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  1. Hi Terence Corcoran: Bring back the cannabis 'black market' — the closest perfect example of a free market The previously existing free market in cannabis still delivers the best outcome: low prices, high quality, and ease of purchase Financial Post Somebody somewhere must be working on a script for Potbusters, the hilarious story of the bumbling attempt by Canada’s political, regulatory and corporate establishments — the high powers of the mixed economy — to take over the national market for cannabis. It’s a riot of bureaucratic slapstick, pompous posturing, regulatory pretentiousness, corporate schemers and botched financial planning: a true comedy. Opening scene: A character played by Bill Murray, an old pro operator of flame-thrower equipment, arrives at a suburban Toronto warehouse to perform his Potbuster duties. Wearing heavy gear with the words “Health Canada” written across the back, he looks through grizzled, experienced eyes at a 12,000-kilogram mound of cannabis. There’s something you don’t see every day. Gotta be worth a hundred million at least,” he says. Beside him, also in Health Canada gear, is another old pro Potbuster played by Dan Aykroyd: “Oh my God. This is a harmless mound of pot. Something I’ve loved since my childhood. Something that could never possibly destroy us. We used to smoke it by the fire at Camp Oconda.” “So what. We got a job to do — one, two, three.” The characters crouch down and blast flames at the cannabis, which explodes in yellow blaze and pungent smoke. The Aykroyd character breaks down, almost in tears. “How did we come to this?” Somebody else can finish the script, but it’s a good question. The scene describes the latest wonky development in Canada’s absurd one-year-old cannabis legalization experiment — the very first policy initiative of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s newly elected Liberal government in 2015. Since then, hundreds of millions of dollar have been splashed around the country by investors looking to make quick dollars by manufacturing and distributing a product that already had a functioning, low-cost market system in place. Some call it the black market, but the existing market was in fact the closest perfect example of a free market — a low-cost, high-quality product — without the benefit of stock brokers, securities regulators, scheming politicians and corporate wheeler-dealers attempting to capitalize on government regulation. It turned out one of those companies, CannTrust Holdings Inc., had been secretly growing cannabis products in unlicensed portions of its Ontario facilities, without proper approval from Health Canada. The department moved in, seized the products involved, and has ordered their destruction. How? Who ya gonna call? Potbusters. How did we arrive at a point where a legal corporation finds itself in the clink for doing what thousands of people have been doing illegally and mostly freely for decades? Here’s another funny scene set-up for this regulatory/corporate comedy: The offices of Statistics Canada in Ottawa, where the nation’s crack statistics bureaucrats set up a team to plumb the data depths of the national cannabis market. They called it the Cannabis Stats Hub, which produced StatsCannabis data. Look it up if you think I’m kidding. Since establishing the Cannabis Stats Hub about five years ago, the agency has been cranking out hilarious reports and studies, with such titles such as “Experimental Estimates of Cannabis Consumption in Canada, 1960 to 2015,” “Crowdsourced cannabis prices,” and “A Cannabis Economic Account — The Framework.” The StatsCan cannabis hub produced some of the data that fuelled last year’s mad hype around legalization. In fancy reports, the hub estimated the annual consumption of cannabis at more than 700 tonnes and the dollar value of black market sales at $5.7 billion in 2017. The fine print was funny, though. Regarding the 700 tonnes, the report warned that there were numerous uncertainties. “Cumulatively, the uncertainty about the volume estimate is sufficiently large that it could reasonably be reduced by about 54 per cent or increased by about 95 per cent.” The 700 tonnes, in other words, could actually be less than 350 tonnes. As for the price and value, collected via crowdsourcing methods, StatsCan estimated that 4.9 million Canadians spent $5.7 billion on cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes. The dollar value of cannabis production in 2017 was bigger than beer and tobacco production, it said. Data allegedly showed that the age of pot consumers was getting older, consumption was rising and — best of all — prices were falling. A note to readers of the report warned that the data was based on a lot of assumptions and might not be all that reliable. More recently, StatsCan reported that its price information is now collected by “scraping the websites of illegal online retailers. Since the prices collected through web scraping include only illegal online purchases of cannabis, they are not fully comparable with the StatsCannabis data which include both online and other purchases of illegal cannabis.” Free-market cannabis prices are apparently now down to around $7 a gram and lower. The funny bit here is that Canada’s official statistics agency has been busy building up data on an industry that has been unregulated and illegal for decades, mainly to allow governments and scheming corporations to seize control of a market that to all intents and purposes has been wildly successful. By all accounts, the previously existing free market in cannabis still delivers the best outcome: low prices, high quality, and ease of purchase. As reported recently in the Financial Post, unregulated market sellers are set up all over the country ready to serve consumers. The logical conclusion: In an ideal world, Canada should have simply declared cannabis legal. End of plan. Let the current players get legal. Instead, state planners aimed to subvert the free market and install a modern regulated corporatist model that drove up prices, failed on quality and stumbled setting up retail systems. And now — hilariously — the cannabis establishment wants to clamp down on the free market, which it conveniently brands as the black market. Could we start again? Send in Potbusters to take down the lawyers, bureaucrats, corporate dealers, securities regulators and tax collectors. Let the old free market run the cannabis industry. Financial Post https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/terence-corcoran-bring-back-the-cannabis-black-market-the-closest-perfect-example-of-a-free-market Bongme
  2. hi Hundreds of cannabis stores in Alberta but users still turning to black market Cannabis has been legal in Canada for one year, but it remains unclear how much impact that is having on the black market. Alberta has more than 300 cannabis stores – more than any other province or territory – and more licences are in the works. Numbers from Statistics Canada show Albertans spend more on legal pot than any other Canadians. “I think certainly the number of retail locations has played a large role in the total number of sales,” said Dave Berry, vice president of regulatory services for Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis. But Colin Rogucki said he has not bought from a legal weed store in the year since legalization. Rogucki owns three marijuana paraphernalia stores in Edmonton and has been a cannabis user for 26 years. He said prices are another factor; prices on the black market are cheaper than legal weed stores. “Most of the people we know smoke more than a gram or two. At the prices they are selling, there are no bulk discounts,” Rogucki said. Other data from Statistics Canada shows 40 per cent of Canadian cannabis users still buy from illegal sources. “We’re seeing a significant amount of cannabis products being shipped through the mail,” said deputy police chief Alan Murphy. However, Rogucki still calls legalization successful. “Society did not fail. Now we’re onto step two. We’ll see with concentrates and edibles and things like that, what’s going to happen,” he said. Rogucki also said he has seen attitudes shift in the year since legalization. “People used to look at you like, ‘You’re a pot smoker, You were someone who’s a little lower than everyone else,’” he said. “It’s nice to go to a hockey game and be out then go to a legal smoke area and smoke a joint then move on and have your day.” https://globalnews.ca/news/6046344/cannabis-stores-alberta-users-black-market/ Bongme
  3. Hi Cannabis entrepreneurs reflect on highs and lows a year after legalization Cannabis manufacturers and retail operators in Canada are celebrating the official one year anniversary of legalization by highlighting what they learned from joining and building a brand new industry. OTTAWA — Ottawa's cannabis retailers are looking back on the challenges faced over the last year, as they ventured into a brand new industry, creating something from virtually nothing. CEO of Fire and Flower Trevor Fencott said Thursday, on the official one-year mark since weed became legal in Canada, many business owners approached the industry with cautious optimism. "I think safety was an important factor, which it should be," Fencott said. "I think what we learned was that the world didn't stop. People kept going to their jobs, there wasn't this sort of cannabis apocalypse with stoned zombies running the streets. It was pretty much business as usual for the country." Fencott explained there were clear winner and loser provinces when it came to introducing legal cannabis. He highlighted Alberta as a clear winner with their plan to privatize the system, introducing around 300 stores. Ontario came out as a loser, in his opinion, because it's lottery system limited the amount of retail stores in the province. "I think the first lottery, for example, was probably a good idea because things were very limited, but I don't think the second lottery was ideal though, because supply simply isn't an issue anymore," Fencott said. "It's not a bad thing to have a failed experiment -- it's really what you take away from that." Ontario holds 40 per cent of the country's population and has 24 stores. The government is in the process of increasing that number to 75. Harrison Stoker, Operator of Hobo Cannabis in Ottawa said it has been interesting being a "pioneer" of the industry. "Nobody is the expert," Harrison said. "There is no one historical data. There's is no one you can really call and walk you through like a case study for example." The legal cannabis industry isn't expected to be as lucrative as originally expected for its first year, with experts estimating it to clear $1-billion in revenue for 2019. That's down from the $5-billion originally forecasted. https://www.sudbury.com/around-the-north/cannabis-entrepreneurs-reflect-on-highs-and-lows-a-year-after-legalization-1754782 Bongme
  4. Hi Pot during work hours? Here’s what Canadians are saying post-legalization Cannabis has had a smaller-than-expected impact on workplace performance nearly one year after recreational legalization, according to a new survey of Canadian workers. Payroll service firm ADP Canada commissioned an Ipsos survey that spoke to a sample of 1,160 working Canadians aged 18 and over. The results show most Canadian workers see cannabis having no impact at work in terms of health and safety incidents (75 per cent), productivity (74 per cent), absenteeism (71 per cent), or quality of work (70 per cent). “There was a lot of uncertainty and hype leading up to cannabis legalization last year. But so far, cannabis has not had a noticeable impact on the workplace or on workplace performance,” Hendrik Steenkamp, director of HR advisory at ADP Canada, said in a news release on Thursday. The results are a departure from opinions prior to Oct. 17, 2018, the day Canada became the first G7 nation to legalize recreational use. At the time, nearly half of working Canadians expected productivity (46 per cent) and quality of work (43 per cent) to decline, and said health and safety incidents (55 per cent) and absenteeism (40 per cent) would increase. Despite the less pronounced negative impacts, the vast majority of working Canadians surveyed (86 per cent) said their employer does not permit recreational cannabis use. Only a fraction (eight per cent) said cannabis use is allowed during the workday. These findings are in line with 2018 figures indicating six per cent of Canadians thought they would be allowed to use cannabis during work hours or before coming to work. According to the survey, the overwhelming majority of Canadians are keeping cannabis use and their professional lives separate. The survey found only a fraction of Canadians consume recreational cannabis before work (five per cent), during work hours (four per cent), and after work with colleagues (six per cent). Most Canadian workers said they are aware of their workplace’s stance on cannabis use, however, those in management were found to be slightly more familiar with policies (86 per cent versus 74 per cent). Regionally, cannabis workplace policy awareness was found to be highest in Atlantic Canada (72 per cent), and lowest in Quebec (56 per cent.) https://uk.news.yahoo.com/pot-during-work-hours-what-canadians-are-saying-110041690.html Bongme
  5. 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
  6. 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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  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Hi Cannabis edibles to become legal in December | Power & Politics Published on 14 Jun 2019 Bongme
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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