British Columbia


B.C. liquor branch wants to hear from suppliers of pot-based edibles

The BC Liquor Distribution Branch wants to hear from licensed marijuana producers able to make and supply new pot-based creations as the province prepares for the soon-to-be legalized edible cannabis market.

The branch has issued a product call, asking would-be suppliers to identify their interest and ability to provide the branch with edibles, beverages, topicals and extracts.

A statement from the liquor distribution branch says successful applicants will see their products marketed throughout the province in both licensed private retailers and government-run BC Cannabis Stores.

The product call opens Thursday and closes on Sept. 11.


Winning weed: Vancouver Island fall fair judging pot plants for 1st time

Anyone who thinks they are growing blue ribbon buds in the Cowichan Valley, now is your chance to vie for community bragging rights.

The 151st Cowichan Exhibition Fair on Vancouver Island, which this year runs Sept. 6-8, will be judging homegrown cannabis plants for the first time. The event is a chance for local agriculture producers to showcase their livestock and produce.

And now green thumb weed growers can enter the competition too. 


Choom acquires 7 additional retail locations in BC and Alberta

 Choom™ (CSE: CHOO; OTCQB: CHOOF), an emerging adult use cannabis company that has secured one of the largest national retail networks in Canada, is pleased to announce that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire The Green Room, a popular cannabis retail store chain which has operated since 2016. 


B.C. SPCA shares cautionary tale about dogs and cannabis

The B.C. SPCA is reminding dog owners who have cannabis in the house not to hesitate to get help if their furry friend accidentally ingests some of their supply.

Last week, an 11-week-old husky puppy named Bear was brought into the SPCA's Vancouver branch with some alarming symptoms of a THC overdose.

Branch manager Jodi Dunlop said it wasn't known how the dog ingested cannabis, but a toxicity test found high levels of THC in its little body.

"He seemed to be a bit tired for a puppy," said Dunlop, who noticed right away something was wrong, after the former owners surrendered the puppy last Monday.

Soon, the husky collapsed, and Dunlop contacted an emergency veterinarian.


Vancouver Island's 1st government pot shop to open in Campbell River

Campbell River is the first community on Vancouver Island where residents will be able to purchase weed directly from the province. 

A government-operated B.C. Cannabis Store will open July 31 at the Discovery Harbour Shopping Centre, located in the 1400 block of the Island Highway.

A government store will also open in Cranbrook on the same day.

They'll be the third and fourth provincially run stores to open in B.C. since the federal government legalized recreational cannabis in October 2018.


Quebec and B.C. top country's weed sales in May

Recreational weed sales in Canada enjoyed a significant boost in May — up 14 per cent — according to data from Statistics Canada.

“Sales improved to $85 million in May, up from $74 million in April and $60 million in March,” Marijuana Business Daily reports. British Columbia recorded the biggest sales growth in May with a 37 per cent increase thanks to improved access via the opening of a number of new dispensaries.


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.


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.


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." 


B.C. has the highest use of cannabis in the country

B.C is no stranger to cannabis and a new UN report says the province is smoking more than any other province.

The numbers don’t come as a surprise for people out on the street in Vancouver today. “That’s sort of the perception and stereotype in B.C., we think of as the home of cannabis consumption in Canada because the climate is more favourable,” says Brad.

More than a quarter of people in B.C. over the age of 15 report using cannabis in 2017.

The 2019 World Drug Report released by the United Nation’s Office on Drug and Crime on June 26 reported higher numbers of Cannabis use across the country between the 2011 and 2017.

The report shows a dramatic increase of cannabis use, with it rising 62 per cent during these years in Canada.


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