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A handful of Okanagan cannabis companies made Leafly Canada’s inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards list.

Cannabis producer Flowr, retailer Hobo, and the University of British Columbia all earned a nod in their separate categories.

“For us here at Leafly, this exercise was a chance to take stock of the current state of cannabis in Canada, which at the time of voting included more than 360 types of flower, over 150 pre-rolls, and 105 types of oil—not to mention nearly 600 licensed cannabis retailers across the country.”

Okanagan recognition
Hobo Kelowna, which is the first legal cannabis store to open in Kelowna, made the list as one of the country’s best looking stores.

It’s filled with leafy green plants and lots of wood.

“A weathered fedora of the Indiana Jones variety is kept under glass, perhaps a nod to the wanderlust lifestyle suggested by the brand’s name,” says Leafly.

Stores voted best looking all had a unifying aesthetic — “minimalist, sophisticated, and accessible, a counter argument to the worst stereotypes of outdated stoner culture.”

The Flowr Company’s BC Intergalactic Princess was named one of the best in high CBD. The medicinal strain is said to be a gentle introduction to cannabis.

Finally, the University of British Columbia, which has campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna, produced “brilliant cannabis research” in multiple departments during 2019.

“The faculty of medicine identified less depression and suicidal ideation in PTSD patients who used cannabis; the department of family practice found that up to one-third of pregnant women don’t believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus; and the botany department linked the frostiness of a flower with the potency of a bud,” says Leafly.

It's complicated
Polling was open from late November into early December 2019, and cannabis consumers from across the country were asked to vote.

Leafly says the inaugural awards were complicated by the fact that product selection differs drastically between provinces and not all brands were equally represented across the country. That likely skewed voting towards the most abundant products and brands, says Leafly.

Since voting has concluded, Cannabis 2.0 products have begun to hit the market.

Check out Leafly for the full results.
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Black market vapes to blame

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) has made it official: the spate of lung injuries are linked to black market cannabis distillate vapes.

Some say the announcement should have been made some time ago.

Perhaps, it's time for Alberta to lift its current delay on vapes.

In Canada, there have been 16 reported cases of vaping-associated lung illness. No one has died.

The issue is not at all connected to dry-herb vaporizers.
MORE: how to hit a vape pen

The growing price gap

The gap between legal and black market cannabis is increasing.

Statistics Canada has been using the StatsCannabis crowdsourcing application to capture data, including source of supply, as well as price.

“The average price of legal cannabis increased to $10.30 per gram in the fourth quarter of 2019 from $9.69 per gram a year earlier, while the average price of illegal cannabis decreased to $5.73 per gram in the fourth quarter of 2019 from $6.44 per gram in the fourth quarter of 2018,” says Statscan.

Still, Statistics Canad's method of comparing price between legal cannabis and unregulated products is flawed. 

MORE: the stats are flawed

When do we get our weed bevvies?

Long available in the legal U.S. market, more and more people are wondering when cannabis drinks will be sold here in Canada.

The country’s biggest cannabis company, Canopy Growth, has delayed its line of cannabis drinks. Initially announced to launch this month, it’s now uncertain when Tweed fridges across Canada will be filled with weed bevvies. 

Canopy says it’s made “meaningful progress” towards production on a commercial scale, adding they remain confident in the underlying beverage science.

But they’re not there yet.

Late last year, Canopy created buzz by releasing images of their 'imminent' drink offerings, including two Houseplant-brand drinks; as well as a maximum allowable 10-mg THC offering, called Deep Space.

“Canopy has had seven weeks to work with THC in the brand new beverage facility to scale processes and IP it has developed in the R&D environment,” says David Klein, CEO, Canopy Growth, in a statement. “In order to deliver products that meet our customer’s high standards we are electing to revise the launch date while we work through the final details.”

Alcoholic beverage giant Constellation Brands has a big stake in Canopy.

Big cannabis producers Hexo and Tilray also plan pot drinks, and have partnered up with big alcohol to do it.

MORE: by the ounce on Castanet

Quick hits

Sundial layoffs
Alberta-based cannabis producer Sundial says it has laid off about 10 per cent of its workforce.
 
Indigeous Bloom at OIB
The Osoyoos Indian Band is opening of the first of two cannabis dispensaries on band land in partnership with Indigenous Bloom.
 
Clearance denied
Cannabis executives are fighting back in court against the federal government over alleged criminal associations.

Dad jokes

My wife asked me whether I experimented with sex and drugs when I was in high school, and I said ‘Yes.’ Unfortunately, I was part of the control group.
 
How do you find Will Smith in the snow?
Look for Fresh Prints.
 
My friend is getting rich by taking pictures of salmon dressed in human clothes.
It’s like shooting fish in apparel.
 
We chatted this week with the Cannabis 101 Podcast, where host Dean Millard and the oz.'s David Wylie discussed 'This Week in Cannabis News,' including our take on some of the stories in this newsletter. 

Listen here.

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