Alberta

Tue
21
Nov

Canada: 'Demand will be huge': Alberta government releases cannabis retail rules

Private retailers who want to sell legal marijuana in Alberta next July 1 won’t be able to do so alongside alcohol, or even a bag of chips.

Under proposed rules introduced by the province Thursday, retailers will be restricted to sales of cannabis and cannabis-related goods such as lighters and rolling papers.

There’s no word on how much legal marijuana will cost, but 420 Clinic founder Jeff Mooij says that won’t matter to consumers. 

As a medical marijuana clinic owner and cannabis user, Mooij said Thursday there is an appetite for clean, safe, regulated weed in Alberta — it’s not about paying less than black market drugs, but knowing where the product is coming from.

“Demand will be huge,” he said.

Mon
20
Nov

Canopy Growth welcomes Sweetgrass Inc. as newest Craftgrow partner

Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) is pleased to welcome Sweetgrass Inc., a Strathcona County, Alberta-based ACMPR applicant, to Tweed's curated CraftGrow line.

Pending license approvals, Sweetgrass will supply its cannabis products via Tweed Main Street, the most diverse cannabis marketplace in Canada. The agreement will serve to increase the amount of variety and consistency of supply available to Tweed's registered medical cannabis customers.

Wed
01
Nov

Financial advisor answers questions on marijuana investment

Forget the gold rush, first-time investors are looking to cash in on the green rush, but financial advisors are warning those looking to cash-in on soon-to-be legalized cannabis to think before they invest.

The rapid growth of these businesses is attracting veteran investors with deep pockets, but financial advisors are also seeing many first-time investors looking to get rich quick.

"Be careful, this is obviously a new industry,” explained Kevin Mullane, senior investment advisor with National Bank Financial. “A lot of these companies don’t have a lot behind them at this point in time, in terms of revenues and earnings, more importantly earnings,”

Wed
25
Oct

Legal marijuana: health ministers should be better prepared

Drugs – legal and illegal – have so come to dominate the conversation among federal, provincial and territorial ministers of health that perhaps we should start calling them ministers of drugs?

At their most recent meeting, held last week in Edmonton, they discussed the following issues: legalization of cannabis, opioids and the overdose crisis, pharmacare, mental health and addiction, tobacco control, and antimicrobial resistance as a result of overuse of antibiotics.

Each of those issues is pressing for different reasons, but let's focus on the one with a hard deadline for action: cannabis.

On July 1, 2018, it will be legal for Canadians to purchase and possess some cannabis products.

Mon
23
Oct

AUPE members to argue public vs. private marijuana distribution Saturday

Members at the 41st annual Alberta Union of Provincial Employees convention plan to vote Saturday on whether to support selling marijuana in publicly operated dispensaries, or if they would rather leave the issue to the private sector.

AUPE members filled the hall at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton on Friday for the three-day conference, hearing year-end reports from 14 standing committees, reviewing financial records and voting on various issues including the annual budget.

Members voted late Friday to debate the issue of who should sell legal marijuana Saturday, as AUPE president Guy Smith predicted a lengthy discussion on the topic.

Mon
23
Oct

Canadian health ministry offers timeline for rules on edible cannabis

Canada’s health minister says pilot projects have begun on roadside police testing for marijuana, and the plan is to have rules in place for edible cannabis around July 2019.

“Our priority right now is to ensure that we can legalize cannabis by July 2018,” Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Friday.

“There’s no specific date (for edibles to be available), but I would say if you look a year after the legalization, that is the window that we’re giving ourselves.”

Petitpas Taylor made the comments to reporters after briefing her provincial and territorial counterparts on Ottawa’s progress toward legalizing marijuana.

Ottawa will not allow edible cannabis in the marketplace until it has put in place the rules surrounding packaging, potency and health warnings.

Mon
23
Oct

Roadside testing for marijuana use pilot underway

Canada’s health minister says pilot projects have begun on roadside police testing for marijuana, and the plan is to have rules in place for edible cannabis around July 2019.

“Our priority right now is to ensure that we can legalize cannabis by July 2018,” Ginette Petitpas Taylor stated Friday.

“There’s no specific date (for edibles to be available), but I would assert if you look a year after the legalization, that is the window that we’re giving ourselves.”

Petitpas Taylor made the comments to reporters after briefing her provincial and territorial counterparts on Ottawa’s progress approaching legalizing marijuana.

Mon
16
Oct

After years of work, GrenEx licensed as first Edmonton cannabis company

After years of preparation, an Edmonton company has finally received a licence to start operating the city’s first medical cannabis grow op.

GrenEx Pharms Inc. has spent about $4 million developing a 930-square-metre marijuana cultivation facility inside a former south Edmonton warehouse, but Health Canada only issued a licence Sept. 29 after initially approving the proposal in 2013.

“It’s been sitting empty for two years almost completely built out … Health Canada doesn’t want an oversupply, to prevent illicit activity, so they want production to meet demand,” GrenEx chief executive John Simon said during a tour of the site.

Fri
06
Oct

Alberta unveils marijuana framework, calls for minimum age of 18 to buy

Alberta has unveiled its proposed framework for marijuana legalization, which calls for a minimum age of 18 to buy or use cannabis. 

Other proposed rules include:

Tue
03
Oct

Calgary conference helps employers come to grips with marijuana boom

A sold-out conference in Calgary is helping businesses learn more about the impacts of cannabis in the workplace and what employers need to know before it's legalized next year.

Many employers are scrambling to get a better understanding of cannabis and how to deal with growing numbers of employees licensed to use it medically, as well as the implications of legalization next year.

The conference is hosted by Cannabis At Work — an HR-focussed company established two years ago to help businesses navigate Canada's marijuana boom and manage marijuana use in the workplace.

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