Fire at BC Cannabis Store

The yet-to-open BC Cannabis Store location in Kelowna was damaged this week by fire.

Kelowna firefighters responded to flames spreading up the side of the building before 11 p.m. on Wednesday night.

They managed to knock down the blaze, but not before it damaged the outside of the building on Highway 97.

The store was expected to open Aug. 13; it’s unclear whether the fire will delay the opening.

No cause has been released yet.

In October 2020, a fire damaged the BC Cannabis Store in New Westminster a day before opening.

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Fighting to open 'Les Munchies'

A near-death experience sent Jeremy Smith on a mission to change Canada’s cannabis laws to allow for cannabis-infused restaurants.

Smith was diagnosed last year with Crohn’s Disease and had an adverse reaction to medication, which nearly killed him. The once fit bodybuilder now struggles to climb a flight of stairs after blood clots formed in his lungs, neck, and armpit.

“I’m beyond lucky to be here right now,” he tells the oz. in an interview from his home on London, Ont.

Smith, 35, uses CBD to help with inflammation and mobility. He can’t smoke cannabis because of his lungs and he can’t eat sugary edibles because of the Crohn’s.

Restaurants that offer cannabis-infused dining are not allowed under the Cannabis Act.

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Smith, who used to manage a bar, has been contacting politicians and regulators, including Health Canada, over the past year trying to figure out how to affect change so he can open a restaurant. Smith envisions a business, called ‘Les Munchies,’ that would offer nutritious cannabis-infused dishes to diners, as well as pre-made meals for medicinal purposes.

Step one, he’s been told, is to show proof of concept by garnering support for legislative change. He’s started two petitions—one at the provincial level that’s available to sign at more than 100 Ontario cannabis stores, and another at the federal level that’s available to sign on the House of Commons website.

“To my disbelief, no one has been fighting for these changes,” he says. “Someone has to fight for it. It’s a lot, especially for someone who has health issues.”

Smith says he expects to have at least 10,000 signatures to deliver to the Ontario legislature.

The federal petition aims to amend legislation to permit the cooking, sale and consumption of cannabis-infused consumables at restaurants and cafés, as well as regulate the industry by having chefs attend a cannabis culinary school.

The proposed changes would also implement limitations of CBD and THC.

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5 kids hospitalized

Five children under 10 years old ended up in hospital after eating illicit cannabis gummies packaged in a colourful brand-knock-off wrapper.

The Victoria Police Department released a statement Wednesday along with photos of the bright cartoony ‘Stoner Patch’ cannabis gummy package—which bears an uncanny resemblance to Sour Patch candy bags.

The package contained 500 mg of THC. Legal edibles in Canada can only have 10 mg of THC per package.

Police say they were called to Victoria General Hospital on Friday, July 16.

“Officers learned that the children were attending a barbecue, when parents noticed the children had began acting oddly. The parents questioned the children, who told them they had found candy while playing in a room and consumed it,” say Victoria Police. “The parents investigated and upon discovering the ‘candy’ were THC gummies, immediately called 911.”

The children were observed then released, say police.

Police did not specify that the gummies eaten by the children were illicit—though they clearly were.

“The use of cannabis products is permitted under provincial and federal law in Canada. However, given the close resemblance of some products to non-cannabis products, officers are urging those who use cannabis products to safely store them out of the reach of inquisitive children,” says the statement.

Strict marketing restrictions in the legal industry ban this sort of branding.

No charges are expected.

Earlier this year, Mars-Wrigley announced it would be taking legal action against anyone making use of its trademarks to market and sell THC-infused edibles.

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Quick hits

🍹 No 6-pack for you: Cannabis beverage seller says regulations choking industry (CBC)
🌎 Cannabis takes the world stage at the Tokyo Olympics (Forbes)
🤝 Cannabis LP Sundial closes acquisition of Spiritleaf retail chain (the oz.)

The Ultimate by Smoker Farms

This smells and smokes like the stuff from back in the day.

The Ultimate from Smoker Farms is grown just outside of Beaverdell by a mom and pop micro-producer.

Packaged and distributed through Joint Venture Craft Cannabis, the 3.5 grams comes in a nitro tin (sometimes compared to a tuna can). The lid peels up and the sweet and piney smell rushes out in a glorious whoosh.

Inside, a handful of buds are mostly small, with a few medium sized ones. They are all carefully manicured and sparkly with crystals.

It comes in at weight.

The Ultimate checks in at 21.8% THC and 2.89% terpenes, mainly caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene.

It’s an Indica-dominant hybrid indoor-grown and hand-harvested cultivar.

An eighth sells for $29.99.

After the first pop of the can, it’s best to transfer to buds into a glass jar with a humidity pack to keep it fresh.

— David Wylie

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