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It might be raining across the country this week but with the temperature rising slowly but it might be just what we all needed. Things are blooming and the cannabis news has certainly sprouted up this week.
Ontario is poised for more cannabis jobs, who very lovable canna-celebrities are hitting the road, and more. Welcome back to The Bis Weekly News Update for April 14 to 20.
Ontario is in a prime position to cash in on the green gold rush, according to a report released on Thursday by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC).
Called Supporting Ontario’s Budding Cannabis Industry, the report explains how Ontarians can capitalize on this fast-moving industry as residents of the first G7 county to legalize at the federal level — but our governments need to make the right choices now for that to happen.
“Ontario really is in a unique situation,” says Daniel Safayeni, Director of Policy for the OCC. “We have the biggest consumer market here, over half of the country’s licensed producers are here and the majority of cannabis jobs within the sector — close to 6,000 — are here in Ontario.”
The report makes a number of recommendations aimed at ensuring economic growth while still safeguarding public health.
The OCC also recommends allowing adult consumers to purchase cannabis directly online from licensed producers and investing in Health Canada’s capacity to issue licences, helping to alleviate supply shortages.
One of the most exciting aspects of the report, however, pertains to the future of Ontario’s labour market.
“It is predicted that around 150,000 cannabis-related jobs will emerge after legalization, which would make employment in the cannabis sector larger than Canada’s agricultural, utilities, and real estate sectors,” reads the report.
“With access to a strong talent pool, cannabis tourism is an additional
market Ontario should develop.”
Vancouver 420 will still move ahead with a massive Cypress Hill show this Saturday, but according to Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart they’ll be repaying the full costs to the city for the event.
The mayor’s office has issued statements to the press indicating they’ll be taking a hard line against the event to get their money back.
They’re quoted as saying that the organizers would be getting “a bill for all the costs [of the event] including policing costs.”
The city also reserves the right to “take legal action” in order to recover the costs.
An improving supply of cannabis within the province has led Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis to begin issuing 26 more retail licences.
That easing of a moratorium on the permits will bring the total number of cannabis shops able to sell the drug in the province to 101.
In a letter sent to prospective retailers on Thursday, AGLC officials said the availability of cannabis from licensed producers has risen sufficiently to allow the opening of more stores, but not enough to lift the moratorium imposed last November due to supply constraints.
“While AGLC’s inventory levels have seen improvement, it is not stable enough to fully open the licensing process or accept new retail cannabis applications,” states the letter signed by Dave Berry, the AGLC’s vice-president of regulatory services.
Those receiving the permits were next in the AGLC queue that have also received approvals at other levels, it stated.
On Thursday morning, AGLC officials wouldn’t comment on the move or say where the licences were being granted.
Before the release of the latest permits, 24 stores in Calgary had been granted one.
Dave might not be here (man), but Cheech and Chong are going to be thanks to a cross-Canada tour.
The two comedy legends, Richard “Cheech” Marin and Edmonton-born Tommy Chong, have been performing stand-up comedy for decades and are best known for their run of seven films through the 70s and 80s, including Up in Smoke and Still Smokin.
They’ve also released numerous albums, including the Grammy-winning “Los Cochinos.”
Cheech and Chong reunited over a decade ago for their Light Up America tour and “haven’t stopped touring since,” said a release.
The duo is hitting the road and stopping in 14 cities across the great white north this fall.
Cheech and Chong O Cannabis Tour
Sunday, September 22 – Toronto, ON – Roy Thomson Hall
Monday, September 23 – Montreal, QC- Théâtre Maisonneuve
Wednesday, September 25 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Concert Hall
Thursday, September 26 – Kitchener, ON – Centre in the Square
Saturday, September 28 – London, ON – Start.ca Performance Stage at Budweiser Gardens
Sunday, September 29 – Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Tuesday, October 1 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
Wednesday, October 2 – Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre
Thursday, October 3 – Saskatoon, SK, TCU Place
Friday, October 4 – Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sunday, October 6 – Victoria, BC – Royal Theatre
Monday, October 7 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Wednesday, October 9 – Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre
Thursday, October 10 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre