British Columbia

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BC
B.C.
Mon
12
Nov

Canada: Cannabis company hopes to replace jobs lost in mill closure in small B.C. town

Arnold Meyer spent 40 years working at the Tolko Industries Ltd. mill in Merritt, B.C., but then he faced the reality of being laid off.

The 62-year-old was one of about 200 employees who lost their jobs in 2016, crippling the economy of the small town in British Columbia's southern Interior and prompting politicians to promise to restore the ailing forestry sector.

Two years later, the province's lumber industry is still facing challenges, but a new sector is revving up. A cannabis company hopes to build a grow facility in Merritt, replacing jobs, including Meyer's that were lost in the mill closure.

Thu
01
Nov

Canada: Finally, a major airport allows passengers to smoke marijuana

Is it the start of a trend? Flying just got a little more bearable for passengers traveling from British Columbia.

The city’s primary airport, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), announced that passengers over the age of 19 traveling through the city are allowed to smoke or vape cannabis in designated outdoor areas, without any issues. All indoor areas of the airport remain smoke and vape free.

The announcement, posted on the Vancouver International Airport website, was included in the airport’s cannabis policy.

Wed
31
Oct

Canada: CannTrust goes 'au naturel' with introduction of new cannabis strains for B.C. market

The strains range in THC content from 10 percent to 22 percent, and in most cases, less than one percent of cannabidiol (CBD). On a sunny October morning, I trekked up to the top—the very top—of Grouse Mountain to be introduced to CannTrust’s four new recreational cannabis brands. There, at the very top of The Eye of The Wind, a wind turbine with a viewing pod 1,273 metres above the ground, Peak Leaf Cannabis was revealed. Peak Leaf is the latest recreational brand unveiled by CannTrust, an Ontario-based licensed producer that has strived to set the bar high for standardized medical cannabis.

The new offering joins the company’s other recreational brands: Liiv, Synr.G and Xscape. Like the others, Peak Leaf is tailored for a specific crowd, namely British Columbians.

Wed
31
Oct

Canada: Chilliwack First Nation writes its own cannabis law

Chilliwack's cannabis retail shop is operating on First Nations land, under a cannabis law passed by the Kwaw-Kwaw-A-Pilt band. The Kwaw-Kwaw-Apilt First Nation near Chilliwack has written its own cannabis law to replace the federal Cannabis Act and licensed its own cannabis store on reserve land.

Mon
29
Oct

Canada: BC entrepreneur selling 'make-it-yourself' kits for cannabis-infused candy

Justin Lloyd started Kickstarter campaign for The Edibles Kit.

A South Surrey business owner has created an educational package that will teach first-time, or experienced cannabis consumers how to turn the weed into an edible candy.

Justin Lloyd launched a Kickstarter Campaign for The Edibles Kit, with a goal of raising $10,000. As of Sunday afternoon, the campaign raised nearly $700. The kit teaches adults how to create THC-infused (the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis) butter, honey, coconut oil or candies. The product, which comes in a rectangle box, includes instructions, candy molds, a thermostat and brush. It retails for $34.99.

Mon
29
Oct

Vancouver, Canada’s marijuana capital, struggles to tame the black market

In the pot-friendly city of Vancouver, illegal marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks outlets, and among the most popular is Weeds, Glass and Gifts. There, in a relaxed space reminiscent of the coffee chain, jovial “budtenders” sell coconut chocolate bars infused with marijuana and customers smoke powerful pot concentrates at a sleek dab bar.

Thu
25
Oct

B.C. completed more than 21,000 cannabis sales during first week of legalization

The B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch rang up more than 21,000 cannabis transactions during the first seven days of legalization, nearly half of which occurred on Day 1.

The BCLDB says there were 17,266 online sales completed between Oct. 17 and 23, while a further 4,014 sales were made at the province’s lone B.C. Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

On Oct. 17 alone, the first day of cannabis legalization in Canada, there were 9,100 online sales registered at bccannabisstores.com and 800 transactions completed at the Kamloops pot shop.

Despite being the sole wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis in B.C., the BCLDB is declining to release more specific figures relating to cannabis sales.

Thu
18
Oct

Canada: Island hemp industry growing with legalization of cannabis

Some Island hemp producers are cashing in on the legalization of cannabis. A B.C. company recently announced the purchase of just over 200 hectares (500 acres) of harvested hemp flowers and leaves (chaff) from P.E.I. Chris Wagner, CEO of Emerald Health Therapeutics, says the transaction was possible because of forward-thinking farmers.

Until recently, it was only legal to harvest, store and sell the seed, fibre and stalk of the hemp plant.  The flowers and leaves were not permitted to be harvested or sold, and would go to waste. "What these farmers did was say 'We're going to take a risk,'" Wagner said. 

Wed
17
Oct

Canada: Black market marijuana growers expect the death of their cash cow after legalization

B.C.'s lucrative, underground marijuana business may soon go bust, starting Wednesday when recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada.

A new, legal industry has been preparing for months to serve the marketplace and that will hurt — or perhaps destroy — the province's multi-billion dollar illegal pot trade that has flourished for decades.

In its heyday B.C. bud is believed to have brought billions into the British Columbia economy. Those days are long gone as growers in the black market adjust to an end to prohibition.

CBC spoke to two illegal growers facing an uncertain future just as their cash crop becomes legal and agreed not to use their full names.

Tue
16
Oct

Cannabis cuisine: Chefs preparing to add marijuana to meals

One of the first questions chef Travis Petersen asks guests as they arrive to his supper club at a semi-secret Vancouver location is how they would gauge their cannabis tolerance. The 34-year-old former "MasterChef Canada" contestant will then dose the forthcoming multi-course dinner with the appropriate amount of cannabis-infused oil.

Eight diners sat around a large wooden table adorned with fall-themed centrepieces and joked about whether they're a one or 17 on a scale of 10 before falling silent as artfully plated dishes of geoduck, octopus and chorizo tacos, and butternut squash tortellini appeared before them -- which Petersen had topped off with an eye dropper of cannabis oil.

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