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Wed
05
Feb

Massachusetts’ cannabis sales worth over half of entire Canadian market

Dow do you like them apples?

In just over one year, legal cannabis sales in Massachusetts — a state with the population of 6.9 million — reached more than half of legal sales for the entire country of Canada, according to a U.S. national cannabis law firm.

All financial amounts in this story are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

Cannabis retailers in the northeastern state sold around US$509 million ($677 million) worth of legal weed from November 2018 to the end of January 2020, Vicente Sederberg LLP data analysis calculated.

Wed
05
Feb

How People Are Still Getting Busted For Marijuana At Airports

Getting busted with anything more than an ounce of cannabis in most parts of the U.S. is destined to get an unsuspecting traveler arrested and jammed up in the criminal justice system.

The legalization of marijuana in just a handful of states has made Americans gutsy when it comes to breaking drug trafficking laws. Ever since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) came out and said that they “do not search for marijuana,” more toking travelers have been using the airways to smuggle weed from legal states into areas of prohibition.

Tue
04
Feb

Edmonton police say impact of weed legalization lower than expected despite rise in drug-driving

Although recent numbers indicate an increase in the number of drug-impaired driving arrests, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) reports the overall impact of cannabis legalization has been lower than initially expected.

Police suspect that about 39 drug-impaired driving arrests between January and October 2019 have involved cannabis consumption, versus a suspected 33 arrests during the same period in the previous year.

The picture may become clearer with a report headed to city council this week indicating police expect that factors such as second-wave cannabis products and more legal supply to increase those numbers.

Tue
04
Feb

Indiva Receives Edibles, Extracts and Topicals Sales Licence From Health Canada

Read entire article at Technical 420

Indiva Limited (the “Company” or “Indiva”) (TSXV:NDVA) (OTCQX:NDVAF) is pleased to announce that it has received its edibles, extracts and topicals sales licence from Health Canada. This approval enables the Company to deliver extracts, capsules and its portfolio of award-winning edibles to Canadians.

Mon
03
Feb

Vapes for veterans and RCMP officers approved

Dry herb vaping devices for medical cannabis consumption have been approved for reimbursement for Canadian veterans and Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers. However, exactly if and how liquid-filled pens will qualify has yet to be determined.

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) currently reimburses up to $300 for the purchase of one reusable vaporizer every three years. This decision was made in 2014, notes information from VAC.

The veteran must have an authorization for cannabis for medical purposes, as well as a prescription for a vaporizer, from his or her health care practitioner. The veteran can purchase the vaporizer from a number of providers, and be reimbursed by VAC, the information adds.

Mon
03
Feb

Cannabis taxes not bringing the cash government expected

Marijuana hasn’t proven to be the cash crop the government expected, with cannabis excise tax revenues coming in at roughly half the original estimates.

In the first fiscal year that marijuana was legalized, 2018 – 2019, the government took in $18 million in cannabis revenues, but had expected to take in $35 million. This year the government expected it would bring in $100 million, but now estimates it will see only $66 million.

The government believes that number will continue to rise to $135 million next year and a steady increase until $220 million in 2023, according to a response to a question on the House of Commons’ order paper.

Fri
31
Jan

'They didn’t have supply ready': Doug Ford fires back at pot execs

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has fired back at the cannabis industry after some leading executives complained that the lack of legal pot stores in the country’s most populous province resulted in weaker-than-expected sales within the first year of legalization.

In an interview on BNN Bloomberg Thursday, Ford said that pot producers didn’t have enough supply for Canadian retailers when recreational cannabis was legalized in Oct. 2018, which resulted in the province taking a more cautious approach to licensing marijuana stores.

“Maybe I’ll shoot back a little bit. They didn’t have the supply ready,” Ford said. “We’re doing it responsibly. We’re going to roll out the market and keep in mind it’s only been a little over a year and a bit and we’re opening up to the market.”

Thu
30
Jan

Quebecer gets lightest sentence in Newfoundland drug-trafficking network

A Morin Heights drug trafficker who supplied several kilograms of cocaine and cannabis to dealers in Newfoundland ended up with the lightest sentence meted out to people involved in the network because a Montreal judge determined he has already rehabilitated himself.

Alexandre Préfontaine, 37, was all smiles and patted his lawyer, Christian Gauthier, on the back Wednesday after they left the courtroom where Quebec Court Judge Linda Despots decided the repeat offender should only be required to serve a 90-day sentence on weekends beginning Feb. 8. The prison term will be followed by three years of probation. Préfontaine is also required to perform 200 hours of community service.

Thu
30
Jan

Ontario farm-gate stores will have to sell their cannabis to the OCS — and buy it back — before offering it to customers

Ontario’s plan to allow cannabis producers to sell their products on site is already experiencing growing pains.

The Cannabis Act currently states that Ontario growers can only sell their products to the provincial wholesaler, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), and that retailers are only allowed to stock their shelves through purchases from the same place.

Now that the government is allowing growers to open farm-gate stores to sell their wares on-site, it was thought the OCS’s role in the supply chain might change. So far, that has not been the case.

Thu
30
Jan

Cannabis vaping devices reimbursement approval for Canadian veterans

Medical cannabis vaping devices have received reimbursement approval for Canadian veterans.

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