With so much changing day-to-day with medical cannabis and the looming legalization date in Canada, it can be easy to miss some of the updates. We publish weekly recap blogs of the top stories from the cannabis world, so you can stay in the know.
News cycle for October 9 to 15, 2017:
Editorial: Leave pot to businesses: Legalizing the substance is the easy part. More difficult is deciding how the drug will be sold to customers, where retail outlets will be located, where cannabis can be smoked and how police will be able to detect those who have consumed too much pot. [Calgary Herald]
Black market will thrive if Alberta government runs marijuana stores, says mid-level dealer: The black market will continue in Alberta if the province goes with a government-run sales model for recreational marijuana when it’s legalized next year, predicts a mid-level dealer who has been selling dope in Calgary for nearly 20 years. “If it goes Ontario’s model, I become richer,” said the dealer, who spoke to CBC Calgary News on the condition of anonymity. [CBC]
- Medical patients should come first if there is a marijuana shortage, says patient advocate: It’s a worry sparked by an inconvenient truth: if Canada legalizes recreational marijuana, as planned, by next summer, there probably won’t be enough pot to go around. Health Canada says it expects growers to give priority to medical patients who rely on cannabis for everything from chronic pain to insomnia. [Ottawa Citizen]
- Colorado’s 2017 marijuana sales reach $1 billion in just eight months: Legal marijuana is a bona fide billion-dollar industry in Colorado. And it’s hitting the mark faster than ever. In 2017, Colorado eclipsed $1 billion in marijuana sales in eight months; in 2016, it took 10 months. [The Cannabist]
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