Supply can't keep up with consumers hungry for edible cannabis

Finding edibles in Calgary isn't a casual, chill affair. The newly launched way to ingest legal cannabis is flying off shelves across the city.

Marijuana edibles became available in some stores across the city  more than a week ago. And for the first time since legalization, stores began to stock shelves with gummies, chocolates, cookies, mints and cannabis teas.

And, of course, it's sparked some curiosity.​

But getting your hands on edible product is easier said than done.

Mylann Doell, manager at Queen of Bud in Sunalta, says if you aren't one of the first 100 customers to walk through the doors on delivery day (Monday), you've missed out.


Meet six people turning Alberta into the cannabis centre of Canada

Alberta loves cannabis. Some argue it has become the centre of Canada when it comes to weed.

As of December, 360 stores had applied for a cannabis license to the province’s Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis agency. “Alberta’s done a great job in building a network,” said Dave Bigoni, chief marketing officer at Canopy Growth.

So, it’s safe to say there are a lot of players in the cannabis game in Alberta. We rounded up six leaders you need to know about in the province:

Alison McMahon

Alison McMahon, Founder & CEO of Cannabis At Work, pictured in 2017.


Calgary cannabis chocolatier swamped with orders

While other segments of the cannabis industry have fallen on turbulent times, Calgary chocolatier Brad Churchill is putting out the help-wanted sign.

Earlier this month, Health Canada granted his firm, Choklat, what’s likely the country’s only cannabis processing licence held by a stand-alone food maker.

“The floodgates have opened. I’m looking at the (order) numbers and I’m just floored,” said Churchill, who’s been making conventional chocolates at his northeast plant for the past 12 years.

“There are four cannabis companies lining up for the production of millions of chocolates — one company alone wants two million chocolate bars.”


Arrival of cannabis edibles feeds new opportunities for Calgary businesses

It's been more than a year since cannabis was legalized in Canada, and now new options for its use are hitting the market in Calgary. 

Marijuana edibles became available in some stores across the city on Monday. More businesses will follow suit in the coming days as deliveries will fill the shelves with gummies, chocolates, cookies and mints. 

Queen of Bud in Sunalta was one of a handful of stores to get edibles in stock first thing Monday. The phone was ringing off the hook and customers who stopped by for other products were soon wooed into purchasing candy. 

The most popular item? Pineapple gummy bears.​


Cannabis edibles now available at some Edmonton stores

It's been a waiting game for cannabis consumers hoping to get their hands on the legal edibles, but the wait is finally coming to an end. 

While not all edibles are legally accessible yet, the first batch of THC-infused edibles such as cookies, gummies, chocolates and a few others started landing in Edmonton cannabis retail shops Monday. 

For cannabis retailers, the delivery of edibles has been met with excitement, but cautious optimism as they brace themselves for potential supply problems that occurred when cannabis was first legalized in 2018.


Eight cannabis products you can get in Alberta

Cannabis has been legal for over a year now. But edibles, topicals and extracts are fresh on the market. So why not ring in the new year with the best of them?

Alberta Cannabis is the province’s only legal online store for recreational cannabis. Here’s a selected variety of prerolls, flowers, oils and softgels, some rich in CBD or THC, or some simply a funky hybrid for you to choose from!

Check out the official website of Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) for more options. 


Highlands by Tweed

1 preroll for $12.49


Could craft cannabis be southern Alberta’s newest cash crop?

Cannabis 2.0 is coming soon to Canada — and one Alberta business hopes to be on the ground floor of this growing industry.

“We’re trying to reduce the risk and eliminate the barriers of entry that many people are having trying to get into the cannabis business,” said Lindsay Blackett, CEO of the Grasslands Taber Collaborative, a 60-acre business incubator focused on premium craft cannabis and hemp production, processing, and promotion.

“It’s a very complex, regulated market, and it’s an expensive market to get into. It’s really hard to get in for anything less than $1 million.


Calgary: Three people, companies face charges in connection with illegal cannabis operation

Three people and a trio of companies face charges in connection with the alleged operation of an illicit cannabis manufacture and online distribution network.

They’re the first charges laid against illegal online cannabis operators in Calgary since recreational legalization took effect in October 2018 and are being welcomed by those in the legal industry.

Calgary police say they were called to an apartment suite in the 1200 block of 17th Avenue S.W. in the early morning hours of Aug. 24, 2019, for reports of a break and enter.

Police say they located an illegal cannabis operation inside the apartment, but the renters or owners were not there, nor were they believed to be living at that location.


Alberta: So far, some cannabis policies inadvertently bolster the black market

The first 15 months of cannabis legalization has certainly had its share of ups and downs for the burgeoning new industry. Alberta has taken a far more sensible approach to regulation than some other provinces, but that hasn’t meant that the industry here has been spared from this tumult.

There is some reason for optimism as we embark upon a new year. Some of the issues that had been plaguing the industry — product shortages and a moratorium on new retail licences, for example — have largely been sorted out and edible products, which became legal nearly three months ago, will soon start hitting store shelves.


Alberta reports first case of severe vaping-related lung illness

A person is recovering at home from the province’s first recorded case of severe vaping-associated lung illness, Alberta Health says.

Early in December, a person who had used tobacco vaping products began to experience shortness of breath and coughing, Alberta’s chief medical health officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on Thursday. The person was hospitalized to treat their respiratory problems.

“The bottom line is that vaping is not without risk,” Hinshaw told reporters in Edmonton. “Any time people inhale substances into their lungs, there’s a potential for health impacts — especially when it’s an unknown substance.”


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