This Week in Cannabis: Top Stories From Across Canada From June 8-14

Edibles Will Be Available in Canada in December 2019

The second wave of legalization will see three new classes of cannabis products become available to Canadians before the year is out.

In a teleconference with media outlets today, Health Canada unveiled their final plans to regulate cannabis edibles, extracts, and topicals. Coming into effect on October 17, 2019, the regulations provide a comprehensive set of rules that will govern the production and sale of those products.

Smoke-Free Ontario Act to Keep Vapes Hidden at Cannabis Stores

Even though vaporizer devices are lauded as a healthier alternative to smoking, customers are not allowed to preview or handle them before a purchase.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act initially targeted the display of e-cigarettes within retail stores, but due to its broad definition of “vaporizer”, the display of all cannabis devices are also included.

Huge Cement Blocks Bar Access to Illicit Toronto Dispensaries

In a continued effort to thwart Toronto’s illicit cannabis economy, city agents have escalated their enforcement approach.

Last week, massive cement blocks were left in front of illegal dispensaries, effectively blocking street access and impacting the sellers’ ability to open up shop for the day. Footage later emerged of privately-hired machinery removing the blocks.

Ontario Quietly Removes Illegal Dispensary Residence Loophole

The Government of Ontario quietly passed amendments to the province’s cannabis law in response to a “loophole” which allowed illegal dispensaries to remain open if they claimed someone was living on property and using it as a residence.

Mandatory fines were also implemented, relating to landlords who rent to illegal dispensaries along with individuals who enter illegal dispensaries after they have been served a closure order.

With files from Jesse B. Staniforth and Harrison Jordan. 

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