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Tue
16
Jul

Health Canada revokes licences of B.C. cannabis producer Agrima

B.C. cannabis producer Agrima Botanicals Corp. has had its licences revoked by Health Canada, months after the company disclosed the regulator's finding that "unauthorized activities" with pot took place at the firm.

Agrima is now listed on Health Canada's website of licensed producers with the status "revoked," after having its licences suspended last fall.

Agrima's parent company Ascent Industries Corp. said in November that the regulator had asserted that "unauthorized activities" involving cannabis occurred at the company during a period of time when it was privately held, but it was appealing its suspension.

Mon
15
Jul

Hemp licence applications boom but some experienced farmers urge caution

The legalization of cannabis and the ongoing Chinese ban on Canadian canola is sparking a boom of interest in hemp among Prairie farmers, but some experienced producers are warning of "unrealistic expectations."

According to Statistics Canada, the number of hemp acres planted by farmers nationwide is expected to double this year, from 41,200 in 2018 to 82,500 in 2019. While Health Canada — which licenses farmers to grow industrial hemp — will not release its 2019 figures until this fall, the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance industry group said it has been told the number of licence applications has more than doubled this year and the majority of new applicants are first-time hemp growers.

Mon
15
Jul

U.K. legalizing cannabis supported by near-majority of voters

Almost half of Britons support the legalization of cannabis, according to a survey commissioned by a group associated with the ruling Conservative Party.

Fri
12
Jul

Alberta, Denmark quarantine CannTrust cannabis products

Alberta is placing an unspecified amount of CannTrust products on hold as a precautionary measure, officials said, pending an investigation by Health Canada into whether cannabis from unlicensed facilities is safe for consumption.

The move by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) comes after Ontario's cannabis distributor pulled CannTrust products from its site.

CannTrust Holdings Danish partner Stenocare says it also has quarantined medical pot products linked to illegal cultivation at the Canadian cannabis company's Ontario greenhouse.

Fri
12
Jul

Edible marijuana legalization in Canada: Could this help turn marijuana stocks around?

One of the major events on the horizon for the marijuana industry is that before the end of the year, we’re going to see a whole new set of marijuana products be made available to the Canadian public: namely, edibles. While Canada legalized marijuana products federally last October, edibles are still technically illegal (although they aren’t exactly hard to find on the grey and black markets). But this coming December could be another huge run for marijuana stocks.

Fri
12
Jul

This major marijuana grower reiterates its desire to find a beverage partner

The big day, for 2019 at least, is about five months away for Canadian marijuana stocks. After officially legalizing recreational marijuana on Oct. 17, 2018, Canada's regulatory agency Health Canada expects derivative products to first make their way onto dispensary-store shelves by mid-December. Derivatives are, for example, non-dried-flower products, such as vapes, edibles, topicals, concentrates, and nonalcoholic infused beverages.

Thu
11
Jul

OCS pulls affected CannTrust cannabis products amid Health Canada probe

The Ontario Cannabis Store has removed certain CannTrust Holdings Inc. products from its online store and from distribution to physical outlets until Health Canada completes its investigation involving pot cultivation in unlicensed rooms, while other provinces continue to stock and sell the company's goods.

"Due to the Health Canada temporary hold on certain CannTrust cannabis products, Ontario Cannabis Store has voluntarily removed all affected products from distribution through OCS.ca and to the authorized retail stores pending the outcome of the investigation," said spokesman Daffyd Roderick in an emailed statement on Wednesday.

Thu
11
Jul

Pot prices staying high in Ontario, at least for now

An additional 50 cannabis retail stores in Ontario won’t be enough to bring down the price of pot products for consumers, says one industry watcher.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the province’s marijuana retail regulator, is holding a second lottery in August to award 42 retail licences to open stores beginning in October. Another eight licences will go to First Nations communities.

Sudbury has two pot stores already in operation — Highlife at 1299 Marcus Dr., and Canna Cabana Sudbury, 2019 Long Lake Rd.

Thu
11
Jul

Cannabis-infused drink makers prepare for regulations

Like dried flower products, cannabis drinks will face strict regulations once they become available for sale later this year in Canada.

Following the confirmation of guidelines from Health Canada, the industry is gearing up to deliver on the promise of these drinks.

With the legalization of cannabis edible items projected to attract 1.5 million new consumers in Canada and infused drinks expected to secure revenues of C$529 million per year, marijuana companies have set a target to deliver novel beverages to the market.

Thu
11
Jul

Alberta leads provinces in cannabis sales since legalization

British Columbia has been famous for its bud since long before legalization, but another province is beating it in terms of cannabis sales and retailers.

Since October 17—the day pot was made legal nation-wide—cannabis sales have been higher in Alberta than in any other Canadian province.

What Makes Alberta Different?

One notable difference between Alberta and its western neighbor is the age at which people can begin buying weed. Like most provinces, BC made 19 the legal age for purchasing and consuming cannabis, the same as the age for alcohol. Alberta’s legal drinking age, however, is lower by one year, so Albertans can experiment with both alcohol and cannabis starting at 18—just in time to get into Pink Floyd.

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