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June 29, 2020

June 29, 2020 | Canada Day, Independence Day (+ Cannabis)

As we take some deep breaths this week and celebrate both Canada Day and Independence Day, we can reflect on a very busy week gone by. Read on...

July 6, 2020

July 6, 2020 | Too Much of a Good Thing?

As culture wars - and a pandemic - continue to ravage the US - the cannabis sector is still chugging along. And there appears to be no such thing as a slow week - even in the midst of Canada Day and Independence Day holidays. Read on...

June 21, 2020

June 22, 2020 | Summer 2020 = Social Unrest + Pandemic

Well, it has started. Some notable cannabis industry events have begun pushing out their previously rescheduled Fall 2020 schedule into 2021. While the sector is keen to convene, in-person events continue to seem far off.But BofC has you covered. Read on...

June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020 | We've Got You Covered Edition

Well, it has started. Some notable cannabis industry events have begun pushing out their previously rescheduled Fall 2020 schedule into 2021. While the sector is keen to convene, in-person events continue to seem far off.But BofC has you covered. Read on...

June 7, 2020

June 8, 2020 | Amplifying Voices Edition

While there was news from the cannabis industry this past week, it took a rightful back seat to news of social justice, police reform and honest questions about the stability of the US democracy. At Business of Cannabis, we have been listening, reflecting and doing our best to amplify thoughtful and important voices, including Ika Washington, who wrote a stunning piece on Medium and Vanmala Subramaniam in the National Post.

May 31, 2020

June 1, 2020 | Ask the Experts Edition

Today, Business of Cannabis is proud to announce that CannDelta has become the Official Regulatory Advisory of Business of Cannabis. Along with that announcement, we are launching a new, weekly segment, Ask the Experts. The Business of Cannabis audience - through social media or email - can submit questions to the regulatory experts at CannDelta and each Monday, one question will be answered. Have a question? Ask away.

May 25, 2020

May 25, 2020 | Unofficial Start to Summer Edition

In recent weeks, in case you missed it, we have been joined by Canadian cannabis retailers opening up stores in Ontario by the handful, including Friendly Stranger, HOBO, Canna Cabana and Fire & Flower. (And not to be left out, Nunavut is looking for a brick-and-mortar store too!) Read on...

May 10, 2020

May 11, 2020 | Ontario Retail Growing

The long-awaited arrival of new cannabis stores in Ontario seems to be happening - even in the midst of COVID-19. And along with new stores, a new extension of how long they can deliver to curbside and homes. Some major cannabis companies (Aphria, Cronos + High Times) announced major news this week - sometimes financial and sometimes leadership.In the US, Presidential nominee Joe Biden has a new approach to legalization while Minnesota looks to legalize in the midst of an election year. Read on…

May 3, 2020

May 4 | 200 People Out, $245 Million In

Never a dull moment in the cannabis industry. Last week saw the largest cannabis company in the world (Canopy) become 200 people less big, but at the same time saw a giant beverage company (Constellation) take an even bigger stake (38%).Not to be outdone, giants in the US sector made news - first with a CEO departure (iAnthus) and with a major move into retail (High Times).

April 27, 2020

Apr. 27 | April Showers Bring May Flowers

We know that April showers bring May flowers. And we also know that the cannabis industry loves their flower... Another week of social distancing - at least in most places. But the cannabis industry continues on.Some news about business relief that may (or may not) help cannabis businesses - in both Canada and the US. New cannabis stores in Ontario have opened up - and more may be on the horizon.And even during this challenging time, some business moves are happening!

April 20, 2020

Apr. 20 | A 4/20 Like None Other

As the cannabis community celebrates a 4/20 like none other, we are still catching our breath from our weekly Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink event.If you missed any of the programming, you can watch the live stream recordings on It was also a week when cannabis consumers got into the swing of ordering online, picking up curbside or getting cannabis delivered to their door, many for the first time (legally). And it seems that Seth Rogen has a direct dial to his local dispensary… Because of the rapidly shifting retail, policy and regulatory landscape, we look forward to welcoming Nathan Mison, the Vice President for Government and Stakeholder Relations from Fire & Flower to our Lunch+Learn this Friday. Join us.

April 12, 2020

Apr. 13 | Cannabis is Essential (Again)

This week, Business of Cannabis will be wall-to-wall Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink. Our program starts this morning at 9:30 - then panels, a Lunch+Learn and a demo later today. See the full schedule. As a loyal Business of Cannabis reader, we encourage you to login to our Lunch+Learn today with Cheri Mara, the Chief Commercial Officer of the Ontario Cannabis Store. 

April 5, 2020

Apr. 6 | Cannabis as Non-Essential

In Ontario, cannabis retail went from being an essential service to being a non-essential service this past week - spelling uncertainty to the sector as the era of social distancing moves on. Now, only the online, Province-run Ontario Cannabis Store remains as the only retailer, only online and only delivered to post offices - begging the question: how is that better for keeping consumers distant from one another? In other, news: Business of Cannabis will kick off our Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink next Monday. Visit to sign up for the week’s live stream and webinars. And join us this Friday, as we have a bit of a preview Lunch+Learn with Liz Stahura, co-founder and president of BDS Analytics. 

March 29, 2020

Mar. 30 | Settling in to the New Normal

As the world begins to settle in to the new normal of social distancing and working from home, the Business of Cannabis team is building toward a week-long, virtual event: Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink. Find out more information about the partners and program. Follow Business of Cannabis on Twitter and LinkedIn for all the details. Read on...

March 23, 2020

Mar. 23, 2020 | Hoarding... Cannabis?

The era of social distancing is firmly upon us. But before people headed into prolonged time at home, it seems they stocked up on essentials - like record amounts of cannabis. Read on...

March 15, 2020

Mar. 16 | Social Distancing (+ Cannabis)

As we enter this new week, please take care of yourselves and others by practicing social distancing. Listen to local, regional and federal authorities. AND, there was cannabis news this week, like Tweed beverages hitting the shelves, Zenabis facilities hitting the market and new leadership at the top of (at least) one cannabis company.

March 9, 2020

Mar. 9, 2020 | Cannabis Overshadowed

World events overshadowed much of the news last week. Between a global outbreak and the narrowing of the US presidential race - cannabis news has been knocked down a peg. But do not worry, the BofC team has been keeping track. (Including how Mr. Biden feels about cannabis…) This week the world got some very old and some very new updates from the Ontario Cannabis Store - as well as two new product varieties hitting the shelves: beverages and topicals. On the other end of Canada, the world’s largest cannabis company shuttered two greenhouses and made considerable layoffs and the voice of the industry in Ottawa announced a new leader this morning. Read on...

March 1, 2020

Mar. 2, 2020 | All About Retail

The focus remains on cannabis retail expansion. From the huge number of Ontario Retail Operator Licenses issued (800+) to the fact producers are cutting prices of their cannabis to (try and) chip into the illicit market. Oh, and one retailer is suing a producer for $110 million.And if that wasn’t enough for one week, a would-be opposition leader is not quite on board with legalization.

February 23, 2020

Feb. 24 | NFL follows MLB on THC

As Spring Training gets underway, another sports league is taking the lead from Major League Baseball when it comes to cannabis - giving a whole new meaning to Bud Bowl. With the industry in downsizing mode, some former Aurora employees are taking their pink slips and heading straight to their keyboards to dish secrets via Twitter. Tomorrow and every Tuesday, watch your inbox for the first Benchmarks newsletter from the team at Cannabis Benchmarks. It will include insightful information about wholesale pricing of cannabis in Canada, as well as what is impacting that price. Read on…

February 17, 2020

Feb. 18 | MLB OK with THC

Just when you have given up hope on Major League Baseball because of sign stealing scandals (or steroid scandals) - this: MLB is OK with THC. They will treat it like alcohol - which is not to say that you’ll be able to get it at the stadium, but... And from one extreme to the other: The Food Standards Agency in the UK is (maybe) taking CBD off shelves. Read on...

February 9, 2020

Feb. 10 | Shown the Exit Edition

Another rough week for some of the Canadian big guys - including a canna-famous CEO who was shown the exit. As the industry continues to try to find its sea legs, the Business of Cannabis team is making some moves. We announced we acquired the nation-wide event and education series Leaf Forward. So, if you find yourself in Waterloo, Montreal or Toronto this month, check us out. Here's hoping for a better week cannabis industry. Read on...

February 2, 2020

Feb. 3, 2020 | The Politics of Cannabis

Heading into February - there is some hope on the most glaring omission of Canada’s legalization effort (retail outlets in Ontario) and some additional hope of bringing new US states into the cannabis fold (Vermont). And it wasn’t just the impeachment making news in the US - this week we learned (the obvious) that more liberal voters in the US are more likely to consume cannabis than more conservative voters. (And not just because cannabis helps ease the Trump pain...) Finally, stay tuned to Business of Cannabis this week as we will be making some major announcements tomorrow and Thursday. If you haven’t already - sign up for our newsletter to get the announcements first. Read on…

January 27, 2020

Jan. 27, 2020 | Calling the kettle black

As we head into the last week in January, the industry is: unsettled. Last week we had a major player (Aphria) landing a $100 million investment from a (secret) institutional investor. At the same time, an extraction company (MediPharm) filed suit against a (secret) deadbeat that owes ~$10 million.And not to be left out, President Trump is on tape talking about how cannabis can lower your IQ. If that’s not the ultimate pot calling the kettle black...Read on…

January 19, 2020

Jan. 20, 2020 | Wheat from chaff time?

In the Canadian landscape, we may be seeing the real-time separation of wheat from chaff with new products being rolled out (or not) and positive financial filings (or note). One thing is clear, Canada's paper of record is dialing back their cannabis coverage. And it isn't just Canada. One of the big US retailers is having some trouble, while a slew of new, and more conservative states, look to bolster their cannabis programs in 2020. None of that is helping Joe Biden see the issue more clearly, however. Read on...

January 12, 2020

Jan. 13, 2020 | A Tale of Two Neighbours

It was a week when much of the Canadian cannabis sector descended on Vancouver for the Lift&Co. Expo, but not without some Twitter controversy. It was also a week when Canada’s largest province started rolling out Cannabis 2.0 products to retailers and consumers. While the world is dealing with a ton of horrible situations right now, impacts from 2.0 products are not among them.We have some new podcasts dropping this week too - including On A High Season 2, Minnesota Cannabis Conversations and stay tuned for BofC Live later this week recorded with the team at the Village Bloomery in Vancouver. Read on…

December 16, 2019

Dec. 16, 2019 | Brighter Days Ahead?

Last week was a big one for the Canadian cannabis industry - and many companies, brands and people were together at MJBizCon to discuss it all.‍Ontario’s new retail cannabis guidelines are out - and things seem to be moving quickly after a year of being stuck firmly in the mud. Expect to see lots more retailers in Ontario in 2020.In some parts of the country, Cannabis 2.0 starts this week...For a deep dive into all things Ontario retail - we connect with Matt Maurer of Torkin Manes last Friday from the MJBizCon trade show. Take a listen…

December 2, 2019

Dec. 2, 2019 | Cannabis Black Friday (or not)

You know the roll-out of cannabis isn't going smoothly when one level of government (the Province of Ontario/the Ontario Cannabis Store) has to pull one of its promotions for a Black Friday cannabis sale because another level of government (Health Canada) has a problem. To add insult to injury, Willie Nelson had to stop smoking cannabis. Fear not, however, because next week, the Business of Cannabis team (and scores of Business of Cannabis readers/viewers/listeners) will be heading to Las Vegas for MJBizCon 2019. Read on...

November 25, 2019

Nov. 25, 2019 | Goodbye Ontario Lottery

The news that drove the Canadian cannabis conversation this week was the hope for revisions of the retail framework in Ontario. Hello unlocking hundreds of licenses, and (presumably) goodbye lottery. But that wasn’t the only news. The US and Israel made MORE steps forward on cannabis, but perhaps the political issues both countries are facing will complicate things further. And, a full suite of Business of Cannabis productions are hitting your computer this week. First up, Dan Sutton from Tantalus Labs.

November 17, 2019

Nov. 18, 2019 | Gut Punches Continue

The Great Canadian Cannabis Gut Punch continued this week...‍

November 10, 2019

Nov. 11, 2019 | Now We're Here

Dr. Phil is now Enemy #1 in the cannabis world because he has views on cannabis as outdated as Don Cherry’s views on immigration and patriotism. But worry not, because the most Canadian intersection of things ever happened last week: cannabis + Drake. Read on...

November 3, 2019

Nov. 4, 1019 | Finding the Silver Lining

The news generally has not been good on the Canadian cannabis landscape recently (CannTrust, Ontario retail, HEXO earnings) - Leaf Forward’s Alex Blumenstein shared some thoughts about the sector’s path forward in the Globe + Mail.

October 27, 2019

Oct. 28, 2019 | Cuts Edition

We’ll start where the news is more or less positive - cannabis retail...

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.