International Marijuana Business News


Canada cannabis licensing inspections delayed due to COVID-19, CannTrust says

Health Canada is slowing down on-site field inspections of cannabis facilities until the end of the month amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a disclosure from beleaguered cannabis producer CannTrust. Reduced field inspections could slow the pace at which the federal marijuana production regulator issues new licenses and amendments, presenting a new challenge to Canadian […]

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Ontario’s cannabis sector deemed ‘essential’ amid COVID-19 outbreak

Regulated cannabis stores and producers have been deemed essential workplaces by Ontario’s government and will not be required to close their doors by midnight Tuesday amid the province’s effective lockdown to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. Ontario released a list late Monday identifying the essential workplaces allowed to remain open. The closure of […]

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Most legal cannabis stores in Canada barred from delivery, hampering retailers’ ability to serve customers

As Canada’s federal government urges Canadians to stay at home to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the vast majority of private-sector cannabis stores in the nation have long been barred by provinces from offering home cannabis delivery services to customers. As of now, only cannabis retailers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba may offer full e-commerce. That could […]

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Regulated cannabis businesses appeal to Ottawa for COVID-19 support

Canadian marijuana companies, seeking to overcome the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, are urging the federal government not to exclude them from economic measures offered to other businesses. The appeal was made in a letter sent by a group of 74 regulated cannabis companies and organizations to Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Navdeep Bains, […]

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BC allows cannabis click-and-collect, phone orders to promote social distancing

Regulated cannabis stores in British Columbia are now allowed to accept product reservations online and over the phone as the province looks to support retailers while reducing the amount of time consumers spend in stores amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Dugald Smith, general manager of the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, notified stakeholders of the policy […]

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Canada working on action plan against illegal online cannabis sales

Canada’s federal public safety ministry is working on a plan to thwart the country’s thriving online market for illegal cannabis, according to a recently-released briefing book for Public Safety Minister Bill Blair. Any clampdown on unlicensed online dispensaries – whether successful or unsuccessful – could have implications for their regulated competitors. A redacted version of […]

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MJBizDaily postpones, cancels three cannabis trade events

Marijuana Business Daily has decided to postpone or cancel three upcoming cannabis industry trade events scheduled for the United States and overseas because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here are the details: MJBizDaily’s Investor Intelligence Symposium, scheduled for next month in New York, has been canceled. Attendees have been notified. In lieu of the cancellation, MJBizDaily will […]

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Canada sees steady adult-use cannabis sales growth in January

Canadian cannabis retail sales grew 4.3% from December to January despite declining month-over-month sales in Quebec, according to the latest monthly data from Statistics Canada. More than 154 million Canadian dollars ($107 million) worth of adult-use cannabis products were sold by retailers in January, continuing an upward national trend sales since legalization in October 2018. Statistics […]

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First medical cannabis sales in Colombia imminent – a year later than expected

Colombia’s delayed medical cannabis industry could see its first sale within days, according to one of the country’s leading producers. Khiron Life Sciences announced Friday that it became “the first company” authorized to sell medical cannabis in Colombia. The Latin American nation’s medical cannabis industry had been expected to launch in 2019, so the announcement […]

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Leadership carousel turns again with more cannabis-sector departures

More cannabis companies saw significant leadership changes in recent days, continuing the trend in which most of Canada’s top producers replaced CEOs or other senior executives in the past year. Auxly Cannabis Group announced the resignation of its chief operating officer, Jeff Tung, effective immediately. The Toronto-based cannabis company also said it is bringing in Alan […]

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All PEI Cannabis stores to temporarily close; online store remains open

All four regulated adult-use cannabis stores in Prince Edward Island on Thursday temporarily closed their doors “until further notice” as part of the province’s measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The e-commerce site, which is owned and operated by the province, will continue to process orders, a spokesperson told Marijuana Business Daily. […]

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