Health Canada says cannabis labs willing to assist in COVID-19 testing

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Federally regulated cannabis labs have answered Health Canada’s call for assistance in supporting COVID-19 testing, and the agency is currently assessing the facilities’ capabilities. “Several labs have responded indicating their willingness to assist,” a Health Canada spokesman told Marijuana Business Daily this week. Health Canada is confirming next steps, the spokesman said, including whether the cannabis labs have the appropriate … Read More

Alberta classifies cannabis stores, producers ‘essential’ during COVID-19

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Alberta’s licensed cannabis stores and producers can remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian province’s government said last Friday. The regulated businesses were included on the province’s list of “essential services,” along with alcohol stores and alcohol producers. Businesses on the essential list “can continue to provide services at locations accessible to the public and must have proper risk … Read More

Health Canada Asks Cannabis Industry for Help With COVID-19 Testing

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Canadian officials are turning to the cannabis industry to see if laboratories typically used to check for cannabinoids can be also used to test for COVID-19. In an email sent to licensed cannabis industry executives on Thursday obtained by BNN Bloomberg, Health Canada acting director general Joanne Garrah asked respondents if there was any spare lab capacity to assist the … Read More