Canada: Medical pot grower Aurora Cannabis expands to Edmonton airport

A medical marijuana company says it is expanding production with a massive new grow facility at the Edmonton International Airport.

Aurora Cannabis says the airport is close to customs for importing the supplies and equipment it needs and the location will make it easier to export pot to its customers in Canada and eventually to other countries where marijuana is legal.

The company says the 74,000-square-metre facility, called Aurora Sky, will be larger than 16 football fields and will be capable of producing more than 100,000 kilograms of cannabis per year.

Aurora vice-president Cam Battley said the new operation will help meet growing demand for medical marijuana and position it to supply recreational pot once it is legalized by the federal government.


Calgary mother hopes to end stigma around cannabis with new retail store

Melinda Tobias doesn’t want you to call cannabis a drug.

Instead, the mother of four wants you to think of cannabis as a plant or a natural medicine as she has come to know it through her diagnosis with invasive cervical cancer on Jan. 8, 2015.

“When I got that diagnosis, I had about a two- to three-month waiting period while the tumour board reviewed my biopsy and came up with a treatment plan,” said Tobias.


Edmonton: Leduc County to be home to 'world's largest' legal marijuana grow op

A medical marijuana supplier says it has broken ground in Leduc County, south of Edmonton, on what will be the world's largest legal pot grow operation.

"Our objectives are very clear: to build the largest production capacity, with the highest production quality and the lowest production cost," Steve Dobler, president of Aurora Cannabis Inc., said in a news release.

Aurora is building a 800,000-sq.-ft. production facility — larger than 16 football fields — on 30 acres of leased land in the county.

The company boasts "Aurora Sky" will be the largest, most advanced and most automated cannabis production facility in the world, capable of producing in excess of 100,000 kilograms of high quality marijuana per year.


Aurora Cannabis begins work on world's largest marijuana greenhouse in Alberta

Aurora Cannabis says it has started construction on a production facility in Leduc County that will be the size of 16 football fields when completed.

The 800,000-square-foot greenhouse, known as Aurora Sky, will be the largest of its kind, capable of producing 100,000 kilograms of cannabis annually, the Vancouver-based company said in a statement Wednesday. 

Construction is expected to be completed by October 2017, it said. The licensed medical marijuana producer already operates a 55,000-square-foot cannabis production plant near Cremona that could also be expanding.


Edmonton tech firm hoping to tap into medical marijuana market

An Edmonton-based company is hoping to harness its technical expertise to tap into the burgeoning medical marijuana market.

Radient Technologies Inc. has applied for a federal license to use its unique microwave-based extraction system for the medical marijuana industry.

Currently, the company uses microwaves for natural product extraction for various industries, including pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, food and beverage, cosmetics and tobacco.


Cannabis Expo announced for Calgary and Edmonton

A new marijuana tradeshow will be rolling into Calgary and Edmonton next year.

The Cannabis & Hemp Expo is being billed as a different kind of cannabis trade show – one that’s less for the consumer, and more about growing the cannabis economy.

“There’s been a lot of talk about legalization of cannabis for quite some time and now it looks like it’s going to be moving forward pretty rapidly,” said Canwest managing partner Kevin Blackburn. The event is a joint effort from Canwest and Lift, a cannabis advocacy group.


Alberta's Kathleen Ganley Says Marijuana Wasn't 'Cash Cow' for Colorado

Alberta's justice minister says marijuana has not been a "cash cow" for Colorado, but neither has it led to widespread criminal activity.

Kathleen Ganley travelled to Colorado late last week to talk to U.S. officials about how they dealt with the legalization of marijuana in their state.

The priority for the province, Ganley says, is to get a regulatory framework in place to ensure that pot stays out of the hands of children, and that our roadways remain safe from impaired drivers.

The federal Liberals intend to legalize pot in the spring of 2017, and provinces are scrambling to prepare for the change.


Alberta Justice Minister Is Colorado-Bound for Cannabis Crash Course

Call it a crash course in cannabis — Alberta's Justice Minister and Solicitor General is Colorado-bound to see how the state south of the border has handled legal weed.

Kathleen Ganley flies out Thursday to Denver, where she's slated to meet with the attorney general, municipal government, police and fire services, building and licensing experts, and the environmental health department.


Canada: Marijuana for Trauma Opens in Edmonton to Treat Ptsd in Military Vets

A unique support centre for military veterans and first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) opened in south Edmonton Saturday.

Marijuana for Trauma is hoping to help heal emotional wounds suffered by soldiers, paramedics and police officers by helping them access medical-grade cannabis.

“This is special,” Fabian Henry, Marijuana for Trauma CEO and co-founder, said. “We’re bringing in the people who are lost and putting a soul back in their body.”

Henry said his own personal experience with PTSD and struggling to get treatment makes him a firm believer his stores are addressing a need and also why they won’t be charging veterans for product.


Alberta pot producer launches mobile app to buy medical marijuana

Need some medical marijuana? There's an app for that.

An Alberta-based pot producer has launched a mobile app to make it easier for patients with a prescription to purchase federally-regulated medicinal weed.

Cam Battley, of Aurora Cannabis, said the idea was to give customers the same service as giant online retailers such as Amazon.

"As far as we know, it is the first legal app for Android and Apple for federally-approved legal medical cannabis," Battley said.

"The fact is that people live on their phones and tablets. They use them to shop for everything from consumer products and health products to medicine. It is an acknowledgment of the reality of how people operate today."


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