British Columbia


BC and Ottawa sign marijuana tax-sharing deal

B.C. has signed on to Ottawa’s tax for legalized marijuana, though the province has not yet decided whether to share the money with local communities.

Finance Minister Carole James signed the “coordinated cannabis taxation agreement” with the federal government late last week, formalizing Ottawa’s offer to share 75 per cent of pot revenue with provinces and territories. The federal government had originally proposed a 50-50 split, but caved in December to pressure from provinces that argued they deserved a richer cut of the pending cash stream.


Exclusive: British Columbia announces plan to open retail locations under the name ‘BC Cannabis Stores’ and new legislation in preparation for legalization

The Government of British Columbia announced a new legislation proposal on Thursday in preparation for Canada to legalize marijuana this year.

The Government of British Columbia is proposing new rules making 19 the legal age to purchase, sell or consume cannabis, allow adults to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis in public spaces and ban smoking or vaping cannabis in the same places tobacco smoking and vaping in prohibited. The legislation will also ban smoking or vaping recreational cannabis at playgrounds and other places where children gather.


An eye drop that treats glaucoma while you sleep has been developed by scientists

An eye drop that treats glaucoma while you sleep has been developed by scientists.

It is based on a chemical found in cannabis and could end the misery of twice daily drops that are often ineffective.

The condition is triggered by a build-up of pressure that damages cells in the optic nerve. It is the second biggest cause of blindness. The breakthrough could lead to better therapies for other serious eye disorders – including macular degeneration which also destroys sight.

Professor Vikramaditya Yadav, a biomedical engineer at British Columbia University in Canada, said: “Medicated eye drops are commonly used to treat glaucoma – but they’re often poorly absorbed.


Canada: Vancouver startup high on technology to process cannabis plant waste

A Vancouver startup company is betting it can provide a high-tech solution to help legal medical cannabis growers deal with plant waste, as their production expands to accommodate the recreational market.

Micron Waste Technologies Inc. is developing aerobic digesters designed to take food waste and extract clean water from it that can be reused or disposed of in municipal sewer systems, while leaving compostable biosolids behind.

Recently, Micron partnered with medical producer Aurora Cannabis to try adapting that technology to handle cannabis waste in a contained, compact and environmentally sensitive way that meets Health Canada restrictions on disposal.


Canada: Micron Waste Technologies testifies to the Canadian senate regarding innovations in cannabis waste management

Micron Waste Technologies Inc. (“Micron” or the “Company”) (CSE:MWM) (OTC:MICWF) (Frankfurt:7FM2), a leading Canadian innovator in organic waste management, presented details of the development of its on-site cannabis waste treatment system for licensed producers during testimony to the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (AGFO) yesterday.

Micron’s solution removes cannabis residues and is well positioned to disrupt the current Canadian and American cannabis waste disposal models.


Cannabis and cuisine come together in these three Vancouver neighbourhoods

Mixing Vancouver’s world-class cannabis with its topnotch cuisine is, undoubtedly, a no-brainer—and in Vancouver, choices abound in both realms.

Although the word munchies might elicit images of bags of potato chips or greasy French fries, we like to think cannabis consumers in this city prefer to satisfy their post-toke pseudohunger with food options that are a little more elevated than tired stoner stereotypes might have you believe.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of dispensaries conveniently located in a few areas of the city overflowing with alternatives to junk food—from plant-based options in Kitsilano to tasty tapas hot spots on Main Street, we’re sure there’s something to appeal to the tastes of cannabis users throughout the city.


Aurora wins support for biggest marijuana takeover yet

Aurora Cannabis Inc. has won the necessary support for its takeover of CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. in what will be the largest marijuana takeover deal yet, according to people familiar with the matter.


Emerald Farms BC cannabis JV receives Health Canada license for 1.1 million square foot facility

Village Farms International, Inc. (Village Farms) (TSX:VFF) (OTCQX:VFFIF) and Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. (Emerald) (TSXV: EHT; OTCQX: EMHTF) today announced that Health Canada has issued a Cultivation Licence for their co-owned Delta 3 greenhouse operation (the "Joint Venture") under Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations ("ACMPR"). This optimally-designed 1.1 million ft2 cannabis growing facility is located in one of the best growing climates in Canada in Delta, BC, and is conservatively projected to produce 75,000 kg of quality cannabis annually at full production.


Canada: Delta recreational marijuana production on grand scale

Health Canada has given the go-ahead for another large-scale Delta greenhouse to grow pot.

Emerald Health Therapeutics, a B.C.-based licensed producer of medical cannabis, today announced it has been granted approval to grow medical marijuana at the Village Farms International greenhouse in East Ladner. The joint venture is planning to grow recreational cannabis when it’s legalized this summer.

A news release states the license permits Emerald Health to capitalize on its optimally designed 1.1- million-square-foot cannabis growing facility, called the Delta 3 greenhouse, which in its entirety is expected to “conservatively” produce more than 75,000 kilograms of marijuana annually.


Big Tobacco invests in Canadian marijuana, leaving B.C.'s craft-cannabis producers uneasy

A midsize U.S. company has bought majority stakes in two Canadian businesses to prepare for the medicinal-marijuana trade, marking the entry of the tobacco industry into legal pot here.

Earlier this month, an unremarkable sentence appeared in a quarterly report published by Alliance One International, a tobacco company headquartered in North Carolina.

“In January, we successfully acquired majority stakes in two new joint ventures,” it reads.


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