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 January 1 to 7, 2018:
- Federal government targets black – and grey – markets with legal cannabis: The legalization of cannabis in coming months will offer a clear opportunity for provinces to shut down the black market for the drug and put an end to any notion there are still “grey” areas in Canadian law, top Liberal officials said. [Globe and Mail]
- Marijuana use among baby boomers has increased, according to a Statistics Canada survey. The Statistics Canada report Experimental Estimates of Cannabis Consumption in Canada, 1960 to 2015 showed that around five million Canadians used pot in 2015 and many of them were older Canadians. Less than six per cent of consumers were in the 15-17 age range while two-thirds were over 25 years old. [St. Albert Gazette]
- 58% of Manitobans said they’d be comfortable with a marijuana store opening up in their neighbourhood. Probe Research Inc. polled 1,000 adults in the province between Nov. 23 and Dec. 14 and 58% of Manitobans said they’d be comfortable with a marijuana store opening up in their neighbourhood, as opposed to the 40% who opposed it and the 3% who were unsure. [Calgary Herald]
- Trump Administration Takes Step That Could Threaten Marijuana Legalization Movement: The viability of the multibillion-dollar marijuana legalization movement was thrown into new doubt on Thursday when the Trump administration freed prosecutors to more aggressively enforce federal laws against the drug in states that have decriminalized its production and sale, most recently California. [New York Times]
- The use of medical marijuana is soaring in Canada: People registered to use medicinal marijuana reached 235,621 by the end of September, up 40 percent from the end of March, according to quarterly figures released Thursday by Health Canada, the nation’s public health agency. About 0.6 percent of the country’s almost 37 million population use pot for pain and other afflictions. [Bloomberg]
- Jeff Mooij talks the future of cannabis legalization in Calgary and where things are at now: One man who hopes to expand into Calgary’s marijuana scene is Jeff Mooij, president and CEO of 420 Investments. He’s been in talks with the city, but said he understands that there’s not much that can be done at this point. [Global Calgary]