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Thu
26
Apr

How will marijuana legalization impact the real estate market in Montreal?

The highs and lows of legalized pot, from a real estate perspective.

After reaching an agreement with the City of Montreal, Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SSQ) shops are due to start business as early as this summer. The first 4 pot stores are planned near popular metro stations, and will open their doors as of July 1 after the federal legislation passes legalization.

Thu
26
Apr

Can genetics help explain teen drug use?

Parents and adults spend a lot of time worrying about the influence of friends and peers when it comes to teen substance use – drinking alcohol, binge drinking, marijuana use and other illicit drugs. Is it all about an adolescent’s environment, their friends, peers and family, or is there a genetic component that drives their desire for risk taking and novelty? Teen substance use typically begins in early adolescence and increases linearly – both in terms of prevalence rates and frequency of use – until late adolescence, when a majority of teens report prior use of alcohol or illicit drugs. Conventional wisdom would argue that part of the reason substance use increases in teens is due to their experiences outside of the home, such as their friends and peers.

Thu
26
Apr

Quebec wants to clarify its right to prevent home cultivation of cannabis

The Quebec government is calling on the Senate to amend the federal bill to legalize cannabis for recreational use to make it clear that provinces have the right to forbid home cultivation.

Quebec’s Minister Responsible for Canadian Relations, Jean-Marc Fournier, told a Senate committee Wednesday that his government wants all legal cannabis to be grown by federally licensed producers, at least in the initial stages of legalization.

Thu
26
Apr

Cannara Biotech Partners with FV Pharma to Expand Indoor Medical Cannabis Production In ...

Cannara Biotech to operate the largest indoor medical cannabis production facility in the province.

Cannara Biotech ("Cannara" or the "Company") announced a signed partnership with Ontario-based FV Pharma Inc ("FV Pharma") to create the largest indoor medical cannabis growing operation in Canada. Together, the companies have a combined floor space of over 1.245 million square feet of indoor growing capacity.

Cannara Biotech's newly purchased 625,000 square foot property will be the largest indoor medical cannabis production facility in Quebec. Ideally located 45 minutes from downtown Montreal, the site will leverage the province's low electricity cost to produce superior indoor quality medical cannabis at a significantly lower cost per gram.

Wed
25
Apr

As greenhouses consider mixing in cannabis business, be prepared for consumer questions

Organic produce has come a long way from farmers in hemp clothes peddling ugly vegetables to the big business it is today, available in nearly every grocery store in North America.

It’s easy to see how it got that far. Consumers liked it and demanded it. And successful conventional produce grower-shippers found a way to grow and deliver high quality organic fruits and vegetables.

Even before the mainstreaming of organic produce, greenhouse produce went through a similar lifecycle. The North American consumer could get exotic greenhouse tomatoes or peppers from Holland grown under glass. It was high-quality and different than domestic field grown.

Tue
24
Apr

Exclusive: Locations of first four cannabis outlets announced by City of Montreal

Montreal’s executive-committee member responsible for economic development, Robert Beaudry, announced Monday that the four locations for the first cannabis outlets have been chosen. The locations will be managed by the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ).

The exact addresses have not yet been announced but they will be located near Berri-UQÀM, Radisson, Jean-Talon and Lionel-Groulx métro stations. These shops will be the first to open once the country confirms the legalization date. Four more outlets will be added in Montreal following the initial launch date according to Beaudry.

Mon
23
Apr

Marijuana sector firms get marketing pushback as legalization looms

Some Canadian marijuana sector companies are getting pushback against their marketing efforts from social media platforms and government officials as legalization of recreational pot looms and regulations are not yet final.

Lift & Co, which hosts industry events and offers cannabis education, has had its YouTube account suspended and Facebook ad account deactivated, with both companies citing a policy violation.

Lift CEO Matei Olaru said he believes its accounts were targeted in connection with the U.S. tech giants’ policies barring promotion of the sale of illegal, prescription or recreational drugs, even though medical marijuana is legal in Canada and recreational pot will soon follow suit.

Fri
20
Apr

Here are the most undervalued cannabis stocks of 2018

The first quarter and beyond saw marijuana stocks rocked off of the high perch they reached near the end of last year. Price run-ups, likely caused by the synchronized excitement of legalization efforts between California and Canada kept pot stock investors giddily wondering to what heights the sector would reach.

Fri
20
Apr

Legalizing marijuana in Canada – what will it mean?

When marijuana legalization is enacted across Canada, it will create arguably the biggest legal cannabis economy in the world.

That change is the genesis of a conference entitled Legalizing Marijuana in Canada: Policy Challenges being held April 26 and 27, by the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP), at the Moot Court in the McGill Faculty of Law. Tickets are $25 for students and $100 for members of the general public.

Daniel Weinstock, the head of the IHSP and the lead organizer of the conference, says legalization raises a wide range of thorny policy issues.

Wed
14
Jun

Quebec: Alimentation Couche-Tard Keen on Selling Cannabis in Convenience Stores

Alimentation Couche-Tard is expressing interest in selling cannabis in its Quebec convenience stores.

The company has hired a lobbyist to work on ensuring it has a place in the cannabis-distribution system Quebec will eventually set up.

The province's official registry of lobbyists shows Marie-Eve Bedard began working on behalf of Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) last month and will continue doing so until next May.

She will earn less than $10,000 for her work.

Bedard is a former chief of staff to ex-Quebec health minister Yves Bolduc.

Couche-Tard operates more than 2,000 stores in Canada but it is not clear whether the chain wants to sell cannabis outside of Quebec.

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