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.


Radient Technologies provides update on collaboration with Aurora Cannabis and announces shares-for-debt transaction

Radient Technologies Inc. ("Radient" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:RTI) today provides an update on the Corporation's collaboration arrangement with Aurora Cannabis.

On June 5th, 2017, the Corporation and Aurora Cannabis Inc. ("Aurora"), (TSX VENTURE:ACB)(OTCQX:ACBFF)(FRANKFURT:21P)(WKN:A1C4WM) announced the results of their Joint Venture Research Activity ("JV"), with positive outcomes in terms of extraction efficiency, extract purity, conservation of extract profiles, and anticipated high throughput levels compared to current industry benchmarks.


Alberta Urban Municipalities Association weighs in on legalization

Alberta, along with other provinces and territories in Canada, is undergoing the process of preparing for the legalization of cannabis in Canada, and municipalities within these provinces and territories also have questions and concerns in regard to legal marijuana. In Alberta, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) is one group helping cities to find these answers.


Dust-up over medical marijuana at Calgary Stampede points to legalization challenges

A Calgary woman who has a prescription for medical marijuana was recently refused entry into the Calgary Stampede while carrying the drug.

After discussing the issue with her at length, Stampede organizers relaxed their policy and allowed Vicky Penny to bring the marijuana in, but told her not to smoke it on site.

It raises questions about permitting medical marijuana at large events and what the Stampede will do next year when recreational use is expected to be legal.

"People can smoke a cigarette, which will kill them and make them unhealthy, but I can't smoke my medicine which will make me healthier, right?" Penny said.

"So it's really kind of up in the air right, and he said, 'It's because it's illegal.' So how that's going to look next year?"


'Cannabis lounges' included as part of proposed Edmonton bylaw change

The city of Edmonton is looking at a zoning bylaw change that could pave the way for the establishment of cannabis lounges if they are allowed after marijuana is legalized in July 2018. 

In a report for city council, administration said these proposed amendments are a proactive step in getting ready for next year. 

"This new classification is intended to differentiate this use from other eating and drinking uses already defined in Zoning Bylaw 12800 (for example, bar and neighbourhood pubs)," city administration said in a report for next week's public hearing.

"Other jurisdictions, such as Denver, have found it necessary to provide places for tourists to consume cannabis — cannabis lounges would provide a land use classification to accommodate this activity."


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