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  1. Hi There's a massive cannabis science and technology conference in Toronto today While business and policy developments in Canadian cannabis generally grab most of the headlines, some of the most innovative and unsung developments happen behind the scenes in regards to the science and technology used by the industry. To help celebrate and connect these members of the field together, Business of Cannabis has organized the Cannabis + Technology confrence, taking place this Friday. The one-day event will showcase tech innovation from across the cannabis sector, covering the complete cannabis supply chain from cultivation technology to patient and consumer-facing technological advances. “Canada’s approach to legalizing cannabis has opened the innovation floodgates for canna-tech,” said Jay Rosenthal, Co-founder and President, Business of Cannabis. “Cannabis + Technology will highlight the innovators and companies leading the charge.” Some of the speakers include Richard Carleton, CEO of the Canadian Securities Exchange, Karim Ramji, CIO of the Ontario Cannabis Store, and more. “Canada is already the global hub of cannabis finance,” said Richard Carleton, CEO, Canadian Securities Exchange. “We also have a unique opportunity to be the hub of technological innovation in the cannabis sector.” https://dailyhive.com/grow/cannabis-companies-impact Bongme
  2. hi 'Odourless' cannabis nearly ready for market, Canadian firm claims Cannabis connoisseurs looking to get high on the sly may have a new option—nearly “odourless” pot. CannabCo Pharmaceutical Corp., a Brampton, Ont.-based company awaiting a production licence from Health Canada, claims to have technology that virtually eliminates the tell-tale smells when cannabis is smoked and stored. “A number of users, and people that are around cannabis smokers, complain about the smell, especially in enclosed areas, condos and apartments, and this technology addresses those concerns,” CannabCo president and chief executive officer Mark Pellicane wrote in a news release on Tuesday. CannabCo said it has an agreement with an undisclosed provider to deploy the anti-odour technology, and plans to release a wide variety of products for the medical and recreational markets. The privately-held company is touting the pending release as a “global first.” CannabCo claims its PURECANN technology “greatly reduces” cannabis odour when flower is combusted, and makes the smell “virtually undetectable” when dry product is in storage. The technology is also said to reduce harshness when smoking, and lessens day-after effects. According to the news release, Health Canada has given CannabCo a Confirmation of Readiness notification, and the company is currently raising capital. They are also constructing a pilot facility in Brampton. CannabCo said the technology is fully compliant with GMP standards, a widely-accepted set of rules on handling, cleaning, quality assurance and packaging processes for manufacturing facilities and products. CannabCo said it will have exclusive rights to deploy the technology for use in its Canadian production upon receiving a licence from Health Canada, and has not ruled out potential processing agreements with other producers. "There are no third-party gadgets, or devices on the part of the user. The end result is pure cannabis that doesn't smell,” Pellicane added. “A woman can carry cannabis in her purse without having the odour concentrated or leaking out in her handbag.” https://uk.news.yahoo.com/odourless-cannabis-ready-for-market-141615624.html 92 Comments Bongme
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  4. hi Canada begins issuing pardons for cannabis possession convictions TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada has begun issuing pardons for people who were convicted of simple possession of cannabis and do not have other criminal records, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government announced on Thursday. Canada became the first developed nation to legalize the use of recreational marijuana last October. The pardon system for cannabis possession convictions fulfills a promise made by Trudeau during the 2015 election campaign. Upwards of 250,000 Canadians may have such a conviction, Liberal Justice Minister David Lametti said, though he added it was hard to get an exact figure because of differences in reporting systems between provinces and police jurisdictions. Many Canadians, particularly black and indigenous Canadians, are saddled with the "lingering consequences" of a system in which cannabis was illegal, Lametti said at a news conference in Montreal. Under the previous system, Canadians with a cannabis possession conviction had to wait five years before applying for a pardon and pay the parole board C$631 ($478), Lametti said. Those requirements have been removed under the new system. "People can finally shed the burden and stigma of that criminal record and move forward positively with their lives," he said. The pardon system is a step in the right direction, but there could still be problems and unforeseen costs, said Scott Bernstein, director of policy for the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. People who go through the pardon process "are removed from some databases," Bernstein said, "but there are a lot of other databases and records kept out there." This could create problems for people who were previously convicted of cannabis possession when traveling to the U.S., he said. However, Lametti said Canadians who are eligible for the pardon will be able to cross the border into the United States without issue, because the record of the conviction will be removed from the Canadian database. Scott Bardsley, manager of communications for the Ministry of Border Safety, said in an interview that "there may be costs associated with compiling an application that are outside the Parole Board's control." For instance, Bardsley said, local courts and police services generally charge a fee to take fingerprints, do a criminal record check, and provide conviction information, all things that may be associated with compiling an application to request a pardon. "Generally the people who end up on the wrong side of criminal justice around drug issues are not people from wealthy and elite communities; it's people who already are marginalized," Bernstein said. The pardon process will be open to those whose only criminal record is a cannabis possession conviction. It will be available online starting on Thursday. "We're hoping by expediting the process to make the number of people who have access to the pardon reach into the thousands," Lametti said. ($1 = 1.3200 Canadian dollars) https://sg.news.yahoo.com/canada-begins-issuing-pardons-cannabis-034357436.html Bongme
  5. hi Black market cannabis 57 per cent cheaper than legal pot: Statistics Canada Black market cannabis continues to undercut Canada’s legal market by a wide margin, according to the latest crowdsourced price data released by Statistics Canada. The federal agency found the average cost of dried cannabis in the second quarter fell two per cent to $7.87 from $8.03 in the first quarter. The decline was attributed to lower reported illegal prices, which fell to $5.93 from $6.23. That offset a jump in legal prices, including online and in-store purchases, which rose to $10.65 from $10.21. The share of participants reporting “legal cannabis being too expensive” climbed to 34 per cent from 27 per cent in the first quarter of 2019. Respondents who said they purchased from illegal sources jumped to 59 per cent versus 55 per cent in the previous period. The price quotes were gathered using the StatsCannabis crowdsourcing application between April 1 and June 30. The agency has said caution should be used when interpreting crowdsourced findings, noting a limited and self-selected pool of data. https://uk.style.yahoo.com/legal-cannabis-57-per-cent-more-expensive-than-black-market-statistics-canada-125541736.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAAt418jOAMoCKbfSBqwNBseRXwhfyNy1m-IzBE6mfU3jm7e8VMMJVeKUYu0zfOAN06qFVTSbWszRsdI4jaREHlhiZrt0WvOrr-IQZ7PuVdXZr6ixUnuP_OZ2TJIfco0dTVTxzEwEONuHM5HBpOJyCaOSGFWtwHjzjlqLeudH10uy Bongme
  6. Hi Cannabis edibles to become legal in December | Power & Politics Published on 14 Jun 2019 Bongme
  7. Hi Survey says dads want cannabis for Father's Day VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It seems the number one gift for dads on Father’s Day this year is cannabis or a cannabis-related product. That comes from a survey done by Lift, a tech company that works in the cannabis industry. They polled dads who use cannabis and found that 83 per cent would welcome a cannabis-related gift of some kind. The numbers were higher for younger dads. This is the first Father’s Day since the legalization of cannabis in Canada. Last year, Lift asked people if they would get high with their dads once legalization came into effect, but only 14 per cent thought that was a good idea. https://www.citynews1130.com/2019/06/14/survey-says-dads-want-cannabis-for-fathers-day/ Bongme
  8. hi Canada Cracks Down On Pilot Cannabis Regulations Transport Canada is cracking down on pilots and crew with stricter cannabis regulations. The new rules are to prevent airline employees from smoking or consuming cannabis 28 days before flying. According to new Canada Transport rules published by CBC News, members of Canada’s aviation industry will not be allowed to partake in cannabis use for at least 28 days prior to starting work. In order to comply with the new Canadian Aviation Regulations pilots, cabin crew, and air traffic controllers must bet fit in order to carry out their jobs. This means that they cannot be under the influence of any drug or substance that affects their job performance, which could lead to a negative effect on aviation safety. According to CBC News a statement on Transport Canada’s website, says “It is illegal to pilot an aircraft while under the influence of cannabis.” “Cannabis can impair a person’s capacity to pilot any type of aircraft in a safe manner and thus can endanger lives and lead to property loss.” As such, four weeks is the minimum time required to be free of cannabis before being allowed to work”, the aviation regulator said. Isn’t the use of cannabis legal in Canada? Canada legalized the use of recreational marijuana last fall, becoming only the second country in their world to do so. The first country to legalize marijuana was Uruguay in 2013. At the time, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau hailed the historic vote tweeting: “It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate.” Under the new law, adults can have up to 30 grams of cannabis on them and be allowed to cultivate up to four marijuana plants in their homes. Following the legalization of the drug Transport Canada undertook a review of its policies with regards to human impairment. According to the federal agency, the new rules are in keeping with what Department of National Defense and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have come up with for their workers. These policies are aligned with the best available science on the subject. Critics say that 28 days it too long. Some quarters are calling Transport Canada’s new law on cannabis use harsh, saying it prohibits airline flight crews from consuming a legal substance during their off time from work. Taking the Canadian Military as an example, soldiers are barred from consuming cannabis eight hours prior to being on duty and 24 hours when firing weapons or driving vehicles. How long do traces of cannabis remain in your system? Despite the critics, the regulator is steadfast in its policy of 28 days and says any member of a flight crew suspected of having used cannabis may face a mandatory drug test. https://simpleflying.com/canada-cracks-down-on-pilot-cannabis-regulations/ Bongme For heavy smokers, traces of cannabis will remain in their bodies for months, while being impaired to perform tasks lasts only a matter of hours, depending on the variables.
  9. hi Calgary pot activists hand out free joints to protest cannabis rules A local marijuana group staged a protest outside a popular recreational cannabis store in Calgary on Friday, passing out free pot to illustrate the point that the drug doesn't need to be so expensive. The gathering was organized by the Calgary Cannabis Club and representatives say it was important to demonstrate because there are still plenty of problems with the industry. "I see a lot of concerns with recreational cannabis legalization. Just from the retail standpoint here, we're seeing a monopoly of the bigger, more corporate, cannabis stores," said Gordon Hayes, director of fundraising and events at the club. He says New Leaf has 30 per cent of the market share in Calgary and it's "not really fair." Hayes says the application process needs to be sped up to ensure smaller shops aren't smoked out of the market entirely. "There are hundreds of stores that are in queue, waiting for their applications and people are losing serious amount of money keeping their locations on and running while waiting for their application to be approved." He says the cost has also been an issue among people and the drug doesn't need to be so expensive. "It doesn't need to be $17 a joint, [so] we can stand here and give it away for free. The pricing is just outrageous." Hayes adds if people just made the effort to grow their own pot under the regulations set out by the province, they would find that it costs only a few dollars per gram to produce. https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/calgary-pot-activists-hand-out-free-joints-to-protest-cannabis-rules-1.4457334 Bongme
  10. hi What are sublingual cannabis tablets? And how do they work? Sublingual tablets aren’t available in Canada yet, but they could provide faster relief for patients Not everyone who wants the benefits of cannabinoids wants to light up, which is where alternative methods of taking cannabis come into play. Although not legal in Canada yet, sublingual cannabis tablets look to be safer than smoking and could offer quicker relief for patients. As another alternative to smoking or vaping cannabis, users could take sublingual cannabis tablets containing THC or CBD by placing a dissolvable tablet under their tongue and absorbing the cannabinoids through their mucous membrane, explains Rosalia Yoon, PhD, a research scientist with Apollo Applied Research Inc., the medical research arm of Apollo Cannabis Clinics. Direct to bloodstream allows for faster “onset of action” Vikas Parihar, a clinical pharmacist and faculty associate with the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., adds that because sublingual administration allows the active ingredients to go directly into the bloodstream and bypass the stomach and liver, as with orally administrated drugs such as pills, tablets or gel capsules, the “onset of action” is far quicker. “In the case of CBD, [it can take] five to 15 minutes for sublingual versus two hours for oral [administration],” Parihar reports, citing results of a study involving Sativex spray. There are other benefits to sublingual tablets—in addition to the speed of onset action, which Yoon says, “would be beneficial for patients who need quick relief.” Bypassing digestion results in more efficient absorption and higher concentrations of the active THC or CBD compounds at work. “Sublingual tablets are just another route of administration for cannabinoids and, as such, they are used for the same common health reasons as the cannabis plant and oils,” says Yoon. “However, because sublingual tablets are orally administered, they are devoid of the toxic effects of the by-products of combustion in smoked cannabis.” Taking it slow may be the better course Despite the benefits of sublinguals, they are not always the best option for patients. “Sublingual tablets would be disadvantageous if a sustained, longer duration of action is desired,” says Yoon. Some examples of this would be if the patient was looking for long-lasting pain or anxiety relief, or help with sleeping. “In these cases, slow-release, extended-release formulations would be needed,” she says. Does faster speed equate to higher costs As a result, the speed of sublingual tablets may, ultimately, make sublingual administration of cannabinoids a less cost-effective choice. “Because sublingual tablets last a shorter time, this means that patients may need to take more doses of a sublingual drug versus an oral drug, hence also driving up cost for a patient,” he adds. Furthermore, for a sublingual cannabis tablet to work properly, Yoon says the tablet must meet certain requirements, such as actually having active forms of THC or CBD being able to dissolve quickly in saliva, and meet other formulation specifics. Health Canada has yet to approve any sublingual cannabis tablets. Parihar attributes the lack of availability to the difficulties that come with creating sublingual tablets. There are cannabis licensing costs, as well as product research, development and formulation costs. “Ultimately, the research involved and technology used in the sublingual tablet drives up the cost of production. This makes it an unaffordable option compared to an oral tablet,” he says. In other words, if sublingual tablets are legalized in Canada, users will want to make sure they get their tablets from verifiable sources. For now, Parihar says, “there are no head-to-head comparisons” on whether smoking, vaping or any form of sublingual administration of cannabis is more effective. “It’s a very patient-specific response,” he adds. Want to keep up to date on what’s happening in the world of cannabis? Subscribe to the Cannabis Post newsletter for weekly insights into the industry, what insiders will be talking about and content from across the Postmedia Network. https://www.thegrowthop.com/cannabis-health/what-are-sublingual-cannabis-tablets-and-how-do-they-work Bongme
  11. Hi Canadian company invests millions in Kiwi research to improve cannabis crops The world's largest grower and supplier of medicinal cannabis has invested over two million dollars in a small Kiwi agri-tech company. Canadian company Canopy Rivers' investment of US$1.5 million (NZ$2.2 million) in BioLumic is for the development of UV treatments that improve the performance and yield of cannabis crops. Palmerston North-based BioLumic's chief executive Warren Bebb said it was satisfying to see more global companies choose to invest in their "world-leading" company. "New Zealand agri-tech companies are starting to make a mark globally ... it's a testament to the value of scientific research. "Given our results with other flowering crops such as lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries and soybeans, medicinal cannabis is a natural fit for our technology," Bebb said. The global medicinal cannabis market is growing at such a rate that the market value is expected to be worth more than $80 billion in the next five years. Parliament passed the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill in December, which introduced an exception and a legal defence for terminally ill people to possess and use illegal cannabis. This meant that companies such as BioLumic, which was started by photobiologist Dr Jason Wargent and Bebb in 2012, stand to share in the profits when the New Zealand medicinal cannabis market takes off. Wargent said developing a bespoke treatment for medicinal cannabis was an "awesome" application of the company's UV technology. He reckoned becoming involved in the medicinal cannabis market would attract new scientists from around the region and beyond. "It's exciting that we could make a difference for someone who has a really chronic health issue. It's the next chapter for us, it's an exciting new chapter," Wargent said. BioLumic has grown test crops of lettuce in Britain, Spain and Mexico, and has proven UV treatments can increase crop yields by up to 40 per cent in a variety of conditions. Wargent said part of BioLumic's "uniqueness" was the short duration of its UV treatments – between one to two weeks for seedlings and a matter of minutes for seeds. Once the plants have been treated, they do not need any further treatment for the rest of their lives. Wargent said he first tested out the technology on a small number of seedlings, which he kept in his bedroom to monitor. Last year, the company opened a world-first ultraviolet photobiology research and development centre, based at Massey University in Palmerston North. Although Wargent was unsure exactly where he wanted to end up when he first started BioLumic, he had always hoped the company could become a unicorn – a term for a start-up company worth over $1 billion. Canopy Rivers' investment is part of a total of US$4.2 million (NZ$6.2 million) in funding with contributions from Finistere Ventures, Rabo Ventures, Radicle Seed and New Zealand investors. Canopy Rivers' investment will also be used to fund BioLumic's artificial intelligence programme, expand its overseas trial programme and upgrade security measures at BioLumic's facilities. BioLumic, who has a total of fifteen full-time staff based in New Zealand and overseas, was in the process of applying for a licence to grow cannabis for research and development purposes. https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/112762929/canadian-company-invests-millions-in-kiwi-research-to-improve-cannabis-crops Bongme
  12. Hi First-time cannabis users double in Canada The number of first-time cannabis users in Canada has almost doubled since the drug was legalised in October. A national survey by Statistics Canada found 646,000 people had tried the drug for the first time between January and March this year, compared to 327,000 in the same period last year. Mary Brett, of campaign group Cannabis Skunk Sense, said the results were “utterly predictable” and described the move as going down “a very dangerous path”. First-time users The survey also revealed that 18 per cent, 5.3 million, of Canadians aged 15 and above had used cannabis in the last three months – up four percent since the drug was legalised. In addition, former cannabis users admitted to trying the drug again post-legalisation. Michelle Rotermann, senior analyst on Statistics Canada’s health analysis division, said one of the unique things about this research “is the number of respondents who said they’re using for the first time. “So they started, in this case, in the post-legalisation period.” ‘Resist’ Speaking about the UK, Craig Mackinlay MP said: “The more evidence I hear about the ill-effects of cannabis use, the more convinced I am that we must resist at every stage any back-pedalling on our own rules.” Brett also added: “The findings of the survey in Canada are utterly predictable – when you take the brakes off, use of cannabis will spiral.” https://www.christian.org.uk/news/first-time-cannabis-users-double-in-canada/ Bongme
  13. Hi Cannabis Education is Now Mandatory for Pharmacists in Canada's Most Populated Province Pharmacists in Ontario have until next March to complete a mandatory course on cannabis. With recreational marijuana now legal for adult use across Canada, the Ontario College of Pharmacists has decided it's high time for their members get up to familiarize themselves with with current cannabis research. This move makes Ontario the first and only province in Canada to make cannabis education mandatory for pharmacists. While pharmacists in the province are not involved in dispensing medical marijuana to patients, the college believes its members should still be able to advise patients on some key aspects of using the drug. After completing the course, pharmacists should be able to speak to patients about ways to use cannabis and what its effects are, as well as give patients information on how cannabis might interact with other medications. "As medication experts who are often the most accessible health-care provider for patients, pharmacy professionals play an important role in educating their patients if equipped with the necessary knowledge," the college said in a statement. Michael Beazely—an associate professor of pharmacy who helped develop the mandatory cannabis course—said navigating the research about cannabis can be challenging and this course will make sure pharmacists are presented with the best data available. Additionally, he says that pharmacy students from his university will already have the proper accreditations once they graduate. "Now that the Ontario College of Pharmacists has mandated required cannabis training we're actually going to embed that into our curriculum so that our grads will graduate with that box checked." This announcement comes shortly after Canada's largest pharmacy chain, Shoppers Drug Mart, began selling medical marijuana through an online store. https://www.civilized.life/articles/cannabis-education-is-now-mandatory-for-pharmacists-in-canadas-most-populated-province/ Bongme
  14. Hi Legalization led to people trying cannabis for the first time ever VANCOUVER -- Cindi Phelps never imagined herself running a pot shop. She smoked weed as a teenager, but as an adult she says she became "cranky" about cannabis, endlessly lecturing her kids and judging everyone who touched the stuff. It was only when she neared 50 that she realized marijuana could soothe her pain from a chronic health issue. Now that she manages the Tamarack Cannabis Boutique in Kimberley, B.C., Phelps can relate to customers who are nervous about trying pot for the first time in decades -- or ever. About 15 to 20 per cent of her customers fall into this category, and most are baby boomers, she said. "They had their kids. They had their family. Now they're retired and they'd like to try it again," she said. "It's legal, they don't feel they're going to get arrested for it." When Canada legalized weed on Oct. 17, 2018, it wasn't clear how it would affect the stigma around cannabis or the habits of non-marijuana users. Six months later, early data and interviews with store operators suggest a considerable number of Canadians are lighting up for the first time. Nearly 14 per cent of cannabis users surveyed by Statistics Canada from mid-November to mid-December had just begun using weed within the previous three months. The period they were asked about includes time before and after legalization, but the percentage of new users jumped noticeably compared with previous quarters, when they ranged from 4.7 to 7.8 per cent. The agency found that new users spanned all age groups. However, use among people aged 24 to 35 declined slightly in the months as legalization was unfolding, while it grew among all age categories above 35. Legalization has drawn a whole new segment of people who prefer to use legal cannabis and are willing to pay more for it, said Jennifer Lee, the lead partner managing the cannabis sector for consulting firm Deloitte. "Government oversight does bring a whole new cohort to the market," she said. "They could have tried it on the black market. They just chose not to, because they wanted to know it was a safe product." Generally, she said her research has shown that people over 55 are most enticed by this market, because they dabbled in marijuana years ago and can afford to pay more for legal weed. People with no cannabis experience often ask for cannabidiol, also known as CBD, a non-psychoactive extract that is used to treat pain and anxiety, said Mike Babins, owner of Evergreen Cannabis in Vancouver. "They come in here saying, 'I have no desire to get high. I just want CBD,' " Babins said. "And we say, 'Why? What's so wrong with being high? Do you think it's like all those old propaganda movies and you're going to think you're a bird and you're going to jump out the window with all the pretty colours and your family will find you dead on the front lawn?' " Sometimes people still want to stick with CBD, but for those who are willing to try cannabis containing THC, the mind-altering ingredient, staff guide them toward lower-dose products and advise them to start slow and enjoy their experience, he said. Customers have said they've been waiting for it to be legal and they're tired of drinking too much alcohol at night, Babins said. "They have a whole bottle of wine after dinner instead of a glass of wine with dinner," he said. "A lot are just saying, 'I have too much stress and I've been dealing with it the wrong way.' " Many first-timers or first-time-in-a-long-timers wind up becoming repeat customers, Babins and other store owners said. Statistics Canada data also indicates former users are considering picking up the habit again. The most recent survey found 19 per cent of Canadians think they will use cannabis in the next three months, compared with the 15 per cent who are current users. Former users were more likely to report that they will use than people who had never used -- 13 per cent compared with 2 per cent. Krystian Wetulani, founder of City Cannabis Co., said his two licensed locations in Vancouver have seen a huge uptick in customers aged 45 to 65 since they started selling legal cannabis. People in this age group seem to feel more comfortable now because they know the cannabis is tested to meet Health Canada standards, he said, and they don't have to sign their name to anything, such as a medical-dispensary membership card. Toronto's first legal cannabis store The Hunny Pot has also seen a "huge influx" of first-time consumers, including locals and tourists, since it opened two weeks ago, said communications officer Cameron Brown. As for those who haven't used cannabis for decades, they're surprised by how much variety there is now, he said. "There is a lot of education," he said. "(We're) making sure that we're going through all the different steps with them, talking about the different THC levels, talking about the different strains and how they affect different people, but still trying to find what will work best for them." https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/legalization-led-to-people-trying-cannabis-for-the-first-time-ever-1.4379207 Bongme
  15. Hi Weed weddings: Calgary hosts Canada’s first cannabis wedding expo Vids On Link Brides and grooms looking to add a little extra greenery to their nuptials had a chance to check out the newest trends at Calgary’s first-ever cannabis wedding expo on Saturday. Since cannabis was legalized in Canada, wedding vendors say they’ve been inundated with couples wanting to highlight the plant throughout their special day. Laureen Cauryn Cameron, the organizer of the Canadian Cannabis Wedding Expo, said many couples are curious about what a cannabis wedding entails. “There are more ways of incorporating it than just smoking it,” said Cauryn Cameron. “You can do it aesthetically in the flowers, you can have it as a wedding favour.” Natalia Chiles helps couples extend the cannabis theme by planning stagettes and honeymoons. “It can be anything from adding a few drops of CBD oil, which is non-psychoactive, into your tea or smoking up a cannabis cigar,” Chiles said. “There are different alternatives to what people can think of as a cannabis wedding.” While some couples may be going all out with weed-themed weddings, it’s the subtle touches that are catching the most attention. Samantha MacCallum’s wedding date is still more than a year away, and she said cannabis accents will most likely make an appearance. While commercial edibles are still illegal, cake designers like Marcia Calencia hope that once edibles are legal, it will boost business. “I’m waiting for it to get legalized so I can make infused products,” said Calencia. “In the meantime, I’m adding little decor marijuana leaves.” While cakes and gifts can add to the fun of a wedding, a cannabis-friendly event can also be practical. MacCallum said one of her bridesmaids uses medical cannabis, especially in stressful situations. She said inviting cannabis use will make her wedding more inclusive. Wedding planners reminded people to double check if venues are cannabis friendly before booking. https://globalnews.ca/news/5064492/weed-weddings-calgary-cannabis-wedding-expo/ Bongme
  16. Hi The Government Of Canada Is Recalling Another Brand Of Cannabis After Discovering It May Contain Mould The Government of Canada has recalled Up Cannabis Inc's Eldo dried cannabis after discovering that it may contain mould. As of January 11, 2019, the Government of Canada announced that it has recalled Eldo dried cannabis after discovering that it may actually contain mould. Eldo dried cannabis is a product that is created by Up Cannabis Inc. and is sold through the Alberta Gaming Liquor & Cannabis Commission. The recall is issued for the general public of Canada who has purchased a certain lot of the cannabis. The recall is specific to Eldo dried cannabis that has the packaging date of November 28, 2018, and contains the lot #1204201. Approximately 1,428 units were sold throughout Canada that may be affected. The recalled product could have been purchased anytime between November 29, 2018, and January 4, 2019. The Government of Canada is warning customers who have purchased the product to stop using it immediately and to contact Up Cannabis Inc. to receive a full refund of the product. If the product was purchased online, it is recommended to contact Alberta Cannabis Call Centre at 1-855-436-5677. If the product is used while containing mould it could lead to temporary health problems. Exposure to mould can actually cause the user to have an allergic reaction, which could result in sneezing, coughing, wheezing, runny nose or nasal congestion. It can also cause watery and itchy eyes as well. @ganjaprincessyycembedded via This isn’t the first time that cannabis has been recalled throughout Canada since legalization. Just last month, Health Canada recalled two separate stains of Bonify dried cannabis since they were concerned that these strands would not reach the contaminant limits and regulations. Bonify also received another recall a few weeks later when eight of its lots were discovered to have a labeling error where the values of cannabinoid were reversed. An Ontario company, RedeCan, also had to recall their product after they received five separate complaints that it contained mould and many other companies have had to follow suit. @michimeeeeembedded via However, recalls aren't always issued. Narcity broke the story last month about the Ontario Cannabis Store not recalling their product, even after bugs were found in them. For more information on the recall be sure to visit the Government of Canada’s website. https://www.narcity.com/news/the-government-of-canada-is-recalling-another-brand-of-dried-cannabis-after-discovering-it-may-contain-mould Bongme
  17. Hi Liberals must pass a cannabis amnesty law When the Trudeau government set out to deliver on its core campaign commitment to legalize cannabis, success was defined for many by legislation that did not impede on each province’s autonomy over responsible implementation. The timeline was ambitious, and history was ultimately made on Oct. 17, 2018 with the passage of The Cannabis Act. Throughout the process, I’d hoped to see more concrete, proactive plans toward the pardoning of Canadians who held records for simple cannabis possession. At minimum, it was essential to remove the $631 financial barrier that stood in the way of a record suspension. The painstakingly careful approach taken by the Liberal government to avoid making commitments about amnesty at the beginning of its mandate was disappointing, to say the least. It isn’t enough to simply adopt language conveying concern for racialized communities who are negatively and disproportionately impacted by prohibition. With 500,000 Canadians holding criminal records for cannabis possession, our government had a responsibility to act. Following the passage of Bill C-45, the prime minister finally committed to move on expediting the processes and removing financial barriers. But there is room to be more aspirational. In striving toward a fairer Canada, the federal Liberal government would be wise to act on the expert advice of cannabis amnesty advocates like lawyer Annamaria Enenajor — expunge records proactively rather than putting the onus on individuals to undertake complicated processes to see their records suspended. There is nothing fair about any Canadian continuing to carry criminal records that impede their ability to find meaningful employment and travel internationally, while many of those who criminalized them are literally cashing in on the new cannabis economy. In the meantime, the spotlight now sits on provincial and municipal governments as they roll out regulations, distribution models and bylaws governing usage. As was to be expected, provinces are facing shortages in supply with large disparities between legal and black market prices. Statistics Canada reported recently that an average price per gram for legal recreational pot is $9.70, compared to $6.51 when purchased illegally. Following the 2018 June election, Ontario’s Ford administration changed course on Ontario’s planned distribution model, introducing provincially regulated private sales. This was a significant shift from the previous direction set by the Wynne administration, which aimed to use the LCBO as a conduit to open 40 Ontario Cannabis Stores and scale up to 150 across the province by 2020. As of this week, Ontario is one step closer to opening 25 private cannabis retail locations across the province, after the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario conducts its lottery selection of eligible businesses to determine who will be permitted to open up shop come April 1. Successful applicants will have very little time to turn around their approved plans and open their respective locations by the provincially mandated deadline. Locations will be regionally distributed, with five slated for Toronto. Failure to meet designated deadlines to open stores will result in financial penalties, and for those unable to meet timelines, backup options have been shortlisted. Each of the 444 municipalities in Ontario were given the power to opt-out of hosting cannabis stores. With decisions due by Jan. 22, municipal leaders are weighing social and economic impacts — some excited by the opportunity to take part of the first wave of stores, with others building barriers and hoping to slow the tide of change. Local debates have also erupted across the country as public and private institutions grapple with the new legal framework and enact internal policies. Many condo boards and landlords are disappointingly going as far as banning vaping on balconies. Some universities have outright banned smoking and vaping on their entire campuses. When it comes to the creation and enactment of progressive cannabis policy, political leaders at all levels have their work cut out for them to course correct and ensure true fairness for all Canadians. While the logistical challenges are now in provincial and municipal hands, the federal government still has work ahead. Bold plans for cannabis amnesty should have been explored and prepared together with legalization from day one. It’s time we stop penalizing our citizens for simple possession of a now nationally legal substance and get a simplified expungement process underway. https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2019/01/13/liberals-must-pass-a-cannabis-amnesty-law.html Bongme
  18. hi Canada: Illegal Vancouver cannabis dispensary operators risk jail time if they don't shut down Illegal cannabis dispensaries in Vancouver have been warned once more to shut down or risk some hefty fines and possibly even jail time. The warning follows last month’s order from the Province of British Columbia for the dozens of illegal shops in Vancouver to cease operations. The City had previously filed 53 injunction applications against the illicit shops. When the order was given in December, there was no timeline given for when shops had to be closed and owners were unsure of how the province would be enforcing the order, but the City’s warning on Monday suggested that time is running out for those who have yet to shut down. Of the 53 injunctions that were given, it is unknown exactly how many are still open, according to the City’s chief licensing inspector Kathryn Holm, but those that are found to not be in compliance should know that they risk fines, jail time or both. “Our conversation has been with the operators to ensure that they fully understand and agree to be compliant and are establishing timelines to close,” Holm told CBC. The City has been trying to enforce illegal shops to comply for over two years, but many refuse to shut down and others have simply set up shop in a new location. It’s for these reasons that the province and the City have decided to take a more hardhanded approach to shutting down the shops. “Our goal is always voluntary compliance with any bylaw enforcement,” said Holm. “That obviously hasn’t been the case here, so we escalate with the tools we have. That includes fines, legal orders to close injunctions, referrals to a prosecutor’s office and … access to the provincial court system to get a ruling.” “We certainly are not taking our foot off the gas. With respect to enforcement, we’ve continued to escalate and take the steps that we can.” While Vancouver puts its efforts into shutting down illegal shops in the city, the province has welcomed three new legal shops to Vancouver in the meantime, the first three to open since cannabis became legal across Canada in October. Evergreen Cannabis Society in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood and City Cannabis Co. on Fraser Street opened their doors over the weekend. Owner of City Cannabis Co. Krystian Wetulani will open another location Wednesday on Robson Street. “We are looking at a couple other spots and are close to throwing in a couple more applications with the province,” said Wetulani. “We’ve been really focused on the Vancouver licences and to be two of the first stores in Vancouver is a big honour. This is the Mecca of cannabis and the city has very cultured consumers.” https://420intel.com/articles/2019/01/09/canada-illegal-vancouver-cannabis-dispensary-operators-risk-jail-time-if-they Bongme
  19. Hi ‘Like a light beer’: Will Health Canada’s THC cap make edible pot too weak? Health Canada’s proposed cap on the strength of cannabis edibles is akin to limiting legal alcohol sales to beer while criminals are selling rum, whisky and tequila, according to an industry expert. The federal agency’s first draft of regulations for cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals limits the amount of psychoactive THC per package, restricts products appealing to young people, and mandates child-resistant packages and warning labels. The newly proposed rules include a hard cap of 10 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, per package of edible pot. “It’s like a light beer,” Deepak Anand, vice president of business development and government relations for the consulting firm Cannabis Compliance Inc. told Yahoo Finance Canada on Thursday. “To compete with the black market you are going to have to offer higher THC products, because that’s what the black market currently has.” Health Canada released its preliminary guidelines on Thursday, while at the same time announcing a 60-day consultation for the public to voice their opinions. Formal draft regulations are expected to be released on Dec. 22. “By establishing a strict regulatory framework for these new cannabis products we are keeping profits away from criminals and organized crime. I encourage all interested Canadians to share their views on the proposed regulations,” Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair said in a press release. “The Government of Canada’s top priority is the health and safety of Canadians.” Anand said edible products with 50, 60, and 100 mg of THC are plentiful on the illegal market. He expects the 10 mg limit will prompt some consumers to ingest multiples servings to achieve their desired effect, or turn to black market in search of stronger products. “Maybe up to 30 or 40 mgs of THC would have been a better bet,” Anand said. Similar limits were unveiled for extract-based products like vape pens, which will be limited to 10 mg of THC per unit, and no more than 1,000 mg per package. Lotions and topicals will also be limited to 1,000 mg per package. Other proposed rules include a ban on claims of health and nutritional benefits, similar to those imposed on the current selection of legally available cannabis products. Health Canada is also recommending “strict manufacturing controls” be put in place for edibles to reduce the risk of foodborne illness, including a ban on the production of cannabis edibles in the same facility as other food. Restrictions on the use of “sweeteners, colourants or ingredients that could encourage consumption, such as nicotine,” are suggested for extract products in order to reduce appeal to young people. Prohibiting certain flavours with youth appeal from being displayed on product labels “consistent with rules for other vaping products,” is also among the proposed rules. While licensed cannabis producers have forged business ties with players in both the alcohol and tobacco industries, Anand said Health Canada’s regulatory approach appears to be more closely mirroring the latter. “I think it’s the government’s opinion that alcohol has been a failed public policy, whereas tobacco, to a certain extent, has been successful public policy,” he said. “What were are seeing in the Cannabis Act with restrictions on branding and marketing, which are furthered on edibles and extracts, are more of the emulation of the tobacco.” Anand said Ottawa may wish to rethink such restrictions if its intent is to reduce alcohol-related harm by allowing cannabis-based options. “(Right now) you can’t have a Molson-Coors-branded CBD beverage,” he said. “We know cannabis is safer than alcohol. You could be able to create brands that look like alcohol to be able to transition people from alcohol to a cannabis-infused beverages.” https://uk.style.yahoo.com/health-canada-plans-cap-thc-cannabis-edibles-vape-pens-topicals-184453306.html Bongme
  20. Hi Cannabis supply shortages could be fixed within a year: Trudeau Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the biggest challenge associated with the legalization of cannabis has been the supply shortage -- but he expects it to disappear within a year. In an end-of-year interview with The Canadian Press Friday, Trudeau predicted the problem would be resolved "during the coming months and perhaps the coming year." He noted the scarcity of cannabis was most pronounced in Ontario and Quebec. Trudeau said he remains unhappy with Quebec legislation introduced this month that would raise the legal age for cannabis consumption to 21 from 18. The province's restrictive approach could prevent it from attaining one of the chief objectives of legalization, in particular curbing organized crime, he said. "If young people aged 18 to 21 are forced to buy pot from criminals, it will not help us eliminate the black market," Trudeau said. Rather, he continued, it will sustain "a black market that is going to sell to 18-to-21-year-olds, but that is also maybe going to sell to youth of 17 or 16." https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/cannabis-supply-shortages-could-be-fixed-within-a-year-trudeau-1.4219384 Bongme
  21. Mislabelled cannabis product prompts Kamloops woman to file lawsuit Kimberly Webster thought she was consuming a high-CBD, low-THC product, but that wasn't the case A Thompson Rivers University student is taking B.C. Cannabis Stores to court. In a notice of civil claim filed on Tuesday (Nov. 27), Kimberly Webster alleges she was sold a mislabelled product on Oct. 18, and as a result, “was unable to perform her day-to-day activities” and “suffered personal injuries.” Webster bought was she believed was a CBD oral spray, one with high levels of CBD and low levels of THC, according to the claim. A month later, on Nov. 20, the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) emailed Webster and told her the Hexo product was incorrectly labelled. “When consumers are not properly informed of the contents of the products being sold, and deprived of the information required to make informed decisions, it leads to inadvertent and unknown risks being taken by consumers,” reads the notice of civil claim. (Webster allowed others to use the spray as well.) KamloopsMatters has reached out to Webster but has not heard back. In a Nov. 21 Facebook post, Webster shared her frustrations. "That’s great for those who want to get f**ked out of their tree, but what about those who were using this for exam stress?" she writes. "What about those who were feeling anxiety and attempted self-treatment with 'safe' 'know-what’s-in-it' government marijuana? Those people unknowingly ingested a high level of a substance that impairs MEMORY. And the government didn’t announce it until a month later." The court document says the defendants (Attorney General, LDB, Hexo and B.C. Cannabis) “were negligent in failing to warn the plaintiff.” Webster stopped using the product right after she learned of the mishap. The claim alleges Webster suffered from anxiety, trust issues, anguish, distress, mental suffering and expenses. “Injuries have caused pain, suffering, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of earnings and prospective earnings, and the plaintiff will continue so to suffer in the future,” states the notice. https://www.kamloopsmatters.com/local-news/mislabelled-cannabis-product-prompts-kamloops-woman-to-file-lawsuit-1141630
  22. Hi ‘Complete idiot’ cop gets high after stealing chocolate cannabis during pot shop raid ‘Weed is harmless’, advocates will eagerly tell you, but it certainly wasn’t for a Canadian police officer who has found himself jobless and branded an “idiot” after eating a marijuana-laced chocolate bar during a pot-shop raid. Vittorio Dominelli grabbed several cannabis oil infused snacks after his team raided an illegal marijuana shop in Toronto in January. While on surveillance duty following the operation the 36-year-old and his partner talked about how they had never tried the drug while discussing Canada’s then-looming pot legalization. One thing led to another and before long the two cops had wolfed down eight squares of one of the bars. On Friday, a Canadian court heard that after about 20 minutes the drugs hit Dominelli “like a ton of bricks.” He was sweating heavily and believed he was going to pass out,” Crown attorney Philip Perlmutter said, The Globe and Mail reports. Things quickly spiraled out of control and the court heard that Dominelli pleaded with his partner to call for help because he thought he was going to die. When she refused he snatched the radio from her, ran up the street and breathlessly told the dispatcher to send an ambulance. According to CBC, Dominelli used the 10-33 police code, normally reserved for when an officer is in serious trouble. As his colleagues scrambled to get to the scene one of them slipped on ice and suffered a severe head injury, the court heard. The officer still hasn’t returned to work and has “significant difficulties with speech and vision.” Seven of the people who were charged in the raids had their charges dropped because of the evidence tampering. READ MORE: Canadian stoners go back to street dealers as government struggles to meet high demand Dominell’s lawyer, Peter Brauti, told the court his client is remorseful and that he offered to resign within weeks of the incident. I would say it was an act of utter stupidity, quite frankly. He has done everything he can to show remorse and make reparation for what he’s done," the lawyer said. Justice Mary Misener agreed with that analysis and branded Dominelli a “complete idiot” in the courtroom. She said that the evidence tampering was relatively minor but “From the point of view of public interest, the impact is profound. The conduct here you cannot describe as anything other than stupid. He was just a complete idiot." Dominelli resigned from the force this week as the case received widespread media coverage in Canada. https://www.rt.com/news/443641-canada-cop-cannabis-raid/ 11 comments Bongme
  23. Hi Lack of legal cannabis seeds fuels spike in black-market sales Some illegal cannabis seed vendors are reporting big spikes in sales since recreational cannabis was legalized last month, driven by the lack of legal seed supply outside the medical marijuana system. Among the legal changes that took place on Oct. 17, adults across Canada, with the exception of those in Manitoba, Quebec and New Brunswick, are now permitted to grow up to four cannabis plants per household. The sales jump during a normally sluggish season – when seedlings are not planted outdoors – comes as several provinces confirm seeds are not yet being offered for sale by licensed vendors. In the absence of legal supply, business has been booming for unlicensed producers mopping up some of that demand. Adam, the owner of Ontario-based vendor Dr. Seeds, said gross sales in October – typically among the slowest sales periods of the year – were over $12,000, double his monthly average for the year. He began the website operation as a hobby business nearly four years ago. He then ramped it up about a year and a half ago and now sells a variety of strains in packages of five seeds for $50, or 10 seeds for $80. He declined to use his full name for publication due to the illegal nature of the business. Other vendors have also reported increased sales, including Vancouver Seed Bank owner, Rebecca Ambrose, who told the Vancouver Sun that October sales had at least tripled. Ms. Ambrose did not respond to inquiries from The Globe and Mail. The delay in the supply of legal seed inventory was not expected by some provincial distributors, who said they had put in requests for seeds from licensed producers so they would have stock available for sale when cannabis became legal. Others provinces decided to wait until there is greater clarity on inventories before moving. “We have not issued a purchase order for seeds at this time because there is currently not a source available,” said Beverley Ware, the communications adviser for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. (NSLC), in an e-mail. The NSLC handles cannabis sales in the province. The BC Liquor Stores; the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis agency; the Ontario Cannabis Store and the NSLC said they plan to add seeds to their store inventory as soon as they become available, but could not offer a timeline. The lack of seed supply affects private retailers as well, as every province that allows such retailers – except Saskatchewan – controls the distribution. This means private retailers must buy from the provincial government distributor and cannot source directly from federally-licensed producers. (Retailers in Saskatchewan do not have to purchase from the province.) Canopy Growth Corp., the world’s largest cannabis company by market capitalization and a key licensed supplier for provincial distributors, said its focus has been on supplying dried flower to provinces first. Just weeks after legalization, the legal cannabis market in Canada is already grappling with supply shortages. “It really is about launching seeds into the market at a time when people will be planting seeds,” said Jordan Sinclair, vice-president of communications at Canopy. “We are approaching winter in Canada. It just felt like it wasn’t the right time to put out something that people aren’t going to plant in their gardens. So for us, it will come closer to … late winter, early spring.” For suppliers like Canopy, the seed market also makes up a very small segment of the business. “If the medical market is any indication, we’re looking at a market that is less than 1 per cent. Probably less than one-tenth of 1 per cent of total sales,” said Mr. Sinclair. “There might be a nice opportunity for other businesses, but as we’ve observed it, at least in the medical market, it is quite a small segment.” Spring is also the busiest season for illegal seed vendors, who are hoping the current brisk business trend will continue into next year’s planting season, but it remains to be seen how the potential availability of legal seeds early next year will affect their sales. An accurate picture of the illegal seed market is difficult to assess, as operators remain secretive due to the illicit nature of their business. A search of archived pages of their websites show that some have taken down phone numbers or addresses from their websites in recent months, making them reachable only through online contact forms or generic customer support e-mails. Dr. Seeds owner Adam hopes to eventually legitimize his business, but said the licence he would need is not available yet. In the meantime, buyers eager to take advantage of the new laws may be unaware that possessing seeds from unlicensed vendors is still illegal in Canada, as is everything derived from those seeds. “In the Cannabis Act, seeds and seedlings are cannabis … so they are subject to all the restrictions on the sale, the propagation and the distribution of cannabis,” said Trina Fraser, a co-managing partner at Brazeau Seller Law, with a particular expertise in marijuana law. It is unclear what level of enforcement the public will see given the potentially complicated effort of proving a product’s provenance, but Ms. Fraser advises clients to keep cannabis products in their original packaging and carry proof of purchase. “If you grow plants [from illegally acquired sources] in your home, that’s still illegal, even if you’re doing no more than four plants,” said Fraser. “The mere fact that those seeds were not acquired from a legal source – you’re still committing an offence.” https://www.theglobeandmail.com/cannabis/article-lack-of-legal-cannabis-seeds-fuels-spike-in-black-market-sales/ Bongme
  24. Hi Canada is nearly out of weed only two days after legalising cannabis Police have been called to deal with crowds as the new system is criticised for being poorly thought out Canada became the latest major country to roll out the legalisation of marijuana on Wednesday and it only took two days for the country to burn through its weed stocks. Eager smokers were being turned away from stores selling the drug in some major cities after a vast amount of business worth millions of dollars was processed, the number of orders reaching 38,000 in Ontario province and 42,000 in Quebec. "This volume of orders far exceeds the forecasts," said the Quebec government pot retailer on the shortages. "[It was] difficult to anticipate the volume of sales, given the lack of data from a sector that 48 hours ago was still illegal." Many had turned out to buy weed despite not being frequent users of the drug, wanting to be part of an iconic day in the nation's drug laws. Alexandre waited for seven hours in Montreal on Wednesday before being turned away due to stock shortages, with police also being called to disperse the peaceful crowd. “It was hell, it was cold,” he admitted. “But we had fun anyway, talking with people in the crowd and sharing joints. “Yesterday was the day that everyone was waiting for but I think that little by little the queue will decrease." The vast majority appear to have had fewer issues in making use of this new decriminalisation, even in the face of some eye-watering prices. In the province of Saskatchewan, a gram costs just over £11 ($18.99) per gram. And not everyone is fully in tune with how the law is working, with Winnipeg Police posting on Twitter a ticket handed out to a driver smoking weed while driving - which is still illegal - a mere hour after the legislation came into effect. https://www.joe.co.uk/news/canada-weed-cannabis-204839 Bongme
  25. hi When will Big Tobacco enter the Canadian cannabis market? Liquor companies have already started positioning themselves in the Canadian cannabis sector, will Big Tobacco be the next one to join it? Tobacco companies will be ‘damned if they miss out’ on the colossal profits that the cannabis industry is promising to start making very soon. A study published by the health-policy journal Milbank Quarterly says that “tobacco companies have been interested in marijuana and marijuana legalization as both a potential and a rival product ever since the 1970’s”. Canopy Growth now has a market cap of $11.55 billion, after a significant investment on the side of Constellation Brands, the liquor company which is behind the like of Corona and Svedska Vodka. Two Canadian marijuana producers have already sold a controlling stake in their companies to a midsized US tobacco leaf trader— Alliance One. Alliance One International bought a 75% equity position in Canada’s Island Garden and an 80% stake in Goldleaf Pharm this January. Many thought that this marked the start of tobacco companies entering the cannabis market, however, they would have been wrong as none of the Big Tobacco companies have yet entered the market. Big Tobacco companies are still not in the cannabis sector It is important to make the distinction between Big Tobacco companies and midsized leaf merchants such as Alliance One International, which holds a different, but specific position in the US tobacco supply chain. Alliance One’s quarterly report says that the company had a revenue of $477.8 million US, while Big Tobacco companies such as Phillip Morris (2016 revenue: $75 billion) make much more in comparison. The prior has a much different role in the US tobacco sector, which just like in Canada is currently seeing a decline in the sales of tobacco. In 2017, about 249 billion cigarettes were sold in the United States—a 3.5% decrease from the 258 billion sold in 2016. Of those nearly 250 billion cigarettes, 4 companies made 92% of the sales, and those companies are Philip Morris USA, Reynolds American Inc., ITG Brands, and Liggett. There are strong reasons why the tobacco companies haven’t yet taken a chunk of the cannabis market in Canada for themselves. According to Shane MacGuill, head of tobacco research at Euromonitor International, Big Tobacco companies are still not ready to fully commit to cannabis as a legitimate business. MacGuill believes that the fact the legalization isn’t going to happen simultaneously worldwide is a big problem for the brand owners, and also one of the reasons why they aren’t getting involved with the Canadian market. The uncertainty about what’s going to happen in other countries is too much of a risk for such a large investment, according to MacGuill. He also added that he believes the investors are still waiting on the attitudes towards cannabis to change for the better. So, it would appear that Big Tobacco still hasn’t entered Canada’s cannabis market, and possibly won’t be doing so in the next few years. New industry means new competitors? It is still unclear whether the cannabis industry will be complementary to the alcohol and tobacco industries, or perhaps their fiercest competitor which will draw away customers from their products. On one hand, Canadian beer producers have already complained that the recreational marijuana market will cut into its profits and appealed to the government to raise the cannabis tax. On the other hand, there is scientific proof that cannabis use is associated with increased initiation of, persistence of, and relapse to cigarette smoking. There is definitely interest on the side of the investors that are currently working in big tobacco and liquor companies. A recent report by Ernst and Young surveyed senior executives and board members with licensed-cannabis producers across Canada. This report found out that these senior executives and board members believe that 75% of the “big players” will eventually move into the cannabis market. However, not everyone is interested in what these big companies and big producers have to offer. Craft cannabis growers who are tending to their buds in a more organic way, which they see as more fitting to the medical users, have been warning for a long time that the cannabis industry will be under attack by the likes of tobacco and alcohol companies. Sarah Campbell, director of the Craft Cannabis Association of B.C, says that the arrival of tobacco comapnies will not be a hard hit for B.C. growers. The reason why so many cannabis users disassociate cannabis use from smoking cigarettes is that of the difference in the products. While cigarettes are packed and pre-made in the factory, cannabis flower is ground and rolled on the spot. Also, the way that it is grown, treated and harvested is also hugely important. Indeed, cannabis users are always looking for a new experience, fun colors and exquisite taste and aroma coming from the bud, something that the mass-produced weed coming from the likes of Canopy Growth and other big brands will most likely never achieve unless they drastically change their growing process. This is one of the biggest reasons why the craft-growing scene has been working out so well in British Columbia. The growers there take extreme care of their plants and products. There is no saying how these industries will behave in Canada, however, one thing is certain — Big Tobacco is yet to make it’s first big move on the cannabis market, and it most likely won’t come before the public opinion changes. https://greencamp.com/big-tobacco-canadian-cannabis-market/ Bongme