British Columbia


B.C. has received more than $112M in excise cannabis taxes. None has gone to municipalities



Federal government says its expectation is that the tax revenue be shared with local governments

When Canada legalized cannabis in 2018, Port Coquitlam, B.C., like many other municipalities, began to quickly develop the framework for dispensaries to set up shop.

Mayor Brad West said his city was eager to jump on board, not only to tackle the black market, but also because many municipalities believed they would be sharing in the excise cannabis tax revenue being collected by the federal government from producers.

"That turned out not to be the case for anyone, because regardless of whether you have stores or you don't, there's no revenue," said West.


The weed isn't making you paranoid — the pot shop really does have cameras

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Cannabis and liquor store protections for customers' and employees' private information has improved significantly since B.C.'s privacy watchdog issued recommendations.

B.C. cannabis buyers needn’t worry pot is making them paranoid if they see surveillance cameras at their retailer.

There are cameras.

But, not to worry.

B.C.’s privacy watchdog says the province’s liquor and cannabis stores have improved protection of customers’ personal information, a year after media stories indicated problems.

“I am encouraged to see that retailers have, by and large, taken action following the report to ensure compliance with B.C.’s privacy laws,” information and privacy commissioner Michael McEvoy said.


GCAC and Cultivator joining forces to provide Efixii cultivated cannabis to Canadian Veterans


Global Cannabis Applications Corp. ("GCAC" or the "Company") (CSE:APP), (FSE:2FA), (OTC:FUAPF), a leading medical cannabis chain-of-custody compliance and data platform announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) to form a Joint Venture (JV) with COMSOL PPV Telecom (“Comsol”) to open an online portal focused on providing Canadian veterans with Efixii cultivated cannabis products. New Brunswick-based Sana’a Cannabis will be the lead cultivator to provide best-in-class cannabis to veterans grown on the Efixii blockchain. This marks the first use of Efixii in the Canadian medical market by a major cultivator.


Politicians who live nowhere near UBC will decide whether UBC gets a cannabis dispensary

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The largest population centre in Canada without a local government has different processes for decision-making

Should a cannabis dispensary be allowed a couple of blocks from British Columbia's biggest university? 

In any other densely populated area in the province, a decision would be made by local politicians, chosen by people who live in the area to represent them on democratic issues. 

Because the dispensary is proposed for lands around the University of British Columbia, local voters have little say. 

On Thursday, a Metro Vancouver committee for Electoral Area A, comprised of politicians from Langley to Bowen Island, will vote on whether to support the cannabis retail store. 


British Columbia plans 3-year decriminalization test


Canadian officials announced on Wednesday that a plan to decriminalize small amounts of drugs in British Columbia has been approved for a three-year test period.

British Columbia will decriminalize personal possession of small amounts of drugs for three years in an attempt to address the province’s crisis of overdose deaths. The Canadian federal government announced on Wednesday that it had approved a request from provincial officials to enact the plan, which will decriminalize possession of street drugs including heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine.


Nextleaf Solutions sees 2Q revenue jump as its cannabis brand Glacial Gold outsells competitors on vapes and oils in British Columbia


For the three months ended March 31, 2022, the company reported revenue of $1,145,000 compared to $131,000 for the same period in 2021

Nextleaf Solutions Ltd (CSE:OILS, OTCQB:OILFF) has reported strong revenue growth for fiscal 2Q as its brand Glacial Gold outsold competing brands across two product categories in British Columbia. 

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, the company reported revenue of $1,145,000 compared to $131,000 for the same period in 2021. 

The company said during the quarter, it sold more vapes and oils in British Columbia than its competitors, including Canopy Growth, Tilray Brands, Aurora Cannabis, Organigram, Sundial, and Medipharm Labs.


B.C. cannabis company loses bid to suppress disaffected shareholder


Emerald Health Sciences sought an injunction against a shareholder who raised concerns about company ties to a major U.S. fraud investigation.

A B.C. cannabis company has lost a court case against a disaffected shareholder, who claims he was “oppressed” to remain quiet about the firm's connections to a major securities fraud scheme alleged in the United States.

Emerald Health Sciences (EHS) had sought an injunction against defendant Kris Kallu, who had used the company’s shareholders email list to voice concerns about the criminal indictment of the company’s president and CEO Avtar Dhillon, who is Kallu's cousin.


Former Vancouver mayor's depression improved after wife spiked his coffee with shrooms


Larry Campbell, who has depression and PTSD, revealed how things changed during the pandemic.

Canadian Senator and former Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell had no idea why the depression symptoms seemed to be easing until his wife informed him she had been microdosing him with psilocybin on the sly.

The former mayor, steelworker, Mountie and coroner, inspiring the popular CBC drama Da Vinci’s Inquest, knew all about the stress and sometimes more that comes with a life of service. Campbell served as mayor over important developments in Vancouver, including spearheading the approval and establishment of North America’s first legal safe injection site and aiding in the successful Vancouver bid for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Canadian MMA fighter Elias Theodorou joins GAME DAY cannabis

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Theodorou is the first professional athlete to receive a Therapeutic Use Exemption for cannabis in North America.\

The first professional athlete to receive a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for cannabis in North America is the latest athlete to sign with GAME DAY, an athlete-focused cannabis company.

After a five-year career with the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), including winning The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia, Elias Theodoro continues to train and fight professionally.

The veteran MMA fighter uses cannabis to treat bilateral neuropathy, a condition that “feels like constant stingers and radiating heat.”


BC Liquor, Cannabis Stores’ customers raise more than $1M for Ukraine


BC Liquor (BCL) and BC Cannabis Stores’ (BCCS) customers have shown their support for people affected by the crisis in Ukraine by digging deep to raise more than $1 million.

From Feb. 28, 2022, to April 24, 2022, BCL and BCCS collected $1,081,272.98 in donations for the Canadian Red Cross’ Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. All donations made will go to providing emergency-preparedness support, relief efforts, long-term recovery, resiliency and other critical humanitarian activities as needs arise, in Ukraine and surrounding countries, including supporting populations displaced by the conflict.


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