Month: May 2017

Conservatives say home grown cannabis puts kids at risk

Conservatives in the House of Commons expressed skepticism today with the Liberals’ proposed Cannabis Act, Bill C-45. The bill received a second reading in the House of Commons today. During the reading, Conservative MP Rob Nicholson proposed an amendment to decline a second reading of the bill because of the inclusion in the bill of

Leaf-sprayed nutrients no longer an option for licensed producers

As Health Canada’s medical cannabis access program, the ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations) evolves in fits and starts, one of the recent casualties has been the ability of licensed producers to use foliar-based nutrient applications. For those unfamiliar with the process, foliar feeding is a way of applying nutrients directly to the

Tenth Vancouver dispensary business license to Eggs Canna

The City of Vancouver has issued their tenth medical marijuana related use (mmru) business license to Eggs Canna at 208 E 16th Ave. Another 25 businesses are at the second of the city’s three-stage licensing process, with another 12 at stage one. The previous business license issued was in late February to THCC The Herb Co. Canada Society

40 Toronto dispensary employees unionize

Canada’s largest private sector union announced today that 40 employees from a Toronto cannabis dispensary will be joining their ranks. Unifor, who say they have 310,000 members across the country in every major sector of the Canadian economy, say employees from Toronto’s Canna Clinic reached out with concerns around their rights and safety as workers. The

Health Canada rushes to correct lack of pesticide testing for cannabis

New testing limits for pesticides are causing some frustration for producers and labs who say these limits are being set retroactively, reflecting poorly on an industry with a reputation for otherwise robust regulations. In the wake of pesticide-related recalls from OrganiGram and Mettrum late last year and early this year, Health Canada recently announced new surprise

Concerns over legalization from both sides of the aisle

Canadian Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould appeared before a meeting of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights yesterday, responding to two different questions about Bill C-45, the government’s proposed cannabis legalization legislation. The two questions, one from a Conservative MP and one from a member of the NDP, both dealt with issues like

Conservative MP sponsors petition to repeal the Cannabis Act

A Conservative leadership candidate and MP for the riding of Saskatoon—University in Saskatchewan, Brad Trost, has sponsored a petition to repeal the Cannabis Act, the Liberals’ marijuana legalization legislation tabled last month.  The petition to the House of Commons argues that legalization will make cannabis more available and socially acceptable, with “egregious consequences” on young people’s

Over 4,000 now able to grow medical cannabis

Enrolment in Health Canada’s personal cultivation program has nearly doubled in less than three months, according to new figures from the agency. To handle this, Health Canada’s Office of Medical cannabis recently hired 17 new employees to help with processing and responding to questions. As of May 1, there are now 4,480 Canadians with active

What Canada could learn from Oregon’s approach to regulating legal marijuana

Oregon’s speedy transition from medical marijuana to recreational, legal marijuana dispensaries offers another example to learn from By David Brown October 27, 2015 As Canada begins the long conversation of how to regulate legal marijuana for adult use in Canada, various US states like Colorado or Washington often get mentioned as templates to follow or