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

Getting around the genetics bottleneck

Supply issues are well known in Canada’s medical cannabis program. While there are no overall product shortages across the system, the nature of the program that effectively limits a customer’s ability to ‘shop around’ combined with limited product availability in terms of specific products has left many patients frustrated. While few producers ever run out

10,000 Canadians authorized to grow their own medical cannabis

Participation in Health Canada’s personal cannabis cultivation program continues to grow, even as many still wait several months for approval. In response to a request for an update from Lift, the regulator says that as of August 31 there were 10,547 Canadians registered either to grow their own cannabis or as designated growers for others,

Health Canada continues to ramp up cannabis licensing

Since late May, when Health Canada announced a change to their licensing process, thirteen new cultivation licences have been issued, and only one new sales licence. Because the time between getting a cultivation licence and getting a sales licences can be upwards of a year or more, it’s unlikely that many of these newly licensed

Victoria BC Mayor says no plans to ‘scrap’ dispensary bylaws

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps is saying the city has no plans to ‘scrap’ their dispensary bylaws in response to a recent Facebook post from cannabis activist Dana Larsen saying the city intends to do so. Larsen, who is seeking to generate attention for his own Sensible BC Candidate in the Vancouver City Council by-election this

Craft growers, dispensaries part of conversation at UBCM

‘Craft’ cannabis and a mixed public and private retail model were two of the main topics of the morning at the Union of BC Municipalities’ three hour session on legal cannabis in British Columbia, which took place this Monday at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Vancouver. The BC government is still being careful not to

Health Committee begins posting written submissions in regard to Cannabis Act

The Standing Committee on Health has recently posted briefs provided to them in regard to their upcoming analysis of Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, the government’s marijuana legalization legislation. On August 9th, six briefs were posted on ourcommons.ca, three from private citizens, one from a hydroponics company, one from Ontario Public Health Association and one from

Agricultural ministers discuss cannabis legalization in annual meeting

Federal, provincial, and territorial ministers of agriculture concluded their annual conference recently, discussing numerous issues, including the pending legalization of cannabis in Canada. In addition to cannabis, the meeting, which took place on July 20 and 21, 2017 in St John`s, Newfoundland and Labrador, brought together agricultural ministers to discuss international trade, a new $1.2 billion Strategic Innovation