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Cannabis café a hazy relic as marijuana's new retail paradigm takes over

Peter Horvath does not particularly like the idea of a cannabis cafe. He does not like a lounge either — or a bar, or any place to buy and sit and use cannabis.

“It sounds like a repulsive experience to me,” the chief executive of Green Growth Brands, a cannabis producer with a burgeoning retail division, said over the phone from Columbus, Ohio.

Low-margin cafes and smokey consumption lounges, Horvath said, are just impractical. “So how do you make money?” he asked. “It’s like saying, ‘I want to own bars.’ Have you ever watched a Bar Rescue episode? What a mess bars are.”

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Cannabis Legalization: Is Thailand ready for it?

Is Thailand ready for cannabis legalization? “If we let it be used recreationally, our society is not ready yet, so I want to do this first step first— the issue of making medicine,” “if society is ready,” marijuana “could become a food supplement.” “And eventually that could lead us to its recreational use,”— Somchai Sawangkarn, chairman of the drafting committee; National Legislative Assembly

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The man behind Jelly Belly is launching a new cannabis-infused candy

When it comes to cannabis-infused candies, the first things that come to mind are chocolate bars and gummi bears. But one famous candy maker is hoping to change that by introducing a line of cannabis-infused jelly beans, writes Calvin Hughes.

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Will Ontario cannabis shops be ready for April 1? For some owners it’s touch and go

When Clint Seukeran spotted the email revealing he would be among the first Ontarians to get the chance to open a cannabis store, he thought the missive was spam.

Then his brother took a peek and pointed out it was real.

“My first reaction was shock, but then I realized we have a lot of work to do,” said Seukeran, who owns a coconut water distribution company, but has never dabbled in the cannabis business.

“I knew I was a fish out of water.”

He quickly set to work, choosing a Brampton plaza for his Ganjika House store, but with under three weeks until opening day, he said finishing construction and hiring staff were still on his to-do list.

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5 big predictions for cannabis this year

Just a few months into 2019, and it’s proving to be another wild year for the cannabis industry. More states will legalize cannabis both for medical and recreational use, and pressure is mounting on the federal government to follow suit. 

Here are some trends to watch. 

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18
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Greenline POS services The Niagara Herbalist, first licenced Ontario cannabis retailer

The Niagara Herbalist is the first licenced cannabis retailer in Ontario, and after careful consideration they have chosen Greenline POS as their compliant inventory management solution.

“We chose Greenline POS because their team had the most working knowledge about real life cannabis retail operations out of all the POS systems we looked at.”

– Kevin (co-owner of The Niagara Herbalist)

For new cannabis retailers, opening up shop can be an exciting but stressful time. Greenline POS is dedicated to helping stores every step along the way, from initial inspections all the way to the grand opening and beyond.

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Confusion Over Cannabidoil: Is CBD legal? It depends who you ask

The cannabis chemical CBD is for sale all over Southwest Florida in a variety of products. Driving down U.S. 41 in Fort Myers, you can’t miss all the stores selling the popular hemp product.

Extracted from hemp, CBD (or cannabidiol) won’t get you high, but users say the popular product helps them fight things like pain, anxiety, and insomnia. And you don’t need a medical marijuana card or to go to a dispensary to buy it.

“There’s more curiosity for people to look into this as an option,” Rob Fontano, owner of Cirrus Smoke Shop in Fort Myers, said.

He said he’s been selling it for about a year.

Jimmy Java, owner of Jimmy’s Java, just started selling the hemp-based compound at farmer’s markets, adding it to his coffee.

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'They think we are gouging them': Early lessons from the front lines of cannabis retail

It’s been a bumpy first few months for cannabis retailers in Canada, with product shortages and regulatory uncertainty dominating public discussion. As Ontario’s first wave of bricks-and-mortar stores get ready to open on April 1, the Financial Post’s Vanmala Subramaniam spoke to four people on the front lines about what’s working, what isn’t and the biggest lessons they’ve learned so far. The following interviews have been edited and condensed.

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Krystian Wetulani, a former grey market operator, is the owner of City Cannabis Co. and runs two licensed cannabis stores in Vancouver.

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Can legal weed ever beat the black market?

One big reason to legalize cannabis is to wrest the market away from criminal enterprises and tax the proceeds. But in Canada and the US states where weed is legal, the illegal market has proven to be a tenacious competitor – and it’s likely to remain so for years.

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Science says you probably aren't storing your weed the right way

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