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October 20, 2019

Oct. 21, 2019 | Welcome to Year 2

It was a big week of celebration and industry self-reflection in the Canadian cannabis sector last week. But what’s next? May suggest two events to put on your calendars in the coming weeks...

October 14, 2019

Oct. 15, 2019 | It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times...

This week marks the one year anniversary of adult use recreational cannabis legalization in Canada. Yesterday, Business of Cannabis co-founder published 8 teachable things that we’ve learned in the past year. 

October 7, 2019

Oct. 7, 2019 | New Pods Edition

This week, Business of Cannabis is proud to launch two new podcasts. Today, we encourage you to check out On A High, a podcast a show about the intersection of cannabis, beauty, fashion, and wellness. The podcast is hosted by Michelle Bilodeau and Donna Bishop. You can find it wherever you find podcasts, as well as on the Business of Cannabis website. 

September 29, 2019

Sept. 30, 2019 | Bell Ring Edition

On Friday, Business of Cannabis presented our inaugural Cannabis + Technology event. As we predicted last Monday in this newsletter, the event did sell out. To kick off Cannabis + Technology, Business of Cannabis opened the Canadian Securities Exchange on Thursday morning. 

September 22, 2019

Sept. 23, 2019 | It's Gonna Sell Out

A big week for the Business of Cannabis team as we head into Cannabis + Technology this Friday. Limited tickets are still available. If you do not currently have tickets but wish to attend - best to get your tickets today here - it's gonna sell out.

September 15, 2019

Sept. 16, 2019 | Two Weeks Out

We are less than 2 weeks away from Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis on September 27 in Toronto. Tickets are still available - and if you use the code “Friends” at check out, you will receive 25 percent off your ticket. 

September 9, 2019

September 9, 2019 | Panic at the Vape Pen

Two things as we get to this week’s newsletter.Thing 1 | Shout out to Canadian Bianca Andreescu on winning the US Open in stunning fashion. Thing 2 | Cannabis + Technology, presented by Business of Cannabis, is coming up on Sept. 27. We have assembled an amazing line-up of speakers for our program, world class partners and presenters and a uniquely Canadian venue. We are on pace to sell out, so get your tickets today.

September 2, 2019

September 3, 2019 | Lottery Fallout Edition

Cannabis Reddit was alive and well this weekend uncovering the apparent ballot-stuffing of the Ontario cannabis retail lottery. Something tells us that the final retailers may not match up with the initial retailers pulled from the Round 2 Lottery hat… Some more lottery fallout…

August 26, 2019

August 26, 2019 | Innisfilling Up ON Retail

On September 27, Business of Cannabis will bring together the sector for Cannabis + Technology. Get your tickets today at the Early Bird price through September 6. 

August 18, 2019

August 19, 2019 | Mark Your Calendar Edition

Circle your calendar for September 27. Join Business of Cannabis for Cannabis + Technology a deep look into the intersection of compliance, transparency, technology and cannabis. Learn more and register today for your Early Bird tickets.

August 11, 2019

August 12, 2019 | ONother Cannabis Lottery

The Ontario Cannabis Retail Lottery Part II opened in earnest last week - with applications due on Friday. More news later in August. Last week, we caught up with one of the current Ontario retail cannabis operators - Mimi Lam, CEO of Superette.

August 5, 2019

August 6, 2019 | The Good, The Bad + The Ugly

As the Aphria, TerrAscend and Cronos news looked pretty good, CannTrust news continued to look bad…CannTrust is under investigation by the Ontario Securities Commission. As well, they have hired a helper to (maybe) get themselves sold. 

July 21, 2019

July 22, 2019 | EnforCEMENT Edition

oronto took centre stage this week as the City aimed to crack down on unregulated cannabis retail operations - specifically, the four CAFE shops. This garnered some significant attention in Canada - and elsewhere - as code enforcement placed cement barriers at the entrances. The BBC picked it up - and included an image from BofC’s Jay Rosenthal. As did LADbible. (And many, many, many others.) Perhaps the most interesting coverage was from CBC who tried to unearth the hard-to-pin-down (Lamborgini-driving) owner. READ ON...

July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019 | "Quite a Shock" Edition

Bruce Linton thought his firing would be news for weeks: enter CannTrust. Last week’s news kicked Bruce Linton and Canopy’s leadership shake-up directly off the cannabis front burner.

July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019 | Bruce's (Smith) Fall Edition

Two big stories dominated the cannabis news last week in Canada - and one has global implications. Story 1: Canopy Growth ousted Co-CEO Bruce Linton. This news set off a series of stories, including one about the t-shirt Linton was wearing on his post-removal press tour… Story 2: Ontario set in motion the next wave of cannabis retail. And again, we see the next 50 distributed something like the first 25 - via lottery. 42 will be allocated by lottery, but this time with some pre-qualifications in terms of access to capital and real estate. The other 8 will be allocated to First Nations’ communities on a first come first serve basis.

July 2, 2019

July 2, 2019 | Oh Canada Edition

If it’s after Canada Day, it means the political season is about to heat up… and last week, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer made clear that he would not re-criminalize cannabis. Phew! 

June 23, 2019

June 24, 2019 | Skunk in the Trunk Edition

Perhaps the biggest news of the week was a bell weather financial reporting statement from Canopy Growth. Canopy reported their quarterly financials last week. Most seem underwhelmed.

June 16, 2019

June 17, 2019 Newsletter

As you may have heard, the Toronto Raptors won the NBA Championship last week. As you receive this email, the victory parade will be well underway. Of all the social media congratulations, none was as “on brand” as the Canadian Border Services Agency - your Laugh this week…

June 10, 2019

June 10, 2019 Newsletter | Hoops Edition

Big game in Toronto on Monday night (+ news of outdoor growing) makes this the Hoops Edition of the Business of Cannabis newsletter.

June 3, 2019

June 3, 2019 Newsletter | Big News for Big Companies Edition

Big News for Big Companies | A National Post story about how Tweed (now Canopy) was to receive hockey-bags filled with cannabis in 2014 and how those bags were nabbed by the RCMP. The story goes on to describe the RCMP’s response, including internal emails that showed significant concern for the seizure’s impact on Tweed’s stock price. A detailed and long-researched story about the inner workings at Lift & Co. dropped on the eve of their biggest event of the year. The story in The Logic (a new strategic partner of the National Post) detailed shaky strategic direction and decision-making and as well as a hostile work environment and pay-equity issues.

May 27, 2019

May 27, 2019 Newsletter | The Legal Cannabis Finals

Two of the world largest cannabis markets - Canada and California - will face off in the NBA Finals this week. Could it be there is a correlation between legalization and NBA team success? Let’s Go Raptors…

May 21, 2019

May 21, 2019 Newsletter | No Fun Edition

Ending the War on Fun: Alberta’s new Premier is ending the ‘war on fun’...‍Fire + Flower is opening 6 more stores in Western Canada - as well, Manitoba announced their locations for cannabis retail in rural parts of that Province. And while Manitoba announces new shops - HOBO in Ottawa is cutting hours because of supply shortages. Finally, during their earnings media tour last week, the team at Aurora threw water on the infused beverage industry. They say, “the market is just not there…”

May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019 Newsletter | New Rules Edition

Last week, Business of Cannabis presented Medical Cannabis Week across 7 events, over 5 days in 2 cities. Thousands of people joined in - both in person and through the Medical Cannabis Week live stream. Over the next several weeks, we will provide highlights of the week through this newsletter and through our social channels.

April 29, 2019

Apr. 29, 2019 Newsletter | Medical Cannabis Week Preview Edition

One week from today, Business of Cannabis will be presenting our second annual Medical Cannabis Week. The week will feature 6 events, spread out over 5 days in 2 cities and attract well over 1,000 people in person and many, many more via live stream. Read on...

April 22, 2019

Apr. 22, 2019 Newsletter | 4/20 Fog Edition

As we collectively shake off our 4/20 fog and head into the week, read on…

April 15, 2019

Apr. 15, 2019 Newsletter | 4/20 Week Edition

This week will end with Good Friday, Passover and the holiday that truly brings people together, 4/20…

March 25, 2019

Mar. 25 Newsletter | One Week to Go (Ontario)

We are live streaming direct from Organigram this morning in Moncton, New Brunswick.Tune into Business of Cannabis on Twitter to catch the live stream at 10 a.m. Eastern today and tomorrow.

February 11, 2019

Feb. 11. Newsletter | Cardi (c)B(d) Edition

At last night’s Grammy Awards, Cardi B made a splash. On needing to calm her nerves, she said: "Maybe I need to start smoking weed..."

February 4, 2019

Feb. 4 Newsletter | The Delayed Effect Edition

As the BofC team celebrates a Patriots’ victory - some football folks are getting into the cannabis game. Most notably, Tiki Barber and Joe Montana each are investing in cannabis.

January 28, 2019

Jan. 28 Newsletter | Super Bowl Ad Edition

It’s Super Bowl week and the ad that’s getting all the media is one that won’t run because it’s about medical cannabis. Watch it! (And go Patriots…) And while the world debates the virtues of that ad, a Toronto digital agency polled Canadians about how, where and if they will be consuming cannabis during the Big Game.

January 21, 2019

Jan. 21 Newsletter | The Dark Side of Cannabis Culture

The story that had the Canadian cannabis community buzzing this week was the detailed account of the goings on inside of Cannabis Culture - specifically Mark Emery’s alleged, reprehensible behaviour. Read for yourself.

December 17, 2018

Dec. 17 Newsletter | Ontario Retail Takes a Huge Hit (but not in the good way)

All the biggest stories from the last week.