Canadian marijuana producers go on hiring spree

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press Published Sunday, January 14, 2018 2:24PM EST  VANCOUVER -- Canadian marijuana companies are on a hiring spree, looking to fill an array of roles as they gear up for the legalization of recreational cannabis later this year. The workforce is booming, said Alison McMahon, who runs Cannabis At Work, a staffing agency focused on the burgeoning industry. Right now, she's recruiting for positions in everything from growing and production to sales and marketing, all across the country. Stigma may once have kept people from applying for work with a cannabis company, but those perceptions have shifted and people are now excited about the opportunities, McMahon said. "I think that the people, [...]

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Toronto girl with rare seizure disorder thriving thanks to medical marijuana

  CTVNews.ca Staff Published Saturday, January 13, 2018 4:03PM EST  The family of a nine-year-old Toronto girl say a special form of medical marijuana is helping her cope with a rare genetic condition that causes severe seizures. Ava Calandra, 9, was born two weeks late and weighed less than five pounds (2.25 kg). Her parents soon noticed she wasn’t eating properly and struggling to breathe. “I called my husband at work and I said: ‘I'm taking Ava to SickKids Hospital and I'm not leaving until they tell me what's wrong’ and thank goodness I did,” Antonella Calandra, Ava’s mother, told CTV Toronto. After numerous tests, Ava was diagnosed with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a rare genetic disorder [...]

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Legal pot won’t slow market for medical marijuana: advocate

Use of medical cannabis to treat everything from sleeplessness to anxiety likely won't change. Medical marijuana advocates say the number of patients using medical cannabis will continue to grow even when the drug becomes legal for recreational use. The federal government has said it intends to see recreational pot use legalized by July 1, and Saskatchewan announced earlier this week that it will be sold in 60 licensed stores across the province. Pot to the people: Sask. cannabis retailers pleased with provincial government's plan Government still can't say when legal pot goes on sale in Canada Federal marijuana legislation clears House of Commons, headed for the Senate But medical cannabis is already prescribed to thousands of people [...]

By | 2018-01-12T14:14:34+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Legal pot won’t slow market for medical marijuana: advocate

Ottawa urged to consider environmental impacts of legal marijuana

Dan Sutton always assumed cannabis had to be grown indoors. The former technology professional was new to the pot industry in 2012 when he founded Tantalus Labs. The stereotypical image of a large industrial warehouse, with pot plants growing under bright lights and fans, loomed large in his mind. But when Sutton asked academics, horticulturists and engineers for advice, they all told him that no crop on the planet is grown indoors on a commercial scale. “It just doesn’t really make a huge amount of sense to replace the energy of sunlight, which is so abundant and obviously healthy for leafy green crops, with a synthetic alternative,” he said. So he was focused on plant [...]

By | 2018-01-10T13:14:41+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Ottawa urged to consider environmental impacts of legal marijuana

We want to get it right:’ Private retailers to sell cannabis in Saskatchewan

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government says the sale of legal cannabis will be handled by the private sector with government oversight but it’s still mulling over a minimum age of consumption. Gene Makowsky, minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, says the authority will issue about 60 retail permits to private operators in as many as 40 municipalities and First Nations communities. Makowsky said the government opted to let the private sector handle sales because it would have been too costly for the government. “The cost associated with running a public entity would be quite substantial,” he said Monday. “Those tens of millions of dollars that would be required upfront, I’d rather see [...]

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Aphria secures additional 120,000 kgs of expected annual cannabis production for January 2019(1)

NEWS PROVIDED BY Aphria Inc. Jan 08, 2018, 08:00 ET Aphria enters strategic relationship with local grower Accelerates capacity increase by over one year LEAMINGTON, ON, Jan. 8, 2018 /CNW/ - Aphria Inc. ("Aphria" or the "Company") (TSX: APH and US OTC: APHQF) today announced that it has entered a strategic relationship ("GrowCo") with Double Diamond Farms ("Double Diamond"), a local greenhouse grower, to provide an additional 120,000 kgs of annual cannabis production.  The deal accelerates Aphria's capacity increase by over a year versus building out its existing 100-acre site.  Combined with Aphria's existing expected cannabis production of 100,000 kgs, Aphria will have, what it believes to be, the largest fully funded production capabilities in the industry [...]

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U.S. pot industry frets, then shrugs off new Trump policy that brought confusion to legalization

Many in the industry said they’re keeping a wait-and-see attitude because the effect of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement earlier this week depends on whether federal prosecutors crack down on marijuana businesses operating legally under state laws. By PAUL ELIASThe Associated Press Sat., Jan. 6, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO—This week’s announcement that the U.S. Justice Department was ditching its hands-off approach to states that have legalized marijuana initially sent some in the industry into a tailspin, just days after California’s $7 billion recreational weed market opened for business. But for long-term pot purveyors accustomed to changing regulatory winds, the decision was just another bump in a long and winding road to proving their business legitimacy. Many [...]

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U.S. pot enforcement policy a lift for Canadian cannabis industry: experts

Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, January 4, 2018 6:17PM EST  TORONTO -- A move by the U.S. attorney general to quash an Obama-era policy that allowed legalized pot to flourish south of the border dealt a blow to marijuana stocks Thursday, but observers and industry players say the crackdown is a boon for the Canadian cannabis industry. On Thursday, Jeff Sessions rescinded the 2013 Obama administration guidance that suggested the federal government would not intervene in U.S. states where the drug is legal, which has opened the door for several states to legalize pot for medical and recreational purposes. In a new memo, President Donald Trump's top law enforcement official said he will [...]

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Aurora Cannabis acquires stake in The Green Organic Dutchman

EDMONTON, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS PUBLISHED 6 HOURS AGO Aurora Cannabis Inc. has signed deals to acquire an initial minority stake in The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. and to purchase up to 20 per cent of TGOD's annual cannabis production. Aurora says it plans to acquire a 17.62 per cent stake in the privately held company for $55-million. Aurora will also have the option to incrementally increase its ownership interest to 51 per cent once TGOD meets certain corporate, operational, construction and financial milestones. TGOD is building a high-technology greenhouse in Valleyfield, Que., where it owns a 30-hectare property. Under the proposed supply agreement, Aurora will have the right to purchase up to 20 [...]

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