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Hemp growers can now look at three markets — grain, flowers, and fibre — and that’s a game changer, says Jan Slaski, a longtime advocate of the crop.

Cannabis legalization opens the doors to new hemp markets

Hemp seed has driven most of Alberta production, but CBD offers rich promise for the future

Reading Time: 4 minutes Jan Slaski was one of many Canadians who celebrated last fall’s passage of the act legalizing cannabis — but not for the reasons you might think. After 17 years of researching industrial hemp, Slaski was simply excited what he views as the next Cinderella crop might finally make it to the ball. “It’s a game […] Read more

When full, each of the cannabis greenhouse’s eight bays will hold around 2,000 plants, said Terra Life vice-president Miriam Mitchell-Banks during a tour of the new facility.

Olds leads the way as medical marijuana market booms

Terra Life Sciences shows the power of value-added processing in its cannabis cultivation facility and pharmaceutical plant

Reading Time: 5 minutes Terra Life Sciences would look like any other manufacturing plant if not for the security guard parked out front. He’s the gatekeeper here. You’ll find another one just like him at the other gate, checking in visitors, scrutinizing IDs, buzzing through the people who pass muster. But these guards are just your first glimpse of […] Read more


You can easily find cannabis products for pets — often treats containing cannabidiol (also called CBD) —  on the internet, but don’t give them to your dog or cat, says the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association.

Veterinarians won’t be dealing doggy dope any time soon

Vets are being asked about giving cannabis products to pets — but there’s no research, it’s not legal, and it could be dangerous

Reading Time: 3 minutes High-strung heeler hounding you day and night? Crazy old barn cat climbing up the walls? You might be tempted to put on some Pink Floyd, dim the lights, and give them a little something to mellow them out. All of the attention on the pending legalization of marijuana has pet owners asking their vets about […] Read more



Fresh hops can fetch $8 a pound, but only have a shelf life of about 24 hours before they must be dried.

Demand is there, but jumping into hops isn’t easy

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you’re wondering if hops might be something you’d like to try, Ontario’s Ag Ministry’s website has a powerpoint primer called Local Hops: A brewing industry. Even though the presentation is barely a year old, Alberta doesn’t even make the list of hops-growing provinces. The owners of Northern Girls Hops west of Edmonton actually started […] Read more