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JADEO Education, Training and Events 3 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


Breaking the stigma: Medical Cannabis at work

Managing pain safely and legally on the job

The prohibition of cannabis over the decades has led to the development of many negative stereotypes associated with the use of the plant. Fortunately, cannabis and opinions surrounding it have evolved. It is now used to safely and effectively manage the symptoms of a number of medical conditions. There is substantial evidence that suggests cannabis is successful in the treatment of chronic pain, depression, anxiety and a number of other conditions in adults.

The medical use of cannabis should be treated in the same manner as other pharmaceutical drugs within the workplace. It is not correct to assume that the use of medical cannabis will impair an employee’s ability to do the essential duties of their job, especially when considering the fact that not all forms of cannabis will get you “high”. The cannabis plant has over 100 cannabinoids. Two of the most studied cannabinoids and ones heard about most commonly, are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC contains psychoactive components which can get you “high”, while CBD doesn’t. We need to stop conflating recreational cannabis with medical cannabis. The fact is “medical cannabis patients are not looking to get high, they are looking to get well.” said Dr.Peter Blecher, Chief Medical Officer of Starseed.

The number of medical cannabis users in Canada continues to increase year over year. Health Canada projects that by 2024, there will be over 450,000 medical cannabis patients. So why limit your access to alternative forms of medical treatment by buying into incorrect, old-school stereotypes? There are ways that you can safely and legally obtain cannabis for your medical use on the job.

Consult a medical professional to get a prescription, and create a treatment plan

Considering medical cannabis as an alternate form of treatment for your chronic pain? Always consult a medical professional. It is important to note the difference in being under a medical professional’s care using medical cannabis and attempting to self-medicate using recreational cannabis.

There are many variables that can affect the way that your body reacts to cannabis such as the strain or dose prescribed. It is important to consult a medical professional to figure out the right strain and the right dose and with this, create a treatment plan that meets your needs.

Cannabis clinics are an alternative to a doctor when seeking medical cannabis. These clinics assess your medical needs, assist you in obtaining a prescription and create a treatment plan that is suitable for you. One such clinic is North Star Wellness with in-person or telemedicine appointment options.

Purchase your cannabis from a licensed producer

You may be tempted to purchase your cannabis from your friendly neighborhood dealer. This is illegal and not in your best medical interest. Cannabis produced by licensed producers such as Starseed Medicinal Inc. has strict quality control. Licensed producers have strict quality assurances in place to ensure every product that leaves the facility upholds Health Canada’s standards. This is not something you will get from the illicit market.

What is your employer's policy on medical cannabis at work?

It is important to be aware of your employer's stance on cannabis. With the legalization of recreational cannabis, many workplaces have put policies into place that outline cannabis use at work and distinguish between medical and recreational cannabis use. Be sure you’re clear on your employer's policy so you can work within the guidelines. If your employer does not have a policy, follow the strict instructions of care provided by your medical professional. Pay close attention to how cannabis affects your job performance and discuss openly and honestly with your assigned medical professional whether an adjustment is required in your treatment plan.

Alternatively, you can speak with your human resources department to create a new and fair policy for medicinal cannabis use. As a starting point, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has identified key elements for a policy that includes: roles and responsibilities; rules, policy violations, and consequences; procedure and prevention; and confidentiality and privacy.

Medical Cannabis is a prescription and should be treated like any other prescription.

Not covered under your works insurance plan? You have options! You can discuss the inclusion of cannabis under your current plan with your human resources department/workers' union, or suggest a more inclusive plan for the future.

To further simplify this process, Starseed Medicinal Inc. has helped plan sponsors develop responsible and customized plan options.

Don’t let incorrect information and negative stereotypes prevent you from getting access to the information, and/or treatment that could potentially provide you with a better quality of life. Download the “Medical Cannabis In The Workplace” guide to learn more about your options.

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Sources:

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, “Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis”. 2nd edition, January/February 2018
Ubelacker, S. May 11, 2018. “Doctors divided over new medical-marijuana laws,” The Globe and Mail

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Great to see that a framework is being developed for employees who require the use of medical cannabis at work. It should be treated like any other prescription, and its good to see that society is progressing.

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    Excellent and easy to understand info... tx

JADEO Education, Training and Events 3 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Buzz: Edition 8- Jan 22

Ontario Cities Opt in to legal retail

Many JADEO readers may recall that cities across Ontario had until today, Jan. 22, to make a call as to whether they would opt in or out of the province’s plan for private retail dispensaries. Municipalities like Mississauga famously opted out of legal retail cannabis shops early on, while other cities took longer to reach a decision. Press reported that Kitchener, Waterloo and Hamilton councils all voted this week to opt into the province’s plan for storefronts within the cities’ borders.

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger told reporters he believes the city ultimately ended up in the right place, and “will be part of an industry that is growing and is going to happen either legally or illegally.” He stated that he much prefers “to be on the legal side of the issue.”

A Saskatoon woman is suing the province for medicinal cannabis coverage

A Saskatoon woman who uses medicinal cannabis to treat Crohn's Disease and other illnesses, is asking a court to compel the province to subsidize the cost of her cannabis oil. “Unfortunately my disability check doesn’t allow for medical cannabis” she says in a video interview. This raises an issue that affects millions of Canadians living with health related disabilities who require medications but live on a very tight fixed income afforded by the government.

Her main arguments involve the inability for pharmaceutical medications to help her debilitating symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease that she was diagnosed with in 2004. After trying over 30 prescription drugs, she found that cannabis has been the only medication that has given her relief. Ultimately, medicinal cannabis keeps her out of the hospital, Yashcheshen said in an interview. “It’s a lifesaver in a syringe, but it seems so simple; but to some people it seems so complex. But it’s oil.”

Canopy Rivers Announces Partnership with Greenhouse Juice Company

Last week Toronto based Greenhouse Juice Company announced its partnership with Canopy Rivers, is a unique investment and operating platform by Canopy Growth Corporation, structured to pursue opportunities in the emerging global cannabis sector.

Greenhouse has expanded from a single retail outlet to an omnichannel business with 15 corporate-owned retail stores, an e-commerce delivery service, and a growing network of distribution partners with hundreds of retail locations, including both big box and specialty boutiques.

This recently announced collaboration looks like it will be taking the "Green Rush" to new, bioavailable, alkalizing, optimally digestive heights. Contrary to what many assume to be the forthcoming ingredient in Greenhouse’s collaborative juices, it’s in fact not the juice from fresh marijuana leaves that they’re after. Narbe Alexandrian, VP Business Development at Canopy Rivers explains: “We believe CBD is poised to become a major ingredient within consumer packaged goods wellness products. Over five years, Greenhouse has built a successful, well-recognized beverage brand and a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility capable of producing a wide range of products.

Anthony Green, CEO of Greenhouse elaborated: “As a plant-based health and wellness brand, Greenhouse is excited to continue our mission by expanding across Canada and extending into CBD-based beverages. CBD shows evidence-based potential as a potent, non-psychoactive wellness ingredient and Greenhouse is uniquely positioned to be a trusted leader in this new space. We’re very excited to partner with Canopy Rivers, a global player in cannabis innovation, to introduce our brand to a growing audience and unlock the wellness potential of CBD-based beverages.”

Public Panic That It’s Not Organic!

The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia certified a proposed class action lawsuit against Canadian LP Organigram after a plaintiff accused the cannabis producer of using certain pesticides that were not registered for use on its products. Organigram recalled its medical marijuana products twice in 2016 and 2017 after finding abnormal results from its pesticide testing. The Canadian Press reports that Organigram said it is reviewing the court's decision to determine whether it will appeal, and it intends to vigorously defend itself against the class action.

US News

The Governor of Rhode Island is making moves to get Rhode Island competitive with their Massachusetts neighbour when it comes to adult use recreational cannabis.

Big headlines this week for the State of Florida, which until now has only legalized medical marijuana as an oil. Last week news broke that the state is going to legalize flower.


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  • From Janelle Simone

    So sad that provincial assistance doesn't account for medical patients in Saskatoon. Hopefully, that changes soon.

  • From Brianne Campbell

    Greenhouse Juice and Canopy?! Now THAT is an exciting partnership! Can't wait to see what they come up with in the CBD-based beverage world

    • From Connor Christine

      I’m super excited about this too!

JADEO Education, Training and Events 3 months ago / Toronto, Ontario

Many cannabis consumers say that certain strains increase their creativity and focus. What strain does this for you (if any)?

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Blue dream, is a dream! I found this strain gave me laser-sharp focus as I had never experienced before which in turn definitely improved my ability to be creative.

    • From Connor Christine

      I couldn't agree more with you, Janelle. Blue dream is definitely a JADEO go to!

    • From Brianne Campbell

      Ooh I like blue dream too :)

  • From Lindsay Le Blanc

    I love blueberry! One of the parent strains in blue dream;)

    • From Janelle Simone

      I keep hearing good things about blueberry. I definitely got to try it soon!

  • From Romes_416

    Pink Kush

JADEO Education, Training and Events 3 months ago / Toronto, Ontario

Interested in an education in Cannabis? Here are some of the educational courses available in North America. https://www.thegrowthop.com/cannabis-news/heres-every-cannabis-college-course-you-can-take-in-u-s-and-canada

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Here's every cannabis college course you can take in U.S. and Canada

The GrowthOp

Want a job in cannabis? Start with these education opportunities It turns out if you're interested in starting a career in the cannabis industry after graduation, you can jump on a path at many schools that'll help you land a suitable position in the industry while giving you valuable experience.

https://www.thegrowthop.com/cannabis-news/heres-every-c...

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  • From Brianne Campbell

    Great list! It's great to see so many Canadian colleges and universities preparing students for careers in cannabis.

  • From Kenneth Joaquin

    This is amazing, a lot of people don’t realize the growth in the cannabis industry as well as it’s huge economic advantage!

    • From Burge

      Well said...the upside is HUGE!

  • From Lindsay Le Blanc

    Cool!

JADEO Education, Training and Events 3 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Buzz: Lift & Co Conference Edition- Jan 15

While the temperature dipped well below freezing in Toronto, our editor chased the west coast sunshine to Vancouver this past weekend for a packed 3-day Lift + Co expo. She laughed: "I got lucky with the weather but overall it was a great opportunity to take in the who’s who of the Canadian cannabis scene and report back to our JADEO members who couldn’t make the show."

Here’s her recap:

Boasting over 20-panel discussions and some 200+ vendor booths spread across the Vancouver convention center, 3 days was just enough time to take it all in. As the first large Canadian convention since cannabis legalization, it afforded guests the opportunity to get an intimate sense of legal companies in the space from across the country and other parts of the world.

The show was a dizzying playground of cannabis companies to take in, with a new panel discussion every hour to compete with one's time discovering the show floor. Upon entrance guests were immediately confronted by high profile brands using an array of tactics to attract them for a longer look; from free scoops of ice cream to comfortable chairs to lounge in, to free pineapple decal grinders, there were many new faces and brands poised to make a lasting impression.

These were a few of the highlights:

Alberta’s Fire + Flower stopped visitors at the door with an invitation to suss out their wall of “LP agnostic” flower strains. Each hexagonal card was named after a strain they offered in their Alberta dispensaries with the name of the parent LP, price, terpene profile, and THC / CBD content.

Major LP's

Canntrust’s booth impressed guests with 3D strain prints on iPads and VR goggles that offered up a virtual grow-op tour. By putting on the goggles, guests entered a virtual tour of their Niagara based greenhouse - which coincidentally made headlines on Bloomberg news this week. Complaints stirred by local residents are raising an issue with the LP’s expansion plans due to its wafting terpene profile filling the air in the adjacent town of Pelham. Read the full story on Bloomberg News.

Aurora Hosted a stage where the public was entertained with programming that ranged from X to a joint rolling competition. Just after Lift + Co Aurora made the news for its pending acquisition deal of Whistler Medical for $175 million US. The 2nd largest global cannabis brand parents 16 companies worldwide.

Another well known LP, Cronos, surprised the crowds with a new brand concept for the rec market called Spinach. That’s right: plastered with the slogan “farm to bowl,” the installation could not go unnoticed, with its seeming adult playground of gak green bean bag chairs and 4.20 dollar bills blasting in an air machine. Brand launches like Spinach’s display the largely uncertain territory about consumer adoption and staying power in the new legal space.

Hexo places great emphasis on their “smoke free revolution,” which introduces the concept of microdosing oil, through products such as their sublingual spray. Presentations around the popularity we see in the US legal states around vaping begged questions of forthcoming vaping regulations and the safety of consuming cannabis in this new popular way.

San Rafael boasted a smaller, more intimate set up with nostalgic branding and a retro living room style setup which wooed guests to take a pause and get to know them.

Delivery Now Available?

GTA based Pineapple Express gave away free pineapple grinders and pipes in exchange for email addresses, bringing awareness to their delivery service for medical marijuana patients.

Edibles

Edibles were not yet introduced at this event but companies cleverly positioned products to align them with items that conjure up the sense of what’s to come. BC-based LP Indiva gave away non-THC chocolates, while another auxiliary company showcased DIY gummy mixes. On the Aurora Demo Stage, Chef Cody Lindsay of The Wellness Soldier demonstrated basics of making your own edibles and how to get comfortable with calculating THC conversions.

Tech

One of the show’s innovative tech highlights was a small, compact machine that can determine the THC + CBD levels in a bud of flower from BioFloral. Visitors watched in amazement as their Bluetooth operated machine performed strain testing in the vein of the easy-bake oven. The team, who had flown 18 hours from Israel to be at the expo, explained that the size of the show gave guests an intimate acquaintance to their business than the MJ Biz Con in Vegas last fall, where over 1100 vendors filled a massive conference center. By contrast, Lift + Co was a nice steady flow of guests but not an overcrowded bazaar. A few beautiful January days for the west coast may be to blame for a quieter than expected consumer turnout after a packed house on Friday’s industry-only day, but after selling 5 of their machines at a $5,000 price point on Saturday alone, the team had no complaints about the turn-out.

Accessories

There were a plethora of auxiliary companies who service cannabis industry brands. Whether it be for lights, fertilizers or rolling paper manufacturing, we are starting to see a time where innovation is solving many of the pain points of the legacy industry which is the new buzzword for businesses who were around long before the advent of legalization.

Distributors who supply dispensaries with vape products like PAX or Kandy pens made their mark with booths that drew you in and allowed you to ask any questions that may arise about smoke free options. Learning the difference between the array of devices available on the market allowed consumers to have fun shopping at the show, even though flower or oils were not available for purchase.

Start-ups

At the Lift x Leaf Forward Pitch Competition, four cannabis startups were given the opportunity to present a five-minute pitch to a panel of expert judges. Blade Filters Inc. from Markham, Ont. took home the top prize for their sleek elevator pitch selling their carbon filters with replaceable cartridges.

The After parties

If you wondered if the Lift + Co after parties were ‘lit,’ the answer is yes!

B.C. Based Choom, known for its iconic hang loose fist raise, hosted an after party with secret guest Jurassic 5. A sea of west coasters with wide brimmed hats filled the scene, as fans sang out classic tracks with rosey choom-lit glow.

Tokyo Smoke also hosted an unadvertised after party in Vancouver’s Chinatown, with a secret password to get on the invite list.

Concurrent Events

There were also several events planned concurrently in Vancouver during the Lift Expo, such as Van der Pop’s Women & Weed panel-style brunch summit at the Museum of Vancouver. The served up thought-provoking cannabis conversations with the foremost women in the industry along with a build-your-own mimosa bar, nail art bar, and immersive art installations.

Lifford Cannabis Solutions hosted a secret session on Sunday to close down the Lift & Co. Expo called “Lift Après.” The exclusive event featured Token Bitters infused tea cocktails and mocktails by Lifford BC, featuring premium accessories paired with sun-grown unique cultivars from Weedmd.

What’s the Buzz on Twitter post-Lift Expo?

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Mark your Calendar

Had major Lift + Co fomo? The next expo takes place in Toronto in from June 6-9. See you there!

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Wish I was there! Looking forward to the conference in Toronto this summer.

  • From Natasha Fierce

    Same here!

  • From Shahz

    Seems like a great event!

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JADEO Education, Training and Events 3 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


What's The Buzz? Edition 6: Jan 8

Rolling into the new year like…

Canna-curious named Word of the Year

If you recall one of JADEO’s most popular holiday gift guides last season was thoughtfully curated for the canna-curious. That’s right: a quick Google search returns tens of thousands of mentions of the new buzzword. The word is so buzzworthy in fact that Civilized, an online lifestyle magazine with an emphasis on cannabis culture, named it “word of the year”: “Canna-curious is a word that truly captures the spirit of the year,” says Derek Riedle, Civilized’s publisher. “As legalization takes hold, the doors have opened up to a whole new tribe of people who are making their own decisions based on facts, not fiction. They’re smart, sophisticated and doing their research because they want to do it right. That kind of informed curiosity is what’s driving the market right now. Culture and conversations evolve rapidly, and the canna-curious are leading the pack.”

Ontario Lottery has the industry abuzz

Months after saying it would not cap the number of licenses for retail pot shops after cannabis was legalized, the PC government reversed course in December, saying it will now only be able to issue 25 licenses by April. Toronto will only get five of the 25 licences for storefronts, according to the province, with the lottery happening on January 11.

The lottery system has shaken the hopes of many and spawned a flood of responses for entrepreneurs wanting to run their own dispensary. In an interview with the CBC, Abi Roach, who has operated her cannabis lounge in Toronto's Kensington Market for nearly 20 years expressed her view: "The reality is, now every Tom, Dick, and Harry can throw $75 and their name in a ring — and there are people ready and preparing for the process for a very long time, and now we're on the same par."

The lottery opened January 7th and will be taking applications until noon on Wednesday, January 9th. The draw for the licenses will take place on Friday, January 11th, with the results expected to be announced within 24 hours. There is a $75 fee to submit an expression of interest and those selected through the lottery will have five business days to turn in their application along with a $6,000 non-refundable fee and a $50,000 letter of credit.

Toronto Black Market Storefronts still in Operation

CBC just published a report covering how more than a dozen illegal cannabis stores still operating in Toronto, but closing them would require a 'complex process.' The last publicized crackdown from bylaw officers and police happened on October 19, since then a reported 12 illegal dispensaries remain in operation in downtown Toronto.

City of Toronto Councillor Jim Karygiannis said the city is simply in a "tough position" thanks to the change in approach to legalization between the prior Liberal and current PC provincial governments. The Liberals had planned to open 40 government-run retail cannabis shops by the summer of 2018, with the network of stores to expand to 150 by 2020. That small number of licenses won't meet the user demand, said Karygiannis, who also backs shutting down the remaining illegal storefronts.

At present, many Torontonians are appreciating the convenience and don’t want to see the dispensaries close. "We're going to miss having this kind of place," said Francisco Franv, a regular customer of CAFE, a cannabis cafe near Harbord Street and Spadina Avenue.

Vancouver’s first Licensed Cannabis Stores just Opened

Almost three months after recreational pot was legalized in Canada, two legal cannabis stores have finally opened up in Vancouver. Although it was widely reported that Kitsilano’s Evergreen Cannabis store would be the first legal pot shop to open in Vancouver, City Cannabis Co.‘s Fraser Street location reportedly opened on Friday night, ahead of Evergreen Cannabis Society’s planned Saturday opening.

As of Jan. 4, the B.C. government says it has received 102 paid applications for cannabis licenses in Greater Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast. Of those, three licenses have been issued.

Big Beverage Companies are joining forces with LPs

Just before Christmas, Tilray, based on Vancouver Island, announced a research partnership with Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev into non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages. Each company will invest up to $50 million in the partnership, which is limited to Canada.

“Labatt is committed to staying ahead of emerging consumer trends. We intend to develop a deeper understanding of non-alcohol beverages containing THC and CBD that will guide future decisions about potential commercial opportunities,” said Kyle Norrington, President, Labatt Breweries of Canada, in a press release.
Tilray and AB InBev had been in talks for a year, making the deal potentially one of the best-kept secrets in the rumour-saturated marijuana industry, CEO Brendan Kennedy said in a phone interview with Bloomberg News. Unlike the Constellation and Altria deals, both of which include the option to take majority control in the future, Tilray wanted to remain independent, said Chief Executive Officer Brendan Kennedy. “We want to control our own destiny,” he said. “We haven’t sold our company to anyone, we’re not looking to get bought or acquired. The one core focus will be creating beverages that we think will delight consumers,” Kennedy said.

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    Great update!

James Education, Training and Events 3 months ago / Hamilton, Ontario

https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2018/12/22/Study-Teen-smoking-rates-dropped-after-Washington-legalized-marijuana/1661545500114/

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Study: Teen smoking rates dropped after Washington legalized marijuana

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SATURDAY, Dec. 22, 2018 -- Contrary to predictions, teen marijuana use declined in Washington state after recreational pot was legalized in 2012, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from the Washington Healthy Youth Surveys of 2010-2012 and 2014-2016. They found that marijuana use among eighth-graders fell from almost 10 percent to just over 7 percent.

https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2018/12/22/Study-Teen-s...

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    Very interesting!

Lindsay Le Blanc Consumption & Accessories 4 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


Hospitality Sessions: The Cocktail Whisperer: Wed. Dec. 19th

Excited for this special event taking place in Toronto tomorrow evening.

The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) - Ontario in partnership with Lifford Cannabis Solutions invites the hospitality community to join them for this monthly event series. Cannabis Cocktails will take place at Lifford Wine & Spirits (471 Jarvis Street, Toronto) on the Dec.19th to explore about how cannabis will impact the hospitality industry.

$20 for CAPS Members

$35 for non-members

Join the event here

HOSPITALITY SESSIONS: CANNABIS COCKTAILS DECEMBER 19TH

Warren Bobrow, the Cocktail Whisperer, is the 6x Author of Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today, Whiskey Cocktails: Rediscovered Classics and Contemporary Craft Drinks, Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails: Restorative Vintage Cocktails, Mocktails & Elixirs, Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks & Buzz-Worthy Libations and his celebrated, 2017 release, The Craft Cocktail Compendium. Bobrow presented at the 2018 SXSW on Disrupting the Cannabis Kitchen and Cannabis Cocktails. He was the Mercedes-Benz Me Conference Mystery Speaker on Wellness, also at SXSW 2018.

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JADEO Education, Training and Events 4 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


What's The Buzz? Edition 5: Dec 18

Canada’s Cannabis Shortage Making More Headlines

In a year-end interview with The Canadian Press last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blamed “pockets of resistance to the legalization of marijuana” for a cannabis supply shortage that has slowed the dissemination of legal weed in parts of Canada. The shortages have been most pronounced in Ontario, “forcing the province to limit the number of licensed pot dispensaries that will be opened in the spring.”

Trudeau called the supply shortage the biggest challenge associated with the legalization of cannabis. "It's going to take a little time to adjust but we're on the right track,"Trudeau added.

Dismal News for Ontario Potpreneurs

Last week the AGCO announced that Ontario is going to take a phased approach to cannabis retail licensing due to a national supply shortage from Licensed Producers. Cannabis entrepreneurs across the province have been are more than a little shocked and discouraged by the news. Only 25 licenses will be issued to private retailers by Apr. 1 during the "initial phase," with a lottery system to determine which owners are eligible. With the dramatically limited number of licenses said to be handed out through a lottery system, some entrepreneurs who had their ‘ducks in a row’ are afraid all their efforts have been wasted.

Koby Smutylo told CBC news that he leased 2 stores in Ottawa before government's 25 licenses cap. "It's amazing how much work went into each application, and here we are ready and … the government decides that the rules are completely different," he said. "We don't believe that's very fair."

Tommy Chong Chimes in 🔔

Famous Edmonton born cannabis enthusiast and Comedian Tommy Chong was in Toronto last week to film a cameo as himself in CBC TV’s “Air Farce New Year’s Eve,” which premieres Dec. 31. He shared with the Associated Press that he thinks Canada's weed legalization has kept 'underground market alive.' The Canadian living in Los Angeles expressed his mixed feelings: “I love that it’s Canada that was first (to do it before the U.S.). See, God has a sense of humour: he gave us Trump and he legalized weed at the same time,” he said, sitting on a couch in his dressing room wearing a Cheech and Chong T-shirt emblazoned with a marijuana leaf. Still, Chong feels Canada hasn’t approached recreational cannabis legalization in the right way.

“Absolutely not, but that’s the Canadian way,” said the 80-year-old. “Like when they legalized alcohol, the government took control of the monopoly and you could only buy booze from the government, and the government is trying to do the same thing with pot.

“They want to make it so that they’re the only supplier and it’s not going to work that way. So what Canada has done now, legally, they’ve kept the underground market alive and vibrant, because people still go to their dealer to get the best weed and the quickest weed.”

Dispensary Applications now Open?

Despite the discouraging number of licenses available, the AGCO was said to begin accepting applications on December 17 for private retailing of cannabis in Ontario, which will begin on April 1, 2019.

Major News for Vancouver Dispensaries

The B.C. Supreme Court has ordered dozens of illegal marijuana shops in Vancouver to cease operations last week but the enforcement timeline remains unclear says CBS news. Princess of Pot, Jodie Emery has been very outspoken on her twitter feed, pulling up old posts that speak out against the legalization process Canada is implementing. Today she shared how she “ just sent #Vancouver City Council & Mayor @kennedystewart scientific evidence that Dispensaries Save Lives in the #OpioidCrisis — and dispensary closures kill.”

Jeremiah Vandermeer, CEO of Vancouver dispensary chain Cannabis Culture, says the city regulations provide no path to legalization for businesses like his. “They’re threatening immediate enforcement against the medical marijuana dispensaries who are serving a vital purpose in town, and it’s right before Christmas.”

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart says dispensaries operating without a license have had plenty of time to adjust to current regulations, and should “get with the program.” “It’s not like these bylaws were sprung on people,” he said. “They’ve known for quite some time, for many months, that this is what is coming.”

“The truth, quite frankly, is the dispensaries do not have a path to (become) legal stores, because the city has not let them,” Vandermeer said.

Montreal creates police task force to crack down on illegal cannabis

In Quebec, only the province’s Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) is authorized to sell recreational marijuana since it became legal across Canada on Oct. 17. With the black market still strong, a new the Montreal police task force will be added, consisting of 26 police officers and two administrative staff, Global News Reported.

Cannabis legalization voted Canadian Press' Business Story of the Year

Canada's trailblazing move to legalize cannabis for recreational use, which sparked an entirely new industry and had wide-ranging implications for nearly every facet of society, has been voted The Canadian Press Business News Story of the Year. In an annual poll of the country's newsrooms conducted by The Canadian Press, business editors and reporters across the country chose cannabis legalization in a landslide, with 60 percent of the votes cast.

Andrew Meeson, deputy business editor at the Toronto Star explained why: “It’s hard to think of an area in Canada that hasn’t been shaken up: not just commerce, but also policing, health care, justice politics. Even culture” he said. “If that doesn’t make it the business story of the year, I don’t know what would.”

Female-focused LP first to offer clones in Canada

Natural MedCo’s Eve, toted as “Canada’s premier cannabis brand for all women” was featured in the Marijuana Business News Daily last week as “the first company in Canada to offer marijuana clones for sale to legal recreational consumers, achieving a first-mover advantage for an untapped and underserved consumer segment.”

Cannabis on the Wishlist

‘Tis the year for the gift of cannabis, a recent survey by Lift & Co. discovered, after learning that nearly 3 million Canadians plan to give the gift of cannabis this holiday season. People living in Manitoba and Alberta were the most likely to give weed while people in Quebec were the least likely. Millennials (aged 18 to 34) are the likeliest generation to gift cannabis at 20 percent, which is twice the number of all other generations combined.


Legal Rec is coming to New York State

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Monday that he would push to legalize recreational marijuana next year, a move that could generate more than $1.7 billion in sales annually and put New York in line with several neighbouring states.

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Lindsay Le Blanc Education, Training and Events 4 months ago / Toronto, Ontario

Anyone remember Ricki Lake? She is now a leading lady in cannabis! Her new documentary WEED THE PEOPLE is having a virtual screening on Sunday night. Grab your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-screening-weed-the-people-tickets-53454685403

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Oooooh. I used to love Ricki Lake back in the day, will definitely check this out.

Connor Christine Education, Training and Events 4 months ago / Hamilton, Ontario

Check out this great article I just came across. As mentioned at the end of this article, "With great power comes great responsibility" and it is so true in this circumstance.. What do you think? https://thecannabiscomplex.com/cannabis-and-the-kids/

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Cannabis And The Kids

The Cannabis Complex

Tobacco, alcohol and firearms are heavily regulated to ensure that children aren't unnecessarily exposed to danger. For all the anger about how restrictive some of the government legislation regulating cannabis has been, it's got to be understood in that context.

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JADEO Education, Training and Events 4 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


What's The Buzz? Edition 4: Dec 11

Quebec Moves to Raise Legal Age to Consume Cannabis to 21

The Quebec government tabled legislation Wednesday that would impose the strictest cannabis controls in the country, raising the legal age to 21. Bill 2 would also prohibit cannabis consumption in all public places, including parks and streets. “There’s 31 per cent of 18 to 24’s who are smoking it right now,” said André Fortin, an MNA with the Quebec Liberals.“We want to make sure that if they do make the unfortunate choice to smoke it that they have access to a product with a lower THC content, that they can talk to someone at the SQDC before consuming the product.”

A new Era Begins for Walk-in Clinics in Ontario

Two new walk-in clinics in Barrie will now prescribe medicinal cannabis.

3 doctors will staff the clinics and will prescribe medical cannabis as well as other medications.

Shoppers to provide medical pot through its website

Canada’s biggest retailer now provides medical cannabis. Although it’s been known for months, Loblaw Co. Ltd.’s Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy has been granted a licence to sell medical marijuana online. The licence was awarded on Friday when Health Canada's list of authorized cannabis sellers and producers was updated to reflect that the pharmacy can sell dried and fresh cannabis. The company was granted a medical marijuana producer licence in September, after initially applying in October 2016.

Toronto mayor wants more distance between schools and pot stores

As Ontario mulls the launch of legal cannabis retail stores next year, the mayor of its biggest city wants the province to cede more power on where the pot shops should be located. Toronto Mayor John Tory said he wants more distance to be placed between schools and retailers selling legal cannabis. According to Ontario’s guidelines, pot shops should be placed 150 metres away from schools and bar entry to anyone under 19 years old. Brick-and-mortar cannabis retail stores are expected to open across Ontario on April 1, 2019.

Aurora Cannabis to acquire Mexican company following partnership deal

Farmacias recently became Mexico’s first federally licensed importer of raw materials containing THC. With a reach of roughly 80,000 retail points and 500 pharmacies and hospitals across Mexico, the deal with Farmacias gives the Canadian company a first-mover advantage in the world’s biggest market for legal medical cannabis as well as a base to expand the Canadian company’s regional strategy in Central and South America. Aurora will provide Farmacias with “derivative” cannabis products which include any refined items such as oils, capsules, tinctures, and other THC and CBD concentrates for Mexico’s medical market. The country currently prohibits the cultivation, import, and sale of dried cannabis flower.

Big US Tobacco buys huge stake in Canadian Cannabis

Last week, Cronos announced that tobacco giant was taking a major/controlling interest in their company. American tobacco giant Altria will acquire a 45% stake in the Canadian cannabis producer for $2.4 billion

International Scheduling of Cannabis Postponed

The World Health Organization (WHO) postponed its much-anticipated recommendations about the international scheduling of cannabis, citing a need for more time to review its findings.

Canopy Growth world's most technologically advanced vaporizer company

The Canadian company Canopy Growth now owns the makers of the world's most iconic cannabis vaporizer. Last week they announced having bought global vaporizer leader Storz & Bickel for 220 million Canadian dollars. Canopy declined to disclose Storz & Bickel’s annual revenue.

Luxembourg Turning Away from Cannabis Tourism

Luxembourg’s plan to legalize recreational marijuana may be a milestone for the European Union, but business opportunities will be limited by a provision that would allow sales only to the country’s “adult residents.

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JADEO Education, Training and Events 3 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


What's The Buzz? Edition 6: Jan 8

Rolling into the new year like…

Canna-curious named Word of the Year

If you recall one of JADEO’s most popular holiday gift guides last season was thoughtfully curated for the canna-curious. That’s right: a quick Google search returns tens of thousands of mentions of the new buzzword. The word is so buzzworthy in fact that Civilized, an online lifestyle magazine with an emphasis on cannabis culture, named it “word of the year”: “Canna-curious is a word that truly captures the spirit of the year,” says Derek Riedle, Civilized’s publisher. “As legalization takes hold, the doors have opened up to a whole new tribe of people who are making their own decisions based on facts, not fiction. They’re smart, sophisticated and doing their research because they want to do it right. That kind of informed curiosity is what’s driving the market right now. Culture and conversations evolve rapidly, and the canna-curious are leading the pack.”

Ontario Lottery has the industry abuzz

Months after saying it would not cap the number of licenses for retail pot shops after cannabis was legalized, the PC government reversed course in December, saying it will now only be able to issue 25 licenses by April. Toronto will only get five of the 25 licences for storefronts, according to the province, with the lottery happening on January 11.

The lottery system has shaken the hopes of many and spawned a flood of responses for entrepreneurs wanting to run their own dispensary. In an interview with the CBC, Abi Roach, who has operated her cannabis lounge in Toronto's Kensington Market for nearly 20 years expressed her view: "The reality is, now every Tom, Dick, and Harry can throw $75 and their name in a ring — and there are people ready and preparing for the process for a very long time, and now we're on the same par."

The lottery opened January 7th and will be taking applications until noon on Wednesday, January 9th. The draw for the licenses will take place on Friday, January 11th, with the results expected to be announced within 24 hours. There is a $75 fee to submit an expression of interest and those selected through the lottery will have five business days to turn in their application along with a $6,000 non-refundable fee and a $50,000 letter of credit.

Toronto Black Market Storefronts still in Operation

CBC just published a report covering how more than a dozen illegal cannabis stores still operating in Toronto, but closing them would require a 'complex process.' The last publicized crackdown from bylaw officers and police happened on October 19, since then a reported 12 illegal dispensaries remain in operation in downtown Toronto.

City of Toronto Councillor Jim Karygiannis said the city is simply in a "tough position" thanks to the change in approach to legalization between the prior Liberal and current PC provincial governments. The Liberals had planned to open 40 government-run retail cannabis shops by the summer of 2018, with the network of stores to expand to 150 by 2020. That small number of licenses won't meet the user demand, said Karygiannis, who also backs shutting down the remaining illegal storefronts.

At present, many Torontonians are appreciating the convenience and don’t want to see the dispensaries close. "We're going to miss having this kind of place," said Francisco Franv, a regular customer of CAFE, a cannabis cafe near Harbord Street and Spadina Avenue.

Vancouver’s first Licensed Cannabis Stores just Opened

Almost three months after recreational pot was legalized in Canada, two legal cannabis stores have finally opened up in Vancouver. Although it was widely reported that Kitsilano’s Evergreen Cannabis store would be the first legal pot shop to open in Vancouver, City Cannabis Co.‘s Fraser Street location reportedly opened on Friday night, ahead of Evergreen Cannabis Society’s planned Saturday opening.

As of Jan. 4, the B.C. government says it has received 102 paid applications for cannabis licenses in Greater Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast. Of those, three licenses have been issued.

Big Beverage Companies are joining forces with LPs

Just before Christmas, Tilray, based on Vancouver Island, announced a research partnership with Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev into non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages. Each company will invest up to $50 million in the partnership, which is limited to Canada.

“Labatt is committed to staying ahead of emerging consumer trends. We intend to develop a deeper understanding of non-alcohol beverages containing THC and CBD that will guide future decisions about potential commercial opportunities,” said Kyle Norrington, President, Labatt Breweries of Canada, in a press release.
Tilray and AB InBev had been in talks for a year, making the deal potentially one of the best-kept secrets in the rumour-saturated marijuana industry, CEO Brendan Kennedy said in a phone interview with Bloomberg News. Unlike the Constellation and Altria deals, both of which include the option to take majority control in the future, Tilray wanted to remain independent, said Chief Executive Officer Brendan Kennedy. “We want to control our own destiny,” he said. “We haven’t sold our company to anyone, we’re not looking to get bought or acquired. The one core focus will be creating beverages that we think will delight consumers,” Kennedy said.

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Lindsay Le Blanc Consumption & Accessories 4 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


Hospitality Sessions: The Cocktail Whisperer: Wed. Dec. 19th

Excited for this special event taking place in Toronto tomorrow evening.

The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) - Ontario in partnership with Lifford Cannabis Solutions invites the hospitality community to join them for this monthly event series. Cannabis Cocktails will take place at Lifford Wine & Spirits (471 Jarvis Street, Toronto) on the Dec.19th to explore about how cannabis will impact the hospitality industry.

$20 for CAPS Members

$35 for non-members

Join the event here

HOSPITALITY SESSIONS: CANNABIS COCKTAILS DECEMBER 19TH

Warren Bobrow, the Cocktail Whisperer, is the 6x Author of Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today, Whiskey Cocktails: Rediscovered Classics and Contemporary Craft Drinks, Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails: Restorative Vintage Cocktails, Mocktails & Elixirs, Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks & Buzz-Worthy Libations and his celebrated, 2017 release, The Craft Cocktail Compendium. Bobrow presented at the 2018 SXSW on Disrupting the Cannabis Kitchen and Cannabis Cocktails. He was the Mercedes-Benz Me Conference Mystery Speaker on Wellness, also at SXSW 2018.

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JADEO Education, Training and Events 4 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


What's The Buzz? Edition 5: Dec 18

Canada’s Cannabis Shortage Making More Headlines

In a year-end interview with The Canadian Press last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blamed “pockets of resistance to the legalization of marijuana” for a cannabis supply shortage that has slowed the dissemination of legal weed in parts of Canada. The shortages have been most pronounced in Ontario, “forcing the province to limit the number of licensed pot dispensaries that will be opened in the spring.”

Trudeau called the supply shortage the biggest challenge associated with the legalization of cannabis. "It's going to take a little time to adjust but we're on the right track,"Trudeau added.

Dismal News for Ontario Potpreneurs

Last week the AGCO announced that Ontario is going to take a phased approach to cannabis retail licensing due to a national supply shortage from Licensed Producers. Cannabis entrepreneurs across the province have been are more than a little shocked and discouraged by the news. Only 25 licenses will be issued to private retailers by Apr. 1 during the "initial phase," with a lottery system to determine which owners are eligible. With the dramatically limited number of licenses said to be handed out through a lottery system, some entrepreneurs who had their ‘ducks in a row’ are afraid all their efforts have been wasted.

Koby Smutylo told CBC news that he leased 2 stores in Ottawa before government's 25 licenses cap. "It's amazing how much work went into each application, and here we are ready and … the government decides that the rules are completely different," he said. "We don't believe that's very fair."

Tommy Chong Chimes in 🔔

Famous Edmonton born cannabis enthusiast and Comedian Tommy Chong was in Toronto last week to film a cameo as himself in CBC TV’s “Air Farce New Year’s Eve,” which premieres Dec. 31. He shared with the Associated Press that he thinks Canada's weed legalization has kept 'underground market alive.' The Canadian living in Los Angeles expressed his mixed feelings: “I love that it’s Canada that was first (to do it before the U.S.). See, God has a sense of humour: he gave us Trump and he legalized weed at the same time,” he said, sitting on a couch in his dressing room wearing a Cheech and Chong T-shirt emblazoned with a marijuana leaf. Still, Chong feels Canada hasn’t approached recreational cannabis legalization in the right way.

“Absolutely not, but that’s the Canadian way,” said the 80-year-old. “Like when they legalized alcohol, the government took control of the monopoly and you could only buy booze from the government, and the government is trying to do the same thing with pot.

“They want to make it so that they’re the only supplier and it’s not going to work that way. So what Canada has done now, legally, they’ve kept the underground market alive and vibrant, because people still go to their dealer to get the best weed and the quickest weed.”

Dispensary Applications now Open?

Despite the discouraging number of licenses available, the AGCO was said to begin accepting applications on December 17 for private retailing of cannabis in Ontario, which will begin on April 1, 2019.

Major News for Vancouver Dispensaries

The B.C. Supreme Court has ordered dozens of illegal marijuana shops in Vancouver to cease operations last week but the enforcement timeline remains unclear says CBS news. Princess of Pot, Jodie Emery has been very outspoken on her twitter feed, pulling up old posts that speak out against the legalization process Canada is implementing. Today she shared how she “ just sent #Vancouver City Council & Mayor @kennedystewart scientific evidence that Dispensaries Save Lives in the #OpioidCrisis — and dispensary closures kill.”

Jeremiah Vandermeer, CEO of Vancouver dispensary chain Cannabis Culture, says the city regulations provide no path to legalization for businesses like his. “They’re threatening immediate enforcement against the medical marijuana dispensaries who are serving a vital purpose in town, and it’s right before Christmas.”

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart says dispensaries operating without a license have had plenty of time to adjust to current regulations, and should “get with the program.” “It’s not like these bylaws were sprung on people,” he said. “They’ve known for quite some time, for many months, that this is what is coming.”

“The truth, quite frankly, is the dispensaries do not have a path to (become) legal stores, because the city has not let them,” Vandermeer said.

Montreal creates police task force to crack down on illegal cannabis

In Quebec, only the province’s Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) is authorized to sell recreational marijuana since it became legal across Canada on Oct. 17. With the black market still strong, a new the Montreal police task force will be added, consisting of 26 police officers and two administrative staff, Global News Reported.

Cannabis legalization voted Canadian Press' Business Story of the Year

Canada's trailblazing move to legalize cannabis for recreational use, which sparked an entirely new industry and had wide-ranging implications for nearly every facet of society, has been voted The Canadian Press Business News Story of the Year. In an annual poll of the country's newsrooms conducted by The Canadian Press, business editors and reporters across the country chose cannabis legalization in a landslide, with 60 percent of the votes cast.

Andrew Meeson, deputy business editor at the Toronto Star explained why: “It’s hard to think of an area in Canada that hasn’t been shaken up: not just commerce, but also policing, health care, justice politics. Even culture” he said. “If that doesn’t make it the business story of the year, I don’t know what would.”

Female-focused LP first to offer clones in Canada

Natural MedCo’s Eve, toted as “Canada’s premier cannabis brand for all women” was featured in the Marijuana Business News Daily last week as “the first company in Canada to offer marijuana clones for sale to legal recreational consumers, achieving a first-mover advantage for an untapped and underserved consumer segment.”

Cannabis on the Wishlist

‘Tis the year for the gift of cannabis, a recent survey by Lift & Co. discovered, after learning that nearly 3 million Canadians plan to give the gift of cannabis this holiday season. People living in Manitoba and Alberta were the most likely to give weed while people in Quebec were the least likely. Millennials (aged 18 to 34) are the likeliest generation to gift cannabis at 20 percent, which is twice the number of all other generations combined.


Legal Rec is coming to New York State

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Monday that he would push to legalize recreational marijuana next year, a move that could generate more than $1.7 billion in sales annually and put New York in line with several neighbouring states.

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JADEO Education, Training and Events 4 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


What's The Buzz? Edition 4: Dec 11

Quebec Moves to Raise Legal Age to Consume Cannabis to 21

The Quebec government tabled legislation Wednesday that would impose the strictest cannabis controls in the country, raising the legal age to 21. Bill 2 would also prohibit cannabis consumption in all public places, including parks and streets. “There’s 31 per cent of 18 to 24’s who are smoking it right now,” said André Fortin, an MNA with the Quebec Liberals.“We want to make sure that if they do make the unfortunate choice to smoke it that they have access to a product with a lower THC content, that they can talk to someone at the SQDC before consuming the product.”

A new Era Begins for Walk-in Clinics in Ontario

Two new walk-in clinics in Barrie will now prescribe medicinal cannabis.

3 doctors will staff the clinics and will prescribe medical cannabis as well as other medications.

Shoppers to provide medical pot through its website

Canada’s biggest retailer now provides medical cannabis. Although it’s been known for months, Loblaw Co. Ltd.’s Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy has been granted a licence to sell medical marijuana online. The licence was awarded on Friday when Health Canada's list of authorized cannabis sellers and producers was updated to reflect that the pharmacy can sell dried and fresh cannabis. The company was granted a medical marijuana producer licence in September, after initially applying in October 2016.

Toronto mayor wants more distance between schools and pot stores

As Ontario mulls the launch of legal cannabis retail stores next year, the mayor of its biggest city wants the province to cede more power on where the pot shops should be located. Toronto Mayor John Tory said he wants more distance to be placed between schools and retailers selling legal cannabis. According to Ontario’s guidelines, pot shops should be placed 150 metres away from schools and bar entry to anyone under 19 years old. Brick-and-mortar cannabis retail stores are expected to open across Ontario on April 1, 2019.

Aurora Cannabis to acquire Mexican company following partnership deal

Farmacias recently became Mexico’s first federally licensed importer of raw materials containing THC. With a reach of roughly 80,000 retail points and 500 pharmacies and hospitals across Mexico, the deal with Farmacias gives the Canadian company a first-mover advantage in the world’s biggest market for legal medical cannabis as well as a base to expand the Canadian company’s regional strategy in Central and South America. Aurora will provide Farmacias with “derivative” cannabis products which include any refined items such as oils, capsules, tinctures, and other THC and CBD concentrates for Mexico’s medical market. The country currently prohibits the cultivation, import, and sale of dried cannabis flower.

Big US Tobacco buys huge stake in Canadian Cannabis

Last week, Cronos announced that tobacco giant was taking a major/controlling interest in their company. American tobacco giant Altria will acquire a 45% stake in the Canadian cannabis producer for $2.4 billion

International Scheduling of Cannabis Postponed

The World Health Organization (WHO) postponed its much-anticipated recommendations about the international scheduling of cannabis, citing a need for more time to review its findings.

Canopy Growth world's most technologically advanced vaporizer company

The Canadian company Canopy Growth now owns the makers of the world's most iconic cannabis vaporizer. Last week they announced having bought global vaporizer leader Storz & Bickel for 220 million Canadian dollars. Canopy declined to disclose Storz & Bickel’s annual revenue.

Luxembourg Turning Away from Cannabis Tourism

Luxembourg’s plan to legalize recreational marijuana may be a milestone for the European Union, but business opportunities will be limited by a provision that would allow sales only to the country’s “adult residents.

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JADEO Education, Training and Events 4 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


What's The Buzz? Edition 3: Dec 4

It’s (Almost) Time to Talk Edibles

The federal government has said edibles containing cannabis and cannabis concentrates would be legal on or before Oct. 17, 2019. “Or before,” and has many LPs and consumers on the edge of their seats, awaiting the legalization around this segment of cannabis products. Last week MMJ Business Journal announced that the first draft of regulations for edibles is said to be coming out before the holidays.

Lisa Campbell, CEO of Toronto-based Lifford Cannabis Solutions explained in the article how “the entire cannabis industry is eagerly awaiting Health Canada’s proposed regulations for edibles. Many questions still remain about what categories of edibles will be approved, but beverages seem to be a preferred category as they are shelf stable and provincial distributors are already familiar with distribution.”

Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton spoke last week with CBC about the importance of being competitive and prepared in this emerging sector. "[Edibles] are the products that the black market has been really good at marketing and selling," he said. "As a specific goal of driving out the black market, these products are really important to bring online."

Chuck Rifici, the chairman and CEO of Auxly Cannabis Group, said his 18-month-old company is jumping right into developing edible products. He is referring to this as the “second wave of legalization.”

A team of BC Scientist at the University of British Columbia Oakanagan is working on cannabis drinks in a study with Pac Rim Brands. The study aims to research and develop cannabis-based beverages that incorporate cannabis ingredients in a way that is safe, shelf-stable and effective. Professor Susan Murch, an expert in medicinal plants who is involved in the project explains “We are going to see a whole new range of products on the shelf in Canada but we don’t know yet whether products will have a shelf life like milk, or something more like beer.”

Canadian Cannabis Award Winners were Announced

Last week some of the biggest names in cannabis graced the red carpet at the Lift + Co Awards at the Carlu in Toronto.

Awards were given out in categories that ranged from Cannabis Crusader to balanced oil. With more than 17,000 unique public votes in the first year of legalization, it was one for the books. Some highlights include 7Acres winning Brand of the Year, Rosy Mondin, CEO of Quadron Cannatech Corporation being recognized as the first Women in Weed Trailblazer, and Hydropothecary winning Cannabis Product of the Year with their Elixir CBD Peppermint oil. See the full award list on Newswire.

First Outdoor Grow Proposed

Ontario-based 48North is laying the groundwork for what would be Canada’s first large-scale outdoor marijuana crop under the Cannabis Act this spring, pending required permits from Health Canada. “We’re using natural sunlight, growing organically, so no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, composting any root mass we’re not using,” 48 North’s co-CEO Jeannette VanderMarel said. Could this pose risk of robbery? CEO Bruce Linton of Canopy Growth famously expressed concern that “teenagers armed with drones could steal cannabis that is not grown within a greenhouse or building.”

“Our security system would detect anything coming in from above,” VanderMarel said. “With current technology and with our use of trellis netting, as well as our security system detection, I have no concerns about this.”

Legal Hemp in the US

There is a new potential cash cow making headlines in the US, and what it produces is one of the buzziest words around. That’s right, Hemp derived CBD could make American Farmers Rich again… so-to-speak. U.S. Congress is on the verge of fully legalizing hemp under a new farm-bill agreement that was announced last week.

In an interview with Bloomberg news, a tobacco farmer from North Carolina farm, explained why he pulled out his tobacco crops and now plants 1,380 acres of cannabis. “We want the tobacco belt to become the hemp belt,’’ Gator Williams said. After nearly losing his farm when he couldn’t squeeze enough profit from his row crops, he sees limitless potential in cannabis. “We use everything from the roots all the way down to the base fibers. The bark on it. There’s nothing wasted from this plant.”

Studies on Seniors

Tilray has announced an Ontario study that will impact how seniors’ homes approach cannabis. The study is being led by Sarnia-based cannabis specialist Dr. Blake Pearson, who specializes in cannabinoid therapy for seniors, including those living in long-term care facilities.

Pearson says cannabis is not for everyone but estimates that 60 to 70 percent of patients who try medical cannabis under his care see some type of improvement.

“Oftentimes, I’m able to treat a geriatric patient with cannabis oil and reduce potentially two to three of their other medications as a result, because it’s multimodal,” Pearson says.

“So we can treat pain, anxiety, sleep with one thing, as opposed to three or four different medications.”
Interest in cannabis among older people is high but there are lots of questions, says Candace Chartier, CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association. Reducing medications could not only improve the quality of life for the patient but the “quality of workplace for the staff” at long-term care facilities, says Chartier. “That could potentially reduce the medication administration time and could almost cut it in half,” she notes.

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JADEO Education, Training and Events 4 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


CANNAVEST: The Recap

Last week the team at JADEO attended Cannavest, a cannabis investing event at Spaces in Toronto’s Downtown Entertainment District. After some mixing and mingling, the InvestTO team opened up the mic for pitches and welcomed about a dozen guests who went up to speak.

Among the attentive crowd were licensed producers, tech startups, incubator groups, financial institutions, brands in the grey market, real estate groups, and a whole host of ancillary industries in the cannabis space. A great space for synergy and networking, the evening had a special buzz in the air.

Attendees were challenged to keep their pitches to a minute, with a surrounding audience who could approach them one-on-one thereafter. The casual format created opportunities for any stage business to get up and speak to the room, without the kind of pick-your-business-apart scrutiny you’d expect from a more formal pitch event like the Dragon’s Den or last summer’s Hot Box.

We loved the courage and enthusiasm of all those who went up to pitch but selected a small handful to highlight who really stood out for our team.

Here’s the recap:

Granddaughter on a Mission

Glorious Goods

“It’s incredibly delicious and totally bad for you”

The most mouthwatering pitch was made by our new favourite Queen of Cheesecake, Billie Grant from Glorious Goods, which started as a dessert based summer pop-up on the King West scene. What Bille described as an indulgent spin on her Grandma’s recipe, are twice baked cheesecakes that stack inside a waffle cone with other layers of scrumptious desserts nestled inside. Describing her small family business did not detract from the young entrepreneur’s big dreams to spin their cheesecake dessert brand into an edibles company with fun minded brick and mortar locales.

With each dessert named after an old R&B song we are all too curious which edibles, drinks or vegan creations she is working on for her new venture. Looking for $150-$200k to cover the first year costs, Billie paints an inclusive picture: “We envision a place where everyone is accepted.” With a compelling pitch that her small team is looking to shift into the cannabis market, we only wish that InvestTO’s next event was Gloriously catered.

Other’s Dreams to Achieve

Leaf Forward

“A global launchpad for cannabis startups”

Quick to the mic was Alex Blumenstein, co-founder of Leaf Forward, the first cannabis business accelerator. A pioneer in the industry who acts as a mentor for early-stage entrepreneurs, Alex has been working with startups in the cannabis space for long enough to imagine he’s already ‘seen it all,” In the fertile landscape of legalization there are many more ideas to surface at a time where the market is wide open and hungry for cool new brands and business concepts. Hosts of a monthly meetup, the Leaf Forward team offers an accelerator program where they work closely with a small group of carefully selected cannabis startups. Nurturing new businesses with funding, support, networking and community, leaf forward is designed to take promising startups to their highest and best potential in a short amount of time. Now accepting applications for their spring accelerator cohort, Leaf Forward has a special pitch opportunity for their startups at the forthcoming Lift + Co convention in Vancouver next month.

The Condo Community Garden of Cannabis

City Grow

Many Canadians may be excited that the change in law is now allowing them to grow their own plants at home, but what if home is a tiny urban condo? City Grow is a cool startup concept that provides space, equipment and expertise to all levels of cultivators. Providers of “state-of-the-art technology for multi-tenant agriculture,” City Grow’s model is a solution to a problem Canadians have not yet faced. Amateurs growing weed indoors can be dangerous, with many risk factors that could lead to floods or fires. Furthermore, to get started you need lights, fans, a pump to circulate water and high voltage appliances in addition to soil, water and space. The lockers designed by City Grow can be customized in size, but we take up roughly 3 to 4 parking spots and provide cannabis for around 25 residents each.

While most people are focused on commercial growing, City Grow’s team has cleverly focused on an overlooked area. Compliance Manager at Amuka Capital, Cory Fefferman, lit up when asked what made City Grow so special. "I've seen a lot of DIY growing configurations in my day. The most dangerous ones were from people growing in a small space on a small budget. Living in a high rise building, I have concerns with amateurs planning to grow in their units.”

There are a number of ways you can cause water damage to your unit (and units below) or start an electrical fire. I know we're going to see products like the CityGrow locker container all over high rise communities. The question is how many floods and fires are condo boards going to wait to deal with before realizing the only way to promote safe growing practices in high rise buildings is to give people a safe place to do it. If installing a shipping container the size of a few parking spots will generate revenue for the condo and reduce the likelihood of a major insurance claim, I'm all for it."

City Grow is a perfect solution for downtowners who want to be able to grow cannabis for less cost in a fun way. Although it has the semblance of a community garden, residents need not tend to it, and instead can put the plant in it and walk away. Likewise, it’s designed so you can dry the flower in the locker as well. As a innovating solution for landlords, recreational and medical growers, the pitch is one that doesn’t take much to convince.

Be there IRL from the Comfort of your VR Goggles

Patio Interactive

“A technology driven design and marketing studio.”

The last pitch of the evening, made by Patio Interactive was something you’d have to see with your own eyes. Charles Burn described his company’s use of 3D technology to bring the cannabis industry to the frontiers of the digital era, explaining how the sky is the limit with Patio recently unveiled their work for Cannatrust, a licensed producer based in Niagara, which was better than just a glimpse into their growth. If you attended Lift + Co or O’ Cannabiz, you might have caught the 3D cannabis flowers that were hovering on interactive Ipads. Viewers can rotate or spin each bud to see the different strain attributes and learn more about its properties. Strap on a pair of 3D goggles and you can actually enter the greenhouse, walk around and experience the grow as if you were right there in Pelham. Now we are just waiting for Patio’s team to bring terpenes into their remote technology and we can say we’ve seen and smelled it all.

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Such a great event. Looking forward to seeing these businesses launch, and/or grow!

  • From Mike Robinson

    I love speaking at these events!

James Education, Training and Events 4 months ago / Hamilton, Ontario


What has changed? The effects of legalization on our classrooms.

As a high school teacher in a suburban public school, legalization has meant that more and more of my students have had information about cannabis thrust upon them by their peers, parents, teachers, and the media. I have a mandate to help them navigate life as individuals and teach them how to judge these sources of information for their inherent biases. But where do we turn for information in the ‘age of information’?

In spite of the internet’s scope, I am still the primary source of knowledge for the students in my classroom, which means I have to be informed first before answering their questions. My goal is to direct opinions towards ideas and facts. These make stronger and better-informed opinions, and stronger individuals, too! I think most teachers seek this same kind of objectivity in their classroom; my job is not to pontificate but to inform and help students learn for themselves.

How do we respond to students’ questions about cannabis? How are we keeping the messages from our school administrators and fellow teachers consistent? How can we maintain a healthy dialogue about cannabis without appearing permissive?

What do you say?

The other day, a student in my English class remarked that legalization looked like “a bad idea” for Canada. For him, the prospect of a legalizing a drugappeared—on its surface—like something bad. I mean, by thatrationale, can you blame him? Drugs are bad, right?

But I like to keep myself informed. I didn’t outrightly deny his claims. I didn’t really support them either. I just told him what I know to be true about cannabis: industry will try sell cannabis, they’ll sell it at particular places, people will use it, and law and order will adapt to a new climate under legalization.

I told him, for example, that it’s illegal for people under the age of 19 to buy cannabis (in Ontario). I told him that one of the proposed benefits of legalization is that researchers can begin testing its effects on humans, and any of its supposed benefits and risks can be weighed using the scientific method, moving it beyond experience and public opinion. I also told him that the Ontario Cannabis Store (the provincially owned shop, and sole proprietor for recreational cannabis in Ontario) is opening stores in 2019 to supplement online traffic.

Did I change his mind about anything? I’m not sure. I didn’t want to. But I do know that his comment brought on a slew of opinions and through-the-grape-vine comments from his classmates. “I heard that marijuana stores aren’t opening until next year.” “Can weed cure seizures?” Yeah! My brother gets seizures but he smokes a ton of pot.” “Is the legal age to buy cannabis the same everywhere?”

In my eyes, this episode was another in a long list of healthy conversations. My students have always felt safe to speak about topics for which they’re interested. I don’t care whether that’s video games, dance, weightlifting, the process of selecting a jury, cats, Cardi B, or cannabis. I have to be prepared with the wherewithal to respond and guide discussions, not stifle it.

What has changed?

This has happened again and again over the last year, and my sense is that it’s going to continue into the future. Most kids have a finger on the pulse of political and public life, even if that finger is a little tentatively outstretched and shaky (and easily distracted by their iPad). They sense that there has been a seismic shift, and it’s happening right in front of their very eyes.

Remember, too, that we teachers are mandated to teach the curriculum. That curriculum hasn’t changed since legalization. Not yet at least. Our messaging is supposed to remain consistent. It’s policy. But I’ve been getting the sense that even the students recognize how there has a been a seismic shift, and it’s happening right before their very eyes, and we have to be prepared faster than the law and policymakers to step up and answer their questions or guide their thinking. Many of our students—especially those in high school—are only a few years away from being voters, consumers, and dissenters. And by the time they’re in our classrooms, their civic engagement has already begun.

In all this, my job remains same: teach and inspire kids to learn and grow.

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  • From Michael Joseph

    Thank you, James for sharing your experience as a teacher in the era of cannabis legalization in Canada. Your practice, and approach is truly inspiring.

  • From Janelle Simone

    Super insightful James. I never took the time to think about the impact on teachers and the education system. I applaud you for not trying to sway them any direction but simply get them to think about varying angles. You sound like an awesome teacher, keep up the great work!

  • From KellyP

    Excellent article James!! Parents and teachers are all learning how to deal with legalization in Canada. We are going to have to educate ourselves the best we can so we can properly inform our children/students when they have questions.

    • From Michael Joseph

      Very well said. Students and children need guidance from their parents and teachers more than ever.

  • From Connor Christine

    Wow. What a great stance to take as a teacher. I hope that we can share this article and get as many teachers to see it as possible! If all educators could take the same view as you, we will definitely be headed in the right direction. Right now is a crucial time to help youth understand what they’re hearing in the news, on the radio and in media in general, and let them know that it’s okay to ask questions. Thanks for sharing James!

  • From ChrisS

    Thanks for the great article James, I also have not thought about the impact this will have on teachers. We need more teachers like you who educate by giving all the information without personal bias.

  • From DRogerson

    James - thank you for this post. The questions that you pose are meaningful to all educators alike. As a teacher myself, it is important to remember our responsibility as educators to keep ourselves informed and to give our students the tools that they need to learn for themselves!

  • From Kimr

    I also never took the time to think about how this would impact teachers.
    James your students are very fortunate that you are their teacher. It’s awesome that they feel comfortable enough with you that they can ask these questions. It’s so important that they are informed with the facts about Cannabis.

  • From faheem

    I read your post from the perspective of a parent. I guess the same approach is to be used when discussing cannabis with our kids, i.e. direct them towards ideas and facts, teach them to learn for themselves and to be responsible (and inspiring) members of society. Thanks for your insights.

JADEO Education, Training and Events 4 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


What's The Buzz? Edition 2: Nov 27

Now into our second month of legalization, Canada is facing the realities of the transition to a whole new regulated marketplace. The first post-legalization ipsos poll was recently conducted, revealing that of those of the 2402 surveyed who have purchased cannabis in the last month, 35 percent went back to their pre-legalization sources.

Given that there were an estimated 80 dispensaries operating illegally in Toronto alone last year, one-third of the market going to black market sources is not “bad news” according to Allan Rewak, executive director with the Cannabis Council of Canada. He explains that legalization is a process, not an act:

“we are competing against very well established, very robust and very wealthy illicit marketplaces that have been serving Canadians for hundreds of years.”

Medical Cannabis Shortage of Growing Concern

The pains of legalization have impacted the medical side of marijuana as we covered in last week’s buzz, but the issue is a growing concern. The shortages are so bad that James O’Hara of Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana said “It’s actually more than a supply issue. Really, it’s something of a health crisis now.”

Jenna Valleriani, a postdoctoral fellow in medicine at the University of British Columbia explained her concerns last week in an article by Global news. “There has been a lot of problems with supply and access. Think of people on fixed or limited incomes who can’t afford to cover the cost of packages and shipping or don’t have a permanent address or credit card that sites like the Ontario Cannabis Store demand.” Valleriani then asks,“what do you do?”

Free Weed for your Good Deed?

While legal medical cannabis is facing shortage issues, Compassion House in Windsor, Ontario was featured across news media for giving away their medicinal cannabis in exchange for acts of benevolence. Two weeks after being raided for illegal cannabis sales, what you’ll see inside the doors at the well-known Compassion House are volunteers busy rolling joints and passing them along to anyone with food or clothing donations for local charities. That’s right, while supply lasts, you can trade in an old sweater or can of chef boyardee for free weed. If you’ve ever needed a reason to visit Windsor….

Independent Retail gives Ontarians Hope

A wave of responses from the cannabis industry suggest Ontario’s new regulatory announcement is better than they could have hoped for. Cannabis Culture CEO, Jeremiah Vandermeer remarked on the positive future paved by the AGCO’s recent announcement of retail cannabis regulations. “What’s funny about Ontario is that it started as being probably the worst of all the regulations across the country in terms of provincial control and now it might be the best.”

With fear that the number of independent shops in each municipality uncertain, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has said that they’ll be looking into tightening the regulations further ahead of April, saying that “the last thing Ottawa needs is an over-concentration of pot shops.”

The first LP Under Scrutiny

In the news last week Agrima Botanicals was revealed as the first legal producer to have their license suspected, sending a powerful message from Health Canada about how violations fo the cannabis act will not be tolerated. Despite appeals to lift the suspension, Health Canada issued a letter stating that it intends to revoke Agrima’s licenses. Though it may sound hopeless for this B.C. based LP, It isn’t over yet.

New Cannabis Ventures reports that “the Company intends to exercise its right to be heard under the Cannabis Act and Cannabis Regulations in order to maintain its licenses. Should the Company not be successful in this hearing process, thelicenses could be revoked.” Blair Jordan, the Company’s Interim CEO has responded by saying “We are fully committed to remedying this situation with Health Canada, and ensuring that Ascent operates at the highest level of the industry’s best practices.” As curious as we all may be as to why this LP is at the brink of having it’s license revoked, a breach of record keeping and compliance could mean just about anything.

Mold is Making Headlines

After recalling an entire strain of cannabis in Ontario last week amid complaints about mold, Redecan President Rick Redekop stated publicly: “We stand behind our product and our organic way of growing.”

After news traveled through Reddit to the press about the moldy weed consumers were getting from the OCS site, RedeCan said it is “voluntarily requesting the return” of all units of the B.E.C. brand. The company said it will cooperate with Health Canada to test and independently verify batch samples.

At this early stage in our investigation, it is not a simple matter to determine how, when or why mold could have appeared in five bottles in a single lot. The cannabis is grown, produced and packaged at our facilities, but is marketed and sold through OCS. Some of the records are in its hands, and OCS and RedeCan are working in cooperation to obtain and analyze this data. The investigation is ongoing.”

Dan Sutton who is the Founder of @TantalusLabs in B.C. poignantly tweeted: “Blame falls on the producer here, not the OCS. 95% LPs have earned a track record of not selling moldy cannabis, and consumers will shun those who don't come through on their quality promise.”

First in Flight

Ahlot, a Toronto based company said to be “born of a subscription service idea that was slightly ahead of its time,” has just announced the first cannabis flight available in Canada is now for sale on the OCS site. The curated collection of strains from a range of LPs is the first of it’s kind. This 5 gram multi-LP sampler, is a grown-breaking suite known as the Discovery Pack. Toted as a solution to strain selection fatigue, the Discovery Pack comes with five strains to sample: Saturday Afternoon, a green and orange, sativa dominant strain from Starseed with spicy, earthy and sweet notes; Blueberry Kush, a purple strain from Haven St. with strong THC potency, sweet berry notes and dense, sparkling hairs; Solar Power, a green and amber hybrid from Symbl with very strong THC potency, a crisp citrus flavour and hints of earthy food and sharp diesel; Rio Bravo, a forest green and crimson sativa-dominant strain from Edison with strong THC potency and woodsy, spicy, sweet aromas; and Sensi Star, a bright green indica strain from 7ACRES with a complex aroma of lemon, pepper and fuel. See it here on the OCS site.

The Buzz Around Town

This Week’s Top Cannabis Events in Toronto

Join JADEO at Cannavest on Wednesday Nov. 28th at Project Spaces, Toronto.

Cannavest is a unique opportunity to meet cannabis entrepreneurs and investors in an informal setting. This event will include demonstrations from some of the newest cannabis startups in the industry and is a rare opportunity to network with hundreds of investors in one room. Drinks, refreshments will be served.

Best in Strain

Lift& Co is hosting it’s 4th Annual Cannabis Awards this Thursday night, where they will announce the voter-driven awards in a range of cannabis categories. The JADEO team admits we are most excited to find out the top flower strains, but other cool categories include top Cannabis Crusader and top Cannabis Podcast.


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  • From Janelle Simone

    Totally love the concept of the curated cannabis flight. I may try and order that next time.

  • From Brianne Campbell

    The AHLOT Discover packet is available now?! Take my money!

  • From 22

    STARSEED is inside AHLOT, great deal

  • From JCSisyphus

    Get some Solar Power and you won't be disappointed. By far the most impressive product I've received from the OCS

JADEO Education, Training and Events 5 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


Join NICHE Canada In Vancouver And Explore The Cannabis Act Regulatory Framework

NICHE has been hosting a series of forums across Canada that are focused on providing people with meaningful and practical information about legalization, and how people can adapt to the changes and succeed in this new environment.

Because, let’s face it - the changes are complicated, and in some cases, still being rolled out. These forums target the needs of communities and are an opportunity to bring together experts from a variety of sectors, including government, work safety, health care, education, legal and the cannabis industry for a robust conversation about the impacts of legalization and what to expect moving forward.

On November 27, NICHE and Cannabis Wise are hosting the next ‘Cannabis & Our Community’ event in Vancouver. The conference will explore the current regulatory framework, address issues around community health and safety, and highlight how businesses and communities can capitalize on the opportunities available in the region.

We’re pleased that Health Canada is one of the organizations speaking at the forum to provide an update and answer questions on the current regulatory framework and discuss what’s in store for 2019.

Representatives from the Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver will also be speaking at the event to provide insights on the local and provincial landscape. From new retail stores and land use planning, to unlicensed dispensaries, what happens at the local level has a big impact on the national regime.

There is still a great deal of uncertainty across our country. Our goal is to engage people in a format that they are comfortable with and bridge the cannabis knowledge gap by advancing education and awareness about the industry.

It is particularly important to create constructive dialogue with those who have not been part of the cannabis conversation. Communication and collaboration will not only build bridges within the industry and help ensure the successful implementation of a legalized cannabis regime, it’s the only way to break down the walls of stigmatization.

Join us in Vancouver this month for an important dialogue about cannabis and a unique opportunity to meet those who are shaping the future of the industry.

Event Details:

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 9 am - 4:30 pm Croatian Cultural Centre 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Get your tickets here!

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  • From 420710

    This will be such an informative and awesome experience!

JADEO Education, Training and Events 5 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


What's The Buzz? Edition 1: Nov 20

It’s been a full month since cannabis legalization in Canada came into effect, and with it came a wave of changes for medical patients, consumers, investors, and industry professionals. We cherry-picked some of the most interesting things we found going on in the cannabis space to share with our members.

Ontario Retail License Regulations Were Announced

We’ve all been holding our breath to find out how licenses would be issues for Ontario retail storefronts which are expected in April. Last week, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced they will begin accepting applications for cannabis-related licenses on Dec. 17

The guidelines are reflected in the Cannabis Act, but now a market concentration limit of 75 stores per operator has been set. The stand-alone stores can be open any day between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., but they must be at least 150 metres away from schools and bar entry to anyone under 19 years old.

Ontario expects up to 1,000 cannabis retail stores could open up in the province, which will be permitted in shopping malls.

You might be wondering what this means for municipalities across the province? The AGCO has set January 22nd as a deadline to opt into the province’s cannabis retail model. Cities like Guelph and Sudbury have launched online surveys to see how residents feel about pot shops opening near home.

How are Canadians experiencing legalization?

The supply shortages that have plagued many provinces in the first month of legal cannabis are said to likely persist for years. Provinces including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have all reported varying degrees of shortages.

In Quebec, the provincially run Société Québécoise du cannabis stores are currently only open Thursday to Sunday due to supply issues, while New Brunswick briefly closed 12 of its 20 stores because of a lack of supply. In Saskatchewan, Only 10 of the 51 retail locations have completed the requirements to receive provincial permits to sell cannabis — and only seven of those are open. Labrador’s one store

News around the country also acknowledged how Cannabis shortages have affected some medical patients which raises concern. Some medicinal cannabis LPs, like Green Relief, have responded by publicly promising to ensure they will meet the demand of their patients.

While many provinces experienced the pains of legalization, most Ontarians claim to have it the worst. Since legalization, customers complained of automatic cancellations of orders and lack of communication with shipping estimates on the OCS site. OCS says it's shipped its first 220,000 orders in a statement released last week.

Some cannabis influencers are responding to media reports about the federal weed shortage by saying it’s ridiculous and that Canada is in no way running out of pot.

Health Canada says that since legalization, producers have shipped more than 14,500kg of dried cannabis and 370 litres of cannabis oil to date and have a reported inventory of more than 90,000kg of dried product and 41,000 litres of oil.

Meanwhile, Global News reports that ⅓ of Canadian cannabis users are still purchasing on the black market.

Global response to legalization

Both Japan and South Korea warned their citizens about the potential penalties of possessing marijuana in Canada despite legalization, due to the extraterritorial application of Japanese and South Korean law.

The Japanese Consulate in Vancouver made the statement that "Japanese residents and travellers should take ample care to stay away from marijuana, including food and beverages that include marijuana."

"Even in a place where marijuana is legalized, if our citizens smoke, purchase, possess or deliver marijuana, it's a criminal act, so they will be punished," the South Korean embassy in Canada tweeted in Korean. "Please be careful."

While these countries are making clear they are in no way cannabis friendly, other countries are admitting the pains of not arriving themselves yet to Canada’s progressive status. Mexico, on the other hand, is looking like it’s soon to be at Canada’s foot tails: their incoming government has signaled support for marijuana legalization. Recently creating a bill to grow the medical marijuana industry and allow its recreational use, the new party to lead the country has looked at legalizing pot as part of a crime-fighting plan that would make Mexico one of the world’s most populous countries to legalize the drug.

What’s next for the U.S.?

Forbes published an article highlighting how cannabis is going global while the U.S. is falling behind, noting how as more and more countries legalize cannabis, the United States is falling further and further behind.

“The legal cannabis industry is expected to reach $146.4 billion worldwide by the end of 2025. U.S. companies and investors are mostly being locked out of that market because the federal government still classifies cannabis in the same category as heroin, LSD and methamphetamines.”

A recent study reported that sixty-two percent of Americans are in favour of legalizing marijuana as more and more states move toward legalization.

Last week rapper Snoop dog lit a blunt in front of the White House and spoke the words “F*ck the President,” attracting media coverage from every major publication in the U.S. On his way there he posted a video to Instagram promising his fans he would “do some gangsta shit” if he received 20,000 likes in three minutes” ― which, of course, he did.

As we recapped, the Midterms elections had some big wins for the cannabis industry with Michigan, Utah and Missouri all passing legal marijuana initiatives. While Utah and Missouri were in favour of legalizing medical marijuana, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational use.

More than two years after voters legalized cannabis in the Bay state, the first two retail stores have at long last announced to be opening next week and where they are might surprise you. Boston will still have to wait for dispensaries to open their doors in the state capital, while the first two will open in small cities.

Recognizing Influence in Cannabis

A few select people of influence who have pioneered in the cannabis space are now getting notoriety with the first wave public voted awards announced this week by Notable Life. The first winner for “Cannabis Leader of the Year,” will be announced at Evergreen Brickwoods this Wednesday night. Get your tickets.

Nominations just closed for the 2018 Lift & Co awards, which are going to be dished out in a wide range of categories at the 5th Annual Cannabis later this month.

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  • From 420710

    Great summary of what's been happening!

JADEO Education, Training and Events 5 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


[VIDEO] How to Talk to Your Kids About Cannabis

Not sure how to approach talking to your kids about Cannabis? Watch this great informational video from Health Canada for tips on how to get the conversation started.


The views and opinions expressed in this video are of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of JADEO.

JADEO makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability with respect to any content contained within the video.

JADEO urges you to consult with a qualified physician for consultation, diagnosis and/or treatment plans with respect to your medical condition(s) and/or wellness goals.


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