Health Canada Continues to Bully Victoria Cannabis Buyers’ Club

CANNABIS CULTURE – The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club (VCBC) has secured a new three-year lease in the space they’ve occupied since 1996. However, Health Canada continues to strong arm the patient focused resource center. VCBC’s landlord has been threatened with imprisonment for renewing the lease.
Last week the VCBC received a letter from the Community Safety Unit of the Victoria Police (CSU) accusing them of non-compliance with Federal Government’s rules. In the letter, the CSU states the VCBC is an illegal recreational dispensary.

The CSU’s letter also threatened to proceed with fines, eviction and potential asset seizures.

VCBC’s legal team at JFK Law Corporation wrote to the landlord and the BC Solicitor General arguing they are a medicinal cannabis dispensary, and not an unlicensed recreational facility.

“This convinced the landlord’s lawyer that we had reasonable grounds to continue operating despite threats of fines or jail from the BC Solicitor General” wrote VCBC on their website. The Buyer’s Club has been operating at the Johnson Street location for over 20 years.

Their legal team at JFK Corporation also sent off an application for an exemption from Health Canada on the week of April 1st.

“In seeing the attitude of the Provincial Government,

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Antioch: Man Shot Multiple Times in Parking Lot of Cannabis Dispensary – EastCountyToday

At approximately 7:00 pm Thursday, the Antioch Police Department responded to CoCo Farms in the 3400 block of Wilbur Avenue on a report of multiple gunshots in the City of Antioch.

According to police, between 4-6 shots were fired in a drive by shooting in the parking lot of the business as the victim was walking.  Upon police arrival, both the victim and suspects were no longer at the scene as the fled.

A short time later, a 27 year-old male arrived at a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds which were non-life threatening.

Police said Friday that the suspects are unknown and still outstanding. They also said the incident appears to be unrelated to the business itself and did not have any involvement in the incident.

No other information was released.

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Use of CBD May Be Associated With Reduced Alcohol Intake, New Study Shows

New research affiliated with the University of Colorado at Boulder and published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors reveals that consumption of CBD-dominant cannabis may be associated with reduced alcohol intake. 

In order to test this, the researchers looked at cannabis use across 120 subjects and compared use of cannabis that was primarily CBD-heavy, THC-heavy, or a mix of both. This revealed that those who used CBD-dominant cannabis “drank fewer drinks per drinking day, had fewer alcohol use days, and fewer alcohol and cannabis co-use days compared with the other groups.” Those who used THC/CBD cannabis or THC-only did not experience any reduced alcohol intake or change in their drinking patterns.

“Conflicting evidence exists regarding the effects of cannabis on alcohol consumption, with some studies suggesting that cannabis is a substitute for alcohol, whereas others suggest that cannabis complements alcohol, thereby increasing drinking. Cannabidiol (CBD) has shown preclinical promise in decreasing alcohol consumption,” the researchers explained  “This study explores the effects of cannabis containing different potencies of CBD

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Town of Irondequoit won’t opt out of marijuana dispensaries, will restrict smoking on town facility property – RochesterFirst

IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WROC) — Local village, town, and city leaders are in the process of making decisions regarding the legalization of marijuana in New York State. Each municipality has until the end of the year to make these decisions – including opting in or out of allowing dispensaries in town and public smoking restrictions.

Dave Seeley is the Irondequoit town supervisor. He said they won’t be opting out of allowing dispensaries in town for a few reasons.

“People are transient, if people want to obtain these products they’re gonna go get them, so it just makes sense not to have this swiss cheese approach where you’re skipping over municipalities. Borders are invisible, so the opting out to me never really made sense from a town to town point of view,” Seeley said.

However, he said there’s still a lot to consider including how many dispensaries they want in town and zoning laws.

“I think we can restrict it to certain areas of town to ensure it’s not only away from schools but away from places where youth congregate, away from directly adjacent to residential areas,” he said. “Ultimately our goal is not to have a high density in town, I

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Raw Hemp Pesto Recipe from the The Art of Cooking with Cannabis

It seems like a new state legalizes marijuana every week, with New York being the latest to hop on the bandwagon. This is good news from everyone from casual pot smokers to legacy market operators to small farmers and…chefs. When her home state of Vermont started the process of legalization in 2018, cookbook author Tracey Medeiros’s ears perked up. “I found myself continually reading about the plant’s potential for medicinal benefits,” she says. “This piqued my interest, motivating me to reach out to folks all across our country who use cannabis as a culinary ingredient. I was amazed to see and hear how this plant was transforming the culinary and cannabis landscape.”

Medeiros has written several other recipe books, including The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, and The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook, and, most recently, The Art of Cooking with Cannabis, whose release serendipitously coincided with New York’s legalization. “I felt this was something that needed to be written because this is how the food industry is evolving,” she says “ Now, those who cook and create nourishing recipes can feel comfortable stepping out of the shadows and into the sunlight to share their passion for the use of this plant.”

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Lawmakers Reintroduce Marijuana Data Collection Act To Congress

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both houses of Congress reintroduced on Thursday the Marijuana Data Collection Act, a bill that would require the federal government to study the effects of legal cannabis. The measure, which was previously introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in 2018 and again in 2019, is sponsored by Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Democratic Rep. Sylvia Garcia of Texas, and Rep. Don Young, a Republican from Alaska.

“As more and more states legalize and regulate marijuana, we must take a thorough examination at how different laws and policies in different states have been implemented, what works, what doesn’t, and what can be replicated elsewhere,” Menendez said in a statement on the legislation.  “It’s important to understand how communities and people are ultimately impacted by marijuana legalization and its effect on local economies, public health, criminal justice, employment, and our nation’s battle with opioid and other drug addiction.  Having this data at our fingertips and making it available to the public will help drive public policy decisions and dispel any misconceptions about marijuana legalization.”

The bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Attorney General, the

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Michigan’s Cannabis Market: What Investors, Entrepreneurs Need To Know

Despite numerous companies jumping into the cannabis space in the Great Lakes State, operators say Michigan’s early success in the legal adult-use market has them anticipating even more positive days to come.

A Growing Cannabis Market: Many in the industry say they’re optimistic about Michigan’s booming legal market, launched in December 2019, as its strong performance shows no sign of slowing down.

Data from analytics firm Headset shows that cannabis revenue for March 2021 alone had reached $115.4 million, setting a new record for the Wolverine State.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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Marijuana dispensary proposed for Plymouth Street in Halifax – Enterprise News

HALIFAX — Residents have until May 25 to comment on the proposed host community agreement with a recreational marijuana dispensary on Plymouth Street, the day the select board takes it up at its 7 p.m. meeting.

The town’s planning board is holding a public hearing on the proposed 1,700 square-foot facility at 894 Plymouth St. on May 20.

According to the agreement, the proponents, Flower and Soul, would give the town 3 percent of its total sales for the first five years, referred to as a community impact fee.

More:Read the community host agreement

The amount the town is charging — 3 percent — is the maximum allowed under state law, although many communities have tried to require establishments give “donations” that far exceed the 3 percent allowed for community impact fees.

Marijuana dispensary proposed for Plymouth Street in Halifax – The Patriot Ledger

HALIFAX — Residents have until May 25 to comment on the proposed host community agreement with a recreational marijuana dispensary on Plymouth Street, the day the select board takes it up at its 7 p.m. meeting.

The town’s planning board is holding a public hearing on the proposed 1,700 square-foot facility at 894 Plymouth St. on May 20.

According to the agreement, the proponents, Flower and Soul, would give the town 3 percent of its total sales for the first five years, referred to as a community impact fee.

More:Read the community host agreement

The amount the town is charging — 3 percent — is the maximum allowed under state law, although many communities have tried to require establishments give “donations” that far exceed the 3 percent allowed for community impact fees.