Magic potions

The beauty industry embraces the power of the plant. The benefits of hemp oil have long been known to the health and beauty industry, and high-profile brands such as the Body Shop and Dr. Bronner’s have used the ingredient for years. Now, with the mainstreaming of marijuana in North America,...

The game changer

Health Canada caught the cannabis industry by surprise in November when they unveiled sweeping changes to the regulatory approach to cannabis. The proposed regulations outline how the government will control production and distribution come July 2018. Among other changes, the new rules they have proposed open the door to craft...
Last week our company was invited to participate in a stakeholder meeting with Health Canada in Ottawa along with a select number of other stakeholders. As has always been the theme song with Health Canada in the last six months, the atmosphere was forward-thinking and transparent. The goal of...

The boomer boom

As the baby boomer population ages, its members are turning to cannabis in record numbers—and changing the expectations of the industry. Walter Sorto wasn’t sure how his mother would react when he told her he wanted to get into the cannabis business. She didn’t like it when he smoked cannabis...

West meets east

Synergies between medical marijuana and traditional Chinese medicine treatments are growing as we move into a new era of patient care. he advent of spring in Heilongjiang, China’s northernmost province, is a time when the annual rush for “green gold” begins. Here on the frosty Chinese-Russian border, naturally divided by the...

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...
Piper Courtenay My Story
In 2013, I found out I was pregnant. Once I decided to have an abortion, I spent hours relentlessly researching what was about to happen. I read countless testimonials and obsessively memorized the steps of the procedure—from the consultation to the cookies and ginger ale in the recovery room....
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...
Across Canada right now, provincial governments and municipal organizations are showing in different ways that they are prepared to sample a range of viewpoints as they develop cannabis legalization strategies. In my experience, this is a special moment in the making of public policy, one that industry players should not...
Some provinces and territories say they may need more time to design and implement rules to govern how cannabis is distributed and sold, and with what age limits. While there is a great deal of experience and expertise around these issues in Canada and abroad, connecting those with questions...