Most Canadians say they probably won't try cannabis and if they already use it won't use more when the mood-altering drug is legalized, according to a survey published Thursday. Canada is set to become the first G7 nation to legalize the recreational use of cannabis on October 17.
TORONTO – It’s an age-old pairing that’s sparked a subgenre of films, shows and standup acts: cannabis and comedy. “You just have to watch a Cheech and Chong movie to know that cannabis makes you susceptible to laughter,” says Mark Breslin, founder of Yuk Yuk’s comedy clubs in Canada.
EDMONTON—The real green is in cannabis cultivation, according to a new survey. Cannabis At Work released its second annual survey on salaries in Canada’s marijuana industry last week, and found pay scales for cultivation jobs are rising faster than other posts in the pot sector.
Friday marks 4/20, the unofficial holiday for marijuana, the last celebration before recreational pot is set to become legal in Canada. A cloud of smoke will rise above Canadian cities at precisely 4:20 p.m., in what traditionally has been a celebration of pot use and a call for the legalization of cannabis.
At the age of 11, Emma Boniface watched her mother lose herself in the grasp of an opioid addiction. Diagnosed with a debilitating spinal condition in 2013, Genevieve Gendron was prescribed fentanyl and oxycodone to deal with the chronic pain, and soon began to experience the side effects of opioid use.
Canada's first National Cannabis Conference is underway today and tomorrow at Crystal Garden. An estimated 400 people are expected to attend the two day event, which features a series of workshops, general information about legislation updates, and rules and regulations.
The president of the Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick says most municipalities are probably not prepared for the legalization of pot. But the group, in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, has released a Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization to help. The digital booklet describes the "tremendous scope of work ahead for municipalities and offers some direction and options on how to implement that work," said Bev Gaston, who is also the mayor of Doaktown.
Halifax police say they're looking into a contest by a chain of East Coast smoke shops that promises four winners "free weed for a year." Mary Janes, which has a store in St. John's, N.L., and three stores in Nova Scotia, is promoting the contest on social media and say the draw will be made the day marijuana becomes legal in Canada.
Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it is acquiring about 29 hectares of land in Medicine Hat, Alta., to build a new high-tech cannabis facility. The company says a memorandum of understanding with the city includes a prospective 10-year, 42 megawatt energy supply agreement.
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.