Without cannabis factored in, crop revenues across the country declined 1.1 percent. | Getty Images

Cannabis carries farm growth in average year

New data from Statistics Canada shows farm cash receipts continue to trend upward, increasing in 2019 by 5.7 percent or $66.1 billion to mark the ninth consecutive year of increase and the largest single uptick since 2012. But that number is less impressive when cannabis is removed from the equation because it represents 2.8 percent […] Read more

Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu speaks at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta convention in Edmonton. Madu announced the government's plan to allow municipalities to tax cannabis producers at a higher rate. | Jeremy Simes photo

Cannabis facilities put on Alberta’s tax radar

Production operations were treated as agriculture buildings with a zero tax rate, but heavier municipal taxes now allowed

The Alberta government plans to allow municipalities to hike taxes on cannabis industrial operations, a move that would allow counties to generate more revenue. Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu announced the changes at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta convention Nov. 13 in Edmonton, saying it was done in response to concerns from county leaders. “It […] Read more

Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu speaks at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta convention in Edmonton. Madu announced the government's plan to allow municipalities to tax cannabis producers at a higher rate. | Jeremy Simes photo

Alta. to allow municipalities to tax cannabis production facilities more heavily

The Alberta government plans to allow municipalities to hike taxes on cannabis industrial operations, a move that would allow counties to generate more revenue. Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu announced the changes at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) convention today in Edmonton, saying it was done in response to concerns from county leaders. “It […] Read more


A worker tends to marijuana plants growing outdoors at Bold Growth’s site near Saskatoon.  |  Bold Growth photo

Cannabis companies eye growing plants outdoors

Legal production of marijuana has traditionally taken place in greenhouses, but two firms take their work outside in Saskatchewan

Dressed in T-shirts, blue jeans and ballcaps, the guys at Bold Growth are almost indistinguishable from other young farmers in the province. But they’re growing something new and different. Andrew Condin, chief executive officer, and Spencer Veikle, chief operating officer, of Bold Growth might view cannabis as just another crop, but the intensive labour required […] Read more

More cannabis program courses will be offered later if there is demand and the college is developing another course this fall called Cannabis Retail Advisor. 
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Cannabis program fills up in a day

Eager students have filled up Olds College’s first class on the art of growing cannabis. The online course starts July 3 and 20 students will learn horticulture production, facilities and irrigation, as well as specific cannabis production and regulations. Field study takes place at Sundial and Terra Life Sciences, which produce medical marijuana. The companies […] Read more