Ontario

Thu
21
May

Ottawa marijuana vapour lounge to reopen as early as Friday, says owner

The shuttered marijuana vapour lounge in Vanier vows to reopen as early as this week after the city slapped it with a cease-and-desist order and a hefty fine last Friday.

On its Facebook page, BuzzOn says it is “optimistic” it can reopen its doors to the public by Friday after speaking with a lawyer about rezoning the building.

City officials visited the Montreal Road lounge to serve a notice that BuzzOn is in violation of the building code and must be rezoned as a place of assembly.

Owner Wayne Robillard accused the city of using a “strong-arm tactic” to shut the place down for good.

The city said in a statement the cease-and-desist papers were issued from a safety perspective to keep the business in line with building code requirements.

Thu
21
May

Allan Rock says medical marijuana business is wife's venture, not his

The president of the University of Ottawa says he is not involved in a medical marijuana operation that his wife and one of their children are setting up.

Allan Rock issued a statement Wednesday contradicting a published report that suggested he has a role in a company looking to call itself RockGarden Medicinals.

“I have no involvement with this application nor the proposed business venture that is being planned,” Rock said in a statement to the Citizen. “I am not a director, shareholder, officer, employee or advisor of the company they have incorporated to carry on their business should they be granted a licence. I do not attend meetings, provide counsel, or participate in any other way in the proposed venture.”

Mon
18
May

Medical Marijuana: What Psychiatrists Need to Know

TORONTO — Medical marijuana is currently legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia. On a regular basis, studies are released supporting the use of cannabis for the use in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Despite the growing calls to expand the use of marijuana for a host of medical conditions, psychiatrists should be hesitant as much of the data out there is inconclusive and marijuana use, even for supposed medicinal purposes, can lead to addiction in some cases, according to Kevin P. Hill, MD, a psychiatrist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

Sat
16
May

Touring Aphria’s Greenhouses In Ontario’s Banana Belt

Aphria’s current 22,000 sq ft of greenhouse space sits inside CF Greenhouse’s 450,000 sq ft. commercial greenhouse facility on the edges of Leamington, Ontario, surrounded by similar greenhouses in all directions. Located snugly in southern Ontario’s banana belt just south of Detroit and north of Lake Erie, Leamington boasts the highest concentration of greenhouses in North America, with them dotting the landscape in all directions, growing tomatoes, peppers, flowers and much more.

Fri
15
May

Nothing illegal about search of marijuana grow op, judge rules

It had been a bad day for Tuan Anh Nguyen when, bruised and bleeding, he picked up his phone and dialed 911.

Little did he realize his day was about to get much worse.

Nguyen, 46, had a small marijuana grow operation in the basement of his McKay Avenue home. Police found it when they responded to his 911 call.

The man quickly went from being considered the victim of a violent crime, to being a criminal himself.

Thu
14
May

Waiting for Health Canada Approval

Two companies ready to produce medical marijuana, but one has laid off staff.

 

Two major medical marijuana facilities are nearing completion in Kincardine and Hanover -- and both are waiting for the final go-ahead to start production -- but one company has now laid off staff.

In the Kincardine area, AMMCan or Advanced Medical Marijuana Canada has spent over five million dollars preparing the facility at the Bruce Energy Centre off Bruce Road 20 near Lake Huron.

However, President Peter Herburger says the company has been waiting for several months to go to the next step, which would be production of marijuana.

Because the company has been waiting so long, AMMCan has now laid off 15 workers and the executives are staying on the job without any pay.

Wed
13
May

Kincardine medical marihuana facility layoffs come after five months of waiting on Health Canada federal inspections

Kincardine’s medical marihuana facility has laid off its 15 workers, and management will continue to operate at zero salary while they await a Health Canada inspection of the completed facility.

Advanced Medical Marihuana Canada (AMMCan), a subsidiary of Supreme Pharmaceutical, has spent over $500,000 in upkeep costs since Dec. 12, 2014, when it informed the federal government that renovations were completed and it was ready for inspection of the pharmaceutical marihuana facility at the Bruce Energy Centre, off Bruce Road 20 near Lake Huron.

Wed
13
May

Father from Surrey wants to see changes in medical marijuana laws

A Surrey dad who lost his daughter to brain cancer is echoing an Ontario father’s calls for changes to this country’s medical marijuana laws.

In Ontario, Alex Repetski is feeding his three year old daughter oil extracted from marijuana to offset her seizures.

He has a legal exemption for dried bud, but it is illegal for him to convert it to oil.

Surrey father David Hutchinson says marijuana oil prolonged the life of his 16 year old daughter, Beth, after she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2009.

Mon
11
May

Canada: Marijuana oil should be legal, say parents

THORNHILL, Ont. - Gwenevere Repetski turns three next month and she is finally able to crawl, a milestone her parents thought they would never see.

She was just an infant when she was diagnosed with epilepsy, a debilitating neurological disorder that has left her developmentally delayed.

"She was kind of like a bag of Jell-O," says her mother, Reagan Repetski.

When she was two years old, she could hardly roll over when she was placed on her back, adds her father, Alex.

Sitting in the living room of their Thornhill, Ont., home, the Repetskis recall their stressful and emotional journey in search of a treatment for Gwen.

Mon
04
May

Marijuana for Trauma Inc. opens GTA office for veterans

Former soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress in Ontario may soon be able to access medical marijuana with ease.

Marijuana for Trauma Inc., an organization that specializes in helping veterans get medical marijuana, just opened a new facility in Markham, Ont. The organization's founders, who have opened operations in several other provinces, say there are already 40 veterans in this region looking for assistance.

Former soldier Chris Dupee is one of those veterans. He used to drive 14 hours to New Brunswick to have his prescription for medical marijuana filled and paid for by Veterans Affairs.

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