This week the first Health Canada license for outdoor cultivation went to BC family-run Good Buds Co, which has 750,000 square feet of licensed cultivation space, for a projected yield of between 5,000 and 10,000 kilograms through the summer. Roughly 200 growers have applied for licences to grow outdoors, a cheaper alternative to indoor growing, though limited by weather to only one annual crop.
GrowthOp, Globe and Mail—Paywall

  • It’s unclear how many LPs will receive licenses in time to plant .
    CTV News
  • 48North, likely Canada’s highest-profile aspiring outdoor grower, had not received their license earlier this week when they signed a supply agreement with Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis. It received its license on Friday.
    Yahoo Finance, Twitter—Simon Kinsman, New Cannabis Ventures
  • Prior to late Friday’s news of 48North’s license, Cannabis brand strategist Rachel Colic said of the 48North agreement: “Never before in my professional career have I see so many companies make promises about their products without a proof of concept. We are feeding a [vicious] cycle. Make a promise. Get paid. Plant. Hope like hell it works….”

Quick Hits

  1. The Alberta Cannabis Council—a body representing the province’s cannabis industry—launched with a mandate to “engage, advocate, educate, protect the public, and give back.”
    NewsWire, The Star
  2. Yellowknife needs to sort out its zoning bylaws before the first private REC retailer can open there. Councillors are arguing over whether it’s necessary to place no-cannabis buffer zones around schools and hospitals.
    CBC North
  3. Despite posting a $11.7M loss in its first year and the New Brunswick government considering privatizing the REC retail systemCannabis NB was nominated for two Excellence in Retailing Awards from the Retail Council of Canada. One nomination is for “In-Store Experience and Design,” and the other is for “Talent Development.”
    Civilized, CTV News
  4. Quebec’s Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité au travail (CNESST), which oversees workplace health and safety, is investigating after two employees at Hexo‘s indoor production facility fell ill and were hospitalized. At present, the source of their illness has not been identified: CNESST inspectors are considering air circulation problems, as well as the possibility they workers developed heatstroke.
    Ici Radio-Canada—In French