The ‘Bis weekly news update – April 14 to 20, 2018

Every week we scour the news-scape to bring together the most important Canadian cannabis stories of the week. Everything from updates to legislation, business, and culture is included here.

Here is our weekly round up of the top cannabis news

1. One in four Young Canadians have smoked pot in the last three months

Stats Canada has released the first results of their quarterly National Cannabis Survey and the figures have been surprising for the government. More Canadians than ever are smoking up.

More than one in four Canadians aged 25 to 34 reported some form of cannabis use in the past three months.

The study also found that the likelihood of Cannabis consumption decreases with age. Only 7% for those aged 45 years and older reported any usage during the three-month period.

Nationally 14% of the population, 15 and older, uses herb in one form or another. Nova Scotia tipped the scales with the 20% reporting use, the highest in Canada.

2. A grow facility the size of 21 football fields is planned for Alberta

Licensed producer Aurora Cannabis Inc. has acquired 29 hectares of land in Medicine Hat, Alberta, that it intends to develop into a growing facility.

Dubbed the “Aurora Sun,” the facility will be the size of 21 football fields. It is estimated to produce 150,000+ kg per year alone. The company has said this will boost their overall production potential to a total capacity of more than 430,000 kilograms of cannabis per year.

They have entered into an agreement with the city to supply power for the facility. No word on when they will break ground.

3.Yukon has secured a supplier of cannabis

The Yukon Liquor Corporation (YLC) has chosen a supplier of cannabis for the province once legalization goes into effect. Tilray Canada Ltd. has been awarded the contract and will distribute it to the province through its affiliate the High Park Company – a producer of “adult-use cannabis products.”

“We are proud that the Yukon Liquor Corporation has selected us as a supplier for the territory,” said Adine Fabiani-Carter, Chief Marketing Officer at High Park in a press release. “Our goal is to deliver on the high expectations that Canadians have of us by cultivating and distributing a portfolio of world-class adult-use products that will lead the market in quality, excellence and craftsmanship.”

Yukon has said that initially they will rely on an online ordering system.

4. Cannabis use will be measured in sewage

After cannabis legalization is completed, one of many ways Stats Canada is planning to collect usage data is through testing sewage.

The cities of Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Alberta, Vancouver, Surrey and Halifax have all agreed to allow for the government to use their matter for data.

While it may sound odd, Canada is actually joining several European nations, as well as New Zealand and Australia, in using their wastewater to track substance use. Scientists are able to make basic assumptions about usage using this information, but factors like water dilution and individuals’ different metabolic rates make it nowhere near exact.

5. The Bis media platform launches

Allow us to take a minute to toot our own horn. The ‘Bis has been a project in the work for many months and we’re proud of the product we have produced.

We couldn’t find a reliable place for regular, accurate, Canadian information about cannabis… so we created one.

Our goal has been to walk the line between news and entertainment, to bring you informative and interesting original content,

We’re a team of journalists and storytellers who have A LOT of questions about what is happening with the legalization of recreational cannabis. Industry leaders, from Bay St executives to advocates to green pioneers, have been joining us to answer questions, big and small, that matter to Canadians.

Do you have questions about Cannabis? Us too.

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