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  1. hi Ladysmith’s first cannabis store now open to the public Jerry’s Cannabis opened May 11, 2020 becoming the first licensed cannabis store in Ladysmith Ladysmith’s first cannabis store, Jerry’s Cannabis, is now open for business. Owner, Steven Elkiw is happy to open up shop after spending nine months in the application process. “Now is when the real work starts. I got my official license on April 22. The day I got that, there was a million things to do.” After the license was approved, staff worked to put the finishing touches on the interior of the store. Staff also needed to be trained on point of sale systems, and regulations around the sale of retail cannabis. Elkiw then had to order all of his cannabis supply through the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch, (LDB). Jerry’s Cannabis won’t have every single cannabis product under the sun, but Elkiw said they’ll have more than enough supply to meet demand for both flower cannabis and edible products. “We’re going to have a mountain of chocolate to start. Certain things like gummies are incredibly popular so we’re going to have limited supply of those… We also have oils, tinctures you can take under the tongue, and capsules.” When Elkiw started the process nine months ago, there was no way to predict that he would be opening his business in the midst of a global pandemic. To maintain social distancing, only two customers can be in the store at one time. All high touch points will be sanitized after every transaction. On top of that, Elkiw said they will soon launch an online click and collect portal at jerryscannabis.ca where customers can place their orders ahead of time and pick them up in store. Jerry’s Cannabis is not permitted to do any home delivery sales. Doors open for the first time at 10:00 am, Thursday May 14. https://www.ladysmithchronicle.com/community/ladysmiths-first-cannabis-store-now-open-to-the-public/ Bongme
  2. hi Drake throws himself into the business of cannabis Drake wants to diversify its activities. After having conquered the world with his music, the canadian rapper will now launch in a new business : that of cannabis. On Thursday, 7 November 2019, Drake has announced the launch of its brand of cannabis, More Life Growth, created in partnership with the global organization of production of cannabis Canopy Growth. Drake is not the first celebrity to venture into the business of cannabis. Before him, Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jay-Z have already taken the plunge. The rapper does not hesitate to use her notoriety to create new business. Anyway, why would he ? As a reminder, before entering into the business of cannabis, Drake was first started by the launch of its brand of whisky. A project that is done discreetly Before the official announcement of the launch of its brand of cannabis, the Drake has remained very discreet on this project. The rapper has spoken of his mark only once on Instagram, posting a short teaser where it was written ” Welcome to More Life Growth Co. “, which means ” Welcome to More Life Growth Co. “ By way of description, the artist has put a link to the account Instagram of her brand, which is currently in private mode. According to what we know, cannabis is marketed by Drake will be focused on” the well-being, discovery and personal development with the hope of facilitating connections and experiences shared across the world. “ Drake, the majority shareholder The sources said that Drake is the majority shareholder of this company. The rapper owns 60% of the shares of More Life Growth, compared to 40% for Canopy Growth. Drake spoke about this collaboration and said that the” The idea of being able to build something special in a growing industry has been inspiring. “ After Canopy Growth, “certain intellectual property and trademarks” Drake will be utilised for the promotion of the brand More Life Growth. The company is very pleased to collaborate with Drake. ” Having launched numerous successful brands over the last decade, it is particularly well-placed to bring its innovative to the industry of cannabis as a recreational. “said the responsible of Canopy Growth. https://www.d1softballnews.com/drake-throws-himself-into-the-business-of-cannabis/ Bongme
  3. Hi Academics from Canada have analysed data about 23,000 cannabis users and concluded it’s actually much more addictive than previously thought. They cite psychological and biological issues that are often overlooked when withdrawing from frequent usage. Specifically, they say anxiety, anger and depression as main problems from coming off the drug. The researchers, from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario claim lobbyists around the world are fixed on the idea that cannabis is a non-addictive substance and therefore laws should be relaxed. The way they analysed the data was to take information from 47 different research papers to create a ‘meta analysis’ of cannabis and how easy it is to come off using the drug. Their findings are that ‘cannabis withdrawal syndrome’ (CWS) affects almost half of regular cannabis users. The team defined a CWS sufferer as someone who has at least three major symptoms which develop within seven days of giving up the drug. ‘Because many CWS criteria are depression or anxiety symptoms, regular users may seek cannabis to obtain short-term symptom relief, unaware that this use could perpetuate a longer-term withdrawal problem,’ the team wrote. These include irritability, anger, aggression, anxiety, sleep disturbance, restlessness, depression, headaches, sweating and nausea. Interestingly, the research doesn’t delve into the different types of cannabis and its many forms and uses. Clinicians should be aware of the high prevalence of cannabis withdrawal symptom and should consider screening for it,’ the authors wrote in their paper. ‘Clinicians should be aware of the high prevalence of CWS and should consider screening for CWS, particularly among those who are at greater risk, in order to counsel patients and support individuals who are reducing their use of cannabis.’ The team say that doctors should also seriously consider its use amongst those with existing mental health problems due to the fact depression can be a symptom of withdrawal syndrome. Meanwhile, some MPs believe cannabis could be legal in the UK within five years. Labour’s David Lammy and Sir Norman Lamb, Lib Dem, both think the class B will available over the counter within five years. Tory MP Jonathan Djanogly thinks it will take another 10 years before the UK sees marijuana being sold. Mr Lammy’s pro-legalisation stance represents a shift from his Labour party’s official stance on cannabis – which is illegal in the UK for recreational purposes but can be prescribed for medical reasons. https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/14/weed-much-addictive-previously-thought-researchers-claim-12553445/ Bongme
  4. hi Authorized cannabis stores given the green light for temporary deliveries and curbside pick-up KITCHENER -- The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced Tuesday that Cannabis store will now be able to offer delivery and curbside pick-up during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a press release form the AGCO, the Provincial Government introduced this new temporary measure in an emergency order on Tuesday. CEO and Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario Jean Major says this will help in the fight against the illegal cannabis market, while also providing a safe product for cannabis users. “We’ve been working closely with the Government of Ontario on ways to support cannabis retail store operators and legal recreational cannabis consumers since the stores were ordered to close following a provincial order declaring a state of emergency," said Major in a press release. Major adds, that the order will last for 14 days, with the possibility of an extension, if the government’s Emergency Order on business closures is extended. During this time there will also be a pause on the issuing of new retail store authorizations. Authorized cannabis stores will now be allowed to deliver, and offer curbside pick-up of cannabis and other items from Monday to Sunday, between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/authorized-cannabis-stores-given-the-green-light-for-temporary-deliveries-and-curbside-pick-up-1.4887561 Bongme
  5. hi Canada Responds to UN, Defends Marijuana Legalization Medicinal marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2016. The country legalized adult-use marijuana in 2018, while the second phase of recreational legalization occurred in 2019. The second phase included edibles, vapes, and concentrates. Previously, I discussed how the UN’s support to deschedule cannabis concerned the US government. Recently, the UN questioned whether marijuana legalization has benefited Canada. The Canadian government defended its position and its choice to support marijuana legalization. Canada responds to UN, defends marijuana legalization The United Nations International Narcotics Control Board is skeptical about marijuana legalization. A Marijuana Moment article mentioned that in its annual report, the board stated that it “remains concerned at the legislative developments permitting the use of cannabis for ‘recreational’ uses.” The board also thinks that young people’s health and safety are a priority. As a result, the board doubts whether legalization benefits countries. Michelle Boudreau, the director-general for Health Canada’s controlled substances department, sent her remarks to the UN commission. In the written remarks, she discussed how marijuana legalization has benefited Canada. The director stated that because of Canada’s legal and regulated marijuana market, the illegal market has lost 30% of its market share. Boudreau also said that initial data suggest that the rates of cannabis use haven’t changed among youth and young adults. She said that the country hasn’t ”seen an increase in movement of cannabis across international borders.” In the statement, Boudreau also assured the UN that Canada continues to work to reduce the stigma around drug use. The director’s written review statement to the UN shows Canada’s confidence in marijuana legislation and the benefits legalization has brought to public health and safety. United Nations to change cannabis provisions Recently, I discussed how the UN is working to change outdated cannabis provisions. The provisions include recommendations by WHO (World Health Organization) to remove marijuana from a list of controlled substances under international treaties. According to the original plan, 53 member nations would meet to discuss and vote on the policies this month. However, the meeting has been postponed until December. Benefits of legalization in Canada Canada has benefited from legalization, which Boudreau told the UN. However, the revenue that the country expected to earn from legalization seems to be running short. According to the projections, Canada expected to bring in $100 million in revenue for fiscal 2019–2020. However, the country has only earned $66 million. Stricter regulatory controls and a low store roll-out caused the revenue to decline. Regulatory controls impacted legal sales, which led consumers to the illegal market. Cannabis companies struggled with revenue and profitability. Even a year after recreational marijuana legalization, cannabis companies are running low on profits, which led to chaos last year. On the positive side, Canada didn’t overtax marijuana as California did. California’s illegal market is still dominating the legal market two years after legalization. In 2020, investors and analysts hoped that things would change. Canadian provinces are lenient with store roll-outs and more stores will open soon. The coronavirus outbreak seems to be impacting the cannabis industry and other sectors. Cannabis stocks declined along with global markets on Monday. However, the stocks closed with gains on Tuesday. Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB), Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC)(TSE:WEED), Cronos Group (NYSE:CRON), and Hexo (TSE:HEXO) closed with gains of 3.2%, 7.2%, 3.6%, and 3.9% on Tuesday. https://articles2.marketrealist.com/2020/03/canada-responds-to-un-defends-marijuana-legalization/# Bongme
  6. Hi A Budding Innovative Cannabis Solution: Shipping Container Farms Since legalization, the upsurge in cannabis cultivation, processing and retailing has ignited innovation. Cannabis growers, processors and retailers are continuously looking for new and improved ways to circumvent the many challenges associated with traditional methods of cannabis cultivation, production and sales, such as constraints on space, harsh or unpredictable climate conditions, plant disease, mold, pests and limited growing seasons. Furthermore, industry challenges such as costly start-up expenses, lengthy construction periods, and burdensome licensing processes have also incentivized industry players to develop cost-effective, efficient, and compliant strategies. Based on these challenges, it is no surprise that the recent trend of container farms, and in particular, cannabis container farms has grown in popularity. Reclaimed shipping containers are increasingly being used worldwide as a successful alternative to traditional farming methods. This article will explore the unique solutions that shipping containers offer to overcome some of the common limitations associated with cultivation, production, processing and retailing facilities and operations in the cannabis sector. SHIPPING CONTAINERS FOR CULTIVATING, PRODUCING AND PROCESSING CANNABIS How does it Work? Various companies1 have used commercial shipping containers to build secure cannabis facilities that precisely control air temperature, water temperature, humidity levels, CO2 levels and ventilation. These enclosed containers also allow crops to be maintained in a more safe and discreet manner. These shipping containers – which are also being marketed by some Ontario companies for produce farming2 – can be placed in any location with a flat and solid ground and access to water and power for irrigation and electricity for light. What are the Benefits? The following benefits can be realized by using shipping containers in the cannabis industry: Increased Production: According to Delta 9, a Toronto Stock Exchange listed cannabis company, their “grow pods”, which come with standardized hydroponic growing methodologies,3 can produce roughly 32.5 kilograms of cannabis per year – valued at somewhere between $300,000 and $400,000 at current retail prices.4 Accessibility: As a “turnkey” solution, shipping containers are being marketed to both new and experienced cannabis facility operators. The set-up process is generally quick, easy and requires limited resources. Flexibility: Shipping containers allow greater flexibility in selecting a suitable location, whether it be in an urban or rural setting. The compatibility and portability of shipping containers also makes transportation and re-location easier and more cost-effective. Environmentally Conscious: Shipping container farms generally recycle their own water, using up to 90 percent less water than a typical 1.5 acre land farm.5 Local production also eliminates the long travel distances that are often necessary for suppliers to transport goods to certain markets. In rural communities in northern Canada, for example, the costs associated with transport often exceed the expense that would be required to power an enclosed shipping container. Reduce the Risk of Crop Failure: Shipping containers generally promote healthier, better-controlled environments, making them more resilient to pests, mold, mildew, and plant disease. However, if contamination occurs, it is compartmentalized to one area. Since the contaminated cannabis can be destroyed without spoiling other crops, the amount of loss in product is significantly more limited than that often seen in large, open greenhouse facilities.6 Space and Reduced Facility Costs: Cannabis cultivation requires substantial growing space. However, there are significant costs associated with acquiring and maintaining suitable premises to cultivate cannabis. Even where a start-up cannabis company finds a suitable premises, many building owners will be reluctant to rent out space that is being used for cannabis. Shipping containers provide an effective solution to these challenges. Shipping containers also make it easier for companies to increase production, as they may be “stacked” on top of one another, allowing a company to increase its growing and processing capabilities without the need for more space. Security: Cannabis cultivation, production and processing has a need for heightened security given the high value of the crop. Strict security standards are mandated by the Cannabis Act (Canada) and its Regulations. Part 4 of the Cannabis Regulations sets out physical security measures that are required and are necessary to secure sites where licence holders conduct activities with cannabis. Shipping containers provide exceptional security to meet those standards. The sight of stacked reinforced steel containers will deter thieves and achieve the physical security goals the Canadian federal government is looking for. SHIPPING CONTAINERS IN THE RETAIL CANNABIS MARKET The shipping container trend has also disrupted mainstream retailers, as shipping containers are increasingly being used in the retail space in a number of different industries. For instance, Stackt Market in Toronto has taken unused land and transformed it into a new, sleek outdoor mall built entirely of shipping containers. 7 It consists of over 30 retailers, service providers, event spaces and a brewery.8 Shipping containers are also being used to revamp the cannabis retail sphere, disrupting mainstream retail providers by bringing legal cannabis to more markets and alternative destinations. Toronto-based POPCANN, has launched their modular cannabis stores, and plan to “aggressively” expand across the country. The retail stores range in size from 400 to 800 square feet, and are all built from reclaimed shipping containers. POPCANN’s mandate is to ensure that legal cannabis is accessible to all Canadians. The optimal sizes, layouts and transportability of the stores will enable the company to bring legal cannabis to remote communities, music festivals, seasonal towns and other non-traditional retail environments, similar to how events are now temporarily licensed to sell and serve liquor. The company is currently applying for retail licenses and expects seven to 10 stores to be fully operational this year.9 In describing how POPCANN originated, co-founder Michael Girgis stated, “The structure of the shipping container is used in the retail space by many other industries. POPCANN is leading the charge in positioning the shipping container–plus all the innovative technology inside them–as new, practical solutions for the cannabis industry.”10 The company’s projective mapping technology can create any theme within the store, change the mood and atmosphere at the touch of a button, and create an immersive customer experience. The company is also exploring using augmented reality to let customers engage with product.11 The company says the stores will include patent-pending security technology for age-restricted entrance, secure and stream-lined ordering, and fulfillment on-site. A temporary unlicensed prototype can be found in downtown Toronto.12 Farm-Gate Retail Cannabis Similar to craft breweries and wineries, Ontario consumers will soon be able to purchase cannabis from licensed cannabis processors and micro-class cannabis farms.13 Reclaimed shipping containers functioning as farm-gate cannabis stores make as much sense as the Belgian Moon premium small batch brewery built inside three shipping containers in the heart of downtown Toronto.14 INNOVATION IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY To survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive and saturated market, cannabis companies will need to be prepared to embrace innovation and step away from traditional cannabis cultivation, production, processing and sales methods. The use of shipping containers provides merely one example of innovation in the cannabis realm. There are countless other ways, such as the use of aquaponics – a combination of fish farming and soilless hydroponics – that are revolutionizing the cannabis industry. Ultimately, to stand out from the crowd, cannabis companies will need to continue to be sensitive to consumer demands, embrace innovative, efficient and cost-effective solutions, and adapt to the inevitable change that can be expected in the industry. https://www.mondaq.com/canada/Cannabis-Hemp/900504/A-Budding-Innovative-Cannabis-Solution-Shipping-Container-Farms Bongme
  7. hi Eight-year-old wins $200 worth of cannabis products at youth hockey tournament TORONTO -- A B.C. grandfather is questioning when it’s appropriate to offer cannabis prizes in raffles after his eight-year-old grandson bid on and won a stash of $200 worth of pot products at a local youth hockey tournament. Keith Redl said his grandson plays Novice hockey with other children ages seven and eight at Dawson Creek Minor Hockey. But at a tournament over the weekend, a long-time tradition of fundraising took a turn, he said. “Each team is usually responsible for putting a gift basket or prize package together with a minimum value of $50,” he said in a phone interview. “And then what they do is they have a big setup and they have a paper bag taped in front of each one of these prizes.” He said the prizes had always been geared towards kids or families in the past, including things such as tickets to the movies, card games or family board games, or snacks like popcorn and candy. Redl said that his son, who had taken his grandson to the tournament, spent $10 on raffle tickets, and then gave them to the eight-year-old to bid on whichever prizes he liked. When it came to the prize pack that Redl’s grandson would eventually win, “all he saw was like chocolate and chocolate fondue and he put a ticket in this bag. “And then at the end of the tournament (…) (the family) was notified that he won the one prize and it was this prize of $200 worth of pot.” The child’s father was the one who picked up the prize after receiving the call informing him of the win. He then sent photos of the haul to Redl. The pictures show various chocolate edibles, vanilla chai and other pot products -- all stamped with the red, hexagonal THC symbol of legal cannabis. There was also what appeared to be a pipe and a lighter included. The $200 estimate comes from the advertising on the bag, he said. Redl said that when they had to explain to his grandson that the prize contained drugs, and that he therefore couldn’t have any of it, “he was mad.” “My grandson thought he won a great prize,” Redl said. “‘Dad, I won chocolate!’ ‘No, son, there’s bad drugs in the chocolate.’ How do you explain that to a kid?” However, the Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association said in a statement provided to CTVNews.ca that the prize was clearly marked as for adults, and that the cannabis was never out in the open where kids were. “Amongst a number of prizes donated was a basket of cannabis products,” they wrote. “The products did not appear on the donation table, only a photo and list of the items contained in the basket. “The raffle winner was told the basket contained cannabis products and was given the option of not accepting the prize,” the statement said, referring to Redl’s adult son, who had picked up the prize. “The winner chose to take the prize, their identification was checked to ensure they were of legal age (19+), and the donor then delivered the basket to the winners.” The statement went on to say that they had reviewed the policies of B.C. Hockey and the Standard Procedures for ticket raffles of the B.C. Gaming and Policy Branch, and did not find any rules barring cannabis as a raffle prize. “It was not our intention to upset any of the attendees at the event,” the organization said in the statement. “The tournament is organized by volunteers and their objective is to have a fun tournament and raise money for DCMHA to allow hockey to be more affordable and more inclusive.” It’s not good enough for Redl, who called the situation “ludicrous.” He said that while drugs should never be at any sporting event, it was even more upsetting to have them available as a prize at an event geared at children, regardless of whether the prize pack was only intended for adults. “I was a policeman for 32 years and you (…) try to protect people from stuff and then your eight-year-old grandson brings up running into this, it’s just ridiculous,” he said. He believes clearer rules need to be set up to prevent this from happening. “There is no place for drugs at a child's hockey tournament.” The Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association said that they appreciate the concerns being brought forth. “We are currently updating our policies to ensure that going forward our charitable events are in keeping with our policies and government policies,” they wrote. https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/eight-year-old-wins-200-worth-of-cannabis-products-at-youth-hockey-tournament-1.4836083 Bongme
  8. hi Jesse Kline: Weed is legal in Canada now. Cannabis cafés should be, too As cannabis use becomes more normalized, it makes sense to allow people to partake in it in social settings, as they do with alcohol It’s somewhat ironic that shortly after this country legalized cannabis in October 2018, Toronto’s Hotbox Cafe, which for years allowed patrons to consume marijuana in a space at the back of the store, was forced to shut down its consumption lounge. This was because changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA), which the provincial government adopted during the lead-up to legalization, banned all forms of vaping and the smoking of cannabis indoors. Previously, there had not been any prohibitions on vaping in public spaces and the law only explicitly banned tobacco smoking, leaving cannabis consumption spaces to operate in a legal grey area. There’s also a “cannabis-friendly yoga studio” in midtown Toronto that offered participants the opportunity to get high while doing yoga. But when I asked them how things were going shortly after legalization, I was told that the ban on vaping indoors had caused them to stop offering the classes and rethink their business model. I’m not quite sure why there’s a big difference between allowing people to use an illegal product in a legal way and allowing them to use a legal product in an illegal way — either way, some law is being broken. But changes to the provincial law obviously gave these businesses pause. Now, the Ontario government is taking a (small) step in the right direction by announcing that it is engaging in public consultations over the prospect of allowing cannabis consumption in “specified social settings,” such as in cafés and at outdoor concerts and festivals. The only caveat: “The government is not considering changes to the SFOA regime as part of this consultation,” according to a government form soliciting feedback from the public. In other words, don’t expect any Amsterdam-style “coffeeshops” in Ontario any time soon. This is unfortunate because, while allowing some businesses to offer edibles and cannabis-infused beverages would be a step in the right direction, most consumers prefer to consume cannabis the traditional way — by inhaling it. Indeed, when BDS Analytics looked at the top-selling products in California, Colorado and Oregon in the first half of 2018, the Top 3 were flower, vape cartridges and pre-rolled joints. In fact, out of the Top 10 cannabis products, only two were edibles. It’s understandable that in an age in which governments have outlawed smoking just about everywhere, they would be reluctant to make an exemption for cannabis. But there are a number of differences when it comes to marijuana. The classic argument for banning cigarettes in bars and restaurants was that patrons and staff were being unwittingly exposed to harmful second-hand smoke, even if they themselves were non-smokers. Yet if a business was set up with the sole purpose of allowing people to smoke weed, customers and employees would know exactly what they were getting into beforehand and there would be no reason for anyone who was not interested in inhaling cannabis smoke to enter the premises. In the Netherlands, the country’s smoking ban prevents people from smoking joints mixed with tobacco in the country’s coffeeshops, but makes an exemption for cannabis smoking. Moreover, unlike second-hand smoke, second-hand vapour does not pose a risk to bystanders, as it does not contain the tar or other carcinogens produced by burning plant material. With Canadian companies now selling e-cigarette style vape pens and cartridges as part of Cannabis 2.0, and a wide variety of products on the market that vaporize dried flower, it would make sense for the government to at least consider allowing this increasingly popular way of consuming cannabis to take place within licensed, adult-only establishments. Indeed, most of the grey-market cannabis cafés have been operating as vapour lounges for years, often providing vaporizers that customers can pack with their own dried cannabis. As cannabis use becomes more normalized, it makes sense to allow people to partake in it in social settings, as they do with alcohol. Canadian companies have apparently been producing beverages that have a much faster onset than edibles. Offering these in cannabis bars, or alongside alcohol in regular ones, would offer an experience that’s similar to how people are used to consuming alcohol. But it’s hard to imagine that most Canadians would see the prospect of going to a café, eating a pot brownie and having to sit there for an hour and a half before feeling any effects all that appealing. It’s a shame that when cannabis was legalized, Canada opted for such a strict regulatory regime, which may take decades to liberalize. It would seem, however, that allowing consumption in more social settings, like in cafés and at events, is the way things are going. Nunavut’s legislation already allows for marijuana to be sold and consumed in cannabis lounges, though it also doesn’t allow the product to be smoked in such places. South of the border, states that have legalized also opted not to follow the Dutch model, but that is beginning to change. In September, the Lowell Cafe in West Hollywood, Calif., became the first legal cannabis café in the country. It allows customers to order cannabis like they would a bottle of wine, which they can smoke or vape while enjoying a meal or a cup of coffee. Nevada has also been considering allowing cannabis consumption lounges. Although the state legislature won’t make the practice legal until next year at the earliest, in October, the NuWu Cannabis Marketplace, which is located on sovereign tribal land, opened the country’s first cannabis tasting room. In a few years, it would not be surprising if more U.S. states start allowing cannabis cafés to operate legally. Canadian provinces should follow their lead and allow business and consumers the freedom to smoke or vape in legal establishments. https://nationalpost.com/opinion/jesse-kline-5 Bongme
  9. Hi How Atlantic Canadian companies are tackling Cannabis 2.0 he long wait for cannabis edibles is almost over—here’s what’s about to hit Nova Scotia shelve n the last week of January, a month after edibles arrived at the NSLC, the Clyde Street store was mostly bare of them. No chocolates, no gummies. The cases of THC-infused beverages were empty. There were three flavours of CBD-infused tea bags from Everie (from High Park) in stock, as well as a number of vape cartridges, including one from Reef (from Nova Scotia's Aqualitas). But that was about it. That should change sooner rather than later, however. In October 2018, just after the first round of cannabis legalization, Canadian cannabis companies immediately began working on what they knew was coming next: Cannabis 2.0, or, edibles. Along with cookies, candies and gummies, the category also includes products like infused tea, topicals, vape pens and other concentrates, and even THC powder. "The concept of Cannabis 2.0 can't be understated in terms of how big of an opportunity it is for our industry," says Ray Gracewood, senior VP of marketing and communications at Organigram, one of the largest licensed cannabis producers in Atlantic Canada. Gracewood has been at the Moncton-based company since 2016 and says that its edibles play will be particularly focused on infused chocolate. "We have experience within our executive team in manufacturing chocolate," says Gracewood. That was "a big factor in us deciding to really double down" on that area, aiming to make not just the best infused chocolate, but great chocolate, period. Organigram's bars will be sold on the recreational market under the Edison and Trailblazer brands, including flavours like coffee and mint, as well as chocolate truffles called Edison Bytes. Organigram says its chocolate will be on store shelves soon—we'll have an update next week online. Timelines are generally hard to predict, because Health Canada's 60-day product approval period means licensed producers must submit an application for each new product. After approval, retailers like the NSLC still have to place an order, wait to receive it and inventory it. "We expect a very limited selection, with a gradual introduction of products," says Beverly Ware, communications advisor for the NSLC. But the Health Canada approval is just the final step of a process that can take years of research, taste-test panels and evaluation. Myrna Gillis, founder and CEO of organically certified Nova Scotia cannabis company Aqualitas, says her company turned to testing at Acadia University's food and beverage labs—including sensory panels where individuals would taste them, smell them and even evaluate texture. As a result, Aqualitas' Cannabis 2.0 products will likely be released a bit later in 2020, by June. The company sells on the recreational market as Reef, and Gillis says their line of products will include infused kombucha, gum, chocolate and gummies. Both Aqualitas and Organigram also plan to sell THC-infused drink powder. "It starts to add a whole different level of convenience and discretion, specifically among consumers who are just not into the idea of smoking," says Gracewood. But all of these products will have to be limited to 10mg of THC per retail unit. For a four-pack of chocolate truffles, that's just 2.5mg each. The difference between the 10mg chocolate bars from Organigram and the 80-100mg bars on the black market, Gracewood says, is that the former's contents and effects are guaranteed. "Right now, there's a relative unknown in terms of onset time," he says, explaining that the company doesn't want consumers to "sign themselves up for a ride that they didn't want to get signed up for...we want to make sure that before we enter those products to market that we just have a really precise idea of how they'll respond in the body," says Gillis. Gracewood and Gillis are confident about their success once the products hit the market, but they also acknowledge the approval processes is part of ensuring quality. "I think everybody's kind of resigned themselves to the fact that it will take time to roll out," says Gracewood. And in Nova Scotia especially, the products are expected to be well-received, both for consumers new to cannabis and trying edibles for the first time, or to old pros just getting into vapes. "I find that the Nova Scotia market is a really very knowledgeable consumer, which is great for brands and products that are high quality," Gillis adds. "We have among the highest per capita consumption in the country here, and we have a lot of very mature cannabis consumers who know exactly what they want." https://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/how-atlantic-canadian-companies-are-tackling-cannabis-20/Content?oid=23417173 Bongme
  10. Hi Lower than expected cannabis-related offences 'good news' to police "I think we'll see in the next year or so, the full impact of cannabis, but certainly to this point, across the nation, we haven't seen a big impact at all." The number of cannabis-related offences recorded by Saskatoon police in the year since cannabis was legalized didn’t go up or down. Supt. Dave Haye calls that “good news.” A one-year review report to the board of police commissioners says the number of cannabis related charges and driving offences between Oct. 17, 2018 and Oct. 17, 2019 included 11 federal Cannabis Act charges, 187 charges under provincial legislation, and 41 criminal driving offences, only eight of which had cannabis specified as the intoxicant. “I’m pleased to report that some of the horror stories that occurred in other areas did not occur in Canada,” Haye told the police board on Thursday. Chief Troy Cooper told media the police force did not see what it was expecting in the numbers, but also in terms of its consumption and marketing. “It’s still a bit of a slow rollout. We’re happy to see that; we think it was the responsible way to introduce cannabis in Saskatchewan. But there was some difficulty in getting product, some difficulty in getting stores open, so that market is still not mature, and now we’re adding edibles as well,” he said. “I think we’ll see in the next year or so, the full impact of cannabis, but certainly to this point, across the nation, we haven’t seen a big impact at all.” The force spent more than it had anticipated on training — more than $138,000, compared to its expectation of just over $115,000. Training drug recognition experts is the most expensive, in part due to how involved the process is, as well as having to travel to the U.S. for instruction, Staff Sgt. Patrick Barbar, the head of the traffic unit, told the board. Police have about two dozen trained experts and with officers changing assignments, training will be ongoing, he said. The board heard police also expect to receive a second drug testing device from the province in the new year — a hand-held SoToxa unit. Police received the much larger Draeger 5000 unit earlier this year. tjames@postmedia.com Bongme
  11. hi How much Canadians spend on pot (legally) Canadians spent $24 per capita on legal cannabis in the first 11 months since recreational pot was legalized, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency found spending topped $908 million at online and physical stores between October 2018, the month Canada became the first G7 nation to allow legal sales of recreational cannabis, and last September. The total falls far short of the $4.34 billion, including medical purchases, projected by Deloitte for Canada in 2019. The majority of that figure is expected to come from legal channels. Ontario, Canada’s largest province by population, led in terms of total dollars spent on pot at $216 million, followed by Alberta ($195 million), Quebec ($194 million) and Nova Scotia ($65 million). The smallest regions led in per capita sales. Yukon residents spent $103 per capita, followed by Prince Edward Island ($97) and Northwest Territories ($61). Data were not available for Nunavut. “Differences between regions in total and per capita cannabis store sales may be explained in part by Canadians’ access to cannabis stores,” the federal agency said in a release on Wednesday. Legal cannabis sales are controlled by a patchwork of provincial regulations established post-legalization spanning the public and private sectors. Statistics Canada said a variety of factors may influence access to legal cannabis, including regulatory steps to establish a cannabis store, illegal market competition, population and store density, and supply. The total number of cannabis retail stores in Canada rose from 217 in March 2019 to 407 in July 2019, an increase of 88 per cent, according to the data. Alberta held top rank in store count since legalization and opened the most stores at 10 between March and July 2019 for a total of 176 cannabis stores province-wide. Meanwhile, British Columbia had just 16 stores in March. The number of outlets in B.C. increased to 57 in July, the second highest in the country. Ontario has 24 open for business. Statistics Canada noted that Ontario has surpassed Alberta in sales volume. “Prior to legalization Ontario shifted from its planned public retail model to a hybrid model, permitting a first wave of private brick-and-mortar stores to open in April 2019,” the agency said in its release. However, 70 per cent of Albertans were found to live within 10 kilometres of a cannabis retail outlet in July, compared to 33 per cent in Ontario that month. Online sales started out strong post-legalization, but tapered as more physical stores opened. “While online cannabis retail ensures access to all Canadians regardless of proximity to a physical store, accessibility continues to improve as more stores open across the country,” StatsCan said. Jeff Lagerquist is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada. Follow him on Twitter @jefflagerquist. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/how-much-canadians-spend-on-pot-legally-165627458.html Bongme
  12. hi High-paying jobs’ in cannabis could await grads from new university program Majoring in pot is serious business for students at McGill. The Montreal university will become the first top-tier research school in Canada to offer a degree in commercial cannabis. The program was designed to meet the talent needs of the rapidly growing sector. McGill said it started pre-screening students for its year-long Diploma in Commercial Cannabis program last week. The 30-credit degree to be launched in June will span two academic terms, followed by an internship in the industry. While the school is by no means the first in Canada to train students to work in the pot sector, McGill is the only one among the elite U15 Canadian Research Universities to offer a full program to train biologists to grow cannabis, develop strains, protect against contaminants, and understand the industry’s legal framework. “We’ll really be diving into issues that are very specific to the cannabis industry,” Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences dean Anja Geitmann told the McGill Reporter. A bachelor of science in biological, agricultural, or environmental sciences, including 15 credits in plant-related courses and a course in biochemistry or organic chemistry is required for admission. Jobs in Canada’s cannabis sector have nearly quadrupled since recreational pot was legalized last year. Approximately 9,200 people worked for cannabis companies in April 2019, compared to 2,630 in fiscal 2018, and 1,438 in fiscal 2017, according to Statistics Canada. The number of pot companies has surged as well, from 37 in 2017, to 83 in 2018, to 175 at the time StatCan published its report. There is evidence to suggest it pays to work in pot. A study earlier this year by the career website Glassdoor found that the median salary for American cannabis industry job openings is US$58,511 per year, $5,648 or 10.7 percent, higher than the U.S. median salary of $52,863. Due to the diverse mixture of available jobs, salaries ranged from $22,326 per year to $215,384 per year, according to Glassdoor. “Our students will have the tools to get the high-paying jobs – master growers, quality managers, microbiologists and formulation specialists – in the cannabis industry,” Geitmann said. A separate analysis by Marijuana Business Daily found the average salary of a cannabis company CEO at one of the five major firms is $528,090 (or $285,113 if you take out the $1.5 million annual salary of MedMen Enterprises’ (MMEN.CN)(MMNFF) Adam Bierman. Bierman accepted a $50,000 annual salary in late May, after the publication of Marijuana Business Daily’s research, according to the company’s financial filing.) The publication estimated that the average chief executive in other industries earns $196,050. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/high-paying-cannabis-jobs-await-grads-from-university-program-191052441.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvLnVrL3VybD9zYT10JnJjdD1qJnE9JmVzcmM9cyZzb3VyY2U9bmV3c3NlYXJjaCZjZD02JmNhZD1yamEmdWFjdD04JnZlZD0wYWhVS0V3aVRoZDJDaTU3bUFoVkhUOEFLSFFCekFoMFFxUUlJUENnQU1BVSZ1cmw9aHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZ1ay5uZXdzLnlhaG9vLmNvbSUyRmhpZ2gtcGF5aW5nLWNhbm5hYmlzLWpvYnMtYXdhaXQtZ3JhZHMtZnJvbS11bml2ZXJzaXR5LXByb2dyYW0tMTkxMDUyNDQxLmh0bWwmdXNnPUFPdlZhdzBpNndSTDlWdVJCclZQMU1ZSXRMRjU&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAABvsaj7GBfR_0XyrLqrK4s9xjYo4YbRwS_25jGOxpg7NlhGsoS15AVqhW7HxCLvAFYkQfhfRL10_mtWqt6OoMY-_3-37vL-aUNu-eAB2QXT6v3aGNSRh0ZUbqXIM0ot7Lhhgu3Ot0Ki0CtB6SWwKnz8Ln08qMKONKKJnFXegnIyM Bongme
  13. Hi Shoppers Drug Mart expands medical cannabis online sales to East Coast Residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. can now make purchases through pharmacy chain Canadian pharmacy giant Shoppers Drug Mart has expanded its online medical cannabis platform to Canada's East Coast. As of today, residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island can go online on the company's website to make their purchase, which will then be mailed to them. Residents who don't currently have the proper medical documentation authorizing the use of medical cannabis can get it by setting up a consultation online. "There's access to telemedicine where a person can have an individual consultation with a physician who can determine whether cannabis is right for them," said Mike Boivin, a pharmacist consultant from Ontario who is a member of the Shoppers Drug Mart Advisory Board on Medical Cannabis. Boivin said not having to go to a doctor's office will make medical cannabis more accessible for those who could benefit from it. There are currently more than 25,000 Maritimers authorized to use medical cannabis. "The vast majority of people who use medical cannabis use it to manage chronic pain," said Boivin. "Other people will use it to help them with their sleep." Medical cannabis can be purchased in various forms, including dried cannabis, oil or capsules. Shoppers Drug Mart stores cannot dispense cannabis from their pharmacies, as Health Canada only allows the purchase through mail order. Shoppers Drug Mart's e-commerce platform for medical cannabis launched in January, a month after Health Canada licensed the company to sell the product online. Originally, it was only available to Ontario residents but now is available from coast to coast. "We know with some of the data that's out there that there are 1.1 million Canadians that are using cannabis for medical purposes," said Boivin. "But more than 800,000 of those individuals are either self-medicating by going through a legal recreational retailer or buying the cannabis illicitly." Boivin said self-medicating risks will be reduced because purchasers will have access to experts who can guide them on whether or not they can use medical cannabis with any other medications they may be taking. Shoppers Drug Mart said in January it had signed supply agreements with 10 licensed producers of dried cannabis and cannabis oil. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/shoppers-drug-mart-medical-cannabis-east-coast-1.5381020 Bongme
  14. Hi Poor Quality’ Cannabis At The Root Of Canada’s Woes As the troubles stack-up for the main cannabis companies in Canada, an industry insider believes they’ll never be able to address one key issue – a lack of ‘good quality weed’. James A. Smith, Chief Revenue Officer in Canada at emerging cannabis 4C Labs, says: “I do not know anyone who buys their cannabis on the legal market, it’s horrible quality.” Recent figures show the ‘black’ and ‘grey’ markets continue to cater for the needs of the majority of Canada’s cannabis consumer users, with many leading companies blaming this on a lack of retail outlets. While acknowledging this has some merit, Mr Smith believes it is being used as a smokescreen for a litany of inadequacies. End Of The Line In fact, he goes on to say that today’s leading industry players – exclusively Canadian – will not be around in a few years time. As an executive briefed with sourcing investor capital for 4C Labs, Mr Smith naturally talks up the insurgency but, in a long chat with CBD Testers he raised a host of salient points. “The big producers paid too much for assets that are not producing quality product. Their whole systems of production cannot produce a quality cannabis product and as consumers in Canada are becoming much more sophisticated, they are increasingly aware of that.” He says that even though the ‘likes of Canopy and Tilray’ in Canada have been in existence for some time they have never produced a quality cannabis product ‘in the history of their production’. “So if Canopy cannot grow good quality medical products over the last 10 years why would you think they could grow good recreational cannabis?” He ponders Economies Of Scale He went on to say there are some key structural issues with these businesses in the type of growing equipment, where they are growing and seed genetic quality, they’re ‘too focused on economies of scale’. The reality of is that they ‘may well never be profitable’ and the real future opportunities are for ‘the smaller craft companies such as Supreme and The Green Organic Dutchman’. While there will be successful companies, the reality is that the craft growers have not yet entered the market. The reality is that there products is not in demand because of the quality and they are blaming distribution (a lack of stores) for all of their woes. Investors assumed that companies who had been in the medical game were going to dominate the recreational market and that just simply hasn’t been the case. I don’t know anybody who buys weed from a Government store. The quality is terrible.” Mr. Smith Mr Smith has been planning his entrance into the cannabis market for four years and has been actively involved for the last 18 months. In that time he has assembled ‘a formidable team of growers’ with an extensive genetic library, and established key strategic partnerships with large Colombian agricultural and pharmaceutical firms as well as distribution partners in Malta, Germany and the U.K. It will garner is first harvest in Colombia next September and will target its oil at large corporates in the cosmetics and wellness markets as well as developing its own CBD wellness range. U.K. Pot ‘Horrible’ Mr Smith previously worked in commercial and residential real estate.He said one of his real estate roles was to identify jurisdictions were ‘people weren’t paying attention and there were regulatory gaps, and that in this regard the two industries pretty much identical. One of the jurisdictions where he sees great potential is in the U.K. medical cannabis market and it’s in the process of establishing a growing base on the Channel Island of Guernsey to supply this market. Although U.K. medical cannabis has been available for over a year, the system is badly designed and restricts access to those with deep-pockets, through private clinics. “Recent research show that there are 1.4m people in the U.K, using street cannabis for their medical conditions – that’s a lot of cannabis. We are yet to see how this will develop but what is currently available costs around £35 a gram, and £375 a gram for CBD oil (Epidyolex) and these come could down £10 and £40 to £50 and and we would be profitable. The cannabis in the U.K is horrible, it’s of seriously poor quality and my growers have been supplying cannabis clubs for over 25 years; that’s the kind of knowledge you need to be successful.” Mr. Smith 4C Labs has begun a new capital fund-raising round in London, with Mr Smith saying the potential arrival of two new board members would allow it to raise millions of pounds in short measure and circumvent the need to build out its facilities in phases. London Leading Mr Smith sees London emerging as the global financial cannabis capital. “I can feel the temperature in London, and it’s exciting this could be a £50 Billion industry in the next five years five years.” As things stand in Canada the appetite for risk capital has disappeared, says Mr Smith. “A lot of mature companies are running out of capital, they are not profitable and, if they don’t have enough cash in the kitty and they missed the last hurrah of access to capital, then they are in trouble.” He said, “They have a lot of overheads, have built large facilities with lots of staff. A lot of Canadian companies have paid over the odds in terms of the assets they have purchased over the last five years.” Then he went on to identify a number of deals which he described as being ‘highly dubious’ in terms of value to the Canadian majors in jurisdictions such as Jamaica, Argentina and Chile. He continued: “They are not succeeding at what they are tying to do, whether that’s due to incompetence? But many of these assets are costing more than they are producing. We’re at the very beginning of this industry and the real players are yet to emerge, that will happen within the next five years.” “That’s my opinion, and a lot of people will disagree with me.” Footnote: Just last week Aurora Cannabis CEO Terry Booth warned that the Canadian cannabis industry will soon see ‘carnage’ among some companies that have high production and others will struggle to survive in the current downturn. https://cbdtesters.co/2019/12/01/poor-quality-cannabis-at-the-root-of-canadas-woes/ Bongme
  15. hi Cannabis vaping is now legal in Canada, but that doesn’t make it safe: experts Cannabis vaping oils, along with edibles and beverages, became legal for sale in Canada last week, but if you think those extracts will be safe because they are legal and regulated, think again, warn University of Alberta medical experts. “My advice to consumers would be not to engage in this experiment, because that's what it is—an experiment on your health in uncontrolled circumstances," said U of A smoking cessation expert and anesthesiologist Barry Finegan. “Even if producers use approved constituents, we have no idea what the consequences of inhaling those products are," said Finegan, adding that consuming vaping oils could result in acute, toxic lung injury. Although cannabis vapes, edibles, beverages and topical lotions became legal and subject to Health Canada regulation as of Oct. 17, they’re expected to arrive in retail stores in mid-December after a 60-day product review. But the move—following legalization of dried cannabis flower one year ago—comes as some 1,300 cases of lung injury, and 29 deaths, have recently been linked to vaping in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that 76 per cent of patients with those injuries had reported using illicit products containing THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. “There is no clear data on what's in all these e-liquids people are using,” even from licensed producers, said Finegan. He added that little research has been done on the short- or long-term consequences of vaping either cannabis or nicotine oils, so Health Canada has scant evidence for drawing up safety guidelines. “It’s pretty astonishing the federal government would legalize vaping products without studies necessary to ensure their safety,” he said. The Canadian cannabis industry, however, fearing a drop in vape sales, has pushed back on suggestions its products are unsafe in a legal market. Greg Engel, chief executive officer of licensed producer Organigram Inc., told the Financial Post that “we must remember we are in a highly regulated environment in Canada where consumer safety comes first.” While no single product or substance has been blamed for the lung injuries, some possible culprits are pesticide residue, flavouring additives and cutting agents used to stretch the amount of THC in the extract, according to CDC. So far, no vaping product has been ruled safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has pointed to vitamin E acetate, sometimes used as a thickening agent, found in all of the products associated with the lung injuries. U of A pulmonary medicine expert Dilini Vethanayagam said inhalation of oil-based products can cause lipid pneumonia, a condition that coats the alveolus—tiny hairs in the lungs responsible for respiration—with oil. She has been aware of the illness at least since 2000, she said, having published a study that year on a case of lipid pneumonia brought on by smoking weed oil. However, researchers at the Mayo Clinic have nearly ruled out lipid pneumonia as the cause of the current crisis, as they explained in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this month. What they did find in their examination of 17 cases were lung injuries resembling chemical burns suffered in industrial accidents after the inhalation of mustard gas used in the First World War. X-rays of patients show “cloudy white-outs in their lungs,” said Finegan, a sign of fluid accumulation and acute lung injury. "There is diffuse damage to air spaces, fluid accumulation and deposition of lipids in the lung,” he said. “All of those things interfere with our ability to transport oxygen across the alveolus, which are like extremely fine tissue paper." He said that in the last five years, vaping pens and other electronic devices have become "incredibly efficient” at delivering drastically increased doses of THC while depositing fatty compounds to the deepest areas of the lungs. The problem is that what was once considered a smoking cessation strategy has now become a recreational habit, and some users are consuming staggering amounts of vaping oils, said Finegan, sometimes for “hours a day,” increasing the likelihood of dependency. Canada's chief public health officer, Theresa Tam, attempted to reassure Canadians last month that regulated vaping products will be safer than those on the black market, because their ingredients will at least be known. "If there should be any issues or safety concerns, it's much easier to investigate products that are already regulated," she said. But Vethanayagam said launching safety investigations after products become freely available is far from adequate, jeopardizing the health of young consumers especially. "A lot of kids and younger adults think vaping is safer than smoking, and it's not,” she said. "In 2019, we know what regulatory oversight should be at the Health Canada level, and even with nicotine vaping, it wasn't done properly. They’ve approved these products for the market, but they should say no, there's not enough data." But if oils are the problem, does that mean vaping dried cannabis flower is still safer than smoking? If you’re doing it to help quit smoking, maybe, said Vethanayagam, but even then, only for a short period of time under the supervision of your family doctor or primary care team. Health Canada clearly states there are risks to any kind of vaping. “Nothing inhaled outside of prescribed, and tested, inhalational medications is safe for your lungs,” said Vethanayagam. “Your lungs are meant for respiration.” https://www.folio.ca/cannabis-vaping-is-now-legal-in-canada-but-that-doesnt-make-it-safe-experts/ Bongme
  16. hi Popular and affordable cannabis strains on the Canadian market today The price of weed is a tricky subject. Look on the global scale and you’ll see anything from $43.41 or $43.12 per gram in cities like Tokyo and Seoul, respectively, all the way down to $1.78 per gram in Quito, Ecuador. There’s also the incredibly high-end side of things, where cannabis prices rise to dizzying heights. Fans of rapper 2 Chainz will likely be familiar with Isla O.G., after he featured it on his show, Most Expensive Shit; that strain comes to a whopping $1063 per ounce. Additionally, according to weedsmart.ca, Fruity Pebbles can cost around $1,325 per ounce, while Cream of the Crop, Cannabis Caviar, goes for a staggering $1800 per ounce. Of course, these exorbitant prices are only for a certain sub sect of high-rollers. Don’t fear, though, there is plenty of top quality bud at affordable prices. Here are a few that won’t break the bank. Wappa A dense, tightly-packed bud with large, solid flowers. Wappa has a strong and sweet aroma that leans towards the skunk-ier side of things, and has a clean weed taste. Expect a light green bud with orange hairs. The effects will likely be in the happy/relaxed camp. With a THC potential of 21.6%, it’s advised that this strain be reserved for nighttime. God Bud Resin-coated buds and a musky/tropical fruit flavour, with undertones of berry, lavender, and pine. The terpene profile consists of beta-caryophyllene, trans-caryophyllene, humulene, myrcene, and limonene, so expect an earthy and citrusy odour. God Bud is a mix of Hawaiian, Purple Skunk, and the mysterious Canadian strain known only as “God”. It has a medium THC potency with a green and white colour. If the product comes from the RedeCan facility, it’s green-house grown in pesticide-free, natural lighting conditions, then hang-dried, hand-trimmed, sterilized, and inspected. Dancehall A 60/40 sativa dominant hybrid, which is bred by combining Juanita La Lagrimosa (a Mexican-Afghani-Spanish hybrid) with Kalijah (Blue Heaven crossed with a Mexican-Afghani hybrid). This affordable strain’s terpene profile consists of alpha-pinene, limonene, linalool, and myrcene, so it has floral, fruity, and spicy aromas. This strain will likely give you a bit more energy and focus, but some users find Dancehall to provide relief too. J ean Guy A Canadian hybrid with acute cerebral effects. It possesses a lot of the same traits as another affordable, and much more well-known strain called White Widow. Jean Guy’s dark green buds are packed with golden crystal trichomes, and due to the trans-caryophyllene in its terpene profile, JG has hints of lemon and pine scents. This strain is said to have uplifting, energetic, and happiness-inducing effects. It’s also a reputable source of relief for fibromyalgia and cancer symptoms—although it should be noted that patients prone to anxiety may want to start with a very low dose, on account of its typically high THC content. https://www.leafly.com/news/strains-products/popular-affordable-cannabis-strains-canada Bongme
  17. Hi My last post see you Monday thanks for all the likes take care and look after Cannabis now available in fully recyclable tins To mark the anniversary of the legalization of cannabis in Canada, a licensed producer in Alberta that is putting a priority on the environment and sustainability. This takes the form of providing the drug in fully recyclable tins. One of the reasons for the move is due to concerns and complaints about the environmental impact of cannabis production. Environmental concerns extend to the cultivation process and to the packaging. Based on one area of research, for each gram of cannabis sold, there can be as much as 70 grams of packaging waste. This is primarily because most of the packaging is plastic. To partly address environmental concerns Freedom Cannabis has introduced 100 percent recyclable tins for their packaging. The sustainable packaging option is called the Nitrotin tin, and it abides by all Health Canada cannabis packaging regulations. The tins are made from stainless steel, which means they are reusable for a long period of time and then recyclable into other products at the end of their life. With the tins, cannabis is packaged using liquid nitrogen. This process reduces oxidation of chemical components. The process also prevents the growth of most microorganisms. The Nitrotin tins do come with a plastic child resistant lid. However, the lid comprises of less than 10 percent of the packaging and it is also recyclable. Commenting on the new measures, Troy Dezwart, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Freedom Cannabis says in communication provided to Digital Journal: “Our mandate has always been to be a leader in sustainability in this industry.” However, he adds: “when it comes to packaging, we also prioritize the quality of our product. We want to ensure our customers always get the highest-quality cannabis. We know oxidation affects the flavour and fragrance of cannabis, so Nitrotin, which offers recyclable containers that prevent oxidation, was a perfect option for us.” This represents a further move in the company’s aim to become the environmental leader in the cannabis production space. As a further sign of the commitment to the environment, the company is finishing plans for the installation of Canada’s largest rooftop solar array at the firm’s Acheson facility. http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/environment/cannabis-now-available-in-fully-recyclable-tins/article/560090 Bongme
  18. Hi Edibles not likely to hit B.C. cannabis store shelves until 2020: Public Safety Minister KAMLOOPS — As of yesterday, edibles were made legal across Canada — but that doesn’t mean they’re readily available. B.C.’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, tells CFJC Today that consumers likely won’t see edibles on retail cannabis store shelves until next year. “While edibles are now legal as of yesterday, the reality is I don’t expect to see them in retail outlets until probably January at the earliest,” Farnworth says. New amendments to the Cannabis Act came into effect yesterday (Oct. 17), which established a regulatory framework for edibles, extracts and topicals. But producers could only start applying yesterday to produce and sell those products. https://cfjctoday.com/2019/10/18/edibles-not-likely-to-hit-b-c-cannabis-store-shelves-until-2020-public-safety-minister/ Bongme
  19. Hi Terence Corcoran: Bring back the cannabis 'black market' — the closest perfect example of a free market The previously existing free market in cannabis still delivers the best outcome: low prices, high quality, and ease of purchase Financial Post Somebody somewhere must be working on a script for Potbusters, the hilarious story of the bumbling attempt by Canada’s political, regulatory and corporate establishments — the high powers of the mixed economy — to take over the national market for cannabis. It’s a riot of bureaucratic slapstick, pompous posturing, regulatory pretentiousness, corporate schemers and botched financial planning: a true comedy. Opening scene: A character played by Bill Murray, an old pro operator of flame-thrower equipment, arrives at a suburban Toronto warehouse to perform his Potbuster duties. Wearing heavy gear with the words “Health Canada” written across the back, he looks through grizzled, experienced eyes at a 12,000-kilogram mound of cannabis. There’s something you don’t see every day. Gotta be worth a hundred million at least,” he says. Beside him, also in Health Canada gear, is another old pro Potbuster played by Dan Aykroyd: “Oh my God. This is a harmless mound of pot. Something I’ve loved since my childhood. Something that could never possibly destroy us. We used to smoke it by the fire at Camp Oconda.” “So what. We got a job to do — one, two, three.” The characters crouch down and blast flames at the cannabis, which explodes in yellow blaze and pungent smoke. The Aykroyd character breaks down, almost in tears. “How did we come to this?” Somebody else can finish the script, but it’s a good question. The scene describes the latest wonky development in Canada’s absurd one-year-old cannabis legalization experiment — the very first policy initiative of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s newly elected Liberal government in 2015. Since then, hundreds of millions of dollar have been splashed around the country by investors looking to make quick dollars by manufacturing and distributing a product that already had a functioning, low-cost market system in place. Some call it the black market, but the existing market was in fact the closest perfect example of a free market — a low-cost, high-quality product — without the benefit of stock brokers, securities regulators, scheming politicians and corporate wheeler-dealers attempting to capitalize on government regulation. It turned out one of those companies, CannTrust Holdings Inc., had been secretly growing cannabis products in unlicensed portions of its Ontario facilities, without proper approval from Health Canada. The department moved in, seized the products involved, and has ordered their destruction. How? Who ya gonna call? Potbusters. How did we arrive at a point where a legal corporation finds itself in the clink for doing what thousands of people have been doing illegally and mostly freely for decades? Here’s another funny scene set-up for this regulatory/corporate comedy: The offices of Statistics Canada in Ottawa, where the nation’s crack statistics bureaucrats set up a team to plumb the data depths of the national cannabis market. They called it the Cannabis Stats Hub, which produced StatsCannabis data. Look it up if you think I’m kidding. Since establishing the Cannabis Stats Hub about five years ago, the agency has been cranking out hilarious reports and studies, with such titles such as “Experimental Estimates of Cannabis Consumption in Canada, 1960 to 2015,” “Crowdsourced cannabis prices,” and “A Cannabis Economic Account — The Framework.” The StatsCan cannabis hub produced some of the data that fuelled last year’s mad hype around legalization. In fancy reports, the hub estimated the annual consumption of cannabis at more than 700 tonnes and the dollar value of black market sales at $5.7 billion in 2017. The fine print was funny, though. Regarding the 700 tonnes, the report warned that there were numerous uncertainties. “Cumulatively, the uncertainty about the volume estimate is sufficiently large that it could reasonably be reduced by about 54 per cent or increased by about 95 per cent.” The 700 tonnes, in other words, could actually be less than 350 tonnes. As for the price and value, collected via crowdsourcing methods, StatsCan estimated that 4.9 million Canadians spent $5.7 billion on cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes. The dollar value of cannabis production in 2017 was bigger than beer and tobacco production, it said. Data allegedly showed that the age of pot consumers was getting older, consumption was rising and — best of all — prices were falling. A note to readers of the report warned that the data was based on a lot of assumptions and might not be all that reliable. More recently, StatsCan reported that its price information is now collected by “scraping the websites of illegal online retailers. Since the prices collected through web scraping include only illegal online purchases of cannabis, they are not fully comparable with the StatsCannabis data which include both online and other purchases of illegal cannabis.” Free-market cannabis prices are apparently now down to around $7 a gram and lower. The funny bit here is that Canada’s official statistics agency has been busy building up data on an industry that has been unregulated and illegal for decades, mainly to allow governments and scheming corporations to seize control of a market that to all intents and purposes has been wildly successful. By all accounts, the previously existing free market in cannabis still delivers the best outcome: low prices, high quality, and ease of purchase. As reported recently in the Financial Post, unregulated market sellers are set up all over the country ready to serve consumers. The logical conclusion: In an ideal world, Canada should have simply declared cannabis legal. End of plan. Let the current players get legal. Instead, state planners aimed to subvert the free market and install a modern regulated corporatist model that drove up prices, failed on quality and stumbled setting up retail systems. And now — hilariously — the cannabis establishment wants to clamp down on the free market, which it conveniently brands as the black market. Could we start again? Send in Potbusters to take down the lawyers, bureaucrats, corporate dealers, securities regulators and tax collectors. Let the old free market run the cannabis industry. Financial Post https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/terence-corcoran-bring-back-the-cannabis-black-market-the-closest-perfect-example-of-a-free-market Bongme
  20. hi Hundreds of cannabis stores in Alberta but users still turning to black market Cannabis has been legal in Canada for one year, but it remains unclear how much impact that is having on the black market. Alberta has more than 300 cannabis stores – more than any other province or territory – and more licences are in the works. Numbers from Statistics Canada show Albertans spend more on legal pot than any other Canadians. “I think certainly the number of retail locations has played a large role in the total number of sales,” said Dave Berry, vice president of regulatory services for Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis. But Colin Rogucki said he has not bought from a legal weed store in the year since legalization. Rogucki owns three marijuana paraphernalia stores in Edmonton and has been a cannabis user for 26 years. He said prices are another factor; prices on the black market are cheaper than legal weed stores. “Most of the people we know smoke more than a gram or two. At the prices they are selling, there are no bulk discounts,” Rogucki said. Other data from Statistics Canada shows 40 per cent of Canadian cannabis users still buy from illegal sources. “We’re seeing a significant amount of cannabis products being shipped through the mail,” said deputy police chief Alan Murphy. However, Rogucki still calls legalization successful. “Society did not fail. Now we’re onto step two. We’ll see with concentrates and edibles and things like that, what’s going to happen,” he said. Rogucki also said he has seen attitudes shift in the year since legalization. “People used to look at you like, ‘You’re a pot smoker, You were someone who’s a little lower than everyone else,’” he said. “It’s nice to go to a hockey game and be out then go to a legal smoke area and smoke a joint then move on and have your day.” https://globalnews.ca/news/6046344/cannabis-stores-alberta-users-black-market/ Bongme
  21. Hi Cannabis entrepreneurs reflect on highs and lows a year after legalization Cannabis manufacturers and retail operators in Canada are celebrating the official one year anniversary of legalization by highlighting what they learned from joining and building a brand new industry. OTTAWA — Ottawa's cannabis retailers are looking back on the challenges faced over the last year, as they ventured into a brand new industry, creating something from virtually nothing. CEO of Fire and Flower Trevor Fencott said Thursday, on the official one-year mark since weed became legal in Canada, many business owners approached the industry with cautious optimism. "I think safety was an important factor, which it should be," Fencott said. "I think what we learned was that the world didn't stop. People kept going to their jobs, there wasn't this sort of cannabis apocalypse with stoned zombies running the streets. It was pretty much business as usual for the country." Fencott explained there were clear winner and loser provinces when it came to introducing legal cannabis. He highlighted Alberta as a clear winner with their plan to privatize the system, introducing around 300 stores. Ontario came out as a loser, in his opinion, because it's lottery system limited the amount of retail stores in the province. "I think the first lottery, for example, was probably a good idea because things were very limited, but I don't think the second lottery was ideal though, because supply simply isn't an issue anymore," Fencott said. "It's not a bad thing to have a failed experiment -- it's really what you take away from that." Ontario holds 40 per cent of the country's population and has 24 stores. The government is in the process of increasing that number to 75. Harrison Stoker, Operator of Hobo Cannabis in Ottawa said it has been interesting being a "pioneer" of the industry. "Nobody is the expert," Harrison said. "There is no one historical data. There's is no one you can really call and walk you through like a case study for example." The legal cannabis industry isn't expected to be as lucrative as originally expected for its first year, with experts estimating it to clear $1-billion in revenue for 2019. That's down from the $5-billion originally forecasted. https://www.sudbury.com/around-the-north/cannabis-entrepreneurs-reflect-on-highs-and-lows-a-year-after-legalization-1754782 Bongme
  22. Hi Pot during work hours? Here’s what Canadians are saying post-legalization Cannabis has had a smaller-than-expected impact on workplace performance nearly one year after recreational legalization, according to a new survey of Canadian workers. Payroll service firm ADP Canada commissioned an Ipsos survey that spoke to a sample of 1,160 working Canadians aged 18 and over. The results show most Canadian workers see cannabis having no impact at work in terms of health and safety incidents (75 per cent), productivity (74 per cent), absenteeism (71 per cent), or quality of work (70 per cent). “There was a lot of uncertainty and hype leading up to cannabis legalization last year. But so far, cannabis has not had a noticeable impact on the workplace or on workplace performance,” Hendrik Steenkamp, director of HR advisory at ADP Canada, said in a news release on Thursday. The results are a departure from opinions prior to Oct. 17, 2018, the day Canada became the first G7 nation to legalize recreational use. At the time, nearly half of working Canadians expected productivity (46 per cent) and quality of work (43 per cent) to decline, and said health and safety incidents (55 per cent) and absenteeism (40 per cent) would increase. Despite the less pronounced negative impacts, the vast majority of working Canadians surveyed (86 per cent) said their employer does not permit recreational cannabis use. Only a fraction (eight per cent) said cannabis use is allowed during the workday. These findings are in line with 2018 figures indicating six per cent of Canadians thought they would be allowed to use cannabis during work hours or before coming to work. According to the survey, the overwhelming majority of Canadians are keeping cannabis use and their professional lives separate. The survey found only a fraction of Canadians consume recreational cannabis before work (five per cent), during work hours (four per cent), and after work with colleagues (six per cent). Most Canadian workers said they are aware of their workplace’s stance on cannabis use, however, those in management were found to be slightly more familiar with policies (86 per cent versus 74 per cent). Regionally, cannabis workplace policy awareness was found to be highest in Atlantic Canada (72 per cent), and lowest in Quebec (56 per cent.) https://uk.news.yahoo.com/pot-during-work-hours-what-canadians-are-saying-110041690.html Bongme
  23. Hi There's a massive cannabis science and technology conference in Toronto today While business and policy developments in Canadian cannabis generally grab most of the headlines, some of the most innovative and unsung developments happen behind the scenes in regards to the science and technology used by the industry. To help celebrate and connect these members of the field together, Business of Cannabis has organized the Cannabis + Technology confrence, taking place this Friday. The one-day event will showcase tech innovation from across the cannabis sector, covering the complete cannabis supply chain from cultivation technology to patient and consumer-facing technological advances. “Canada’s approach to legalizing cannabis has opened the innovation floodgates for canna-tech,” said Jay Rosenthal, Co-founder and President, Business of Cannabis. “Cannabis + Technology will highlight the innovators and companies leading the charge.” Some of the speakers include Richard Carleton, CEO of the Canadian Securities Exchange, Karim Ramji, CIO of the Ontario Cannabis Store, and more. “Canada is already the global hub of cannabis finance,” said Richard Carleton, CEO, Canadian Securities Exchange. “We also have a unique opportunity to be the hub of technological innovation in the cannabis sector.” https://dailyhive.com/grow/cannabis-companies-impact Bongme
  24. hi 'Odourless' cannabis nearly ready for market, Canadian firm claims Cannabis connoisseurs looking to get high on the sly may have a new option—nearly “odourless” pot. CannabCo Pharmaceutical Corp., a Brampton, Ont.-based company awaiting a production licence from Health Canada, claims to have technology that virtually eliminates the tell-tale smells when cannabis is smoked and stored. “A number of users, and people that are around cannabis smokers, complain about the smell, especially in enclosed areas, condos and apartments, and this technology addresses those concerns,” CannabCo president and chief executive officer Mark Pellicane wrote in a news release on Tuesday. CannabCo said it has an agreement with an undisclosed provider to deploy the anti-odour technology, and plans to release a wide variety of products for the medical and recreational markets. The privately-held company is touting the pending release as a “global first.” CannabCo claims its PURECANN technology “greatly reduces” cannabis odour when flower is combusted, and makes the smell “virtually undetectable” when dry product is in storage. The technology is also said to reduce harshness when smoking, and lessens day-after effects. According to the news release, Health Canada has given CannabCo a Confirmation of Readiness notification, and the company is currently raising capital. They are also constructing a pilot facility in Brampton. CannabCo said the technology is fully compliant with GMP standards, a widely-accepted set of rules on handling, cleaning, quality assurance and packaging processes for manufacturing facilities and products. CannabCo said it will have exclusive rights to deploy the technology for use in its Canadian production upon receiving a licence from Health Canada, and has not ruled out potential processing agreements with other producers. "There are no third-party gadgets, or devices on the part of the user. The end result is pure cannabis that doesn't smell,” Pellicane added. “A woman can carry cannabis in her purse without having the odour concentrated or leaking out in her handbag.” https://uk.news.yahoo.com/odourless-cannabis-ready-for-market-141615624.html 92 Comments Bongme
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