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 29 to February 5, 2018:
- Crackdown on illegal Robson Street pot market the right move. Until the federal government passes a law that legalizes the recreational use of marijuana, widely expected to happen sometime this summer, selling cannabis is illegal. Not only was the Robson Street open-air pot market dealing in an illegal product, it was operating in a public space without permission. [Vancouver Sun]
- Statistics Canada released their ‘Cannabis Stats Hub’. In 2017, some 4.9 million Canadians, about 14% of the country’s total population, spent an estimated $5.7 billion on cannabis. [Leafly]
- Victoria scores legal victory in closing unauthorized pot shops. The City of Victoria is marking a legal victory in its efforts to regulate the locations of cannabis stores and shut down ones that ignore its rules. On Friday the B.C. Supreme Court ruled against the Green Dragon Medicinal Society’s challenge of a city council decision to reject the store’s rezoning application. [CBC]
- As legalization looms, more Metro Vancouver cities outlaw dispensaries and cannabis production. On Tuesday, Delta held a public hearing on a sweeping bylaw change that includes, among many other items, the prohibition of cannabis dispensaries. White Rock held a public hearing on Monday to ban dispensaries within city limits. [CBC]
- Alcohol sales dropped 15% in states with medical marijuana laws. A joint study by researchers at two U.S. universities and one in South America claims a reduction in the U.S.’s overall alcohol consumption appears directly related to the rise of medical marijuana laws. [Forbes]