Preparation for this weekend’s inaugural National Cannabis Conference in Victoria are going pretty much like any other convention, according to Bradley Sawyer. “It’s going to be a busy week here, we’re just trying to get the last few things tidied up and making sure everything’s ready to go for Friday,” says Sawyer, a Victoria resident and founder of this event, which gets underway not accidentally on April 20 – 4/20 to those in the know about all things marijuana.
For Adam Dodek, it was high time the University of Ottawa offered classes on cannabis law. Starting next year, the school's law faculty will offer up two courses in the emerging field — making the U of O the first Canadian university to do so. Dodek, the school's dean, said the forthcoming legalization of marijuana will have far-reaching consequences, and future lawyers need to be prepared.
What a difference three months can make. In the beginning of 2018, the red-hot Canadian cannabis market had just about peaked after erupting in the late summer of 2017. The Bitcoin and cryptocurrency craze had dissipated somewhat, as Bitcoin had fallen from all-time highs, but media attention for cryptocurrencies was greater than ever before. These factors drew in many retail investors.
Toronto-area medical marijuana giant MedReleaf Corp. is snapping up an Exeter-area greenhouse in a multimillion-dollar deal and all goes as planned, the Markham-based marijuana grower will harvest its first crop in Exeter by early next year.
In the northern B.C. district municipality of Fort St. James, a council meeting over a proposal to ban marijuana sales left some people feeling burned. The Wednesday meeting was disrupted after 89 people showed up to voice their opposition to the ban and were kicked out after shouting at councillors.
In the rush to marijuana legalization, cities across the country are harnessing their limited powers to delay the opening of retail pot stores, dictate where they can operate or ban them outright—at least temporarily.
U.S. President Donald Trump endorsed letting states decide how to regulate marijuana, in a major boost for the legal pot industry, Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner said. Pot stocks Friday surged on the news.
Once recreational cannabis is legal, Statistics Canada wants to track the consumption of the drug more closely than it has in the past. That's why, as reported by NPR, the agency has begun drug screenings in six different Canadian cities by taking a closer look at what we're flushing down the toilet.