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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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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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Not All Pun And Games: Federal Court Not Amused With Cannabis Company’s Brand Parody

Canada: Not All Pun And Games: Federal Court Not Amused With Cannabis Company's Brand Parody 10 July 2020 by Graham Hood Smart & Biggar

Article by Graham Hood, Mondaq In a recent decision of Canada’s Federal Court illustrates the danger of adopting a mark or name “inspired” by a famous or well-known brand, even when confusion is unlikely. The decision is a cautionary tale, particularly for those in burgeoning industries, such as Canada’s cannabis industry, which may wish to piggyback on an established brand’s goodwill ...

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Second Cup’s Parent Opens First Cannabis Dispensary, Plans More Outlets

Second Cup’s parent opens first cannabis dispensary, plans more outlets SUSAN KRASHINSKY ROBERTSONRETAILING REPORTER

Article by Susan Krashinsky Robertson, Globe and Mail Second Cup’s parent company has opened its first recreational cannabis dispensary on the site of a former cafe in Toronto, and has announced plans for more dispensaries under its new retail brand, Hemisphere Cannabis Co. Mississauga, Ont.-based The Second Cup Ltd. will open six more Hemisphere Cannabis locations in Ontario by the end of ...

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Is Canopy Growth Corp. Facing a Shutdown of Their Ontario Facility?

Is Canopy Growth Corp. Facing A Shutdown Of Their Ontario Facility?

Article by Anthony Varrell, Technical 420 The COVID-19 outbreak has had a significant impact on the global economy and many countries are still dealing with major outbreaks. The US is the epicenter of COVID and has the highest number of confirmed cases in the world. Unfortunately, the trend seems to be getting worse and we are closely following how the ...

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