At MJ Biz Con Las Vegas last week, I joined WeedWeek founding editor Alex Halperin, WeedWeek California editor and podcast co-host Donnell Alexander, and WeedWeek podcast producer Hannah Smith. In partnership with Arcane Revelry, we threw a party at Jerome Baker's private glassworks gallery attended by people from across the sector.
At least 25 Canadians destined for Vegas were detained for hours of secondary screening in the US customs pre-clearance zone at Toronto’s Pearson Airport on their way to MJ Biz Con. (CBC Business)
The Government of Canada released a summary of the Canadian Cannabis Survey 2018.
An Ipsos poll found Cannabis use hasn’t increased since legalization. Fifty-four percent of respondents say legal REC is too expensive, but 58% said it was easy to buy, and 85% were satisfied with product quality. (Global News)
An Angus Reid poll found 52% of respondents wanted to raise the legal age for cannabis above 20. (Daily Hive Grow)
The first National Indigenous Cannabis and Hemp Conference was held at a resort in the Tsuut’ina Nation in Alberta. Cannabis as a revenue booster was on the agenda, as well as the importance of asserting sovereignty over control of cannabis in First Nations. (The Star)
Straight Cannabis's Sarah Leamon argued the REC shortage was driven by provincial governments' eagerness to shut down illegal dispensaries, which resulted in higher than expected numbers of users seeking legal REC.
Various parties worried edibles will mean more kids will accidentally ingest cannabis. (CBC Ottawa)
Leafly also surveyed the differences in price, quality, and access for MED patients versus REC users.
Interdisciplinary scholar Dr. Rielle Capler noted the greatest public expenditures associated with cannabis have been the costs of policing prohibition. (Twitter)
Scientists are overjoyed at research the last month of legalization has freed them to do. (New York Times)
Canada's privacy commissioner is worried about how credit-card information of those buying legal cannabis in Canada may be accessed by third parties, including the US Customs and Border Protection. (CTV News)
Two employees of the Federal Government of Canada were fired for using and selling cannabis on the job. (The Leaf)
Legalization is inspiring some Canadians to lower their alcohol consumption. (Global News)
Nurses are leading a drive to introduce patients to MED. (CTV)
Health Canada threatened to revoke MED LP Agrima’s currently suspended licenses due to (unspecified) "unauthorized activities with cannabis" that took place pre-legalization when the company was licensed under the ACMPR. (Globe and Mail--Paywall)
LP RedeCan is recalling all 3.5-gram bottles of its B.E.C. strain sold through the Ontario Cannabis Store after receiving five complaints of mould. (CTV News)
The government has not been clear how it will apply the Cannabis Act to cannabis marketing, and in some case its rules are open to interpretation. Marketing people are uneasy about how to proceed. (Financial Post)
Job opportunities in the sector are booming--even for those who’ve worked in the illicit market.
Canopy, Aurora, and Cronos produced more than 5,000 kilos of combined product in Q1--impressive output from three LPs in three months. (The Star)
Canopy Rivers is not investing in the US now, but if the country legalizes federally they’re ready to go. (Financial Post)
Serruya Private Equity (founded by frozen-yogurt kingpins the Serruya brothers, who built a fortune on Yogen Früz) formed a joint venture with MED producer Aleafia, and will invest $10M in Aleafia. (New Cannabis Ventures)
Edmonton app-based cannabis credit card GreenGreen promises to safeguard privacy of Canadians users, while allowing American users to buy cannabis on credit, which they're otherwise not allowed to do. (The Province)
Chefs are getting ready for cannabis-infused dining with underground dinners in which each diner is dosed with an amount of their preference. (CBC Edmonton)
65. A Very Canadian Pot Scandal with Jesse Staniforth
Jesse Staniforth, Editor of WeedWeek Canada, updates Alex and Donnell on breaking Canadian stories. There is no lack of scandal: Cannabis giant Canopy Growth fired founder and CEO Bruce Linton and CannTrust, a major licensed producer, is estimated to lose C$350 Million for ignoring the law. New regulations limiting THC in edibles exacerbate the over-packaging crisis. The country continues to battle the illicit market which is now also available online and is known by the cool name "MOMS" (mail order marijuana sites). Plus, Alex and Donnell discuss Jay-Z's partnership with Caliva.
Alberta temporarily halted issuing and processing applications for REC retail licenses due to product shortages.
Police warned Albertans not to try to make cannabis concentrates as they risk blowing themselves up. (CTV News)
The province will not allow mobile vendors or consumption lounges for festivals, parties, and weddings. (CBC British Columbia)
Vancouver asked its citizens not to smoke legal cannabis at the Santa Claus parade. (Vancouver Sun)
Premier Doug Ford's chief of staff demanded the Ministry of Community Safety and the Attorney General raid all unlicensed dispensaries on October 17 and put "people in handcuffs," but was rebuffed by those who told him the government doesn’t issue orders to police. (The Star)
Ontario’s REC retail rules will make it easier on “the little guy” to open stores, but more complicated for LPs to get into retail. (Globe and Mail)
In January, the province will begin distributing $15M in funding for municipalities to cover costs associated with legalization. (Sarnia Observer)
Municipalities protested the 150-metre buffer the Ford government will impose between retailers and schools, calling for greater buffers of their own choosing. (The Star)
Those hoping to open REC stores in Ontario in the spring must sort out their security and insurance plans now, analysts warn. (The Province)
Ottawa will have dozens of applicants for REC retail licences. (Ottawa Citizen)
The Société Québécoise du Cannabis cannot take part in the cannabis-packaging recycling initiative spearheaded by Tweed, because Quebec law prohibits LPs from sponsorships. (Journal de Montréal—In French)
As they arrested three for trafficking, Quebec City police reminded citizens that all sales of cannabis not by the SQDC are illegal, even reselling legal cannabis. (Québec Hébdo—In French)
The University of New Brunswick finally found someone for Canada’s first academic research chair in cannabis health, after months of searching. (Globe and Mail—Paywall)
Manitoba has licensed 13 REC stores.
Saskatchewan still has very few REC retailers. (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix)
The Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission reported 76% growth in alcohol sales over 2016–2017, largely due to the opening of Iqaluit’s first-ever beer and wine store. The report did not contain information about cannabis, due to its recent change of legal status. (Nunatsiaq News)