As the days stretch on a little longer it seems like Canada is finding more time to pack in new and interesting developments in the cannabis space. A legal store in Ottawa may be filling the shoes of an old one, cannabis amnesty for those with past convictions may be on its way and more. Let the sunshine in and stay up to date, here with The ‘Bis and our weekly news round up.
Canadian cannabis company Organigram Holdings could soon have distribution agreements in place in every province, if the latest deal with Quebec’s Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) goes ahead as planned.According to a report in The Growth Op, the company’s subsidiary, Organigram Inc, recently signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the SQDC to provide the province with cannabis.
“Quebec is an important part of Organigram’s national strategy. The company will offer consumers in the province access to a portfolio of products, which will include mainstream, value and premium flower, along with an assortment of pre-rolls and oils,” Organigram is quoted in the report.
This make the company one of three licensed producers in Canada to operate in all 10 provinces.
The latest application for one of Ontario’s 25 legal cannabis stores is the HOBO Recreational Cannabis Store at 391 Bank St. near Gladstone Avenue. Capital stoners may remember this as the site of the former Cannabis Culture dispensary.It was operated in a franchise chain originally started by Marc and Jodie Emery. Legalization will hopefully see improved tenure for the location, as its time as an unlicensed dispensary saw it raided numerous times.
Winners of Ontario’s retail cannabis lottery must submit their applications for public comment, until their application moves onto the next phase. Store are expected to be ready to open by April 1, 2019, though only time will tell how many will make the opening date.
Cannabis pardon legislation is coming according to Liberal MP
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced that he will be introducing a bill that would provide “no-cost,” expedited pardons for those convicted of cannabis possession. Goodale, the Member of Parliament for Regina—Wascana in Saskatchewan, took to Twitter to make the announcement on Wednesday.
“Later today,” he writes, “I will give notice to introduce a bill to provide no-cost, expedited pardons for simple possession of cannabis.” According to Statistics Canada, almost 48,000 cannabis-related drug offences were reported to police in 2017. A total of 80%, or more than 38,000, of these charges were for “possession offences.”
After supply shortages caused the SQDC to only operate part of the week, the public retailer took to its social media accounts to reveal the good news.“For your information,” says a post translated from French, “all our branches will now be open on Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm.
The SQDC is able to do this “due to the improvement of our inventory in store.”With the initial growing pains of legalization starting to taper off, the business has reached some milestones, just perhaps not all the ones they had hoped.
According to the SQDC, as of the end of January they had completed 860,000 transactions in three months, selling a total of 5.7 tons of cannabis, for an income of around $40 million.