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Tue
09
Jul

CannTrust had already shipped ‘some’ unlicensed cannabis to provinces before Health Canada halt: CEO

Some of the cannabis grown by CannTrust Holdings Inc. in unlicensed rooms at its Niagara facility has already been shipped to provinces across the country, the company’s chief executive officer, Peter Aceto, confirmed on Monday.

The acknowledgment in an interview with the Financial Post came after CannTrust revealed Monday that Health Canada had put a freeze on more than 5,000 kg of marijuana at its Pelham, Ont., plant after finding it had been grown in five unlicensed rooms. The company’s stock closed down more than 20 per cent in Toronto following the announcement.

It is unclear when the unlicensed product was packaged and shipped to the provinces, or whether the product in question had been sold to Canadian consumers.

Tue
09
Jul

Ontario's slow rollout of weed stores could help the black market thrive for longer

Ontario has blamed a shortage of legal cannabis from the federal government for its slow rollout of retail outlets, a claim dismissed by the federal government and regulatory bodies from other provinces, raising prospects the black market for weed may thrive longer in Canada’s most populous province.

Canada became the first G7 country to legalize recreational marijuana in October 2018 but sales have been dampened by supply constraints and prices that are higher than those on the black market.

While the provinces can set their own cannabis guidelines, a provincially run distributor purchases the cannabis from federally licensed producers, and then allocates it to retail locations approved by the province.

Mon
08
Jul

Bumpy legal cannabis rollout continues with another new Vancouver pot shop

Tucked in amongst the swanky shops on South Granville, a new kid on the block hopes to bring new meaning to the term high-end retail.

"Being in the neighbourhood, the community has been super welcoming,” said Muse Canada president Geoff Dear as he stood in the middle of his company’s first recreational cannabis store.

Dear said the company had to clear a lot of red tape to get to this point and he’s happy to be finally serving customers.

Still, he said now that the store is open, some of the rules around recreational pot sales make it difficult to draw people in to the business.

Mon
08
Jul

Pot-friendly hotel in the works for Niagara

Entrepreneur Conrad Floyd wants visitors to Niagara Falls to take their vacation to a higher level.

The Hamilton resident is in the process of converting a former derelict hotel on Lundy's Lane into the city's first cannabis-friendly inn.

"I feel Niagara is on a come back. For me, it's the promised land for investing, and cannabis tourism is a whole new industry."

When it opens later this year, the Pink Elephant Inn will feature 37 rooms, a four-season pool and a pizzeria.

Guests, who must be 19 or over, will also receive marijuana as part of the room rental.

"It's going to be all-inclusive," Floyd said.

And the hotel won't be limited to bud and breakfast. There will also be a growing operation on site.

Fri
05
Jul

Nova Scotians feel less healthy — experts believe excessive cannabis, alcohol use is to blame

Nova Scotians aren’t feeling too healthy compared to other Canadian provinces.

A 2018 survey of the province from Statistics Canada showed that 20,300 fewer Nova Scotians described their health as “very good” or “excellent” when compared to the previous year — the number fell from 494,300 to 474,000 respondents.

An increase of 12,000 Nova Scotians described their general health as “fair” or “poor” – up to 128,000 from 116,000 in 2017.

Fri
05
Jul

BC loves weed more than the rest of Canada. What does that mean for BC?

The 2019 World Drug Report recently-released by the United Nations Office On Drug and Crime reaches a conclusion that may or may not come as a surprise to residents of British Columbia.

The study found that between 2013 and 2017, 23% of B.C. residents used cannabis, a percentage that surpasses the national average of 15% and is the highest in Canada.

Cannabis was legalized on October 17th, 2018 as part of the federal Cannabis Act.

Other trends identified in the report included a 40% increase in use across Canada since 2013, and a 62% increase since 2011. A significant factor in that spike is an increase in use among young adults around and below the age of 19.

Thu
04
Jul

First cannabis retailer opens with applications for eight more approved by RMWB

The first cannabis retailer opened its doors in Fort McMurray just before the Canada Day long weekend, with eight more locations approved by the municipality and awaiting a provincial licence.

More than eight months after Canada legalized the sale and consumption of cannabis, Plantlife Cannabis opened at 4 p.m. on June 26 in Stoney Creek.

“Once we heard legalization was coming, it was a matter of if we should be sitting on the sidelines,” said Mike Wheeler, CEO of The Canadian Brewhouse chain, which is running the stores, at the launch. “We want to be here for a long time.”

Thu
04
Jul

The 4 must-know cannabis vape stocks

The marijuana industry is evolving before our eyes. What had once been a taboo industry that was dominated by the black market and dried cannabis flower will soon be no more.

Following the recreational legalization of cannabis in Canada last October, and the ongoing push to give the green light to medical and recreational weed at the state level, acceptance of marijuana into legal channels is growing.

Thu
04
Jul

Victoria restaurant hopes to serve cannabis-infused food and drink

The people behind a new Victoria restaurant hope to eventually serve food and drink containing cannabis. 

Trees: Island Grown is a new downtown eatery opened by Trees Cannabis Company, one of several dispensaries in Victoria that continues to operate while it waits for official licensing from the province. 

Alex Robb, CEO of Trees, says the restaurant does not serve anything containing cannabis extracts right now, but eventually it would like to include those options on the menu. 

"We don't want to push the bounds on this one," Robb said. "We've come a long way since 2015, prior to cannabis being legalized, when we were activists that were making sure that people had access to cannabis for medical purposes.

"Now the world is moving in this direction." 

Thu
04
Jul

Ontario to issue 50 new pot shop licences under new vetting process

Ontario will issue 50 new cannabis retail licences this year, a move aimed at expanding legal pot sales in the country's largest marijuana market while helping to stamp out the illicit industry, the provincial government announced Wednesday. 

The province plans to issue 42 new licences for private-sector retailers who successfully pre-qualify to be part of a new lottery system later this month. The remaining eight licences will be allocated for outlets in First Nations communities. 

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