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Homegrown contends with corporate cannabis in Canadian legalization regime

Posted on September 12th, 2019 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

CanadaWith the legal cannabis market increasingly dominated by "Big Bud," more Canadians are turning to homegrown—both for reasons of economy and an ethic of self-sufficiency. And they are fighting in the courts and the public squares for their right to do so—challenging both the federal limit on plants per household and efforts by two provinces to ban homegrown outright. So far, they are winning. 

Free-speech fight over Vancouver 420

Posted on April 16th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

VancouverA showdown is shaping up in Vancouver, where the city's 420 event has always been held with no permit. This year it promises to be huge, with Cypress Hill headlining—and city authorities are pressing for cancellation. Organizers pledge to go ahead with the event—with approval of the bureaucracy or not.

Caribbean emerges as new cannabis marketplace

Posted on March 11th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CaribbeanAs a commercial cannabis industry is established in Jamaica, more Caribbean nations are moving toward decriminalization and establishing medical marijuana programs. Saint Vincent & the Grenadines was the latest to take this move, and it looks like Saint Kitts & Nevis will be next. Dominica and Grenada are studying such proposals, and cannabis tourism is anticipated.

British Columbia cracks down on 'gray market' —even amid cannabis shortage

Posted on January 9th, 2019 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

VancouverIn a strange irony, Vancouver is shutting down its long-tolerated but unlicensed cannabis dispensaries, pursuant to a British Columbia high court decision upholding its right to do so—even as the province struggles to meet demand amid a dearth of licensed retail outlets.

Cannabis stocks saw a buzzkill correction in 2018 —but investors hope for rebound

Posted on December 28th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

Shadow WatchFrom the the "Tulip Mania" in 15th century Holland to the Bitcoin bubble of 2017, high hopes for a commodity's market performance can lead to unsustainable overvaluation inevitably followed by a painful correction. Many observers believe that cannabis fell prey to this phenomenon in 2018—but are hoping for growth in a more rational and realistic market in the coming year.

Canadian cannabis shortage, bureaucratic confusion spark post-legalization reckoning

Posted on November 16th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

CanadaNationwide cannabis shortages since Canada went legal last month are causing some provinces to rethink their distribution plans. Alberta has just announced that retail outlets will be barred from purchasing online but must place their orders manually to prevent the computerized system from being overwhelmed. Provincial authorities are struggling to break the logjam in the supply chain, and keep enough product in stock for those who purchase either online or from brick-and-mortar outlets.

Colombia returns to hardline policies —even as legal cannabis booms

Posted on November 15th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

ColombiaColombia is facing a strange contradiction—foreign capital is pouring in for the legalized cannabis sector, yet the new right-wing President Iván Duque is returning to the hardline "drug war" policies that the country has moved away from in recent years. This means not only a resumption of glyphosate spraying to wipe out illegal crops in the countryside, but an overturn of the former decriminalization policy. Street arrests for cannabis use and possession have soared since Duque issued his recrim decree.

Shopify software helps Canada's provincial governments meet online demand

Posted on October 19th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

Shadow WatchOn the first day of legal cannabis in Canada, many suppliers ran out of stock—pointing to challenges in meeting demand. Several provincial governments and private outlets turned to e-commerce company Shopify to help negotiate the initial tsunami of online sales.

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