Health Canada abruptly announced that all MED and REC cultivators, MED and REC processors, and MED sellers must prove they have a fully built production site ready to go before they can begin applying for licenses, effective immediately. (The updated Cannabis Licensing Application guide is available here.)
NewsWire, Financial Post
A study from Dalhousie University found rising consumer reservations about edibles and legalization in general—possibly due to fear stoked by media reports. The study is called "Edibles and Canadian consumers' willingness to consider recreational cannabis in food or beverage products: A second assessment."
Criminal defence lawyers Kyla Lee and Paul Doroshenko tested a Dräger DrugTest 5000 machine, the only saliva drug-testing device approved for use by Canadian police.
Analyst Mike "InfoSec Dan Fielding" Zmuda penned a prediction of how Conservatives winning either minority or majority governments in the October election would affect the cannabis sector.
Night Court (Cannabis Edition)
US hedge fund Marcato Capital Management announced it would vote against Canopy's planned acquisition of Acreage Holdings, saying Acreage is one of the few US multi-state firms worthy of a "significant premium."
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In BC, cannabis production may be a saviour for communities where employment plummeted when forestry collapsed. In Alberta, job losses have been in the oil and gas sector, but cannabis may help revive towns staggered by the falling price of oil.
The dismantling of the dispensary system is hitting Vancouver patients hard. Though illegal they had enormous product selections, often affordably priced.
Jamie Shaw, of Groundwork Consulting and Pasha Brands said legalization has been far better for California than for BC, where provincial and federal regulations have limited the availability of healthy edibles for MED users.
Business in Vancouver
Some BC Liberal MLAs are petitioning their federal counterparts to intervene in disputes over the odours produced by cannabis production facilities in communities east of Vancouver, including Canopy's greenhouses in Aldergrove. The MLAs called on the feds to force the operators to upgrade their production and air-filtration practices.
Vancouver cannabis tourism operators say the province has too many laws—such as those banning cannabis use in the back area of a tour bus, away from the driver; those banning consumption lounges; and those preventing B&B owners from leaving free REC for guests—standing in the way of cannabis tourism.
A Tweed store in London, owned by a numbered company (unnamed company assigned a government number), was fined $50,000 for not opening in April. Ontario Public Service Employees Union president Smokey Thomas argued the fine was proof the Ontario government bungled REC retail. Thomas argued if the government had stuck to the Liberals' retail plan, Ontario would already have dozens of provincially run (and OPSEU-unionized) stores open.
London Free Press, CTV News, NewsWire
Globe and Mail reporter Jameson Berkow predicted cannabis prices in Ontario are beginning to fall.
Opposition Liberal MNAs tabled a motion calling on the CAQ government to delay the implementation of Bill 2, which would raise the age for cannabis consumption to 21 and ban cannabis use in places where tobacco is allowed.
Montreal borough Saint-Léonard, known for its large Italian population, wants to ban the SQDC from opening a retail location inside its limits.
New Brunswick is lagging behind other Atlantic provinces in per-capita sales, and Cannabis NB's general manager said the provincial agency couldn't get enough products, particularly cheaper "value end" products, which are the most in demand.
CBC New Brunswick
Manitoba announced it will select winners of the REC retail draw—from a pool of 100 pre-qualified retailers—on May 15. Those operators will be given licenses to operate in smaller Manitoba communities to help the government achieve its promise that 90% of Manitobans will have legal REC within a 30-minute drive.
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