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Thu
23
Apr

Union battles London-based marijuana firm WeedMD's demand to name signed workers

 

The union representing some WeedMD production workers is battling the Southwestern Ontario cannabis firm’s demand for names of employees who have signed union cards, information the union says it won’t reveal.

Workers at WeedMD, a licensed marijuana producer that employs more than 200 in Strathroy, Aylmer and Bowmanville, have been signing union cards with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union since last month.

A lawyer representing WeedMD wrote the union asking for the names of workers who have signed union cards, national representative Kevin Shimmin said.

Fri
17
Apr

Ontario sees cannabis orders top 13,000

Ontario's cannabis distributor has seen online orders triple since COVID-19 started sweeping the country and prevention measures were implemented, with almost one in three orders coming from new customers.

The Ontario Cannabis Store says it received between 2,500 and 3,500 orders prior to March 9, but in the weeks after mass adoption of physical distancing, those orders doubled to 5,000, then doubled again, topping out at 13,000 in one particular week.

In a bid to continue squeezing out the illegal market and keep up with the demand, the distributor has staffed up, lowered prices on more than 240 cannabis products and launched free shipping during COVID-19 to make legal options more accessible.

Fri
17
Apr

Canopy Growth sees up to $800M charge on global restructuring

Canopy Growth Corp. announced sweeping changes Thursday across its global operations aimed at cutting costs that will result in a charge of up to $800 million and a headcount reduction of 85 full-time positions.

Canopy said it will exit Africa, cease cultivation in Colombia, shut down its Saskatchewan production facility, and halt hemp cultivation in New York due to an oversupply of the product from last year's growing season. 

"When I arrived at Canopy Growth in January, I committed to conducting a strategic review in order to lower our cost structure and reduce our cash burn," said David Klein, Canopy’s chief executive officer, in a statement. 

Fri
17
Apr

Ontario online pot purchases jump 600% amid COVID-19 pandemic, data shows

Cannabis purchases rose as much as 600 per cent since the beginning of March in Canada's biggest market thanks to stockpiling by consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic - and demand may be sticking around. 

Sales data provided by the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) over the past six weeks - the same period that COVID-19 spread across the country - show legal pot appears to be a more "habitual" purchase than a one-time novelty, according to Cheri Mara chief commercial officer at the provincial retailer. 

While it may be too early to really gauge how COVID-19 will impact legal cannabis sales over the long term, the OCS data provide a highly precise glimpse at how people are consuming cannabis during the pandemic. 

Fri
17
Apr

Ontario Cannabis Store orders quadrupled as stoners stockpiled for COVID-19

Is Ontario’s struggling weed store gaining a new, loyal customer base among stoners in lockdown?

The provincial cannabis store lost $42 million in its first fiscal year, but online sales skyrocketed in the weeks after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. As Canadian public health authorities implemented increasingly strict physical distancing measures in an effort to contain the virus, many of us were motivated to hunker down at home and stockpile essential supplies — which, according to figures released today, included a lot of cannabis.

Thu
16
Apr

These are the most-searched brands on the Ontario Cannabis Store website

The Ontario Cannabis Store’s website has seen massive improvements since launching in October of 2018. The blog at OCS.ca is filled with useful how-tos and shoppers can now sift through dried flower strains by potency.

Wed
15
Apr

Don't allow cannabis consumption lounges in Ontario: Ottawa Public Health

The Ontario government shouldn’t allow weed lounges to open because society needs more time to gauge the impact of the federal cannabis legalization, Ottawa’s public health unit says.

In a response to a provincial government request for comment on the potential to allow cannabis consumption establishments, medical officer of health Vera Etches wrote that “unintended consequences are not yet known” since legalization only started about a year and a half ago.

“A public health approach to regulating cannabis is needed to minimize the potential health and social harms,” Etches wrote in her response, which has been made public through the release of the health board’s agenda for its meeting next Monday.

Mon
13
Apr

The government's handling of alcohol and cannabis during COVID-19 reveals a massive double standard

There’s no need to try to persuade David Clement about there being two sets of rules for alcohol and cannabis. He’s already convinced. The North American affairs manager for the Consumer Choice Center doesn’t mince words. “There is a huge double standard between the two,” he tells The GrowthOp. 

Clement points to the measures that were taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on both industries (and the respective timing of government assistance) as an example of the glaring difference between how both are perceived and protected.

Mon
13
Apr

Ontario Receives Nearly 900 Initial-Stage Dispensary Applications Since Early January

Ontario, the most populous out of Canada's 10 provinces, could potentially be the one most populated with marijuana dispensaries. According to data provided to Marijuana Business Daily by the province's Alcohol and Gaming Commission, it has received almost 900 applications for retail operator licenses (ROLs) since Jan. 6.

That was the date when the province abandoned its former lottery system of license granting for a completely open application process, in which any business could apply.

Mon
13
Apr

Cannabis retailers applaud province's about-face on delivery, pickup

Cannabis retailers in Ottawa are breathing a sigh of relief after the provincial government reversed a decision that would have forced private pot shops to completely shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 3, Premier Doug Ford expanded the province's list of non-essential business to include cannabis stores.

Four days later, the province issued an emergency order allowing those stores to both deliver and offer curbside pickup from Monday to Sunday, between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

The order is in place for 14 days. 

 

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