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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.

Will Alberta be the first province to endorse private marijuana retail?

October 16, 2017

Alberta could become the first province in Canada to allow some private sector participation in the sale of recreational cannabis when it unveils its retail framework next week, a move that would make it a haven for marijuana entrepreneurs. According to the Calgary Herald, Alberta’s ruling NDP government is weighing public safety, retail efficiency and […]

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Organigram aims to be recertified as organic MMJ producer

October 12, 2017 · Updated October 27, 2017

Less than a year after Organigram had its organic certification suspended following a product recall, the Moncton, New Brunswick-based company started the process to be recertified as an organic producer of medical cannabis. Organigram said in a news release it submitted an “action” plan to Ecocert Canada, an organic certification body recognized by the Canadian […]

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Canopy expands to BC with plans for large marijuana greenhouse

October 12, 2017

Canopy Growth has formed a joint venture to develop a 1.3-million-square-foot marijuana greenhouse in British Columbia. The agreement, announced in a news release, nearly doubles the Ontario company’s total greenhouse and indoor production footprint to 3.2 million square feet across six provinces. Canopy – Canada’s largest licensed medical marijuana producer, with a market capitalization of 2.2 […]

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Aurora Cannabis strikes stock deal to raise CA$60 million

October 11, 2017

Aurora Cannabis reached a stock-purchase deal to raise another 60 million Canadian dollars ($50 million) to fund its domestic and international expansion initiatives, bringing its new financing so far this year to CA$264.1 million. Aurora – based in Alberta and traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ACB – said in a news release that […]

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Provincial Preview: Ontario is Canada’s multibillion-dollar legal marijuana hub

October 10, 2017 · Updated June 21, 2018

By Matt Lamers

One year ahead of adult-use legalization, Ontario has become the hub of Canada’s production, finance and ancillary cannabis industries.

Large licensed producers dominate the province’s marijuana sector. Opportunities for entrepreneurs will be less widespread, but are expected to be available in ancillary businesses such as security, greenhouse supplies and accounting.

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Canadian marijuana producers form co-op to sell rec products

October 6, 2017 · Updated November 10, 2017

A dozen of Canada’s largest marijuana producers have come together to form the Canadian Cannabis Co-op and are offering to bankroll a “turn-key” retail network in Alberta to sell adult-use products alongside private retailers and government-run outlets. The group, which unveiled its plans in a news release, hopes to extend the initiative to other provinces. […]

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Canada’s rec cannabis tax formula emerging: 10% excise + 5% GST

October 5, 2017

Canada’s federal government floated a possible recreational marijuana taxation plan this week, pitching a 10% excise tax on top of the 5% GST levy that’s applied to most goods and services sold in the country. Provinces haven’t weighed in with their own sales tax, but once those are included (a near certainty) recreational cannabis could be taxed […]

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Alberta’s rec cannabis blueprint leaves door open to private retailers, MJ clubs and lounges

October 5, 2017 · Updated March 1, 2018

By Matt Lamers

Alberta’s proposed framework to regulate marijuana leaves open the possibility private companies could sell adult-use products, a move that would be a boon for businesses wanting to participate in the province’s retail sector.

The provincial government also signaled it is open to marijuana cafes and lounges, which would provide more opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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Quebec to use government stores to sell recreational cannabis

October 3, 2017 · Updated October 18, 2017

Quebec plans to corner the recreational marijuana market by handing retail responsibilities to its government-owned liquor board, according to Radio-Canada, a move that might see private businesses barred from selling marijuana after it’s legalized next summer. Canada’s second-largest province by population might follow in the footsteps of Ontario. Radio-Canada, a government-owned broadcaster, also said the […]

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Acquisitions to help Aurora gear up for Canada’s home grow MJ market

October 3, 2017 · Updated March 7, 2018

Aurora Cannabis has purchased two companies as part of its strategy to tap Canada’s rapidly growing market for patients who cultivate their own medical marijuana and ultimately for consumers who choose to grow their own cannabis after recreational legalization takes effect next summer. Aurora, traded as ACB on the Toronto Stock Exchange, is shelling out 3.9 million […]

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