Off to a trade show? Rethink your out-of-office auto-reply

There are so many new cannabis tradeshows around the world and meetings with investors to be had that travelling in the cannabis industry is no surprise.

You have your plane ticket and you’re ready to go. The only thing left to do is set your out-of-office auto-reply so clients know you’re away.

But is this really the best idea?

While an out-of-office reply seems to be the responsible course of action to take when away from the office, it can actually be a huge security risk and can leave you and your business vulnerable to social engineering attacks.

So before you head out of the state for a much needed summer vacation, or make your way to the next big cannabis tradeshow, you may want to rethink your out-of-office auto-reply.


Canada: Mixed emotions about Halifax’s new smoking laws

The City of Halifax’s Regional Council recently announced their decision to restrict any smoking on municipal streets and sidewalks and the reactions are varied.

The decision was made following concerns about legal non-medical cannabis, but the law will also apply to tobacco as well as vaping.

While many residents and city officials are happy with the decision, others believe their rights are being infringed upon.  “If I get fined, I’m not paying the fine,” said Senji Boubnov, Halifax resident and ex-smoker turned vaper.

“We pay the taxes, we completely financially support them. The fact that they do this to us is completely ridiculous, and I will have to leave Halifax if this gets passed; I can’t live here.”


Canada: Manitoba announces ‘social responsibility fee’ and markups on cannabis

When legalization is implemented in Canada this October, cannabis in the province of Manitoba will be subject to a wholesale markup and a government fee.

The provincial government is applying a 75 cent markup per gram with an additional nine percent at the wholesale distribution level.

Additionally, six percent will be added to a retailer’s annual revenues. The provincial fee will be known as a “social responsibility fee” and will take effect sometime next year.

The Progressive Conservative government in the province says they will use that money to help pay for public education, safety enforcement and addictions programs.


Canadian medical cannabis users prepare for tax increase

Canadians using cannabis for medical purposes are bracing for tax increases that will take effect once legalization occurs later this year.

While other medications are not subject to Canada’s Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), medical cannabis is subject. Medical users can now expect to pay an excise tax of $1 per gram or 10 percent of the retail price, whichever is greater.

This is the same tax that’s being applied to recreational sales which many believe is unfair to those who need to use it for medical reasons.


Health Canada warns cannabis companies against advertising at music festivals and other events

As the country moves closer to legalization, Health Canada is warning cannabis companies currently sponsoring music festivals and other events that they need to comply with advertising regulations or they could risk serious consequences.

Promoting cannabis brands is being viewed similarly to the way tobacco is promoted, which is essentially not at all. Cannabis companies are therefore rushing to promote their brand ahead of legalization.

The law will not take effect until October 17, the official date set for nationwide legalization.

Companies who do not comply with the law risk having their licensed suspended, fines as high as $5 million and possible jail time, said Health Canada in a public notice.


Many cannabis products will remain under illicit status with Canadian Cannabis legalization

Though Justin Trudeau’s government has promised an October 17 legalization date, it’s unlikely that the black market in Canada will be going anywhere any time soon since so many products critical to the industry will remain under illicit status.  

The government has decided that more time is necessary to research the “unique risks” associated with cannabis products other than dried flower and oil.

Edibles, cannabis-infused beverages and cannabis used for vaping will remain banned for at least a year following this October’s legalization date.


10 Terpenes commonly found in cannabis and their benefits

Until recently, the highest priority in cannabis for growers and consumers were THC and CBD levels, but with the industry going mainstream, terpenes found in cannabis have become a hot topic.

Terpenes are the aromatic organic hydrocarbons, or essential oils, found in a plant and even in some insects. They were developed to ward off unwanted predators that might eat them and also to attract pollinators such as bees.

Though terpenes are found in most plants, the term is most commonly associated with cannabis since consumers are becoming more aware that terpenes are the reason each strain has its own unique scent.


Recreational cannabis is making Canadian-U.S. border crossing more difficult than ever

Recreational adult-use cannabis is set to be legal across Canada on October 17, a move that has created tension between Canada and The U.S., especially at the border.

Canadians admitting to previous cannabis use or who are remotely involved with the cannabis industry have been receiving harsh penalties upon attempting to enter the States. Many people are being turned around and receiving lifetime bans from entering the states.


Battle of the Coasts: Marijuana legislation from east to west

It’s taken a long time for cannabis to come into the mainstream with still a long way to go. When it comes to cannabis policies, the West Coast of the United States has been incredibly influential in reducing associated stigmas.

Though cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, states like Oregon, Washington, Colorado and of course, California, have pushed those legal boundaries, resulting in flourishing legal markets.


Canada: CannTrust unveils Niagara Perpetual Harvest Facility

CannTrust Holdings Inc. held the official grand opening of its Niagara Perpetual Harvest Facility on Tuesday. Moving quickly toward harvesting once a day, this facility is the first of its kind in Canada.

Currently boasting 450,000 square feet of cultivation space, the Niagara operation has an annual output of about 50,000 kilograms.

The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that enables them to be one of the lowest cost producers with some of the highest quality product. It’s projected that the facility will be able to produce at a cost per gram that is far lower than traditional indoor grow facilities.


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