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...
Canadian entrepreneur, financier, author and TV personality Kevin O'Leary is keynote speaker at the Grow Up Conference & Expo in Niagara falls next week. The conference, set for Sept. 7-8, includes a plethora of events including a cannabis investment breakfast, an inaugural growers lunch, a women growers breakfast and a...
"Our mission is to turn our passion for the plant into a thriving business that produces high-quality cannabis at a commercial scale.” As a budding lawyer at the University of Ottawa, John Fowler’s passion for cannabis was often met with curiosity, derision and suspicion. But in the years since his...
While many Canadian universities have decided to prohibit pot smoking on campus, UBC's Vancouver campus may allow it everywhere cigarettes can be smoked. Basically, smoking of any kind would be banned inside, in bus shelters, and near doors and air intakes at its Vancouver campus. On the UBC Okanagan campus, the...
Canadian Cannabis Updates is a Canadian-based podcast, delivering regular news updates and interviews concerning the legalization of cannabis. One of the "Under 30" finalists in the BotaniQ Power 10 of the Canadian Cannabis Industry was interviewed recently. See also: BotaniQ announces ‘Under 30’ finalists in Power 10 cannabis awards "CEO of BRNT...
The federal government's Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation report released last December includes a comprehensive review of the research and recommendations of the nine-member group, made of up public health experts from across Canada.   As the Cannabis Act—the government’s proposed cannabis legalization legislation—moves its way through Parliament, it’s...
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...

The New Normal

This summer, Canada will become the first advanced industrialized nation to legalize and regulate cannabis from production to consumption. As the federal government creates history this year, many are hoping that the safe transition to legal cannabis will lead to a new normal: the subtle mainstreaming of cannabis consumption. Because...

What Women Want

A women-led community offers a hub for personal stories and entrepreneurial empowerment. It’s as if the end of cannabis prohibition was timed perfectly to harmonize with the resurgence of a women’s movement. Discovered centuries ago by women in hunter-gatherer communities, cannabis was commonly used to treat a litany of labour,...
Canadian Cannabis Updates is a Canadian-based podcast, delivering regular news updates and interviews concerning the legalization of cannabis. Check out this latest podcast, an interview with "canna-preneur" Abi Roach, founder and owner of Hot Box Cafe, a Cannabis Vape lounge in Toronto. According to the company's website, Hot Box Cafe is...