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Company left with questions after Health Canada rejects their cannabis freezies

| David Brown |
An Ontario company getting ready to launch THC-infused freezies says they’ve had their plans dashed by a last-minute decision from Health Canada.

Burb Cannabis receives final approval from MVRD for store near UBC

| David Brown |
A controversial application for a cannabis store near UBC received final approval last week from the Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) Board of Directors.

CSN union members accept agreement for SQDC wage increases

| Staff |
Union members with the Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN) have voted to accept an agreement with the SQDC for increased wages, hours, and working…

Eric Costen leading ISED work with cannabis industry

| David Brown |
Eric Costen, a well-known name behind the federal regulator’s cannabis department for nearly a decade is now leading the federal team tasked with engaging with…

Russia bans several Canadian cannabis activists from entering the country

| Staff |
Russia has banned a handful of Canadian cannabis activists from the country, along with a long list of Canadian politicians and former politicians, judges, military…

Organigram reaches settlement in pesticide-related class action

| David Brown |
An Ontario company getting ready to launch THC-infused freezies says they’ve had their plans dashed by a last-minute decision from Health Canada. Samuel Bouabane, the…

SQDC and trade union say they have reached an agreement, pending review from union members

| Staff |
The SQDC say they have reached an agreement with the Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN) as of June 23.

BC Judge seeks to send a strong deterrent to those operating in the black market

| Staff |
A BC Judge has fined a man found guilty of helping to operate an illicit cannabis delivery service in the Whistler area.

BC: Report on cannabis consumption spaces by end of year

| David Brown |
BC retailers and producers can expect more information from the province later this year when it comes to farmgate sales, direct delivery, and on-site cannabis…

StratCann’s first cannabis tour connects retailers, growers, and processors

| Staff |
StratCann’s inaugural farm tour took place on Vancouver Island on Father’s Day, visiting three outdoor cannabis farms located between Victoria and Nanaimo, BC.

SQDC employees at 13 location stage walk out in protest over low wages

| Staff |
Employees at 13 SQDC branches held another one-day walkout today, Saturday, June 18.

Six Nations Cannabis Commission issues first production licence under community regulations

| David Brown |
The Six Nations Cannabis Commission (SNCC) has issued a cannabis production licence to Bloom Cannabis.

BC micro cultivators left with questions after credit union accounts closed

| David Brown |
Two Vancouver Island cannabis growers say they were recently told they were losing their access to a local credit union in British Columbia, although the…

Cannabis consumption space returns to Edmonton Folk Festival

| David Brown |
Attendees at this year’s Edmonton Folk Festival will have a space to enjoy cannabis while taking in the sights and sounds of the festival. 

Vape pen recycling program ends due to lack of use

| David Brown |
A pilot project to help address the challenges of consumer waste from cannabis vape pens has come to an end, due to a lack of…

Vancouver’s High Hopes Foundation seeking cannabis supply partners

| David Brown |
One of Vancouver’s longtime community activists seeking to address the city’s opioid crisis is looking for cannabis producers to partner with in her newest attempt…

Proposed cannabis store near UBC receives approval from committee

| David Brown |
A cannabis store proposed for a location near the University of British Columbia has received a positive recommendation approval from a Metro Vancouver committee.

Cannabis NB adds new “pop-up” location in Saint John and new corporate store in Woodstock

| Staff |
Cannabis NB is adding two new stores to its network, a pop-up store in Saint John and a new corporate store in Woodstock.

Neptune Wellness to close Quebec cannabis facility, Mood Ring and PanHash brands

| Staff |
Neptune Wellness, the company behind cannabis brands Mood Ring and PanHash, intends to divest its Canadian cannabis business in an attempt to rebrand itself as…

Quebec’s cannabis sales increased 20% in most recent fiscal year

| David Brown |
Quebec saw a 20% increase in cannabis sales in 2021-2022 compared to the previous year, bringing in $214 million in revenue for the province from…

BC Privacy Commissioner says cannabis and liquor stores need to better protect customer information

| Staff |
A report from 2021 included 18 recommendations for cannabis and liquor stores in BC to improve their oversight of private information collected from customers and…

Some BC First Nations share concerns around uneven enforcement policies

An Ontario company getting ready to launch THC-infused freezies says they’ve had their plans dashed by a last-minute decision from Health Canada. Samuel Bouabane, the…

Report: Taxes, provincial mark-ups represent nearly 50% of the price of cannabis products in Ontario 

| Staff |
A new report presented at a recent industry lobbying event is highlighting the high level of taxation and markup on cannabis products in Ontario, and…

After four years of legal sales, Uruguay serving about half of entire cannabis market

| David Brown |
After more than four and a half years of operation, Uruguay’s legal cannabis market is serving about 39%-56% of cannabis consumers in the country. 

Campaign for cannabis excise tax reform releases policy white paper

| David Brown |
An Ontario company getting ready to launch THC-infused freezies says they’ve had their plans dashed by a last-minute decision from Health Canada. Samuel Bouabane, the…

General strike called at Quebec cannabis stores

| Staff |
The union representing members of the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC), represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), called a general strike on…

Micros continue to be most popular licence category

| David Brown |
Following the trend from 2021, micro cultivation and processing licences continue to be the most commonly awarded licence category.

Cannabis legalization bill reintroduced in S. Australia

| David Brown |
A member of Australia’s Green Party has re-submitted a bill that proposes to legalize and regulate cannabis in South Australia.

Aqualitias recalls pre-rolls due to inaccurate cannabinoid levels

| Staff |
Aqualitias, Nova Scotia cannabis producer has recalled one lot of pre-rolls due to inaccurately labelled THC and CBD levels, sold in PEI and Nova Scotia. 

Uruguay’s cannabis regulator visits Quebec, Ontario on fact finding mission

| David Brown |
Members of Uruguay’s cannabis regulator, the IRCCA—along with other government officials—met with various Canadian officials last week as part of a diplomatic fact-finding mission. 

Health Canada still hasn’t officially begun Cannabis Act’s three year review

| David Brown |
Health Canada confirms they have still have not begun their required three-year review of the legislation, more than six months past the three-year anniversary.

Greenway Greenhouse to sell through North 40’s medical cannabis platform

| Staff |
A large greenhouse cannabis grower in Ontario will be offering cannabis through Saskatchewan-based micro producer North 40’s online medical cannabis platform.

OCS confirms data leak, OPP opens investigation

| David Brown |
OCS confirms that confidential store sales data from the provincial cannabis distributor was leaked to the public. 

CBSA: Still illegal to import and export cannabis without authorization

| Staff |
The Canada Border Services Agency is reminding Canadians and anyone else travelling to Canada that it is illegal to take cannabis products out of or…

Aurora Cannabis closes down their 200 acre BC farm

| David Brown |
Aurora Cannabis’ has formally revoked its cultivation licence for a large, outdoor farm in BC.

Alberta micro grower creates Mossleigh’s Mary Jane Manor

| David Brown |
The owner of a micro cannabis facility in Mossleigh, Alberta has created a cannabis-themed retreat space in the small, rural community about an hour southeast…

Team fighting Manitoba’s ban on homegrown cannabis has their day in court

| Staff |
The legal team fighting Manitoba’s ban on growing cannabis at home had their day in court Monday, May 2.

New Brunswick’s third cannabis farmgate store opens in Miramichi

| Staff |
New Brunswick’s third cannabis farmgate store, Sana’a Craft Cannabis, opened on April 20 offering four different cannabis flowers grown in-house. 

Lift&Co. Expo powers through challenges to serve Canada’s cannabis community

| Contributor |
Running an event company over the past few years hasn’t been easy, but Shawn Pierce, President of Lift&Co. Expo producer MCI Events, says he’s excited…

Canadian retailer Weeds opening California location

| Staff |
Earlier this month Long-time “legacy” retail cannabis chain Weeds announced its plans to open a Weeds store in southern California. 

Group of retailers files suit against BC government for failure to enforce cannabis regulations

| David Brown |
A group of cannabis retailers have filed suit against the BC government for what they say is a failure to enforce the province’s own regulations. 

Canopy Growth announces more layoffs as part of “Strategic adjustments”

| Staff |
Canopy Growth Corporation, one of the largest cannabis companies both in Canada and around the world, announced efforts to cut operations costs, including a “reduced…

Cannabis clone sales making a splash in Atlantic Canada

| David Brown |
Two Maritimes-based cannabis growers are making a splash selling cannabis clones from their own retail locations.

Increased terpene content leads to elevated release of degradation products for dabbing, decreases degradation in vape cart solutions

| David Brown |
Higher levels of β-myrcene produce elevated levels of HPHCs during dabbing, but higher β-myrcene levels in SCO lead to lesser degradation and lower HPHC release…

Founder of not-for-profit says he’s concerned Manitoba holding back sale of fundraising pre-rolls

| David Brown |
The man leading the charge to challenge Manitoba’s ban on home-grown cannabis says he believes the province may be holding back sales of a new…

Alberta finds doctor guilty of professional misconduct over medical cannabis authorizations

| David Brown |
A doctor in Alberta has been found guilty of professional misconduct for failing to follow the provincial college of physicians’ standards of practice for authorizing…

Canadian Cannabis Copacking Group joint venture

| Contributor |
Canadian Cannabis Copacking Group Ltd., a packaging technology services company, has recently formed a joint venture for the purposes of contract manufacturing and copacking services…

Emblem issues recall for mislabelled CBD extract

| Staff |
Emblem Cannabis has issued a recall for a CBD extract, due to inaccurate labelling.

Shoppers changing its compassionate care program for medical cannabis

| David Brown |
Shoppers Drug Mart has confirmed that it is pausing its Compassionate Care Program for medical cannabis clients. 

Budget 2022 calls for streamlined approach to cannabis industry, excise, and more

| Staff |
Canada’s Budget 2022, released today, includes several references to the cannabis industry, especially as it relates to cannabis taxes and the evolution of the industry. 

BC seeking feedback on cannabis consumption spaces for cafes, festivals, spas, and more

| David Brown |
The BC Government is asking for feedback from the public on their future plans for cannabis consumption spaces.

Ontario study shows illicit edibles have significantly less THC than advertised, high levels of pesticides

| David Brown |
The Ontario Cannabis Store has released a study looking at testing results of legal and illegal cannabis edibles.

Winnipeg moves one step closer to regulating designated medical cannabis grows

| David Brown |
A bylaw preventing designated medical cannabis grows from operating in residential areas in Winnipeg has now moved one step closer to becoming law. 

Updated: RFP process for new private CannabisNB stores to begin summer or fall

| David Brown |
New Brunswick has now passed legislation to allow for new privately run cannabis stores in the province.

Two cannabis retailers share stories of strange scam calls, concerns with connections to robberies

| David Brown |
Two cannabis retailers are sounding the alarm about a scam that appears to be targeting cannabis stores in Canada.

Health Canada to begin granting Dried/Fresh sales licences to all processors

| David Brown |
Health Canada will soon begin granting sales licences to all micro and standard processing during the initial licensing process, without the need to submit a…

Health Canada extends some COVID-related “flexibilities” another 18 months

| Staff |
Health Canada has extended seven of their covid-era “flexibilities” for another 18 months. 

Growers left with questions about Shelter Market closure

| David Brown |
Some cannabis growers who sold through the Shelter Market brand say they’ve been left unpaid after the company announced they were closing earlier this year. 

AGCO reverses course, will allow retailers, LPs to white label products

| David Brown |
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has announced that they will allow cannabis retailers in the province to enter into agreements with cannabis…

Study: Pandemic likely not associated with increase in cannabis sales in Canada

| Staff |
An Ontario company getting ready to launch THC-infused freezies says they’ve had their plans dashed by a last-minute decision from Health Canada. Samuel Bouabane, the…

Cannabis NB pays off $37 million startup loan

| David Brown |
An Ontario company getting ready to launch THC-infused freezies says they’ve had their plans dashed by a last-minute decision from Health Canada. Samuel Bouabane, the…

Two recent break-ins of cannabis stores in Ontario

| Staff |
Police in Hamilton, Ontario say they are investigating a break-in at a cannabis store early Tuesday morning.

Lift&Co Expo – Toronto 2022

| Contributor |
The Lift&Co cannabis conference and trade show returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, May 12-15, 2022, complete with signature surprises and a-ha! moments.

Vancouver budtenders join United Food and Commercial Workers Union

| David Brown |
The BC Budtenders Union says they have recently unionized the first retail cannabis store in BC outside of Vancouver Island.

New Brunswickers now voting in second annual Cannabis NB Cup

| Staff |
New Brunswickers have until April 15 to take part in the province’s second Cannabis NB Cup, a contest featuring cannabis grown across Canada.

Cannabis two-fours could be coming to Canada

| Morton Robertson |
New proposed changes to Canada’s cannabis regulations could include an increase to beverage public possession limits from just five standard cans or bottles, to as…

Increase in cannabis beverage possession limits among several proposed Health Canada reg changes

| David Brown |
Health Canada has opened a public consultation period for proposed changes to the cannabis regulations concerning cannabis research and testing, and cannabis beverages.

Supreme Court of Canada to hear appeal in Quebec home grow case

| David Brown |
The Supreme Court of Canada has said they will hear an appeal to a lower court ruling on Quebec’s home-grown cannabis ban. 

BC to begin stakeholder engagement on cannabis consumption spaces

| David Brown |
The BC government expects to begin stakeholder engagement this spring for potential consumption activities and locations, including special events, lounges, and retail experiences

Truro recalls one lot of CBD vape pens due to labelling error

| Staff |
Truro Cannabis Inc. has recalled one lot of their Truro CBD 3:2 510 Vape Cartridge cannabis extract due to a labelling error. 

Ontario Chamber of Commerce concerned with province’s plan to ban in-house cannabis brands and products

| David Brown |
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce says they are urging Ontario’s cannabis regulator to reconsider new changes to the province’s rules meant to prevent inducements between…

Cannabis producers say new 6% markup on sales in Alberta will be hard to handle

| David Brown |
Alberta cannabis producers say the new added markup to cannabis sold in Alberta will hit producers, already struggling to stay afloat, hard.

Veterans Affairs Canada paid for nearly $116 million worth of cannabis for medical purposes in 2021

| Staff |
Veterans Affairs Canada paid for nearly $116 million worth of cannabis for medical purposes in 2021.

Alberta projects first annual cannabis profits with added markup, privatization of online sales

| Staff |
Alberta says cannabis tax revenue has exceeded their expectations as the AGLC projects their first net income profits from cannabis in the coming year. 

CRA: Nearly $350 million in cannabis excise tax assessed from 2018-2020

| Morton Robertson |
The Canada Revenue Agency assessed nearly 350 million in excise tax revenue from cannabis sales in the first two years of legalization, according to a…

Alberta to add 6% markup to price of wholesale cannabis

| Staff |
The Alberta government announced today that it will begin adding a six percent markup on the wholesale price of cannabis starting February 25. 

Some SQDC employees threaten strike action for better hours, wages, more

| Staff |
The union representing employees at 24 SQDC cannabis stores in Quebec have voted in favour of giving themselves the ability to strike.

Cannabis shop on Osoyoos Indian Band land destroyed in “suspicious” fire

| Staff |
An Ontario company getting ready to launch THC-infused freezies says they’ve had their plans dashed by a last-minute decision from Health Canada. Samuel Bouabane, the…

Quebec’s SQDC reports $26 million in net income in last three months of 2021

| Staff |
The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) brought in $190.5 million in sales in the last four months of 2021, an increase of $17.5 million from…

Third cannabis farmgate store coming to New Brunswick

| David Brown |
New Brunswickers in the Miramichi area will soon be able to buy cannabis directly from the grower at a new cannabis farmgate store in Chatham. 

Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club has website taken down due to provincial investigation

| David Brown |
A Victoria cannabis dispensary had their website taken down today due to an ongoing investigation by the province. 

Aurora Cannabis says to expect legal action to protect their genetic library

| David Brown |
In a conference call today discussing their most recent quarterly reports, Aurora Cannabis’ CEO Miguel Martin told shareholders to expect litigation in the future against…

Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club hit with $6.5 million in fines

| David Brown |
The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, along with its founder Ted Smith, have been issued fines totalling $6.5 million by the BC government for selling cannabis…

Two thirds of micro sales applications have been licensed

| David Brown |
Health Canada has received 32 sales amendment applications from 31 different micro producers since the beginning of legalization. 

AGCO to update rules to prevent inducements between LPs and retailers

| David Brown |
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has released information on new provincial rules preventing inducements between licensed producers and cannabis retailers.

Cannabis clones coming to Newfoundland

| David Brown |
Newfoundlanders who want to grow their own cannabis will soon have access to one of Canada’s first legal, over-the-counter sources of cannabis clones. 

$11 billion in cannabis sales has created 151,000 new jobs and added $43.5 billion to Canada’s GDP

| Staff |
The legal cannabis industry in Canada has also generated $15.1 billion in government tax revenues, with $3 billion of this generated in Ontario. 

New Brunswick’s bill to add new “private” CannabisNB stores moves one step closer to law

| Staff |
New Brunswick’s new bill to add around a dozen more “privately owned” CannabisNB stores to rural parts of the province has move one more step…

TobaGrown to launch Canada’s first not-for-profit pre-rolls in Manitoba

| Staff |
An organization that is fighting for Manitobans’ right to grow their own cannabis is now launching their own line of cannabis pre-rolls, with proceeds going…

Assessing the quantity and viability of cannabis pollen for breeding programs

| Contributor |
A Swiss/German group published a method that can be used to measure the quantity and viability of Cannabis sativa pollen. This method could be useful to…
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