Month: August 2018

Here’s a question consumers should ask the European Commission

Consumer have a lot of demands towards the European Commission, but one key question really needs to be asked. It’s a question of trust. There is this truism that says that you only notice what you are missing when you no longer have it at your disposal. This is the impression you get when you […]

L’OMS veut la mort du tigre, du coq et de l’abeille

Les « défenseurs de la santé publique » se tournent vers un grave danger que personne n’a vu venir : les héros dessinés sur les boîtes de céréales. Et oui, Tony le Tigre, Cornelius le Coq ou Pops l’Abeille voudraient tous du mal à nos enfants… mais pas de panique ! L’Union européenne, l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé […]

New REIT to provide real estate capital to cannabis industry

BISNOW: “If entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry will be able to access capital and loans similar to firms in practically every other industry, that will be a huge boon to businesses and to consumers alike. At present, the current situation requires business owners in the cannabis space to operate in incredibly risky territory: the federal government […]

Minimum alcohol pricing doesn’t work

Criticising the Welsh government’s decision to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol, Bill Wirtz argues it is possible to curb consumer drinking through education rather than the heavy hand of the law. There should, however, be no ambiguity about one point: the consumption of alcohol does bring health risks that all consumers should be aware […]

Banning cannabis at local level is bad policy

When the provincial Minister of Finance Vic Fideli announced Ontario’s cannabis roll out plan, most, if not all, in the cannabis space rejoiced regarding the move from public retail, to private retail. Private retail significantly increases consumer access, which is a key component for curbing the black market. Not only does private retail curb the […]

The President’s promise to cut the FDA red tape

Technological advances touch every aspect of our lives, often in ways we rarely think about. Technological advances touch every aspect of our lives, often in ways we rarely think about. Today, we live longer, healthier, and better lives because of our access to innovative products that were unimaginable in the recent past. That’s why it’s […]

FAIR Fees Act would make air travel more unfair

The new FAA reauthorization bill includes a provision by Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., that would effectively turn the entire business of air travel upside down. The so-called FAIR (Forbid Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous Fees Act) Fees Act targets any fee for a change or cancellation of a reservation for a flight in interstate air transportation, […]

The President’s promise to cut FDA red tape – a moment of truth

Technological advances touch every aspect of our lives, often in ways we rarely think about. Today, we live longer, healthier, and better lives because of our access to innovative products that were unimaginable in the recent past. That’s why it’s critical for regulators to make timely and common-sense decisions. Yet excessive risk-aversion is endemic at […]

Minor changes could have a major positive impact on Ontario’s cannabis plan

On Aug. 13, Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fideli announced the government’s plan for cannabis legalization. The keystone of the Progressive Conservatives’ policy is a reversal of the public retail monopoly model proposed by the former Liberal government, to instead opt for private retail provincewide. Although cannabis will be legal in October this year, storefronts won’t be available […]

Group says province’s pot plan has major flaws

KITCHENERTODAY: An official with the Consumer Choice Center says the move to private retail for the sale of legal cannabis in Ontario is a “big win” for consumers. “Private retail is more accessible, more likely to stamp out the black market, it’s more consumer friendly.” said David Clement, who is North American Affairs Manager for […]

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