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.


Canopy Growth closing legal pot shops amid virus outbreak

Canopy Growth Corp. is temporarily shutting down its corporate-owned cannabis stores across the country Tuesday due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the company said in a statement. 

Canopy, which owns 23 legal cannabis stores in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador, will close its stores for an undetermined period of time at 5 p.m. local.  It is also closing its visitors centre located at its headquarters in Smiths Falls, Ont. 

“We have a responsibility to our employees, their families, and our communities to do our part to ‘flatten the curve’ by limiting social interactions. For us, that means shifting our focus from retail to e-commerce," said David Klein, chief executive officer of Canopy Growth, in a statement. 


Driving with cannabis? Best to put it in the trunk

Dear Herb: How am I supposed to legally transport weed in my car? — Road Tripper

Dear Road Tripper: As with so many issues surrounding legalization in Canada, it depends on where you live — the federal Cannabis Act doesn’t address the issue of transporting cannabis in a vehicle, so it’s up to provincial and territorial governments. The overarching theme across those different legal jurisdictions is this: Like alcohol, cannabis should never be in reach of a vehicle’s driver or passengers. Some provinces and territories allow cannabis to be within reach if it’s still sealed in the original container.


'Give yourself flowers' and other cannabis events in Manitoba this February

Since many of us are struggling through those winter blues, looks like we could all use a little green!

Whether you’re looking to plan a fun night out or learn something new, here are some cannabis-centric events taking place in Manitoba in February.

Van der Pop: Give Yourself Flowers: Potpourri Edition

An education session by Van der Pop includes a free potpourri-making workshop. Getty Images


Super Anytime brings cannabis delivery, click-and-collect service to Manitoba

Ordering cannabis in Manitoba just got a whole lot easier.

Super Anytime, what the company calls Canada’s first “on-demand, multi-retailer, e-commerce platform,” officially came online Wednesday, providing wider access to the province’s cannabis offerings all in one place.

“We’ve been called something like Ritual or Uber Eats for weed, but we prefer an integrated marketing sales and performance channel for cannabis,” Ian Delves, president and co-founder of Super Anytime, told The GrowthOp. “It’s really all about increasing accessibility and giving consumers access to the cannabis with which they are familiar,” Delves said.


Winnipeg’s cannabis-related emergency calls almost doubled in 2019

The City of Winnipeg is reporting cannabis-related emergency calls almost doubled last year compared with those in 2018 — although it has yet to define the cause.

This year, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) has received and responded to two patients in distress who said they had consumed cannabis-infused edibles, according to city officials.

In 2019, the WFPS reported receiving a total of 42 calls in which the caller reported having consumed cannabis-infused edibles. That almost doubled the number in 2018, when the WFPS reported receiving 23 edibles-related calls.


Manitoba gobbles up all the legal edibles in sight, but analysts wary of future of new products

Edibles are flying off the shelves in Winnipeg, but analysts warn that it’s too early to tell whether the tasty new treats will prove filling or leave a bad taste in the mouth.

Cannabis-infused edibles, extracts, beverages and topicals became available in the province — and most of the country — on Dec. 17, although they have been hard to come by since then.

“We have been kind of cyclically selling out of these products,” John Arbuthnot, CEO of Delta 9 cannabis stores, told CBC. “Anecdotally, I mean, it was a very positive reception.”


Tough to say if high holiday cannabis edible sales in Winnipeg a sign of coming trend: experts

If you tried to buy edibles as stocking stuffers before the holidays but Manitoba stores were all out, you're not alone.

Several retail cannabis shops in Winnipeg have been in a pattern of selling out and re-stocking ever since edibles became legal Dec. 17.

"We have been kind of cyclically selling out of these products," said John Arbuthnot, CEO of Delta 9 cannabis stores, which have several retail outlets in the city. "Anecdotally, I mean, it was a very positive reception."

Staff at Tokyo Smoke and Tweed stores in Osborne Village indicated the same sort of trend in their shops late in December.


Local cannabis stores in Manitoba waiting for resupply of edibles due to Christmas rush, supply issues

Some local cannabis stores are waiting for a resupply of edibles after brisk sales over Christmas of the new product left their shelves low on stock.

The initial rollout of cannabis also faced supply issues. Instead of a lack of product grown, however, this time the culprit is more due to the fact Health Canada did not even start looking at the approval process for edible products until after it became legal on Oct. 17. With product hitting shelves on Dec. 16 in Manitoba, there was not much time to build up stock.

“It’s hard to get some of the orders to be fulfilled and there’s been some bottlenecks of whatever the operational issues are that still need to be ironed out,” said Mark Goliger, the CEO of Meta Cannabis.


Manitoba to See Cannabis Edibles Soon

Cannabis edibles are among the most popular marijuana products. Canadian consumers are waiting for edibles products to be available in stores. Canada legalized edibles, beverages, vapes, and concentrates on October 17, 2019. Health Canada regulations require a 60-day process for cannabis companies to obtain licenses to release their products. Expectations were that edibles could be available in stores by the end of 2019. Now, it appears Manitoba could start selling edibles by next week.


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