David’s Teas called, they want their packaging back
Health Canada unveiled its packaging and labelling requirements for licensed producers this week, leaving many… underwhelmed. The bare-bones containers and bags are devoid of any potential for creativity, looking like something akin to No Name brand minus the charm. Some amusingly worried they might have a hard time distinguishing their bags of weed from their bags of David’s Teas.
How long before I mistake my weed for my David's Tea collection? pic.twitter.com/v5Zpx4zvVN
— Erin Tolley (@e_tolley) March 19, 2018
Here’s what others had to say about the packaging:
Here’s the thing about cannabis packaging and marketing. Government wants it boring. We don’t. We know cannabis is fun, exciting, flavourful, sensory - all the things we rejoice in when talking food, wine, drink. After years of arrests and jails, we don’t want 2d class status.
— KirkTousaw (@KirkTousaw) March 21, 2018
I am an Alcohol beverage consumer, but how is this packaging OK for this so called Safety-for-Minors? And Cannabis is restricted to a pill bottle essentially covered with warning labels - the safer of the two products...sugar and alcohol is a proven killer..... pic.twitter.com/CFn3E69Kju
— Kevin Robinson, CPA (@_KevinRobinson_) March 20, 2018
Any substance that is highly addictive, known to kill people and ruin lives, and is fatal for children should not have colourful, attractive packaging.
Good thing we're saving allll of that logic for cannabis (0 deaths) and not applying it to alcohol (88,000 deaths / year) 👏🙄 pic.twitter.com/P8dSUUAdIR
— Lilian Tran (@liltranwreck) March 20, 2018
A stop sign made love to a poison label and now Canada has proposed "plain packaging" for legalized marijuana pic.twitter.com/Y85OZI3qqu
— Robyn Urback (@RobynUrback) March 19, 2018
Unfortunately I am no longer drug free because this cool logo that totally wasn’t done on MS Paint reminded me of hockey and tricked me into loving the devil’s lettuce https://t.co/PmoCqK5klG
— Poppy (@coolcatmum) March 22, 2018
Read more here.
Pun-loving marijuana chain MedMen moves north
American cannabis retailer MedMen is expanding its empire to our quaint country. The chain of cannabis outlets is being compared to mega-brands such as Starbucks and Apple based on its sleek storefronts and design. With 10 stores in legal states like Nevada and California and one planned for New York’s Fifth Avenue, MedMen has set its sights on Canada’s soon-to-be legal rec market. They’ve partnered with Ontario licensed producers Cronos Group to launch MedMen Canada, which will be split 50/50 between the two companies. No word yet on if Jon Hamm will play a role in any future ad campaigns. Read more here.
Senator confuses joints with tokes, amuses everyone with sense
Ahead of the March 22 senate vote on the Cannabis Act, Conservative Senator Nicole Eaton tried to hammer home a point about minors’ access to large quantities of cannabis...or something.
“Five grams is about four tokes,” Sen. Eaton claimed. “In other words, if I’m in high school and I’m 16, I’ve got four tokes in my pocket which is under five grams, so you don’t just take it away from me, but I’m allowed to possess it, right? Or is that the wording… the wording I’m allowed... I’m allowed to have five grams or I’m allowed to have 0 grams… I don’t quite understand.”
Yeah, we don’t quite understand either. Eaton later clarified that she meant to say “joint” instead of “toke”.
Just a clarification. I misspoke at Senate Legal committee. I said "toke", but I meant "joint" during questioning on Bill C-45. My point remains the same: children will be allowed to legally possess several joints of cannabis under the proposed federal law.
— Senator Nicole Eaton (@SenNicoleEaton) March 22, 2018
Senate ended up passing the second reading of the legislation, which means prohibition is still on track for sometime this summer. Watch Eaton humblebrag about her toking abilities here and read more about the nail-biting Cannabis Act vote here.
In other news
Mother facing charges after video of baby smoking joint goes viral (ABC)
Innovate lab making future weed snacks and drinks (Financial Post)
British parliament receives petition to grant boy special license for medical cannabis (BBC)
Senators calls on African-Canadians for legalization feedback (CBC)
District in Estonia vote for cannabis leaf flag (BBC)
Why Canada’s approach to cannabis research is flawed (Vice Canada)