Aceto was revealed to have appeared in a CannTrust promotional video filmed in early 2019 directly in front of unlicensed cultivation room RG8 (identified by five employees), clearly full of plants. This is the same room in which former employee Nick Lalonde alleged he was directed to install fake walls.
The government of Quebec's aggressively anti-cannabis Coalition Avenir du Québec government tabled stringent draft legislation designed to clamp down even further on edibles than Health Canada's regulations. The regulations will stand for public consultation for 45 days before taking effect.
Health minister Lionel Carmant said the limits "will also allow us to reduce [the consumption] of cannabis products in general."
Deloitte estimated the ban would cost the sector $300M per year.
Globe and Mail
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Toronto unlicensed dispensary CAFE chain stunned many when, after its last location was barricaded with concrete blocks last week, its employees showed up the next day to continue illegally selling REC on the sidewalk outside blocked stores. Mayor John Tory expressed outrage the dispensaries would not quit.
CTV News, The Star, CityNews, Global News
Toronto police charged one customer with knowingly possessing one gram of illicit cannabis—I wrote about it for Leafly.
Raids also occurred in Vancouver—where police busted two major extraction labs that were producing multi-million dollar yields of "shake, shatter, oils, balms, and edibles."
Vancouver Sun, The Straight, Twitter
British behemoth Imperial Tobacco announced it will invest $123M (via convertible debentures worth a 19.9% stake) in Auxly Cannabis Group, formerly known as Cannabis Wheaton, founded by Canopy's first ousted co-founder, Chuck Rifici. (I profiled Rifici and the company in Leafly in 2017).
The Star, Leafly
Quebec convenience store giant Alimentation Couche Tard (which also owns Circle K stores) will pay $380M over 36 months for a controlling 50.1% stake of REC retailer Fire and Flower, hoping to spur "aggressive growth."
Globe and Mail
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory's dozens of dispensaries, which serve "thousands of cars on a daily basis," have touched off an economic boom in the First Nation, where home- and business renovations are becoming widespread and several new gas stations have opened to serve nearby Highway 401.
Police aren't making much use of new limits on THC content in blood that came into law last year. There have been no charges under the law in BC, and eight in Alberta. The only place the new rules seem to be applied is in smaller municipalities in Ontario and Quebec—though drug-impaired driving arrests are on the increase in Quebec.
Global News, La Presse—In French
Researchers at the University of Guelph announced they had discovered how cannabis plants create pain-relief molecules as much as 30 times more effective at treating inflammation than Aspirin. The molecules, called "flavonoids," exist in all plants and create vegetable pigments. However, those in cannabis have particular anti-inflammatory potential.
Press Release, Sudbury.com
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