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Ed Mcpeake News, Finance and The Law 2 days ago / Quebec

hi im new here and i have a question ...... Can i legally be refused work because i admit to using recreational cannabis when not at work ?

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  • From Janelle Simone

    This is definitely tricky, and you should always seek professional legal advice. Employers can refuse to hire you for a variety of reasons so long as it doesn't break the law - there are provisions that protect medical users, not sure if any exist for rec. users. Also, employers are technically allowed to restrict rec. cannabis use - it's generally seen in safety-critical jobs. So if policies like this exist and you're aware and admit to it then there may be negative consequences. However, prior to being hired, I'm not sure if they can legally ask you whether you use or not.

  • From Burge

    Ed, it all depends on your employer and your job. Ideally, you have the right to use cannabis during non working hours. In some cases however your employer could have a policy in place that prohibits cannabis use altogether, within drug and alcohol policies.

JADEO News, Finance and The Law 3 days ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Celebrity Green Rush

Since the rise of legal rec in the U.S., celebrities have lent their popularity to brands looking to build consumer loyalty in the cannabis space. With the introduction of the Cannabis Act last fall, Canadian LPs have had a ton of restrictions placed around business advertising, which is why you may not be confronted much with canna-celebrities in the Canadian space although allegiances are being forged. With the recent news of Martha Stewart teaming up with Canopy Growth making headlines, we wanted to get a look at which other Celebrities are getting into the Green Rush.

Snoop Dogg

One of the most well-known celebrities connected to cannabis brands is none other than Snoop.

Getting in the game early, the famous rapper signed a deal with Tweed (Canopy Growth) back in 2016 giving the company exclusive rights to certain content and brands owned by the entertainer’s company. In exchange, he received an undisclosed amount of cash and stock in Canopy Growth, followed by which Tweed launched three strains of “Leafs by Snoop.” More recently Snoop teamed up with Martha Stewart to co-hosts their VH1 show “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.” Snoop, who is heavily involved in the cannabis industry in the US, has also invested in Toronto-based Trellis, a cannabis inventory management software provider.

Tommy Chong

Famously known for his comedy albums and movies with Cheech Marin, Canadian-American comedian, actor, writer, musician, and cannabis-rights activist Tommy Chong has been cashing in on the new legal opportunities in cannabis. In 2016 he founded Chong’s Choice, a Denver, CO-based company that sells cannabis products and can be caught in many interviews or at trade conferences in the industry worldwide.

Whoopi Goldberg

Prominent Hollywood Star and co-host of The View Whoopi Goldberg created a line of cannabis products targeted at women with co-founder Maya Elizabeth, one of the leading canna-businesswomen in the field. Whoopi told Vanity Fair that she wanted to create a product for women that was discreet, provided relief, and wouldn’t leave you glued to your couch.

“Hey, this niche is half the population on the earth,” she explained. “This seems to be people flippantly blowing you off, which is what you get whenever you start talking about cramps. They weren’t thinking how do you target this? I have grown granddaughters who have severe cramps, so I said this is what I want to work on.”

The U.S. based medical cannabis company called Whoopi & Maya offers cannabis edibles, tinctures, topical rubs, and a THC-infused bath soak that they describe as “profoundly relaxing.”

Montel Williams

American TV host, radio talk show host, and actor Montel Williams founded Lenitiv back in 2016, which offers a line of medical cannabis products in the U.S. The celebrity was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999 and has used cannabis products ever since to help manage the disease’s symptoms. An outspoken advocate for medical cannabis law reform, Williams has worked to pass medical cannabis legislation in states such as New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. As a Naval Academy graduate and decorated former Naval Officer, Williams has led the push for military veterans to legally access medical cannabis without the threat of losing benefits.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson and Las Vegas-based Planet 13 recently announced that they are partnering up to launch Tyson Ranch products in Nevada. The heavyweight boxing celebrity will soon be making marketing appearances at the company’s cannabis superstore, which is known as the biggest cannabis dispensary in the world. “Iron Mike” broke ground in December on a 40-acre ranch to be located in California City, about two hours north of L.A. where it will host an area for cannabis cultivation and an edibles factory. Tyson Ranch products will be available at the Planet 13 Las Vegas store spring 2019.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart’s international recognition and cannabis influencer status has earned her an advisory role with Canopy Growth, the largest LP worldwide which operates out of Smiths Falls, Ontario. The lifestyle guru has teamed up with Canopy to help develop a “broad new line” of products for both humans and animals.

As an animal lover who has been co-hosting a cooking show well-known pot connoisseur and rapper Snoop Dogg, Martha has played a prominent public role in destigmatizing the plant. “I am looking forward to working with the Canopy Growth team,” Martha said. “I’m especially looking forward to collaborating on developing products that can help people and their treasured animal companions.” Teaming up with Snoop Dogg to co-host “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” earned her major recognition as a fearless celebrity in the cannabis space prior to making the deal with Canopy.

Gene Simmons

More than 40 years after KISS burst onto the music scene, the band’s co-founder is making his mark as “chief evangelist officer” of Invictus, which operates cannabis companies in Canada. When the BC-based business made the announcement last Spring, it said Simmons’ responsibilities would include “providing marketing counsel, serving as a spokesperson in the media, public appearances and participation in the company’s annual general meeting and investor meetings.” Dan Kriznic, Chairman and CEO of Invictus, described Simmons, whose television show “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” aired for eight seasons, as a “branding and merchandising genius.” The company uses GENE as its trading letters and Simmons holds shares in Invictus.

Trailer Park Boys

Trailer Park Boys, a popular Canadian television series formed a deal with New Brunswick-based Organigram back in 2016. The plan made with TPB Productions, which owns and manages intellectual property rights associated with the show was to “develop branding, packaging, and a competitive product portfolio targeted towards recreational marijuana consumers.” Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian mockumentary television series that focuses on the misadventures of a group of trailer park residents, some of whom are ex-convicts, living in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The television series, which has gained popularity across the country, is a continuation of a well-known film with the same title.

Bob Marley

Besides Snoop Dogg, the other most legendary cannabis celebrity is arguably the late Bob Marley. In his legacy, the company Marley Natural was created and is owned by his estate, which includes his widow Rita and his 11 children. Backed by the Seattle-based investment firm Privateer Holdings, the company has raised $200 million which will help fund the Marleys' expansion into Canada. "Bob Marley is more closely tied to the product than anyone we could think of," said Privateer Holdings CEO Brendan Kennedy. "In some places, people even say, 'Let's go smoke a Bob Marley.'" The company’s product line is currently available in California, Oregon and Washington state and includes branded cannabis, body care products, and pipes.


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  • From Janelle Simone

    Some of these I knew, but a bunch I didn't. Interesting to see how celebrities are getting involved, and in some cases why they've gotten involved in the cannabis industry.

JADEO News, Finance and The Law 3 days ago / Toronto, Ontario


How Well Do Canadians Know Cannabis?

Cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. Brianne and Shah decided to ask Torontonians just how much they know about the Canadian cannabis market.


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    lol totally love this. Not at all surprised by some of the responses though

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      Right! Some of the answers did surprise me, but some not so much haha

JADEO News, Finance and The Law 4 days ago / Toronto, Ontario


{VIDEO} Can I Consume Medical Cannabis During Work Hours?

Confused about consuming medical cannabis during work hours? Hear what Jason Alexander, Chief Legal Officer, Starseed Medicinal Inc. has to say on this topic.


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What's The Buzz? Edition 16: March 19th

Analysis Shows Ontario will not have 25 Cannabis Shops Open by April 1

It’s difficult to predict how many of the 25 privately owned cannabis stores will open on time in Ontario, but an analysis of license applications showsit’s very unlikely many will be ready. Construction, public comments and scrutiny of applicants by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario are all happening at the same time in a mad dash of the last weeks of March to prepare to open the shops.

New Retail Shops Announced in Niagara Falls and London, Ontario.

Two more cannabis retail store applications were just announced by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, bringing the total number of stores in Ontario that have been unveiled to 18. The first store is located in Niagara Falls under the “Choom Cannabis” brand, and London will potentially open the “J. London” cannabis store.

Origin House-owned Trichome enters financing agreement to new Ontario cannabis shop license holder

Trichome Financial, a subsidiary of Origin House, just announced it will be providing financing to C.G.S. Foods, one of the winners of Ontario’s cannabis retail store license lottery. Trichome entered into a two-year, $2 million financing arrangement with C.G.S., which plans to open a store in Brampton under the name Ganjika House. Toronto-based Trichome was recently provided with a $100 million to enter the debt financing business for cannabis companies. This is significant because debt financing has been relatively rare in the cannabis industry, where companies have typically relied on equity to raise funds as traditional bankers shied away from the space. Gangika House in Brampton is among the list of retail stores rushing to open their doors next month.

Aurora Cannabis shares going up after signing Billionaire Investor

Aurora Cannabis shares are spiking following news that it has appointed U.S. billionaire Nelson Peltz as a strategic adviser and given him the option to buy a stake in the company. “I believe that Canadian licensed producers, and Aurora, in particular, are well positioned to lead in the development of the international cannabis industry as regulations evolve, with a strong, globally replicable operating model,” Peltz said in a statement.

Namaste Prepares to Enter the Edibles Market with Acquisition of Choklat

Choklat is a chocolate manufacturer with existing sales through its website and a network of distributors across Canada who recently entered into a supply relationship with Sobeys and already has product in 25 stores in Alberta. Namaste Technologies has acquired a 49% stake in Choklat for C$1.5 million in cash. As part of the acquisition, Namaste will be appointed a member to the Board of Choklat.

Co-op Aims to Help Small B.C. Cannabis Producers enter the Legal Market

While there’s been a lot of attention focused on large cannabis companies in Canada, small producers, many of which are in B.C., are still trying to find a way into the legal space. One industry advocate’s idea to help smaller cannabis grower thrive centers around the design of co-operative to work together and become legitimate in the big-money world of cannabis production. Smaller companies have criticized the Canadian government’s regulated approach to legalization, stating the process was just too onerous for small, family-run businesses and spend up to hundreds of thousands of dollars to comply with regulations.

The initiative is being made by David Hurford who helped develop Canada’s cannabis policies 20 years ago. “I don’t think we can understate the crisis a lot of people are going through,” he explains. “There are people in dire straights out there. People being forced to make very difficult choices, and the government has not created a pathway for them to become legal.”

FDA Chief Resignation leaves CBD in Question

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, told Congress last week that CBD can’t be added to consumer products after announcing that he is resigning and leaving office in April. In February, Gottlieb told the House Appropriations Committee that the FDA would hold a public meeting about CBD in April. An exact date for that meeting was not announced, so Gottlieb’s apparent resignation leave hemp and CBD entrepreneurs in the dark about when a review might take place.

The search for ‘Miss Marijuana’ is on in Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona is holding the very first “Miss Marijuana” beauty pageant to crown “the type of girl all the guys want, and all the girls want to be friends with.” The pageant’s website states that contestants must be between the ages of 18 and 30, single and a “natural born” woman. The contest is open to both U.S. and Canadian residents, and those who advance past the online voting stage will move to the finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Contestants are not required to use marijuana but should support legalization, the pageant’s website says. The contest however has been facing a lot of scrutiny from individuals within the cannabis industry, being described archaic and sexist.

Tilray Announces Successful Medical Cannabis Harvest in Portugal

Tilray has recently completed a successful harvest of medical cannabis at its Portugal facilities. Tilray has invested approximately €20 million in the facility, which totals nearly 250,000 sq. ft. with additional room to expand. Tilray’s Portugal facilities also serves as a hub supporting Tilray’s clinical research and product development efforts across Europe.

Supreme Cannabis Seeking License to Produce Cannabis Oil in Malta

Supreme Cannabis signed a letter of intent last week to acquire a cannabis production license in Malta. The letter is a first in a series of regulatory hurdles to overcome before receiving licensing and acquiring greenhouse space. If approval from the Malta government is eventually granted, Supreme will begin cultivating cannabis for extracting oil certified under EU-GMP regulations. That oil would then be delivered to multiple EU markets for medical purposes through Malta.

Peru Announces MMJ Deregulation Guidelines

The Peruvian government announced regulations for legal medicinal cultivation and use last week – more than a year after Peru legalized medical marijuana. The initial legislation is short, appointing regulators within the government, establishing a license-based system to engage in cultivation and research, and defining what is considered medical use.

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Janelle Simone News, Finance and The Law 6 days ago / Scarborough, Ontario

We mentioned this expo in our article about the trend of incorporating cannabis into weddings and events. Really great to see events like this, hope this inspires people to do more. https://globalnews.ca/news/5064492/weed-weddings-calgary-cannabis-wedding-expo/

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Weed weddings: Calgary hosts Canada's first cannabis wedding expo

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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.

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Janelle Simone News, Finance and The Law 1 week ago / Scarborough, Ontario

This time next year it'll be interesting to see if the decline is a trend base on an increase in sales in December due to holiday festivities (similar to alcohol) and in January sales stabilize again. https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/sales-of-legal-dried-cannabis-declined-in-january-health-canada-1.1229016

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Sales of legal dried cannabis declined in January: Health Canada - BNN Bloomberg

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Canadian sales of legal dried cannabis in January declined from the prior month, the first such decrease since recreational use of marijuana was legalized last year, while inventory levels continued to rise, according to the country's pot regulator.

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    I wonder if this has anything to do with New Year's resolutioners too. Many people hit the gym or do a 'dry January'. I would think people would have similar resolutions around smoking dried flower

    • From Janelle Simone

      That's so true!

  • From 22

    People are sampling and also stocking. No different than spirits, wine and beer....

JADEO News, Finance and The Law 1 week ago / Toronto, Ontario


{VIDEO} Where Can I Consume My Medical Cannabis?

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What's The Buzz? Edition 15: March 12th

Status Update on Ontario Retail Cannabis Stores

To date, only 3 of the 25 retailers have received their retail store authorization or their retail operator license from the province. The first three stores to receive the licenses are in St.Catharines, Brampton, and Toronto. JADEO will continue to include updates for readers as the countdown to April 1st ticks on and we eagerly await the news of when a retail shop may be opening near you.

Illegal Edibles Seized in Toronto

A major edibles bust happened in Toronto last week when police seized $1.7 million of edibles that look like candy. With roughly 80% of the cannabis sales in Canada still coming from black market products, we are bound to hear of more seizures of this size. Const. Andy Pattenden said in a telephone interview with CTVNews.ca that “the number one reason police are issuing this warning is these products are still illegal and number two is this is the first time we’re seeing products that appear to look so much like candy so of course children will be drawn to them,”

A York Regional Police spokesperson claimed that “this is the first time we’re seeing products that appear to look so much like candy.” With new edibles packaging regulations soon to come into place, black market products that don’t conform to the new rules will only stand out that much more.

Cannabis Promotional Sponsorship by Canopy and Halo Faces Scrutiny

LP giant Canopy Growth Corp. and extraction company Halo are facing investigation by Health Canada after the latter believes their sponsorship of a charity event for children may have violated sections of the Cannabis Act. Section 21 of the Act states that “It is prohibited to display, refer to or otherwise use any of the following, directly or indirectly in a promotion that is used in the sponsorship of a person, entity, event, activity or facility: a brand element of cannabis, of a cannabis accessory or of a service related to cannabis; the name of a person that produces, sells or distributes cannabis; sells or distributes a cannabis accessory” or “provides a service related to cannabis.” The companies are both still in review for this potential violation of the Cannabis Act.

Fire & Flower Announces Digital Marketing Partnership with Lift & Co

Cannabis retailer Fire & Flower and Toronto marijuana media company Lift & Co. announced an agreement to partner on digital marketing services. The firms said that Lift will feature Fire & Flower as a premium retailer on its platform in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, while Lift members will be eligible for exclusive promotions and an opportunity to earn points for contributing reviews of the retailer. The partnership takes effect on April 1.

48North Announces Licensing Agreement with Arbor Pacific

48North Cannabis has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with U.S.-based Arbor Pacific to brings its premium brand Avitas to Canadian consumers. Avitas, available in 500 stores in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, is one of the best-selling single strain vaporizer cartridges in the United States. This licensing agreement completes 48North’s vaporizer strategy, according to the company.

Whole Foods to get in on the Green Rush?

Cannabis sales have been climbing steadily in legal states across the U.S., attracting the interest of Whole Foods founder Steve Mackey, who says that once Texas legalizes weed, grocery stores will sell products too. Currently, cannabis dispensaries in the US outsell grocery giant Whole Foods with sales reaching $974/ square foot, while Whole Foods sales are at $930/square foot. The idea that Whole Food could eventually start selling cannabis products could put them at part or exceed their dispensary competitors, making the prospect somewhat painful for the cannabis industry as a whole. The grocery chain, which is owned by Amazon, could easily swoop in and provide customers with more trust and convenience than traditional dispensaries.

“If cannabis is ever passed in Texas, chances are good that grocery stores will be selling that too,” Mackey recently told a crowd during a Texas Tribune event. “You just never know what happens over time with markets. They change and evolve.” Whole Foods hired a trend-spotter following its 2017 acquisition by Amazon, who predicted that hemp and other products of the “cannabis biz” would be a region with large growth potential for the grocery chain. That prediction is looking more and more accurate as the FDA takes action toward creating a regulatory framework for hemp-based products including CBD oils, foods, nutraceuticals, tinctures and more.

Facebook Inconsistent about Enforcement of Cannabis Ads

Facebook has continued its spree of uneven treatment of cannabis organizations, even for those who are technically compliant with its policies regarding cannabis ads. Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM), a Canadian non-profit campaigning for the elimination of taxes on medical cannabis, had its Facebook account shut down while trying to reach potential voters on social media. Facebook does not allow marketing for anything that promotes the sale or use of cannabis. Under those guidelines, however, ads for a specific issue such as tax law changes should be allowed. Facebook told Global News that the ad account was disabled in error and will be reinstated. Earlier this year, Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM) was ramping up well know “Don’t Tax Medicine;” a campaign to eliminate taxes on medical cannabis, which included robust social media. See https://donttaxmedicine.ca/

Hawaii Introduces ‘Visiting Patient” Cannabis Program

The Hawaii Department of Health has announced a new program where visiting patients can use their out-of-state medical cannabis cards to access medical cannabis while in Hawaii.

The city of Los Angeles turning off the lights of Illegal Cannabis Shops

A Los Angeles City Council committee advanced a proposed ordinance to shut off water and power at unlicensed marijuana ships, another attempt to crack down on LA’s still-thriving illicit cannabis market. If the measure becomes law, the new ordinance would empower the city’s Department of Water and Power to disconnect both electricity and water utilities at locations that have been identified as unlicensed MJ shops by both the LA Department of Cannabis Regulation and either the police department or another city agency.

The Wait Lengthens for Legal Rec in New York State

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will likely take longer than expected to iron out the details of recreational marijuana legalization. He says hopes are fading for legalization to be included in the state budget due on April 1, but he is hoping for movement on the issue in June before lawmakers adjourn. If not, New Yorkers would have to wait to legally smoke pot until at least next year.

The First Medical Cannabis Clinic Opened in the UK

Britain’s first medical cannabis clinic opened in Manchester this week despite only just four patients have successfully obtained cannabis-based treatments since their use was legalized in the country late last year. The private clinic in Manchester will deal with patients suffering from chronic pain conditions, neurological conditions such as epilepsy, and psychiatric problems including depression and anxiety.

Aurora Cannabis extends its reach in Germany

Aurora is adding to its products on offer in Germany, announcing it will begin selling cannabis oil drops in the country’s pharmacies. The Edmonton-based cannabis producer first started supplying the German market with dried flowers through its Aurora Deutschland unit in 2015 and added to that product lineup with Canadian-grown marijuana in 2017. Aurora says it helps to give it an early-mover advantage in Germany, as many producers have been eyeing Europe for growth.

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    The ordinance to turn off utilities on known illegal dispensaries in Los Angeles is a great idea. If landlords won't aid the police. This another great way to make running an illegal business hard for them.

JADEO News, Finance and The Law 2 weeks ago / Toronto, Ontario


{VIDEO} What Makes Starseed Unique?

We asked Jason Alexander, Chief Legal Officer, Starseed Medicinal Inc, on what makes Starseed so unique in the cannabis industry.

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    Thank you for the insight and info...

JADEO News, Finance and The Law 2 weeks ago / Toronto, Ontario


What's The Buzz? Edition 14: Mar 5th

Martha Stewart teams up with Canopy Growth

That’s right, Martha Stewart’s international recognition and cannabis influencer status has earned her an advisory role with Canopy Growth, the largest LP worldwide which operates out of Smiths Falls, Ontario. The Financial Post reported on how the lifestyle guru has teamed up with Canopy to help develop a “broad new line” of products for both humans and animals.

As an animal lover who has been co-hosting a cooking show well-known pot connoisseur and rapper Snoop Dogg, Martha has played a prominent public role in destigmatizing the plant. “I am looking forward to working with the Canopy Growth team,” Martha said. “I’m especially looking forward to collaborating on developing products that can help people and their treasured animal companions.” Canopy Chief Executive Officer Bruce Linton explained that adding that hemp is also an easily digestible protein that can be added to pet food: “It’s really about duration and quality of life for animals that respond well to CBD.”

Former Dispensary Operator is suing AGCO over “unlawful” retail lottery

A former cannabis dispensary operator who owns a coffee shop called Coffee & Cannabis in downtown Toronto is suing the Ontario government for $1.1 million in damages that he claims he incurred because of the Ford government's abrupt December decision to cap the initial number of cannabis retail licenses at 25.

A statement of claim filed by Cannabis & Coffee against the AGCO and the Attorney General's Office, states the coffee shop had been "structuring its operating and incurring expenses" for the past year in anticipation of obtaining a retail license that would enable the owner to turn his coffee shop into a cannabis store. Those expenses include the cost of purchasing the business, legal fees, rent, and salaries of employees over the past year. As part of the lawsuit, Cannabis & Coffee is also seeking for the province to grant it a cannabis retail license.

No cost pardons may be made available to Canadians with Cannabis-related records

Canadian public safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced his plans to introduce legislation that would expedite the processing of no-cost pardons for people with minor cannabis-related criminal records. More than half a million Canadians have criminal records for being caught with cannabis on their person. It currently costs $631 and a waiting period of up to 5 years to have these types of criminal charges dropped.

Quebec Government Unwavering on Legal Cannabis Consumption age

The government has no intention of backing down on its decision to increase the legal age to consume cannabis from 18 to 21, says Quebec Premier François Legault. “On age 21, we are inflexible,” Legault told reporters upon arriving for daily question period last week. “It’s proven that it’s dangerous for developing children to consume cannabis, so I want to send a clear signal.” he said. “We want to create a good framework. My objective is clear: I don’t want children in public spaces to be exposed to cannabis smoke.”

Bill Reintroduced to Remove Cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act

New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker reintroduced legislation that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, effectively meaning state-legal cannabis businesses would not have to fear federal interference and could gain normal access to banking services.

New Hampshire and Florida push to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Last week two U.S. states moved closer to legalizing recreational cannabis in their respective jurisdictions. New Hampshire’s state House voted in favour on of a bill that would legalize the sale and possession of up to one ounce of recreational cannabis. Meanwhile, Florida’s House filed a bill to legalize recreational cannabis as well as provide guidelines on how to license the sale and production of legal cannabis.

Biggest Dispensary in the World Announces Expansion Plan

Las Vegas’ Planet 13 is the biggest cannabis dispensary in the world, and it's about to get bigger. The company announced it has begun construction on its Phase II expansion, which includes a coffee shop and bistro/pizzeria on its complex. Planet 13 said its cannabis superstore served an average of 1,712 customers per day in the first 26 days of February with customers spending approximately U$90 each - that's approximately US$4 million in revenue for the first 26 days of February. Making more headlines as the biggest dispensary in the world would only help them increase foot traffic, which they reported was up 10.3% in February compared to the prior month, the company said.

David Crosby Willing to Endorse Cannabis Company for $5 Million U.S.

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and avid cannabis user David Crosby of CSNY is offering his endorsement for pot products for US$5 million. Crosby said that cannabis brands can use his name and popularity among baby boomers to further advance cannabis use in this demographic.

Peru Approved Regulations for Medical Cannabis

Peru has approved regulations governing the use of medical marijuana. The regulations cover the guidelines and procedures for research, farming and production limits, importation, and the marketing and sale of medicinal cannabis and its by-products. It also outlines the procedures for medical prescriptions including a registry of patients.

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Burge News, Finance and The Law 3 weeks ago / Vancouver , British Columbia

I have been saying this exact same thing...When I look at the packaging of products here in Canada I think, "wow, what a waste of paper and plastic". At least I'm not the only one... https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/panxev/weed-packaging-rules-are-overkill-and-wasteful-in-canada-and-the-us-sticky

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Weed Packaging Rules Are Overkill (and Wasteful) in Canada and the US

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Art by Noel Ransome. In this third installation of VICE Canada and MERRY JANE's cross-border weed trend series via Sticky, we look at issues around packaging for legal product. Canada has proceeded with an abundance of caution when it comes to legalizing cannabis-and that approach is clear in its packaging regulations.

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Honestly, I understand the need to be childproof but some of the packaging is so excessive that it's honestly adult proof too. When I look at how much excess plastic I get with a small order I cringe!

    • From Andrey Visiliev

      Very true. I ordered from the OCS and it took me a while to get it open just for a nug! Waste of packaging.

      • From Janelle Simone

        lol same experience here too!

  • From Sativasky

    The physical stores will help this problem here in Ontario, I think producers should start looking into reusable packages with the initial product. Something sleek and cool I can just store all my product in. Perhaps something that could be included as a “gift” with your first purchase at any location?

JADEO News, Finance and The Law 3 days ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Celebrity Green Rush

Since the rise of legal rec in the U.S., celebrities have lent their popularity to brands looking to build consumer loyalty in the cannabis space. With the introduction of the Cannabis Act last fall, Canadian LPs have had a ton of restrictions placed around business advertising, which is why you may not be confronted much with canna-celebrities in the Canadian space although allegiances are being forged. With the recent news of Martha Stewart teaming up with Canopy Growth making headlines, we wanted to get a look at which other Celebrities are getting into the Green Rush.

Snoop Dogg

One of the most well-known celebrities connected to cannabis brands is none other than Snoop.

Getting in the game early, the famous rapper signed a deal with Tweed (Canopy Growth) back in 2016 giving the company exclusive rights to certain content and brands owned by the entertainer’s company. In exchange, he received an undisclosed amount of cash and stock in Canopy Growth, followed by which Tweed launched three strains of “Leafs by Snoop.” More recently Snoop teamed up with Martha Stewart to co-hosts their VH1 show “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.” Snoop, who is heavily involved in the cannabis industry in the US, has also invested in Toronto-based Trellis, a cannabis inventory management software provider.

Tommy Chong

Famously known for his comedy albums and movies with Cheech Marin, Canadian-American comedian, actor, writer, musician, and cannabis-rights activist Tommy Chong has been cashing in on the new legal opportunities in cannabis. In 2016 he founded Chong’s Choice, a Denver, CO-based company that sells cannabis products and can be caught in many interviews or at trade conferences in the industry worldwide.

Whoopi Goldberg

Prominent Hollywood Star and co-host of The View Whoopi Goldberg created a line of cannabis products targeted at women with co-founder Maya Elizabeth, one of the leading canna-businesswomen in the field. Whoopi told Vanity Fair that she wanted to create a product for women that was discreet, provided relief, and wouldn’t leave you glued to your couch.

“Hey, this niche is half the population on the earth,” she explained. “This seems to be people flippantly blowing you off, which is what you get whenever you start talking about cramps. They weren’t thinking how do you target this? I have grown granddaughters who have severe cramps, so I said this is what I want to work on.”

The U.S. based medical cannabis company called Whoopi & Maya offers cannabis edibles, tinctures, topical rubs, and a THC-infused bath soak that they describe as “profoundly relaxing.”

Montel Williams

American TV host, radio talk show host, and actor Montel Williams founded Lenitiv back in 2016, which offers a line of medical cannabis products in the U.S. The celebrity was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999 and has used cannabis products ever since to help manage the disease’s symptoms. An outspoken advocate for medical cannabis law reform, Williams has worked to pass medical cannabis legislation in states such as New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. As a Naval Academy graduate and decorated former Naval Officer, Williams has led the push for military veterans to legally access medical cannabis without the threat of losing benefits.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson and Las Vegas-based Planet 13 recently announced that they are partnering up to launch Tyson Ranch products in Nevada. The heavyweight boxing celebrity will soon be making marketing appearances at the company’s cannabis superstore, which is known as the biggest cannabis dispensary in the world. “Iron Mike” broke ground in December on a 40-acre ranch to be located in California City, about two hours north of L.A. where it will host an area for cannabis cultivation and an edibles factory. Tyson Ranch products will be available at the Planet 13 Las Vegas store spring 2019.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart’s international recognition and cannabis influencer status has earned her an advisory role with Canopy Growth, the largest LP worldwide which operates out of Smiths Falls, Ontario. The lifestyle guru has teamed up with Canopy to help develop a “broad new line” of products for both humans and animals.

As an animal lover who has been co-hosting a cooking show well-known pot connoisseur and rapper Snoop Dogg, Martha has played a prominent public role in destigmatizing the plant. “I am looking forward to working with the Canopy Growth team,” Martha said. “I’m especially looking forward to collaborating on developing products that can help people and their treasured animal companions.” Teaming up with Snoop Dogg to co-host “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” earned her major recognition as a fearless celebrity in the cannabis space prior to making the deal with Canopy.

Gene Simmons

More than 40 years after KISS burst onto the music scene, the band’s co-founder is making his mark as “chief evangelist officer” of Invictus, which operates cannabis companies in Canada. When the BC-based business made the announcement last Spring, it said Simmons’ responsibilities would include “providing marketing counsel, serving as a spokesperson in the media, public appearances and participation in the company’s annual general meeting and investor meetings.” Dan Kriznic, Chairman and CEO of Invictus, described Simmons, whose television show “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” aired for eight seasons, as a “branding and merchandising genius.” The company uses GENE as its trading letters and Simmons holds shares in Invictus.

Trailer Park Boys

Trailer Park Boys, a popular Canadian television series formed a deal with New Brunswick-based Organigram back in 2016. The plan made with TPB Productions, which owns and manages intellectual property rights associated with the show was to “develop branding, packaging, and a competitive product portfolio targeted towards recreational marijuana consumers.” Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian mockumentary television series that focuses on the misadventures of a group of trailer park residents, some of whom are ex-convicts, living in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The television series, which has gained popularity across the country, is a continuation of a well-known film with the same title.

Bob Marley

Besides Snoop Dogg, the other most legendary cannabis celebrity is arguably the late Bob Marley. In his legacy, the company Marley Natural was created and is owned by his estate, which includes his widow Rita and his 11 children. Backed by the Seattle-based investment firm Privateer Holdings, the company has raised $200 million which will help fund the Marleys' expansion into Canada. "Bob Marley is more closely tied to the product than anyone we could think of," said Privateer Holdings CEO Brendan Kennedy. "In some places, people even say, 'Let's go smoke a Bob Marley.'" The company’s product line is currently available in California, Oregon and Washington state and includes branded cannabis, body care products, and pipes.


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  • From Janelle Simone

    Some of these I knew, but a bunch I didn't. Interesting to see how celebrities are getting involved, and in some cases why they've gotten involved in the cannabis industry.

JADEO News, Finance and The Law 3 days ago / Toronto, Ontario


How Well Do Canadians Know Cannabis?

Cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. Brianne and Shah decided to ask Torontonians just how much they know about the Canadian cannabis market.


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  • From Janelle Simone

    lol totally love this. Not at all surprised by some of the responses though

    • From Brianne Campbell

      Right! Some of the answers did surprise me, but some not so much haha

JADEO News, Finance and The Law 4 days ago / Toronto, Ontario


{VIDEO} Can I Consume Medical Cannabis During Work Hours?

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What's The Buzz? Edition 16: March 19th

Analysis Shows Ontario will not have 25 Cannabis Shops Open by April 1

It’s difficult to predict how many of the 25 privately owned cannabis stores will open on time in Ontario, but an analysis of license applications showsit’s very unlikely many will be ready. Construction, public comments and scrutiny of applicants by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario are all happening at the same time in a mad dash of the last weeks of March to prepare to open the shops.

New Retail Shops Announced in Niagara Falls and London, Ontario.

Two more cannabis retail store applications were just announced by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, bringing the total number of stores in Ontario that have been unveiled to 18. The first store is located in Niagara Falls under the “Choom Cannabis” brand, and London will potentially open the “J. London” cannabis store.

Origin House-owned Trichome enters financing agreement to new Ontario cannabis shop license holder

Trichome Financial, a subsidiary of Origin House, just announced it will be providing financing to C.G.S. Foods, one of the winners of Ontario’s cannabis retail store license lottery. Trichome entered into a two-year, $2 million financing arrangement with C.G.S., which plans to open a store in Brampton under the name Ganjika House. Toronto-based Trichome was recently provided with a $100 million to enter the debt financing business for cannabis companies. This is significant because debt financing has been relatively rare in the cannabis industry, where companies have typically relied on equity to raise funds as traditional bankers shied away from the space. Gangika House in Brampton is among the list of retail stores rushing to open their doors next month.

Aurora Cannabis shares going up after signing Billionaire Investor

Aurora Cannabis shares are spiking following news that it has appointed U.S. billionaire Nelson Peltz as a strategic adviser and given him the option to buy a stake in the company. “I believe that Canadian licensed producers, and Aurora, in particular, are well positioned to lead in the development of the international cannabis industry as regulations evolve, with a strong, globally replicable operating model,” Peltz said in a statement.

Namaste Prepares to Enter the Edibles Market with Acquisition of Choklat

Choklat is a chocolate manufacturer with existing sales through its website and a network of distributors across Canada who recently entered into a supply relationship with Sobeys and already has product in 25 stores in Alberta. Namaste Technologies has acquired a 49% stake in Choklat for C$1.5 million in cash. As part of the acquisition, Namaste will be appointed a member to the Board of Choklat.

Co-op Aims to Help Small B.C. Cannabis Producers enter the Legal Market

While there’s been a lot of attention focused on large cannabis companies in Canada, small producers, many of which are in B.C., are still trying to find a way into the legal space. One industry advocate’s idea to help smaller cannabis grower thrive centers around the design of co-operative to work together and become legitimate in the big-money world of cannabis production. Smaller companies have criticized the Canadian government’s regulated approach to legalization, stating the process was just too onerous for small, family-run businesses and spend up to hundreds of thousands of dollars to comply with regulations.

The initiative is being made by David Hurford who helped develop Canada’s cannabis policies 20 years ago. “I don’t think we can understate the crisis a lot of people are going through,” he explains. “There are people in dire straights out there. People being forced to make very difficult choices, and the government has not created a pathway for them to become legal.”

FDA Chief Resignation leaves CBD in Question

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, told Congress last week that CBD can’t be added to consumer products after announcing that he is resigning and leaving office in April. In February, Gottlieb told the House Appropriations Committee that the FDA would hold a public meeting about CBD in April. An exact date for that meeting was not announced, so Gottlieb’s apparent resignation leave hemp and CBD entrepreneurs in the dark about when a review might take place.

The search for ‘Miss Marijuana’ is on in Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona is holding the very first “Miss Marijuana” beauty pageant to crown “the type of girl all the guys want, and all the girls want to be friends with.” The pageant’s website states that contestants must be between the ages of 18 and 30, single and a “natural born” woman. The contest is open to both U.S. and Canadian residents, and those who advance past the online voting stage will move to the finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Contestants are not required to use marijuana but should support legalization, the pageant’s website says. The contest however has been facing a lot of scrutiny from individuals within the cannabis industry, being described archaic and sexist.

Tilray Announces Successful Medical Cannabis Harvest in Portugal

Tilray has recently completed a successful harvest of medical cannabis at its Portugal facilities. Tilray has invested approximately €20 million in the facility, which totals nearly 250,000 sq. ft. with additional room to expand. Tilray’s Portugal facilities also serves as a hub supporting Tilray’s clinical research and product development efforts across Europe.

Supreme Cannabis Seeking License to Produce Cannabis Oil in Malta

Supreme Cannabis signed a letter of intent last week to acquire a cannabis production license in Malta. The letter is a first in a series of regulatory hurdles to overcome before receiving licensing and acquiring greenhouse space. If approval from the Malta government is eventually granted, Supreme will begin cultivating cannabis for extracting oil certified under EU-GMP regulations. That oil would then be delivered to multiple EU markets for medical purposes through Malta.

Peru Announces MMJ Deregulation Guidelines

The Peruvian government announced regulations for legal medicinal cultivation and use last week – more than a year after Peru legalized medical marijuana. The initial legislation is short, appointing regulators within the government, establishing a license-based system to engage in cultivation and research, and defining what is considered medical use.

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What's The Buzz? Edition 15: March 12th

Status Update on Ontario Retail Cannabis Stores

To date, only 3 of the 25 retailers have received their retail store authorization or their retail operator license from the province. The first three stores to receive the licenses are in St.Catharines, Brampton, and Toronto. JADEO will continue to include updates for readers as the countdown to April 1st ticks on and we eagerly await the news of when a retail shop may be opening near you.

Illegal Edibles Seized in Toronto

A major edibles bust happened in Toronto last week when police seized $1.7 million of edibles that look like candy. With roughly 80% of the cannabis sales in Canada still coming from black market products, we are bound to hear of more seizures of this size. Const. Andy Pattenden said in a telephone interview with CTVNews.ca that “the number one reason police are issuing this warning is these products are still illegal and number two is this is the first time we’re seeing products that appear to look so much like candy so of course children will be drawn to them,”

A York Regional Police spokesperson claimed that “this is the first time we’re seeing products that appear to look so much like candy.” With new edibles packaging regulations soon to come into place, black market products that don’t conform to the new rules will only stand out that much more.

Cannabis Promotional Sponsorship by Canopy and Halo Faces Scrutiny

LP giant Canopy Growth Corp. and extraction company Halo are facing investigation by Health Canada after the latter believes their sponsorship of a charity event for children may have violated sections of the Cannabis Act. Section 21 of the Act states that “It is prohibited to display, refer to or otherwise use any of the following, directly or indirectly in a promotion that is used in the sponsorship of a person, entity, event, activity or facility: a brand element of cannabis, of a cannabis accessory or of a service related to cannabis; the name of a person that produces, sells or distributes cannabis; sells or distributes a cannabis accessory” or “provides a service related to cannabis.” The companies are both still in review for this potential violation of the Cannabis Act.

Fire & Flower Announces Digital Marketing Partnership with Lift & Co

Cannabis retailer Fire & Flower and Toronto marijuana media company Lift & Co. announced an agreement to partner on digital marketing services. The firms said that Lift will feature Fire & Flower as a premium retailer on its platform in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, while Lift members will be eligible for exclusive promotions and an opportunity to earn points for contributing reviews of the retailer. The partnership takes effect on April 1.

48North Announces Licensing Agreement with Arbor Pacific

48North Cannabis has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with U.S.-based Arbor Pacific to brings its premium brand Avitas to Canadian consumers. Avitas, available in 500 stores in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, is one of the best-selling single strain vaporizer cartridges in the United States. This licensing agreement completes 48North’s vaporizer strategy, according to the company.

Whole Foods to get in on the Green Rush?

Cannabis sales have been climbing steadily in legal states across the U.S., attracting the interest of Whole Foods founder Steve Mackey, who says that once Texas legalizes weed, grocery stores will sell products too. Currently, cannabis dispensaries in the US outsell grocery giant Whole Foods with sales reaching $974/ square foot, while Whole Foods sales are at $930/square foot. The idea that Whole Food could eventually start selling cannabis products could put them at part or exceed their dispensary competitors, making the prospect somewhat painful for the cannabis industry as a whole. The grocery chain, which is owned by Amazon, could easily swoop in and provide customers with more trust and convenience than traditional dispensaries.

“If cannabis is ever passed in Texas, chances are good that grocery stores will be selling that too,” Mackey recently told a crowd during a Texas Tribune event. “You just never know what happens over time with markets. They change and evolve.” Whole Foods hired a trend-spotter following its 2017 acquisition by Amazon, who predicted that hemp and other products of the “cannabis biz” would be a region with large growth potential for the grocery chain. That prediction is looking more and more accurate as the FDA takes action toward creating a regulatory framework for hemp-based products including CBD oils, foods, nutraceuticals, tinctures and more.

Facebook Inconsistent about Enforcement of Cannabis Ads

Facebook has continued its spree of uneven treatment of cannabis organizations, even for those who are technically compliant with its policies regarding cannabis ads. Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM), a Canadian non-profit campaigning for the elimination of taxes on medical cannabis, had its Facebook account shut down while trying to reach potential voters on social media. Facebook does not allow marketing for anything that promotes the sale or use of cannabis. Under those guidelines, however, ads for a specific issue such as tax law changes should be allowed. Facebook told Global News that the ad account was disabled in error and will be reinstated. Earlier this year, Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM) was ramping up well know “Don’t Tax Medicine;” a campaign to eliminate taxes on medical cannabis, which included robust social media. See https://donttaxmedicine.ca/

Hawaii Introduces ‘Visiting Patient” Cannabis Program

The Hawaii Department of Health has announced a new program where visiting patients can use their out-of-state medical cannabis cards to access medical cannabis while in Hawaii.

The city of Los Angeles turning off the lights of Illegal Cannabis Shops

A Los Angeles City Council committee advanced a proposed ordinance to shut off water and power at unlicensed marijuana ships, another attempt to crack down on LA’s still-thriving illicit cannabis market. If the measure becomes law, the new ordinance would empower the city’s Department of Water and Power to disconnect both electricity and water utilities at locations that have been identified as unlicensed MJ shops by both the LA Department of Cannabis Regulation and either the police department or another city agency.

The Wait Lengthens for Legal Rec in New York State

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will likely take longer than expected to iron out the details of recreational marijuana legalization. He says hopes are fading for legalization to be included in the state budget due on April 1, but he is hoping for movement on the issue in June before lawmakers adjourn. If not, New Yorkers would have to wait to legally smoke pot until at least next year.

The First Medical Cannabis Clinic Opened in the UK

Britain’s first medical cannabis clinic opened in Manchester this week despite only just four patients have successfully obtained cannabis-based treatments since their use was legalized in the country late last year. The private clinic in Manchester will deal with patients suffering from chronic pain conditions, neurological conditions such as epilepsy, and psychiatric problems including depression and anxiety.

Aurora Cannabis extends its reach in Germany

Aurora is adding to its products on offer in Germany, announcing it will begin selling cannabis oil drops in the country’s pharmacies. The Edmonton-based cannabis producer first started supplying the German market with dried flowers through its Aurora Deutschland unit in 2015 and added to that product lineup with Canadian-grown marijuana in 2017. Aurora says it helps to give it an early-mover advantage in Germany, as many producers have been eyeing Europe for growth.

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  • From Janelle Simone

    The ordinance to turn off utilities on known illegal dispensaries in Los Angeles is a great idea. If landlords won't aid the police. This another great way to make running an illegal business hard for them.

JADEO News, Finance and The Law 2 weeks ago / Toronto, Ontario


{VIDEO} What Makes Starseed Unique?

We asked Jason Alexander, Chief Legal Officer, Starseed Medicinal Inc, on what makes Starseed so unique in the cannabis industry.

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  • From 22

    Thank you for the insight and info...

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What's The Buzz? Edition 14: Mar 5th

Martha Stewart teams up with Canopy Growth

That’s right, Martha Stewart’s international recognition and cannabis influencer status has earned her an advisory role with Canopy Growth, the largest LP worldwide which operates out of Smiths Falls, Ontario. The Financial Post reported on how the lifestyle guru has teamed up with Canopy to help develop a “broad new line” of products for both humans and animals.

As an animal lover who has been co-hosting a cooking show well-known pot connoisseur and rapper Snoop Dogg, Martha has played a prominent public role in destigmatizing the plant. “I am looking forward to working with the Canopy Growth team,” Martha said. “I’m especially looking forward to collaborating on developing products that can help people and their treasured animal companions.” Canopy Chief Executive Officer Bruce Linton explained that adding that hemp is also an easily digestible protein that can be added to pet food: “It’s really about duration and quality of life for animals that respond well to CBD.”

Former Dispensary Operator is suing AGCO over “unlawful” retail lottery

A former cannabis dispensary operator who owns a coffee shop called Coffee & Cannabis in downtown Toronto is suing the Ontario government for $1.1 million in damages that he claims he incurred because of the Ford government's abrupt December decision to cap the initial number of cannabis retail licenses at 25.

A statement of claim filed by Cannabis & Coffee against the AGCO and the Attorney General's Office, states the coffee shop had been "structuring its operating and incurring expenses" for the past year in anticipation of obtaining a retail license that would enable the owner to turn his coffee shop into a cannabis store. Those expenses include the cost of purchasing the business, legal fees, rent, and salaries of employees over the past year. As part of the lawsuit, Cannabis & Coffee is also seeking for the province to grant it a cannabis retail license.

No cost pardons may be made available to Canadians with Cannabis-related records

Canadian public safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced his plans to introduce legislation that would expedite the processing of no-cost pardons for people with minor cannabis-related criminal records. More than half a million Canadians have criminal records for being caught with cannabis on their person. It currently costs $631 and a waiting period of up to 5 years to have these types of criminal charges dropped.

Quebec Government Unwavering on Legal Cannabis Consumption age

The government has no intention of backing down on its decision to increase the legal age to consume cannabis from 18 to 21, says Quebec Premier François Legault. “On age 21, we are inflexible,” Legault told reporters upon arriving for daily question period last week. “It’s proven that it’s dangerous for developing children to consume cannabis, so I want to send a clear signal.” he said. “We want to create a good framework. My objective is clear: I don’t want children in public spaces to be exposed to cannabis smoke.”

Bill Reintroduced to Remove Cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act

New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker reintroduced legislation that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, effectively meaning state-legal cannabis businesses would not have to fear federal interference and could gain normal access to banking services.

New Hampshire and Florida push to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Last week two U.S. states moved closer to legalizing recreational cannabis in their respective jurisdictions. New Hampshire’s state House voted in favour on of a bill that would legalize the sale and possession of up to one ounce of recreational cannabis. Meanwhile, Florida’s House filed a bill to legalize recreational cannabis as well as provide guidelines on how to license the sale and production of legal cannabis.

Biggest Dispensary in the World Announces Expansion Plan

Las Vegas’ Planet 13 is the biggest cannabis dispensary in the world, and it's about to get bigger. The company announced it has begun construction on its Phase II expansion, which includes a coffee shop and bistro/pizzeria on its complex. Planet 13 said its cannabis superstore served an average of 1,712 customers per day in the first 26 days of February with customers spending approximately U$90 each - that's approximately US$4 million in revenue for the first 26 days of February. Making more headlines as the biggest dispensary in the world would only help them increase foot traffic, which they reported was up 10.3% in February compared to the prior month, the company said.

David Crosby Willing to Endorse Cannabis Company for $5 Million U.S.

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and avid cannabis user David Crosby of CSNY is offering his endorsement for pot products for US$5 million. Crosby said that cannabis brands can use his name and popularity among baby boomers to further advance cannabis use in this demographic.

Peru Approved Regulations for Medical Cannabis

Peru has approved regulations governing the use of medical marijuana. The regulations cover the guidelines and procedures for research, farming and production limits, importation, and the marketing and sale of medicinal cannabis and its by-products. It also outlines the procedures for medical prescriptions including a registry of patients.

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Can you get around Facebook’s cannabis policies?

Written by: Brianne Campbell


Facebook has released a statement saying that while it allows “marijuana advocacy content,” posts promoting the sale of cannabis are not allowed. All dispensaries, legal or otherwise, are prohibited from providing phone numbers and street addresses, “regardless of state or country.” While violating Facebook’s policies may not be a violation of the law, Facebook can remove ads or cancel your Facebook and Instagram accounts entirely for such conduct.

Recently, CBS turned down a Super Bowl ad for medical cannabis. Google still prohibits most weed ads. Many payment gateways don’t want to work with cannabis, much like the big banks in the United States shy away from financing cannabis startups.

Despite these obstacles, cannabis industry analysts Arcview Market Research, in partnership with BDS Analytics expect a 28% annual market growth rate by 2021! With Canada’s recent legalization and a growing number of US states legalizing weed for recreational and medical purposes, the entire legal cannabis market in North America is expected to reach $24.5 billion in sales by 2021.

So what is a cannabis brand to do?

Make sure your Facebook content is ‘G-rated’

Facebook is open to users who are age 14 and up. Unfortunately, you can’t control who can see your profile without sending a request to Facebook to place an age gate your account, which many fear flags your account for deletion altogether. Follow Facebook’s policy - don’t promote cannabis consumption and don’t list your contact info. Unfortunately, this also means users will have a very difficult time figuring out what your brand offers.

Create backup accounts

The majority of the Facebook and Instagram account shutdowns happen as a result of bots tracking down your profile after it has been reported. When one account gets shut down, use another one with a similar name that you have already created.

Create safe (and ambiguous) content for Facebook and Instagram

But create your main content on a cannabis-friendly social media site, like JADEO.co, instead. This will allow you to reach cannabis consumers specifically in a safe environment, where it won’t be removed.

Prefer to have peace of mind?

Skip the hassle of having Facebook cancel your account and become a thought leader on JADEO. JADEO.co is the number one alternative to Facebook for cannabis brands. You’ll be able to reach cannabis consumers, post photos, write articles, and share news stories, all while building a following in a cannabis-positive space

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Not-so-Great Things about Canadian Cannabis Legalization in 2018

Not-so-Great Things about Canadian Cannabis Legalization in 2018

  1. Packaging – there is too much of it, and it’s not even recyclable. Health Canada and the Licensed Producers both need to be the same page about trying to improve the environmental sustainability of Cannabis in Canada. As we discuss regulations surrounding edibles, extracts, and topicals (I’ll have a post up soon), we also need to consider this important topic.
  2. Availability – supply shortages have varied by province, but have been a constant point of complaint. I understand why, as someone who walked into a Montreal government cannabis store (SQDC) to find only three products (one indica oil, two high-CBD strains). After leaving Quebec, I went to Ontario, where there were no retail stores (and won’t be any until April 1st, 2019). I could have ordered online, but I had concerns with the delivery time-frame and the realities of getting a delivery to a hotel.
  3. Government red-tape – the speed at which the different provinces made decisions and moved on legislation has presented an interesting case study for comparison. I think we should all use this opportunity to see how well our municipal and provincial governments perform, and how well they meet your needs. Keep all of this in mind as all levels of government elections occur moving forward.
  4. After it’s sold – The federal government has been concerned with the seed-to-sale of cannabis, along with promotion and marketing. All-in-all, they’ve done a pretty good job creating a system with regulated and safe products. What they haven’t done, is consider the realities of consumer experiences, and the need for legislation and infrastructure that meets the needs of cannabis consumers.
  5. Education and Mental Health – while I feel that progress has been made, and so many more conversations are being had all over Canada, there is a huge knowledge gap out there right now. We are being told not to get high if we’re pregnant or driving. We are being told Cannabis is harmful to youth. What I am not seeing discussed, are things like how do you deal with paranoia while high, or what benefits there could be for your sleep quality. Whether a substance has a positive or negative effect on our lives is primarily based on how we utilize it and in what quantity and frequency.


Article was originally posted on my blog here: http://informedhigh.com/2019/01/08/new-year-of-cannabis-2018-2019/

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  • From Burge

    Points 1, 2 and 5 resonate with many discussions I have had with family and friends. There is a whole lot of learning still to be done.

    • From InformedHigh

      Happy to hear that, glad to hear you’re hearing the same issues (3 is more for industry, and 4 is the topic I hope you’ll be hearing discussed much more in the near-future. I completely agree that there is so much learning to be done, there’s a big knowledge gap in society

  • From Janelle Simone

    Thanks for sharing. All your points are extremely valid. The issue with packaging really resonates with me. So much waste! The supply issue was a really big one for me, in the beginning having to wait for 6wks to get my first order from the OCS, and now I'm wishing we would have more retail options so purchasing wouldn't be such a hassle. If you check the sleep group there are a few articles there. I agree I'd love to see more about mental health. Look forward to seeing more of your posts!

    • From InformedHigh

      Thanks for your commments, the packaging issue seemed to really resonate with a lot of people. I can’t imagine waiting that long! My first BCCS order took about 3 days to arrive. I’ll be sure to discuss mental health often moving forward!

JADEO News, Finance and The Law 2 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


Canadian Millennials Are The Primary Drivers Of The Newly Legalized Cannabis Economy

Data from Kantar Consulting's new Canada MONITOR study finds cannabis consumption driven primarily by Millennials

TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2019 /CNW/ - Just 13% of all Canadians report using cannabis frequently or occasionally, but almost half of them are Millennials.

Canadian Millennials, defined as people between 22 and 39 years old, are the primary drivers of the newly legalized cannabis economy. And according to new data from Canada MONITOR, a study of Canadian consumer attitudes and trends, Millennial cannabis users represent a dynamic, digitally-fluent consumer group.

"Millennial cannabis consumers are far more tech-forward than Millennials who don't partake," says Casey Ferrell, VP and Head of U.S. and Canada MONITOR products at Kantar Consulting. "They are more likely to use smart watches, smart speakers, and mobile wallets. And they're more involved in digital media like social networks and online streaming services."

While understanding the digital ecosphere of Millennials is important to Canadian marketers, it is even more critical for a tech-savvy group like cannabis-using Millennials.

"These consumers enjoy online shopping more than non-cannabis-using Millennials," adds Ferrell. "They're comfortable engaging with brands on social media and posting online reviews, and more of them are Amazon Prime members."

Despite lagging behind their non-using peers economically – they have less education and their median household income is around $15,000 CAD lower – Millennial cannabis users are leaders within their social groups in other ways: More than eight in 10 say they are usually one of the first people in their group of friends to accept new ideas or try new things.

They are also more status-oriented: The study found that 49% of Millennial cannabis consumers like to buy brands that show others they are successful, compared to 40% of Millennial non-consumers.

Additionally, Millennial cannabis consumers lead the way in interest in food and nutrition. Keeping up with the latest food trends is something 55% of them do, compared to 47% of Millennials who don't use cannabis. However, overall wellness can be a challenge with this group – they're twice as likely to have a disability of some kind, and less likely to say they're managing their stress effectively.

"Although cannabis users are often portrayed negatively, the reality is much more complex and interesting," says Scott Megginson, President of Kantar Canada. "Many millennial cannabis users are adventurous consumers whose curiosity and embrace of technology often makes them influencers within their social circles. It is worthwhile for marketers to look beyond the stereotypes and make an effort to further understand this group."

About Canada MONITORCanada MONITOR is a consumer insights and trends subscription service from Kantar Consulting. It is based on data from a nationally representative annual survey of 5,000 Canadians.

About KantarKantar is one of the world's leading data, insight, and consultancy companies. Working together across the whole spectrum of research and consulting disciplines, its specialist brands, including Kantar Millward Brown and Kantar TNS, provide inspirational insights and business strategies for clients in 100 countries, including Canada.



SOURCE Kantar Canada Inc.

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  • From Brianne Campbell

    Very interesting to see the stats for both cannabis consumers and non-consuming peers side-by-side!

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JADEO News, Finance and The Law 2 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Criminal Code and Beyond: Some Not-So-Obvious Legal Considerations for Recreational Cannabis Users

Impact on Automotive Accident Benefits

By: Samantha L. Posluns, Associate Lawyer, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP

On October 17, 2018, Canada’s federal Cannabis Act came into force, legalizing the recreational use of cannabis throughout the country. While many consider this a legal triumph, it is important to understand that legalization is not equivalent to an unlimited right.

While the use and possession of cannabis in general is not criminally sanctioned, each province has enacted rules and regulations that place strict parameters on the circumstances surrounding recreational use. This series of articles will examine how the province of Ontario has sought to regulate recreational cannabis use and will highlight the impact of new legislation on the legal rights of individuals, particularly in the realm of motor vehicle usage.

One of the most crucial aspects of a lawsuit arising from a motor vehicle accident is the ability of an injured party to access accident benefits through their insurance provider. It is important for recreational cannabis users to understand that these benefits may be limited to them as the result of new legislation under the federal Criminal Code and regulatory provincial legislation such as the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. The majority of these laws center on the detection and prosecution of individuals for impaired driving due to cannabis use.

In Ontario, automobile insurance is mandatory. As such, the provincial government has mandated standard policy terms that each insurance plan must include. This standard mandatory policy is known as the Ontario Automobile Policy (“OAP 1”). The OAP 1 strictly denies an insured person’s entitlement to income replacement benefits, non-earner benefits and other expenses if that person has been convicted of a criminal offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle. Additionally, if an injured individual brings a claim against a driver who was found to be impaired at the time of the accident, that driver’s insurer may limit policy coverage on the basis that the impaired driver was in breach of their policy conditions. Currently, there is no formal section in the OAP 1 that mentions cannabis use, however, it is clearly stated that insurers will not pay for any loss or damage sustained while an insured was under the influence of an “intoxicating substance”.

For someone that has been critically injured in a motor vehicle accident, accident benefits are imperative for funding care and rehabilitation. Access to benefits often determines future quality of life for the individual and their family. Given this, it is important for all recreational cannabis users to understand the significance of these new laws and regulations and to employ their best judgment before getting behind the wheel.

When legislation such as the OAP 1 is read in tandem with the new impaired driving provisions of the Criminal Code and the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, it is clear that authorities consider high driving to be a serious offense. In our next article, this legislation will be examined in depth, as well as how cannabis intoxication will be monitored by authorities on the roads.

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Not going to lie...this got my eyes WIDE OPEN! Never took time to even consider some of these aspects of my insurance policy as it relates the cannabis. Thanks for the clarity!

  • From InformedHigh

    Thanks for discussing this important topic! Excited to read more. One small piece of constructive feedback...recreational cannabis user carries some negative stigma, I much prefer using the accurate phrase, recreational cannabis consumer

  • From TheHotCase

    Very insightful article, I prefer to stop searches at the source by eliminating any lingering smells from my car... My cases provide a smellproof solution for carrying cannabis which I hope can help protect those who choose to consume it, to do so responsibly.

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