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Wed
09
Jan

Canadian pot shortage could last up to three years, industry executives say

Canada’s pot shortage could last as long as three years, according to industry executives who say production estimates are too rosy.

Shortages have plagued the country since recreational marijuana was legalized in October. In response, Quebec’s government-controlled stores have closed three days a week, Alberta has temporarily stopped issuing retail licenses and Ontario has said it will initially open just 25 stores across Canada’s most populous province.

As of mid-December, about 50 per cent of products for sale in five provinces were out of stock, according to Cowen & Co. analyst Vivien Azer.

This situation could continue for as long as three years, said Chuck Rifici, chief executive officer of Toronto-based Auxly Cannabis Group Inc.

Tue
08
Jan

Canadian airlines is instructing passengers how to fly with cannabis

Last year, Transport Canada revealed that airplane travelers will be allowed to fly with cannabis in their cargo.

This, of course, included a few stipulations. Among them: carry-on rules still apply for liquids, Canadians must be traveling to a domestic destination, and they couldn’t exceed 30 grams of cannabis on their person, which is the legal amount for personal use in Canada anyways.

But now, WestJet is giving Twitter recommendations to its Canadian passengers on how to fly with weed. WestJet is the second-largest Canadian airline carrier with service also extending to the United States, Europe, Central America, and beyond. Still, it’s rather odd to witness a major airline instructing passengers how to pack their stash properly.

Tue
08
Jan

Luck of the draw could leave Ottawa with zero pot shops

It's the first day cannabis retailers can throw their names in a lottery for one of 25 licences to open a pot shop in the province, but the pull-from-the-hat approach could leave Ottawa without a single storefront.

Cannabis has been legal since Oct. 17, but so far, Ontario consumers have only been able to buy the product online.

Only 25 licences will be issued by Apr. 1 to the first wave of private retailers, with a lottery system determining the winners.

According to a local public affairs consultant, that's not the best way to combat black market cannabis sales — especially if Ottawa ends up without any legal outlets.

Tue
08
Jan

Meet the black woman who is raising $900K to launch medical marijuana vending machines

PopCom, a leading Black-owned automated retail technology company specializing in smart vending and kiosk solutions, has announced its plans to develop a new blockchain-powered product ecosystem that enables cannabis, pharmaceutical and alcohol retailers to automate the sale of government-regulated products. The company is inviting forward-thinking investors to join them in bringing transformative technology to retail via their Security Token Offering (STO)–a public fundraising round that allows to anyone invest in the future of retail. The minimum investment is $252 and the team is looking to raise $945,000 in a 90 day period.

Tue
08
Jan

Marijuana edibles are moving towards Canadian government approval

It’s been nearly three months since cannabis became legal for recreational use in Canada, and now the federal government is preparing to allow more products onto the market — in particular, edibles like baked goods, candy, and chocolate.

Mon
07
Jan

Lottery for retail cannabis licences opening overnight

Any local businesses hoping to cash in on the upcoming retail cannabis industry will soon have their chance. 

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will be opening up an application lottery system at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow morning. 

The results are expected to be announced by next weekend. 

The AGCO will only be giving out 25 licences in the lottery. The provincial government has said a widespread supply issue is the reason for the small number of available licences. 

Many people's reaction to the news of legal marijuana shops is mixed. Some think it could be good for the community. 

Mon
07
Jan

Edible pot and protein wars to shake up food industry

Sylvain Charlebois, a professor of food distribution and policy, said much of the processing industry has stood on the sidelines waiting to see the federal regulatory framework for edible cannabis, but he expects that companies will soon start looking to see if there is a fit with their products.

“I don’t think people appreciate how complicated things are going to become in 2019 when edibles will become legal,” he said.

The beverage industry, particularly beer, has been the most proactive in exploring this area, he said.

The federal government released proposed guidelines for edible marijuana in late December, setting up a 60-day consultation period, but a key recommendation would prohibit the sale of cannabis-infused booze.

Mon
07
Jan

Vancouver's first two licensed pot shops open for business

Vancouver's first legal pot shops are open for business, more than two months after marijuana was legalized in Canada.

City Cannabis Co.'s Fraser Street location and Evergreen Cannabis Society in Kitsilano have opened their doors.

Both companies had to jump through extensive regulatory hoops, even as illegal retailers continue to operate across in the city.

British Columbia has lagged behind other provinces in issuing non-medical cannabis retail licences, which must first be approved by the province, then referred to local governments or Indigenous communities for approval.

Fri
04
Jan

Deadline looming for landlords wanting to ban smoking cannabis on their properties

The deadline is quickly approaching for landlords who want to restrict cannabis smoking on their properties — by Jan. 15 tenants need to be advised that their lease is changing to include a ban.

Once tenants receive notice of the proposed change to their lease, they have 30 days to contest it to the Régie du logement.

Kevin Lebeau, spokesperson for the Quebec Landlords Association, said there are many reasons a landlord might not want their tenants smoking pot. 

For one, they want to make sure their dwelling isn't seeped in cannabis smoke, he said. 

"Second of all, it can also constitute a nuisance for other tenants," Lebeau said. 

Fri
04
Jan

Canadian businesses are cashing in with luxury weed trips

A businessman from China hopped on a private jet last month, landed in Canada and went hiking on the Cascade Range in BC.

And then he smoked a fat blunt.

This experience cost $12,500. It’s part of a ‘high-hiking’ tour hosted by Butiq Escapes, a luxury weed tourismcompany based out of Victoria, where a hiking guide picks you up from a private airport, smokes with you in the mountains and feeds you (and up to a group of four), lunch and dinner.

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