cannabis

B.C.’s “community safety unit” and police raid an unlicensed cannabis store in Sooke, Oct. 27, 2019. Since legalization, enforcement has focused on dispensaries, not traditional street and delivery sellers. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)

Cannabis retailers call for change in B.C.’s legal sales regime

Online purchase and delivery monopoly exploited by black market in COVID-19 pandemic

B.C.’s “community safety unit” and police raid an unlicensed cannabis store in Sooke, Oct. 27, 2019. Since legalization, enforcement has focused on dispensaries, not traditional street and delivery sellers. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)
The City of Williams Lake has launched a public survey seeking feedback on Williams Lake First Nation’s Sugar Cane Cannabis project, which WLFN held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, June 22. (Submitted photo)
The City of Williams Lake has launched a public survey seeking feedback on Williams Lake First Nation’s Sugar Cane Cannabis project, which WLFN held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, June 22. (Submitted photo)
During a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, June 22, Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars said it has been a long time coming to see provincial and federal governments stepping out and supporting projects like Sugar Cane Cannabis. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

B.C. Interior First Nation breaks ground on farm-to-gate cannabis cultivation facility

The facility owned by the Williams Lake First Nation will be the first of its kind in Canada

During a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, June 22, Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars said it has been a long time coming to see provincial and federal governments stepping out and supporting projects like Sugar Cane Cannabis. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth and Attorney General David Eby attend opening of the first government-run B.C. Cannabis Store, Kamloops, Oct. 19, 2018. (B.C. government)

No surge in pandemic pot sales, latest B.C. sales figures show

Steady growth in legal cannabis sales through early 2020

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth and Attorney General David Eby attend opening of the first government-run B.C. Cannabis Store, Kamloops, Oct. 19, 2018. (B.C. government)
B.C. government’s first cannabis retail store opens in Kamloops, October 2018. Windows are frosted to comply with regulation that there be no view inside, which turned out to be a safety issue. (B.C. government)

B.C. requires liquor-style “selling it right” course for cannabis retailers

Stores now allowed clear windows, with no products shown

B.C. government’s first cannabis retail store opens in Kamloops, October 2018. Windows are frosted to comply with regulation that there be no view inside, which turned out to be a safety issue. (B.C. government)
Sugar Cane Cannabis will be B.C’s first farm to gate operation where high-quality cannabis can be brought directly from the facility where it is grown says the Williams Lake Band. (WLIB photo)
Sugar Cane Cannabis will be B.C’s first farm to gate operation where high-quality cannabis can be brought directly from the facility where it is grown says the Williams Lake Band. (WLIB photo)
Employees at licensed cannabis producer Tantalus’ large-scale greenhouse in Maple Ridge B.C. (Black Press Media)

B.C. launches cannabis ‘navigator’ to help small growers, processors

B.C. business still dominated by big producers and black market

Employees at licensed cannabis producer Tantalus’ large-scale greenhouse in Maple Ridge B.C. (Black Press Media)
Williams Lake city council is launching a 30-day online survey seeking public feedback on the cannabis cultivation facility Williams Lake Indian Band plans to build at 1125 Mackenzie Ave. South on First Nations land where its cannabis shop opened March 2019. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake city council is launching a 30-day online survey seeking public feedback on the cannabis cultivation facility Williams Lake Indian Band plans to build at 1125 Mackenzie Ave. South on First Nations land where its cannabis shop opened March 2019. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Cannabis for sale in the retail market. (San Francisco Examiner)

B.C. craft cannabis co-op aims to get small producers to market

Pilot project pitched to governments for pandemic recovery

Cannabis for sale in the retail market. (San Francisco Examiner)
Williams Lake Indian Band has hired a local contractor to begin construction soon on its farm-to-gate cannabis cultivation facility on First Nations land within Williams Lake city limits near the entrance to Scout Island. Williams Lake city council announced during its regular meeting Tuesday, June 2 it plans to seek community feedback on the project. (File image)

Williams Lake council seeks public feedback on First Nations shovel-ready cannabis facility

Williams Lake Indian Band’s farm-to-gate store will be built on First Nations land within city limits

Williams Lake Indian Band has hired a local contractor to begin construction soon on its farm-to-gate cannabis cultivation facility on First Nations land within Williams Lake city limits near the entrance to Scout Island. Williams Lake city council announced during its regular meeting Tuesday, June 2 it plans to seek community feedback on the project. (File image)
During the regular council meeting held Tuesday, May 5 by Zoom, Williams Lake City Council voted unanimously to send letters of concern to funders of the Williams Lake Indian Band’s proposed cannabis cultivation facility on IR#6 adjacent to its existing Indigenous Bloom cannabis store asking for reconsideration until public consultation has been given. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

City, Williams Lake Indian Band at odds over projects, pollution abatement order

Frustrations aired at city council meeting draw ire of WLIB

During the regular council meeting held Tuesday, May 5 by Zoom, Williams Lake City Council voted unanimously to send letters of concern to funders of the Williams Lake Indian Band’s proposed cannabis cultivation facility on IR#6 adjacent to its existing Indigenous Bloom cannabis store asking for reconsideration until public consultation has been given. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The Williams Lake Indian Band (WLIB) is planning on building a modern micro cannabis facility with wood features and a ‘living’ glass wall which will give customers a real time view of the cannabis cultivation process. (WLIB photo)

Williams Lake Indian Band eyes B.C.’s first farm to gate cannabis operation

Once built, the micro cannabis cultivation facility is anticipated to make millions for WLIB

The Williams Lake Indian Band (WLIB) is planning on building a modern micro cannabis facility with wood features and a ‘living’ glass wall which will give customers a real time view of the cannabis cultivation process. (WLIB photo)
FILE – A woman exhales while smoking a joint during the annual 420 marijuana rally on Parliament Hill on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Vancouver’s 4/20 event goes digital amid COVID-19 pandemic

4/20 organizers ask participants to abide by social distancing guidelines

FILE – A woman exhales while smoking a joint during the annual 420 marijuana rally on Parliament Hill on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Chairs are turned upside down on the bar at a closed restaurant, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. COVID-devastated bars and lounges as well as the country’s hard-hit cannabis sector will have access to $40 billion in new credit being made available via the government’s business bank, its CEO said on Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Bars, cannabis sector eligible for $40B credit program from government bank

Applicants must go through their own banks to access the program

Chairs are turned upside down on the bar at a closed restaurant, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. COVID-devastated bars and lounges as well as the country’s hard-hit cannabis sector will have access to $40 billion in new credit being made available via the government’s business bank, its CEO said on Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A photo of the $200 cannabis prize basket that eight-year-old Michael Redl won on March 1, 2020 while participating in a Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association youth hockey tournament and fundraising raffle. (Keith Redl photo)

B.C. minor hockey association apologizes after boy, 8, wins $200 cannabis prize

Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association issued the apology as part of a larger statement on March 3

A photo of the $200 cannabis prize basket that eight-year-old Michael Redl won on March 1, 2020 while participating in a Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association youth hockey tournament and fundraising raffle. (Keith Redl photo)
An example of what it looks like inside a Clarity Cannabis retail shop. (Michael Forbes submitted photo)

B.C. budtenders become first private cannabis workers to unionize in Canada

Two of seven Clarity Cannabis storefronts vote to join UFCW 1518 union

An example of what it looks like inside a Clarity Cannabis retail shop. (Michael Forbes submitted photo)
Cannabis buds lay along a drying rack at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

B.C. VIEWS: Cannabis challenges hurt B.C. economy

It’s a mishmash of rules for cannabis sales in B.C.’s municipalities

Cannabis buds lay along a drying rack at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
More than 1,100 kilograms of dried cannabis was seized during five raids in Langley, Surrey, and Delta. (RCMP photo)

RCMP raid clamps down on alleged B.C. pot export ring

‘Medical’ pot was destined for export to Europe, say Mounties

More than 1,100 kilograms of dried cannabis was seized during five raids in Langley, Surrey, and Delta. (RCMP photo)
Jodie Emery shared this photo of herself smoking cannabis on a BC Ferries vessel to Instagram and Twitter on Sunday evening. (Jodie Emery/Instagram)

Cannabis activist Jodie Emery gets mixed reactions after smoking on BC Ferry

BC Ferries does not allow smoking on its boats, terminals

Jodie Emery shared this photo of herself smoking cannabis on a BC Ferries vessel to Instagram and Twitter on Sunday evening. (Jodie Emery/Instagram)
Barinder Rasode is heading up a new B.C. cannabis venture. (contributed)

B.C.’s licensed medical cannabis craft producers launching co-op

Big marijuana growers struggle to meet demand for legal marijuana

Barinder Rasode is heading up a new B.C. cannabis venture. (contributed)