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  1. Mountain Re-Up: Ski Towns With Dispensaries (and Those Without) Thomas Mitchell | November 17, 2017 Towns near ski resorts have embraced the cannabis industry on a level matched by few regions of Colorado. Even such affluent communities as Aspen, Breckenridge and Telluride have a handful of dispensaries, but that doesn't mean that every ski town is down with the cause. Some resort towns have taken hardened stances against pot sales; Winter Park even sued Grand County commissioners to block a dispensary opening just outside of town limits in unincorporated Grand County. Still, most of these tourist-heavy destinations have been smart enough to get in on the tax dollars that pot shops bring. In case you're headed to the hills and forgot to stock up in dispensary-friendly Denver, here's a list of the mountain towns that currently have dispensaries – medical and recreational – and those that don't. Mountain Towns Allowing Recreational Sales: Alma, Aspen, Basalt, Breckenridge, Carbondale, Crested Butte, Dillon, Dumont, Durango, Eagle, Edwards, Fairplay, Fraser, Frisco, Georgetown, Glenwood Springs, Gunnison, Leadville, Mancos, Ridgway, Silver Plume, Silverthorne, Silverton, Steamboat Springs, Tabernash and Telluride. The Green Solution's Silver Plume dispensary is a cannabis outlet store. Courtesy of The Green Solution Mountain Towns Banning Recreational Sales: Avon*, Craig, Mountain Village, Snowmass Village, Vail* and Winter Park. Mountain Towns Allowing Medical but Not Recreational Sales: Buena Vista and Craig. *Although retail and medical sales are banned in Avon and Vail, dispensaries located just outside those cities in unincorporated Eagle County list themselves as Avon and Vail dispensaries. Which means you won't have to go far to get your stash...of powder or pot. http://www.westword.com/marijuana/colorado-ski-towns-with-dispensaries-9690224
  2. Quebec unveils zero-tolerance marijuana plan: No home-grown cannabis allowed Lucie Charlebois, the Public Health Minister leading the file, said her legislation is ready but she could still use an extra year to sort out details in an orderly fashion. Les Perreaux November 16, 2017 Quebec will have zero tolerance for driving while high and grow-your-own marijuana under a plan for the use and sale of cannabis that highlights the provincial government's discomfort with legalization. Under draft legislation introduced on Thursday, the province's Liberal government would authorize police to test saliva samples from drivers and allow police to immediately suspend the licence of anyone driving with a trace of cannabis or illicit drugs for 90 days. The measure goes a step further than Ontario's plan, which has proposed stiffer penalties for commercial drivers and those under 21 years of age who drive while under the influence of cannabis. Quebec calls on Ottawa to push marijuana legalization to 2019 Polls show Quebeckers are more uneasy than most Canadians with legalized marijuana. On Wednesday, the Quebec government asked Ottawa to extend the July 1, 2018, deadline for legalization. The unveiling of Bill 172 on Thursday provided more evidence that the Quebec government would have preferred to avoid having to legalize cannabis. Quebec marijuana law to have zero-tolerance rule for impaired drivers (The Canadian Press) "There are people who consume cannabis. We can't avoid it. We can't pretend it doesn't exist," said Quebec Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois, the Liberal in charge of the legalization file. "The proposed measures aim to limit risk and mischief linked to abuse of this substance and to fight the trivialization of this product. We will be prudent and restrictive from the start." While Ottawa's federal draft legislation legalizing marijuana would allow people to grow small amounts, Quebec will continue to outlaw growing pot at home. Enforcing allowable sizes and limits would be a nightmare, the minister said. A government agency, the Société québécoise du cannabis, will have exclusive legal control of recreational use, selling the product through a limited number of storefronts and online. The province will have 15 stores ready by July 1 and up to 150 in two years. Quebec hasn't had a proliferation of pot dispensaries like British Columbia and Ontario, where scores of storefronts have popped up in recent years, making conflict with small-business owners less likely. Head shops will still be allowed to sell accessories, but not pot. The Opposition criticized the Quebec government for going slowly to introduce its plan and then attempting to rush it through the National Assembly by Christmas. The plan does not specify price or permissible levels of THC – the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. "I can tell you the Hells Angels aren't worried, faced with a government so ill-prepared and unable to give us elementary numbers," said Nicolas Marceau, the Parti Québécois finance critic, referring to the outlaw gang's role in black-market drug sales. The conservative third party Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), which recently pushed past the Liberals in the polls, said the amounts are too large and the entire framework is too lax. The Quebec law would set the legal age at 18 and allow individuals to transport up to 30 grams at a time and hold 150 grams at home. The CAQ wants the legal age to be 21 and for the amounts to be lower. The party would like cannabis banned from parks. "This plan is too permissive and too timid," said Simon Jolin-Barrette, the CAQ justice critic. "We would like the government to be more restrictive and will propose amendments accordingly." Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said discussions haven't even begun with Ottawa over how it will share excise tax on cannabis. The government also said permissible levels of THC will come in regulations. The minister also said it's too early to say how prices will be set. Quebec's draft law will restrict smoking marijuana to places where smoking cigarettes is legal, mainly in private dwellings and in designated outdoor areas. It additionally bans marijuana consumption on school and university campuses. The Quebec plan for testing drivers involves a saliva test that still hasn't been approved by Ottawa. Transport Minister André Fortin says the province is counting on Ottawa having a testing regime in place soon. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/quebec-unveils-zero-tolerance-plan-for-legalized-marijuana/article37000942
  3. Medical Marijuana Update

    Medical Marijuana Update by psmith, November 16, 2017 A leading Kentucky politican creates a panel to draft a medical marijuana bill, New York approves medical marijuana for PTSD, Montana released new proposed rules for the industry, and more. Arizona On Monday, the state was sued over patient fees. A Phoenix attorney has asked the state Court of Appeals to force health officials to cut the $150 fee patients need to get a state-issued permit to use medical marijuana. Attorney Sean Berberian said the fee is illegally high, is far more than needed to finance the administration of the medical marijuana law, and is designed to divert patients away from applying to use medical marijuana. Kentucky On Wednesday, the secretary of state formed a panel to write a medical marijuana bill. Secretary of State Alison Grimes (D) said that she is putting together a panel to write a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. The panel will include doctors, nurses, military veterans, medical marijuana advocates, and law enforcement. The aim is to have a bill ready for the 2018 legislative session. Montana On Thursday, the state released new proposed rules for the medical marijuana industry. The state Health Department Thursday released a pack of of proposed rules for the medical marijuana industry, which will be the subject of a public hearing later this month. The rules cover regulation of areas such as employment, product testing and tracking, security, and fees. New York Last Saturday, the state approved medical marijuana for PTSD. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed into law Saturday a bill that adds PTSD to the state's list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. "Our veterans risked their lives in order to defend the ideals and principles that this nation was founded upon," Cuomo said in a signing statement, "and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them when they return home. PTSD is a serious problem facing our state, and now we have one more tool available to alleviate suffering." [For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.] https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2017/nov/16/medical_marijuana_update
  4. Vancouver continues dispensary licensing ahead of legalization The City of Vancouver says they intend to keep moving forward with their dispensary licensing program while the province sorts out rules for retail recreational cannabis stores By David Brown November 17, 2017 Featured image via Wikimedia Commons. The City of Vancouver says they intend to keep moving forward with their dispensary licensing program while the province sorts out rules for retail recreational cannabis stores. A representative for the city says Vancouver has no intentions of pausing their Medical Marijuana Related Use (MMRU) licensing program, saying they are still waiting to hear from the province on what cannabis distribution will look like in BC. “Until the provincial government teams are in a position to reach out to the City and work on developing a distribution framework, our current regulatory framework is in place,” says Jag Sandhu, a communications coordinator for the city. Sandhu says Vancouver hopes to work with the province on their plans for legal cannabis distribution and sales, but in the meantime will keep utilizing their licensing program to manage dispensaries and keep them away from kids and ‘vulnerable populations.’ “The City of Vancouver looks forward to working with the provincial government on the legal and regulatory framework for marijuana in BC and we’ve provided information on our existing model,” says Sandhu. “Until the federal and provincial frameworks are in place, the City will continue to operate the MMRU program, which uses both land use and licensing tools to set rules around dispensary distancing, concentration, and limited proximity to youth and vulnerable populations.” British Columbia’s public consultation process around how to handle legalization came to a close on Nov. 1, with nearly 50,000 submissions and hundreds of submissions from stakeholders like municipalities, cannabis advocates, police associations, schools, doctors and many more. Vancouver’s submission says the city supports municipalities having control on the location and size of any cannabis stores through various land use bylaws and a mix of public and private retail systems similar to how alcohol is regulated in BC. The city also said that it does not support selling cannabis alongside alcohol, a possibility the province says they are still open to. Vancouver City Council passed regulations in June 2015 to begin licensing medical cannabis dispensaries and has issued 12 business licenses since then, out of an original 176 applicants. Dozens more are working their way through the licensing regime, and another 60 or so are listed as operating outside the city’s rules and are subject to enforcement. The future of the MMRU system—which was essentially created as a stopgap to manage the rapid proliferation of over 200 illegal dispensaries by late 2014—is still unknown. The city does not allow non medical cannabis retail under their licensing regime, although a few non-medical stores openly operate in the city. Whether or not those licensed as businesses under the medical dispensaries regulations will be allowed to sell legal cannabis under a fully legal non medical system is unknown, but Sandhu says he expects these land use bylaws will fit into whatever the province’s rules end up being. “Land use and licensing are municipal tools that we expect will continue to support or complement the federal and provincial frameworks,” says Sandhu. “We also expect that our local enforcement tools will be bolstered by provincial and federal codes and enforcement efforts.” The city’s enforcement tools against the more than 60 dispensaries operating outside the regulations have been ticketing and court injunctions. Ticketing has been relatively ineffective, with over $1 million dollars in fines issued but less than $200,000 collected as of last August. Many business owners say they see the fines as a cost of doing business. As for injunctions, the city has filed over 50 to date but will be waiting until at least some time late next year for them to resolve. It’s unclear what additional enforcement efforts from the province and federal government could do to aid the city. Sindhu says the city will continue to enforce their rules while they wait to hear from the province. “We are continuing our enforcement efforts against those MMRU operators who are choosing to not comply with the regulatory framework.” https://news.lift.co/vancouver-continues-dispensary-licensing-head-legalization
  5. Alberta may allow private retail, province-run online sales of cannabis The province's proposed regulations will allow for private retailers, a province-run online store and allow for up to 4 plants per home By David Brown November 16, 2017 Alberta announced their plans for managing legal cannabis today, with an age limit of 18, private retail stores and a government-run online retail option that will be in place as soon as cannabis is legal. The proposed legislation, to be today in the legislature, An Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis, will see to add amendments to the Gaming and Liquor Act, which would be renamed the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act. Under the proposed legislation, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission will provide oversight of the distribution of cannabis and cannabis products, and the AGLC will licence private retailers. Albertans will be able to purchase cannabis immediately following legalization from an online government store managed by the province. The province says they are not yet sure how the AGLC will manage distribution and product tracking and are looking at all options, including managing it digitally. Cannabis producers will sell directly to the AGLC who will then sell at a markup to private retailers, as well as selling through the online system. The province had originally said they were unsure they could properly manage age verification of online sales but now feel they can safely address this issue. Online sales will provide immediate access for all Albertans while private retail stores get established. Specifics of what the online sales system will be is not yet public. Retailers will not be allowed to sell alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals and will have to follow standardized rules across the province. Retailers are subject to criminal record checks. The province will place no limit on how many stores can open, but say they will manage the pace of applications. Kim Capstick, Executive Director of Engagement and Outreach of the Alberta Cannabis Secretariat, emphasized at today's press conference that cannabis will only be sold in pre-packaged containers, unlike a traditional 'dispensary' setting where customers can pick from bulk product. "One of the things that's important to note is that people see pictures of a retail environment, particularly in the US, or some of the illegal dispensaries that exist across the country, see those sort of bulk bins for the dried product. That's not what were talking about. What we're talking about is sealed products that would be moved from a production processing facility." Cannabis producers, retail stores, others lobbying Alberta government Albertans will be able to grow up to four cannabis plants per household and anyone under 18 caught with under five grams of cannabis will face penalties similar to those for possession of alcohol or tobacco. The federal Cannabis Act makes it a felony for anyone under 18 to possess more than five grams. Adults will be allowed to consume or vape cannabis anywhere tobacco can be smoked. Smoking and vaping will be banned at hospitals, schools, child care facilities, near parks and other areas frequented by youth, and also in vehicles. The federal government's 30 gram public possession limit will apply, with no limit on possession in your own home. The province has also introduced An Act to Reduce Cannabis and Alcohol Impaired Driving, which seeks to help the province address drug-impaired driving and establish zero tolerance for those on graduated licences. The specifics of both of these Acts will be debated in the province’s legislature. More than 60,000 Albertans participated in online surveys and more than 100 stakeholders provided their input. The input is available here. Quebec also released their draft regulations today, and Saskatchewan provided an update on their approach. https://news.lift.co/alberta-to-allow-private-retail-province-run-online-sales-of-cannabis
  6. BC says they won’t rule out co-location of alcohol and cannabis BC’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General says the province won’t rule out the sale of cannabis with alcohol in order to meet Ottawa’s timeline By David Brown November 14, 2017 Featured image via Wiki Commons BC’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, says the province won’t rule out co-location of the sale of cannabis with alcohol in order to meet Ottawa’s goal of July 2018. In an interview on Shaw TV’s Voice of B.C., BC’s lead on the cannabis legalization ticket told host Vaughn Palmer that the province can’t rule out the co-location of cannabis and alcohol. “We have to get this done by July of next year,” said the minister during the interview. “It is a very tight time frame. To rule out co-location, I don’t think we can do that at this point.” “We have to get this done by July of next year. It is a very tight time frame. To rule out co-location, I don’t think we can do that at this point.” -BC’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth The BC NDP have said they are open to both public and private retail stores selling cannabis, and have recently closed their public engagement process to get feedback from the public and stakeholders on what legalization should look like in the province. No results from the public consultation have been released yet, but the government has said they are open to working with municipalities who want to include existing cannabis dispensaries. “Some communities may say yes ‘we want dispensaries’, others may say ‘we don’t want dispensaries’,” said Minister Farnworth earlier this year. “The key question from my perspective is that whatever retail model we have in place is a legal one, using legal product.” “So it doesn't matter whether it’s dispensaries, whether it’s liquor stores, whether it’s private retail. However you want to define it, whatever model you want to put in place, what matters is it’s legal, selling legal product that people have confidence in, and we get the black market out of it.” Liberal opposition leader Rich coleman has called on the BC government to ban any existing dispensary owners from operating in a future legal market. Last month, BC announced a joint provincial-local government committee that will consider policies related to cannabis legalization and regulation in BC later this week. No co-location of cannabis with alcohol ‘wherever possible’ was a recommendation from the federal government’s legalization task force, which released its report last December. When co-location cannot be avoided, said the report, “appropriate safeguards” must be put in place. However, these are only recommendations, and no specific limitation yet exists in any federal legislation that would prevent co-location. “Given the wide use and availability of liquor stores, concerns were raised about product promotion and exposing a larger population to cannabis products should sales be co-located, as well as the impact on cannabis consumers who are trying to avoid alcohol. Many also noted that this approach could help mitigate co-use, given what we heard about the risks of co-use on health and, with alcohol, the exponential effect on impairment. In all of the U.S. states that have legalized cannabis, there is a ban on the co-location of sales of cannabis and alcohol.” -Federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Report BC Premier John Horgan has been careful to use inclusive language that makes references to stakeholders like dispensaries, but he has also referred to the proliferation of these businesses as a ‘problem,’ as has his new Chief of Staff, Geoff Meggs. Then-Premier Christy Clark attacked Horgan in an election debate for suggesting that cannabis be sold in liquor stores. “BC is a mature jurisdiction, I like to say, when it comes to marijuana,” Horgan said in a radio interview with CFAX. “As everyone knows, there’s a lot of marijuana in British Columbia, has been for a long time. We have our neighbours to the north and the south, Alaska and Washington, already legal, I think we can get on this as quickly as possible. I fully intend to meet the July 1st deadline, but there's a lot of people to talk to. There's fear and uncertainty and some anxiety in communities and we want to make sure we ease that and bring in a plan that works for everybody." Horgan and the BC NDP, who have a slim hold on power through an alliance with the BC Greens, have been careful not to come down on one side or the other in terms of dispensaries. While not necessarily supported across the entire province, dispensaries are very popular in some ridings that the BC NDP and BC Greens need to keep happy, including ridings in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island where dispensaries are common and support for them is seen as strong. In his interview with Voice of BC, Farnworth said he also wants to see more of BC’s existing cannabis growers find a way to transition to a legal, regulated market. “Don’t just leave it to a large-scale commercial operator that effectively shuts out small-scale production in B.C. “You would have to have clear guidelines that there’s no involvement in organized crime or criminal activity. But those small-scale producers—that production already exists. And if we don’t find a way to bring it in, it is going to continue to exist, and I think that’s a real problem.” BC is currently home to 17 of 73 cultivation licences issued for medical cannabis producers, including several small, family-run businesses, as well as some with ties to the international cannabis industry. Licensed commercial medical cannabis producers, regulated by the federal government, are being tapped to also supply the future legal recreational cannabis market. https://news.lift.co/bc-says-wont-rule-co-location-alcohol-cannabis
  7. Widespread opposition to medical cannabis tax now includes dispensary association Numerous stakeholders are upset at government announcement of additional taxes on medical cannabis By Scott Johnstone November 15, 2017 The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) is one of the latest stakeholder groups to decry the federal government’s recently announced plan to begin taxing medical cannabis purchases when the recreational legalization regime comes into effect in July. CFAMM, the Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana, have also started a campaign to raise awareness around how this will impact medical cannabis users. During a press conference last week, Prime Minister Trudeau outlined the current draft of Canada’s tax plan for recreational cannabis sales. The plan can be summarized as an excise tax of up to $1 per gram, or 10% of the price of the product, plus GST/HST at the usual 12 per cent. But advocacy groups were quick to criticize the plan, which is currently set to apply not only to recreational cannabis, but also to medical purchases within Canada’s existing ACMPR framework. The latest such group is CAMCD, who issued a statement today expressing concern that the new tax could make cannabis less accessible to patients. “It would appear that the GST and proposed excise tax on medical cannabis will act very much like an indirect subsidy to big pharma by making medical cannabis less affordable for many patients, especially those in the greatest need,” said CAMCD president Jeremy Jacob. A provision within the Excise Tax Act allows for tax obligations to be waived on a number of prescription drugs, but cannabis is not among them. This means under the current regulations, medical cannabis is already subject to GST/HST. The concern expressed by patients in the statement from CAMCD is that by imposing the additional excise tax (which, assuming a base price of $8 per gram, amounts to a roughly 12.5 per cent increase in overall purchase cost), the federal government would force patients on already strained budgets to return to tax-free pharmaceutical treatments, along with all the concurrent side effects many of those patients initially sought to reduce by switching to cannabis. The CAMCD statement also draws attention to recent studies linking access to legal cannabis with decreases in opioid deaths and prescription drug dependence, going on to suggest that rather than medical cannabis being taxed, it should be discounted to reflect its demonstrated reductive effect on government healthcare spending. CAMCD cites a report by Health Affairs in the US, which found that based on the savings from decreased prescription fulfillment in states where medical cannabis was legal in 2014, total savings to Medicaid that year would have approached $1 billion USD if cannabis was legal in every state. Prior criticisms Earlier criticisms of the Liberal government’s tax plan came from the Arthritis Society and Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM). In a joint statement, the groups called for medical cannabis to be treated the same way as other prescription medications, adding that applying the excise tax to medical cannabis unfairly disadvantages patients. “Patients have a fundamental right to have access to affordable medicine,” said Jonathan Zaid, founder and executive director of CFAMM. The rationale behind applying equal taxation to recreational and medicinal cannabis was defended by Bill Blair, expressed as concern that a lower tax on cannabis-based medicine would act as incentive for exploitation by non-medical users. But Cam Battley, executive VP at Aurora Cannabis, called Blair’s claim “a knock on the professionalism of the physicians in Canada.” “No Canadian physician who values his or her license is ever going to write a prescription for medical cannabis for somebody that they know is faking or seeking consumer cannabis on a discount,” said Battley. “What the federal government is doing with respect to cannabis on a broad basis,” Battley also said, “is very positive, very sound public policy. This is not.” What’s next? In the 2016 ruling on the case of Hedges vs the Queen, the decision was made that tax exemptions under the Excise Tax Act do not apply to cannabis, as only drugs that are sold legally can be exempted from GST. This could mean that when cannabis is sold legally it might qualify for exemption under existing excise tax law. It’s unclear whether that will remain the case if recreational cannabis taxes still extend to medical purchases in the final draft of the regulations. https://news.lift.co/widespread-opposition-medical-cannabis-tax-now-includes-dispensary-association
  8. Let’s have licensed pot lounges, Victoria councillors urge B.C. Bill Cleverley / Times Colonist November 12, 2017 06:00 AM The province should develop a licensing regime to allow for designated cannabis-consumption lounges when marijuana becomes legal next year, say Victoria councillors. The province should develop a licensing regime to allow for designated cannabis-consumption lounges when marijuana becomes legal next year, say Victoria councilors. “We’re seeing a need for it in our community right now, as there are lounges that are operating illegally based on our regulations and current laws,” said Coun. Jeremy Loveday. article continues below The recommendation will be part of a suite of suggestions the city will forward to the province for consideration as it crafts regulations governing the production, sale and use of marijuana, which the federal government plans to make legal by next summer. Mayor Lisa Helps said the city has received a lot of pushback against its prohibition on cannabis consumption in dispensaries and/or lounges. But the issue is more properly dealt with through provincial regulation, because it is a health issue, not a business- licensing issue, Helps said. Faced with a glut of illegal cannabis dispensaries, Victoria has been attempting to regulate pot shops — ensuring that the retailers selling cannabis are properly zoned and that they meet special city business-licence requirements covering aspects of operations ranging from signs to ventilation to security. But city regulations do not allow marijuana consumption on business premises — something marijuana advocates say discriminates against some renters and strata residents who might be prohibited from smoking in their homes. The city’s recommendations to the province come at the same time the city has been turning to the courts to shut down both commercial lounges that allow marijuana smoking and those retailers that have not applied for business licences or rezoning. The province has invited input from municipalities on aspects ranging from the minimum age for cannabis possession and consumption to distribution and retailing of pot to drug-impaired-driving laws. Councillors also recommend that provincial regulations ensure that clean-air bylaws protecting others, including employees, from second-hand smoke also apply to cannabis smoke. Coun. Geoff Young said it’s important to avoid the “ridiculous situation” that would arise if smoking cannabis were allowed in places where tobacco smoking was not. “We’d have people marketing cigarettes with a tiny gram of cannabis in them so they could claim that anti-smoking bylaws didn’t apply to them,” Young said. “All of the health benefits we’ve gained by control of smoking would be lost.” Recommendations to the province will include: • The minimum age for cannabis possession should be the same age as for the purchase and consumption of liquor (19). • The province should establish a licensing scheme to allow for designated consumption lounges with a model that takes into consideration the health and well-being of all users and employees. • Council supports strong restrictions on drug-impaired driving, including zero tolerance for impairment by cannabis in the graduated-licensing program (drivers with “L” or “N” designation) and awareness campaigns expanding roadside testing, suspension and prohibition programs for drug-impaired driving. • The legalization frameworks should be constructed so as to lower policing-enforcement costs for municipalities. • With the exception of provincially regulated smoking lounges, local smoking regulations should apply to the smoking of cannabis. • The province should introduce a distribution model for medical and non-medical cannabis that maintains opportunities for local ente prise, craft enterprise and small business in cultivation, distribution and retail sale. • The province should develop a retailing regime that makes room for both public and private retail operations, including regulations ensuring that there is a provincial standard for retailers, and that local governments retain their zoning authority for locating both public and private retail outlets. http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/let-s-have-licensed-pot-lounges-victoria-councillors-urge-b-c-1.23091819
  9. ACD Member Papi's Barcelona Cannabis Club Reviews

    The Backyard, Barcelona Address: Carrer de Calàbria, 64 Opening hrs: Mon-Thu 14-23 Fri-Sat 14-24, Sun 16-23 The Truth Shatter from OCD Labs&TrueCannaGenetics Marmalade Dry-Sift Birthday joint in making Another fuego strain from there (Can't remember which one;D)
  10. ACD Member Papi's Barcelona Cannabis Club Reviews

    Think Different, Barcelona Address; Carrer Còdols, 21, Barcelona Opening hours(but i could be mistaken by one or two): Sun-Thur 12-01 Fri-Sat 12-03 First of all, it's hard for me to do a proper review of this place, since i was there on something like a meeting, but let me start by saying, yes, this club seems to be reaaaallly touristy, hence the opening hours closer to a nightclub especially on the weekends. It's run by italian fellow who's as professional in art of smoking bongs as Smirks and myself (he challenged me to a bong out on Instagram ) so i was kind of set in there. Place was really busy, the dispensary is downstairs and since i've had fuckload of weed on me, i didn't really have any interests in checking in out, but pricewise i've heard from people coming up, it's not the cheap one(can't confirm until i check). But the highlight of the party can be summed the best by using pictures. So, a little introduction first: 3 old creepy guys with camera sit opposite to us, 10 mins later 3 girls show up, dressed in a truly Spanish Summer Fashion. Music starts playing, camera starts rolling, bitches take off their clothes and start dancing, old creepers are filming it, later to be joined by those exotic dancers. Why am i even explaining this? Just fooking look Kaboom, i'll check out the prices next time, but the place is good to hang out, especially if you want to smoke yourself to oblivion until 3 am and don't want to be bothered by anyone. Loads of clean bongs in different sizes in there as well, for that a big thumbs up
  11. ACD Member Papi's Barcelona Cannabis Club Reviews

    Re: The Nectar Club, Barcelona Unread post by Papi » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:01 pm Couple pics from July: Sesh with bro from Banana Bomb Farms, judging Holiday Cup entries One of the pool tables Lemon Star
  12. Medical Marijuana Update

    Medical Marijuana Update by psmith, November 08, 2017 The FDA cracks down on claims marijuana cures cancer, Michigan's dispensaries catch a break and Detroit's dispensaries win on Election Day, a South Dakota initiative hands in signatures, and more. National Last Tuesday, The FDA cracked down on claims marijuana cures cancer The Food and Drug Administration sent letters to four companies warning them they cannot market their products as treatments for cancer. The letter is directed at companies who claim their products can combat tumors and kill cancer cells. "We don't let companies market products that deliberately prey on sick people with baseless claims that their substance can shrink or cure cancer and we're not going to look the other way on enforcing these principles when it comes to marijuana-containing products," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. Last Thursday, an American Legion poll found strong support for medical marijuana among veterans. A poll from the American Legion found support for medical marijuana at a whopping 83% among veterans surveyed. Even more -- 92% -- support research into the clinical efficacy of medical marijuana. The American Legion passed a resolution at its national conference in August urging the federal government to allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where it is legal. Michigan Last Wednesday, the state reversed itself on forcing dispensaries to close during the transition to a new regulatory regime. After ferocious blowback from patients concerned they could lose access to their medicine, the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs reversed an earlier decision forcing dispensaries to shut down while the licensing process for them under a new state law is completed. Now, the dispensaries will be able to stay open past December 15, the day they were supposed to have to shut down. On Tuesday, Detroit voters approved medical marijuana ballot proposals. Voters in the Motor City approved two ordinances to loosen zoning restrictions and other rules around the city's medical marijuana industry. The ordinances are a popular response to tight zoning laws and rules passed by the city council last year. The marijuana facilities ordinance won with 60.15% of the vote and the marijuana zoning ordinance won with 58.85% of the vote. North Dakota On Monday, the Health Department said medical marijuana was still a year away. The state Health Department announced proposed administrative rules for such things as lab testing, security requirements, and transportation regulations, and added that the proposed rules will be open for public comment until December 26. The department also said it doesn't expect the drug to be available for sale to patients for another year—two years after it was approved by voters. Ohio Last Friday, the state issued its first medical marijuana grower licenses. State officials announced they had issued 11 Level II medical marijuana licenses. The licenses will allow holders to begin medical marijuana growing operations. Pennsylvania Last Wednesday, the state started signing up patients. The state Health Department announced that it had launched its patient and caregiver registry, bringing patients one step closer to being able to legally access their medicine. Medical marijuana should be available for patients by May 1, the department said. Last Thursday, patients showed they were interested. The state Health Department reported that more than a thousand people registered on the first day of open applications for the state's new Medical Marijuana Program. That includes both patients and caregivers. South Dakota On Tuesday, medical marijuana initiative organizers handed in signatures. Sponsors of an initiative to legalize medical marijuana turned in 15,000 raw signatures Tuesday, the deadline day for initiatives to turn in signatures. The state requires 14,000 valid voter signatures for the measure to qualify for the ballot, and initiative campaigns typically have an invalid signature rate of between 10% and 30%, so it still looks like an uphill battle to get the measure before the voters. A marijuana legalization initiative failed to gather enough signatures to pass this first hurdle. Tennessee Last Thursday, state Democrats endorsed medical marijuana. The state Democratic Party's executive committee has passed a resolution calling for the legalization of medical marijuana. The state has seen repeated attempts to pass a medical marijuana bill, to no avail so far. [For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.] https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2017/nov/08/medical_marijuana_update
  13. Government proposes cannabis tax plan The proposed federal excise duty rate would be 50 cents per gram of cannabis, or 5% of the producer’s sale price of that product. An additional rate would... By Lift Staff November 10, 2017 Today the federal government announced their plans for a tax on cannabis to not exceed $1 a gram or 10% of the price of the product, splitting the excise duty rate at 50 cents a gram to the federal government and 50 cents to the provinces/territories. The proposed duty would apply to all cannabis products available for legal sale, including fresh and dried cannabis, cannabis oils, as well as seeds and seedlings for home cultivation. The rate will also apply to the sale of medical cannabis, which is tax deductible. Cannabis products that are produced by an individual or a designated grower for an individual’s own medical purposes in accordance with the proposed Cannabis Act will not be subject to the excise duty. Seeds and seedlings used in this production will be subject to the duty. As examples, one gram of dried cannabis, at a pre-duty price of $8 a gram would have an excise tax of $1, plus GST/HST of $1.17, bringing the total cost to $10.17 a gram. A $130 bottle of cannabis oil would have excise duty of $13 and GST/HST at $18.59, for a total of $161.59. The government says their aim to to set a level of taxation low enough to compete with the black market while being high enough to both discourage the use of cannabis and provide government revenue to manage the program. All these measures are still pending Parliamentary approval. An illustration of this proposed excise framework within the cannabis supply chain, and the types of products captured in the base, can be seen in the figure below: Illustration of Proposed Cannabis Duty Framework More information available here. The Higher of the Two Rates Applies Cannabis Plant Product Flat Rate Ad Valorem Rate Flower $0.50 / gram 5 per cent of the sale price of a cannabis product packaged by a federal licensee to a purchaser. Trim $0.15 / gram Seed for home cultivation $0.50 / seed Seedling for home cultivation $0.50 / seedling Table 5.2: Potential Combined Federal and Additional Excise Duty Rates on Cannabis The Higher of the Two Rates Applies Cannabis Plant Product Flat Rate Ad Valorem Rate Flower $1.00 / gram 10 per cent of the sale price of a cannabis product packaged by a federal licensee to a purchaser. Trim $0.30 / gram Seed for home cultivation $1.00 / seed Seedling for home cultivation $1.00 / seedling For illustrative examples of potential applicable excise duty rates for certain cannabis products (i.e., how the duty flat rate and ad valorem rate interact in practice), please see Table 5.3 for potential federal-only excise duty liabilities and Table 5.4 for potential combined federal and additional excise duty liabilities. Table 5.3: Examples of Proposed Federal-Only Excise Duty and GST/HST Liabilities on Certain Cannabis Products Product Quantity of Dried Cannabis Flower Used1(g) Total Flat Duty at $0.50/g ($) Sale Price Pre-Duty ($)2 Total Ad Valorem Duty at 5% of Sale Price ($) Duty Type Applicable GST/HST (e.g.,13%) ($) Final Price ($) Dried cannabis 1 0.50 8.00 0.40 Flat 1.11 9.61 0.50 11.00 0.55 Ad Valorem 1.50 13.05 Cannabis oil (60 ml bottle) 10 5.00 130.00 6.50 Ad Valorem 17.75 154.25 Cannabis oil (soft gels) 5 2.50 52.50 2.63 Ad Valorem 7.17 62.30 * Totals may not add due to rounding. 1 Assuming the use of only the flower portion of the cannabis plant. Quantities are illustrative and may not necessarily reflect the actual quantity of cannabis used in the products detailed here. 2 Prices are illustrative and assume direct sale from a federal licensee to a final consumer. Table 5.4: For Illustrative Purposes Only–Examples of Proposed Combined Federal and Potential Additional Excise Duty Liabilities, and GST/HST Liabilities, on Certain Cannabis Products Product Quantity of Dried Cannabis Flower Used1(g) Total Flat Duty at $1/g ($) Sale Price Pre-Duty ($)2 Total Ad Valorem Duty at 10% of Sale Price ($) Duty Type Applicable GST/HST (e.g.,13%) ($) Final Price ($) Dried cannabis 1 1.00 8.00 0.80 Flat 1.17 10.17 1.00 11.00 1.10 Ad Valorem 1.57 13.67 Cannabis oil (60 ml bottle) 10 10.00 130.00 13.00 Ad Valorem 18.59 161.59 Cannabis oil (soft gels) 5 5.00 52.50 5.25 Ad Valorem 7.50 65.25 * Totals may not add due to rounding. 1 Assuming the use of only the flower portion of the cannabis plant. Quantities are illustrative and may not necessarily reflect the actual quantity of cannabis used in the products detailed here. 2 Prices are illustrative and assume direct sale from a federal licensee to a final consumer. https://news.lift.co/government-proposes-cannabis-tax-plan
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