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Wed
21
Aug

Ontario announces results of second cannabis retail lottery

Ontario has chosen 42 winners of its second cannabis retail lottery as it prepares to triple the size of its industry.

The province permitted an initial 25 stores after adult-use cannabis was legalized at a federal level in October 2018. Last month it unveiled plans to issue 50 new licences – eight for First Nation reserves and 42 for Ontario entrepreneurs – and it held a draw yesterday to produce those 42 winners.

Wed
21
Aug

NCUA greenlights credit union loans for US hemp businesses

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) released

Wed
21
Aug

Industrial hemp farmers in need of Federal Crop Insurance

Cannabis businesses are not immune to the harsh realities of any other business. In fact, they likely deal with even more difficult challenges than many other traditional businesses in a variety of respects. For example, most businesses—if not all—should have some form of insurance and, without insurance, a businesses’ only remedy may be to resort to and/or be subject to the court system. Unfortunately for cannabis businesses, federally subsidized crop insurance is simply unavailable at this time, even for industrial hemp.

Wed
21
Aug

Do People Move To Access Legal Marijuana? Yes — Meet 'Medical Refugees'

It's not uncommon to hear anecdotal stories of individuals or families who must move for medical reasons — specifically, access to medical cannabis. Some of these cases draw considerable media attention, like that of Yvonne Cahalane, the Irish mother who moved to Colorado for her then-2-year-old son, who suffers from a seizure disorder called Dravet syndrome, according to the United Kingdom newspaper The Guardian. 

Wed
21
Aug

Washington State bans the use of CBD in foods and drinks for general public

RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF HEMP CBD AS A FOOD INGREDIENT AUGUST 1, 2019

Recent federal and state legislative changes regarding hemp have generated many questions about cannabinoid extracts, like CBD, and whether or not they may be used as ingredients in food products. To be clear, CBD is not currently allowed as a food ingredient, under federal and state law. 

Below is more information to explain what is allowed and what is not.

Wed
21
Aug

FBI worried about corruption in the marijuana industry

The FBI is looking into possible corruption and bribing around marijuana licenses, but the organization needs some help.

Wed
21
Aug

Thai State hospitals have started distributing cannabis oils

Bottles of cannabis oils are now stocked up and ready to go in Thailand’s state hospitals.

The medical institutions received 4,500 bottles of marijuana extract--each filled with 5 milliliters of the substance--on Aug. 7 and have started to distribute them, announced Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul on Friday, according Coconuts.

Tue
20
Aug

50 cannabis retail licenses to be awarded in second lottery

Fifty new retail cannabis licenses will be awarded on Tuesday as Ontario moves forward with its second lottery.

The lottery will be handing out licenses to sell legal marijuana to 42 retail stores, including 13 in Toronto and six in the rest of the GTA, while eight more will be given to First Nations Reserves through a separate, first-come first-serve basis.

Unlike the first lottery in January, which saw 25 retail licenses handed out, this one required applicants to provide confirmation they had secured a lease, along with the capital to run it.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commision of Ontario said a bank letter confirming access to $250,000 cash and another confirming the ability to get a $50,000 standby letter of credit was needed to apply.

Tue
20
Aug

Quebec taking harsh line on cannabis edibles

Quebec’s draft regulations for edible cannabis are stricter than the federal rules and reflect a “prohibitionist-minded” Quebec government, says Trina Fraser, partner at Brazeau Seller LLP and counsel for the cannabis industry association Cannabis Council of Canada.

On July 24, the Quebec government published draft regulations on the cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals to be sold by the Société Québécoise du cannabis, the province’s pot-dealer. Quebec is the only province in Canada that is creating their own edible cannabis regulations, as everyone else will follow federal guidelines, says Fraser.

The Quebec government is prioritizing safety and the prevention of cannabis use by minors ahead of displacing the illicit market, says Fraser.

Tue
20
Aug

Black market weed continues to thrive in Canada despite legalization

Several months before Canada became the first G7 country to legalize recreational cannabis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed the move would eliminate the back market. 

“And over the following months, and indeed years, we will almost completely replace the organized crime market on that,” Trudeau said in June 2018. 

However, despite having been legalized across Canada 10 months ago, more than 40% of Canadians still purchase marijuana through illegal channels, a new survey revealed. 

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