Quebec

Wed
13
Feb

Quebec facing strong opposition to new bill restricting cannabis consumption

The Quebec government faced strong opposition as public consultations began Tuesday on its bill seeking to increase the legal age of cannabis consumption and ban it from all public areas.

Junior Health Minister Lionel Carmant has said he tabled Bill 2 in order to protect young people and send a message that smoking marijuana is not a trivial matter. The proposed legislation restricts marijuana usage to people aged 21 and over and limits its smoking to private property.

Mon
11
Feb

Cannara Biotech enters cannabinoid-infused beverage product category

Montreal-based Cannara Biotech Inc. has entered into a letter of intent with a leading Quebec microbrewery to develop cannabinoid-infused beverages.

Once consumers are able purchase edibles and beverages—with related regulations expected to take effect in October—they will have access to “a variety of cannabinoid-infused beverages, including non-alcoholic beer, kombucha and cider,” notes a statement from Cannara Biotech, which is building a vertically integrated cannabis company focused on cultivation and cannabis-infused products.

Wed
06
Feb

Quebec launches cannabis ad campaign in response to influx in hospital visits

According to the Quebec Poison Control Centre, cannabis poisoning cases have risen since Canada legalized cannabis in October. The province has released a new ad campaign warning consumers about the associated risks in response to the influx in hospital visits.

From the legalization date of October 17 all the way through December, the center recorded 89 cases whereas only 25 cases were recorded during the same period of the year prior.

“Right now, it’s hard to distinguish whether there is more exposure, more cases of over-intoxication, or simply more people calling because they feel more comfortable now that it’s legal,” said director of the Quebec Poison Control Centre Maude Saint-Onge.

Tue
05
Feb

Quebec health ministry launches risk awareness campaign on cannabis

No, it’s not Reefer Madness, the 1936 propaganda film put out by the U.S. government warning of the perils of smoking pot.

But on Monday, the Quebec government launched its own awareness campaign — featuring hallucinatory images intended to elicit laughs — highlighting the risks of cannabis consumption among young Quebecers.

Under the $1.5-million campaign, the government will run ads in French and English in movie theatres and on television and radio, as well as on the internet. The ads will be aimed at two demographic groups: 15- to 17-year- olds and 18- to 34-year-olds.

Thu
24
Jan

Quebec's cannabis agency cuts back expansion plans amid shortages

Quebec's cannabis agency generated about $40 million of sales in its first three months of operation, but supply shortages are forcing the public retailer to reduce its expansion plans.

The province expects to have 40 points of sale in March 2020, 20 per cent less than the 50 outlined in the original expansion plan.

Retail store shelves became empty soon after recreational cannabis was legalized on Oct. 17, a situation observed across the country.

The subsidiary of the Societe des alcools du Quebec cut back its hours of operation so that its 12 stores were open four days a week.

Fri
18
Jan

After legalization: Four things to know about cannabis in Quebec

Call it a cannibersary: Canada marked three months on Thursday since the legalization of recreational cannabis.

In Quebec — where the product is sold by the government-run Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC) — legalization has highlighted the province’s thirst for the “sticky icky” but also some chronic problems that have come with the new market.

Here are four things to know about legal cannabis in Quebec.

1. Despite limited store hours, the SQDC “doesn’t envision” layoffs.

It didn’t take long for the floodgates to open.

Mon
07
Jan

Quebecers turn to pot shops on Indigenous territory as SQDC struggles with supply problems

Last October, mere days after Quebec opened its first chain of dispensaries, the government-run stores were so overrun with demand that they ran out of weed. Repeatedly.

As an emergency measure, the Société Québécoise du Cannabis decided to open its dispensaries only four days a week. And for the foreseeable future, that’s how it will remain, according to the SQDC.

Fri
07
Dec

After cannabis, Quebec lawmakers considering raising drinking age

Quebec’s center-right Coalition Avenir Québec party surged to its first ever majority government in this year’s provincial election. And one of CAQ’s first orders of business was to follow through on its campaign promise to increase the legal age minimum for buying, possessing and using cannabis in Quebec. Yesterday, the CAQ government introduced a bill to both raise the age of majority for cannabis to 21 and prohibit all public cannabis consumption.

Thu
06
Dec

Canada: New bill would raise minimum age for cannabis to 21, ban pot in all public places

Quebecers between the ages of 18 and 21 who are currently enjoying legal cannabis shouldn’t get too used to the buzz. On Wednesday, the provincial government tabled a new bill that will increase the minimum wage to buy and use legal pot products.

The bill would also ban cannabis products from all public places in the province, including parks and playgrounds. Several of Montreal's boroughs have already moved to ban pot smoking from public spaces, as has the City of Hampstead. 

Fri
30
Nov

Quebec pulls video that may contravene cannabis advertising law

Quebec’s cannabis retailer on Thursday pulled the plug at least temporarily on a video visible by people walking by its stores that outlined the effects of marijuana using words such as calming, relaxing, energizing and euphoric.

The video was being shown on display screens set up in such a way that they could be seen from outside at all 12 Société québécoise du cannabis stores across the province.

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