Ontario

Tue
11
Jun

London researchers sound alarm over marijuana's toll on fertility

Pot might make it harder to get pregnant, London researchers say in a new article.

Western University researchers are trying to set the record straight about how marijuana may affect fertility, rounding up the latest research findings in a podcast episode and article for the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

“The general public’s knowledge about the effects of marijuana on fertility is limited. This is equally true of health care providers’ knowledge,” said Sara Ilnitsky, a reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellow at Western’s Schulich school of medicine and dentistry.

She also practises at London Health Sciences Centre’s fertility clinic.

Mon
10
Jun

Ontario signs new deals to ease cannabis supply crunch

The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) has signed deals with two new cannabis providers in a bid to ease the cannabis supply crunch in the province, the agency said Friday.

“These additional supply agreements exemplify our commitment to securing sufficient supply for Canada’s most populated province in light of the national supply shortage” said Patrick Ford, president and CEO.

“We will continue to work with both large and small Health Canada-licensed producers to secure all available market-ready cannabis.”

Mon
10
Jun

Toronto officials using concrete blocks to close illegal cannabis storefronts

In a desperate effort to stop illegal cannabis storefronts from operating in the city, Toronto officials have resorted to placing massive concrete blocks in front of the entrances to black market cannabis shops.

Law enforcement have had difficulty closing many of the illicit shops since cannabis was legalized in Canada last October, and after many failed warnings and raids, officials decided more extreme measures need to be taken.

“This has proven to be a bit more of a substantial tactic,” said Mark Sraga, Toronto’s director of investigation services for municipal licensing and standards.

The first illegal dispensary this method was used on was a dispensary near Yonge and Bloor streets a few weeks ago in May.

Tue
04
Jun

Grow your own plants: Tips from a cannabis grower

In Ontario, now you can grow four plants at home, a different kind of business has sprouted — including professionals who teach you how to grow your own. 

David Weaver is a technical sales representative at Sun Parlour Cannabis Grower Supply who has been growing medical cannabis for about five years. 

"I got my designated grower licence to grow cannabis for patients," said Weaver. Weaver worked for the United Way before he went to school to take horticulture in Guelph — specifically to learn about growing cannabis. 

According to Weaver, successfully growing cannabis depends on a variety of elements, including light, soil and water conditions. 

Wed
22
May

World’s largest outdoor cannabis farm given the go-ahead

Canadian firm, 48North Cannabis Corp, is to begin planting the world’s largest outdoor cannabis growing facility.

The company says the 100-acre facility near Hamilton in Ontario will produce over 40,000 kilograms of organic outdoor cannabis this year. This September, the first crop will be harvested at what is what is expected to be the lowest-cost per gram in Canada.

This will coincide with pending changes to Canadian legislation with a host of new cannabis products, such as edibles and topicals, becoming legal in October.

Mon
06
May

Global Marijuana March calls for pot possession pardons, level playing field for entrepreneurs

With pot on the verge of being legalized, dozens of marijuana entrepreneurs gathered in Queen's Park on Saturday to demand a level playing field for all in the industry.

Saturday's Global Marijuana March was also aimed at persuading the government to pass an amnesty bill that would provide for pardons for those with criminal records related to pot possession offences.

"With just the government stores operating, they are trying to shut down dispensaries. The new government model does not exactly give the market what it wants," marijuana activist Erin Goodwin told CBC Toronto.

Mon
06
May

More penalties for Ontario cannabis retailers who failed to open by deadline

More cannabis retailers in Ontario who failed to open their stores by a government-set deadline are facing further financial penalties.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario says it has penalized nine more outlets for not serving customers by April 30.

The government chose 25 retailers through a lottery to open the province's first brick-and-mortar cannabis stores on April 1, but fewer than half met the deadline.

The AGCO established a system of escalating financial penalties for retailers who were delayed.

The commission says it has gone ahead with a final draw-down on letters of credit submitted by seven of the licencees, taking $25,000 apiece from the $50,000 each initially provided.

Wed
01
May

Federal 'bungling' on pot is stifling Ontario shops: Fedeli

Ontario could allow several hundred cannabis stores to open but is being stymied by the federal government’s “bungling” of supply, according to the provincial finance minister.

More than six months after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government legalized recreational pot in Canada, supply still “doesn’t line up,” Ontario’s Victor Fedeli said. That’s why Ontario has set a limit of 25 bricks and mortar stores, and outlets across the country are struggling to fill their shelves, he said.

“It’s all dependent on the federal government unleashing supply,” Fedeli said in an interview Tuesday at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York. “Health Canada appears to be the area that is ill-prepared to licence the producers.”

Tue
30
Apr

Ontario Cannabis Store won't be making same-day pot deliveries via courier after it cancels tender

Ontario’s government-run cannabis distributor has cancelled its tender for couriers to make same-day pot deliveries.

The provincial corporation tasked with the online sale and distribution of recreational cannabis posted a cancellation notice on Friday via the Ontario government’s tender portal.

The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, which conducts e-commerce as the Ontario Cannabis Store, did not cite a specific reason for why it decided not to proceed, and the OCS was not immediately available for comment.

The corporation first posted the tender in January, calling for “expedited same-day delivery” for OCS orders. The project was set to begin as early as March in the Greater Toronto Area.

Mon
29
Apr

Toronto’s budding pot tourism industry must overcome hurdles to become lit

Pot tourism could be the next big thing in the Big Smoke.

But the budding bud-based tourism industry in here has barely caused a blip yet.

Less than a year after cannabis was legalized in Canada, growth in new weed-based tourism in a largely smoke-free city once dubbed Toronto the Good is expected to come in fits and starts, according to some local entrepreneurs who have already dipped their toes into what is essentially a niche business.

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