Police bust 'international drug lab' operating out of Ontario


Cannabis, psilocybin, cell phones and hard drives seized from Burnt River property.

One man is in custody after a ‚Äúlarge drug lab‚ÄĚ was uncovered by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

The arrest is the culmination of a lengthy investigation, involving members of the City of Kawartha Lakes OPP Community Street Crimes Unit, according to a news release.

It is alleged that a 60-year-old man in the Burnt River area was shipping packages internationally that contained drugs.

Police raided the man’s property last month and seized 200 packages of psilocybin and 1,000 packages of cannabis products, along with cellphones, hard drives and USB sticks containing thousands of shipping and product labels.


Leafythings awarded "Best Innovative Technology" at Industry Awards


At O'Cannabiz 2022 Industry Awards Gala in Toronto

 Leafythings, a leading cannabis directory platform and mobile application, is thrilled to announce that the Company was named Best Innovative Technology at the O'Cannabiz Industry Awards Gala.  This award recognizes the best of the best in the Canadian cannabis industry.

Leafythings Chief Access Officer Elias Theodorou Accepts The Most Innovative Technology award at the 2022 O'Cannabiz Industry Awards (CNW Group/Leafythings Canada)

"We are ecstatic to be recognized as the Best Innovative Technology in Canada," said Elias Theodorou, Chief Access Officer. 


Toronto cannabis stores are consolidating as industry shakeout sets in


Ever since Canada's legalization, cannabis stores have been popping up in Toronto to an extensive, almost immeasurable degree. 

Though it's been great to see a once hidden, illegal market now thrive in the city, many stores have been struggling to stay alive in an extremely competitive environment.

Since 2021, Toronto has doubled its number of cannabis stores, with roughly 300 stores in operation by the start of 2022.

The market has gotten so saturated that independently-owned weed shops are now actively trying to be acquired by major chains.


Kilogram of cannabis among items seized at Ont. correctional facility


Weed, tobacco, unknown substance and cellphones confiscated at Collins Bay Institution over three days

Staff and the Collins Bay Institution in Kingston, Ont., working with local police, seized multiple packages containing contraband such as cannabis over a three-day period in early June.

In all, staff at the federal, multi-level security institution confiscated contraband and unauthorized items that included 1.1 kilograms of weed, about 1.3 kilograms of tobacco, 123 grams of an unknown substance, cellphones and accessories from June 3 to 5, notes a statement from Correctional Service Canada (CSC).

The facility has witnessed its fair share of contraband confiscations in recent months.


CAFE landlord cleared of all cannabis charges as latest attempt to crack down on illegal pot shop fails


CAFE landlord cleared of all cannabis charges as latest attempt to crack down on illegal pot shop fails

Authorities in Toronto have resoundingly lost the latest round in their long-running battle to shutter a notorious chain of illegal pot shops, as a justice of the peace Wednesday afternoon acquitted the landlord of CAFE's flagship store on all six provincial cannabis charges he was facing.

Mohsen Ghelichkhani was on trial under Ontario's Cannabis Control Act, which makes it illegal for a landlord to "knowingly permit a premises" to be used to sell illegal weed.


Star Buds Cannabis Co. partners with DoorDash Canada to launch cannabis pickup in Ontario

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Canadian cannabis retailer, Star Buds Cannabis Co., brings in-app cannabis ordering and pickup to consumers in Barrie and Innisfil

Star Buds Cannabis Co., a Canadian cannabis retailer, operating under CordovaCann Corp. (CSE:CDVA) (OTCQB:LVRLF) in Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia, has entered into a partnership with DoorDash Technologies Canada to launch cannabis pickup on the DoorDash Marketplace app. The initial launch will be across Star Buds locations in Barrie and Innisfil, Ontario, bringing the accessibility and convenience of online ordering and pickup of cannabis products to consumers outside of metropolitan areas. 


Nav Canada employee suspended for a year after cannabis use


The punishment is a reduction from the initial termination

An employee of Nav Canada had their punishment reduced to a year of unpaid suspension after an arbitrator ruled against their supposed termination for violating a company policy. In a report from the HR Reporter, the employee was initially fired after consuming cannabis while attending a course at Nav Canada's training centre in Ontario.

According to the report, the employee reportedly consumed cannabis on two consecutive evenings so he can fall asleep. The security at that time notified the employee about the complaints of cannabis smell and asked them to refrain from consuming it on Nav Canada property.


Charges approved in connection to alleged illegal Richmond marijuana operation

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ON May 7, 2021, Richmond RCMP Organized Crime Unit (OCU) executed a search warrant on an alleged marijuana brokerage in the 8000-block of Demorest Drive. A marijuana brokerage can operate as a distributor for growers of both legal and illegal marijuana. While marijuana has been legalized in Canada, some marijuana operations continue to operate illegally.

Investigators located and seized various items from the residence including:

* approximately 180 kilograms (260 lbs) of marijuana
* approximately 900 grams of methamphetamine
* a Smith & Wesson 3913 handgun
As a direct result of the comprehensive investigation, charges have been approved by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada against the following two men and one woman, all from Richmond:


Opinion: Ontario’s Soviet-style cannabis monopoly

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Producers and retailers making less, consumers paying more, taxpayers losing millions just to feed the beast of the big government OCS monopoly

Ontario‚Äôs latest budget was pitched as a ‚ÄúPlan to Build.‚ÄĚ Unfortunately, when it comes to the over¬†$1.5-billion annual sales¬†of cannabis in Ontario, what the Ford government has built is a monster monopoly that is eating up profits, stifling innovation, and slowly strangling the new cannabis industry, especially its small operators and independent retailers.


Iconic cannabis trade show Hall of Flowers is coming to Toronto

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For the first time, Hall of Flowers, the iconic, industry-leading cannabis brand and retail trade show, will be coming to Toronto, Canada in September 2022.

Hall of Flowers is an invite-only, tightly-curated, B2B trade show that is specifically designed to strengthen relationships between brands and retailers. Hall of Flowers Canada is made possible in collaboration with Vetrina Group.

‚ÄúCanada has led the way for national legalization,‚ÄĚ said Hall of Flowers co-founder Dani Diamantstein.

‚ÄúTo be able to bring the unique Hall of Flowers experience to Toronto allows us to help drive the industry forward across North America.‚ÄĚ


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