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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.

New Brunswick task force backs government-run marijuana stores

September 5, 2017 · Updated September 21, 2017

A New Brunswick legislative panel is recommending that recreational marijuana be sold through government-run stores to people at least 19 years old, a move that would limit opportunities for cannabis entrepreneurs interested in retail opportunities. The Select Committee on Cannabis – composed of provincial lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle – sought public […]

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Canada’s Cronos dips toes in Caribbean medical cannabis market

August 31, 2017

Cronos Group is exporting medical marijuana oil to the Cayman Islands, making it the second Canadian MMJ producer to ship the product to the Caribbean island. CEO Mike Gorenstein described the sale – the company’s first to the Caribbean – as a “trial run” before larger shipments are sent. “We absolutely expect this to be a […]

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Canada’s cannabis sector doesn’t see big changes from new minister

August 30, 2017

Canada has a new health minister, but the marijuana industry doesn’t expect to see a significant shift in the federal government’s cannabis policy ahead of next year’s launch of recreational MJ. New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor was named health minister in a cabinet shuffle this week, taking over for Jane Philpott. In her new […]

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Canopy reveals plan for marijuana expansion into Atlantic Canada

August 29, 2017

Canada’s biggest medical marijuana producer unveiled more details about its expansion into Atlantic Canada, a four-province region currently home to only two companies licensed to cultivate and sell MMJ. Canopy Growth is buying Fredericton, New Brunswick-based Spot Therapeutics for 2.25 million Canadian dollars ($1.8 million) in stock, the company announced in a news release. New […]

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Canada’s Cronos secures $32M for big indoor marijuana facility

August 25, 2017

Cronos Group secured 40 million Canadian dollars ($32 million) for the continued construction of its 315,000-square-foot new Peace facility in Stayner, Ontario, which it says is the largest purpose-built indoor cannabis production facility in the world. Cronos, based in Toronto and traded on the TSX Venture Exchange, entered into a commitment letter for CA$40 million […]

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Vancouver Island marijuana grower issues recall

August 24, 2017

A licensed producer of medical cannabis in British Columbia has recalled 28 kilograms of dried marijuana it produced a year ago after an unauthorized pesticide was found in one of its samples, making it the seventh LP to recall MMJ this year. Broken Coast Cannabis, of Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, issued the voluntary recall for three […]

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Canada’s Maricann buys biotech firm, raises CA$35M to up capacity

August 23, 2017

Maricann Group announced a double-dose of positive news this week. The Toronto medical marijuana producer and distributor (Canadian Securities Exchange: MARI) said it agreed to purchase biotech company NanoLeaf Technologies for 38.5 million Canadian dollars ($30 million). Maricann also secured up to CA$35 million in funding through a private placement of convertible debt. Under the acquisition, […]

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Canada approves two medical marijuana producers

August 22, 2017

Canada has added two more licensed medical cannabis companies, bringing the total number of approved LPs to 54. The latest to win approval are Experion Biotechnologies of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Zenabis of Atholville, New Brunswick. The pair bring to nine the number of MMJ producers that have been approved since Health Canada streamlined the licensing of […]

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