British Columbia


B.C. selling less legal cannabis than any province other than P.E.I.

B.C. sold less legal cannabis than any province other than Prince Edward Island in the first nine months of legalization and officials blame supply shortages and a slow rollout of retail stores.

Statistics Canada data shows B.C. sold $19.5 million worth of legal pot from October 2018 through June 2019. The only province that sold less was P.E.I., which took in $10.7 million with only a fraction of B.C.’s population.

In its annual report, B.C.’s liquor distribution branch said problems with supply and slower than anticipated provincial and municipal approvals resulted in the province’s cannabis industry evolving at a slower rate.


Quebec and B.C. top country's weed sales in May

Recreational weed sales in Canada enjoyed a significant boost in May — up 14 per cent — according to data from Statistics Canada.

“Sales improved to $85 million in May, up from $74 million in April and $60 million in March,” Marijuana Business Daily reports. British Columbia recorded the biggest sales growth in May with a 37 per cent increase thanks to improved access via the opening of a number of new dispensaries.


B.C. consumes significantly more cannabis than any other Canadian province

To the surprise of no one, B.C. loves cannabis — and now it has the numbers to prove it, City News reports.

British Columbia consumes significantly more cannabis than any other province, according to the recently-released 2019 United Nations World Drug Report.


B.C. has the highest use of cannabis in the country

B.C is no stranger to cannabis and a new UN report says the province is smoking more than any other province.

The numbers don’t come as a surprise for people out on the street in Vancouver today. “That’s sort of the perception and stereotype in B.C., we think of as the home of cannabis consumption in Canada because the climate is more favourable,” says Brad.

More than a quarter of people in B.C. over the age of 15 report using cannabis in 2017.

The 2019 World Drug Report released by the United Nation’s Office on Drug and Crime on June 26 reported higher numbers of Cannabis use across the country between the 2011 and 2017.

The report shows a dramatic increase of cannabis use, with it rising 62 per cent during these years in Canada.


Federal government offers millions to help B.C. police spot drugged driving

The federal government is boosting funding to help B.C. police recognize drug-impaired drivers and buy roadside testing devices, as many forces remain wary of the technology.

Bill Blair, the minister responsible for organized crime reduction and border security, announced on Tuesday the spending of $10.1 million over five years to increase the number of officers trained in field sobriety testing and as drug recognition experts.

The money will also help police forces buy approved roadside devices to develop standardized data collection and help the province get a clearer picture of the extent of drug-impaired driving, Blair said.


Cannabis education an early casualty of legalization, say industry insiders

Legalization may be making it harder for cannabis users to truly understand what they’re putting in their bodies, industry insiders say.

That’s because the legal recreational industry has been limited in terms of what it can tell consumers about the properties of pot, so it’s turning to catchy — but vague and often meaningless — branding instead.


Causing a stink: B.C. could put forward cannabis emissions regulation by year-end

Cannabis producers in B.C. may be forced to stop and smell the grass… and then make sure no one else can.

The smell produced by cannabis production is at the heart of a Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) staff recommendation for the Climate Change Action Committee to green light suggestions to proceed with a public consultation that, within the year, could result in a proposed regulation requiring cannabis producers to undertake significant upgrades and purchase new equipment.


British Columbia insurance claim denied because of cannabis on property

Since cannabis became legal in Canada last year, there are certain laws in place that allow Canadians to grow limited amounts of cannabis in a household, but a recent court ruling presents a cautionary tale for Canadians growing marijuana on their property.

A superior court judge in British Columbia ruled that a home insurer can deny coverage for a small, legal medical grow located in Chilliwack following a major fire on the property, even though the fire was not caused by the plants.


Greenline POS services The Niagara Herbalist, first licenced Ontario cannabis retailer

The Niagara Herbalist is the first licenced cannabis retailer in Ontario, and after careful consideration they have chosen Greenline POS as their compliant inventory management solution.

“We chose Greenline POS because their team had the most working knowledge about real life cannabis retail operations out of all the POS systems we looked at.”

– Kevin (co-owner of The Niagara Herbalist)

For new cannabis retailers, opening up shop can be an exciting but stressful time. Greenline POS is dedicated to helping stores every step along the way, from initial inspections all the way to the grand opening and beyond.


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