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Fri
04
Dec

‘Huge demand’: OPP raids show illegally grown cannabis thriving

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Cannabis has been legal in Canada for two years, but several police raids on illegal grow-ops show the illicit market continues to thrive.

The OPP said it seized more than 122,000 illegally grown plants, valued at about $143 million on the street, following 52 raids across the province since July 1.

“There is still a huge demand for illegal cannabis here in Ontario and in Canada,” Det.-Inspt. Jim Walker told Simcoe.com. “A great deal of the illegal cannabis we are seeing is being exported into the United States and it’s coming back in the form of U.S. currency, but also in harder drugs like cocaine, meth, fentanyl and in some cases firearms.”

Fri
04
Dec

CannTrust re-enters legal market with launch of two brands

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CannTrust Holdings Inc. is staging a comeback more than a year after its licences were suspended for illegally growing thousands of kilograms of dried cannabis in unlicensed rooms.

The Vaughan, Ont. cannabis firm announced Dec. 2 that it will reintroduce two recreational brands, Liiv and Synr.g, to the Canadian market this month.

“We’re confident that when the customers come back and try our products again, then they’ll remember how good and how consistent and high quality they are,” CEO Greg Guyatt said in an interview.

“We think we will win them back.”

That task may not be easy.

CannTrust remains under Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act protection as it deals with multiple class action lawsuits and other litigation.

Tue
01
Dec

What are the key impacts of cannabis policy since weed was legalized? This Ontario researcher is hoping to find out

A team of researchers headed by Professor Antony Chum of Brock University plan to put federal funding to good use by determining why there’s been an increase in substance use-related hospitalizations in certain jurisdictions, especially among youth, since recreational cannabis got the green light two years ago.

With funding from the federal government’s Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Chum, an assistant professor of health sciences, and his team, will generally consider how Canadian cannabis policies can lead to better regulations of weed’s use and potency, notes a university statement.

Mon
30
Nov

Weed at the bar? The tourism industry wants Ontario pot venues open by spring

While Ontario’s longest patio season is serving its last calls under well-used heat lamps, industry groups representing the hard-hit restaurant, tourism, and live events sectors are calling on the province to advance talks on selling and consuming cannabis inside public venues. Beth Potter, president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), wants new pot regulations for lounges, cafes, festivals and concerts established by the spring.

Fri
27
Nov

Loyalist inks another partnership for its cannabis research lab

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(image: Outside of the Bay of Quinte Skills Centre at Loyalist College. Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)

Loyalist College has inked another partnership that will help students in its Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis.

The college has signed a memorandum of understanding with Bioenterprise, which helps to connect, innovate and grow small and medium-sized businesses in Canada’s agri-tech and food industry.

Students will work with Biotech clients with product development, extraction and analytical testing, to ensure that their cannabis-based food and beverage products are safe and effective.

Fri
27
Nov

Local township passes cannabis bylaw to curb illegal grow ops

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The Township of Carlow Mayo, about two hours west of Ottawa, had a public meeting on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. so residents could comment on the passing of the township’s draft cannabis bylaw, and the council could answer their questions about the bylaw.

Many municipalities have faced illegal cannabis operations doing business within their borders, including Carlow Mayo, one of them being the illegal cannabis operation that was taken down by the OPP on Hartsmere Road in McArthurs Mills on Sept. 15.

Fri
27
Nov

Aphria Inc. Expands 510 Vape Offerings Across Its Award-Winning Adult-Use Brand Portfolio

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LEAMINGTON, ON, Nov. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Aphria Inc. ("Aphria" or the "Company") (TSX: APHA and NASDAQ: APHA), a leading global cannabis company inspiring and empowering the worldwide community to live their very best life, today announced the expansion of its 510 Vape offering across its award-winning adult-use brand portfolio.

Each Aphria vape is designed with a unique offering to meet the demands of a diverse consumer segment. Whether it be through limited release options, like Solei's Gather Frosty Mint or by the Company's proprietary extraction processes, 510 vapes across all brands offer a high-quality extract, free of cutting agents.

Tue
24
Nov

Dispensaries Pivot As Regions In Ontario Start New Lockdown Orders

The number of cases of COVID-19 has spiked in the province of Ontario causing new lockdown orders. It was reported that more than 1,400 new coronavirus cases had been recorded in Ontario on Friday. Toronto has been the hot zone for the latest outbreak as the city broke its record for new infections on Tuesday and has reported several hundred new cases each day this week.

On Friday, November 20, 2020, Attorney General Doug Downey approved an emergency order placing the Toronto and Peel regions under a new lockdown to combat COVID-19. On Sunday, Ontario Regulation 654/20 was made allowing cannabis retail stores located in the lockdown regions to operate through e-commerce, curbside pickup, and home delivery services causing cannabis stores to once again pivot to online orders.

Mon
23
Nov

Ontario to permit cannabis delivery, curbside pickup in lockdown regions

Ontario will allow cannabis retailers to provide curbside pickup and delivery services in regions impacted by upcoming provincial lockdowns, the province's attorney general said Friday. 

Cannabis retailers were briefly allowed to provide delivery services in April during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that was rescinded three months later

Fri
20
Nov

OPP search warrant leads to seizure of $80 million dollars worth of cannabis in Leamington Ont.

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OPP say they're cracking down on illegal grow operations

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have seized over $80 million dollars worth of cannabis from a greenhouse operation in Leamington Ont.

Officers from the provincial joint force cannabis enforcement team (PJFCET) attended a Mersea Road location on Wednesday to execute a Cannabis Act Search warrant.

According to police, over 75,000 cannabis plants and over 5,300 pounds of processed cannabis were seized.

"The proliferation of illegal marijuana grow operations, as evidenced by this recent significant seizure in Leamington, demonstrates the resolve by criminal enterprise groups to profit from illegal activity," said Inspector Glenn Miller, OPP  detachment commander in Essex.

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