Alberta

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Thu
02
Jul

We ranked Canada's cannabis-friendly provinces from worst to best

Canadians are clearly in love with cannabis, but not all provinces were created equal when it comes to permitting pot. While the historic Cannabis Act applies to all provinces, the rules around distribution and consumption fall to the provinces — and municipalities have some say on it, too.

That’s why for Canada Day, The GrowthOp takes a look at the growing industry from coast-to-coast — crunching the data on price, consumption habits, number of stores, public consumption options and the ability to grow at home — to find out which provinces are rolling out the red carpet for weed and which are still warming up to the country’s second favourite leaf.

Here are our findings.

Mon
29
Jun

Alberta cannabis industry in retreat as operations pruned, jobs cut

Tim Hagen had come to quietly appreciate the cannabis growing operation tucked away in the woods a few kilometres north of his village.

But this week, one of the underpinnings of the local economy, Aurora Cannabis’ Mountain facility, got the word from corporate headquarters in Edmonton that it would be uprooted, a victim of hard times in the country’s fledgling pot industry.

Fri
26
Jun

Edmonton region set to become home to largest cannabis gummy facility in Canada

Alberta’s capital region is set to be home to the largest cannabis gummy production facility in the country.

Dynaleo is set to open a 26,000-square-foot manufacturing plant near the Edmonton International Airport after it secured a processing facility permit from Health Canada. Executive chairman Michael Krestell said the next step now is to get a licence to sell so the company can move its edible products to be sold from the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) online store and other businesses.

Thu
25
Jun

Pure Sunfarms starts shipping to Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Pure Sunfarms, the joint venture between veteran vegetable grower Village Farms International Inc. (TSX and NASDAQ: VFF) and medical cannabis company Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. (TSX-V: EMH), began shipping its products to Saskatchewan Wednesday.

Fri
19
Jun

Alberta Cannabis Council says the black market has become bolder in sales

Between the black market and Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC), retailers in Alberta are having a difficult time staying afloat.

A committee made up of retailers, developers and experts in the field, Alberta Cannabis Council is trying to work with the Province and AGLC to move the industry forward.

However, there are road blocks in place for the retailer making the industry stall, says John Carle, executive director for Alberta Cannabis Council (ACC).

“We’ve actually seen the black market become embolden since cannabis was legalized,” Carle said.

The ACC says roughly 70 per cent of pot sales in Alberta are through illegal means, such as third party websites who claim delivery.

Wed
03
Jun

Alberta tables legislation to prohibit minors from vaping but doesn't ban flavours

Alberta minors will be prohibited from consuming or purchasing vaping products under new legislation introduced Tuesday, but the province will not immediately ban or restrict flavours.

If passed, the legislation would set the minimum age for purchasing, possessing, and consuming products at 18 and restrict any sharing of products to youth under that age. It would also align with and expand on federal and provincial tobacco laws by banning usage in public areas, including playgrounds, around hospitals, sports fields, and on school properties.

Mon
01
Jun

Cannabis could be help treat coronavirus, scientists claim

Scientists have claimed some strains of cannabis could be used in the fight against coronavirus.

Some strong strains of cannabis could be used to prevent infection by the new coronavirus - and treat Covid-19.

Scientists from the University of Lethbridge in Canada are among those seeking answers to the global pandemic.

And they say some strains of cannabis affect the ACE2 pathways the virus uses to get into the body.

Speaking to  CTV News, Olga Kovalchuk, one of the researchers, said: “We were totally stunned at first, and then we were really happy.”

Mon
01
Jun

Cannabis, liquor businesses see less red tape due to COVID-19

While social programs have expanded immensely in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, government authorities have also relaxed many regulations that were once deemed near-impossible to change — such as when and where alcohol can be sold, or who is allowed to deliver cannabis to you.

From health-care licensing to food labelling, deregulation has become one of the responses to try and expedite otherwise lengthier approval processes during a health crisis. 

But multiple levels of government will, presumably, have to decide which changes should stick in the post COVID-world.

Fri
29
May

This Alberta scientist received worldwide attention for his cannabis and COVID-19 study. But getting funding and a clinical trial going in Canada remains a massive challenge

Dr. Igor Kovalchuk, a biological scientist and professor at the University of Lethbridge, wasn’t expecting his phone to ring this much. 

In April, he and a team of researchers and biologists published preclinical research in PrePrints, a multidisciplinary publishing platform, that demonstrated certain cultivars (strains of cannabis) may reduce the rate of entry of COVID-19 into human cells. 

But despite the worldwide interest the research garnered, Kovalchuk says it has been difficult to move the study forward in Canada, where a lack of funding and limited interest from the federal government, on top of working through a global pandemic, has created a challenging environment.

Wed
27
May

Edmonton police are focused on shutting down illegal weed websites. Will their strategy work?

“Politics, convenience and product.” These are the three reasons long-time cannabis consumer Andrew gives for using the illicit market rather than legal stores.

It’s been more than 18 months since Canada legalized weed, but the 54-year-old Nova Scotian prefers to buy from an illicit cannabis website. “I’ve simply been told by people that they’re not happy with the product or the price. So I’m just not going to try,” he says.

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