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August 2, 2020

91 days before the US election

The summer moves on amid the Presidential election (91 days out!), a raging pandemic in the US and a (hopefully) waning pandemic in Canada. So lots going on outside of cannabis. Read on...

August 2, 2020

Chris Lavoie of CannDelta answers whether or not it's a good time to apply to be a cannabis retailer

Chris Lavoie of CannDelta joins BofC Live to answer the Ask the Expert question posed this week through Business of Cannabis: "Is this still a good time to pursue opening a cannabis retail store given the slow licensing rate and seemingly unfair challenges private retailers are having to deal with, such as losing the right to do home delivery?"

July 30, 2020

Matt Maurer on the rapidly shifting cannabis industry landscape

Matt Maurer of the law firm Torkin Manes joins Business of Cannabis on BofC Live to talk about about the recent Torkin Manes and Business of Cannabis partnership announcement, cannabis retail in Ontario and how quickly things shift in the cannabis sector.

July 29, 2020

Demand Planner/Analyst, Kelowna, British Columbia

Cannabis At Work is recruiting for a Demand Planner/Analyst in Kelowna, British Columbia. Learn more + apply.

July 29, 2020

Fact or Fiction Baby Boomers Only Consumer Cannabis for Aches and Pains

On this episode - BofC Live features our weekly conversation with Liz Stahura, the Co-Founder and President of BDSA - the Official Insights Partner of Business of Cannabis.

July 28, 2020

Special Programming - A Preview of a Cannabis Retail Store Opening

BofC Live is the daily news and interview program of Business of Cannabis. Business of Cannabis highlights the companies, brands, people and trends driving the sector. This episode features a conversation with Mimi Lam and Drummond Munro, co-founders of Superette. The conversation was recorded the day ahead of the launch of their first Toronto location in the Summerhill neighbourhood.

July 28, 2020

Canadian Monthly Cannabis Inventory and Inventory Change

This week, Cannabis Benchmarks examines the continuing buildup of cannabis product inventory held in federal and provincial storage facilities. Read on.

July 27, 2020

Brett Chang discusses the cannabis legalization effort in New Zealand

Brett Chang joins Jay Rosenthal for BofC Live to discuss the ongoing effort in New Zealand to legalize cannabis, including an upcoming, nationwide referendum vote in Septembers.

July 27, 2020

A Week Long Remembered

Last week will be a week long-remembered by cannabis people in Ontario as delivery and curb-side pick up ended by the Province. Perhaps it will be only temporary, or perhaps those two purchase options will never come back. Either way, it will be long-remembered. Read on.

July 27, 2020

Denis Adigamov of CannDelta answers a question about proper licensing for cannabis product development

On June 1, CannDelta became the Official Regulatory Advisory of Business of Cannabis. This week, we speak with Lucas McCann for an up-to-the-minute status report from the AGCO.

July 23, 2020

Torkin Manes Becomes Official Law Firm of Business of Cannabis

Torkin Manes LLP, a Toronto-based law firm with deep knowledge, expertise and practice in the cannabis sector, announced today they have become the Official Law Firm of the Business of Cannabis. Business of Cannabis is the preeminent B2B cannabis media platform in Canada.

July 23, 2020

48North's CEO talks regenerative agriculture and brand-building in Canadian cannabis

On this episode - BofC Live features a conversation with Charles Vennat, CEO of 48North.

July 23, 2020

Torkin Manes Becomes Official Law Firm of Business of Cannabis

Torkin Manes LLP, a Toronto-based law firm with deep knowledge, expertise and practice in the cannabis sector, announced today they have become the Official Law Firm of the Business of Cannabis. Business of Cannabis is the preeminent B2B cannabis media platform in Canada.

July 9, 2020

Is Email Really that Dangerous? - by Loïc Calvez, ALCiT

Is email really that dangerous? Spoiler alert: yes. Last month, here, we looked into phishing and some of the actions you could take to protect yourself. This month, we want to dive a little deeper into what makes email so dangerous, but also, what you can do to protect yourself and your company (because as bad email is, we still need it to get a lot of things done).

April 22, 2020

5 Things We Learned During our Cannabis + Technology Virtual Conference

The Business of Cannabis team just wrapped our first, fully-virtual event series: Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink. We learned a lot throughout the week - about the cannabis sector, about the time we are in right now and about what our audience is seeking. Here are five things we learned during our Cannabis + Technology event last week. 

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.

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.