Westleaf completes construction of Calgary cannabis facility

Company plans to expand its product lines to include vapes, edibles and other derivative cannabis products

Westleaf completes construction of Calgary cannabis facilityCalgary-base Westleaf Inc. has completed construction on its wholly-owned cannabis extraction, processing and product formulation facility in Calgary. It will have the capacity to process up to 65,000 kg of cannabis a year.  “This is a significant milestone for Westleaf, marking our transition from construction to operations and execution on our plan to build a…

Cannabis retail online platform launched in Alberta

Leafly Pickup services are available through recreational cannabis retailer Spiritleaf

Cannabis retail online platform launched in AlbertaLeafly, a leading technology platform that helps people find and learn about cannabis, has launched Leafly Pickup in Canada, allowing consumers to browse the menus of participating cannabis retailers, reserve products online, and then pick up and purchase products in-store directly from the retailer. “Leafly Pickup is truly a consumer-first technology that exists to help…

Westleaf announces same-day cannabis delivery in Saskatoon

The feature is being offered through its Prairie Records online store

Westleaf announces same-day cannabis delivery in SaskatoonCannabis users in the greater Saskatoon area can now have same-day delivery of their product, thanks to Calgary-based Westleaf Inc. The feature is being offered through its Prairie Records online store. "Adding another customer-centric feature is all part of enhancing the Prairie Records brand among our customers and making it that much easier to purchase…

Mapping the future of cannabis, for industry and consumers

Michelle Russell of the Alberta Cannabis Council talks about the hiccups faced by the industry in its first year and the vast potential

Mapping the future of cannabis, for industry and consumersMichelle Russell is executive director of the Alberta Cannabis Council. What is the Alberta Cannabis Council and why was it launched?   Russell: The Alberta Cannabis Council is an industry-wide association that works for and on behalf of the Alberta cannabis sector. This includes producers, retailers, processors, post-secondary institutions, really all organizations that touch the…

Edible cannabis rules fall far short of expectations

The strict rules could mean the black market will explode. And they will almost certainly mean that industry will defy regulations

Edible cannabis rules fall far short of expectationsHealth Canada’s regulatory framework on cannabis edibles will likely receive parliamentary approval and royal assent within weeks. But the framework is not exactly what most had in mind a few years ago, when everyone thought the federal government was inviting all Canadians to an enormous festival, at an exciting venue playing great music, with lots…

Alternative Cannabis products worth more than $2.5B a year: Deloitte

The introduction of cannabis-infused edibles in Canada, along with other alternatives, will clearly threaten the alcohol industry: report

Alternative Cannabis products worth more than $2.5B a year: DeloitteThe next stage of cannabis legalization in Canada is expected to create a consumer market for edibles and other alternative cannabis products worth more than $2.5 billion a year and generate higher profits for retailers than cannabis products that are already legal, says Deloitte's latest annual report on industry. The report, Nurturing new growth: Canada…

How to spark innovation and growth in Canada’s agri-food sector

Unless you intend to grow cannabis in a greenhouse, it’s close to impossible to get capital from investors. It’s time Canadian investors showed some patience

How to spark innovation and growth in Canada’s agri-food sectorAgri-food is seen by many investors as a good space to park their money for the first time in a very long while, at least in the United States. Now we need to find a way to spark the same interest in Canada. Uber, once hailed as the largest initial public offering (IPO) of the…

How high taxes create crime and hurt society

Excessive taxes that encourage smuggling and black market activity are a significant policy issue in Canada

How high taxes create crime and hurt societyIn The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith described a smuggler as “a person who, though no doubt highly blameable for violating the laws of his country, is frequently incapable of violating those of natural justice, and would have been, in every respect, an excellent citizen, had not the laws of his country made that a…

Shoppers Drug Mart launches ecommerce platform for medical cannabis

Virtual team of professionals will provide counselling and support for patients

Shoppers Drug Mart launches ecommerce platform for medical cannabisCanadian pharmacy giant Shoppers Drug Mart has launched an online platform for the sale of medical cannabis. “As trusted medication experts, pharmacists have an important role to play in the safe and informed use of medical cannabis. Today's announcement is a leap forward for those looking for professional oversight and trusted support in this area,”…

Navigating the cannabis cultivation question when buying real estate

Ryan DeLuca of the Calgary Real Estate Board talks about what a buyer can ask and what a seller must disclose about pot

Navigating the cannabis cultivation question when buying real estateRyan DeLuca is supervisor of training and compliance, member practice, with the Calgary Real Estate Board. What are the biggest potential impacts to the residential housing market of the legalization of cannabis? DeLuca: For some buyers, cannabis cultivation in a property may affect their ability to secure financing or homeowner’s insurance on that property. Some…