Category Archives: Health Canada

Half of Canada’s cannabis cultivation applicants in limbo

More than half of the cannabis site applications in Canada had not transitioned to the new licensing system as of the end of 2018, meaning their applications are effectively in regulatory limbo and not being scrutinized by the country’s cannabis regulator. Only 409 of the 839 cannabis site applications in the queue to be cannabis cultivators […]

Canada’s draft regulations for cannabis edibles ban alcohol brands, cap THC

Canada’s health department unveiled its draft regulations for edible cannabis and infused beverages, extracts and topicals, to establish parameters for a new wave of businesses and entrepreneurs aiming to capitalize on the country’s marijuana industry. The formal draft regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, the government’s official newspaper, on Dec. 22, and businesses and the […]

Americans eye Canada’s cannabis edibles market, but wary of costly regulations

U.S. marijuana companies are keeping a close eye on the development of Canada’s edibles sector, but executives say the regulations proposed by Health Canada will be burdensome for manufacturers – and ultimately make them less competitive with the illicit market. Canada’s health department unveiled its proposed rules for edible cannabis and infused beverages, extracts and topicals […]

Ascent appeals marijuana license revocation, lays off a third of Canadian staff

Vancouver-based Ascent Industries has appealed Health Canada’s decision to revoke the license of its subsidiary, Agrima Botanicals, after the agency said the marijuana company conducted “unauthorized activities with cannabis.” Ascent also laid off 30 Canadian employees – representing about 36% of its total staff in Canada – “to protect its financial position for stakeholders,” the […]

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 […]