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