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Mar

Can cannabis treat COVID-19? Toronto firm hopes clinical trial will provide answers

s misinformation on COVID-19 continues to spread almost as fast as the virus itself, one Canadian company wants to separate fact from fiction on whether compounds in cannabis can help treat the disease.

Toronto-based Cannalogue, a medical cannabis e-commerce firm, has applied to Health Canada to conduct a clinical trial to see if cannabidiol (CBD) can reduce the severity of COVID-19 symptoms in patients.

Fri
27
Mar

Drone used to bring drugs, weapons to Kingston jail: Cops

The OPP have intercepted a shipment of contraband bound for a federal prison in Kingston via drone.

On Tuesday around 4 a.m., members of the Penitentiary Squad, Kingston Police Service and Correctional Service of Canada responded to suspicious activity near Collins Bay Institution.

The officers located a drone and arrested two individuals nearby.

Officials also recovered a package within the institution walls.

Contraband seized on March 24, 2020 at Collins Bay Institution.

Along with the drone, investigators seized cannabis, cellphones, weapons and tobacco.

Thu
26
Mar

Windsor’s first cannabis store is going ahead with its grand opening

Businesses of many different stripes are shutting their doors this week in line with some provinces declaring states of emergency amid the COVID-19 spread, but not all.

In the wake of the Ontario government declaring cannabis an essential service, Windsor’s first legal cannabis shop is gearing up to open for business, possibly as soon as this Friday.

David Craig, chief design officer for J. Supply Holdings, told CBC News that the store is “still on track to open this week,” but that the company has made “some new adaptations” to mitigate risk and ensure the health and safety of staff and clients alike.

Thu
26
Mar

Where to buy weed during the COVID-19 pandemic

Approximately 4,000 times these past two weeks, I’ve thanked my lucky stars cannabis was legalized before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe and sent us all cowering in our bong dens.

Wed
25
Mar

Ontario cannabis businesses tally 39 names on Sunshine List for 2019

More than three-dozen Ontario government employees working in the cannabis space were named on the province's annual Sunshine List, which tracks public-sector staffers that make more than $100,000 a year. 

The majority of those listed represent The Ontario Cannabis Store, accounting for 36 of the 39 people associated with the cannabis sector on the list, which was released late Friday.

Wed
25
Mar

A Reddit user is donating edibles to the Ottawa region

As the world goes into lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Reddit user AurantiumAmara is spreading something other than bad news and coronavirus: Edibles. 

The Ottawa-based individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, grew three plants last year. The yields were low, they say, “probably a side effect of growing organically and not investing in very strong lights.” But from the off-cut of small buds and sugar leaves, they made a couple of batches of cannabutter. 

“I have more cannabis and cannabutter than I can personally consume, so I’ve been giving away edibles and bud to friends, but also to people who help me out. Now that I have edibles made, I’d rather they be enjoyed than get stale on my counter,” they told The GrowthOp. 

Tue
24
Mar

Pot shops to remain open during Ontario shutdown: Sources

Licensed cannabis stores will remain open in Ontario during a provincial emergency shutdown of non-essential businesses designed to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to two sources directly familiar with the matter. 

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Monday that all non-essential businesses in the province will be required to shut down effective Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. for a period of at least 14 days. A list of businesses that will remain open will be released Tuesday, the government said in a release. 

Both sources, who declined to be named since the decision hasn't been made official, confirmed that cannabis retailers made the cut and will be deemed essential when the province releases its list of businesses that can remain open during the 14-day shutdown. 

Mon
23
Mar

North Bay's first licensed cannabis retailer is open to the public

As retail stores around Northern Ontario close down temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a local pot shop is celebrating its "soft" opening Friday.

Tokyo Smoke North Bay on Lakeshore Drive is open to the public selling recreational cannabis products including regulated and tested flowers, edibles, oils, and other cannabis related products.

The cannabis retail store lottery draw was held back in august.

Owner Lorne Fine says the purpose of these stores is to keep providing pot to the public from officially licensed stores.

"As we all know cannabis has been legalized," said Fine.

Mon
23
Mar

Cannabis stores warn of delivery delays, no same-day shipping and store closure

Canadian cannabis shoppers will have to get used to a patchwork of closed stores and delivery disruptions as pot distributors across the country implement changes.

The moves have been sparked by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, which has pushed increasing numbers of Canadians to self-isolate and caused surges in demand for cannabis

Cannabis retailers in several provinces have advised customers that Canada Post will no longer be delivering parcels that require a signature or proof-of-age to customer doors because of disruptions to air travel and operations at their local facilities.

Shoppers must now look for a notice card notifying them of a nearby post office where they can show identification at and collect their orders.

Mon
23
Mar

Covid concerns temporarily close 'One Plant' cannabis store

Cannabis users looking to get marijuana at Barrie's only legal dispensary will have to wait a bit longer.

After days of long lines, people flocking to 'One Plant' showed up today to a closed sign on the door.

It read: "We have temporarily shut down due to current circumstances regarding Covid-19. Thank you for your understanding."

Early Friday evening, management at One Plant told CTV News the store was temporarily closed in an abundance of caution after a staff member told them that they had been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

"This decision was taken by One Plant leadership as a precautionary measure due to the rapidly evolving novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)," wrote Manager Ryan Grenville.

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