Alberta

Thu
11
Apr

Aurora to expand cannabis facility in Medicine Hat by 33%

Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACB.TO) said it is expanding the size of a marijuana production facility currently under construction in Medicine Hat, Alta., by 33 per cent.

The Edmonton-based pot producer said in a release Wednesday that it is increasing its high-tech Aurora Sun facility from an original plan of 1.2 million square feet to 1.62 million square feet, as the firm seeks to ramp up production amid growing global demand for medical cannabis.

Aurora said it expects the Medicine Hat facility will produce more than 230,000 kilograms of cannabis per year.

Fri
05
Apr

Edmonton cannabis stores stocking seeds as first legal growing season approaches

Cannabis shops have started selling marijuana seeds as the coming summer brings the first legal growing season for pot smokers looking for a home-grown high.

The legalization of cannabis last October included the option for private citizens to grow plants at home, but seeds weren’t available from distributors in Alberta until last month. Seeds are now available through Fire and Flower Cannabis online and at their location in Sherwood Park as well as at Nova Cannabis in Edmonton.

Jayden Colwell, a first-time grower, expects to get eight ounces worth of smokable marijuana once he harvests the plants he’s growing in his Calgary home.

Wed
03
Apr

Paid to smoke pot: Edmontonian selected as one of eight cannabis connoisseurs out of 25,000 applicants

Since weed was legalized last fall, many Canadians may fancy themselves as cannabis connoisseurs. As of Monday, Edmonton’s Amanda Bladon can put the title on a business card.

Bladon was one of eight Canadians hired by Toronto-based company AHLOT to sample and evaluate different strains of cannabis and get paid to do so.

“I’m kind of in dream-job land right now,” Bladon said Monday, her first day of a year-long contract as a cannabis connoisseur. “I just thought the opportunity sounded a little bit too good to be true and I’m a bit of a risk taker so I figured why not throw my name in the pile and let’s see what happens.”

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.

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