New Brunswick


New Brunswick cannabis sales on the rise as province prepares to hand off business to private sector

It would appear to be too little, too late.

Sales of recreational cannabis in New Brunswick are surging as the provincial government pushes forward with its plans to privatize the rights to operate recreational cannabis retail, wholesale/distribution and e-commerce.


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.


Cannabis NB sales head upward but continue to lag behind other provinces

The legal sale of cannabis in government run stores in New Brunswick is showing ongoing signs of improvement but continues to trail results in neighbouring provinces by a wide margin, new figures show.

Statistics Canada reports that sales in Cannabis NB outlets totalled $3.31 million in October, a 2.6 per cent improvement over September.   

More promising over the most recent three months, August, September and October, the federal agency says sales in New Brunswick were $12 million, a 28 per cent jump over the previous three months.

Sales in August were especially strong in New Brunswick, at $5.4 million, thanks in part to five weekends in the month plus a holiday Monday on Aug. 5.


Zenabis gelcaps recalled in New Brunswick after CBD and THC mislabelled

Health Canada has issued a recall for more than 700 bottles of mislabelled cannabis oil gel capsules in New Brunswick.

“Namaste CBD Light gelcaps” from LP Zenabis actually contained THC (aka tetrahydrocannabinol) instead of CBD (cannabidiol). While both THC and CBD are psychoactive, only THC is intoxicating.

“These units contain the incorrect cannabis product,” notes the recall notice. “The label indicates that the product is ‘CBD Light gelcaps’. However, the units contain THC gelcaps.”

The recall was issued December 17.


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


New Brunswick community claims U.S. Border Control is searching their mail, halting cannabis shipments

Residents of a New Brunswick island community that can only be accessed from a bridge attached to the U.S. mainland are outraged, alleging that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents have been opening and searching their Canada Post mail.

Campobello locals suspect that the inspections by U.S. agents have been going on for months. Mail arrives via a bonded Canada Post truck that briefly travels through Maine before re-entering Canada to make deliveries.


Small farm, big worry: Wannabe weed micro-cultivator in N.B. faces opposition from locals

Glen Herrington wants to start a weed farm, but his neighbours aren’t so sure.

Herrington is applying for a micro-cultivation licence to grow medical cannabis on his 10-acre property in Nasonworth, just south of Fredericton.

If the application is approved, he will be allowed to use 2,150 sq. ft. of his land to grow cannabis, indoors and/or outdoors. Herrington intends to sell his crop to another producer, preferably to make CBD oil, and expects the farm would create five new jobs in the region.


Zenabis hopes new, $5 Re-Up brand will take bite out of illicit markets in Atlantic Canada, Saskatchewan

Canadian licensed producer Zenabis has increased its market share in the New Brunswick cannabis market since launching Re-Up, a lower-cost brand of flower and pre-rolls.

The Atholville, N.B.-based company has produced data indicating a 38 percent market share of sales in Cannabis NB stores across the province for the period concluding in October 2019. The number indicates a spike in sales of the brand, which rang in at 20 percent this past July.

Zenabis credits its bump in sales to the Re-Up brand, which the company hopes will give it a competitive edge against the cheaper prices offered on the unlicensed market and incentivize consumers who source their cannabis from illicit distributors to consider purchasing from the legal market.


New Brunswick is changing legislation to make it easier to confidentially narc out your neighbours

New Brunswick is adding illicit cannabis-related activity to the list of offences that can be reported for investigation, facilitating the narc-ing out of one’s neighbours for residents of the Atlantic province.


Shoppers Drug Mart expands medical cannabis online sales to East Coast

Canadian pharmacy giant Shoppers Drug Mart has expanded its online medical cannabis platform to Canada's East Coast.

As of today, residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island can go online on the company's website to make their purchase, which will then be mailed to them.

Residents who don't currently have the proper medical documentation authorizing the use of medical cannabis can get it by setting up a consultation online.

"There's access to telemedicine where a person can have an individual consultation with a physician who can determine whether cannabis is right for them," said Mike Boivin, a pharmacist consultant from Ontario who is a member of the Shoppers Drug Mart Advisory Board on Medical Cannabis.


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