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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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RCMP Seize 94 Marijuana Plants, Lay Other Pot-Related Charges

RCMP Seize 94 Marijuana Plants, Lay Other Pot-Related Charges

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RCMP have charged a man in connection to a marijuana grow-op in Winnipegosis, Manitoba on October 19, 2018. (RCMP HANDOUT)

Manitoba RCMP have seized 94 marijuana plants from a home in Winnipegosis.

Officers executed a search warrant at a home on Bridge Street in the community on October 19, when they came across a large illicit grow operation.

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Manitoba Man Handed $2,542 Ticket for Supplying Pot to Minor

Manitoba Man Handed $2,542 Ticket for Supplying Pot to Minor

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Growing flowers of cannabis intended for the medical marijuana market are shown at OrganiGram in Moncton, N.B., on April 14, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ron Ward)

A Sandy Bay First Nation man has been handed a hefty ticket for supplying marijuana to a minor.

Manitoba First Nations Police says a 13-year-old youth attended school last Friday afternoon and was suspected of being under the influence of cannabis.

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Six Manitoba Communities Vote ‘No’ to Pot Stores Setting Up Shop

Six Manitoba Communities Vote ‘No’ to Pot Stores Setting Up Shop

By The Canadian 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)

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba community that only allowed bars in 2011 has voted “No” to letting pot stores set up shop.

A week after marijuana became legal in the country, eight Manitoba communities voted on whether to allow retail stores to open within their boundaries in a plebiscite on Wednesday.

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Youth Found Manitoba Pot Ads Boring, Prompted Changes: Government Documents

Youth Found Manitoba Pot Ads Boring, Prompted Changes: Government Documents

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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People check out the sample counter at a cannabis store in Winnipeg, Man., on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Before going public with its cannabis-awareness ad campaign, the Manitoba government turned to experts for advice from teens and young adults. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Before going public with its cannabis awareness ad campaign, the Manitoba government turned to experts for advice — teens and young adults.

Three different focus groups with participants from 16 to 24 years old were held in September.

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Study of U.S. Hospital Figures Links Pot Use with Increased Risk of Stroke

Study of U.S. Hospital Figures Links Pot Use with Increased Risk of Stroke

By The Canadian Press

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A cloud of smoke hangs over the crowd as thousands of people smoke marijuana during the 4-20 annual marijuana celebration, in Vancouver on Friday, April 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

MONTREAL – New research is being presented at a conference in Montreal today linking recreational cannabis use with an increased risk of stroke.

The study, being outlined at the World Stroke Congress, looked at five years of hospital statistics from the United States.

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RCMP Raid Two Pot Shops, Seize Product and Issue Tickets on Vancouver Island

RCMP Raid Two Pot Shops, Seize Product and Issue Tickets on Vancouver Island

By The Canadian Press

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Cannabis Care, an unlicensed cannabis dispensary in St. John’s N.L. was raided by the RNC and inspectors from the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corp on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The downtown store which opened earlier this year was not approved to legally sell cannabis. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly)

PORT ALBERNI, B.C. – The managers of two pot shops on Vancouver Island where police seized thousands of dollars worth of marijuana say the British Columbia government failed them by only approving one store in the province before legalization as raids were reported on both ends of the country.

The RCMP say they entered the Port Alberni Cannabis Club at around 11 a.m. Wednesday, before visiting Leaf Compassion Cannabis Dispensary around 2 p.m., and found both stores were open without provincial licences.

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Cannabis Retailers, Governments Warn of Lingering Supply Shortage

Cannabis Retailers, Governments Warn of Lingering Supply Shortage

By Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press

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Don and Aaron (last names withheld) from the United States show off their cannabis purchases outside British Columbia’s first legal B.C. cannabis store in Kamloops, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

TORONTO – Demand for newly legal pot appears to be outstripping supply on the second day of legalization as retailers ran low on some products or were cleaned out completely, manifestations of a shortfall that some provinces warned could last for months.

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries said Thursday that it is expecting product shortages in both brick-and-mortar and online stores could last “up to at least six months.”

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