Ontario

Fri
15
Mar

Ontario unlikely to meet promise of 25 cannabis shops by April 1, analysis shows

Ontario is unlikely to meet its target of having 25 privately owned cannabis shops open by April 1, an analysis of licence applications shows.

Four of the lottery winners who won the right to apply for the coveted first wave of licences haven’t even announced their locations yet.

For those four, from Toronto and the GTA, the deadline looks impossible. The public is allowed 15 days to comment after locations are posted. Lottery winners have five days to reply to those comments. That’s a total of 20 days, and as of Thursday there were only 17 days remaining until April 1.

For another five stores, the public comment period ends between March 19 and March 27, which is tight timing.

Thu
14
Mar

Region bypassed in cannabis store lottery

Waterloo Region won't get a legal marijuana store until at least the end of 2019, after being bypassed in Ontario's cannabis retail licence lottery.

The seventh and final retail licence application for the province's west region was announced Wednesday by an operator in Hamilton.

All proposed cannabis shop licences are subject to approval by the Alcohol and Gaming Commision of Ontario.

If they're approved, the lottery system designed to award the first wave of 25 cannabis store licences across the province will have given three stores to London, two to Hamilton and one each to St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.

Fri
08
Mar

Major cannabis grower, based in Strathroy, boosts women's role in industry

With women accounting for three-quarters of its leadership team, a Southwestern Ontario cannabis company is on a mission to bring more women into Canada’s pot industry.

Strathroy-based marijuana grower Eve & Co. posted profiles of its female staffers to social media this week leading up to International Women’s Day on Friday.

“One of the things that I’ve always said is that I want to empower women,” Eve & Co.  chief executive Melinda Rombouts said. “That first starts with empowering our team.”

The former operator of a Strathroy flower-growing operation, Rombouts founded Eve and Co., a female-focused cannabis company for the recreational market, and its subsidiary, Natural MedCo., a medical marijuana producer.

Fri
08
Mar

First licensed cannabis shop approved in Toronto

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has approved the first three licenses for cannabis shops in the province, including the first store in Toronto.

The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. is scheduled to open at 202 Queen Street West and is one of three proposed legal pot storefronts for the city.

License applications for Ameri, which has plans to open at 20 Cumberland Street, and Nova Cannabis, which would operate just blocks away from Hunny Pot, are still pending, according to the AGCO.

The Niagara Herbalist in St. Catharines, and Central Cannabis in London were the other locations approved by the provincial regulator.

Fri
08
Mar

Emblem shareholders green light all-share transaction with Aleafia Health

Emblem Corp. shareholders have voted in favour of a definitive agreement jointly announced in December in which Aleafia will acquire all of the company’s issued and outstanding common shares in an all-share transaction valued at about $173.2 million.

At a special shareholders meeting Mar. 6, shareholders voted to advance “a special resolution to approve the proposed arrangement,” reports Aleafia Health, a vertically integrated, national cannabis company that operates a major medical clinic, cannabis cultivation and R&D facilities, and is a federally licensed cannabis producer and vendor.

Wed
06
Mar

Ontario could be a cannabis tourism hotspot, market researcher suggests

Imagine a bike tour that takes you to different craft cannabis growers who show you how they cultivate their plants from seed to buds. 

Or a two-day mom's marijuana getaway, where you and your girlfriends pay a set fee that includes a hotel room, a massage with cannabis-infused oil, some edibles and a gourmet meal. 

"Canada has a unique opportunity to invite the world to see how cannabis is made.- David Coletto, CEO, Abacus Data

There's a large, untapped cannabis tourism market that could cater to everyone from stressed-out parents to first-time users to seasoned consumers, says a market research analyst.

Wed
27
Feb

Former dispensary operator sues Ontario over 'arbitrary' and 'unlawful' cannabis retail lottery

A former cannabis dispensary operator who owns a coffee shop in downtown Toronto is suing the Ontario government for $1.1 million in damages that he claims he incurred because of the Ford government’s abrupt December decision to cap the initial number of cannabis retail licenses at 25.

A statement of claim filed by Cannabis & Coffee Inc. against the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and the Attorney General’s Office, states the coffee shop had been “structuring its operations and incurring expenses” for the past year in anticipation of obtaining a retail license that would enable the owner to turn his coffee shop into a cannabis store.

Tue
26
Feb

People's Alliance pushes for private liquor, cannabis retail system

People's Alliance Leader Kris Austin says the province should abandon the government-owned system of selling liquor and cannabis for one that gets privately owned stores to do the selling.

Austin's comments on Information Morning Fredericton come after the CEO of NB Liquor and Cannabis NB Brian Harriman announced last week that he was stepping down.

Austin said the change at the top of the Crown corporation should bring a change in philosophy that would recognize full privatization as being in the province's best interest.

"If you look at other jurisdictions across North America, it's done exceptionally well, including even in our own country in Alberta," said Austin

Tue
26
Feb

Alimentation Couche-Tard and Canopy Growth partner to launch premium cannabis retail brand

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has entered into a multi-year agreement with Canopy Growth Corporation, which, pending results of a public-consultation process, is expected to lead to a retail lottery winner operating a Tweed-branded store in London, Ont.

“Subsequent to this newly formed strategic partnership, and pending the results of a public-consultation process, Alimentation Couche-Tard is excited to announce it has entered into a trademark licence agreement with one of the winners of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s Expression of Interest Application Lottery,” notes a press release from Alimentation Couche-Tard.

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