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Having a flashback 

With Issue 3 of the oz. magazine about to drop, we're revisiting the main stories from our past issue. Here's the cover story on SpeakEasy Cannabis posted to the oz. website for the first time.

SpeakEasy founder Marc Geen had imagined it for years: standing in the middle of 60 acres of blooming cannabis plants, surrounded by crystal covered buds, the pungent scent hanging in the air.

Now it’s finally a reality.

“Walking through that is just unbelievable that it’s actually happening.”

Every week, with clipboard in hand, Geen compiled his assessment of each cannabis plant, collecting data throughout  the growing season.

“The last step is a smell test—so you take the bud and you squeeze it a little bit and put your nose right to it so you can really absorb that flavour—and you get a little bit of resin on the end of your nose,” he recalls. “By the time I got to the 10th or 15th plant I could actually stick my pen to the end of my nose and leave  it hanging.”

2020 was an extraordinary year for SpeakEasy Cannabis’ founder—“a whirlwind,” he says.

SpeakEasy harvested 60 acres of potted cannabis plants in fall 2020.

“It’s the largest legal harvest in the world,” says Geen. The previous record outdoor legal crop was in Colorado, where 40 acres of licenses were cobbled together, he says.

Read the full feature on the oz.

Also featured in Issue 2:

View the full magazine online

LP supplying unlicensed shops

A First Nations-owned cannabis producer in Ontario has expanded its distribution to First Nations retailers in the Okanagan this week, writes David Brown from StratCann.

The products, grown by Seven Leaf, a Health Canada licensed producer operating in the First Nation territory of Akwesasne, are being shipped following a release of products in April to a retailer in Ontario who is licensed to operate by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.

The BC-based Indigenous Bloom chain of retailers first began listing two different products grown by Seven Leaf in their online store earlier this week. Although currently no longer listed online, a manager at one Indigenous Bloom location in Osoyoos, BC, confirms they have received three different strains of dried flower from Seven Leaf that they expect to have on shelves soon.

RELATED: BC Liberal critic says he would shut down all unlicensed stores

The move represents a significant step for a federally licensed cannabis producer, as neither Green Chief Naturals, the cannabis retailer on Akwesasne territory, nor Indigenous Bloom are licensed to sell cannabis by their respective provincial authorities.

Several other Indigenous Bloom locations have confirmed they are also carrying the product. The product that was listed on the Indigenous Bloom online marketplace showed a BC cannabis excise stamp and lists Seven Leaf Med on the packaging.

For the rest of the story, give a hit to StratCann

Quick hits

 Doctors call for more clinical trials on medical cannabis products (The Current)

 Aurora Cannabis reports $164.7 million loss in Q3, launches cost efficiencies plan (Toronto Star)

 Child hospitalized after eating cannabis cookies packaged to look like Oreos (CBC)

 What is Biden’s beef with cannabis? (Forbes)

 UBCO researcher examines therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs (the oz.)

Drops by Verse Originals

There are all kinds of ways to use water-soluble drops from Verse Originals.

They’re flavourless, odourless and come in both THC and CBD formats, where two drops equals a one milligram dose.

They’re engineered using SōRSE by Valens technology and they can be mixed with food and beverages.

Mixing the THC and CBD drops lets people use their own custom ratios.

These drops are excellent. They live up to their promise of being taste and odour free. They have a fast onset and a gentle offset. We love adding them to all kinds of drinks, including mocktails, sparkling water and tea.

Our only issue has been with the dropper, which doesn’t drip as easily as other types—it requires a few shakes to get started and that can be an issue for those who want precise lower doses.

The drops come in 20ml bottles.

Give a hit to the oz.

Newswire

Seth Rogen to launch original podcast series with SiriusXM's Stitcher
 
Sundial Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial and Operational Results
 
The Green Organic Dutchman Reports First Quarter 2021 Results, Turnaround Plan Well Under Way
 
Indiva Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Results
 
BC Craft Supply Announces Appointment of Dr. Brigitte Simons as Director

Watch David & Dean discuss the latest happenings on This Week in Cannabis News on The Cannabis 101 Podcast. This week we discuss:
• Sundial acquiring Spiritleaf
• Aphria and Tilray seal the deal
• Mars Wrigley sues the black market
• Cannabis available at a major Canadian hospital

Almost here...

Dad jokes

My Bluetooth speaker wasn’t working so I threw it into the lake.
Now it’s syncing.
 
In surgery my doctor said, "So what do we have here?" I replied that I broke my arm in 12 places."
He replied, "Well, stop going to those places then!"
 
My whole life I thought Chewbacca was an Ewok....
Wookie mistake.

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