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Matt Lamers, International Editor

Matt is based in the Greater Toronto Area and covers international cannabis markets for Marijuana Business Daily. Previously, he worked as a business editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers and magazines in three countries, covering everything from the oil and gas industry in northern British Columbia to North Korean defectors in Seoul.

MediPharm gets Australian government grant for cannabis project 

The Australian subsidiary of Barrie, Ontario-headquartered MediPharm Labs received a government grant worth 466,577 Australian dollars ($352,000) to help fund a capacity optimization project at its cannabis extraction facility in Wonthaggi, Victoria. The grant is part of Australia’s AU$50 million Manufacturing Modernization Fund, which offers funding to help small- and medium-sized manufacturing businesses scale up […]

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Aurora not renewing recreational marijuana contract in Uruguay

Aurora Cannabis decided not to renew a contract to produce recreational marijuana in Uruguay, and the Canadian company is “actively marketing” a facility in the South American country, a spokeswoman confirmed to MJBizDaily. The move, first reported in local media, marks a continuation of large Canadian licensed producers shedding assets in small international markets. Last week, […]

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Canadian cannabis firm Aphria gave CEO $8.1 million to become full-time employee

Canadian cannabis producer Aphria gave then-CEO Irwin Simon a cash and stock compensation package worth $8.1 million (10.5 million Canadian dollars) early last year to change his employment status from independent contractor to full-time employee. The compensation disclosure received little attention when it was released in May by Tilray after the Aphria-Tilray merger closed. Simon […]

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UN report: Cannabis markets likely grew because of pandemic

A new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says the coronavirus pandemic created circumstances that likely caused cannabis markets in some parts of the world to expand faster than they otherwise would have, particularly in high-income countries. That in turn created opportunities for both criminal as well as legal enterprises – […]

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Canada posts second straight month of record cannabis sales

Canada posted record cannabis sales for the second consecutive month in April, with adult-use marijuana retailers in British Columbia and Ontario leading the way. April’s online and in-store sales of regulated cannabis amounted to 309.7 million Canadian dollars ($251 million), 3.8% higher than March’s CA$298.3 million, according to Statistics Canada’s latest figures. British Columbia led provinces with […]

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Canada’s dried cannabis inventory falls four consecutive months

The amount of dried cannabis held in stock by Canadian producers, wholesalers and retailers fell in March for the fourth straight month, according to the latest data from the federal regulator, Health Canada. It is the first time inventory declined for four consecutive months since Canada legalized adult-use marijuana in late 2018. For March, unpackaged […]

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Newfoundland cannabis sales top 35% growth, rising to CA$52 million

Just over 52 million Canadian dollars ($42 million) worth of adult-use cannabis was sold in Newfound last year, 36% more than the previous year, according to the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corp.’s (NLC) year-end report. NLC, which regulates the province’s 30 licensed cannabis retailers and operates a cannabis distribution center, said fourth-quarter sales for the […]

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Nova Scotia’s regulated cannabis prices fell 28% annually

The average price per gram of adult-use cannabis in Nova Scotia plunged 28% in the fiscal year ended March 31, making regulated marijuana in the Maritime province more competitive with the illicit market, according to the crown corporation in charge of cannabis and alcohol sales. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. (NSLC) reported in its year-end […]

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