Author: Cannaadvisor Staff

January 4th, 2020

Cannabis 2.0 

Author: CannaAdvisor Staff

The Legality of 2020

Even though cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals have been legal in Canada since Oct. 17 of last year, due to regulations, they are only now making on the way to shelves across Canada.  

The newly available products include edibles, such as baked goods and drinks; extracts, such as oils and vape liquid; and topicals, such as cannabis-infused creams or lotions. These are the legal categories 

  • Edible cannabis, such as baked goods and beverages;

  • Cannabis extracts, such as vaping liquids, tinctures, wax, hash and cannabis oil; and

  • Cannabis topicals, such as creams, lotions and balms, and similar products that are meant to be applied to a person’s skin, hair or nails

 

It will take time before the new cannabis products are available for purchase across Canada and before a full range of products becomes available.

Adult consumers can expect a limited selection of the new products to appear gradually in legal stores starting in mid-January. .

Janaury 5th, 2020

Black Market Still Vibrant

A year after Canada introduced the legal, recreational cannabis market, the "vibrant" black market for marijuana remains a problem, says the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.

"We haven't disrupted the black market significantly at this point, but that was to be expected," said Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr, who chairs the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police drug advisory committee.

"If there is a strong, vibrant dark market out there selling illegal drugs, people will go to that and we need to direct them to the legal market."

Given its illegal nature, it's hard to get a handle on the size and value of the black market — but according to Statistics Canada, just 29 per cent of cannabis users say they get all of their product from a legal source.

Author: CannaAdvisor Staff

Edibles Slowly Coming Out

Cannabis users eagerly awaiting the arrival of legal edibles in Ontario will have to wait a bit longer for the variety of options many expected.

On Friday, the crown corporation tasked with online sales and wholesale distribution of recreational cannabis unveiled 16 edible products being delivered to brick-and-mortar stores next week. They'll be available online by Jan. 16.

"We know that Ontarian adults have been waiting for these products for a long, long time," said David Lobo, vice-president of corporate affairs for the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS).

The assortment includes four kinds of chocolate bars, three types of chocolate squares and a chocolate chip cookie, as well as eight options for soft chews — all ranging in price from $7.50 to $16 per item.

Those options will have between 2 mg and 10 mg of THC per package — the upper limit allowed by Health Canada.

There will also be one brand of tea available for between $7 and $11 per bag and more than 40 different vaping products ranging in price from $29 to $139.

Author: CannaAdvisor Staff

The Progressive Prairie Provinces

The Prairie provinces are the happening area in the legal cannabis industry as a whole in Canada still needs to mature, and has been plagued in its first year by a calamitous drop in stock prices, a persistent black market and the lack of stores in the two largest provinces. led the country for per-capita sales, the government regulator has passed on discounts from licensed producers to retailers, dropping prices for customers. In July 2019, Statistics Canada reports legal cannabis sales surpassing $21 million in that province, compared to $29.6 million in Ontario, which has more than three times the population. 

Saskatchewan reported $6.3 million in sales from cannabis stores in July 2019, the latest month for which data is available, according to Statistics Canada. In Manitoba, the agency reports monthly sales from cannabis stores have climbed steadily from $4.2 million in December 2018 to $5.8 million in July 2019.

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