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Canada working on action plan against illegal online cannabis sales
Canada is working on a plan to hinder its thriving online market for illegal cannabis, potentially to the benefit of legal operators that have to compete with the illicit market and its lower cost of compliance.
Two New Cannabis Bills would Set Violation Fines as High as $50,000 per day
Illegal cannabis operators, especially retailers, are prevalent in California and outnumber their legal counterparts. The California state legislature is attempting to correct this imbalance by targeting landlords and other third parties that assist and abet these illegal businesses with fines reaching as high as $50,000 per day.
Australia to Increase Scrutiny of Imported Medical Cannabis
In Australia, over 90% of cannabis prescriptions are supplied via the import market. In order to ensure the safety of these products, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration plans to increase the inspection of imported products.
State Plan to 'Harmonize' Marijuana Program would Wreak Havoc Critics say
The Maine legislature is moving to “harmonize” (consolidate) their medical and recreational cannabis programs across the state. A new bill would apply the same regulations to both programs and would allow the state to impose hefty fines on violators. Mass expansion of regulation with little advance notice is not uncommon in states where cannabis is already legal. An operator’s ability to navigate surprises on the regulatory landscape is vital to survival.
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Cannabis as an Essential Service: March 20, 2020
Even with the turmoil of the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen encouraging news for the industry. While many businesses have closed their doors in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, cannabis providers have been declared an essential service in California, Michigan, and several other states. Average basket sizes are up at the dispensary, and demand for delivery has soared. Michigan temporarily allowing curbside marijuana pickup, encourages delivery: As coronavirus spreads, Michigan is now allowing curbside pickup for medical patients and recreational cannabis users alike, and California has followed suit. Many retail shops have reported lower foot traffic, but customers that do come in are ordering much larger amounts than usual and appear to be “stocking up.” Delivery has also seen a surge in sales, likely due to the increased number of telecommuters and those staying at home in response to the spread of the coronavirus.