New Brunswick


Cannabis industry warned not to 'play fast and loose' with new rules

As Ottawa prepares to take its final steps toward legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, the head of a task force that made recommendations to the federal government for the bill issued a warning to industry members not to “play fast and loose” with the new rules.

Speaking to industry members gathered at the first World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan said Canadians are becoming increasingly sensitive about the legalization of cannabis as its advent draws nearer. She urged companies that are licensed to produce cannabis – many of which have bristled at the strict limitations the government is pursuing on branding and packaging their products, for example – to respect legislators’ cautious approach and boundaries.


World Cannabis Congress targets branding as major issue ahead of legalization

Global leaders in the marijuana industry are gathering in New Brunswick today to discuss how to market cannabis
in a competitive legal marketplace.

The World Cannabis Congress is hosting 450 industry titans in Saint John to talk about that and other issues raised by the dawn of government-run weed.

Topping the agenda is the branding challenge since Health Canada is requiring marijuana packages to be a single, uniform colour without images or graphics other than the logo and a health warning.

Ray Gracewood of Organigram says the legal market needs to be able to target responsible adults and combat the illicit market where brands and flashy packaging do exist.


New Brunswick could open 11 cannabis stores today, CEO tells conference

New Brunswick has been a leader among provinces in developing expertise in cannabis field.

NB Liquor, tasked with operating New Brunswick's stand-alone cannabis stores, says it's ready to go. 

"If we had to open today, we could open 11 stores," CEO and president Brian Harriman said at the World Cannabis Congress in Saint John on Monday.

However, some 100 workers have yet to be hired or trained by Cannabis NB, he said. 

To manage costs, hiring has been put off until it's clear when the law will be in effect, he said. 

The three-day cannabis conference is a gathering of stakeholders sponsored by Civilized, a digital media company founded by communications strategist and Saint John native Derek Riedle.


Maritimes budding marijuana industry shows signs of growth

The Maritimes budding marijuana industry is showing signs of growth this weekend in New Brunswick.

One of the region’s big players is expanding its workforce, and at the same time, industry leaders from around the world will soon be arriving for an international meeting on the future of the business.

Organigram already has close to 300 employees at its rapidly expanding facility in Moncton, and that number is poised to grow even larger.

“We’re looking for approximately another 100 people, and that’s an immediate need, so this won’t be our last job fair,” says Jeff Purcell, Organigram’s Vice President of Operations.


Curativa Cannabis to retail cannabis in NB

The indication from one of the successful applicants for a cannabis retail permit in North Battleford is they want to be ready to go as soon as possible.

That is the word from James Davey, president and CEO of Envirosafe Chemicals Canada Ltd., which was selected June 1 for one of North Battleford’s two cannabis retail permits by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.

The company has its headquarters in North Battleford. They will be retailing under the name Curativa Cannabis.

“Curativa Cannabis will be our marketing and trade name,” said Davey. A webpage,, is already up, which will provide some background of their plans for the product.


Cannabis industry looks for 'creative ways' to brand legalized weed

Marijuana industry titans will gather in New Brunswick next week to discuss how to market cannabis in a competitive legal marketplace, and other issues raised by the dawn of government-run weed.

The World Cannabis Congress will host 450 industry leaders starting Sunday evening in Saint John.

Topping their agenda is the branding challenge: Health Canada is requiring marijuana packages to be a single, uniform colour without images or graphics other than the logo and a health warning.

"We have to find creative ways to market our product and differentiate ourselves while remaining within the regulations," said Ray Gracewood, chief operating officer for Organigram, a Moncton, N.B., based medicinal cannabis producer that is ready to enter the recreational market.


Chelsea Handler joins World Cannabis Congress as speaker

Chelsea Handler will join cannabis industry leaders in business, research, politics and culture from around the world for the 2018 World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, New Brunswick next month.

Handler is an American comedian, actress, writer, television host and producer. She hosted the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately on the E! network, released a Netflix documentary series, Chelsea Does, and hosted the talk show, Chelsea, on Netflix. In 2018, Handler announced plans to launch a cannabis brand.


The University of New Brunswick signs MOU with Canada House Wellness Group

Canada House Wellness Group Inc. (CSE:CHV) (“Canada House” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The University of New Brunswick (UNB) to provide researchers with opportunities to pursue the health benefits of cannabis. 

“We’re excited to be working with Canada House’s team of medical, technological, scientific and business professionals to further build on UNB’s status as the leading academic and research-based university,” said Dr. David MaGee, vice-president of research at UNB.

“Our faculty and staff, combined with Canada House’s professionals, will lead the way in developing and executing multiple shared projects that will be at the forefront of this type of research.”


“Smokes, let’s go!”: The Trailer Park Boys are finally creating a cannabis brand

With only months left before Canada officially opens its adult-use cannabis market, Julian, Ricky, and Bubbles are entering the legal ganja game — and you can frick off if you don’t like it!

"Trevor, Cory — smokes, let's go!"

The Trailer Park Boys are getting in the ganja game, and soon Ricky's famously demanding tagline will no longer refer to loose cigarettes, but instead expertly-packed pre-rolls sold legally across Canada.


Moncton-based Organigram hopes to take its cannabis business global

After getting licence to export medical cannabis, company plans 1st shipment to Australia.

Organigram, the Moncton-based medical cannabis company, is taking its business international, which could mean more jobs in New Brunswick down the road. 

The company has received a licence from Health Canada to export its products.

Organigram said it plans to send its first shipment to Australia next week.

It also recently signed a contract for an equity stake in a German medical cannabis company.

Ray Gracewood, chief commercial officer for Organigram, told Information Morning Moncton the international market presents a "massive" opportunity to grow the company.


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