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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.

Manitoba gives private sector a retail role in recreational marijuana

November 7, 2017 · Updated June 22, 2018

Manitoba became the first province in Canada to carve out a space for the private sector to participate in recreational marijuana sales, unveiling a “hybrid” model that gives entrepreneurs and the public sector a role. The ruling Progressive Conservative party resisted pressure from public-sector unions to hand marijuana sales exclusively to civil servants. The Manitoba […]

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Could Canada’s Senate delay cannabis legalization beyond July?

November 3, 2017 · Updated December 18, 2017

Canadian senators appointed by Liberal and Conservative prime ministers are openly mulling whether the July 1 deadline set by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to legalize recreational marijuana is attainable. After elected members of the House of Commons pass Bill C-45 – which is expected to happen before Christmas – the marijuana legalization bill heads to the Senate […]

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Ontario bill would OK medical cannabis use in hotels

November 3, 2017 · Updated June 19, 2018

Medical marijuana use would be permitted in some hotel rooms under Ontario’s proposed cannabis legislation, giving tourists and out-of-towners with an MMJ prescription a place to consume. Recreational cannabis, on the other hand, would be permitted only in personal residences, including private outdoor areas such as porches, decks and yards, a spokesperson for the Ministry […]

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Two Canadian marijuana producers look to raise CA$51 million

November 2, 2017 · Updated August 14, 2019

Two producers of medical marijuana, CannTrust Holdings and The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings, are taking separate steps to raise capital to fund the build-out of their production facilities to meet demand for MMJ and recreational cannabis. CannTrust entered into a stock-purchase agreement to raise at least 15 million Canadian dollars ($11.6 million) that it plans to […]

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Ontario unveils proposed law to regulate recreational marijuana

November 2, 2017 · Updated December 18, 2017

Ontario became the first province in Canada to introduce legislation to regulate the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana and, in doing so, promised to impose million-dollar fines on privately owned dispensaries that refuse to close their doors. The province’s marijuana monopoly will be known as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC), according to the […]

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Provincial Preview: Will ‘Alberta advantage’ pay off for marijuana producers, other MJ businesses?

November 2, 2017 · Updated May 10, 2021

By Matt Lamers

Alberta might be one of Canada’s hottest cannabis markets after recreational sales are legalized next year, and “the Alberta advantage” puts the province’s cultivators – and possibly edibles makers and retailers – in a position to capitalize.

Industry executives say “The Alberta advantage” boils down to people, cheap power and sunshine.

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Ontario renews vow to close privately owned MJ dispensaries

November 1, 2017 · Updated December 18, 2017

As Ontario prepares to roll out its marijuana legislation Wednesday, the province doesn’t appear to be backing away from its pledge to block private enterprises from selling recreational cannabis. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne told reporters that the province’s forthcoming cannabis legislation should “shut down” privately owned dispensaries operating illegally, according to the Toronto Star. Attorney General Yasir […]

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Capitalizing from Canada

November 1, 2017

Considerations for cannabis businesses north of the border that are looking to strike gold in California by Matt Lamers Canadian companies looking to enter California’s marijuana market next year will find plenty of opportunities – and a fair share of challenges. As California patches together the regulatory framework for the launch of its MJ market […]

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Aurora gets medical marijuana cultivation license for Quebec site

November 1, 2017 · Updated December 20, 2017

Aurora Cannabis received a cultivation license from Health Canada for its 40,000-square-foot indoor facility in Pointe-Claire, making it only the second company to have a medical marijuana production license in Quebec. An executive told Marijuana Business Daily that production from the facility – called “Aurora Vie” – will be used to meet local and global […]

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Quebec’s Hydropothecary inks agreement to raise CA$60M

October 31, 2017 · Updated December 18, 2017

Hydropothecary Corp. reached a deal to raise at least 60 million Canadian dollars ($50 million) that it plans to put toward working capital and general corporate purposes. Under the so-called bought deal transaction, a group of underwriters has agreed to purchase 60,000 units of Hydropothecary convertible debentures. The convertible debentures can be turned into stock. Hydropothecary […]

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Alcohol giant buys $190M stake in Canadian cannabis company

October 30, 2017

One of the biggest alcohol businesses in the world is entering into a strategic relationship with one of the largest medical marijuana companies on the globe, a move that could usher in a new era of investments and partnerships between the industries. New York-based Constellation Brands will acquire 9.9% of Smiths Falls, Ontario-based Canopy Growth […]

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