Alberta

Fri
22
Mar

Calgary leads the country in cannabis retail as city grapples with costs

Calgary is leading the country in cannabis retail with 24 licensed pot shops — more than twice as many outlets as the next highest jurisdiction — despite the province’s decision last fall to stop issuing further store licences.

“We’ve had remarkably little problem with the retailers here,” Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Thursday. “We have 24 private retail outlets in Calgary, which is by far the largest in the country.”

The mayor said that despite the city’s free-market approach to regulation, the province’s decision last November to halt licensing due to a shortage of cannabis supply has left some Calgary entrepreneurs in limbo.

Wed
13
Mar

Amid ongoing pot shortage, AGLC scores more cannabis suppliers

The province’s cannabis regulator has added four more licensed marijuana producers to its stash of growers.

It’s the first tangible fruit produced from a nationwide search by Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) to enlist more federally sanctioned suppliers in a bid to ease a cannabis supply shortage that’s led to a moratorium on issuing new retail licences in the province.

While it brings the number of AGLC suppliers to 19, it’s not expected to be enough to lift the moratorium — which was put in place in November — any time soon, said commission spokeswoman Chara Goodings.

Mon
11
Mar

Despite setbacks, there are high hopes for Alberta's cannabis industry, say experts

Alberta, by many measures, is leading Canada’s fledgling cannabis industry, with more retail outlets and higher profits when compared to other provinces.

However, with a moratorium on new cannabis retailers, a struggling supply chain and the prospect of new products such as edibles entering the market in October, the question is whether the province can keep its competitive edge.

Cannabis industry expert Deepak Anand believes it not only will, but has the potential to be an industry leader globally.

Fri
22
Feb

For the record, this Calgary-based company is selling cannabis through music

Cannabis and music have come together like never before, all thanks to an innovative retail concept by Calgary-based company Westleaf Cannabis Inc.

Picture this: It’s Friday night, and a bit of soothing reflection would really top things off. With music in mind, you walk into a neighbourhood record-cum-cannabis store.

Helpfully, the store offers some guidance on the tracks available: “Lullabies”, “I Want to Dance with Somebody,” and “Wake Me Up Before You GoGo.” After an exhausting week, Lullabies sounds like the right fit. Flipping through the music collection, you come across a record that’s a perfect match.

Tue
19
Feb

Edmonton gives more bylaw violation tickets to tobacco smokers than cannabis smokers

The City of Edmonton has said that since cannabis became legal in Canada four months ago only three bylaw violation tickets have been given for smoking cannabis.

New rules were put into place in the city after they decided that they needed a way to oversee smoking tobacco and cannabis. A bylaw was passed so that smoking in public spaces is now extremely limited. Smoker must be at least 10 meters away from window, door and transit stops when smoking. There are also new restrictions when it comes to smoking in public places including playgrounds, cemeteries, outdoor pools and skating rinks.

Thu
17
Jan

Alberta's cannabis plan is 'absolutely idiotic,' according to US experts

Alberta recently announced plans to stop licensing cannabis retailers until Canada's cannabis supply shortage has been resolved—a move some US experts think is the wrong way for the Canadian province to approach the issue, writes Calvin Hughes.

Tue
15
Jan

Voluntary cannabis recall for possible mould

As previously reported in early January,  UP Cannabis Inc. began a voluntarily recall for a batch of its Eldo dried cannabis in the 7g format.  UP Cannabis Inc., in its press release on the matter January 4th, confirmed the details of the recall and the lots affected.

Fri
11
Jan

Donation money from Calgary Cannabis Club refused by cancer foundation

Cannabis may be legal in Canada but its stigma has not been eliminated entirely. This seems to be especially true when an organization in Alberta recently turned down a donation from another.

Members of the Calgary Cannabis Club raised $6,000 in honor of a former member Rick Beaver who passed away in November following a long battle with cancer. Beaver used cannabis to ease some of the symptoms associated with the bladder and esophageal cancer he experienced later in life.

Thu
03
Jan

Fire hits licensed Alberta cannabis grow operation on eve of first shipment

It’s not the kind of smoke that cannabis producers want to see anywhere near their product.

The newest supplier to Alberta’s shortage-plagued cannabis retailers recently suffered an electrical fire, leading to the destruction of multiple plants just before it delivered its first shipment.

Wed
02
Jan

Alberta's cannabis industry 'well ahead' of other provinces

Alberta’s economy struggled in 2018 as a result of low oil prices, but the legalization of marijuana has been a relative bright spot, according to the premier.

Rachel Notley said in a year-end interview with CTV Calgary that Alberta appears to be “well ahead of the rest of the country” when it comes to retail cannabis.

As of New Year’s Day, there were 65 licensed retailers in the province, according to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Corporation, which licenses brick-and-mortar stores.

That’s compared to 12 government-operated shops in Quebec, one in British Columbia (with a second expected to open this week), and zero in Ontario, where retail locations won’t be allowed until April. Ontario will allow up to 25 privately-run stores in its initial phase.

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