Saskatchewan First Nation files claim in court over cannabis dispensary

A First Nation operating a cannabis dispensary without a provincial permit has laid the groundwork for taking the federal and Saskatchewan governments to court.

The Muscowpetung First Nation filed a statement of claim in Regina Court of Queen’s Bench on Nov. 16, the same week the band opened a pot shop on its reserve northeast of the city.

The store Mino-Maskihki, which means “good medicine,” advertises on its Facebook page the sale of recreational and medicinal cannabis products.

Recreational cannabis became legal in Canada last October and Saskatchewan used a lottery to award 51 licences to sellers.


Health Canada recalls two cannabis strains sold in Sask. pot shops

Health Canada has recalled two cannabis strains which were sold in three stores in Saskatchewan.

The recalls involve the 3.5 grams of Cherry Lime and Warlock Kush cannabis strains produced by Bonify Ltd. which is based out of Manitoba.

According to the alert, 52 units of product were sold at three cannabis retailers: Cannabis Co. in Regina, Spiritleaf in Moose Jaw, and The Pot Shack in Saskatoon.

The affected cannabis products were sold between November 20 and November 30.

Although the national public health organization hasn’t received any complaints yet, it said the products do not meet some of the microbial and chemical contaminant limits set by federal cannabis regulations.


First dispensary in Saskatoon set to open—with a “one per customer” policy

The first legal recreational cannabis dispensary in the Canadian city of Saskatoon opened on Tuesday afternoon with a strict cap on purchases by customers. Saskatoon is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan.

In a Facebook post prior to the store opening, The Pot Shack notified potential customers of the temporary purchase limit.

“One item per customer,” the post reads.

Geoff Conn, co-owner of The Pot Shack, told the CBC that the store was not instituting a limit on the number of grams a customer could buy.


Organigram becomes an official supplier of cannabis in the Province of Saskatchewan

Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX VENTURE: OGI) (OTCQX: OGRMF), the parent company of Organigram Inc. (the "Company" or "Organigram"), a leading licensed producer of cannabis, is pleased announce it has completed the registration process with Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), making it an official supplier of cannabis for the province.


Canada: Regina's 1st legal cannabis shop open for business

The Queen City officially has its first legal place to buy recreational cannabis. The Cannabis Co. YQR, located near Regina's Warehouse District, opened its doors at 11 a.m. Saturday. Several people eagerly waited outside for the store to open, curious to see what they would find. 

Tyrell Satther was one of those people. He said it was his first time in a legal cannabis shop.

Regina resident Tyrell Satther said Saturday morning was his first time in a store that sells legal recreational cannabis. 


Sask Polytech looks to provide cannabis education

The cannabis industry is about to light up in Canada and Saskatchewan Polytechnic foresees a growing demand for a major in marijuana.

“We are working on new programming that would offer students an education in both the retail sales side and production or cultivation of cannabis,” Anne Neufeld, provost and academic vice-president for the school, said.

There are already several post secondary institutions across Canada that offer cannabis programming, specifically for commercial production and cultivation of medicinal marijuana.


Canadian business owners discuss marijuana in workplace

Saskatchewan business owners discussed marijuana in the workplace at a conference held in Regina on Monday.

The Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board invited business owners from around the province to address questions and concerns around pot in the workplace. Stakeholders around the country are still working to decipher the details of marijuana as legalization looms closer. Business owners are busy looking to create or adjust their personal pot policies.

"There (are) a number of concerns from industry and really it's a delicate balance between the rights of the individual and the responsibility to maintain a safe workplace," Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board member Kevin Mooney said.


Canada: Saskatchewan to set marijuana legal age at 19

Saskatchewan is proposing to set the legal age to consume cannabis at 19 but minors caught with a small amount won't end up with a criminal record.

The government tabled legislation Wednesday outlining its plans once the federal government legalizes marijuana later this year.

Justice Minister Don Morgan said public health and safety was the government's priority when it set the age at 19.

"We decided this kept us in line with what the age for consumption and possession of alcohol was, and that seemed to be the direction that most of the provinces were going," Morgan said.

"It would have been a challenge to use 23 or 25 or a later age. We were afraid that it would make it easier for the black market to be established at the lower ages."


OneLeaf Cannabis Corp. plans multi-million dollar cannabis production facility just outside Regina

Mike Templeton admits he was a little green when it came to the cannabis industry.

“Cannabis is much different than oil but yet a commodity really that’s in this country now,” Templeton said.

After leaving his oil and gas company last year, he set out on a new venture. Recently announcing plans to build a 44,000-square-foot cannabis production facility, just west of Regina in the RM of Sherwood.

“As far as facilities go in Canada, we will be one of the higher end facilities,” he explained.


SLGA to issue about 60 permits to sell cannabis in Sask., government says

The Saskatchewan government has announced marijuana will be sold by private companies after the drug is federally legalized.

Gene Makowsky, the minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), said the move was made under a tough deadline. The federal government is pushing for a legalization date of July 1.

"The federal government has established very aggressive timelines for the legalization of cannabis," Makowsky said.

"Our government is being diligent to ensure the sale and regulation of cannabis in Saskatchewan strikes a balance between public safety and access for consumers."


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