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Fri
24
Jul

Cannabis cafes, special occasion permits should be priority for province says local advocate

Before the pandemic began, the Ontario government held consultations on whether to allow cannabis lounges, cafes and "special occasional permits" for pot — which would allow for sales at places like festivals.

Premier Doug Ford's government has stated its ultimate goal for cannabis is an open market, but at this point it continues to control all legal sales through the Ontario Cannabis Store, which has reported an uptick in online purchases during the pandemic. 

Fri
24
Jul

Are more B.C. tokers finally looking to legal cannabis over the black market?

B.C. has has a difficult road to getting cannabis users interested in purchasing from legal retailers over their neighbourhood dealer, but a recent poll suggests that the province may finally be winning the battle over bud.

A Research Co. poll released earlier this month found that 51 per cent of B.C. respondents who have consumed cannabis in the past six months have bought all of their products from licensed retailers. That’s an 18-point increase from a similar survey conducted in October 2019.

About 20 per cent of the 800 respondents surveyed said that “most” or “some” of their cannabis was obtained at a licensed retailer, while 16 per cent admitted to purchasing only through illegal dealers or unlicensed retailers.

Thu
23
Jul

Canadian Legal Cannabis Sales Show Significant Industry Spike In May

It was already an assumption that Canada was going to have a booming, country-wide cannabis market through their legal industry, but now the numbers prove that that assumption is a reality. Retail sales reached $185.9 million Canadian dollars this past May, according to Statistics Canada. 

Wed
22
Jul

This interim solution to the Health Canada-rejected Trailer Park Buds packaging is actually quite on-brand

The company behind the embattled Trailer Park Buds brand, which was

Wed
22
Jul

Province to take $180M hit on ending pot delivery, pickup: Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ontario stands to miss out on about $180 million in economic activity if the province's 100-odd privately-run cannabis stores aren't allowed to provide delivery or curbside pickup services, according to estimates from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. 

However, that figure balloons to nearly $1 billion in losses if that includes the additional 450 stores which are ready to open, but whose licence applications are pending approval by provincial regulator, the business group said. 

"This is coming from a time when the economy is grappling with the impact of COVID-19 measures," Daniel Safayeni, co-chair of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Ontario Cannabis Policy Council, told BNN Bloomberg in a phone interview.

Tue
21
Jul

British think tank declares Canada's cannabis legalization a 'modest success' — but has suggestions for improvement

Canada’s federal legalization of cannabis is a success – at least, according to a British think tank.

Prominent UK drug policy think tank Transform, which has been observing Canadian cannabis reform efforts with great interest since the country legalized the drug for adult use in October 2018. The organization has now compiled a comprehensive report on Canadian legalization.

“Legal regulation in Canada is still a relatively new project, but an extremely important one,” reads the report’s executive summary. “With the eyes of the world watching, the legal market has seen modest successes and is providing a valuable case study for regulators seeking to reduce the harm caused by drugs and drug markets.”

Tue
21
Jul

Ontario won't allow cannabis cafes — for now — as health officials raise concerns

There's a sharp divide between health officials and business groups on whether or not the Ford government should allow cannabis lounges and cafes, and broaden the number of places pot can be sold.

CBC Toronto obtained the results of the government's consultation — conducted earlier this year before COVID-19 forced the province to declare a state of emergency — through a freedom of information request. You can read all 850 pages of feedback at the bottom of this story.

The province is considering two major changes to the current cannabis landscape:

Mon
20
Jul

5 Cannabis Catalysts for the Remainder of 2020

As any marijuana stock investor can tell you, the past 15 months haven't been pretty for pot stocks. Since April 2019, the vast majority of cannabis stocks have lost 50% or more of their value as growing pains have taken shape. In Canada, supply issues have led to everything from shortages to bottlenecks. Meanwhile, high tax rates on legal product in the U.S. have ensured that black market demand remains robust.

Mon
20
Jul

‘Eighth,’ ‘half-quarter,’ or ‘three-and-a-half grams’? Legalization could be changing the way we talk about weed

If you’re a cannabis consumer on the West Coast, you’ve likely purchased an ‘eighth’ before. If you’re located in Ontario or the East Coast, you might call the same amount of cannabis a ‘half-quarter.’ But if you’re new to pot and you buy it through the government channels, you might call the same amount of cannabis something else entirely: 3.5 grams. 

Fri
17
Jul

How Can Canadian Licensed Producers Capitalize On The Worlds #1 Importer Of Medical Cannabis?

During the last year, we have noticed increased interest in the Israeli cannabis market and this is a market that we have been favorable on since inception. The climate in Israel is ideal for cultivating cannabis and we are bullish on the industry due to the economics that are associated with it.

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