Retailers Left in a Haze as New Cannabis Promotion Rules Announced

A hazy rollout of new rules surrounding the promotion of cannabis products has left some Edmonton-area retailers feeling perplexed.

Starting on Oct. 17, any public advertisement for cannabis products or retailers can legally have a surface area no larger than 300 square centimetres — though it remains unclear what exactly this restriction applies to.

For reference, the surface area of a standard piece of printer paper is just over 600 sq. cm.

The new regulations were finalized by Health Canada in June. On Monday, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC) sent a bulletin to retailers in the province to inform them of the new rules.

– Read the entire article at Edmonton Journal.

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Lawmakers In New Jersey And Massachusetts Address Dangers Of Vaping

The worsening outbreak of vape-linked illnesses and deaths has spurred lawmakers across the U.S. to take action, with officials in New Jersey and Massachusetts the latest to propose bans and other measures to curb vaping. In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders are looking at a phased-in ban on selling vape products and directing health department officials to form a task force dedicated to studying risks associated with vaping and making policy recommendations.

In Massachusetts, the state Cannabis Control Commission has voted to roll out new labeling regulations requiring manufacturers to list inactive ingredients and additives on cannabis product labels. New Jersey’s and Massachusetts’ steps to address the dangers of vaping come as the FDA readies a possible nationwide ban on flavored e-cigarette products.

Massachusetts’ Cannabis Control Commission Revises Labeling Requirements

On September 12, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission voted unanimously to implement new rules requiring cannabis product manufacturers to list all of the ingredients in cannabis cartridges. Previously, labels only had to indicate the active cannabinoid content of the cartridge and its percentage of THC. Now, product labels must also list additives, thickening agents, and the specific terpenes included in the cartridge.

The additives in vape cartridges

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California’s Illegal Cannabis Industry Three Times Bigger Than Regulated Market

It has been nearly three years since California voters overwhelmingly approved a measure legalizing recreational marijuana use, opening the door for boutique pot shops and cannabis bakeries. But a report this week found that the state’s illicit market is still plenty active in its own right.

In fact, according to a report released Wednesday by the United Cannabis Business Association that was reported on by the Los Angeles Times, California’s marijuana illicit market is three times larger than the regulated industry established by the 2016 referendum. The audit found that there remains about 2,835 unlicensed dispensaries and delivery services throughout the state, compared with only 873 licensed marijuana dealers. 

The figures were highlighted as part of an effort by the United Cannabis Business Association, which represents licensed pot dealers in California, to crack down on Weedmaps, an app that allows users to locate dispensaries near them. 

The group contends that Weedmaps is still rife with listings for illicit marijuana dispensaries, despite the company’s pledge to remove them from the app. 

In a letter Wednesday to California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), United Cannabis Business Association president Jerred Kiloh called on regulators to enforce Assembly Bill 97, legislation passed and signed this

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Wisconsin Man Allegedly Sold Bootleg Vape Cartridges Filled With THC

Now that the recent, unexplained vaping-associated death toll in the United States has risen to six victims, tensions are running high when it comes to illegal vaping products. Today, such unlicensed THC products have a poster boy: 20-year-old Tyler Huffhines of Wisconsin, whose business law enforcement officials say was producing 3,000 to 5,000 vaping cartridges a day.

His arrest was announced in a Wednesday press conference. Though Huffhines has not been formally charged, various felonies hang over his head: manufacturing and delivering THC and possession with intent to sell among them.

“I’m glad we caught it,” said Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth. “If this one is out there, there’s other ones out there.”

Apparently, officials discovered $300,000 worth of THC oil when they busted Huffhines’ operation, which was located in a Wisconsin condominium.

This is a high profile arrest, largely due to the fact that the nation is currently in the middle of a major vaping health scare that could be caused by unlicensed, untested vaping products. A Kansas woman who died on Tuesday was the sixth US resident to perish after vaping, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that at least 450 people had fallen ill

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B.C.’s Only Licensed First Nations Cannabis Shop Opens on Vancouver Island

The Tseshaht First Nation in Port Alberni is now operating B.C.’s first licensed cannabis store owned by a First Nation.

“It’s a pretty amazing feeling,” says Tseshaht council member Ken Watts. “We are planting a seed and we are doing one of the first things here in the province.”

Named after Port Alberni’s historic orange bridge – now painted grey – Orange Bridge Cannabis is located at the Tseshaht Market.

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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Only 44 Canadians Have Been Given Cannabis Pardons Under New System

As Canadians started to debate how — not if — cannabis would be legalized, a persistent question was: what about the hundreds of thousands of Canadians with prohibition-era convictions for possession?

In the end, the federal Liberals rejected a plan for records for possession to be expunged, or completely erased, in favour of a streamlined version of the pardon, or “record suspension,” process that’s available for other crimes, minus the waiting period and $631 fee.

About 250,000 Canadians are thought to have prohibition-era records for simple possession of marijuana, though because some people were charged under a generic drug possession offence rather than one specific to cannabis, it’s not clear how many there are. Also, those who have a record for other offences aren’t eligible for the program.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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Cannabis 2.0 Legalization: Canada is Ready

Federally, cannabis legalization saw daylight in Canada in 2018. The Cannabis Act legalized recreational marijuana in October 2018. Now, the country is all set for the second wave of legalization, Cannabis 2.0, which includes cannabis edibles, cannabis-infused beverages, extracts, and various other products. Let’s dig into this more.

Canada’s second wave of legalization
Next month, Canada will legalize cannabis-infused edibles for recreational use. The Canadian market will see a limited selection of products in retail outlets and online stores after the legalization, but not earlier than mid-December.

Canada legalized medical and recreational marijuana. However, the country has been very careful to ensure that public health safety is also taken into account. Keeping in mind how the edibles market could attract young people, Health Canada implemented a strict legal framework for cannabis. The amendments to Canada’s regulations in June will ensure legal production and sale of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts, and cannabis topicals.

– Read the entire article at Market Realist.

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Nanaimo Could Have Its First Legal Cannabis Store by the End of Next Month

Mood Cannabis Company expects to open in mid-to-late October.

The first cannabis retail store in Nanaimo could open before Halloween.

Nanaimo-based Mood Cannabis Company expects to have at least one of its two proposed cannabis retail stores operational by the end of October.

The company is planning to build two cannabis stores, one at 3923 Victoria Ave., near Country Club Centre, and the other at 6404 Metral Dr., next to the Best Western Northgate Inn.

– Read the entire article at Nanaimo Bulletin.

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Ohio Medical Board Rejects Anxiety And Autism As Medical Cannabis Conditions

The State Medical Board of Ohio rejected petitions on Wednesday to add autism spectrum disorders and anxiety to the list of conditions qualifying a patient to use medical marijuana. The board’s vote follows a recommendation last month from the state Medical Marijuana Expert Review Committee not to approve the petitions.

The committee determined that medical marijuana can provide temporary relief but could also subject patients to panic attacks. The panel also expressed concern for the health of children’s developing brains.

Dr. Michael Schottenstein, the president of the board and a member of the expert review committee, opposed adding autism and anxiety to the state’s list of qualifying conditions.

“Approval feels premature at this time,” Schottenstein said after the committee voted to reverse a previous recommendation to approve the request. “For the medical board, there should be consensus to do so among respected medical authorities.”

The board added that it would reconsider adding autism and anxiety to the state’s list of qualifying conditions, which currently includes 21 medical conditions, “if additional studies or evidence are brought forth in the petition process.”

Patients Unhappy with Board’s Decision

The state medical board’s decision didn’t sit well with many Ohioans, including one man who shouted “shameful”

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Amazon Removes Vape Packaging Following Vaping Hospitalizations and Deaths

Without making an announcement or statement of any kind, online retail giant Amazon has removed a range of products for assembling and packaging THC vape cartridges. Such products, which include everything from branded boxes and labels to warning stickers and compliance tabs, are often used to produce counterfeit vape cartridges for the unlicensed cannabis market. Often, the materials are so exact that it would be impossible for the average buyer to tell the difference between an untested counterfeit and a regulated, tested cartridge. Amazon hasn’t explained the move. But the company’s decision to remove the vape products comes as the U.S. is reeling from a string of vape-linked hospitalizations and deaths.

Counterfeit Vape Packaging and Labels No Longer Available on Amazon

If someone were in the business of manufacturing fake THC cartridges, they’d find everything they need on Amazon—except the cannabis extract itself. Everything from the oven to the empty cartridge and the propylene glycol to fill it with, along with the brand-name packaging, labelling and state-specific warnings and codes, could be had cheap, and most of it on Prime.

But in the midst of a rash of a mysterious vape-related lung illness and six deaths, Amazon has quietly moved

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