Alberta

Wed
05
Dec

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.

Mon
03
Dec

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.”

Fri
30
Nov

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.

Wed
28
Nov

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.

Mon
19
Nov

Alberta's cannabis leadership attracts first-of-its kind trade show to Calgary

Alberta’s pot prominence has lured major marijuana producers to a Calgary gathering meant to strengthen the industry and hobble the black market.

Two dozen Canadian licensed producers will exhibit and explain the secrets of their craft to 300 to 400 mostly invited cannabis retail players at the Lift&Co Retail Tradeshow at Stampede Park’s BMO Centre on Thursday.

Mon
19
Nov

Alberta's cannabis leadership attracts first-of-its kind trade show to Calgary

Alberta’s pot prominence has lured major marijuana producers to a Calgary gathering meant to strengthen the industry and hobble the black market.

Two dozen Canadian licensed producers will exhibit and explain the secrets of their craft to 300 to 400 mostly invited cannabis retail players at the Lift&Co Retail Tradeshow at Stampede Park’s BMO Centre on Thursday.

Fri
02
Nov

Alberta dispensaries losing out on green thanks to cannabis shortages

A cannabis shortage has led to a rocky start for Alberta dispensaries that are having to close their doors while they wait to restock.

Alternative Greens, a dispensary in north Edmonton told The Star that they’ve had to close twice since legalization simply because they do not have enough product and cannot get their orders in soon enough.

“If the door’s closed, we’re losing money, especially is people are showing up, try the door and it’s locked,” Roseanne Dampier, Manager of Alternative Greens, told The Star. She said if demand stays consistent with the way it is now, they will likely have to close the store again soon. “If we place an order today, we might maybe see it next week,” Dampier said.

Wed
31
Oct

Alberta farmers are leading the way in the emerging hemp industry

Legal cannabis has provided no shortage of new opportunities in Canada, including opening more doors for farmers in the hemp industry, especially in the province of Alberta.

Since cannabidiol (CBD) can now be extracted in larger quantities for recreational purposes, Alberta farmers have been provided with new opportunities to partner with various licensed producers who can use their crops. Hemp farmers are now able to sell the unused, raw material to the LPs who can use the material to extract CBD.

Brian Rozmahel, a 59-year-old hemp farmer, told sources that he used to be teased about his crops but now considers himself a “pioneer” leading the way in an emerging industry in Alberta, thanks to legalization.

Wed
24
Oct

Canada: Alberta retailer says cannabis sales leave booze in the dust

Its cannabis sales numbers are smokin’ their booze side, says marijuana-liquor retailer Alcanna. And the more potent the pot, the faster it sells, said company CEO James Burns.

“At least initially, a lot of the customers aren’t new to the product and those people are tending to want high THC,” said Burns, referring to the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. “But when the high THC strains run out, they’ll buy anything.”

Revenue from those pot sales — totalling $1.3 million from its five Nova Cannabis stores in the first five days of legalization — left its alcohol figures in the haze, said Burns.

Mon
22
Oct

Canada: Alberta experiences cannabis retail boom as 100 more stores to roll-out by mid-November

After four days of lineups at pot shops across Alberta, some store owners say there's not enough weed left to keep their doors open and they're struggling to order more.

In the meanwhile, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission has granted 14 more retail cannabis store licenses since Wednesday, bringing the total number to 31 — the most of anywhere in Canada. 

We placed large, large orders and we didnt anticipate having to reorder so quickly, said James Burns, CEO of Alcanna Inc., which owns NOVA Cannabis.

The problem of cannabis shortages has hit other Canadian provinces along with Alberta, leading pot store owners and government-run distributors scrambling.

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