Edible cannabis complex, presents safety concerns: Expert

Provinces are waiting for the federal regulations on legal edibles to come into place no later than Oct. 17.

We spoke with Avery Bruenjes, the Retail Council of Canada’s policy analyst for government relations and regulatory affairs, who’s scheduled to address the Retail Cannabis Forum on Monday at the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke, Ont.

Q. How do you define an edible?

A. Loosely, it’s a product that contains cannabis that is intended to be consumed as a food product or drink would be.

Q. Why did the government not deal with edibles last October when recreational weed became legal?


Toronto cannabis retail stores struggle to open by April 1 deadline

With 10 days left until Ontarians will be allowed to purchase cannabis at one of 25 retail stores in the province, many of the license holders are struggling to get their shops ready to open on time.

The winners of the cannabis retail license lottery in Ontario have had just over two months to get their stores ready by the April 1 deadline.

Felicia Snyder works with Tokyo Smoke, a cannabis company that has licensed its brand to one of the five lottery winners in Toronto. Crews are working around the clock converting an old HMV building near Yonge Street and Dundas Avenue into a two-story cannabis store.


First two northern Ontario pot shops pushing towards opening next month

Right now, northern Ontario's first cannabis store is part high end retail outlet, part construction site.

Crews are busy getting the Highlife on Marcus Drive in Sudbury ready to open to customers on April 1. Company spokesperson Eddie Grinberg says they expect to hire as many as 30 people, with a few extra for the first few weeks when long lines are expected.

Highlife already has 17 stores in southern Ontario, but this New Sudbury location in an old shoe store near the Silver City movie theatres will be the first licensed to sell cannabis, rather than just smoking accessories.

"We never thought it would be in Sudbury," Grinberg says.

Highlife put its name into the cannabis license lottery held in January, but it didn't get pulled.


Little pot grower that could, Indiva, looking for staff who think they can

The hiring spree at Indiva is reflective of the situation playing out at cannabis companies across the country, says the head of the largest marijuana industry association.

“This is a massively growing industry,” said Allan Rewak of the Cannabis Council of Canada, an umbrella group representing some of the country’s largest marijuana companies.

Canada’s cannabis sector employed 11,000 people in December, according to the most recent statistics available, with some projecting that number could hit 150,000 within the next decade, Rewak said.


Greenline POS services The Niagara Herbalist, first licenced Ontario cannabis retailer

The Niagara Herbalist is the first licenced cannabis retailer in Ontario, and after careful consideration they have chosen Greenline POS as their compliant inventory management solution.

“We chose Greenline POS because their team had the most working knowledge about real life cannabis retail operations out of all the POS systems we looked at.”

– Kevin (co-owner of The Niagara Herbalist)

For new cannabis retailers, opening up shop can be an exciting but stressful time. Greenline POS is dedicated to helping stores every step along the way, from initial inspections all the way to the grand opening and beyond.


Six Nations has set its own cannabis laws

Six Nations Elected Council has passed a law to regulate cannabis in its territory.

The band office conducted community consultations before approving the law that lays out regulations for marijuana cultivation, distribution, sales and use.

The 22-page document says the law is meant to "protect the health and safety" of Six Nations, the most populous First Nation in Canada.

It also says the regulations, approved last month, are also meant to "prevent interference by external law enforcement into Six Nations domestic affairs."

The law stipulates eight per cent of a vendor's sales must be handed over to the band office at the end of each month to go toward community projects.


Council to consider how to regulate pot use in Sudbury

Sudbury will become home to two new pot shops in the coming months, and city council is trying to determine how to address the increased presence of marijuana on the streets.

Earlier this year, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced the Nickel City would become home to a shop operated by Anton Lucic, which will open near Milestones restaurant, as well as a second outlet, operated by Saturninus Partners. A location for this retail shop has yet to be confirmed.


Taxes on medical marijuana pushing patients to illegal sources, group says

Since Canada legalized cannabis in October, medicinal marijuana users say their costs have jumped noticeably — pushing more of them to find cheaper sources on the black market.

For the more than 300,000 licensed medical users in this country, federal excise taxes ushered in with legalization have been a bone of contention.

A national lobby group is calling on Ottawa to remove the roughly 10 per cent excise tax on medicinal marijuana, a new levy they say will add hundreds of dollars a year to the cost of their medicine.


Toronto will host its first-ever legal cannabis patio party this summer

To celebrate the first summer since marijuana legalization, Toronto is getting its very own, completely legal, cannabis patio.

In collaboration with Kensington Market’s HotBox Cafe, The Toronto Craft Beer Festival will feature a patio where visitors can enjoy a beer and some bud.


Hamilton’s first legal pot shop poised to open at Centre on Barton

The hopeful operator of a legal marijuana retail outlet is poised to open in an east Hamilton shopping plaza.

Canna Cabana Hamilton has reached the 15-day public comment period to open a government-approved pot shop at the Centre on Barton.

Its roughly 2,400-square-foot space at the east side of the plaza is undergoing renovations to be ready for the province's deadline.

"I'm working diligently to meet the April 1 deadline," business owner Steven Fry said Monday morning.

The provincial government aims to have Ontario's first legal cannabis retailers open for business by April. It's limited the number to 25 initially, citing a short supply of legal weed.


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