Ottawa Blasts Vancouver’s Pot Shop Plans

The federal government drew battle lines with the City of Vancouver Thursday over the city’s plans to regulate marijuana dispensaries.

CANADA:  The federal government drew battle lines with the City of Vancouver Thursday over the city’s plans to regulate marijuana dispensaries, saying they are dangerously close to legitimizing an illegal substance. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government said municipal governments have no authority to regulate and license businesses that sell pot. “I am deeply concerned by Read the full article…

Vancouver’s Booming Marijuana Retailers Could Face New Regulations

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled that a patient in the state’s medical marijuana program who was injured on the job must be reimbursed by an employer for the expense of marijuana used for treatment.

CANADA:  The City of Vancouver is looking at new rules to regulate the booming retail marijuana business, including a $30,000 licensing fee to help recover the cost of enforcement. “In the last two years, the city has seen a rapid growth rate of 100 per cent per year in marijuana-related businesses … [going] from 60 to 80 Read the full article…

4/20 Set To Smoke Out Vancouver For Annual Marijuana Event

Organizers are expecting a solid turnout of about 25,000 marijuana smokers and a record number of vendors at Monday's annual 4/20 celebration.

CANADA:  Organizers are expecting a solid turnout of about 25,000 marijuana smokers and a record number of vendors at Monday’s annual downtown celebration and rally known as 4/20. “Interest has been very big leading up to the day,” said event coordinator Jeremiah Vandermeer. “Our booths sold out in three days and we had to flex Read the full article…

Vancouver Pot Dispensary Opens Despite Anger

A campaign to place an injunction on, and overturn Washington State’s Senate Bill 5052 has raised over $11,000 from 118 people in just one month.

CANADA:  A controversial Vancouver marijuana dispensary has opened its doors, despite continued protest from neighbours. People living at a high rise on the 16-hundred block of Hornby Street are not happy that Canada Bliss Herbal Society has moved in. Maxine Clough says they won’t stop until the residents’ are heard. “We’ve sent them a letter. Read the full article…

Warning About Potentially Lethal Fentanyl In Marijuana Directed At Recreational Pot Users

The Vancouver Police Department has warned that investigators are now finding fentanyl turning up in batches of seized marijuana.

CANADA:  Startling statistics on fentanyl-related overdoses and deaths have prompted police and health authorities to issue a public warning — particularly to recreational pot users. Vancouver police Const. Sandra Glendinning — at a news conference Monday to highlight the lethal risks of the synthetic drug — said investigators are now finding fentanyl turning up in Read the full article…

B.C. Patients Challenging Medical Marijuana Regime In Court

A lawyer representing four patients has launched a constitutional challenge, arguing the federal government violated patient rights when it attempted to ban home growing and instead move production to commercial operations.

CANADA:  A lawyer representing four patients has told a Federal Court judge that Canada‘s new rules governing medical marijuana are forcing them to choose between their health and their liberty. John Conroy launched a constitutional challenge on behalf of the patients, who argue the federal government violated their rights when it attempted to ban home Read the full article…

The Tim Hortons Of Cannabis: 63-Year-Old ‘King’ Seeks Franchisees To Grow His Marijuana Empire

Once Canada's most prolific marijuana producer and distributor, Don Briere is back in the marijuana trade making his mark in retail.

CANADA:  This city has its own Prince of Pot, cannabis promoter Marc Emery. But he’s minor royalty next to Don Briere. Or Donald Joseph Briere, as he’s known inside the Canadian justice and penal systems. He was once this country’s most prolific marijuana producer and distributor, with 33 illegal growing operations hidden across B.C. In Read the full article…

Should Vancouver Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Be Zoned As Pharmacies?

The City of Vancouver is exploring the idea of zoning medical marijuana dispensaries as pharmacies so they can have more control over regulation.

CANADA:  There are many neighbourhoods in Vancouver where you can’t drive down the street without seeing medical marijuana dispensaries. There are 60 of them in the city of Vancouver alone. However, under federal laws, dispensaries are illegal. When Canada’s marijuana laws changed last year, the dispensaries remained illegal. “We moved to a system whereby medical marijuana, Read the full article…

Vancouver’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Aren’t Getting Pot Legally

The dozens of pot dispensaries that have sprouted up in Vancouver over the last few years rely exclusively on illegal suppliers to keep their businesses going because they have no legal means of obtaining medical marijuana.

CANADA:  The dozens of pot dispensaries that have sprouted up in Vancouver over the last few years rely exclusively on illegal suppliers to keep their businesses going because they have no legal means of obtaining medical marijuana. The Vancouver Police Department is operating under the assumption that many of the city’s marijuana dispensaries are obtaining Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Easily ‘Dispensed’ In Vancouver

There are five legalization efforts underway in the state, four by ballot measures and one proposed legislative bill in the House of Representatives.

CANADA:  Marijuana is being openly sold in specialty stores in Vancouver under the guise of a government-approved system meant to limit sales for medical use only, a documentary by the CBC’s fifth estate shows. Medical marijuana has been legally sold in Canada since 2001 under strict government guidelines and only under authorization from a physician. But the fifth Read the full article…