U.S. Dismisses Cannabis Smuggling Charges Against Canadian Resident Without Prejudice

NEWS U.S. dismisses cannabis smuggling charges against Canadian resident without prejudice That doesn’t mean charges in the 9,472-pound, US$20 million Peace Bridge seizure can’t be filed in future By Angela Stelmakowich The seizure occurred on June 25 at the Peace Bridge, which runs between Fort Erie, Ont. and Buffalo, N.Y. / Photo: DarleneMunro / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op U.S. authorities have adopted a quieter tone in announcing that charges against a permanent resident of Canada have been dismissed following what was touted as the largest cannabis seizure in western New York district. The June 25 seizure at the Peace Bridge, which runs between Fort Erie, Ont. and Buffalo, N.Y., involved the discovery of 9,472 ...

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Sessions Cannabis Eyes Six Stores in Hamilton

Session Cannabis owners Darryl Allen (left) and Steven Fry will be opening their new east Mountain cannabis retail store on July 17. CANNABIS AND YOU Sessions Cannabis eyes six stores in Hamilton By Mark Newman, Hamilton Mountain News

Article by Mark Newman, Hamilton Mountain News via Hamilton Spectator The two guys behind Hamilton-based Sessions Cannabis are looking to grow their legal retail pot-selling empire to 30 stores across Ontario, including six in Hamilton. “We’re the fastest-growing and the largest cannabis retail operation in the province,” said business co-owner Darryl Allen, who along with co-founder and company president and CEO Steven Fry, ...

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Indie Cannabis Store Owner Says Red Tape Blocking Her Efforts

Indie pot store owner says red tape blocking her efforts Kevin Connor More from Kevin Connor

Article by Kevin Connor, Toronto Sun A Toronto woman is frustrated with the red tape she says she has faced while attempting to open a pot store. Vivianne Wilson, who is working to set up her store called GreenPort at 686 College St., says the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s cannabis retail licencing process is out of whack. She ...

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Brand Awareness Elusive for Canada Pot Growers

Business Brand Awareness Elusive for Canada Pot Growers: Cannabis Weekly By Kristine Owram July 12, 2020, 10:00 AM EDT Fewer than 15% of users recognize most marijuana brands Canopy and Aurora have best awareness but conversion lags

Article by Kristine Owram, Bloomberg Canadian cannabis brands are having a tough time getting consumers to notice them. No brand in Canada has more than 41% recognition among current cannabis users, with most languishing between 1% and 15%, according to a survey of 3,000 consumers conducted by pot data firm Brightfield Group. Even those that attract the most attention aren’t converting ...

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Dan Bilzerian’s Cannabis Company, One That Sells CBD Toothpicks, is in Big Trouble

NEWS Dan Bilzerian’s cannabis company, one that sells CBD toothpicks, is in big trouble The Instagram celebrity is the CEO of Ignite International Brands, Ltd. By The GrowthOp Dan Bilzerian, the CEO of Ignite International Brands, Ltd. / Dan Bilzerian Instagram

Article by Growth Op Poker player and internet celebrity Dan Bilzerian has a penchant for spending money, but as the annual report from his cannabis company reveals, he’s not as good at making it. Bilzerian is the CEO of Ignite International Brands, Ltd., which sells a line of cannabis and CBD products, such as CBD-infused toothpicks. Forbes reports that the company posted $67 million in losses ...

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Top Canadian Police Association Says It’s Time To Decriminalize All Drugs

POLITICSTop Canadian Police Association Says It’s Time To Decriminalize All DrugsPublished 2 hours ago on July 10, 2020By Kyle Jaeger

Article by Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment The top police chiefs association in Canada made a bold call for drug policy reform on Thursday, arguing that low-level possession should be decriminalized and substance misuse should be treated as a public health matter. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) said that its recommendation is motivated by an interest in reducing ...

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Canadian Cannabis Growers on Coping with COVID-19 — and What They Can’t Wait to Harvest This Season

CULTURE Canadian cannabis growers on coping with COVID-19 — and what they can't wait to harvest this season The pandemic is challenging these growers to tweak their processes. But production isn't slowing down By Elianna Lev Taylor Carr is the Horticulture Manager and Master Grower with WeedMD. Photo: provided Hua Zhang is Hexo’sHead of Cultivation. Photo: provided Peter Doig is the co-founder of Rubicon Organics. Photo: provided

Article by Elianna Lev, Growth Op Just because there’s a global pandemic, doesn’t mean cannabis is going to stop growing — in fact, it could be we need weed more than ever before. Despite the new normal, Canada’s cannabis growers are still getting their work done. The GrowthOp spoke to three head growers across the country about how COVID-19 has affected their work, ...

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Shoppers Drug Mart and University Health Network Partner on ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ Medical Cannabis Study

NEWS Shoppers Drug Mart and University Health Network partner on 'first-of-its-kind' medical cannabis study “For the first time we will have a national repository of data that can provide answers about the effectiveness of these products, to test their claims," says Toronto General Hospital's Dr. Hance Clarke By The GrowthOp Dr. Hance Clarke, director of pain services at Toronto General Hospital will be leading the trial. / UHN

Article by Growth Op In what they’re calling “a first-of-its-kind real world evidence study,” Toronto General Hospital’s Dr. Hance Clarke will lead new research designed to help medical cannabis consumers and doctors better understand how cannabinoids impact various conditions. Clarke, an anesthesiologist and the director of pain services at TGH, wants to back up existing anecdotal evidence with scientific data ...

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Has Legal Cannabis Increased Junk Food Sales?

HEALTH Has legal cannabis increased junk food sales? The cannabis industry loves to talk up "wellness" — but is that a myth? By Mike Adams, The Fresh Toast Photo: serezniy/Getty Images

Article by Mike Adams, The Fresh Toast via Growth Op “Wellness” is the latest buzzword in town when it comes to the cannabis-munchie movement. The cannabis community wants America to know, or at least it wants it to think, that instead of scarfing down fast food and Little Debbies whenever it comes time to tame the ravenous appetite that often ...

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