It’s been another week in Cannabis, and the news is burning hotter than a dab nail.
Staying in the know can seem daunting but don’t worry, The Bis Weekly News Update is here to keep you fresh and up to date for the latest in the cannabis industry for March 30 to April 6.
Ahlot, a company that curates selections of cannabis from a variety of Canada’s licensed cannabis producers, has chosen eight “cannabis connoisseurs” to evaluate different strains of cannabis for their variety packs.
Sounds like a fun job, right? Well, you’re not alone. In total, the company reports receiving over 25,000 applications to fill what was originally five positions.
“It took us a little bit by surprise, we thought we’d get maybe a thousand applications,” said Ahlot’s Chief Creative Officer Martin Strazovec. “Nearly 25,000 was a surprise.”
The company settled on eight candidates after a long elimination process of video calls and creative job applications. Ultimately, they wanted a selection that was diverse as Canada, and drawn from regions across the country.
Among the selection was a seasoned cannabis grower from Quebec, an actor, dancer, singer and model from Guelph, a publisher and advocate from Edmonton, and more.
One of the chosen few is commercial artist and cartoonist Derek Evernden from Milo, Alberta. Professionally he makes a living as an illustrator and designer, even recently releasing a book of his one-panel cartoon strip Bogart Creek.
According to a recent report in the National Post’s GrowthOp, a Nova Scotia woman is planning to challenge how law enforcement test for cannabis impairment.
After being given a saliva test at a roadside checkpoint, Michelle Gray of Middle Sackville, NS, who has multiple sclerosis, tested positive for the drug.
According to the report by Emma Spears, Gray says that she was pulled over on January 4 by RCMP officers during a routine traffic check. At the time, she says she was unconcerned because she had not consumed cannabis for at least six hours before driving.
She took a sobriety test at Halifax Regional Police headquarters, which she also passed, although she had serious concerns that the symptoms of her illness could affect her test results.
Gray was not charged with impaired driving.
“If I would have had a flare-up where my speech was impaired, like it has been during flare-ups in the past, I would have instantly failed,” Gray told CTV News, saying that she had to pay nearly $300 to reclaim her vehicle and missed four days of work as a result of the incident.
“It was a traumatic event for me,” says Gray. “Just because I tested positive for that roadside test for impairment does not mean I was impaired.”
Gray says she has consulted with a lawyer and intends to challenge the law in court.
Toronto’s first — and only — legal cannabis store has opened its doors on April 1, and the city was eager to greet it. The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co., located at 202 Queen St. West in Toronto, opened its doors at 9 am on Monday to a line that quite literally wrapped around the end of the street.
By 10 am, customers who had been waiting since before the store opened were still in line. Shuffling slowly towards the front.
AGCO Approves Ten Cannabis Retail Stores to Open as of April 1, 2019. https://t.co/RhUHIXGzpk
— AGCO (@Ont_AGCO) March 31, 2019
Besides The Honey Pot Cannabis Co in Toronto, Ottawa will see three stores open, Kingston will get two, as well as one in Burlington, Brampton, London, and St. Catherines.
When Doug Ford was elected premier over incumbent Kathleen Wynne, he followed through on his promise to move the province away from a publicly owned chain of cannabis stores to a private retail model.
Twenty-five applicants were selected to be given retail licenses during an independent lottery in January, after Ontario limited the amount given out to avoid the shortages that plagued the country, causing a freeze on store licenses in Alberta, and reduced hours of operation in Quebec.
Whether cooking with cannabis is just an unknown or you simply can’t be bothered with the required trial and error, one BC resident has developed a simple solution.
“Basically it started with a good friend of mine that has been ill for a long time and was undiagnosable with migraines,” said Paracanna CEO Andrea Butterworth.
Doctors offered to prescribe her friend medications like Prednisone, but ultimately it was cannabis that she used to find relief. Butterworth said the BC Health authority took a headline against edibles both before and after legalization. Without an easily accessible way to make them, she began experimenting.
“I whipped up a couple of prototypes and took them around and people were interested and it sort of grew from there,” she said.
The new business is a bit unexpected for Butterworth, who has a professional background in online marketing, not the kitchen.
“My experience is more in product development,” she says.
Ultimately, Zen Zingers was born of this effort. The product is marked to allow the at-home canna-chefs to customize their edibles experience using simple tools. Using a dropper and small round gummy moulds, cannabis oil can be added in exact and measurable quantities each time.
The kit also comes with gummy mix and finishing sugar.
Overall the process takes about 10-minutes and, according to the company’s website, all that is required is a saucepan, water, a stove, and cannabis oil.