Employment protections for cannabis users vary between Canada and the U.S. Still, employers and employees in both nations continue to find themselves in precarious situations over worker rights. The matter becomes that much more complex when considering the rights of medical and adult-use consumers.
In Canada, there are a variety of products to serve both the recreational and medical market, but determining the shelf life can be a guessing game. In attempting to address the issue, Health Canada regulations employ some odd double-speak wherein expiry dates on some products are required – unless they can’t be.
After Canada legalized cannabis, Health Canada rolled out packaging regulations with strict requirements for logos, colours, and branding. The industry has complied, and some think that Canada’s regulations could become a role model for other jurisdictions.
The lead attorney with the group fighting Quebec’s ban on growing cannabis at home says they and the government of Quebec have now presented their argument before the court of appeal, and are awaiting a ruling.
Several First Nations communities in British Columbia say they have seen a recent, positive shift in how the provincial government has been working with Indigenous cannabis businesses to find a path into the legal cannabis industry.
Most legal experts and cannabis operators believe federal legalization will come to the United States soon. How and when it arrives remains up for debate, as does the impact on state markets.