Alberta

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Fri
03
Jan

Edmonton cannabis retailers waiting to place orders for edibles

The second crop of legalized cannabis products including edibles like gummies and beverages should finally appear on Edmonton store shelves in mid-January, according to the provincial cannabis regulator.

“It’s legalization all over again — just in a different way,” said Norm Hollingsworth, owner of Mind-Full, The Cannabis Store in Edmonton.

He said he anticipates some customers will line up to try new products and some — especially cannabis-infused beverages — should attract a whole new demographic.

“It’ll bring new people in,” he said.

While the products became legal in Canada Oct. 17, Health Canada did not permit provinces to legally order edibles, extracts and topicals from federally licensed producers until Dec. 16, 2019.

Thu
02
Jan

Canada’s coolest cannabis-friendly cities of the year

Cannabis is federally legal in Canada – but that doesn’t mean that all Canadian cities are created equal when it comes to weed.

While the country boasts a wide variety of cities that feature exceptional cannabis culture from coast to coast, here are three of our favourite weed-friendly cities in which to get high — and enjoy the view.

Thu
02
Jan

Alberta delays sales of cannabis vapes, angering producers and retailers

The province has indefinitely postponed the legal sales of cannabis vapes, a move that’s ignited anger among producers and retailers.

With the second phase of cannabis legalization involving the sale of edibles and other derivatives to take effect in Alberta, a major component of that, vaping cartridges, has been put on hold by the provincial government, which has cited health concerns.

Just as Health Canada announced it was launching a testing regime of vaping products that are already legally available in some provinces, the Alberta government said it, too, would review their safety.

Tue
31
Dec

Canada’s winning — and mostly, losing — cannabis markets of 2019

Heading into 2020, we’re marking the first full year of cannabis legalization in Canada. And since every provincial and territorial government seems to have set up a different iteration of how the regulated weed market should operate, it makes sense that some were more successful than others – to say the least.

Here are a few of our picks for the winning — but mostly, losing — regulated cannabis markets of 2019.

Tue
24
Dec

How Alberta became the regulated cannabis capital of Canada

Alberta has emerged as the exception to the national trend of a struggling legal cannabis market. It has almost as many retail stores licensed as all other provinces combined, with sales that rival those of Ontario or Quebec despite having a fraction of their population.

Mon
23
Dec

Alberta latest province to halt cannabis vapes sales amid health concerns

Alberta is suspending sales of cannabis vaping devices amid lingering concerns about their health effects, a move that would leave nearly half of the country's consumer market unable to purchase the newly-legal pot product. 

Heather Holmen, a spokesperson for the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis, the provincial agency responsible for regulating cannabis, said officials are still considering whether to allow the sale of cannabis vape products in the province, but didn't specify when it would begin to offer the product to consumers. 

Fri
20
Dec

Alberta opts to snuff out vaping products while review underway, while it’s yes, no or maybe for other provinces

Legal cannabis vaping products will not be hitting retail shelves in Alberta until the province has completed its Tobacco, Smoking, Vaping Review.

Wed
18
Dec

Don't expect to see edibles in these three provinces for at least another month

 
 
     
     
 
Tue
17
Dec

Prohibition lifted on Alberta Christmas Day liquor, cannabis sales

Picking up a last-minute gift of booze or deciding to top up one’s holiday merriment has just been made easier.

Liquor stores and cannabis shops have been given the green light to do business on Christmas Day, the provincial regulator of those products announced Monday.

“Lifting the restrictions to allow these liquor and cannabis licensees to stay open on December 25 is another opportunity to reduce red tape and support licensees in making business decisions that best support their operational needs,” says a statement from Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC).

Opening on that day will be optional for retailers, though an AGLC spokeswoman said it’s impossible to know how many will use the opportunity.

Mon
16
Dec

Alberta poised to be a cannabis fine-dining destination

Kaileen Chisholm was preparing to start culinary studies at Edmonton’s Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) last year when her sister-in-law sent her a link to a cannabis event hosted by Travis Petersen, a former contestant on MasterChef Canada, a competitive cooking reality show.

Chisholm contacted Petersen and soon started working with the Vancouver-based chef whenever he held an event in Alberta. Earlier this month, she travelled to Vancouver to work alongside he and a handful of other chefs at two multi-course dinners that included dishes such as turkey medallion, stuffing and foie gras with cannabis-infused cranberry gravy.

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