Cannabis Store – Remedii http://remedii.net/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 12:41:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://remedii.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Cannabis Store – Remedii http://remedii.net/ 32 32 Delta 9 provides guidance and timeline for 2021 year-end results – Technical420 https://remedii.net/delta-9-provides-guidance-and-timeline-for-2021-year-end-results-technical420/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 12:41:00 +0000 https://remedii.net/delta-9-provides-guidance-and-timeline-for-2021-year-end-results-technical420/ DELTA 9 CANNABIS INC. (TSX: DN) (OTCQX: DLTNF) (“Delta 9” or the “Company”), is pleased to provide guidance on certain fourth quarter and year-end results ending December 31, 2021, on the basis of preliminary results: The Company expects net revenues for the three-month period ending December 31, 2021 to be between $16.6 million and $17.4 […]]]>

DELTA 9 CANNABIS INC. (TSX: DN) (OTCQX: DLTNF) (“Delta 9” or the “Company”), is pleased to provide guidance on certain fourth quarter and year-end results ending December 31, 2021, on the basis of preliminary results:

  • The Company expects net revenues for the three-month period ending December 31, 2021 to be between $16.6 million and $17.4 million. This compares to:
    • $14.15 million for the same period in 2020, an increase of between 17% and 23%.
    • $15.2 million sequentially from the third quarter of 2021, an increase of between 9% and 14%.
  • The Company expects net revenues for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021 to be between $61.8 million and $62.6 million, compared to $52.1 million for the same period a year earlier. .

“We expect to report strong year-over-year and sequential revenue results for the fourth quarter of 2021,” said John Arbuthnot, CEO of Delta 9. “Delta 9 strives to differentiate itself from its peers posting strong financial and operational results and continuing to grow its revenue streams from its three main business units.”

Delta 9 will provide investors with a full breakdown of its progress in these areas as part of its year-end and fourth quarter results to be released on March 31, 2022, before markets open, followed by a conference call. , details of which can be found at the end of this press release.

The preliminary estimated financial results and other data for the three-month period and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, presented above are unaudited and are subject to the completion of the Company’s financial close procedures. These preliminary estimated financial results have been prepared by the Company’s management and are their responsibility. The Company’s independent registered accounting firm, Baker Tilly HMA LLP, is performing year-end audit procedures with respect to the attached preliminary financial results and other data. , and therefore does not express an opinion or any other form of assurance with respect thereto.

The Company currently expects its final operating results and other data to be consistent with the estimates set forth above, but such estimates are preliminary and the Company’s actual operating results and other data may differ materially from these estimates due to the completion of its financial close procedures, final adjustments and other developments that may occur between now and the issuance of these consolidated financial statements for the period ended December 31, 2021.

2021 Year-End Earnings Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the above results is scheduled for March 31, 2022, prior to commercialization. The conference call will be hosted at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time by John Arbuthnot, Chief Executive Officer, and Jim Lawson, Chief Financial Officer, followed by a question and answer period.

DATED: March 31, 2022
TIME: 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time
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For more information contact:

Investor and media contact:
Ian Chadsey Vice President Corporate Affairs
Mobile: 204-898-7722
E-mail: ian.chadsey@delta9.ca

About Delta 9 Cannabis Inc.

Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. is a vertically integrated cannabis company focused on bringing the highest quality cannabis products to market. The Company sells cannabis products through its wholesale and retail channels and sells its cannabis cultivation pods to other businesses. Delta 9’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Delta 9 Bio-Tech Inc., is a licensed producer of medical and recreational cannabis and operates an 80,000 square foot production facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Delta 9 owns and operates a chain of retail stores under the Delta 9 Cannabis Store brand. Delta 9 shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “DN” and on the OTCQX under the symbol “DLTNF”. For more information, please visit www.delta9.ca.

Disclaimer for forward-looking information

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s expectations regarding the company’s future business plans and other matters. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release include statements relating to Delta 9’s financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2021. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause results, actual performance or developments differ materially from those contained in the statements, including the Company’s actual financial results which differ from its estimates as well as any risk factors set forth in Delta 9’s Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2021 which was filed on SEDAR. There can be no assurance that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will derive therefrom. Readers are urged to carefully consider these factors when evaluating the forward-looking statements contained in this press release and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, except as required. by applicable securities. laws.

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Soon Banned From Grocery Shelves, Hemp-Infused Candy Makers Threaten To Leave Oregon https://remedii.net/soon-banned-from-grocery-shelves-hemp-infused-candy-makers-threaten-to-leave-oregon/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 13:35:00 +0000 https://remedii.net/soon-banned-from-grocery-shelves-hemp-infused-candy-makers-threaten-to-leave-oregon/ Last year, Christine Smith put a new candy of her own on the shelves at New Seasons Markets. Snooze Fruit Chews promised restful sleep. Over the past 18 months, Smith’s chews have become the mainstay of his Portland business, Grön Chocolate, a local maker of chocolate bars and fruit chews infused with compounds from marijuana […]]]>

Last year, Christine Smith put a new candy of her own on the shelves at New Seasons Markets. Snooze Fruit Chews promised restful sleep.

Over the past 18 months, Smith’s chews have become the mainstay of his Portland business, Grön Chocolate, a local maker of chocolate bars and fruit chews infused with compounds from marijuana plants and hemp.

Snooze Fruit Chews on grocery store shelves account for a third of Grön’s $3 million in annual sales outside of dispensaries. Gummies can be found at New Seasons and other health food stores, just like any other non-intoxicating CBD product.

But the chew, which is infused with compounds derived from hemp, not marijuana, doesn’t just contain CBD, or cannabidiol. Its main appeal is that it also contains CBN, or cannabinol: a derivative of machine-processed hemp that prematurely ages CBD.

And although CBN has no intoxicating properties, it is, according to national cannabis regulators, an artificial ingredient.

Those regulators now say that Smith and other edibles companies did, indeed, sell a manufactured additive on grocery store shelves. And they are removing CBN products from grocery stores on July 1, limiting future sales to marijuana dispensaries.

The state’s two largest edible CBN makers, Grön and Wyld CBD, are threatening to leave Oregon — the only state in the nation that has raised the red flag on CBN — over the ban.

“We’ve been based in Oregon forever,” says Gabe Parton Lee, chief compliance officer for Wyld CBD. “But if this is how the state of Oregon approaches cannabis policy in the future, why would we be interested in staying here when we could find any other state that has a much more vision progressive?”

The fight against CBN shows the speed at which Oregon cannabis companies are discovering new uses for their plants and the scramble of regulators to determine whether the risks to consumers outweigh the advertised health benefits.

Although known for decades, CBN became a popular ingredient in edibles only two years ago when several companies created new production methods to process it. With the July 1 rule, Oregon became the first state to ban the substance from grocery shelves — an example for other states to prioritize consumer health over cannabis company profits, according to the Oregon Alcohol and Cannabis Commission.

“It’s not the norm for any other food or dietary supplement ingredient – let’s sell something for 18 months, and hopefully keep selling it,” says TJ Sheehy, chief data and research officer for the committee. “The premise is that we don’t experiment on humans when we sell stuff.”

Two laws passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2021 authorized the OLCC to develop greater oversight of the cannabis industry. On December 28, the agency finalized its list of new rules and regulations.

Some rule changes have loosened standards for the cumbersome seed-to-sale tracking system, eased penalties for minor rule violations, and raised the limit on how much THC can be put in edibles.

But the new CBN rule is clearly the most controversial. It applies to any substance that the OLCC considers an “artificially derived cannabinoid”, meaning any compound derived from cannabis that undergoes a molecular change during processing.

This includes delta-8-THC, a highly intoxicating substance derived from the hemp plant that was previously not regulated at the state or federal level.

It also includes CBN.

Edible makers claim that CBN sold on grocery store shelves helps users sleep without any intoxicating effects. Because it doesn’t get anyone high, they argue, the commission should leave CBN alone. “It’s disturbing to see the OLCC using its newfound authority to arbitrarily ban things,” says Wyld’s Parton Lee.

But state regulators say any chemical experiments with hemp require government oversight and, until then, shouldn’t be sold alongside Burt’s Bees lip balm in grocery stores.

“Whether it’s intoxicating or not is sort of a secondary concern,” says OLCC hemp expert Steven Crowley. “The main concern is whether it is made in a way that is safe to consume.”

Alleh Lindquist, co-founder of FloraWorks, a Portland processing company that began producing CBN in 2019, says the commission’s apprehension about chemically modified cannabinoids is legitimate. Yet he still thinks the state is going too far.

“From a chemist’s perspective, I see the concern that you can make anything and sell it to people,” says Lindquist. “But the OLCC did everything [cannabinoids] fall into the same category whether they are intoxicating or not.

On July 1, 2023, the rules become even stricter.

As of this date, CBN products can only be sold in dispensaries if they obtain a federal designation declaring them “generally recognized as safe” or if they obtain approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration. as a “new food ingredient”.

It’s unlikely. The CBN candy makers think their best strategy is to self-publish toxicology and health data showing their product is safe — a GRAS self-determination — and avoid federal government judgment. Even then, the OLCC says it will demand a copy of the evidence.

For the already reeling hemp industry, the new rule is a nightmare.

In 2019, the price of a pound of hemp was $43. By the end of 2021, it had fallen to $1.50.

CBN edibles were a remaining market for hemp. According to a data firm that looked at sales in four states, CBN products that also contain THC generated $8.4 million in revenue in the first nine months of 2021 (this might be an undercount, because the company only looked at the sales of the top 20 brands).

Grön’s CBN products, including New Seasons non-intoxicating chews and CBN chews sold at dispensaries (which contain THC and are intoxicating), account for 30% of Grön’s total annual revenue of $14 million. dollars.

“That makes us wonder if Oregon is a great place to set up our headquarters,” says Smith, whose biggest buyer of CBN products is New Seasons. “In the open market, I’m considering shutting down our CBD business, or just letting it sleep for a while, because of this ban.”

And Parton Lee says Wyld is exploring legal options “to see if there’s a way to prevent the rule from being enforced or implemented in July.”

Sheehy thinks they’re bluffing. He says the industry once threatened to leave the state when the OLCC banned certain additives after nearly 20 users fell ill and two died in a flare-up of vaping-related illnesses in 2019.

“We had additive companies saying if these rules were passed as written, ‘We wouldn’t be able to meet them, we would be out of state,'” Sheehy says. “Even the people who said these comments are now complying with our rules, and these products are still on the market.”

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Cannabis Dispensary Roundup: Gage Growth, Columbia Care, Sweet Flower, Trulieve, High Tide – Gage Growth (GAEGF) https://remedii.net/cannabis-dispensary-roundup-gage-growth-columbia-care-sweet-flower-trulieve-high-tide-gage-growth-gaegf/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 19:37:00 +0000 https://remedii.net/cannabis-dispensary-roundup-gage-growth-columbia-care-sweet-flower-trulieve-high-tide-gage-growth-gaegf/ Gage Growth expands portfolio with Ann Arbor dispensary Cannabis retailer Gage Growth Corp. (CSE: GAGE) (OTCQX: GAEGF) recently announced that it has added a supply center (dispensary) to its portfolio in Ann Arbor. Based in Detroit, the company now has 18 supply centers in its portfolio. Located at 2460 West Stadium Boulevard, the new dispensary […]]]>

Gage Growth expands portfolio with Ann Arbor dispensary

Cannabis retailer Gage Growth Corp. (CSE: GAGE) (OTCQX: GAEGF) recently announced that it has added a supply center (dispensary) to its portfolio in Ann Arbor.

Based in Detroit, the company now has 18 supply centers in its portfolio.

Located at 2460 West Stadium Boulevard, the new dispensary is the first point of sale in Ann Arbor.

Gage said it will operate its new location as a Cookies brand store and plans to begin serving patients and adult consumers within the first three months of this year.

“Ann Arbor paved the way for Michigan’s premier adult retail experience, and we’re proud to present Cookies’s coveted retail experiences to residents and visitors to this vibrant community. ” Fabian Monaco, CEO of Gage noted.

Gage partnered with the international cannabis lifestyle brand led by rapper Berner in 2019, and since then has opened Cookies dispensaries in Detroit and Kalamazoo. In August 2021, Gage extended its existing agreement as the exclusive grower, manufacturer and distributor of Cookies in Michigan until 2026.

Columbia Care Launches 80th Dispensary With New Cannabis Location In Virginia Beach

Columbia Care Inc. (NEO: CCHW) (CSE: CCHW) (OTCQX: CCHWF) (FSE: 3LP) recently opened Cannabist Virginia Beach, its fourth dispensary in the Commonwealth and 23rd Cannabist nationally.

The new store, at 535 N Birdneck Road, is the fourth in Virginia, following the recently announced opening of gLeaf in Glen Allen, a suburb of Richmond.

The New York-based company currently operates nearly 148,000 square feet of existing crop and production capacity and has a fleet of delivery vehicles capable of serving the entire state.

“The demand for high-quality cannabis in Virginia continues to grow, and we’re here to answer the call with our new Virginia Beach dispensary to serve the most populous city in the state.” Jesse Channon, Columbia Care Director of Growth commented. “We are grateful to the Board of Pharmacy and local authorities for their continued support of our presence in the state and for allowing us to bring this essential drug to patients in need.”

The company expects to open eight additional dispensaries in the Old Dominion by the end of 2022, bringing the total to 12 statewide.

Sweet Flower opens store in Culver City

California-based retail platform Sweet flower recently announced that it is the launch of cannabis sales at its Culver City flagship store on Friday, January 14.

New the site covers 3,150 square feet, and it will feature Sweet Flower’s best-selling brands, making it the company’s largest location and flagship store to date.

At launch, Sweet Flower offers a 20% reduction on all brands on the shelves belonging to BIPOC.

High Tide Kicks Off Cannabis Sales At Another Ontario Canna Cabana Store

High tide inc. (TSXV: HITI) (NASDAQ: HITI) (FSE: 2LYA) announced Thursday that its The newest cannabis retail store Canna Cabana in Ontario has started selling adult recreational cannabis products.

The new store, located at 905 Rymal Road East in Hamilton, is the 106th High Tide branded retail store nationwide and 32nd in the province. In addition, this is the third Canna Cabana store in Hamilton, which is the anchor point for the third largest metropolitan area in Ontario.

“Today, I am pleased to announce the first of many new store openings that we have planned for 2022”, Raj Grover, President and CEO of High Tide noted. “2021 has been a banner year for High Tide’s growth, and we will continue to build on this momentum over the next 12 months. “

Trulieve opens its 160th store in the United States and expands to Pennsylvania

Friday, Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: TCNNF) open another Trulieve-branded medical marijuana dispensary in Pennsylvania – this time through its subsidiary Chamounix Ventures, LLC.

The new store, at 1222 Arch St. in downtown Philadelphia, is the 160th dispensary owned, operated or affiliated by Trulieve in the country.

Kim Rivers, CEO de Trulieve, based in Florida, said the company is “proud to start the New Year by demonstrating our continued commitment to serving the Pennsylvania patient community through high quality and reliable medical marijuana products.”

She added, “We look forward to welcoming patients and strengthening community ties in this key market.

Patients can choose from Trulieve’s selection of premium whole flower products, including TruFlower and Cultivar Collection, as well as a wide range of vapes, tinctures, topicals and edibles.

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TOKE.N launches an ecosystem with NFT, Marketplace and https://remedii.net/toke-n-launches-an-ecosystem-with-nft-marketplace-and/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://remedii.net/toke-n-launches-an-ecosystem-with-nft-marketplace-and/ Cape Coral, Fla., January 8, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Over the past decade, the world has seen dramatic change on many fronts, changes that affect millions of people every day. One of them was the decrease in the stigma surrounding marijuana and then the decriminalization and legalization that followed. The other is the advent of […]]]>

Cape Coral, Fla., January 8, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Over the past decade, the world has seen dramatic change on many fronts, changes that affect millions of people every day. One of them was the decrease in the stigma surrounding marijuana and then the decriminalization and legalization that followed. The other is the advent of cryptocurrency. Now a project is emerging that connects the two seamlessly, dipping its toes into two booming markets to create a remarkable product. This project is TOKE.

Created by the same team as the PICNIC Launchpad, Cheems Inu, MicroMachines / Warbots and Metavault, Toke.n is the next step in a wide range of projects that will be tied together in a grand plan revealed later in this article. Lead developer Scotian OG has years of experience in the real world marijuana industry and over the past year has accumulated experience in delivering innovative blockchain contracts and projects.

This co-developer and partner, Inked Up, has serious experience in implementing coordinated marketing, community organization, and overall project management, and the two have worked together for a long time.

TOKE.N offers multiple services and uses, but its main purpose is to provide a degree of transparency to customers that new dispensaries and cannabis companies cannot. Additionally (and just as important), it adds value for cannabis producers, processors and retailers. TOKE.N seeks to restore the personal nature of black market cannabis transactions to the consumer, providing traceability, information and a better overall experience throughout the process. Whether or not you are an occasional user or a medical patient, TOKE.N aims to bring some of the magic back to the cannabis experience.

How will TOKE.N deliver these complaints?

Firstly, by using TOKE.N, the consumer will have access to information regarding where the product was cultivated, the conditions under which it was grown, how it was processed, its genetic history and much more. For a product as comprehensive as marijuana, people want more than a catchy strain name and THC / CBD percentages.

Companies that integrate with TOKE.N will have the option of issuing an NFT (Non-Fungible Token) included with the purchase of their product. This gives the company the ability to directly market its brand and adds value to the product by associating it with a unique token that will have utility on the blockchain.

NFTs

NFTs available in cannabis packaging will be collectible, tradable, and salable. The first generation will consist of cannabis seeds that will evolve into fully mature plants. Other collections will feature cannabis cultivation-themed art and music.

For users outside of Canada, NFTs can be purchased in our marketplace or issued from our website. Users can collect sets of all strains from a grower, breeder or region.

The marketplace

The TOKE.N site will have both an NFT marketplace and a traditional online store.

The online store will carry a wide range of cannabis related accessories and home grow supplies. It will be available internationally and will accept TOKE.N and other crypto currencies as a payment method with standard fiats.

In Canada, there will be a federally licensed online medical cannabis dispensary where consumers with the proper medical documentation can legally purchase cannabis and cannabis products from our partners. Our goal is to eventually accept cryptocurrencies for payment on this site as well.

In the past year, Scotian OG has secured seven cannabis licenses from Health Canada for third party producers, and we have full confidence in securing the appropriate licenses for the TOKE.N project.

The metaverse

TOKE.N will be integrated as the main currency in a VR game called New Block City.

Players will be able to stake their TOKE.Ns and NFTs collected or purchased from their own virtual farms in an NBC borough called Agrestic.

The top 50 TOKE.N owners will receive free OG farms when the game platform launches.

NFTs will start as seeds and mature over time after the user plants them (game). The seeds have genetic attributes and terpene profiles that affect their growth, yield and value.

Users can “create” two NFT seeds into a single hybrid plant that will have genetic components from each seed. These hybrids can be more or less valuable than their parents in the market. Each user creation will be unique and will offer varied gameplay over time.

New Block City integration

NBC is an upcoming game to gain gaming experience. It will take place in a virtual open world city. Players will compete for money, goods, power and fame in five unique city districts. Successful players will master the economy of New Block City and earn real wealth.

The founders:

Agrestic – TOKE.N

Gotham – Cheems

Hawkins – MMAC

Springfield – MiniKishu

Charming – Picnic / MetaVault

Agrestic (TOKE.N) – Agriculture – The super crop, hemp, is grown in abundance here. Hemp is used throughout the city for fuel, food, building materials, and medicine. Agrestic residents receive passive income from all legal city activities and TOKE.N is accepted citywide as the currency for all transactions.

TOKE.N is not only its own powerful and innovative concept, but another step in the deployment of the New Block City metaverse, a crucial part of a cohesive plan. Wait until you see what’s coming.

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Presale: 20%

Liquidity: 60%

Burn: 20%

10% tax on all transactions

4% liquidity fund

3% Cannabis Seed Fund

2% Marketing and Development Fund

1% burn

Public presale: Monday, January 10 at 9:00 p.m. UTC

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Potteries are mobilizing for their disabled customers https://remedii.net/potteries-are-mobilizing-for-their-disabled-customers/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 08:20:05 +0000 https://remedii.net/potteries-are-mobilizing-for-their-disabled-customers/ Many who use marijuana can do so to treat pain, loss of muscle control, stress, anxiety, and other symptoms that can stem from at least one disability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are 61 million Americans with disabilities, or 1 in 4 or 26% of the population. Interestingly, as more […]]]>

Many who use marijuana can do so to treat pain, loss of muscle control, stress, anxiety, and other symptoms that can stem from at least one disability.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are 61 million Americans with disabilities, or 1 in 4 or 26% of the population.

Interestingly, as more people enjoy legal access to cannabis as an alternative to opioids, they do not necessarily enjoy the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act when purchasing cannabis or working in the industry. cannabis.

Since cannabis is still illegal at the federal level, there is debate as to whether cannabis companies should adhere to federal ADA accessibility laws, including providing reasonable accommodations to customers or to the public. disabled staff.

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act states that all businesses that operate as “public accommodation facilities” must “remove architectural barriers in existing facilities … where such removal is readily achievable” to accommodate customers with disabilities. .

Many cannabis companies, which are technically classified as small businesses, may not be able to afford major physical redesigns to their storefronts that would make them accessible.

They may also not be able to afford accommodations to help employees with disabilities comfortably keep their jobs.

But some are still trying to do what they can.

“We allow them (people in wheelchairs) to park right next to the gate,” said Brittany Friedlander, director of Green Hand in northern Spokane. “We have a girl in a wheelchair with cerebral palsy whose babysitter is not 21, so she can’t come in.

Friedlander said that although her shop does not have official medical marijuana approval, it does have customers who use wheelchairs, carry oxygen cylinders, are deaf or hard of hearing, or have conditions that limit their movements.

“A lot of people are older and don’t want to use a computer, or can’t physically use a computer to pre-order,” Friedlander said. “So if they can’t get into the store, they can call and say whatever they want and we’ll meet them on the curb. “

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board relaxed regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow curbside pickup, which Friedlander said has likely benefited customers with disabilities the most. For those entering the interior, Green Hand has taken small but important steps to make everyone’s visit as manageable as possible.

“Our door doesn’t need to be pulled, but pushes instead,” Friedlander said. “We have a doorman who opens it when he sees people arriving in a wheelchair and helps steer the chairs through the threshold. “

Friedlander says she also enjoys directing shoppers to Piece of Mind stores, as they have many medically approved budgets and are known for providing excellent service to customers with disabilities.

Her clients tell her that POM’s budtenders are patient, provide additional help on demand, and have helped many acquire medical marijuana cards. The Piece of Mind website advertises that it offers medical discounts, senior and veteran discounts, and accepts dogs – an important consideration for those with service / therapy animals.

At 4:20 am Friendly in West Spokane, the staff don’t have a lot of customers who use wheelchairs but have regular customers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Budtenders can use cell phones to type questions or messages.

With so much shopping online, it is also important that customers can access a company’s website. Consumers who are blind or visually impaired rely on screen readers to browse websites and order products. For screen readers to work, a website must be designed with these disabilities in mind.

While some cannabis companies have been slow to make their websites accessible, many have done so following a series of non-compliance lawsuits filed against cannabis and CBD sites – despite the lack of specific regulations. for non-government accessibility, courts regularly rule in favor of the plaintiff – many are now taking steps to ensure their sites work with screen readers, adding alternate text tags to describe photos and images and include other accessibility features.

For those looking for additional ways to improve accessibility and want to go beyond websites and building design, a cannabis consultancy company is advertising nationwide so they can help “dispensary and auxiliary” companies and employees to increase their diversity, equity, inclusion and accountability. Human Informed Culture offers courses to help companies “embed a holistic, collaborative and proactive advocacy culture into their day-to-day business practices.”

In addition to an improved customer experience, the HI Culture website claims that these courses, including industry-specific American Sign Language online courses, increase customer loyalty, optimize engagement and retention of employees. employees, and broaden and deepen the impact on the community.

All of these things are important to Friedlander.

“I started the trend (of providing extra help for people with disabilities) and everyone followed suit,” she said. “I don’t have the time (to personally take customers with special needs into the store), but I do take the time to do so. “


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High Tide buys Bud Room for $ 2.8 million https://remedii.net/high-tide-buys-bud-room-for-2-8-million/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 14:01:32 +0000 https://remedii.net/high-tide-buys-bud-room-for-2-8-million/ High tide inc. (TSXV: HITI) (Nasdaq: HITI) is buy Bud Room Inc. in a transaction valued at C $ 3.6 million or $ 2.8 million based on today’s exchange rate. The acquisition will also include all rights to the Fastendr custom retail kiosk and smart locker technology and Bud Room Cannabis retail store located at […]]]>

High tide inc. (TSXV: HITI) (Nasdaq: HITI) is buy Bud Room Inc. in a transaction valued at C $ 3.6 million or $ 2.8 million based on today’s exchange rate. The acquisition will also include all rights to the Fastendr custom retail kiosk and smart locker technology and Bud Room Cannabis retail store located at 1910 St. Laurent Boulevard in Ottawa, Ontario. The transaction will consist of C $ 3.24 million paid in common shares of High Tide and C $ 360,000 in cash for the disposal of C $ 360,000 of shareholder loans from the sellers. The acquisition follows last month’s announcement by High Tide to offer 40 million Canadian dollars ordinary shares intended to finance two specific strategic initiatives that it was developing, including acquisitions.

Fastendr is a unique, fully automated technology that integrates retail kiosks and smart lockers to facilitate a better shopping experience through navigation, ordering and pickup. The technology is designed to accelerate transaction times, increase average cart size, reduce overhead and labor costs, and deliver a seamless end-to-end customer experience.

“This transaction is one of the most exciting acquisitions for High Tide to date as it significantly improves the customer experience in our stores while significantly reducing overhead and labor costs across our portfolio of. ever expanding retail. This technology will also allow us to generate third party revenue, provide data collection and monetization opportunities, while providing an unparalleled retail shopping experience for our customers, said Raj Grover, President and CEO. by High Tide. “Fastendr is a perfect solution for smaller footprint stores as well as busier retail locations because it enables more transactions in less time and with less square footage. All Canna Cabana locations will be equipped with this technology, with the first installations slated for later this month in the province of Ontario. Fastendr custom technology is a game-changer for our brick and mortar retail business and has enormous potential to be deployed in our ancillary business divisions as well. This acquisition follows several breakthrough innovations in High Tide’s retail business, such as our “one-stop-shop” and “discount club” concepts, ”added Mr. Grover.

High Tide noted in a statement that as the Canadian cannabis industry continues to become more competitive, it is essential for successful businesses to innovate, using technology to differentiate themselves and improve the efficiency of their operations, in order to prosper. The company said it believes Fastendr technology will dramatically improve its operational efficiency while reducing operating expenses at its cannabis retail stores. High Tide also said it plans to grow and diversify its revenue by licensing self-service ordering kiosk and smart locker technology for use by third-party cannabis retailers in North America.

“When High Tide initially approached us, we already had several interested parties at the table. However, it became clear that choosing a partnership with Raj and his team was a no-brainer for us as we felt our innovation deserved to be in the hands of the best cannabis company in Canada, ”said Michael Di. Duca, CEO of Bud. Room. “This customer-centric technology was designed with the user experience in mind and I firmly believe that with High Tide’s experience, operational execution history and financial resources, this technology can be effectively implemented. operates across all sectors of retail at a world class level. Added Mr. Di Duca.


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10 predictions for the biggest interior design trends in 2022 https://remedii.net/10-predictions-for-the-biggest-interior-design-trends-in-2022/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 12:37:24 +0000 https://remedii.net/10-predictions-for-the-biggest-interior-design-trends-in-2022/ In 2021, we anticipated a wave of “new ideas, intrepid colors and textures, unexpected materials and big trends”. We have been challenged to change our ways, and the cultural changes have been massive as a result. While there’s no way of knowing for sure what will happen in 2022, we have an idea of ​​what […]]]>

In 2021, we anticipated a wave of “new ideas, intrepid colors and textures, unexpected materials and big trends”. We have been challenged to change our ways, and the cultural changes have been massive as a result. While there’s no way of knowing for sure what will happen in 2022, we have an idea of ​​what that might look like – we take ambiance controls very seriously in our work.

Next year, we expect to see more interiors organized to channel a sense of comfort and personality. We’ve had so much time to turn in on ourselves, and now we have the space to design every aspect of our lives from a more intentional place. Given that 2022 is the Year of the Tiger, we expect it to be bolder, more energetic, more rebellious, and more regal than ever. Below, we’ve presented a forecast with 10 trends that we believe will define interiors in 2022.

Strong and seduced

After being confined to our home for so long, the sterile nature of minimalism is out! More and more people are turning to maximalism with weird, whimsical, and rippling decor pieces that are bursting with unabashed fun energy. (Or is it the sound of the circus?) If pastel palettes introduced a necessary touch of sweetness, now is the time to shout “I have a voice with a point of view”. The “basic forward” trend is more than a mood board borrowing the aesthetics of the Memphis movement: it is the start of a true design renaissance, and it is here to stay.

Geometric grid

As we explore the metaverse further, our interiors should reflect the journey of the digital world. Space designer Hanna Ali told us that this emerging ecosystem offers a whole new way to experience virtual architecture that is radically changing culture. Along with all the innovations around smarter technology, cryptocurrency, and NFTs, we’re also adapting to a hybrid lifestyle model. The checkered pattern has reigned supreme throughout the pandemic, but now that we’ve experienced the psychedelic, it’s time to get back to basics. Any architect will tell you how essential the grid is, and now more and more designs are paying homage to it.

Nowstalgia

From postmodern (now called ‘pomo’, aka ‘design emo’) and mid-century Bauhaus and Scandi, we all marvel at the past as we navigate our own aesthetic and develop style preferences. The smart big millennials have graduated from kindergarten but still want to play with their fake food because the fun doesn’t have to end at the dinner table. Meanwhile, Gen Z can’t seem to get enough of the Y2K culture. The resurgence of Polly Pockets also reminds us that the ongoing obsession with miniatures is multigenerational. Pro tip: Take notes from Jasmine Archie, Vivid Wu, and Lillian Ahenkan for some major inner inspiration.

Green is the new neutral

No matter the shade, it is the color of the year despite what Pantone says. If you don’t take our word for it, the folks at Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and Behr will be happy to support us here. We have already noted that shades like emerald bring a feeling of tranquility and rejuvenation to any space, whether it is a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, bedroom, or living room. ‘a living room or an office. (It’s part of this ongoing process of reconnecting with nature.) The millennial rose remains in our hearts forever.

Goblincore mode

Speaking of green, we’re now going beyond the #cottagecore aesthetic and delving into sustainability even more with this more quirky twist on biophilia. In addition to reclaiming the wild side of nature and campaigning for inclusiveness in a kingdom of fantastic forest, goblin core calls for thrift store, second-hand shopping and collecting small shiny items. (In other words, vintage is here.) Basically, it’s about embracing a more eco-friendly lifestyle, with nature-inspired looks to match. Mushrooms, snails, frogs, plants and mosses are some of the main reasons for this trend, which obviously features an earthy palette. Interpret as you wish!

All cannabis all

Because you don’t have to be a stoner to appreciate the aesthetics of a stoner. There are so many stylish ways to incorporate cannabis into your home decor, from sculptures and flower arrangements to blankets and table books. The marijuana industrial complex will reach new heights in 2022 with increasing legalization in the United States, so don’t be surprised to see more weeds in the wild with the enormous growth of dispensaries and farms. The grass is greener now that we’re finally on the other side of this movement. (While you’re here, be sure to check out the highly recommended products in our gift guide on the subject.)

Glass blocks

With the popularity of transparency, there has been a resurgence of lucite and acrylic, so naturally the next “it” material is glass brick. Susan Alexandra has set the bar high with her flagship store filled with a rainbow of glass blocks. (Architectural designer Lula Galeano insists the material makes for a most fulfilling DIY furniture project.) The tiled table has had its heyday, but it’s about to be replaced with stone tables. glass blocks.

Modular furniture

Iconic pieces are cool, but multifunctional furniture is an even better investment now that our spaces have become versatile and objects are our closest companions. (True talk, there really is nothing more intimate.) We’ve all been struck by the curse of curves, but what could be more heartwarming than a big, fat sofa? What really stands the test of time is a modular set that you can put together and take apart as you like, like the Togo and Mah Jong sofas. We’re always one step closer to rekindling the conversation… And if you haven’t already noticed, the daybed is also back in fashion.

The books are back

It’s time to light up, if you know what I mean … Not only are more and more people organizing books for decoration (and their personal bookcases), but they are also building stairs and the tables from old books. Even if you’re not a die-hard bibliophile, designer Sophie Collé reminds us that books are great tools to use as visual references. “I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m just flipping through the photos, but it’s a great way to skip off Pinterest and learn a bit more about the story,” he explains. she. “People have done the job of keeping all of this information for us, so why not use it? Some 80s book covers are works of art, so I like to take them out even just for that. You heard it here first: Books are the new status symbol.

Reflections

Mirror, mirror, outside the walls! After such a long period of deep reflection, the future looks brighter than ever, and so does our decor. From garland curtains and disco balls to padded and spray foam mirrors, we all find our rhythm with pieces that sparkle and sparkle. Now that the portal has been opened, could mirrored ceilings be in our future? Only time will tell…



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How Oklahoma Became a Marijuana Boom State https://remedii.net/how-oklahoma-became-a-marijuana-boom-state/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 10:00:17 +0000 https://remedii.net/how-oklahoma-became-a-marijuana-boom-state/ KEOTA, Oklahoma. – Across Oklahoma, a decidedly conservative state with a history of attracting people in search of the earth’s riches, a new kind of culture is invading old chicken coops, trailer parks, and fields where cattle grazed. Next to a Pentecostal church in the small town of Keota, the smell of marijuana hangs in […]]]>

KEOTA, Oklahoma. – Across Oklahoma, a decidedly conservative state with a history of attracting people in search of the earth’s riches, a new kind of culture is invading old chicken coops, trailer parks, and fields where cattle grazed.

Next to a Pentecostal church in the small town of Keota, the smell of marijuana hangs in the air at the G&C dispensary. Strains with names like OG Kush and Maui Waui cost $ 3 a gram, or about a quarter. of the price in other states.

Down the street, an indoor farm is located in a residential area near mobile homes, one of the 40 in town of only 500 inhabitants. “It might sound strange, but this is where the action takes place,” said Logan Pederson, 32, who moved from Seattle to Oklahoma this year to run the small farm of a company called Cosmos Cultivation.

Since the state legalized medical marijuana three years ago, Oklahoma has become one of the easiest places in the United States to start a cannabis business. The state now has more retail cannabis stores than Colorado, Oregon and Washington combined. In October, it eclipsed California as the state with the most licensed cannabis farms, which now number more than 9,000, despite a population only one-tenth that of California.

The growth is all the more remarkable given that the state has not legalized the recreational use of marijuana. But with fairly lax rules on who can get a medical card, about 10 percent of Oklahoma’s nearly 4 million people have one, by far the most of any other state.

Fueled by low barriers to entry and a fairly passive approach on the part of state officials, weed entrepreneurs have flocked to Oklahoma from all over the United States. It only costs $ 2,500 to start, compared to $ 100,000 or more across the state border in Arkansas. And Oklahoma, a state that has long taken a tough stand against crime, has no cap on the number of dispensaries that can sell marijuana, the number of cannabis farms, or even how much each farm can produce. .

This unhindered growth pitted the old ranchers and farmers against this new breed of producers. Groups representing ranchers, farmers, sheriffs and dust collectors recently joined forces to demand a moratorium on new licenses. They cited rising land prices, illegal farming, and strain on rural water and electricity supplies among the reasons. In some areas, new indoor farms use hundreds of thousands of gallons of water.

But a moratorium is not likely, said Adria Berry, director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, which oversees the industry and reported nearly $ 138 million in revenue retail, state and local taxes this year, through November, on the sale of cannabis.

Ms Berry, an early opponent of medical cannabis, says the industry is here to stay and that state marijuana law effectively prevents her agency from limiting the number of new licenses it approves.

At ground level, that means the number of Oklahoma cannabis companies continues to increase.

Mr. Pederson, the transplant recipient from Seattle, had served in the military and was looking for a new career when he learned about growing cannabis in Oklahoma earlier this year. Although new to the industry, he moved to Keota on his own to oversee the small five-person farm, which he said supplied state health clinics.

“There is culture shock for foreigners,” Mr. Pederson said of his move to a small town in Oklahoma. He said he plans to stay in the state for at least the next five years.

The signs of explosive growth are hard to miss. There are now cities with many more dispensaries than grocery stores. And cannabis farms now outnumber wheat and cotton farms. The industry has also created thousands of jobs in a state that remains among the poorest in the country. Industry supporters also argue that the less punitive approach to marijuana and other drug possession, along with other sentencing reforms, have eased the pressure on state prisons.

Ed Keating, the data manager at Cannabiz Media, which tracks the evolution of the cannabis industry, compared the startup costs of Oklahoma to those of Connecticut, a state with a similar population. There, cultivation licenses typically cost around $ 50 million, and buying a dispensary can cost over $ 10 million.

Large multi-state marijuana companies have largely chosen to steer clear of the Oklahoma boom, Keating added, opting instead for states with restricted market access and much more expensive. “These family dispensaries provide a service just like the local liquor store, the local car wash,” he said.

But unlike local businesses, where customers are typically residents, critics say growers in Oklahoma are producing far more marijuana than can possibly be sold in the state and is fueling illicit markets across the country.

Due to the lower costs for licenses, labor and land, growers can produce cannabis for as little as $ 100 a pound, then turn around and sell it for between $ 3,500 and $ 4,000 a pound. in California or New York, said Mark Woodward, a spokesperson for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

“The profit margin is astronomical if you can move your operation to Oklahoma and get out of it,” Mr. Woodward said of Oklahoma producers serving markets elsewhere in violation of federal and state laws.

In the face of such violations, authorities have carried out a series of raids this year, shutting down nearly 80 farms since April in an effort to curtail production of marijuana on the Oklahoma black market. In Haskell County, a rural eastern part of the state, authorities seized 10,000 marijuana plants, 100 pounds of processed cannabis, as well as a host of guns and packages of cannabis in June. ‘money, a operation that had moved from Colorado to Oklahoma.

Momentum is building for even more powerful repression. Senator James Inhofe, a Republican, this year requested $ 4 million in direct federal funding for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics to fight illegal farms. And one Invoice introduced in the state legislature would allow county and city authorities to impose their own license caps.

Lawmakers recently allowed revenue from cannabis licenses to create a full-time enforcement unit, and the state’s narcotics bureau has hired nearly 20 officers. Another measure now allows the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority to hire more than 70 new employees, mainly to work in the area of ​​compliance and enforcement.

As the influx intensifies, growers are complaining that the ever-expanding supply has caused cannabis prices to drop by about half in the past six months, to as low as $ 800 a pound for some. varieties, for $ 1,600.

Tara Tischauer, co-owner of Red Dirt Sungrown in Guthrie, a town north of Oklahoma City, said the drop in prices had cut her earnings by about a third this year. Yet his farm, which is part of a family business that also includes a hemp farm and garden plant greenhouses, employs 25 people and regularly produces around 125 pounds of cannabis per week.

“A few years ago, I thought Oklahoma would have been the last state in the country to launch cannabis,” Ms. Tischauer, 46, said. “If we can’t do it, it’s our fault. This is how a free market works.

Despite a saturated market, she said she believed the state’s cannabis industry was still in its infancy. Campaigners have started organizing to secure a referendum on the ballot next year that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. This could strengthen producers in the state, which Ms Tischauser says may seek to meet demand from neighboring Texas, where lawmakers have opposed full legalization of cannabis.

For critics of Oklahoma’s approach to marijuana, this would be a step in the wrong direction.

“It smells like weed all the time, even here in our offices,” Haskell County Sheriff Tim Turner, a Republican, said, pointing to one of the dozens of licensed marijuana farms in his county, the one here in front of his department. . “We’re one of the redder states in the world, but we have the most permissive marijuana laws in the country. “


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Team Driftwood Brings CBD Chocolate Edibles to Vancouver https://remedii.net/team-driftwood-brings-cbd-chocolate-edibles-to-vancouver/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 17:18:20 +0000 https://remedii.net/team-driftwood-brings-cbd-chocolate-edibles-to-vancouver/ Vancouver, December 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Team Driftwood, LLC, a Vancouver, WA-based company, is pleased to announce that they are offering CBD chocolates that residents of Vancouver WA can order online and in-store for possibly help them with their state of health. These are chocolate candies that have been infused with cannabidiol (CBD). Team […]]]>

Vancouver, December 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Team Driftwood, LLC, a Vancouver, WA-based company, is pleased to announce that they are offering CBD chocolates that residents of Vancouver WA can order online and in-store for possibly help them with their state of health. These are chocolate candies that have been infused with cannabidiol (CBD). Team Driftwood’s CBD is extracted from hemp, a variant of the cannabis plant, and contains very few traces of THC, which means it lacks the psychoactive properties of THC. Additionally, although there are still gaps in the scientific evidence, studies have shown that CBD may have potential benefits for epilepsy, anxiety and depression, reducing fear and stress, l insomnia, pain, tumor reduction, improvement of cancer-related symptoms, reduction of inflammation, and more.

Additionally, Team Driftwood’s CBD chocolate products come in convenient squares infused with 100 mg of CBD per square, and pre-marked in four servings of 25 mg of CBD each. These are available in different flavors, such as Dark Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate Espresso, and Dark Chocolate Cherry. The result is a product with a lot of nutrients and antioxidants. Dark chocolate, which has a higher cocoa content, is considered very nutritious because it contains protein, fiber and iron. When combined with the potential health benefits of CBD from hemp, the overall health benefits can be significant. In addition, they use Belgian dark chocolate, appreciated for its slightly butterier taste, with a little bitterness.

Meanwhile, the hemp extract used in the products offered by the Vancouver WA CBD store contains several phytocannabinoids and phytonutrients that can be of benefit to the human body. So, consuming Team Driftwood CBD Infused Hemp-Derived Dark Chocolate, when paired with proper diet and exercise, can help normalize sleep patterns and overall mobility. Belgian dark chocolate, when combined with a CBD isolate, may also be helpful in reducing symptoms of mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. And with the addition of natural ingredients, such as organic MCT oil derived from ground espresso beans and coconut, and mint oil, Team Driftwood’s Dark Chocolate with CBD may also satisfy those who prefer them tasty.

Team Driftwood also offers a number of CBD infused white chocolate and milk chocolate products. This is suitable for people who don’t want the bitter taste and pungent smell of dark chocolate. Milk chocolate tastes sweeter than dark chocolate and is also rich in nutrients and antioxidants. It has also been observed to boost a person’s immunity while improving the flow of blood cells and helping to reduce the clogging of the arteries. It has also been noted that consuming milk chocolate in the morning or evening can help control appetite and regulate a person’s sleep pattern. Peanut butter squares and white chocolate squares are also available from Team Driftwood, all infused with hemp-derived CBD.

Team Driftwood, LLC is a family owned business located in the NW Pacific, made up of individuals who have an award-winning history in providing cannabis products. They have been in the industry for over 10 years which means they have a deep understanding of the cannabis plant, extracts and the various products that can be provided to take advantage of the potential benefits they can offer. They work closely with specialists to develop the best ingredients for their products. One thing that sets them apart from their competition is their use of carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to produce the CBD extracts. The biggest advantage of the process is that once the CO2 is no longer under high pressure, it simply evaporates, leaving no traces on the CBD oil. CBD oil goes through additional refinement and purification processes, which means that the CBD extract is cleaner than those extracted by other chemicals or solvent methods.

Those looking for CBD edibles that Vancouver WA residents can rely on can check out the Team Driftwood website, or contact them by phone or email.

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British Columbia pushes for black market cannabis to be legalized, faces criticism from cottage growers https://remedii.net/british-columbia-pushes-for-black-market-cannabis-to-be-legalized-faces-criticism-from-cottage-growers/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 19:45:23 +0000 https://remedii.net/british-columbia-pushes-for-black-market-cannabis-to-be-legalized-faces-criticism-from-cottage-growers/ The BC government has convinced many illegal cannabis producers to start selling legally in an effort to oust illicit marijuana from the market, but these efforts have been criticized by the cottage industry. It has been three years since recreational marijuana was legalized in Canada, with the provinces handling retail sales while Health Canada is […]]]>

The BC government has convinced many illegal cannabis producers to start selling legally in an effort to oust illicit marijuana from the market, but these efforts have been criticized by the cottage industry.

It has been three years since recreational marijuana was legalized in Canada, with the provinces handling retail sales while Health Canada is responsible for production licenses.

In British Columbia, efforts to orient black and gray market producers to the legal retail market have focused on the Central Kootenay region through a pilot project and business supports.

This includes helping aspiring producers navigate the federal licensing process as well as helping producers expand marketing and obtain safety licenses, depending on the province.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said in an interview that regulations could be less restrictive to encourage growth in the sector.

“It’s still a work in progress for three years,” he said.

“There are still challenges for craftsmen and producers.

Farnworth said he heard from members of the industry who have expressed frustration with the regulations surrounding the marketing of cannabis as well as from retailers who dislike security measures, such as frosted glass for their storefronts. of shops.

Farnworth said he saw “a lot of potential” in the industry and that easing the regulations would help marijuana growers in the future.

Mike Farnworth says retailers don’t like the security measures required to operate cannabis stores, including frosted glass on storefronts. (Dillon Hodgin / CBC)

Monthly retail sales have grown significantly each year, from $ 1.2 million in December 2018 to around $ 18 million in December 2019 and $ 48 million in December 2020, he said.

He said the provincial farm program, which would allow cannabis producers to operate a retail outlet on their property or deliver directly to a retail store, would help cottage growers and encourage those who operate illegally to make the switch.

Farnworth said he expects the program to take effect in the spring.

“We’re trying to work with the industry (and) to identify some of the challenges that we can overcome.”

Abra Brynne of the Kootenay Cannabis Economic Development Council was part of the team that helped black market growers transition to the legal model.

Brynne said the council was created to help an area with a long history of marijuana production benefit from legalization.

There was a estimated at 2,500 small cannabis producers in the region at the time of legalization of marijuana, the province said in a statement.

The project in the Central Kootenay region helped 53 companies get help navigating the federal licensing process, and 13 organizations received licenses.

Workers are seen at the SpeakEasy Cannabis farm in Rock Creek, British Columbia, in the southern Kootenay Boundary region. (Brady Strachan / CBC)

The provincial government said 62 jobs had been created or moved from the illegal market to the legal market by the time the program ended in July.

Brynne said the program has had some success, but there is still “a hell of a way to go.”

She said the high insurance costs are prohibitive for small, new growers, and more work needs to be done to convince people not to buy illegal marijuana.

The province was backing the pilot, but persuading illegal operators to make the switch turned out to be a challenge, Brynne said.

“We still have this weird culture of prohibition,” she said.

Paperwork hindering some producers

The government’s decision to launch a pilot project aimed at black market producers has been criticized by a group of legal producers.

Todd Veri, President of the Kootenay Outside Producers Cooperative, said that despite the government’s claims of success, he knows of many small, legal producers who have struggled to bypass bureaucracy to start their businesses.

Veri said he struggled to get approval for his business plan, in part because of his status as an outdoor marijuana grower, which needs more paperwork than indoor greenhouses, as well as of its cooperative status.

Part of the problem, Veri said, is the length of time it takes to grow marijuana outdoors, combined with Health Canada’s stricter regulations on storage and growing.

A cannabis facility near Nanaimo, B.C., Todd Veri, president of the Kootenay Outdoor Producer Co-Op, says outdoor cannabis farms require a lot more regulation than indoor ones. (CHEK News)

“The time it took, the costs were to be expected, but the cost of the delays killed us,” he said in an interview.

Health Canada said in a statement that it is committed to fostering a diverse market of cannabis growers and processors, including through micro and nursery licenses. He added that cottage growers account for about 40 percent of all active marijuana licenses.

Veri said it took five years to get a license and sold his first batch of marijuana in early December.

The provincial government has paid too much attention to black market operators instead of working more closely with legal operators, he said.

He said he and his group did not partner with illegal producers, wishing to work closely with the government. Instead, he said his band and others like it have been overlooked in favor of producers who have been operating illegally and now want to switch to the legal side.

“There was no help for people who were really looking to employ people in this province … because BC decided to support black market producers and I think they supported the wrong horse,” did he declare.

Veri said the government could improve the lives of cottage producers by allowing them to sell directly to retailers, which would encourage more people to operate legally and create a classification similar to BC’s Vintner quality assurance used in the wine industry.


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