New Brunswick

Wed
25
Oct

Legal marijuana: health ministers should be better prepared

Drugs – legal and illegal – have so come to dominate the conversation among federal, provincial and territorial ministers of health that perhaps we should start calling them ministers of drugs?

At their most recent meeting, held last week in Edmonton, they discussed the following issues: legalization of cannabis, opioids and the overdose crisis, pharmacare, mental health and addiction, tobacco control, and antimicrobial resistance as a result of overuse of antibiotics.

Each of those issues is pressing for different reasons, but let's focus on the one with a hard deadline for action: cannabis.

On July 1, 2018, it will be legal for Canadians to purchase and possess some cannabis products.

Thu
19
Oct

New Brunswick: Liquor issues call for marijuana retail spaces

New Brunswick Liquor has issued a call for proposals for retail spaces to sell cannabis in 15 New Brunswick communities. 

The tender says the Crown corporation is looking for 3,000-square-foot spaces, suggesting the spaces will not be attached to the agency's liquor stores. 

The facilities are to be "substantially completed" by May 31, 2018, the ad says. 

In September, the province announced it had formed a new Crown corporation to oversee the sale of recreational marijuana. 

But Finance Minister Cathy Rogers also said the Crown corporation won't run retail operations, and that the province would work with "an other entity" to do so.  It did not identify the other entity as NB Liquor and has made no further announcement.

Wed
11
Oct

Organigram positioned for substantial growth from edible marijuana products

One of Canada’s leading medical marijuana producers says it is ready to take advantage of the sale of cannabis edibles and concentrates.

Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX-V:OGI) (OTCQB:OGRMF) (the “Company” or “Organigram”) says the recent announcement that the federal government will likely approve the production and sale of edibles for the recreational market will give it opportunities for rapid growth.  “We have the infrastructure and capabilities in place to produce significant quantities of edible and concentrate based products,” said Greg Engel, CEO, Organigram. “This means we will be able to diversify our product offerings providing consumers with a wide-range of traditional and new product choices when they are approved for use,” he said.

Fri
06
Oct

Marijuana in the workplace a hot topic at WorkSafe New Brunswick annual conference

Hundreds of employers and other stakeholders gathered in Saint John Thursday to attend WorkSafe New Brunswick’s annual health and safety conference.

WorkSafe NB chief medical advisor Dr. Paul Atkinson moderated a panel discussion with industry experts on marijuana in the workforce.

“Across Canada, we have a patchwork of different regulations within workers compensation boards because there really is no standard at this point,” Atkinson said.

Thu
05
Oct

Organigram to Host New Brunswick’s First-Ever Cannabis Career Fair

Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX-V:OGI) (OTCQB:OGRMF) (the “Company” or “Organigram”), a leading licensed producer of medical marijuana based in Moncton, New Brunswick, is pleased to announce that preparations are underway for the company’s first-ever career fair, to be held at the Delta Beausejour (750 Main St., Moncton) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 21.  

Wed
27
Sep

Organigram partners with front-line harm reduction groups to fight opioid crisis

Organigram has partnered with front-line harm reduction groups in New Brunswick to provide access to Naloxone, a tool capable of reversing the effects of an opioid overdose.

Naloxone is provided by the provincial health authority to emergency responders and police in New Brunswick. It is also available for purchase at some pharmacies. It is not provided to front-line harm reduction groups within the province. Currently, provincial officials are evaluating whether to supply community harm reduction organizations with the kits free of charge, as has become practice in neighbouring provinces, including Nova Scotia and Ontario.

Fri
15
Sep

New Brunswick to make marijuana announcement; signs distribution deal with OrganiGram

A licensed marijuana producer says it has a deal worth up to $60 million to supply cannabis to the New Brunswick government, which is set to make an announcement about its approach to the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana this afternoon.

OrganiGram (OGI.V) says it will participate in a government news conference scheduled for 1 p.m. AT in Moncton (12 p.m. ET).

The provincial government didn't respond to requests for comment.

The Moncton-based company says it signed an agreement Thursday to allocate about a quarter of its production — or a minimum of five million grams per year — to the province's adult recreational market.

Fri
15
Sep

Organigram signs agreement for recreational distribution

Organigram Holdings Inc., a leading licensed producer of medical marijuana based in Moncton, New Brunswick, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding ("MOU") with the New Brunswick provincial authority for the distribution of marijuana to the adult-use recreational market.

Through the MOU, New Brunswick secures a supply of at least 5 million grams of recreational marijuana per year from Organigram.

The MOU, one of the first in Canada, is the result of positive, productive and ongoing consultation between the Government of New Brunswick and the Company.

Tue
29
Aug

Canopy Growth sets its sights on expansion into New Brunswick

Canopy Growth (WEED.TO) (TWMJF) announced the acquisition of Spot Therapeutics, an ACMPR applicant based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Additionally, through an affiliated entity, the company has entered a definitive agreement to complete the previously announced purchase of the industrial building and property where its production and distribution platform is being established. These strategic acquisitions solidify Canopy Growth's commitment to expand operations into New Brunswick with a large-scale indoor production facility both quickly, and cost efficiently.

Tue
22
Aug

IHMML Acquires License to Produce Medical Cannabis in New Brunswick

Health Canada has issued a License to Cultivate to IHMML’s Atholville facility.

International Herbs and Medical Marijuana Ltd is pleased to confirm that Health Canada has issued a License to Cultivate for its Atholville facility.

Combined with an earlier License for its Delta, BC facility, the Company now has a Coast to Coast presence.

"This is a significant milestone and the result of hard work on the part of our staff and contractors," stated CEO Kevin Coft. "This would not have been possible without the assistance of our MP, Rene Arsenault, our MLA's Donald Arsenault and Giles LePage and the financial investment of both Opportunity New Brunswick and the Listiguji Government."

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