Medical marijuana facility hits roadblock

A business proposal in the Rural Municipality of Wilton is facing an uncertain future after pulling a development application.

Agro Greens Natural Products Ltd is the company behind the proposal, and are currently seeking a new location for their proposed medical marijuana facility. The business owners had a chance to present their idea to Wilton residents at a meeting back in May, and were met with a list of concerns from area residents. After that meeting, the application was left to the RM council to decide upon.

However, council was left without an application to consider after the proposal was pulled.


Hemp nanosheets could be better than graphene for making the ideal supercapacitor

As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors, according to David Mitlin, Ph.D.

Supercapacitors are energy storage devices that have huge potential to transform the way future electronics are powered. Unlike today’s rechargeable batteries, which sip up energy over several hours, supercapacitors can charge and discharge within seconds. But they normally can’t store nearly as much energy as batteries, an important property known as energy density.


Calgary council debates regulating medicinal marijuana agencies

Calgary council has demanded rules in place to limit and regulate medical marijuana businesses, for fear a bout of reefer madness may break out in a city that has a single counselling clinic that cannot dispense the drug.

That one outlet, 420 Clinic, has recently opened in Inglewood, to limited community alarm.

Councillors like Diane Colley-Urquhart have looked anxiously to Vancouver, where 100 illegal dispensaries have sprung up and prompted that city to hurry with regulations for zoning and licensing.

Calgary council unanimously called Tuesday for some set of zoning rules to prevent clustering of marijuana service shops or locating them near schools.


Inside dope on plans for Edmonton's first medical marijuana grow-op

A new kind of green economy could soon take root in Edmonton, if the city's first medical marijuana grow-op gets final approval.

A company called Alberta Green Biotech is behind the project, planned for a northwest industrial park.

The company is still waiting for a development permit, and said once that gets approved they plan to spend $4 million to $6 million to build a 125,000-square-foot facility.

From the outside it would look like any other warehouse. But inside, there will be 12 rooms called grow-pods: each big enough to generate $1.8 to million to $2 million worth of marijuana a year.

The company picked Edmonton because there is no medical marijuana facility in Alberta.


Watch: Medical marijuana 420 Clinic opens in Calgary

Watch above: Heather Yourex takes you on a tour of the 420 Clinic, Calgary’s first facility dedicated to helping patients access medicinal marijuana.

CALGARY – Alberta’s first medical clinic solely dedicated to providing access to medical marijuana officially opened Wednesday in Calgary’s Inglewood neighbourhood.

The 420 Clinic is not a dispensary, and no marijuana will be kept on site.  Instead, the clinic will help patients navigate new federal rules around how medical marijuana can be accessed.


RCMP concerned plan to cultivate opium poppies will attract criminals

OTTAWA -- The RCMP has voiced concerns to Health Canada about an Alberta company's plans to cultivate opium poppies over fears the medicinal project could attract drug-peddling criminals.

Lethbridge-based API Labs Inc. says it understands the national police force's worries, but insists the risk of criminal involvement can be managed with the proper precautions.

The national police force expressed its reservations about API Labs' activities during a conference call with several other federal agencies -- including Public Safety, the Privy Council Office and Health Canada -- in April last year, an internal RCMP briefing note reveals.


Aurora Commences Flowering of 2400 Medicinal Cannabis Plants

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 28, 2015) - Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CSE:ACB)(FRANKFURT:21P)(WKN:A1C4WM)(OTC PINK:PSNTF) ("Aurora" or the "Company) is pleased to announce that 2400 clones of 7 different strains have been moved to the flowering stage. Commonly used names for the strains are Purple Kush, Agent Orange, Girl Scout Cookies, LSD, Strawberry Cough, AK47 and Exodus Cheese. Patients can be assured that the variety of strains will address a wide range of needs. More strains will be introduced as production ramps up. Aurora is expecting the first harvest to occur towards the end of June, 2015. Once in full production, the facility will be harvesting approximately 2500 plants every 7 days that will result in up to 100 kg of product per harvest.


Calgary's first medical marijuana clinic could open by end of April

The first clinic in Alberta intended to help patients navigate around the federal rules for medical marijuana could open in Inglewood by the end of April.

Clinic 420 will be located in the basement of the Swans of Inglewood pub on Ninth Ave. S.E. According to the owner, the store has had push back from residents.

"The word 'marijuana,' it frightens people," Jeff Mooiji told the Calgary Eyeopener on Thursday. 


Hemp Based Batteries Could Change The Way We Store Energy Forever

As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors. They’re presenting their research, which a Canadian start-up company is working on scaling up, at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

Although hemp (cannabis sativa) and marijuana (cannabis sativa var. indica) come from a similar species of plant, they are very different and confusion has been caused by deliberate misinformation with far reaching effects on socioeconomics as well as on environmental matters.


Sneak peek inside Alberta’s first medical marijuana production centre

CALGARY –Aurora Marijuana’s cannabis production facility, the province’s first production centre for medical marijuana, will start growing plants in about a week.

“We’ve just received our licence from Health Canada and we’re presently obtaining our starting materials, so within seven days we’ll be starting to grow cannabis,” explained Aurora Marijuana CEO Terry Booth during a tour of the facility, which is located on rural land near the Village of Cremona.

The facility is capable of producing up to 5,400 kilograms of medical marijuana each year and will grow 20 different strains.


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