This Week in Cannabis: Top Stories From Across Canada From August 17-23

Published on August 23, 2019 · Last updated July 28, 2020
Jesse Milns/Leafly

This week in Cannabis: A new record-suspension bill might be missing the mark, a study found that cannabis retail stores in the country are concentrated in low-income areas, and Ontario announced their latest retail lottery winners, to some contention.

We’ve rounded up this week’s top stories from across CanadaExplore the World’s Largest Strain Database

Northern Canadians Unlikely to Benefit From New Record-Suspension Bill

Across Nunavut, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories, 2,627 people were convicted of cannabis possession in the final two decades of prohibition.

The new record-suspension Bill C-93 claims it is a “no cost” solution to petty cannabis convictions, however, there is an out of pocket cost to apply and order criminal records.

Canadian Cannabis Retail Stores Concentrated in Low-Income Areas

A new research partnership between the Ottawa Hospital, the University of Ottawa, and the Bruyère Research Institute (also in Ottawa) released the findings of a peer-reviewed study in CMAJ Open on the geography of the 260 cannabis retail stores open across Canada during the first six months of legalization.

Here’s Where Ontario’s Next Crop of Legal Cannabis Stores Will Open

Recently, Ontario’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission released the names and proposed locations selected for the province’s next wave of legal cannabis retail.

In total, and provided the winners can meet the criteria required for licensing, 50 new locations are set to open, with 42 spread out across the province and another eight located within First Nations communities.

Some of the winners, however, have proven remarkably contentious.

With files from Jesse B. Staniforth and Leafly Canada Staff

To Do List

Meet and Green Presents – Buds & Board Games

EDMONTON, AB : Next Thursday, take a break from your screens and hang out face-to-face with other tokers who will welcome you into their deathgrips as you duke it out over a match of Settlers, Risk, and all the other board games the Table Top Cafe has to offer. Tickets are $10 for this 19+ event.

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Kush & Kanvases Paint Class

WINNIPEG, MB: Tickets are $39.99 to this weekly 19+ event that’s billed as “Canada’s first cannabis painting experience!” BYOC

FLORA: An Intimate Evening with Allume, Fall for Vee & Friends

MONTREAL, QC: Next Thursday, celebrate cannabis and the female spirit at this event that brings together kick ass women in cannabiz. Admission is $15 and includes discussions, Q&As, photo experiences, pop up shops, munchies, swag bags, and more! 18+.

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