Ontario

Thu
01
Nov

Canada: Ottawa's illegal pot shops step up as Ontario government store struggles to deliver marijuana

As the Ontario government’s online cannabis store struggles to meet demand and deliver weed on time, illegal operators in town are stepping up.

Five dispensaries were back in business on Wednesday. How long they will remain open is another question. Ottawa police warn they plan to close them.

Officers have visited dispensaries to give operators “one last chance to close down,” according to a statement from Ottawa Police Service Const. Amy Gagnon.

“In the coming weeks, they will be receiving another visit in order to close them down.”

Wed
31
Oct

Joint CEOs: Women founders to run merged cannabis firm in $18M deal

Ontario-based licensed producer 48North Cannabis Corp. is scooping up Good & Green, a small, recently launched cannabis grower also based in Ontario that brands itself as one of the first producers of “homogenous organic cannabis,” in an all-stock deal valued at $18 million.

The acquisition will create the first cannabis company in Canada led by two women CEOs, 48North’s Alison Gordon and Good & Green co-founder Jeanette VanderMarel.

48North’s shares, which are listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange, were trading up more than 10 per cent at $0.50 in early afternoon trading Tuesday, bringing the value of the company to just over $40 million.

Tue
30
Oct

Ontario Cannabis Store struggling to keep up

The Ontario Cannabis Store has come under fire in the last few days over delayed deliveries since recreational cannabis was legalized almost two weeks ago. Ombudsman, a watchdog group overseeing the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) says that they have received complaints from customers who have yet to receive their orders. Ombudsman would not say exactly how many complaints have been filed according to the CBC.

Fri
26
Oct

Twitter is not pleased with Ontario’s Online Cannabis Store

It’s been just over a week since Canada made its landmark move to legalize cannabis across the country, but some Ontario customers have a few choice words about how the province has been handling its online distribution, writes Brandon Hicks.

Fri
26
Oct

Toronto airport installs cannabis “disposal” bins for international travellers

Those traveling beyond Canada’s borders may dispose of their cannabis before departing.

Pearson International Airport in Toronto has installed cannabis disposal bins for the use of passengers of international flights. The disposal containers appeared at the airport after the recent legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, according to media reports, along with a printed sign indicating their intended use.

Wed
24
Oct

Ontario Cannabis Store lit up with complaints about slow delivery, wrong shipments

OCS attributes delay to 'unbelievably high demand,' reports 100,000 orders in first 24 hours. After waiting years for marijuana to become legal, Brock Regan was ready on the night it happened to buy online from the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS).  "[Cannabis] has been part of my life for about 20 years. Seeing it legalized was a big stepping stone," Regan said.

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.

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