What will recreational cannabis look like in Canada?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that recreational cannabis will be legal nationwide by October 17.

In the meantime, provinces, territories and their respective municipalities are scrambling to work out how things will be regulated and to ensure they’re prepared for legal sales.

The legal cannabis rollout will vary greatly province to province. Some provinces such as Ontario and most of the Atlantic provinces have chosen the public retail route, overseen and run entirely by the provincial governments. Most of these provinces are running their program through their liquor control boards.


Canada: How do employers accommodate cannabis in the workplace?

Legal recreational cannabis coming into effect in Canada has left a lot of employers feeling unprepared with how to deal with employees using marijuana at work.

Lorenzo Lisi and David Reiter, Partners at Aird & Berlis LLP spoke at the O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo in Toronto last week in a panel called Cannabis in the Workplace: Policies, Planning to Avoid Liability and Industry Stigma. The discussion provided insight on how to manage cannabis consumption in the workplace and how to accommodate those who require cannabis for medical use.


Canada: O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo highlights the need for justice in the cannabis industry

The second annual O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo brought thousands of cannabis industry professionals, investors, patients and consumers together in Toronto mere weeks before cannabis legalization is supposed to take place across Canada.

The Conference took place last week over the course of three days at Toronto’s International Centre. Over 200 cannabis business exhibitors featured their products and services on the expo floor while over 130 industry professionals lead various seminars and panel discussions to highlight important aspects of the industry, from legislation to new trends in cannabis cosmetics.


Canadian cannabis industry will come together for second annual O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo

Just weeks before Canada is expected to legalize cannabis use across the country, the second annual MNP O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo is ready to take place June 7-9 at the International Centre in Toronto.

Recently voted the number one cannabis conference in Canada by High! Canada Magazine, O’Cannabiz will feature over 100 industry speakers from across North America, as well as a variety of workshops and seminars. Over 200 vendors will showcase their services and merchandise on the exhibition floor.


Cannabis growers are seeing the benefits of moving toward greenhouse facilities

Leigh Coulter, president of GGS Structures, gives BNN Bloomberg a look at the inner workings of a cannabis growing facility. Marijuana producers like CannTrust and others are increasingly moving toward greenhouse facilities to keep costs down.


Beyond the cannabis trade show: 6 Digital marketing strategies for marijuana companies

Trade shows are a lot of fun – the opportunity to speak with like-minded businesses and network with attendees is an experience that isn’t easily replicated, but sometimes it can be difficult to measure the success of being at a trade show and to know if you’re really getting the most out of your trade show strategy.

What used to make trade shows so special is quickly becoming overshadowed in a digital age. What used to generate weeks of excitement, wears off within a few days when so much business is being done off the trade show floor.


Canada: Ontario Municipalities left in the dark as the Federal and Provincial government push legalization

Canada is only weeks away from the original promised legalization date for recreational cannabis.

But while the federal and provincial governments have been working quickly to set the rules and put plans in motion, it seems the municipal governments have been left in the dark, at least according to one Ontario Mayor.

Mayor of the City of Brantford, Chris Friel, addressed an audience of cannabis industry professionals in a panel discussion at Lift & Co.’s Business Conference last week. He expressed visible frustration over how the municipalities have not been informed on or given the proper resources for legalization. 

“We are not ready,” said Friel. “If we don’t know what the regulations are, we don’t know what we’re going to do.”


Canada: High energy at Lift & Co. Cannabis Conference

Thousands of cannabis industry professionals, investors and consumers descended on Toronto this past weekend for the third annual Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo.

The Lift & Co. Toronto Expo is Canada’s biggest and best-attended cannabis industry tradeshow, catering to patients, consumers, industry professionals, investors and media. The energy at this year’s event was particularly high as we are mere weeks from the Canadian government’s promised country-wide legalization. Matei Olaru, CEO of Lift & Co. said they expected over 15,000 people to walk through the doors of the convention center to attend the expo.


10 Recent medical marijuana breakthroughs

Medical marijuana has been making breakthroughs for years with technology continuing to advance at a rapid pace.

With laws changing all of the time and more research being done on the medical benefits of cannabinoids found in marijuana, we are witnessing some exciting things happening in the medical industry. We’ve compiled a list of just ten of the more recent major medical marijuana breakthroughs:

1. Brain Cancer


CEO of Canopy Growth says cannabis legalization will result in fewer opioid prescriptions

Bruce Linton, founder and CEO of Canada’s largest marijuana company, Canopy Growth Corporation, said that legalizing cannabis at the federal level in the US could result in fewer opioid and other addictive prescriptions.

The interview with CNBC’s Mad Money host, Jim Cramer, took place Thursday following Canopy Growth recently applying to become the first cannabis producer to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Linton explained that Canopy Growth has both a medical and recreational division and that on the recreational side; he expects that the company’s partnership with Constellation Brands will result in a new class of low-calorie beverages. He said that the possibilities within the medical division are still emerging.


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