Police raid grow-ops seizing $18M worth of cannabis and arresting 19

Nineteen people have been charged after Ontario Provincial Police busted several large cannabis production facilities in southwestern Ontario.

The OPP carried out five search warrants at three greenhouses and two residences Wednesday morning in the areas of County Roads 31 and 34 in Kingsville, and Seacliff Drive West in Leamington.


Authorities said they seized more than 20,000 cannabis plants, more than 1,400 pounds of processed cannabis, some Canadian currency and equipment. They said the cannabis is likely worth more than $18 million.

Eighteen people, with ages ranging between 19 and 72, have been charged with:


Aphria becomes Tilray on Wednesday in giant pot merger

Leamington’s biggest private employer loses its name on Wednesday but will remain the controlling power behind a blockbuster merger of two Canadian pot giants in what becomes the world’s largest cannabis company.

Tilray Inc. shareholders on Friday followed suit with those of Aphria Inc. weeks earlier and voted to approve the merger which includes adopting Tilray as the shared name for the business combination. Tilray, headquartered in Nanaimo, B.C., will continue to be listed on the American Nasdaq exchange but will also commence trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on May 5.


OCS’s new ‘craft’ designation to help customers connect with small producers

The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) is giving some love to craft growers with the launch of a new designation aimed at helping raise the profile of offerings from small licensed producers.

Launching late last week, the new designation — as it stands, only for dried flower and pre-rolls — currently includes products from 20 licensed cannabis producers, according to Marijuana Business Daily.


Pot producers face sales hit as Ontario curbs deliveries amid COVID

The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) will accept fewer incoming deliveries from the country's pot producers this month to help curtail the spread of COVID-19, a move that could lead to a steep revenue hit for cannabis companies dependent on sales in the country's biggest consumer market. 

"Like all operators in the retail sector, necessary public health measures in our warehouse facility to manage COVID-19 and keep workers as safe as possible have reduced the speed with which we are able to receive new deliveries from our licensed producer partners," said Daffyd Roderick, senior director of communications at the OCS, in an emailed statement. 


High Tide Expands Ontario Presence with New Toronto Store

High Tide Inc. (“High Tide” or the “Company”) (TSXV: HITI) (OTCQB: HITIF) (FRA:2LY), a retail-focused cannabis corporation enhanced by the manufacturing and distribution of consumption accessories, announced today that the Canna Cabana retail store located at 2318 Keele Street West in Toronto, Ontario , has begun selling recreational cannabis products for adult use. This opening represents High Tide’s 85 th branded retail location across Canada , and 18 th in Ontario , selling recreational cannabis products and consumption accessories. Located within walking distance of Toronto’siconic Corsa Italia neighbourhood, the new store is poised to benefit from its location within a densely populated neighbourhood close to popular restaurants and shopping destinations.


Arson investigation leads to discovery of Cannabis Act violation in Ontario

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating an arson that led to the discovery of a violation of the federal Cannabis Act, reports CTV Windsor. 

Officers with the OPP’s Kingsville detachment, south of Windsor, were dispatched to 1300 block of Road 3 East on Monday morning, shortly after 4 a.m.

Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal has been called in and is investigating the fire as arson. According to reports, the preliminary investigation also led to the discovery of a violation of the Cannabis Act.


Some Ontario doctors still unsure if medical cannabis helps or hurts, McMaster study shows

Some Ontario doctors are hesitating to prescribe medical cannabis to patients suffering long-term pain, and a new McMaster University study shows it's because some still don't know how helpful or harmful it is.

That's despite medical cannabis being legal for 20 years.


"What we heard from the physicians we interviewed is they, by and large, feel ill-equipped ... because of limitations of training and the evidence out there," said Jason Busse, associate director of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research at McMaster.

"The themes that came out of these interviews were not surprising."


Toronto cannabis company on their secret ingredient to retail success: concierge service

Remember when you were first learning to drive? You spent hours listening to a teacher explain everything about road safety and how cars work, but it wasn’t until you actually got behind the wheel that you really began to understand how to be a safe driver. That kind of education, often called “experiential learning,” is how most people pick up new skills and information and incorporate them into their daily lives. Similarly, you never took a class on how to use your smartphone: you learned from watching other people, asking friends for their advice, and through trial and error


COVID-related lockdowns weigh on Aphria's Q3 sales ahead of Tilray merger

Aphria Inc. reported third-quarter revenue Monday that missed analyst expectations as pandemic-related lockdowns, particularly in Ontario, weighed on cannabis sales during the period.

The Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis producer said it generated $153.6 million in revenue in its three-month period ending Feb. 23, an increase of 6.4 per cent from the prior year. Revenue from the company's cannabis operations fell 7.8 per cent to $51.7 million, while sales in its SweetWater beverage division was $14.8 million in the first full quarter since the business was acquired in November.


Canadian cannabis market continues to grow, with Ontario nowhere near retail store saturation: Brightfield

Retail served as the main driver of a 118 per cent increase in Canada’s recreational cannabis market last year, with the much-anticipated rollout of stores in Ontario quickening its pace and Alberta witnessing steady growth.

“The opening of retail outlets drove growth in 2020,” notes a new report on Canada’s recreational weed market from Brightfield Group, a consumer insights and market intelligence firm for the CBD and cannabis industries.


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