Alberta

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.

Wed
27
Sep

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.

Wed
27
Sep

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."

Wed
20
Sep

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.

Mon
28
Aug

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.

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