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April 6, 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 cannabisandtech.ca 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. 

April 3, 2020

Lunch+Learn with Liz Stahura, Co-Founder + President, BDS Analytics

The next in the Business of Cannabis Virtual Event Lunch+Learn series, attendees will be joined by Liz Stahura, the Co-Founder and President of BDS Analytics. This special Lunch+Learn is a lead-in to the Business of Cannabis Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink event, April 13-17 online.

April 2, 2020

Apr. 2 | Job of the Week - Alternate Quality Assurance Person, Ottawa Area, Ontario

Alternate Quality Assurance Person, Ottawa Area, Ontario. This alternate person is responsible for assuring the quality of cannabis and cannabis products before it is made available for sale, investigating complaints received about the quality of the cannabis, and taking corrective action. Qualifications include experience in Quality Assurance Management in a similar production environment, proven knowledge and experience related to the duties of the position as well as a minimum of a science degree.

April 2, 2020

Jae Park, LeafLink - Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink

Jae Park is the Head of Business Development and Government Affairs at LeafLink - an essential, wholesale marketplace of cannabis brands and retailers. LeafLink is the presenting partner of Business of Cannabis' Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink virtual event April 13-17.

April 1, 2020

Albert Kim, Greenline POS - Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink

Albert Kim is the CEO and Founder of Greenline POS and a partner for Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink. His insights into how his retail customers are adapting and shifting in these challenging retail times - using Greenline POS technology - are enlightening.

March 31, 2020

Sahil Razdan, Torkin Manes - Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink

Sahil Razdan is an attorney at Torkin Manes LLP with expertise in data privacy, IP protection and the intersection of technology and consumers. He joined Business of Cannabis for the Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink program April 13-17 held online.

March 31, 2020

Mar. 31 | Benchmarks Update - Canada Cannabis Spot Index

This week's Canada Cannabis Spot Index report provides an update on the state of retail cannabis access across Canada in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the most part, cannabis cultivators and retailers have been deemed essential businesses and may stay open under the emergency orders issued by provincial governments. However, cannabis stores have been ordered to close in a couple smaller provinces. Online ordering remains an option, although delivery procedures have changed due to the current situation. As the pandemic develops, though, more stringent restrictions on businesses and Canadian residents may be imposed, which could result in notable pain for an industry that was already facing several challenges.

March 29, 2020

Apr. 3 | Virtual Lunch+Learn with Alison McMahon, Cannabis At Work

Alison McMahon is the Founder + CEO of Cannabis At Work, a long-time leader in the Canadian cannabis sector. As she says it, she's been, "recruiting for cannabis before it was cool." She will join Business of Cannabis for our Lunch+Learn series to speak about the current climate in the sector, and what both employers and employees should be thinking about and planning for during these challenging times.

March 29, 2020

Business of Cannabis Call In Live with Caryma Sa'd, Attorney and Executive Director of NORML Canada

Another in our the Business of Cannabis Virtual Event series, during this Call In Live event, Caryma Sa'd will discuss and answer questions about her work as an advocate, cannabis attorney and Executive Director of NORMAL Canada. Sign up today.

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 26, 2020

Launch of the Cannabis Talent Help List

These are unprecedented times. Today, many of our friends and colleagues are out of work and more layoffs are expected in the coming months. As members of the cannabis industry we owe it to each other to support the workforce that makes this industry possible.Along with our partners at Cannabis At Work, we started a Cannabis Talent Help List database to help those who are currently out of work due to layoffs, restructuring, insolvency, etc. View + join the list.

March 26, 2020

Mar. 26, 2020 | Job of the Week - R&D Technologist - Kelowna, British Columbia

The Research and Development (R&D) Technologist will report directly to the Head of Research and Development and is responsible for leading various types of R&D projects, including those related to formulation, product development, process development and stability studies. View the full job listing.

March 31, 2020

Mar. 31 | Benchmarks Update - Canada Cannabis Spot Index

This week's Canada Cannabis Spot Index report provides an update on the state of retail cannabis access across Canada in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the most part, cannabis cultivators and retailers have been deemed essential businesses and may stay open under the emergency orders issued by provincial governments. However, cannabis stores have been ordered to close in a couple smaller provinces. Online ordering remains an option, although delivery procedures have changed due to the current situation. As the pandemic develops, though, more stringent restrictions on businesses and Canadian residents may be imposed, which could result in notable pain for an industry that was already facing several challenges.

March 24, 2020

BofC Live with George Smitherman, President + CEO, Cannabis Council of Canada

George Smitherman joined BofC Live for the first time after being named President and CEO of the Cannabis Council of Canada, the pre-eminent industry association representing cannabis producers. The conversation includes the issue related to the Business Development Bank of Canada not providing emergency relief for small business in the cannabis sector. As well, Smitherman discusses what it means to be a responsible retailer in the era of social distancing.

March 24, 2020

Mar. 24 | Benchmarks Update - Packaged Canadian Cannabis Inventory

Canadian cannabis sales have trended upward steadily since commencing in October 2018, with Cannabis Benchmarks projecting roughly 14,000 kilograms of product sold in February 2020. However, the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic is likely to result in disruption to Canada's still-developing adult-use market. Read on.

March 20, 2020

BofC Live with Omar Khan, H+K Strategies

In this unprecedented time amid COVID-19, Omar Khan of H+K Strategies joined BofC Live to discuss with Jay Rosenthal how the cannabis industry could access support made available by the Canadian government. As well, what the era of social distancing meant for cannabis retailers and would-be retailers in Ontario - and throughout Canada.

March 19, 2020

Mar. 19, 2020 | Job of the Week - Quality Assurance (QA) Validation Technician - Kelowna, British Columbia

The Quality Assurance (QA) Validation Technician is responsible for assisting in implementation of all equipment qualifications and process validation for all departments. The QA Validation Technician ensures adherence to all facility SOPs relating to current Health Canada regulations, GMPs, and other applicable regulations. As the QA Validation Technician, you would be responsible for performing and assisting with documentation of validations and qualifications; as well as ensuring that quality standards are met in the preparation and execution of these processes. They report to the Quality Assurance Manager.

March 17, 2020

Business of Cannabis Call In Live with Dr. Mike Hart - COVID-19 What you need to know

The first in an ongoing series of Business of Cannabis Virtual Events, the inaugural Call In Live will be held with Dr. Mike Hart. Dr. Hart is a the founder and medical director of ReadyToGo Clinic in London, Ontario and is a well-known and well-respected doctor who incorporates medical cannabis into his practice. He will join Call In Live to discuss all you need to know about COVID-19 as Ontario, Canada and much of the world is in the midst of social distancing in order to flatten the curve of the virus. Join us.

March 17, 2020

Mar. 17 | Benchmarks Update - Ontario Cannabis Store Application Status

This week's CCSI report provides an update on the expansion of licensed cannabis retailers in Ontario. To this point, Canada's most populous province has had the slowest rollout of legal storefronts, with 40 locations currently open for business, only 5% of the over 800 open across the country. Read on.

March 13, 2020

#BofCLive with Dan Sutton of Tantalus Labs talks about operating while preparing for COVID-19

Dan Sutton is the co-founder and CEO of Tantalus Labs and joined #BofCLive on Mar. 13, 2020 to talk about operating a cannabis company in the midst of a COVID-19. Specifically, Dan talks about how his company is working with employees and handling operations in his Maple Ridge, BC facility.

March 12, 2020

Mar. 12, 2020 | Job of the Week - Automation Engineer - Burnaby, British Columbia

Automation Engineer - Burnaby, British Columbia | The successful candidate is responsible for completing projects and tasks that are assigned to them by the Automation Manager. They will need to be able to follow instructions, operational procedures and directions from their manager to complete tasks and goals on time. They will help oversee all aspects of Programming and Automation with our client. Successful applicants will need to embody the clients core values of teamwork, exceptional customer service, superior craftsmanship and enjoy a challenge.

March 10, 2020

Green Party MP calls for moratorium on outdoor cannabis licenses

Paul Manly, a Green Party MP from the BC riding of Nanaimo—Ladysmith, presented a petition in the House of Commons on March 9 calling on a one year moratorium for all new outdoor cannabis cultivation licenses, as well as asking the federal government to change their regulations to allow more local community input in the federal licensing process. Read on.

March 10, 2020

MN Cannabis Conversations with Michael Ford, Executive Director, Minnesota NORML

Jason Tarasek of Minnesota Cannabis Law sits down for a Minnesota Cannabis Conversation with Michael Ford, Executive Director, Minnesota NORML. Michael Ford is the Executive Director of Minnesota NORML. As well, in 2018 Ford ran for statewide office in Minnesota, which served to qualify the Legal Marijuana Now party as a major party in state. The conversation ranges from advocacy efforts to politics to cannabis and exercise.

March 10, 2020

Mar. 10 | Benchmarks Update - Household Expenditure Data for Cannabis

Cannabis has significant room for growth, as spending in the legal recreational market made up only 11% of the 2019 spend on all three product categories combined. Additionally, the illicit market still received 71% of all Canadian cannabis spending in 2019. The legal adult-use market has consistently taken market share from the illegal market since its opening in October 2018, but at a decreasing rate each quarter.

November 28, 2018

A Letter to our Friends

Dear Friends, We founded Business of Cannabis because we wanted to tell the stories of the people, trends and innovations shaping Canada’s exciting, disruptive, and often misunderstood, legal cannabis sector. On November 28, 2017 after months of work, we publicly launched our platform at an event on a cold wintry evening in Toronto. And today, exactly one year on from that first introduction to you, we are incredibly excited to have reached a major milestone, but also to announce that BofC will be acquired by Civilized Worldwide Inc. Civilized is a leading a media and lifestyle brand that highlights and embraces modern cannabis culture and shares our mission to bring authentic, sophisticated content to audiences across North America. If you’re not familiar with Civilized, we encourage you to hop on over to their website, here Our BofC office in Toronto will expand as Civilized establishes a physical presence in the city. Operations will continue to be led by co-founders Blaine Pearson and Jay Rosenthal and our third co-founder Reva Seth will remain on as a strategic advisor but will no longer be directly involved in the business. We are most excited about this next trip around the sun, and joining forces with Civilized because it will enable us to expand our offerings and improve the breadth and depth of the content and events that we produce. To date it has been an amazing and wild ride, in an industry that is unrivalled for its pace of change and growth over this past year. And so, we thank you, our partners, readers, event attendees and guests, for your support and we are looking forward to bringing you even more in the coming months. Onwards, Blaine, Jay and Reva

November 17, 2018

BofC // Quick Hits with Matt Maurer, Vice Chair Cannabis Law Group, Partner + Litigator, Torkin Manes LLP

Matt Maurer is the Vice Chair of the Cannabis Law Group at Torkin Manes LLP. In the midst of MJBizCon, he joined Business of Cannabis following the release of the cannabis retail regulations coming forward in Ontario.

November 4, 2018

Cannabis Education – Why It’s Important

Last year, Deloitte published a study on consumption habits of Canadians. It found that 66% of cannabis consumers were using it to help with relaxation and sleep, and 62%were consuming to reduce stress and anxiety. There were many who assumed that the introduction of cannabis for adult-use purposes would reduce the demand for medical cannabis, but the early days are showing just the opposite. With the legal grey areas fading, and the stigma around cannabis consumption lessening every day, more and more patients and physicians are looking to cannabis as a serious option – however, the traditional circle of care has neglected to adequately support those patients using medical cannabis.

October 17, 2018

BofC Introduces Age Verification: Because It Takes A Village

Business of Cannabis launches age verification system to restrict access to content to those to are legally-aged.

August 23, 2018

Clearing Out the Haze: Five Things to Know about the Legalization of Cannabis

Canada is on the cusp of an exciting new industry, with a unique opportunity to lead in innovation, development, health and safety, and more. On October 17, 2018, Canada will become the first G7 country to fully legalize adult-use recreational cannabis across the nation.

July 12, 2018

Four Issues to be resolved in cannabis legalization, by Reva Seth

For cannabis legalization to succeed the most crucial issue will be for those invested in its outcome to engage in a meaningful conversation about safety.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Compliance in the Age of (Over?) Regulation Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Compliance in the Age of (Over?) Regulation" panel was moderated by Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis and was comprised of Megan Henderson of HelloMD, Henry Awere of Weed.App and Rebecca Brown of Crowns Agency.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Fireside Chat with Karim Ramji, Chief Information Officer of the Ontario Cannabis Store

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This fireside chat about how information, technology and cannabis come together for the Ontario Cannabis Store features Jay Rosenthal from Business of Cannabis and Karim Ramji, the Chief Information Officer at the Ontario Cannabis Store.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Building a Cannabis/Tech Workforce Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Building a Cannabis/Tech Workforce" panel was moderated by Corey Herscu of RNMKR Agency and was comprised of David Purcell of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Alison McMahon of Cannabis At Work and Ryan Lalonde of Buddi.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Creating a Hub for Cannabis Innovation Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Creating a Hub for Cannabis Innovation" panel was moderated by Sarah Tahor of Can Innovations and was comprised of Steve Milbury of Opportunities New Brunswick, Pauline Roy of Université de Moncton, Hart Devitt of University of New Brunswick and Danielle Connell of MITACS.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Easing the Pain of the Patient Journey Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Easing the Pain of the Patient Journey" panel was moderated by Daniel Sax of Sensi Properties and was comprised of Megan Henderson of HelloMD, Jessica Moran of Strainprint and Sarah Seale of Pineapple Express Delivery.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | A Sit Down with Publisher Ken Hunt, Toronto Life

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "A Sit Down with the Publisher" component of the program was a conversation between Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis and Ken Hunt of Toronto Life to discuss their new publication, MIGHTY launching in 2020.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Driving Decision-Making Through Patient + Consumer Insights

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Driving Decision-Making Through Patient + Consumer Insights" panel was moderated by Mary-Margaret Jones and was comprised of Michelle Arbus of Strainprint,Sean Copeland of Lift&Co. and Alexander Gregory of the Ontario Cannabis Store.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Tech Within the Retail Space Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Tech Within the Retail Space" panel was moderated by Jo Vos of Leafly and was comprised of Anne Forkutza of Cova, Drummond Munro of Superette and Dmitri Melamed of POPCANN.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Security Transactions, Small to Big Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Secure Transactions, Small to Big" panel was moderated by Eric Foster of Dentons and was comprised of Fern Glowinsky/Merrco and Albert Kim/Greenline POS.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | The Compliance Cloud Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Compliance Cloud" panel was moderated by Laura Foster of James E. Wagner Cultivation and was comprised of Lou Sanatore/ComplianceQuest and Linda Considine/Rootstock.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Barcodes to Block Chain: Transparency + Security Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Barcodes to Block Chain: Transparency + Security" panel was moderated by Mitchell Osak of MNP and was comprised of Robert Galarza/TruTrace Technologies, Loic Calvez/ALCiT and Nick Murray/AdvancedCare.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Balancing Profit + Purpose with B Lab

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.‍ Kasha Huk, Country Manager for B Lab joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis for a conversation about how B Corp certification may be a strong addition in the rapidly-growing cannabis/technology space.

November 4, 2018

Cannabis Education – Why It’s Important

Last year, Deloitte published a study on consumption habits of Canadians. It found that 66% of cannabis consumers were using it to help with relaxation and sleep, and 62%were consuming to reduce stress and anxiety. There were many who assumed that the introduction of cannabis for adult-use purposes would reduce the demand for medical cannabis, but the early days are showing just the opposite. With the legal grey areas fading, and the stigma around cannabis consumption lessening every day, more and more patients and physicians are looking to cannabis as a serious option – however, the traditional circle of care has neglected to adequately support those patients using medical cannabis.

October 17, 2018

BofC Introduces Age Verification: Because It Takes A Village

Business of Cannabis launches age verification system to restrict access to content to those to are legally-aged.

May 9, 2018

Papers | A Rolling Guide to the Business of Cannabis

We're excited to share that our first issue of Papers is now live.

May 7, 2018

BofC // Quick Hits with Sean Dollinger, CEO, Namaste Technologies

Sean Dollinger, Namaste Technologies' CEO, joined Business of Cannabis to talk about the acquisition, the importance in crafting a company that is responsive and mindful of customers online and how Namaste Technologies is taking a page from other customer-centric e-commerce platforms that have been able to take on the biggest players in the e-commerce world.

May 4, 2018

BofC // Quick Hits with Megan McCrae, Aphria

This Quick Hits interview was conducted on 4/20, shortly after Aphria, a leading Canadian Licensed Producer, announced a key brand in their portfolio that they would be rolling out as Canada enters adult-use legalization later this year.

January 14, 2019

BofC // Quick Hits with George Habib, Lung Association - Ontario

As cannabis use becomes more widespread, the Lung Association - Ontario and Tetra-Biopharma have partnered up to understand the impacts (and benefits?) of cannabis use on lungs. George Habib, the President and CEO of Lung Association - Ontario joined BofC to talk about the partnership, the need and what other health charities could be doing to explore, research and understand the impacts and benefits of cannabis.

November 25, 2018

BofC // Quick Hits with Michelle Arbus, Strainprint & Dr. Prutchi Sagiv, Gynica

Last week, Strainprint, a leader in cannabis data and analytics, announced a partnership with Israeli research leaders, Lumir Lab and Gynica to conduct the world's first international clinical study on the use of cannabis to treat endometriosis.

November 4, 2018

Cannabis Education – Why It’s Important

Last year, Deloitte published a study on consumption habits of Canadians. It found that 66% of cannabis consumers were using it to help with relaxation and sleep, and 62%were consuming to reduce stress and anxiety. There were many who assumed that the introduction of cannabis for adult-use purposes would reduce the demand for medical cannabis, but the early days are showing just the opposite. With the legal grey areas fading, and the stigma around cannabis consumption lessening every day, more and more patients and physicians are looking to cannabis as a serious option – however, the traditional circle of care has neglected to adequately support those patients using medical cannabis.

October 9, 2018

Medical Cannabis and Long-Term Care Homes

Access to medical cannabis, while growing in acceptance across Canada, is far from universal. If you are an adult in control of your own care, the barriers to access are beginning to fall. If you are dependent on someone else for your care though, you may be out of luck.

October 6, 2018

Older Canadians, Here's What You Need To Know About Cannabis

Cannabis is one of the most potentially disruptive healthcare options to become available on the wellness, anti-aging and pain management fronts. Whether you are in the cannabis or health industry, or just interested in understanding the influence of cannabis legalization on a growing seniors platform, these are the key points to understand about the interplay between cannabis, aging and older Canadians. All of these issues will also be addressed at our upcoming Toronto series, Green + Silver: Cannabis and Optimal Aging.‍

August 29, 2018

Talking To My Parents About Medical Cannabis Isn’t Working

Over the past two years, I’ve been having an ongoing and so far unsuccessful conversation with my elderly, South Asian parents about medical cannabis and how it could potentially help them. And so far, while I’ve seen a shift in their openness to the idea, they have yet to engage in the modern medical cannabis movement.

March 1, 2018

BofC // Quick Hits with Michael Gorenstein, CEO, Cronos Group

Michael Gorenstein, CEO of Cronos Group, joined Business of cannabis to talk about their listing on the NASDAQ as well as Israel's path forward regarding exporting medicinal cannabis.

February 8, 2018

BofC // Quick Hits with Saul Kaye, Founder/iCAN and Co-Founder/CannaTech

There was news this week that there was a roadblock to Israel's cannabis industry's desire to export medicinal cannabis. Business of Cannabis wanted to hear directly from Israel the status - so who better to check in with than Saul Kaye of iCAN and CannaTech.