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This Week in Cannabis: Top Stories From Across Canada From July 20-26

July 29, 2019
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This week in Cannabis: CAFE continues to clash with Toronto Police, WeedMD partners with Ignite, Québec proposes a ban on infused candy, Newfoundland launches the first provincial cannabis review, and a Kitchener festival hopes to roll the world’s longest joint.

We’ve rounded up this week’s top stories from across Canada

Illicit Toronto Dispensary Refuses to Be Stonewalled

In the ongoing saga of Toronto’s beloved-yet-unlicensed cannabis dispensary, CAFE isn’t letting up in the face of constant raids, charges, and physical deterrents.

Recently, bylaw enforcement officials installed some more 4,000 pound cement blocks in front of their storefronts, effectively blocking staff and customer access to the store. The CAFE team has since moved their sales outside, to the sidewalk.

CAFE Customer Charged With Possession of 1 Gram of Illicit Cannabis

In response to CAFE’s brazen reopenings, one 37-year-old Toronto man was arrested and charged for possessing one gram of illicit cannabis purchased at the establishment.

That’s on top of the 18 arrests made previously in connection to CAFE’s continued operations.

WeedMD Announces Partnership With Ignite Cannabis, Sparks Backlash

Canna-Twitter is not the biggest fan of WeedMD’s announced partnership with controversial Dan Bilzerian-helmed Ignite Cannabis. Observers are noting the disconnect between WeedMD’s gender-balanced workforce and Ignite’s obsession with scantily-clad brand ambassadors.

Wildfire collective founder and CEO Mark Spear said of the decision, “Surprising and disappointing. This is not a good role model to say the least.”

No Candy for Québec! Province Proposes Ban on Sale of Infused Sweets

Québec’s Coalition Québec Avenir (CAQ) Government announced new regulations on Wednesday that will ban the sale of all cannabis ingestible products such as candies, cookies, brownies, and other desserts when those products become legal throughout the rest of the country this fall.

Legal experts believe this proposal has a slim chance of standing up against any Supreme Court challenges in the future.

Corporate Interests and Health Coverage Under Review in Newfoundland & Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Auditor General Julia Mullaley announced in early June that her office would review the province’s cannabis industry broadly.

Main concerns include corporate interests, keeping profits in the province, and health coverage for medical consumers.

Kitchener Cannabis Festival Hopes to Roll World’s Longest

Organizers for this September’s Cannabis Festival in Kitchener, Ontario are looking to break a Guinness World Record with a joint measuring 110 feet.

Is Guinness World Records willing to recognize the feat? That’s another question entirely.

With files from Jesse B. Staniforth, Harrison Jordan, Amy German, and Terri Coles

To Do List

Kush & Kanvases Paint Class

WINNIPEG, MB: On Monday nights at 7 p.m., “Canada’s first cannabis painting experience” is open for your creative catharsis. Tickets are $39.99, 19+, BYOC.

420 with Matt Besser

MONTREAL, QC: Off-JFL & Zoofest presents this comedy showcase featuring Matt Besser and friends performing 420-infused material.

Pot Yoga

HALIFAX, NS: Get lit and get fit! This 19+ yoga session kicks off by enjoying cannabis for the first 30 minutes followed by a one-hour class that continues to incorporate cannabis. $13.05 + HST per person, and the first class is free!

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