Ontario

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.

Mon
25
Feb

Ontario announces details for cannabis retail training

As the province of Ontario prepares to open retail cannabis stores in April, the details of the mandatory training that employees will receive was announced last week.

CannSell, as selected by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), will be the only authorized program used to train the employees that will work at the 25 storefronts expected to open on April 1.

CannSell is a product of Lift & Co., a technology company aimed to inform Canadians about cannabis. The program was developed with MADD Canada and was commissioned by the AGCO last year.

Fri
22
Feb

London Ontario store will run under Tweed banner

Canopy Growth Corporation, Canada’s largest cannabis producer, has announced a pending partnership with Quebec-based company Couche-Tard to enter an agreement with a winner of Ontario’s cannabis store lottery.

Couche-Tard is an operator of 15,000 variety stores internationally under the Circle K brand and others. Together, the companies plan to open a store in London, Ontario. The store is expected to open at 1025 Wellingston Street South under the Canopy brand Tweed. The store and its branding are currently awaiting approval from the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

The application will now enter into a 15 day public notice period for members of the community to either file a complaint or a written submission on the proposed location.

Fri
22
Feb

Ontario lottery winners must now ramp up

The 25 recipients fortunate enough to have been selected in Ontario’s recent cannabis retail lottery are now faced with transforming lady luck into a solid business operation.

“The AGCO expects that applicants will prepare plans, which account for all aspects of running a business,” says Raymond Kahnert, media contact for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) in Toronto.

 

Lottery winners are now on their way to obtaining the first provincial licences to sell cannabis from a storefront operation. However, Kahnert notes, “the AGCO is not in a position to provide advice.”

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