Cannabis edibles for sale by Christmas in most Canadian Provinces
Some Canadians with be able to get cannabis edibles for the Christmas season starting today. But not every province will have the option. The edibles will likely not be available in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta until sometime in January. These provinces have more strict regulations as they have distribution systems of their own.
Lisa Campbell, a retail cannabis expert told CTV News, “Unfortunately it’s just standard government bureaucracy,” she went on to say, “These are the same timelines as was always expected from the big provinces that have government distribution. Everything has to go through the government warehouse before it gets out to retail.”
Some edibles will come in the form of baked goods, drinks, gummies and more.
Licensed producers can send products straight to retailers in most provinces. Canadian companies were required to give a 60-day notice to Health Canada prior to selling the products. The notice expired on Tuesday.
B.C., Manitoba and Saskatchewan
A store located on Vancouver Island is expecting lots of different kinds of edible orders. The owner of Coast range cannabis, Sheila Rivers said, “Fingers crossed that there won’t be any delay in our holiday delivery.”
Some Saskatoon stores were expecting products to arrive by Tuesday. Geoff Conn, general manager of The Pot Shack in Saskatoon said, “I tell you, it’s going to be like Christmas all over again for everybody.”
In Manitoba, products could be arriving this week according to Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.
Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
In Newfoundland and Labrador, they have a more direct approach to cannabis retail. Producers can sell their products on location which means that the edibles could be available throughout the province at some point this week.
According to the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. Nova Scotia could have a small amount of edibles available by December 23.
New Brunswick could get “limited shipments” this week according to BNN.
Ontario, Quebec and Alberta
Things are happening at a slower pace in Alberta. Edibles will not be available until close to the middle of January. According to the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis agency.
An AGLC spokesperson said, “Once product is ordered, shipped to us, received and put into inventory, retailers will be able to place their orders.”
In Quebec, edibles could be on shelves and ready to sell by January 1 according to The Societe Quebecois du Cannabis (SQDC). Fabrice Giguere, a spokesperson for the SQDC said there will be “limited product offering that will increase progressively over time throughout winter and spring.”
“Like we said on many occasions, this new wave of legalization is not a race.”
In Ontario, edibles will slowly become available by early 2020. The Ontario Cannabis store plans to sell the edibles online as well as in stores.
Conservative leadership candidate, Peter MacKay, is not a fan of the legalization of marijuana. He says he is worried about how it will affect driving, mental health and young people according to Vice.
During an interview with the Kelowna Daily Courier MacKay said that he believes the legalization of marijuana was “forced” and it should only have been decriminalized.
“It should have been decriminalized and that’s where our government was heading on the advice of the Canadian Police Association and chiefs of police. Bringing in a phased-way with decriminalization would have been far preferable. What I most worry about is the impact on young people, the mental health implications, the impaired driving implications,” said MacKay.
Stats Canada released information that conflicts with some of MacKay’s views. The statistics show that consumption of marijuana in 15-17-year-olds has dropped 10 percent since its legalization.
MacKay described the legalization as a “back-of-a-napkin promise that the current prime minister had made.”
He also called the attempt by the government to reduce black market sales a “complete failure.”
“I believe we have jumped the shark on that issue. More emphasis on protecting people from other drugs, fentanyl and oxycontin has to be part of any plan that’s there for public health reasons.” MacKay continued.
“The promise that it (legalization) was going to reduce the black market has been a complete failure. There’s now simply more marijuana available to more people, including young people. I don’t think that’s the most productive and highest priority that a government could pursue.”
MacKay is not the only politician against cannabis legalization. Former Conservative MP Julian Fantino compared legalization to murder in an old interview with the Toronto Sun, Fantino said, “I guess we can legalize murder, too, and then we won’t have a murder case”
In 2015, Fantino said he was still “completely opposed to legalization of marijuana”
Get ready Quebecers under 21, the over-priced, under-stocked legal provider of cannabis in the province will no longer sell to you!
The Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government’s legislation raising the minimum age for smoking marijuana from 18 to 21 will go into full effect starting Wednesday.
The age raise means that Quebecers under the age of 21 will no longer be allowed to possess or purchase recreational cannabis.
The legal drinking age in Quebec remains 18, the province has no plans on raising it.
This move is very interesting, as a significant portion of marijuana consumers in the under 21 age category chose to use the drug under criminalization less than 14 months ago.
Furthermore, the black market which accounted for 82% of all marijuana products bought in Quebec during the first year of legalization has ample enough supply to provide to anyone under the age of 21.
That black market is notably no longer hidden behind a web of connections.
It is out in the open and can be regularly accessed through uber-like services on the web.
That means that while illegal, it is likely that most individuals under 21 will not reduce their consumption, but rather just switch their provider from a legal one to an illegal one.
According to the Associated Press, a Florida waitress who was in need of money after an expensive car repair bill was given a $2,000 tip on Christmas Eve by her well-wishing regular customers.
Lynette Baio had apparently shared the news of her financial woes with her regular customers, and filled with the Christmas spirit, they took action and helped their favourite waitress out.
AP reports that “last month, Baio spent $2,000 on a car repair, and the topic came up in conversation with the couple a few weeks ago. When they returned for dinner Christmas Eve, they left the check as a tip, along with a message that said ‘Merry Christmas and restore your savings. God bless you.'”
“They started to walk out and I picked it up and I was like, ‘What?’ and I started crying and he started crying and she starting crying and it was just totally amazing,” Baio said to a local television affiliate in Tampa.
Baio spent the money on presents for her family and loved ones.
A Christmas miracle occurred in Nebraska, where a “Purple Heart” veteran woke up out of a coma after suffering a brain injury.
Tony Belt can now sit up straight and enjoy the Christmas holidays with his wife and three kids.
“[The kids] talk to him and play with him,” Kyli, Tony’s wife, told KETV-TV. “The baby even lays in bed with him.”
Just three months ago, Tony fell 5.5 metres from a scissor lift while working in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Doctors said that he may never wake up, even though he showed signs of minor improvement.
“The doctors told me he probably wasn’t going to make it to the weekend,” said Kyli.
However, his will and determination got the better of the coma and he started moving.
“Last week, he started moving his left side, opening his eyes,” Kyli said.
Tony spent eight years serving in the American army and was deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea. He was shot twice and survived a tank explosion.
He received a Purple Heart, a military decoration awarded to those wounded or killed while serving.
His willpower could not be crushed, and he continued to fight on for survival.
The family has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for his rehabilitation. It’s since raised more than US$15,000.