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Fri
14
Sep

London-area marijuana producer WeedMD strikes export deal with Australian firm

Southwestern Ontario is now a trailblazer in pot-growing.

London-area marijuana producer WeedMD is believed to be the first company in Canada to sell cannabis seeds abroad, a deal that puts the region at the forefront of an emerging international market, says the head of a marijuana trade association.

WeedMD, an Aylmer-based grower with a greenhouse operation in Strathroy, said Thursday it has exported seeds to Australia’s Medifarm, the country’s first-ever licensed medical marijuana producer.

Allan Rewak of the Cannabis Council of Canada, an industry group representing WeedMD and some of the country’s largest marijuana producers, called the Australia deal a “smart play.”

Mon
10
Sep

Cannabis PhD takes higher education to a new level

Deron Caplan’s brain has been hooked on pot for years.

And for the casual, infrequent marijuana user, it’s paid off in Canada’s first PhD in cannabis production.

“It (cannabis) is not really a big part of my life outside of the science,” says Caplan, who earned his doctoral degree from the University of Guelph in late August.

“There is a need for the science and there is a market and there are people that are growing it and they are going to have to grow it safely and make money ... and they can’t just make it all up themselves.”

Mon
10
Sep

Ontario won’t work with illegal pot shops

The operators of illegal pot stores may be in for a rude awakening if they hope to transition into legitimate businesses after cannabis is legalized.

Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli has warned the province won't "want to do business with people running an illegal business" when marijuana becomes legal on Oct. 17.

And even former storefront vendors who bailed out of the unlawful trade could be blacklisted.

Ontario is still conducting public and community consultation regarding the framework for its private retail stores.

Thu
06
Sep

Niagara College launches first cannabis production graduate program in Canada

With just a little over a month before cannabis becomes legal across Canada, the industry is in need of skilled and educated employees able to take on the roles in such quick-paced, evolving industry. This is why the excitement was so high when Niagara College officially launched their Commercial Cannabis Production Graduate Certificate Program earlier this week.

Niagara College’s Commercial Cannabis Production (CCP) program is the first postsecondary credential of its kind in Canada and has been designed closely with industry leading experts, ensuring that students in the program can secure meaningful careers in the country’s next big job market.

Thu
06
Sep

Ontario Cannabis Store increases number of licensed suppliers to 32

TORONTO -- Ontario has signed supply agreements with six more licensed cannabis producers, bringing the total to 32, along with 10 accessories suppliers.

The deals were announced Wednesday by the Ontario Cannabis Store, which will be selling pot online starting on Oct. 17 when recreational marijuana use is legalized.

It is also establishing a wholesale distribution network to supply cannabis to legal private stores once legislative requirements are put in place.

Fri
31
Aug

Hamilton will need a decision on cannabis retail soon — but don’t look to the mayor to decide the issue

Get ready for a new hot button municipal election issue.

It turns out one of the first decisions the new Hamilton council elected in October will need to make is whether or not to opt out of the Ontario government’s plan to sell marijuana through local stores.

That’s the message city licensing director Ken Leendertse recently received from a spokesperson for Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli.

Leendertse and other city officials met last week with Fedeli’s parliamentary assistant to hear an overview on the upcoming legalization of cannabis and the province’s plans for privately-operated retail outlets.

Thu
30
Aug

Where you can smoke cannabis in Ontario after legalization

While Ontario’s Conservative government has made massive changes to their Liberal predecessors’ stern cannabis retail laws, the province is still taking a hard line on public consumption.

The penalties are stiff if Ontarians violate the rules and spark up a public j– up to $1000 for the first offence and $5000 for each subsequent offence. The tough regulations seem to be one of the few things upon which PC premier Doug Ford and former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne have agreed.

What’s off limits

Everywhere that isn’t a private residence or balcony, including workplaces and motor vehicles. There are some exceptions for medical users with a valid prescription for cannabis.

Tue
28
Aug

How privatized cannabis sales threaten your privacy

An overlooked aspect of recreational cannabis legalization in Canada is the privacy implications of the distribution systems, especially in the online environment.

The privacy and security risks are substantial, and protecting the online rights of consumers needs more attention. Highly sensitive personal information will be exposed to the risks of redistribution and data breaches, and these risks are magnified if the data is stored or processed in the United States.

In the province of Ontario, the framework put in place by the former Liberal government has been dramatically changed by the new Doug Ford government. While the Liberal’s plan had its flaws, the problems will be exacerbated by the premier’s move to privatize retail sales.

Wed
22
Aug

Marijuana stocks up after Ontario announces cannabis supply agreements

Some marijuana sector stocks are up slightly after Ontario announced supply agreements with 26 licensed producers in preparation for legalization of recreational pot this fall.

Smaller producers which signed initial agreements with the Ontario Cannabis Store, which will be selling pot online starting on Oct. 17, saw bigger lifts in the volatile sector.

Shares of licensed producer Beleave Inc. were up roughly 16 per cent to $1.55 in Toronto while Newstrike Brands Ltd.'s stock was up more than 21 per cent to $0.67.

Ontario announced late Monday that it had signed agreements with 26 licensed producers such as Canopy Growth Corp., Aurora Cannabis and Aphria Inc. as well as smaller players including Starseed Medicinal Inc. and Solace Health Inc.

Wed
22
Aug

Aurora Cannabis and MedReleaf confirm supply agreements with Ontario Cannabis Stores

Companies to Supply a Broad Variety of Products for the Emerging Adult Consumer Market

Aurora Cannabis Inc. ("Aurora" or the "Company") (TSX: ACB) (OTCQB: ACBFF) (Frankfurt: 21P; WKN: A1C4WM) is pleased to confirm it, and its wholly-owned subsidiary MedReleaf, have entered into supply agreements with the Ontario Cannabis Stores, a key market in the Company's adult consumer use strategy. When government-run online sales commence on October 17, Aurora and MedReleaf will supply a broad range of dried flower and higher margin products, such as pre-rolls, oils and capsules.

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