Canada’s Marijuana Legalization Law Takes Effect on Wednesday

 Marijuana possession and use will officially become legal for those 18+ in Canada on Wednesday, with regulated adult sales set to begin in several provinces around the country.

Canada’s parliament approved Bill C-45, known as the Cannabis Act, in June. It creates an overarching national regulatory framework and enables each province to establish its own system of licensing and regulating marijuana businesses. Adults will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana, and all products will be sold in plain packaging with clearly marked labels.

Canada is just the second country and the first G7 nation to legalize marijuana for adults at the national level. The first was Uruguay, where legislation was signed into law in December 2013 and a limited number of pharmacies began selling marijuana to adults in July 2017. Nine U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and one U.S. territory, the Northern Mariana Islands, have enacted laws making marijuana legal for adults 21 and older. Eight of those states and the Northern Marianas have also established systems for regulating commercial cultivation and sales.

“Canada is setting a strong example for how to end marijuana prohibition at the national level and replace it with

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Walmart Might Sell Cannabis Products in Canada

Walmart Inc.’s Canadian arm has been investigating the possibility of selling cannabis-based products but doesn’t intend to get into the much-hyped business yet.

“As we would for any new industry, Walmart Canada has done some preliminary fact-finding on this issue, but we do not have plans to carry CBD products at this time,” spokeswoman Diane Medeiros said in an email, referring to cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants.

Interest in CBD has been booming as Canada prepares to legalize recreational marijuana next week and several large alcohol and consumer products companies have indicated they’re studying CBD’s commercial possibilities.

– Read the entire article at Fortune.

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All the Places in Canada You Can Get Legal Cannabis on Weed Day

A province-by-province breakdown of government-approved stores opening on October 17. You’re welcome.

Cannabis is going to be legalized in across Canada next Wednesday, October 17, but that doesn’t mean everyone is going to be able to buy and consume legal weed then.

Not being able to get hands on the legal stuff will be the situation a lot of Canadians find themselves in come legalization day. To be blunt (hehe) about it, the provincial government’s rollouts on legal weed aren’t fair nor equal. Yes, all the provinces will be offering an online service to ship weed to their residents but none are advertising same-day delivery. This means that, sadly, on national Weed Is Legal Day there are going to be some who won’t be able to get nice and baked off legal kush and will be forced to get weed the same way we’ve always purchased weed.

– Read the entire article at Vice News.

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Take a Look Inside This P.E.I. Cannabis Company as It Prepares for Legalization

FIGR will provide cannabis products to P.E.I. and Nova Scotia.

With a week until recreational cannabis becomes legal on Oct. 17, one P.E.I. supplier is scrambling to get its products ready for stores.

The products are being packaged and readied for shipping to stores to be available for customers waiting to make purchases legally.

Canada’s Island Garden has been growing and selling medicinal marijuana to Canadians for two years. The company now has a new recreational division and brand called FIGR. They have agreements with P.E.I. and Nova Scotia to sell their products in those provinces.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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Officials Say It’s Up to Federal Workplaces to Decide if Their Cannabis Rules Need Updating

Employers argue they need clarity on workplace drug-testing rules due to conflicting court decisions on whether random drug-testing regimes are constitutional.

With recreational cannabis one week away from becoming legal, federal officials say it’s up to each workplace to decide if their rules around employee cannabis use need updating.

The government did not change federal labour code requirements or stipulate any workplace drug-testing rules when it passed cannabis legislation last June. Instead, it has general guidelines available. The result is a range of rules around cannabis use when it comes to federally-regulated workplaces, which employ eight per cent of Canadian workers. Other workplaces will have to consult provincial guidelines and rules.

– Read the entire article at National Post.

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Ontario Human Rights Commission Clarifies Laws on Working While Stoned

In the final days before Canada legalizes cannabis, various groups and organizations are working hard to hammer out last minute policies, guidelines, and rules. Most recently, this includes the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC).

Yesterday, the group released an updated policy. The document clarifies key points about when, where, and how people can or cannot consume legal cannabis. In particular, the new policy focuses on cannabis in the context of workplace and housing rules.

OHRC’s New Policy Guidance

The new policies attempt to more clearly delineate the extent to which legal cannabis consumption is a human right. As such, the OHRC’s directions focus a lot on questions related to medical marijuana, chronic health conditions, disability, and addiction.

Here are some of the key guidelines to come from the OHRC. These guidelines aim to establish precedent for cannabis rules in Ontario:

Employers must do whatever they can to accommodate medical marijuana consumption for employees who have an ongoing health condition or disability. The OHRC said that people with disabilities or those who rely on medical marijuana cannot be discriminated against in employment, housing, or service delivery. Employers do not need to let people smoke, vape, or eat weed inside their facilities.

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Congressman Says Trump Plans to Back State Marijuana Laws, Unveil Federal Reforms, Following Midterms

Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) says that the Trump Administration has made a “solid commitment” to fix federal marijuana laws in order to respect states’ rights after next month’s election.

In an interview with Fox Business on Thursday, Rohrabacher said that he had been talking with people inside the White House about ending marijuana prohibition, and says he’s been “reassured that the president intends on keeping his campaign promise” to protect state marijuana laws from federal interference.

“I would expect after the election we will sit down and we’ll start hammering out something that is specific and real,” he said. “It could be as early as spring of 2019, but definitely in the next legislative session”.

Rohrabacher says that Trump has made a “solid commitment” to do so.

In April President Trump pledged that the federal government won’t interfere with state laws that legalize marijuana, and said he’ll support legislative efforts to cement this.

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Oct. 17: You’re invited to a special event for Michigan’s YES on 1 campaign!

Oct. 17: You’re invited to a special event for Michigan’s YES on 1 campaign!

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Proposal 1, the Michigan legalization ballot initiative, is up in the polls, but it’s still too close for comfort. The opposition campaign is just a couple of big checks away from being able to launch a large misinformation campaign.

We’re in the final weeks of the election, and we need to make sure the Yes on 1 campaign has the resources it needs to educate voters about the benefits of legalizing marijuana. Next week, I hope you’ll join me in Ann Arbor for a special evening to support this important campaign.

RSVP via phone (517-974-2265) or email (robin@regulatemi.org). If you can’t attend, please consider making a contribution directly to the campaign here. And please share the word with other supporters. Let’s win this!

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Canada’s Legal Cannabis May Pose Challenges for Police Dogs

Legal cannabis in Canada may mean big changes for the country’s police canine units, according to a report from the CBC. Officer Jeff Rotinsky, a canine handler with the Winnipeg Police Service in the province of Manitoba, told local media that his police dog Mya will see less work once legalization goes into effect next week.

“What happens is, come Oct. 17, if I deploy my dog, she’s trained on the agenda of marijuana,” Rotinsky said. “It’s now a legal substance, that would now classify as an illegal search if she hit on that.”

Rotinsky said that Mya, a nine-year-old Belgian Malinois, has been trained to alert officers to many substances that are presently illegal.

“Those [substances] include methamphetamine, heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine,” Rotinsky said. “She’s marijuana trained with hash, hash oil, psilocybin—which is magic mushrooms—and she’s also trained on ecstasy as well, and imprinted on fentanyl.”

But Mya hasn’t been trained to indicate which substance she has found.

“She can’t lift one paw and say this is marijuana, lift the other paw and say this is cocaine,” Rotinsky said.

Mya isn’t being retired just yet, though. She can be used in cases when police are executing a search warrant and expect to

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The World’s Biggest Wine Buyer Dips into Cannabis in Canada

The world’s biggest buyer of wine is the government of Ontario, and with the legalization of cannabis just one week away, they may become the largest wholesale buyer of the herb as well.  Especially since recreational consumption is expected to be over twice the amount of GW Pharmaceuticals’ current global export for medical cannabis.

Licensed producers across Canada are scrambling to keep up with the predicted demand for cannabis from not only Ontario, but nine other provinces with varying unpredictable degrees of demand.  In Ontario, you’ll only be able to purchase cannabis from a government-run website, while other provinces will enjoy traditional storefront dispensaries. That means that your only legal plug in Canada’s most populated province is the brother of Toronto’s former mayor Rob Ford (RIP) who is best known outside the country for a 2013 viral video in which he can be seen smoking crack. Doug Ford, on the other hand, now the premier of Ontario, is  a former mid-level hash dealer.

While the Ford family is well-known internationally for their escapades with drugs and alcohol, they’re now the only legal source from which you can score pot and booze if you live in Ontario. All liquor and cannabis

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