British Columbia


BC Police: Legalizing marijuana will require more police resources

Legalizing marijuana and “keeping it out of the hands of our youth” will mean more work for police, according to Victoria Police Chief Del Manak.

Manak, presenting the draft 2018 police budget to city council on Tuesday, said the upcoming legalization will increase the need for police training, the creation of education and enforcement strategies around impaired driving, the monitoring of home grow operations and dealing with minors who illegally use and possess the drug.

Coun. Jeremy Loveday wanted further explanation from the chief, noting that possession will no longer be a crime.


Aurora Cannabis appoints Darryl Vleeming Chief Information Officer

Aurora Cannabis Inc. (the "Company" or "Aurora") (TSX: ACB) (OTCQX: ACBFF) (Frankfurt: 21P; WKN: A1C4WM) today announced that the Company has appointed Darryl Vleeming as its new Chief Information Officer ("CIO").


BC local governments, police want money to enforce new pot laws

Police departments and local governments are asking British Columbia for a cut of marijuana revenues as the province crafts regulations for legalized pot.

The provincial government asked for public input last month as it develops new rules. Submissions are posted online and will be accepted until Wednesday.

Feedback so far includes recommendations from Port Coquitlam and View Royal, on Vancouver Island, for pot profits to be directed to municipalities to address costs associated with enforcement.

The British Columbia Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police echoes that recommendation, saying in its submission that the "cost download" of enforcement needs to be considered when a revenue-sharing system is developed.


Rolling out legal weed comes with a high price tag for Canada

Enforcing Canada’s new legalized marijuana comes with a high price tag.

The federal government will spend C$546 million ($426 million) over the next five years to implement its new cannabis laws, according to the latest budget forecast. Agencies such as Heath Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will receive a portion of the funds to license, inspect and enforce the new rules. A “cost recovery scheme” will also be implemented to reduce the overall spending on the initiative, according to the document.


Which marijuana stock is the biggest one of all?

With the launch of our new website, we have mapped out 12 categories of disruptive technologies that we’ll continue to write about for our rapidly growing audience of lovely readers. After four years of writing about all facets of disruptive technologies, we’ve noticed how often people come around who have never invested before and want to start now because they’re so excited about a particular technology.


BC: Crusade launched to postpone marijuana legalization

Legalized recreational marijuana is coming to Richmond, but the city’s not ready, according to a new group led by Coun. Chak Au.

The “2018 Marijuana Legalization Concern Group” has asked the federal government to postpone or suspend the July, 2018 deadline for pot legalization until all regulations are in place.

“Once the gate of legalization is opened, it cannot be reverted back,” said Au at the group’s press conference held Oct. 13.

“We need to work together now to prevent the social problems that may be caused by legalization later.”

Chak Au


BC and local governments task force on recreational marijuana goes to work this week

The team that will inform how B.C. regulates the sale and possession of recreational marijuana is scheduled to come together and meet for its first time this week, on Friday (October 20).

“The purpose of the committee is to provide a forum for communication and consultation so that the province considers local government input during the development of the regulatory framework for legalized non-medical cannabis,” reads an October 19 media release.

Called the Joint Provincial-Local Government Committee on Cannabis Regulation, is made of provincial representatives appointed by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General plus 12 local politicians and bureaucrats drawn from the Union of B.C. Municipalities.


Marijuana rules will be 'a work in progress,' Vancouver councillor

The looming deadline for legalized marijuana has local governments in British Columbia crafting wish lists for provincial legislation, from where pot should be grown to how it should be sold.

Ottawa has said regulations must be in place by July 1 and the B.C. government announced last month that it wants public input on shaping the rules.

While some municipal politicians worry the timeline for regulations is too short, Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang thinks legalization can’t come soon enough.

Vancouver brought in a bylaw for medical marijuana dispensaries in April 2016, becoming the first municipality in Canada to regulate the outlets.


Cannabis Wheaton partners with unnamed convenience store to sell marijuana

Cannabis Wheaton has inked a strategic alliance with an unnamed convenience store operator to distribute and sell marijuana.

The streaming company says the deal gives it the exclusive right to handle the sale and distribution of recreational cannabis at 350 convenience stores over the next 10 years. In return, Cannabis Wheaton will grant the convenience store operator warrants to buy up to 1 million shares in the company at a price of $1 each over five years.

Cannabis Wheaton Chief Executive Officer Chuck Rifici said the convenience store industry’s experience selling regulated products like tobacco makes for a good fit with marijuana retailers.


Reliq Health Technologies announces $4 million brokered private placement

Reliq Health Technologies Inc., a technology company focused on developing innovative mobile health (mHealth) and telemedicine solutions for Community-Based Healthcare, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an engagement agreement with Canaccord Genuity Corp. and Gravitas Securities Inc. to act as co-lead agents on a commercially reasonable efforts basis in respect to a brokered private placement offering of up to 10,000,000 units at a price of $0.40 per Unit for gross proceeds of up to $4,000,000 subject to completion of satisfactory due diligence.


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