Canada Will Tax Marijuana Just Like Tylenol

The legalized marijuana business is likely to hit $10 billion in 2015 alone.

CANADA:  Tax Court Justice Campbell Miller just ruled that marijuana will be subject to federal Goods & Services Tax (GST) like Tylenol, cough drops and other over-the-counter drugs. The ruling confirms the government’s intent to legalise, regulate and tax medical marijuana in Canada. This is an important ruling, given that recent legislative changes have created Read the full article…

Ontario To Bring In Stronger Punishment For Driving Under Influence Of Drugs

Ontario plans to strengthen the punishment for driving under the influence of drugs, matching those already in place for driving under the influence of alcohol.

CANADA:  Canada’s stance on the legal use of marijuana remains somewhat ambiguous, with rules and their implementation varying on a case-by-case basis. Certain parts of the marijuana debate, most notably the legality of medical marijuana, the recreational use of pot and the hesitance of some law enforcement agencies to crack down on it, continue to Read the full article…

Ontario Man Sets Sights High With World’s First Hemp Plane

All going to plan, the first hemp plane will be taking off next year, launching from Kitty Hawk, N.C., where the world’s first successful aircraft flight took place.

CANADA:  Derek Kesek plans to be flying high in the world’s first hemp plane next year. At first, people laughed when the Burlington, Ont., former organic restaurant owner said he was going to build a plane made out of hemp. “Can you smoke it, too?” they jibed. “But, they’re not laughing at me now,” the Read the full article…

Penticton Indian Band Considers Medical Marijuana Cultivation

Penticton Indian Band members put the cultivation of medical marijuana on the list because some band members are using it for healing.

CANADA:  The Penticton Indian Band is looking into cultivating medical marijuana on their land, after being contacted by a company interested in doing so. Chief Jonathan Kruger said they were recently approached by Kaneh Bosm BioTechnology to see if the band was interested in doing a joint venture. “The PIB is going through a land Read the full article…

Marijuana Bunkers Called Waste Of Canada’s Best Farmland

The state attorney general's office asks federal health and education officials for Colorado's colleges and universities to "obtain marijuana from non-federal government sources" for research purposes.

CANADA:  The province’s decision to allow heavily fortified medical marijuana production factories to be built on top of good agricultural farmland isn’t sitting well with municipal politicians. Several Lower Mainland cities wanted the new commercial pot producers that are being licensed by the federal government to be relegated to industrial land, arguing the high-security buildings Read the full article…

Exclusive: U.S. DEA ‘Most Interested’ In U.S. Investors In Canadian Marijuana Firms

U.S. investors in Canadian marijuana firms could be violating drug trafficking and money laundering laws.

CANADA:  U.S. investors in Canada’s medical marijuana industry are betting they won’t fall under the scrutiny of U.S. law enforcement officers – but it’s a risky bet. With marijuana still illegal on a federal level in the United States, American investors in Canadian medical marijuana can be seen as violating the Controlled Substances Act, according Read the full article…

Marijuana Should Be Sold Like Alcohol: CAMH

For those just now starting to explore the world of weed, there’s a lot of etiquette to learn.

CANADA:  Marijuana should be legal and sold in the same manner as alcohol, Canada’s largest addiction and mental health facility says. “Canada’s current system of cannabis control is failing to prevent or reduce the harms associated with cannabis use,” said Dr. Jurgen Rehm, a research director at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Read the full article…

Marijuana-Smoking Canadian Mountie Found Dead

After provoking a nationwide debate over his smoking marijuana in uniform, a RCMP officer has died of an apparent suicide.

CANADA:  A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer with a medical marijuana prescription for job-related stress has died of an apparent suicide after provoking a nationwide debate over his smoking in uniform. Corporal Ronald Francis died Monday afternoon, officials said Tuesday. “It appears no one else was involved in the death,” RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Prescribing By Doctors Felt To Be Unclear

"They are being quite restrictive in who can access medical cannabis."

CANADA:  Some Canadian doctors continue to have concerns about prescribing medical marijuana after new guidelines were released for family physicians. Earlier this week, the College of Family Physicians of Canada released preliminary guidance to its 30,000 members on prescribing dried cannabis. The college said there’s no research evidence supporting use of medical marijuana for low-back pain or Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Subject To Federal Sales Tax, Unlike Prescription Drugs, Canadian Judge Rules

Judge has ruled that pot is more like an over-the-counter drug, for tax purposes, than a prescription medication.

CANADA:  Sales of medical marijuana are subject to federal sales tax even when they fall into a largely unregulated grey area, a judge has just ruled in a case that underscores the legal haziness around pot in Canada. B.C.’s Gerry Hedges earned as much as $114,000 a year selling a strain of pot he named Read the full article…