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Fri
26
Feb

Toronto-area convenience store accused of selling candy look-alike weed edibles to children

Police are cautioning parents to keep an eye out after officers discovered cannabis edibles, vapes and seeds at a Toronto-area convenience store while investigating a report that the products were being sold to teens.

tweet from the York Regional Police (YRP) notes that the report alleges the store — in Markham, Ont., just north of Toronto — was selling cannabis products, including cannabis edibles that look like candy, to underage teens.

Fri
26
Feb

As more and more cannabis stores open, some ask: How many can stay in business?

If there’s one thing the western stretch of the Danforth, a busy street in Toronto’s east end, suddenly isn’t short of, it’s cannabis stores.

First it was Canvas, a brightly lit store in a former diner, part of a small local chain. Then, ten minutes’ walk down the street, Friendly Stranger, owned by national chain Fire & Flower, opened up shop. Then Green Merchant, part of a small local chain, opened a store across the street from the Friendly Stranger.

Finally, Canopy Growth, owner of retail chain Tokyo Smoke, confirmed this week to CTVNews.ca that they plan to open a fourth store in the neighbourhood, just across from Canvas.

Thu
25
Feb

Ask A Budtender: ‘What type of pot products are people buying during lockdown?’

Alex Clarke has been the General Manager of Relm, an Ontario-based cannabis store, since December last year. A licensed educator for the last seven years, Clarke is also a medical cannabis grower and processor for his own medicine.

“Being a cannabis patient I have learned so much about the plant. My background in education has made it easy for me to connect with customers,” he says in an email. “If everyone is more informed about cannabis maybe we can change the stigma behind it.” ​

Here, Clarke talks about pandemic buying, the store’s best-selling and latest products, and customer preferences when it comes to vapes and edibles.

Thu
25
Feb

OPP crime unit shuts down illegal cannabis delivery service operating in Muskoka

A Toronto man has been charged in relation to a delivery service that was offering illicit cannabis products, reports MuskokaRegion.com.

The Muskoka Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began investigating the operation earlier this month. Officers allegedly observed the driver making several stops in the region on Feb. 1

After stopping the vehicle, police officers seized nearly $10,000 worth of illicit cannabis products, ranging from flower and vape pens to edibles and hash. They also confiscated $530 in cash, a collapsible baton and a cellphone.

Wed
24
Feb

London cannabis company Indiva secures $22M investment

Cannabis company Indiva has secured a $22-million investment from an Alberta pot producer wanting access to the London firm’s product offerings.

Sundial Growers, an Alberta-based licensed pot producer, is lending Indiva $11 million and also buying $11 million in Indiva shares to give the Alberta firm more access to the lucrative edibles market, the companies said.

“Our core business is really edibles. Eighty to 90 per cent of our revenue is now edibles, so this gives them exposure,” Indiva chief executive Niel Marotta said.

Wed
24
Feb

Markham, Ont. convenience store was selling cannabis edibles to underage teens, police allege

York Regional Police issued a warning after more than $10,000 worth of cannabis products were seized from a Markham convenience store.

The bust comes days after a three-year-old girl was rushed to hospital in Belleville and then later on to a Kingston hospital after eating marijuana edibles that looked like candy.

Marijuana edibles are now legal in Canada, but you have to be over the age of 19 to use them and they have to be sold through a licensed cannabis retailer.

York Regional Police have charged two people working at the convenience store after a concerned citizen alleged they were selling edibles that looked like candy to underage teens.

Thu
18
Feb

Ontario to ramp up the pace of cannabis store authorizations

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the organization responsible for regulating cannabis retail in Ontario, will begin issuing 30 cannabis Retail Store Authorizations per week.

The AGCO announced the changes in a blog post earlier this week.

The agency has already increased the pace of RSAs in recent months. In December, the AGCO said it would double its approval pace, and went from issuing 40 RSAs per month to 80.

In the most recent announcement, the AGCO says it will now issue 120 RSAs per month.

Thu
11
Feb

Ontario authorizes 420th cannabis retail store

In a well-timed tweet, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has announced that the province’s 420th cannabis retail store has been authorized to open.

The AGCO, which regulates cannabis retail in Ontario, sent the tweet at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday.

After an incomprehensibly slow retail rollout, the province has picked up the pace in recent months. In December, the AGCO reported that it would, once again, double the pace of its cannabis Retail Store Authorizations (RSAs) and issue up to 80 each month.

In September of last year, the agency took steps to double its monthly RSAs from 20 to 40 a month.

Mon
08
Feb

Amsterdam's loss to be a gain for cannabis tourism in Toronto?

The doors of Amsterdam’s cannabis coffee shops have long been open to Canadians and other tourists.

But that may change.

Femke Halsema, mayor of the Netherlands’ capital, wants to restrict tourist access to its 166 cannabis-selling coffee shops, according toBloomberg News.

Under Halsema’s proposal — supported by police and prosecutors — only Dutch residents would be allowed to enter the shops in an attempt to tackle problems associated with hard drugs,  organized crime linked to the marijuana trade, and the city being overrun by tourists on the weekends.

The bad news is the restrictions show demand from cannabis from Dutch residents would only support 68 coffee shops, according to a government study.

Fri
29
Jan

Cannabis gift cards now available at convenience stores in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan

Almost 300 Circle K stores across Canada are now carrying cannabis gift cards, cannabis retailer Fire & Flower announced in a press release.

The gift cards are available in denominations of $25 to $100, and are redeemable at any Fire & Flower location and online for ‘click and collect’ orders.

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