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Mon
21
Dec

Hemp firms fire up $42-M merger

Leader in food products joins leader in ingredients

Manitoba has long been home to the two largest hemp food companies on the continent and now they have joined forces to make an even stronger push to get hemp foods into more North American households.

Winnipeg's Manitoba Harvest, a subsidiary of Compass Diversified Holdings, has acquired Hemp Oil Canada, Inc. (HOC) for $42 million.

Last summer, Connecticut-based Compass acquired 87 per cent of Manitoba Harvest for $132.5 million.

Both companies are dominant leaders in their respective markets -- Manitoba Harvest in branded hemp foods and HOC in the hemp-ingredient field. Each of them command about 65 per cent of the North American market.

Sat
12
Dec

Laid-off hemp hearts workers are 'knocking on the hearts of the company'

 

Former Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods workers gathered Thursday to speak out about how the company laid them off after they voted on whether to form a union.

The company let 19 workers go on Nov. 18, two weeks after the vote. 

Harvest Hemp

Workers who were laid off from Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods have filed a complaint with the Manitoba Labour Board arguing the company tried to interfere with employees' efforts for form a union. (CBC)

Sat
21
Nov

Manitoba Liquor Board planning for pot sales underway

The impending legalization of cannabis has sparked a formal effort in Manitoba to determine how marijuana ought to be regulated and sold.

In Monday’s throne speech, the Selinger government said Manitoba’s Liquor & Gaming Authority and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries "will be well positioned to regulate the sale and distribution of marijuana in a safe and socially responsible manner" once Justin Trudeau’s Liberals make it legal to light up.

On Dec. 3, when the Trudeau government issues its own throne speech, Canada’s provinces and territories expect to receive direction to help them plan for the not-so-distant future when consumers can buy a bag of weed on the up and up.

Thu
19
Nov

Manitoba premier says government liquor stores best place to sell marijuana

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says government liquor stores are the best place to sell marijuana if and when the federal government legalizes the drug.

Selinger says Manitoba Liquor Mart outlets have staff that are well-trained on the potential risks of alcohol, and he suggests they would be in the same position to provide advice about marijuana.

He says there would be no requirement for workers to consume the drug.

Selinger adds there would probably be some private involvement too.

Liquor is sold in private outlets in some rural Manitoba areas where there is no government store, and Selinger says he expects that model could be used for marijuana as well.

Thu
19
Nov

Manitoba premier says government liquor stores best place to sell marijuana

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says government liquor stores are the best place to sell marijuana if and when the federal government legalizes the drug.

Selinger says Manitoba Liquor Mart outlets have staff that are well-trained on the potential risks of alcohol, and he suggests they would be in the same position to provide advice about marijuana.

He says there would be no requirement for workers to consume the drug.

Selinger adds there would probably be some private involvement too.

Liquor is sold in private outlets in some rural Manitoba areas where there is no government store, and Selinger says he expects that model could be used for marijuana as well.

Thu
12
Nov

Local Manitoba marijuana grower going national

With plans for a major expansion looming, Delta 9 -- a local Health Canada medical cannabis producer -- has joined the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council (CMCC), the association announced Tuesday.

"We wanted to further the interests of our patients, address insurance coverage and make sure our patients were getting a good enough supply of medicinal marijuana," Delta 9 vice-president John Arbuthnot said.

"Delta 9 is very excited to join CMCC in creating and implementing the highest standards of safety, quality, and patient access within Canada's medical cannabis industry."

Thu
29
Oct

Two charged after Winnipeg police seize marijuana worth more than $86K

A drug bust near the north Perimeter netted police more than $86,000 worth of marijuana.

On Wednesday, Winnipeg police executed a search warrant at a residence in the first 100 block of Mosselle Drive.

Police said as a result of the search, officers seized 66 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $73,920 along with around five pounds of harvested marijuana with estimated at $12,500.

Additionally, officials said currency and equipment associated with a grow op were also seized.

A 59-year-old man and 52-year-old woman face charges of drug trafficking, production of substances and possessing proceeds of crime.

Both were released on a promise to appear.

Tue
08
Sep

Marijuana Access Canada (MAC) Bringing Telemedicine to Patients Canada-Wide

TORONTO, Sept. 04, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marijuana Access Canada (MAC) is comprised of a network of Board Certified physicians in the provinces of Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and will be expanding into British Columbia and Quebec in the next coming months. MAC connects patients with a Board Certified physician, who is able to write a legal prescription for medical marijuana that is fully compliant with the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) as outlined by Health Canada.

Wed
12
Aug

Winnipeg medical marijuana owner reopens shop but won't be selling pot

A week after being raided by police, the owner of Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters has re-opened his doors.

Police raided Glenn Price's medical cannabis dispensary last week and charged him with several drug related offences.

Price, 54, says he re-opened his store Tuesday to continue to educate people about medical marijuana.

Price says he won't be selling marijuana, but people can smoke in the building, which he says isn't against his bail conditions.

He says as long as he's isn't smoking it and doesn't have it on his person, he's fine.

Price is scheduled to appear in court on August 20th.

Fri
07
Aug

Glenn Price, medical marijuana shop owner, to fight charges in court

Glenn Price, whose medical marijuana shop was raided by Winnipeg police this week, says he plans to challenge his drug-related charges in court.

Price was arrested at his shop, Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters on Main Street, along with his wife and a patient who was using the dispensary on Tuesday.

Police allege he was operating an "illegal drug trafficking business which was held out to be a medical marijuana dispensary."

He has been charged with drug trafficking, possessing a scheduled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possessing the proceeds of property obtained by crime and possessing a scheduled substance.

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