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Nova Scotia sold $27 million worth of cannabis in Q3 as local product sales increase

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 percent from the…

Ghost Drops closes Toronto store after purchasing production facility

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Following the acquisition of a processing facility in 2022, popular cannabis brand Ghost Drops says they have closed their flagship Toronto retail location. 

SQDC in Q3: Net income of $32.2 million from $187.3 million in sales

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During its third reporter quarter of 2022, the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) recorded an overall net income of $32.2 million from $187.3 million in…

The Week in Weed – Feb 18, 2023

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A recap of news making the headlines this week in weed, February 18, 2023.

The Good Weed Board, part three

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In part three, I showcase four more products from the Good Weed Board. I also speculate about why good weed is so hard to find…

OCS to reduce margins, move to fixed-pricing mark-up later this year

The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) will be reducing its margins and moving to a fixed markup pricing model later this year.

The importance of safe cannabis purchase and consumption 

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The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

Canada assessed more than $500 million in excise taxes for fiscal year 2020-2021

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The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

Sundial Cannabis announces layoffs as part of “rightsizing” efforts

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Alberta-based cannabis producer Sundial announced today that it will be laying off about 85 people as part of a financial “rightsizing”.

Advocates concerned with lack of separate medical cannabis review

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Advocates with a prominent medical cannabis organization say they are concerned that Health Canada is going back on their past commitment to undertake a review…

The Week in Weed – Feb 11, 2023

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This week in weed is a round-up of cannabis industry news for the week of February 6, 2023.

Lawsuit alleges banks in Canada are discriminating against cannabis industry

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A class action lawsuit is targeting several Canadian banks that it alleges have engaged in financial discrimination against legal cannabis businesses.

“Data scraping” concerns some Ontario cannabis retailers

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Some Ontario retailers say they are concerned about a new type of “data leak” that appears to be showing their sales, circulating within the industry. 

Canopy Growth closing Tweed’s Smiths Falls facility, laying off 800 workers

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Canopy Growth has announced they are laying off 800 workers and will be closing its flagship facility at the former Hershey factory in Smiths Falls.

Peace Naturals recalls Spinach GMO Cookies pre-rolls from Ontario, Alberta due to inaccurate labels

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Peace Naturals Project Inc. has recalled two lots of Spinach GMO Cookies pre-rolls, sold in Ontario and Alberta. 

Cannabis retailers continue to face security challenges

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Retail cannabis store owners in Canada face ongoing challenges protecting their property from break-ins. Proprietors aren’t only having to deal with the stress and financial…

The Week in Weed – Feb 4, 2023 

| Kieran Delamont |
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

Peace Naturals recalls CBG infused pre-rolls due to inaccurate labels

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The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

Ontario cannabis retailer group calls out “kickbacks”

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The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

Can regulators reign in THC inflation without driving consumers to the illicit market?

A pair of papers in the most recent issue of the journal Addiction consider the question of elevated THC levels, and what—if any—policy responses might…

BC has brought in more than $157 million in cannabis excise tax since legalization

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

New Brunswick cannabis producer Eco Canadian Organic teams up with Green House Seed Co

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Eco Canadian Organic Inc, a New Brunswick cannabis producer, has teamed up with Green House Seed Co to offer exclusive seeds through Canada’s medical cannabis…

The Week in Weed – January 28, 2023

| Kieran Delamont |
A round-up of industry news and stories from the past week, including the future of consumption lounges, what’s happening with extracts, and a whole lot…

Some BC retailers unable to place orders from LDB due to system error

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The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

Cannabis company tried to intimidate employees interested in union

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Alberta’s labour relations board has found that Calgary-based Sundial Growers attempted to intimidate employees attending a union information session.

What is actually happening with “edible extracts”?

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The industry has been abuzz with speculation following reports of Health Canada telling some cannabis producers they can no longer sell so-called “edible extracts.”

Community college in New Brunswick cancels cultivation course

A Community College in New Brunswick had to cancel a cannabis cultivation course this winter due to a lack of enrollment.

The Week in Weed – January 21, 2023

| Kieran Delamont |
It was a relatively quiet week in cannabis this week, and here at Stratcann we covered changes at the CRA that will make intra-provincial B2B…

What’s the big stink? Rural Okanagan LP addresses odour concerns

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A Vernon cannabis grower says they have addressed some neighbours’ odour concerns with the installation of new air filtration equipment. 

Group said to be taking over annual Vancouver 420 event at Sunset Beach

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The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

OCS bug gives some retailers early access

An error in Ontario’s new ordering system for cannabis retailers experienced a glitch in recent weeks that led to 115 retailers getting access to 94…

Survey: Legalization has improved access to medical cannabis in Canada

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A new report prepared for Health Canada shows that the legalization of cannabis in Canada in 2018 improved access, information sharing, and reduced stigma associated…

CRA provides additional info on intra-industry sale of cannabis products

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New changes recently announced by the Canada Revenue Agency will make it easier for cannabis producers to help each other sell products in different provinces. 

The Week in Weed – January 14, 2023

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The cannabis industry was busy with a holy trinity of news cycles: delayed reports (in the form of the B.C. consumption spaces consultation), layoffs (at…

Ontario, Alberta launch new cannabis education programs

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Alberta’s cannabis regulator has launched a new campaign to encourage responsible cannabis use. 

BC releases What We Heard report on cannabis consumption spaces

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

Winnipeg’s Delta 9 Cannabis to “temporarily” lay off approximately 40 staff in cost-cutting move

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The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

Netherlands to experiment with regulated cannabis supply chain

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The Dutch government is exploring options for regulating the supply chain for its hundreds of cannabis “coffee shops,” although any possible changes to its current…

The Week in Weed – January 7, 2023

| Kieran Delamont |
The new year is here, resolutions are being made (and maybe broken, already) and the cannabis industry is starting to wake up from its own…

Vapes and extracts continue to eat into dried flower’s market share

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The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

Aurora completes sale of Polaris facility in Edmonton

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The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

Health Canada commissioning research to compare the effects of novel cannabinoids

Health Canada confirms it is looking into the effects of different cannabinoids to create equivalency amounts to delta-9-THC.

Top ten cannabis stories of 2022

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Covering the evolution of the legal cannabis industry in Canada is always fascinating, and 2022 had no shortage of exciting developments. StratCann has been covering…

Community group enables access to legal cannabis for residents of Vancouver’s DTES

Efforts to bring more affordable cannabis options to people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are so far proving successful, says one of Vancouver’s longtime community activists. 

The year in provincial pot politics

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Federal cannabis politics and regulations are often what makes for good headlines, but it’s at the provincial level where the real meat of the Canadian…

Ingestible oils most common cause of adverse reactions in two annual reports

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Health Canada has released their first two reviews on Adverse Reaction Reports associated with cannabis products. The most common reports of adverse reactions to cannabis…

Artist and budtender makes sculptures from cannabis packaging

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An Ontario-area artist and budtender is creating sculptures out of cannabis packaging in order to draw attention to the amount of waste generated in the…

The Week in Weed – December 17, 2022

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We’re approaching the end of the season, and things are buzzing right along in the cannabis world. December is traditionally a good month for pot…

F1NE Cannabis on micros, community, and their future farmgate

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F1NE Cannabis Cultivation, located in St Catharines, Ontario, is working hard to bring unique, quality craft cannabis to the market through its own micro cannabis…

Fund launched in BC to assist First Nations interested in cannabis industry

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

Growing Relationships is coming to Calgary on April 29, 2023

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StratCann is bringing our Growing Relationships industry event to Calgary, Alberta on April 29, 2023.

Updated: Ontario, BC pause listing any new delta-8 THC products, await guidance from Health Canada

The Ontario Cannabis Store sent out a notice to licensed cannabis producers on December 15 to inform them that the provincial cannabis distributor and retailer…

Weed Me Inc. recalls one lot of Diamond District Sativa Pre-Rolls Cannabis Extract

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A cannabis company has had to recall one lot of cannabis pre-rolls from the Ontario market for not being potent enough.

Banking reform in US unlikely to help Canadian cannabis companies

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

Micro licences continue to grow in popularity

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Micro cannabis licences continue to be the most popular licence type according to newly updated numbers from Health Canada.

New testing standards could help challenge inflated THC levels in legal weed 

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Last Friday, Health Canada announced several changes to the cannabis regulations. While a long-awaited change to beverage equivalency factors is getting most of the attention,…

Cannabis NL looking to add several new stores

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

The Week in Weed – December 10, 2022

| Kieran Delamont |
Along with Saskatchewan’s establishment of a First Nations cannabis framework, sales growth in edibles in BC, and the pros and cons of irradiation, Stratcann readers…

Changes to cannabis regs increase beverage possession limit, streamline product testing

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Health Canada has announced new changes to the cannabis regulations today, which include increased beverage possession limits.

The pros and cons of cannabis irradiation

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One of the often misunderstood aspects of legal cannabis production is the quality assurance measures many licensed producers take post-harvest to ensure that their product…

Edibles, extracts, and infused pre-rolls help increased sales in BC

Cannabis sales increased in BC and prices dropped in the second quarter of 2022 compared to the same time period in 2021.

Saskatchewan bill will give First Nations more control over cannabis rules

The Government of Saskatchewan has introduced new legislation that, if passed, will allow First Nations in the province to licence and regulate cannabis distribution and…

Medical cannabis registrations declining

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The number of Canadians registered to grow medical cannabis is now declining after several years of consistent increases.

How edible extracts are getting around the 10mg limit

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The Cannabis Act attempted to take decades of global cannabis innovation and distil it into a few manageable categories that ensure Canadians remain safe and…

The Week in Weed – December 3, 2022

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This week on Stratcann, we covered the big goings-on of Canadian cannabis—the much-awaited opening of farmgate applications in BC, the move by Manitoba regulators to…

Rogue Processing

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Rogue Processing offers state-of-the-art, client-focused, eco-friendly, cost-effective co-packing services to Canadian cannabis companies.

Survey shows increase of drivers in Ontario consuming cannabis edibles

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A newly released survey from the Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario shows about one-quarter of drivers in the province say they had recently consumed…

Cannabis nurseries and cultivators navigate PST confusion

When a nursery sells to a cultivator, the transaction is often understood to be B2B. However, some provincial ministries of finance have determined that, in…

Cannabis farmgate comes to BC

Cannabis growers in BC can now apply for a “farmgate” retail licence that will allow them to run a retail cannabis store at their farm…

Manitoba looking to repeal 6% fee for cannabis retailers

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The Manitoba government is looking to repeal its 6% social responsibility fee to help the legal market better compete with the illicit market.

Budtenders union announces new membership

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A union representing budtenders in BC has added two new stores to their membership in recent weeks. 

The Week in Weed – November 26, 2022

| Kieran Delamont |
While the big ticket item to get people talking in Canadian cannabis is likely the announcement of the legislative review panel members, that’s far from…

Full panel announced for Cannabis Act review

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Health Canada has announced new members of the independent expert panel to lead a review of the Cannabis Act. 

Newfoundland and Labrador now allows cannabis vape sales

Consumers in Newfoundland and Labrador will now be able to purchase cannabis vape pens through the legal cannabis market.

Quebec sold nearly $140 million worth of cannabis in Q2

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The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) has released its most recent quarterly report for sales between June 19, 2022 and September 10, 2022.

More testing needed to address heavy metals in vapes, say researchers

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A new study showing evidence of high levels of heavy metals in vape pens suggests the government should require more testing and labelling to help…

BC credit union receives award for cannabis campaign

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A BC credit union has received two awards for a campaign that highlights the unequal treatment of cannabis businesses by banks in Canada.

OCS eliminates recall liability insurance requirement

The Ontario Cannabis Store announced that they will be eliminating their requirement for product recall liability insurance and increasing their commercial general liability insurance.

Cannabis NB launches Good to Know education campaign

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The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) says cannabis sales were $27.6 million for the third quarter of 2022/23, an increase of 9.2 per-cent from the…

Despite constitutional concerns, northern Ontario city seeks to limit homegrown cannabis

Elliot Lake, a small town in northern Ontario, is looking to establish bylaws to control where people can grow cannabis, despite concerns that such a…

Micro cannabis licences continue to grow in popularity

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Micro cannabis licences continue to be the most popular licence type in Canada, with more than half of the 185 licences issued so far this…

Study: No significant increase in youth cannabis use following legalization in Canada

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A recent study by researchers in Newfoundland and Labrador shows some changes in youth use rates and perceptions of cannabis one year after legalization. 

Consumer perception of legal market improving, still has a way to go

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In the first three years of legalization, Canadian cannabis consumers have had increasingly positive views of legal cannabis products when compared to illegal cannabis products…

Much more needed than just a change to tax payment timeline

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The inclusion of some small changes to how Canadian cannabis companies operate and pay their taxes as part of a recent bill tabled in Parliament…

Crafting the perfect infused pre roll

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Since infused pre-rolls began to hit the Canadian market late last year, they’ve been gaining popularity. While consumers are enticed by the promise of boosted…

Constitutional challenge brews following Indigenous dispensary raids in Nova Scotia

A Mi’kmaw band councillor from Millbrook First Nation in Nova Scotia, is mounting a constitutional defence arguing that his right to sell cannabis on First…

Bill proposes changes to cannabis excise tax remittance timelines

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Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance have introduced a bill that, among many other issues, includes proposed changes to the federal excise duty…

Bending the rules in cannabis access and promotion

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When it comes to enforcement of promotional marketing and age-gating, it is often the provincial regulators who take centre stage, operating under provincial legislation designed…

More on proposed cannabis beverage equivalency changes still expected by winter 2022

| David Brown | ,
Canadians should soon have the chance to provide comments on proposed changes to the cannabis regulations, including increasing the public possession limit for cannabis beverages.

Cannabis council frustrated by illicit dispensaries taking part in Toronto Halloween event

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A cannabis industry association is raising concerns with what they say were two illicit cannabis dispensaries taking part in a recent children’s-themed cannabis event in…
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