Reviewing six American studies, University of British Columbia researchers found a third of pregnant women believed cannabis is safe to consume while pregnant.
CBC British Columbia
Media attention and social-media discussions have increased the public’s interest in CBD, which many find a useful replacement for some pharmaceuticals.
CBC British Columbia
The growing popularity of both MED and REC among older consumers received attention from a variety of sources, including WeedWeek founder Alex Halperin’s Guardian column, the Financial Post, and the GrowthOp.
Green Growth Brands filed its offer to purchase Aphria and began its takeover bid, offering 1.5714 of their own shares for every share of Aphria they can get. On Wednesday, GGB’s shares closed at $5.81, making the offer worth $9.13 per share. Aphria shares closed at $9.23.
NewsWire, CBC Business, Financial Post
In an interview with Bloomberg, Raven BioQuest CEO and Bonify interim president and CEO George Robinson said the middleman who supplied now-fired Bonify executives with 210 kilograms of unauthorized cannabis—which Robinson described as containing mould, yeast, e-coli, pesticides, and herbicides—also supplied other licensed producers.
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Alberta’s 65 REC retailers represent 36% of all the 183 REC stores in Canada.
Courtland Sandover-Sly, president of the BC Independent Cannabis Association, said in a Twitter thread that “BC has been the province least helped, and most hurt, by legalization,” which he called “an absolute gong show.”
Grower and instructor Travis Lane, a partner with Sandover-Sly’s in Groundwork Consulting, argued in a separate Twitter thread that the illegal market created the foundation of the existing cannabis infrastructure.
As the window closed for Ontario’s REC retail lottery winners to get their fees and applications into the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, cash offers from major retailers hoping to partner with solitary lottery winners got serious. I reported late last week that sums as high as $5M were being discussed (for an application license entrants paid $75 on), but as the week ended, the numbers got even higher.
The province opened a tender for same-day cannabis delivery services. This will replace Canada Post—whose rotating strikes last fall hampered an already struggling REC retail rollout—as the only cannabis delivery option in Ontario.
Globe and Mail—Paywall
The reviews of the Ontario Cannabis Store on Leafly are not gentle.
After hiring a private investigator to track down the location of Ontario’s cannabis warehouse, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union has begun a drive to unionize the operation, which is privately run by Domain Logistics.
Ontario police are writing an average of 21 cannabis tickets per day, largely for having open cannabis accessible in a vehicle. Lawyer Jack Lloyd points out drivers can be charged even if the cannabis isn’t immediately consumable (appearing as dried or milled flower). Those who possess cannabis need to either drive with it in the trunk or in a still-sealed container.
Hamilton police continued to pursue dispensaries with a raid on all four locations of unlicensed seller Georgia Peach. They charged 25.
Niagara Falls head shops are facing increasing numbers of unhappy American tourists unaware there are no REC stores.
Quebec has bought 35% of Canada’s legal REC, and the Société Québécoise du Cannabis has made $40M in sales (selling an estimated 5.7 tonnes of cannabis in the three months since legalization, but it is not yet profitable. Between the supply shortage and Quebec premier François Legault’s cannabis-hostile CAQ government, the SQDC does not plan to race into opening new REC stores.
La Presse—In French, CBC Montreal, Radio-Canada—In French
An unlicensed Montreal dispensary presenting itself as a cannabis clinic mistakenly gave a patient THC pills in place of CBD, causing her to believe she was having a heart attack during a business meeting. When she called the clinic, they told her they’d had “several calls” about mislabelled pills, and encouraged her to drink some orange juice, which they said was a “natural antidote.” (It’s not.)
La Presse—In French
Nova Scotia chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang said REC legalization was “a grand experiment” and called for the government to keep close track of data and outcomes.
Employees at Cannabis NB’s Campbellton and Miramichi locations have moved to unionize.
CBC New Brunswick
New Brunswickers spent more than $8M on legal REC from Cannabis NB stores in the first quarter of legalization, though sales were half of what the Crown corporation expected and were the lowest of the Atlantic Provinces.
Global News, CBC New Brunswick
Supply shortages have kept New Brunswick buying from illicit dispensaries.
CBC New Brunswick
After months of delays, O’Leary, PEI (population 815) finally got the single REC retailer for which they cancelled plans to build a strip mall last spring.
A Saskatoon MED user is suing the province, demanding they pay for her MED backdated to March 2011, for a total of $63,000. She believes the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability program should include her MED as part of the monthly “special food items.”
Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Nunavut has sold $4.2 kilograms of cannabis (in 1,147 sales) through its Tweed online store, which offers only four cultivars of dry flower with no oils, and no high-CBD products. The territory hopes for more supply agreements and is considering allowing physical stores to open.
The Northwest Territories launched a cannabis-education initiative based in a series of comics warning users about potential negative effects of cannabis use. Viewers immediately took note of the character Creepy Baby, a fetus formed out of the Northern Lights who warns a potential cannabis user not to do so while pregnant. There’s also Stoney, the talking Inukshuk, who tells people to start low and go slow, and Roach the Raven, a haggard-looking corvid in a toque, denim vest, and tie-died tank-top, who warns potential users not to mix alcohol and cannabis, “Unless you feel like puking and freaking out.”
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