This Week in Cannabis: Top Stories From Across Canada From August 24-30

Published on August 30, 2019 · Last updated July 28, 2020
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This week in Cannabis: Canopy decides against working with Kahnawake Mohawk Territory following a change in leadership, small towns in eastern Ontario are disappointed with the latest retail lottery results, and Halifax tests positive for highest cannabis consumption in a new StatsCan wastewater study.

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Canopy Backpedals on Plan to Work With First Nations Community

Last September, following 10 months of negotiations, Kahnawake Mohawk Territory signed a non-binding term with Canopy Growth to develop 50,000 square feet of warehouse space along with 20,000 square feet of post-production harvest space in the community.

Last week, Mohawk Council of Kahnawake representatives announced, “While discussions were proceeding smoothly, following a change in leadership Canopy Growth has informed us that it has decided not to move forward with the project as it is no longer looking to grow its production capacity at this time.”

Eastern Ontario Towns Shut Out in Latest Cannabis Retail Lottery

Following the results of Ontario’s second cannabis lottery, where 50 winners were granted the opportunity to apply for legal cannabis retail licenses, some smaller Ontario townships, particularly those east of Oshawa, were effectively shut out.

Russell, Ontario Mayor Pierre Leroux acknowledged communities like his aren’t priorities for retailers. He mentioned stores are going to open up wherever there’s the most “bang for your buck.”

StatsCan Report: Halifax Consumes the Most Cannabis Per Person

Studying the wastewater of five major Canadian cities for nearly one year, Statistics Canada released the results of its first pilot test on localized drug-consumption.

Sewage testing in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver revealed that Halifax and Montreal wastewater “contained between 2.5 and 3.8 times as much THC as Vancouver, Toronto, or Edmonton.”

If Elected, Major Manitoba Parties Vow to Overturn Home Cultivation Ban

Ahead of legalization last year, Manitoba joined Quebec in rejecting the Senate’s recommendation that provinces allow home cannabis cultivation.

Recently, the possibility for a faster solution to the homegrow question emerged as all three of Manitoba’s opposition parties—the Liberals, NDP, and Greens—have promised they will overturn the ban if they win September’s upcoming provincial election.

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With files from Jesse B. Staniforth

To Do List

National First Nations Cannabis Summit 2019

VANCOUVER, BC: If you are a chief, an organization, a cannabis technician, or are involved in any other industry or academic studies concerning First Nations and cannabis issues, then the Assembly of First Nations invites you to be a part of this important summit, covering pillars of jurisdiction, health, economic development, and social impact. Programming runs this upcoming Tuesday to Thursday.

MJBizCon Int’l

TORONTO, ON: From Sept. 4 to 6, catch 75 speakers, 150 exhibitors, and a keynote session from the Right Honourable Kim Campbell, former prime minister of Canada, rounds out the globally focused cannabis conference uniting leaders in cannabis investing, business, and regulations.

Dark Side of Oz Screening

TORONTO, ON: The classic and trippy mashup returns. Pink Floyd’s seminal Dark Side of the Moon album goes freakishly well synced up to another seminal classic, The Wizard of Oz. Dedicated to the young at heart, catch two showings next weekend at the 420 friendly Grand Gerrard Theatre. 19+.

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