Former Toronto police chief Bill Blair listens to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau respond to a question during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday April 27, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The good news is the nine-member federal task force tasked with telling Trudeau the best way to move forward with the legalization of recreational cannabis has been finished their final report.The bad news is it will be a few more days or even weeks until their recommendations are made public.“Our report is now being translated, and will be provided to Ministers and the public once it is available in both official languages,” wrote task force chair Anne McLellan and vice-chair Mark Ware in a prepared statement announcing the completion of the project. “Translation is expected to be complete in mid-December. The final report will then be received by Ministers and posted online at Canada.ca/Health.”
The Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation was created by the ministers of justice, public safety and health last summer to consult with Canadians and give advice on how to meet the Liberal government’s promise to legalize and regulate cannabis. They received nearly 30,000 responses to an online questionnaires and almost met with representatives of provincial and territorial governments.
Experts consulted included researchers and academics, medical patients and their advocates, cannabis consumers, chiefs of police and fire departments, municipal and local government officials, as well as numerous industry, professional and health associations. Indigenous experts, representative organizations, governments and elders were also consulted, including the expert roundtables, bilateral meetings and an Indigenous people’s roundtable.
The group led by former Toronto police chief Bill Blair – which also included University of Victoria professor Susan Boyd, former Vancouver city councilor George Chow, Superintendent Marlene Jesso, B.C. Provincial Health Officer Perry Kendall, former RCMP drugs and organized crime specialist Rafik Souccar and addictions expert Catherine Zahn – visited Colorado and Washington states, two of the first U.S. states where cannabis use is legal, as well as speaking with representatives from Uruguay, which so far is the only nation to have a regulatory system for legal access to cannabis.
Store front raids continue across Canada, as many police forces refuse to take a wait and see attitude to pending cannabis legalization.
In April two new dispensaries were raided on Vancouver Island, one in Victoria and one on Nanaimo.
Three marijuana dispensaries were raided in Toronto in August, as detailed in articles by the CBC and the Toronto Star. It was heartening to see one of the stores open a day later, however potential criminal record on the part of the owners of these stores endangers their ability to continue in the Cannabis business even if legalization leads to store front dispensaries being the norm across Canada—and that’s if the financial strain of losing their stock, all cash on hand in the store, and substantial legal bills doesn’t drive them out of business and possibly into bankruptcy.
And just today, November 4th, Ottawa police coordinated to raid 6 dispensaries, only weeks after Ottawa Chief of Police Charles Bordeleau said that he’s encouraging city councillors to ask residents to only “file legitimate complaints regarding a dispensary.”
Here at BudXpress we stand in solidarity with dispensary owners. We believe that these raids should stop until legalization is addressed. If a store is selling to minors then we understand enforcement action being taken. But short of criminal activity taking place other than the selling of cannabis, related extracts, and edibles, then it’s
Weed Wire magazine has awarded BudXpress it’s first ever 5 star review and “Editors Choice Award” for an mail order marijuana site.
As their about page describes the site “Weed Wire is your trusted source for news about Cannabis in Canada, honest reviews of mail order marijuana companies (MOMs), and your link to deals online and in stores. From business to activism to simply enjoying some great herb, we strive to bring together the news you want to know, with a mixture of curated articles from other news sites, and our own custom content to keep you in the know.”
Here at BudXpress we couldn’t be more thrilled to have our hard work and dedication to quality recognized!
You can read the review here and be sure to check out the rest of the site for news that might interest you.
Summer is our quiet time of the year, when we carry less stock than at other points. But it’s just about over, which means it’s time to restock.
And with that we’re giving you an opportunity to save!
Originally running until Sunday, September 4th we’ve extended the sale until the actual end of summer, the Autumn Equinox on Thursday, September 22nd.
From now until then you can order 2-1/2 ounces (that’s 70 grams) of a single strain for just $550.
That’s a savings of over $125 over what that same amount of bud would cost you normally!
The catch? Well, we’re restocking, so the strains you’ll be able to order will change from day to day as you get a hold of us. Email us on any given day and we’ll let you know which strains we are looking to restock.
Don’t like those strains? Try us the next day, or the day after that, to see if we’ve added anything new to our restocking wish list.
As this is a restocking offer, these orders won’t ship same day, but rather all orders received by Saturday of a given week will ship that Monday.
Orders placed September 5-11 ship Monday, September 12
Orders placed September 12-18 ship Monday, September 19
Orders placed September 19-22 ship Monday, September 26
So get in and save!
Please note that dollar volume discounts are not available with this offer—but you’re already saving much more than you would with that reduction.
Email us at: BudXpress@tutanota.com
Subject line: End of Summer Sale Available Strains
And remember – if you don’t like a particular day’s list try us later in the week!
UPDATE: As of September 1st 2016 Canada Post has entered into a one year deal with the CUPW averting any threat of a strike and delivery disruptions.
In the event that Canada Post locks out their workers, or the union goes on strike, your orders with BudXpress will be affected as follows:
- We will only be able to ship to urban areas – you can contact us, or check the Purolator and FedEx websites to see if they deliver to your address
- Orders CANNOT ship to P.O. Boxes, only to actual addresses.
Boxes through services like MailBoxes Plus, or the UPS Store can still receive deliveries.
- Free Shipping will now apply for orders valued at $275 and above, NOT $175
- NO SHIPPING WILL BE AVAILABLE TO NORTHERN CANADA – this includes urban areas unfortunately
- There may be potential courier delays
Due to heavy volume, FedEx and Purolator have both suspended their usual delivery guarantees until the uncertainty with Canada Post is resolved.
With Canada Post employees set to potentially strike beginning as soon as July 2nd, BudXpress has set about finding other means of delivery to ensure that our clients are still able to get the products they need and want.
We will be couriering items out to customers via a recognized and trusted company to all areas except remote Northern Canada. We are currently looking into delivery options for the North, and even those accessible centers (White Horse, Yellow Knife, etc.) may incur some additional shipping charges.
All orders will continue to ship with Tracking Numbers, and as packages are shipped customers will be informed of the courier company that will be delivering their order.
Please be aware that you will likely have to sign for all orders shipped via courier.
As always, orders shipped to our customers are guaranteed against loss by BudXpress.
BudXpress was sorry to hear about the Toronto dispensary raids and the resulting charges that were laid. With the exception of one instance, where the Toronto Police also seized a substantial amount of cocaine, this appears to be a heavy handed action that serves no one well, except for the big business, health Canada approved suppliers.
It’s unfortunate that while we wait for the law to change, patients and enthusiasts will be denied access to the variety of products that they’ve come to be able to expect.
We are happy to stand with the dispensaries, and happy to serve the needs of those who aren’t able to access them now because of those raids.
Read the story at The Globe and Mail