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Jul

‘Eighth,’ ‘half-quarter,’ or ‘three-and-a-half grams’? Legalization could be changing the way we talk about weed

If you’re a cannabis consumer on the West Coast, you’ve likely purchased an ‘eighth’ before. If you’re located in Ontario or the East Coast, you might call the same amount of cannabis a ‘half-quarter.’ But if you’re new to pot and you buy it through the government channels, you might call the same amount of cannabis something else entirely: 3.5 grams. 

Mon
20
Jul

Canada Marijuana Dispensary Count Tops 1,000 For the First Time

In less than two years after the country legalized recreational cannabis, Canada has reached an important milestone. According to a report in BNN Bloomberg, the country's dispensary count crossed the 1,000 mark as of July 17, landing at 1,010.

Of all the country's provinces and territories, Alberta in the West has the highest number, at 494. No. 2 is the province where some of the highest-quality Canadian cannabis has traditionally come from, British Columbia (211 dispensaries).

Mon
13
Jul

Ontario's private pot shops upset about giving up delivery and curbside pickup

Ontario's private cannabis stores will have to give up offering delivery and curbside pickup next week — and they're not happy about it.

The stores were allowed to start offering both services in April under a temporary emergency order the Ontario government issued during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the province is working on extending its state of emergency until July 24, orders that allowed delivery and curbside pickup won't continue.

"Thirty per cent of my business is curbside, so it certainly will impact us in a negative way," said Helene Vassos, the owner of two Canvas Cannabis stores in the Danforth and Mount Dennis neighbourhoods of Toronto.

Mon
13
Jul

Second Cup parent company opens first cannabis dispensary in Toronto

Second Cup Ltd.'s parent company has opened its first recreational cannabis dispensary.

Mississauga, Ont.-based Aegis Brands says it welcomed guests to a Hemisphere Cannabis Co. location on Avenue Road in mid-town Toronto today.

The location was previously home to a Second Cup and will be joined by six more dispensaries Aegis has planned to open in Toronto, Orleans, Ont. and Ottawa in the coming months.

Second Cup said in 2018 that it has more than 130 locations across Ontario that it plans to leverage to enter the cannabis space.

Second Cup has undergone a series of restructurings in recent years to try to increase its profits in the competitive Canadian coffee industry and hopes cannabis will help it regain market share.

Fri
10
Jul

Is Canopy Growth Corp. Facing A Shutdown Of Their Ontario Facility?

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a significant impact on the global economy and many countries are still dealing with major outbreaks.

The US is the epicenter of COVID and has the highest number of confirmed cases in the world. Unfortunately, the trend seems to be getting worse and we are closely following how the government handles the outbreak.

Although Canada is one of the countries that seems to have the COVID crisis under control, many companies are still being impacted by the virus. Canopy Growth Corporation (WEED.TO) (CGC) is a leading cannabis producer and it recently announced that an employee at its Ontario facility has tested positive for the virus.

Fri
10
Jul

Shoppers Drug Mart and University Health Network partner on 'first-of-its-kind' medical cannabis study

In what they’re calling “a first-of-its-kind real world evidence study,” Toronto General Hospital’s Dr. Hance Clarke will lead new research designed to help medical cannabis consumers and doctors better understand how cannabinoids impact various conditions. 

Clarke, an anesthesiologist and the director of pain services at TGH, wants to back up existing anecdotal evidence with scientific data to help doctors guide patients toward effective products and doses.

Wed
08
Jul

Ontario's private pot shops to stop delivery and curbside pickup

Ontario’s privately-run cannabis stores will no longer be permitted to deliver or offer curbside pickup once an emergency order issued by the province in response to COVID-19 expires.

“As our province carefully moves towards recovery, the (emergency order) to temporarily allow for cannabis retail curbside pickup and delivery will end when the declaration of emergency expires, along with other temporary measures that had been put in place to support people and business during the public health emergency,” said Richard Clark, communications director for Ontario's Finance Minister, in an emailed statement.

Wed
08
Jul

An employee tests positive for COVID-19 at Canopy's Smiths Falls cannabis facility

A Canopy Growth employee at the company’s Smiths Falls, Ont. facility has tested positive for COVID-19.

Thu
02
Jul

We ranked Canada's cannabis-friendly provinces from worst to best

Canadians are clearly in love with cannabis, but not all provinces were created equal when it comes to permitting pot. While the historic Cannabis Act applies to all provinces, the rules around distribution and consumption fall to the provinces — and municipalities have some say on it, too.

That’s why for Canada Day, The GrowthOp takes a look at the growing industry from coast-to-coast — crunching the data on price, consumption habits, number of stores, public consumption options and the ability to grow at home — to find out which provinces are rolling out the red carpet for weed and which are still warming up to the country’s second favourite leaf.

Here are our findings.

Wed
01
Jul

Holy smokes! North sees boom in cannabis retail stores

The legal cannabis market in Ontario is set to explode in the coming months, as the province takes a free-market approach to the fledgling industry.

Here in northern Ontario, Greater Sudbury has six stores in the application process or already operating, while Sault Ste. Marie has five and North Bay has seven.

With a population in North Bay of around 51,000, one cannabis store says they are ready for the newcomers.

"Well you know we do welcome the competition," said Noreen Nichol, whose family owns and operates Kana Leaf 2020 in North Bay. "But I do have to say I am surprised due to the population size."

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