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Pot legalization bringing boon to hemp farmers

The federal government’s end to its 95-year pot prohibition will also be a boon for hemp producers. They’ll soon be allowed to sell the plant’s flowers to be processed for its CBD, a cannabinoid without any psychoactive effects that’s being hailed for its medicinal potential.

Health Canada approved an exemption last month allowing commercial hemp growers to harvest flowers and leaves to be dried and stored on their farms ahead of Oct. 17, when the sales ban on those portions of the plant will be lifted. Only the stalks, seeds and stems can be sold now.

“That’s a brand new revenue stream,” Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance executive director Ted Haney said.


Is Canopy Growth Corp (TSX:WEED) best positioned to win in this major medical marijuana market opportunity?

The Canadian recreational marijuana market is set to open in one month, but the big news in the sector over the course of the next year might be focused on the United States.

Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED)(NYSE:CGC) is a market leader in the emerging global marijuana sector, and while much of the focus has been on the company’s partnership with Constellation Brands, which owns Corona and now has a 38% stake in Canopy Growth, the medical side of the industry remains a core focus for Canopy Growth in Canada and internationally.


Quebec First Nations community talks partnership with Canadian cannabis producer

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) in Quebec has said it is currently studying a partnership to establish a Health Canada licensed “state-of-the-art” medicinal cannabis greenhouse of at least 50,000-sq-ft, with an additional 20,000-sq-ft of post-harvesting space.

In a statement, the MCK said it is in discussions with Canopy Growth, Canada’s largest medicinal marijuana company, which would see Canopy Growth purchase up to 100% of the cannabis produced at the Kahnawà:ke facility. The partnership would mark Canopy Growth’s first First Nations partnership in the province.


Canadian marijuana producer gets permission to send medical pot to U.S. for trial

Canadian licensed marijuana producer Tilray Inc. has received the green light from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agency to export a medical cannabis product south of the border for use in a clinical trial.

The Nanaimo, B.C.-based company and a researcher at the University of California San Diego believe it is the first export of a cannabis study drug from a Canadian company to the U.S., where marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.

Tilray will be exporting capsules containing a cannabinoid formulation with the active ingredients cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as CBD and THC, for a study examining the drug as a potential treatment for adults with essential tremor.


Want to buy legal pot on Oct. 17? Here's what you need to know

With just a month left to go until recreational pot is legal across the country, here's what you need to know if you want to partake.

Where can I get some of that legal weed?

On Oct. 17, there will be just one B.C. Cannabis Store in the entire province. The government shop will be located in Kamloops at the Columbia Place Shopping Centre. There will also be online sales through the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch.

What about all those private dispensaries in cities like Vancouver?

There's no indication these will be shut down right away. The province's new Community Safety Unit has pledged a crackdown, but only after more legal outlets are available.


AgMedica touts 'world class' cannabis cultivation facility in Chatham-Kent

A team of former mushroom farmers and pharmacists lead by a veterinarian has built what they believe is one of the quickest-constructed, fully-licensed medicinal cannabis facilities in the country.

They've built what they call a world-class facility inside of a former automotive plant along the Thames River in Chatham, Ont.

"Our founders actually were able to grow large scale indoor grow of mushrooms which is a crop that is very hard to grow," said former veterinarian and current AgMedica Bioscience Inc. CEO Trevor Henry. 

"We think that made perfect sense to transition that technology from the mushroom grow into the cannabis grow."


Vaping Vs. Smoking Cannabis – You’ll Be Shocked at The Differences

With vaping numbers on the increase, it is important to understand the differences between vaping and smoking cannabis. It could be an argument that rumbles on for decades but is vaping cannabis healthier and better than smoking. There are eight reasons that say it is…

#1 Vaping gives you more

When it comes to vaping, whether it is dry leaf or oil, temperature is important. Essentially, anyone vaping wants to maximize flavor.

Smoking can burn the herb and singe the oil simply because you don’t have enough control over the temperature.

Vaping acts differently as it burns off the essential oils and cannabinoids ready for inhalation but does so without combustion, a healthier way of using cannabis or so say several experts.


Healthiest Dry Herb Vaporizers - Canada

It’s a growing market with more users looking for not just a great vaping experience, but a healthier one too. And an expanding market means more choice when it comes to portable, dry herb vaporizers. And Canadian manufacturers have some great products on offer. Take a look at three of the best.


Medical marijuana system will continue after legalization, says Health Canada

Health Canada will continue operating the medical marijuana system after recreational use of cannabis is legalized next month, but it will be reviewed within five years. 

The announcement came in response to a call last month from the Canadian Medical Association — which represents doctors in this country — asking that the medical marijuana system be phased out post-legalization.

Dr. Jeff Blackmer, vice-president of medical professionalism for the CMA, said at the time that many physicians are uncomfortable prescribing marijuana, citing the lack of research and evidence of its effectiveness, along with a general lack of knowledge around dosing.


Medical marijuana users may seek ‘alternative’ sources in event of Canada Post work stoppage, Canopy Growth says

Canada’s largest licensed producer of medical marijuana says a work stoppage at Canada Post could leave many of its customers without their medications, resulting in some looking for unregulated, black market sources of cannabis to fill the void.

“What ends up happening is that people either go without their medicine or they find an alternative source,” said Jordan Sinclair, vice president of communications at Canopy Growth Corp.

“Those are the choices people have. There is no other legal means of getting cannabis in Canada, aside from through the mail.” The company has written to Canada Post and federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor as it prepares contingency plans for a possible strike or lockout at the Crown agency.


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