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2016 Canada Cannabis Year in Review

This year was a monumental one for marijuana in Canada, and as we bid 2016 farewell this weekend, here’s a look back at the biggest cannabis stories in our country this year.

  • Aurora launched same-day delivery in Calgary: the Licensed Producer launched same-day delivery services to those in Calgary and surrounding area for medical marijuana.
  • The billion-dollar boost marijuana would give our economy is examined: showing that marijuana legalization would be a $22.6-billion boost to Canada’s economy.
  • New medical marijuana research being funded by Arthritis Society of Canada: the Arthritis Society of Canada is funding medical marijuana research on fibromyalgia pain.
  • Ottawa’s legalization taskforce releases report with 80 recommendations: this 106-page report was big news for our industry! Highlighted recommendations include:
    • Set a national minimum age of purchase of 18, acknowledging the right of provinces and territories to harmonize it with their minimum age of purchase of alcohol
    • Prohibit mixed products, for example cannabis-infused alcoholic beverages or cannabis products with tobacco, nicotine or caffeine
    • Create a flexible legislative framework that could adapt to new evidence on specific product types, on the use of additives or sweeteners, or on specifying limits of THC or other components
    • Provide regulatory oversight for cannabis concentrates to minimize the risks associated with illicit production
    • Require all cannabis products to include labels identifying levels of THC and CBD
    • Conduct the necessary economic analysis to establish an approach to tax and price that balances health protection with the goal of reducing the illicit market
    • Commit to using revenue from cannabis as a source of funding for administration, education, research and enforcement
    • Regulate the production of cannabis and its derivatives (e.g., edibles, concentrates) at the federal level
    • Use licensing and production controls to encourage a diverse, competitive market that also includes small producers
  • ACMPR replaces the old MMPR in Canada: new medical marijuana rules came into effect for Canada, where the Access to Cannabis for Medical Marijuana Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) replaced the MMPR. The parts that make up ACMPR are:
    • (Similar to MMPR) Framework for commercial production by Licensed Producers for production and distribution of marijuana, quality-controlled by Health Canada.
    • (Similar to MMAR) New provisions for individuals to produce a “limited” amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes.
    • The continuation of MMPR activities by Licensed Producers

We posted hundreds of blogs this year on everything from medical benefits of marijuana for diseases, to cannabis recipes to the most frequently asked questions we get. You can catch up on everything you missed right here on our blog. And be sure to follow us on Twitter too!

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