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Province Moving Its Ontario Cannabis Store Distribution Centre to Guelph

guelphtoday - Guelph will soon be home to the provincial distribution centre for legal cannabis.

The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) distribution centre is relocating to Guelph from its Oakville location as the cannabis industry rapidly grows. 

"We have begun the process and we are looking to have the Guelph facility operational in early October," said Daffyd Roderick, senior director of communications and social responsibility for OCS. 

“It will be running the exact same service. It’s just a much larger facility.”

Exact location and size of the facility were not revealed.

5 States Prepare Vote on Marijuana Legalization in November

fool - In the upcoming election, a clutch of U.S. states will decide on the legalization of marijuana.

All told, four states currently have some kind of legalization proposal regarding recreational sale and use on the ballot for the Nov. 3 vote -- New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana. The two most populous states in that group, New Jersey and Arizona, are polling in favor of legalization.

A hand separates the prefix "il" from the word "illegal" spelled out in dice next to marijuana leaf symbols.

For First Time, House Will Vote on Bill That Would Legalize Marijuana on Federal Level

thedenverchannel - For the first time, a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level will soon go to the floor of the U.S. House for a vote.

“The MORE Act would actually erase past convictions for marijuana offenses, opening the door to opportunities to jobs, housing, education, things that could help people, but it would also make it so people will no longer be denied federal benefits because of marijuana activity,” said Maritza Perez, Director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

The Fight For Medical Cannabis In Nebraska Continues

hempgazette - Celebrations for medical cannabis access being added to Nebraska’s ballot in November turned out to be very short-lived. But the fight goes on.

There is no medical marijuana program in Nebraska currently and no other allowances for patients. That may have changed after the November election.

Arkansas' Average Daily Medical Cannabis Sales Reach $600,000

cannabisdispensarymag - Arkansas' average daily medical cannabis sales for the 20-day period ending Sept. 9 reached $600,000, according to a Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette report.

The new daily sales average is an increase from the previous 16-day reporting period that ended Aug. 20, which saw $592,000 in daily average sales, the news outlet reported.

The state's 29 operational dispensaries are averaging $20,698 in daily sales, according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat, and total sales during the last 20-day reporting period reached $12 million, or about 1,766 pounds of product sold.

Advocates to Drop Their Legal Challenge over Utah’s Marijuana Initiative

sltrib - The last major court dispute over Utah's controversial Proposition 2, legalizing medical marijuana, is over — for now.atient advocates announced Monday they were ending what remained of a lawsuit filed against the state Legislature’s 2018 move to replace the voter-approved Utah Medical Cannabis Act with its own House Bill 3001.

Redwood City Could Soon Allow up to Six Storefront Cannabis Dispensaries

mercurynews - Cannabis connoisseurs who have long fretted over the veritable dispensary desert on the Peninsula could soon find an oasis in Redwood City.

Redwood City residents are being asked to weigh in on allowing up to six cannabis retailers to open up in certain parts of the city during a Plan Commission meeting on Tuesday, two weeks after the city council expressed support for expanding access to the popular drug during a council study session.

Downtown Cannabis Store Opens Despite Objection from City

orilliamatters - A lineup of people eagerly queued up outside Happy Dayz on Friday when Orillia's first retail cannabis store opened its doors.

But not everyone was thrilled. In fact, the City of Orillia officially objected to the new pot store’s location in downtown Orillia.

In April, Shawn Crawford, the city’s manager of legislative services, filed an official objection with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). In a memo to city councillors, Crawford outlined the reasons behind the objection.

The city also objected due to the store's proximity to medical clinics used to provide addiction treatment services. 


Georgian College Provides 'Massive Opportunity' for Budding Cannabis Company

orilliamatters - A joint effort between Georgian College and a Barrie company could see students enter the cannabis-related workforce upon graduation. 

MediPharm Labs, which was launched in 2015 and specializes in pharmaceutical-quality cannabis extraction, distillation and derivative products, recently completed a four-month applied research project in collaboration with Georgian College. 

MediPharm Labs president Keith Strachan called it a "really interesting project" for his company, which is growing as an employer in the region.  

New Cannabis Packaging Enhances the Flavor Experience

packagingdigest - Protecting the flavor of cannabis flower throughout distribution starts with preserving the terpenes in the flower. Vireo Health International, a Minneapolis-based cannabis company, has developed a packaging design that does exactly that.

The company’s patent-pending TerpSafe packaging curbs the gradual loss of terpenes and other compounds after harvest, protecting the flavor of retail cannabis flower. Terpenes are organic compounds that give distinctive aromas to various types of cannabis.

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