The boomer weed rush is real: Older Canadians leading country-wide increase in use

Of roughly 646,000 Canadians to try cannabis in 2019, 332,000 were 45 or older, data from the self-reported survey run by Statistics Canada shows. That brings that demographic’s overall rate of use up from 9 per cent last year to 14 per cent now.

The data released Thursday by Statscan is the first iteration of the National Cannabis Survey conducted exclusively after legalization in October last year. The study has been running since February 2018.

Overall, cannabis use among Canadians increased by three per cent, from 14 percent last year at this time, to 18 per cent, or 5.3 million Canadians aged 15 or older.


Quebec's cannabis producers unite to break the stigma and find investors

Launched officially on Tuesday, the Association quĂ©bĂ©coise de l’industrie du cannabis (AQIC) also wants to have a voice in the debate around the legal framework of the substance, the recreational consumption of which has been legal since last October.

Cannabis Business president Michel Timperio, who also directs the cannabis division of Neptune Wellness Solutions, believes there is still a lot of stigma surrounding the industry.

“People have to realize that the cannabis industry is not only what is sold at the SociĂ©tĂ© quĂ©bĂ©coise du cannabis (SQDC),” he explained in an interview with Presse Canadienne. “There is a long way to go.”


Quebec cannabis giant HEXO acquires Newstrike Brands in $260-million deal

Quebec cannabis giant HEXO Corp. is acquiring Newstrike Brands Ltd. — the Oakville-based mid-sized cannabis company backed by The Tragically Hip — in an all-stock deal worth $260 million, both companies announced early Wednesday morning.

The deal is the biggest yet to take place between two sizeable Canadian cannabis companies post-legalization in a crowded industry where the top two players — Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Canopy Growth Corp. — control just under 50 per cent of domestic recreational cannabis sales.

Newstrike shareholders will receive 0.06332 of a HEXO common share in exchange for each Newstrike common share held, according to a press release put out by both companies.


BMO invests big in cannabis, shows growth in American banking sector

The Bank of Montreal (NYSE:BMO) is hitting 2019 hard, at least when it comes to the cannabis industry. BOM invested in three marijuana companies in the past three weeks, injecting over CA$100 million ($74.61 million) into an industry that is still dancing with legality in most parts of North America.


Quebec adds 2 LPs for recreational supply

On Tuesday (February 26), the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) signed supply agreements with licensed producers (LPs) Organigram Holdings (TSXV:OGI,OTCQX:OGRMF) and Zenabis Global (TSXV:ZENA,OTC Pink:ZBISF) to add product to its lineup of recreational marijuana.

Both producers will have to wait for the public process of the SQDC to determine the exact start date and final agreement in terms of quantity sold to the province.

Zenabis informed shareholders it expects to supply product starting the second quarter of 2019.


Organigram is a ‘Perfect 10’ for Canadian cannabis distribution

Organigram Holdings Inc.(TSXV:OGI), one of the Canadian cannabis stocks, Tuesday announced that it has signed a letter of intent with the Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC) to supply recreational cannabis.

With this agreement in place, Organigram’s products will now be available in all 10 Canadian provinces.


Public assistance sought to urge Quebec government to exempt medical cannabis users

If passed, Quebec’s Bill 2, An Act to tighten the regulation of cannabis, would ban cannabis use in all public places province-wide, reports CFAMM, a federal non-profit, non-partisan, patient-run organization dedicated to protecting and improving the rights of medical cannabis patients.


Quebec firm on legal age for cannabis, but leaves wiggle room elsewhere

The government has no intention of backing down on its decision to increase the legal age to consume cannabis from 18 to 21, says Premier François Legault.

But following a pitch to show more flexibility Tuesday by Montreal Mayor ValĂ©rie Plante, Legault has indicated there may be some wiggle room on the government’s plan to drastically cut the number of public places where pot can be consumed.

He has speculated allowing edibles might be an option, because they do not produce smoke. Under the federal law, dried and fresh cannabis, oil, plants and seeds are legal.


Top stories of 2018: Reflecting on the roll out of marijuana legalization in Quebec

In 2018, the world watched as Canada became the first Western country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana – and all the challenges that came with it.

Today, a lack of supply at the city’s only downtown pot shop is leaving some customers with a bad taste about how legalization has been rolled out so far. 

While lineups outside the SQDC outlet on Saint-Catherine Street has decreased pretty dramatically between October and December, but one problem facing the only pot shop downtown remains: a lack of stock.

“It’s pretty empty at the moment,” said one customer leaving the shop. “I feel like you have to come at a specific time to get something.”


We compared legal marijuana prices across Canada and some provinces are getting ripped off

If your province or territory nabbing the best deal?!

It's officially day two of cannabis officially being legal in Canada. While we are all probably coming off the high of such a big milestone for the country (pun absolutely intended), Canadians are shocked to see how different the legal purchasing experience is from province to province. 

Not only do some provinces get to buy in store rather than online, but areas of the country are also seeing some extreme price differences for legal cannabis. Meaning you might want to consider a road trip to snag the best bang for your buck. Here are the current prices per gram of legal marijuana in every part of Canada, so you can see how your province stacks up. All prices listed are in CAD.


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