Category Archives: Health Canada

Turmoil at Canadian cannabis producer after license revoked

The senior leadership of a British Columbia marijuana company abruptly resigned after Health Canada said it planned to revoke the production and dealer licenses of its subsidiary over “unauthorized activities with cannabis.” Ascent Industries announced the departure of CEO Philip Campbell, Chief Operating Officer Reid Parrand and President James Poelzer last week in a news […]

Fast pace of Canadian cannabis license approvals fails to avert supply shortage

Canadian regulators approved new cultivation space at a frantic pace in the months leading up to legalization, but not fast enough to avert the widely predicted shortage of legal cannabis. In the month before the launch of Canada’s legal recreational cannabis market, facilities licensed by the federal government to cultivate marijuana had surpassed a cumulative […]

Lack of ‘meaningful’ consultation hinders First Nations’ participation in Canada’s cannabis industry

Businesses with identified First Nations affiliations make up only 5% of Canada’s licensed cannabis producers, a fact that indigenous leaders blame on the federal government’s failure to adequately consult with communities over the legalization of marijuana. Six of Canada’s 115 licensed producers have affiliations – including financial or other partnerships – with First Nations communities […]

Border concerns have chilling effect on Canada’s marijuana industry

Reports that some Canadian cannabis professionals have been turned away while trying to enter the United States and then received lifetime bans due to their involvement in the marijuana sector in states where it’s legal are having a chilling effect across the industry. While isolated concerns have been raised in the past about the potential for increased scrutiny […]