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Fri
05
Nov

Canopy to shut down Niagara facility, lay off 30 to cut costs

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Canopy Growth Corp. is shutting down one of the biggest cannabis greenhouses in Canada as the pot giant looks to cut costs amid its ongoing pursuit of profitability. 

A Canopy spokesperson confirmed that the company is shutting down its Tweed Farms greenhouse located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. on Friday, a one million-square-foot facility. As a result of the closure, 30 staff will be laid off, a company spokesperson added. 

Wed
03
Nov

3 years after legalization, police say cannabis crime persists in Ontario

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Illegal trade linked 'several' homicides, Waterloo regional police Chief Bryan Larkin says

There may be dozens of cannabis stores authorized in Waterloo region, but police say that doesn't mean the illegal cannabis market has gone away. 

In fact, Waterloo regional police Chief Bryan Larkin recently told the police services board that cannabis legalization has had "unintended consequences" — such that the service now has a whole team dedicated to investigating illegal, online cannabis sales. 

Tue
02
Nov

Aurora Announces Manufacturing Agreement with The Valens Company

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EDMONTON, AB, Oct. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ - Aurora Cannabis Inc. (the "Company" or "Aurora") (NASDAQ: ACB) (TSX: ACB), the Canadian company defining the future of cannabinoids worldwide, today announced a manufacturing agreement with The Valens Company Inc. ("The Valens Company" or "Valens") a leading manufacturer of cannabis products, to manufacture a new seasonal offering in the mint category.

Mon
01
Nov

Harsh reality setting in for cannabis merchants as pot shops multiply

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If you're looking for legal weed in Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood, you don't have far to travel.

There's the Prohibition era-themed High Ties at the corner of Bank Street and Second Avenue, one of the company's seven Ottawa-area dispensaries.

Locally owned The Good Cannabis Company occupies the former Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's toy store between Third and Fourth avenues.

You'll find Superette's second Ottawa location near the busy corner of Bank Street and Fifth Avenue.

A mere 130 metres to the south, Plateau's tiny storefront stares across Bank Street at the much larger One Plant dispensary, due to open soon on the ground floor of a new seniors' complex.

Mon
01
Nov

30 pot shops operating in Windsor, more to come

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Experts, shop owners, police say the influx of cannabis shops in Windsor is helping weaken the black market.

Windsor is seeing a steady rise in the number of cannabis stores opening up in the city — with sometimes two, three or four stores located within a couple hundred metres of each other.

The first legal weed shop, J Supply Co., opened in Windsor about 18 months ago. Since then, the number has ballooned to thirty — with more eleven more awaiting approval.

J Supply general manager Haley Colenutt said they have to rely on branding to set themselves apart from competitors.

"There is a lot of saturation in the market. We've seen it. Lots of people are still expanding, building more and more stores.

Mon
01
Nov

How Ontario is killing cannabis retail

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Razor-thin profit margins, supply chain hoarding and licensing fees are pricing legal retailers out of the market.

Three years after legalization, the reality of Ontario’s cannabis industry for retailers is far darker than our wildest imagination.

Ontarians rejoiced at the prospect of being able to enter the market in its infancy when the Ford government announced plans to allow privatized retail sales of cannabis. What nobody realized was how corrupted the industry would turn out to be.

Fri
29
Oct

Toronto Politician Trying to Curb the Number of Cannabis Shops in the City.

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By all appearances, the cannabis industry is absolutely booming in Ontario, with new storefronts popping up around cities like Toronto seemingly every day.

With multiple pot shops per block in some neighbourhoods, many are wondering if parts of the province are facing over-saturation at this point, with the government marking the opening of our 1000th authorized weed retailer at the end of August.

By that time, Toronto alone already had more than 250 cannabis stores and counting, comprising more than a quarter of Ontario's total.

As anyone who's walked a downtown thoroughfare knows, there are indeed a shocking number of dispensaries, many within very close proximity to one another, begging the question of how some of them are profitable.

Thu
28
Oct

Martha Stewart CBD Unveils New Fall Flavors

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New Harvest Medley Gummies, Mini CBD Peppermint Ribbons and Snowflake CBD Gummy Sampler Arrive Just in Time for the Holiday Season

­­SMITHS FALLS, ON and NEW YORK, Oct. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ - Today, Martha Stewart CBD unveiled the latest innovations in its CBD portfolio - Harvest Medley CBD Wellness Gummies, which will exist as a permanent offering, and the limited-edition Mini CBD Peppermint Ribbons and Snowflake CBD Gummy Sampler, available exclusively during the holiday season. Each new offering is perfect to help people prioritize their mental wellbeing, especially for those looking to give the gift of wellness through the holidays and beyond.

Tue
26
Oct

Kingston woman named head of cannabis advocacy group NORML

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Jennawae McLean, Executive Director of NORML Canada, poses inside one of her Kingston businesses. (Supplied Photo)

A Kingston woman now holds the top executive position at a national cannabis reform advocacy group.

Jennawae McLean has been named the executive director for the Canadian chapter of NORML, National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws.

McLean said she’s excited to take on the role and hopes to help remove taxes for medical cannabis patients, as well as reduce the amount of packaging for recreational products, which she and other cannabis enthusiasts have called “wasteful.”

Mon
25
Oct

Positive shifts since cannabis legalization, but more health data still needed, says researcher

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The seizure of more than a ton of weed is now under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations in the U.S.

Officers found 2,302 packages of vacuum-sealed marijuana. / PHOTO BY U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

Criminal organizations are still focused on trying to get illegal drugs through border points, as evidenced by a recent seizure of 2,554 pounds (about 1,160 kilograms) of cannabis in Buffalo, N.Y.

The illicit cargo was found last week when officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) assigned to the Peace Bridge selected a commercial vehicle manifested as “bathroom vanities” for an extra look after anomalies were found.

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