This Week in Cannabis: Top Stories From Across Canada From Jul. 27-Aug. 2

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This week in Cannabis: A compassion society in British Columbia has closed its doors after 20 years of community service, Osheaga’s cannabis policy is a strict one, and an agricultural competition slated for the fall has added its very own cannabis category.

We’ve rounded up this week’s top stories from across Canada

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Vancouver Island Compassion Society Closes After 20 Years

For 20 years the Vancouver Island Compassion Society has helped sick and ailing members of its community with affordable access to cannabis.

In the face of Health Canada’s new regulations concerning product displays and permissible conversations around product, the organization doesn’t quite fit the new retail marketplace.

“They’re glorified jewelry stores, very glitzy, very hip. It’s a retail market—it’s not a community health service,” said employee Robin Krause.

You Can Bring Cannabis to Osheaga, but Only If It’s Sealed

Osheaga hits Montreal’s Parc Jean Drapeau this weekend, and for the cannabis inclined, there are some policy stipulations you should understand before attending.

Rather than attempt to insist Montrealers, Quebec’s most enthusiastic cannabis consumers, not to smoke cannabis while at Osheaga, the festival has instead made only one demand of attendees: if you bring cannabis, it has to be a legal product bought at the SQDC (or other Canadian legal recreational seller)—and the package has to be sealed, presumably with its tax stamp intact.

This Fall Fair in BC Has a ‘Cannabis’ Category—and the Mayor’s Judging

Birtish Columbia’s Grand Forks Fall Fair has opened its agricultural competitions to cannabis cultivation for this September’s festivities. Judges, including Mayor Brian Taylor, will pick the region’s best indoor and outdoor grows in an effort to honour the local cannabis community.

Danna O’Donnell, president of the Grand Forks Fall Fair, says cannabis “has been a really big part of our area for many, many years.”

With files from Jesse B. Staniforth and Harrison Jordan

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CannaFest 2019

GRAND FORKS, BC: Air out your drug rug and have your pot leaf socks knocked off at one of Canada’s most mind blowing Classic and Hard Rock festivals that’s also dedicated to the goodness of greenery. Next weekend, catch sets from The Beach Boys, Cheap Trick, Lita Ford, Warrant, Bret Michaels, and so many more!

Cannabis Muskoka Expo

BAYSVILLE, ON: On Aug. 3, Cottage country gets their own canna-shindig with the Cannabis Muskoka Expo, presented by Circle of Growth. The festival will feature talks from industry leaders like Mark J. Winter of the Cannabis Relief Counsel, Craige McEachern of the Kawartha Knowledge Share Co-op, and Danyka Dunseith of the CannaCollective, a first generation hemp farmer. Get expert advice on edibles from Canna-Chef Matthew Hawkins of Facade. Tickets range between $20 and $50 for this 19+ event.

Peace East 420 Fest ‘19

UPPER STEWIACKE, NS: This three day festival celebrating cannabis “med-u-cation” is next weekend for Nova Scotia residents. Organizers are presenting cannabis themed camping sites, comedy shows, art exhibitions, and musical performances.