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Where to buy legal cannabis in Surrey

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With the arrival of legal recreational cannabis in Canada, the federal government has now implemented changes to the way cannabis is sold.

Before legalization, Surrey recreational cannabis users had a few options when purchasing marijuana.

While many purchases were illegal before Oct. 17, the ability to purchase cannabis legally still creates barriers for users.

With the C-45 bill now in order, sellers have been asked to close their doors as they wait for the processing of a new license that can approximately take up to 18 months. But, some sellers refuse to wait.

The municipal procedures still seem to be a little questionable considering the legalization was just a few days before the new cities mayor was elected.

As to media spokesperson Oliver Lum, City of Surrey’s Communications Manager said that until the new mayor Doug McCallum is sworn in during the first council meeting, then the city will be able to receive answers to their questions.

Until then many of the questions buyers and sellers have will go unanswered if the information residents seek is not included in the cannabis legalization framework report, which was released in February of this year.

 

Here is a breakdown to the several ways Surrey cannabis sellers will be affected as of today and where you’d be able to purchase legal cannabis in the city:

Mail Order

As of Oct. 17, Canadians are able to fully purchase legal marijuana from a federally regulated and licensed online mail ordered store.

Although online dispensaries like Yu Yo in Surrey say that the reason behind the movement to regulate the licenses is because the government made a decision to create a monopoly, “that benefits a few large corporations but doesn’t necessarily benefit the consumer,” said Mia of Yu Yo’s public relations.

“Up until now it has been an open-ended system,” said Mia.

As of tomorrow Yu Yo along with several other online dispensaries and local dispensaries are going to continue to sell medicinal marijuana and offer recreational as it’s become a legalized substance.

“There a few that are standing together and expecting we are going to have to make a legal challenge to the government monopoly,” she said.

“Because when they decided to call it legalization, what they meant was legalization for the government but not a free market economy.”

BC has been an active market for years.

And a majority of the staff that have worked within the cannabis industry have been doing so for decades.

Mia said, “the way they have regulated it actually even province wise has really excluded people that are industry experts and have created a penalization system to the very people they should be bringing in.”

According to the key provisions of the bill, an illegal sale can result in jail time.

Retail Dispensaries

As for recreational dispensaries, Surrey does not have any legally licensed retailers.

Unfortunately for recreational smokers, there will only be one government-approved pot shop in BC that will be running to purchase legal cannabis. Which is located in Kamloops.

As for medical dispensaries, there will be a direct order that can be made from a licensed producer that will be delivered through the mail or a courier.

Many medical and unlicensed recreational retailers will keep their doors open for similar reasons of unlicensed mail order stores.

Provincial medical cannabis licenses are not being issued at this time. The only online stores’ residents will be able to purchase from is from by federally licensed producers. Any application to produce and sell medical cannabis must be made under the federal medical cannabis system.

Black Market

Cannabis distributors on the black market may as of today find themselves competing with the legal cannabis market.

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Bill Blair an organized crime reduction minister, addressed the competitive conflict telling the Canadian Press, “price is a determinant of how successful we might be.”

“We have to be competitive with the elusive market, competitive not just in price but in quality choice and in access.”

Blair said that through setting a low and responsible level of taxation for cannabis it will help compete with black marketers.

Cannabis sold on the black market will still be illegal and as of the city, illegal distribution can again lead up to 14 years in jail.

Home Cultivation

While there are multiple regulations made for sellers residents throughout the city will be able to grow their own cannabis indoors or outdoors. But in this case, there will be limits to how much each household can grow which is a max of four plants.

If a resident would like to produce another form of cannabis besides dried, for example, oil, the resident would need to be registered and stay within their limit that is given on their registration certificate.

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Cannabis Accoutrement Brand Serves Up a 420 Valentine’s Day

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With legalization a thing of the past. The cannabis industry has been cultivating many creative and upcoming brands along with influencers. A 420 Valentine’s Day seems like a fun and visually beautiful concept.

Two B.C. women have collaborated to share their vision and create exceptional beauty surrounding cannabis.

Michelle Bell is the founder and designer of the cannabis accoutrement brand FashionablyHigh.ca

In 2018 FashionablyHigh.ca was founded, the concept was to add fashion to your high. Creating limited edition colour stories on the famous tea cup sets has been one of the many unique pieces of her ever growing collection. Stash boxes come with ashtrays which embody her signature mandala. As 2020 unfolds the brand has begun production of many new and exciting items. Michelle creates all her images, designs the sets, sets up the photo shoots and is the photographer! She is enthused to introduce swimwear to her brand which is coming very soon!

In 2018 Dunja began her IG @westcoastbloom With many years of experience as an international makeup artist and model, Dunja found herself submerged in the world of cannabis unexpectedly. After a major car accident Dunja became one of many Canadians dependent on opioids due to chronic pain. After years of struggling she weaned off with the aid of cannabis. Dunja’s passion was somewhat unclear but she knew all she wanted was to be surrounded by cannabis, learning to grow, learning the endless medical benefits along with gaining hands on knowledge and creating tinctures and topicals to help manage her chronic pain. Once legalization took place Dunja began sharing her life journey through her IG account. Her love of beauty and cannabis is showcased to her followers

Michelle and Dunja naturally met through social media. With a undeniable similar creative passion they founded their friendship and began their collaboration. As canadian women in the cannabis industry they both are uniquely breaking the stigma. Cannabis has never looked so classy.

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Province Brands of Canada Inks Deal to Distribute First CBD Beer Nationwide In Ireland

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First Step in Opening European Market in 2020

Award-Winning, Cork-Based Barry & Fitzwilliam Named Exclusive Multi-Year Distribution Partner

Province Brands of Canada, a leading researcher in cannabinoid science and the developer of first-of-its-kind luxury beverages powered by cannabis, is excited to announce today the selection of its exclusive distribution partner to bring the first nationally available nonalcoholic CBD beer to the Irish consumer.

Following an extensive search and competition, Province Brands of Canada announced that Barry & Fitzwilliam has been selected as exclusive distributor across the Republic of Ireland for Province Brands of Canada’s superior line of CBD beer in a multi-year relationship between the two firms. Barry & Fitzwilliam is Ireland’s largest independent premium drinks distributor, with a portfolio of more than 120 top-brand beers, wines, and spirits, a commitment to nationwide distribution, and an emphasis on high-level customer care.

“Province Brands of Canada is very excited to be working with the fine team at Barry & Fitzwilliam to bring the first nationally available CBD beer to the Irish consumer,” said Dooma Wendschuh, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder. “Three years ago, we began our journey. To be preparing to bring our first beers to Ireland and to be entering the European market is a breakthrough step for Province Brands of Canada and our approach to research, development, and innovation.”

“Barry & Fitzwilliam is delighted with our new association with Province Brands of Canada,” said Michael Barry, Managing Director of Barry & Fitzwilliam. “Province Brands is at the leading edge of CBD-infused and other cannabis powered beverages internationally and we are excited to be at the forefront with them in Ireland.”

Ireland ranks 6th in the world for beer consumption per capita and the new venture between Province Brands and Barry & Fitzwilliam is expected to begin offering CBD-infused, barley-based, non-alcoholic beverages across Ireland in February 2020.

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The Way Cannabis Is Slowly Changing Our Understanding of Medicine

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The Way Cannabis Is Slowly Changing Our Understanding of Medicine

Medicinal cannabis and CBD is helping us to get out of our comfort zone and start exploring new ways of healing. This is how we learn more about our body and its infinite capabilities. Most importantly, cannabis is giving us hope in medical situations that seem irreversible. It might not always be a cure, but it can provide the needed relief that some people desperately need.

What we know so far is not much but it’s very important, and that’s what we are going to talk about today.

What Is Medicinal Cannabis?

First things first, what’s medicinal cannabis? Medicinal cannabis is basically the same as recreational cannabis, with only one difference – it’s usually prescribed by medical professionals to ease or help with certain medical conditions. The most common condition is chronic pain. Over 60% of prescriptions are for this purpose.

Other common reasons for a prescription are:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spasticity (tight or stiff muscles) from MS
  • Muscle spasms
  • Cancer
  • Nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Appetite loss
  • Glaucoma
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders such as anorexia
  • Wasting syndrome (cachexia)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

If you want to target many of these conditions and symptoms without getting high, you can also use pure CBD. It can help you even without the THC and other cannabinoids found in cannabis. Plus, since November 2018, it’s legal in all 50 stats, provided it was derived from hemp. CBD’s popularity has skyrocketed since the Farm Bill was passed.

How Does Medicinal Cannabis Help Our Body?

How does it work? Cannabis consists of cannabinoids, active chemicals that are similar to the ones our body is making while keeping us in optimal shape. According to scientists, cannabinoids are maximizing that process, making our body, in turn, to function better.

Additionally, science has proven that cannabis has the ability to deal with inflammation, reduce anxiety, and relieve pain. It can also attack and kill cancer cells and slow down the rate of growth of tumors. Other benefits include controlling nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy better than any modern medicine available.

There is also evidence that cannabis can help patients with MS to relax their muscles. What’s more, it can stimulate appetite and help with gaining weight in people who suffer from AIDS or cancer.

Medicinal cannabis is also one of the most promising treatments for people with severe seizures. Studies showed that people significantly reduced seizures after taking cannabis, which brought to the approval of Epidiolex.

Still, this is not to say that cannabis is the ultimate cure for all illnesses. It too may come with unwanted side effects.

How Can Medicinal Cannabis Be Taken?

There are many methods, but some of the most popular include smoking, inhaling through vaporizers, eating, applying it on the skin in form of oil, lotion, cream, or spray, or placing a few drops of a liquid under the tongue. They all serve the same purpose, even though each method affects your body in a different way.

For instance, the sublingual method will give you almost instant effects, while for long-lasting ones and dealing with chronic pain it’s more advisable to eat it.

Bottom Line

As you can see, cannabis is opening new doors in modern medicine by helping us think out of the box. It still has a long way to go, especially because research is going slower than with other medical treatments, but this is also changing as the NHS is finally nudging doctors to prescribe two cannabis-based medicines, Epidiolex and Sativex, as well as other types of medicinal cannabis.

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A Tasty Niche in the Cannabis Industry; Tasty Buds lands Dragon’s Den investment

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Tasty Buds has had an amazing response since their 2019 Dragons Den Episode on October 31st. With a $150,000 $CAD investment for 15% of the company from Manjit Minhas, Tasty Buds continues to position itself as a stand out brand that relates strongly to the cannabis industry.

“Since the episode, we have picked up more customers, retailers, and distributors and we are continuing to grow our brand recognition across Canada.,” says co-founder Scott Symons.

With the brand power and following we currently have, Tasty Buds is entertaining the opportunity to enter the medicated market. With interest from LP’s, cannabis brands and CPG companies, Tasty Buds is looking for the next steps to enter new markets as a 2.0 version of the brand.

“Our focus has been to create a confectionary brand that we will take into the global cannabis consumables market,” says Symons. “We are working towards growing the brand recognition internationally, as we have seen great response from the U.S. and other countries. We plan to enter these medicated markets with a line of products containing CBD/THC.”

Launched in October 2018, Tasty Buds were the hit stocking stuffer of the year in the cannabis space. They are now sold in over 420 retailers across Canada. Handcrafted in Vancouver, Tasty Buds are a novelty chocolate cluster that look exactly like cannabis buds.

They do not contain CBD or THC. This locally made confectionery company is well positioned for growth given today’s news about the legalization of cannabis edibles.

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Fashion Meets Flower with Holt Renfrew x Tokyo Smoke Holiday Collaboration

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This holiday season, award-winning and design-focused Canadian cannabis brand, Tokyo Smoke, is teaming up with iconic luxury retailer, Holt Renfrew, for a first of its kind collaboration that introduces fashion to flower. The collaboration includes a capsule collection of cannabis accessories wrapped in Holt Renfrew’s Toile print and holiday pop-up accessory shops at Holt Renfrew’s locations in Vancouver and Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

The Tokyo Smoke and Holt Renfrew brand intersection offers a unique and groundbreaking opportunity for both retailers, who share the same approach to thoughtful and intentional design. Celebrating the feeling of a true Canadian winter, two special edition products were born: the Catch All Tray and the Storage Jar, both featuring Holt Renfrew’s Holiday Toile print inspired by a winter wonderland. The special edition products will be accompanied by a curated selection of Tokyo Smoke’s best selling design and fashion forward accessories, suited for every type of cannabis user, from beginners to connoisseurs.

“This collaboration was an incredible opportunity for two seemingly diverse worlds to collide—Tokyo Smoke as a newcomer in the nascent legal recreational cannabis industry, and Holt’s as an established and highly esteemed fashion retailer,” said Berkeley Poole, VP & Creative Director, Tokyo Smoke Brands. “We share a love for design, beauty and luxury in every experience. This collaboration allows us to introduce Tokyo Smoke to consumers in a way that sparks interest and curiosity. Our chic accessories will make any home warmer this season, perhaps for new customers who may not have considered cannabis as part of their holiday celebrations in the past.”

Tokyo Smoke has been working to change the perception of cannabis use through thoughtfully designed products, education-led events and immersive retail experiences. This collaboration is another stepping stone in shifting the narrative and allowing the brand to continue educating Canadians.

Reflective of Tokyo Smoke’s retail locations, the pop-ups will be a sensory experience: bright and spacious with items intentionally displayed. Holt Renfrew associates will be on-site to walk guests through each accessory, educating them on tailored experiences for their specific needs.

The Vancouver pop-up, located at 737 Dunsmuir Street, opens Friday November 1, 2019. Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre pop-up, located at 3401 Dufferin St., opens Saturday, November 2, 2019. Both locations will welcome consumers who are 19 years of age or older until December 31, 2019.

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