Cannabis advocates hand out weed to D.C. council members

Advocates hoping to legalize marijuana sales in Washington, D.C., handed out joints to City Council members on Tuesday during a rally, according to a report in The Washington Post.

Activists with the D.C. Cannabis Business Association and a group called DCMJ said they held the rally because of an increase in raids on events where people have sold various items, and then given people buying the items marijuana.


Gross receipts taxes in the marijuana industry found to cause distortionary effects

The legalization of marijuana is becoming a reality in many states, and with that exists rare opportunities for state and local governments to experiment with new structural approaches to taxation.

One such natural experiment occurred in Washington State in June of 2015, when lawmakers during a special session of the Washington Legislature changed a 25 percent gross receipts tax that applied to the marijuana industry to a 37 percent excise tax assessed on the retail price of marijuana sold.


Washington voters approve marijuana moratorium 1 year after rejecting it

Voters approved a moratorium banning recreational marijuana retail sales in town, similar to one they rejected last year, following extensive debate Saturday at Town Meeting.

The approximately 50 voters at the 2.5-hour meeting also approved town spending proposals and agreed to change one word in an ordinance setting the process that town officials must follow in disposing of properties taken by the town when property owners fall behind on their taxes, changing “shall dispose of property by public auction,” to “may dispose of property by public auction.”


Washington businesses will now need new license endorsement to produce marijuana-infused edibles

As of April 1, statutory authority to regulate the makers of marijuana edibles will be added to the administrative responsibilities of the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), a move that will require these businesses to apply for a special endorsement on their business licenses.

Ultimate regulatory authority for marijuana operations remains with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB), but this adjustment in law and rule will allow WSDA to focus on ensuring these operations comply with state sanitary processing requirements.


Canada: Consumer group says packaging restrictions for cannabis should be the same as alcohol

While he's certainly not suggesting a return to clear sandwich bags, Consumer Choice Center's David Clement thinks Health Canada's pacakaging restrictions are too strict.

Licensed producers aren't the only ones who have beef with Health Canada over its proposed cannabis packaging regulations. 

According to David Clement, North American affairs manager at Washington, D.C.-based lobby group, Consumer Choice Center, Health Canada’s proposed branding restrictions could threaten the choice and safety of consumers by making it more challenging for them to make informed decisions. 

"Marketing is a very important tool for signaling certain things to a consumer," he told the Straight by phone on Tuesday (March 20) from his office in Oakville, Ontario. 


Washington cities can now shut down state-approved cannabusinesses

Communities in legal states fight to keep the cannabis industry out.

A Washington state court of appeals panel decided on Wednesday (March 14) that local municipalities in the state have the right to ban cannabusinesses from operating in their communities.

The decision validated the opinion of the state’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who argued in 2015 that the initiative which legalized the recreational production and sale of cannabis in Washington also gave local governments the right to ban such activity in their jurisdictions.


Legalization laws are forcing employers to rethink cannabis policies

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) holds a panel on state and national drug law each year at its employment law and legislative conference, but this year, shifts in state law — and deep tragedy — have brought the issue to the forefront.

James Reidy, attorney at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA, jokingly said he’s become known as the “pot lawyer” partly thanks to the wave of marijuana laws and court precedent that has forced employers to reconsider their drug and alcohol policies and testing procedures.

At the same time, the opioid crisis continues to rout communities and is draining employers of talent and productivity dollars, prompting many into action.

What’s an employer to do? That’s the question of the day.


Jeff Sessions says US prosecutors won't crack down on 'small cannabis cases'

Federal prosecutors won’t take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department’s decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday.

Federal law enforcement lacks the resources to take on “routine cases” and will continue to focus on drug gangs and larger conspiracies, Sessions said.

The comments come after the Trump administration in January threw the burgeoning marijuana legalization movement into uncertainty by reversing the largely hands-off approach that prevailed during the Obama administration, saying federal prosecutors should instead handle marijuana cases however they see fit.


Technology: Micron Waste accelerates development of cannabis waste digester

CFN Media Group ("CannabisFN"), the leading creative agency and media network dedicated to legal cannabis, announces publication of an article covering Micron Waste Technologies Inc.'s (CSE:MWM) (CNSX:MWM) (MWM.CN) (OTC:MICWF) aerobic digestion and treatment technology that addresses a critical issue facing the cannabis industry - organic waste disposal.


Congress will decide medical marijuana's future this month

While many are focused on DACA and funding for the wall in the next appropriations bill to be considered by Congress before the March 23 deadline, another issue that will also be litigated is the future of states that have allowed medical marijuana.

Since 2014, Congress has included a funding rider that prevents the Justice Department from taking action against states that have allowed the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana. 


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