Zoning for cannabis stores could change to allow for more in Regina

Zoning rules for cannabis stores have left potential businesses frustrated, and amendments could be made to alleviate those concerns, according to a report from City administration

The report said Regina is the only city in Canada that has a reciprocal buffer zone which means schools, parks, day care centres, enclosed rinks, public libraries, and public community centres are not allowed to move within one block or 600 feet of an already established cannabis shop. That rule has kept two to three new businesses from opening so far.


Regina needs approx. 24 legal cannabis stores to disrupt black market: report

Regina needs approximately 24 licensed cannabis shops to disrupt the local black market, according to a new report released by city administration Wednesday.

But wannabe pot shop owners may struggle to reach that number as zoning regulations create barriers to development.


Saskatchewan cannabis and hemp companies among group of businesses to receive federal funding boost

More than $11 million in federal funding is en route to businesses in Saskatchewan, in an effort to bolster scale-up and productivity in the province.

Mélanie Joly, the federal minister of economic development and official languages, as well as the minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WEDC), announced the funding for 11 projects earlier this week.


Regina cannabis company set to release first line of products Tuesday

It’s been half a year since VIGR Life Cannabis Inc. (VLC) started cultivating its first crops in Regina, and now they’re ready to launch their first series of products.

The company, which is the first micro-grower in Regina, will be introducing a line of buds and pre-rolls which will be available at local dispensaries starting on April 20.

“Our plan is to bring things that maybe the market hasn’t seen yet,” said Jared Dumba, vice-president of operations in an interview Monday.


Sweet haul: Saskatoon police’s drug bust includes 55 jars of cannabis-infused honey

A 23-year-old man faces 19 drug and weapon charges after an early-morning bust by the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) revealed various cannabis-related products and evidence of psilocybin being produced.

After observing activity consistent with drug trafficking, officers with SPS’s drug and tactical support units arrived at the first location at about 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 29 to execute a warrant at an apartment, notes a police statement.

During the search, officers found various forms of cannabis products, cannabis, psilocybin, cash and evidence of psilocybin production.


Cannabis gift cards now available at convenience stores in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan

Almost 300 Circle K stores across Canada are now carrying cannabis gift cards, cannabis retailer Fire & Flower announced in a press release.

The gift cards are available in denominations of $25 to $100, and are redeemable at any Fire & Flower location and online for ‘click and collect’ orders.


Canadian Circle K Stores Now Carrying Cannabis Gift Cards

Canada is already miles ahead of the U.S. when it comes to federal legalization of cannabis, something America is still weighing and discussing, and now Canada has taken another step towards normalizing cannabis by offering gift cards in some Circle K locations. 


Illegal cannabis, rifle seized by Saskatoon police in firearms investigation

Five people are facing charges after a Saskatoon police investigation led by the guns and gangs unit.

Originally, police were investigating information that a home on the 1700 block of 2nd Avenue N. may have been selling drugs and that the people involved may have had a weapon.


On Tuesday, police pulled over a Buick Regal at Assiniboine Drive and Warman Road. According to a news release, police arrested a person in the car wanted in connection with the drug house investigation.

Officers allegedly found numerous cell phones in the car, as well as a meth pipe and various identity documents, some of which had been reported stolen. Police also say they found a conducted energy weapon, a knife, a machete, a meat cleaver and open alcohol.


Alcanna to spin off retail arm to YSS with focus on cheaper pot

Alcanna Inc. said Monday it is spinning off its cannabis retailer division and merging it with YSS Corp. in an all-stock deal that would value the combined company at about $130 million. 

The new company is expected to be renamed Nova Cannabis Inc. and will rebrand most of its retail footprint to Value Buds, a move that acknowledges the growing demand for cheaper cannabis in the Canadian recreational market. 

"This new offering, new Nova Cannabis, is really laser-focused on a segment of the marketplace that's proven to exist -- and that's the value-conscious consumer," said Darren Karasiuk, who will be the chief executive officer of the combined company and is a former chief commercial officer for Aurora Cannabis  Inc., in a broadcast interview. 


A third of Canadians with cancer saying yes to cannabis: Alberta study

doctor consulting with patient

About of third of cancer patients taking part in a University of Alberta-affiliated study report using medical cannabis, a percentage that climbed about seven points between 2007 and 2016.

“Within this study cohort of Canadian adults with current cancer diagnosis, cannabis use is not uncommon,” conclude authors of the study published this month in Expert Reviews in Pharmacoeconomics & Outcome Research.


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