Bad news about Canada’s legalization, folks. It looks like the country’s proposed date for legalization, July 1st, won’t happen. Despite President Justin Trudeau and other’s predictions for a July 1st start, what held up Canada becoming the second country to join Uruguay in legalizing cannabis? And more to the point, when will Canada legalize marijuana sales and possession?
With legalization day fast approaching, even without a definite day now in sight, many questions remain as to what Canada’s recreational marijuana market will look like. With some answers coming in while other questions are bubbling up. With all the new developments, now is a perfect time to take a look at the Great White North’s soon to be legal green market.
So, When Can I Buy Legal Cannabis in Canada?
Hate to break it to all you readers that planned a cannabis vacation to Canada in July or August. It now looks like Canada will now legalize sales at the end of September - and the reason largely boils down to politics and law enforcement.
Canada's marijuana sales are held up due to legislation in the Senate. President Trudeau's liberal party holds the majority in the executive branch. However, the conservative Senate now holds up a House of Commons bill that passed last year at a tally of 200 to 82.
The Senate argued for additional time to prepare law enforcement across the country for sales. Lawmakers believe that law enforcement officials have never been equipped to contest the country's black market sales. Additional concerns shared across the aisle regard provincial laws as well as learning lessons from prior industries. One such measure considered for cannabis includes using generic packaging to avoid the issues that came from tobacco sales.
Setbacks aside, Canadians should be able to purchase cannabis by the end of September 2018. With Canada's marijuana sales likely to begin soon, how will the market look like and what products will soon be available for purchase?
Rosin and Canada Make Sense Together
When the market eventually opens, products will mirror what you find in U.S. markets. That includes a fast growing product: rosin.
The rosin boom in recent years may have begun out of Southern California, but today it is grabbing the world's attention. In recent years, major publications began touting rosin as a game changing-way to get high. Fast forward to this year, and now rosin technology is the talk of events and trade shows in the U.S. and beyond. At the 2018 Spannabis event in Barcelona, rosin piqued the interest of several minds in the industry.
If Canadian buying trends are anything like America's first few legalized states, then rosin could become one of the top sellers in the marketplace. According to the 2017 Marijuana Business Factbook, rosin was the fastest growing subcategory in both Colorado and Washington state. At a staggering 3,062%, rosin crushed even the closest subcategories, distillates (2,825%) and live resin (823%). While purchasing trends are sure to vary, it’s unlikely that Canadians won’t want the same solventless, high potency, homogenized products.
Rosin suits Canadian businesses as well. With companies taking longer to turn profits, it only makes sense that processing facilities incorporate products that produce high yields which cut the turnaround time it takes to generate a profit.
Accessibility is also on the rise. Canada has long faced a shortage of domestic rosin press machine companies. Now, the market is beginning to crowd already. For at home production, even major big-box general merchandisers are getting into the game as well. Walmart now sells rosin press machines online for home production. While a massive step for the market, the yields for these products have not been ideal. Regardless, these collective steps for company and home production show that Canada could be the next destination for a massive spike in rosin sales.
Legalization Day is Still Fast Approaching
Even with the setback, Canadians should be able to purchase cannabis by the end of summer 2018 legally. With the momentous day fast approaching, many developments could shake the country’s trajectory, including law enforcement and cannabis’ potential influence on youth. However, the struggles between the Liberal and Conservative Party should be smoothed out in the coming weeks.
While we’ll need to wait some time for sales data, rosin should play a significant part in Canada’s market. With sales in the U.S. and buzz in Europe growing, rosin appears to be a global market influencer. By all accounts, Canada should become just another proof of concept for rosin press machines in home and business use.
Whether you are in Canada or the U.S., we're ready to help you get the highest yielding, highest potent rosin you can press. Contact us today, and we'll have you pressing rosin in no time!
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Rosin pressing gained steam in Canada over recent years and will almost assuredly trend upwards in the years to come. The tried and true DIY hair straightener method has existed for about three years, and now rosin tech is starting to take hold. Canadian rosin pressers know the benefits of a clean, solvent-free, high THC efficiency rosin, but often can’t produce the product with domestic equipment.
Even as Canada grows in prominence across the globe, its products and services will take time to form back home. Slow business development can lead to space in the marketplace for a variety of products and services. Due to a less than stellar domestic marketplace Canadian rosin pressing is currently stunted. This leaves them to likely buy from American brands who export the needed extraction technology.
As time progresses, Canada is sure to catch up and develop comparable rosin tech domestically. However, for now, that is not the case. We’ve heard from numerous Canadian consumers and companies telling us the pain points of rosin pressing. That’s why PurePressure serves as the solution for getting more great golden rosin in the Great White North. With a slew of products and more coming, we hope to bridge the gap between Canada and high-quality rosin.
The Potential and Current Canadian Rosin Pressing Situation
Even with legalization a few months away, Canada's marijuana market has been booming for some time now. One of its prime drivers comes from exports of cannabis across the world for medical and research related purposes. Countries like Germany currently cannot produce the marijuana needed for its program. Until it can cultivate cannabis in the country, it turns to Canada for its supply. The same is happening in Australia, where Canada sells flower, concentrates and intellectual property, and several others.
Moreover, yet, despite the nation's growth as a global presence in the market, it faces numerous hurdles to improving the market. While this is expected, it does not diminish the fact that getting a quality Canadian-made rosin press is still an issue. This lack is a problem that affects both commercial and personal use yields. In turn, Canadians have to settle for lower-grade rosin presses made in the country or go to the United States.
This situation comes as a bit of a surprise as Canada is the first country to federally regulate dabs. It's unclear if any rules will change come legalization day on July 1. However, a 2016 set of rules called the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), officials banned flammable materials from altering cannabis. That includes petroleum, butane and propane to name a few. CO2 is still allowed but is difficult to manipulate. As is the case, the demand for solvent-free concentrates grows exponentially - and that's without considering the $100,000 or more price tag for a commercial-grade C02 extraction machine.
With the rosin press conundrum across Canada, businesses and personal producers are stuck in a bind. Do they resign to using a domestic product that lacks the reputation and quality to achieve the desired results? Do they choose to buy from a seller on Instagram, or do they go the international route? Unfortunately, this path can lead to high prices and little to show for their return on investment.
That’s why PurePressure wants to resolve this issue with affordable, high-quality options for rosin pressing in Canada or wherever. We have a slew of products and have a few more on the way that satisfies both sides of the market’s demand.
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What Can PurePressure do for Canada’s Rosin Pressers?
Canadian rosin pressers can turn to PurePressure to find a clean rosin pressing that domestic producers aren't generating today. Instead of opting for the suboptimal machine quality, they've gone with our line of products including the Pikes Peak rosin press.
Our rosin press gives Canadian producers the customization they need to produce the high yield, high-quality rosin they've sought after. Pikes Peak users can customize every part of the rosin making process, including temperatures, the amount of pressure our 5-ton pneumatic press applies and even the presses alignment. The Pikes Peak (and it’s 8-ton cousin, the Longs Peak rosin press) includes several other innovative features and safety precautions to provide a safe and lucrative pressing every time.
Our customers in Canada and beyond love the high-yield rosin they can produce, topping out at 35 grams of flower or 70 grams of kief in a single press with the Longs Peak. They also love the customer service that comes from our close-knit team based in Denver, Colorado. Never hesitate to reach out to us as well. We prioritize our customers and will get back to you as soon as possible.
Since it's emerging trend up north, some Canadian customers might have a bit of reluctance getting into rosin pressing. While the process is quite simple, it does have a learning curve. Instead of throwing you to the wild with your new rosin press, we can get you on the right path with a starter kit and our video tutorials.
If you need a smaller press solution, keep an eye out. We’ll have a home press coming out soon. We are happy to meet the demand of our customers whenever possible. So, contact us today and let us know what you need. We’ll make sure that rosin pressing and Canada have an incredible partnership.
Discover the Difference
Canada’s product evolution is sure to change alongside its market. The rate of product evolution is uncertain and might not keep pace for some time. That’s why Canadian rosin pressers have to turn to the international market without spending in excess of $100,000 for superb equipment. In time, home-based solutions will come to market. Though, it’s uncertain when that time will be.
PurePressure already serves as the solution for pressers across Canada. If you haven’t already, drop us a line to learn more about how we can improve your rosin press yields in Canada and beyond. We make the importing process extremely simple and affordable, too!
Rosin is gaining in popularity everywhere and Canada is no exception. Rosin is a concentrate extracted from the cannabis plant using heat and pressure. This means that rosin is solventless. It preserves the terpenes responsible for taste and the cannabinoids associated with many medicinal benefits. With the use of a commercial press extracting rosin is simple and, in comparison to other extraction methods, affordable. Canada has banned the use of flammable solvents leaving CO2 as the main extraction method in the country. However, CO2 takes a day to run, the process washes out many of the terpenes, and you really can’t get a commercial machine for less than $100,000 USD. Rosin is a cleaner product and, as we are seeing at PurePressure, many Canadian companies are as excited about it as we are. With adult use becoming legal in less than a year up north, it is only a matter of time until nearly all facilities own a professional-grade rosin press.
Canada’s laws have changed quite a bit since medical marijuana was legalized in 2001. In 2003 the Canadian Government considered decriminalizing the use of marijuana. The United States met this proposal with adamant disapproval, claiming that the reduced consequences would encourage drug tourism and ultimately impede trade and travel between the two countries. Canadian officials squashed the bill. Eleven years later Colorado legalized recreational marijuana with 7 states close behind making the US leaders in the push towards legalization. However, Canada’s marijuana market is expanding in ways the United States, which does not approve of marijuana at the federal level, cannot. According to MJbiz, since the Canadian government’s announcement to legalize recreational marijuana in July 2018 cannabis companies have raised more than 1 billion Canadian dollars ($790 million US), which is 1,700% more than last year. With this money, the industry is prepared to make huge moves including continued expansion to global markets without competition from the United States.
Germany and Australia both offer huge appeal to Canadian companies. Germany currently not only allows medical marijuana, but also covers it through their national health insurance program. Although Germany is currently working on an application process for local production, as of now, they must rely on imports. Australia’s medical marijuana program is also booming and did so at such a rapid rate that Canada is not only selling them marijuana and concentrates, but also intellectual property. The companies making these moves are dominating the landscape in Canada much because of regulations put into effect during the Harper Government. These astringent regulations were designed to discourage small-scale production by making licensing hard to obtain and the cost of startup astronomical.
Until 2013 Canadian producers of cannabis followed the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR). Under these regulations cultivators could grow for themselves and could be designated to grow for others. The MMAR cultivators were small but prolific, spreading all over the country. In 2013 Health Canada sought to limit the number of cultivation facilities and to more closely monitor them, so they came out with a new set of standards called the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. These regulations were ultimately found to be unconstitutional and were replaced with the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, which is what is in use today. The new regulations are looser than the MMPR’s but obtaining licensing is still difficult. Out of over 1800 applications there are only 53 licensed growers in the entire Country and only 23 that are able to make concentrates. Find the entire list here.
The new regulations allow the production of concentrates, which makes Canada the first country to federally regulate dabs. The law bans the use of many flammable solvents in concentrate production and highly regulates others. One such highly regulated substance is BHO, which is the most commonly used solvent in extraction. The new laws do allow for the use of CO2. However, the consistency of CO2 is hard to manipulate and does not make a shatter or wax consistency. At the same time the demand for concentrates in Canada is booming. “The amount of cannabis oil sold to clients registered with Health Canada rose 870% between the first quarter of 2016, when 584 kilograms were sold, and one year later, when 5,673 kilograms were sold.” 94.7 kg of cannabis oil was exported overseas from Canada by July of this year and 100,000 kg of oil was consumed in the country by medical patients. When July 2018 hits this number is projected to increase dramatically.
Labs in Canada have begun to sway towards solventless extraction with many people hoping the prevalence of concentrates like rosin will increase. Rosin presses do not use flammable materials, are easy and safe to use, and more easily pass Canada’s Security Regulations for safe structures and practices. Not only is the use of a rosin press an easier bet for anyone getting into the Canadian concentrate market, investing in solventless is a good bet for getting into global markets, which for a federally legal country such as Canada, is a huge opportunity.
Europe has shown that it cares about adulterants. Food is held to a high standard with tight restrictions on pesticide use and less tolerance for GMO’s, hormones, and other chemicals and additives. There are chemicals found in cosmetics and other products in the US that are banned altogether in Europe. If European views towards chemical regulation are applied to the cannabis industry the best bet for effectively infiltrating the market is solventless cannabis oil such as Rosin.
As Canadian marijuana companies are flooded with new investment capital, and already large operations scale up, the issue of solventless may seem like an issue of capacity. One of Canada’s biggest players, the Cronos Group, recently secured 40 million dollars in Canadian funding (32 million American dollars) to build a 315,000 square foot facility, which they claim is the biggest cultivation facility in the world. Their expected production is 88,000 lbs. of cannabis annually. Small batch artisanal products still have an important place in this kind of large scale production. Rosin production scales easily despite requiring some labor, and gets more per ounce than many other concentrates. Furthermore, rosin is a connoisseur product. It is like drinking craft beer vs. Budweiser and there is always going to be a market for that kind of quality. Rosin should be offered by large Canadian companies trying to penetrate global markets and by smaller companies looking to compete with the big guys locally.
Canada has a lot to offer the United States by way of example. Their federally regulated market is a source of wealth for the country and is expanding to untapped global markets without the US as competitors. At the same time, the states in the US currently allowing recreational marijuana can be used to predict what the market may trend towards. What we can learn from states like Colorado and Washington is that concentrates are popular and that people will make them safely, if the regulations are put into place, or they will make them unsafely. Some consumers will buy BHO but there are others that are wary of chemicals like Butane and they are willing to pay a higher premium for purity. There are also many patients that are not willing to buy cannabis used medicinally that has solvents. As the demand for solventless products such as rosin gains traction in the United States, Canadian labs should take note. Investing in Rosin now will put any Canadian company that does ahead of the curve and poise them perfectly for global expansion. With rosin it is not a question of if it will take over, but more a question of when.