Prince Edward Island

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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.

Fri
20
Mar

P.E.I. looks for backup plan to provide weed and alcohol after crowds swarm closing stores

Islanders don’t appear ready to put any distance between them and their supply of pot and booze.

The provincial government is exploring ways to turn the taps back on after announcing it was “disappointed in Islanders’ response,” to the decision to close all liquor and cannabis stores as of 2 p.m. local time on Thursday. Long lines soon formed at stores around the province on word the time to stock up was nearing an end.

Thu
05
Mar

P.E.I. insurance company will ban coverage unless cannabis home-grow safety is up to snuff

Cultivating homegrown pot on Prince Edward Island? Better check your home insurance first.

A P.E.I.-based insurance company informed policyholders last month that it will refuse coverage for any building and its contents where cannabis is being cultivated, unless the company can ensure it is being grown in a safe manner.

P.E.I. Mutual Insurance Company sent mailed letters to policyholders noting that growing cannabis is associated with an increase in risk in commercial and residential buildings alike.

Wed
04
Mar

P.E.I. food lab testing cannabis, eyeing product development

BioFoodTech — the provincially-owned food testing and development lab in Charlottetown — is now testing cannabis. 

Officials say they started a few months ago after implementing procedures and protocols around this new-to-them product.

"We're here to serve the industry in P.E.I," said Edward Charter, food and bioscience technology manager at BioFoodTech. 

"And since cannabis is now a legal product and edibles as well, and we have that background of being able to test food products, we felt it was essential that we provide that service to that industry."

Previously, cannabis products would have been sent off-Island for testing. Now, cannabis oils, extracts and edibles can be tested at Bio Food Tech for microorganisms.

Thu
20
Feb

Cannabis extract prices vary 'wildly' between provincially run stores

A CBC News analysis has revealed the price of cannabis extracts varies widely across Canada, with the same product sometimes costing two to three times more in one provincially run online store than another.

The inconsistencies, experts say, could undermine efforts to wipe out the country's illegal market. 

The analysis looked at the price of 61 cannabis capsules, sprays and oils available in Ontario's provincially run online retailer in December 2019. 

Those products were then matched with their counterparts from the online provincial retailers in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador — provinces where the government is an official distributor and runs an online mail-order site.  

Wed
29
Jan

PEI Cannabis joins the Bell Let’s Talk conversation

Marking the 10th anniversary of Bell Let’s Talk, Canadians across the globe are sharing stories and struggles of mental health to help spread awareness and end stigma.

Joining the conversation this year is PEI Cannabis.

With every applicable text, call, tweet, retweet, social media video view and Facebook and Snapchat filters — using the #BellLetsTalkDay — Bell will donate five cents towards Canadian mental health services. As of 10 am.. this morning, more than 23 million people had participated in the initiative.

Tue
21
Jan

PEI-based company brings its fruity, master vapes to the Ontario Cannabis Store

The Master Vapourizer has arrived.

Figr is looking beyond Atlantic Canada, having just launched its new line of vaping products that will be available first at the Ontario Cannabis Store and then select retail locations across the country.

“Our new vape pods and cartridges are designed to deliver the same experience our customers expect with all Figr products,” said Harvey Carroll, president of Figr. “Our customers are at the root of everything we do and our dedication to craftsmanship, scientific rigour and transparency is what drives our continued improvement and innovation. This new product line is no exception,” Carroll said.

Mon
20
Jan

Rapid growth of Charlottetown cannabis production plant surprises even company president

As a fourth-generation farmer, Edwin Jewell has always known how to grow things, but even he didn’t see this coming — at least not this quickly.

The president and CEO of Figr East, the cannabis-production plant in Charlottetown’s BioCommons Research Park, unveiled this week an additional 210,000 square feet at the plant, a significant upgrade from the 24,000 square feet he had about two years ago.

To put things in perspective, the Figr East plant is now the size of about six football fields.

When he initially decided to take the plunge in January 2013, he told his wife it was a huge risk and if it didn’t work out they’d literally be living in a tent.

Mon
13
Jan

Charlottetown company finding success selling cannabis edibles

Cannabis edibles hit the P.E.I. market on Dec. 18 and a Charlottetown company that produces them says staff have been racing to keep up with demand.

Dosecann is busy producing cannabis gummies and chocolates to shell out to Islanders and the rest of Canada.

"This building has literally gone from first gear to sixth. We're racing as if we're a Formula One team," said David Baranowski, director of technology, transfer and quality control.

Cannabis edibles are limited to a maximum of 10 milligrams of THC per retail pack.

Baranowski said the biggest challenge for the company is identifying its own capabilities, and what the interest is of the market in general.

Thu
09
Jan

How Prince Edward Island went from stigma central to a pot paradise

Pre-colonization, Prince Edward Island’s Mi’kmaq called the small island Epekwitk. French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived in the late 1700s, calling the red sandy beaches and tall grasses “the fairest land ’tis possible to see!” and, according to Tourism PEI, renamed the island Île Saint-Jean. In 1799, the British occupied the land and renamed it again, this time after Prince Edward, Queen Victoria’s father.

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