Cannabis News Week Wrap-up: May 15-21

Shane Fame Alexander
Cannabis News Week Wrap-up: May 15-21

 

Canadian cannabis businesses considering supporting stateside efforts to legalize marijuana

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Joe Biden's $740 billion package to address the deficit, healthcare, and the environment has Canadian businesses taking heed. 


Lawmakers stateside are making a comprehensive effort to free weed. This is something smokers north of the border would love to see as well.


David Culver, vice president of global government relations for Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corp., says that the bill would be if passed, the bill will be a milestone, but not for the reason that you think. Culver reassured that as long as the U.S. is willing to keep fighting the good fight, the bill will make waves, even if it’s for a little time.


“This is a historic piece of legislation in that this is the first of its type in the U.S. Senate,” Culver said in an interview. “Now that this piece is out there, it frees up the Senate to really work on legislation that is bipartisan, and I do think could get done before the midterm elections.”

Despite not requiring the governor's signature, Delaware becomes the 22nd state to legalize adult-use cannabis.

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Benzinga reported this week that Delaware recently passed two bills making it the 22nd state to completely legalize recreational marijuana.


A bit on the bills. While House Bill 2 creates a legal cannabis industry in the state. Meanwhile,  House Bill 1 eliminates all penalties for cannabis use or possession as long as it does not exceed certain limits.



In spite of his opposition, Governor John Carney, who opposes adult use legalization, did not veto the bills, according to the publication, because "Delawareans had spent far too much time focused on these issues when [they] face more serious and pressing concerns every day."


The legalization of marijuana in Canada is not associated with a rise in traffic accidents

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Steering over to  NORML, now. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, notes there is no link between the legalization of cannabis for adult use and an increase in retail sales. The information is based on a study that was earlier this month published in the Drug and Alcohol Review.


Canadian researchers examined the number of collisions in Toronto both before and immediately after the city legalized cannabis for adult use.


“[N]Neither the CCA [Canadian Cannabis Act] nor the NCS [number of cannabis stores per capita] is associated with concomitant changes in (traffic safety) outcomes' ' reads the report.. “… During the first year of the CRUL’s [cannabis recreational use laws] implementation in Toronto, no significant changes in crashes, number of road victims and KSI [all road users killed or severely injured] were observed.”


In 2020, notes the CDC, 11,654 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers, which equalled 30% of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. The annual estimated cost of car crash deaths involving alcohol-impaired drivers totalled about $123.3 billion that year, including the estimate for lives lost and medical bills. Not only is alcohol legal, but it’s not beholden to the same insane tax laws as cannabis, which, by strangling the legal market, only seem to allow the black market to grow. The cannabis industry paid over $1.8 billion in additional taxes in 2022 alone.



St Catherine cops nab two after discovering over 11,800 cannabis plants in a facility 

Over 11,800 cannabis plants worth nearly $12 million, along with around 77 kilograms of cannabis shake, were seized in the St. Catherines area on May 6 following a search warrant at a facility on Third Avenue in Louth-St. Catherine.

You will need to be down with the OPP after busting $12 million worth of cannabis plants. The facility, located on Third Avenue South Louth in St. Catherines, got raided on May 6th. The facility only got the go-ahead to produce fewer than 1,000 plants, police say. 


Follow-up search warrants a couple of days later, had them arrest two at a nearby home. The swarm saw a 40-year-old and a 25-year-old get charged. They were remanded into custody, pending future appearances at the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines.

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