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.


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.


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.


Canada: Some black market pot dealers drumming up business outside legal cannabis stores

Some black market marijuana dealers have been engaged in a literal turf war with their legal competitors.

In recent days, at least one brazen illegal seller has been offering samples of his wares and a dial-a-dope service outside stores that sell the bud under government licence.

The dealer, dubbing himself Medi Man, has been handing out samples of cannabis bud in a tiny baggie stapled to a business card offering various grades of pot and its derivatives, including edibles, to store customers.

Prices listed for bud are as low as $100 an ounce — a third or a quarter the price of its legal counterpart.

“Money back guaranteed — minimum order $100 … delivery 7 days a week 9 AM – 9 PM,” reads the card.


Canada: How Alberta weed stores are gearing up for the first post-legalization holiday

Western Canada is due for a very green Christmas this year.

Canadians are now able to (legally) stuff stockings and line the bottoms of Christmas trees with gifts of weed. The recreational cannabis industry in Canada is barely two months old, but shoppers and cannabis store owners alike are gearing up for the holiday rush — just like any other retail business.

“It’ll be no different than someone going to the liquor store and grabbing a bottle of wine,” said Sunni Lee, a shopper outside Four20 Premium Market’s store in southwest Calgary. “The difference is my family — we smoke, we don’t drink.”


Alberta a leader in Christmas cannabis gifting, says survey

Legal pot is stuffing more Yuletide stockings in Alberta than most other provinces, says an industry survey.

In Canada’s first legalized cannabis Christmas, 12 per cent of adults in Alberta will be giving pot as a gift this month, says an online poll conducted for marketing outfit Lift & Co. that canvassed 1,512 adults across the country on Dec. 5.

The results were similar for Manitoba, which, along with Alberta, leads the country in the number of cannabis retail stores, with 16 and 65 locations licensed respectively.

Quebecers, at eight per cent, are the least likely to offer a pot present Dec. 25.


Canada: How a laid off oilpatch worker became owner of Calgary's largest pot shop

Amid pipeline problems and market mayhem, one Calgary welder is using skills learned in the oilpatch to kick-start a career in cannabis.

Jason Marshall had worked in the oil and gas sector as a journeyman welder for more than 17 years when the economic downturn hit Alberta in 2014.

Even with more than a decade of experience, Marshall was let go from his job at Precision Drilling along with thousands of other tradespeople as the industry ground to a crawl.

Marshall spent the next few years working as a contractor until a visit to the Calgary Franchise Show with his wife, Irene Struc, led him to trade in his welding torch for good.


Supply constraints could mean no more cannabis stores licences for up to 18 months: AGLC

It could be as long as 18 months before more Alberta cannabis stores licences are issued due to uncertainties in the legal cannabis supply, says the provincial regulator.

While Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis is hoping more permits will be granted well before that, it’s a possibility it could take that long before the current number of licensed pot shops grows beyond the current 65, said commission spokeswoman Kaleigh Miller.

“We could get a huge amount of supply in six months, or it could be 18 months — it’s a huge flux time,” she said.

“Hopefully in the middle of that time, we’ll see a more normalized industry and supply … it’s out of our hands.”


Canada: Police want cash for cannabis enforcement, call-volume increase - Edmonton Journal

City police are chasing an $87-million bump in annual funding over the next four years, hoping council signs off on spending for what the force predicts will be rising demands tied to cannabis legalization.

The department was the first civic agency to make a presentation to city council when budget deliberations for the next four years kicked off Thursday. Budget talks may run for up to 10 days. The force is the city’s largest operating expense.

If approved, taxpayers would be shouldering an annual policing cost of about $424 million and that would creep over half a billion yearly by 2022.

Ward 1 Coun. Andrew Knack said the total projected amount jumped out at him because that would surpass Calgary’s police spending.


Cannabis legalization has had little impact on Calgary crime stats, police say

A month after legalization, cannabis has not had a significant impact on crime in Calgary, the city’s police commission heard Tuesday.

“The sky hasn’t fallen,” said Katie Doucette, the Calgary Police Service’s project manager for cannabis.

Since legalization, Calgary police have recorded five violations of the law governing cannabis use in Canada, including one illicit grow-op. The service has also written 11 tickets related to cannabis use, though Doucette said officers typically try to have a conversation before handing them out.

“Tickets were written, essentially, if conversation didn’t get it done,” she said.


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