opening up shop can be an exciting but stressful time. Greenline POS is dedicated to helping stores every step along the way, from initial inspections all the way to the grand opening and beyond.


Vancouver chefs craft cannabis-infused dining experiences

When it comes to weed, munchies have always been a part of the consumption experience. If a few drags of a joint or a bong rip is considered the first course, a bag of chips is the entree, followed by an entire pint of ice cream for dessert—or some such variation on treats.

For chefs, however, the appetite-stimulating substance is a doorway into a new culinary art. And Canada is finally in the game.

“It’s been an absolute whirlwind. I could have never predicted the response,” chef Travis Petersen tells the Georgia Straight, reflecting on a weed-infused-dining series he started on 4/20 last year.


Proposed cannabis production facility in Okanagan faces virulent local opposition

Residents of the Regional District of North Okanagan have been protesting the creation of a cannabis production facility in Lumby, BC.

Cannabis company Green Amber Corporation has submitted an application to construct the facility on Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), a “provincial zone in which agriculture is recognized as the priority use,” and in which non-agricultural use is heavily restricted. The proposed facility would measure 100,000 square feet.


B.C.'s first hit of cannabis tax revenue much lower than expected

B.C.’s first hit from legal cannabis has fallen far short of the pre-legalization estimates written into last year’s budget.

The provincial Ministry of Finance expects B.C.’s share of federal excise taxes on legal marijuana sales will be $68 million over the next three years, substantially less than the estimate of $200 million over three years that the province wrote into its 2018/19 budget.


Why isn’t British Columbia making money from adult use cannabis?

British Columbia has long been the hub of Canada’s cannabis production, however, since the legalization the revenues in the Western province have been falling short.

Nobody could have assumed it back when predictions were being made before legalization, but British Columbia isn’t really pulling in much money from the recreational cannabis industry.

Seeing how B.C. was always seen as Canada’s California when it comes to weed quality, the inability to make profits in the cannabis industry has caught many by surprise.

Others, however, have long foreseen this problem and warned of the incoming uphill battle against the black market growers and dealers.


Cutting-edge lighting to lighten energy tab for Liht’s B.C. cannabis facilities

Liht Cannabis Corp. has selected Agnetix’s liquid-cooled, LED lighting system for its cultivation facilities in B.C., a change expected to enhance plant health and slash by more than half energy costs compared to traditional systems.

Liht reports that Agnetix’s system—said to include unparalleled power, advanced controls and monitoring features—will be used in all B.C. projects, including the newly announced 486,000 sq. ft of high-tech indoor cultivation facilities.


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