This Week in Cannabis: Top Stories From Across Canada From August 3-9

Published on August 9, 2019 · Last updated July 28, 2020
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This week in Cannabis: Quebec wants to ban topicals and edibles, the RCMP makes a questionable raid on a residential property in BC, and Alberta hits 254 licensed cannabis retailers.

We’ve rounded up this week’s top stories from across CanadaExplore the World’s Largest Strain Database

Quebec Sets Sights on Topicals Ban at SQDC Stores

In addition to Quebec’s proposed ban on infused edibles and sweets, the province also has its eyes on a topicals ban at its government controlled SQDC stores.

The province’s medical cannabis community isn’t necessarily pleased, and claim that patients were not consulted prior to the proposal.

RCMP Raids BC Residence Over Three Cannabis Plants ‘In Public View’

During a charity garden tour in British Columbia last week, where attendees could tour private residential gardens, an off-duty officer noticed three cannabis plants in “public view” on a residential property.

The couple came back to their home following a night out and noticed that their garden was ransacked, the plants uprooted, and subsequently confiscated by law enforcement.

Alberta Leads the Country with 254 Licensed Adult-Use Retailers

Ding, ding, Canada! Alberta continues to outpace the rest of the country in the number of licensed retailers operating in the province.

Previous estimates expected around 200 total licenses to be awarded in Alberta during the summer season, but now midway through August that number has already surpassed 250.
Keep in mind that Ontario has barely managed to open 25 legal stores for its population of 14 million.

With files from Jesse B. Staniforth and Harrison Jordan

To Do List

Roots to Rise: Yoga and Meditation for Entrepreneurs

VANCOUVER, BC: On Aug. 15, experience a wellness class that addresses the challenges of loneliness and time management experienced by hard-working entrepreneurs who tend to carry the weight of their worlds on their shoulders. Learn to wrestle with the load from yoga and meditation instructors and business owners, Steve Fazzari, a.k.a. Shankara Deva Om and Larry Li. Tickets are $50.

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Flight Nightz

CALGARY, AB: On Aug. 15, learn to cook and connect with other edibles fans and makers at Flight Nightz. You’ll gain simple recipes to make from flower and learn a wealth of cannabis benefits while you’re at it. Best of all? This event is free with registration!

Cannabis 101 by Hybrid Pharm

OTTAWA, ON: On Aug. 13, have all your questions on medicinal cannabis use answered at modern wellness pharmacy, Hybrid Pharm during their Q&A session. Demystify buzzwords like CBD, THC, terpenes, and more in person via educated staff. Tickets are $10 for this informative event.

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