Cornwall PAC sets criteria for medical marijuana facilities

A meeting of the city's Planning Advising Committee (PAC) on Monday saw the committee approve a motion for establishing criteria for medical marijuana facilities.

Senior planner Mary Joyce-Smith presented the report to council and members of the public.

"What it's doing is setting up a critieria. You're always going to put it through site-plan [and] be aware of the regulations," Joyce-Smith said.

Joyce-Smith noted that there would be a 150-metre setback in residential areas for medical marijuana facilities and that all facilities would be located indoors.


Bedrocan Announces Shareholder Approval of Plan of Arrangement with Tweed Marijuana Inc.

TORONTO , Aug. 24, 2015 /CNW/ - At a special meeting held today, shareholders of Bedrocan Cannabis Corp. (BED.V) ("the Company" or "Bedrocan") overwhelmingly approved the proposed plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement") involving the acquisition by Tweed Marijuana Inc. (TWD.V) ("TMI" or "Tweed") of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Bedrocan. The Arrangement remains subject to the final approval of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario at a hearing scheduled to be held on August 26, 2015 and subject to satisfaction or waiver of all other conditions specified in Bedrocan's management information circular dated July 20, 2015 .


Booze in supermarkets unfair to those with alcohol issues

The sale of booze in supermarkets is a nice idea of you like a drink; it’s hell on those who have trouble with their drinking.

The newspapers unfurl on the kitchen table every morning, and for an hour I am an old-school general of the news, absorbing fresh troop movements and daily atrocities.

It is early and I am not done with coffee, nor have I eaten an orange or an egg, when the LCBO ad insert falls out of the paper, and I suddenly feel the need for clear gin in bottles blue or green, and a pale cold glass of pilsner, and rye whiskey splashed over crystal cubes of ice and, yes, a delicate glass of wine as dark as blood.

It is not yet 8:00 a.m.


Natural pest control business gets boost from medical cannabis industry

TORONTO – When Sarah Stuive first got into the natural pest control business – which uses predatory insects, or “good bugs,” to weed out pests – she never expected to be working with cannabis plants.

But thanks to Health Canada regulations that limit the use of chemical pesticides on medical marijuana in order to make sure the plants are safe for consumption, the biological control specialist says she’s seeing an uptick in business.

“I have seen a lot of growth in demand since the start of the cannabis industry,” said Stuive, who works for Global Horticultural and also provides her services to vegetable farmers and plant growers. “It’s a new alternative to chemicals.”


Tweed Commences Cannabis Extraction

SMITHS FALLS, ON , Aug. 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Tweed Marijuana Inc. ("TMI" or "the Company") (TWD.V) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Tweed Inc. (Tweed) has received authorization from Health Canada to begin the production of cannabis extracts in the Company's state-of-the-art facility in Smiths Falls, Ontario .

Tweed will use preeminent pharmaceutical grade extraction methods to produce purified cannabis derivatives.


Abba Medix Group Gives Update on RedeCan and Blow Vapor Transactions

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 19, 2015) - Abba Medix Group (CSE:ABA) wishes to report that its business arrangements with RedeCan Pharm and Blow Vapor are transforming in the face of rapidly changing conditions in the Canadian medical marijuana marketplace.

Abba Medix's Share Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of RedeCan Pharm lapsed on August 7, 2015. However, the companies have maintained a good working relationship and continue the discussion of a new agreement for Abba Medix to acquire RedeCan Pharm.

Abba Medix's Memorandum of Understanding with Blow Vapor expired July 31, 2015; however, the companies continue to discuss the potential of a new deal.


Pot isn’t all that bad

Pass the joint.

Marijuana is not as addictive as heroin nor a gateway drug, a new report says, and regulating its use does no harm to the public.

The blunt talk comes from a groundbreaking new study issued Wednesday from the Toronto-based International Centre for Science in Drug Policy, which argues anti-pot activists are blowing smoke.

The center’s director, Dr. Dan Werb, said in the report, “More and more jurisdictions are reconsidering their policies on cannabis, yet the public discourse around cannabis is filled with frequently repeated claims that are simply not supported by the scientific evidence.”


Toronto's Marijuana Infused Comedy Scene

Toronto Vaping Comedy Rooms

How is this possible? That’s the first question usually asked by out-of-town comics when they walk in on one of Toronto’s Vapor Lounge comedy shows. The center of Canada’s comedy universe is home to a series of weekly rooms where audience members can openly smoke marijuana while enjoying some of the best standup the city has to offer.

Hunter Collins hosts Third Klass Thursdays at Vapor Central. “We’re up to at least half a dozen venues in the city that do multiple shows. You can basically just do weed shows during the week and then clubs on the weekends.”


A medical marijuana operation in Paris is awaiting the results of a Health Canada inspection before beginning production

Maxim Zavet is hoping to soon begin production of medical marijuana in a converted chicken processing plant in Paris.

The Toronto lawyer and businessman, who began work on the project just over two years ago, is awaiting the results of a Health Canada inspection completed a couple of weeks ago.

"We're waiting with bated breath, hoping to hear something soon," Zavet said in a telephone interview.

Zavet is the co-founder and CEO of Kindcann, the company that is behind the medical marijuana operation that is being set up in an industrial area of Paris.


Doctor starts medical marijuana practice in Brockton, ON

BROCKTON – Dr. Charles Walker wants his colleagues to know that patients can find medical marijuana treatment in a secure and supportive place.

“We want people to feel comfortable sending their patients to a place that is legitimate, that is credible, and to a doctor that has experience in chronic pain and chronic conditions,” Walker said. “We want to focus on follow-up, make sure the patient is doing well.”

Walker opened MedWell Health and Wellness on Pearl Street in Brockton on June 1.

A former family physician from Lakeville and longtime rehabilitation doctor, Walker is one of dozens of physicians statewide registered with the state Department of Public Health to certify patients for the use and possession of medical marijuana.


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