Manitoba

Thu
31
May

Canada: Manitoba and Quebec move to ban home cultivation

Canadian provinces can now ban home cultivation due to recent amendments to the incoming cannabis act. A move the Manitoba and Quebec have already decided to make, writes Calvin Hughes.

Fri
16
Feb

Canada: 4 groups get nod to operate retail pot stores in Manitoba

Manitoba has identified four companies that will be allowed to operate retail cannabis locations.

The province says it has conditionally accepted proposals from:

Fri
26
Jan

Canada: Council bans tobacco, marijuana smoking on patios

City council voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favour of a ban on smoking tobacco and marijuana around restaurant patios.

Two councillors — Ross Eadie (Mynarski) and Jason Schreyer (Elmwood-East Kildonan) — voted against the bylaw. Eadie said a ban would further stigmatize smokers.

Smoking in any form — cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes, water pipes, hookahs or other devices — won’t be permitted on outdoor patios where food and drink are served. Council made an exception for smoking within Indigenous-led ceremonies.

The bylaw will come into effect on April 1, though the amount of the fine is not yet clear.

Wed
29
Nov

High or dry? Manitoba municipalities must decide if they'll allow marijuana sales by Christmas

Manitoba municipalities have less than one month to get on board with pot sales in towns and cities or be left dry and not-so-high — and that tight turnaround is worrying some rural officials.

"I may be reading this wrong, but I get the impression they [provincial officials] are as much in the dark still as we are — just feeling their way around trying to come up with regulations," said Brian Hodgson, reeve for the rural municipality of Victoria Beach.

Mayors, reeves and councillors from across Manitoba met at the annual Association of Manitoba Municipalities conference in Brandon this week to learn more about the province's hybrid private-public pot model, and how it will impact smaller communities. 

Tue
14
Nov

Amid Marijuana Boom, Cost Data Leave Analysts Dazed and Confused

Marijuana plants grow at a Bonify facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

If there’s one thing that’s still hazy in Canada’s nascent marijuana market, it’s how wide the margins are on that dime bag.

With less than nine months left before recreational cannabis becomes legal in the country, analysts and investors are still unclear who the big winners and losers will be. Some publicly traded pot companies don’t report how much a gram of dried bud costs them to make and if they do, the numbers aren’t uniformly calculated. Moreover, producer margins could start to shrink as provinces start to purchase pot wholesale.

Wed
08
Nov

Private stores will sell pot in Manitoba while province will control distribution

Manitoba has unveiled a "hybrid model" for selling pot in the province when recreational marijuana use becomes legal next July.

The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corp. will secure the supply of marijuana and track it in Manitoba, but private retail stores will be in charge of selling it.

Pot won't be sold where alcohol is sold, which means the province won't have to pay for new storefronts, Premier Brian Pallister said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries will deal with supply chains and orders from retailers, and retail stores will open as early as July 2, 2018.

Marijuana is scheduled to be legalized under federal legislation on July 1, 2018.

Tue
07
Nov

Manitoba premier says he won't follow Ontario cannabis model

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister signalled Monday that the province's private sector will be involved in the distribution of marijuana when recreational use is legalized next July.

Pallister said details of the provincial plan to govern cannabis would be released Tuesday. He rejected earlier statements from the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union that sales should be done exclusively through government-run stores.

Pallister said there will be some sort of a "hybrid option" - public-sector regulation and distribution combined with private-sector delivery - that could take business away from the existing black market.

Wed
20
Sep

Both sides now: Sell marijuana only in Canadian government liquor stores

The federal government is set on legalizing marijuana by summer 2018. While the Liberals will enjoy the political payoff of appearing progressive, all the problems and the logistics of legalizing pot will fall on the shoulders of the provincial governments.

There are strong correlations between how a drug or an indulgence, such as gambling, is made available to the public and the propensity for individuals to indulge in it, and the negative health and social outcomes associated with its use.

In other words, it matters how we legalize marijuana, not just that we legalize it.

Thu
14
Sep

Researchers investigating boosting organic hemp yields

There were a lot of guesses why one plot of organic hemp looked so poor compared to another a few metres away.

Competition from weeds? Soil compaction? Variety?

Finally someone correctly guessed seeding date. But there was a surprise. The thriving plot was planted later than the poor one — much later — which is counterintuitive. On average, earlier-seeded crops do better than later ones.

Organic farmer Wayne Williment seeded a field of organic hemp June 12 and the poor plot was part of it; the healthy plots were planted June 28, Hemp Production Services’ agronomist Alden Braul told two dozen people at a field day here Aug. 23.

Williment’s hemp emerged fine but soon after was hit by a heavy rain, he said.

“It just sat there,” he said.

Wed
13
Sep

Feds refuse MP's request for cost estimates associated with regulating marijuana

The federal Liberals are refusing a Manitoba MP’s request to divulge Ottawa’s cost estimates for regulating and policing recreational marijuana, saying they’re still working out the details.

"The government needs to be more upfront and tell people what it's going to cost," said Conservative MP Larry Maguire.

On June 12, Maguire asked the parliamentary budget officer to probe how much money federal departments believe they’ll need to enforce new laws that legalize pot, and to track associated public-health impacts.

In an Aug. 1 letter, the budget watchdog told Maguire he was facing stiff resistance from the Justice and Health Departments, as well as Public Safety Canada. All three confirmed they have cost estimates on hand, but won’t release them.

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