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Cannabis NB lays off staff as ‘operational needs’ become clear

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s cannabis retailer is laying off staff, saying it has a better understanding of “operational needs” three months after the historic legalization of recreational marijuana. Cannabis NB said most of the about 60 layoffs involved people with seasonal contracts, but some are part-time or full-time employees. Spokeswoman Marie-Andree Bolduc said Thursday that...
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Management shakeup at Manitoba-based pot producer after Health Canada recalls

WINNIPEG — An investigation has determined that bullying by senior managers at a Winnipeg-based cannabis producer and demands on supply after legalization contributed to unauthorized weed being shipped to some stores. Health Canada issued a recall earlier this month for two strains of Bonify cannabis products that were being sold at three stores in Saskatchewan....
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Thailand becomes 1st country in Southeast Asia to legalize medical marijuana

BANGKOK — Thailand’s legislature on Tuesday agreed to amend the country’s drug law to allow the licensed medical use of marijuana, as well as kratom, a locally grown plant traditionally used as a stimulant and painkiller. Thailand is the first country in Southeast Asia to take such action, which is also under consideration in neighbouring Malaysia....
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One month after legalization, illicit pot shops doing brisk business

TORONTO — The three surveillance cameras and the steady flow of people in and out of the small, nondescript grey building are the only hint of the brisk business this downtown Toronto cannabis dispensary does behind closed doors. Once inside, two men behind a white desk under a vintage chandelier ask patrons to provide government...
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Expect ‘sold out’ signs at pot shops across Canada, Aphria warns

TORONTO — Licensed cannabis producer Aphria Inc. warned on Friday of product shortages in both brick-and-mortar stores and online sales portals across the country when recreational pot is legalized in a few days. There are “supply chain issues abounding everywhere with every LP,” said Aphria’s chief executive Vic Neufeld told analysts. “There will not be...
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CannaRoyalty buys vape store chain 180 Smoke in $40M deal

Ottawa-based CannaRoyalty is buying 180 Smoke – a vape shop chain with 15 outlets in Ontario – in a $40 million deal, the marijuana company said Thursday. CannaRoyalty said in a statement it is purchasing 180 Smoke for $25 million, and an additional $15 million upon completion of certain targets by Dec. 31, 2020. “The...
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Canadian military imposes restrictions on use of recreational marijuana

OTTAWA — The Canadian military has unveiled new restrictions on when service members can use recreational marijuana — and warned those in uniform could face disciplinary action or charges if they fail to comply. The restrictions and warning are contained in a new policy released Friday, in which defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance says military...
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Liberals approve first saliva screening roadside test for marijuana

OTTAWA — Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is giving the green light to a new roadside test to check for drugs. On Monday, Wilson-Raybould approved the Drager DrugTest 5000 as the first saliva screening equipment to be used by law enforcement to test for THC, the main psychoactive agent in cannabis. The equipment will now be...
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These Canadian Cities Are Still Banning Weed After Legalization

Come October 17, weed will be legal in Canada. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be available everywhere. While some provinces, including Ontario, simply won’t have a brick-and-mortar retail scheme set up by that deadline, other municipalities have opted to ban weed shops outright. Markham and Richmond Hill in Ontario, and Richmond, the city...
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In or out? How some Ontario municipalities are reacting to Ford’s pot shop plan

While most Ontario municipal politicians are in wait-and-see mode over the province’s one-time chance to opt out of permitting cannabis stores within their boundaries, some mayors have already made up their minds. Canada’s largest province abruptly changed its marijuana sales model Monday, paving the way for privately-run, bricks-and-mortar stores but delaying their debut until April...
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