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NORML Canada Launches Post-Legalization Platform

By Drug Policy, News Media

NORML Canada
October 11, 2019 08:30 ET | Source: NORML Canada – www.norml.cainfo@norml.ca

NORML Canada launches official Post-Legalization platform to focus advocacy efforts on reforming Canada’s legal Cannabis system.

In light of the first year of legalization, NORML Canada has monitored the Canadian cannabis landscape closely, to determine the next steps for crafting achievable and functional reform of cannabis regulations.

The five key “pillars” established by NORML Canada are designed to help focus organizational resources to support our ongoing government and public outreach.

1) Increased Access
Our goal is to ensure consumers have ease of access to legal cannabis products, access to medical dispensaries, access to world-class product options, as well as access to affordable legal options.

2) Transitioning “Unregulated Market” into the legal framework
Creating avenues for the current unlicensed market to be welcomed as part of the legal cannabis industry in order to achieve the government’s stated goal of disincentivizing the illicit market.

3) Social discrimination protections
Putting in place protective regulations that remove stigma barriers and consequences for consumers in the workplace, housing, and family.

4) US relations – border & banking
Ensuring international respect for Canada’s sovereign laws. Removal of any unnecessary international banking/travel barriers for legal business and cannabis entrepreneurs.

​​5) Expungement, apologies, reparations & beyond
Government must acknowledge the fact that cannabis laws were historically unjust and discriminatory in the first place.

NORML Canada invites the public and press to join us at the historic Hotbox Lounge on Oct 17th, from 4-7pm to launch the new official platform, and to discuss the year-to-date.

NORML Canada proudly welcomes our sister chapter to the South – NORML Michigan, to share insights on Michigan’s newly passed legal recreational cannabis bill. Our combined goals are to understand how we can learn from and collaborate with one another.

About NORML Canada

NORML Canada is a non-profit, public interest, member operated and funded group, chartered at the federal level in Canada since 1978. US NORML advocates for consumers rights to access high quality, safe, convenient & affordable cannabis. NORML was founded in California, 1970.

Media inquiries Contact:
Abi Roach
Alex Krause
www.norml.cainfo@norml.ca

Lottery: Summary of lottery entries received by region August 20, 2019

By Drug Policy

Allocation Lottery: Topline Results

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
As set out in Ontario Regulation 468/18, the Government of Ontario gave the AGCO the mandate to hold an Allocation Lottery to determine who may apply for a Retail Operator Licence. The Lottery selection was completed on August 20, 2019 at 12:19pm EDT.

www.agco.ca/cannabis/summary-lottery-entries-received-region

Medical Federal Dispensary – Patient Questionnaire – Final

By Drug Policy

 

John W. Conroy QC:

Medical

I am attaching a “Patient Questionnaire” that I would ask all of you to send to all patients that you are aware of or are in contact with so that we can determine if there is a good satisfactory evidentiary basis for commencing an action in the Federal Court of Canada Trial Division seeking a declaration that “medical dispensary/compassion clubs” are an essential part of providing “reasonable access” for “medically approved patients” and the failure to provide for them in Part 14 of the Cannabis Act regulations is resulting in the violation of the ‘security of the person’ of these patients in an arbitrary manner contrary to s. 7 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and that the regulations are unconstitutional to that extent and seeking an Order that they be amended accordingly.

 

Please copy medicaldispensariescase@gmail.com on any emails you send to the patient’s or others that are not already on this list that you think may have contact with patients so that we can keep our contact list up-to-date and anticipate which patients we may also hear from sending completed questionnaires to that email address instead of lawyer or law firm addresses.

Download Medical Federal Dispensary – Patient Questionnaire (doc here) or (pdf here)

John W. Conroy QC
Conroy & Company
Barrister & Solicitor
2459 Pauline Street
Abbotsford, B.C.
Canada
V2S 3S1
www.johnconroy.com

 

Calgary cannabis crusader celebrates first 4-20 since legalization

By Drug Policy, News Media

April 20, 2019
Alanna Smith – Calgary Herald

image – “Kalika (left) joins dozens of participates at a 4 20 public rally while lighting up her bong and enjoying the atmosphere at City Hall. Saturday, April 20, 2019. Brendan Miller/Postmedia”

“Keith Fagan has been a lifelong cannabis crusader but as he celebrates the first 4-20 since legalization he says more advocacy work is needed to eliminate the stigma still clouding now-legal pot users.”

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/calgary-cannabis-crusader-celebrates-first-4-20-since-legalization


4-20 celebration in Calgary has a ‘different feel’ after prohibition lifted

April 20, 2019

Michael Franklin, Web Producer – CTV Calgary
April 20 has always been an unofficial holiday of sorts for cannabis users to enjoy their product and fight for its legalization. But even now that the drug is legal, some experts say the battle isn’t over.

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/4-20-celebration-in-calgary-has-a-different-feel-after-prohibition-lifted-1.43880552

Post-legalization, Alberta cannabis fans look ahead with 4-20 ‘protestival’

April 20, 2019

Emma McIntosh – Star Calgary
Omar Mosleh – Star Edmonton
EDMONTON AND CALGARY—Alberta’s first 4-20 celebration with legal cannabis felt a little less like a protest and a little more like a celebration..
https://www.thestar.com/calgary/2019/04/20/post-legalization-cannabis-users-look-ahead-with-4-20-protestival.html


Calgary Now: Is legal cannabis really coming? Part 1

April 20, 2019

Original broadcast April 26, 2016
Kevin Chorney – Shaw TV Calgary

YouTube Videohttps://youtu.be/Tt0ZhYTZpDA


Consultation: Strict regulation of edible cannabis, extracts and topicals

By Drug Policy, Government, Health Canada

From: Health Canada

Current Status: Open

This consultation opened on December 20, 2018. It will close on February 20, 2019.

We are seeking feedback on draft regulations to minimize the public health and public safety risks posed by:

edible cannabis
cannabis extracts
cannabis topicals

These cannabis products will be permitted for legal sale under the Cannabis Act no later than October 17, 2019.

Join in: How to participatehttps://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/programs/consultation-strict-regulation-edible-cannabis-extracts-topicals.html

Health Canada Infographic:

Health Canada  Infographic

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/resources/proposed-regulations-edible-cannabis-extracts-topicals.html