Month: July 2017

Scaling up: Small scale cannabis takes on a big greenhouse project

As the Canadian cannabis industry expands to meet growing demand, finding new production space can be a challenge for any licensed producer or applicant. But just finding space, by either using existing infrastructure or building a new facility, is only one part of the more complex challenge of learning how to scale up cannabis production

David Hyde on recent upgrades to ACMPR licensing process

In our most recent conversation with David Hyde, we discuss the changes to Health Canada’s medical cannabis licensing program announced last May and their impacts on the licensing process for both applicants and producers seeking to build new production space. The changes to Health Canada’s regulations—announced last May when they released a backgrounder entitled Improving the Licensing of

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association weighs in on legalization

Alberta, along with other provinces and territories in Canada, is undergoing the process of preparing for the legalization of cannabis in Canada, and municipalities within these provinces and territories also have questions and concerns in regard to legal marijuana. In Alberta, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) is one group helping cities to find these

Some say dispensary commercial shows double standard in cannabis industry

Advertising medical cannabis in Canada can be a challenge. One ad series running on a Canadian cable station, Joytv, has some marketing professionals in the cannabis industry scratching their heads, and is highlighting some of the challenges for cannabis producers, regulators and even media companies in navigating a confusing mix of rules for how medical

Enrollment in Canada’s personal cannabis cultivation program continues to grow

According to new information from Health Canada, as of June 16, 2017, there were 6,225 active registration certificates issued by Health Canada for individuals to produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes. Of these 6,225 registrants, says a Health Canada representative, 5,760 individuals were registered to produce cannabis for their own

Health Canada says no medical cannabis shortages, patients disagree

Product shortages continue to frustrate many medical cannabis consumers, despite claims from Health Canada that there is a sufficient supply to meet patient demands. As interest in Canada’s medical cannabis program continues to increase, concerns with supply have also been increasing. In January of this year, Lift first tackled the issue of product shortages, showing that

TPS on dispensary raids: “We will continue to enforce the law”

In the wake of the recent raids of the Canna Clinic chain in Project Lincoln, Lift had a chance to interview Mark Pugash, Toronto Police Director of Corporate Communications, to discuss Toronto Police Services (TPS) approach to prioritization of enforcement against dispensaries. The Project Lincoln raids took place starting on Thursday, June 22, with 80 employees