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Mon
22
Feb

Canada-led Project Hammerhead devours weed-smuggling operation

A Canada Border Services Agency-led operation that involved police and customs officials on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border has netted well over a half-ton of cannabis and almost a half-million in cash.

Specifically, the authorities seized 556 kilograms of weed, $467,480 in Canadian currency, US$3,000, three loaded handguns with their magazines, and five vehicles, notes a statement this week from the CBSA.

Fri
19
Feb

Manitoba RCMP remind public that consuming alcohol or cannabis while on the ice is illegal

With provincial lakes and waterways populated by outdoor enthusiasts this winter, Manitoba RCMP are reminding the public that consuming alcohol or cannabis while on the ice is illegal.

With health restrictions still in place, and COVID-19 still affecting every aspect of life, Manitobans are using the great outdoors to gather and try to regain some semblance of normalcy. Ice fishing has seen a noticeable rise in popularity this year in southern Manitoba. The lakes and waterways are covered with ice fishing shacks, both permanent and temporary. In many places, the ice is a colourful cacophony of shacks, snowmobiles, and people.

Fri
19
Feb

The Cannabis Industry Has a Chance to Change the World

As is typical of most entrepreneurs, I like to think that I am responsible for my success. Entrepreneurs do work very hard, and some are talented enough (and lucky enough) to become successful. 

Thu
18
Feb

32% Cannabis Job Growth In 2020, Despite COVID-19

In four years, the cannabis industry’s job growth has increased 161%, quickly beating predictions from other industries 10 years from now.

Leafly’s fifth annual cannabis jobs report showed the cannabis industry to support 321,000 full-time equivalent jobs in 2021! An incredible number for an amazing and highly-deserving industry.

Thu
18
Feb

Ontario to ramp up the pace of cannabis store authorizations

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the organization responsible for regulating cannabis retail in Ontario, will begin issuing 30 cannabis Retail Store Authorizations per week.

The AGCO announced the changes in a blog post earlier this week.

The agency has already increased the pace of RSAs in recent months. In December, the AGCO said it would double its approval pace, and went from issuing 40 RSAs per month to 80.

In the most recent announcement, the AGCO says it will now issue 120 RSAs per month.

Thu
18
Feb

Is Delta-8 THC Legal? What Does The Law Says?

Attitudes to cannabis products in the country are changing. In many states, it is legal to buy marijuana for medical use, and some states also allow recreational use of weed.

Fri
12
Feb

If You're Thinking About Trying Legal Cannabis, Here Are 4 Ways to Do It Without Smoking or Vaping

On February 1, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a statement firmly stating his position on marijuana: It's time to legalize. Though that process will take time, the end of marijuana prohibition could usher in a host of new ways for people to consume their favorite strains recreationally. 

Fri
12
Feb

Seriously, Every Country in the World Should Have Dispensaries

Medical cannabis legalization can come in many forms, and as such, not all medical cannabis programs, like dispensaries, are created equal.

On one end of the medical cannabis policy spectrum are countries that only permit limited use of CBD medicines/products.

Technically those countries have legalized medical cannabis, however, only in an extremely limited fashion.

On the other end of the spectrum are countries that have fully embraced cannabis as a medicine and patients have safe access to it, complete with the legal right to cultivate cannabis at home.

One component of a medical cannabis program is particularly important at least when it comes to fighting the opioid epidemic.

Thu
11
Feb

The (Arrested) Rise of Craft Cannabis in Canada

It’s no secret that the rollout of cannabis legalization has underperformed in countries like Canada. Since legalization in October of 2018, industry experts have warned that the projections of the big cannabis firms and venture capitalists far exceeded the expected demand from the legal market.

Thu
11
Feb

Ontario authorizes 420th cannabis retail store

In a well-timed tweet, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has announced that the province’s 420th cannabis retail store has been authorized to open.

The AGCO, which regulates cannabis retail in Ontario, sent the tweet at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday.

After an incomprehensibly slow retail rollout, the province has picked up the pace in recent months. In December, the AGCO reported that it would, once again, double the pace of its cannabis Retail Store Authorizations (RSAs) and issue up to 80 each month.

In September of last year, the agency took steps to double its monthly RSAs from 20 to 40 a month.

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