British Columbia

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B.C.
Thu
12
Oct

Corporate Canada warms to marijuana industry

Snappy business suits and crisp white lab coats aren't what immediately pop to mind when one thinks of marijuana. But as high-flying professionals decamp from established industries for the promise of a Canadian green rush, jeans and T-shirts may be on the way out as the official workplace attire of the cannabis industry.

Over the past year or two, lawyers, scientists, marketing professionals and the denizens of C-Suite Canada have been moving into the industry, which is hungry for talent and filled with expectations of profit. With medical marijuana legal and the country preparing for recreational legalization next summer, there's a need for a vast range of expertise.

Wed
27
Sep

British Columbia seeks input on marijuana regulations

Pot shops that have opened in North Vancouver are hoping to stay when the province creates regulations about how marijuana should be sold when it’s legalized next year.

“Obviously we’re hoping we’ll still play a part in the whole thing. It sounds like there’s room,” said Michael Wuest, owner of the Weeds store at 991 Marine Dr. Wuest’s was the first storefront to open up on the North Shore, in April 2015.

Six storefront “dispensaries” currently operate in North Vancouver, five of those within city boundaries.

Tue
26
Sep

B.C. government invites public to share views on marijuana rules

A Vancouver councillor says it may take years, but he can see the day a craft cannabis industry emerges in British Columbia, with smoking lounges in the city allowing people to responsibly sample strains of specially cultivated marijuana.

“It wasn’t long ago there was a government monopoly on beer and craft beer was illegal,” Kerry Jang said. “Now what do we see? We see a huge market for craft beer. We see responsible usage. We see breweries, brew pubs that didn’t exist before. Why not with marijuana?”

Jang made his comments Monday at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention where the province announced a five-week public consultation process on the future of cannabis.

Mon
25
Sep

Legal cannabis tops packed agenda at annual meeting of BC's municipal leaders

Municipalities in British Columbia are clamouring to have a say in the marijuana policies they believe will fall largely on their shoulders to enforce when pot becomes legal next summer.

Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang, who is also the city's point person on marijuana, said municipalities have largely been ignored by the federal government, which has so far taken a "father-knows-best approach."

"I think it's a bit of snobbery or haughtiness on the part of the federal government," Jang said.

"The rubber hits the road with us. We'll be the ones having to regulate, enforce whatever the federal laws are through our police, through our zoning, through our business licence processing."

Mon
25
Sep

Existing greenhouse growers taking big interest in the cannabis market

An increasing number of growers in traditional horticultural markets are looking into the burgeoning cannabis industry and deciding whether or not they want to take part.

20.7% of North American greenhouse growers stated they are either already planning on growing cannabis or plan to investigate growing it in the next few years, according to a 2017 survey conducted by Greenhouse Grower magazine.

With the promise of legal recreational marijuana in Canada by July 2018, greenhouse growers who are already equipped with crop growing knowledge are now educating themselves on both the profit potential and the considerations that need to be made in order to compete in the ever-expanding cannabis market.

Fri
22
Sep

This graph shows you the average cost of marijuana across Canada

With all the controversy surrounding the legalization of marijuana across Canada and the uncertainty of just how much it'll cost 4/20 friendly Canadians, weed is definitely on the brain. Just yesterday the Ontario government gave an estimate on just how much they might be selling legal marijuana for and many were not happy. There defense for the price suggested was that it met the black market average. 

Fri
15
Sep

Justice ministers talking marijuana amid rushed timeline concerns

Canada's justice ministers are asking for clarity and support as they scramble to organize and police an entirely new marijuana industry in fewer than 10 months.

British Columbia Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said he hopes this week's meeting between federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and her provincial and territorial counterparts will provide more answers about how the Canadian government intends to make good on its plans to legalize pot by summer 2018.

“Obviously, I think the July time frame is a challenge,” he said. “But right now that's the timeline, that's the time frame that we're working towards.”

Fri
15
Sep

British Columbia keeps marijuana retail options open

The B.C. government is keeping all of its options on the table for legal marijuana sales, including the government monopoly retail model announced by Ontario, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Thursday.

Farnworth was going into two days of meetings in Vancouver with federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and other provincial ministers. They are facing a deadline of July 1, 2018 set for recreational pot sales to become legal, amid warnings from police that it’s not enough time to prepare.

Fri
15
Sep

Provincial justice ministers want answers on marijuana legalization

Canada's justice ministers are asking for clarity and support as they scramble to organize and police an entirely new marijuana industry in less than 10 months.

British Columbia Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said he hopes this week's meeting between federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and her provincial and territorial counterparts will provide more answers about how the Canadian government intends to make good on its plans to legalize pot by the summer of 2018.

"Obviously, I think the July time frame is a challenge," he said. "But right now that's the timeline. That's the time frame that we're working towards."

Wed
13
Sep

Looking for clues on coming marijuana regulations in an interview with BC's new minister of public safety

When Ontario became the first province in Canada to reveal its plans to regulate the distribution and sales of recreational marijuana, it sent a shiver through Vancouver’s storefront dispensary industry.

The Ontario plan, unveiled on September 8, will not allow independent dispensaries. Instead, it states the provincial government will oversee a monopoly with, initially, just 40 stores serving a population of 13.6 million.

If the B.C. government decides to implement a system even remotely similar, Vancouver’s dispensary industry could find itself extinguished.

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