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JADEO Health & Wellness 5 days ago / Toronto, Ontario


The BEST Of Cannabis Spring Break travel

West Coast Cannabis spring break travel

Spring break has long been associated with beaches, booze, and bikinis in iconic destinations like Daytona Beach or Cabo San Lucas. But, what if tacos and tequila are not your thing? With March destination travel in mind, the team at JADEO wanted to take a closer look at cannabis friendly places Canadians can travel to this time of year to get away. While the world is still a complicated maze of permissions around medical travelers, the cluster of recreational states from California to the Pacific Northwest makes us want to fly west and follow the sun. Below we explore a few special places to check out along the cannabis trail of the West Coast.

Vancouver Island

Toted as the “Hawaii of Canada, Vancouver Island is known for its milder winters and early springs, with daffodil and crocus sightings as early as January. An hour ferry ride from Vancouver, the heart of “the island” would arguably be the Cowichan, known for majestic forests, crystal clear lakes, slow food, it’s beautiful bay, and the home of the first female-focused cannabis magazine The Her(b) Life. We wanted to highlight this stunning region because there are more sunshine hours in the Cowichan than anywhere else in B.C. In fact, the Cowichan means land warmed by the sun in the Coast Salish First Nation language. This region of Vancouver Island has the country’s warmest mean year-round temperature and is said to be Canada’s only Mediterranean climatic zone.

Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island.
Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island.

Across the island - along the western coast, Tofino attracts surfers from around the globe and conjures up ideas of VW vans and adventurous nature lovers with it’s Canadian West Coast lifestyle. Tofino is a perfect place for outdoor exploration, ocean, and cozy lodges. In contrast, Victoria is a busy little city a few hours south, on the southernmost tip of the island. The capital of B.C. attracts millions of tourists a year, many from cruise ships heading to or from Alaska. A great place to visit on a west coast getaway, Victoria boasts a plethora of dispensaries in its downtown core where visitors can purchase flower and follow along a guide known as the “weed walk,” by Hotel Zed. This a cannabis-friendly motel just north of the downtown core and promotes getting high exploring Victoria. Want to trip-hop over to Washington state? Small hovercrafts and ferries leave Victoria’s downtown harbour almost hourly heading to its sister city, Seattle.

Southern California

While the entire state boasts attractive places to visit with dispensaries aplenty, we wanted to feature the sunniest part of the state for a winter getaway. With cannabis available recreationally across California, there is no need to get a medical license or bring it in from outside the state (remember it is illegal to fly outside of Canada with cannabis). Since Southern California spans from Santa Barbara to San Diego, there are hundreds of tourist attractions from Hollywood to Disneyworld to the San Diego Zoo. In recent years, places that are lesser known have been coming into greater popularity, like Ojai, a small city north of Los Angeles that offers travelers a quieter place to getaway to, attracting bohemian millennials with its art galleries and new age shops.

Malibu, California

Malibu, California

Then there are places like Malibu or Palm Springs which offer more upscale accommodations with local dispensaries making posh pot accessible to tourists. Various portfolios of products such as oils, tinctures, resins, consumables, and strains have entered into the marketplace to offer a wide range of selection to tourists as well as locals. With the current state of legalization creating harsh restrictions on huge categories of products available in Canada, this type of variation and availability in California makes for a huge draw for the canna-tourist.

Oregon

A much-loved region for viticulture and homegrown, Oregon has become known as a hot destination for cannabis travel since the state legalized in 2014. Home to dozens of dispensaries and Instagram famous brands like @ladiesofparadise, cannabis have helped to put Portland on the map for travelers looking for cannabis experiences. Also, home to our recent Women in Cannabis Wednesday, Savina Fierro, Portland has been breaking the stigma and trailblazing with destination travel designed around this new scene.

A few favourites include Portland’s Japanese Gardens, the inner city hiking trails of Mount Tabor, Living Room Theaters, the legendary Voodoo Donuts, Pittock Mansion and the Portland Saturday Market.

Porland, Oregon
Porland, Oregon

Want to book somewhere special? The Jupiter boutique hotel in Portland made our worldwide list of canna-getaways for offering the first ever cannabis-friendly package in Oregon. This optional add on to your stay includes a munchie kit, a vape pen, Dope Magazine swag, and coupons to nearby dispensaries to buy your own cannabis.

Hawaii

Hawaii and has made news as of recent for relaxing laws for medical cannabis patients visiting as tourists. While in Hawaii, patients can now pay a fee to be able to use their cannabis prescriptions to obtain the plant safely and legally for medical purposes.

This round up of beautiful and fun destinations is sure to guarantee you an amazing spring break!

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  • From Janelle Simone

    So cool to see how cannabis and tourism are becoming the perfect pair!

Janelle Simone Consumption & Accessories 5 days ago / Scarborough, Ontario

There are super exclusive cannabis-infused dinners curated and cooked by some of Canada's top chefs, happening in Toronto. Has anybody been? Is it worth it?

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  • From Brianne Campbell

    I saw some ads posted to Facebook and Instagram for this, so I filled out the application they linked to. I got a really informal text message from them a couple days later telling me to follow an instagram account. To me it seemed like a lot of steps to get an invite to a dinner party that might not even be legal yet.

    • From Janelle Simone

      Yea. It also can feel a little sketchy if you don't know who you're dealing with as well.

      • From Brianne Campbell

        Exactly! I'm really curious how many people went through all the steps!

JADEO 5 days ago / Toronto, Ontario

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Janelle Simone News, Finance and The Law 6 days ago / Scarborough, Ontario

We mentioned this expo in our article about the trend of incorporating cannabis into weddings and events. Really great to see events like this, hope this inspires people to do more. https://globalnews.ca/news/5064492/weed-weddings-calgary-cannabis-wedding-expo/

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Weed weddings: Calgary hosts Canada's first cannabis wedding expo

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Brides and grooms looking to add a little extra greenery to their nuptials had a chance to check out the newest trends at Calgary's first-ever cannabis wedding expo on Saturday. Since cannabis was legalized in Canada, wedding vendors say they've been inundated with couples wanting to highlight the plant throughout their special day.

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Janelle Simone Women's Health 1 week ago / Scarborough, Ontario

I found this article really interesting. As a mom who uses cannabis, I agree that there is far more judgment around that as a parent than the use of alcohol. Hoping to dispell the myth and show that moms can use cannabis and be responsible parents. https://www.babble.com/body-mind/private-world-mothers-smoke-weed-marijuana/

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Inside the Private World of Mothers Who Smoke Weed

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Editor's Note: This post is not intended as medical advice, and any opinions expressed in this post are the author's own. Always consult a medical professional or physician before treatment of any kind. A few months ago, I mentioned to someone that my husband and I were planning our son's upcoming birthday party at a local chocolate factory.

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Janelle Simone News, Finance and The Law 1 week ago / Scarborough, Ontario

This time next year it'll be interesting to see if the decline is a trend base on an increase in sales in December due to holiday festivities (similar to alcohol) and in January sales stabilize again. https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/sales-of-legal-dried-cannabis-declined-in-january-health-canada-1.1229016

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Sales of legal dried cannabis declined in January: Health Canada - BNN Bloomberg

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Canadian sales of legal dried cannabis in January declined from the prior month, the first such decrease since recreational use of marijuana was legalized last year, while inventory levels continued to rise, according to the country's pot regulator.

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  • From Brianne Campbell

    I wonder if this has anything to do with New Year's resolutioners too. Many people hit the gym or do a 'dry January'. I would think people would have similar resolutions around smoking dried flower

    • From Janelle Simone

      That's so true!

  • From 22

    People are sampling and also stocking. No different than spirits, wine and beer....

Janelle Simone Strains & Growing 1 week ago / Scarborough, Ontario

Tried some Sour Tangie earlier this week. It's a Sativa dominant strain and is a cross between East Coast Sour Diesel and Tangie. Sour Diesel strains are already a fave so went in knowing I'd probably like it. I honestly got a nice buzz pretty quick, but it was energizing and relaxing at the same (if that makes sense). It also has a nice citrusy flavour.

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Brianne Campbell 1 week ago / TORONTO, Ontario

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JADEO Women's Health 1 week ago / Toronto, Ontario


Women in Cannabis Wednesday: Edition 6 - Savina Fierro

This week JADEO caught up with Portland-based cannabis collage artist Savina Fierro (@savinamonet) and got to hear about how she found herself working in this creative niche within the industry.

When did you start working in collage?

Collage was something I started in 2015 while I worked as a receptionist. I did nothing all day... I did absolutely nothing. So, I decided to open up my office’s paint program. I downloaded Gimp, a free version of Photoshop and began cut and pasting and trying out themes. I also tried to do it at home, using paper.

What made you decide on the title “cannabis collage artist?”

It was kind of a title I was given. People would say “she’s a cannabis collage lady!” It was stifling at first, like I could never branch out, but I’ve embraced it.

Can you tell us how cannabis became a central theme in your art?

Cannabis has always been in my life, so it became obvious to throw it into my art. I love to make surreal landscapes, and I’d think woah, (I probably was high one day)... cannabis can be a big tree! I played with that in my collage, and started exploring. Cannabis, after all, is a flower, and a part of nature just as anything else; a tree, a bush. It works. People are familiar with the flower cannabis, but also familiar with the feeling. I try to evoke the feeling in my work.


When did you decide to turn it into a business?

It really has evolved - now I’m a collage artist, graphic designer, and creative director for the cannabis industry. It actually first started back in the Fall of 2016 because I was trying to create a cannabis design agency that would offer other services. I had a partner who saw my collages and thought it would be cool for our social media, back in November 2017. It was supposed to be a catered media company towards the cannabis market, but in January 2017 when the Cole Memo came out in the United States, it stated that anyone associated with cannabis industries are still breaking federal law and will be prosecuted. My partner was spooked enough to want to stop. After my partner decided not to continue, I said - ok this will be a one-woman show. Oregonians are so secure in our little bubble of cannabis legalization that we’re not as afraid of that anymore.

Have companies found you through Instagram?

Oh my goodness, I devote my career to Instagram! When I first started, I got a list of cannabis companies registered with the state - I would go down and call them and see if they needed anything. I didn’t get any clients that way. All of my current clientele has been through word of mouth: “hey I’ve seen this, or so and so told me.”

Tell us about some cool projects you’ve worked on.

I did a project with NuLeaf Portland, they are a capital raising company for people of colour here, looking to get into the cannabis industry. I mostly do commissions for brands, and that’s how I’ve seen my art transform into products for people’s companies. I try to incorporate part of the brand’s personality. You can tell it’s Savina, but it still keeps the essence of the brand.

Are there any other projects you’re particularly fond of?

Another one I’m proud of, which is channeling a different style, is a magazine called Mercatus that’s coming out in June. It started as a collective for entrepreneurs of colour in Portland, with an online directory where people could go for support. It’s grown so much they are putting out their first publication. And they are inclusive of people of colour working in the cannabis industry. That’ what I love about cannabis, it gives us that liberty we all love, in something people are passionate about.

How do you use cannabis in your self-care?

I don’t use cannabis as much as I think I would. I probably smoke a joint or take a dab in the morning, and then not again until the end of the day. I do consume daily because it helps me keep a baseline. I am super neurotic and I get too zoned in, so it helps me return to “normal.”

Have you been approached by any Canadian companies?

I did a commission for a cannabis distributor called The Cannabis Complex for your legalization day. I think that was the only one.

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JADEO News, Finance and The Law 1 week ago / Toronto, Ontario


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JADEO News, Finance and The Law 1 week ago / Toronto, Ontario


What's The Buzz? Edition 15: March 12th

Status Update on Ontario Retail Cannabis Stores

To date, only 3 of the 25 retailers have received their retail store authorization or their retail operator license from the province. The first three stores to receive the licenses are in St.Catharines, Brampton, and Toronto. JADEO will continue to include updates for readers as the countdown to April 1st ticks on and we eagerly await the news of when a retail shop may be opening near you.

Illegal Edibles Seized in Toronto

A major edibles bust happened in Toronto last week when police seized $1.7 million of edibles that look like candy. With roughly 80% of the cannabis sales in Canada still coming from black market products, we are bound to hear of more seizures of this size. Const. Andy Pattenden said in a telephone interview with CTVNews.ca that “the number one reason police are issuing this warning is these products are still illegal and number two is this is the first time we’re seeing products that appear to look so much like candy so of course children will be drawn to them,”

A York Regional Police spokesperson claimed that “this is the first time we’re seeing products that appear to look so much like candy.” With new edibles packaging regulations soon to come into place, black market products that don’t conform to the new rules will only stand out that much more.

Cannabis Promotional Sponsorship by Canopy and Halo Faces Scrutiny

LP giant Canopy Growth Corp. and extraction company Halo are facing investigation by Health Canada after the latter believes their sponsorship of a charity event for children may have violated sections of the Cannabis Act. Section 21 of the Act states that “It is prohibited to display, refer to or otherwise use any of the following, directly or indirectly in a promotion that is used in the sponsorship of a person, entity, event, activity or facility: a brand element of cannabis, of a cannabis accessory or of a service related to cannabis; the name of a person that produces, sells or distributes cannabis; sells or distributes a cannabis accessory” or “provides a service related to cannabis.” The companies are both still in review for this potential violation of the Cannabis Act.

Fire & Flower Announces Digital Marketing Partnership with Lift & Co

Cannabis retailer Fire & Flower and Toronto marijuana media company Lift & Co. announced an agreement to partner on digital marketing services. The firms said that Lift will feature Fire & Flower as a premium retailer on its platform in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, while Lift members will be eligible for exclusive promotions and an opportunity to earn points for contributing reviews of the retailer. The partnership takes effect on April 1.

48North Announces Licensing Agreement with Arbor Pacific

48North Cannabis has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with U.S.-based Arbor Pacific to brings its premium brand Avitas to Canadian consumers. Avitas, available in 500 stores in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, is one of the best-selling single strain vaporizer cartridges in the United States. This licensing agreement completes 48North’s vaporizer strategy, according to the company.

Whole Foods to get in on the Green Rush?

Cannabis sales have been climbing steadily in legal states across the U.S., attracting the interest of Whole Foods founder Steve Mackey, who says that once Texas legalizes weed, grocery stores will sell products too. Currently, cannabis dispensaries in the US outsell grocery giant Whole Foods with sales reaching $974/ square foot, while Whole Foods sales are at $930/square foot. The idea that Whole Food could eventually start selling cannabis products could put them at part or exceed their dispensary competitors, making the prospect somewhat painful for the cannabis industry as a whole. The grocery chain, which is owned by Amazon, could easily swoop in and provide customers with more trust and convenience than traditional dispensaries.

“If cannabis is ever passed in Texas, chances are good that grocery stores will be selling that too,” Mackey recently told a crowd during a Texas Tribune event. “You just never know what happens over time with markets. They change and evolve.” Whole Foods hired a trend-spotter following its 2017 acquisition by Amazon, who predicted that hemp and other products of the “cannabis biz” would be a region with large growth potential for the grocery chain. That prediction is looking more and more accurate as the FDA takes action toward creating a regulatory framework for hemp-based products including CBD oils, foods, nutraceuticals, tinctures and more.

Facebook Inconsistent about Enforcement of Cannabis Ads

Facebook has continued its spree of uneven treatment of cannabis organizations, even for those who are technically compliant with its policies regarding cannabis ads. Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM), a Canadian non-profit campaigning for the elimination of taxes on medical cannabis, had its Facebook account shut down while trying to reach potential voters on social media. Facebook does not allow marketing for anything that promotes the sale or use of cannabis. Under those guidelines, however, ads for a specific issue such as tax law changes should be allowed. Facebook told Global News that the ad account was disabled in error and will be reinstated. Earlier this year, Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM) was ramping up well know “Don’t Tax Medicine;” a campaign to eliminate taxes on medical cannabis, which included robust social media. See https://donttaxmedicine.ca/

Hawaii Introduces ‘Visiting Patient” Cannabis Program

The Hawaii Department of Health has announced a new program where visiting patients can use their out-of-state medical cannabis cards to access medical cannabis while in Hawaii.

The city of Los Angeles turning off the lights of Illegal Cannabis Shops

A Los Angeles City Council committee advanced a proposed ordinance to shut off water and power at unlicensed marijuana ships, another attempt to crack down on LA’s still-thriving illicit cannabis market. If the measure becomes law, the new ordinance would empower the city’s Department of Water and Power to disconnect both electricity and water utilities at locations that have been identified as unlicensed MJ shops by both the LA Department of Cannabis Regulation and either the police department or another city agency.

The Wait Lengthens for Legal Rec in New York State

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will likely take longer than expected to iron out the details of recreational marijuana legalization. He says hopes are fading for legalization to be included in the state budget due on April 1, but he is hoping for movement on the issue in June before lawmakers adjourn. If not, New Yorkers would have to wait to legally smoke pot until at least next year.

The First Medical Cannabis Clinic Opened in the UK

Britain’s first medical cannabis clinic opened in Manchester this week despite only just four patients have successfully obtained cannabis-based treatments since their use was legalized in the country late last year. The private clinic in Manchester will deal with patients suffering from chronic pain conditions, neurological conditions such as epilepsy, and psychiatric problems including depression and anxiety.

Aurora Cannabis extends its reach in Germany

Aurora is adding to its products on offer in Germany, announcing it will begin selling cannabis oil drops in the country’s pharmacies. The Edmonton-based cannabis producer first started supplying the German market with dried flowers through its Aurora Deutschland unit in 2015 and added to that product lineup with Canadian-grown marijuana in 2017. Aurora says it helps to give it an early-mover advantage in Germany, as many producers have been eyeing Europe for growth.

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  • From Janelle Simone

    The ordinance to turn off utilities on known illegal dispensaries in Los Angeles is a great idea. If landlords won't aid the police. This another great way to make running an illegal business hard for them.