Topic: Recreational Marijuana

Happy Holidays! Cannabis Regulators Announce Higher Taxes and Suspend Cannabis Permits in California

California cannabis businesses and consumers have faced a rash of challenges as state agencies hike taxes and suspend business licenses. There is no sign of let up. On November 21, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) announced hikes on next year’s cannabis mark up and cultivation tax rates. Effective January 1, 2020, the newest mark up rate will increase from 60% to 80%.

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Michigan Recreational Marijuana Sales Will Begin December 1 From Existing Medical Inventory

Last week, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency announced that the sale of recreational marijuana can begin December 1, 2019, which is earlier than most anticipated. In another pleasant surprise, the recreational market will not be required to start from scratch with new grows earmarked specifically for recreational marijuana.

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Quebec Raising Adult-Use Cannabis Age to 21

While most jurisdictions considering changes to cannabis laws in North America are trending toward relaxing restrictions, Quebec just reminded us that this trend is not universal and there are still strong opposition forces. This week, the provincial government passed a law that raises the legal consumption age from 18 to 21 effective January 1, 2020. All other provinces permit cannabis use at 19, except in Alberta where the legal age is 18.

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Vaping Health Issues Not Souring Americans on Marijuana Legalization

The deaths and injuries traced to vaping have rattled Americans generally and the cannabis industry particularly, as at least some of the cases appear traceable to cannabis vaping products. According to an article in Forbes, however, the vaping incidents have not yet dampened American support for legal marijuana, which remains steady at 66% in a recent Gallup survey.

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