Ontario’s Cannabis Retail Lottery in Question After Year of Legalization

Ontario is thinking about changing the lottery system being used to award cannabis retail licenses after the first year of legalization saw only 24 outlets open, with critics panning the lack of access for consumers.

The province has sold $216.8 million of cannabis in the first year of legalization according to analysis by BNN Bloomberg. However, the province has lost out on $325 million in economic activity and approximately $50 million in tax revenue due to lack of retail outlets, according to The Cannalysts Inc., an independent cannabis research and analysis company.

Since cannabis was legalized in October of 2018, 24 retail stores have been opened in Ontario, whereas Manitoba, which has only a tenth of the population of Ontario, has opened 27. Alberta uses the same combination of government-operated website and private licensed brick and mortar stores as Ontario, but has 356 retail outlets serving a population one-third the size.

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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New Provincial Rules Will Enable Officers to Ticket for Possession of Illicit Cannabis

Changes to provincial law set limits of how much weed users can have in public.

New rules come into effect Jan. 1 in Manitoba that will allow officers to ticket people caught with illicit cannabis, rather than charging them and sending them to provincial court.

The changes to the province’s Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act will also make it illegal to possess cannabis that is not packaged, stamped and labelled in accordance with federal legislation, or to possess more than 30 grams of non-medical cannabis at a time in a public place, in Manitoba.

Anyone caught could be fined up to $672.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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Michigan’s Cannabis Businesses Make $1.63 Million In First Week Of Recreational Sales

The first ‘provisioning centers’ retailing recreational cannabis in Michigan rang up more than $1.6 million in sales in just the first week of business, according to data from state regulators. With only five shops open the week that legal recreational sales began in the state, adults purchased nearly $1.63 million in cannabis products from December 1 through December 8.

Doug Hellyar is the president and chief operating officer of Lume Cannabis Company, the owner of the Lit dispensary in Evart, Michigan. Sales there were so brisk that the shop in Osceola County started to run out of inventory after only two days in business.

“We are humbled that our first weekend of adult-use sales at Lit Provisioning Centers in Evart was so well- received,” he said. “People traveled from across the state, braved the cold and stood in line for hours to be among the first to purchase recreational marijuana in Northern Michigan.”

“In under two days, we saw over 750 customers and did more than $75,000 in recreational sales, with the average customer spending $103,” Hellyar added.

After opening on Friday, the Lit store quickly burned through 8 pounds of cannabis and the company announced on Sunday that the

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Walmart Apologizes For Selling Christmas Sweater Featuring Santa Snorting Coke

The year couldn’t end without a holiday retail faux pas from a free-wheeling mega-chain with recurrent issues with third party sellers, now could it?

The extremely ugly piece of clothing in question is a red, white, and blue sweater showing Santa Claus sitting at a coffee table with a pile of something white and three white lines in front of him. The subtle messaging on the wearable item? A cheery line that reads “Let It Snow.”

In a statement published Saturday, the corporation attempted to pass the blame off on a third party seller that had put the sweaters up for sale on Walmart Marketplace.

“These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on [Walmart Canada’s website], do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website,” the company wrote. “We have removed these products from our marketplace. We apologize for any unintended [offense] this may have caused.”

It’s certainly not the first time that the big-box retailer has been forced to pull products from the shelves after they’ve caused an uproar. Walmart is well known for its battles against music deemed too explicit in lyrical content, but those aren’t the only battles that have been waged on its

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How CBD Treats Endometriosis

CANNABIS CULTURE –For centuries, many women have suffered from excruciatingly painful menstrual cramps and gut-wrenching period pains. Those who shared their ordeal were either scoffed at for being a cry baby or were told that the pain was normal. It has taken a really long time for the medical community to understand that extremely painful periods are not normal, and it finally led to the diagnosis of endometriosis. 

Though endometriosis was first discovered in 1860, there is still a lack of awareness about the disease in our society. According to a report, one in every ten women suffers from endometriosis. Kerry, who was recently diagnosed with endometriosis, is shocked at how inept the medical community is in dealing with the condition. “Since my early teens, I have been complaining about pelvic cramps and excruciating pain around my uterus. I consulted with multiple doctors, each one assuring that it was just a normal period cramp. I can’t believe how doctors could be so oblivious to endometriosis pain. I shouldn’t have to wait for seven years to be diagnosed correctly.”  

Firstly, we need to understand what happens to the body in endometriosis. Only then we can understand the effects of CBD on

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