“July 1 was always a target date,” Tony Dean explained. “We’re going to see … a final vote by the Senate on June 7 that may require a bit of time for some amendments to be dealt with. But in a sense, if that bill is approved on June 7, cannabis will be legal in terms of the law — it just won’t be available for another few weeks.”
They’ve been raided, warned and put on notice. But as legalization looms, players who describe themselves as part of Toronto’s cannabis “grey market” say they simply aren’t going anywhere.
With Canada ahead in the medical pot game, companies are rushing to set up operations from Germany to Jamaica to become the go-tos in underdeveloped markets.
Broken down by province and territory, the average price for a gram of dried cannabis ranges from a low of $5.89 in Quebec to a high of $11.89 in Northwest Territories, compared to the nationwide average of $6.79, according to the data provided to CBC News.
While the Liberal government is still hoping its legislation will pass Parliament before July — even though it faces entrenched opposition from some Conservative senators — it recognizes it may take some provinces 8 to 12 weeks of further work after the law passes before consumers can purchase legal, recreational marijuana from storefronts.
Aurora Cannabis Inc. has inked a deal to buy a minority stake in an Edmonton-based liquor store corporation which plans to launch a brand of cannabis retail stores across Western Canada.
“Williams Lake has an abundance of key industrial land that would be perfect for growing cannabis in a legalized manner,” said city councillor Scott Nelson.
Licensed medical marijuana producer Aphria Inc. has calculated that the province’s 21-per-cent minimum pay jump from $11.60 to $14 per hour would add another $600,000 to its overall wage costs each year.