Invictus MD provides major update on Acreage Pharms

INVICTUS MD STRATEGIES CORP. (TSXV: IMH) (OTC: IVITF) announced that construction of the Phase 2 development, a purpose built, multiple room production facility, is well underway at its wholly owned subsidiary, Acreage Pharms Ltd. , a licensed producer under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.

The foundation for the Phase 2 facility has been poured and the exterior is expected to be completed by the first part of November 2017. By the end of January 2018, the interior fit-out is expected.


Aurora Cannabis, a billion-dollar pot producer, posts $6M in revenue

Aurora, among Canada's largest cannabis producers boasting greenhouses built or under construction in Alberta and Quebec, with more investments abroad, is "poised for explosive growth," he says.

"It's just like a golden era for us right now. You couldn't ask to be in a better place in a growth phase."

Battley's enthusiasm isn't rooted in the same financial metrics that get the blood pumping for most executives of highly valued public companies. In its latest quarterly results, released Tuesday, Aurora posted less than $6 million in revenue with 16,400 customers.

And, yet, the company is valued at more than $1 billion on the stock market.

When pressed on his penchant for flowery language, Battley said, "I know, I get terribly excited about this stuff."


Province says legal age for drinking, tobacco not on table in marijuana talks

The NDP government says raising Alberta’s legal age of 18 for drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco isn’t being looked at as it develops its policies around legal marijuana.

Alberta Health Services, in its written submission to the government’s consultations on legal cannabis, suggested the province consider a minimum age of 21 for marijuana consumption, and potentially raise the drinking and smoking tobacco age to match.

But outside a meeting of Premier Rachel Notley’s cabinet at McDougall Centre, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said changing the legal age for alcohol consumption is not on the agenda.


Medical cannabis growers say education key to improving relationships with city landlords

The gentle hum of whirring fans and the unmistakable smell of fresh cannabis drift through a garage at the back of a house on a quiet Calgary street.

It's legal but the woman behind the small-scale grow is keeping things under wraps. She's new here, on a month-to-month lease and — like many licensed home growers — she's worried about the consequences of her landlord finding out.

"It can be pretty scary. What if everybody finds out?," she said. CBC isn't using her name.

Three years ago she was diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia and told she has a tumour on her spinal cord, leaving her with nerve pain and unable to work. She's one of many Canadians who turned to growing their own cannabis for relief.


Cannabis-ness: Marijuana companies anchoring themselves in Edmonton ahead of legalization

With marijuana legalization looming, Edmonton is opening up its doors to businesses and inquiries alike — from local establishments to established entrerprises.

Edmonton officials have passed multiple bylaws ahead of the federal government's 2018 target of legalization, including bylaws that prevent existing bars and cannabis paraphernalia stores from transitioning into marijuana lounges.

But Colton Kirsop from the city said that hasn't stopped citizens and businesses from inquiring on and applying to open marijuana-related businesses, including cannabis lounges and production facilities.

"We have heard from a number of citizens and businesses that would like to know more about [marijuana-related businesses]," Kirsop told CBC News.


Strainprint™ Technologies Ltd. expands nationwide coverage with the addition of Harvest Medicine to the Strainprint community

StrainprintTM, the leader in cannabis data collection and strain efficacy reporting [analytics], is pleased to welcome Harvest Medicine cannabis clinic to its growing list of data customers.  Based in Calgary, Alberta, Harvest Medicine ("Harvest") is a world-class medical cannabis clinic with a focus on education and 360-degree patient wellness.  Their state-of-the art educational resource centre hosts events, workshops to help create a sense of community for medical cannabis patients and those who love and support them in their health goals.


Calgary Businesses Jockeying for Marijuana Legalization Payout

As the federal government's deadline for legalizing marijuana approaches, dozens of Calgarians are jockeying to cash in on the ensuing business opportunities.

According to the City of Calgary there are currently two businesses with development permits to operate as medical marijuana counselling services and six more applications have been submitted over the last few months.

City council approved the new land-use bylaw definition in June of 2016 to accommodate businesses that provide information about cannabis. Unlike medical marijuana clinics, counselling services don't necessarily have a doctor on staff.


Edmonton Business Helps Veterans Get Prescription Marijuana

Marijuana legalization is scheduled to come next summer and one business in Edmonton that helps veterans and first responders get cannabinoid therapy is getting ready.

Timothy Baxter, an Afghanistan war veteran and the clinic manager of Marijuana for Trauma Edmonton, says marijuana is often the best treatment for non-physical injuries for vets.

He says legalization will help those who have no prescription.

“The pharmaceutical industry and how they administer to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder is backwards in my opinion,” Baxter explained.


Number of Alberta doctors prescribing medical marijuana jumps 50 per cent in 4 months

At the end of 2016 there were 329 doctors registered, by April of this year it had risen to 495.

A Calgary physician says doctors are increasingly open to the idea of prescribing medical marijuana, a form of treatment that has divided the medical community.

According to the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons, there was a 50 per cent increase in the number of doctors prescribing cannabis in the first four months of this year.

At the end of 2016 there were 329 doctors registered to authorize medical marijuana for 5,254 people. By April of this year 495 doctors were prescribing to 9,995 Albertans.


Alberta: Strathcona County Landowners Upset About Proposed Cannabis Facility

People in Strathcona County are concerned about a proposal to construct a medical marijuana and industrial hemp facility on land near their homes.

Canadian Rockies Agriculture has applied to put up nine buildings in the first phase of a project that includes greenhouses, processing and underground storage vaults on 30 hectares about 12 kilometres southeast of Josephburg.

The initial stage would employ 30 to 75 workers, with indoor space to grow up to 20,000 plants, a laboratory to make cannabis oils, extracts and edible by-products, lighting, motion detectors, and dugouts for water filtration and storage, according to a county information sheet.

Marijuana products can only be sold by mail or courier.


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