Recreational Marijuana News

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Fri
28
Dec

What to expect from brick and mortar cannabis shops in April

Nearly six months after cannabis was legalized Oct. 17 by the federal government, Ontario prepares for the launch of marijuana sales in brick-and-mortar stores April 1.

Calgary-based Spiritleaf is one franchisee that plans on opening 40 locations throughout Ontario. Right now, they have four physical stores operating in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

“We’re trailblazing and this is brand new for Canada and Ontario to have a regulated product in the hands of private entrepreneurs,” said Spiritleaf’s CEO Darren Bondar.

“There’s going to be all kinds of bumps and challenges … but you can’t touch, smell or feel online. Cannabis concierges can provide product knowledge and everything you’d want in a retail experience.”

Fri
28
Dec

Growing like a weed: A look at marijuana milestones in 2018

It took less than a week for the Trump administration to kill the considerable buzz created Jan. 1 when California’s broad marijuana legalization law took effect, creating the largest legal U.S. cannabis marketplace. Then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a policy shielding state-licensed medical marijuana operators from federal drug prosecutions. The move sent a chill through the nascent legal industry. But ultimately it had little impact because federal prosecutors around the country showed little interest in going after legal operators.

Sessions, a staunch marijuana opponent, later lost his job and the cannabis industry thrived in a hugely significant year for the legal pot movement , in the United States and beyond.

Here are some highlights:

Fri
28
Dec

The world’s largest beer company in investing $100 million in “enjoyable cannabis beverages”

The blossoming marijuana market is enticing alcohol heavyweights into the newly legal industry.

The world’s largest brewer, AB InBev, plans to invest $100 million (pdf) with partners in non-alcoholic drinks containing the active ingredients in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). AB InBev will team up with Tilray, the Canadian cannabis company operating in 12 countries and backed by billionaire investor Peter Thiel. The beverage research will be conducted jointly with AB InBev subsidiary Labatt Breweries of Canada. Each firm is committing $50 million.

Fri
28
Dec

We finally know when the marijuana supply problems in Canada will likely be resolved

October 17th, the date when recreational cannabis became legal in Canada, signalled a turning point in policy approaches to the popular drug not only across the country, but around the world.

Canada is only the second country and first major economy to legalize marijuana. The world looks to us for guidance and clarity as drug policies in several other countries are also relaxing.

But without any real precedent, legalization in Canada has been marred with problems. Chief among these issues is a lack of viable product.

Thu
27
Dec

First private licensed cannabis store set to open in Vancouver

The Evergreen Cannabis Society is set to become the first licensed private cannabis retailer in Vancouver under B.C.'s new provincial cannabis laws.

The retail cannabis store, which has operated as a medical marijuana dispensary for the past three years, is located in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood. It is set to begin sales at 11 a.m. PT on Saturday.

Co-founder Mike Babins said he is "very, very excited" for Saturday morning.

"We went through all the stuff with the city for three years and now we spent the past four months going back and forth with the province and they were asking us every single little detail about our lives," Babins said.

"We finally made it through."

Thu
27
Dec

Manitoba based cannabis producer faces another round of Health Canada recalls

A Winnipeg-based cannabis producer is facing another round of recalls for marijuana sold in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Health Canada says 14 lots of dried cannabis produced by Bonify are part of the latest recall, due to either record-keeping or labelling issues.

With eight of the lots, Health Canada says there is a labelling error where the cannabinoid values and cannabinoid totals are reverse.

Health Canada says approximately 5,883 units of recalled product were sold between Oct. 22 and Dec. 20, 2018.

Earlier this month, the agency issued a recall of two strains of Bonify cannabis products that were being sold in three stores in Saskatchewan.

Thu
27
Dec

The life cycle of a cannabis plant, from seed to store

Licensed cannabis producers are ramping up production to address shortages that have plagued the pot market since legalization in October, but the time required to grow the average marijuana plant means consumers likely have a few more weeks to wait.

Cannabis lives up to its nickname and grows like a weed, but the plant needs as many as 18 weeks to progress from seed to harvest before it even moves on to processing and packaging.

Licensed producer CannTrust walked The Canadian Press through their cultivation and processing facilities to get a close look at the process. Here are the various life stages of the cannabis plant: from seed to plant to processing and packaging.

Thu
27
Dec

What to look forward to for marijuana in 2019

The marijuana industry has been one of the most intriguing markets to watch and participate in throughout the year. With so many legislative changes on the way, it seems as though we are only in the beginning stages of massive growth in the market.

This year we saw the first G7 nation legalize marijuana for recreational use which was a major paradigm shift for the industry. Many states in the U.S. also were able to put in new legislation for cannabis laws which has created a new sentiment across the nation. With so much in the works, what are the biggest variables for the next year in cannabis?

Thu
27
Dec

Draft pot-infused food rules a hit with industry insiders

Recently released, the much-anticipated rules on three new classes of cannabis – edibles, concentrates and topicals – impose restrictions on packaging, require strict controls on manufacturing and limit the amount of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, allowed in each dose.

A two-month public consultation period is now open before edibles are legalized by October, Health Canada said.

Shirley Toms of Cannabis Compliance Inc., a consulting firm, called the fall timeline doable, noting it’s unlikely to get pushed back as was the legalization of recreational marijuana use, first promised by the federal Liberal by July 1, but delayed until Oct. 17.

Mon
24
Dec

Manitoba undecided on allowing non-smoking cannabis in public, Premier Brian Pallister says

"I've never seen this before."

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, sitting in his legislature office for a year-end interview, is looking at a 15-ml container of cannabis spray. It's one of the ways through which recreational cannabis can be consumed since legalization in October.

It is discreet, quick, smokeless and — perhaps surprisingly under Manitoba law — legal to consume in most public places.

"My lunch could be really good," Pallister jokes before handing it back to the reporter who brought it to him.

The premier has said on more than one occasion he's more of a beer man.

Pallister's Progressive Conservative government is not alone in having to adjust to the complex realities of legalized recreational cannabis.

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