Senior driver faces charges after RCMP traffic stop leads to big seizure of cannabis edibles


A 68-year-old man from Twillingate, Nfld., is facing charges after Nova Scotia RCMP officers seized a “significant quantity of cannabis edibles” along with a shipment of illegal tobacco during a traffic stop on Wednesday.

The unnamed man’s vehicle, heading east along Highway 105, was spotted swinging between the shoulder and the demarcated lines by an RCMP officer on patrol, who subsequently pulled over the suspect in Wagmatcook, N.S.

Although the man did not appear to intoxicated, the officer opted to search the vehicle, which yielded a substantial haul of illicit products. According to an RCMP press release, the seizure included:


Tweed is closing 2 of its N.L. stores. Here's what's happening behind the scenes

Two Tweed locations in Newfoundland are closing after Cannabis NL — the recreational marijuana regulator of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation — optioned their expiring licences to competing company Atlantic Cultivation. 

The two affected locations are the shops on Water Street in St. John's and Broadway in Corner Brook. 

The NLC told CBC Radio's On The Go in an emailed statement the licences associated with the Water Street, Kenmount Road, and Corner Brook Tweed locations were part of Canopy Growth's production agreement with the province signed in 2018. Canopy Growth is the parent company of Tweed.

But production never took off.


'These products can be used to target children': N.L. liquor corp. issues a warning over contraband cannabis

Newfoundland and Labrador’s seizure of cannabis copies of popular chip, candy and cookie brands is a perfect example of why people should only shop at legal weed retailers and an apt opportunity to cite the need for vigilance, authorities say.

It was anything but the real thing last week when members of Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation’s (NLC) regulatory compliance and enforcement department received custody of 375 packages of cannabis chips, candy and cookies, as well as 300 assorted candies, imitated to look like non-weed products.


Mounties in Newfoundland and Labrador to soon be armed with new drug-screening devices

It won’t be long before Newfoundland and Labrador’s RCMP is equipped with portable roadside drug-screening devices, the police service has announced.

Representing another tool to aid officers with suspected cannabis drug-impaired driving investigations, the devices “will be rolling out to various areas of the province in the near future,” according to the RCMP. In the next few weeks, 21 such devices will be distributed in locations across the province.


Newfoundland looks to add more cannabis retail stores, improve delivery times for online ordering

Over the past year, cannabis purchasing habits in Newfoundland and Labrador have mirrored growth in the entire country, which saw sales peak last December before falling in the first month of 2021.

But sales in Newfoundland and Labrador have increased despite long delivery times and a strike that affected more than half the province’s 30 cannabis retailers, reports CBC.


Cannabis in Canada – Everything you MUST know!

In 2018, Canada made a historical decision by legalizing medicinal and recreational marijuana. It is also the first G7 nation to allow marijuana use. Even after two years, the demand for marijuana keeps on rising in Canada.

If you’re a cannabis connoisseur, read on to learn amazing facts about cannabis in Canada.

Cannabis Legalization in Canada

After prohibiting cannabis for almost 80 years, the Canadian government launched the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) program in 2001. This policy allowed legal access to marijuana for Canadians who couldn’t find relief through regular medication.

The MMAR ultimately transformed into the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) in 2013, having a more liberal approach.


Canopy shuts the joint down: Was a dream of industrial cannabis in N.L. just a puff of smoke?

There was something in the air — yeah, it was probably what you think, but also a sense of excitement and maybe even a little history — when the first retail weed was legally sold in Canada. 

News cameras were there in October 2018 to catch the lineup at the Tweed store on Water Street — not the type of retailer that the downtown St. John's merchants of decades past would have predicted, but times had changed. 

Right after midnight on Oct. 17, time zones made it possible for Tweed and its local competitors to be the first in Canada to start ringing in sales. 

Soon after, a ceremonial sod-turning happened in another part of St. John's, as Canopy Growth — Tweed is Canopy's retail arm — showed it was at the forefront of a newly legal industry. 


Canopy Growth announces cannabis production facility in St. John's will not be opening

Sign outside Canopy office

Company says 14 positions will be affected, but if operations had started they were expected to create 145 jobs

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Canopy Growth is announcing it will not be opening its production facility in St. John’s.
Fourteen jobs will be “impacted,” according to the Canopy vice-president of communications Jordan Sinclair.

In a news release, Sinclair described the decision as "difficult," but apparently it is not one that came about suddenly. He also said it was made as part of a strategic business review that began earlier this year.

St. John's is not alone in being affected by the move. The company is also closing facilities in Fredericton, N.B.; Bowmanville, Ont, and Edmonton, as well as its outdoor production sites in Saskatchewan.


Dominion strike leaves central Newfoundland shoppers with no cannabis retailer

The almost four-week-old Dominion strike is turning into a major buzzkill for cannabis enthusiasts in central Newfoundland, who have been left with no retail outlets for miles.

Dominion was granted the only two initial retail licenses for cannabis sales in the central part of the province, and the store's contract dispute with Unifor Local 597 has led to the closure of both establishments — as well as eight others across the province.

"It's just a big bummer all around, really," said Jennifer Warren, a resident of Gambo. "You gotta order stuff online — and with COVID, too, the mail thing slows everything down."

Warren says cannabis is part of her daily routine with her boyfriend, but ordering by mail is just not the same.


Strike by Loblaw-owned Dominion grocery store workers prompts 40 percent of Newfoundland's cannabis stores to close

In a first for Canada’s nascent legal cannabis industry, recent labour action by Dominion grocery store workers has shuttered over a third of Newfoundland and Labrador’s brick-and-mortar cannabis stores.


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