May 19, 2020

Don’t Smoke That! Tilray Announces Recall on Three Blends of Medical Marijuana

British Columbia
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Don’t Smoke That! Tilray Announces Recall on Three Blends of Medical Marijuana

If you currently use medical marijuana for any sort of ailment, then you may need to make sure that what you’re smoking is 100 percent clean. Ironically, three blends of pot that are supposed to help patients could potentially make them sick.

 Weed users in British Columbia have been warned about the following blends: Sativa House Blend, Hybrid House Blend and Indica House Blend. According to Health Canada, Tilray, a medical marijuana dispensary, has issued a recall, believing that the blends mentioned above are contaminated with bacteria. Though it’s not an acute health risk, the weed is believed to have been exposed to enterobacter, a common strain of bacteria found in the Enterobacteriaceae family.

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Tilray’s chief science officer Joshua Eades states, “We are undergoing a top-to-bottom, rigorous review of our sanitation practices and procedures. And we’ll be doing a root-cause analysis to understand what caused these results.

Though the recall has been put in place, no abnormal reactions have been reported due to the bacteria-tainted marijuana. The law covering the production of medical marijuana states that pot has to be manufactured under the normal and regular medicine standards.

Unfortunately, the recalling of pot has become a pattern for Canada in the past year—this is the third instance. In April 2014, Greenleaf Medicinals recalled a product due to an issue with production. And just last month, a medical marijuana company in Ontario recalled a product due to the strength of the weed not matching the label.

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Though quality control standards are set very high in Canada and every batch of marijuana produced is properly tested (monthly), something must have been overlooked with the aforementioned blends. 90 percent of buyers who have purchased the Sativa House Blend, Hybrid House Blend and Indica House Blend have been contacted and will be given a credit for new weed.

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Jun 18, 2021

Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR

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Racing fans can expect the ultimate virtual experience as a result of the partnership with Microsoft and NASCAR

Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).

These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack. 

“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”

“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”

“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR

  • Empower employees productivity and collaboration
  • Improve fan engagement and experience
  • Improve environment security and IT productivity
  • Improve racing operations


Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.

“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”

“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives. 

“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.

Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”

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