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Recreational pot legalization sparks a boom in cannabis reseach

Dr. Mark Ware has devoted the past 20 years of his career to studying marijuana, and he can remember some "dark, lean" periods when he had to fight for meagre funding.

"There were times when I was told you couldn't even use 'cannabis' and 'research' in the same sentence," he recalled.

Now, Ware is the chief medical officer of one of Canada's largest pot companies, Canopy Growth Corp., which is conducting millions of dollars worth of research on the use of cannabis to treat conditions including anxiety, insomnia and pain.


B.C.'s marijuana cops not yet ready for action

That may be a relief to the 20 or so illegal pot shops still operating in Vancouver, however, lawyer Kyla Lee said they should be worried about City of Vancouver plans to use a recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling against them.

B.C.’s new pot cops will not be raiding Vancouver’s illegal marijuana stores anytime soon.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Public Safety, the Community Safety Unit isn’t yet operational.

“It is too early to confirm operational details such as spokesperson, the reporting structure, the total number of investigators or other positions,” the statement read. “The CSU is actively recruiting to fill all positions and a number of competitions are currently underway.” 


Canada: Illegal Vancouver cannabis dispensary operators risk jail time if they don't shut down

Illegal cannabis dispensaries in Vancouver have been warned once more to shut down or risk some hefty fines and possibly even jail time.

The warning follows last month’s order from the Province of British Columbia for the dozens of illegal shops in Vancouver to cease operations. The City had previously filed 53 injunction applications against the illicit shops.

When the order was given in December, there was no timeline given for when shops had to be closed and owners were unsure of how the province would be enforcing the order, but the City’s warning on Monday suggested that time is running out for those who have yet to shut down.


Vancouver's first two licensed marijuana retailers open for business

Vancouver’s first legal pot shops are open for business, more than two months after marijuana was legalized in Canada.

City Cannabis Co.’s Fraser Street location and Evergreen Cannabis Society in Kitsilano have opened their doors.

Both companies had to jump through extensive regulatory hoops, even as illegal retailers continue to operate across in the city.

British Columbia has lagged behind other provinces in issuing non-medical cannabis retail licences, which must first be approved by the province, then referred to local governments or Indigenous communities for approval.


British Columbia finally has more than one legal brick and mortar pot shop

Two months after legalization, British Columbia finally has more than just one place to buy weed, writes Calvin Hughes. 


Canada: B.C. Supreme Court orders Vancouver's cannabis dispensaries to shut down

This morning (December 13), the B.C. Supreme Court ordered all illicit cannabis dispensaries operating in Vancouver to close their doors or face penalties.

In April 2016, the City of Vancouver introduced a medical marijuana–related use (MMRU) model. All existing dispensaries at that time—approximately 100 storefronts—were given until the end of the month to cease operations or face “enforcement action”.

Since then, the city filed 53 injunctions against cannabis-related businesses operating outside regulations—28 of those shops fought back and continued to provide patient access illegally, officially joining Team Black Market. The case, known as the “dispensary test case”, was brought before the B.C. Supreme court in September.


Cannabis company says no mislabelled spray ever reached stores

A former Kamloops mayor and MLA who is now an executive at a Quebec-based cannabis supplier said his company is “extremely confident” a Thompson Rivers University student is incorrect in her claim to have used mislabelled pot spray — a product expected to undergo scientific testing to determine its contents.

Terry Lake, vice-president of Hexo Corporation, said his company’s staffers noticed a discrepancy in their warehouse after sending a shipment of CBD spray to government-owned B.C. Cannabis.


Canada: British Columbia police officer raises concerns about online weed edible sales

 Const. Derek Gallamore was shocked when his department in Delta, B.C., busted a woman allegedly selling weed-laced brownies with 40 times the recommended single dose of THC.

The sugary treat looked identical to a regular grocery store confection but packed a whopping 400 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. He immediately imagined what might happen if a toddler came across the dessert.

"Being a parent, I looked at it and went, 'Wait a second.' " he said. "There were no warning labels for children."

In this Sept. 11, 2017, photo, a display of Creatos, Weed-Itz and Flavorblaster marijuana infused edibles in Washington, at a closed Ethiopian restaurant at a "gifted" marijuana event. (P. Solomon Banda/AP)


UBC’s first Canopy Growth professor of cannabis science to lead research into opioid overdose crisis

Clinical trials exploring how cannabis can best be employed to help people with opioid use disorder stick to their treatment plans will serve as the initial focus of a new professorship out of the University of British Columbia (UBC).

An estimated 1,143 people died of a suspected opioid overdose in B.C. during the first nine months of 2018, reports Canopy Growth Corporation, a diversified cannabis and hemp company committed to building a world-class cannabis company one product, site and country at a time.

Leading the effort to address the opioid overdose crisis will be M-J Milloy, PhD, UBC’s first Canopy Growth Professor of Cannabis Science.


From zero dollars to a million: BlissCo's first year plan in the cannabis business

Shawn McDougall moves around inside the vault with a blue bucket full of dried cannabis and pauses so each visitor can get a whiff of the aroma.

This type of cannabis is called Shark Shock, says the production manager of BlissCo Cannabis, a cannabis grower and processor in Langley. “This is one of the strains that has a lot of value for us.”

The company opened its 12,000-square-foot production facility on Oct. 30 for a media tour. BlissCo is set up in an unmarked unit in a sand-coloured industrial complex next to the Golden Ears Bridge.


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