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UBC researchers launch clinical trial exploring CBD for bipolar depression

Researchers at UBC’s faculty of medicine are launching a new, unique clinical trial to investigate the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment for bipolar…

Ontario cannabis store finds creative way to get around social media restrictions

Ontario cannabis retailer Stok’d Cannabis has released a series of ads it says circumvent social media platforms’ restrictions on cannabis advertisements by promoting neighbouring brands.

Unlicensed cannabis store in New Brunswick fined $20,000

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The owners of an unlicensed cannabis store in New Brunswick have been fined $20,000 following a raid in 2022, while charges against two men connected…

House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance calling for changes to cannabis tax

Researchers at UBC’s faculty of medicine are launching a new, unique clinical trial to investigate the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment for bipolar…

Wayne Patrick Consumer Products pursuing a Sale, Refinancing and Investment Solicitation Process due to insolvency

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Two Ontario-based cannabis companies are pursuing a Sale, Refinancing and Investment Solicitation Process (SISP) through court due to low cash flow.

Community Savings rolls out pre-approved credit cards for cannabis members

Community Savings, a BC-based credit union, has announced the launch of pre-approved business credit cards for its cannabis membership. This industry-first offer finally gives cannabis…

Canadian Cannabis Exchange facilitates sale of Ogen production facility and equipment

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Canadian Cannabis Exchange Ltd., through the court appointed Receiver, Alvarez & Marsal Canada Inc., announces the exclusive sale of Ogen Ltd. property, which includes a…

Week in Weed – February 24, 2024

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StratCann’s weekly round-up of news headlines in the cannabis industry for the week ending February 24, 2024

New Brunswick’s eighth private cannabis store opens in Hampton

New Brunswick recently announced the eighth private retail cannabis store in the province, it’s located in Hampton, about a 30-minute drive from Saint John.

Burb opens store near UBC after long wait

Following a nearly three-year wait, Burb Cannabis was finally able to open its new location near the University of British Columbia on February 23.

Community Savings Credit Union announces affordable invoice factoring for cannabis licensed producers

A BC-based credit union is launching a new invoice factoring program intended to meet the needs of British Columbia’s federally licensed cannabis producers.

Cannabis Industry Forum finally formally announced

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Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has finally formally announced its Cannabis Industry Forum.

The SQDC pulls back on operating hours of twelve branches

The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) says it will be adjusting the closing time of a dozen locations across the province.

A Manitoba cannabis brand is taking a former partner to court

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TobaGrown, Inc. and TobaRolling, Inc. filed a notice of claim in Manitoba on February 16 against the owners of Kief Cannabis Company, Ltd. and Lucky…

Kelowna cannabis store fined $7,000 for failing to check ID

It was an expensive Valentine’s Day for one cannabis store in Kelowna when a judge ordered the store to pay a $7,000 fine for an…

Cannabis stores in Canada evenly distributed across different neighbourhood types

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A new study from researchers at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto says retail cannabis stores in Canada are evenly distributed across…

Week in Weed – February 17, 2024

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StratCann’s weekly round-up of news headlines in the cannabis industry for the week ending February 17, 2024

BC micro files notice of claim alleging non-payment from processing partner

A micro producer in BC has filed a notice of claim in provincial court alleging a third-party processor did not pay him for products they…

Recall of BonBon Turkish Delight cannabis edibles in Ontario

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Health Canada has issued a recall for two lots of WellCann Intl. Inc.’s BonBon Turkish Delight – Lokum edible cannabis sold in Ontario. 

BC allows smoking, vaping cannabis on public patios, cannabis stores can now promote places to consume

BC has announced changes to its cannabis regulations that allow retail cannabis stores to promote a place to consume cannabis or to spend time after…

BC CSU raids cannabis stores on K’ómoks First Nation

BC’s Community Safety Unit (CSU) conducted several raids of cannabis stores operating in K’ómoks First Nation on Wednesday, February 14. 

SQDC sold more than $200 million worth of cannabis in Q3 2023

Researchers at UBC’s faculty of medicine are launching a new, unique clinical trial to investigate the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment for bipolar…

Ontario’s independent cannabis retailers band together to tackle predatory pricing

Independent cannabis retailers in Ontario are fighting back against LPs selling products at what they say are predatory prices in discount chain stores.

Organigram reports $15 million loss due to lower international revenue and medical sale

Organigram reported a net loss of $15.8 million in Q1 2024 and a 16% decrease in net revenue compared to the same period last year.

Manitoba announces several new cannabis distributors

On February 9, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries announced five companies that successfully applied to provide cannabis distribution services in the province.

Christina Lake Cannabis completes acquisition of Midway farm

Christina Lake Cannabis (CLC) first announced the deal on February 5,  which included the acquisition of outdoor cultivation facilities in Southern British Columbia, related harvesting…

Health Canada confirms cannabis samples are allowed

Despite some concerns posted online recently, Heath Canada has confirmed that cannabis producers can provide samples to provincially licensed cannabis retailers and their employees.

Cannabis Jobs Update – February 2024

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Interested in joining the cannabis industry? Numerous cannabis job opportunities await across Canada. Check out just a few of them below in our February roundup

Week in Weed – February 10, 2024

StratCann’s weekly round-up of news headlines in the cannabis industry for the week ending February 10, 2024

314 Pure Cannabis engaged in a Sales Process

314 Pure Cannabis, a cultivation and hydroponic growing cannabis facility located in Alberta, is engaged in a Sales Process.

Evidence, charges thrown out after Hamilton police found to violate Charter rights in “no-knock” raid

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The case against a woman related to a 2021 raid by police in Ontario has been thrown out of court, along with collected evidence, after…

Canopy Growth reports $216 million loss in most recent quarterly report 

Canopy Growth Corporation, the company behind brands like Tweed, reported another loss this quarter of 216.8 million in the third quarter of 2024.

Beaumont, Alberta passes new rules for medical cannabis production

The city of Beaumont, Alberta recently passed new rules to restrict the production of medical cannabis to agricultural land or light industrial areas.

Net loss of $25 million for Aurora Cannabis in most recent quarterly report

Aurora Cannabis Inc. saw a net revenue of $64.4 million and a net loss of $25.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2024.

Canadian cannabis nursery to import unique New Zealand genetics

Canadian cannabis producer Apollo Green will carry genetics supplied by a New Zealand medical cannabis company, Rua Bioscience.

Quebec closing cannabis store in Montreal

Quebec will have one less cannabis store in Montreal soon, as an SQDC location is expected to close on March 2.

Formerly dry municipalities put dispensaries in industrial zones to test the waters

Municipalities that reversed their ban on cannabis dispensaries have used industrial zones as a testing ground for their first store, and two owners offered differing…

SQDC needs better online payment options, says police captain

A police Captain in northern Quebec says the provincial government’s limits on payment options for online cannabis orders are pushing people to the illicit market. 

Navigating the world of bankruptcy, restructuring in the cannabis industry

Five years into Canada’s legal non-medical cannabis market, industry maturation is evident, with many companies closing despite ongoing licence issuances.

Pure Sunfarms’ sister company receives approval to begin building cannabis greenhouse in the Netherlands

Canadian owned Village Farms will be one of a handful of companies producing cannabis for Dutch coffee shops as part of a new program in…

Week in Weed – February 3, 2024

StratCann’s weekly round-up of news headlines in the cannabis industry for the week ending February 3, 2024.

Radicle Femmes celebrates women in cannabis on March 8

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Unite & celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women in the cannabis industry with Radicle Femmes in Toronto on March 8th, 2024. Sponsored by the OCS,…

Nextleaf Solutions announces they are debt-free, cash flow positive

BC-based cannabis processor Nextleaf Solutions Ltd. says it achieved four quarters of consistently positive cash flow in the past fiscal year.

Canada’s cannabis production rallied in second half of 2023

Cannabis production in Canada rallied in the second half of 2023 after a seven-month decline following a high water mark in November 2022.

Alberta makes changes to cannabis sampling rules, event sales, and more

AGLC made several changes related to authorizations to sell cannabis at age-gated events, new guidance for cannabis sampling, and cannabis sales between retail stores, among…

C3’s George Smitherman steps down, organization seeks new President & CEO

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The Canadian Cannabis Council (C3) announced today that its President & CEO is stepping down.

Trees Corporation seeking investment or buyers

Researchers at UBC’s faculty of medicine are launching a new, unique clinical trial to investigate the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment for bipolar…

BC’s cannabis market continues to mature, as sales appear to plateau

The figures were released as part of the BC Liquor Distribution Branch’s (LDB) Q3 report for 2023, covering October, November, and December.

Report: Price of legal cannabis almost on par with black market

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A new report compares Canada’s legal and illegal cannabis markets, highlighting the advantages and challenges that the legal market faces.

Week in Weed – January 27, 2024

StratCann’s weekly round-up of news headlines in the cannabis industry for the week ending January 27, 2024.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic teams up with Mother Labs to tackle powdery mildew

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has partnered with Saskatchewan-based cannabis nursery Mother Labs on a breeding program focussing on screening for mildew resistance.

Israel opens “anti-dumping” investigation into cannabis imports from Canada

Israel’s Ministry of Economy has sent notice to cannabis producers in Canada that it is initiating an anti-dumping investigation concerning the importation of medical cannabis…

Fraser Valley Regional District holding public hearing for new zoning regs for cannabis production

The Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) in British Columbia will hold a public hearing on February 6 to discuss new regulations for cannabis producers.

Surrey releases proposal for up to 12 cannabis stores in BC’s second largest city

Surrey, BC, is proposing to allow up to 12 cannabis stores. Residents are invited to complete a survey to provide feedback on the draft framework,…

BC has a long way to go create a thriving cannabis industry

BC, the once notorious province could get some of its edge back by letting people enjoy cannabis together in public, just like you would consume…

Ontario Court rules “frivolous” statement of claim against cannabis retailer had no hope of succeeding

An Ontario judge has ruled a statement of claim by one cannabis retailer against another, as well as the provincial cannabis regulator, is frivolous and…

Toronto area cannabis store forced to print out entire script of Shrek on customer receipt

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A prankster forced a Toronto cannabis dispensary to print out the entire script of Shrek last month, something the retailer’s e-commerce provider says they quickly…

Cannabis added to Canadian Free Trade Agreement, but cross-province sales not likely any time soon

The newest version of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) has now been expanded to include trade in non-medical cannabis.

Week in Weed – January 20, 2024

StratCann’s weekly round-up of news headlines in the cannabis industry for the week ending January 20, 2024.

GrowerIQ completes acquisition of Ample Organics

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Researchers at UBC’s faculty of medicine are launching a new, unique clinical trial to investigate the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment for bipolar…

Three month decline in retail cannabis sales in 2023

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Cannabis retail sales continued to decline in Canada from a peak in August 2023, according to new figures from Statistics Canada.

Simply Solventless acquires Lamplighter

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Simply Solventless Concentrates (SSC), the company behind Frootyhooty and Astro Labs, announced today that it has acquired the Lamplighter recreational cannabis brand for $600,000.

OGEN initiates sale of brand, intellectual property, product line, genetics

OGEN, a cannabis company that recently announced it was shutting down, has initiated the sale of its brand, intellectual property, product line, and genetics.

Safari Flower Group receives CCAA protection

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Safari Flower, an Ontario-based cannabis producer, received CCAA protection on January 12, listing over $55 million in liabilities. 

Week in Weed – January 13, 2024

StratCann’s weekly round-up of news headlines in the cannabis industry for the week ending January 13, 2024.

Legal market continues to eat into illicit market in Canada while reported cannabis use remains the same

Health Canada’s most recent summary of its annual survey of cannabis users shows an increasing number of cannabis users say they are purchasing products through…

Tether’s sampling event comes to Vancouver on January 24

Tether announces its first-ever Vancouver Sampling Event in collaboration with The Entourage Co., providing an educational and immersive experience.

BC continues to debate increasing 8-store cap for cannabis retailers

The BC government says it needs more time before it decides on previously announced potential changes to its retail cannabis rules, such as the number…

Two cannabis stores in BC targeted in early morning burglaries

Two BC cannabis stores have faced break-ins this week, causing significant damage to the stores and a loss of product. 

Tilray reports $46 million loss in Q2, 2023, compared to net loss of $62 million in the prior year quarter

Tilray reported the financial results for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2024 ended November 30, 2023, with a loss of US$46.2 million.

Canadians bought more than $16 billion worth of cannabis in the first five years of legalization

Canadians cannabis stores sold more than $16 billion worth of cannabis products from October 2018 to October 2023, according to the newest figures from Statistics…

Week in Weed – January 6, 2024

StratCann’s weekly round-up of news headlines in the cannabis industry for the week ending January 6, 2024.

Comparing attitudes about cannabis in US and Canada

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The study, published recently in the Journal of Cannabis Research, compares and contrasts opinions on cannabis, cannabis use, and legalization in the US and Canada.

Canadian cannabis company named in lawsuit against federal government

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Researchers at UBC’s faculty of medicine are launching a new, unique clinical trial to investigate the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment for bipolar…

Cannabis Jobs Update – January 2024

Explore current job opportunities in the ever-evolving cannabis industry. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a newcomer looking to enter the field, our monthly curated…

Trygg Collection variety Pack recalled in BC due to labelling error

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Flowerchild Research has recalled one lot of its Trygg Collection Block Party Variety Pack of pre-rolls sold in BC due to a labelling error. 

New micros outpaced standard cannabis licences in 2023, while revocations of both increased

2023 saw an increase in Canadian cannabis production licence revocations and expirations as some producers exited the industry. However, new licence holders entered the arena,…

Week in Weed – December 30, 2023

StratCann’s weekly round-up of news headlines in the cannabis industry for the week ending December 30, 2023.

Top seven Canadian cannabis stories of 2023

Explore the pressing issues that surfaced in the Canadian cannabis industry in 2023. Our summary brings together key topics we’ve covered, putting these hot-button issues…

Changes to cannabis rules and regulations in 2023

Exploring the impact of the changes and evolution in Canadian cannabis rules and regulations during 2023.

A recap of Ingestible Extracts in 2023

Explore the 2023 story of ‘ingestible extracts’, as we track and analyze its impact on the evolving landscape of oral products exceeding federal regulations.

Week in Weed – December 23, 2023

StratCann’s weekly round-up of news headlines in the cannabis industry for the week ending December 23, 2023.

Cannabis stores in Canada continue to be targets for robbers and burglars

Cannabis stores in Canada continue to be targets for robbers and burglars.

BC First Nation files lawsuit against group it says is using its land to grow and sell cannabis without licence

A First Nation in British Columbia has filed a lawsuit against individuals it says are, among other activities, using the Nation’s land for growing and…

Auxly recalls one lot of Mandarin Cookies in Manitoba due to minor labelling error

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Auxly Ottawa has recalled one lot of its Back Forty Sativa Mandarin Cookies dried cannabis sold in Manitoba, due to a labelling and packaging error. 

Organigram posts net loss of $248.6 million in 2023

Organigram reported an 11% increase in net revenue, but still a net loss of $248.6 million, according to its new fiscal report.

This Works doesn’t work for Canopy any more, sells to UK company for a loss

In an effort to become more “asset-light”, Canopy says it has sold off its ownership in a skincare and wellness brand for a fraction of…

Alberta announces several changes to retail cannabis regulations through Red Tape Reduction

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Alberta has announced several changes to their retail cannabis regulations that will come into force on January 31, 2024, including allowing cannabis retailers to operate…

Eight Canadian cannabis labs team up to test accuracy of dried flower, pre-rolls, infused pre-rolls

A new research project looking at THC levels in different products on the Canadian market is once again highlighting the lack of reliably labelled dried…

Health Canada detects four new synthetic cannabinoids in Canada

Health Canada’s Drug Analysis Service (DAS) identified 29 new psychoactive substances in 2022, including four cannabinoids.
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