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The marijuana market could be (and possibly already is) bigger than the market for beer in Canada $TBP.ca $N.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:20 PM on Thursday, April 13th, 2017

The marijuana market could be (and possibly already is) bigger than the market for beer in Canada

Pot’s retail therapy

TORONTO — It’s a hot, sunny Thursday afternoon on the hard edge of Queen Street West, and the foot traffic at Eden, a pot dispensary, is brisk.

Retailers along this strip of trendy clothing stores, bars, restaurants, shoe shops, tattoo parlours, hairstylists, comic stores and coffee joints cater to the urban hip, and Eden is no different. lnside, iceberg-blue lights illuminate jewel-case cabinets with the product — glass vials of Hindu Kush, El Hefe, Organic Blue Dream — artfully displayed.

On the aquamarine-blue wall at the front are two white iPads, for customers who need quick access to the Internet to check product information.

The place is spotless, sharp. And the air is heavy with the unmistakeable sweet smell of cannabis.

Pot store
The fridge at Eden Medicinal Society, a cannabis retailer in Toronto. (Tyler Anderson / National Post)

Behind the counter, two clerks, a man and a woman both in their 20s, both dressed like their customers, are filling orders, taking cash.

The average transaction, those in the business say, is $50. A pre-rolled joint is $12, but Alicia, the manager, says they won’t start selling a lot of those until the evening, when the university crowd and the kids from the suburbs come downtown.

The afternoonwalk-ins are largely cannabis users who rely on the flowers, ointments, teas, and oils to ease some chronic ailment, or they are creative types — writers, graphics artists, filmmakers — who find extra insight and energy through cannabinoid stimulation. They all have prescriptions from a licensed physician.

The product mix and retail approach at Eden’s downtown store is different than what you will find at the company’s newest outlet a few blocks north near Bayview and Eglinton. There are more seniors and aging baby boomers in that neighbourhood so the store opens earlier and closes earlier.

The Eden outlets are among the 100 or so pot dispensaries in Toronto, but there is easily demand, those in the industry say, for 1,000 such businesses.

They are owned and operated by a mix of campaigners and capitalists.


The campaigners have been working for years to legalize marijuana use. They believe in the huge potential for the drug to manage pain, ease anxiety, and help many to a more productive, happy, creative and healthy existence.

Tania Cyalume and Brandy Zurborg opened their storefront dispensary, Queens of Cannabis, on Bloor Street West just north of Little Italy in February.

Queens of Cannabis owners Tania Cyalume and Brandy Zurborg outside their shop in May 2016. (Maryam Shah / Postmedia Network)

“I guess when you believe in a product, you really believe in it because you’ve seen the way that it affects people,” said Cyalume.

The products Cyalume and Zurborg sell and their approach to retailing match their personal philosophies and lifestyles. Both are vegans, and the edible cannabis products they stock are vegan and  pesticide-free.

Their crusade is about serving patients because they are patients themselves, and use cannabis products regularly to treat their own chronic pain and ailments.

“We’re patients and we believe in it. We also believe that patients have the first right to access before recreational. There is only so much supply, and there is a huge demand,” said Zurborg, who trained as a certified management accountant designation and was  an auditor with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Their goal is not necessarily to get rich. They speak of one day being able to use the proceeds of their retail operation to help fund outreach, at hospices for example, where they can spread the word about the life-changing value of cannabis products.

Marina, who preferred her last name not be used, is a capitalist. She and her husband have had as many as seven dispensaries, some through a franchise model they were trying to build. When she got into the business a few years ago, she approached with a capitalist’s zeal and eye for profit.

The woman has agreed to talk about her industry at an upscale diner set among the forest of steel-and-glass condominium towers where Lake Ontario meets the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke. She arrived in a gleaming white SUV. Petite, direct and energetic, Marina makes no bones about the fact she got into the business to make a pile of cash.

- See more at: http://news.nationalpost.com/features/o-cannabis-retail-therapy#sthash.q9qC3FZy.dpuf

INTERVIEW: Analysis Confirms High Purity Silicon of 99.97%, Partner States 99.991% (4N+) Strongly Expected! $HPQ.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:06 PM on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

  • largest holder of High Purity Quartz properties in Quebec, with over 3,500 Ha under claims
  • Despite the abundance of quartz, very few deposits are suitable for high purity applications
  • High Purity Quartz supplies are tightening, prices are rising, and exponential growth is forecast.
  • Quartz from the Roncevaux property successfully passed rigorous testing protocols of a major silicon metal producer confirming that material is highly suited for their silicon metal production
  • HPQ Tested One-Step Conversion Of Quartz to Silicon
  • Analysis Confirms High Purity Silicon of 99.97%
  • Partner States 99.991% (4N+) Strongly Expected!

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INTERVIEW: Durango Discusses NMX East Work Program. Property Tied to Nemaska Lithium Whabouchi Property in Quebec $DGO.ca $NMX.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 3:39 PM on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

  • NMX East, a lithium property tied to Nemaska Lithium Inc.’s (TSX.V-NMX) Whabouchi property in Quebec.
  • NMX East property has all season road access via the Route Nord.
  • located within a few kilometres of Nemaska’s proposed mining pit.
  • Nemaska Lithium is developing the world’s newest lithium mine in Quebec and has signed agreements with its key stakeholders, gained the required permits and was recently awarded both Federal Environmental Approval and the Province of Quebec Mine Approval.
  • Whabouchi Spodumene Mine with 23Mt Proven and Probable @ 1.53% Li

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INTERVIEW: Explor Resources Discusses Flagship Property Hosting 609k oz Indicated 470K oz Inferred Gold $EXS.ca $TCK.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:16 AM on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

  • NI 43-101 Resource: 609,000 oz Indicated
    470,000 oz Inferred Gold
  • 13 km from downtown Timmins
  • Property is 2.5 km, NE of West Timmins Mine
  • Model: Hollinger McIntyre Gold System: 30,000,000 oz. Au
  • Discovery Hole 10-30 : 9.22g/tonne over 11.0 meters
  • Optioned to Teck Resources
  • Teck to spend $12,000,000 to earn 70% interest

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INTERVIEW: HPQ Silicon Discusses PURVAP IP Acquisition. $8 Million Deal $HPQ.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 2:07 PM on Monday, August 8th, 2016

HPQ Silicon is also the largest holder of High Purity Quartz properties in Quebec, with over 3,500 Ha under claims. Despite the abundance of quartz, very few deposits are suitable for high purity applications. High Purity Quartz supplies are tightening, prices are rising, and exponential growth is forecast. Quartz from the Roncevaux property successfully passed rigorous testing protocols of a major silicon metal producer confirming that our material is highly suited for their silicon metal production.

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INTERVIEW: Walter Storm’s Tudor Gold Commences MT Survey At Treaty Creek $AMK.ca $TUD.ca $SEA.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:04 PM on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

American Creek Resources is a precious metals exploration company with an impressive portfolio of high-potential gold and silver projects in British Columbia.  These include properties in B.C.’s prolific Golden Triangle, one of the richest areas of mineralization in the world.

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INTERVIEW: PFN Discusses Aggressive Entrance into Lithium Space $PFN.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:44 AM on Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

  • Lithium and Platinum group metal prices have improved dramatically in recent months
  • Lithium supplies remain in deficit relative to their demand
  • Nevada government is actively embracing the Lithium Energy market and future ventures.
  • Nevada Board gave final approval to the Faraday Futures $1 Billion dollar electric car factory in North Las Vegas

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Uragold Discusses Production of Pure Silicon Metal Material That Exceeds 1st Lab Threshold $UBR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 2:34 PM on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Uragold is the largest holder of High Purity Quartz properties in Quebec, Despite the abundance of quartz, very few deposits are suitable for high purity applications.  High Purity Quartz supplies are tightening, prices are rising, and exponential growth is forecast.  Quartz from the Roncevaux property successfully passed rigorous testing protocols of a major silicon metal producer confirming that our material is highly suited for their silicon metal production.

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INTERVIEW: Namaste Technologies (N:CSE) A Fast Growing, Revenue Generating Company Emerging as a Leader in the Global Trend Towards Vaping $N.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:30 PM on Friday, June 10th, 2016

Namaste Technologies is a fast growing, revenue generating company that is emerging as a leader in the global trend towards “vaping”. If you’re an investor that doesn’t know what vaping is, you’re about to learn something incredibly important. Hint, it is not to be confused with e-cigs.

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INTERVIEW: Liberty Star Discusses Use of Titan R-40 Drill Rig $LBSR.us

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:35 AM on Friday, May 13th, 2016

Liberty Star is an Arizona-based mineral exploration company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral properties in Arizona and the southwest USA. Currently, the Company controls properties which are located over what management considers some of North America’s richest mineralized regions for copper, gold, silver, molybdenum (moly), and uranium.

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