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October 21, 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 17, 2019

BofC featured on Breakfast Television Toronto on "Canniversary" Day

BofC co-founder and president Jay Rosenthal joined the Breakfast Television Toronto team on October 17, 2019 - the anniversary of legalization to talk about the past year and look ahead to what's next.

October 17, 2019

Year 1 of legal cannabis a dress rehearsal for what comes next - BofC featured on CBC Ottawa

BofC co-founder and president Jay Rosenthal provided insight to CBC Ottawa looking back on year one of legalization."The industry and all levels of government have had a challenging time understanding how to go from 0 to 100 really, really quickly..."Read the full story.

October 15, 2019

Looking at Cannabis Legalization One Year In - BofC featured on The Craig Needles Show

During the week of the one year anniversary of legalization in Canada - Jay Rosenthal, co-founder and president, Business of Cannabis - joined The Craig Needles Show on AM 980 CFPL to talk about the year gone by and provided a look ahead.

October 15, 2019

BofC Live with Daniel Davidzon, EuroLife Brands

Daniel Davidzon joined us from EuroLife Brands, the company behind Cannvas.me. Business of Cannabis connected with EuroLife Brands to talk about their entrance into the European and South American markets and what the future holds for cannabis education.

October 15, 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 13, 2019

8 “Teachable” Things from Year 1 of Legalization

It has been a year since adult-use, recreational cannabis became legal in Canada. It hasn’t been perfect. But, like any good teacher or parent would say, it has been a year-long ‘teachable moment’. So, this week, the one year anniversary of cannabis legalization, it’s a good time to share some thoughts about what we have learned as a country, an industry and what the future may hold. 

October 10, 2019

BofC Live with Eric Foster, Dentons | Why Innovation (Not Cultivation) Will Be Canada's Cannabis Legacy

For over 2 years, Eric Foster has been leading a team at Dentons working in the cannabis space, both in Canada and around the world. He has seen first hand how the industry has shifted and grown. He sat down with Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about his experience and about partnering on Cannabis + Technology, presented by Business of Cannabis.

October 8, 2019

BofC Live with Max Zavet, Robes Cannabis | The Importance of Genetics in the Canadian Cannabis Landscape

Maxim Zavet was the founder of Emblem and now launched Robes. He has deep knowledge and experience in the cannabis sector. Robes is looking to fill a gap in the sector whereby they locate and provide unique and high-quality genetics to producers. He joined Business of Cannabis to talk about the sector and how he sees the industry rolling out for patients and consumers overall.

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. 

October 7, 2019

Cannabis + Technology Event Recap by CSE

Conversations about innovation and technological advancements in the cannabis industry were in full flow at Business of Cannabis Presents: Cannabis + Technology, which took place on September 27th at the iconic Steam Whistle Brewing in Toronto. Tune in now for CSE CEO Richard Carleton’s insights into the rapid growth of the CSE in relation to the cannabis industry (2:10), and to hear from Jay Rosenthal, Business of Cannabis’ Co-Founder and President, as he discusses the goals of the event and how it ties into the company’s purpose

September 30, 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. 

October 15, 2019

BofC Live with Daniel Davidzon, EuroLife Brands

Daniel Davidzon joined us from EuroLife Brands, the company behind Cannvas.me. Business of Cannabis connected with EuroLife Brands to talk about their entrance into the European and South American markets and what the future holds for cannabis education.

October 13, 2019

8 “Teachable” Things from Year 1 of Legalization

It has been a year since adult-use, recreational cannabis became legal in Canada. It hasn’t been perfect. But, like any good teacher or parent would say, it has been a year-long ‘teachable moment’. So, this week, the one year anniversary of cannabis legalization, it’s a good time to share some thoughts about what we have learned as a country, an industry and what the future may hold. 

October 10, 2019

BofC Live with Eric Foster, Dentons | Why Innovation (Not Cultivation) Will Be Canada's Cannabis Legacy

For over 2 years, Eric Foster has been leading a team at Dentons working in the cannabis space, both in Canada and around the world. He has seen first hand how the industry has shifted and grown. He sat down with Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about his experience and about partnering on Cannabis + Technology, presented by Business of Cannabis.

October 8, 2019

BofC Live with Max Zavet, Robes Cannabis | The Importance of Genetics in the Canadian Cannabis Landscape

Maxim Zavet was the founder of Emblem and now launched Robes. He has deep knowledge and experience in the cannabis sector. Robes is looking to fill a gap in the sector whereby they locate and provide unique and high-quality genetics to producers. He joined Business of Cannabis to talk about the sector and how he sees the industry rolling out for patients and consumers overall.

October 7, 2019

Cannabis + Technology Event Recap by CSE

Conversations about innovation and technological advancements in the cannabis industry were in full flow at Business of Cannabis Presents: Cannabis + Technology, which took place on September 27th at the iconic Steam Whistle Brewing in Toronto. Tune in now for CSE CEO Richard Carleton’s insights into the rapid growth of the CSE in relation to the cannabis industry (2:10), and to hear from Jay Rosenthal, Business of Cannabis’ Co-Founder and President, as he discusses the goals of the event and how it ties into the company’s purpose

September 26, 2019

Business of Cannabis Opens the Market

On Thursday, September 26th - in anticipation of Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis - the Canadian Securities Exchange welcomed the BofC team to ring the opening bell.

September 26, 2019

Business of Cannabis joins Moment of Truth with David Moses on ELMNT FM

Jay Rosenthal, co-founder and president of Business of Cannabis joined David Moses' show, Moment of Truth on ELMNT FM.

September 25, 2019

BofC Live with Brad Mahon, Mount Royal University

Brad Mahon is the Dean of Continuing Education at Mount Royal University. Mount Royal University is one of the institutions across the country offering the cannabis education curriculum built by Kwantlen Polytechnic University. As well, Mount Royal University is a partner in Cannabis + Technology on Friday, Sept. 27 in Toronto. We connected with Brad to talk about the opportunities in the sector, the education needed fill those opportunities and how schools like his are helping train the future workforce of the cannabis sector.

September 25, 2019

BofC Live with Chris Budd, President, Isolocity

Chris Budd is the CEO of Isolocity - a GMP and ISO compliance software company focused in the cannabis space. Isolocity is a partner for Cannabis + Technology on September 27. This conversation explored the origins of Isolocity and the role it plays with companies, especially as the industry expands globallly.

September 25, 2019

BofC Live with Fern Glowinsky, CEO, Merrco

Fern Glowinsky, CEO of Merrco - a payment services company - joined BofC Live to talk about the critical role compliant and secure payments play in the cannabis sector in Canada. Merrco is a partner for Cannabis + Technology on Sept. 27, 2019.

September 24, 2019

BofC Live with John Prentice, CEO, Ample Organics

John Prentice is a long-time leader in the Canadian cannabis sector - having launched the pre-eminent Canadian seed-to-sale tracking company. Now, Ample integrates clinics, analytics and training into their platform. Ample is a long-time partner of Business of Cannabis - and will join BofC at Cannabis + Technology on Sept. 27, 2019.

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.

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.