Various police forces across Canada report legalization has not increased impaired driving.
Canopy’s acquisition of Acreage “[leveraged] its Constellation Brands-backed balance sheet to make a huge bet on the US federally legalizing marijuana,” argued Business Insider’s Jeremy Berke. He noted the deal structure could be mimicked in future cross-border mergers.
Extracts will eventually represent half of all cannabis sales, with vape pens leading the way—which is why companies are stockpiling oil now.
MJ Biz Daily
Ten companies, largely cannabis beverage producers, banded together to launch the Cannabis Beverage Producers Alliance, which will be headed by Darrel Dexter, former New Democratic Party premier of Nova Scotia.
CBC Business, Globe and Mail—Paywall
Only one craft grower has received a micro-cultivation license in the six months since legalization. To date, 120 have applied, and 18 have been rejected.
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The 100,000-kilogram-per-year Aurora Sky production facility has run afoul of Edmonton International Airport, where travellers have complained about the odour emanating from the massive grow. Since construction on Sky finished in January, Aurora has added additional exhaust units, 800 HVAC filters, and 1,360 “pocket filters” to the facility, which has carbon and charcoal filtration systems, but the odour remains a source of complaint. Aurora CCO Cam Battley said the company was committed to fixing the issue. “We want to be good neighbours,” he said.
CTV News, CBC Edmonton
Alberta’s total spending on legal cannabis in 2018 was $217M, representing 28% of total Canadian sales, despite the province having only 11.6% of the Canadian population.
BC’s provincial health officer called for decriminalization of all drugs to fight the overdose crisis, but solicitor general Mike Farnworth is not interested in the idea.
After legalization, the city of Vancouver created an “exclusion zone” for cannabis sale in the city’s Downtown Eastside, a neighbourhood known across Canada for its high concentration of IV drug users, people living with mental illness and people with HIV. As the city forces the closure of unlicensed dispensaries, Vancouver is demanding compassion clubs and dispensaries in the area shut down as well, but addictions experts and poverty advocates say access to cannabis can help reduce IV drug use and help people living with PTSD.
Cannabis delivery services, many of which exist in Vancouver, are illegal, but they sure are convenient.
Ontario Provincial Police investigated a Durham Regional Police Service officer who co-owned an illicit dispensary and cited Const. Phil Edgar with multiple counts of professional misconduct. Durham Regional Police Service (which patrols the many cities to the east of Toronto like Oshawa and Pickering) declined to discipline him.
An illicit Toronto dispensary found a way to force bylaw officers who had welded their doors closed after a raid to come back and undo the changes. Discovering a loophole in Ontario’s cannabis law, they declared the storefront was a dwelling with a bed in it, which under the Ontario Cannabis Act can’t be evicted, and successfully demanded the doors be reopened.
Fire & Flower York Street Cannabis, the company’s Ottawa store, was broken into by an unknown number of intruders who made off with an undisclosed amount of product, but were arrested nearby.
The Société Québécoise du Cannabis will open a store May 1 in Joliette, a town of less than 20,000 located 50 kilometres or so outside Montreal. However in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, the province’s third largest municipal centre after Montreal and Quebec City, there’s still no SQDC in sight.
Twitter—SQDC, Journal de Montréal—In French
A scooter-bound Dartmouth, NS man who suffering from a genetic degenerative disorder that drastically reduces his ability to move may be evicted from his apartment for vaping MED, which his apartment building has banned. His lawyer acknowledged the lack of clinical research into the effectiveness of inhaled cannabis over edibles for the man’s illness made it difficult to find experts to testify on the man’s behalf.
CBC Nova Scotia
Unlike Alberta or Ontario, Manitoba isn’t known for its licensed cannabis production, and unlike BC it’s not known for its illicit market either. But Winnipeg-based Delta Nine is making a name for itself with a 702% year-over-year increase in operating revenues (from below $1M in 2017 to $7.57M in 2018), and a 1,200% year over year increase in profits (from $442,000 to $5.74M).
Yukon’s first REC retailer, Triple J’s Canna Space, received its license last Wednesday and opened on Thursday, two days before 420.
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