first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Canopy Growth Corp. will have the first privately run legal weed stores announced in Canada under a landmark deal to supply and produce pot in Newfoundland and Labrador.The publicly traded company is the largest of its kind in the country with e-commerce operations and grow sites in six other provinces. It’s perhaps best known for its celebrity partnership with American rapper Snoop Dogg under the brand Leafs by Snoop.Its $40 million production plant in or near St. John’s will have a retail outlet in addition to three more storefronts in the province.Canopy CEO Bruce Linton said a custom brand from Newfoundland and Labrador has great potential for sales outside the province. But he was coy when asked if consumers may soon see strains marketed under such labels as: Yes B’y or Best Kind.“I have some very specific branded names of products that I want to bring out of here which would be really foolish for me to say now because everybody would grab them,” he told a news conference Friday in St. John’s.“But I think we can actually create products … that become extremely interesting for a lot of people in the country, and probably some exports internationally.”Linton said Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) is growing fast in Canada and is exporting to Germany, with other countries soon to follow.Critics were quick to say the agreement announced Friday is a “giveaway” that will block smaller producers — concerns Industry Minister Christopher Mitchelmore downplayed.“What this deal with Canopy has done is secure supply,” he told a news conference. “It also secures production and jobs. We’re open and in active discussion and negotiation with a number of other companies across the province and across the country.“There was no special treatment given to Canopy Growth.”The company will supply up to 8,000 kilograms a year for two years, with a one-year extension option, once recreational pot is legalized next July. There is no minimum purchase requirement.The province has no licensed production sites yet so time was of the essence to nail down a reputable source, Mitchelmore said.“This provides stability and confidence.”Canopy Growth will ship product in at first, but will also spend more than $40 million to build a plant that will employ about 145 people. It’s to operate for at least two decades and is expected to produce 12,000 kilograms of flower and oil products a year by 2019.Mitchelmore said the province will contribute to construction costs by reducing remittances the company pays on each sale until those costs are recouped — up to $40 million.Canopy will also invest $100,000 a year in a research-and-development program over five years to be matched by the province.It’s meant to educate other producers under its CraftGrow program.“Our vision is for an industry which leads to production, job creation, supply chain development and research and development in this province,” Mitchelmore said.He estimates the province will ultimately have about 100 pot stores or more.Canopy has also partnered with various groups to educate the public about the dangers of driving high.The province’s liquor corporation will set the price in licensed stores. Recreational pot will be restricted to consumers 19 and older for use in private residences, and will be sold by private retailers.The federal government has moved to legalize recreational weed next July, but left distribution and regulation to the provinces.Interim NDP Leader Lorraine Michael said the “secretively brokered” Canopy deal is a missed chance for economic development in a province that desperately needs it. Worse, she said the governing Liberals are giving the company cash breaks that will ultimately be worth millions of dollars as Canopy is free to export surplus product with little local benefit.“This is a real giveaway,” she said in an interview. “What does it say to people in our agricultural industry who saw this as a new growth opportunity?“I think they’ve just been knocked out of the game.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img

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first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski, the top-scorer in the Bundesliga last season, reportedly wants to leave to seek a ‘new challenge’. © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, May 30 – Bayern Munich’s star striker Robert Lewandowski wants to leave the Bundesliga club this summer to seek “a new challenge”, his agent told Sport Bild on Wednesday.“Robert feels that he needs a change and a new challenge in his career,” Pini Zahavi told the weekly. “The managers of Bayern know about it.”Lewandowski, 29, whose Bayern contract runs until 2021, has been linked with Real Madrid while Qatari-backed Paris Saint-Germain and Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United are also understood to be interested.“I want to focus on preparing for the World Cup, I’m not thinking about club matters, I have a manager for that,” Lewandowski told reporters in the mountain resort of Arlamow, where the Polish team is preparing for the World Cup.He was the Bundesliga’s top scorer in the just-completed season with 29 goals, the third time he has won the trophy after success in 2015/16, also with Bayern, and 2013/14 while at ex-club Borussia Dortmund.In late February, the Poland international parted ways with his previous agent of 10 years, Cezary Kucharski, and signed up with Zahavi, one of the most powerful agents in world football.Zahavi said that “Robert’s motivations are not money or a specific club, because almost all top clubs would like to sign up the world’s best striker.”He said he hoped Bayern president Uli Hoeness and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge would understand the player’s position.“Everyone in the Bayern club leadership has their own great career to look back on. They should understand his situation,” he told Sport Bild.However, Bayern’s bosses have made it clear that Lewandowski will play for them next season.Rummenigge told Kicker magazine earlier this month that Bayern fans “do not have to worry about Robert Lewandowski and the relationship with Bayern… We have a very good one.”“We know what we have in him and I’m very happy that we still have such a long-term contract,” added Rummenigge.“There’s no need to worry, he’ll play here in Munich again next year.”Magazine Kicker also pointed out that Bayern’s senior bosses have repeatedly informed Lewandowski that there is no possibility of leaving before his contract expires.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img

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first_imgFor Mother’s Day, her kids bought her a professional leaf blower. For her birthday, they gave her a weed trimmer. And this Christmas, Chris Williams hopes to get heavy-duty pruners, clippers, rakes and shovels. That’s because, after 15 years of whacking weeds alongside sidewalks and shoveling litter from city streets and gutters, her old tools are pretty beat up. “My family has me dialed in,” the 47-year-old Northridge real estate agent said Wednesday, laughing as she cruised Lassen Street. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But she wasn’t looking for new listings or homes for sale. She was looking for weeds to whack. She’s had her eye on a stretch of public sidewalk between Corbin and Tunney avenues. And by 3 p.m., the weeds were gone, along with the trash Chris found lying around. Today, the Los Angeles City Council will honor her with a certificate of recognition from her local councilman, Greig Smith, for outstanding community service. While most of us only complain about eyesores on public streets, she’s actually been doing something about it. “Every day, on the way to drop my kids off at school, I’d see all these weeds in the sidewalks, and trash in the gutter, year after year,” she said. “I was spending way too much energy thinking about why someone wasn’t doing something about it. I finally thought, `Why not me?”‘ She told her kids she had a great idea for a family outing the next Saturday morning: They were going to pull weeds and pick up trash on public sidewalks. The kids were, well, less than enamored. “They thought I was crazy,” Chris said. “They told me I couldn’t make them do that, no other moms made their kids do that. They were embarrassed, afraid their friends would see them.” She didn’t care. A little hard work never cost her a friendship. Someone had to pick up after the slobs using public streets as trash cans. “That first time we went out with a few shovels and trash bags, walking along Tampa Avenue for a few hours. I had a little flatbed trailer attached to my car and took all the trash bags home to my trash cans. “I soon realized I needed to get more done in a shorter period of time, so we got better tools.” Before long, word got around Northridge about the woman taking her family for Saturday morning outings to whack weeds and pick up trash on their streets. Passing motorists would honk their horns and give Chris the thumbs-up sign, asking from their air-conditioned cars if she needed some water out there in the hot sun. Diplomatically, Chris would let them know she could bring her own water if she was thirsty. What she really needed was more help. “You know how Tom Sawyer made whitewashing that picket fence almost look like fun? Well, it’s the same with helping Chris whack weeds and pick up trash,” says her friend, Trish Lyons. The two women swear you don’t know what thrilling is until you’ve walked down the Tampa Avenue off-ramp from the Ronald Reagan Freeway at 6 a.m., picking up trash as cars whiz past. They met a few years back when Chris sold Trish’s house. They struck up a friendship, but didn’t go shopping or out to lunch when they got together. Instead, they donned work clothes and cleaned up the streets of Northridge. The kids are grown now and don’t join her much anymore. If Trish is busy, she’ll go alone. It’s not that people don’t want clean streets, Chris says. It’s just not a big priority. “I think most people would warm up to it, but somebody has to do the planning and organize it for them,” she says. That’s why she’s put together community trash cleanup days during the year. “If everyone would give one hour a month, our streets would sparkle,” Chris said as she tossed her weed trimmer in the trunk of her car. She had a new listing in a neighborhood a few blocks away – and she wanted to check out the sidewalks for weeds. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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