Ontario ombudsman says Ontario Cannabis Store received most complaints this year

Ontario’s ombudsman, Paul Dube, released his annual report earlier this week in which they stated the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) received the most complaints of any organization throughout their fiscal year.

The report says that more than 2,400 Ontario residents complained about the Ontario Cannabis Store, which from October until April was the only legal way to purchase recreational cannabis in the province. The ombudsman office had to dedicate a team to deal solely with cannabis complaints simply because there were so many.

One of such complaints was from a man who was told by the Ontario Cannabis Store that in order to receive a refund for a purchase, he would have to return an empty box with a shipping label.  


Opening of retail stores more than doubled Ontario's recreational cannabis sales

The opening of brick-and-mortar retail locations has significantly boosted Ontario’s licensed cannabis sales, according to data released by Statistics Canada.


Choom surpasses $49,000 in opening day sales at the Niagara Flagship cannabis store

Choom™ (CSE: CHOO;OTCQB: CHOOF), is pleased to announce that Choom Niagara, the first legal, adult use cannabis store to operate in Niagara Falls, ON has produced over $49,000 in sales on its opening day.


Shipping container cannabis stores in Canada aim to cash in on neglected rural markets

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Cannabis retail is in its infancy, but that hasn’t stopped one startup from thumbing its nose at the status quo.


Nipissing First Nation develops its own set of cannabis laws

Nipissing First Nation (NFN) has developed its own set of cannabis laws, which are destined to be implemented next week.

NFN wants to be part of the cannabis industry, but critics of the current system say that the federal government’s rules are stacked against enabling First Nations businesses and entrepreneurs to get in on the industry.


Ontario Cannabis Store issues a product call for edibles, extracts and topicals

The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) has released a call for submissions of new, soon-to-be-legal cannabis products such as edibles and drinks, extracts, and topicals.


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.


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.”


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.


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. 


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