Manitoba

Wed
03
Jul

Saskatchewan and Manitoba emerge as testing grounds for same-day cannabis delivery

Saskatchewan and Manitoba are emerging as testing grounds for cannabis delivery services, thanks to the provinces’ relatively liberal retail regimes, which allow private actors to operate online stores.

The result of those policies — which differ from the regimes in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta, where online cannabis stores are controlled by the province — has been a flurry of cannabis startups, including Super Anytime Inc., Pineapple Express Delivery Inc., and Prairie Records that offer same-day delivery to recreational cannabis consumers.

Thu
14
Mar

Manitoba has potential vendors wanting to sell cannabis in rural areas

The Manitoba government says nearly 100 organizations have pre-qualified for the expansion of retail cannabis sales.

While it’s not known how many will be approved, the government is opening the door to new stores that it hopes will eat into the black market.

“Our goal remains for 90 per cent of the population to have access to retail (cannabis) within a 30-minute drive, within two years of legalization,” Blaine Pedersen, minister of growth, enterprise and trade, said in a written statement Wednesday.

“The ultimate goal is to move to an open market through a streamlined application process in order to ensure Manitobans can access safe, regulated cannabis supplies.”

Wed
27
Feb

Manitoba to be home for what’s expected to be world’s largest indoor organic hemp CBD producer

Global CBD industry expected to grow exponentially around the world in the next few years.

Botanist Organic Growers Corp. has purchased of Pineland Forest Nursery from the Province of Manitoba with a view to will converting the space to become what is being called the largest indoor organic hemp CBD producer in the world.

The property covers more than approximately 121 hectares and includes 300,000-plus sq. ft of greenhouse and research facilities, notes a press release from Botanist Organic Growers, a privately held company that has plans to produce high-quality organic hemp indoors for CBD extraction and co-founded by former Winnipegger.

Mon
25
Feb

Delta 9 to expand cannabis production, open more stores to meet growing demand

Winnipeg cannabis producer and resaler Delta 9 plans to expand its production capacity and open more stores to keep up with a growing demand.

"All of our expectations have been blown away, the demand is far in excess of our projections," said CEO John Arbuthnot.

The company announced Friday it aims to grow 60,000 kilograms annually by 2022, compared to its current annual projected growth of 4,224.

Delta 9 also plans to open an additional three stores in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson, bringing its total store number from one to four. The company is also working with a First Nation to open another.

Arbuthnot said the market has been under pressure since Delta 9 opened its first store on legalization day last October.

Thu
21
Feb

Tilray to acquire hemp food company Manitoba Harvest for up to $419 million

Cannabis producer Tilray Inc. has signed a deal to acquire Hemp Hearts-maker Manitoba Harvest for up to $419 million in cash and stock as the two companies look to launch CBD-infused products where permissible in the U.S.

The acquisition accelerates the Nanaimo, B.C.-based pot grower’s entry into the U.S. market as the hemp food manufacturer’s products are already on the shelves of retailers such as Wal-Mart, Costco and Whole Foods on both sides of the border, said Tilray chief executive Brendan Kennedy.

Tilray will look to leverage the food maker’s manufacturing facilities in Manitoba and its supply chain to roughly 16,000 stores where their products are already sold in North America, he added.​

Wed
06
Feb

Health Canada suspends licence of Winnipeg cannabis producer Bonify

Health Canada has suspended the sales licence of Winnipeg-based cannabis producer Bonify.

The federal agency barred Bonify Medical Cannabis from selling cannabis on Monday due to safety and public health concerns.

"The department found that Bonify Medical Cannabis was possessing, distributing and selling product that was purchased from an illegal source, and selling product that did not comply with the good production practices as required under the Cannabis Act and cannabis regulations," Health Canada spokesperson Eric Morrissette said in a statement.

The case has been forwarded on to the RCMP and Canada Revenue Agency, said Morrissette.

Mon
31
Dec

Poll says 1 in 4 Manitobans have bought pot since legalization or plan to do so

Since cannabis was legalized in October, more than a quarter of Manitobans have bought, or plan to buy marijuana, according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted by Probe Research and commissioned by the Winnipeg Free Press, found 11 per cent of respondents reported that they'd purchased from a licensed retailer. Five per cent said they'd bought from an unlicensed source and 15 per cent of respondents said they hadn't bought cannabis yet, but plan to.

The majority, 73 per cent of respondents, said they had no plans to purchase marijuana.

The poll took place between Nov. 27 and Dec. 6, and surveyed a random sampling of 1,105 adults living in Manitoba.

Thu
29
Nov

Canada: Winnipeg mayor questions premier's marijuana math, says province will make 'a lot of money' from cannabis

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman is questioning Premier Brian Pallister's claim Manitoba won't make any money off cannabis.

On Monday, Pallister told the the Association of Manitoba Municipalities convention the province won't share cannabis excise revenue with municipalities, including the City of Winnipeg.

He then claimed cannabis sales won't have any positive impact on the provincial bottom line.

"There's no profit in cannabis and there's no proof there's going to be profit for some time, so don't ask for a share of profits when there aren't profits," Pallister said in a hallway scrum Monday at RBC Convention Centre.

Bowman tweeted his annoyance with this claim on Tuesday and followed up that sentiment Wednesday with a more detailed explanation

Fri
23
Nov

Manitoba's cannabis retailers hit with 6% tax to cover 'social costs' of legalization

Cannabis retailers in Manitoba will be slapped with a six per cent levy to cover the province's "social costs" of legalizing the drug.

The Manitoba government plans to begin collecting the markup, which it defines as a "social responsibility fee," this January, the province announced on Thursday.

The new revenue stream would ensure retailers share in the social costs of public education, safety, health and addictions, the provincial news release said.

"Obviously we're going to have costs," said justice minister Cliff Cullen, after the legislation was introduced in the Manitoba Legislature. "There's going to be social costs to cannabis.

Thu
19
Jul

Canada: Manitoba announces ‘social responsibility fee’ and markups on cannabis

When legalization is implemented in Canada this October, cannabis in the province of Manitoba will be subject to a wholesale markup and a government fee.

The provincial government is applying a 75 cent markup per gram with an additional nine percent at the wholesale distribution level.

Additionally, six percent will be added to a retailer’s annual revenues. The provincial fee will be known as a “social responsibility fee” and will take effect sometime next year.

The Progressive Conservative government in the province says they will use that money to help pay for public education, safety enforcement and addictions programs.

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