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1 figure that guarantees a Canadian marijuana oversupply is imminent

The legal marijuana industry has come an exceptionally long way in a very short period. As recently as 2005, recreational cannabis was illegal everywhere, just a small handful of U.S. states were allowing medical marijuana to be prescribed by a physician, and a Gallup survey found that just one out of three Americans supported legalizing weed at the national level.

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Edible cannabis complex, presents safety concerns: Expert

Provinces are waiting for the federal regulations on legal edibles to come into place no later than Oct. 17.

We spoke with Avery Bruenjes, the Retail Council of Canada’s policy analyst for government relations and regulatory affairs, who’s scheduled to address the Retail Cannabis Forum on Monday at the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke, Ont.

Q. How do you define an edible?

A. Loosely, it’s a product that contains cannabis that is intended to be consumed as a food product or drink would be.

Q. Why did the government not deal with edibles last October when recreational weed became legal?

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Jelly Belly creator releases cannabis-infused jelly beans

The man who founded Jelly Belly has released cannabis-infused jelly beans.

Last month, David Klein, founder of Jelly Belly, first announced the new product line.

The cannabidiol or CBD-infused candies will be available in 38 different flavors.

According to the company’s website, customers 18 years or older must send their own CBD along with a lab report to show their chemical is "compliant with laws in handling your product.".

The company will then tweak their original recipes to determine the correct amount of CBD in each bean.

Spectrum Confections states some vendors are already selling the beans for about US$2 each.

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Toronto cannabis retail stores struggle to open by April 1 deadline

With 10 days left until Ontarians will be allowed to purchase cannabis at one of 25 retail stores in the province, many of the license holders are struggling to get their shops ready to open on time.

The winners of the cannabis retail license lottery in Ontario have had just over two months to get their stores ready by the April 1 deadline.

Felicia Snyder works with Tokyo Smoke, a cannabis company that has licensed its brand to one of the five lottery winners in Toronto. Crews are working around the clock converting an old HMV building near Yonge Street and Dundas Avenue into a two-story cannabis store.

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Manitoba chooses 7 rural communities for expansion of retail cannabis footprint

The Manitoba government is opening up the retail cannabis market in seven rural communities.

The province will license non-medicinal cannabis stores in Flin Flon, Niverville, Swan River, Virden, Altona, Lac du Bonnet and the rural municipality of Russell Binscarth, CBC News has learned.

The retailers will be chosen randomly from a list of nearly 100 pre-qualified applicants who responded to the province's second call for pot shop proposals last summer. The expansion aims to bring recreational cannabis sales to areas underserved by the initial distribution rollout, following the legalization of marijuana last October.

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‘Not a big money maker’: Province projects $5 million from cannabis sales this year

One aspect of the provincial budget is always the projected revenue from taxes and this year one of those is the tax from legal cannabis sales.

But the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union says the revenue projection seems low.

“We think the government has grossly missed the mark when it comes to the sale of marijuana in this province,” President of SGEU Bob Bymoen told CTV News following the budget’s release Wednesday.

The provincial budget shows roughly $5 million as the projected revenue this year from legal cannabis sales.

“The $5 million isn’t going to be enough to even offset the training and education, enforcement and dealing with the societal issues that stem from making marijuana legal,” Bymoen said.

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Cannabis chemical CBD showing up in more consumer products

From skin-care lotions to bottled water, cannabis companies are rolling out a growing array of consumer products infused with a chemical found in marijuana called cannabidiol, or CBD.

The compound doesn't have the ingredient that gives marijuana users a high. Instead, CBD product makers say they promote general health and well-being.

The U.S. retail market for CBD is projected to swell from an estimated US$2 billion last year to US$16 billion by 2025, according to a report by equity analysts at Cowen.

A key factor in that forecast is the growing variety of CBD products that companies are bringing to market, such as drinks, capsules, gummies, topical lotions and tinctures, which are liquid extracts.

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First two northern Ontario pot shops pushing towards opening next month

Right now, northern Ontario's first cannabis store is part high end retail outlet, part construction site.

Crews are busy getting the Highlife on Marcus Drive in Sudbury ready to open to customers on April 1. Company spokesperson Eddie Grinberg says they expect to hire as many as 30 people, with a few extra for the first few weeks when long lines are expected.

Highlife already has 17 stores in southern Ontario, but this New Sudbury location in an old shoe store near the Silver City movie theatres will be the first licensed to sell cannabis, rather than just smoking accessories.

"We never thought it would be in Sudbury," Grinberg says.

Highlife put its name into the cannabis license lottery held in January, but it didn't get pulled.

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New Brunswick companies eager to bite into cannabis edibles market

The owner of Thunder Hill Bakery in Grand Bay-Westfield is planning a reinvention of her signature cupcakes and muffins — with a cannabis twist.  

Jenn Guimond plans to open a second business, one that will showcase recipes using marijuana extracts that she makes at home.

Her new line of baked goods will include both the non-psychoactive CBD oil as well as THC, which does cause the "high." 

Sometimes she takes her cooking classes on the road and teaches neighbours what they can legally do in their own kitchens with their own pot.  

She says most of the interest is coming from people over 65. 

"It's other people's grandmothers," said Guimond, icing a tray of sugar-free, gluten-free, keto-friendly vanilla bean cupcakes infused with CBD. 

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Cannabis café a hazy relic as marijuana's new retail paradigm takes over

Peter Horvath does not particularly like the idea of a cannabis cafe. He does not like a lounge either — or a bar, or any place to buy and sit and use cannabis.

“It sounds like a repulsive experience to me,” the chief executive of Green Growth Brands, a cannabis producer with a burgeoning retail division, said over the phone from Columbus, Ohio.

Low-margin cafes and smokey consumption lounges, Horvath said, are just impractical. “So how do you make money?” he asked. “It’s like saying, ‘I want to own bars.’ Have you ever watched a Bar Rescue episode? What a mess bars are.”

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