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Can almost taste it

Next week, Cannabis 2.0 products will start to flow into distribution channels.

We’ve heard that there is a chance some Cannabis 2.0 products could be in the Okanagan just before Christmas.

Overall though, don’t expect to find them in stores right away.

Company reps from several provinces, including B.C., Alberta and Ontario, have told The Growth Op that they expect the first sales of edibles, extracts and topicals to come no sooner than January 2020. Anything before then will be a “very limited supply,” they say.

Canopy Growth, which has been prolific in its Cannabis 2.0 product announcements, warns consumers not to expect its products in stores until early January 2020.

“Leveraging learnings from Cannabis 1.0, the company will stagger its launch of various products and formats to ensure a smooth roll-out,” says Canopy. “As such, availability will vary by province based on their individual ordering and distribution activities.”

Canopy’s planned rollout foreshadows the nation-wide timeline.

In its first wave of drinks, Canopy will release Tweed Houndstooth & Soda, Houseplant Grapefruit and Houseplant Lemon. It’s 10-mg THC Deep Space offering will launch in the following weeks.

The first wave of cannabis chocolate products will arrive in retail in early January. However, their more chic craft brand isn’t expected on shelves until the end of February.

Their vape pens and vape cartridges are anticipated in late January.

Health Canada says it can take between 30 minutes and two hours for effects from edibles to fully hit — and they can last up to 12 hours.
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Failed lottery

Ontario is scratching its broken lottery system.

Under its current process, cannabis retail stores around the province are awarded at random. This week, Ontario announced its move towards an open market for private cannabis retail.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will modify the application process “with the objective of making a legal supply of cannabis more broadly available across Ontario.”

There are only 24 legal stores open in the province, with another 42 expected to open this month.

Valens ready for world

Kelowna-based extraction company Valens GroWorks is expanding its exclusive licence for SōRSE cannabis emulsion technology to include three massive global cannabis markets: Europe, Australia and Mexico.

The company says in a statement this represents almost a 20-times increase in the number of consumers exclusively available to Valens and its customers.

The company also says the changes provide a framework for Valens to get into the U.S. on a “non-exclusive basis” in the future.

Quick hits

Meet the new boss
Canopy Growth has a new CEO — David Klein from beverage company Constellation Brands, which has a rich stake in the cannabis company.
 
Meet the opposition
These are the special interests keeping cannabis criminalized in America. They include Big Booze, The Boys in Blue, and Big Pharma.
 
Zero-tolerance?
A new cannabis and driving study casts doubt on zero-tolerance limits for THC. People showed no signs of impairment a day after they smoked cannabis — yet still tested positive.
 
Homerun for pot
Major League Baseball will remove cannabis from its list of banned substances, according to the league’s updated drug policy. The sweeping changes take effect Spring Training in 2020.
 
Oops, say police
The RCMP say they “stand corrected,” and Cranbrook business Jimmy’s Cannabis will not have to remove an image of legendary lawman Sam Steele displayed in one of their windows after all.

Dad jokes

A guy says he taught his dog Morse code. "Aye right Show me." Mate says. Guy turns to dog and asks "who's been a good boy then?" Dog uses paw on ground. Tap tap pause tap long pause tap pause tap pause tap long pause tap pause tap pause tap long pause tap tap tap pause tap. "what he say?" his mate asks. "Woof," the guy replies.
 
The secret service isn't allowed to yell, "Get down!" anymore when the president is about to be attacked. Now they have to yell "Donald, duck!"
 
I was watching Star Wars with my daughter. She asked why Luke was climbing inside a Tauntaun, I said to keep warm. She asked how warm is it inside. I said Lukewarm.
 

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