This Week in Cannabis: Top Stories From Across Canada From July 13-19

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This week in Cannabis: CannTrust is in hot water, Alberta aims for 200 retail stores by the end of the month, and a new roadside cannabis test has been approved for Canadian roads.

We’ve rounded up this week’s top stories from across Canada

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CannTrust Halts Sales as Health Canada Investigation Expands

Licensed producer CannTrust is under investigation by Health Canada following a string of allegations.

In a letter penned to the federal health agency, a former employee alleged that CannTrust was growing in unlicensed rooms, hiding them with sheets, and leading visitors to believe those rooms were empty.

CannTrust’s stock price, its medical patients, and retail distributors have all been impacted.

Alberta on Track for 200 Cannabis Stores by End of the Month

In a province with just over 4 million residents, Alberta is on its way to opening its 200th legal cannabis store by the end of July, 2019, according to the Globe and Mail.

Presently, Alberta tallies around 175 legal operators with an additional 20 permits in the queue following Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis’s decision to lift its licensing suspension amid “strong” supply.

New Roadside Cannabis Test Approved for Use in Canada

A new saliva-testing device has been approved for use on Canadian roads following a 30-day public consultation.

The new Abbot SoTaxa device cannot test for impairment, but can “presumptively confirm the presence of [cannabis] and, combined with other observations made by the police officer, may provide grounds for the investigation to proceed further,” according to the federal government.

With files from Jesse B. Staniforth and Harrison Jordan

To Do List

Rocky Mountain Cannabis Connection

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, AB: This weekend, go off the grid at Alberta’s premier eco-tourism destination and fill your minds with growing and production knowledge. Workshops include talks on making your own rosin, cooking with cannabis, sex, cannabis and parenting, and a whole lot more. Weekend passes start at $225.

Smōga Workshop Cannabis + Yoga

OTTAWA, ON: On July 25, Vape and practice elevated yoga poses with smōgalife founder Robyn Christine Waite. Also in attendance will be smōgi and holistic health coach, Sarah Kelly, leading a guided meditation. The $50 admission fee includes a free smōgalife terpene infused chakra candle.

Open Smoke Comedy Show

HALIFAX, NS: On Thursday nights head down to the High Life Social Club to inhale your weekly dose of cannabis-infused comedy. Rick McGray hosts the show featuring upcoming talent and the occasional pro sprinkled here and there. Admission is $8 for non-members.