The former lead of the federally appointed task force for the legalization of cannabis says the first year has gone 'extremely well' but there are 'yellow flags veering to red' on vaping as laws governing the next wave of pot products come into force.
Weed-infused brownies, CBD-based hand creams and cannabis vaping products are now legal in Canada, but eager consumers will have to wait until at least mid-December -- and the province with the most licensed pot shops is signalling that early 2020 is more realistic.
Across the country, there are more than 500 licensed cannabis providers authorized to sell pot, though not all are up and running. That's compared with approximately 100 pot shops that opened on legalization day last year.
It's one year into Canada's experiment in legal marijuana and while many residents remain proud of Canada for bucking prohibition, a lot still buy cannabis on the sly, because taxes and other issues mean high-quality bud can cost nearly twice what it did before legalization.
Canadians wanting to cross the U.S. border are being asked different marijuana questions than they were before cannabis was legal, says an American immigration lawyer who represents numerous aging baby boomers denied entry to America for past pot use.
Public health concerns over vaping have cast a haze over expansion excitement in the cannabis market. The production and sale of cannabis derivatives -- edibles, extracts, topicals and vape products -- become legal Thursday on the one-year anniversary of the legalization of recreational cannabis.
The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. saw its shares plunge in early trading after the cannabis company said it was reviewing financing alternatives in order to complete construction at its facilities in Ancaster, Ont., and Valleyfield, Que.