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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.

Aphria teaming with Nuuvera to build large Ontario greenhouse

One of Canada’s biggest cannabis cultivators, Aphria Inc., is partnering with an upstart Canadian producer to build a 1 million-square-foot MJ greenhouse in the Ontario town of Leamington. Aphria (TSE: APH) said in a news release it also is pumping 2 million Canadian dollars ($1.6 million) into its new partner, Nuverra Corp., through a share purchase. Nuuvera […]

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Applications open for Canadian marijuana business accelerator

Budding cannabis entrepreneurs in Canada have a new resource to help get their businesses launched, thanks to some established players in the nation’s marijuana industry. Leaf Forward, which claims to be the country’s first cannabis business accelerator program, will provide early stage ancillary businesses with mentoring, networking and learning opportunities. The program doesn’t provide seed […]

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MedReleaf joins ranks of Canadian medical marijuana exporters

MedReleaf has joined a growing list of Canadian licensed producers exporting medicinal flower and oil products overseas. The Markham, Ontario-based company on Tuesday said it completed the first-ever shipment of medical cannabis oil to Brazil. It was also the first cannabis-based drug export for MedReleaf, which lists as LEAF on the Toronto Stock Exchange. While the transaction […]

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Report: Canadian exchange ‘open’ to medical MJ firms with US ties

One of Canada’s stock exchanges has sought to ease concerns it could become harder for investors to trade the shares of Canadian marijuana companies with U.S. assets, saying such businesses can list their stocks provided they meet disclosure rules and other listing standards. The Canadian Securities Exchange is “open for business” for MMJ companies with cannabis […]

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Canadian cannabis stocks take hit after report

Shares of the five licensed cannabis companies that trade on the the Toronto Stock Exchange were down Friday after reports surfaced that it could become harder for investors to deal in the shares of Canadian marijuana firms with U.S. assets. According to the Globe and Mail, Canadian Depository for Securities (CDS) – a clearinghouse owned by the […]

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Manitoba MMJ firms urge province to give locals a role in rec market

Manitoba’s medical marijuana businesses want to ensure that local MJ businesses get a crack at participating in the province’s emerging recreational cannabis market. MMJ retailers and licensed producers (LP) in Winnipeg are urging the provincial government to adopt a “made in Manitoba” business model to prevent large, established MJ companies from monopolizing the market after […]

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Canada’s rapidly changing marijuana landscape: Q&A with MedReleaf CEO Neil Closner

By Matt Lamers Canadian marijuana producers confront major changes that promise to reshape the nation’s MJ industry, ranging from the planned rollout of recreational cannabis next summer to a potential deluge of new growers entering the market. Among the companies navigating that shifting landscape is Markham, Ontario-based MedReleaf, one of Canada’s most profitable cannabis producers.

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Alberta’s medical marijuana patients double in first quarter

The number of registered medical marijuana patients in Alberta doubled, and the number of doctors prescribing MMJ rose 50% in the first quarter of this year, indicating the drug is becoming more accessible to the province’s 4.1 million people. The increases bode well for Canada’s MMJ companies and offer a sneak preview of business prospects for […]

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Cannabis Wheaton’s CA$15M purchase of ABcann shares OK’d

Cannabis Wheaton received approval from the TSX Venture Exchange to purchase 15 million Canadian dollars ($12 million) of ABcann shares. The transaction is part of a larger CA$30 million investment Cannabis Wheaton is making to fund the construction of a 50,000-square-foot (4,600-square meter) expansion at ABcann’s proposed Kimmett cannabis cultivation facility in Napanee, Ontario. After the […]

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