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Kensington’s HotBox Cafe Purchased By Another Local Cannabis Institution

GROW Kensington's HotBox Cafe purchased by another local cannabis institution Peter Smith Kensington Market’s longstanding mecca to the cannabis community HotBox Cafe has been purchased by another Toronto marijuana monument, Friendly Stranger.

Article by Peter Smith, Daily Hive Kensington Market’s longstanding mecca to the cannabis community HotBox Cafe has been purchased by another Toronto marijuana monument, Friendly Stranger. In a press release on Friday, Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp, now the parent company of the Queen Street West cannabis accessory store, announced its acquisition of HotBox Cafe, located at 204 Augusta Avenue. The location in ...

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Cannabis Activist and Vocal Critic of Government’s Legalization Rollout Takes Job With Ontario Cannabis Store

Marijuana activist and vocal critic of government's legalization rollout takes job with OCS Owner Abi Roach poses for a photograph outside the Hotbox Cafe in Toronto's Kensington Market on Oct. 10, 2019. Tijana Martin

Article by City News Abi Roach, the long-time owner of Kensington Market’s HotBox Cafe and one of the most vocal critics of the province’s initial lottery system for legal marijuana licences, has sold her popular business and taken a job with the government-run Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS). Roach announced on Twitter that she’s accepted a position as senior category manager ...

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Windsor: Four Arrested After Illegal Cannabis Dispensary Raided Again

Windsor police cruiser and tape, August 30, 2019. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News. Four arrested after illegal pot dispensary raided again BY MARK BROWNJANUARY 23, 2020 4:47PM@markbrownradio Four people have been arrested after allegedly operating a pot dispensary that was raided last week.

Article by Mark Brown, Black Burn News Four people have been arrested after allegedly operating a pot dispensary that was raided last week. Windsor police said officers patrolling on Wednesday noticed activity at a business on Erie Street East near Ouellette Avenue. It turned out to be an unlicensed cannabis operation that was previously closed down. According to Sergeant Steve Betteridge, ...

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Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp Acquires HOTBOX™️, Expanding the Company’s Reach Across the Ontario Market

Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp Acquires HOTBOX™️, expanding the company's reach across the Ontario market Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp. (CNW Group/Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp.) NEWS PROVIDED BY Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp. Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp--Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp. (CNW Group/Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp.)

Article by Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp via Cision Newswire Friendly Stranger Holdings Corp (“FSHC” or the “Company”) has acquired HOTBOX™️, a cannabis accessory store located at 204 Augusta Ave, which has served over two million customers over the past two decades. The acquisition comes as part of FSHC’s continued plans to expand within the Licensed Cannabis Market. FSHC continues to add to its ...

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Illegal Cannabis Store Clerks Given Discharges in London Court

Illegal pot store clerks given discharges in London court Rules are rules, the judge said. JANE SIMS The London Relief Centre (Free Press file photo) SHARE ADJUST COMMENT PRINT Rules are rules, the judge said. London police Const. Iain Downes leaves Healing Health, an illegal marijuana dispensary on Wonderland Road, after London police and the OPP raided the business on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. (DALE CARRUTHERS, The London Free Press)

Article by Jane Sims, London Free Press Rules are rules, the judge said. Ontario Court Justice Mark Poland said illegal marijuana dispensaries that flouted new marijuana retail laws in 2018 were akin to someone selling booze on their own just because they don’t want to go to the LCBO. Just because you might not like the rules, “you can’t simply ...

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New Ownership Taking Over Abi Roach’s Historic Hot Box Cafe in Toronto

THE GROWTHOP New ownership taking over Abi Roach's historic Hot Box Cafe in Toronto "It is with great gratitude I announce, that today marks my final day as the owner of HOTBOX," tweets Abi Roach Sam Riches Abi Roach, founder and president of Hotbox located in Kensington Market in Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday April 3, 2019. Hotbox is a cannabis culture gathering spot where you can consume (outside only), but not purchase. Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/Postmedia

Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op Toronto’s historic Hot Box Cafe, which has operated out of Kensington Market for the last 20 years, is changing hands, owner Abi Roach tweeted on Wednesday morning. Roach has been a tireless advocate for cannabis policy reform for the last two decades. In addition to the Hot Box Cafe, she co-runs a neighbouring hydroponic business, and a bud-and-breakfast ...

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Cannabis Industry Facing a Credit Crunch as Scrutiny, Skepticism Mount

CANNABIS Cannabis industry facing a credit crunch as scrutiny, skepticism mount 'Anecdotally, we have learned that most of the big banks have put a pause on new lending' By Vanmala Subramaniam Besides late-stage cannabis applicants, cannabis retailers also appear to be facing a similar challenge in borrowing from the major banks. Getty Images Cannabis companies that got into the game earlier had more luck with the banks cannabis applicant Anecdotally, we have learned that most of the big banks have put a pause on new lending Michael Ruscetta, CEO of Trichome

Article by Vanmala Subramaniam, Growth Op Small and mid-sized cannabis companies say they are finding it increasingly hard to obtain basic credit facilities from some of Canada’s largest financial institutions amid heightened scrutiny on the struggling sector. “It seems that most charted banks do not want to entertain new applications for lines of credits, loans, or new bank accounts,” said ...

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The Globe and Mail Brings End to Cannabis Publication, Folds Coverage Into Newspaper

BUSINESS The Globe and Mail brings end to cannabis publication, folds coverage into newspaper Subscribers can receive prorated refunds for the remainder of their subscriptions By David Yasvinski FILE: TORONTO, ONTARIO: Jul 2, 14 - A view of the Globe and Mails offices in Toronto, Ontario, July 2, 2014. Employees of the newspaper are taking a strike vote today. Tyler Anderson/National Post FILE: TORONTO, ONTARIO: Jul 2, 14 - A view of the Globe and Mails offices in Toronto, Ontario, July 2, 2014. Employees of the newspaper are taking a strike vote today. Tyler Anderson/National Post

Article by David Yasvinski, Growth Op A tumultuous year for cannabis in Canada has carried over into 2020 with news that Report on Business Cannabis Professional,TheGlobe and Mail’s marijuana publication, will stop publishing soon. “Cannabis Professional will be discontinued as a stand-alone product as of Feb. 1, 2020,” Lanna Crucefex, communications manager for TheGlobe and Mail, told The GrowthOp. “Instead, we will be ...

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Blocking Off Illegal Cannabis Dispensaries With Concrete Slabs Cost More Than $350,000, Toronto Says

Giant cement blocks were placed in front of the Cannabis and Fine Edibles (CAFE), an unlicensed cannabis store near Fort York and Bathurst, in July. GTA Blocking off illegal pot stores with concrete slabs cost more than $350,000, Toronto says Gilbert Ngabo By Gilbert NgaboStaff Reporter A total of 27 stores across the province have been given the green light to start selling cannabis-infused edibles and products starting last week.

Article by Gilbert Ngabo, Toronto Star It cost the city more than $350,000 to install — and then reinstall — giant concrete slabs to block the entrance to four illegal cannabis shops in Toronto last summer. The city’s senior communications adviser Alex Burke said the total cost was $361,459.49, which included the costs of labour to install, remove and reinstall ...

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