This Week In Weed: Plain Packaging! Silly Senators! Stoner Starbucks!

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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

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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

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