Canada: Toronto mayor wants more municipal control over retail cannabis shops

The Mayor of Toronto John Tory wants the Province of Ontario to give more agency to municipalities in deciding where retail cannabis stores can be located.

Ultimately, Tory’s concern is the safety of residents and particularly children, especially in the City of Toronto. He still believes retail locations should be made available but thinks that cities should have more of a say in where they can be located within their respective communities.


Ottawa police support city in recommending allowing cannabis retail locations

The Ottawa Police Service is supporting the City of Ottawa’s recommendation in allowing retail store locations in the city, and that the move to do so would help in reducing organized crime.

The Advice from the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) was included in a report published earlier this week that was given to council before a special meeting taking place next Thursday. The Council will decide in that meeting whether or not to allow retail stores.


CannTrust's Pelham marijuana tops Canadian Cannabis Awards

Good things certainly do grow in Ontario, and when it comes to the nation's best buds, those good things are growing in Pelham.

Lift & Co. announced winners of the 2018 Canadian Cannabis Awards last Thursday. Vaughan-based CannTrust cleaned up, landing not only awards for top licensed producer and top licensed producer customer service, but also for several products, including top high CBD oil, top balanced oil, top sativa flower, top hybrid flower and top high-CBD flower.

The term "flower" refers to the dried, and most recognizable, form of cannabis as opposed to processed products such as oils and other extracts.


Legal marijuana becomes truly Canadian with Wiarton's curling 'bongspiel'

If there were ever a sign that marijuana has come in from the cold, this surely is it, what’s believed to be Canada’s first curling“bongspiel.”

A Southwestern Ontario club plans a tournament next month combining one of the country’s oldest winter pasttimes, curling, with what’s rapidly becoming a new lifestyle choice, legal weed.

Forget the jokes about stoners and curling stones; the all-day event sold out within 24 hours, with calls coming in from across Ontario and 16 four-person teams signing up at $200 a team.

Music and munchies also are included.


Toronto's Rotman School of Management Chooses Strainprint™ Technologies for its 2018 Capstone Course Study

MBA Students to Study Strainprint's Data and Identify U.S. Market Strategy

TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2018 /CNW/ - Strainprint™ Technologies Ltd, the leader in cannabis data and analytics is pleased to announce that the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management has chosen Strainprint as one of the subjects of its 2018 Capstone case study. The Rotman Capstone Case study is a requirement for all full-time graduate MBA students. It is a case-based problem solving course where students work in teams to address real problems that real companies are currently facing.


Canada: Former Ontario finance minister is latest politician to join the cannabis industry

Former Ontario finance minister Charles Sousa — who was once in charge of administering the Liberal government’s cannabis retail plan — has become the latest politician to enter Canada’s multi-billion-dollar cannabis industry.

Sousa, who lost his seat in Ontario’s provincial election this past June, will join the board of Lobo Genetics, a Toronto-based cannabis technology company that manufactures a device aimed at determining the extent to which a person will respond to certain strains of pot, depending on psychoactive potency.


Inside the commercial cannabis lab at Niagara College

Canada's only Commercial Cannabis Production Graduate Certificate Program is right across the border in Niagara-on-the-Lake at Niagara College.

Its lab is surrounded by an eight-foot barbed wire fence, and you have to go through three locked doors to get in if you have access. 2 On Your Side's Kelly Dudzik got an inside look at what's in the lab, and how students are being trained to become part of a growing industry.

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Ontario retailers face time crunch to address cannabis security, insurance needs

“Operators planning to enter the retail cannabis market should be setting up their security protocols now,” advises Thomas Gerstenecker, founder and CEO of 3|Sixty Secure, an Almonte, Ont.-based company that handles security needs from seed to sale for both cannabis producers and retailers across Canada and the U.S.


Ontario's private cannabis retailers open their doors on April 1, and here are the rules

The Ontario government has released regulations that will guide the startup of private cannabis stores on April 1.

The stand-alone stores can be open any day between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., but they must be at least 150 metres away from schools and bar entry to anyone under 19 years old.

A market concentration limit of 75 stores per operator has been set. Until April, cannabis can only be legally purchased from the online Ontario Cannabis Store.

Applications for licences will begin on Dec. 17 and illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after legalization on Oct. 17 will not be eligible to receive cannabis sales licences.


WeedMD secures cannabis sales licence for its large scale greenhouse

WeedMD Inc. (TSX-V:WMD) (OTCQX:WDDMF), a federally-licensed producer and distributor of medical-grade cannabis, is pleased to announce that it has secured a licence from Health Canada to sell cannabis cultivated at its greenhouse facility in Strathroy, Ontario. The original licence, issued under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”), was successfully migrated to a licence under the Cannabis Act and its regulations. The sales licence allows the Company to transport cannabis from its Strathroy greenhouse to its nearby indoor facility in Aylmer, Ontario for packaging and distribution to its medical and adult-use customers.


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