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May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020 | Lunch+Learn with Ian Dyck, Shopify

Ian Dyck from Shopify joined Business of Cannabis for our Lunch+Learn series - part of a four-part series titled: Creating An Omnichannel Cannabis Retail Experience Presented by Shopify. Dyck gave an overview of Shopify's platform and benefits for cannabis retailers and answered questions related to the platform and how retailers are utilizing the technology. Learn more about the series.

May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020 | Job of the Week - Chief Operating Officer, Montevideo, Uruguay

Cannabis At Work's client is an Australian-based cannabis company with recently acquired pharma-grade lab assets in Uruguay that will be used for extraction. They are seeking a COO to take the business from start-up to scale, with a focus on low cost extraction services. This position is located in Montevideo, Uruguay with frequent travel within South America and other international locations. Learn more + apply.

May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020 | BofC Live with Nick Pateras, Managing Director, Europe, Materia Ventures

Nick Pateras, the Managing Director, Europe for Materia Ventures joined BofC Live to talk about their entrance into both the UK and German markets. As well, Pateras discussed emerging European cannabis markets - including Malta.

May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020 | BofC Live with Angelo Tsebelis, CEO + Stephen Ng, CCO of WeedMD

The CEO and CCO of WeedMD join BofC Live to discuss WeedMD's merger with Starseed Medicinal, growing outdoors in Southern Ontario and how having a built in, insurance-covered, patient base allows WeedMD to operate from a position of strength even in the challenging COVID-19 era.

May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020 | BofC Live with Harrison Stoker, HOBO Cannabis Company

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 Harrison Stoker of HOBO Cannabis Company talking about their expansion into Ontario - as well as the positioning of the overall company between bars, restaurants and barber shops.

May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020 | Benchmarks Update - Dry Cannabis Consumption by Patients

This week's CCSI report examines newly-released medical cannabis sales data.Although the data is only current to September 2019, Cannabis Benchmarks has modeled medical cannabis sales from October 2019 through February 2020. Sales of cannabis to registered patients have declined sharply since the recreational market opened, but our projections indicate that they will eventually find a bottom even as recreational sales continue to grow.

May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020 | BofC Live with Ian Dyck, Shopify

Ian Dyck of Shopify joins BofC Live to discuss Shopify's long-standing role in the legal cannabis industry in Canada - serving producers, government agencies and private retailers alike. In partnership with Business of Cannabis, Shopify is presenting a 4-part series titled: Creating an Omnichannel Cannabis Retail Experience presented by Shopify - which launches on Friday, May 15, 2020.

May 11, 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 8, 2020

May 8 | Job of the Week - VP of Marketing, Toronto, Ontario

The VP of Marketing will oversee a team dedicated to supporting the sales organization by designing programming and tools that drive revenue, volume, value, share and consumer engagement. Learn more.

May 7, 2020

May 7, 2020 | BofC Live with Tanner Stewart, Stewart Farms

Tanner Stewart is the founder of Stewart Farms, an aquaponic grower in St. Stephen, NB. Stewart Farms received their license from Health Canada in April and moved plants into the facility on April 20, 2020. Tanner Stewart is the founder of Stewart Farms, an aquaponic grower in St. Stephen, NB. Stewart Farms received their license from Health Canada in April and moved plants into the facility on April 20, 2020.

May 6, 2020

Lunch+Learn with Alan Brochstein, 420 Investor + New Cannabis Ventures

Alan Brochstein, CFA, covers the cannabis industry full time from Houston, running 420 Investor, a subscription-based service for those interested in publicly-traded cannabis stocks, and New Cannabis Ventures, a news and information platform that highlights promising companies and influential investors in the cannabis industry. Before focusing on the cannabis industry in 2013, Alan worked as an independent equity research analyst following two decades as a portfolio manager, trader, and analyst.

May 6, 2020

May 6, 2020 | BofC Live with Michael Garbuz, Materia Ventures + High 12 Brands

Michael Garbuz is the founder + CEO of High 12 Brands and founder + President of Materia Ventures. On the High 12 Brands' side of the house, consumer-facing products have hit shelves in both BC and Ontario within the past month and Materia Ventures has launched a CBD vape pen into the UK market. This conversation talks about these two new developments, what it means for both companies and what near- and longer-term future may look like.

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.

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.

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.