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Paid Recreational Cannabis Legalization: Are your HR policies ready?

January 9, 2019 David Smagata, DAS

  Did you know, medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 1999? Since then there have been numerous amendments to the laws, as well as a significant increase in Canadians who have purchased medical cannabis. According to Health Canada

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Direct damage coverage available for cannabis product movement

November 2, 2018 by Jason Contant

A United States-based underwriter of marine cargo coverage has entered the Canadian cannabis market with a product that provides direct damage coverage to goods moving through the supply chain. North Kingstown, RI-headquartered Falvey Cargo Underwriting, which has a Canadian office

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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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Pot firms have deficiencies in disclosures to investors, regulators say

October 10, 2018 Armina Ligaya - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Cannabis industry companies have several “deficiencies” in their disclosures to investors, including insufficient information in their financial statements, Canadian securities regulators say. The Canadian Securities Administrators reviewed the disclosures of 70 public companies in the marijuana industry and

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Canadian drivers don’t fully understand cannabis impairment

October 4, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadians know that driving while high on marijuana causes a risk to road safety, but they don’t seem to understand cannabis impairment fully, according to a recent Leger poll conducted on behalf of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). Eighty-four

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How this province is limiting the scope of cannabis risk

September 27, 2018 by Jason Contant

Ontario will soon introduce legislation defining the scope of recreational marijuana use, just weeks before the federal government is scheduled to legalize pot on Oct. 17. The governing Progressive Conservative Party is introducing a tightly-regulated regime in which municipalities will

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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 stores in this province face strict rules for displays and security

September 13, 2018 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Store owners who will sell cannabis in Manitoba will face strict rules about how they display and secure the drug when its recreational use becomes legal next month. New rules set by the province will require that stores

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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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How cannabis legalization could re-word home insurance policies

August 29, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If carriers do what one insurance defence lawyer advises, your clients could get new exclusionary language in their home insurance policies as a result of cannabis legalization. Insurers who are concerned about the risk of fire and burglary arising from