Alberta

Wed
01
Jun

Women Grow Edmonton Plants Seeds of Entrepreneurship Ahead of Marijuana Legalization

With marijuana legalization on the horizon in Canada, Edmontonians are starting explore ways they can get involved in what could be a multi-billion dollar industry.

Women Grow Edmonton is already looking at how female entrepreneurs, in particular, can get in on the green.

The group launched a month ago, with the goal of starting a conversation on the future of legal cannabis in Edmonton.

But chair Alison McMahon says it's already creating a buzz.

Thu
26
May

Alberta's Aurora Cannabis launches same-day home delivery of medical marijuana

Marijuana delivery services used to be the type of thing you heard about through whispers on university campuses or through friends of friends — now, companies are issuing press releases about it.

Aurora Cannabis, the first company to obtain a medicinal marijuana grow licence in Alberta, has launched same-day home delivery to approved users.

The company will now bring pot directly to the homes of registered clients living in Calgary and the surrounding area within hours of it being ordered.

It plans to expand the service to the Edmonton area next month.

Wed
25
May

Same-Day Medical Marijuana Delivery Service Launches in Calgary

It’s door-to-door delivery at decidedly high speed.

Aurora Cannabis Inc., which operates Alberta’s only licensed industrial medical marijuana producer, announced Tuesday that customers in Calgary and surrounding communities will be able to get same-day delivery of the drug used to combat a variety of ailments.

Cam Battley, Aurora’s senior vice-president of communications and medical affairs, said Alberta has quickly become the second largest per capita base of medical marijuana users in Canada, with some 3,000 patients now registered with the company since its launch in January.

“It’s growing so fast it’s taking people’s breath away,” he said of the demand that’s prompted the expedited delivery model.

Mon
23
May

Cannabis Industry Unexpected Boost For Alberta's Struggling Economy

It's an unexpected shot in the arm for Alberta's struggling economy. And it's about as unlikely as it gets. 

Alberta's only industrial-scale grower of medical marijuana, Aurora Cannabis, just served notice that business is booming. The company now has well over 2,000 customers, beginning from a standing start in January. 

Prior to that, Aurora had to wait for the issuance of a sales licence from Health Canada. And that wasn't forthcoming until Aurora's crops had undergone extensive laboratory testing for quality control by an independent, licensed third party. 

Fri
20
May

Cannabis Industry Unexpected Boost For Alberta's Struggling Economy

It's an unexpected shot in the arm for Alberta's struggling economy. And it's about as unlikely as it gets.

Alberta's only industrial-scale grower of medical marijuana, Aurora Cannabis, just served notice that business is booming. The company now has well over 2,000 customers, beginning from a standing start in January.

 
 
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Tue
03
May

Medical Marijuana Fires up in Calgary

The process of legalizing pot for recreational use isn't expected to start until next year, but medical marijuana is already a hit in Calgary.

A local clinic that works exclusively in cannabis has about 5,500 patients.

"I do this because I believe that cannabis is a safer alternative to many of the medications that I have prescribed over the course of my career," said Dr. Stephanie Mason, the medical doctor at Natural Health Services. 

Mason, a psychiatrist with 30 years of experience, made the full-time switch to the world of medical marijuana last fall. 

Who are the patients?

Mon
04
Apr

Canada: Edmonton to get its first medical marijuana clinic

Dr. Danial Schecter, who's opening a Cannabinoid Medical Clinic in Edmonton to prescribe medical marijuana. Supplied

An eastern Canadian chain of medical marijuana clinics plans to tap into a growing Alberta market later this month by opening its first Edmonton location.

Dr. Danial Schecter, who started Toronto’s Cannabinoid Medical Clinic in 2014 and now has five similar facilities, says doctors in the new office will offer examinations, evaluations, cannabis prescriptions and product advice.

Patients must be referred by their doctors, who might not feel they have enough expertise to handle this area themselves, Schecter said.

Thu
24
Mar

Alberta liquor stores ponder selling marijuana alongside alcohol

After Joe Ceci told a roomful of rural politicians that Alberta's liquor stores could sell pot if was ever legalized by the federal government, the provincial finance minister quickly had to clarify that his comment was a joke.

But as it turns out, Ceci wasn't that far off the mark.

Members of the Alberta Liquor Store Association are currently doing a survey on the idea of selling marijuana in stores.

"We're going to our membership to see first of all, is this a good fit for our stores?" said association president Ivonne Martinez. 

Tue
05
Jan

Barriers To Accessing Medical Marijuana You Probably Didn't Think Of

By Alison McMahon

My mom was recently diagnosed with cancer for a second time and I happily helped her get a prescription for medical cannabis. Going through this with her made me realize there are a number of barriers to access. She found the process overwhelming and complicated. I believe she wouldn't have actually got a prescription if I hadn't been there to help her. So what exactly are the barriers?

1. Lack of information about how to get a prescription

When my mom found out she had cancer, she told her family doctor that she "wasn't doing this again without medical marijuana." The physician maintained a straight face and said nothing. Not particularly helpful.

Mon
04
Jan

Inside Alberta’s growing medical-marijuana industry

This is the great indoors, the place where you can stand at the end of a long metal table, stare straight ahead to its opposite end some 75 metres away and you will be lost in a mighty greenness.

You will see thousands of familiar jagged-edged leaves reaching up to the lights inside Alberta’s largest grow-op. Seconds later, your mind taps into a stash of marijuana gag lines, from this facility being a “joint venture” to “your staff room must be well-stocked with Doritos.”

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