For the first time in Canada, a health insurance provider has partnered with a pharmacy to launch a medical marijuana program. Manulife and Shoppers Drug Mart announced their collaboration in a press release on July 31. “The program will be available as an option for participating Group Benefits plans and individual...
For the fourth year in a row, the Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo returns to Vancouver this September - just two weeks before legalization. Billed as the "largest and most comprehensive cannabis conference in Canada," the event will feature more than 40 speakers, 35 exhibitors and six live workshops.  "Going into...
Nominations are now closed for BotaniQ’s “Power 10 of the Canadian Cannabis Industry 2018.” We received more than 1,000 nominations, and we are announcing the top three finalists in all 10 categories this month. Winners are set to be announced at the end of September.   Today, we are announcing the...
With the Cannabis Act continuing to work its way through the legislative process and a concern around what the final legislation will mean for Canada’s smaller craft growers, we’re bringing together a panel of experts from the cannabis space and the public sector to discuss what sustainable and even...

Taking the leap

The new Canadian dream? Creating a home-grown cannabis empire. Meet three locals who have traded it all in to pursue the green rush. Since the dawn of the internet, there is arguably no other emerging industry in the modern era more disruptive, polarizing, terrifying, contentious and potentially more lucrative than...
Cannabis-infused drink, anyone? Such a product may just be available in Canada in 2019, after Molson Coors Canada announced on Aug. 1 a joint venture with Hydropothecary Corporation (HEXO) to “pursue opportunities to develop non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages for the Canadian market following legalization” this fall. Frederic Landtmeters, President and CEO of...
If you ever wondered what a group of self-proclaimed “data nerds” can bring to cannabis, the answer is over 30 million data points on cannabis strain efficacy and patient use. Stephanie Karasick is a co-founder of Strainprint, along with Andrew Muroff (CEO), David Berg (CTO) and Evan Karasick (Chief of...
A new trial studying CBD in dogs has found it can help reduce pain and improve functional performance. Liberty Leaf announced the completion of its first CBD trial on pain medication for dogs on Monday (Aug. 20). The focus of this first study was on treating dogs with chronic osteoarthritic pain,...

The Lifeline

Is cannabis a solution for Vancouver’s opioid overdose crisis? Researchers and community advocates have high hopes for the plant’s potential. Sarah Blyth has witnessed the progression of Vancouver’s opioid overdose epidemic firsthand. “We were seeing overdoses in the alley,” says Blyth, who manages the weekly Downtown Eastside (DTES) Street Market. “There...

Scaling Up

As the cannabis industry grows, production technology is growing with it—and Radient Technology is at the forefront. Though there are still months before Canada’s upcoming legalization of cannabis, the industry is already growing at a faster rate than anticipated. And as more companies join the growing business, market demand is evolving. Oils,...