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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Canada’s Best-Looking Cannabis Stores

CanadaIndustryLifestyle Canada’s best-looking cannabis stores Ryan Porter Canada’s favourite cannabis store design: Superette 1306 Wellington St. W., Ottawa The Hunny Pot 202 Queen St. W., Toronto

Article by Ryan Porter, Leafly News The cannabis stores voted the best-looking in Canada tended to have a unifying aesthetic: minimalist, sophisticated, and accessible, a counter argument to the worst stereotypes of outdated stoner culture. Before edibles, beverages, and other cannabis 2.0 merch arrived on the shelves, these stores indulged in ample retail space to present clean environments with distinctive ...

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Canada’s Favourite ‘Legal’ Cannabis Stores

CanadaIndustry Canada’s favourite cannabis stores Ryan Porter

Article by Ryan Porter, Leafly News The Canadian landscape remains a mixed bag when it comes to cannabis retailers, with some provinces hosting stores that radiate with the energy of a hipster coffee shop while others navigate bureaucratic, government-run outlets of varying efficiency. But favourite is a relative term—these were the top choices in every province. British Columbia’s favourite cannabis ...

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Toronto Shelled Out More Than $350,000 to Put Concrete Blocks in Front of Illegal Dispensaries

NEWS Toronto shelled out more than $350,000 to put concrete blocks in front of illegal dispensaries Efforts to keep illicit cannabis stores closed have proven ineffective City bylaw officers and Toronto police guard the entrance of the Bloor St. W. location of the CAFE cannabis dispensary, a chain of black market pot retailers in Toronto, Ont. on Thursday, July 18 2019. Bryan Passifiume/Toronto Sun FILE: More than a week after Toronto Police sealed off an illegal Cafe cannabis dispensary on Harbord St., the street out front was bustling with activity on Saturday July 27, 2019. / Photo: Jack Boland Jack Boland / Toronto SunBy David Yasvinski

Article by David Yasvinski, Growth Op It might be time to build a few bridges instead of walls. Toronto’s efforts to shut down illegal cannabis dispensaries last summer by placing giant concrete slabs in front of the doors reportedly cost the city more than $350,000. Alex Burke, Toronto’s senior communications advisor, told the Toronto Star that the $361,459.49 bill included the cost ...

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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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Meet Six People Turning Alberta Into The Cannabis Centre of Canada

BUSINESS Meet six people turning Alberta into the cannabis centre of Canada From creative retailers to master growers the cannabis talent is blooming in the western province By Skyler Ash Founder and CEO of Queen of Bud, Ashley Newman. Instagram Alison McMahon, Founder & CEO of Cannabis At Work, pictured in 2017. Founder and CEO of Queen of Bud, Ashley Newman. (Instagram) Chief Cultivator for Aurora Cannabis, John Barnet. Cannabis Hemp Conference Co-founders of Green Earth Cannabis, Jason Marshall and Irene Struc. General manager for a Spiritleaf location in Calgary, Mona Pinette. (LinkedIn)

Article by Skyler Ash, Growth Op Alberta loves cannabis. Some argue it has become the centre of Canada when it comes to weed. As of December, 360 stores had applied for a cannabis license to the province’s Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis agency. “Alberta’s done a great job in building a network,” said Dave Bigoni, chief marketing officer at Canopy ...

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Buy the Shop, Not the Pot: Cannabis Retail Chains May Outshine Producers

Buy the shop, not the pot: Cannabis retail chains may outshine producers Jeff LagerquistYahoo Finance Canada Buy the shop, not the pot: Cannabis retail chains may outshine producers Pedestrians pass the yet-to-be-opened Fire & Flower cannabis store in Toronto's luxury shopping district in June 2019. (Yahoo Finance Canada) Buy the shop, not the pot: Cannabis retail chains may outshine producers A one-year view of Fire & Flower, High Tide, and Meta Growth shares compared to the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF. (Yahoo Finance Canada)

Article by Jeff Lagerquist, Yahoo Finance Canada Canadian cannabis retail chains see themselves as the kingmakers of brands, and the growth engine driving the sector as more store locations broaden access to legal pot. Analysts expect a strong performance from pot shop chains in 2020, as producers seek to wedge pricier products into limited store space. However, the capital crunch of 2019 ...

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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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Veterans Affairs Canada Mulls Adding Disposable Vape Pens to Reimbursement Program

HEALTH Veterans Affairs Canada mulls adding disposable vape pens to reimbursement program Many users prefer to vape instead of smoke since it is believed to be less harmful to the respiratory system, but still a quick and effective treatment against some PTSD symptoms By Emma Spears FILE: Canadian Forces Master Corporal Shamus O'Reilly (L), gets a little taste of some sauce from Ronnie Fishman (R) of Hempster before a seven-course gourmet cannabis-infused dinner at Hempster's Veteran Appreciation Dinner (catered by The Food Dudes). Ten Canadian military veterans dealing with PTSD enjoyed the dinner prepared with their veterans' own prescription cannabis Saturday February 10, 2018. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

Article by Emma Spears, Growth Op Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is mulling putting disposable cannabis vape pens on the list of drugs and devices that qualify for a reimbursement program. The department has categorized vaporizers as medical devices for about five years. Veterans, as well as retired RCMP officers, may be reimbursed up to $300 for their purchase of a vape to ...

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