Puff, puff, pass? Greater clarity needed on cannabis best practices for Ontario festivals and events

Whether you’ve willingly packed into the crowded tents of Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest, enjoyed a local beer fest or visited any of Ontario’s many open-air music festivals, chances are you’ve been greeted by an earthy, skunky scent or two as it wafted by.


Cannabis growers in Ontario can now apply for agricultural grants

Cannabis growers in Ontario are now able to apply for various agricultural grants which will help them significantly cut down the production costs.

It’s a good day for farmers all across Ontario, especially for those growing cannabis as their primary crop.

Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture has announced that cannabis growers in the province will now be able to apply for a variety of federal and provincial grants.

This will be huge for all federally licensed growers, as many of them have found a home in Ontario — of 163 licensed facilities nationwide, Ontario is home to nearly half.


Canada: Cannabis consumers are unaware that they can opt-out of ID scans

The privacy of cannabis consumers has been put in danger for a couple of times already, but now some are starting to question the legality of scanning ID cards.

Seeing how there is still a stigma surrounding the consumption of cannabis, some Canadians are still sketched out by employees in weed shops asking to scan their ID cards.

Frankly, I’d be sketched out too.

I’m not saying “cannabis consumers have a right to privacy and stores need to respect that” because it’s not up to stores if they collect the data or not.

The stores are required to check your ID by law, they don’t have a choice in this either. But they don’t have to scan it.


Second cannabis retail store opens in Toronto

A second cannabis retail store has opened in Toronto in one of the city’s wealthiest areas.

Ameri, is a small cannabis store located at 20 Cumberland St. in Yorkville, located amid the high-rise towers in the area that are home to some of Toronto’s wealthiest residents.

The store says that technology will play a key role in the visitor experience.

“We’re trying to be a more boutique location with knowledgeable staff. We want people to enjoy their visit, get what they need and hopefully we can be of assistance,” said Rob, a store manager. The company has a policy for staff to provide their first names only due to concerns about crossing the Canada-U.S. border.


Sales at Ontario's few pot stores robust on opening day, data shows

The handful of Ontario pot stores that opened on April 1 got off to a roaring start, although the strong sales are expected to ease off after a couple of weeks, according to data from Cova Software, a cannabis retail software provider.

Seven out of the 10 Ontario pot stores that opened recorded an average of $50,913 in sales and 867 transactions on their first day of business, according to Cova, which provided an aggregate sales figure for the retail stores that use their software.


Scarce retail weed shops means most Canadians still use black market pot

Squeezing out black markets is a key goal of cannabis legalization, writes Michael J. Armstrong. Legalization also lets governments tax cannabis production and consumption. Canada has achieved limited progress so far toward those potentially conflicting goals. But some provinces have made good starts.


Ontario brick-and-mortar cannabis shops open today

Today is the first day in Ontario that legal brick-and-mortar cannabis shops are opened but as of right now, it’s unknown how many of these shops are actually ready for business.

Recreational cannabis has been legal in Ontario since Canada legalized in October, but it’s so far only been available in the province online through the official provincial website. The Liberal provincial government had plans to open only government-run stores, but when a Conservative government was elected, they changed the plan so that privately-run stores could open.


All 25 Ontario pot shops won’t be ready to open April 1

Ontario’s first cannabis retail shops are set to open their doors next week, but some of the 25 licence holders are still wading through the lengthy approval process and might not be ready for business.

Stores that fail to open on Monday could face escalating penalties, but the Progressive Conservative government said it would not rush the vetting process.

“We’ll wait and see on April 1 how many open,” said Finance Minister Vic Fedeli. “There was prohibition for 100 years and we’re going to be in this business for 100 years. We will not rush into anything.”

Recreational cannabis can currently only be purchased legally in Ontario through a government-run website.


Canopy's Linton says Ontario's pot shop launch will 'be like Oct. 17'

With just over a week until bricks-and-mortar cannabis shops can open their doors in Ontario, the head of the world’s biggest cannabis company said the first day will “be like Oct. 17 all over again.”

Bruce Linton, co-CEO and chairman of Canopy Growth Corp. (WEED.TO), said he expects long lineups, parties and strong sales on April 1, the day that the province will allow licensed pot shops to officially open, more than six months after Canada legalized recreational use of the drug.


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