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Soulmaz Leonora News, Finance and The Law 1 day ago / Toronto, Ontario

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/pot-shop-closes-doors-ottawa-1.5139239

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Pot shop cuts hours because it can't get enough cannabis | CBC News

CBC

An Ottawa pot shop is being forced to significantly reduce its hours because it's consistently running out of cannabis and says the province won't allow it to increase its order. The Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store on Bank Street, which was operating seven days a week for 14 hours a day, will now close early on Tuesdays and entirely on Wednesdays.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/pot-shop-closes-d...

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


The Buzz: Edition 24 - May 14th

Canadian’s Appetite For Cannabis Edibles Decrease

A new study from Dalhousie University led by Sylvain Charlebois, senior director of the Agrifood Analytics Lab, sought to determine if public opinion had changed about cannabis legalization, the findings were surprising for the research team.

According to the results, it appears the high times around legal weed are fizzling out as Charlebois says Canadians seem uninterested in cannabis, especially when it comes to the legalization of cannabis-infused edibles. “What we are getting out of the survey is that people aren’t quite as excited or enthusiastic about cannabis in general,” he said.

In 2017, before legalization, 46 per cent of respondents said they were interested in trying edibles, but in the new poll, that number had dropped to 36 per cent. - Global News

Over-Valued And Over-Regulated: Why Some Cannabis Investors Are Shunning Canadian Firms And Eyeing U.S. Operators Instead

Many Canadian licensed producers might never achieve profitability and eventually lose ground to their American counterparts because of oversupply and onerous marketing restrictions — the combination of which will lead to commoditization, according to some investors in the cannabis space.

“Industry commoditization will arrive before profits ever do. We forecast that Canadian LPs will not earn a profit in the next three years, nor will they be profitable thereafter,” Hass boldly predicted. - Financial Post

New Cannabis Licence Rules Could Make Canada's Supply Shortage Even Worse

The Canadian government said last week that it will now require applicants for cannabis cultivation, processing or sales licenses to have a fully built site before they apply. The goal is to alleviate the huge backlog that’s built up since Canada legalized recreational pot in October. About 614 applications were waiting in the queue as of March 31, according to a Health Canada spokeswoman.

“I think the fact that you now have to fully build out your site before you even apply means that people are going to build very small initial phases to try to mitigate risk and minimize the amount of money that has to be spent,” cannabis lawyer Trina Fraser, partner at Brazeau Seller Law, said in a phone interview.

Canada’s changes to its cannabis licensing requirements may make the country’s persistent pot shortage worse, not better, according to some in the industry.

“That could actually exacerbate the supply problem because it’s going to be difficult for those producers to expand and grow fast enough to meet demand,” Ottawa-based Fraser said. - Financial Post

First Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation Licence Awarded To BC Company

In a statement released today, Good Buds announced that it had been awarded an outdoor cultivation license for their Salt Spring Island property by Health Canada on May 10.

The company calls this a “market disruptor,” that would drastically lower not just costs, but reduce cannabis’ hefty carbon footprint. - Daily Hive

Aurora Cannabis And Radient Technologies Announce First Commercial Delivery of Cannabis Derivatives

Aurora Cannabis Inc. announced today that Aurora has taken delivery of Radient's first commercial batch of finished cannabis derivatives, from Radient's proprietary extraction platform. With this first batch, Radient has proven its enhanced ability to produce cannabinoid derivatives at commercial scale, and will continue to scale up production at Radient's cannabis facility in Edmonton , reaching an expected eventual annual throughput of approximately 300,000 kg of cannabis biomass at this single location. - Yahoo Finance

Quebec Backpedals On Plan To Ban Public Cannabis Smoking

The Quebec government is relaxing its plan to ban cannabis users from lighting up in parks and other public spaces, Radio-Canada has learned.

Premier François Legault has vowed to tighten restrictions on cannabis sales and consumption, making the proposed changes a part of his original election platform.

The province is planning to include an amendment in Bill 2 today after concluding a province-wide ban on public consumption wouldn't be enforceable. - CBC News

Cannabis Lounges Coming To Sin City

The Las Vegas City Council this month voted to allow existing dispensaries to apply for permits to open consumption lounges where tourists can use marijuana products in a cozy setting, perhaps with a meal and some live entertainment.


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

Loving that cannabis is being normalized to the point that cannabis products are topping the list of desired gifts for mothers day! https://lfpress.com/cannabis-culture/psa-more-moms-would-really-love-some-weed-for-mothers-day/wcm/1049f9fa-abe6-498b-bc7a-e1bca171dcb4

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PSA: More moms would really love some weed for Mother's Day

The London Free Press

In exchange for the traditional flowers and breakfast in bed, more moms would happily accept a less conventional type of gift for Mother's Day this year. Despite the gender gap in the movement to legalize marijuana - 68% of men support legalization while only 56% of women do - we've got data that suggests many mothers feel pretty dang comfortable with the idea of a cannabis gift this year.

https://lfpress.com/cannabis-culture/psa-more-moms-woul...

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22 News, Finance and The Law 2 weeks ago / Caledon, Ontario

https://420intel.com/articles/2019/05/07/canadas-roadside-drug-tests-cant-tell-difference-between-tea-and-cocaine

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Canada's roadside drug tests can't tell the difference between tea and cocaine

420 Intel

The reliability of Canada's only federally approved device for roadside cannabis impairment testing has been thrown into question after a Vancouver lawyer determined the device is easily duped, writes Calvin Hughes. While preparing to roll out cannabis legalization in October of 2018, the Canadian government introduced a new roadside cannabis impairment testing device called the Dräger DrugTest 5000.

https://420intel.com/articles/2019/05/07/canadas-roadsi...

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  • From 22

    This is extremely concerning and screams why we need to resolve and solve the THC vs CBD detection. More importantly is the test for Impaired vs Non Impaired..

  • From Janelle Simone

    Wow, that's scary!

    • From 22

      Totally

  • From BahaqueenM

    These things shouldn't even be allowed to be used

    • From 22

      Agreed

  • From Brianne Campbell

    Wow! This is crazy

    • From 22

      Beyond scary... terrifying

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JADEO News, Finance and The Law 2 weeks ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Buzz: Edition 23 - May 7th

Tokyo Smoke’s Yonge St. Location Now Open

After much anticipation, Tokyo Smoke’s Toronto dispensary is now open at 333 Yonge St. Entrepreneur and winner of one of the city’s five cannabis licenses, Colin Campbell, partnered with the brand to open a location in the old record shop near the corner of Yonge and Dundas. - The DailyHive

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Health Canada Announces $600K Funding For Awareness Campaign

A new three-year, $600,000 micro-grant fund has been launched by Health Canada under its Substance Use and Addictions Program, to support community-led education efforts to inform the public about the health facts of cannabis use and vaping.

“Ensuring that Canadians are aware of the health effects of cannabis use and vaping is key to helping to reduce the harms associated with these activities. I am pleased that our Government is offering these micro-grants to help Canadians take action within their communities. Armed with factual information from a source they trust, Canadians can make informed decisions and lead healthier lives,” said Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor in a press release. - The GrowthOp

Retailers Struggle To Keep CBD On Shelves

While Canada has been experiencing a shortage of cannabis in general, there’s been one product that has been particularly hard to keep on the shelves, CBD. The extract most commonly used in oil form has grown in popularity in recent years for its numerous health benefits, and lack of the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.

"I don't think the licensed producers really realized how popular CBD was, so there's none available, really," said Krystian Wetulani, founder of City Cannabis Co. in Vancouver. - CTV news

First Time Cannabis Use Up After Legalization

In the first three months of 2018, about 330,000 Canadians said they'd tried cannabis for the first time. A year later, it was up to 650,000.

"One of the things … unique with this survey is the number of respondents who said they're using for the first time. So they started, in this case, in the post-legalization period," said Michelle Rotermann, a senior analyst in Statistics Canada's health analysis division. - CBC News


The Grow-Off Launching It’s First Canadian Cannabis Competition

Biotech company Qualis Cannabis Corporation has announced it plans to hold a Canadian edition of The Grow-Off, a competition that tests cannabis-growing skills. Competitors in the Grow-Off are all challenged to raise the best crop from the same genetic starting line.

“This is the first competition of its kind in Canada. We can’t wait to showcase Canadian growing expertise to the world,” said Kevin Puloski, CEO of Qualis Cannabis in a press release. - The GrowthOp

American MSO Cansortium Wins Canadian Cannabis Production License

Cansortium Inc., a leading Florida-based multi-state operator (“MSO”) medical cannabis company with a mission to deliver the highest standards of cannabis care from nursery to lab to shelf, announced that Health Canada, pursuant to the Cannabis Act, has granted to Cansortium Canada, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, a cannabis cultivation, processing, and medical sales license.

“After more than a year and a half of dedicated and diligent work on the process, securing our Canadian license is a significant milestone on our path toward becoming a truly global cannabis company.” - Jose Hidalgo, Cansortium Founder & CEO . - New Cannabis Ventures

Acreage shareholder plans to vote against ‘unbelievably lopsided’ Canopy deal

Marcato Capital Management, which owns about three percent of U.S. cannabis operator Acreage Holdings, plans to vote against the company’s proposed deal with Canadian marijuana giant Canopy Growth, describing the unique tie-up as a “value destructive transaction and not in the best interests of shareholders.”

Shareholders will decide on the deal in June while a circular to vote on the deal is expected to be distributed to Acreage shareholders in the next few weeks. An Acreage spokesperson told BNN Bloomberg the company remains confident the deal will happen despite some shareholders’ concerns. - BNN Bloomberg

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22 News, Finance and The Law 2 weeks ago / Caledon, Ontario

https://420intel.com/articles/2019/05/06/4-letter-word-could-prevent-us-marijuana-legalization

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The 4-Letter word that could prevent U.S. marijuana legalization

420 Intel

Will the U.S. legalize marijuana? Although 33 states have legalized medical cannabis and 10 have also legalized recreational pot, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. But legislation is moving through the U.S. Congress that would change federal laws to recognize individual states' authority to enforce their own marijuana laws.

https://420intel.com/articles/2019/05/06/4-letter-word-...

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  • From 22

    Very interesting perspective... I’ve always said BIG deals my BIG politics

Janelle Simone News, Finance and The Law 2 weeks ago / Scarborough, Ontario

Some good news for the legal market? https://www.thestar.com/business/2019/05/02/cannabis-usage-rises-more-legal-buyers-in-q1-statistics-canada-survey.html

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Cannabis usage rises, more legal buyers in Q1: Statistics Canada survey | The Star

thestar.com

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says its latest survey shows more people are using cannabis since the legalization of recreational pot last fall and Canadians are increasingly buying it from legal retailers. Figures from its National Cannabis Survey released today show that 5.3 million or 18 per cent of Canadians aged 15 years and older said they used pot within the last three months.

https://www.thestar.com/business/2019/05/02/cannabis-us...

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Burge News, Finance and The Law 3 weeks ago / Vancouver , British Columbia

This looks pretty cool! https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/moosehead-enters-crowded-cannabis-drink-market-with-sproutly-joint-venture-1.1251641

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Moosehead enters cannabis drink market with Sproutly joint venture - Article - BNN

BNN

Moosehead Breweries Ltd., one of Canada's largest brewers, is getting into the cannabis business. The Saint John, N.B.-based brewer announced it plans to form a joint venture with Sproutly Canada Inc., a cannabis producer and extractor, to develop pot-infused beverages that will be released later this year in the Canadian market.

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/moosehead-enters-crowded-ca...

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Yes, it does, I believe I read in another article that the onset of effects would happen in as quick as 5minuts an last approximately an hour or so. I found that especially interesting. Not sure how accurate that is or will be though.

JADEO News, Finance and The Law 3 weeks ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Buzz: Edition 22 - Apr 30th

O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo Takes Toronto By Storm

The popular expo welcomed exhibitors and panelists from across Canada to share their extensive cannabis industry knowledge. One of the highlights of the weekend was the awards show highlighting an array of winners in categories such as “Best in the cannabis industry”, “Best Cannabis People” and “People’s Choice. For a full list of winners, visit here.

The OCS Cancels Plans For 1-Day Delivery

In what seems like another fumble for the OCS, the previously announced one-day shipping via courier has been canceled. The announcement comes via a cancellation notice on the Ontario Governments tender portal. No reason was given for the cancellation. - Financial Post

Tilray To Explore Use Of Cannabis In Kids With Aggressive Behavioural Problems

Canadian LP giant Tilray has announced its involvement in a new Australian pilot study that explores the viability of a large-scale, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial of the use of a cannabis-derived compound for the treatment of aggressive behavioural problems in children with Intellectual Disabilities. Researchers hope that if results show promise, CBD could someday potentially reduce or negate the use of drugs such as antipsychotics and antidepressants - The GrowthOp

Nigeria Has The World’s Highest Rate Of Cannabis Use

With 19.4% of its population aged 15+ having consumed it in the past year, Nigeria tops the list of the World’s highest rate of cannabis use, according to New Frontier Data. What’s interesting about this stat is the fact that cannabis is heavily prohibited in Nigeria and most of the African continent. Canada and the United States respectively, where more progressive cannabis laws exist have the world’s second- and third-highest usage rates of cannabis.

Co-use Of Cannabis And Tobacco Linked To Poorer Functioning Among Young Adults

Among those surveyed, young adults who used cannabis and tobacco or nicotine together in some way (either using one right after the other or by mixing the products together) tended to consume more marijuana and tobacco or nicotine products, and report poorer functioning and more problematic behaviors compared to those who used did not use both products together. The study is published online by the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Legal Cannabis Sales Down For 2nd Straight Month In Canada

Statistics Canada data shows that Canadians bought less legal cannabis for the second consecutive month in February, approximately $49.9 million worth. The agency’s numbers show that sales increased in December to a high of more than $57.3 million worth of cannabis sold, after achieving more than $53.7 million in sales in November and more than $41.4 million sold in October following legalization. After seeing a sales peak in December, sales fell to $54.8 million in January and then even further in February. - Vancourier

Canada Reviewing Second Roadside Cannabis Test Device

The company behind the second machine that could be approved for roadside drug tests in Canada says its product is faster and easier to use for police wary about the technology. In an interview, two officials from the company Abbott say their testing device, the “SoToxa,” has shown it can accurately use a saliva sample to test for drugs in a person’s system within five minutes and work in cold weather. The handheld device is now in a 30-day public review window after the government posted its intention to allow police to use the device. - Global News

Canada’s Craft Producers Bound By Red Tape

Six months after recreational cannabis became legal in Canada, only one company in the entire country holds a license for craft production. CTV News Vancouver has learned that 120 companies have applied for micro-grow licenses from Health Canada, with 18 rejected and only one green-lit somewhere in B.C. “The regulations are making it very difficult for small and medium producers to become part of the regulated industry,” said cannabis advocate and ganja-preneur Barinder Rasode.

The solicitor general’s ministry, which oversees the BC Liquor Distribution Branch and government-regulated sale of cannabis to retail outlets as well as online BC Cannabis Stores sales website, tells CTV it’s working to understand what the hold up is. - CTV News

Another Billion-Dollar U.S. Cannabis Company Is Going Public In Canada

Columbia Care Inc., which has operations in 14 U.S. states and territories plus Malta, will begin trading April 29th on Toronto’s NEO Exchange under the symbol CCHW. The company will list via an acquisition by Canaccord Genuity Growth Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, with a valuation of about $1.4 billion.

The NEO Exchange, which to date has largely been a listing hub for exchange-traded funds and SPACs, has also attracted some small cannabis companies including Halo Labs Inc. and Maple Leaf Green World Inc. Columbia Care will eclipse these in size. - Bloomberg

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Janelle Simone News, Finance and The Law 4 weeks ago / Scarborough, Ontario

Love articles like this that highlight the amazing, diverse women that are pushing the industry forward! https://www.forbes.com/sites/emilyjoffrion/2019/04/18/not-just-smoke-and-mirrors-9-women-shaping-the-16-9b-cannabis-industry/#5421e5ec1060

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Not Just Smoke And Mirrors: 9 Women Shaping The $16.9B Cannabis Industry

Forbes

When the 2018 Farm Bill passed, making hemp and CBD legal (so long as it contains less than 0.3% THC by weight), explosive consumer growth followed. According to a study by first-time cannabis users increased by 140%, and women, with an estimated $40 trillion in global consumer spending under their control, made up 38% of all cannabis users in the United States.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/emilyjoffrion/2019/04/18/n...

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JADEO News, Finance and The Law 4 weeks ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Buzz: Edition 21 - Apr 23

Tweed And TerraCycle Team Up To Take Cannabis Packaging Recycling Nationwide

“As we approached legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, Tweed realized a solution was needed for all the new containers, tubes and packages in our industry, to ensure they are diverted away from landfills and upcycled into other products,” notes an April 22 release. The recycling program, previously only available in select locations is now being rolled out across Canada thanks to a partnership between Tweed and TerraCycle.

“As a community, we came together quickly to address the sustainability concern in our industry and I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished so far,” said Hilary Black, Chief Advocacy Officer of Canopy Growth Corporation, the parent company of Tweed. - BotanIQ

Seth Rogen Joins Calls For Cannabis Amnesty In Canada

Seth Rogen - Cannabis Amnesty

"4/20 is also about activism and I'd like to raise awareness to some of the injustices that revolve around cannabis in Canada," Rogen wrote to his 6.7 million Instagram followers on Saturday. The actor used the occasion of 4/20 to announce his support and draw attention the Cannabis Amnesty Campaign, which wants the government to issue "blanket pardons" for the offence now that recreational marijuana has been legalized across the country. - CTV News

Supreme Cannabis Launches Cannabis Genetics Company, Cambium Plant Sciences

Cambium Plant Sciences, located in Goderich, Ontario. Cambium, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Supreme Cannabis, aims to lead the agricultural revolution of cannabis genetics, redefining consumer experiences and cultivation economics across the global cannabis industry. The genetics company is set to disrupt cannabis industry through the development and licensing of next generation cannabis plant genetics and cultivation IP. Supreme Cannabis will invest approximately $14 million for the construction of a state-of-the-art, 34,000 sqft research and development facility located in Goderich, Ontario. - Supreme Cannabis

Cannabis Prices Increases Across Canada

According to data from Statistics Canada the price of Cannabis has increased by 17.3% across country since legalization. Prior to legalization the average price per gram of dried flower was $6.85 in the now post legalization era the average price is $8.04. With black market pricing significantly lower than that of legal retailers it is believed that Increase in price in addition to low supply is allowing the black market to continue to thrive. - StatsCan

Ben & Jerry’s Celebrate 420 By Joining Cannabis Amnesty Conversation

Ben & Jerry's - 420 Cannabis Amnesty Campaign

In a tweet that read, “It’s hard to celebrate 4/20 when so many people of color are still being arrested for pot. We have to do better. Learn more: https://benjerrys.co/2Xn8vr2” Ben & Jerry’s released a video highlighting the disparity between the large number of white people making money off of legalized pot versus the large number of black people arrested for pot usage. It concludes, “Let’s celebrate 4/20 this year by making sure legalization doesn’t leave people of color behind.” - TheTakeOut

Makers of DrugTest 5000, Stress the Machine Cannot be Used to Detect Intoxication.

Regardless of whether their DrugTest 5000 saliva tester has been ok’d by Health Canada for use by police at roadside stops, a representative of manufacturer Drager stressed the device was never intended to test for intoxication.

“Our device is there to really just identify whether there’s a presence of THC. It’s not meant to measure impairment and we never claimed that it does,” said Einat Velichover, Drager’s head of Canadian drug and alcohol detection. “So really it’s just one tool of many that law enforcement utilize in order to assess impairment and road safety.” - CP24

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  • From Janelle Simone

    The Tweed partnership for recycling is great when you consider all the extra waste that is a part of the packaging.
    Kudos to Seth Rogen, can't wait to see him at Collision!
    As a minority that Ben & Jerry's video was extremely eye-opening. Kudos to them for shining a light on the issue.

    • From Connor Christine

      I agree Janelle, I'm so happy that we have opened our eyes to all of the waste and extra packaging cannabis companies have been using!

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


The Buzz: Edition 24 - May 14th

Canadian’s Appetite For Cannabis Edibles Decrease

A new study from Dalhousie University led by Sylvain Charlebois, senior director of the Agrifood Analytics Lab, sought to determine if public opinion had changed about cannabis legalization, the findings were surprising for the research team.

According to the results, it appears the high times around legal weed are fizzling out as Charlebois says Canadians seem uninterested in cannabis, especially when it comes to the legalization of cannabis-infused edibles. “What we are getting out of the survey is that people aren’t quite as excited or enthusiastic about cannabis in general,” he said.

In 2017, before legalization, 46 per cent of respondents said they were interested in trying edibles, but in the new poll, that number had dropped to 36 per cent. - Global News

Over-Valued And Over-Regulated: Why Some Cannabis Investors Are Shunning Canadian Firms And Eyeing U.S. Operators Instead

Many Canadian licensed producers might never achieve profitability and eventually lose ground to their American counterparts because of oversupply and onerous marketing restrictions — the combination of which will lead to commoditization, according to some investors in the cannabis space.

“Industry commoditization will arrive before profits ever do. We forecast that Canadian LPs will not earn a profit in the next three years, nor will they be profitable thereafter,” Hass boldly predicted. - Financial Post

New Cannabis Licence Rules Could Make Canada's Supply Shortage Even Worse

The Canadian government said last week that it will now require applicants for cannabis cultivation, processing or sales licenses to have a fully built site before they apply. The goal is to alleviate the huge backlog that’s built up since Canada legalized recreational pot in October. About 614 applications were waiting in the queue as of March 31, according to a Health Canada spokeswoman.

“I think the fact that you now have to fully build out your site before you even apply means that people are going to build very small initial phases to try to mitigate risk and minimize the amount of money that has to be spent,” cannabis lawyer Trina Fraser, partner at Brazeau Seller Law, said in a phone interview.

Canada’s changes to its cannabis licensing requirements may make the country’s persistent pot shortage worse, not better, according to some in the industry.

“That could actually exacerbate the supply problem because it’s going to be difficult for those producers to expand and grow fast enough to meet demand,” Ottawa-based Fraser said. - Financial Post

First Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation Licence Awarded To BC Company

In a statement released today, Good Buds announced that it had been awarded an outdoor cultivation license for their Salt Spring Island property by Health Canada on May 10.

The company calls this a “market disruptor,” that would drastically lower not just costs, but reduce cannabis’ hefty carbon footprint. - Daily Hive

Aurora Cannabis And Radient Technologies Announce First Commercial Delivery of Cannabis Derivatives

Aurora Cannabis Inc. announced today that Aurora has taken delivery of Radient's first commercial batch of finished cannabis derivatives, from Radient's proprietary extraction platform. With this first batch, Radient has proven its enhanced ability to produce cannabinoid derivatives at commercial scale, and will continue to scale up production at Radient's cannabis facility in Edmonton , reaching an expected eventual annual throughput of approximately 300,000 kg of cannabis biomass at this single location. - Yahoo Finance

Quebec Backpedals On Plan To Ban Public Cannabis Smoking

The Quebec government is relaxing its plan to ban cannabis users from lighting up in parks and other public spaces, Radio-Canada has learned.

Premier François Legault has vowed to tighten restrictions on cannabis sales and consumption, making the proposed changes a part of his original election platform.

The province is planning to include an amendment in Bill 2 today after concluding a province-wide ban on public consumption wouldn't be enforceable. - CBC News

Cannabis Lounges Coming To Sin City

The Las Vegas City Council this month voted to allow existing dispensaries to apply for permits to open consumption lounges where tourists can use marijuana products in a cozy setting, perhaps with a meal and some live entertainment.


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JADEO News, Finance and The Law 2 weeks ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Buzz: Edition 23 - May 7th

Tokyo Smoke’s Yonge St. Location Now Open

After much anticipation, Tokyo Smoke’s Toronto dispensary is now open at 333 Yonge St. Entrepreneur and winner of one of the city’s five cannabis licenses, Colin Campbell, partnered with the brand to open a location in the old record shop near the corner of Yonge and Dundas. - The DailyHive

Image via The DailyHive

Health Canada Announces $600K Funding For Awareness Campaign

A new three-year, $600,000 micro-grant fund has been launched by Health Canada under its Substance Use and Addictions Program, to support community-led education efforts to inform the public about the health facts of cannabis use and vaping.

“Ensuring that Canadians are aware of the health effects of cannabis use and vaping is key to helping to reduce the harms associated with these activities. I am pleased that our Government is offering these micro-grants to help Canadians take action within their communities. Armed with factual information from a source they trust, Canadians can make informed decisions and lead healthier lives,” said Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor in a press release. - The GrowthOp

Retailers Struggle To Keep CBD On Shelves

While Canada has been experiencing a shortage of cannabis in general, there’s been one product that has been particularly hard to keep on the shelves, CBD. The extract most commonly used in oil form has grown in popularity in recent years for its numerous health benefits, and lack of the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.

"I don't think the licensed producers really realized how popular CBD was, so there's none available, really," said Krystian Wetulani, founder of City Cannabis Co. in Vancouver. - CTV news

First Time Cannabis Use Up After Legalization

In the first three months of 2018, about 330,000 Canadians said they'd tried cannabis for the first time. A year later, it was up to 650,000.

"One of the things … unique with this survey is the number of respondents who said they're using for the first time. So they started, in this case, in the post-legalization period," said Michelle Rotermann, a senior analyst in Statistics Canada's health analysis division. - CBC News


The Grow-Off Launching It’s First Canadian Cannabis Competition

Biotech company Qualis Cannabis Corporation has announced it plans to hold a Canadian edition of The Grow-Off, a competition that tests cannabis-growing skills. Competitors in the Grow-Off are all challenged to raise the best crop from the same genetic starting line.

“This is the first competition of its kind in Canada. We can’t wait to showcase Canadian growing expertise to the world,” said Kevin Puloski, CEO of Qualis Cannabis in a press release. - The GrowthOp

American MSO Cansortium Wins Canadian Cannabis Production License

Cansortium Inc., a leading Florida-based multi-state operator (“MSO”) medical cannabis company with a mission to deliver the highest standards of cannabis care from nursery to lab to shelf, announced that Health Canada, pursuant to the Cannabis Act, has granted to Cansortium Canada, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, a cannabis cultivation, processing, and medical sales license.

“After more than a year and a half of dedicated and diligent work on the process, securing our Canadian license is a significant milestone on our path toward becoming a truly global cannabis company.” - Jose Hidalgo, Cansortium Founder & CEO . - New Cannabis Ventures

Acreage shareholder plans to vote against ‘unbelievably lopsided’ Canopy deal

Marcato Capital Management, which owns about three percent of U.S. cannabis operator Acreage Holdings, plans to vote against the company’s proposed deal with Canadian marijuana giant Canopy Growth, describing the unique tie-up as a “value destructive transaction and not in the best interests of shareholders.”

Shareholders will decide on the deal in June while a circular to vote on the deal is expected to be distributed to Acreage shareholders in the next few weeks. An Acreage spokesperson told BNN Bloomberg the company remains confident the deal will happen despite some shareholders’ concerns. - BNN Bloomberg

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JADEO News, Finance and The Law 3 weeks ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Buzz: Edition 22 - Apr 30th

O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo Takes Toronto By Storm

The popular expo welcomed exhibitors and panelists from across Canada to share their extensive cannabis industry knowledge. One of the highlights of the weekend was the awards show highlighting an array of winners in categories such as “Best in the cannabis industry”, “Best Cannabis People” and “People’s Choice. For a full list of winners, visit here.

The OCS Cancels Plans For 1-Day Delivery

In what seems like another fumble for the OCS, the previously announced one-day shipping via courier has been canceled. The announcement comes via a cancellation notice on the Ontario Governments tender portal. No reason was given for the cancellation. - Financial Post

Tilray To Explore Use Of Cannabis In Kids With Aggressive Behavioural Problems

Canadian LP giant Tilray has announced its involvement in a new Australian pilot study that explores the viability of a large-scale, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial of the use of a cannabis-derived compound for the treatment of aggressive behavioural problems in children with Intellectual Disabilities. Researchers hope that if results show promise, CBD could someday potentially reduce or negate the use of drugs such as antipsychotics and antidepressants - The GrowthOp

Nigeria Has The World’s Highest Rate Of Cannabis Use

With 19.4% of its population aged 15+ having consumed it in the past year, Nigeria tops the list of the World’s highest rate of cannabis use, according to New Frontier Data. What’s interesting about this stat is the fact that cannabis is heavily prohibited in Nigeria and most of the African continent. Canada and the United States respectively, where more progressive cannabis laws exist have the world’s second- and third-highest usage rates of cannabis.

Co-use Of Cannabis And Tobacco Linked To Poorer Functioning Among Young Adults

Among those surveyed, young adults who used cannabis and tobacco or nicotine together in some way (either using one right after the other or by mixing the products together) tended to consume more marijuana and tobacco or nicotine products, and report poorer functioning and more problematic behaviors compared to those who used did not use both products together. The study is published online by the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Legal Cannabis Sales Down For 2nd Straight Month In Canada

Statistics Canada data shows that Canadians bought less legal cannabis for the second consecutive month in February, approximately $49.9 million worth. The agency’s numbers show that sales increased in December to a high of more than $57.3 million worth of cannabis sold, after achieving more than $53.7 million in sales in November and more than $41.4 million sold in October following legalization. After seeing a sales peak in December, sales fell to $54.8 million in January and then even further in February. - Vancourier

Canada Reviewing Second Roadside Cannabis Test Device

The company behind the second machine that could be approved for roadside drug tests in Canada says its product is faster and easier to use for police wary about the technology. In an interview, two officials from the company Abbott say their testing device, the “SoToxa,” has shown it can accurately use a saliva sample to test for drugs in a person’s system within five minutes and work in cold weather. The handheld device is now in a 30-day public review window after the government posted its intention to allow police to use the device. - Global News

Canada’s Craft Producers Bound By Red Tape

Six months after recreational cannabis became legal in Canada, only one company in the entire country holds a license for craft production. CTV News Vancouver has learned that 120 companies have applied for micro-grow licenses from Health Canada, with 18 rejected and only one green-lit somewhere in B.C. “The regulations are making it very difficult for small and medium producers to become part of the regulated industry,” said cannabis advocate and ganja-preneur Barinder Rasode.

The solicitor general’s ministry, which oversees the BC Liquor Distribution Branch and government-regulated sale of cannabis to retail outlets as well as online BC Cannabis Stores sales website, tells CTV it’s working to understand what the hold up is. - CTV News

Another Billion-Dollar U.S. Cannabis Company Is Going Public In Canada

Columbia Care Inc., which has operations in 14 U.S. states and territories plus Malta, will begin trading April 29th on Toronto’s NEO Exchange under the symbol CCHW. The company will list via an acquisition by Canaccord Genuity Growth Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, with a valuation of about $1.4 billion.

The NEO Exchange, which to date has largely been a listing hub for exchange-traded funds and SPACs, has also attracted some small cannabis companies including Halo Labs Inc. and Maple Leaf Green World Inc. Columbia Care will eclipse these in size. - Bloomberg

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The Buzz: Edition 21 - Apr 23

Tweed And TerraCycle Team Up To Take Cannabis Packaging Recycling Nationwide

“As we approached legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, Tweed realized a solution was needed for all the new containers, tubes and packages in our industry, to ensure they are diverted away from landfills and upcycled into other products,” notes an April 22 release. The recycling program, previously only available in select locations is now being rolled out across Canada thanks to a partnership between Tweed and TerraCycle.

“As a community, we came together quickly to address the sustainability concern in our industry and I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished so far,” said Hilary Black, Chief Advocacy Officer of Canopy Growth Corporation, the parent company of Tweed. - BotanIQ

Seth Rogen Joins Calls For Cannabis Amnesty In Canada

Seth Rogen - Cannabis Amnesty

"4/20 is also about activism and I'd like to raise awareness to some of the injustices that revolve around cannabis in Canada," Rogen wrote to his 6.7 million Instagram followers on Saturday. The actor used the occasion of 4/20 to announce his support and draw attention the Cannabis Amnesty Campaign, which wants the government to issue "blanket pardons" for the offence now that recreational marijuana has been legalized across the country. - CTV News

Supreme Cannabis Launches Cannabis Genetics Company, Cambium Plant Sciences

Cambium Plant Sciences, located in Goderich, Ontario. Cambium, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Supreme Cannabis, aims to lead the agricultural revolution of cannabis genetics, redefining consumer experiences and cultivation economics across the global cannabis industry. The genetics company is set to disrupt cannabis industry through the development and licensing of next generation cannabis plant genetics and cultivation IP. Supreme Cannabis will invest approximately $14 million for the construction of a state-of-the-art, 34,000 sqft research and development facility located in Goderich, Ontario. - Supreme Cannabis

Cannabis Prices Increases Across Canada

According to data from Statistics Canada the price of Cannabis has increased by 17.3% across country since legalization. Prior to legalization the average price per gram of dried flower was $6.85 in the now post legalization era the average price is $8.04. With black market pricing significantly lower than that of legal retailers it is believed that Increase in price in addition to low supply is allowing the black market to continue to thrive. - StatsCan

Ben & Jerry’s Celebrate 420 By Joining Cannabis Amnesty Conversation

Ben & Jerry's - 420 Cannabis Amnesty Campaign

In a tweet that read, “It’s hard to celebrate 4/20 when so many people of color are still being arrested for pot. We have to do better. Learn more: https://benjerrys.co/2Xn8vr2” Ben & Jerry’s released a video highlighting the disparity between the large number of white people making money off of legalized pot versus the large number of black people arrested for pot usage. It concludes, “Let’s celebrate 4/20 this year by making sure legalization doesn’t leave people of color behind.” - TheTakeOut

Makers of DrugTest 5000, Stress the Machine Cannot be Used to Detect Intoxication.

Regardless of whether their DrugTest 5000 saliva tester has been ok’d by Health Canada for use by police at roadside stops, a representative of manufacturer Drager stressed the device was never intended to test for intoxication.

“Our device is there to really just identify whether there’s a presence of THC. It’s not meant to measure impairment and we never claimed that it does,” said Einat Velichover, Drager’s head of Canadian drug and alcohol detection. “So really it’s just one tool of many that law enforcement utilize in order to assess impairment and road safety.” - CP24

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  • From Janelle Simone

    The Tweed partnership for recycling is great when you consider all the extra waste that is a part of the packaging.
    Kudos to Seth Rogen, can't wait to see him at Collision!
    As a minority that Ben & Jerry's video was extremely eye-opening. Kudos to them for shining a light on the issue.

    • From Connor Christine

      I agree Janelle, I'm so happy that we have opened our eyes to all of the waste and extra packaging cannabis companies have been using!

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Potcasts, Cannabis News and Stocks on the Move for April 22nd (TSXV: ZENA) (TSX: TGOD) (TSX: FIRE) (NYSE: ACB) (NYSE: CGC)

Potcasts, Cannabis News and Stocks on the Move for April 22nd (TSXV: ZENA) (TSX: TGOD) (TSX: FIRE) (NYSE: ACB) (NYSE: CGC)

April 22, 2019 (Investorideas.com Newswire) www.Investorideas.com, a global news source covering leading sectors including marijuana and hemp stocks and its potcast site, www.potcasts.ca release today's edition of Investorideas.com potcastsCM - cannabis news and stocks to watch plus insight from thought leaders and experts.

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Good afternoon and welcome to another Investorideas.com "potcast", looking at cannabis news, stocks to watch as well as insights from thought leaders and experts.

Today we are looking at announcements from Zenabis Global Inc. (TSXV: ZENA), The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTC:TGODF), The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. (TSX: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF), Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) (TSX: ACB) and Canopy Growth Corp. (NYSE: CGC) (TSX: WEED).

Zenabis Global Inc. announced that it has received conditional approval to graduate its listing from the TSX Venture Exchange to the Toronto Stock Exchange.

"Moving to the main board of one of the largest exchanges in the world is a critical milestone for the Company in terms of demonstrating the strength of our business and expanding our investment appeal to a broader and global audience," stated Andrew Grieve, Chief Executive Officer of Zenabis. "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank the entire Zenabis team for their dedication and hard work and to our stakeholders and founders for their unwavering support."

Final approval of the listing is subject to certain customary conditions which the Company intends to fulfill in the coming weeks. The Company is confident it will be able to satisfy all requirements and will release a statement immediately upon issuance of the TSX Bulletin confirming the date on which the listed securities of Zenabis will be delisted from the TSXV and commence trading on the TSX. Upon listing on the TSX, the Company's common shares and outstanding listed common share purchase warrants will continue to trade under the symbols "ZENA" and "ZENA.WT".

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. announced that it has received its oil sales licence from Health Canada pursuant to the Cannabis Act for its Hamilton, Ontario facility.

The Company received its oils production licence in April of 2018 and subsequently installed a state-of-the-art supercritical CO2 extraction system, capable of processing ultra-pure, environmentally friendly, organic cannabis oils. The process is free of toxic solvents and does not require any winterization protocol. The result of this specialized extraction process is a precisely concentrated, aromatic golden-brown oil that is as close to the original plant composition as can be achieved. TGOD's premium cannabis products, including its cannabis oils, are certified organic by ProCert and its innovative growing process is certified organic by both ProCert and Ecocert, producing a clean, high-quality end product.

TGOD's oil extraction facility was built to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) specifications, and work is currently underway for European Union GMP ("EU-GMP") certification, which will allow the Company to expand distribution of its certified organic cannabis oils beyond Canada to global markets.

The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. today announced the launch of Cambium Plant Sciences, located in Goderich, Ontario. Cambium, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Supreme Cannabis, aims to lead the agricultural revolution of cannabis genetics, redefining consumer experiences and cultivation economics across the global cannabis industry.

With the systematic application of research, technology and science, Cambium will focus on developing the next generation of premium cannabis genetics for recreational, medical and wellness applications. Cambium's innovative mission is to supply agriculturally-focused, disease resistant, premium seed stock to the rapidly growing global cannabis market.

"Our proprietary genetics selection methodology and ability to cultivate high-end cannabis at scale at 7ACRES has created strong industry demand for our proprietary genetics and cultivation techniques. It was as a result of the demand that we saw a global opportunity to create a company whose sole focus is innovating plant genetics and cultivation IP for the global cannabis market. We believe genetics are the foundation of proprietary cannabis products in the long term," said Navdeep Dhaliwal, CEO of Supreme Cannabis. "Cambium will develop cultivars that benefit our in-house brands, as well as our domestic and global cultivation and manufacturing partners. Initially, Cambium is expected to benefit from 7ACRES' established genetics, existing infrastructure and the unparalleled plant knowledge of its team."

Aurora Cannabis Inc. kicked off the search for Canada's Top Budmaster ™ through a national competition that will recognize cannabis professionals across the country who are guiding consumers as they navigate the new world of legal cannabis.

Through a series of skills-based and knowledge-testing events, as well as through digital competitions, Canada's budtender community will be able to demonstrate their expertise in cultivar characteristics and histories, product categories and formats, exceptional customer service, and must also showcase how they contribute to the community and culture.

As Canada's first legal 420 holiday finishes, it's time to recognize the women and men in cannabis retail stores who educate consumers every day. These passionate, knowledgeable budtenders on the front line continue to break stigma and grow the cannabis community by helping more and more Canadians learn about the plant, its properties and how cannabis can fit responsibly into their lives.

"We wouldn't be where we are today as an industry, and as a company, without the cannabis advocates who fought to break boundaries and challenge perceptions," said Terry Booth, CEO. "Aurora thanks the cannabis leaders of the past, and we applaud the work of budtenders everywhere who are educating Canadians on cannabis, and helping to grow a strong and long-lasting future for the cannabis movement."

In the spirit of Earth Day, Tweed, Canada's best-known cannabis brand and subsidiary to Canopy Growth Corp., officially launched the Tweed x TerraCycle recycling program across Canada. Previously available in select stores and provinces, today's announcement officially marks the roll out of Canada's first country-wide Cannabis Packaging Recycling Program.

First introduced in October 2018, the Tweed x TerraCycle Cannabis Packaging Recycling Program accepts all cannabis containers from all licensed producers - including tins, plastic bags, tubes, and bottles with child-proof caps, which are notoriously tricky to recycle. Since its debut, the free Cannabis Packaging Recycling Program has saved over 165,000 containers from ending up in landfills. The program is currently active in over 106 legal cannabis retail locations across Canada, including all Tweed and Tokyo Smoke stores, as well as select third-party retailers. In addition to drop off points located at participating retail stores, consumers have the option to register online through Tweed.com for free pickup and recycling of their discarded containers.

"As a community, we came together quickly to address the sustainability concern in our industry and I'm so proud of what we've accomplished so far. Over 165,000 containers have already been collected through the Tweed x TerraCycle program and will be melted down to make plastic pellets used to create new products," reflects Hilary Black, the company's Chief Advocacy Officer, on the success of the program so far. "With the next phase of the Tweed x TerraCycle recycling program, we're excited to bring this initiative to even more communities across Canada and keep working to reduce waste across the industry."

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    Thanks for the update!

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{VIDEO} Can I Travel Outside Of Canada With Medical Cannabis?

Wondering if you can travel outside Canada with your medical cannabis? Listen to Jason Alexander Chief Legal Officer, Starseed Medicinal Inc. explain the issue.


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The Buzz: Edition 20 - Apr 16th

Northumberland OPP seized approximately $135,000 worth of cannabis

Officers conducted a traffic stop on a pickup truck 30km south of Cobourg, ON. After detecting the scent of cannabis, they found 13.5 kilograms of cannabis and weapons including a conducted energy weapon.

Global news reports, Maxwell Drake Jenkins, 25, of Brighton, and Breanne Hass, 24, of Quinte West, were both arrested and charged with the following offences:

  • Possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition
  • Possession of prohibited device or ammunition for a dangerous purpose

Hass has also received an additional charge of having care or control of a vehicle with cannabis readily available.

4/20 Is Greenest Day Of The Year (For More Reasons Than One)

Cannabis sales are expected to double on 4/20. Looking back at historical data provided by Headset Inc. last year (2018) saw 4/20 sales double in at least 4 major U.S. (legal) markets. As this is the first legal 4/20 day in Canada the same type of increase as seen in U.S. states is not anticipated, but it is expected to be an excellent sales day nonetheless.

A Vancouver Company Is Turning Cannabis Waste Into Drinking Water

Micron Waste Technologies will be working on the first ever initiative to turn cannabis and food waste into drinkable water. Partnered with Federal Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough they introduced the Cannavore and Organivore digesters in Delta on Monday.

"We developed this digester for organic waste that works like no other technology in the world," Aurora Cannabis' chief corporate officer Cam Battley said. "It takes food waste or cannabis waste, processes it in about 24 hours and the product that comes out the other end is water that is clean enough to drink. This is a cleaner, greener more economical means of dealing with food or cannabis waste."

MIcron hopes that the waste units will be available for commercial use by late 2019.

High Tide Approved For 2 Ontario Locations

Alberta based cannabis retailer High Tide announced on Friday that they have received approval from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for Canna Cabana Hamilton and Canna Cabana Sudbury. They partnered with cannabis retail lottery winners to make these stores a reality.

“Helping these Winners establish their locations has been a great experience and we all expect exciting things to happen once the doors of these retail stores are opened to the public.” - Raj Grover, CEO of High Tide

The owners are hoping to have locations open ahead of the 4/20 rush.

Banks Still Reluctant To Do Business With The Cannabis Industry

Marijuana Business Association of Florida (MBAF), the Tallahassee-based medical cannabis advocacy organization, is the latest to be on the receiving end of this. With SunTrust bank announcing it would cutting ties with the association despite having done business with them for approximately 5 years.

The bank is citing the best interests of its customers and the bank itself. It is a commonly known fact that banks are quite reluctant to handle money from cannabis-related organizations because the plant remains illegal under federal law, despite having being legalized in 33 states.

Cannabis Culture Meets Mainstream Home Decor

House and Home publisher Lynda Reeves, who suggested at a December 2018 “trends breakfast” that there will be more and more design-driven cannabis accessories available for the home. We can expect to see the same brands that have made beautiful products and accessories for the alcohol industry to start making their way into cannabis. While cannabis has been very “bro” culture in the past the anticipation is that brands will push past that and work harder to appeal to style of women.

Cannabis May Need Twice The Sedation For Medical Procedures

Regular users of cannabis may need double the sedation levels required by non users when undergoing medical procedures, a small scale study finds. With "continued increase in legalization and use of cannabis, the field of anesthesia and sedation needs further studies with greater depth," wrote the authors of the study, published Monday in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

The study authors note that some sedatives have side effects and the higher the dose, the greater likelihood for problems. Asking questions about cannabis use during intake "can be an important tool for planning patient care and assessing both medication needs and possible risks during endoscopic procedures," they wrote.

However, Dr. Roderic Eckenhoff, a professor of anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania, said the study is interesting but lacked rigor. "I would consider this a pilot study that maybe somebody should pick up on and do a more complete trial," said Eckenhoff, who was not involved in the research.

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Flying With Cannabis

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Cannabis legalization in Canada has brought about a host of new regulations and most people are struggling to maneuver through the maze! What exactly is legal now? How much can I buy? Can I travel with my cannabis medicine? Can I drive with my product? Travel restrictions are a matter of grave concern yet as reported by the Vancouver Sun, a recent study from the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada showed 22 percent of the respondents believed they could travel with their prescribed medical cannabis just like any other prescribed drug, regardless of their destination.

Since legalization, domestic travellers in Canada are allowed to carry a defined limit of cannabis products. Transporting cannabis across international borders though is strictly prohibited and will embroil you in all sorts of legal trouble.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website clearly states “Transporting cannabis across the border in any form – including any oils containing THC or cannabidiol (CBD) - without a permit or exemption authorized by Health Canada remains a serious criminal offence”

As aptly put by the CBSA website “don’t bring it in and don’t take it out.”

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is the main agency mandated to regulate all screening and safety measures at Canadian airports. CATSA has put in place specific rules for travellers intending to carry cannabis/marijuana with them. Legally, a traveller is allowed to carry a maximum of 30 grams of dry herb while cannabis oil is subject to liquid restrictions that is 100 ml or below. If you are carrying more than this amount, be prepared to provide medical documents and/or necessary permits otherwise you are liable for prosecution. To complicate matters each state/region has its own set of laws and regulations meaning that one needs to learn about these restrictions based on your destination. Like in Alberta you can smoke your recreational cannabis in public except for some select places but in Saskatchewan public consumption is prohibited.

Some key points to remember to make your domestic travel Canna-friendly.

Baggage Pro-tip:

Although Transport Canada has stated that on domestic flights legal amounts of recreational cannabis will be allowed on checked in or carry on baggage, it is recommended to keep your stash in the carry-on.

Odour Control:

It is important to ensure that all your cannabis products and any accessory is packed properly and ideally sealed in an odor proof case. Check out The Hot Case for examples of odour-proof casing.

Keep Your Documents On Hand:

Even if the amount you carry is under the prescribed limit it is always good to carry your medical documentation and proof of purchase at all times.

Be an early bird:

With all the new regulations in place at airports, it is a confusing time for officials as well so plan ahead and give yourself enough time in case you have to explain your cannabis cargo.

As with all things, understand the law and abide by it to ensure a worry-free trip.


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The Buzz: Edition 19- Apr 9th

High Earnings Reported in Early Data on Legal Ontario Retail Shops

Nearly all the cannabis retail stores that opened in Ontario in the past week were powered by a POS system called COVA, that tracked all sales. It was a critical day for these retailers, with no room for mistakes as high volume set the stage for big profits and important first impressions. At the end of the day they had processed some impressive numbers. Seven out of the 10 Ontario cannabis stores that opened recorded an average of $50,913 in sales and 867 transactions on their first day of business according to Cova, which provided an aggregate sales figure for the retail stores who use their software. The average transaction amount was $61.82. New retail stores in Ontario who use COVA include Spiritleaf, The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co., Ganjika, Superette, Fire & Flower, and Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store.

100+ unopened Calgary Cannabis Stores Stalled While Waiting on Product

Calgary is looking to extend its normal deadlines for the 100+ cannabis stores that have been approved by city planners but have yet to open due to a shortage of legal cannabis in Alberta. Normally, once a store's permit is approved, it has one year to actually open, but city staff are recommending an exception in the case of cannabis stores due to circumstances outside of the permit holders’ control. On top of the existing retail license holders, another 64 applications are either under review or pending a decision. A city committee endorsed the idea last week but it would still need to be approved by city council before it takes effect.

Aurora files shelf prospectus to raise up to US$750 million over the next two years

Aurora Cannabis filed a preliminary short form base shelf prospectus with U.S. and Canadian securities regulators to raise up to US$750 million during the next 25 month period, the company said recently in a release. The prospectus will allow Aurora to make offerings of common shares, debt securities, subscription receipts, units and warrants in the market during that time period, the company said. Aurora has no immediate intention of drawing capital against the prospectus, but introduced the option “as a prudent and long-term strategic measure to provide us with flexibility in access to growth capital,” Aurora chairman Michael Singer said in the release.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Investing $1.5 Million for Cannabis Research

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is investing $1.5 million in funding to the nation’s Institutes of Health Research for research into the use of cannabis to manage MS symptoms and its effect on the condition. The investment will span five years and will consider applications for basic science, clinical, health services, and policy research.

Health Canada Approves CannTrust’s Phase 2 Expansion

CannTrust Holdings’ cultivation and processing permit under Health Canada Cannabis Regulations was amended to include the final 20% of its Phase 2 expansion. The entire 450,000 sq. ft. of its perpetual harvest greenhouse in Pelham, Ontario, is now fully licensed.

Emerald Health to Supply Cannabis to Quebec

Emerald Health Therapeutics has signed a letter of intent to supply cannabis to the Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC), Quebec’s sole legal distributor of recreational cannabis. Under the agreement, Emerald will supply cannabis to the SQDC form its QB-based facility as well as from its 50%-owned joint venture, Pure Sunfarms, in Delta, BC.

25 Local Governments in California Sue State in Attempt to Block Cannabis Delivery

A coalition of 25 California municipalities and one country that have banned cannabis sales have sued the state, claiming that allowing home delivery in their jurisdictions violates the law. The suit, if successful, could significantly affect cannabis sales by eliminating a market segment that otherwise could have been served via home delivery. That’s because 80% of the state’s 482 municipalities have banned marijuana sales. The suit would also hit the bottom line of transportation companies.

U.S. Government Seeks Professional Joint Rollers

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently issued a notice looking for someone to “manufacture standardized marijuana cigarettes within a range of varying concentrations of delta-9-THC.” Other job requirements include being able to “analyze and characterize various drugs of abuse including cannabinoids.” Applications are due in a couple of weeks, and the posting will close by mid-May. The NIDA notes that applicants must be able to obtain the necessary licenses needed to handle a Schedule 1 drug.

New Jersey Forecasts Need up to 90 More Cannabis Dispensaries by 2022

New Jersey needs to add 50 to 90 medical cannabis dispensaries in the next three years and more cultivation facilities to keep pace with current market demand, according to a state report issued this week that holds out the possibility of additional medical cannabis business opportunities.

Georgia Poised to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Georgia will likely be the next U.S. state to liberalize its marijuana laws after the state assembly passed a bill that would allow for the in-state sale and production of the drug for medical purposes. Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp said he will sign the bill into law on Wednesday; the new bill would allow for the production, manufacturing and dispensing, as well as the possession of low-THC cannabis oil in the state. The bill, will however, not include the sale of recreational cannabis.

FDA to Hold Public Hearings on CBD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning a public hearing next month to consider the safety, manufacturing, product quality, marketing, labeling and sale of federally regulated CBD products.

Texas Removes Hemp from Controlled Substances List

Texas is removed hemp from the state’s list of controlled substances on April 5th. The Texas legislature will now move forward with legalizing growing of the crop.

Aurora and Aphria Announce German Medical Cannabis Cultivation Licences

The next frontier of global medical cannabis appears to be Germany after Aurora Cannabis and Aphria announced they were among the three companies selected by the German government to cultivate and distribute medical pot in the European country. The companies are subject to a 10-day waiting period where unsuccessful bidders could submit a challenge to the bidding process. However, as noted in Thursday’s Cannabis Canada newsletter, both companies are primed to supply the German medical cannabis market, which is the largest in Europe. Both cannabis companies say the provisional decision awarded them each the maximum number of five of the 13 available lots in the tender, over a period of four years.

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Recreational Cannabis Consumption and Roadside Screening: What You Need to Know

Written by: Samantha L. Posluns, Associate Lawyer, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP

The purpose of this series is to shed light on some of the less obvious areas of the law that is being impacted by Canada’s recent legalization of recreational cannabis consumption.

Most Ontario drivers are familiar with the standardized roadside detection methods for alcohol intoxication, however, in the wake of Canada’s Cannabis Act many are unclear as to how drivers will be monitored for cannabis use. This article will summarize some of the recent changes to Canada’s criminal laws, as they relate to driver safety and cannabis detection methods.

The federal Cannabis Act regulates many aspects of cannabis consumption, including possession and lawful places of use. The Act strictly prohibits the consumption of cannabis while operating a motor vehicle. The legal maximum for possession by an individual over the age of 18 is 30 grams of dried cannabis (Note that 1 gram of dried cannabis is equal to 5 grams of fresh cannabis, 15 grams of edible product and 70 grams of liquid product.). The penalties for possession over this limit include a fine of up to $5,000.00 or imprisonment for a term of up to 5 years (depending on how the offense is prosecuted under the Criminal Code). Recreational cannabis consumers must be aware that even if a roadside search does not result in a charge for intoxication, possession over the prescribed limit has serious consequences.


The federal government has also enacted the Impaired Driving Act which amends Canada’s Criminal Code. The legislative intent behind these amendments was to facilitate a more robust drug-impaired driving regime, including the creation of new types of criminal offences and authorizing the use of roadside screening devices able to detect cannabis intoxication.

While pre-amendment provisions of the Criminal Code defined the operation of a motor vehicle while impaired as a criminal offence, they were vague as to what constituted impairment, particularly with regard to drug intoxication. The Impaired Driving Act has amended the Code to define three cannabis-related offences and specifies the detectable level THC or THC/alcohol combination levels required for a finding of impairment. The penalties upon conviction of these offences range by degree of seriousness.

  • A finding of between 2 and 5 nanograms of THC per millilitre of blood within two hours of driving is considered a summary conviction criminal offence.
  • A finding of 5 nanograms of THC per millilitre of blood within two hours of driving is considered a hybrid offence, which may be prosecuted either by summary conviction or by indictment.
  • A finding of a blood alcohol level of 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood combined with a THC level greater than 2.5 nanograms per millilitre of blood within two hours of driving is also considered a hybrid offence.

The summary conviction offence is punishable by a strict fine of $1,000.00. Both hybrid offences are punishable by mandatory penalties of $1,000.00 for a first offence and escalating penalties of imprisonment for repeat offenders. The more serious the circumstances surrounding a hybrid offence are, the more likely that it will be prosecuted by indictment. If prosecuted as a summary conviction, the maximum penalty is up to 18 months imprisonment. If prosecuted as an indictable offence, the maximum penalty is up to 10 years imprisonment. In cases where the impaired driving results in bodily harm, the maximum imprisonment period is 14 years and where it results in death, a life sentence may be imposed.

Prior to the Impaired Driving Act, breathalysers were the only screening devices that police were authorized to use. This limited roadside testing to the detection of alcohol. Drug intoxication could only be identified through blood sample testing, which required police to first obtain a warrant. Under the new amendments, police are authorized to use saliva testing devices, which, unlike breathalysers, test for THC intoxication. While the results of these tests may not directly lead to a charge, they can be used by police to warrant further investigation, such as a blood testing.

Although legalization has been perceived as a victory for recreational and medical cannabis consumers alike, it has also spawned the enactment of highly specific legislation that seeks to regulate all aspect of consumption. This, in turn, has resulted in the use of advanced detection technologies and harsher criminal penalties. While the constitutionality of these developments remains to be seen, it is clear that authorities have adopted a low-tolerance policy when it comes to cannabis use and driving.


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  • From Romes_416

    interesting

  • From MAsFoodables

    What if you smoke nightly but not during the day? What would show up on a roadside test?

    • From Connor Christine

      This is an interesting question, I think a lot of people are confused about this, including Law enforcement. As of right now.. there's no right answer! Right now we all need to do our part, and drive sober to keep the roads safe for everyone.

      • From MAsFoodables

        Yes I agree. I do wait until I’m done driving for the day but as for the next day what would show up is what I’m curious to know about.

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


Legal Cannabis Retail Storefronts Hit Ontario

Hoorah! The wait is over. Last week marked the first of many cannabis retail locations opening in Ontario.

If you’re anything like us, you must be full of excitement but not totally sure which stores have opened, or where to find them. JADEO rounded up the details on all the new legal rec shops opening this April to give members the full low down on the who, what & where.

To begin, only 10 of the 25 stores opened on April 1st in Ontario, one of the main reasons being that only 10 of those 25 stores had received the necessary licenses from the government to open on April 1st. Once all of the 25 stores are open, there will be about one store per 1.4 million people in Ontario, with each store expected to each take in $1.25M a month.

Many of the retail lottery winners entered into partnerships with larger brands, which is why several of the stores are connected to companies you may have heard about from Western provinces, like Fire & Flower, Canna Cabana or SpiritLeaf.

Toronto Retail Cannabis Shops

Tokyo Smoke

333 Yonge Street, Toronto

You’ve likely caught the buzz: Tokyo Smoke is opening at the former HMV flagship store near Yonge and Dundas streets in the heart of the city. Josh Lyon, the vice president of marketing for Tokyo Smoke, said the store is hoping to open immediately after the public consultation period, on April 2. “We’re hyperconscious of the excitement,” said Lyon. The company was founded in 2015 as an educational cannabis brand and cafe and currently has a number of legal cannabis storefronts operating in Winnipeg.

They were not one of the five lottery winners of legal cannabis licences in Toronto, but they teamed up with a winner to utilize their brand in this iconic 4,000 square foot space.

Canna Cabana

435 Yonge St.

Canna Cabana Toronto was expected to open near College Park after their public consultation period ends April 9, but as eager as downtowners may be to conveniently purchase flower from the palm studded shop, a company spokesperson told the press that they’ll know more about opening day after they’re done with the public disclosure period. Until then, the opening date remains TBD.

The tropically themed dispensary chain has opened up 13 locations between Alberta and Saskatchewan, and have announced three stores to open in Ontario from partnerships made in the first wave of retail licenses. For those who can’t wait for the College Park location to open its doors, you can check out the grand opening of their Hamilton or Sudbury locations on 4/20. Rumour has it the Mayor of Hamilton will be there to help cut the ribbon on opening day. One can only hope he’d stop in for a toke.

Ganjika House

186 Main St. Brampton, Ont.

Gangika House in Brampton is one of the only locations in the GTA so far that is outside of the downtown core. With a dedicated parking lot it welcomes visitors from all over, as it proved with it’s long lines on opening day which made an opportune target for black market dealers who were tempting guests to skip the line and buy illegally instead. Oh, Brampton.

Ameri

20 Cumberland Street, Toronto

You may have heard about Ameri early on as it was the first store to request a cannabis retail license from the AGCO. The location was a medical cannabis dispensary before it closed in 2018, now operating fully legally to serve the community in and around the upscale Yorkville. As of April, a quick pop by Ameri can sync in perfectly with sipping on a latte from Buca and walking down Hazelton Lane. Retail therapy anyone?

The Hunny Pot

202 Queen St. West

The retail dispensary that gained the most media attention in Toronto on April 1st was the Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. Torontonians lined up to be amongst the first to purchase on this historic week.

Nova Cannabis

499 Queen Street West

Nova Cannabis, known for its locations in Alberta, is opening neck and neck with their closerby retail competitor, The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. on Queen West.

Ottawa Retail Cannabis Shops

Superette

Our hearts were aflutter when we caught the first glimpse of this retro style dispensary which was the first to open in the Nation’s capital. The darling Superette opened Monday morning in a 2300 square feet space in a very trendy Ottawa neighbourhood.

The concept behind the shop is a diner, a deli, maybe even your old game room. Customers will be greeted with a ping- pong table, and can sample scents from as many as 30 scent pods on display.

Fire & Flower York Street Cannabis

129 York St., Ottawa, Ont.

If you love good design, this Ottawa store may make you drool. The lottery winner behind this retail location explained that his team had about a year’s worth of work to get done in three months to be open in time for April 1st.

Fire + Flower mastered the retail sector across Alberta and Saskatchewan and is now come to play in Ontario with it’s first location on York St. in Ottawa.

Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store

391 Bank St, Ottawa.

Ottawa’s new Hobo store is actually more polished and posh than it may sound. Created by publicists from the Donnelly Group, who were experienced at running public houses, cocktail clubs and barbershops, Hobo brand is establishing three forthcoming shops in Vancouver and their Bank St. location in Ottawa. No pictures, (yet) please.

London Retail Cannabis Shops

Central Cannabis

666 Wonderland Rd. North, London.

The University town of London, Ontario is now adorned with one cannabis retail shop named Central Cannabis. This no frills, high tech store attracted over 100 London residents on opening day and expects to be booming as the only shop set to open at this time in London, in close proximity to both the University and downtown core.

St.Catharines Retail Cannabis Shops

The Niagara Herbalist

33 Lakeshore Rd., St.Catharines.

Niagara residents will now be able to purchase legal cannabis in the north end of the city in the Lakeshore plaza at the Niagara Herbalist. Unlike many other shops in Ontario, this lottery winner did not collaborate with any of the more prominent chain dispensaries in Canada and remained an independent brand.

Niagara Falls

Choom

7555 Montrose Road Unit E3, Niagara Falls, ON

Here’s a sneak peak of another retail shop set to open by the end of April in the Niagara Square Plaza in Niagara Falls. B.C.. based rec brand Choom is said to be inspired by the ‘Choom Gang’ – a group of friends in the 70s in Honolulu “who loved to smoke weed – or as they called it, choom.” Choom has 50 locations in various stages of licensing and construction across Canada.

Kingston Retail Cannabis Shops

Spiritleaf

Already a prominent retail chain out west, Spiritleaf has opened a dispensary in Kingston inside the historic Smith Robinson Building.

“Because this building was constructed in 1841, we have had to be very careful when drilling and setting up the camera system,” said the lottery winner who entered into the agreement with Spiritleaf. “At one time, this building was filled with employees making buggies and pianos, and now, it’s selling marijuana,” he explained. Mixing the old and new was a big consideration for the store’s decor. “We used a company from the United States that designs stores for Coach and other high-end retail stores to elevate the look and feel of the dispensary to eliminate the stigma,” said Courtney Richer, franchise relations manager for Spiritleaf.

Brock Street Cannabis

75 Brock Street, Kingston.

A subsidiary of Fire + Flower, Brock Street Cannabis offers another beautiful location in Kingston that mixes a clean design aesthetic with a retail experience. The store officially opened its doors last Friday after much anticipation from the local community. Check out our recap video for all the details on this location.

Burlington Retail Cannabis Shops

RELM Cannabis Co.

103-4031 Fairview St., Burlington.

Located in a strip plaza in Burlington, Relm Cannabis Co. describes their shop as a beautiful environment that inspires healing, creativity, comfort, and safety. We haven’t found any pics yet, but if any JADEO members stop by Relm and post a pic, tag us on social media, because we’d love to see!

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  • From Romes_416

    we need more stores in toronto!

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


The Buzz: Edition 18 - Apr 2nd

Ontario’s First Retail Shops are Open!

Excited Torontonians lined up outside of one of the first retail cannabis stores to open in Ontario yesterday called Hunny Pot on Queen St. West. Only 10 of the planned 25 stores were issued their license to operate from the AGCO by April 1st. Those which were ready to be open were greeted by dozens of curious and eager cannabis customers. More stores will continue to open this week and throughout the month of April across the province.

Actor Seth Rogen Launches Brand with Canopy Growth

The Vancouver-born star of the movie Pineapple Express and Canadian Screenwriter Evan Goldberg, co-founded the Toronto-based company, Houseplant. The company’s strains will rollout this year with names like Houseplant Sativa, Houseplant Hybrid and Houseplant Indica along with softgels and pre-rolled joints.

According to a press release announcing the new cannabis brand, the project has been in development for almost two years. Rogen said they have been working on the company “quietly for years” and seeing it come together is a “dream come true.”

Multistate Operator Cresco Labs buys Canadian Origin House in biggest ever public company acquisition in the U.S. cannabis sector

The biggest North American pot conglomerate was announced yesterday when U.S. based Cresco labs bought Canadian based Origin House in a $1.1B deal. Origin House provides more than 50 cannabis brands to more than 400 retailers in California. The company also has an alternative financing subsidiary named Trichome Financial Corp. which provided $2 million in a credit facility to one of Ontario's licensed cannabis retailers in exchange for at least 10 percent of the business.

“This transaction is directly aligned with our strategy to build a leading portfolio of cannabis brands in California and to rapidly and accretively take those brands to the rest of the U.S. market, as well as the Canadian market,” said Origin House Chairman and Chief Executive Marc Lustig in a release.

“By partnering with one of the largest and most innovative U.S. multi-state operators in existence today, Origin House will supercharge its growth and be in a position to offer its brand partners access to 10 additional states, with licenses and supporting infrastructure already in place.”

Men hold 93% of Canadian cannabis boardroom positions

An article was published last week about the wildly uneven ratio of men to women in boardroom positions in Canadian cannabis companies. Two dozen of the leading cannabis companies in Canada collectively employ only 11 women on their boards, and most companies have not disclosed policies relating to the identification and nomination of female directors. This recent analysis of regulatory filings for cannabis companies traded on Canadian stock exchanges reveals that the ratio of women on marijuana-industry boards is 7%. While that’s a slight improvement from the previous year’s 5%, it is well below the Canadian average of 15%-20%.

Health Canada Approved Resolved Digital Health’s Medical Cannabis Vape

The first cannabis-related medical device license has been issued under Canada’s new regulatory system. The Resolve MD is a smart vaporizer that assists in taking control of their healthcare, utilizing technology that ensures consistent dosage. The company is partnering with licensed producers to pre-fill proprietary pods with pre-selected cannabis formulations that are then simply inserted into the device. Resolve is also developing an app that assists patients in capturing data on medical conditions, prescriptions, family history, lifestyle and effective per dose. The app will then utilize these data points to improve the medical cannabis treatment experience for patients and caregivers.

Shortage of CBD Continues

Blame it on the newness of the legal cannabis industry, but CBD has been in high demand and short supply since legalization and this is putting pressure on LPs to ramp up public supply.

"The popularity of CBD oil and CBD in general has far exceeded our expectations," said Ray Gracewood, chief commercial officer of OrganiGram, a licensed producer based in Moncton, N.B. The demand in oil also has OrganiGram pushing to create new partnerships with hemp farms, as CBD can derive from both cannabis and hemp.

More Outdoor Grows Announced by Canadian LPs

Both WeedMD and CannTrust announced plans to grow outdoors last week, joining 48North who revealed plans for their outdoor grow a few months back. The news came at a time when CannTrust sales were down 19% after their Q4 reported quarterly revenue of C$16.2 million. The company also posted a net loss of C$25.5 million, far greater than estimates, driven by higher costs associated with launching its recreational brands and its NYSE listing.

CannTrust aims to have vape pen products available later this year, pending the new regulations, and has already acquired the machines and packaging equipment needed for its cannabis “pods.” The company is also exploring beverages, ointments, creams and confectioneries. Finally, CannTrust is focusing on international expansion, with the U.S. being a key market; the company is in conversations on the hemp side trying to find trusted partners they can work with.

California Proposes Crackdown on Illegal Retailers’ Online Listings

A new bill in the California Legislature is attempting to quash postings for illegal cannabis retailers by advertising giant Weedmaps and others. The new proposed measure will require any ad for a cannabis company in California to include the company’s state license number. It will also allow for a penalty of up to US$2,500 per violation per day. This will allow for a wide variety of stakeholders to bring civil suits against perpetrators for illegal cannabis ads.

Walgreens to Carry CBD-infused Products

A few days after CVS made a big splash with its CBD rollout, Walgreens said the drugstore will also sell CBD creams, patches and sprays in nearly 1,500 stores in select states.

Louisiana’s Medical Cannabis Program kicks off at Long last

After more than two years of confusion between the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and its two medical cannabis license holders, it appears that a limited supply of flower will be made available to patients in May 2019. The broader roll out of the program, formally approved by lawmakers in 2016, will have to wait till August at the earliest.

English Countess working with Canopy

Canopy Growth has tapped Amanda Fielding, the Countess of Wemyss and March, to lead a US$9.6 million research venture to study cannabis for cancer and opioid dependence. Amanda Fielding is an English countess and advocate for the use of psychedelic drugs in medicine.

In 1996, she set up the Foundation to Further Consciousness, later renamed the Beckley Foundation, to conduct research on psychedelic drugs, which was a very controversial idea at the time. “Since then she’s advised the UN and governments while working with researchers at Imperial College London, Johns Hopkins University and other schools on about 40 scientific publications, one of which was the first imaging study of LSD’s impact on brain connectivity.”

While advising the Jamaican government on regulating the country’s cannabis industry, she began meeting with Canopy officials. After a year and a half of discussions, the joint venture was born. “Her ability to take a scientific look at what would otherwise be considered as controversial therapeutics makes her a very good partner,” said Mark Ware, Canopy’s chief medical officer. “She’s brave enough to step into relatively uncharted waters with us, but is scientifically rigorous enough to be able to give really credible information.”

“People used to call mum a wacko,” said Feilding-Mellen, who’s managing director of the collaboration, “and now she’s seen as a visionary.”

Will Spain life Prohibition and become the World’s Greenhouse?

Spain apparently has some of the world’s most active research teams looking into cannabis, but the plant remains illegal for medicinal and recreational purposes in Spain. Bloomberg News covered an El Pais reports that there could be a risk that Spanish players could miss out on the billion-dollar global industry. Some Spanish cannabis industry insiders believe the country could emerge as the world’s greenhouse and supply one-third of the global marijuana seed supply.

Cannabis Stocks Craze Comes to China

Chinese companies linked to cannabis growing tumbled last week, as regulators put the squeeze on one of the year’s hottest trades. Cultivation of industrial cannabis is legal in China but only for use in fiber and seeds, the China National Narcotic Control Committee says. Other uses, including for medical purposes, are forbidden. Chinese investors have piled into stocks with the slightest hint of a link to industrial cannabis, ignoring companies’ warnings and a government notice said to urge authorities to tighten approval of hemp-related licenses.

Aphria Launches CannRelief for the German Market

Aphria has launched CannRelief, its first CBD-based nutraceutical and cosmetics product line for the German market, through its subsidiary Aphria Deutschland GmbH. CannRelief includes a range of skincare and other products, including creams, serums, and masks will be introduced in Germany in a phase rollout in 2019.

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