Cannabis Trial: Dutch Cities Picked for Cafe Supply Experiment

Cannabis cafes in the Netherlands are to be supplied legally with drugs from regulated producers as part of a trial aimed at tackling the black market. Under Dutch law, cannabis can be sold over the counter in licensed coffee shops, but it is currently illegal to produce and supply the drug. The country’s loose policy on cannabis has seen criminal enterprises flourish. From 2021, cafes in 10 cities will get a legal supply of “quality”…

Smaller Eastern Ontario Communities Feeling Left Out of Cannabis Draw

Ottawa location only winner in 2nd round of licence draw. Some eastern Ontario mayors say they feel disadvantaged compared to larger municipalities in the process to get a legal cannabis shop because of the size of their population. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced Wednesday the 42 winners out of 4,864 eligible entrants to its second lottery allowing applications for licences for cannabis businesses. This time, stores in southern Ontario could be opened…

Facing Closure, Independent Shop Says No Money in Legal Cannabis

Finance minister says aware of concerns, and working on improving profitability. As the doorbell at Thomas H. Clarke’s independent legal cannabis shop goes non-stop, its owner laments its looming closure. “I did $1.4 million in sales, which is the highest sales of any retailer in Newfoundland, as far as I know. And I’m just barely scraping by,” Clarke said Thursday. Nearly a year into legalization, Clarke says he may have to close his doors in…

Outspoken Cannabis Activist Chris Enns Charged in Connection With Halifax Dispensary Raids

An outspoken Halifax medical marijuana advocate and shop owner is now facing more charges after a raid of two cannabis dispensaries last month. Halifax Regional Police say Christopher Enns turned himself in Wednesday morning. The 34-year-old from East Chezzetcook is facing charges of possession of cannabis for the purpose of distributing and selling, possession for the use in production or distribution of illicit cannabis, and possession of property obtained by crime. – Read the entire…

3 More Lethbridge Stores Receive Cannabis Licences

The retail marijuana landscape in Lethbridge, Alta., is looking a lot greener. Three new licences have been approved for a trio of new stores within the city. One of the new locations, called The Retail Cannabis Store, held a soft opening Monday afternoon, welcoming new customers. – Read the entire article at Global News.

Second Pot Lottery Closes, Fewer Applicants Expected

Cities and towns in Southwestern Ontario will soon find out whether they’ll be home to the any of the second wave of cannabis retail stores opening in the fall. Applicants vying for a shot at one of 42 marijuana retail licences had until Friday to submit an application to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the province’s pot regulator, with the winners to be announced on Aug. 20. But one leading cannabis lawyer…

Cannabis Canada: Aphria to Open First Pot Shop in Jamaica

Aphria to open pot shop in Jamaica – at a legit, real location Aphria is opening a pot shop in Jamaica. The Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis producer said its Jamaican subsidiary Marigold Projects received a retail licence from the country’s Cannabis Licensing Authority to open its first store in Kingston this August. The company said it will open the doors to the Sensi Medical Cannabis House at Peter Tosh Square, Unit #51, noting that “yes, it…

Many Toronto Pot Users Still Prefer Illegal Shops. Here’s Why

Visiting one of the handful of legal cannabis retailers in downtown Toronto didn’t even cross Jesse Cree’s mind when he decided to spend $50 to replenish his depleted baggie of pot. This week he went straight to the Harbord St. location of Cannabis and Fine Edibles (CAFE), an illicit operation that has been his chief supplier of pot for about a year now. “It’s more of a familiarity thing for me,” Cree said of the…

Independent Shop Selling CBD Oil Opens in Birmingham

The Green Machine has opened on Hagley Road West selling a range of Californian cannabidiol products. A new independent store selling Californian CBD oil has opened in Birmingham. Green Machine has an array of products using premium cannabidiol (CBD), an element found in hemp. The bright, clean and airy shop, with space for customers to relax, socialise and try products, has opened on 385 Hagley Road West in Quinton. Its products are based on California-style…

Ontario Cannabis Sales More Than Doubled After Stores Started to Open

Legal cannabis sales more than doubled in Ontario in April, after stores started to open, data released Friday by Statistics Canada shows. Ontario was the only province to only offer online cannabis sales until April 1, when a handful of stores opened. Under the online system, sales ranged between $7 million and $8 million a month. With even a few stores opening, that number quickly soared, reaching $19.6 million for April. – Read the entire…