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If recreational cannabis becomes legal in Illinois, how the industry could grow

No one predicts pot brownies for sale in every grocery store if recreational adult use of cannabis is approved by the Illinois legislature.

But experts and industry insiders anticipate plenty of opportunities for businesses to get involved in what could be a new legal market for an already popular product.

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18
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Edibles legalization fraught with hurdles, lack of clarity, companies say

From the classic pot brownie to cannabis-infused cotton candy, there is no shortage of options for edibles at an illicit dispensary in downtown Toronto.

Among the people lining up to browse and buy, one 34-year-old IT worker chooses gummy bears for what he says is his first-ever edibles purchase. The Toronto man, who did not want to be named, said he preferred edibles over smoking cannabis because he can avoid the pungent smell and partake indoors.

“These are more convenient,” he said, adding that among his friends who are cannabis users, half of them say edibles are their form of choice even though they aren’t legal in Canada yet.

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15
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Could Mexico soon be exporting marijuana to the U.S.?

If you think the marijuana industry is delivering incredible growth now, then you haven't seen anything yet. According to a report from Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics, worldwide weed sales are slated to grow by 38% in 2019 to $12.8 billion, with investment firm Cowen Group projecting an even more aggressive surge in global sales to $75 billion by 2030.

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Ontario golf course plans to be first cannabis themed course in Canada

A Canadian golf course is making golf greener than ever.

Rolling Greens, a golf course in Lombard, near Smith’s Falls, will give golfers the chance to enjoy a round of golf while enjoying cannabis on the green.

Director of Entertainment at Rolling Greens Gordon Weiske told sources that the organization is calling itself “Canada’s first cannabis-themed golf and entertainment destination.”

“When legalization was announced, we looked at how to approach this,” said Weiske. “Everybody wants to be a licensed grower or seller, so we thought, ‘why don’t we look after the tourist and entertainment market?’ We thought a great concept would be a golf course. You’ve got 164 acres, go out and enjoy yourself.”

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15
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Federal Bipartisan Bill to protect employment rights introduced

The Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act (HR 1687) is bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Don Young (R-AK) to explicitly bar federal agencies from discriminating against workers solely because of their status as a cannabis consumer, or due to testing positive for marijuana use on a workplace drug test.

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15
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Connecticut Lawmakers unveil plan to legalize marijuana

On Thursday afternoon, top lawmakers in the Connecticut House of Representatives announced their plan to legalize cannabis for adult use. Speaking at a press conference, General law chair Rep. Michael D’Agostino, Judiciary Committee chair Rep. Steve Stafstrom and Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee member Rep. Jason Rojas—all Democrats—discussed the details of the legislative process and what Connecticut residents should expect next. Here are the major takeaways.

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15
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Ontario unlikely to meet promise of 25 cannabis shops by April 1, analysis shows

Ontario is unlikely to meet its target of having 25 privately owned cannabis shops open by April 1, an analysis of licence applications shows.

Four of the lottery winners who won the right to apply for the coveted first wave of licences haven’t even announced their locations yet.

For those four, from Toronto and the GTA, the deadline looks impossible. The public is allowed 15 days to comment after locations are posted. Lottery winners have five days to reply to those comments. That’s a total of 20 days, and as of Thursday there were only 17 days remaining until April 1.

For another five stores, the public comment period ends between March 19 and March 27, which is tight timing.

Thu
14
Mar

The case for allowing interstate trade among marijuana-legal states

Although marijuana has been illegal under the Controlled Substances Act since 1970, that will inevitably change. With two-thirds of the country currently in favor of legalizing recreational use—a remarkable shift, rivaled only by polling trends on same-sex marriage—Congress is beginning to read the smoke signals. Late last month, for example, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced the Marijuana Justice Act, which would legalize cannabis as a matter of federal law and expunge federal marijuana convictions.

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14
Mar

Manitoba has potential vendors wanting to sell cannabis in rural areas

The Manitoba government says nearly 100 organizations have pre-qualified for the expansion of retail cannabis sales.

While it’s not known how many will be approved, the government is opening the door to new stores that it hopes will eat into the black market.

“Our goal remains for 90 per cent of the population to have access to retail (cannabis) within a 30-minute drive, within two years of legalization,” Blaine Pedersen, minister of growth, enterprise and trade, said in a written statement Wednesday.

“The ultimate goal is to move to an open market through a streamlined application process in order to ensure Manitobans can access safe, regulated cannabis supplies.”

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14
Mar

Region bypassed in cannabis store lottery

Waterloo Region won't get a legal marijuana store until at least the end of 2019, after being bypassed in Ontario's cannabis retail licence lottery.

The seventh and final retail licence application for the province's west region was announced Wednesday by an operator in Hamilton.

All proposed cannabis shop licences are subject to approval by the Alcohol and Gaming Commision of Ontario.

If they're approved, the lottery system designed to award the first wave of 25 cannabis store licences across the province will have given three stores to London, two to Hamilton and one each to St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.

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