The legalization of leisure cannabis in Canada on October 17 put an end to almost a century of prohibition was without doubt one of the greatest stories of 2018.
But we are really at the edge of the iceberg in terms of transition to a legal regime. Here are some key herb stories to watch out for in the new year:
Provinces around the country were different degrees of ready for legalization, in terms of setting up their retail plans. It should be noted that Ontario and BC, the provinces with the largest gray market warehouse scenes, had zero one brick and plaster grass store open while legitimizing, respectively.
In Ontario, Prime Minister Doug Ford decided to go with a private retail model, initially saying there would be no quota for a number of pot shops in the county. But the county has changed since the course, stating that only 25 stores will be allowed to open until April 2019. It is less than what Kathleen Wynn's plan allowed for 40 district stores in 2019, followed by 80 in 2019 and 150 in 2020. Ontario, Vic Fedelli, told Global News that the county has decided to go with a retail system in stages in response to a shortage of cannabis around the country. The district is also allowing municipalities to opt out of retail stores; So far more than a dozen have decided to opt out.
Vancouver's first herb shop will open at the end of the week. In an interview with the Victoria Times Colonialist, BC Premier John Hurgan said the county would reassess its retail system – allowing public and private stores – to try to speed up the transition.
Cannabis deficiency has plagued the legal system since October 17. In Alberta, where there is a private retail system and 65 licensed stores, the county has stopped distributing licenses that do not have enough supplies. In Quebec, government-run stores have reduced their hours due to lack of supplies.
Industry experts and experts have previously said VICE the shortage is due to several reasons: Health Canada does not distribute licenses to manufacturers quickly enough; Low demand assessment; Logistical problems upon receipt of the product on the shelves; And challenges that come with cannabis in mass production, which are susceptible to crop loss. The government has stated one of its main goals in the grass-roots leisure legalization is eliminating the black market, so solving supply problems will be essential in working toward this goal.
Health Canada has recently released its draft regulations for sales edibles, which will be valid no later than October 17, 2019. Some of the proposed rules include a limit of 10 milligrams of THC per package for edible cannabis in solid forms and beverages; A limit of 10 mg THC per unit for ingestion extracts and 1,000 mg per package; Simple packaging, child-resistant; Prohibition of mixing with alcohol or nicotine; And a ban on products that attract children.
One of the main concerns with the draft rules is 10 mg THC limit the package.In Colorado and Washington state, there is a limit of 10 THC per dose (eg one gummy), but it is valid to have multiple packets in one package.
The ban on products addressed to children is also confusing. Under the law of cannabis, no legal herb can have a "mirror, shape or other sensory property or function that there is a reasonable basis to believe that young people can be challenged." However, it is unclear whether this means that something like chocolate or a cookie version of eating will be prohibited.
Drinks are an area where there was a huge amount of interest. Constellation Brands, the home of Corona Beer, is investing $ 5 billion in a licensed Canopy producer, and Molson Coors Canada has teamed up with Quebec LP Hydropotcary Corporation to develop herb drinks. Earlier this year, Trait Biosciences, a biotechnology research firm, said the key VICE and successful cannabis drinks would make cannabinoids soluble in water so that they kick faster (like a glass of wine) and their effects are more reliable.
Once they are legal, they are likely to grab a large chunk of the legal herb market. Deloitte's report found that six out of 10 consumers are likely to choose cannabis edible products, industry industries have been worth billions in the US.
The Government of Canada receives feedback on its proposed regulations by February 20, 2019.
The federal government has gone through a slew of new driving regulations deficient in 2018, in line with grassroots legalization. Some of the key points of the new regulations:
- Cops can now pull any driver and breathe them without suspicion of injury
- Heavier penalties for drunken driving
- New blood / THC limits, with penalties of up to 10 years in prison depending on the level of blood THC
- Police will now be allowed to use oral fluid tests to determine the amount of THC in the driver's body
Lawyers claim there are some issues with these laws, and that pulling the driver to breathe them without suspicion is unconstitutional. Also, there is no final relationship between the level of THC in a person's blood and injury. In addition, there are concerns about oral fluid testing devices not to be completely accurate at all temperatures. Expect to see some of these laws challenged in 2019.
Faced with increasing pressure, the federal government has finally announced a plan to expedite the Canadian amnesty process with criminal records for simple tool retention.
Specifically, the government said that Canadians who have served their time for possession will not have to deal with a $ 631 pardon application for payment, nor will they have to go through the waiting period (5 to 10 years) after serving their sentence to apply for pardon. The accelerated process is expected to be launched next year, but it remains effective.
Amnesty supporters argue that the government does not go too far because it does not offer to delete the records of those convicted, that is, they still have a criminal record.
There are about 500,000 Canadians who have a criminal record for holding possession and VICE News Investigation have found that black and local Canadians are detained disproportionately for possession.
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