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Fri
07
Dec

Southwestern Ontario farm could have first licensed outdoor cannabis crop

Marijuana producer 48North has applied for an outdoor cultivation licence — the only cannabis company to do since the government approved outdoor growing in the summer — to plant marijuana on its 40-hectare property outside of Brantford in one of the nation’s richest farm belts.

Company co-chief executive Jeannette VanderMarel, who hails from a family of apple producers, says she’s drawing on her agricultural background for the endeavour.

“Basically, I’m planning this like an orchard,” she said, adding work on the operation is well underway while the company awaits approval from Health Canada.

“I know that I need to work the ground this fall in order to have it ready for spring planting.”

Fri
07
Dec

AgMedica more than doubles production, expands facilities in southwestern Ontario

A medical cannabis company is expanding its sales and production capabilities in southwestern Ontario.

AgMedica Biosience Inc. has acquired two new indoor processing facilities — one in Chatham and one in London. 

CEO Trevor Henry said the company is well-positioned if Health Canada approves the sale of cannabis-infused beverages or edibles.

"We're actually building a plane as we're flying it," he said. "But you know what, when you have confidence in your team, and you're moving through the regulatory hurdles very quickly, we think we're very well-positioned."

London's 10,000 square-foot location will be used for processing, packaging and bottling. The new 300,000 square-foot Chatham facility will be used for future cannabis-plant cultivation.

Fri
07
Dec

Canada’s largest cannabis conference since legalization sparks up at Parq Vancouver this weekend

On Dec. 9 Vancouver will host the largest cannabis conference in Canada since the federal government, on Oct. 17, legalized recreational marijuana use.

Dozens of industry experts will speak on the O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo’s many panels at the Parq Vancouver, during the event’s Dec. 9 through 11 run.

Fri
07
Dec

Only two cautions issued to Manitoba retailers since cannabis legalized

Manitoba's cannabis regulator says stores in the province are following the rules of legalized recreational marijuana.

The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba says no retailers have been fined and only two cautions have been issued since sales were legalized in October.

One caution was for a broken lock on a storage unit, which was fixed.

The other caution was given to a store that took delivery of cannabis before the shop's retail licence was issued.

Liz Stephenson, the authority's chief administrative officer, says there has been excellent co-operation from retailers.

She also says inspectors are visiting each store on a regular basis to ensure compliance with rules governing storage, signage and more.

Fri
07
Dec

Could Canada use Nevada’s cannabis shortage protocol?

A majority of Canadian provinces are reporting cannabis supply shortages, as Canada’s licensed cannabis producers and distributors grapple to keep up with the demand for commercial cannabis. Demand for Canada’s recreational cannabis comes from customers that were already acquiring cannabis from the illicit market, and the second source of demand comes from new customers who have never used cannabis but are ready to give it a try. Several warnings about a potential shortage were circulating in the media in the run-up to legalization, but not everyone was sure the problem would manifest.

Thu
06
Dec

Two new walk-in clinics in Barrie will prescribe medical marijuana

Come January, residents in Barrie will have a new way to access medical marijuana.

Avail Cannabis Clinics in partnership with Express Aid Pharmacy will open two family style-walk-in clinics, and they'll be the only clinics to offer medical marijuana prescriptions in the city.

Justin Whitehall, the director of Avail Cannabis Clinics, explained how the clinics will work to Wei Chen, host of CBC's Ontario Morning on Wednesday. "These clinics are the first chain of family-style walk-in clinics to provide medical cannabis authorizations in addition to conventional medications and assessments. The whole family would be welcome to seek access to our medical services," he said.

Each clinic will be able to serve up to 100 people per day.

Thu
06
Dec

Toronto's Friendly Stranger is opening 50 new cannabis stores in the next two years

In October, Toronto's iconic cannabis culture shop announced a $10 million expansion plan that will allow them to become one of Ontario's premier marijuana retailers over the next several years.

While the shop is reportedly aiming to open 100 stores across Canada eventually, their more immediate plans are to open 50 in the next two years. Starting with the Greater Toronto Area and southern Ontario cities.

Wed
05
Dec

Employer obligations around medical pot, benefits plans

With the legalization of recreational cannabis on Oct. 17, 2018, employers have been preparing to answer questions about whether their current benefits plans should provide reimbursement for cannabis products for medical purposes.

Tue
04
Dec

Vancouverites aren't the biggest cannabis consumers in Canada, surprising new study shows

Vancouver's reputation as the weed capital of the country is taking a hit after Statistics Canada released a new flush of data gleaned from studying sewage.

The report found that among five major Canadian cities, Vancouverites consume the least amount of pot per capita, based on the level of cannabis metabolites in samples of wastewater.

Halifax was found to have the highest rate of cannabis consumption per capita, at 1,310 micrograms per person per week, followed by Montreal at 976 micrograms, Toronto at 451 micrograms and Edmonton at 416 micrograms.

Vancouver registered just 288 microgram per person per week.

Tue
04
Dec

As a fertility doctor, I am advising my patients to avoid cannabis

Smoking recreational cannabis is now legal in Canada for adults over 19 years old. According to Statistics Canada, 27 percent of people aged 15 to 24 and 13 per cent of people over 25 years old, use cannabis. That amounts to 4.6 million Canadians who currently consume products of the cannabis plant, which include marijuana and hashish.

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