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Brianne Campbell Education, Training and Events 4 months ago / TORONTO, Ontario

Here are a few of my favourite shots from the Niagara Falls 420 Expo on Saturday! I had such a great time with the JADEO team making new friends and learning about new products in our cannabis community

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  • From Janelle Simone

    OMG - I need that "I'd hit that" t-shirt! lol I love it!

    • From Romes_416

      Yup lovin the shirt too

  • From EatSleepRun

    Haha! Such a great shirt

  • From Connor Christine

    What a great day, we met so many wonderful people!! Conferences used to make me very nervous, but since I started working in the cannabis space I no longer feel that way. The people within the cannabis community are some of the nicest people I have ever met.

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    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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


{VIDEO} The JADEO team visits the Niagara Falls 420 Expo

Janelle and Brianne check out some of the vendors at the Niagara Falls 420 Expo. Watch now for the recap!


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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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  • From Janelle Simone

    Definitely was a fun expo. It was so great to see people from all walks of life which really reinforced the idea that the stereotypical face of cannabis is certainly changing!

  • From BahaqueenM

    I've never been to any of these types of events, this definitely made we want to check one out in the future.

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

We're here at the Niagara Falls 420 Expo be sure to visit us at booth #31!

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


Top Events For Your 4/20 Pleasure

This 4/20 is unlike any other before it. It’s the first with recreational cannabis being legal nationwide (Canada). As you can imagine, there are going to be a plethora of fun-filled festivities to celebrate the momentous occasion. We’ve rounded up our fave picks of local 4/20 events happening in your neighbourhood.

TORONTO

HotBox 4/20 Block Party - This annual event hosted by the HotBox in Toronto’s famous Kensington Market is BYOW (Bring Your Own Weed) and boasts a legal “POTio”. This is event is free, and you can expect a variety of live music, DJ’s, contests and giveaways.

SMOKED presents: The 420 Ball - A night where cannabis and ballroom collide. Dance the night away or perhaps part take in some of the fun and appropriately themed contests planned for guests. Either way, you’re sure to be a winner!

420 Comedy Festival - Name a better combo than cannabis and comedy. With four venues and tonnes of comedians this comedy festival featuring stand-up and improv performances is sure to inspire a few chuckles.

Cannabis Cooking Co. 4/20 Edition - Famous for their yummy infused cooking classes the Cannabis Cooking Co. will be celebrating the wonderful occasion in equally delicious style. Offering 3 fun-filled classes on 4/20, where you’ll learn to craft 2 edible cannabis treats.

NIAGARA FALLS

Niagara Falls 420 Expo - If you’re looking to learn, network and grow this 4/20, this is definitely the event for you. The expo will feature 20,000 square feet of all things cannabis, including; exhibitors, educational seminars, guest speakers, manufacturers, and more. North America's largest celebration of all things cannabis.

P.S. JADEO will be there, so be sure to stop by our booth and say Hi!

VANCOUVER

420 Vancouver - The World’s longest running 420 event, now In its 25th year will surely draw a large crowd. Happening at Sunset Beach Park, it is expected to be Vancouver’s largest 4/20 celebration. You can also expect a variety of vendors, good vibes and exciting live performances by entertainers including the ever popular Cypress Hill.

420 Yoga - Take your 4/20 to a higher level by combining the conscious vibes of yoga and cannabis together. No joints allowed as smoking prohibited, but vapes will be on hand and shared amongst the class.

EDMONTON

Edmonton Cannabis Dinner Club Presents: Trip to Mercury - A night of adventure including a premium bus tour that features 6 guided stops, 3 of which are food stops and the other 3 being described as Edmonton’s biggest hidden gems.

Buds and Blooms 420 Industry Party - Eat, smoke, and mix it up with the who’s who of cannabis. The event also promises live music, welcome cocktails, food stations, and designated consumption areas for your enjoyment.

SASKATOON

Prairie Canna Presents K-0S and Friends- This event fuses hip-hop and cannabis culture into a musical night filled with nothing but fun that you will be sure to remember.

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


{VIDEO} Kingston's Newest Cannabis Shop!

Brianne and Janelle check out Kingston's newest store. Fire and Flower is officially open in Kingston, Ontario.

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  • From Brianne Campbell

    Such a cool store! Kingston is amazing.

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EverChangingAlways Education, Training and Events 5 months ago / Ontario

1st customer at Fire & Flower in Kingston! Got some great swag and met some very neat, educated, funny people! Great experience

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Hey! Yes, it was an amazing morning! The vibe was so positive! Glad to have met you!

Janelle Simone Education, Training and Events 5 months ago / Scarborough, Ontario

In 18 days it will be the first LEGAL 420 day in Canada, yay! Does anybody know of any cool events happening in your various cities on that day??

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JADEO Education, Training and Events 6 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


Say I doobie: A Couple's Cannabis Guide to Weddings

We know planning weddings can be a long labour of love, with many intricate details to consider and costs to be had. In the spirit of cannabis legalization and the month of love, we wanted to take a deeper look at what sorts of wedding trends are being spotted across Canada and the legal U.S. states, so our JADEO love birds can plan a canna-wedding of their own.

Wedding Expos

While Canada is ahead of most of the world with its national legalization of cannabis, our friends south of the border have trail blazed a new trend of cannabis weddings, giving us a taste of what’s ahead in the Canadian landscape. Hosted in legal states like California, Nevada, and Colorado, the U.S. based Cannabis Wedding Expo explains it’s goal is to be “a fun and educational opportunity for couples and canna-businesses to come together and learn about how to safely and intelligently bring cannabis into their special day in classy ways.”

Voted the #1 cannabis event to attend by Herb in 2017, the expo was created in response to tightly restricted conventional wedding expos that either wouldn’t permit the canna-florist founder to participate, or tried to charge her double to attend. She became determined to connect her offering with a public hungry for cannabis-themed wedding vendors and founded her own expo. A variety of industry professionals come together at these events to display offerings - with every business imaginable, from 420 wedding planners to budtender services.

My 420 Tours is an example of one of the Denver-based companies you’ll find at the expo, offering cannabis wedding planning - covering many considerations from bridal and bachelor events, multiple-course rehearsal dinners with cannabis pairings, and cannabis friendly venues. Here in Canada, Mary J Brides is hosting a Canadian Cannabis Wedding Expo, scheduled to take place in Calgary on March 16 at Hotel Clique.

Upcoming U.S. shows:

Denver - March 3rd, 2019

Las Vegas - March 24th, 2019

More at: https://www.cannabisweddingexp...

Upcoming Canadian Show:

Calgary Expo - March 16th, 2019

More at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ca...

Canna-wedding Considerations

If you can’t make one of the upcoming U.S. expos, several web-based services such as Love and MariJ and CannaBride feature cannabis-themed vendors and service providers. You can also surf Etsy and Pinterest for a plethora of emerging canna-inspired touches to your special day. Here are a few that caught our eye:

Smokable Bouquets and Boutonnieres

The emergence of cannabis boutonnieres shows that tiny buds can make a big statement, as shown here on as a groomsman has one pinned to his label.

Cannabis Floral Arrangements and Decor

Companies like Flowers on Flowers in California have capitalized on the canna wedding trend by creating elaborate flower displays with cannabis leaves and buds, offering bud studded flower crowns and other wearable cannabis flowers.

Ceremony

Some couples are replacing the traditional champagne toast with a ceremonial first toke, or vape. While some guests might be taken aback, many canna-brides and grooms feel that their passion for the plant begs a twist on the clink of champagne glasses and replace bubbles with puffs of vapour or smoke.

Canna-bars

Also known as bud bars, the traditional set up for tables that would typically showcase confectionaries or offer up refreshments, are reimagined at canna-weddings and replaced with a showcase of strains and smoking devices, like pipes, bongs, or a joint-rolling station. Some even offer up a joint-rolling concierge.

Budtenders

As you plan your canna-bar, you’ll need to consider who will be serving up flowers. In the U.S. we’ve seen many bow tie-clad “budtenders” working “open bud” bars, who can advise on cannabis strains, assist with ways of intake or offer up their knowledge about the strains and effects.

Place settings

Not to be overlooked in the art of creating a chic, cannabis-infused event is place settings. It’s the first impression guests get of their meals, which in some canna-weddings include infused foods.

What about a canna-touch to finding your table? At one iconic Colorado wedding, the guest retrieved their place settings on individually potted cannabis plant clones in little terra cotta pots with their name and table.

Infused foods

While the cannabis wedding expo says that moderation is emphasized throughout the show, it is vital to provide guests with cautionary messages around consumption if edibles are going to be incorporated into your meal. Cannabis pairing with meals and drinks add a certain sophistication which can also be a consideration for dress rehearsal dinners.

Bombonieres and Gift Bags

Apart from the canna-inspired event, you can leave a lasting impression on your guests with takeaways that include unique touches. Pre-rolled joints have set the stage as a Bomboniere in the U.S. canna-wedding scene, but post-legalized Canada is sure to include new imagined gifts.

Planning a canna-wedding of your own? Share your unique discoveries with our members on JADEO.co

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  • From Janelle Simone

    This is actually pretty cool. I didn't even know a lot of these options existed. Makes you rethink events in general.

  • From Connor Christine

    OK! How cool- I wonder if having budtenders at weddings will become a thing/how long it will take to normalize it. Open bar at weddings is very common (with alcohol).. Imagine attending a wedding that had a budtender outside in the garden? What a nice alternative for those that don't drink.

JADEO Education, Training and Events 6 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Buzz: Edition 13- Feb 26th

Hamilton, Ontario to Welcome High Tide

Alberta-based cannabis retailer High Tide announced last week that they have signed a letter of intent to assist a 2nd cannabis retail lottery winner. High Tide did not disclose the lottery winner but shared their plans to open a legal recreational cannabis store at a potential location in Hamilton.

Couche-Tard coming to Ontario in Partnership with Canopy Growth

Two Canadian industry giants are partnering up in a move that could shake up the Canadian pot retail industry. Canopy Growth is teaming up with Quebec retail giant Alimentation Couche-Tard to form a multi-year strategic partnership involving a new cannabis outlet set to open in London, Ont. Couche-Tard told Bloomberg news that the company intends to pursue cannabis store licenses across Canada when they become available. Those future stores may include Canopy Growth’s Tweed brand, but the company may also consider its own in-house stores, the spokesperson said.

Will it be Worth the Wait for Tasteless Cannabis Edibles?

If you are one of those who has enjoyed cannabis edibles, perhaps on the black market or in the U.S., the incoming wave of legal chewables and drinks may leave taste buds much to be desired. Many are abuzz about Canada’s proposed edible pot regulations, which could result in tasteless products wrapped in wasteful packaging. It could also shut out medical patients and fuel a continued black market which has not gone away in the early days of legalization. For now, much remains to be determined. Health Canada wrapped up public feedback on Wednesday for its draft regulations to minimize public health and safety risks posed by cannabis edibles, extracts, and topical products.

Meanwhile, Canopy Prepares Chocolates, Drinks, Vapes, and more

Despite potential imposed restrictions, Canopy Growth CEO says his company has big plans for their edibles and vape pen rollout. Bruce Linton told reporters that they are gearing up to release a wide range of cannabis-infused edibles and beverages when they become legal later this year, in a variety of offerings including non-caffeinated chocolate, five different kinds of beverages, and vape pens with new cartridge technology once Health Canada formally legalizes them. To prepare for anticipated demand, Canopy has secured several supply deals with MediPharm Labs and Valens GroWorks to obtain large amounts of cannabis oil, the critical ingredient needed to create edibles and vape pens.

Tilray buys hemp-food maker Manitoba Harvest for $419M

Tilray is acquiring the parent company of hemp-food maker Manitoba Harvest for up to $419 million in a cash-and-stock deal as the Nanaimo, B.C.-based cannabis producer accelerates its entry into the North American CBD market. The deal will give Tilray ownership of a high-profile brand and one of the biggest hemp-food makers in the world while doubling down on its investment on the fast-moving U.S. CBD market. It also gives Tilray access to Manitoba Harvest’s retail network of 16,000 stores across North America that includes Costco, Amazon, and Wal-Mart.

Emerald Health’s Montreal Production Facility to Create 140 Jobs

Emerald Health Therapeutics says its’ expanded cannabis production facility is poised to create 140 jobs in the Montreal suburb of Saint-Eustache. The B.C. based company says it is nearing completion of a C$100 million upgrade to an indoor grow site. The production facility is set to include 23 growing rooms sprouting 200 strains of cannabis. The 140 jobs include planting, harvesting and packaging roles, as well as lab technicians, research and development scientists, and executive positions.

Aurora Moves Forward on Polaris Facility

Aurora Cannabis announced an update to its new facility expansion at the Edmonton International Airport. Aurora Polaris will be the company's production hub for higher-margin cannabis products such as edibles and other ingestibles. Construction of the facility is scheduled for completion in late 2019.

South Korea Medical Cannabis Law to go into effect in March

A groundbreaking law legalizing medical cannabis in South Korea that takes effect March 12 will pave the way for the first import of certain THC- and CBD-based medications. Although approved products will remain tightly restricted, the new law marks a significant milestone in the global industry and a turning point in how the drug is perceived in traditionally conservative societies.

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JADEO Education, Training and Events 7 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Buzz: Edition 12- Feb 19th

Kingston Dispensary’s “experiential hub” could make them Ahead by a Century

The Tragically Hip-backed cannabis producer, Up Cannabis plans to have an “experiential hub” inside one of Ontario’s first legal recreational weed stores located in the band’s hometown of Kingston. The cannabis company says its “store within a store” will be in a shop operated by Spirit Leaf Inc., which has signed an agreement with one of the lottery winners selected to apply for the initial 25 retail licenses in Ontario. The retailer already has Spirit Leaf stores in Alberta and Saskatchewan and plans to open its first Ontario location in the heart of Kingston on April 1, when private cannabis retail shops are set to open across the province.

Stats Canada reports 15% of Canadians have used cannabis since Legalization

Despite being legal in Canada for nearly four months, cannabis usage among Canadians doesn't seem to have much changed, according to Statistics Canada. Figures released this week from Canada’s national statistics agency show about 4.6 million people, or 15 percent of Canadians over age 15 reported using cannabis in the last three months. Statistics Canada expects nearly one in every five Canadians, or 19 percent, to use cannabis in the next three months.

Black Market will control 71% of Cannabis Sales in 2019

Recent research from Scotiabank analysts estimates that the black market will control 71% of cannabis sales in Canada in 2019. They note that the lack of consistent supply in legal cannabis shops across the country has been a major market stimulator for the black market – which is not plagued by the same regulatory restrictions, taxes and licensing fees as the legal industry, and can, therefore, offer consumers a more consistent supply at a considerably cheaper price.

West Coast Rec Brand Choom takes a stake in Ontario Retail Store

Vancouver based Rec Brand Choom has entered into a letter of intent agreement with one of the 25 Cannabis Retail lottery winners to open a location in Ontario. Chris Bogart, President, and CEO of Choom explains their excitement: "Being able to get an early start to establish Choom's presence in the private retail market in Ontario through an agreement with a lottery winner is a remarkable milestone for Choom. We are thrilled that the lottery winner chose Choom to help them successfully open and operate a retail cannabis store in Ontario."

Legal Cannabis Sales Top $6 Billion in Colorado

By the end of 2018, Colorado’s legal cannabis market hit US$6 billion in combined recreational and medical sales since the adult-use market launched on New Year’s Day in 2014. Since 2016, however, recreational sales have continued to climb, while medical sales have taken a serious dip. In 2018, there was a 6.5% drop in medical cannabis sales, as sales decreased from US$445 million to US$416 million. Recreational cannabis, meanwhile in 2018, saw an 11% increase from 2017 to 2018, from just over US$1 billion to US$1.2 billion.

EU votes to Advance Medical Cannabis

The European Parliament voted Wednesday to move a resolution that would help advance medical cannabis forward within its 28 member states to address barriers to medical studies, identify research priorities and improve access to cannabis-based medicines, according to Marijuana Moment. The vote is more of a symbolic development that could usher in new funding and research at the EU level to develop regulatory and research models for medical cannabis. The vote comes on the heels of reports the World Health Organization will look to recommend striking it from its list of drugs it deems the most dangerous.

CBD oil Setback in Europe

Europe’s booming CBD market is at risk of going bust after food officials recategorized cannabidiol as a novel food, effectively outlawing its sale across the union. The European Food Safety Authority said the substance must undergo further testing before it is approved, a process which could take two years. The EU Novel Food catalog now lists CBD as an unauthorized Novel Food, stating: “Cannabis sativa, extracts of cannabis sativa, and derived products containing cannabinoids are considered novel foods as a history of consumption has not been demonstrated. This applies to both the extracts themselves and any products to which they are added as an ingredient.

Khiron announces $25 million deal

Khiron Life Sciences announced Wednesday that it has entered into a $25 million bought deal financing with Canaccord Genuity Corp. and BMO Capital Markets as co-lead underwriters and joint bookrunners. The deal marks the first non-Canadian cannabis deal that a Schedule 1 bank has been involved with. Khiron’s core operations are in Colombia and is fully licensed to export medical-grade cannabis internationally.

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  • From Brianne Campbell

    Wow! Interesting to see that Health Canada expects such a big increase in cannabis consumers. I wonder why they’re predicting that jump!

JADEO Education, Training and Events 7 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Buzz: Edition 11- Feb 12th

AGCO Disqualifies Ontario Lottery Winner

Ontario’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission has disqualified one of the winners of the lottery it held to apply for cannabis retail licenses. The winner, Gary Hatt, had his license revoked after breaking a rule that prohibits someone from changing the name of the person on an application or the corporate structure of the company operating the store. The commission had selected 25 winners through the lottery process last month, but will now be offering up a license to a waitlisted winner.

Coming Soon to a Town Near You… or Not

CTV published an article last week revealing cities and addresses for the first 3 cannabis retail stores in Ontario. The Toronto shop would be located in the city's Yorkville neighbourhood at 20 Cumberland St., the Brampton store would be located at 186 Main St., near a city mall, and the St. Catharines store would open at 33 Lakeshore Rd. If these locales are not near you, cross fingers that one of the remaining 22 store locations will be nearer to home. JADEO readers can find updates on store locations as the countdown to April 1st rolls on.

Shoppers Drug Market to sell Zenabis Medical Products

While previously only associated with LP Canopy Growth, Shoppers Drug Mart is now expanding their supply agreements and has announced Zenabis as a new supplier. Both companies expect to be able to start selling within a month but are still waiting to hear about an inspection date before Zenabis will be able to supply Shoppers with its products.

LP Zenabis will supply Shoppers Drug Mart with dried cannabis buds and eventually cannabis oil and other products to sell online. Growing in Atholville, New Brunswick, this new deal with Shoppers drug mart will require Zenabis to expand its current workforce of 400 to 2,500.

Aurora Makes First Export to the UK

Aurora Cannabis reached a major milestone on the global medical cannabis front this week by completing its first commercial export of cannabis oil to the United Kingdom. The UK’s new legal cannabis framework came into effect on November 1, 2018, however, it wasn’t until this past week that the first Canadian grown cannabis was sold and dispensed in the UK. Specialist doctors in the UK can legally issue prescriptions for cannabis-based medicines when they agree that their patients could benefit from this treatment.

Chief Global Business Development Officer, Neil Belot explains: "Being one of the first Canadian companies to commercially supply cannabis-based medicines into the UK under the new legal framework reflects Aurora's ability to do business in international markets that have complex and evolving regulatory systems. Aurora continues to grow its international footprint, which now includes the UK, a country with a population of approximately 66 million people. Regardless of the barriers, we may be faced with, we are focused on helping patients around the world get access to the medicine they need."

Dr. Shane Morris, Senior Vice President of Product Development and Regulatory Affairs added, "We are thrilled to have successfully navigated the complexities of the UK's new regulatory framework to be able to supply high quality, pharmaceutical grade cannabis-based medicines into the UK from one of our EU-GMP certified facilities in Canada."

NYC Health Department Bans CBD Food & Drink

The New York City Health Department has announced a ban and resulting crackdown on CBD-infused foods and beverages throughout the city. This decision has left many entrepreneurs worried and confused about the state of CBD regulations in the city.

In the statement they describe how: “Restaurants in New York City are not permitted to add anything to food or drink that is not approved as safe to eat,” the statement read. “The Health Department takes seriously its responsibility to protect New Yorkers’ health. Until cannabidiol (CBD) is deemed safe as a food additive, the Department is ordering restaurants not to offer products containing CBD.”

Adding Cannabis to Your Company’s Name isn’t the Wisest Idea

Bloomberg reported that of the eleven Canadian penny stocks that added “cannabis” to their name, the companies’ shares dropped an average of 30% through Feb. 2, and the only one – Trulieve Cannabis Corp. – rose through yesterday’s close. Prior to the name change, more than half of these penny stocks were involved in the precious metals business.

Fire & Flower Retail Chain to Go Public

Cannabis retailer Fire & Flower will begin trading on the TSX Venture on or around February 19 under the “FAF” symbol. Fire & Flower, which operates nine cannabis retailers across Canada, also provided details of its two upcoming Ontario locations in a regulatory filing.

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    I have heard the rules of successful admission to the next are very onerous;; and i guess they should be all things considered

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JADEO Education, Training and Events 7 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Buzz: Edition 10 - Feb 5th

High Tide takes a stake in Ontario Retail License

Alberta-based High Tide said it has signed a letter of intent to acquire a minority interest in one of the lottery winners that was selected to apply for one of 25 initial cannabis retail licenses in Ontario last month. High Tide, which runs seven Canna Cabana cannabis shops in Alberta, said the letter of intent includes an option to acquire a greater interest in the Ontario lottery winner in the future. The company’s cannabis accessory operations have been in business for a decade covering six different brands that can be found online, in-store and wholesale. With a recent purchase of iconic online retailer GrassCity and a $10M strategic investment into High Tide from Aurora Cannabis, the company is rolling out Canada’s most ambitious cannabis retail concept through both retrofit and expansion of its established footprint.

Snoop Dogg vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

The latest beef involving a famous rapper may be between Snoop Dogg and the Toronto Maple Leafs. According to a report by The Independent, lawyers representing the NHL team filed an opposition to Snoop Dogg’s attempt to trademark the name of his startup cannabis brand, Leafs by Snoop. The filing also says the cannabis brand’s logo is similar to the Maple Leafs’ logo, and the team is concerned it could confuse consumers. The Toronto Maple Leafs have a long-standing trademark over the spelling of “Leafs.”

World Health Organization Recommends Reclassifying Cannabis

Global health experts at the United Nations are recommending that marijuana and its key components be formally rescheduled under international drug treaties. The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for whole-plant marijuana, as well as cannabis resin, to be removed from Schedule IV—the most restrictive category of a 1961 drug convention signed by countries from around the world.

Weekend Unlimited wins lottery for POT stock symbol

The winner of the POT stock ticker lottery may already be benefiting from the buzz around its new symbol as shares of cannabis company Weekend Unlimited Inc. surged by nearly 135 percent in the wake of its win. Shares of Weekend, which trades as YOLO, soared to as high as $0.285 on the Canadian Securities Exchange on Friday, marking a massive leap from its previous close of $0.115.

Hexo Corp raises 57 Million

Hexo Corp., a licensed producer of cannabis, based in Quebec, Canada, raised 57.6 million Canadian dollars ($43.7 million) Wednesday when it closed its offering of common shares. The company said in a news release it will use the proceeds for global expansion and research and development. The Quebec cultivator, which trades as Hexo on the Toronto Stock Exchange and NYSE American made 8.8 million shares available at CA$6.50 a share in the offering.

Last August, Hexo entered a joint venture with Molson Coors Canada to produce CBD-infused beverages in which the brewing giant took a 57.5% stake.

Canopy Rivers closes deal with Italian hemp platform

The venture capital arm of Canopy Growth has closed a $17.4-million financing deal for Canapar Corp., the Canadian parent of Canapar Italy, an organic hemp production and processing platform. Canopy Rivers’ investment, which represents the first tranche of a $25-million non-brokered private placement, increases the company’s ownership in Canapar from 35 percent to 49 percent on a non-diluted basis. The increased investment comes as the Sicily-based firm works to develop cannabidiol-infused cosmetics, skincare and beauty products for the Italian cosmetics market.

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JADEO Education, Training and Events 7 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Buzz: Edition 11- Feb 12th

AGCO Disqualifies Ontario Lottery Winner

Ontario’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission has disqualified one of the winners of the lottery it held to apply for cannabis retail licenses. The winner, Gary Hatt, had his license revoked after breaking a rule that prohibits someone from changing the name of the person on an application or the corporate structure of the company operating the store. The commission had selected 25 winners through the lottery process last month, but will now be offering up a license to a waitlisted winner.

Coming Soon to a Town Near You… or Not

CTV published an article last week revealing cities and addresses for the first 3 cannabis retail stores in Ontario. The Toronto shop would be located in the city's Yorkville neighbourhood at 20 Cumberland St., the Brampton store would be located at 186 Main St., near a city mall, and the St. Catharines store would open at 33 Lakeshore Rd. If these locales are not near you, cross fingers that one of the remaining 22 store locations will be nearer to home. JADEO readers can find updates on store locations as the countdown to April 1st rolls on.

Shoppers Drug Market to sell Zenabis Medical Products

While previously only associated with LP Canopy Growth, Shoppers Drug Mart is now expanding their supply agreements and has announced Zenabis as a new supplier. Both companies expect to be able to start selling within a month but are still waiting to hear about an inspection date before Zenabis will be able to supply Shoppers with its products.

LP Zenabis will supply Shoppers Drug Mart with dried cannabis buds and eventually cannabis oil and other products to sell online. Growing in Atholville, New Brunswick, this new deal with Shoppers drug mart will require Zenabis to expand its current workforce of 400 to 2,500.

Aurora Makes First Export to the UK

Aurora Cannabis reached a major milestone on the global medical cannabis front this week by completing its first commercial export of cannabis oil to the United Kingdom. The UK’s new legal cannabis framework came into effect on November 1, 2018, however, it wasn’t until this past week that the first Canadian grown cannabis was sold and dispensed in the UK. Specialist doctors in the UK can legally issue prescriptions for cannabis-based medicines when they agree that their patients could benefit from this treatment.

Chief Global Business Development Officer, Neil Belot explains: "Being one of the first Canadian companies to commercially supply cannabis-based medicines into the UK under the new legal framework reflects Aurora's ability to do business in international markets that have complex and evolving regulatory systems. Aurora continues to grow its international footprint, which now includes the UK, a country with a population of approximately 66 million people. Regardless of the barriers, we may be faced with, we are focused on helping patients around the world get access to the medicine they need."

Dr. Shane Morris, Senior Vice President of Product Development and Regulatory Affairs added, "We are thrilled to have successfully navigated the complexities of the UK's new regulatory framework to be able to supply high quality, pharmaceutical grade cannabis-based medicines into the UK from one of our EU-GMP certified facilities in Canada."

NYC Health Department Bans CBD Food & Drink

The New York City Health Department has announced a ban and resulting crackdown on CBD-infused foods and beverages throughout the city. This decision has left many entrepreneurs worried and confused about the state of CBD regulations in the city.

In the statement they describe how: “Restaurants in New York City are not permitted to add anything to food or drink that is not approved as safe to eat,” the statement read. “The Health Department takes seriously its responsibility to protect New Yorkers’ health. Until cannabidiol (CBD) is deemed safe as a food additive, the Department is ordering restaurants not to offer products containing CBD.”

Adding Cannabis to Your Company’s Name isn’t the Wisest Idea

Bloomberg reported that of the eleven Canadian penny stocks that added “cannabis” to their name, the companies’ shares dropped an average of 30% through Feb. 2, and the only one – Trulieve Cannabis Corp. – rose through yesterday’s close. Prior to the name change, more than half of these penny stocks were involved in the precious metals business.

Fire & Flower Retail Chain to Go Public

Cannabis retailer Fire & Flower will begin trading on the TSX Venture on or around February 19 under the “FAF” symbol. Fire & Flower, which operates nine cannabis retailers across Canada, also provided details of its two upcoming Ontario locations in a regulatory filing.

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  • From 22

    I have heard the rules of successful admission to the next are very onerous;; and i guess they should be all things considered

JADEO Education, Training and Events 7 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Buzz: Edition 10 - Feb 5th

High Tide takes a stake in Ontario Retail License

Alberta-based High Tide said it has signed a letter of intent to acquire a minority interest in one of the lottery winners that was selected to apply for one of 25 initial cannabis retail licenses in Ontario last month. High Tide, which runs seven Canna Cabana cannabis shops in Alberta, said the letter of intent includes an option to acquire a greater interest in the Ontario lottery winner in the future. The company’s cannabis accessory operations have been in business for a decade covering six different brands that can be found online, in-store and wholesale. With a recent purchase of iconic online retailer GrassCity and a $10M strategic investment into High Tide from Aurora Cannabis, the company is rolling out Canada’s most ambitious cannabis retail concept through both retrofit and expansion of its established footprint.

Snoop Dogg vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

The latest beef involving a famous rapper may be between Snoop Dogg and the Toronto Maple Leafs. According to a report by The Independent, lawyers representing the NHL team filed an opposition to Snoop Dogg’s attempt to trademark the name of his startup cannabis brand, Leafs by Snoop. The filing also says the cannabis brand’s logo is similar to the Maple Leafs’ logo, and the team is concerned it could confuse consumers. The Toronto Maple Leafs have a long-standing trademark over the spelling of “Leafs.”

World Health Organization Recommends Reclassifying Cannabis

Global health experts at the United Nations are recommending that marijuana and its key components be formally rescheduled under international drug treaties. The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for whole-plant marijuana, as well as cannabis resin, to be removed from Schedule IV—the most restrictive category of a 1961 drug convention signed by countries from around the world.

Weekend Unlimited wins lottery for POT stock symbol

The winner of the POT stock ticker lottery may already be benefiting from the buzz around its new symbol as shares of cannabis company Weekend Unlimited Inc. surged by nearly 135 percent in the wake of its win. Shares of Weekend, which trades as YOLO, soared to as high as $0.285 on the Canadian Securities Exchange on Friday, marking a massive leap from its previous close of $0.115.

Hexo Corp raises 57 Million

Hexo Corp., a licensed producer of cannabis, based in Quebec, Canada, raised 57.6 million Canadian dollars ($43.7 million) Wednesday when it closed its offering of common shares. The company said in a news release it will use the proceeds for global expansion and research and development. The Quebec cultivator, which trades as Hexo on the Toronto Stock Exchange and NYSE American made 8.8 million shares available at CA$6.50 a share in the offering.

Last August, Hexo entered a joint venture with Molson Coors Canada to produce CBD-infused beverages in which the brewing giant took a 57.5% stake.

Canopy Rivers closes deal with Italian hemp platform

The venture capital arm of Canopy Growth has closed a $17.4-million financing deal for Canapar Corp., the Canadian parent of Canapar Italy, an organic hemp production and processing platform. Canopy Rivers’ investment, which represents the first tranche of a $25-million non-brokered private placement, increases the company’s ownership in Canapar from 35 percent to 49 percent on a non-diluted basis. The increased investment comes as the Sicily-based firm works to develop cannabidiol-infused cosmetics, skincare and beauty products for the Italian cosmetics market.

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The Buzz: Edition 9- Jan 29

The OCS Announces Forthcoming Same-day Delivery

The Ontario Cannabis Store, Ontario’s online (and currently only) legal recreational cannabis retailer, has announced its intention to get cannabis to consumers more quickly and efficiently—and has started seeking bids from couriers to take on the task. Right now, the online portal of the Ontario Cannabis Store is the only option for the legal purchase of recreational marijuana in the province. Delivery is only via Canada Post, coming no sooner than the next business day.

Supply Issue Improvements in Alberta

Alberta will issue 10 new cannabis store licenses after reporting a “modest improvement in supply over the last few weeks.” Unlike the highly criticized lottery system in Ontario, the additional Alberta licenses will be issued to the first 10 applicants that have met all licensing conditions after the decision was made to stop issuing licenses. AGLC has maintained a queue of approved retailers on a first-in, first-out basis to ensure an equitable process is adhered to.

Excessive Packaging Could Make Legal Cannabis Edibles Harder to Swallow

Amidst a 60-day consultation process in response to Health Canada’s draft regulations on edibles and derivatives, many industry professionals are speaking up about the proposed guidelines for edibles packaging. The Edmonton Journal reports that some producers who want the federal government to relax that guideline say that the recent proposal to limit a legally maximum 10 mg dose of THC to a single package is wasteful and reflects negatively on a product rooted in environmental awareness.

“Most cannabis consumers care very much about the environment and we’ve already gotten a lot of flak from the public.” said Allan Rewak, executive director of the Cannabis Council of Canada which represents licensed producers. “You’re going to see plastic containers piled up outside stores with people putting edibles all in one container,” he adds. Although he appreciates that some of the packaging is meant to render legal cannabis child-proof, he does believe that more of the 10-mg dose should be allowed in each package.

Even the smallest quantity of legal cannabis packaging is often multi-layered, involving paper, cardboard and different forms of plastic. Awareness of wasteful packaging has even been exploited by black market dealers, including one in Calgary who sells his product in glass mason jars that can be refilled or recycled.

A spokeswoman for Health Canada said since that consultation is still ongoing, it’s too early to say how the government might respond to the industry’s concerns. The consultation process ends on February 20th.

Promising Numbers in the Bay State

Reports are in that recreational cannabis shops in Massachusetts have racked up nearly US$124 million in sales since the initial stores opened two months ago. To date, only eight recreational retailers have begun full sales. The state has already issued 100 licenses to retailers, growers, edibles makers, and testing labs in the state.

Football great, Joe Montana gets in the Cannabis Game

Last week, it was announced that the former San Francisco 49ers star Joe Montana was part of a US$75 million investment in San Jose, California-based Caliva. Montana said his venture capital firm was investing in an industry he believes “can provide relief to many people and can make a serious impact on opioid use or addiction.”

Caliva said it will use the investment to grow a company that includes a farm, a retail store, distribution center, and delivery service. It distributes its branded products in dozens of other retail outlets in the state.

Europe is Expected to be the World’s Largest Medical Cannabis Market

Europe’s three largest medical cannabis markets could double in size in 2019, making this a “transformative” year for the European market, according to a new report out of the UK. Marijuana Business Daily reports that Europe is seeing a fast-paced wave of regulatory and legislative changes, making European countries to become the world’s largest federally regulated medical cannabis market over the next five years.

Israel Approves Cannabis Exports

The Israeli cabinet has approved medical cannabis exports, opening up a new market for producers. The move is expected to lead to increased investment in agriculture, research, and production, and to create new jobs. Early estimates suggest that the exports could bring in as much as US$273 million a year in tax revenue for Israel.

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JADEO Education, Training and Events 7 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.

  • From 22

    Excellent and easy to understand info... tx

JADEO Education, Training and Events 7 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!

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JADEO Education, Training and Events 8 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!

JADEO Education, Training and Events 8 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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  • From Natasha Fierce

    Great update!

Lindsay Le Blanc Consumption & Accessories 9 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 9 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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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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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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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!

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