Quebec

Mon
25
Sep

Marijuana debate leaves First Nations weighing pros and cons

Is it a cash crop to lift struggling First Nations out of poverty, or a vice posing a particular risk for a vulnerable population?

As Canada forges ahead with the legalization of marijuana, slated for July 2018, Indigenous people are split about what to do on their territory.

A number of First Nations have signed investment deals with marijuana producers, lured by the promise of profits and other benefits. Others have slammed on the brakes until they can draw up their own rules for growing and selling what is, for a few more months, an illegal drug.

Wed
20
Sep

Kosher medical marijuana approved in Canada, just in time for high holidays

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The first kosher certification for medical marijuana in Canada has been awarded to a Quebec company, the Canadian Jewish News reported Tuesday.

The Ottawa Vaad HaKashrut certification agency will place its mark on cannabis buds, powders and oils produced by the Hydropothecary Corporation of Gatineau.

The agency’s director, Rabbi Levy Teitlebaum, praised his organization’s joint effort with the medical organization.

Fri
08
Sep

The Green Organic Dutchman secures second property, 75 acres located in Quebec

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has secured a 75-acre property located in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec (the "Quebec Property").

The Company intends to develop the Quebec Property in multiple phases, with Phase 1 construction expected to commence in the fall of 2017. The Quebec Property has the potential to host over 820,000 sq. ft. of highly automated, state-of-the-art, hybrid greenhouse facilities. The Quebec Property buildout will increase TGOD's annual productive capacity to ~116,000 kg.

Thu
07
Sep

Public consultations into marijuana regulation in Quebec begin today

The two-day consultations begin Thursday morning and run until the end of Friday.

A wide-ranging group of organizations, including the Association of Quebec Landowners, Montreal 420 Tours Inc., and the Quebec Federation of Workers, will all be making presentations.

Following the tabling of the federal bill to legalize cannabis, the provincial government is holding these public consultations and speaking with experts on the subject.

Marijuana is set to be legalized in Canada by July 2018.

Quebec's minister responsible for public health and healthy lifestyles, Lucie Charlebois, will be in attendance.

Presentations run from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Montreal's Palais des Congrès.

Wed
14
Jun

Quebec: Alimentation Couche-Tard Keen on Selling Cannabis in Convenience Stores

Alimentation Couche-Tard is expressing interest in selling cannabis in its Quebec convenience stores.

The company has hired a lobbyist to work on ensuring it has a place in the cannabis-distribution system Quebec will eventually set up.

The province's official registry of lobbyists shows Marie-Eve Bedard began working on behalf of Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) last month and will continue doing so until next May.

She will earn less than $10,000 for her work.

Bedard is a former chief of staff to ex-Quebec health minister Yves Bolduc.

Couche-Tard operates more than 2,000 stores in Canada but it is not clear whether the chain wants to sell cannabis outside of Quebec.

Tue
06
Jun

Quebec to Begin Consultations Before Tabling Marijuana Legislation This Fall

The Quebec government is calling on international experts to help it get ready when federal legislation legalizing the sale of recreation marijuana comes into force in one year's time.

Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois announced Monday the province will begin a series of consultations in the coming weeks as it prepares to introduce its own legislation this fall.

The process will begin with a forum of national and international experts in Montreal on June 19-20.

"We're going to have people where it's already legalized, so we're going to have a lot of points of view," she told a news conference.

Charlebois said regional consultations will follow from late August until mid-September.

Mon
29
May

The reasons behind Quebec's surprising pessimism toward legalizing pot

One would think the province known for its joie de vivre and laissez-faire attitudes would have the most lenient stance toward the legalization of pot. But a recent survey shows the opposite is true.

Quebecers are far less optimistic about the legalization of marijuana than their counterparts in the rest of Canada, a CROP poll conducted on behalf of CBC's French-language network, Radio-Canada, shows.

For nearly every promised benefit of legalization, from the reduction of the black market to less stress on the justice system, people in Quebec were more skeptical than their counterparts elsewhere in the country.

The results even surprised CROP president Alain Giguère, a veteran pollster.

Thu
18
May

Gatineau medical marijuana company recalls tainted products, resumes sales

Sales of most medical marijuana products from Hydropothecary Corp. will resume after the Gatineau medical marijuana grower announced that it had recalled products affected by the discovery of trace amounts of an unapproved pesticide.

Hydropothecary announced the recall Tuesday morning, saying it was still searching for the source of the contamination at its facility in Masson-Angers, about 40 kilometres northeast of Ottawa.

The company voluntarily stopped all sales two weeks ago after a Health Canada spot check found the pesticide myclobutanil on plant samples.

Tue
16
May

Unique Medical Cannabis Partnership Announced, Creating Scientific and Business Development Hub in Sherbrooke, Quebec

Groupe DJB and Neptune Technologies & Bioressources (NASDAQ:NEPT)(TSX:NEPT), in collaboration with the Université de Sherbrooke, are proud to announce the creation of the Sherbrooke-based Green Valley Consortium, a strategic partnership that combines the strengths and expertise of three industry stakeholders to carry out medical cannabis production and research and development activities: an industry first. 

Sherbrooke Innopole, the region's economic development agency, and the city of Sherbrooke have both been highly active in the establishment of the Green Valley consortium, consistent with their mandate to foster a vibrant economic and academic environment in the region.

Wed
22
Mar

Quebec-Based Hydropothecary Corp Is the Latest Marijuana Company to Go Public

Quebec’s Hydropothecary Corp. became the latest medical marijuana company Tuesday to open its business to investors eager to cash in on the burgeoning marijuana sector.

The company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange by way of a reverse takeover; shares opened trading Tuesday at $1.82 before settling to close at $1.55 apiece.

Nearly 3.6 million shares changed hands as many investors seek opportunities to pour into the hot marijuana market ahead of an expected recreational legalization announcement by the federal government this spring.

The company had been toying with the idea of going public for some time but had a couple “false starts” said CEO Sebastien St. Louis.

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