Report: Legal Cannabis Market in Canada Will be Worth $23 Billion Annually, Surpass Liquor Industry

marflagOnce recreational cannabis is legalized in Canada – a promise of current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – the industry will be worth roughly $23 billion annually, surpassing the total market for beer, wine and spirits. This is according to a forthcoming report by Deloitte titled Recreational Marijuana: Insights and Opportunities.

“There hasn’t been anything like this — and granted it wasn’t legislated — but you think of the dot-com … flurry,” Mark Whitmore, vice-chair of Deloitte, said in an interview Wednesday with The Star. “It has that kind of feel to it. There’s a lot of froth, a lot of interest in this space and a lot of people think there’s going to be an opportunity”.

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Canada’s Largest Pharmacy Applies for License to Distribute Medical Cannabis

 pharmacy Shoppers Drug Mart, the largest pharmacy in Canada with hundreds of locations across the country, confirmed Wednesday that it has filed an application with the Canadian government to become a licensed distributor of medical cannabis.

“We are hopeful that the Government of Canada will revise the current regulations to allow dispensing at pharmacy,” a spokesperson for the company said in a media statement. According to the company, allowing medical cannabis to be dispensed at pharmacies “would increase access, safety, quality and security for the thousands of Canadians who use the drug as part of their medication therapy.” Currently medical cannabis can only be received through the mail from licensed producers.

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Medical Heroin for Addiction Now Legal in Canada

rxCanada has become one of the first countries to ever allow heroin for medical use, under a new rule put into effect this month.

The new rule by Health Canada’s Special Access Programme lets physicians prescribe medical grade heroin (diacetylmorphine), for the use in cases of severe addiction to opioids.

In order for a physician to access medical heroin for their patient, the patient’s condition must be serious and life-threatening, and it must be shown that conventional treatment methods have failed to bring adequate relief.

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Canada’s Biggest News Publication Lashes Out at U.S. Border Policy

By Jon Hiltz, Marijuana.com

canadaflagcannabisAs Canada moves forward with the business of legalizing marijuana, miscommunications and scuffles close to U.S. border are inevitable.

Although pot is legal for recreational use in a handful of states, as well as half the country for medical marijuana, it oddly remains on the DEA’s list of Schedule 1 narcotics. Canada, by contrast, is legalizing recreational marijuana nationally in the spring of 2017.

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Canada Pushes U.S. to End Ban on Cannabis Consumers Crossing the Border, Calls it ‘Ludicrous’

By Reuters

canadaCanada will push the United States to change a border policy that has banned Canadians who admit to having used marijuana from travel to the United States, given Canada’s plans to legalize pot, a government spokesman said on Friday.

The case of a Canadian man barred from U.S. travel because he admitted to having smoked pot recreationally has sparked a debate about U.S. border agents using a federal law against marijuana use, even though pot use is legal in several states and soon to be legal in Canada.

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Canada: Patients Now Allowed to Grow Medical Cannabis at Home (Indoors and Outdoors)

Grow Medical CannabisIn Canada, medical cannabis patients are now legally allowed to grow the plant at home. The change made by Health Canada comes roughly six months after a federal court struck down the nation’s ban on home-grown medical cannabis.

Under the new law, patients are allowed to grow at least two plants outdoors, or up to five plants indoors. They can cultivate higher amounts if their physician recommends it. According to Health Canada, the new rules provide “an immediate solution” for complying with the February court order that mandates the government to make the medicine more affordable and accessible for those in need.

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Canada Patients Allowed to Grow Medical Cannabis at Home Starting August 24th

canadaCanada’s government announced today that it will be allowing qualified medical cannabis patients to grow their own cannabis at home beginning August 24th. The announcement comes nearly six months after a federal court struck down the nation’s ban on home-grown medical cannabis.

Under the new policy, patients are allowed to grow at least two plants outdoors, or up to five plants indoors (more is allowed if prescribed by a physician). According to Health Canada, the new rules provide “an immediate solution” for complying with the February court order that mandates the government to make the medicine more affordable and accessible for those in need.

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Canada: 69% Support Legalizing Cannabis

canadaA new Nanos survey has found that 69% of those in Canada who are 18 and older support legalizing cannabis, with just 26% opposed to the change.

According to the poll, support for legalization is highest in B.C., with 76% of respondents favoring legalization. Support is lowest in Prairies, though a large majority of 62% stated that they favor legalization.

Overall, just 4% of those surveyed stated that they’re undecided, indicating the a vast majority of Canadians have their minds made up on the issue.

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Federal Court Strikes Down Canada’s Ban on Home Cultivation of Medical Cannabis

purpleplantA Canadian Federal Court ruled Wednesday that the nation’s ban on medical cannabis patients growing their own medicine is unconstitutional. The court gave the Canadian government six months to establish regulations for legal cannabis cultivation.

“The evidence at trial failed to show that public safety will be advanced in any significant way by the removal of the ability to lawfully and safely continue to personally produce medical cannabis,” Judge Michael L. Phelan wrote in the decision. Phelan argued that the current law prohibiting cultivation restricted patients’ liberty by leaving them under the threat of criminal prosecution; he also argued that the law is not supported by compelling evidence.

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In Uruguay, the Only Country with Legal Cannabis, Price is Less than $1 a Gram

flower-power-2With Canada currently examining ways to legally regulate the distribution of recreational cannabis, we thought it was a good idea to take an updated look at the only country in the world that has legalized the sale of cannabis; Uruguay (other countries may turn a blind eye to cannabis sales, but Uruguay is the only one where it has been statutorily legalized).

In Uruguay, it’s entirely legal for those 18 and older to cultivate up to 6 cannabis plants at any given time, with an allowed annual harvest of roughly 500 grams. Adults can also join cannabis clubs, where cannabis can be shared and consumed, and can purchase cannabis from designated cannabis pharmacies. Although the United Nations has warned Uruguay about moving forward with this new law, they’ve done so anyway.

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