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This Week in Cannabis: Top Stories From Across Canada From June 21-28

This week in Cannabis: Shoppers Drug Mart announces a new cannabis pilot program, Alberta licenses more stores, and Quebec fails to update their cannabis law before the summer break.

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

Shoppers Drug Mart Announces Pilot Cannabis Blockchain Program

A division of publicly-traded Loblaw Co., Shoppers Drug Mart announced new strategies that incorporate blockchain into their medical cannabis operations. The company’s technology, dubbed StrainSecure, will act “as a master registry for standardized testing, product verification, and quality assurance.”

With the help of TruTrace Technologies, Shoppers plans to begin a “pilot program” that uses blockchain to assist in areas including identity management, asset tracking, validation, and product authentication.

From 5 per Week to 10: Alberta Doubles Rate of New Cannabis Licenses

This week, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis announced they are doubling their efforts to license new cannabis stores across the province.

“We have continued to see an increase in supply so feel comfortable with issuing more licences,” an AGLC spokeswoman told Globe and Mail. “We continue to monitor week by week, it is fully dependent on supply.”

Age of Cannabis Consumption Will Remain 18 for the Summer in Quebec

Quebec’s CAQ government was busy over the last few weeks, passing divisive and controversial laws, including cancelling thousands of refugee claims while banning the wearing of religious symbols.

All said, the government wasn’t able to get to Bill 2, which would change Quebec’s legal age of cannabis consumption from 18 to 21. The legislature reconvenes in late August, after a summer break.

To Do List

JNT Comedy Showcase

TORONTO,ON: On July 4, Comedian Andrew Packer’s hand-picked line-up hits the stage at Underground Cafe 420. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 online.

Little Bones – Hommage à The Tragically Hip

QUEBEC CITY, QC: This tribute show to the iconic (and cannabis-loving) Canadian rockers on July 2 is not a cannabis event per se, but it could be… if you wanted it to. Tickets are $13.28.

Fire & Flower Poolside Launch

CALGARY, AB: On July 3, Join Fire & Flower poolside at Hotel Arts for this launch party. Enter the password ffCalgary to reserve your spot.

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