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Wed
21
Oct

OCS: Original strain names, increased product info a focus for legal market moving forward

One of the more puzzling decisions made by the Canadian cannabis industry has been the choice to abandon legacy strain names in favour of new commercial names with zero meaning or resonance to consumers. This had led to some consumers compiling their own databases to try and keep track of cannabis lineage.

But according to Peter Shearer, senior category manager at the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), producers have noticed and change is on the way.

Thu
15
Oct

Ontario police see a spike in cannabis plants being stolen out of people's backyards

As Canadians start harvesting their homegrown cannabis, police are seeing a spike in reports of sticky-fingered bandits.

That was the case recently for London’s Mike Nutt, whose backyard camera captured a thief hopping the fence, hacking down his plants, and then absconding, all in less than a minute.

“He’s lucky I didn’t catch him,” Nutt told CTV London.

Tue
13
Oct

Three Ontario men face charges after hundreds of cannabis plants seized from illicit industrial grow-op

An Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) raid this week in Norfolk County revealed a massive, indoor cannabis grow-op with plants estimated to be worth just shy of $800,000.

Coupled with other police services in the area, the raid of what looked to be a warehouse-type structure resulted in seizing about $796,000 in cannabis plants and $20,400 in processed marijuana.

Fri
09
Oct

Future of Ontario pot shops predicted to mirror Walmart and Costco

Although the development of cannabis retail in Ontario has been less than ideal, the chapter of bottlenecks appears to be behind us following the announcement to double the speed at which the province will process new retail store authorizations.

Thu
08
Oct

Canadian cannabis company gives life to robot budtender

Ottawa based cannabis retailer, Stash & Co, has unveiled a virtual AI budtender that will offer customers personal product recommendations based on their preferred taste, effects, and potency.

Thu
08
Oct

Cheap land may be driving boom in illegal eastern Ontario pot grow-ops

Cheap land may be driving a proliferation of grow-ops in rural eastern Ontario, one that's seen Ontario Provincial Police charge dozens of people and seize tens of millions of dollars of illegal cannabis in just over two months.

In that time, the region's seen 18 drug busts that have led to 126 people arrested on charges that they illegally grew cannabis.

Nearly 59,000 plants were seized in the busts — an approximate street value of at least $70 million — along with hundreds of kilograms of processed cannabis, guns, cash and production equipment.

Police estimate each plant is worth between $1,200 and $1,400. The raids took place between July 29 and Oct. 2, at mostly rural addresses within a few hundred kilometres of Ottawa.

Tue
06
Oct

Brighton, ON residents who grow medical pot may soon find themselves in a difficult position due to neighbours’ complaints

Home cannabis cultivation has been legal for adult use since 2018, and for medical use for years before federal legalization came into force.

But Brighton, Ontario’s medical cannabis users who grow their own medicine may soon find themselves in a difficult position, thanks to their neighbours’ complaints.

Mon
05
Oct

Researchers at Toronto-based St. Michael’s Hospital find synthetic cannabis compounds associated with higher death rate in older COPD patients

Canadian researchers have found the oral synthetic cannabinoids nabilone and dronabinol contribute to negative respiratory health events, including death, in older people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

COPD covers two types of chronic diseases — namely emphysema chronic bronchitis — where the lung’s airways become swollen and partly blocked, reports The Lung Association. “COPD gets worse over time. It cannot be cured, but it can be treated and managed.”

Mon
05
Oct

Aurora increases executive compensation after layoffs, $3.3 billion in losses

Aurora Cannabis Inc. handed out millions in compensation and salary increases to executives as the company was laying off more than 1,000 workers and reporting billions in losses.

The Edmonton-based cannabis company's management proxy circular released this week ahead of the company's annual meeting in November shows all six of its named executive officers — a company's most highly compensated and prominent workers — took home larger salaries or saw a spike in share- or option-based awards and other incentive plans.

For some, the increases for the fiscal year ended June 30 doubled the value of the compensation they received the year prior and tripled what they received a few years ago.

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