North America

Tue
23
Apr

Solving the soluble puzzle for cannabis edibles

Many new products within the cannabis food and beverage industry are likely to launch once permits start being issued by Health Canada, expected in late 2019, exposing Canadians to hundreds of new formulations of consumer-packaged goods containing cannabis.

Tue
23
Apr

3 dawdling cannabis stocks: Can they catch up?

Across the board, this has been a great year for marijuana stocks. The ETFMG Alternative Harvest (NYSEMKT:MJ) portfolio contains companies with a diverse range of business models focused on the cannabis industry.

Tue
23
Apr

Canopy kicks off cross-border cannabis consolidation

Cross-border cannabis consolidation has begun.

Canopy Growth Corp. announced Thursday that it’s buying Acreage Holdings Inc. in a $3.4 billion deal that keeps it onside with stock-exchange rules while giving it an entry point to the U.S. market the moment federal legalization occurs.

The deal is “the most complex M&A transaction completed in decades,” according to Jonathan Sherman and Jamie Litchen, partners at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, the law firm that advised Canopy on the offer.

Tue
23
Apr

Sky high: can you travel across borders with legal cannabis?

At the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, officials stripped the Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati of his gold medal after he tested positive for THC. Rebagliati contested the ruling. He said he had quit smoking pot to train for the games, but had inhaled secondhand smoke at snowboarder parties.

The appeal worked. After 36 hours Rebagliati’s medal was restored. He flew to California and in an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno acknowledged past marijuana use. The next time he tried to enter the US, Rebagliati learned he was barred from the country for life, according to his immigration lawyer Leonard Saunders.

Tue
23
Apr

4/20 broke marijuana delivery websites everywhere

Cannabis retailers and delivery services tried their best, but they just couldn't keep up with the demand from consumers on 4/20, writes Calvin Hughes and James McClure.

April 20 - or 4/20 as it's commonly referred to - is undoubtedly the marijuana industry's biggest day. So it's no surprise that a lot of weed was bought, sold and smoked last Saturday. But even though licensed retailers and couriers knew there would be a huge spike in cannabis purchases last weekend, many couldn't supply enough weed to meet consumer demand. 

Tue
23
Apr

More cancer patients are treating chronic pain with cannabis than opioids

When it comes to treating chronic pain, cancer patients are now more than twice as likely to use medical marijuana than prescription opioids, according to a new survey, writes Calvin Hughes and James McClure.

Mon
22
Apr

Despite legalization, cannabis stigmas are more prevalent in Canada than America

Legalizing cannabis doesn't automatically put an end to longstanding stigmas around marijuana use, according to Civilized's 2019 Cannabis Culture Poll, writes James McClure. Cannabis stigmas are often more prevalent in Canada than America even though the former repealed prohibition last October while marijuana remains banned for recreational use in the majority of US states.

Mon
22
Apr

Beyond 4/20, marijuana is not fun and games

April 20 is national cannabis culture day. To people who love marijuana, it’s often a playful opportunity to celebrate. To the media, it’s often a time to make jokes or roll eyes.

It’s time to get real about marijuana policy, and the 650,000 people still arrested each year for marijuana offenses in the United States.

Mon
22
Apr

Growing pot? Here are some common mistakes to avoid

With more than $7 million in legal pot purchased from P.E.I. Cannabis in the first six months of legalization, it's clear Islanders are interested in consuming the product, and interest in growing marijuana is also, well, growing, say retailers. 

Veseys Seeds in York, P.E.I., has devoted six pages in its catalogue to growing at home — grow lights have been a big seller — and many people have been coming to their store seeking equipment and advice. 

Grow Daddy, which sells cannabis growing and smoking equipment online and from its storefront in Stratford, P.E.I., has two staffers who call themselves growing experts — Hunter Kerr and Shawn Harnden — and they're busy selling equipment and giving advice to many new customers, they say. ​

Mon
22
Apr

3 crazy facts about Canopy Growth's largest acquisition in marijuana history

Don't blink, because if you do, you might miss big news in the rapidly evolving marijuana industry. Since the beginning of 2018, it's been something of an escalation war between pot stocks in North America following the legalization of recreational weed in Canada and the ongoing state-level legalization of cannabis in the United States.

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