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Canadian cannabis business flies 100,000 plants to Vancouver amid real estate shortage

As big players search for ample enough space to run their businesses, analysts predict that the beginning of legal weed sales in Canada “will be even bigger than the end of prohibition of alcohol."

As the start date for legal recreational weed in Canada looms near, cannabis startups are scrambling to acquire ample real estate to grow enough weed to satisfy the impending demand.


Medical cannabis rules still hazy for Canadian convicts, judgment shows

B.C. judge says offenders need more direction on 'what they must do and how to go about it'.

Seventeen years after Canada legalized medical marijuana, the corrections system is still grappling with how to handle convicts who say they need pot for health reasons, a recent B.C. court judgment reveals.

The case of Kevin Scott Miller, a repeat sex offender with a history of breaching the conditions of his release from prison, lays out some of the confusion over regulations for inmates and parolees who use medical cannabis.

It also shows how the issue is complicated by the recent proliferation of legitimate-looking but illegal dispensaries across the Lower Mainland.


Medical marijuana should remain distinct from recreational market, patients say

Diana Koch never wanted to numb her pain and anxiety with opioids. After seeing family members struggle with addiction, she felt pharmaceuticals were not an option.

Medical marijuana freed the 36-year-old from her troubling symptoms. But with recreational weed legalization looming, she worries about her portion of the market being swallowed up.

"People who are using it for medical purposes, they actually are suffering from something, from a condition that's handicapping them in some way in their life," she said, speaking from her home in Toronto.

"The recreational users are not," she added. "There is a difference."


Canada: B.C. Bud Rules

Other Canadian provinces have already announced how they intend to regulate the sale of non-medical cannabis, but the industry has been holding out for British Columbia – the home of B.C. Bud – with high hopes that the province would adopt a progressive model that would galvanise the sector and cement its cultural dominance of this nascent industry.   


More than 70 marijuana shops in Vancouver continue to blaze without business licences

A total of 73 illegal marijuana dispensaries continue to operate in Vancouver at a time when the provincial government is working toward setting up a framework for private and government-run pot shops to operate legally under a new federal law expected to be in place this summer.

Until then, the city’s business licence scheme to control the proliferation of dispensaries and regulate the shops — not the cannabis — still applies. City council adopted the regulations in June 2015 when an estimated 100 dispensaries were operating.


BC to allow marijuana use in public, but it won't be sold in liquor stores

Pot and liquor sales won't mix in British Columbia, but adults will be allowed to toke in some public spaces once marijuana is legalized later this year.

The province announced new details of its regulatory regime on Monday, including that cannabis will be sold online and through private and government-run stores. Retailers will not be permitted to sell weed in stores that sell liquor or tobacco.

B.C. will also allow people to smoke pot in public places where tobacco smoking and vaping are permitted, although it will be banned in vehicles and in areas frequented by children, including beaches, parks and playgrounds.


Canada: Educators offering more training for marijuana industry

From growing the perfect crop to marketing within restrictive rules, Canadian colleges and universities are cultivating courses for those wanting to work in the booming marijuana industry.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University started offering online courses in cannabis production, marketing and financing about three years ago after officials at the British Columbia school realized there was a need for training and education around medicinal marijuana, said David Purcell, the university's director of emerging business.

Demand is skyrocketing, prompting Kwantlen to offer the classes every four weeks instead of every eight to keep up with demand, he said.


Canada: As legalization looms, more Metro Vancouver cities outlaw dispensaries and cannabis production

Some Metro Vancouver cities are digging in their heels against the sale and production of cannabis ahead of looming federal legalization of the drug.

While Vancouver has chosen to license dispensaries, most municipalities in the Lower Mainland are banning them until the province decides how to regulate sales.

Marijuana will be legal in Canada as of July 1, but it will be up to the provinces to decide how the product is distributed.

On Tuesday, Delta held a public hearing on a sweeping bylaw change that includes, among many other items, the prohibition of cannabis dispensaries. White Rock held a public hearing on Monday to ban dispensaries within city limits. 

"Well, it's illegal," said White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin. "That's a good reason."


Canada: Vancouver could generate up to $29 million in additional revenue through taxed pot sales

A new study suggests Vancouver pot smokers could generate up to $29 million annually for the province in additional tax revenue if marijuana was taxed at the same rate as cigarettes.

The 2018 Cannabis Price Index, compiled by pot-tech startup Seedo, looked at the cost of cannabis around the world. The study then calculated how much additional tax revenue each city’s population of pot smokers might generate based on each city’s consumption and average marijuana and cigarette tax rates in the U.S.


Marijuana growers install required (and expensive) vaults for security, now the rule is scrapped

After nearly 1,000 Health Canada inspections over four years found no evidence that marijuana was being diverted from licensed producers into the black market, the government decided to lower its security requirements.

Over the past six months, Damian Kettlewell’s small Vancouver-based medical marijuana company, BlissCo, has spent more than $100,000 buying, installing and retrofitting an old HSBC cash-transfer-station vault — complete with a 7,500-lb. door — in order to satisfy Health Canada’s strict security requirements for growing cannabis.

On Thursday night, he found out he didn’t need it.


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