Ontario

Mon
04
Feb

Ontario says no click-and-collect pot purchase from private retailers

The Ontario cannabis retail regulator says private pot retailers will not be able to offer a click-and-collect service that would allow consumers to buy online and pick it up at the physical store.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario says cannabis customers will have to order and purchase pot products in person at licensed recreational pot stores.

The AGCO reiterated in a posting outlining frequently asked questions today that the Ontario Cannabis Store continues to be the only legal e-commerce portal for buying adult-use pot.

So-called click-and-collect services have been increasingly offered by retailers over the years, and is an option when buying alcohol online from the province's distributor, the LCBO.

Mon
04
Feb

Ontario course first to embrace cannabis

Come April, there’s likely to be a lot more grass at the Lombard Glen Golf & Country Club.

The course, located in Smiths Falls, Ont., is set to become Canada’s first cannabis-friendly golf facility. In fact, when it does open, it will do so with a new name – Rolling Greens.

Seriously.

The jokes have been flying fast since Gordon Weiske and his partners purchased the 160-acre layout from longtime owners Dave and Jean Sherman, with plans to gain traction in the cannabis tourism market.

For instance, a local media outlet suggested that instead of yelling “Fore” after an errant shot, players might now yell “Fore-20,” a shout-out to April 20, known among pot smokers as a celebratory date.

Wed
30
Jan

Ontario Cannabis same-day delivery could be a logistical nightmare

The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp. (OCRC) posted a tender call last week for couriers so that they can offer same-day delivery.

According to the OCRC, the program is supposed to launch in early March and will be focused on the Greater Toronto Area to start.

“As OCRC’S marketplace evolves, the ability for the organization to provide a variety of delivery options to meet customers’ expectations is imperative to the growth of its e-commerce business. Accordingly, the OCRC is looking to add expedited/same-day home delivery service,” says the tender call that was posted online.

But in wake of the announcement, some are concerned that this could prove to be a difficult undertaking.

Mon
28
Jan

Parents say talking to their kids about cannabis has changed post-legalization

Parents are changing the way they talk to their kids about cannabis post-legalization as weed has become a more visible part of daily life across the country.

Ashleigh Brown, founder of SheCann, which allows Canadian women to share their experiences using medical cannabis, said talking to kids about marijuana shouldn’t be a one-time “talk” — it should be a continuous dialogue.

“Kids are smart and they’re watching everything and everyone,” Brown told an audience at a “Women & Weed” event in Toronto on Saturday. “The conversations should be about authenticity and honesty.”

Fri
25
Jan

Indiva invests in RetailGo Inc.

Indiva Limited has announced the company has completed a 9.9 percent equity investment into RetailGo Inc. (RGI), a modern operator of cannabis shops that provides sensor installation and data interpretation services.

The deal means Indiva will contribute leases for 10 proposed retail locations in Ontario, reports the company, a supplier of high-quality, medical-grade cannabis and cannabis products that have a positive impact, improving lives and communities.

In exchange, Indiva will receive a five-year promissory note in the amount of $730,000, plus another $300,000 to be repaid separately, representing funds committed to date.

Fri
25
Jan

Ontario Cannabis Store seeking courier for same-day pot delivery

The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation is seeking a courier to make same-day pot deliveries, starting with the Greater Toronto Area.

The provincial corporation tasked with the online sales and distribution of recreational weed has posted a tender calling for "expedited same-day delivery."

"As OCRC's marketplace evolves, the ability for the organization to provide a variety of delivery options to meet customers' expectations is imperative to the growth of its e-commerce business," it said in the tender published on Jan. 18. "Accordingly, the OCRC is looking to add expedited same-day home delivery service."

Thu
24
Jan

CannTrust receives approval for controversial Niagara facility expansion

Licensed cannabis producer CannTrust Holdings Inc. has obtained municipal approval to proceed with the expansion of its newest cannabis facility in Ontario’s Niagara region, after a months-long delay in getting the right permits from the Town of Pelham — a delay that raised concern amongst analysts and shareholders.

CannTrust will now be able to begin construction of its “Phase III” expansion but only up to 390,000 square feet, compared to the 600,000 square feet of growing space that the company had planned on. Despite the restriction, CannTrust maintains that it will be able to reach a total production capacity of 100,000 kilograms of cannabis per year, according to a statement released by the company Tuesday morning.

Thu
24
Jan

Confused American tourists looking for cannabis in Niagara Falls

A couple times a day, Ron from the High Life Head Shop in Niagara Falls has to explain that, no, he does not have weed to sell.

“It’s all American tourists,” said Ron, the store owner, who didn’t want his last name used.

He noted that the tourists are often confused when they are unable to purchase cannabis.

“They’ve heard on the news that weed is legal here, but they don’t know any of the details. They come here thinking they can buy it in the stores, so they come here and then I have to explain that it doesn’t work that way. They usually leave pretty disappointed.”

Thu
24
Jan

Report shows Ontario police writing 21 tickets for cannabis a day

Canada’s federal Cannabis Act legalizes and regulates the possession and sale of marijuana for anyone 18 and above. But the federal law also gives the country’s provincial governments the authority to add their own rules, so long as they’re not more permissive. As a result, some provinces implemented higher age requirements for possessing cannabis, restricted or outright banned private retailers and set limits on public consumption.

Wed
23
Jan

Ontarians' pot use on steady upward trajectory even before legalization: survey

In the year leading up to legalization, there was a significant uptick in the use of cannabis, notably among millennials and people aged 50 and older, a long-running survey has found.

The survey by the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (CAMH) — called the Monitor — shows the proportion of Ontario adults reporting previous-year marijuana use rose from 15.7 per cent in 2016 to 19.4 per cent in 2017, representing more than two million people.

That 2017 figure also marks a record high following a steady year-over-year rise in use of the previously illicit drug, which more than doubled from almost nine per cent 20 years ago.

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