Ontario

Tue
19
Mar

Will Ontario cannabis shops be ready for April 1? For some owners it’s touch and go

When Clint Seukeran spotted the email revealing he would be among the first Ontarians to get the chance to open a cannabis store, he thought the missive was spam.

Then his brother took a peek and pointed out it was real.

“My first reaction was shock, but then I realized we have a lot of work to do,” said Seukeran, who owns a coconut water distribution company, but has never dabbled in the cannabis business.

“I knew I was a fish out of water.”

He quickly set to work, choosing a Brampton plaza for his Ganjika House store, but with under three weeks until opening day, he said finishing construction and hiring staff were still on his to-do list.

Mon
18
Mar

Greenline POS services The Niagara Herbalist, first licenced Ontario cannabis retailer

The Niagara Herbalist is the first licenced cannabis retailer in Ontario, and after careful consideration they have chosen Greenline POS as their compliant inventory management solution.

“We chose Greenline POS because their team had the most working knowledge about real life cannabis retail operations out of all the POS systems we looked at.”

– Kevin (co-owner of The Niagara Herbalist)

For new cannabis retailers, opening up shop can be an exciting but stressful time. Greenline POS is dedicated to helping stores every step along the way, from initial inspections all the way to the grand opening and beyond.

Mon
18
Mar

Edibles legalization fraught with hurdles, lack of clarity, companies say

From the classic pot brownie to cannabis-infused cotton candy, there is no shortage of options for edibles at an illicit dispensary in downtown Toronto.

Among the people lining up to browse and buy, one 34-year-old IT worker chooses gummy bears for what he says is his first-ever edibles purchase. The Toronto man, who did not want to be named, said he preferred edibles over smoking cannabis because he can avoid the pungent smell and partake indoors.

“These are more convenient,” he said, adding that among his friends who are cannabis users, half of them say edibles are their form of choice even though they aren’t legal in Canada yet.

Fri
15
Mar

Ontario golf course plans to be first cannabis themed course in Canada

A Canadian golf course is making golf greener than ever.

Rolling Greens, a golf course in Lombard, near Smith’s Falls, will give golfers the chance to enjoy a round of golf while enjoying cannabis on the green.

Director of Entertainment at Rolling Greens Gordon Weiske told sources that the organization is calling itself “Canada’s first cannabis-themed golf and entertainment destination.”

“When legalization was announced, we looked at how to approach this,” said Weiske. “Everybody wants to be a licensed grower or seller, so we thought, ‘why don’t we look after the tourist and entertainment market?’ We thought a great concept would be a golf course. You’ve got 164 acres, go out and enjoy yourself.”

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.

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