Nearly $500K in contraband seized by Alberta RCMP traffic unit since start of 2022

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The unit has issued 177 fines and seized more than $498,000 in contraband, including cannabis, unstamped tobacco and cash.

Since the start of the year, Alberta RCMP’s Roving Traffic Unit has issued 177 fines and seized more than $498,000 in contraband, including cannabis, unstamped cigarettes and cash.

In a news release, the RCMP reports its goal is to “enforce traffic safety while also detecting any criminal activity that might be making its way across our province via our roads and highways.”


Alberta worker placed on one-year unpaid suspension for cannabis use


The employee was originally terminated after consuming cannabis while attending a company training course.

An employee with Nav Canada, which runs the air navigation system over Canada and part of the North Atlantic Ocean, has been placed on unpaid suspension for a year for violating the company’s drug policy, an Alberta arbitrator has ruled. 


A cannabis store in every strip mall might be too much for Alberta


Cannabis Benchmarks analysis suggests Alberta has more than 'optimal' number

From behind the counter of a northwest Calgary cannabis shop, Alex Macyszyn serves a handful of midday customers. 

He has plenty of company in his line of work: there are at least three other cannabis stores within a five-minute drive, and another one that recently closed down. 

"There's way too many cannabis stores just in this area," said Macyszyn.

"It makes the competition really hard." 

A new analysis of the Canadian cannabis retail landscape suggests Alberta may have more cannabis stores than the market can sustain. 


Hemp industry can bloom in Alberta



Albertans should be seeing new jobs in the agricultural industries as the Alberta government in partnership with the federal government helps kickstart the hemp industry in Alberta with two grants totalling $900,000.

“Alberta’s growing hemp industry is helping to build a strong agriculture sector that creates jobs and brings tremendous opportunities to communities across the province,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food in a press release.

“By producing, processing and creating value-added products within the province, the hemp industry can remain sustainable and agile, while seizing new opportunities in domestic and export markets.”


Alberta-based agricultural technology company HEMPALTA(TM) experiences immediate sales traction with Hemp-Fresco(TM) food preservation product


Hemp-Fresco food preservation pads available in Alberta market and globally online with new branding and packaging


More than $700,000 in contraband seized from maximum-security corrections centre in Edmonton


Hashish, cannabis shatter, methamphetamine and pills that included fentanyl confiscated

Contraband valued at almost a quarter of a million dollars, including various drugs and weapons, was confiscated earlier this week at the Edmonton Institution, a maximum-security federal institution.

Citing the vigilance of staff members at the maximum-security facility, hashish, methamphetamine, shatter, pills (including fentanyl), stabbing weapons, cellphones, cellphone chargers and SIM cards were among the items seized on May 10, according to the Prairie Region of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).


Meet the Edmonton man transforming pot containers into useful products


Corey Saban is rethinking plastic waste in the cannabis industry

During the pandemic, Corey Saban started a recycling company out of his garage with a kitchen girdle, a steam iron and a whole bunch of plastic waste.

Laid off from his construction job and suddenly spending lots of time at home, the Edmonton-based father of three was surprised at how much single-use plastic his family was using.

So he started tinkering in the garage. He began by transforming plastic bags into coasters. Then he purchased some small pieces of equipment and started creating hexagonal tiles that could be used to create wall protectors.


Business owner says cannabis regulations hampering potential for pot tourism

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Nearly four years after pot was legalized in Canada, a Calgary business owner says ongoing stigma and outdated rules are holding back his cannabis-related tourism business from its full potential.

Dave Dormer’s company Cannanaskis gives adult-only cannabis-focused tours in the Rocky Mountains and, until recently, at a site in Calgary.

Dormer isn’t licensed to provide cannabis to clients on his tours. Instead, he talks about the history of the plant, and provides his clients with food and a safe and legal space to consume their own cannabis while on the tour.


County MPC approves development of cannabis retailers


Residents within Wheatland County may soon see increased accessibility for recreational cannabis, as three development permits were approved during the April 12 Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) meeting.

Permits for recreational cannabis retailers were approved to continue development for locations in Origin Business Park, Cluny and Gleichen – with the latter being the most debated location among commissioners.

According to administration, the county received seven responses from the community in support of the Gleichen retailer and 14 against, after circulating the permit application to the community. A total of 31 responses were also received after the permit applicant canvased the Gleichen community.


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