Is The United Nations Finally Coming Around About Cannabis?

Under the leadership of previous United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s regime, member states which legalized or even considered legalizing cannabis were called out and admonished for violating decades-old international drug treaties. Under the current leadership of Sec-Gen António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, who was instrumental in decriminalizing all drugs in his native Portugal when he was Prime Minister, his regime is adopting more progressive views about cannabis. Despite this, the UN World Health Organization remains…
Under the leadership of previous United Nation's Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's regime, member states which legalized or even considered legalizing cannabis were called out and admonished for violating decades-old international drug treaties. Under the current leadership of Sec-Gen António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, who was instrumental in decriminalizing all drugs in his native Portugal when he was Prime Minister, his regime is adopting more progressive views about cannabis. Despite this, the UN World Health Organization remains…

Trudeau Says Cannabis Shortage Likely to Be Resolved Within a Year

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the biggest challenge associated with the legalization of cannabis has been the supply shortage – but he expects it to disappear within a year. In an end-of-year interview with The Canadian Press Friday, Trudeau predicted the problem would be resolved “during the coming months and perhaps the coming year.” He noted the scarcity of cannabis was most pronounced in Ontario and Quebec. Trudeau said he remains unhappy with Quebec legislation…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the biggest challenge associated with the legalization of cannabis has been the supply shortage – but he expects it to disappear within a year. In an end-of-year interview with The Canadian Press Friday, Trudeau predicted the problem would be resolved “during the coming months and perhaps the coming year.” He noted the scarcity of cannabis was most pronounced in Ontario and Quebec. Trudeau said he remains unhappy with Quebec legislation…

Cannabis Stores to Be Phased in With a Lottery for Licences, Ford Government Says

Months after saying it would not cap the number of licences for retail pot shops after cannabis was legalized, the Ontario government has reversed course, saying it will now only be able to issue 25 licences by April. In a statement Thursday evening, t…

Months after saying it would not cap the number of licences for retail pot shops after cannabis was legalized, the Ontario government has reversed course, saying it will now only be able to issue 25 licences by April. In a statement Thursday evening, the province says it plans to take a "phased approach" to authorizing retail cannabis outlets because of "severe supply shortages" across the country. Only a limited number of licences will be handed…

Ontario Municipalities That Have Decided to Opt in or Out of Cannabis Stores

With the deadline looming for Ontario municipalities to decide whether to opt in or out of allowing cannabis retail stores within their boundaries, many communities remain undecided. The province has given municipalities until Jan. 22, 2019 to opt out …

With the deadline looming for Ontario municipalities to decide whether to opt in or out of allowing cannabis retail stores within their boundaries, many communities remain undecided. The province has given municipalities until Jan. 22, 2019 to opt out of having private cannabis storefronts operate within their boundaries. If the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has not received written notification from a municipality by the Jan. 22 deadline, private cannabis retail stores will…

Mississauga Council Says No to Cannabis Shops

Retail cannabis stores will be not permitted in Mississauga. City council chose at its Wednesday meeting to opt-out on allowing private retail shops to sell cannabis in Mississauga. The federal government legalized cannabis on Oct. 17, and the province has since made it available for purchase via its online portal the Ontario Cannabis Store. “This is a very concerning provincial distribution model for private retail of cannabis,” Councillor Chris Fonseca said. Councillors Fonseca, John Kovac,…
Retail cannabis stores will be not permitted in Mississauga. City council chose at its Wednesday meeting to opt-out on allowing private retail shops to sell cannabis in Mississauga. The federal government legalized cannabis on Oct. 17, and the province has since made it available for purchase via its online portal the Ontario Cannabis Store. “This is a very concerning provincial distribution model for private retail of cannabis,” Councillor Chris Fonseca said. Councillors Fonseca, John Kovac,…

Why Are So Many Countries Now Saying Cannabis Is Ok?

Around the world attitudes towards the use of cannabis are shifting. Mexico’s new government plans to legalise recreational cannabis use, as does the incoming government of Luxembourg. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s leaders are considering a referendum on wh…

Around the world attitudes towards the use of cannabis are shifting. Mexico's new government plans to legalise recreational cannabis use, as does the incoming government of Luxembourg. Meanwhile, New Zealand's leaders are considering a referendum on what their approach should be. As public opinion - and that of governments - changes, it seems increasingly likely that other countries will follow, raising questions about how they work together to manage the use and supply of cannabis.…

Quebec Moves to Raise Legal Age to Consume Cannabis to 21

The Quebec government tabled legislation Wednesday that would impose the strictest cannabis controls in the country, raising the legal age to 21. Bill 2 would also prohibit cannabis consumption in all public places, including parks and streets. “There’s 31 per cent of 18 to 24’s who are smoking it right now,” said André Fortin, an MNA with the Quebec Liberals. “We want to make sure that if they do make the unfortunate choice to smoke…
The Quebec government tabled legislation Wednesday that would impose the strictest cannabis controls in the country, raising the legal age to 21. Bill 2 would also prohibit cannabis consumption in all public places, including parks and streets. “There’s 31 per cent of 18 to 24’s who are smoking it right now,” said André Fortin, an MNA with the Quebec Liberals. “We want to make sure that if they do make the unfortunate choice to smoke…

Michael Moore Calls for Putting Marijuana Legalization on the Ballot in Every Swing State in 2020

If the Democrat Party wants to keep the House as well as win the Senate and the presidency in 2020, then they’d better start fighting to get marijuana legalization on state ballots, according to Michael Moore. The Academy Award winning director believe…

If the Democrat Party wants to keep the House as well as win the Senate and the presidency in 2020, then they'd better start fighting to get marijuana legalization on state ballots, according to Michael Moore. The Academy Award winning director believes that Democrats can and will sweep the 2020 election if they get enough numbers at the polls. And to do that, they need to make sure there are issues that average Americans are…

Highlights of Ottawa’s Hemp Expo

CANNABIS CULTURE – Friday was Industry Day at the second annual Ottawa Cannabis and Hemp Expo. Nick Pateras of Growth Lift and Co was the emcee and moderator for the hundred buck a plate lunch. As part of his opening remarks Nick Pateras said, “It’s important for us to be somewhat thoughtful about the world we want to live and integrate in because the onus is on us to manage expectations against performance, for the…
CANNABIS CULTURE - Friday was Industry Day at the second annual Ottawa Cannabis and Hemp Expo. Nick Pateras of Growth Lift and Co was the emcee and moderator for the hundred buck a plate lunch. As part of his opening remarks Nick Pateras said, “It’s important for us to be somewhat thoughtful about the world we want to live and integrate in because the onus is on us to manage expectations against performance, for the…

Ontario’s Cannabis Regulations Improve But Still a Long Way To Go

CANNABIS CULTURE – Last week, Ontario’s government came out with a series of rules meant to bust up the cannabis monopolies that are developing under legalization.   Most notably, the regulations limit federally licensed producers like, Aurora and Tilray, to operating a single store, and bar them from partnering with a licensed retailer in Ontario beyond a 9.9% ownership stake. “It’s actually looking pretty good” noted Cannabis Culture CEO, Jeremiah Vandermeer, on last Friday’s episode…
CANNABIS CULTURE - Last week, Ontario's government came out with a series of rules meant to bust up the cannabis monopolies that are developing under legalization.   Most notably, the regulations limit federally licensed producers like, Aurora and Tilray, to operating a single store, and bar them from partnering with a licensed retailer in Ontario beyond a 9.9% ownership stake. “It’s actually looking pretty good” noted Cannabis Culture CEO, Jeremiah Vandermeer, on last Friday’s episode…