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Canadian Regulators Prepare to Legalize Cannabis for Adult Use

The Canadian Liberal Party, fronted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, swept into power last year on the promise of more sensible social laws that protect rather than antagonize. One of the key promises of that campaign was to shift the national approach to cannabis. While Canada has always been ahead of America on sensible drug policy, cannabis legalization would confirm Canada’s status as a bastion for responsible drug policies.

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In America, political promises are flimsy and evaporate at the first sign of friction. Trudeau’s party on the other hand has said from the beginning that the goal is to “legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.”

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A panel of regulators focusing on cannabis legalization recently submitted a report that calls for tighter controls on a regulated market in an effort to reduce illicit markets and the crime inherent with those operations. The nine member task force was composed by the Ministers of Justice, Public Safety, and Health earlier in June of 2016.

The report itself is incredibly detailed in the many possible ways to minimize the social harms of cannabis use while ensuring a regulated supply chain that enforces public safety and continued medical access.

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Among the recommendations presented by the panel were several components that have been present in all legalization attempts seen over the past five years:

  • Minimum age requirements to reduce youth exposure (18 currently recommended)
  • Specialty licensing for cannabis retailers with similar restrictions as alcohol and tobacco sellers
  • Marketing and advertising restrictions
  • Mandated product packaging that reflects risks and potency of the item
  • A safe supply chain with a “seed-to-sale” tracking program designed for traceability
  • Personal use cultivation opportunities (4 plants per household currently recommended)
  • Personal possession of cannabis in public (30 grams currently recommended)
  • Harsh penalties for the sale and distribution of unregulated cannabis
  • Taxation that promotes legal sales and funds education programs for youth and disaffected individuals
  • Workplace safety regulations and impaired driving provisions

Many of these recommendations are directly based on legalization attempts in the United States, most notably California which has similar population demographics and geographic dispersion constraints. Prime Minister Trudeau has accepted the report with open arms, and expects to introduce legislation in the first couple of months of 2017.

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As America enters an uncertain age with an unpredictable leader set to take the helm, Canada marks one of the focal points for cannabis legalization in North America.

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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: May 27th, 2016

Cannabis is emerging from the shadows of prohibition. Every week, there are advancements in many fields related to cannabis. Cannabis Reports will be re-capping the weekly events of the cannabis community and industry, so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest developments.

Project Claudia: 90 Arrested in Canada Raids

Toronto police executed 43 warrants at unlicensed cannabis storefront this Thursday. Approximately 90 people were arrested and 71 criminal charges laid out. The police held a press conference to address the arrests and seizures, during which the community expressed outrage for the reduced access to cannabis.

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Police Chief Mark Saunders argued that unlicensed storefronts bring up major health concerns for those consuming the products.

Ohio Medical Cannabis Bill Heads to Governor Kasich

Both chambers of Ohio’s state legislature have approved a medical cannabis bill that would give patients limited access in a state with no laws on the books.

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Republican Governor John Kasich will now review the bill, and can make it Ohio state law with his signature. Many lawmakers in favor of the bill still felt that there were not enough qualifying conditions, which would restrict patients from legally obtaining medicine.

GOP Representative Dana Rohrabacher Admits to Cannabis Use While in Office

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-R) recently made public the fact that he has used medical cannabis to relieve arthritic pain and other symptoms. Rohrabacher has long been an advocate for medical cannabis, so this admission is not really a big surprise.

FILE - In this July 17, 2007 file photo, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Judiciary hearing on the prosecution of Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos, two former Border Patrol agents imprisoned for shooting a drug smuggler in the backside as he sprinted toward Mexico. Rohrabacher's suggestion Friday, June 10, 2011, during a trip to Baghdad, that Iraq repay the United States for the money it has spent in the country has stirred anger, with an Iraqi lawmaker ridiculing the idea as "stupid" and others saying Iraqis should be compensated for the hardships they've endured. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

One interesting thing to note about Rohrabacher is that rather than an approach of compassion and therapy, he believes medical cannabis access is a matter of freedom, and the right to choose what we do with and put into our bodies.

Green Flower Entrepreneur Summit

Last weekend, Green Flower hosted the first Cannabis Entrepreneur Summit. The event was live-streamed all weekend for free, and featured twenty speakers with expertise in the fledgling cannabis industry. You can read a recap of the event on our blog:

One of those experts was our very own David Drake, founder and CEO of Cannabis Reports. David discussed the importance for businesses to take technological responsibilities seriously, and use technology advantageously to save time, money, and other important resources.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

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Mary Jane Berlin – (Berlin, Germany: May 27-29)

After more than 11 years, “Mary Jane Berlin” is the largest German Hemp Fair with over 100 national and international exhibitors. Mary Jane Berlin is not only an exhibition, but also a festival. Experience wonderful exhibitors, food booths, live concerts and lectures on therapeutic properties.

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Edible Sesh BBQ Cook-Off – (Canoga Park, CA: May 29)

This BBQ Cook-Off will be loads of fun for everyone who wants to experience the community behind cannabis. General admission tickets start at $11 so everyone can participate.

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Cannabis Science Pub – (Eugene, OR: May 31)

Cannabis is a super plant, composed of hundreds of active compounds that have unique interactions with the human body. And now that Oregon has legalized, people finally have an opportunity to experience it in a whole new way. Each session is followed by an hour of networking – ask questions, get resources, and have a beer with the fun folks at OG Analytical.

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Las Vegas Hemp Fest – (Las Vegas, NV: June 4)

Las Vegas Hemp Fest is the #1 leading Marijuana Business seminars & music festival. This is an annual two-day event, held the first weekend of June each year at AMP, the Las Vegas Amphitheater and events park located on Craig Road just up from the Cannery Casino Hotel.

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The Secret Cup – (Portland, ME: June 4-5)

Over 40 hash makers can compete with their best concentrates, from all over the world, to see if they have what it takes to win the golden torch and take the next step to win the belt, in the most legitimate cannabis competition around.

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Toronto Police Shut Down 43 Unlicensed Dispensaries Under Project Claudia

Earlier this year, Toronto police inspected 78 locations across the city and sent letters for business to apply corrections. All owners and operators were warned that persisting violations would result in legal penalties.

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On May 26th, 2016, at approximately at 12pm, police acted on these warnings and executed warrants at 43 storefronts. Approximately 90 people were arrested, 186 controlled drugs and substances charges were laid, as well as 71 criminal charges.

Since March, the number of unlicensed cannabis storefronts have more than doubled, and neighboring communities have increasingly submitted complaints to local authorities. Nearly half of the illegal dispensaries were within 300 meters of schools.

During a press conference this morning, Toronto police detailed the events of the raid as well as the types of charges laid and the cannabis products seized.

  • 269 kilos of dried cannabis flowers
  • 30 kilos of cannabis resin
  • 24 kilos of hash
  • 27 kilos of THC pills
  • 72 kilos of infused chocolate
  • 142 kilos of infused cookies
  • 129 kilos of infused candies
  • “Every flavor of Nutella you could want”
  • 64 kilos of sodas and liquids
  • 126 kill of other oils and spreads
  • $160,000 in cash
  • 23 grams of powder cocaine at one location

There was no standardization among these products, and product potency was not consistently quantified. Adults consuming products from these stores would have to trust the unlicensed business operators to label their products properly.

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Also noted was the fact that unlicensed cannabis dispensaries do not have the same commitments to health concerns. Without any regulatory oversight and no threat of losing a license, the police allege that these businesses were operating loose, unlawful cannabis outlets.

As the Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders began to take questions from those attending the press conference, the tense emotional state of Toronto became quickly apparent.

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The very first gentleman to speak out questioned whether the police had any real documentation as to the lack of quality control and consistency between the products.

He also lamented that fifty-five to seventy complaints from the community does not equal the thousands of people who will now have difficulty accessing cannabis with the closure of these stores.

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The questioners began calling out: “Where are the victims? Where are the victims?” Eventually many disruptive questioners were asked to leave.

Legally, the only way a dispensary can lawfully operate is to receive a license from Health Canada. In order to receive a license, a dispensary would also have to abide by food handling and distribution regulations.

Police were adamant that the 43 dispensaries raided Thursday were also in violation of food laws, and knew that their operations were unlawful.

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Thursday’s raids brought up many concerns about future patient access, and activist Marc Emery was already rallying in support of the 90 people arrested.

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