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Cannabis chocolates, candies and mints now available at Alberta shops – Calgary Herald

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Adam Chammorry displays some of the edibles available at Queen of Bud in Calgary on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.



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The era of legal cannabis edibles has arrived in Calgary’s retail outlets.

Some dispensaries received their first shipments of pot-infused treats Monday from distributor Alberta Gaming Liquor Cannabis, bringing with them hopes of a renewed surge in business.

“I hope it brings more customers in who haven’t tried it,” said Mylann Doell, manager of the Queen of Bud at 1717 10th Ave. S.W.

The products, she said, have been heavily anticipated by customers.

“Edibles have been my No. 1 phone question since before Christmas. They’ve just been waiting for them to come out,” said Doell.

But there’s also an expectation of supply constraints similar to what plagued the availability of bud that prompted a six-month moratorium of new cannabis store approvals in Calgary, she said.

“There’s always going to be supply issues just because it’s such a new thing,” said Doell.

“I expect to see (them) sell out today or tomorrow.”

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But after two hours of business Monday, none of the products, which include chocolates, chewy candies, cookies and mints, had drawn any purchases, she said.

“People have just been buying dried flower,” said Doell.

Edibles, beverages, vapes and topicals are the second phase of legally available cannabis products to be rolled out across the country.

Retailers in many other provinces have already been selling them for a few weeks.

The Alberta government has decided to indefinitely delay the sale of cannabis vapes pending a review of their safety following reports of illnesses and deaths across North America related to them.


Edibles on display at Queen of Bud.

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Cannabis retailer Karen Barry said she’s “cautiously optimistic” vape cartridges will be given the green light in Alberta in the coming weeks or months.

But for now, the owner of Beltline Cannabis Calgary at 806 12th Ave. S.W. said she’s eagerly awaiting her Wednesday shipment of edibles, for which she’s ordered milk and dark chocolate, chiller mints and chewable candies.

“We’ve had a great response … it’s a whole new cohort of people that would absolutely never smoke anything,” said Barry.

“We’ve been anxiously awaiting them.”

Neither Barry nor Doell said they’ve ordered THC-infused beverages, which haven’t been a big seller in U.S. states where they’ve been available for several years.

But Canadian licensed producers have crafted them and sold them to provincial wholesalers.

Critics of cannabis legalization fear many consumers will miscalculate the effects of the products and eat too many after their initial effect is delayed.

In a bid to mitigate that possibility, Health Canada has ruled each individually packaged edible can’t exceed a THC content of 10 milligrams.

Edibles, like other cannabis products, have been available on the black market for years but have no regulatory oversight.

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CALGARY —
Three new COVID-19 outbreaks were declared in Calgary on Friday, including 13 cases being reported from a private gathering, five cases at a Cargill meat processing facility and five at a childcare centre in the southwest.

An outbreak was also declared in the community of Fort Mackay in northeastern Alberta, with five cases being reported at CNRL Albian.

Alberta Health Services would not comment on where or when the private gathering was held but said of the 13 cases, nine are considered active and four recovered.

Five active cases were reported at the Cargill plant in the 0-100 block of Freeport Way N.E. 

Two active cases and three recovered cases were reported at Fledglings Educare Centre in the 1100 block of Canterbury Drive S.W.

An outbreak is declared in acute and long-term care facilities when there are two or more cases, and in a community setting when there are five or more cases. The outbreak is considered over when four weeks passes without any new cases being declared.

A total of 84 new cases were reported by the province on Friday, with 20 of those in the Calgary Zone and 52 in the Edmonton Zone.

There are now 12,053 cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, with 1,036 of those active and 10,796 recovered. There are 48 people in hospital with 13 of those in ICU.

One additional death was reported Friday, bringing the provincial total at 221.

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“This plant in terms of the pre-existing conditions was better,” Hesse said. “But the question is what Cargill does now.”

Alberta also announced two other new Calgary outbreaks Friday. One is at Fledglings Educare Centre, where two staff and three children were infected with COVID-19. Two of the children have now recovered. As well, an outbreak at a private gathering is linked to 13 cases, nine of which remain active.

Also Friday, Alberta reported 84 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the province’s total to 12,053.

The new cases came from about 8,200 tests, a one per cent positive rate. More than 800,000 tests have now been conducted in Alberta.

Both active cases and hospitalization rates stayed stagnant from Thursday. There are 1,036 active coronavirus cases in Alberta, while 48 Albertans remain in hospital with the virus, including 13 receiving treatment in intensive-care units.

One new death from COVID-19 in Alberta, a woman in her 60s from the AHS South zone, was reported Friday, bringing the province’s total to 221.

Elsewhere Friday, Calgary’s public and Catholic school boards each announced that they were mandating masks for all students in schools. Previously, Alberta Education only required students in Grades 4 to 12 to wear masks.

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Trump says 'whatever' to concerns about WeChat ban hurting Apple – AppleInsider

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During a press conference Friday, President Donald Trump appeared unconcerned with the possible impact that a WeChat ban could have on Apple’s business.

Earlier in August, Trump signed a pair of executive orders that would bar any transactions between U.S. companies and Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat. That, in effect, would ban both apps from the U.S., though it’s unclear what impact it might have globally.

On Friday, Apple joined a growing number of other major companies calling for the president to end the executive orders. That includes Disney, Ford, and Walmart.

When asked by a Bloomberg reporter at a White House press conference Friday morning about whether he was concerned about the effect the ban could have on iPhone sales in China and other markets, Trump simply responded “whatever.”

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“Gotta do what’s good in terms of the security of our country,” Trump said. “We’ve been very badly let down by China.”

WeChat is a wildly popular app among Chinese users. And in a Bloomberg survey conducted in August, 95% of respondents in China said that they would rather give up their iPhones for Androids than lose out on WeChat.

On Monday, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo cautioned than an outright ban on WeChat could cut global iPhone shipments by about 30%.

It isn’t clear whether the U.S. ban would only bar WeChat’s use in the country, or if its vague wording could force Apple to pull it from the global App Store. WeChat parent company TenCent said that it is seeking clarity.

Trump’s order to ban TikTok could be stopped if a U.S. company acquires the social media platform — which Microsoft is in talks to do. Such an acquisition has not been discussed for WeChat.

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