Canada’s Aurora Appoints Independent Director and Enhances Cash Position

Canadian medical marijuana producer Aurora has made two major announcements this week, appointing Barry Fishman to its board of directors and revealing $25 million of convertible debentures. Fishman, the CEO of international pharmaceutical company Merus Labs, will act as an independent director on the board and has previously served on the board of canna-businesses Canopy […]

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Canadian MMJ Company Offers Nation’s First High-CBG Strain

Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation has released Canada’s first high cannabigerol (CBG) oil following two years of research and development, the company announced in a press release. While the non-psychoactive compound is not as well studied as THC or CBD, research suggests it is a useful therapy to combat inflammation, nausea, and pain, and slows the […]

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Canadian University Rolls Out MMJ Class; Other Colleges Considering Offerings

Some higher education institutes in Canada are considering adding cannabis business-centric course offerings, with at least one adopting an online course, according to a report from Maclean’s. Kwantlen Polytechnic University, in British Columbia, currently offers a 14-week, online, continuing education program taught by industry professionals. The class, Introduction to Professional Management of Medical Marijuana for […]

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Two Big Canadian Banks Refusing Service to Cannabis Companies

Two of Canada’s big banks, Scotiabank and the Royal Bank of Canada, are no longer providing accounts to marijuana businesses, even though federal legalization is on the horizon, according to a report from the Canadian Press. Although both banks declined to discuss the specifics of recent denials of service letters sent to customers operating in […]

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New Brunswick, Canada Approves Loan for MMJ Facility, Economic Boon Expected

A New Brunswick, Canada economic policy advisor has high hopes for the marijuana sector, saying it could create thousands of jobs, CBC News reports. “Year over year we’re expecting hundreds next year and hundreds more the year after that [sic]. So over a five-year term, we are looking at this being thousands of jobs,” Susan […]

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Canada’s Largest MMJ Producer Launches Artist-in-Residence Program

Canada’s largest producer of medical cannabis announced yesterday that the latest addition to their team is not a master grower, business consultant, or sales associate. Rather, the latest team member to join Tweed Inc. is actually Montreal-based documentary filmmaker and photographer Ezra Soiferman, who will be the first participant in the company’s new Artist in Residence […]

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Health Canada Announces New Medical Cannabis Regulations

Under new policies set forth by Health Canada, medical marijuana patients will soon be allowed to grow their own cannabis and have any product tested at a federally certified laboratory, the Globe and Mail reports. In an email to the Globe, Health Canada spokesman Eric Morrissette said the shift is due to the “recognition of […]

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Canadian MMJ Producers Want Oil-Based Product Costs Covered for Veterans  

Canadian medical marijuana producers are pushing for Veterans Affairs to provide reimbursements for soldiers who choose cannabis oils over dried plant material, according to a Globe and Mail report. Currently, soldiers are only reimbursed for flower purchases. The push comes even after the Supreme Court last year ruled Health Canada was putting patients at risk […]

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Children’s Hospital Staff Refuse to Administer Prescribed Cannabis Oil Treatments

Staff at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada refused to administer cannabis oil to an 11-year-old patient during his recent stay due to the policies of the hospital and the College of Nurses, according to a City News report. Maria Niembro said that the oil is the only drug that stops and prevents her son […]

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Canadian Government Discouraging Independent Labs from Testing Cannabis

Scientists and activists in Canada say Health Canada’s restrictive approach to cannabis safety testing puts the public at risk because the department discourages laboratories from analyzing products that do not come directly from the 31 licensed medical marijuana producers in the country, the Globe and Mail reports. Hubert Marceau, a co-owner of Laboratoire PhytoChemia, who […]

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Tweed Strikes Deal to Export Medical Cannabis to Germany

Canada’s largest medical cannabis producer, Tweed, can begin exporting its product to Germany, after receiving approval from both countries, the company announced yesterday. “Introducing Tweed product to German medical cannabis patients is an exciting and groundbreaking event,” Bruce Linton, chairman and CEO of Tweed parent company Canopy Growth said in a press release. “Patients will […]

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Colombia Awards First MMJ License to Canadian Company

Colombia has awarded its first medical marijuana business license to a Canada-based company, PharmaCielo Ltd. The company’s production duties will fall to PharmaCielo Colombia Holdings, a subsidiary of the Canadian company located in Rionegro, The City Paper reported last week. For decades, Colombia played an infamous role in the illegal international drug trade. Today, the government […]

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Canadian Feds Reject Proposed Decriminalization Plan

The Canadian government, despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to implement nationwide legalization sometime next year, has rejected a notion to decriminalize cannabis in the meantime, according to a CablePulse 24 report. Decriminalization would maintain marijuana as an illegal substance, but would at least protect citizens from the life-long criminal record that currently accompanies a simple possession charge — distribution […]

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Tilray Strikes Deal to Export Medical Cannabis Products to Croatia

Tilray, a Canadian medical cannabis research and production company, has announced a deal with Croatia that will see their products dispensed at pharmacies to individuals with medical marijuana prescriptions. It will be the first legal export of medical cannabis products from a North American country to a European country. The partnership with the Croatian Institute […]

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Vancouver Files Injunctions Against Unlicensed Cannabis Dispensaries

The city of Vancouver, B.C. has filed injunctions in the B.C. Supreme Court to close down 17 of the city’s 55 unlicensed marijuana dispensaries. Vancouver became the first city in Canada to regulate and license medical marijuana retailers in June, 2015. However, only six percent of dispensaries that applied for a license were successful, and […]

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Two Canadian Life Insurers Stop Treating Cannabis Users as ‘Smokers’

Sun Life and BMO Insurance have reversed their long-standing policies on treating cannabis smokers the same as “tobacco smokers,” instead they will allow some marijuana users to be treated as non-smokers for life insurance policies. Sun Life’s policy applies to cannabis consumers who do not use tobacco; BMO’s policy applies to non-tobacco smokers who consume […]

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Toronto Dispensaries Shuttered Following ‘Operation Claudia’

Toronto police executed Operation Claudia yesterday, raiding more than 40 dispensaries in Ontario’s capitol city. The raids were followed today by protests in front of Toronto Police headquarters by activists who carried signs with slogans such as, “Patients deserve dignified access,” and “Stop busting the sick.”    During a press conference by police regarding the […]

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Vancouver Licenses its First Medical Cannabis Dispensary

The Wealth Shop will be the first “legal” marijuana dispensary to open under Vancouver, British Columbia’s new municipal bylaws regulating the sector, according to the Globe and Mail report. Medical marijuana is permitted under Canadian law but it only allows about 24 industrial-scale grows. Licensed growers are allowed to sell dried marijuana and bottles of […]

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Top Canadian Pharmacy Exec. Wants to Dispense Medical Cannabis

The top executive of one of Canada’s largest pharmacy and grocery chains wants in on the nation’s medical marijuana market, according to The Toronto Star. Galen G. Weston, president and executive chairman of Loblaws, said Thursday that Canada’s pharmacists are well-positioned for safely dispensing a controlled substance like cannabis. “We’re an industry that is extremely effective at managing […]

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Toronto Officials Perplexed by Wave of New Marijuana Dispensaries

An influx of medical marijuana dispensaries in Toronto, Ontario have local lawmakers scratching their heads over how to react to the changing tides of marijuana reform. Under Canadian federal law, only government-licensed companies can legally distribute marijuana for medicinal purposes — and only via mail service. On the other hand, a recent court decision ruled that patients are […]

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Canada Announces Plan to Decriminalize Cannabis by Spring 2017

The Canadian Liberal Party will introduce legislation to decriminalize and regulate recreational cannabis nationwide by the spring of 2017, Health Minister Jane Philpott announced on Wednesday at the U.N. General Assembly on international drug policy in New York. According to a Reuters report, Philpott said Canada’s new marijuana laws would keep cannabis out of the hands of children […]

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Canadian Feds Working Toward National Legalization

The federal government of Canada is making moves toward the national legalization of recreational cannabis. In an interview with CBC News’s Stephen Quinn, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said that officials are working toward legislation that will “ultimately involve the legalization of marijuana, trying to take the whole profit element out of the […]

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Canadian Activist Pledges to Give Away One Million Seeds for Cannabis ‘Victory Gardens’

Renowned Canadian marijuana activist Dana Larsen has pledged to give away more than million pot seeds to help Canadian medical cannabis patients everywhere plant and grow their own “victory gardens” this spring. Larsen was a founding member of the BC Marijuana Party, the Canadian Marijuana Party, and founded the Vancouver Dispensary Society. He also founded Sensible BC — the largest grassroots cannabis reform organization […]

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Ontario Public Vaping Privileges Take a Hit

Amidst the growing popularity of vaping, medical cannabis, and other tobacco products, Ontario’s government is scrambling to batten down the hatch. In one response, Queen’s Park has moved to outlaw the smoking and vaping of medical cannabis products in enclosed public spaces, workplaces, and many outdoor areas as well. A government official said that the […]

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