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Canada Gets Ready for Legalized Recreational Marijuana on Oct. 17

Mat Beren and his friends used to drive by the vast greenhouses of southern British Columbia and joke about how much weed they could grow there. Years later, it’s no joke. The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some …

Canada’s Intact Financial Not Planning to Insure Recreational Cannabis Industry

Don’t expect Intact Financial Corp., Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer, to insure the recreational-cannabis industry anytime soon. “It’s not seen as the pot of gold that we should chase after,” Chief Financial Officer Louis Marcotte said Tuesday at the …

Big Insurers Still Taking a Pass on Marijuana Profits

Marijuana is already a multibillion-dollar business in the U.S. that’s drawing attention from some lawmakers eager for tax revenue and investors looking for profits. So far, however, some of the biggest insurers are taking a pass. Allianz SE, Hartford Financial …

Canada Delays Sales of Recreational Cannabis in Retail Stores as Legalization Looms

Canada’s largest province is delaying the launch of private marijuana sales in bricks-and-mortar stores until April 2019, nearly six months after the drug is legalized for recreational use. Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government said Monday it will start cannabis sales with …

Some Recreational Cannabis Products to Remain Banned Under New Canada Law

A key segment of Canada’s marijuana industry will remain banned for up to a year after the drug becomes legal for recreational use — making it harder for Justin Trudeau to kill off the black market. Edibles, beverages, and pot …

Canadian Health Insurers Reluctant to Provide Cover for Medical Marijuana

Sun Life Financial, Canada’s No. 2 insurer, recently started covering medical marijuana in its Canadian health insurance plan – more than 17 years after the country first legalized it. The coverage, which requires employers to pay a premium, extends only …

Marijuana Sales to Be Legal in Canada Starting in October: Trudeau

Marijuana sales will become legal in Canada beginning October 17, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday, making it the first major economy to legalize its recreational use. Stocks of marijuana producers, which have rallied in anticipation of legalization, extended …

Trump ‘Probably’ Will Back Lifting Federal Ban on Marijuana

President Donald Trump said last Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation’s legal landscape for pot users and businesses. The …

Massachusetts Cannabis Regulators Busy Rolling Out the Rules for Legal Pot

From “cannabis cafes” to “craft cooperatives,” regulators have been laying out a vision for what a potential multibillion dollar recreational marijuana industry might look like when retail sales begin next year in Massachusetts. The Cannabis Control Commission reached tentative agreement …