The federal government will tax cannabis as an excise duty, much the same as duties on tobacco and alcohol.  |  Getty Images

The new crop on the block — well, legal crop

Recreational cannabis is scheduled to become legal this Canada Day if the prime minister has his way. If that date cannot be met, the federal government has definitely committed to a July implementation. Growing illegal marijuana has a long tradition in Canada, whether as a massive grow op in an abandoned Molson brewery plant outside […] Read more

The Government of Saskatchewan received 1,502 submissions, or 30 times the number of available permits, under a request for proposal process that closed April 10. | Michael Raine photo

Retail cannabis applications 30 times higher than permits allowed

Applications for retail cannabis permits in Saskatchewan have far exceeded the number available and interest in rural areas is strong, said the province April 20. The government previously said it would allow 51 permits in 32 places that met population thresholds. It received 1,502 submissions, or 30 times the available number of permits, under a […] Read more

The legislation allows police officers to prove a substance is marijuana by smell rather than a lab test.  |  Getty images

Alta. proposes cannabis changes

As Alberta gears up to deal with the legalization of cannabis, it’s proposing higher fines for rule-breakers and tighter restrictions on branding, as well as potentially allowing small communities to sell the product differently. The proposals were outlined in new legislation tabled April 9. It states that Alberta won’t allow retail stores to brand themselves […] Read more

Brook Pries sees the cannabis business in Canada as a new form of rural development for growers and dispensers. | Getty image

High hopes for small town cannabis

Brook Pries has high hopes for the cannabis business in Canada. Pries and her husband, Cole Bosnick, applied March 12 for a retail dispenser’s licence in Strathmore, Alta., and hope to be among the first out of the gate when cannabis is legalized later this year. She sees the trade as a new form of […] Read more

New surveys show higher marijuana use than ever before, with more people willing to report use now legalization is imminent. | WP graphic

Time to end cannabis prohibition: health researcher

Legalizing marijuana in Canada should have happened a long time ago, says a public policy researcher from the University of Calgary. “We know that in the past, Canada’s policy has not reflected how many people use it,” said Rebecca Saah of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary. Her research includes […] Read more

The minimum age to consume recreational marijuana in Saskatchewan will be 19, the provincial government announced March 14. B.C., where this store is located, has also set its minimum age to 19. | File photo

Legal marijuana age will be 19 in Sask.

The minimum age to consume recreational marijuana in Saskatchewan will be 19, the provincial government announced March 14. Justice minister Don Morgan said that decision was made after much discussion and consultation. “We decided this kept us in line with what the age for consumption and possession of alcohol was and that seemed to be […] Read more

Companies such as Fifty First Parallel are beginning to make plans to cash in on the recreational market once marijuana becomes legal in Canada.  |  REUTERS/Brian Snyder photo

Lethbridge may get large pot greenhouse

A Calgary company plans to build an 180,0000 sq. foot greenhouse in Lethbridge to produce marijuana for recreational use. Fifty First Parallel plans to eventually produce 12,600 kilograms of cannabis annually once its three-phase development plan is complete by 2020. The firm has bought five acres of land in Lethbridge’s new industrial park. It expects […] Read more

The province has yet to reveal its full cannabis strategy as Canada moves toward legalization, but expects to finalize the retail application process in the next few weeks and the minimum age for consumption later this spring.
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Sask. hands marijuana sales to private sector

Province announced a pot strategy last week that will see the Sask. Liquor and Gaming Authority regulate the sector

Cannabis sales in Saskatchewan will be handled by private retailers, the provincial government announced Jan. 8. “Both wholesaling and retailing of cannabis will be conducted by the private sector and regulated by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority,” said Gene Makowsky, minister responsible for SLGA. SLGA will issue about 60 retail permits for standalone storefront […] Read more

A licensed marijuana grower from Manitoba says the plants aren’t as easy to grow as many people think.  |  REUTERS/Blair Gable file photo

Marijuana holds few opportunities for farmers

Intensive management requirements and potential contamination from hemp crops will be formidable challenges: expert

With the clock ticking down toward legalization of marijuana, a green rush scenario fuelled by dreams of big profits has some people contemplating whether to grow a crop. Not so fast, say people connected to the cannabis industry. “We’ve seen it in the U.S. where people said, ‘we’re going to become marijuana growers,’ and things […] Read more