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Canopy Growth closing legal pot shops amid virus outbreak

Canopy Growth Corp. is temporarily shutting down its corporate-owned cannabis stores across the country Tuesday due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the company said in a statement. 

Canopy, which owns 23 legal cannabis stores in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador, will close its stores for an undetermined period of time at 5 p.m. local.  It is also closing its visitors centre located at its headquarters in Smiths Falls, Ont. 

“We have a responsibility to our employees, their families, and our communities to do our part to ‘flatten the curve’ by limiting social interactions. For us, that means shifting our focus from retail to e-commerce," said David Klein, chief executive officer of Canopy Growth, in a statement. 


SkipTheDishes for cannabis: Pineapple Express Delivery expands in Saskatchewan.

In many parts of the province, cannabis users no longer need to walk in to a store for fast access to their favourite retailer’s products as same-day cannabis delivery service Pineapple Express Delivery rapidly expands across Saskatchewan.

Similar to the popular food delivery service SkipTheDishes, Pineapple Express Delivery plays the middleman between the retailer and the customer.

“We pick up the product at the retailer or licensed producer and then we deliver it to the customer on the same day that they pay for it,” said Madelaine Higgins, the Ontario-based company’s director of customer experience.

“There’s some times that we’re even faster than your pizza guy.”


Cannabis oil can reduce seizures in kids, University of Sask. study suggests

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan say preliminary results suggest medicinal cannabis oil can reduce or completely stop seizures in children experiencing severe and drug-resistant epilepsy.

The study, funded by Jim Pattison's Children's Hospital Foundation, monitored seven children with severe pediatric epilepsy, a debilitating condition that can cause children to suffer as many as 1,200 seizures a month.

Dr. Richard Huntsman, a pediatric neurologist at the university's college of medicine and one of the study's authors, said the results are nascent but encouraging. The overall reduction in seizures was close to 75 per cent on average.


Saskatchewan and Manitoba emerge as testing grounds for same-day cannabis delivery

Saskatchewan and Manitoba are emerging as testing grounds for cannabis delivery services, thanks to the provinces’ relatively liberal retail regimes, which allow private actors to operate online stores.

The result of those policies — which differ from the regimes in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta, where online cannabis stores are controlled by the province — has been a flurry of cannabis startups, including Super Anytime Inc., Pineapple Express Delivery Inc., and Prairie Records that offer same-day delivery to recreational cannabis consumers.


Fake cannabis labels circulating in Saskatchewan, Canada

The symbols found on the packaging of legal recreational cannabis for sale in Saskatchewan are hard to miss: A red octagon with the letters THC and a stylized cannabis leaf; a white and yellow warning label advising users to keep the product out of the reach of children. 

But these symbols can also be found on illegal cannabis disguised to look like the legitimate product. 

Now, at least one member of Saskatoon's legal cannabis community is advising customers to use caution when ordering cannabis online, because while the product and website might look legitimate, they could be making an illegal purchase.


Saskatchewan First Nation files claim in court over cannabis dispensary

A First Nation operating a cannabis dispensary without a provincial permit has laid the groundwork for taking the federal and Saskatchewan governments to court.

The Muscowpetung First Nation filed a statement of claim in Regina Court of Queen’s Bench on Nov. 16, the same week the band opened a pot shop on its reserve northeast of the city.

The store Mino-Maskihki, which means “good medicine,” advertises on its Facebook page the sale of recreational and medicinal cannabis products.

Recreational cannabis became legal in Canada last October and Saskatchewan used a lottery to award 51 licences to sellers.


Health Canada recalls two cannabis strains sold in Sask. pot shops

Health Canada has recalled two cannabis strains which were sold in three stores in Saskatchewan.

The recalls involve the 3.5 grams of Cherry Lime and Warlock Kush cannabis strains produced by Bonify Ltd. which is based out of Manitoba.

According to the alert, 52 units of product were sold at three cannabis retailers: Cannabis Co. in Regina, Spiritleaf in Moose Jaw, and The Pot Shack in Saskatoon.

The affected cannabis products were sold between November 20 and November 30.

Although the national public health organization hasn’t received any complaints yet, it said the products do not meet some of the microbial and chemical contaminant limits set by federal cannabis regulations.


First dispensary in Saskatoon set to open—with a “one per customer” policy

The first legal recreational cannabis dispensary in the Canadian city of Saskatoon opened on Tuesday afternoon with a strict cap on purchases by customers. Saskatoon is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan.

In a Facebook post prior to the store opening, The Pot Shack notified potential customers of the temporary purchase limit.

“One item per customer,” the post reads.

Geoff Conn, co-owner of The Pot Shack, told the CBC that the store was not instituting a limit on the number of grams a customer could buy.


Organigram becomes an official supplier of cannabis in the Province of Saskatchewan

Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX VENTURE: OGI) (OTCQX: OGRMF), the parent company of Organigram Inc. (the "Company" or "Organigram"), a leading licensed producer of cannabis, is pleased announce it has completed the registration process with Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), making it an official supplier of cannabis for the province.


Canada: Regina's 1st legal cannabis shop open for business

The Queen City officially has its first legal place to buy recreational cannabis. The Cannabis Co. YQR, located near Regina's Warehouse District, opened its doors at 11 a.m. Saturday. Several people eagerly waited outside for the store to open, curious to see what they would find. 

Tyrell Satther was one of those people. He said it was his first time in a legal cannabis shop.

Regina resident Tyrell Satther said Saturday morning was his first time in a store that sells legal recreational cannabis. 


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