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Polar Bear Capital of the World Debating Sale of Legalized Marijuana

Polar Bear Capital of the World Debating Sale of Legalized Marijuana

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Aerial view of the port of Churchill, Manitoba Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – The northern Manitoba town known as the polar bear capital of the world may be remote, but it’s dealing with the same issue as many of the province’s municipalities — whether cannabis should be sold in the community once recreational use is legalized in July.

Town council has called a public forum for Tuesday to allow Churchill’s 900 residents living on the shores of Hudson Bay to weigh in.

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Legal Age to Smoke Pot in Manitoba to Be 19; Home-Growing Will Be Banned

Legal Age to Smoke Pot in Manitoba to Be 19; Home-Growing Will Be Banned

By The Canadian Press

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister (C) and Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen (R) listen in as Justice Minister Heather Stefanson talks about the Manitoba plan for cannabis retail and distribution at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, November 7, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba plans to set 19 as the minimum age to buy and use recreational marijuana once it’s legalized in July, but people would not be allowed to grow it at home for their own use.

Justice Minister Heather Stefanson said the homegrown prohibition is aimed at protecting the health and safety of children and youth.

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Feds Willing to Give More Pot Tax Revenue to Provinces to Help Municipalities

Feds Willing to Give More Pot Tax Revenue to Provinces to Help Municipalities

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

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Growing flowers of cannabis intended for the medical marijuana market are shown at OrganiGram in Moncton, N.B., on April 14, 2016. The Trudeau government is willing to give provinces and territories a bigger share of the revenue from a federal excise tax on cannabis, provided that the extra money is devoted to helping municipalities cope with the impact of legalizing recreational pot. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ron Ward)

OTTAWA – The Trudeau government is willing to give provinces and territories a bigger share of the revenue from a federal excise tax on cannabis, provided that the extra money is devoted to helping municipalities cope with the impact of legalizing recreational pot.

The feds have proposed giving provincial and territorial governments half of the estimated $1-billion annual excise tax take once weed becomes legal next July.

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Legalization of Recreational Weed Unlikely to Kill Pot Black Market Right Away

Legalization of Recreational Weed Unlikely to Kill Pot Black Market Right Away

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

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A man holds a joint between his lips during the annual 4-20 cannabis culture celebration at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on April 20, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

TORONTO – From texting a local dealer to dropping into a neighbourhood dispensary or ordering online, Canada’s black market for recreational marijuana has seen significant changes in recent years and, no doubt, will see more as the country hurtles toward a new world of legalization next summer.

What does seem clear, however, is that the illegal market is unlikely to disappear in a puff of smoke come legalization day.

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Safety a Priority for Manitobans Once Marijuana Legal: Survey

Safety a Priority for Manitobans Once Marijuana Legal: Survey

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Marijuana is photographed at the growing facility in Markham, Ont., on Thursday, January 7, 2016. The number of Canadians registered to purchase medical marijuana from licensed producers has exploded since the federal commercial-access program was introduced almost four years ago. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

WINNIPEG — A new survey conducted by the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba finds most people want safety behind the wheel to be a top priority once marijuana is legalized this summer.

The anonymous survey, conducted in September 2017, also found underage use a major concern for respondents.

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Second-Hand ‘Toke’ Could Lead to Failure of Workplace Drug Test: Study

Second-Hand ‘Toke’ Could Lead to Failure of Workplace Drug Test: Study

By The Canadian Press

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Production staff harvest marijuana plants inside the flowering room at Harvest One Cannabis Inc. in Duncan, B.C., on Friday, August 4, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

CALGARY – Researchers in Calgary say employees should be aware they could fail workplace drug tests due to second-hand smoke from marijuana.

A new research study from the University of Calgary says THC — the active ingredient in marijuana — is detectable in the body after as little as 15 minutes of exposure even if the person is not actively smoking it.

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Online Cannabis Dispensaries Join in On Black Friday Sales

Online Cannabis Dispensaries Join in On Black Friday Sales

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

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Cannabis seedlings at the new Aurora Cannabis facilty Friday, November 24, 2017 in Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

Online cannabis dispensaries are the latest to cash in on the holiday shopping frenzy, with some offering dramatic markdowns or novelty products as the season known for consumer spending gets underway.

Several online cannabis stores are holding Black Friday sales for the first time this year in an effort to stay competitive and draw new customers in what they call an increasingly competitive market.

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New Brunswick Says It’s the First Province to ‘Fully Secure’ Marijuana Supply

New Brunswick Says It’s the First Province to ‘Fully Secure’ Marijuana Supply

By The Canadian Press

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Marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn.in a June 17, 2015 file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jim Mone)

ATHOLVILLE, N.B. – New Brunswick says it has become the first province to fully secure its supply of recreational marijuana.

It announced a memorandum of understanding with Zenabis to provide four million grams of cannabis and derivative products with a retail value of about $40 million.

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Shoppers Drug Mart Issues Job Posting for Medical Marijuana Brand Manager

Shoppers Drug Mart Issues Job Posting for Medical Marijuana Brand Manager

By Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press

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The logo for Shoppers Drug Mart is shown in downtown Toronto, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima)

TORONTO – Shoppers Drug Mart is looking to hire a medical marijuana brand manager as it tries to position itself in the burgeoning cannabis market, even though it is not currently legal to distribute the drug through pharmacies.

A job posting on the website of Canada’s largest pharmacy says the senior brand manager role will entail leading its strategy and marketing activities to doctors and health-care providers in the cannabis space.

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Manitoba Hands Off Sale of Legal Marijuana to Budding Retailers

Manitoba Hands Off Sale of Legal Marijuana to Budding Retailers

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Growing flowers of cannabis intended for the medical marijuana market are shown at OrganiGram in Moncton, N.B., on April 14, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ron Ward)
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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announces the Manitoba plan for cannabis retail and distribution at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, November 7, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s plan for marijuana retail and distribution is no longer shrouded in a cloud of cannabis-filled smoke.

The province on Tuesday revealed its “hybrid model” for how the government will regulate, monitor and sell marijuana once it’s legalized on July 1, 2018.

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