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Loss control for grow-ops

March 19, 2018 Marc Raymond, Vice President, Professional Development Specialist, Afirm Solutions

As the cannabis industry transitions from underground to mainstream, licensed cannabis producers, processing facilities and dispensaries will require coverages akin to a myriad of other crop products and processing industries. From a loss control point of view, we need to

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Risk of workplace cannabis use

March 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The “unintended consequences” of legalizing marijuana will increase the risk of accidents in British Columbia’s forestry and oil and gas sectors, one politician warns, while a Saskatchewan government official said Thursday all workplace policies need to address cannabis use. Brokers

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Insurance implications of marijuana legalization

March 2, 2018 Jennifer Huneault and Jason Arcuri

With legalization of recreational marijuana use slated to take effect in Canada on July 1, 2018, challenge and change is on the horizon. But with change also comes great opportunity, not only for businesses and industries directly involved in the

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‘Behind in our preparation:’ Nunavut rushing to meet pot deadline

February 20, 2018 The Canadian Press

IQALUIT, Nunavut – With marijuana legalization only months away, members of Nunavut’s new government are finally discussing how the territory will handle the change. “We do feel behind in our preparation,” said Dan Carlson, Nunavut’s deputy minister of finance. The

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Dispute erupts between Quebec and Ottawa over personal cultivation of pot plants

February 9, 2018 The Canadian Press

QUEBEC – Ottawa’s plan to legalize marijuana is causing a rift with Quebec over how many plants are allowed to be grown at home. The federal government’s bill allows Canadians to cultivate up to four pot plants, while Quebec doesn’t

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Politicians push for impaired driving prevention week

February 6, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

With the federal government preparing to legalize recreational marijuana by no later than July, politicians from the three major parties spoke Friday in favour of designating the third week of March National Impaired Driving Prevention Week. “Marijuana legalization will result

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Marijuana driving deaths: the new highway scourge?

December 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Marijuana is trending to be an even bigger killer on the roads than alcohol, according to stats on fatal driving accidents between 2000 and 2014. “What we see is an increasing percentage of fatally injured drivers in Canada who tested

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Marijuana impairment-related losses could potentially trigger GL policies: RIMS speaker

September 27, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Insurers would be well-advised to track the evolving marijuana risk to determine if impairment-related loss history could trigger defence and indemnification obligations under employers’ general liability policies, it was suggested Tuesday during a session at the RIMS Canada Conference in

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MPI launches public awareness campaign on drug-impaired driving

September 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) will be launching a “broad public awareness and education campaign” to raise awareness about the dangers and consequences of drug-impaired driving in advance of the expected federal legalization of recreational use of marijuana next year. Manitoba

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‘Safety sensitive position’ should be defined in federal statute: Employment lawyer

September 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Federal labour law should be changed to prohibit employees from entering their workplaces under the influence of marijuana without “medical authorization” and to stipulate what exactly constitutes a “safety sensitive position,” a law firm recommended Thursday to the House of

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Social Impact

July 10, 2017 Michael Blinick, Partner; and Sean Valentine, Associate Lawyer, McCague Borlack LLP

All hosts know there are several elements that need to be properly planned when hosting a social function: the company, the food, the music and, of course, the refreshments. With the anticipated legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada, however, could a social host face exposure if marijuana is provided and something unexpected happens?

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How legalizing pot will affect your insurance policies

June 5, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The impending legalization of marijuana in Canada raises a number of legal issues related to property insurance policies, Michael Teitelbaum, a partner with Hughes Amys LLP, said last week at ARC Group Canada’s 2017 annual seminar and cocktail event. In