British Columbia

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12
Jul

Did the B.C. heat wave offer a bumper crop for cannabis?

B.C.'s heat wave saw cannabis crops thrive.

At least according to Tyler Bigattini, the master grower at Potanicals Green Growers Inc. in Peachland. He says plants cultivated in the company's greenhouse or those outdoors have taken off since last week’s blistering temperatures swept through the region. 

“We hit like 45, 46 C last week,” he says. “You can use it to your advantage and use a little more CO2.”

“They flourished since the heat wave.”

Mon
28
Jun

To put it bluntly, B.C.'s cannabis industry is reaching great heights: report

Cannabis sales in B.C. have steadily increased since the drug became legal, with no signs of slowing down

Since its legalization in Canada in October of 2018, sales of cannabis by THC weight have steadily increased in B.C. year over year. A recent report conducted by the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) at UVic looked at sales data between 2018-2020, from wholesalers, private retailers and B.C. Cannabis stores (in-person and online).

Thu
24
Jun

Vancouver making headway on recreational cannabis sales

It appears recreational cannabis sales in Vancouver are heading in a better direction, reportedly representing one of the top Canadian cities in April and contributing to record sales for the entire country.

Cannabis sales in Vancouver were reported to be $16.7 million, up about 30 per cent from March, according to Marijuana Business Daily.

Thu
24
Jun

BC legal cannabis sales grow briskly: report

Cannabis products in BC are getting cheaper and more potent, and its year-over-year sales have doubled between 2019 and 2020, according to a new report from the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR). In 2020, sales added up to nearly 8,000 kg of THC—equivalent to approximately 400 million joints (at 20mg of THC each) and accounted for about $290 million in gross revenue.

Tue
22
Jun

Vancouver cannabis store ordered to pay Subway $40,000 for name infringement

Budway — an unlicensed cannabis retail store in East Vancouver — has been ordered to pay fast-food giant Subway $40,000 for trademark infringement and damages.

According to a Federal Court of Canada ruling, the store’s name and signage were too close to that of Subway and the use of a mascot in the shape of a subway sandwich filled with cannabis leaves and with bloodshot eyes damaged the U.S. company’s reputation.

Mon
21
Jun

B.C. government to allow home cannabis delivery starting July 15

Home delivery of cannabis is an advantage for B.C.’s illegal producers that Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says is ending as of July 15.

B.C. had the biggest illegal cannabis market in Canada when recreational use was legalized in 2018, and Farnworth says allowing online ordering and delivery is another step to a goal of getting to 70 per cent market share for the network of government and licensed retail stores in four years. The COVID-19 pandemic has restricted retail store attendance and illegal dealers have benefited.

Mon
14
Jun

BC government warns about contaminants in illegal cannabis

Testing of illegal cannabis in BC has revealed some contaminants that would not meet legal cannabis market standards.

The BC Cannabis Secretariat sent 20 samples to a federally licensed testing lab and found 24 distinct pesticides, and unacceptable levels of bacteria, fungi, lead, and arsenic.

Legal cannabis is strictly regulated and helps to promote business in local communities.

Thu
10
Jun

Tecumseh council votes to reverse ban on cannabis retail

The Town of Tecumseh has become the final municipality in Windsor-Essex to opt in to cannabis retail stores.

In a notice posted on its website, the town said council adopted a motion allowing cannabis businesses to set up shop Tuesday night.

 

In April, council members voted to reconsider the ban on marijuana stores that had been in place since 2018.

Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara said that prior to Tuesday's vote there was an evenly split response to the town's call for feedback on the idea.

Thu
10
Jun

Illegal cannabis often contaminated with pesticides, B.C. study finds

The B.C. government is warning cannabis buyers to avoid illegally grown products, after a pilot study found most samples from unlicensed sources were contaminated with fungicides and other hazardous substances.

The samples were taken from dried cannabis seized by B.C.’s dedicated cannabis community safety unit and tested in a lab to see if they met federal standards for legal sales. A total of 20 samples from six illicit storefronts around Metro Vancouver were collected in February and tested, and 18 of them contained pesticide residues. Only three samples were found to be consistent with the standards for legal sales.

Mon
07
Jun

Former pot purveyor in North Vancouver slapped with top fine for 21 bylaw offences

The owner of a North Vancouver cannabis retail store who faced 21 municipal bylaw offences has received the maximum fine of $252,000.

Kevin Anderson, who previously owned The Herban Art Collective, reportedly flouted municipal rules for years, according to North Shore News.

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