Canadian Trucking Alliance pushes for drug testing regulations

According to a recent article published in Transport Topics, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) plans to continue urging government officials to establish a comprehensive drug and alcohol testing program. Following the Canadian federal election in October, a new group of officials was elected, and according to Jonathan Blackham, director of policy and public affairs for … Continued

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Quebec to raise legal age for cannabis purchase to 21

Under a new law passed by the Coalition Avenir Québec government, Québec residents will need to reach the age of 21 years and older to legally purchase cannabis. The law will take effect as of January 1, 2020, at which point Québec will have the highest legal age for cannabis use in the country. Currently … Continued

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Cough syrups with codeine to become controlled medications

According to new regulations by Health Canada, codeine-containing cough syrups will soon require a special type of prescription and will also be locked in vaults at pharmacies. Currently, most Canadian pharmacies also sell codeine in eight-milligram pills, mixed with two other ingredients, which can be purchased without a prescription. However, due to the opioid crisis … Continued

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Atlantic Canada struggles with access to medicinal cannabis

According to an article published in the Western Star, some residents of Atlantic Canada are having difficulty accessing medical cannabis which is required for their treatment. The article describes the struggles of a Nova Scotia patient Lindsay (last name not disclosed for legal reasons), who requires medical cannabis to alleviate the side effects from her … Continued

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Cannabis breathalyzers are on the way

An interdisciplinary research team from the University of Pittsburgh has developed a breathalyzer device which measures the amount of the primary psychoactive compound found in cannabis (tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC) in the test user’s breath. The team of researchers, led by Drs. Alexander Star and Ervin Sejdic, had begun the development of the device in 2016. … Continued

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Survey says 8% of employers allow cannabis use

According to the results of a new survey by Ipsos commissioned by ADP Canada, a human resources software company, approximately 8% of respondents stated that their employer allows recreational cannabis use in the workplace, in contrast to 86% of respondents who said their employer does not permit it. Researchers had polled 1,160 working Canadians aged … Continued

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Cree community struggles with black market

Over two hundred residents of the Quebec Cree community of Chisasibi have met to discuss social issues caused by the illegal sale of drugs and alcohol. The meeting was prompted by three youth suicides which took place since January 2019, resulting in the public consultation to address the social issues caused by bootlegging and drug … Continued

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More cannabis education needed for youth

The results of a new report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) showed that more than 23,500 young people in Canada, aged 10 to 24 years, were hospitalized due to substance use over the period of 2017-18, prior to cannabis legalization. Moreover, the data show that cannabis was responsible for 40% of these … Continued

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Cannabis edibles now legal!

One year following recreational cannabis legalization across Canada, cannabis-containing edibles, extracts and topical products have become legal. However, these new products will not be on sale until at least mid-December as licensed cannabis producers can only now submit their edible and topical products to Health Canada for approval. These products will then be subject to … Continued

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Cannabis edibles may pose new challenges

According to an article published in Canadian Occupational Safety, newly available edible cannabis products are stronger and have more lasting effects compared to those which are inhaled, posing potential new challenges to employees. On October 17, the legal production and sale of edible cannabis products, as well as cannabis extracts and topicals, took effect in … Continued

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