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Colombia’s first-ever export of medical cannabis set to ship to Canada

A Colombian marijuana company has received authorization to export product to Canada for testing, a move meant to show that the cannabis grown in the South American nation is “top quality.” Ecomedics S.A.S., which operates as Clever Leaves and is backed by U.S.-based investment firm Northern Swan, has obtained all the necessary approvals to, for […]

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Health Canada suspends Bonify license after review finds it sold illegal cannabis

(This story has been updated to include a statement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. – Ed) Health Canada suspended Bonify’s authority to sell marijuana after an investigation found the Winnipeg-based firm possessed, distributed and sold product purchased from an illegal source, the regulatory agency confirmed to Marijuana Business Daily. “Following a review of recent […]

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In wake of Namaste fiasco, Canadian cannabis firms urged to boost corporate governance

An expert in the cannabis industry is urging Canadian marijuana companies to improve corporate governance in the wake of a controversy involving Namaste Technologies and other “unicorn” firms. Toronto-based Namaste on Monday said it removed Sean Dollinger as chief executive officer and director and is commencing legal action against him after a special investigation. The company […]

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Though a ‘positive step,’ WHO recommendations on cannabis fall short for some

The World Health Organization (WHO) made great strides in its recommendations on how cannabis should be scheduled, but the global industry believes there’s more work to be done. Martin Jelsma, drugs and democracy program director, at the Netherlands-based Transnational Institute, emphasized to Marijuana Business Daily that there are “very positive elements in the WHO recommendations,” including: Recognition […]

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What cannabis shortage? Canada has ‘sufficient supply,’ Ottawa says

Canada’s federal government says the country has more than enough legal cannabis to meet demand even as some provinces complain about shortages. “The data is clear: There remains sufficient supply to meet and exceed existing demand,” Bill Blair, Canada’s minister in charge of marijuana, said Wednesday via Twitter after receiving queries from Marijuana Business Daily. […]

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In race to win Europe, Aurora Cannabis and other Canadian companies pursue EU-GMP

In an effort to add to their international credibility and gain leverage over competitors, more Canadian medical marijuana firms are aiming to achieve one of the highest levels of quality certification in the world. Only a handful of licensed cultivators in Canada qualify for the EU-Good Manufacturing Practices (EU-GMP) certification, giving them an advantage when […]

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Chart: US-affiliated medical cannabis firms led fundraising on Canadian Securities Exchange in 2018

U.S.-affiliated medical cannabis companies dominated Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) fundraising in 2018, raising nearly $2 billion through 50 equity-related deals. As of December 2018, 47% of the 124 cannabis-related companies trading on the CSE were based in the United States or had U.S. assets or interests. Cannabis-related companies in the life sciences sector – which […]

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Half of Canada’s cannabis cultivation applicants in limbo

More than half of the cannabis site applications in Canada had not transitioned to the new licensing system as of the end of 2018, meaning their applications are effectively in regulatory limbo and not being scrutinized by the country’s cannabis regulator. Only 409 of the 839 cannabis site applications in the queue to be cannabis cultivators […]

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