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Vancouver Gets First Licensed Pot Shop as B.C. Lags Behind Other Provinces

Vancouver Gets First Licensed Pot Shop as B.C. Lags Behind Other Provinces

By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

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Maria Petrucci and Mike Babins, married co-founders of Evergreen Cannabis in Vancouver, are pictured in a handout photo taken at the store on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Stephen Lebovits)

VANCOUVER – A licensed marijuana store is set to open in Vancouver as the number of legal pot shops in British Columbia still lags behind other provinces.

Evergreen Cannabis owner Mike Babins said the store received its provincial licence this week and plans to open its doors on Saturday.

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Management Shakeup at Manitoba-Based Pot Producer After Health Canada Recalls

Management Shakeup at Manitoba-Based Pot Producer After Health Canada Recalls

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

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A vendor displays marijuana for sale during the 4-20 annual marijuana celebration, in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, April 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

WINNIPEG – An investigation has determined that bullying by senior managers at a Winnipeg-based cannabis producer and demands on supply after legalization contributed to unauthorized weed being shipped to some stores.

Health Canada issued a recall earlier this month for two strains of Bonify cannabis products that were being sold at three stores in Saskatchewan.

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Manitoba Premier Mulls Expanded Cannabis Ban to Include Sprays and More

Manitoba Premier Mulls Expanded Cannabis Ban to Include Sprays and More

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to media after the reading of the throne speech at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – “I’ve never seen this before.”

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, sitting in his legislature office for a year-end interview, is looking at a 15-ml container of cannabis spray. It’s one of the ways through which recreational cannabis can be consumed since legalization in October.

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Winnipeg Cannabis Producer Has Sales Suspended, Products Seized

Winnipeg Cannabis Producer Has Sales Suspended, Products Seized

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A cannabis plant is shown in southwest Quebec on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

A licensed Winnipeg-based cannabis producer has had their product pulled from the market after being accused of selling illegal marijuana to stores.

According to The Leaf News, Bonify allegedly “bought illegal marijuana, then sold it on the government-regulated market for recreational cannabis.”

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Manitoba Premier Says He Will Enforce Fee on Indigenous Cannabis Retailers

Manitoba Premier Says He Will Enforce Fee on Indigenous Cannabis Retailers

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says his government will enforce a cannabis retailers’ fee on First Nations store owners in the new year, setting up another potential clash with Indigenous leaders. Pallister responds to questions during a news conference at the first ministers meeting in Montreal on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says his government will enforce a cannabis retailers’ fee on First Nations store owners in the new year, setting up another potential clash with Indigenous leaders.

The Progressive Conservative government is requiring all cannabis retailers to pay what it calls a social responsibility fee. The levy amounts to six per cent of each retailer’s total annual revenues, starting in 2019. The annual fee is to be paid within six months after the year ends.

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Shoppers Drug Mart Granted Licence to Sell Medical Marijuana Online

Shoppers Drug Mart Granted Licence to Sell Medical Marijuana Online

By The Canadian Press

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The logo for Shoppers Drug Mart is shown in downtown Toronto, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Shoppers Drug Mart is getting Health Canada’s approval to become a licensed medical marijuana producer. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima)

TORONTO – Shoppers Drug Mart has been granted a licence to sell medical marijuana online.

Health Canada’s list of authorized cannabis sellers and producers has been updated to reflect that the pharmacy can sell dried and fresh cannabis, as well as plants, seeds and oil.

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Former Roughrider Pleads Guilty to Pot Possession, Gets Absolute Discharge

Former Roughrider Pleads Guilty to Pot Possession, Gets Absolute Discharge

By The Canadian Press

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Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Duron Carter takes a breather during first half CFL action against the B.C. Lions, in Regina on Sunday, August 13, 2017. Former Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Duron Carter caught a break after pleading guilty to a marijuana possession charge stemming from his arrest at the Saskatoon airport. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor)

SASKATOON – A former wide receiver with the Saskatchewan Roughriders has been given an absolute discharge after admitting to marijuana possession.

Duron Carter’s lawyer appeared in Saskatoon provincial court and replaced his client’s not guilty plea from earlier this year with one of guilty.

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Seeing Green: Black Market Cannabis Will Flourish Until Legal Prices Lowered

Seeing Green: Black Market Cannabis Will Flourish Until Legal Prices Lowered

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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Cannabis harvested at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., is photographed on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. A Manitoba community that only allowed bars in 2011 has voted no to letting pot stores open up shop. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Fencing and feed for livestock are exempt from provincial sales tax (RST). Also exempt are protective bike helmets, artificial limbs, and children’s safety equipment. Interestingly, so too is retail cannabis.

When the provincial government announced earlier this year what taxes would be applied to recreational cannabis sold in the province, RST wasn’t on that list. Sales of the drug are subject to levies applied by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, which include markups of $0.75 per gram, plus an additional nine percent. Retailers also have to pay a “social responsibility fee,” amounting to six percent of their revenues. There is also a federal tax, which will be split between the provincial and federal governments.

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