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Canopy Growth closing legal pot shops amid virus outbreak

Canopy Growth Corp. is temporarily shutting down its corporate-owned cannabis stores across the country Tuesday due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the company said in a statement. 

Canopy, which owns 23 legal cannabis stores in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador, will close its stores for an undetermined period of time at 5 p.m. local.  It is also closing its visitors centre located at its headquarters in Smiths Falls, Ont. 

“We have a responsibility to our employees, their families, and our communities to do our part to ‘flatten the curve’ by limiting social interactions. For us, that means shifting our focus from retail to e-commerce," said David Klein, chief executive officer of Canopy Growth, in a statement. 


WEED WARRIORS Were Vikings POTHEADS? Archaeologists uncover evidence of cannabis at 1,000-year-old settlement

ANCIENT cannabis pollen has been discovered near a Viking settlement in Canada, leading archaeologists to question whether the seafaring warriors were making use of marijuana while they explored North America.

The L'Anse aux Meadows archaeological site is the only confirmed Viking settlement in Newfoundland and the researchers have found evidence that it was occupied by them for over a century.

This new evidence could change what we know about the spread of cannabis across the globe.


Supply issues blamed as N.L. loses first private, regulated cannabis store

A privately owned cannabis store in Newfoundland is closing, and the manager says supply issues are largely to blame.

Puff Puff Pass Headshop in Clarenville is the province’s first private weed store casualty since recreational marijuana was legalized in October.

It is one of just six private, regulated cannabis retailers in Newfoundland and Labrador, and will shut its doors for good on Thursday.

Business manager Tina Greening says retailers in Newfoundland and Labrador are only allowed to purchase from seven licensed producers, picked by the province’s liquor commission.

She said the suppliers provided stores with a “small list” of what they were allowed to order, and even dictated quantities.


Cannabis legalization having different effects on policing across Atlantic Canada

If you’re wondering how police forces in this part of the country have been affected since the legalization of marijuana, it depends on where you live.

Three major cities in Atlantic Canada have seen different trends since Oct. 17.

“Now, there’s more ease to laying a charge, as opposed to a Criminal Code offence. … The issue is dealt with there on the scene, as opposed to going to court.”

RCMP N.L. Cpl. Jolene Garland

With little change reported by Halifax police and a slight decrease in violations seen in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador have seen a few more infractions as people are becoming familiar with the new regulations.


Organigram & Canopy Growth partner in Newfoundland and Labrador by signing supply agreement including distribution and retail services

Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSXV: OGI) (OTCQX: OGRMF), the parent company of Organigram Inc. and Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC), leading licensed producers of cannabis are pleased to announce that following Organigram's approval as a cannabis supplier in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Companies have signed a two-year supply and distribution agreement.

Organigram will become a key supplier of branded, finished cannabis products to Canopy Growth's Tweed-branded retail operations in Newfoundland and Labrador once adult recreational cannabis is legalized in Canada on October 17th, 2018. Canopy Growth will also perform a B2B sales function for Organigram by marketing its portfolio to other licensed retail outlets in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Canada: Medical Marijuana users worried legalization will impact coverage

As the legalization of marijuana draws closer, concerns are being expressed by those already consuming cannabis products for medical reasons.

Keith Bailey is a pharmacist who owns the Shopper’s Drug Mart in CBS. He has been dealing with medical marijuana for many years and says patients are concerned that once legalized recreational marijuana comes on stream, their coverage will be affected.

He says many patients have their medical marijuana covered through their medical plans, and they can use it as an income tax deduction.

They’re concerned, says Bailey, that their access through medical routes might not be as good as recreational routes, and they’re worried they may be pushed into the recreational stream where they’re not covered.


Newfoundland government makes deal with Canopy Growth as marijuana provider once legal

Newfoundland and Labrador has struck a deal with Canopy Growth Corp. to supply pot in the province once it's legal next July, saying the model could be used for other similar arrangements.

The publicly traded company is the largest of its kind in the country, with eight licences across Canada. It will supply up to 8,000 kilograms a year for two years, with a one-year extension option.

The deal is aimed at ensuring a safe supply of pot, but does not bar purchases from other providers that could be licensed over time.

"We will also use this as a framework for other agreements related to cannabis supply and production," Industry Minister Christopher Mitchelmore told a news conference Friday. He stressed that the deal does not shut out other potential suppliers.


There's a marijuana frenzy that could end very badly in Canada

There’s one bummer question haunting all the marijuana businesses popping up between British Columbia and Newfoundland.

How much do Canucks like weed, eh?

A year before recreational cannabis is expected to become legal in Canada, there’s an explosion in companies cultivating the stuff. At least 10 marijuana outfits have new listings this year on the TSX Venture Exchange and Canada Securities Exchange. Some 51 enterprises have gotten the green light to grow pot, and 815 applicants are in the queue. All told, it could be enough to raise the country’s raw-weed output more than tenfold.


Newfoundland opens survey on marijuana legislation

The provincial government is seeking public input on new marijuana legislation set to come into effect in little over a year.

Justice Minister Andrew Parsons says government has launched a website to allow people to have their say on what they’d like to see.

He says questions include age restrictions, where it should be sold, and what other restrictions are necessary once the use of marijuana is legalized.

What Parsons calls “targeted stakeholders” will be separately surveyed.

They will include the medical community and business interests. He uses the age restrictions as an example, whereby they weigh what the public thinks is a good age, against medical evidence.

The online survey, which will be open until June 30.


Marijuana society decries raids on dispensaries in Saint John

Advocates for medical marijuana are denouncing a series of police raids in Saint John on cannabis dispensaries in the city.

Six stores were raided by officers from the Saint John city police and nearby forces on Tuesday and 12 people were charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, echoing earlier raids in Halifax, Toronto, Montreal and elsewhere.

City police chief John Bates has said the dispensaries are operating illegally and police cannot "hypothesize" what the Liberal government will do with their marijuana legislation, or when they will do it.


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