Nearly three months have passed since Canada made its historic move on October 17, 2018, when it became the first G7 nation to legalize recreational cannabis.
What’s going on in Canada now? Which marijuana headlines are making the news? Has the black market died down? Have there been any recalls?
We take a look at the current reports surrounding Canada’s cannabis scene and deliver it right to you in this news round-up.
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Legalization Curbs Stigma About Cannabis and Spurs Research
Years. Well, more like decades have lapsed in which science has failed to grant permission, time, money, and resources for the study and research of marijuana. Few veterans exist in the field of cannabis studies, such as Dr. Mark Ware, who has been devoted to marijuana research for 20 years. According to Dr. Ware:
“There were times when I was told you couldn’t even use ‘cannabis’ and ‘research’ in the same sentence.”
Fast track to today and you will find Ware in his position as the chief medical officer for the well-renowned Canadian weed enterprise, Canopy Growth Corp. Millions of dollars are being invested by the pot company mega-giant in the study of medical marijuana benefits for conditions such as:
Gone are the dark ages of cannabis since the recent legalization of recreational marijuana nationwide throughout Canada. During the early 2000s when Canada first legalized medical marijuana, Ware describes nothing more than a “flurry” of interest around marijuana studies.
Research has sparked dramatically since this end of cannabis prohibition. A driving need for cannabis research stimulates the economy by creating a need for laboratory space, more jobs and funding opportunities.
Ridiculously categorized as an illicit substance in the past, companies had little to no incentive to invest in cannabis studies and research before marijuana became legal. Times they are a changing. Now, the race is on for the hottest cannabis products on the market.
Not Enough Cannabis to Meet Consumer Demand
Obviously, a few, well, perhaps a lot of hiccups have already been experienced in Canada due to this radical change. What do you think the biggest challenge has been?
- Opposition groups against legalization
- Strict governmental restrictions
- The public stigma surrounding the cannabis industry
The answer? None of the above.
Canada’s biggest marijuana problem is that there’s not enough! However, it should be noted that strict regulations are causing a damper on cultivation.
Nova Scotia’s justice minister will be submitting another letter to Health Canada about the public concern over a growing shortage of marijuana. Karen Casey stresses the fact that Nova Scotia is only getting 35 to 40 percent of the cannabis it needs from the government-run outlets. Her intention is that the point is taken in as this is the third letter she will have sent.
According to Casey, one Nova Scotia supplier has been approved by Ottawa and two more are on the deck while awaiting licensure.
“Supply is an issue all across Canada. We’re concerned that our supply is not meeting the demand. We are encouraging Health Canada to give them the approval they need so that will add to the supply that we have.”
How’s the Black Market Affected by Legalization?
It’s a matter of controversy. Many reports, such as one from the Washington Post, cite that the excessive control on distribution and the ongoing lack of supply causing unmet demand have caused the marijuana black market in Canada to continue to thrive.
According to Tommy Chong, as reported in the Montreal Gazette, legalization gave the illegal market a boost.
“They want to make it so that they’re the only supplier and it’s not going to work that way. So what Canada has done now, legally, they’ve kept the underground market alive and vibrant, because people still go to their dealer to get the best weed and the quickest weed.”
Native to Calgary himself, Tommy Chong is a Canadian and plans to bring his own special brand of cannabis to the Canadian market, according to him, “when the dust settles.”
Cannabis Brand Recalled Due to Possible Mould Contamination
Last week on January 11, 2019, Eldo dried cannabis was recalled by the Canadian government due to the possible presence of mould. Created by the franchise, Up Cannabis Inc., Eldo cannabis is sold via the Alberta Gaming Liquor & Cannabis Commission.
Products potentially contaminated are the Eldo dried cannabis packages that have the lot #1204201 and were packaged on the date of November 18, 2018. Throughout the Canadian market, 1,428 units were sold between the dates of November 29, 2018, and January 4, 2019.
If you or anyone you know has purchased the product, the Government of Canada warns that you should cease using it and get in touch with Up Cannabis Inc. for a full refund. For those who have purchased it online, you can contact Alberta Cannabis Call Centre at 1-855-436-5677.
Two Cannabis Strains Recalled by Health Cannabis
Meanwhile, in Saskatchewan, two cannabis strains which were being sold by three separate retail shops were recalled. Strains under scrutiny were “Cherry Lime” and “Warlock Kush”, which were both grown by Bonify Ltd. which is a cannabis business operating out of Manitoba. According to the news report, 52 units or possibly more, were sold between three cannabis retailers:
- Cannabis Co. in Regina
- Spiritleaf in Moose Jaw
- The Pot Shack in Saskatoon
If you or anyone you know purchased one of these cannabis products, cease its use immediately and get in touch with the vendor who sold it for a full refund.
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