British Columbia


Cutting-edge lighting to lighten energy tab for Liht’s B.C. cannabis facilities

Liht Cannabis Corp. has selected Agnetix’s liquid-cooled, LED lighting system for its cultivation facilities in B.C., a change expected to enhance plant health and slash by more than half energy costs compared to traditional systems.

Liht reports that Agnetix’s system—said to include unparalleled power, advanced controls and monitoring features—will be used in all B.C. projects, including the newly announced 486,000 sq. ft of high-tech indoor cultivation facilities.


Why legalization is killing 4/20

This week, Vancouver considered a motion that would effectively shut down the city’s annual 4/20 celebration.

For years, the B.C. city has hosted one of the most well-attended 4/20s in North America, with an estimated 100,000 attendees and 482 vendor tents in 2018.

But according to the motion put before the Vancouver park board, if people want a 4/20 in 2019, they’re going to have to follow some rules.


Cannabis co-ops seek to bring small producers, processors into legal market

British Columbia may be famous for its bud but some say Canada’s new marijuana legalization framework is excluding the small producers with established know-how.

A movement is growing in the province to address that problem with a common idea: cannabis co-operatives.

“Some may argue we’ve lost our place to either Ontario or Alberta based on the number of licensed producers based out of those provinces,” said Barinder Rasode, CEO and co-founder or Grow Tech Labs, a cannabis business accelerator.

“We’re very focused on making sure that B.C. remains a world leader in the area.”


Lifestyle Delivery Systems kicks offs cannabis plant genetic development at Core Isogenics Inc.

B.C.-based Lifestyle Delivery Systems Inc. has announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Core Isogenics Inc., has begun nursery operations in cannabis plant genetic development at its environmentally controlled facility in Adelanto, Calif.

“The goal is to control all aspects of plant genetics with consistent and repeatable cannabinoid, terpene and flavonoid profile compositions,” notes a press release from Lifestyle Delivery Systems, which licenses its technology to a state-of-the-art production and packaging facility in Southern California.


Liht Cannabis, B.C. numbered company deal could result in 486,000 sq. ft of organic cultivation

Liht Cannabis Corp. recently entered into a joint venture agreement with private B.C. corporation 1186626 B.C. Ltd. for a second cannabis cultivation property in the provincial community of Chase.

“1186626 B.C. Ltd. is in the final stages of acquiring a 120-acre (48 hectares) parcel of land zoned ‘approved use’ for the purpose of developing and operating bio-secure organic cannabis production facilities of as much as 486,000 sq. ft.,” notes a press release issued by Liht.


Research shows that many women think marijuana consumption during pregnancy is harmless

Researchers from the University of British Columbia released a report earlier this week that states that as many as one-third of pregnant women think it is safe to consume marijuana while pregnant.

The lead author of the report and assistant professor in the department of family practice at UBC, Hamideh Bayrampour, said that this study will hopefully help create an understanding for public health officials about some of the perceptions surrounding cannabis use since it’s become legal in Canada.

The study was published in the journal Preventive Medicine and included data from six U.S. studies. One of the most important findings is that a lot of women have thought cannabis was safe during pregnancy because their healthcare providers did not tell them otherwise.  


Government cannabis stores considered in mid-size cities over larger metropolitan areas

More than three months after cannabis became legal in Canada, there is still only one provincial government-run cannabis store in B.C. — in the Interior town of Kamloops.

However, applications from the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch, which runs these shops, are now before city councils in Courtenay, Williams Lake, Terrace, Prince George and Nanaimo. There is also an application for another store in Kamloops.

Vivana Zanocco, communications manager with the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch, said they've chosen the above communities because they believe the B.C. Cannabis Stores would be welcomed by residents.

"We're in it for the long haul," she told Daybreak North host Carolina de Ryk. "We certainly don't want to go where we're not wanted."


B.C. Cancer to lead first national cannabis clinical trial for symptom relief

B.C. Cancer will lead a first-ever, national clinical trial that aims to answer whether cannabis plant extracts truly help with symptom relief.

Recruitment for the 48-day trial in 150 patients will begin soon after the expected Health Canada and ethics approval is obtained. Patients in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Prince George, Victoria, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto will be enrolled in the trial investigating whether cannabis properties reduce cancer-related symptoms including pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety and nausea.


Recreational pot legalization sparks a boom in cannabis reseach

Dr. Mark Ware has devoted the past 20 years of his career to studying marijuana, and he can remember some "dark, lean" periods when he had to fight for meagre funding.

"There were times when I was told you couldn't even use 'cannabis' and 'research' in the same sentence," he recalled.

Now, Ware is the chief medical officer of one of Canada's largest pot companies, Canopy Growth Corp., which is conducting millions of dollars worth of research on the use of cannabis to treat conditions including anxiety, insomnia and pain.


B.C.'s marijuana cops not yet ready for action

That may be a relief to the 20 or so illegal pot shops still operating in Vancouver, however, lawyer Kyla Lee said they should be worried about City of Vancouver plans to use a recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling against them.

B.C.’s new pot cops will not be raiding Vancouver’s illegal marijuana stores anytime soon.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Public Safety, the Community Safety Unit isn’t yet operational.

“It is too early to confirm operational details such as spokesperson, the reporting structure, the total number of investigators or other positions,” the statement read. “The CSU is actively recruiting to fill all positions and a number of competitions are currently underway.” 


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