Matt Lamers

Aurora ‘expects sufficient supply’ of marijuana to meet adult-use demand

Aurora Cannabis expects to have sufficient supply next year to meet demand in Canada’s shortage-ridden recreational marijuana market, according to a regulatory filing the Alberta company released Monday alongside its quarterly results. Aurora – one of Canada’s largest licensed producers of companies – reported revenue of 29 million Canadian dollars ($21 million) for the quarter […]

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Aphria seeks EU GMP certification before closing deal for German distributor

Aphria, one of Canada’s largest medical cannabis companies, aims to obtain an essential European quality standard certification before closing its deal to buy a large distributor of pharmaceutical products in Germany. Aphria announced last week its intention to buy Densborn, Germany-based CC Pharma for 24.5 million euros ($28 million) in cash on closing and another […]

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92% of licensed marijuana producers pass sales inspection as Health Canada boosts capacity

As Canadian licensed producers of medical cannabis scrambled to increase cultivation capacity in the months leading up to recreational legalization, the agency responsible for regulating marijuana cultivation was busy ramping up inspections and issuing new licenses. Health Canada almost quadrupled the number of presale inspections conducted on licensed producers (LPs) between 2017 and 2018, according […]

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Ontario Cannabis Store sticks to ‘Plan A’ despite lengthy delays

A contingency plan developed by the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) to cope with a rotating strike by its exclusive shipper has not been put into action, leading to lengthy shipping delays and thousands of customer complaints. The OCS previously said its contingency plan was “ready in the event orders cannot be fulfilled due to the […]

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Court rulings, incoming ministers suggest Mexico destined for cannabis legalization

A recent Supreme Court ruling and newly elected government suggest Mexico could soon follow Canada down the road of cannabis legalization. Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Oct. 31 – for the fifth time since November 2015 – that a total prohibition of recreational marijuana consumption is unconstitutional. By reaching five similar rulings, the Supreme Court crossed […]

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Israeli medical cannabis pioneer hit with ‘temporary closure’

The largest supplier of medical marijuana in Israel is not distributing or selling products from its facility in Biriya after the Ministry of Health raised questions over a new drying process – but the company expects the facility to be up and running in a matter of days. Tikun Olam CEO Aharon Lutzky said the […]

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Ontario to accept cannabis retail applications in December; here’s how to prepare

Canada’s largest recreational cannabis market will start accepting applications in December for prospective retail outlets to open next spring. Experts foresee a frenzy of applications out of the gate, as analysts say a fully private cannabis sector in Ontario could support at least 1,000 outlets. For comparison, Saskatchewan saw 1,500 submissions for just 51 licenses. […]

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Ontario Cannabis Store shifts blame for product delays to ‘mislabeling’ by licensed producers

The president of the largest marijuana retailer in Canada – the Ontario Cannabis Store – is blaming excessive shipping delays on licensed MJ producers for mislabeling some of their products. Some customers who ordered recreational cannabis on the first day of legalization – Oct. 17 – have yet to receive their products, despite expected shipping […]

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After ‘arduous’ process, B.C. licenses first private-sector marijuana store

British Columbia awarded its first license for a privately owned recreational cannabis store, roughly two weeks after adult-use marijuana was legalized in Canada, while neighboring Alberta has licensed 49 locations. The new store – Tamarack Cannabis Boutique – is in Kimberley, roughly 870 kilometers (541 miles) east of Vancouver. Owner Tamara Duggan said she expects […]

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Fast pace of Canadian cannabis license approvals fails to avert supply shortage

Canadian regulators approved new cultivation space at a frantic pace in the months leading up to legalization, but not fast enough to avert the widely predicted shortage of legal cannabis. In the month before the launch of Canada’s legal recreational cannabis market, facilities licensed by the federal government to cultivate marijuana had surpassed a cumulative […]

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Raids and regulations: gray-market transition troubles for British Columbia cannabis retailers

Two weeks after Canada legalized marijuana, businesses in British Columbia that applied for cannabis licenses remain in the dark about when their applications could be approved. Dozens of businesses had been operating in a legal gray area for years, sanctioned by municipalities but technically illegal in the eyes of the federal government. Of the 173 […]

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