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Could Nova Scotia’s new conservative government seek to privatize cannabis retail?

| David Brown |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Unicorn Cup brings cannabis, culture, and camping to the Kootenays

| Staff |
A small outdoor festival celebrating local cannabis culture is taking place at Rosebud Lake in BC’s Kootenay Mountains this weekend.

BC CSU lists 4 dispensary fines worth $1.2 million, another 29 outstanding

| David Brown |
British Columbia’s cannabis enforcement agency has collected more than $1.2 million in administrative penalties from unlicensed dispensaries since it began enforcement activities in July 2019.

New Brunswick announces plans for cannabis farmgate

| David Brown |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

New Brunswick cannabis producer partners with local First Nation for medical cannabis access

| Staff |
E.C.O. Canadian Organics, the University of New Brunswick, GITPO Spirit Lodge, and Natoaganeg First Nation announced a partnership to provide access to medical cannabis for…

Bonify is “winding down” operations in the coming weeks

| Staff |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

AtlantiCann’s Msiku takes top prize in first annual Cannabis NB Cup

| David Brown |
Cannabis NB announced the winners of their Cannabis NB cup today, with the top prize going to First Nation’s owned AtlantiCann in Nova Scotia.

Micro producer hopes to change the game with new medical platform

| David Brown |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Court awards plaintiff $26,267 for medical cannabis following auto accident

| Staff |
A BC court recently sided with a plaintiff who was seeking damages from a car accident, including a payment of $26,267 for medical cannabis.

Survey: Canadians supportive of cannabis retail stores in their community

| David Brown |
New research from US-based Weedmaps into the Canadian cannabis market shows that Canadians are now more likely to support the presence of cannabis retail stores…

OCS pausing product calls while they refine their process

| David Brown |
Ontario has recently informed cannabis producers that the OCS will soon be pausing new product calls as they reconfigure their product call system.

Incorrect labelling triggers recall of pre-rolls on Ontario

| Staff |
Peace Naturals has recalled one lot of their Spinach Blue Dream dried cannabis pre-rolls due to mislabeled THC and CBD levels.

BC cannabis retailers now able to deliver cannabis to consumers

| David Brown |
As of July 15, private cannabis retailers in BC are now allowed to take orders and payments online and then deliver them to the consumer,…

A Stoned Moose is passing out free cannabis clones in Ontario

| Staff |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Ontario’s second cannabis farmgate store opens its doors

| Staff |
Ontario’s second cannabis farmgate store opened this week, located on the outskirts of Toronto near Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Atlas Growers recalls three lots of Zour Apples Full Flower dried cannabis pre-rolls

| Staff |
Health Canada has recalled three lots of pre-rolls sold in Alberta, Northwest Territories, and Yukon, as well as through Shoppers Drug Mart, out of concern…

New Brunswick launches first annual “Cannabis NB Cup”

| David Brown |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Manitoba suing to prevent unlicensed cannabis retailer from operating in province

| David Brown |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Ontario sold nearly 100 million grams of cannabis last year

| Staff |
The Ontario Cannabis store released their annual year in review today, covering April 2020 to March 2021, showing significant industry growth in the province.

Pre-rolls sold in Saskatchewan recalled over concerns they could contain metal wire

| Staff |
Health Canada has issued a recall for a ten-pack of pre-rolls they say could contain metal pieces of wire.

Workers at Trees Cannabis in BC join union

| Staff |
Another group of employees at a cannabis store in BC have joined a union dedicated to cannabis retailers.

Nova Scotia micro releases their first products into local market

| David Brown |
Cannabis consumers in Nova Scotia now have a chance to support a local micro cultivator who is just getting its first harvest to shelves this…

Man caught smuggling pesticides used in cannabis production into the US sentenced to 90 days in custody; ordered to pay $11,000 in fines

| Staff |
US authorities say a man who was caught smuggling pesticides into the US from Mexico in April 2020 will serve 90 days in jail and…

BC to allow private cannabis retailers to deliver products to consumers starting July 15

| Staff |
BC cannabis retailers will be able to ship cannabis products directly to consumers starting July 15, 2021. Retailers will also no longer be required to…

Newfoundland sold $52 million worth of cannabis in the last year

| Staff |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Alberta looking at allowing online sales for cannabis retailers

| David Brown |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Court rules Vancouver dispensary “Budway” violated Subway franchise trademark

| David Brown |
A federal court has found that an unlicensed cannabis store in Vancouver infringed the registered trademarks of the Subway franchise.

Quebec sold a half a billion worth of cannabis in the past year

| Staff |
The newest annual report for the Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC) shows the provincial cannabis agency brought in $66.5 million in net income in the…

BC MLA says changes to cannabis regulations could result in increased enforcement for First Nations

| David Brown |
A BC MLA says new changes to BC’s cannabis regulations could result in more enforcement action against illicit retailers, especially those on First Nations lands.

Manitoba cancels retail licence with First Nation over operation of unlicensed retail store

| David Brown |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Newfoundland adding several new drive-thru retail cannabis locations

| David Brown |
Newfoundland is home to the first cannabis drive-thru in Canada, and by the end of the year should have at least five more.

SQDC appoints former British American Tobacco exec as interim president

| Staff |
The Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC) announced a new interim president today, Paul Furfaro, following the departure of Jean-François Bergeron to take on the role…

Newfoundland and Labrador announces 8 qualified cannabis retail applicants

| David Brown |
The Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC) has announced eight names and locations of qualified applicants from the recent Licensed Cannabis Retailer (LCR) RFP.

US has seized more than 13,000 pounds of cannabis at US/Canada border this year

US border authorities have seized more than 13,000 pounds (6,000+ kg) of cannabis entering the country from Canada in 2021, according to reports from US…

Manitoba suspends licence of First Nation retailer after community found to also be allowing illicit sales

| Staff |
Earlier this week, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries temporarily suspended its retailer agreement with a retail store on Long Plain First Nation’s urban reserve in Winnipeg,…

Charges dropped following large raid of Ontario cannabis farm last fall

| David Brown |
Lawyer in the case says Health Canada needs to more actively inspect personal and designated production sites. Several charges have been dropped following a large-scale…

AtlantiCann recalls one lot of dried cannabis due to labelling error

| Staff |
Nova Scotia cannabis producer AtlantiCann Medical has voluntarily recalled one lot of dried cannabis, sold through the Ontario Cannabis Store and Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.

OCS to launch a new product “flow-through” program later this year

| David Brown |
The Ontario Cannabis Store says they will be introducing a new “flow-through” program by late summer to allow retailers to order products not stocked in…

First Nation cannabis producer Seven Leaf expands distribution to BC retailer Indigenous Bloom

| David Brown |
A First Nations-owned cannabis producer in Ontario has expanded its distribution to First Nations retailers in BC this week.

200 micros now licensed in Canada

| David Brown |
Canada now has at least 200 micros cannabis companies licenced across Canada, as of May 7, 2021.

Newfoundland and Labrador to add up to 16 new stores, online sales, and more

| David Brown |
Newfoundland and Labrador are looking to add up to 16 new retail cannabis locations to its current count of 30, and are currently seeking proposals…

La SQDC passe au crible

| Contributor |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Mars Wrigley taking legal action against cannabis companies using their brands and products

| David Brown |
Mars Wrigley, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chocolate, gum, and candy is taking legal action against cannabis companies in the US and Canada…

Stats Canada to include cannabis in this year’s Agriculture Census

| Staff |
Statistics Canada will be collecting statistics on licensed cannabis cultivation in Canada for the first time this year as part of the Census of Agriculture.

The Ontario Cannabis store launches their Craft Cannabis category

| David Brown |
The Ontario Cannabis Store has formally announced their new craft cannabis program today. First reported late last year, the program creates a specific category for…

Women in cannabis and psychedelics from around the globe come together at WWC Conference, May 26 & 27

| Contributor |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Second round against Quebec’s homegrown cannabis ban begins

| Staff |
The law firm that helped first take on the Quebec government’s homegrown cannabis ban will be back in court this week as the province seeks…

Medz Cannabis and Thrive Cannabis receive first cannabis “farmgate” licences in Ontario

| David Brown |
Both companies received their retail store authorization (RSA) from the province on April 20, a representative from the AGCO confirms.

Presence of THC in urine analysis did not justify firing, says arbitrator

| David Brown |
An arbitrator in a dispute between the Canadian National Railway and United Steelworkers has ruled that the the company had erred in firing an employee…

Incorrect labelling triggers recall for Acai Berry Gelato 3.5 gram jar

| Staff |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

AGLC questioned over 420 promotion on their website

| David Brown |
The Alberta cannabis regulator and online retailer recently violated their own cannabis marketing rules, having to walk back an advertisement for a 420-related sale.

Review: Cannabis topicals aren’t worth their hefty price tag (yet)

| Ashley Keenan |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Toronto police asking for $1.5 million to deal with legal cannabis

| David Brown |
Toronto police want $1.5 million from the city to address the cost of cannabis related enforcement to the department, although it’s difficult to determine how…

Higgs government spent $200,000 on effort to sell Cannabis NB

| Staff |
The New Brunswick government spent $200,000 on their efforts to sell Cannabis NB to a private company since late 2019.

Canopy announces plan to buy Supreme for $435m in stock and cash

| Staff |
Canopy announced today an agreement to buy Supreme Cannabis for $435 million in stock and cash. The deal gives Canopy control of the successful 7ACRES…

OCS, Cannabis NB recalls Natural Med Co’s 28 gram Indica Blend Dried Flower

| Staff |
The Ontario Cannabis Store has issued a product recall for Natural Med Co’s 28 gram Indica Blend Dried Flower.

US research highlights THC levels ‘bunching’ just over 20%

| David Brown |
Canada isn’t the only legal cannabis market dealing with an incentive for growers to pass the 20% THC threshold. A recent US study of two…

Challenges to making shelf-stable cannabis gummies

| Ashley Keenan |
As a food item, infused gummies, or any other edible, can spoil when exposed to air, moisture, heat, and other microorganism-friendly environments. There is a…

Six new cannabis stores coming to Nova Scotia

| Staff |
Nova Scotia will be opening six new cannabis stores in April and May, adding to the current 24 NSLC retail cannabis locations across the province.

Alberta now has 600 approved cannabis retailers

| David Brown |
Alberta just reached 600 approved cannabis retailers, still the home of the most legal cannabis stores in Canada.

Canada to begin issuing fines for travellers entering country with undeclared cannabis

| Staff |
The Canada Border Services Agency announced today that it will begin issuing fines to people who “fail to properly declare cannabis and cannabis products when…

Alberta not moving forward with changes to cannabis marketing rules

| David Brown |
Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis says they will not be moving forward with proposed changes to the province’s marketing and promotion rules for cannabis companies.

Cannabis NB retail model will be retained, RFP discontinued

| Staff |
New Brunswick has discontinued the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for the sale of Cannabis NB to a private company.

138 cannabis samples tested by Health Canada in 2020, but no labs inspected

| David Brown | ,
Health Canada says they collected 138 cannabis samples in 2020 to verify chemical (including cannabinoid), microbial, and pesticide results.

Manitoba munis, others calling for their share of provincial cannabis excise taxes

| David Brown |
The Association of Manitoba Municipalities recently released a position paper that, along with two other economic priorities, calls on the province to share 25% of…

Health Canada’s Cost Recovery and Fees Unit is updating its annual licensing fees for cannabis producers

| David Brown |
In a notice sent out to stakeholders today, the federal regulator informed all cannabis licence holders of the annual fee changes as well as upcoming…

One of Canada’s oldest names in retail cannabis has finally gone legal

| Staff |
Don Brier, the owner and Founder of Weeds Glass and Gifts that at one time operated dozens of cannabis retail stores across the country, opened…

Workers at Ontario Tokyo Smoke location vote to unionize

| Staff |
Workers at the Tokyo Smoke cannabis dispensary in Stoney Creek have voted for union representation in an online vote conducted by the Ontario Labour Relations…

Health Canada now allows electronic submission of site evidence package

| David Brown |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Everything you need to know about medical cannabis and your taxes

| Ashley Keenan |
While patients are no strangers to medical expenses, many are unaware of the fact that cannabis can be claimed under certain circumstances. Along with glasses,…

Université de Moncton is looking to hire a Research Chair on therapeutic cannabis

| David Brown |
Université de Moncton is looking to hire a Research Chair on therapeutic cannabis. The successful candidate will work at the New Brunswick Center for Precision…

Majority of of cannabis users did not increase consumption during pandemic

| Staff |
New figures from Statistics Canada show that while the majority of cannabis users did not increase their usage of cannabis during the COVID-19 pandemic, about…

Health Canada extending COVID measures for cannabis licence holders until September 2021

| David Brown |
Health Canada announced today they will be extending several Covid-related measures until September 30 of this year. The regulator has extended these timelines several times…

Pemberton, BC votes to lower some cannabis licensing fees

| David Brown |
The Village of Pemberton, BC has voted to move forward with a proposal to lower their cannabis licensing fees for producers and retailers in the…

Quebec brought in $23.3 million profit in retail cannabis sales in most recent quarterly report

| David Brown |
The Société Québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) ended its third quarter for cannabis sales on January 2, 2021, bringing in a record of $173 million in…

Aurora issues voluntary recall of 2 lots of live resin due to labelling error

| Staff |
Aurora Cannabis has voluntarily recalled two lots of cannabis extract sold in several provinces due to a labeling error.

Alberta looking to better align cannabis and alcohol regs

| David Brown |
Alberta’s cannabis regulator, the AGLC, is seeking further consultation from stakeholders on proposed changes to allow retailers to engage in certain promotional activities.

Vancouver Standing Committee passes motion to reduce retail cannabis licensing fees

| David Brown |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Pineapple Cake prerolls recalled from Ontario

| Staff |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Ontario increasing rate of cannabis retail authorizations to 30 a week

| Staff |
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced this week that they will be increasing the amount of Retail Store Authorizations (RSA) from 20 to…

THC BioMed recalls strawberry gummies from Saskatchewan

| Staff |
THC BioMed has recalled one lot of cannabis gummies from the Saskatchewan market due to concerns with mould.

Canadians use more cannabis at higher rate than other countries

| Staff |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

More NOVA Cannabis stores switch over to Value Buds brand in Alberta

| David Brown |
More Alberta cannabis stores formerly under the Nova banner are changing their branding to Value Buds, following a pilot project with similar discount-focused branding in…

MP presents petition calling attention to alleged abuse of medical cannabis program

| David Brown |
Nova Scotia elected a new Progressive Conservative government into power on August 17, run by their new Premier Tim Houston. Houston’s party replaced the Liberal…

Peace Naturals recalls one lot of Spinach Dancehall pre-rolls due to mislabeling

| Staff |
Peace Naturals has recalled one lot of Spinach Dancehall pre-rolls due to mislabelling showing incorrect cannabinoid levels.

Vancouver City Councillor seeking to lower $30,000 Vancouver cannabis licensing fee

| David Brown |
Councillor Rebecca Bligh would like city staff to prepare an alternate fee structure that lowers the license fee and will support growth in the legal…

Proposed regulatory change could make testing of cannabis edibles easier

| Staff |
Health Canada’s Forward Regulatory Plan for 2020-2022 includes proposed amendments to the Cannabis Exemption Regulations and the Cannabis Regulations to facilitate cannabis research, including taste…

Only 4% of impaired driving charges in Nova Scotia in 2020 were drug related

| David Brown |
Despite significant concern of an increase in cannabis impaired driving in Canada following legalization, new info out of Nova Scotia, eastern Canada, shows no such…

TerrAscend recalls 330,000 packages of cannabis-infused gummies

| Staff |
A Canadian cannabis company has had to recall more than 330,000 packages of cannabis-infused gummies following a handful of consumer reports of mould.

US seized more than 70,000 pounds of cannabis at Canadian border in 2020

| Staff |
US Border authorities seized more than 70,000 pounds of cannabis coming into the country from Canada in 2020, nearly ten times as much as was…
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