Alberta

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Wed
18
Sep

More than 200 cannabis stores approved in Calgary; city says market's the limit

Eleven months after recreational pot was legalized, city officials have approved 209 cannabis outlets with no end in sight to their growing number.

That’s approaching half the number of liquor stores in Calgary, which numbered about 450 in early 2018.

Neither the province nor city have set limits on the number of retail outlets eligible for approval, which means there could ultimately be many more than those 209 stores in Calgary.

“We never intended to restrict or put a limitation on cannabis stores in Calgary, just the separation distances between stores,” said Brandy MacInnis, a senior planning and policy strategist for the city.

Wed
18
Sep

Banff gets its first cannabis retail store

If good things really do come to those who wait, Banff, Alberta, will be a very happy place this fall.

Almost a year after Canada legalized cannabis for recreational use, the town is finally getting its first retail stores. A small commercial district and strict regulations have resulted in the community lagging behind other areas in the province.

Cannabis storefronts are restricted from setting up shop on lucrative Banff Avenue and from having street-facing windows or being within 30 metres each another or a school. Just one of the five town-approved retailers — Spiritleaf Banff — has managed to satisfy all the criteria and is set to open its doors on Oct. 1.

Tue
17
Sep

How formerly-illegal cannabis companies are turning over a new leaf

In the final years of cannabis prohibition, Earth Dragon Organics owner Tessa Serra and her five staff members made CBD-infused bath bombs from a small kitchen facility on Salt Spring Island.

Over a hundred dispensaries across Canada stocked Earth Dragon’s line of creams, lotions and other cannabis topicals. No longer. Their bath bombs ended up in police evidence lockers more than once, but Earth Dragon didn’t withdraw from the illegal market because of a raid. Instead, Serra sold Earth Dragon to Pasha Brands, a Vancouver-based company cultivating formerly illegal companies for the regulated market. After the sale went through, Earth Dragon stopped producing and selling — for now.

Fri
13
Sep

Retailers left in a haze as new cannabis promotion rules announced

A hazy rollout of new rules surrounding the promotion of cannabis products has left some Edmonton-area retailers feeling perplexed.

Starting on Oct. 17, any public advertisement for cannabis products or retailers can legally have a surface area no larger than 300 square centimetres — though it remains unclear what exactly this restriction applies to.

For reference, the surface area of a standard piece of printer paper is just over 600 sq. cm.

Fri
06
Sep

Alberta continues to roll out cannabis stores amid retail boom

In the wake of Alberta gripping the top pot spot in Canadian cannabis sales, the province is continuing to roll out more legal cannabis stores, having surpassed 250 early last month.

Fri
06
Sep

Eight Edmonton businesses fined $48,000 for selling cannabis without a licence

Eight businesses in Edmonton have been fined $48,000 for selling cannabis products illegally in the city, police said Thursday.

“A legal market is a safer market, and the Edmonton Police Service will continue to crack down on the illegal market,” said Const. Dexx Williams in a news release.

Police received a tip that several businesses were selling cannabis products without the required municipal and provincial licences in early 2019. Approximately $1,500 in cannabis products that were being sold illegally from three separate businesses were seized on Aug. 21 after a joint operation by the city and the Edmonton police.

Wed
04
Sep

Breakenridge: Alberta's cannabis experience has been definition of chill

The rollout of cannabis legalization has been far from smooth, but as we approach legalization’s first anniversary it’s become abundantly clear that Alberta’s approach is heads and shoulders above the rest of the country.

What’s especially remarkable about Alberta’s success is that despite the acrimony between Alberta’s two main parties on just about every issue, they are more or less on the same page when it comes to legalization.

Tue
03
Sep

'You don't have to be a super-skilled hacker': Challenges abound to secure online cannabis sales in Alberta

As cannabis sales in Alberta top the country, a Calgary professor says online sales could pose new challenges for countering fraudulent IDs and securing consumer data.

Currently, only Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis is permitted to sell cannabis online in Alberta.

But as the private sector plans to enter the market, verifying a customer’s identity online becomes a lot more difficult, said Thomas Keenan, a professor focused on data and cyber security in the University of Calgary’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

Mon
02
Sep

Hemp, you can’t smoke it, but you can use it to build green houses

The hemp fields sprouting in a part of Canada best known for its giant oil patch show how climate change is disrupting the construction industry.

Six years after setting up shop in the shadow of Calgary’s tar sands, Mac Radford says he cannot satisfy all the orders from builders for Earth-friendly materials that help them limit their carbon footprints. His company, Just BioFiber Structural Solutions, is the vanguard of businesses using hemp — the boring cousin of marijuana devoid of psychoactive content — to mitigate the greenhouse gases behind global warming.

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