Prince Edward Island

Thu
21
Mar

P.E.I. gears up for tourism season with government-sponsored info sessions for cannabis in hospitality industry

Prince Edward Island’s government is sponsoring cannabis information seminars as the province’s first tourism season since cannabis legalization approaches.  Tourism P.E.I. has asked a lawyer in the province to figure out what hotels and other hospitality-industry businesses should be considered moving forward.

Mon
04
Mar

P.E.I. supports new jobs at cannabis processing facility

The provincial government will support 32 new jobs at Dosecann, a cannabis oil extraction company in the Biocommons Industrial Park in Charlottetown.

Dosecann is a Health Canada approved and licensed cannabis processor. Its 42,000 square foot, purpose-built analytical testing facility in Charlottetown serves as the hub for Dosecann’s cannabis extraction, product innovation and formulation, research and development, quality testing and manufacturing.

To assist the company and support 32 new jobs, the province is providing labour rebates worth a maximum of $716,000 over two years. The province is also providing $60,000 to assist the company with rental costs.

Tue
05
Feb

After complaints, P.E.I. cannabis producer aims to change, reduce packaging

FIGR says it is working to reduce the amount of packaging it uses but couldn't give details of what customers can expect.

A P.E.I. cannabis producer says it's developing new packaging that will be better for the environment after receiving complaints from customers.

"We've certainly been listening to the consumers as they've had the experience of trying our product and using and seeing our packaging," said Edwin Jewell, CEO of FIGR, the only recreational cannabis producer operating on P.E.I. ​

"In response to the concerns they had we're certainly looking to improve on our packaging, reduce the sizing."

Wed
30
Jan

P.E.I. Cannabis tops country in marijuana sales per capita

In the first six weeks of marijuana legalization Prince Edward Island had the highest per capita legal sales in the country, and P.E.I. Cannabis is taking that as a sign it's getting something right.

Statistics Canada added cannabis stores to its retail sales figures in November.

The report released last week shows P.E.I. Cannabis stores sold $2.1 million worth of product in the first six weeks of opening. That's $17.22 for every Islander aged 19 and over. The next highest per capita spending was in Nova Scotia, at $13.80 per capita.

Manitoba sales were not included in the report.

P.E.I. Cannabis director of operations Zach Currie likes what he sees in the report.

Tue
22
Jan

Zenabis partners with PEI to supply the Island province with cannabis

Licensed producer Zenabis Ltd. has entered into a supply partnership with PEI Cannabis to supply adult-use cannabis throughout the province.

The Prince Edward Island Cannabis Management Corporation oversees the operation of four cannabis retail locations and an e-commerce platform, notes a statement from Zenabis Global, a producer of both medical and recreational cannabis with facilities in New Brunswick, B.C. and Nova Scotia.

Mon
26
Nov

Cannabis legalization having different effects on policing across Atlantic Canada

If you’re wondering how police forces in this part of the country have been affected since the legalization of marijuana, it depends on where you live.

Three major cities in Atlantic Canada have seen different trends since Oct. 17.

“Now, there’s more ease to laying a charge, as opposed to a Criminal Code offence. … The issue is dealt with there on the scene, as opposed to going to court.”

RCMP N.L. Cpl. Jolene Garland

With little change reported by Halifax police and a slight decrease in violations seen in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador have seen a few more infractions as people are becoming familiar with the new regulations.

Fri
19
Oct

Canadian province Prince Edward Island rakes in over $150K in first day of legal cannabis sales

Yesterday was the first day of Canada’s history-making cannabis legalization.

Not surprisingly, retailers throughout the country saw a lot of activity.

In particular, marijuana sales in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island exceeded the six-figure mark—and that was just on day one.

 

Thu
18
Oct

Canada: Island hemp industry growing with legalization of cannabis

Some Island hemp producers are cashing in on the legalization of cannabis. A B.C. company recently announced the purchase of just over 200 hectares (500 acres) of harvested hemp flowers and leaves (chaff) from P.E.I. Chris Wagner, CEO of Emerald Health Therapeutics, says the transaction was possible because of forward-thinking farmers.

Until recently, it was only legal to harvest, store and sell the seed, fibre and stalk of the hemp plant.  The flowers and leaves were not permitted to be harvested or sold, and would go to waste. "What these farmers did was say 'We're going to take a risk,'" Wagner said. 

Fri
03
Aug

Canada: P.E.I. cannabis shops will not have product on the shelves

Canada’s smallest province will open only four cannabis stores once legalization takes place later this year, but interested consumers should expect not to see any product on the store shelves. 

Instead, consumers will have to make their purchase decision by speaking with a store clerk about a strain that aligns with their preference or by using a tablet to browse and learn more about in-stock items.  

“Customers won’t be able to actually touch the physical product. They’ll come in and they’ll have the option to go through a bit of a consultative retail experience with one of our highly trained cannabis store clerks,” said Zach Currie of the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission (LCC).

Fri
08
Dec

Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island both set legal age for marijuana use at 19

Nova Scotia and P.E.I. both set their legal age for marijuana at 19 on Thursday, but the two East Coast provinces are taking different paths on how weed will be sold.

P.E.I. said it will sell marijuana at standalone outlets run separately by its liquor commission, while Nova Scotia said pot will be sold alongside alcohol in its provincial liquor stores.

Justice Minister Mark Furey said Thursday Nova Scotia believes selling marijuana through existing liquor stores will provide the necessary control to ensure public safety.

"They have a social responsibility mandate and we trust their experience in selling restricted products," said Furey. "The Nova Scotia Liquor Commission also has the infrastructure in place to support a province-wide retail operation."

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