Health Canada to Launch Cannabis Awareness Public Health Campaign

Health Canada plans to launch a cannabis awareness public health campaign aimed at teens and young adults which will focus on messages such as, “the younger cannabis use starts and the more it is used the higher the health risks,” and “like alcohol, cannabis is not without risks,” according to a report from the CBC. […]

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Study: THCA ‘Worth Consideration’ as Huntington’s Therapy

Scientific advisory board members of Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc., a Canadian licensed medical cannabis company, have co-authored a study suggesting THCA shows neuroprotective activity and is “worth consideration for the treatment of Huntington’s Disease and possibly other neuroinflammatory diseases.” THCA is the precursor cannabinoid to THC and has no psychotropic effect. THCA converts into THC […]

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Ontario, Canada’s Niagara College to Offer Cannabis Cultivation Degree

Niagara College, located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, will soon offer a one-year post-graduate program in cannabis cultivation as the nation moves toward federal legalization, according to a report from the Star. The program, which will be available to students who have earned a degree in horticulture, agricultural sciences, or related fields, will focus on plant […]

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New Brunswick, Canada Sets up Crown Corporation to Oversee Legal Cannabis Sales

New Brunswick, Canada’s government has established a Crown corporation which will oversee the sale of recreational cannabis in the province. Provincial government officials have signed memorandums of understanding with licensed producers Canopy Growth Corp. and Organigram to supply the New Brunswick market. Health Minister Benoît Bourque said the plan will allow a “seamless approach” to federal […]

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Survey Finds Majority of Ontarians Prefer Private Cannabis Sellers to State-Run

According to a Nanos Research and Consumer Choice Centre survey, 55 percent of Ontarians prefer to have cannabis sold by licensed private retailers than the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, with 40 percent preferring the state-run option. Respondents were split 48 percent to 46 percent in favor of licensed and regulated cannabis lounges. Of the […]

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Ontario Officials Begin Crafting Retail Cannabis Regulations

Ontario, Canada officials have indicated that they will shut down all illegally operating cannabis dispensaries in the province over the next year, but will license 30 to 60 for retail sales, according to a report from CBC News. The provincial government will also create a cannabis control board to regulate the industry. According to the […]

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Tilray Plans Major Expansion in Portugal

Canadian medical cannabis producer Tilray plans to invest 20 million euros (about C$29.5 million, US$24 million) in their operation in Portugal, where they recently won a license to import seeds and clones and cultivate them, the Canadian Press reports. The Cantanhede site will grow, process, and package medical cannabis products that will be distributed throughout […]

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Canadian Franchise Association Accepts First Cannabis Company

Canadian cannabis company Spirit Leaf Inc. has become a member of the Canadian Franchise Association – the first cannabis company to be granted membership into the association. The company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd., already has granted four individual franchises – three in Calgary, Alberta, and one in Peterborough, Ontario – and […]

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Israeli and Canadian Firms Partner for Cannabis Production Plants in 4 U.S. States

Israel-based medical cannabis company Panaxia has partnered with Canada’s Bioceutical Corporation to set up four medical cannabis production plants in Arizona, Nevada, Maryland, and Massachusetts, according to a report from Globes. Last year, Panaxia set up a similar production facility in New Mexico, which went online in March. The agreement will see Bioceutical Corp., which […]

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Maine Border Patrol Will Confiscate Cannabis in Accordance with Federal Law

Maine’s top Border Patrol official said that the agency would continue seizing cannabis products despite the forthcoming voter-approved adult-use legalization program, the Portland Press Herald reports. Chief Daniel Hiebert said the Border Patrol must follow federal, not state, laws. Moreover, Hiebert indicated that Border Patrol applicants could be disqualified from employment consideration due to, not […]

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Ben Ward: Expanding Internationally with Maricann

Ben Ward is the CEO of Maricann, a licensed medical cannabis operator in Canada who recently announced their international expansion into Germany’s nascent medical marijuana industry. Ben recently joined Ganjapreneur.com podcast host TG Branfalt to discuss the intricacies and future of Canada’s cannabis industry, the recruitment of Maricann’s expert talent and executives, how using green technology […]

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University of New Brunswick Creates Health Research Chair in Cannabis

Canada’s University of New Brunswick has announced that it is creating a Health Research Chair in Cannabis which will help expand the university’s commitment to innovation and research in the natural products, biomedical, and health and life sciences fields, according to a press release. The chair will receive $1 million in funding from New Brunswick […]

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Manitoba Finance Officials Ask MMJ Producers for Cannabis Legalization Input

Finance officials in Manitoba, Canada are calling on cannabis industry operators to help develop regulations for the provincial market including “competitive pricing” and who should sell and distribute cannabis products, the CBC reports. The request comes as the nation plans to federally legalize adult cannabis sales on July 1, 2018. “Manitoba intends to develop a […]

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Australian MMJ Company Agrees to Purchase Canadian MMJ Applicant

Australian medical cannabis company Creso Pharma has agreed to acquire Canadian cannabis company Mernova Medicinal, who has applied to become the first licensed producer in Nova Scotia, for more than $8.1 million (A$10.2 million, C$10.18). Under current Canadian law, companies must prove they can cultivate cannabis crops before receiving a state license. Creso and Mernova […]

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Canadian MMJ Producers Need to Increase Production for National Adult-Use Market

In an interview with the CBC, the executive vice-president of Aurora Cannabis, a licensed producer in the Great White North, is confident current operators will be able to serve Canada’s recreational cannabis market but the companies need to ramp up production in preparation. “We need to expand our capacity right away simply to meet the […]

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Cannabis Offenses Down in Canada, 17K Still Arrested for Possession

According to Statistics Canada figures, the number of police-reported cannabis offenses is down for the fifth consecutive year, falling about 6,000 from 2015 to 2016, DurhamRegion.com reports. However, police in Canada still charged 17,733 people with cannabis possession in 2016. Federal lawmakers announced plans to federally legalize cannabis use in 2016 and are currently debating […]

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Canadian Premiers Want Extension for Cannabis Legalization Deadline

Some Canadian premiers are seeking to delay the implementation of the federal legalization of cannabis due to concerns over health impacts, public and traffic safety, and a want to avoid different provincial regulations, according to a report from The Star. The call is led by Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister who wants to avoid a “hodge-podge” of […]

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Canadian Company Approved to Sell Cannabis Products in Uruguay

The International Cannabis Corporation — based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — has been approved to sell cannabis in Uruguay under the country’s nationwide cannabis legalization rules. Cannabis sales through pharmacies are set to begin on Wednesday, according to the Institute of Regulation and Cannabis Control. Under federal law, the price and packaging of cannabis […]

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Aurora Cannabis Graduates to Canada’s Flagship Stock Exchange

Aurora Cannabis Inc., a licensed medical cannabis supplier in Canada, has received conditional approval to graduate from the TSX Venture Exchange and list on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The advancement follows a series of recent development for the firm, including expansion into Germany, investments in Australia, and construction of their Aurora Sky cultivation facility – […]

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Study Finds Cannabis Safe and Effective Treatment for Tourette Syndrome

A study published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences reports that cannabis therapies are both effective and well-tolerated for Tourette syndrome patients. The University of Toronto researchers found that in 18 of the 19 study participants who had used cannabis regularly for at least two years, their symptoms were “much improved” and tic […]

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Canadian Public Employees Union Adds MMJ Benefit

The Ontario Public Services Employees Union is now offering registered medical cannabis patients $3,000 per year to cover the cost of their medicine, Benefits Canada reports. Employees must obtain their cannabis from authorized vendors, but the plan does not limit what conditions are eligible for coverage. “It’s not up to us to decide what illnesses […]

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Canadian Finance Minister Announces Cannabis-by-Mail Plan for Provinces Not Ready for Legal Cannabis Sales

Canada’s federal government has announced a plan that would permit adults to obtain cannabis products through the mail if their province has not yet established a regulated retail regime by the time the government begins allowing legal sales, according to a Globe and Mail report. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that while the government is […]

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German MMJ Market Attracting Canadian Firms, Maricann Leads Pack

On January 19, the German parliament unanimously legalized medicinal cannabis use, paving the way for patients with a doctor’s prescription to purchase cannabis products from pharmacies. Unlike America’s fractured medical cannabis system, German patients will be able to have their medicinal cannabis treatments covered by insurance, and access is not based on qualifying conditions – […]

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Venture Capital Firm Agrees to Acquire New York MMJ Licensee

Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based iAnthus Capital Holdings has agreed to acquire Valley Agriceuticals LLC, which holds a conditional medical cannabis license in New York, for $17.3 million, in what is the venture capital firm’s largest transaction to date. The deal, once completed, will expand iAnthus’ portfolio into five states. Randy Maslow, president of iAnthus, said the […]

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