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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.

Thu
19
Jul

Grenade-shaped grinder causes airport evacuation in Argentina

Who thought it would be a good idea to bring anything weapon-shaped to the airport?

An Argentine airport was evacuated Tuesday after a suspected explosive device was discovered at the facility. But when the bomb squad arrived to investigate the object, they determined that it was actually a cannabis grinder designed to resemble a hand grenade. The incident occurred at the Astor Piazzolla airport in Mar del Plata, a seaside city about 250 miles southeast of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Alehandro Itzcovich, the chief of national airport security in Argentina, told local media that he believed that the pot grinder had been left at the airport by a departing passenger.

Thu
19
Jul

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.

Thu
19
Jul

The other anti-cannabis Sessions just blocked several cannabis bills in congress

Texas Representative Pete Sessions (R) - the fervent prohibitionist - has struck again. Two cannabis reform bills were brought to the House this week, and both were tabled by the Sessions, writes Calvin Hughes.

The first bill was intended to be an addition to the Fiscal Year 2019 budget bill and would have created protections for banks who choose to work with the cannabis industry in states where it has been legalized.

Thu
19
Jul

Colorado woman denied late husband’s benefits because he had marijuana in his system

Usually, state laws run into conflicts with the federal ban on cannabis.

This time, however, Colorado’s laws are in conflict with themselves.

In weed-legal Colorado, the family of a worker who died on the job will get just half of his workers’ compensation benefits because a postmortem toxicology report found THC in the man’s blood.

 

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19
Jul

Colorado is using $3 million from marijuana tax to provide food and housing for the homeless

The debate about the legalization of marijuana has been prevalent in North American culture for over 50 years. The decision by the state of Colorado in October 2014 to legalize marijuana for recreational use was seen a revolutionary by those on both sides of the divide.

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19
Jul

Oklahoma: Health board to call special meeting to consider amending medical marijuana rules

The Oklahoma State Board of Health plans to hold a special meeting to consider amending the rules regulating medical marijuana.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter on Wednesday advised the board to convene a special meeting to amend the rules it passed regulating medical marijuana.

Officials with the health board released the following statement,

"The Board of Health appreciates the quick review by the Attorney General and acknowledges the advice and counsel regarding the prior adoption of emergency rules on State Question 788. The legal analysis by the Attorney General provides clarity on several rules and the legal authority we have to construct a regulatory framework for a state-wide medical marijuana program.

Thu
19
Jul

Michigan gives newly licensed medical marijuana businesses cushion for testing

The state has offered newly licensed medical marijuana businesses a slight reprieve by allowing them a 30-day window in which to test products already onsite.

Once the state’s medical marijuana industry is fully in place, medical marijuana will be tested at least once after it's grown and once after processing, said Licensing and Regulatory Affairs spokesman David Harns.

But as the industry becomes licensed, man businesses operating temporarily with local authorization will have untested medical marijuana on hand when they receive licenses.

The state will allow those business a month to test, label and record their product with the state, Harns said. After the 30-day window, any remaining untested medical marijuana must be removed from the facility.

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19
Jul

During the 'war on drugs' he was a Reagan lawyer; now he owns a marijuana farm

Edward Weidenfeld is a successful Washington lawyer with ties to the political elite. He has worked as a senior adviser to six U.S. Presidents, including serving as general counsel to Republican Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign.

The 75-year-old is also part owner of a large-scale marijuana farm: a large warehouse in northeastern Washington.

Weidenfeld co-owns Phyto Management, which grows and sells medical marijuana to registered dispensaries in the nation’s capital.

And he is not only an owner. He is a user of medical marijuana to relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s, which affects his speech.

Wed
18
Jul

Canada: Decriminalize all drugs, Toronto health board urges Ottawa

Canada’s largest public health board is calling on Ottawa to decriminalize all drugs, arguing that saving lives is more important than stigma-laced arguments against the idea.

Toronto’s public health board, a mix of city councillors and public appointees, voted 10-0 Monday to endorse the recommendation from Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s medical officer of health.

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