With 2.0 legalization just over two weeks away, companies have begun their PR rollouts and Canadians are getting their first clear look at the new products coming to market December 16.
Policy Options, Vice, Toronto Sun
Canopy Growth received a license for its beverage facility and began producing 11 different drinks, which it launched (along with three infused chocolates and vape products) in a preview of its line of 2.0 products.
Twitter—Benjamin A. Smith, Journal de Montréal—In French
Health Canada has received 50 applications from LPs wishing to sell a total of 747 cartridge-based vape systems, a sign that VAPI concerns haven't dampened industry hopes that vape pens will capture as much of the Canadian market as they have in US.
Ahead of 2.0, REC retailers tried their luck at launching "Black Friday" promotions with discounted rates, but they're not allowed to advertise such sales so consumers may not know they're happening.
As Ontario's Conservative government tries to streamline the province's tiny REC retail sector by introducing click-and-connect deliveries, the Ford government also launched a pilot project for same-day/next-day REC delivery in Toronto.
Globe and Mail
The Société Québécoise du Cannabis announced a call for tenders for same-day delivery service. As part of a six to nine-month pilot project, residents of the island of Montreal will soon be able to order REC products for home delivery within 24 hours.
TVA Nouvelles—In French, CTV News
Outdoor grower 48North followed outdoor LP Aleafia in reporting an outdoor harvest yield a fraction as large as planned; they delivered 12,000 kg rather than 40,000. (Aleafia planned for 60,000 kg and harvested 10,300.)
Canopy reported it is working with five winners of Ontario's second REC retail lottery and is on track to open five more Tokyo Smoke stores in the province.
New Cannabis Ventures
Big four accounting firm Deloitte acquired Cannabis Compliance for an undisclosed amount. The newly launched CCI Deloitte will offer end-to-end services for licensing and other industry needs.
MJ Biz Daily
Michael Elkin, formerly of Cannabis Compliance and now of REC consumer-packaged goods firm High 12, noted LPs are now worth roughly a third of what they used to be, and "Deals that were struck are being restructured at 1/3 of what they were."
Health Canada data showed 95% of LP products tested negative for pesticides. It did not name the LPs that failed.
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Last week's raid of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club and the protests and petitions that followed, as well as the threat to Halifax's Green Cross Medical Dispensary added to an ongoing discussion about the future of MED in Canada.
Twitter—Neil Boyd, CTV News
Edible cannabis products become legal in Quebec on December 5, but the provincial REC retail monopoly, the SQDC, will not sell them before the New Year. At first it will only sell cannabis beverages rather than food items (which are strictly controlled under provincial law).
Montreal Gazette, La Presse
Though Quebec's CAQ government is the country's most hostile to cannabis, they will nonetheless invest in MED. News broke this week that economy and innovation minister Pierre Fitzgibbon had the provincial cabinet adopt a "frame of reference" for giving loans, grants, and equity to companies in the province's MED industry. Fitzgibbon said, "One of our objectives is to revive or revitalize life sciences in Quebec."
Ici Radio-Canada—In French
BC's Chamber of Commerce presented a series of suggestions to foster craft and micro growing in the province. They called on BC to:
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Toronto lawyer Anthony N. Morgan argued legalization has failed to make amends for the racist policing that disproportionally arrested Black Canadians for cannabis.
· Morgan assailed the Liberal government for their unwillingness to do the work of expunging cannabis convictions, which the government suggested would be too expensive and time-consuming.
Rolanda Elijah, director for the lands and environment for Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, argued provinces must approach the regulation of cannabis in First Nations carefully, engaging meaningfully and not presuming provincial law applies on-reserve. Elijah argued First Nations–provincial relationships can exist, and suggested First Nations look to the US and model their cannabis relations on "compact agreements" between states and tribal groups.
A Winnipeg lawyer said it was only a matter of time before the Quebec court decision quashing that province's home-grow ban would bleed over into Manitoba.
Daily Stock Dish
Rapper Drake failed to trademark Health Canada's THC stop-sign warning logo in the US—for reasons not related to Health Canada's claim on the image.
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