Smoking in public, growing at home among Manitoba’s marijuana

With legalization of marijuana in Canada just six weeks away, the provincial government agency with jurisdiction over legal cannabis is launching a public awareness campaign to let Manitobans know what they can and can’t do as of Oct. 17.

The Can and Can’t of Cannabis awareness campaign is focused on five key messages: you can only buy legal cannabis from licensed retailers; you can carry up to 30 grams in public; you must be 19 or older to buy or consume cannabis; you can’t grow cannabis at home; and you can’t smoke or vape cannabis in public.


Manitoba won't charge sales tax on recreational marijuana

Buried dozens of pages deep in the Progressive Conservative government's Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act is a provincial sales tax exemption for recreational cannabis.

There will still be a series of fees and markups associated with the sale of legal marijuana, but an eight per cent sales tax isn't one of them.

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries will charge retailers 75 cents per gram plus nine per cent to the retailers for managing the distribution of marijuana from growers to sellers.

Retailers will also pay six per cent of their revenues as a social responsibility fee to the government .


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.


Why you won't be able to buy weed in this Manitoba town—even when it's legal

On the shores of Gimli, Man., a popular beach town about an hour north of Winnipeg, sits a tall, bearded statue of a Viking wielding an axe. It commemorates Gimli’s history as an Icelandic settlement, the centre of a region that became known as New Iceland in 1875 and is still the largest harbour on Lake Winnipeg.

These days, the lakeside community of more than 2,000 people is known as a summer party hub for Manitoban tourists and cottagers. And not far from its famous monument, Crown Royal whisky is produced and distributed all over the world—a celebrated town ïŹxture since 1939.

All this to say: Gimli is a fun place.


National Access Cannabis Corp. Provides Update on Manitoba Retail Network

National Access Cannabis Corp. ("NAC" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: META) today announced that the government of Manitoba has awarded the Company permission to operate ten privately owned retail cannabis stores, as well as an e-commerce platform, in the Province.

The initial ten recreational cannabis retail stores are planned to operate under NAC's retail brand Meta Cannabis Supply Co.ℱ ("META") and are expected to be located throughout the Province, including a planned four in Winnipeg, one in Brandon and five in smaller Manitoba municipalities. These premium stores will be built around a model of customer education, immersive retail environments, technology and quality cannabis and cannabis-related product offerings, with a balanced range of pricing and product lines.


Delta 9 Announces Four Cannabis Retail Locations in Manitoba for 2018

Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. (TSXV: NINE) ("Delta 9" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the planned locations for its first cannabis retail stores. Delta 9 intends to open two stores in Winnipeg, one in Brandon and one in Thompson before the end of the year. At least one of the Winnipeg stores is expected to be open on October 17, 2018, which is the date that has been announced as the first day for legal retail sales of cannabis. The Company's online sales portal will also be operating on that date.


Don't let pets get into marijuana stash, says MVMA

Members of the province’s veterinary community say it may not be the high life for some dogs when marijuana becomes legalized in Canada.

According to a news release from the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association, there are concerns because pot can potentially be toxic to companion animals, especially dogs, who are far more sensitive to the effects of THC — which is found in hemp and marijuana plants — than people, and that can make recreational marijuana use dangerous to a canine companion.


MLA worries Feds still rushing cannabis legislation

The House of Commons continues to comb through about four dozen different ammendments after the Senate passed recreational marijuana legislation.

Bill C-45 was passed by the Senate last week with 50 votes in favour, 30 against and one abstention. It's a first for a G20 country to make cannabis completely legal on the federal level, and will end the 94 year prohibition of cannabis in Canada.

Canada's public health board will be regulating the packaging laws and who would able to smoke and purchase the drug; the minimum age being 19 or older across the country.

After the House of Commons is done with their process the bill will be passed back to the Senate where they will go through the same proccess.


Manitoba government won't budge on homegrown bud ban after feds reject Senate recommendation

Senate recommended allowing provinces to decide whether to allow cannabis growing at home.

The Manitoba government is holding firm on its refusal to allow people to grow their own marijuana when it becomes legal, despite the federal government saying homegrowing should be allowed.

The province maintains that regulations for growing cannabis at home fall within its jurisdiction.


Why Quebec doesn't want its residents getting high on their own supply

Trudeau government takes on provinces over right to ban home cultivation of marijuana.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is disrespecting "the spirit of federalism" by refusing to affirm the provinces' right to ban people from growing their own pot, says Quebec's Canada relations minister. 

The federal government on Wednesday rejected several Senate changes to its cannabis legalization bill, setting the stage for a possible showdown between the Senate and the House of Commons.

Quebec, Manitoba and Nunavut all want to forbid residents from growing recreational marijuana at home once cannabis is legalized federally.


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