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Heat, wildfire, drought 

SpeakEasy's 2021 cannabis crop is looking good, despite heat, fire and drought.

A 60-acre outdoor cannabis crop in BC has weathered a rough summer.

Tending to Speakeasy Cannabis Club’s 60-acre field near Rock Creek this year has been filled with challenges, says founder Marc Geen.

“This year’s weather and threat of fires was a real rollercoaster ride and kept us on our toes everyday this season,” says Geen.

  RELATED: Biggest ever outdoor crop

“The scorching weather in June and July, total lack of rain, forest fires throughout the province, water restrictions, throwing in some COVID to the mix and it’s been a wild ride.”

They have so far made it through relatively unscathed, says Geen, adding buds have set well and the plants are healthy and vigorous.

Harvest nears and optimism is high.

“I expect a bumper crop this year and based on last year, we anticipate a significant increase in total yield.”

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‘Vaccine card’ not needed at cannabis stores

Cannabis stores are not specifically listed among the activities that require a vaccine passport.

Starting Sept. 13 in BC, showing your immunization record or proof of vaccination will be required to participate in many events and frequent certain businesses. However, there is no mention of cannabis stores or liquor stores.

Cannabis inspectors will play a role in the rollout, specifically with the ability to ticket individuals, owners/operators of locations and event organizers for violations of the PHO orders.

"Enforcement is at the discretion of enforcement officers, including police, liquor and cannabis inspectors, gambling investigators and conservation officers," says the BC government.

That takes some of the pressure off police to enforce the Public Health Orders.

“We have seen an unacceptable surge in COVID cases,” says Premier John Horgan, adding the increase is mainly among the unvaccinated.

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Quick hits

📦 Amazon is asking delivery partners not to screen for marijuana in hopes that it will increase driver applications (The Hustle)

🇨🇦 It’s time to hear how Canada’s political parties intend to support the cannabis industry (The Province)

🌎 Canada’s weed legalization provides lessons to the world on selling cannabis (The Conversation)

💔 Toronto-led study finds frequent marijuana use doubles risk of heart attack in people under 45 (The Canadian Press)

✊🏾 The cannabis industry is booming, but for many Black Americans the price of entry is steep (The Guardian)

Major milestone for Lotus Cannabis Co.

A North Okanagan cannabis producer is about to start selling under its own name.

Lotus Cannabis Co., located near Armstrong, has now received its standard processing licence from Health Canada. That means they can sell cannabis directly to provincial distributors.

You may have already seen eighths of their Kalifornia cultivar under the Kolab Project name, as the company has already been selling wholesale and to medical customers.

However, you’ll soon see Lotus-branded products in local stores.

Lotus CEO Dale McClanaghan says this is an exciting milestone and a major step forward.

The company is now in discussion with an institutional lender to provide term loan financing for an expansion on its 23-acre property.

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The Valens Company partners with Fire & Flower

Photo: Fire & Flower Instagram

The Valens Company has added Fire & Flower to its list of high-profile clients.

The Kelowna-based company announced a white-label partnership to manufacture and distribute CBD oil for Fire & Flower’s wellness-focused private label brand, Revity CBD.

Cannabis retailer Fire & Flower has over 90 corporate-owned stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Yukon Territory.

“Fire & Flower is one of the leading cannabis retailers in Canada with a wide reach in this rapidly growing market,” says Valens CEO co-founder and chairman Tyler Robson in a statement.

Valens’ manufactured Revity CBD oil will be distributed in Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, with the potential to expand.

Robson says the strategic relationship allows Valens to strengthen and expand its wellness-focused manufacturing portfolio.

Fire & Flower CEO and president Trevor Fencott says Valens has proven its manufacturing excellence and experience producing high-quality wellness products.

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PreNup by Sugarbud

From the sleek-shaped jar to the sweet Sativa inside, PreNup is fun for all the senses.

Break open the seal, and a burst of piney maple and citrus is released. The flower is nicely trimmed and springy; it grinds up fluffy.

This cultivar is 20.57% THC, with a terpene profile that includes Caryophyllene, Limonene, Myrcene and Linalool. (Terpenes are not listed on the jar.)

PreNup is an exclusive cultivar from Sugarbud’s genetic library. It’s smell and feel is reminiscent of Jean Guy.

Personally, it gave a clear-headed effect in the dry-herb vape that offset nicely. It’s smooth when smoked and the ash is light grey.

Our eighth was packaged March 1.

Sugarbud is a Calgary-based LP. Their buds are hand cultivated, cured through a cold cure process, and then hand packed.

— David Wylie

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Newswire

Sugarbud Expands Product Portfolio In British Columbia

Wikileaf Technologies Announces AGM Results including Shareholder Approval for its Sale of Digital Assets to Hifyre™ and Fire & Flower

The Valens Company Achieves Access to GMP Manufacturing in Australia & Expands International Footprint to Asia-Pacific through Exclusive Partnership with Epsilon Healthcare

Dad jokes

I bought a book titled “How To Scam People online” about three months ago... it still hasn’t arrived.

I like to play chess with elderly men in the park. But it's becoming increasingly harder to find exactly 32 of them.

My boss is going to fire the employee with the worst posture
I have a hunch, it might be me.

— r/dadjokes

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