on 25 Jul, 21:33

New Brunswick Approves Two Puffins Dispensaries

New Brunswick Approves Two Puffins Dispensaries

New Brunswick has approved two marijuana retail establishments and one manufacturing business.

The two facilities, located at 355 and 382 George St., will serve patients and the public as well. The stores will operate from 10 a.m. until midnight, with a closing time of 8 p.m. if the establishment is within 200 feet of a residential zone.

Both manufacturing and retail marijuana establishments will be regulated by the state, and will be able to sell both medical and recreational marijuana.

First Location

The first location will be along Jersey Avenue, with a plan to expand later. It is home to NBFC, Fathom Cannabis, DC Vitality, and LBOZ, which are all allowed to operate in the Cultivation/Manufacturing/Distribution/Delivery of Cannabis Overlay zone by the Toronto cannabis dispensaries.

The two remaining locations, NB Green Delivery and LB OZ, are pursuing cultivation, wholesale distribution, and delivery licenses.

Second Location

The second location will be located on Jersey Avenue. The location is adjacent to NBFC, DC Vitality, and LB OZ.

These dispensaries will be located on the same street as the NBFC location. LBOZ will be in the same building, but will be located further away on Jersey Avenue.

The company will be located in the same Cultivation/Manufacturing/Distribution/Delivery Overlay zone.

Fathom Cannabis is a growing business, while NB Green Delivery, DC Vitality, and BOZ will operate in different locations. Both will be located along Jersey Avenue. NB Green Delivery, LB OZ, and DC Vitality are in the process of obtaining cultivation and delivery licenses.

The company hopes to open a location near the popular shopping area of Jersey Avenue. The three dispensaries are part of a larger cannabis community in New Jersey.

It is the first dispensary to be located on Jersey Avenue. It is the only medical marijuana dispensary in New Jersey. The business’s license is a good sign for the local community, but it does not mean that NBFC is the only licensed dispensary in the area.

However, it is important to note that the other cannabis businesses in the area are not permitted to operate there.

Licensed Cultivation

The dispensary is located along Jersey Avenue. NBFC is a licensed Cultivation/Manufacturing/Distribution/Delivery facility. It will also have a Fathom Cannabis retail business along Jersey Avenue.

LBOZ and NB Green Delivery are attempting to obtain wholesale distribution licenses. The other two will be located on the east side of the dispensary. They are both located on Jersey Avenue.

The new Cultivation/Manufacturing/Distribution/Delivery Overlay zone will allow the establishments of DC Vitality, NBFC, and LBOZ. Fathom Cannabis and DC Vitality will be located along Jersey Avenue.

The companies also plan to open a delivery and cultivation dispensary in the same building. Meanwhile, NB Green Delivery and LBOZ are attempting to obtain cultivation and wholesale distribution licenses.


NBFC, DC Vitality, and LBOZ are permitted in the Cultivation/Manufacturing/Distribution/Delivery of Cannabis Overlay zone. The company is expected to be located along Jersey Avenue.

The two other businesses, Fathom Cannabis and LBOZ, are currently working to obtain delivery and cultivation licenses. A final license could be granted in the coming months. Once this is approved, the dispensary is scheduled to open in Jersey Avenue.

Bottom Line

Puffins Dispensary is a legal dispensary that is located along Yonge St in Toronto. The Cultivation/Manufacturing/Distribution/Delivery Overlay zone is a cannabis regulatory zone.

The two companies are aiming to build a dispensary on this site, along with a medical marijuana clinic. There are no restrictions on where the businesses will locate their new locations, as long as they are within the city’s city limits.

on 21 Oct, 03:01

Solidarity Club Meetup in Helsinki

Solidarity Club Meetup in Helsinki

On the 17 October, the Malaysian speakers of the SuSY Speaker Tour (Dr Jun-E Tan and Dr. Welyne Jeffrey Jehom) were invited to dinner at the Oma Maa food cooperative in Helsinki with the Finnish Solidarity Economy Network (FSEN). The website for FSEN is (but is currently down for maintenance).

Ruby van der Wekken, representative of the FSEN, was the host of the event, attended by about ten members of the network. Some of the organisations participating in the Solidarity Club dinner included:

  • Eetisen Kaupan Puolesta (Eetti), or Pro Ethical Trade Finland, an NGO that promotes equitable global trade, sustainable production and responsible consumption. Eetti is also the Finnish host for the SuSY Project.
  • Stadin Aikapankki – Helsinki Timebank, which facilitates the exchange of services using time (calculated by hours) as a currency.
  • Osuuskunta Oma Maa, or Cooperative Own Land, a local organic food co-operative which runs a community-supported agriculture programme

To give some idea of the activities of the Finnish national network on solidarity economy, here is a record of some of the issues discussed.

The global connection

Updates were given by Ms Wekken on the RIPESS annual meeting held in France in June 2016. During the RIPESS meeting, issues that arose included the cooptation of the solidarity economy space in different countries, the importance of forming alliances with other like-minded actors, and the importance of developing indicators. It was noted that there are different positions on developing legal frameworks (or not), and that funding remains to be a problem. Mapping was also discussed during the annual meeting.

Two initiatives were highlighted on mapping SSE and similar initiatives, including ESS Global and TransforMap.

Mapping the Finnish solidarity economy

On activities at the Finnish Solidarity Economy Network, a mapping effort has begun by identifying SE actors and interviewing them. The current map, which is still a work in progress, can be accessed here and includes the following organisations:

  • Oma Maa (Helsinki)
  • Elävä maa luomupiiri (Helsinki)Stadin aikapankki (Helsinki)
  • Osuuskunta Jalavala (Helsinki)
  • Vaatelainaamo Vaaterekki (Helsinki)
  • Osuuskunta Ehta Raha (Helsinki)
  • Osuuskunta Hyväntekijä (Joensuu)
  • Kirjakahvilan (Turku)
  • Tampereen Annikki (Tampere)
  • Suomen Talkoot ry (Tampere)
  • Uusruukki (Tampere)

Besides geographical mapping, some case studies have already been done through interviewing the organisations within the list above, on their operations and involvement in the solidarity economy. These cases will be uploaded on after being translated from Finnish to English, which a member of the network has volunteered to do.

The interview questionnaire can be accessed here [link to be inserted after the website goes up]. Members of the network were encouraged to add to the list of known organisations and initiatives, and to help in the interviewing if possible.

Future activities

An SSE manifesto in Finnish was circulated among the members and proposed to be updated using Google Docs.

In November, the FSEN will participate in the European Commons Assembly organised by the Commons Network. In December there will also be a major event by the FSEN to build a confederation of cooperatives.


on 18 Oct, 00:34

Mothers’ part

Dr Jehom said something today at Helsinki University SSE discussion that stuck with me: “solidarity economy is already in human heart”. I believe this. Greed is there too, but greed gets tiring! I believe as mothers and fathers, we have a sway to take our sons and daughters from greed towards solidarity. We have to combine our desire for the success of our kids with the success of the planet as a whole. It is not easy. But it is, already, in the good part of our heart!

Kirsi Mohney

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