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Manitoba government unveils hybrid retail and distribution model for recreational cannabis

November 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of Manitoba has unveiled a hybrid retail and distribution model for the recreational use of cannabis, one that involves both the public and private sectors. The model will see the Liquor and Gaming Authority (LGA) given an expanded

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Alberta drafts framework to manage cannabis legalization

October 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Alberta has become the latest province to draft framework to manage cannabis legalization ahead of the federal government’s plans in July of 2018. Albertans are invited to provide feedback on the draft framework by midnight MT on Oct. 27. A

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Leaf Forward launches “Canada’s first cannabis business accelerator”

October 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Leaf Forward – which describes itself as “Canada’s first cannabis business accelerator” – reported on Wednesday that it has launched successfully, hosting two founders classes, where 12 cannabis start-ups participated in a full day of “intensive mentoring” with industry leaders.

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Web-based Drug-Impaired Driving Learning Centre launched

September 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Just days after the province of Ontario announced that it would introduce legislation this fall that includes zero tolerance for drug-impaired driving for several classes of motorists, an organization and insurer have launched a Drug-Impaired Driving Learning Centre (DIDLC). The

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Ontario to introduce zero tolerance legislation for drug-impaired driving

September 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of Ontario announced on Monday morning that it will introduce legislation this fall that will include zero tolerance for drug-impaired driving for several classes of motorists. Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca announced the

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New Brunswick establishes Crown corporation to oversee non-medicinal cannabis

September 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of New Brunswick announced on Friday that a Crown corporation has been established to oversee the sale of non-medicinal cannabis in the province. The provincial Departments of Finance and Health said in a press release that the government

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LCBO to oversee 150 standalone cannabis retail stores, Ontario government says

September 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) will oversee approximately 150 standalone cannabis retail stores, the provincial government said on Friday as part of its “safe and sensible framework” to manage the Government of Canada’s plan to legalize cannabis by

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With marijuana legalization impending, now is not the time to lower the legal alcohol limit, CAA-Quebec argues

August 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government’s proposal to explore lowering the legal alcohol limit for drivers in a bid to improve road safety is “commendable,” but with cannabis due to be legalized in less than a year, now is not the right time

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Oral fluid drug screening devices can be “successfully used in Canada,” Public Safety Canada reports

June 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Results from the federal government’s oral fluid drug screening device pilot project suggest the devices can be “successfully used in Canada” to identify drivers who test positive for certain drugs in various conditions, Public Safety Canada (PSC) reported on Tuesday.

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Opposition MPs concerned about lack of a ‘ready, usable, reliable roadside screening device’ for marijuana impairment

May 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Opposition MPs spoke Monday in favour of a bill that would raise the maximum sentence for impaired driving causing death and let Canadian police test any legally-stopped driver for alcohol impairment but expressed strong concerns about the ruling Liberals’ plan

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1 in 10 Manitoba drivers participating in voluntary roadside surveys last fall tested positive for drugs: Manitoba Public Insurance

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One in 10 Manitoba drivers who participated in voluntary roadside surveys conducted last fall tested positive for drugs, according to the recently released survey findings. Manitoba Crown Services Minister Ron Schuler and Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) announced the findings of

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Growth Industry

March 1, 2017 Alexis Moulton, Partner; and Nathaniel Brenneis, Student-at-Law, McLennan Ross LLP

With Ottawa’s move to legalize marijuana for recreational use this year, weed looks to be a growth industry, indeed. With that growth, however, are a number of potential insurance issues related to the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana.