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Mon
10
May

Police raid grow-ops seizing $18M worth of cannabis and arresting 19

Nineteen people have been charged after Ontario Provincial Police busted several large cannabis production facilities in southwestern Ontario.

The OPP carried out five search warrants at three greenhouses and two residences Wednesday morning in the areas of County Roads 31 and 34 in Kingsville, and Seacliff Drive West in Leamington.

 

Authorities said they seized more than 20,000 cannabis plants, more than 1,400 pounds of processed cannabis, some Canadian currency and equipment. They said the cannabis is likely worth more than $18 million.

Eighteen people, with ages ranging between 19 and 72, have been charged with:

Fri
07
May

The Success of the Legal Cannabis Ecosystem Relies on This

Whether we realize it or not, our everyday needs depend on a complex infrastructure of multiple supply chains. Virtually every product we purchase, from any industry, is the result of a sequence of production and distribution processes.

Fri
07
May

The Top 3 CBD-Friendly States in the U.S.

The passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill), legalizing hemp on a federal level and requiring states to implement industrial hemp programs, sparked a new “green gold rush” in the states. Entrepreneurs from all walks of life sought to capitalize on this green cash crop and industry that, in 2020, saw approximately $1.2 billion in total CBD product sales according to data compiled by Statista.   

Tue
04
May

What the United States can learn from Canada’s cannabis clarity

The inherent contradictions of American cannabis laws seem to appear in the news almost every week.

At the state level, for example, Virginia recently became the latest jurisdiction to allow adult cannabis use, effective this July 1. But just days later, a court upheld United States federal tax laws that treat state-licensed cannabis businesses as illegal drug traffickers.

Fri
30
Apr

The cannabis industry's next war: How strong should its weed be?

The nation’s booming weed industry has a potency problem.

As more and more states legalize marijuana, companies are facing new pressure from lawmakers across the country — and Capitol Hill — to limit the strength of their products. It’s a level of scrutiny that comes with being allowed to operate in the open after decades in the shadows.

The steadily rising levels of THC — the component of marijuana that gets users high — is causing widespread concerns about the public health consequences. Even in pioneering states like Colorado and Washington, where recreational marijuana sales started in 2014, lawmakers are debating whether to put caps on THC potency.

Thu
29
Apr

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Growing Demand for Marijuana in the World

The pandemic has completely changed the way that most markets in the world work. Instead of being able to go out to the store and buy supplies, people are turning to alternative methods. Furthermore, people are finding new distractions during this time, including a growing number of people that are trying marijuana. Between legalization and increased stress, people love the opportunity to buy marijuana. We’ll show you how the demand for this product and others have increased. 

Marijuana Sales Records During the Pandemic

Thu
29
Apr

What's with the large shipments of marijuana at the Canadian border?

The manifest said the cargo in the tractor-trailer that pulled up at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge on Jan. 20 was "phone accessories." But a search inside the trailer turned up something quite different – multiple pallets with boxes filled with vacuum-sealed bags of nearly a thousand pounds of marijuana, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

A few days later, another search of a truck at the Lewiston bridge led to the discovery of 1,070 pounds of marijuana. That shipment was manifested as "cardboard."

At the Peace Bridge on March 11, a shipment of "empty plastic bottles" turned out to be 655 pounds of marijuana.

Fri
23
Apr

I think you meant to say Kelowna. An Open Letter to Justin Bieber

Hey Justin,

We’ve been listening to your new album, and we tend to agree: Georgia’s got some of the best peaches. No doubt. ‍

But respectfully, line two of “Peaches” is where we disagree.

See, like you, we’re big fans of cannabis. We treat it like it’s our job. Because, well, it is. We’re Flowr, one of Canada’s leading licensed producers. We grow award-winning strains in the heartland of top-tier cannabis production: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. So when we heard you, a homegrown, household-name, card-carrying Canadian superstar, say he gets his weed from California… Honestly, that was tough to hear.

But we thought, “Wait. Let’s give this man a chance.” This is a good moment to talk about something that’s been on our minds recently.

Thu
22
Apr

Big Voices Speak Up for Cannabis and Against Criminilzation

At our recent Emerge Virtual Cannabis Conference & Expo, transformative thinkers and innovators voiced their insight on diversity, expungement, and prison reform to hundreds of eager virtual attendees.

The event hosted several prominent speakers from the industry, boasting a powerhouse assembly of cannabis enthusiasts.

Hemp and cannabis culture is all about community; it’s a space where everyone deserves representation.

As the demand for cannabis continues to grow, many revolutionary leaders within the industry, including Andrew DeAngelo, Wanda James, Steve DeAngelo, and others have been fighting for change within the hemp space to better reflect the inclusive nature of the plant. 

Thu
22
Apr

Home Grow In Canada: Too Much of A Good Thing?

The home grow conversation, just about everywhere, is a contentious one. It has been the basis for the formation of the entire commercialized cannabis industry, everywhere, one way or another. It is also a right that is being defined, pretty much globally, as one with a constitutional basis as reform begins to seriously roll.

Yet twenty years on, in Canada, at least, authorities are wondering, again, out loud, if the entire proposition needs to be re-examined – and for reasons stemming from both public safety and the need to curtail the illicit market.

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