Toronto Airport Installs Cannabis “Disposal” Bins for International Travelers

Pearson International Airport in Toronto has installed cannabis disposal bins for the use of passengers of international flights. The disposal containers appeared at the airport after the recent legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, along with a printed sign indicating their intended use. “Taking cannabis or any product containing cannabis across Canada’s international borders, including to the U.S.A., is illegal. Dispose Read entire story

Ontario Government to Allow Pot Smoking Wherever Tobacco Smoking Allowed

Ontario residents will be able to smoke recreational cannabis wherever the smoking of tobacco is permitted, the Progressive Conservative government said Wednesday, loosening rules established by the previous Liberal regime. The government will also not put a cap on pot shops when it starts licensing and regulating the province's private cannabis retail marketplace, and municipalities will have until January to opt out of hosting the stores. The Read entire story

Calgary Police Officers Banned From Consuming Legal Marijuana Even on Days Off

Police union unhappy with policy issued to all officers last Friday. Calgary police officers will not be allowed to consume marijuana once it's legalized even on their days off — and the union representing members is unhappy, saying the service "took the easy way out." The abstinence directive was issued to CPS staff on Friday less than four weeks before recreational marijuana is legalized across the country. "Sworn members who are qualified to Read entire story

Navigating Canada’s Underground Edibles Scene With EP Infusions

The edibles scene in Canada is blowing up, despite being excluded from the first round of legalization. Edibles will be legal in Canada by Fall 2019, but until then, Canadians are flocking to the grey market or making their own infused creations to get their fix. Legal retail shops will be restricted to only selling cannabis flower and diluted oil. But that’s not stopping underground canna-brands from preparing for legalization as Read entire story

Toronto Clubs Bringing Together Cannabis and Comedy

It’s an age-old pairing that’s sparked a sub-genre of films, shows and standup acts: cannabis and comedy. “You just have to watch a Cheech and Chong movie to know that cannabis makes you susceptible to laughter,” says Mark Breslin, founder of Yuk Yuk’s comedy clubs in Canada. Yet stoned audiences are often the toughest to make laugh, say standup comics, who note that what high crowds lack in audible appreciation they make up for in… (c) Read entire story

Medical Cannabis is Still not Covered by Ontario’s Disability Support Program

July 18, 2018, OntarioCanada is going to be the first nation state to legalize all forms of cannabis. However, there are many issues on the ground where the strain and its users are being persecuted as before. For example, the country’s major province and economic hub Ontario is still not giving medical marijuana the same status given to every other conventional treatment. The Disability Support Program in the province is turning down the Read entire story

Cannabis and the Border: What Pot-Smoking Canadians Need to Know

'I see a wall on the northern border for Canadians because of marijuana,' immigration lawyer says. Each day, 400,000 Canadians cross the Canada-U.S. border. Beginning Oct. 17, 2018, more and more of those travellers could be forced to answer an uncomfortable question posed by wary American customs officers: Have you ever smoked pot? Those who tell the truth risk being banned from the United States for life and might have to apply for special Read entire story

Canada legalizes marijuana!

Marijuana prohibition is history in Canada. Last night, after months of negotiations, Parliament approved a bill to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adults. After one formality — Royal Assent — Canada will become the second nation to end marijuana prohibition and the first G7 country to do so. Regulations vary by province, but most set age limits at 18 or 19 to match the legal age for alcohol and tobacco in Canada. Once the law takes Read entire story

Pot Activist Jodie Emery to Open Hemp-Themed Cafe in Kensington Market

Jodie Emery is setting up shop in Kensington Market, launching a cafe that will occupy the space left behind by Casa Coffee, which recently closed. Despite Emery’s history as a marijuana activist, the cafe will not sell cannabis-based products — yet. “As an activist for cannabis legalization, I’ve always wanted to have the ‘Amsterdam model,’ where adults can enjoy coffee, cannabis, and food in a cafe,” Emery said. - Read the entire article at Read entire story

Canada’s Parliament Votes to End Marijuana Prohibition

Canada moved another step closer to ending its prohibition of marijuana on Thursday when the Senate approved legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use. Bill C-45 will now head back to the House of Commons, which has already approved a previous version. Once approved in the House, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is expected to move quickly to implement the legislation, with legal adult sales beginning as soon as Read entire story

Cannabis Industry Looks for ‘Creative Ways’ to Brand Legalized Weed

Jodie Emery is setting up shop in Kensington Market, launching a cafe that will occupy the space left behind by Casa Coffee, which recently closed. Despite Emery’s history as a marijuana activist, the cafe will not sell cannabis-based products — yet. “As an activist for cannabis legalization, I’ve always wanted to have the ‘Amsterdam model,’ where adults can enjoy coffee, cannabis, and food in a cafe,” Emery said. - Read the entire article at Read entire story

Ex-speaker Boehner, Who Opposed Pot Legalization, Joins Marijuana Firm’s Board

John Boehner, the former Republican speaker of the House who once said he was "unalterably opposed" to decriminalizing marijuana laws, has joined a board of directors for a cannabis company with an eye on rolling back federal regulations. The former Ohio congressman has been appointed to the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings, invoking the need for veterans to access the drug legally to explain his change of heart, Boehner said in a statement Read entire story

Sun Life to Add Medical-Marijuana Coverage to Group Benefits Plans

Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada will become the first major insurance company to add medical marijuana to its group benefits plans for Canadian companies, a pivotal move in the insurance industry that will help ease the financial burden for medical-marijuana users, and a sign of the growing acceptance of cannabis in the Canadian workplace. Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada will become the first major insurance company to add medical marijuana to Read entire story

High-Tech Firms Get Ready to Light Up the Weed Industry

Start-ups mobilize to get a piece of what could be a $13.9B industry. In a trendy studio in Toronto's fashion district, shared by several tech start-ups, you can slip on a pair of glasses and be transported to a weed production facility thousands of kilometres away. Users of Patio Interactive's virtual reality lens can walk through the building, touch the cannabis buds, and learn all about where their weed comes from. It's just one Read entire story

Greenhouse Growers Take Chance on Cannabis in Push For Green

New interest in marijuana production presents an opportunity for licensed producers looking to scale up quickly. Inside this southern Ontario greenhouse, workers delicately clip each stem of a potted orchid onto thin, black stakes jutting out from its soil, marking the finishing touches on the final floral harvest before turning over a new leaf: marijuana. The Lincoln, Ont., facility, which was purchased by Newstrike Resources Ltd. last year and Read entire story

Cannabis Growers Get Creative to Ease Power Demands of Pot

Innovative scientific, engineering ideas are reducing the electricity demands of producing pot. Legalization may be taking the business of cannabis out of the shadows, but there's an inescapable truth in the tangled mess of extension cords and intense lighting rigs used in clandestine basement grow-ops. Pot requires power. A lot of it. From lights and heating to pumps and ventilation fans, it's estimated that it takes about 2,000 kWh to make a Read entire story

Canada’s Dispensaries Should Stay Open, Says UBC Study

CANNABIS CULTURE – Dispensaries in Canada should not be shuttered when the federal government legalizes recreational cannabis next year. This is the among the conclusions of a recent study of cannabis users by a pair of UBC researchers. In a paper titled “Are dispensaries indispensable? Patient experiences of access to cannabis from medical cannabis dispensaries in Canada”, PhD candidate Rielle Capler and UBC Okanagan associate professor Zach Read entire story

Medical Marijuana Proposal to Go Before Council

Niagara Falls city council will consider allowing a medical marijuana facility in the Stanley Avenue Business Park. The city is scheduled to hold a public session during Tuesday evening’s council meeting to deal with a zoning bylaw amendment application for an address on Kister Road. The applicant, Alexei Chinkarenko, applied to amend the general industrial zone of 6471 Kister Road to add a medical marijuana facility to the list of permitted uses Read entire story

Medical Pot a Growing Issue in Alberta Workplaces

While more Canadians are using medical marijuana for myriad issues, it can have an impact on their status in the workplace, as one apprentice found out. Apprentice ironworker Johnathan Dickson says his union wouldn’t send him out to construction jobs last year while he was using medical marijuana. While an official with Ironworkers local 720 maintains the situation is far more complicated than that, Dickson’s case illustrates some of the Read entire story

Liberals Want to Move Up Pot Legalization to Avoid Canada Day Celebrations

Legalization target of July 1, 2018 will be changed to 'on or before July 1, 2018'. With long-awaited marijuana legislation set to be announced next week, the federal government is having second thoughts about legalizing cannabis on Canada Day. The Trudeau government still plans to go ahead with its plan to make weed legal for recreational use. But a senior government source says the initial target of July 1, 2018 as the implementation date Read entire story