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Ontario to add $31 million to budget to deal with increasing number of illegal cannabis stores

Jennawae Cavion, however, founder of Calyx + Trichomes in Kingston and the Executive Director of Norml Canada, says she thinks the money could be better spent on assisting the legal industry instead of on shutting down illegal stores, especially given how easily these stores and websites can open up again. 

“I think that they need to invest in ways to make the cannabis industry more sustainable and more inclusive so that there’s no reason for unregulated suppliers to want to exist,” Cavion tells StratCann. “I think $31 million could be spent in a better way than prohibition enforcement.”

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Ontario mail-order cannabis is a government monopoly, and licensed retailers want in

“I appreciate that in the beginning there needed to be options for everyone, but now we’re at a point where there’s a lot of retailers who need any sale that they can get,” said Jennawae Cavion, executive director of NORML Canada and owner of licensed Kingston, Ont., retailer Calyx+Trichomes.

“This is directly taking food off of people’s tables to the tune of about $8 million a year.”

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Pot shops lucky to be in business amid competition, advertising rules and THC limits

“We’re still living the dream, it’s just the purgatory dream,” said Jennawae Cavion, the co-founder of Kingston, Ont., cannabis store chain Calyx + Trichomes.

Over the last five years, she’s seen Ontario flip-flop on the store licensing process, faced rivals trying to steal business by opening nearby and survived six weeks of shipping delays after a cyberattack at Ontario’s cannabis distributor.

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Mississauga to allow cannabis stores

Jennawae Cavion, the founder at Calyx + Trichomes in Kingston and the Executive Director at NORML Canada, notes that the move is good in general, but could be a difficult one for those operating stores just outside the boundaries of the city.

Congratulations to Mississauga for finally realizing the harm they have done in their municipality over the last four years by opting out of cannabis sales. They not only allowed the unregulated market to flourish, they also created a false bubble in border cities where their residents would drive to

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Ready-to-use, pre-ground cannabis gains popularity in Canada

Milled marijuana shoppers are so devoted that Ontario cannabis store proprietor Jennawae Cavion calls them “Shredheads,” referencing the popular Shred brand of ground cannabis from Canadian grower Organigram Holdings.

Based on past experience, Cavion associated ground cannabis with poor quality, and at first she didn’t stock it.

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