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Rates likely to rise if pot legalization leads to more impaired driving

October 30, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If cannabis legalization results in more stoned drivers, auto insurance rates could rise, a comparison shopping provider suggests. Some Criminal Code offences for marijuana possession were taken off the books effective Oct. 17. This means it is no longer a

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The cannabis myth that CAA is trying to debunk

October 22, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A recent experiment in Montreal shows that people who smoked a small fraction of a joint were much riskier drivers than if they drove sober, the Canadian Automobile Association suggests. CAA funded a study at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health

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How marijuana legalization could impact workplace risk

September 20, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian workplaces are likely to see an increase in marijuana use but the changes resulting from cannabis legalization next month will be “more evolutionary than revolutionary,” suggests a speaker scheduled to address next month’s Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO)

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Risk appetite for marijuana ‘all over the map’

September 17, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Some insurance companies “want no part” of covering risks related to cannabis in Canada, an industry analyst warns. As of Oct. 17, it will be legal in Canada for adults to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis for

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Cannabis legalization raises questions on host liability

September 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The legalization of marijuana next month leaves some key questions for commercial clients who serve alcohol. “What if an individual comes in already smelling of marijuana and the bartender is unsure what their level of impairment is?” asked Mouna Hanna, 

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Liability risk for private pot retailers

August 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Your retail client could be at risk of a lawsuit if it starts selling cannabis, but the exposure may not be the same as the liability risk of a bar serving alcohol, an insurance defence lawyer suggests. Whether a retailer

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Hub’s Top 3 pot risks

August 23, 2018 by Jason Contant

As cannabis comes closer to being legalized in Canada, Hub International told Canadian Underwriter the three major risks the brokerage has faced while writing cannabis insurance for the past four years. One of them is cash-on-hand, meaning pot producers have money

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Hub introduces new cannabis insurance and risk services for Canada

August 15, 2018 by Jason Contant

Global insurance brokerage Hub International announced Wednesday that it has launched cannabis insurance and risk services for the Canadian market. The offering, under Hub’s agribusiness and farm specialty practice, is also available in the United States. It provides medical and

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Ontario to sell pot online in fall, in private retail stores by April 2019

August 14, 2018 Shawn Jeffords - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Recreational cannabis will be sold online in Ontario when legalized this fall and in private retail stores across the province early next year, the government announced Monday, reversing the previous administration’s plan to distribute cannabis through publicly owned

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Many Canadians driving high: Statistics Canada

August 9, 2018 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – A new Statistics Canada survey has found about 1.4 million Canadians reported they had been a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who had consumed cannabis in the previous two hours. In addition, one in seven cannabis

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Nova Scotia defends controversial plan to sell cannabis in liquor stores

July 26, 2018 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia is defending its unique cannabis retail scheme that will sell weed in existing liquor stores amid criticisms the arrangement poses a public health risk. A Halifax psychology professor issued a news release criticizing the model, which

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The client that should resemble a jail

July 18, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Once the new cannabis regulations take effect this October, commercial brokers servicing marijuana-producing clients should ask clients what they are doing to keep their production facilities secure. If a commercial underwriter gets an application for insurance from a cannabis grower,