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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.

Canopy increases global reach into Jamaican medical cannabis market

October 26, 2017

Canopy Growth signed a strategic partnership with Grow House JA to expand its medical marijuana scope into Jamaica, where construction of a new production facility is already under way. Canopy, traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange as WEED, holds a 49% stake in the Jamaican enterprise, which will operate as Tweed Limited JA. Canopy didn’t immediately […]

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3rd Canadian firm wins OK to grow, sell MMJ in Colombia

October 26, 2017 · Updated November 10, 2017

Another company with strong Canadian ties said it received a license this week to begin the cultivation, distribution and export of medical marijuana in Colombia. CannaVida SAS – based in Colombia and run by a team of Canadian executives – said it will proceed with the production of its 2-million-square-foot (185,000-square-meter) cultivation facility in Santander, […]

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New Brunswick to launch 20 government-run rec MJ outlets

October 25, 2017 · Updated January 23, 2018

The New Brunswick government plans to sell recreational marijuana through a network of 20 stand-alone nonprofit stores in 15 communities that will be owned and operated by a subsidiary of the Crown corporation NB Liquor, but Finance Minister Cathy Rogers didn’t rule out private sector participation “down the road.”

“We didn’t start out letting the private sector sell alcohol,” Rogers said to CBC News, referring to the province’s alcohol model that now allows for some private sector outlets.

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Report: Quebec government to set up 20-40 rec marijuana stores

October 25, 2017 · Updated January 8, 2018

The Quebec government will establish a nonprofit public company to manage the distribution and sale of recreational cannabis within the province, according to a report in the newspaper La Presse. The news means entrepreneurs will be blocked from participating in marijuana retail in Canada’s two largest provinces, Ontario and Quebec. According to La Presse, the corporation […]

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New Brunswick issues call for 15 cannabis retail spaces

October 19, 2017 · Updated October 26, 2017

A New Brunswick government-owned corporation has issued a call for proposals for 15 retail spaces across the province to sell adult-use cannabis. A spokesperson for the Finance Ministry declined to confirm to Marijuana Business Daily whether the tender is open to the private sector. NB Liquor, the government corporation that oversees the province’s liquor industry, issued […]

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Cannabis Wheaton hopes to sell MJ in Canadian convenience stores

October 19, 2017 · Updated October 23, 2017

A Canadian marijuana company has inked a strategic alliance with a national chain of convenience stores with the aim of selling adult-use cannabis at the operator’s 350 locations across Canada. Cannabis Wheaton, based in Vancouver, called the alliance the “first of its kind.” The name of the convenience store operator was not disclosed. Hugo Alves, […]

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Aphria digs in over TMX dispute, inks deal for CA$92M in funding

October 18, 2017 · Updated October 23, 2017

On the same day Aphria shares slid more than 13% over delisting fears, the Leamington, Ontario-based company announced a deal to raise up to 92 million Canadian dollars ($73 million) in capital. The new financing, announced Tuesday, came a day after the TMX Group, parent of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange, said that marijuana companies […]

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Canada stock regulators clarify policy for MJ firms with U.S. assets

October 18, 2017 · Updated January 22, 2019

An umbrella organization for Canada’s securities regulators issued new guidelines requiring Canadian companies with marijuana-related activities in the United States to spell out the potential risks for investors. Among other things, company disclosures should note that marijuana remains illegal under U.S. federal law, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) said in a special notice. The notice […]

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Canadian MJ firms that do business in US could lose TSX stock listing

October 17, 2017 · Updated October 23, 2017

The parent company of Canada’s largest stock exchange said that marijuana companies that do business in the U.S. cannabis market could possibly be delisted. The TMX Group, parent of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange, issued a notice to listed companies that provided clarity regarding the application of its rules for companies in […]

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Researchers urge BC to stick with ‘proven’ marijuana dispensaries

October 17, 2017

Let the private sector play a role in selling marijuana in British Columbia. That’s the advice of two researchers at a leading Canadian university. They are cautioning politicians in B.C. against upending the province’s longstanding dispensary system, saying there are aspects of the existing storefront model that the government could adapt to its legal framework […]

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