British Columbia

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Tue
11
Sep

Canada: University cannabis policies range from outright ban to cannabis-friendly smoking areas

Thompson River University has banned marijuana smoking on campus. UVic is expected to set up smoking areas. Universities are developing varying approaches to governing recreational cannabis on campus, from outright bans to designated cannabis smoking areas.

While most administrations are still working on final policies, Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops and Langara College in Vancouver banned cannabis smoking last spring in response to impending legalization. The University of Victoria, however, is expected to create cannabis-friendly smoking areas on campus for adult students and residents that will not be open to minors, said Kane Kilbey, associate vice president of human resources.

Thu
06
Sep

Federal lawyer asks B.C. judge to toss experts' reports on medical marijuana

City of Vancouver has applied for court injunction against unlicensed marijuana dispensaries.

A lawyer for the federal government is asking the B.C. Supreme Court to reject the reports of three doctors and a criminologist she argues are either unqualified or biased in favour of medical marijuana dispensaries fighting to stay open in Vancouver.

Andrea Gatti said the reports solicited by lawyers for dispensary operators should be tossed as Vancouver seeks an injunction to shut down the unlicensed facilities.

Wed
05
Sep

Canada: BC lawyer says medical marijuana users should have right to buy pot in stores

A lawyer for several medical marijuana dispensaries has urged a B.C. Supreme Court judge to toss out an application to close the shops, saying the federal government failed to include them in its plan to legalize recreational cannabis. John Conroy said Tuesday the dispensaries have been operating illegally in a kind of "grey zone" while the city makes a $30,000 profit from each business licence.

The City of Vancouver required medical marijuana dispensaries to be licensed starting in June 2015. Many have continued operating without a licence and police have not taken action, unlike in Toronto, where police have raided several similar retailers. Now, the City of Vancouver is seeking a court injunction to shut down about 50 medical marijuana dispensaries that remain unlicensed.

Fri
31
Aug

Canada: Free cannabis offered at B.C. clinic to help illicit drug users detox

Cannabis was once considered by many a dangerous gateway drug that could lead smokers to experiment with stronger drugs on the street.

But could smoking weed actually be an effective tool to kick addiction? That’s the hypothesis at High Hopes, Canada’s first full-time cannabis harm reduction program.

Based out of Vancouver’s East End, ground zero for the deadly opioid crisis, the clinic provides addicts with free or low-cost marijuana and cannabis-derived oils to help them stop using illicit drugs.

A B.C. clinic is offering free and low-cost marijuana to drug users to help them quit addictions to illicit street drugs. So far, the clinic says, the approach has worked.

Fri
03
Aug

Colliers International Lists First Cannabis Facility Being Publicly Marketed through a Commercial Real Estate Firm since Bill C-45 Approval

BlueVault Organic Marijuana Ltd. has tapped the firm to handle the sale of a future cannabis production facility in Pemberton, B.C. 

Fri
03
Aug

Canada: Growing cannabis at home in B.C. won't be illegal, but it won't be easy either

B.C. will allow adults to grow up to four cannabis plants at home under new recreational cannabis laws, but they aren’t going to make it easy, and if you get it wrong fines and jail time could result. Beginning Oct. 17, government cannabis retailers will sell cannabis seeds, according to the Ministry of Public Safety.

However, the dozens of grey market cannabis retailers already doing business in B.C. risk steep penalties if they continue to sell seeds, or seedlings for that matter. Aspiring home growers will not be able to legally buy juvenile cannabis plants the way they can a tomato vine at the local nursery.

Fri
27
Jul

Canada: We need to address 'the mass of people locked away for something that becomes legal on October 17th'

Rosy Mondin is the CEO at the British Columbia-based Quadron Cannatech Corporation, which develops and provides a range of cannabis extraction and processing solutions. She is also highly active in a number of cannabis industry associations and advocacy groups, writes Nick Hilden.

"Too many Canadian have been punished by way of criminal charges or been thrown in jail for possessing, consuming, gifting, or selling cannabis (even in small amounts)," Mondin told Civilized. She says the continued over policing of the cannabis space is one of her biggest frustrations with the industry.

Mon
23
Jul

Canada: Cannabis companies seeing big business in bud

Vancouver-based businesses were able to show off their products at a trade show aimed at promoting pot products over the weekend. The show, attended by nearly 100 businesses, also served as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn about the multi-billion dollar industry.

Recreational marijuana will be legal in Canada on October 17. Leading up to that date, there has been a swell in interest in the industry. “Right now is the time for cannabis industry,” said Amir Ahani, the owner of a tech firm that develops point of sale, or POS systems for cannabis companies.

Mon
23
Jul

Canada: The CEO of the first marijuana company to IPO in the US reveals why this was the right time to go public

Tilray, a Canadian-based company, became the first marijuana producer on Thursday to conduct an initial public offering in the US.

The British Columbia-based cultivator's stock soared in a sign of the increasing momentum behind the legal marijuana industry. In its first day of trading on the Nasdaq, the company's stock surged 32%, closing at $22.39, up over $5 from its IPO price of $17.

"We truly believe we're in the midst of a global paradigm shift," Tilray CEO Brendan Kennedy told Business Insider in an interview. Kennedy said listing on the Nasdaq — as a company that touches the plant directly — is a "huge milestone" for the mainstreaming of the marijuana industry in the US.

Thu
12
Jul

Canada: BC signs agreements with licensed producers to supply legal marijuana

British Columbia has announced the companies that will supply recreational marijuana after legalization this fall, boasting its stash will feature an "exclusive and competitive" assortment of products.

But small craft growers say they were shut out of the bidding process and therefore B.C. residents will only be able to purchase weed grown by large licensed producers of medical cannabis starting on Oct. 17.

"I have been screaming at the provincial government for a year to do something about these regulations, and we are now about to drive off the cliff and there's still no bridge," said Ian Dawkins, president of the Cannabis Commerce Association of Canada, which represents small producers.

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