Canada: Guelph's Marijuana party to enter federal election race

GUELPH — Provided he gets the signatures required for the nomination, Kornelis Klevering plans on running in this fall's federal election under the banner of the Marijuana party.

This will be a third attempt for Klevering, having also run in the 2008 and 2011 general elections.

Reached for an interview at the Guelph Lawn Bowling Club on Gordon Street Wednesday afternoon, Klevering said he felt the need to throw his hat into the ring once again — there are still a number of issues that need to come forward, he said.

As the name of the party suggests, the legalization of marijuana will be a main issue for Klevering.

"How can the cannabis and marijuana party not jump into a federal election when the issue's going to be about legalizing marijuana?" he said.


ABcann Medicinals Receives Full Facility Approval from Health Canada

 On July 10, 2015 ABcann Medicinals received its full facility approval from Health Canada. Through this approval, ABcann will now be able to flower the plants they currently have growing and put it through the necessary testing prior to sale.

"Full room approval has been provided and dictates that all bloom rooms, growth chambers, vegetation room, clean/general horticulture rooms, processing and drying areas, as well as ABcann's in house laboratory, have been given Health Canada's blessing to commence full production activities," says Tim Humberstone, Senior Person In-Charge at ABcann.


OPP warning public to be on the lookout for outdoor marijuana grow-ops

CALEDON, Ont. - Provincial police say summer means another season for outdoor marijuana grow operations and are asking for the public's help in identifying possible growers and grow locations.

Police say marijuana plants have already been planted during the months of May and June.

OPP say common locations for grow-ops are swamps, corn fields, and wooded areas, though growers may also rent a rural property with acreage.

Investigators say the growers return to maintain the plants about every two weeks until they are ready for harvesting in the fall.


How Ottawa created the ‘wild west’ of medical marijuana

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose can’t seem to catch a break. First, Kimberley, B.C., grants a business licence to a medical cannabis dispensary and then Vancouver City Council votes to regulate and license medical cannabis dispensaries. Coupled with the recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling that patients can possess all forms of cannabis for medical purposes, Ms. Ambrose is left with feelings of sheer “outrage.”


Tweed Updates Oil Extraction Efforts and Latest Product Offerings

SMITHS FALLS, ON, July 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Tweed Marijuana Inc. ("TMI" or "the Company"), parent company of Tweed Inc. ("Tweed") and Tweed Farms Inc. ("Tweed Farms") is pleased to announce that pursuant to notification received today from Health Canada, licensed producers such as Tweed and Tweed Farms will be eligible to produce and sell cannabis oils pending the necessary inspections and approvals from Health Canada.

Until today the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) only allowed for the sale of dried cannabis flower. With the addition of cannabis oils to the regulatory framework, Tweed will be able to significantly increase its product offering to provide a more diverse variety for practitioners and patients.


Smoking Marijuana May Affect Weight Gain

Whether smoking marijuana contributes to weight gain may depend on how much pot a person smokes, in addition to other factors such the person's gender, according to a new study.

Smoking marijuana often gives people the munchies — a sudden increase in appetite that can make them eat a lot at once — so researchers wanted to examine whether this drive to eat might mean that people who smoke pot put on extra pounds over time.


Raising the finest medical marijuana

MARKHAM, Ont. – From the outside, MedReleaf’s production facility in Markham, Ont., doesn’t look like much. It’s a large rectangular building about three stories tall, shorter but wider than a football field, and camouflaged by an unassuming white exterior with few windows. There are no signs or company logos to tempt inquiring minds or mischief-minded passers-by.

That’s partly by design, CEO Neil Closner said.

“We’re very low-key,” he said. “We don’t want people knowing who we are, what we do, where we do it.

“The product we have inside the building is quite valuable.”

The product: Medical marijuana.


Uxbridge moves to get handle on licensed marijuana grow operations

New zoning tweaks aimed at controlling medical marijuana farms in rural areas

UXBRIDGE -- The Township has started the process of changing its rural zoning requirements to allow more control over potential medical marijuana farms within Uxbridge’s borders.

Because the industry is regulated by the federal government, applicants for medical marijuana licences do not have to seek permission from the municipality where they wish to locate, but simply notify them of the application. So far two applicants have notified Uxbridge of their intent to locate operations in the township.


Police issue marijuana alert

Police are seeking the public's help in controlling the production of illegal marijuana in Norfolk County.

The 2015 growing season is underway and it promises to be a good one for illegal producers of marijuana. Norfolk OPP advise the public to be cautious and to report suspicious activity associated with marijuana production to the authorities.

“Typically, these illicit crops are located in swamps, cornfields, wooded areas, along rivers and on rural rental properties obscured from view,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said in a news release. “Marijuana plants are bright green in colour and can grow between three and five feet tall and give off a distinctive strong, pungent musty odour.”


Niagara Cannabis Club holds rally

Rob Thibault is happy to have his life back.

He was part of a small rally every year Canada Day to celebrate and educate people about medicinal marijuana.

After a motorcycle accident that left him with injuries to his knee, he went through the gamut of prescribed painkillers without much success.

Thibault said that three years ago, he was in a wheelchair and a lot heavier than he is now.

“This is what I use for pain relief,” he said as he took a drag from a joint.

This was the fifth year the Niagara Cannabis Club held the event in front of the St. Catharines courthouse.

“There is a huge stigma, it affects people,” said Thibault. “We’re about protecting people from that.”


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