Ontario

Wed
17
Oct

Canadian delivery service announces Willy Wonka lottery to celebrate legalization

Someone queue the cannabis oompa loompas. A cannabis delivery service is celebrating the legalization of weed in Canada by delivering free munchies to as many people in Toronto as possible on October 17. And on top of the free snacks, the promotion will be even more exciting with a Willy Wonka-style lottery for the first day of legal recreational pot.

Tue
16
Oct

Canada: Greenhouse growers turn to cannabis to cash in on lucrative crop

Move over tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. It's time to make room for your popular new cousin in the agriculture business: cannabis. In Leamington, Ont., which is the "sun parlour of Canada," according to the town's mayor, a growing number of fruit and vegetable farmers are switching over to cannabis or adding it to their crop production. "The greenhouse industry has grown steadily over probably the past 50 years. The cannabis industry has gone like this," said Mayor John Paterson, with a snap of his fingers. "It's just overnight."

Tue
16
Oct

Canada: Tuesday is last chance to shut down illegal cannabis dispensaries, Ontario government warns

Tuesday is the final day for illegal cannabis dispensaries to close, with the Ontario government threatening that if they don’t, they’ll be blocked from the legal retail market when it opens in April, 2019.

“Anyone operating a storefront after Oct. 17 is doing so illegally,” the Ontario Attorney General’s office said in a statement Monday. “Failure to comply with the rules, whether provincial or federal, would preclude someone from obtaining a Retail Operator’s Licence.”

Fri
12
Oct

Ontario launches website for selling legal weed, says Canada Post will handle deliveries

A week from now, Canada Post will be delivering plain packages containing pot to residents across Ontario. The Crown corporation has the contract to deliver weed for the government’s online store that opens for business Oct. 17, the day recreational cannabis is legalized across the country.

The Ontario Cannabis Store will probably be the largest online seller of cannabis in the country. The online store will be the only legal channel for Ontarians to buy cannabis for nearly six months after legalization. The provincial Conservative government plans to licence private businesses to operate bricks-and-mortar marijuana stores, but they won’t open until April 2019.

Thu
11
Oct

Canada: Puslinch growers look to use new technology to increase cannabis production

It looks like an ordinary business to the casual observer, inconspicuously situated in a Puslinch business park. But inside, thousands of cannabis plants are being grown in a new way.

With legalization of recreational marijuana coming next week, CannTX is one of many new cannabis companies coming online, looking to meet the demand. Inside are the traditional grow rooms — eight of them, in fact — each sitting at about 1,500 square feet, and able to fit 1,350 plants per room.

Tue
09
Oct

Canada: OMA president's comments, apology raise questions about stigma around marijuana

'They're perpetuating the 'reefer madness' we're supposed to be moving away from,' cannabis activist says.

With legalization of recreational marijuana only days away, a leading Ontario doctor is backtracking after she voiced uncertainty around its safety.

Dr. Nadia Alam, president of the Ontario Medical Association, apologized Saturday after suggesting that smoking a joint could act as a gateway to harder drugs in a Thursday CBC Radio interview.  "What I would say is that I misspoke, I misunderstood," she told CBC Toronto Saturday.

Wed
03
Oct

President of leading cannabis supply company GGS Structures Inc. invited to speak at Canadian Parliament on impact of tariffs

Vineland, Oct 2, 2018 – President of GGS Structures Inc. Leigh Coulter spoke to the parliamentary Standing Committee on International Trade concerning the impact of tariffs on businesses, companies and workers.

The committee is conducting a study on how tariffs are affecting Canadian businesses and asked Coulter to act as a witness to explain how recent tariffs have affected GGS and other steel and aluminum purchasers, as well as to recommend alternative measures. Spokespersons from Essar Steel Algoma Inc. and Tenaris also addressed the committee following Coulter’s presentation.

As a leading supplier to the legal cannabis industry and greenhouse industry that exports globally with 50 per cent of its sales in the US, Coulter understands that free trade helps business.

Thu
27
Sep

Canada: Ontario government to allow pot smoking wherever tobacco smoking allowed

Ontario residents will be able to smoke recreational cannabis wherever the smoking of tobacco is permitted, the Progressive Conservative government said Wednesday, loosening rules established by the previous Liberal regime.

The government will also not put a cap on pot shops when it starts licensing and regulating the province's private cannabis retail marketplace, and municipalities will have until January to opt out of hosting the stores.

The details were announced by Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney and Finance Minister Vic Fedeli a day before new legislation on pot rules was set to be tabled.

Thu
27
Sep

Canada: Ontario won't cap the number of cannabis retail licences

The legislation also proposes that the Ontario Cannabis Store will operate under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance.

Ontario will not cap the number of retail licences issued to businesses that want to sell weed in the province, as long as applicants obtain the right approvals from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the provincial regulator that is being authorized to grant store licences.

Tue
25
Sep

Shoppers Drug Mart gets medical pot license from Health Canada

Currently, the only legal cannabis distribution method is by mail order from licensed producers direct to patients.

Shoppers Drug Mart has received Health Canada’s approval to be a licensed medical marijuana producer, opening the door for the pharmacy giant to dispense medical cannabis to patients. This comes after Shoppers in October 2016 applied to Health Canada to become a licensed medical marijuana producer.

“As trusted medication experts, we believe pharmacists have an important role to play in the safe and informed use of medical cannabis, and this is the first step in our journey to provide medical cannabis to our patients,” said Loblaw spokeswoman Catherine Thomas in an emailed statement. “We will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks.”

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