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Canada’s Cannabis Tax Plan: Good for Provinces, Bad for Patients

Recreational and medicinal cannabis will be taxed at the same level—and that has drawn heavy criticism from some politicians, physicians, and patient advocates.

280E Tax Reform Effort Still Alive, Senator Says

A Colorado Republican behind the measure said he’s still promoting it as the House and Senate hammer out differences between their tax bills.

Proposed Tax Amendments Would Benefit Cannabis Industry

Cannabis industry leaders say it’s imperative that supporters contact their US senators to push for a pair of cannabis-friendly amendments to the Republican tax bill.

The Canadian Cannabis Act’s Final Hurdle: A Contentious Senate

“We have to take (the deadline) into account but we also have to do our job seriously,” says Senator André Pratte.

Dear Justin: I Beg Your Pardons

Our Prime Minister pen-pal series continues, with a call for seasonally appropriate empathy for "cannabis criminals."

Alberta Will Sell Cannabis Through Private Retailers and a Government Website

The province has determined that cannabis will not be sold in places that sell tobacco, liquor or pharmaceuticals—but has yet to release details about how the private stores will operate.

Quebec’s Cannabis Regulations: 8 Takeaways

The new deal between the federal and provincial governments on sharing cannabis tax revenue has been applauded by some stakeholders and criticized by others. Under…

Canada Wants to Tax Medical Cannabis. Get Ready for a Fight

“Patients are struggling to afford their medicine and this tax would just compound the problem,” says Jonathan Zaid, executive director of Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana.

Wisconsin Governor Candidate Favors Legalizing Cannabis

There have been small signs of movement in the Legislature. A bipartisan bill introduced this year would have loosened penalties for possessing cannabis.

New York Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Cannabis

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said potential beneficiaries include veterans as well as police officers and survivors of domestic violence, crime, and accidents.

Hybrid Models and Lock-Boxes: Manitoba and New Brunswick Reveal Cannabis Plan Details

The Manitoba government introduced a hybrid model for the distribution and sale of recreational cannabis, with the province regulating supply but leaving sales to private retailers.

Maine Lawmakers Fail to Override Governor’s Cannabis Veto

The result means lawmakers will have to go back to the drawing board in January to craft rules governing the sale of marijuana in Maine.

Licensed Producers in Ontario Concerned Over Polluted Lands

Growers are critical of the Hamilton City Council's suggestion that they build on old industrial land instead of prime farm land, claiming the air pollution would kill their product.

Maine Gov. LePage Vetoes Cannabis Legalization at Last Minute

The bill now goes back to Legislature, where advocates will try to pick up enough extra votes to override LePage’s veto.

5 Takeaways From Ontario’s Proposed Cannabis Law

Hotels, motels, and inns will be able to accommodate medical cannabis use in fully-enclosed sleeping suites (though this exception doesn’t carry over to recreational use).

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