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Thu
13
Jun

Quebec cannabis sales totalled $71 million in first year

Quebec's provincially operated cannabis shops made $71 million in sales in their first year and sold the most cannabis in the country in terms of dollars and volume, but they still posted a $4.9-million loss to be covered by the provincial government.

The provincial cannabis corporation -- known as the SQDC -- said in a statement that the provincial government revenues from consumption and excise taxes totalled about $21.7 million between June 12, 2018 and March 30.

The first stores in the Quebec network opened on Oct. 17, the day recreational marijuana became legal in the country.

However, the stores had to reduce opening hours, plagued by supply challenges faced by all provinces no matter what business model they were employing.

Wed
12
Jun

Pure cannabis cigarettes to be introduced to Canadian cannabis market

THC BioMed Intl Ltd. ("THC BioMed", or the "Company") (CSE: THC) is pleased to announce that it is the first Canadian Licensed Producer to automate the pre-rolling of cigarettes containing 100% cannabis (the "Pure Cannabis Cigarettes"). In the same way automation changed the tobacco industry, THC BioMed is confident the automation of Pure Cannabis Cigarettes will bring meaningful changes to the current cannabis industry and its bottom line.

The automated cigarette manufacturing plant has been installed at THC BioMed's flagship Acland Road location.  THC will begin the production and sales of commercial-grade Pure Cannabis Cigarettes, a first in Canada.

Wed
12
Jun

City council expected to debate policy preventing legal weed sales in DTES

The debate on a motion proposing easier access for opioid alternatives in the city’s Downtown Eastside is expected to begin again Wednesday, when Vancouver city council meets to discuss policy and strategic priorities.

Submitted by Coun. Rebecca Bligh in late May, the motion titled “Cannabis as an Alternative to Opiates and More Dangerous Drugs on the Downtown Eastside” proposes amending an almost four-year-old exclusion zone keeping medical marijuana from being sold in one of the city’s most vulnerable communities.

“What I’m asking is well-considered exceptions to that rule, and that city staff come back and make recommendations to council,” Bligh told CTV News Vancouver in an interview Tuesday.

Tue
11
Jun

Green Growth plans 70 new CBD shops in Brookfield Properties' U.S. malls

Green Growth Brands Inc. has signed a deal to open more than 70 new CBD stores at Brookfield Properties' shopping centres throughout the United States.

The Ohio-based cannabis company says these stores will sell CBD-infused personal care products under its existing Seventh Sense banner and under a new brand called Green Lily.

The chief executive of Brookfield Properties' retail group, Sandeep Mathrani, says it is the company's job to bring in retail offerings that consumers desire, and this includes Green Growth's CBD products.

Green Growth currently has seven shops within Brookfield Properties' portfolio.

Cannabidiol or CBD is a non-intoxicating compound which can be derived from cannabis or hemp and has been touted for its health benefits.

Tue
11
Jun

How Alberta is poised to become a hub of the hemp industry

When he decided to take up farming part-time six years ago, Roy Renneberg (Welder ’90) did a very Alberta thing and planted hay.

Still employed in the construction industry, the native of Cudworth, Sask. grew up on a farm and hay seemed like a comfortable choice. But when Ottawa announced plans to legalize cannabis and update rules around industrial hemp, its non-stoner sister plant, a seed of inspiration was planted.

Hemp was an unknown, but after doing some research Renneberg was intrigued with the prospect of a crop that could produce revenue from every part of the plant – seeds, flowers, leaves and stalks.

“I thought, this could get very interesting and that’s where we went with it,” he says.

Tue
11
Jun

Ontario Cannabis Store hopes to sell edibles and beverages in the fall

When edible cannabis products are legalized by the federal government this October, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) will be ready.

The government-run online-only pot shop issued a call for new cannabis products on Monday, including edibles, beverages, topicals and extracts.

The OCS, which also acts as the sole distributor of legal marijuana to licensed retailers, says that while it will take some time for producers to get the necessary approvals from Health Canada it’s looking to “kick-start” the rollout.

“This product call marks an important milestone in securing a broad variety of cannabis products that meet the preferences of Ontario consumers,” said Patrick Ford, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Cannabis Store.

Mon
10
Jun

In Ontario appeared first hotel complex for cannabis lovers

What could be better than to sit by the lake in a Muskoka chair? To smoke a cigarillo Backwoods… unless you smoke.

You can do it, and besides, smoke on the balcony of your room at Sir Sam’s Inn & Spa hotel complex is only for adults, whose leadership has just announced that now they are allowed to consume cannabis products.

At the moment it is the only such hotel in the province, at least officially, which allows its customers to smoke pot on-site.

Located in Haliburton, about three hours away from Toronto, a luxury hotel with 25 rooms located directly on the shore of lake Eagle.

Although the complex has been active for many years, this place where I can get away couples, is not going to keep up with the trends of the time.

Mon
10
Jun

Canada ‘blew’ its chance to be the world's pot leader

Canada “blew it” on cannabis legalization and is rapidly losing ground to the U.S. as a result, according to the founder of one of the top investment banks to the industry.

A lack of policy innovation, a messy patchwork of provincial regulations and severe restrictions on marketing and branding have left Canadian pot companies eating the Americans’ dust, according to Neil Selfe, founder and chief executive officer of Infor Financial Group Inc.

Fri
07
Jun

More retail cannabis licenses granted across Alberta; two more come to GP

Competition in the retail cannabis market is about to pick up in the Swan City. Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis has released more licenses to sell cannabis across the province, including two in Grande Prairie, which went the Canna Cabana and Peaceleaf. That now makes three licenses granted in the city, as Lucky Leaf had been the lone licensee since the legalization of recreational marijuana use back in October.

Fri
07
Jun

Why pot-smoking tourists may have a tough time lighting up on P.E.I.

The Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island says visitors hoping to smoke cannabis on the Island this summer may have a tough time finding a place to do it legally. 

As it stands, it's against the law on P.E.I. to smoke pot in public. It's left up to the owners of tourist accommodations to decide whether to allow guests to light up in their private rooms or in designated areas outdoors on their properties. 

CEO Kevin Mouflier said many owners he's heard from have decided not to allow pot to be smoked anywhere. 

"It's back to the [fact] that a lot of travellers do not like smoking period," said Mouflier. "Whether it be cigarette smoke or anything, they want to have that clean feeling of no smoke in the rooms or public areas."

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