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Fri
27
Mar

What it’s like to open a weed store in the middle of a pandemic

It might seem like strange timing to launch a business in the middle of a pandemic, but for many small Canadian businesses delaying a store opening isn’t a option financially. 

On Friday, cannabis retailer Kiaro opened the doors to its new location in Port Moody, British Columbia, the same day the neighbouring city of Vancouver introduced fines of up to $1,000 for individuals and $50,000 for businesses caught not respecting mandated social distancing guidelines. 

The opening was bittersweet, Kiaro president of operations Eleanor Lynch said. While the company was excited to open its doors in what she calls a cannabis desert — an area without any other legal stores — it also built up to the day by encouraging customers to stay home. 

Thu
26
Mar

Where to buy weed during the COVID-19 pandemic

Approximately 4,000 times these past two weeks, I’ve thanked my lucky stars cannabis was legalized before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe and sent us all cowering in our bong dens.

Wed
18
Mar

B.C. cannabis wholesaler ups cleaning, social distancing so citizens can still access weed

British Columbia’s Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is taking steps to ensure that if residents are socially distancing themselves for the duration of the coronavirus epidemic, they won’t have to do it without weed.

The provincial wholesaler is working within the industry to mitigate any possible supply issues as cannabis enthusiasts worldwide start stockpiling the drug.

Mon
09
Mar

St John’s Canopy Growth facility 'full steam ahead' despite B.C. closures

Despite the recent closures of two B.C. facilities that resulted in the loss of 500 jobs, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation says that Canopy Growth is still moving “full steam ahead” with its planned facility in St John’s, Vocm reports.

Fri
06
Mar

Canopy Growth's B.C. shutdown shows stress in greenhouse cannabis sector

Thu
27
Feb

Shelter Launches Craft Collective, an Initiative to Help Small Farmers to Market

 1193269 BC Ltd., doing business as Shelter, announced today the launch of its Craft Collective Division, designed to assist and promote the entry of small farmers to market.

While most 'cannabis 2.0' talk has focused on edibles as a potential saviour of a legalization plan that has been plagued with quality issues, inexperience, and an apparent deafness to consumer concerns, many longtime industry players are looking to micro cultivators to be the game changer.

Kyp Rowe, Business Development Lead for the division is a former Director of Operations with Choom and Sante Veritas. An experienced grower, Mr Rowe will also leverage skills from his background in wineries and greenhouses to ensure farmers have the right tools to succeed.

Thu
20
Feb

Cannabis extract prices vary 'wildly' between provincially run stores

A CBC News analysis has revealed the price of cannabis extracts varies widely across Canada, with the same product sometimes costing two to three times more in one provincially run online store than another.

The inconsistencies, experts say, could undermine efforts to wipe out the country's illegal market. 

The analysis looked at the price of 61 cannabis capsules, sprays and oils available in Ontario's provincially run online retailer in December 2019. 

Those products were then matched with their counterparts from the online provincial retailers in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador — provinces where the government is an official distributor and runs an online mail-order site.  

Thu
20
Feb

Two B.C. dispensaries become first private pot shops in Canada to unionize

Budtenders at a British Columbia cannabis retailer are reported to be the first private-sector pot shop employees to unionize in the country.

Staff at two Clarity Cannabis dispensaries in the Greater Victoria area have joined the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 1518, the union announced Tuesday in a press release. Clarity Cannabis operates seven stores in B.C. with approximately 40 employees.

Fri
07
Feb

Access denied: B.C. court rejects licensing appeal brought by illicit dispensaries

B.C.’s court of appeal has ruled against 11 illegal cannabis dispensaries hoping to continue business as usual in Vancouver.

The illicit shops — including Cannabis Culture and Weeds Glass & Gifts — were seeking to overturn a 2018 decision by Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Justice Hinkson found that the city of Vancouver did not exceed its jurisdiction when targeting the stores using a federal bylaw that regulates the location of dispensaries.

Wed
05
Feb

Vancouver entrepreneur's CBD drink to be included in Oscars gift bag

It’s lights, camera, action for a Vancouver entrepreneur whose CBD drink is headed to this year’s Academy Awards.

Jigme Love, a Vancouver entrepreneur, is the founder of Infuzed Thirst, a CBD-infused canned sparkling water drink that promises zero calories, zero sugar and natural flavours.

Cans of Infuzed Thirst will be included in duffle swag bags being gifted to stars in attendance, such as Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett Johannson, Tom Hanks and others.

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