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Grow Opportunity's Top 10 Stories of 2019

As the Canadian cannabis industry charges on to the new year ahead, here’s a look back at the most popular stories of the past year.

1. How to cultivate hemp for CBD

Oil from the seed and fiber from the stem are the two most common uses, and now the possibility of extracting cannabinoids (CBD) from flowers appears very attractive. Here are a few basic facts before you jump into cultivation for CBD extraction.

2. From hockey to healing

There’s an old saying that, unlike the rest of us, professional athletes actually die twice: once when they retire, and once when they finally kick the can. But while it may not initially seem like the most cheerful cliché, former pro hockey player Ryan VandenBussche’s foray into the cannabis industry proves that life after pro sports can be a real blessing.

3. Specifying HVAC for cannabis cultivation

Previously, cannabis grow facility managers believed growing spaces required only sensible cooling and that humidity wouldn’t prove problematic once the lights were turned off half of the day during the flowering cycle. They were wrong.

4. Mandatory staff positions under the Cannabis Act

Under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), licensed producers are required to designate one senior person in charge and one responsible person in charge. Under the new regulations, a host of new mandatory positions have been established, which effectively replace these two positions.

5. CannTrust board kept in dark on unlicensed grow room: Interim CEO

The interim chief executive of CannTrust Holdings Inc. said the board was kept in the dark about unlicensed growing at its Ontario greenhouse and only learned of the allegations after Health Canada notified the pot company of its discovery.

6. For first time, Health Canada revokes licence of cannabis producer

Cannabis producer Agrima Botanicals Corp. has had its licences revoked by Health Canada, marking the first time that the regulator has stripped away these authorizations. The move comes months after the company disclosed Health Canada’s assertion that “unauthorized activities” with pot took place at the firm.

7. Industry anticipates cannabis nursery boom

More standalone cannabis nurseries will inevitably try to enter this space, but that’s no easy feat. As with every cannabis licence type in Canada, the procedure for getting a nursery licence is quite involved.

8. Growing green in Canada’s cannabis production haven

Sustainable production is a growing trend across major industries. A number of licensed cannabis producers are taking on this challenge, making sustainability a core part of their company identity.

9. Crowdfunding model for cannabis growers catches fire

The Wildfire Collective is looking to bring more seats to the cannabis industry’s table by launching a new equity crowdfunding campaign. The funds raised will allow the company’s network of cannabis craft growers to expand their facilities and build general operating capital.

10. Health Canada announces new funding for cannabis public education

The Canadian government is investing $15.2 million to support organizations across Canada that are engaged in cannabis public education and awareness initiatives, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas announced in a statement.
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