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Wed
16
Oct

Cannabis independents watch rise of chains in Saskatchewan

Cierra Sieben-Chuback had just completed her degree at the University of Saskatchewan when she received a cash offer few debt-laden students can even imagine.

As Sieben-Chuback was looking to the future in June 2018, she discovered she was among 51 lottery winners of licences to obtain permits to operate legal cannabis retail stores in Saskatchewan.

Others found out about her good fortune, too — which resulted in multiple offers from large companies for her permit, as high as a “couple million” dollars, “Which is crazy because I’ve never in my life been offered that kind of money,” she said.

Tue
15
Oct

Going down: Saskatchewan witnessed marked drop in illicit cannabis prices since legalization last year

Data released by Statistics Canada earlier this week shows the average price for a gram of cannabis from the illicit market cost approximately $7.43/g in the 10 months preceding federal legalization.

But between legalization taking effect last October and now, the average price on the illicit market has plummeted to just $5.57/g, a nearly $2 difference.

That leaves Saskatchewan with one of the biggest price drops with regards to illicit adult-use cannabis in Canada—with the exception of Prince Edward Island.

Tue
15
Oct

Prairies 'bright spot' in Canadian cannabis market as legalization anniversary nears, expert says

As the one-year anniversary of the legalization of recreational cannabis approaches, an industry expert says the Prairie provinces are outpacing larger players Ontario and Quebec in the Canadian market with a smoother rollout and stronger sales.

"Manitoba and Saskatchewan are making Ontario and Quebec look very bad," said Chris Damas, editor of BCMI Cannabis Report, a newsletter for cannabis investors in Canada and the U.S.

In the two largest provinces, Damas said poor regulatory frameworks and slow-to-open stores meant the industry underperformed in its first year. He praised the framework in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan for allowing private retailers to sell product and opening the door to e-commerce.

Fri
04
Oct

Remember the Saskatchewan wheat pool? Now meet the weed pool cannabis co-op

Some independent retail cannabis store players are banding together to combat what they see as the growing encroachment of big business in Saskatchewan's legal pot industry.

Nearly a year after the first of the province's retail cannabis stores opened, at least 25 out of 36 operating stores — more than two-thirds — are owned by a publicly traded company or chain.

In Saskatoon and Regina, five out of 11 operating stores are either owned by Canopy Growth Corporation or Westleaf Cannabis, the parent companies of Tweed and Prairie Records, respectively. Another publicly traded company, Fire and Flower, owns six stores elsewhere in the province. 

Tue
01
Oct

Sask. Court of Appeal upholds tossing drug charges

The province’s top court has agreed with a judge who tossed out 10 drug charges against a man because the wheels of justice moved too slowly.

Arrested in June 2013, Jeremy Mark Lemioer’s trial was set for June of 2017. But in a decision ahead of that trial date, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Richard Elson determined a four-year delay was unreasonable and directed a stay of proceedings against the then-34-year-old Regina man. The Crown appealed.

But in a recently released decision, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal rejected the Crown’s argument.

Fri
20
Sep

Puff luck: Provincial pot websites have hugely uneven supply and selection

At midnight on Oct. 17, 2018—the second it became legal to sell cannabis—Christopher Duffitt was ready. His store, Puff Puff Pass Head Shop, opened its doors to a lineup of customers in Clarenville, Nfld., a town of 6,300 people northwest of St. John’s. But it quickly became clear that the business wouldn’t be open for long.

Wed
28
Aug

Saskatoon Council votes to reduce cannabis store licensing fee from $10,000 to $85

City Council voted by a margin of 6-4 Monday night to reduce the licensing renewal fee for cannabis retail stores from $10,000 to $85

The fee applies to the city’s seven retail cannabis outlets allowed under provincial legislation.

This is a further decrease from the original $500 recommended by city staff, the result of a motion introduced at a committee meeting August 12. It puts the renewal fee that cannabis businesses pay in line with most other types of businesses in the city.

In discussion Monday, Coun. Ann Iwanchuk called the $500 “arbitrary.”

“The vast majority of businesses pay $85 dollars, I feel like this is a way of singling out this one particular business,” she said. “We’re not the moral authority here.”

Fri
28
Jun

Beleave Inc. (BLEVF) expands recreational cannabis sales to Saskatchewan

Beleave currently distributes recreational cannabis in three other Canadian provinces; British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario. The Company’s current portfolio of products includes mainstream and premium product offerings of pre-rolls, oils, and dried flower under both the Beleave and Seven Oaks brand names.

Wed
26
Jun

Fake cannabis labels circulating in Saskatchewan

The symbols found on the packaging of legal recreational cannabis for sale in Saskatchewan are hard to miss: A red octagon with the letters THC and a stylized cannabis leaf; a white and yellow warning label advising users to keep the product out of the reach of children. 

But these symbols can also be found on illegal cannabis disguised to look like the legitimate product. 

Now, at least one member of Saskatoon's legal cannabis community is advising customers to use caution when ordering cannabis online, because while the product and website might look legitimate, they could be making an illegal purchase.

Chase Ruttig is an assistant manager with Prairie Records in Saskatoon.

Tue
25
Jun

Cannabis Canada: Canopy Growth heading outdoors with Sask. pilot program

Canopy Growth testing outdoor cultivation with Northern Saskatchewan pilot program

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