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January 2019

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the first Delta 9 Newsletter of 2019! We hope you all made it through the recent polar vortex safely!

In this month’s newsletter we continue our Delta 9 employee and stakeholder interview series with Processing Manager Justin Roy, who has been with us from the very beginning. The 29-year-old Asper School of Business graduate has worked his way up at Delta 9 and now has one of the coolest jobs on the planet. Well done Justin!

We’ve also got an article answering your most common questions about travelling with cannabis in Canada and beyond. From purchase to planes, trains and automobiles, make sure you know the rules before you hit the road with your cannabis.

And the biggest news you can use? Our new store at 478 River Avenue in Osborne Village will be opening in February! You’ll definitely want to check out this new state-of-the-art cannabis store. We’re proud of it already and we haven’t even opened it yet!

Delta 9 will be at both the Winnipeg Wellness Show and the Hempfest Cannabis Expo in February. We’d love it if you could stop by for a visit!

Until then, stay warm!

The Delta 9 Team


Travelling in Canada with Cannabis

Meet Justin Roy

January Featured Strain: WHITE RUSSIAN

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Travelling in Canada with Cannabis

What You Need to Know.

It is legal to travel within Canada with up to 30 grams of dried, legally purchased cannabis, but it is illegal to enter or exit Canada with cannabis in your possession.

It is legal to travel within Canada with up to 30 grams of dried, legally purchased cannabis, but it is illegal to enter or exit Canada with cannabis in your possession.

I Just Bought Cannabis in Manitoba. How Do I Get It Home?

Laws for transporting cannabis in a motor vehicle in Manitoba are similar to those in place for transporting alcohol. You cannot drive a vehicle while consuming cannabis and cannabis cannot be used by any of the passengers while the vehicle is operating. Cannabis should be stored in the trunk of your vehicle when travelling in Manitoba.

You can also carry up to 30 grams of legally purchased cannabis on public transportation, but whether driving or riding, you should keep your cannabis in its original packaging and always carry the proof of purchase.

Travelling within Canada with Your Cannabis. Know the Rules!

Although it is legal to travel within Canada with 30 grams of legally purchased cannabis, there are a number of rules and regulations you must follow that differ slightly from province to province, including varying age limits for purchase and consumption.

The legal age for cannabis consumption and possession is 19 in all provinces except for Alberta and Quebec, where it is 18. If you are travelling from Alberta or Quebec and you are 18, you cannot legally take your cannabis with you to (or through) any of the other provinces other than Alberta or Quebec.

You can carry your legal cannabis with you while travelling on public transportation such as buses, trains and planes while within Canada, but not when entering or leaving Canada.

You can carry your legal cannabis with you while travelling on public transportation such as buses, trains and planes while within Canada, but as previously stated, you cannot take your cannabis with you when entering or leaving Canada.

When flying domestically (within Canada) you can store up to 30 grams of dried, legally-purchased cannabis on your person, in your carry-on or in your checked baggage. Medical cannabis consumers can carry more than 30 grams, but only if their medical documentation says they can. Cannabis oil is also allowed on domestic flights but is subject to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s (CATSA) regulations, which limit you to no more than 100 ml of cannabis oil.

The penalties for transporting more than your legal limit of cannabis, or for transporting illicit cannabis, apply no matter what form of transportation you are using. Keeping this in mind, it is probably a good idea to keep your cannabis in its original packaging wherever you are travelling. Each province has its own unique excise stamp for legal cannabis products, which make it easily identifiable if required.

At the very least, you should carry a receipt for the cannabis you are transporting, whether travelling by bus, train, plane, or driving, especially from province to province. Additionally, it is your responsibility to know the different cannabis regulations for each province you are travelling in.

To ensure you’re up to date with the most current regulations, please review the informational links found at Cannabis in the provinces and territories, before you travel.

Crossing international borders with cannabis is illegal.

International Travel with Cannabis. Don’t Do It.

It is illegal to transport cannabis in or out of Canada. This applies regardless of whether you are authorized to use cannabis for medical purposes or not. It also applies regardless of whether you are travelling to or from a country that has legalized cannabis.

Also of note, even if you are travelling from Canada to a U.S state that has legalized the possession and use of cannabis, it is still illegal in Canada to transport cannabis across the Canadian border. Additionally, cannabis remains illegal under U.S federal law, which can lead to prosecution, fines and jail time in the United States.

And if you do arrive in Canada with cannabis in any form, you must declare it to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Failure to do so is a serious criminal offence.

Bottom line? Don’t travel internationally with cannabis.

Meet Justin Roy

Prairie Boy turned International Cannabis Expert

Justin Roy – Delta 9 Cannabis

Meet Justin Roy, prairie boy turned international cannabis expert. The Delta 9 Processing Manager just celebrated his 29th birthday. He also has one of the coolest jobs on the planet.

“I think it’s always a little bit of a dream to work in an exciting industry when you’re young,” said Roy. “But I never would have guessed cannabis would be legal this quickly and that I would have a career in it.”

Born and raised in Winnipeg, the Asper School of Business graduate was one of the very first people to join Delta 9 in its early days, before it was even licensed. He hadn’t even finished school at the time and his parents were probably a little unsure of what he was doing.

“I think they must have wondered,” said Roy. “Now it’s an area of pride for them, to able to say that their son was one of the first people to work at Delta 9. I went to high school and business school with John (Delta 9 Co-Founder and CEO John Arbuthnot). I was just finishing my degree when he showed me their business plan and asked me to be part of it. I’ve been here ever since.”

Drying Room – Delta 9 Cannabis

Six years later, Roy is managing a team of 30 people who perform everything from harvesting to final packaging. He’s also inspecting product for purchase and selling Delta 9 clones across Canada and internationally.

It’s been a fun and wild ride for Roy, who loves fishing for pike and walleye in Whitehshell Provincial Park in his spare time. “Just like every other Manitoba boy,” he said. “But there hasn’t been a lot of time for that lately. Too much to learn.”

“We’re doing things on a much larger scale now compared to when I first started,” said Roy. “And we’re constantly growing. But we’ve got a pretty good system now, and we’re all of the same mindset, always looking to make continuous improvements in our products and processes.

“Things that I get to learn on the job are quite extensive. From automating packaging to the finesse of curing cannabis, to lean manufacturing practices and efficiencies, I really get a piece of all of it. I’ve had the opportunity to visit most of the largest LPs in the country just through product inspections. I’ve met a lot of interesting people and learned a lot from them. It’s been an awesome experience.”

Roy’s typical day starts around 7:30 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. His work begins where the production team leaves off and includes all facets of harvesting, drying and curing, through to final packaging, with quality assurance (QA) throughout the whole process, making sure all the appropriate forms are filled out correctly, following standing operating procedures (SOPs), lab testing and more.

His favourite part of the job -- learning new things – is also the most difficult.

“Balancing all the different things is challenging, because there is always so much to learn,” said Roy. “Keeping tabs on everything and being organized and effective in a number of different areas is top priority.”

Drying Room – Delta 9 Cannabis

“Curing cannabis is an art,” said Roy. “You’re redistributing the moisture levels within the plant, making sure it’s consistent throughout. You’re trying to take advantage of the plant’s natural chemical and biological tendencies to bring out the best it has to offer and make sure the true terpenes are coming out. Curing can really affect the final quality.”

In between managing his two teams, Roy is also developing products and readying them for market, the newest being pre-rolls and kief. Pre-rolled joints will be available in single and multi-packs. Kief is a potent, dried cannabis product that falls off the plant and is then sifted through a micro-screen during processing. People use it in a variety of different ways, from baking their own edibles to supercharging their joints.

Roy says his education at Asper School of Business has definitely helped from a leadership standpoint, but a lot of what he has learned has been on the job, including product inspections. Long gone are the days when a clerk would take a couple tokes, wave his magic wand and decide a strain has a potency of 17%.

“It’s almost all science now,” said Roy “The machines test for everything including heavy metals, aflatoxins, salmonella, E. coli, total mold and mildew, loss on drying, moisture content, THC, CBD and much more. It’s a long list. I already know how potent the product is before I get there for the visual inspection.

“We’re also looking at the quality of flower, the percentage or excess of leaves or stem, the smell, terpene profiles and other things. There are a lot of different factors to consider and they all influence our decision on what we’re willing to pay for a product.”

In addition to inspecting product for purchase, Roy has also been in charge of selling clones to LPs since last January, and business is booming.

Justin Roy – Delta 9 Cannabis

“My advantage is that I’ve been here from the beginning,” said Roy. “I’ve learned a lot of the ins and outs on the regulatory side of things, dealing with Health Canada, plant transfers, all the paperwork etc. and I understand the large investment people are making in what is often their first genetics purchase.

“The LPs find that information very useful and they like to deal with people who have done it. They also like the fact that we’re really transparent and we help them. We invite them on site for tours and I take them from A to Z. It’s been a natural fit.”

Clone sales have gone well from coast-to-coast for Delta 9, and they’re currently working on getting some of their clones into international markets, yet the company maintains a distinctly Manitoba feel.

“That’s really been a badge of honour for me,” said Roy. “There’s a friendly Manitoba culture at Delta 9 and we’re very focused on keeping things local whenever possible. Everybody finds it a great place to work and they’re referring other good people they know would work well in this industry.”

The future is green for Delta 9.

January Featured Strain


December Featured Strain – Super Lemon Haze

White Russian is a cross of two legendary strains, White Widow and AK-47. An indica-dominant hybrid, White Russian is an extremely fragrant plant, smelling of sweet fruit and skunk, with a flavour that is smooth and spicy with undertones of skunk and earth.

Learn more about the characteristics of this strain here.

THC: 12-13%
CBD: <0.01%


Terpene Profile: White Russian


December Featured Strain – Super Lemon Haze

Winnipeg Wellness Expo – Booth 80

Come and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Wellness Expo in Winnipeg. New for 2019, the Wellness Expo has been moved to the third floor of the RBC Convention Centre to allow for more room and ease of access for exhibitors and visitors. Make plans now to check out the new and improved Wellness Expo in Winnipeg in February. The Health and Wellness Expos of Canada has been searching out and gathering companies with unique products, services as well as practitioners who focus on education and motivating people to be PROACTIVE in their health as opposed to REACTIVE. Learn about many of the new and some ancient products and services available to you to help enhance or improve your quality of life.

* Download two FREE tickets to this event here *

When: February 15-17, 2019

Where: RBC Convention Centre – Booth #80

Learn more about the Winnipeg Wellness Expo here

Hempfest Cannabis Expo

When: February 23 & 24, 2019

Where: RBC Convention Centre (Next to The Winnipeg Tattoo Show!)

Learn more about Hempfest Cannabis Expo here

Osborne Village Location Opening Soon!

When: End of February, 2019

Where: 478 River Ave, Winnipeg, MB

Brandon Location Opening Soon!

When: Mid-March, 2019

Where: 1570-18th St, Brandon, MB

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