Month: March 2017

Canada’s medical marijuana program growing by more than 10,000 a month

Health Canada reports that as of January 31, 2017, there were nearly 142,541 clients registered with licensed producers of medical cannabis. This figure is up from 130,000 as of December 31 of last year. At the end of June, 2015, there were almost 24,000 registered patients, increasing exponentially each quarter. As more Canadians become aware

Philpott: No proof of fentanyl-laced marijuana in Canada

Canada’s Health Minister, the Honourable Jane Philpott, says the rumours of fentanyl-laced cannabis in Canada are unfounded. Minister Philpott brought up the point during a senate legal affairs committee discussing aspects of Bill C-37. The bill seeks to further strengthen the government’s response to the opioid crisis in Canada, amending the Controlled Drugs and Substances

NDP Justice Critic concerned with continued cannabis arrests

Alistair MacGregor, NDP Critic for Justice, says he is concerned that Canadians are still being arrested for cannabis prior to legalization and is open to the idea of amnesty for some with past charges for cannabis possession. In Justice Committee earlier this month, MacGregor requested more information from the government’s justice minister, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould,

Vancouver Island Health Authority begins issuing warnings for edibles

On March 14, the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) conducted an inspection at a Victoria cannabis dispensary in response to a telephone complaint filed with the regulator. Based on the complaint and inspection, VIHA says they have issued an order to that dispensary to no longer sell edibles. If marijuana edibles are observed in the

Victoria enforcing cannabis regulations

Victoria, BC announced today that the exemption period for cannabis businesses in the city to comply with the city’s new cannabis regulations has ended. The city will now begin the process of launching legal proceedings like court injunctions to encourage compliance with the city’s bylaws. The city says their aim is to get the thirteen

Office of Medical Cannabis seeks to enhance how regulations enforced, interpreted

Canada’s Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) is seeking to work with producers to help streamline their medical cannabis regulations, according to an announcement sent out to licensed producers under Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). In keeping with Health Canada’s Regulatory Transparency and Openness Framework (RTOF), introduced in 2014 with the goal of presenting

Health Canada issues recall for mislabelled THC level

Health Canada announced today that on March 8, 2017, Aphria, a licensed producer of cannabis for medical purposes located in Ontario, began a voluntary recall of one lot of dried marijuana under a Type III recall. One lot (652-4883) of cannabis was mislabelled as containing 22.3% THC instead of 21.1% THC. A Type III recall refers

Future cannabis market still a hub of opportunity for new players

While some say the federal government is favouring a handful of licensed producers and excluding others from participating in legalization, several industry analysts say the opportunity to participate in the shaping of the future market is still enormous. To create enough regulated space to satisfy the government’s stated intention of a legal, regulated cannabis program

Government of Canada releases videos on drug-impaired driving

One of the primary concerns from law enforcement and other stakeholders as Canada moves towards legalization of marijuana is drug-impaired driving. As the government prepares to introduce legislation this spring to legalize and regulate cannabis, they have also been increasing their messaging around concerns with people getting high and then getting behind the wheel. Public