Amidst vast speculations, the Canadian Budget for 2019 was released on Tuesday for outlining the spending plans of the government in the upcoming year. It ushers in a large number of breathers in the form of relaxed interest rates for student loans, incentives to first-time homebuyers, new spending/investment programs as well as various updates for exercising control over the cannabis taxation regime.
Proposed Taxation Method
Cannabis products such as edibles and concentrates shall be added to the approved list of items in the Cannabis Act on 17th October 2019. A new method has also been decided upon by the government for levying tax on the new products. This model shall concentrate on taxing the intoxicant content of cannabis rather than just the quantum of flower.
The budget has proposed that, “edible cannabis, cannabis extracts (including cannabis oils) and cannabis topicals be subject to excise duties imposed on cannabis licensees at a flat rate applied on the quantity of total tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).” This upcoming change shall in no way affect the current taxation rates on seeds, cannabis flower and seedlings.
According to the document, the “combined federal-provincial-territorial THC-based excise duty rate for cannabis edibles, cannabis extracts (including cannabis oils) and cannabis topicals is proposed to be $0.01 per milligram of total THC.” The ultimate aim of the government here is to simplify the cannabis taxation process for licensed producers.
According to the budget,“the proposed THC-based rate would alleviate compliance issues that producers have encountered with respect to the tracking of the quantity of cannabis material contained in cannabis oils, and would allow producers and administrators to more easily calculate and verify excise duties for cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals.”
Currently, a flat rate (also known as ad valorem rate) is levied by the government on the quantum of cannabis present in the final product along with a “percentage of the dutiable amount of the product as sold by the producer.”
Taxation Of Medical Cannabis
In spite of giving us high hopes, the 2019 Budget failed to revoke excise tax on medical cannabis. However, it has proposed Income Tax Act amendments reflecting the current regulations of accessing cannabis specifically for medical reasons. The qualifying medical expenses will be eligible for 15% tax credit which “recognizes the effect of above-average medical or disability-related expenses on an individual’s ability to pay tax.”
Furthermore, “Eligible expenses for the medical expense tax credit will also include expenses for other classes of cannabis products purchased for a patient for medical purposes, once they become permitted for legal sale under the Cannabis Act.”
The existing tax exemptions are currently applicable on cannabis flower having marginal amount of THC and even THC pharmaceutical cannabis products which are obtained through a prescription containing a Drug Identification Number.
The Coordinated Cannabis Taxation Agreements (CCTAs) allow the government to redirect 25% of tax generated out of cannabis sales ranging up to $100 million towards its exchequer. The remaining 75% is retained by the territories and provinces. Additional revenue over $100 million gets redistributed at the provincial level. According to the budget, all the proposed changes shall come into effect from 1st May 2019.
The Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM) tweeted in response to the 2019 budget that they were disappointed about the retention of both excise and sales tax on medical cannabis in its entirety.
Breakfast with Martin Bester calls noted herb healer Dee Stephens on his show
Medicinal Herbology is slowly becoming a discipline that people are getting to know. Medicinal Herbology by its name implies treatment of various ailments with the help of plant-based study. It focuses on preparing the medicine based on set formulations and botanical knowledge so that it can target the ailment the way it intends to.
Medicinal herbology is the use of natural herbs and botanical wisdom to treat patients inflicted with certain illness. The discipline aims at using fresh plants and extracts from all over the natural surroundings to provide long term and less intrusive medical help for patients in need for it.
Recently, Dee Stephens, a noted herbologist and healer was invited to the Breakfast with Martin Bester show so that she could throw light on herbology and the use of cannabis oil to enrich the treatment procedure.
Breakfast with Martin Bester is a popular FM show that runs every weekday morning from 6.00 am to 9.00 am. The show intends to bring to its listeners fresh content with a fun angle. Stephens was called as a guest speaker for this unique show to discuss everything about Herbology and its benefits. Many people are not aware of the benefits which the treatments have and the intention of calling her on the show was clear enough. She also talked about the medical benefits of cannabis oil.
The show also gave a platform to practitioners like her to clarify people on the various doubts surrounding the discipline. Apart from this Cannabis too has often been stigmatised by people chiefly due to lack of information.
Cannabis is a part of the Cannabis Sativa family. CBD which is an extract of the hemp plant from the same family has an acceptable and legal limit of 0.3% of THC in it. Marijuana also which hails from the same plant has higher levels of marijuana which are found on the outer portions of the plant. The THC levels in marijuana are way above the legal limit of THC that is allowable as per the law. That is primarily the reason as to why marijuana is not considered as a constituent that is fair in the eyes of law. The regular intake of marijuana results in the person getting addicted especially after smoking week or pot. CBD is a safer element of Cannabis Sativa because its consumption does not result in the person getting high, neither does it result in mind-altering activities. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, it is often used in medicines and cosmetics.
Dee clarified on the show that herbal mixtures and cannabis oil are only about making one feel better and not making anyone feel high. This is a huge misconception which needs to be cleared. The more people read about it the clearer their minds will be concerning the mix. She compared herbs to tea and many people are regular tea drinkers. This does not imply that they are addicted to it.
CBD has become a national craze ever since the farm bill of 2018 legalised it under the act. After President Donald Trump gave a green signal to its use, many companies and plantation owners have decided to go with the trend. Many famous Hollywood personalities like Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian have sworn by the benefits they have received due to intake of CBD.
Different people have different opinions about CBD. Some people want to know more about it before making a decision. Many people who want to use it are not able to due to uneven laws governing across the country. On one hand, several states have allowed for the legal use of CBD, federal laws are yet to give their nod on it. No law allows CBD to be used as a dietary supplement yet. The need for corroborative proof to back it with the use is much required.
Many takers of CBD have experienced a different set of benefits. People use CBD for reasons like stress and to get enough sleep. But, with CBD proving its mettle in the medical field it is also effective in the treatment of seizures, easing of the situation caused due to epilepsy, joint pains especially after surgeries, cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Whatever one uses CBD for, the resultant benefits are worthy to be read about. The Martin Bester show has surely given CBD enthusiasts a chance to present their case about why CBD is the need of the hour for its medicinal values.
Truck Driver Mike Harris is worried he might lose his job after testing positive for marijuana
On one hand, when CBD is increasing its recognition due to its benefits, on the other hand, people are also facing troubles due to regulatory aspects concerning it. Mike Harris and his partner Debbie Martin are a worried lot. They now worry that CBD oil would take away everything they have and will render them jobless. All the while, they have been able to work and able to secure themselves but with the risk lurking around CBD oil, he is fearful of losing his truck.
Mike Harris owns a trailer truck and with it, they have recorded more than three million driving miles. But now his position is getting jeopardised because all the while when he had contracts of carrying hazardous materials but due to a failed drug test, he might just lose his work.
CBD or cannabinol is derived from a hemp plant and made up of two main ingredients called CBD and THC. CBD is indeed the non-psychoactive compound of the plant which implies that ingesting it will not give you any sense of euphoria. But there are different reactions to CBD and it is often compared to marijuana which has higher levels of THC. When the TCH levels are increased it causes mind-altering effects on the mind and results in a change in behaviour. Cannabis Sativa has two main species called hemp and marijuana. Both of them contain CBD but in hemp CBD is found in higher quantity. This is 0.3% THC in the hemp plant which is much higher compared to marijuana.
Both the truck drivers are extremely cagey and guarded because they want to keep their jobs. Harris has been driving a tractor for more than 20 years and he is not the type of who could do drugs. His driver-partner supports me him completely saying that had he been taking drugs, he wouldn’t have been in the job for so long. Over the period, he has undertaken several drug tests and he was not worried when he was asked to take a similar test in July. Till date, he hadn’t failed any drug test but recently when the tests came he had tested positive for marijuana.
Mike Harris has been suffering from sore muscles and knee pain after his surgery. With the help of CBD, he felt a lot of difference in the easing of pain. When Harris decided to take CBD for his pain and condition, his partner driver also asked the dealer if it would pose any problems concerning the drug test. They confidently decided because of lower THC levels in it. The distributors also assured that they will not face the issue because it was not marijuana.
Jason Freidman who is an expert on CBD runs a store called Ohio CBD guy. He believes that people are not fairly educated about CBD and mislead the customer. The dealers fail to educate people that any product containing even the slightest level of CBD in it likes gummies and oils will end up the person having a failed drug test. Harris also told WLWT investigator Todd Dykes that he had taken CBD out of lack of knowledge for his cause. After the results came out, he passed another home drug test and a subsequent scheduled test which he took a week later.
The product that Harris is taking has no mention of THC anywhere in its packaging and that is the reason why they are warning everyone to be cautious about taking CBD products. Martin tells people that any such situation causes a lot of emotional trauma let alone financial losses.
CBD oil is used in several products but ever since hemp became legal under the farm bill, it has truly been a talk of the town. Just about everyone is talking about CBD and new businesses are mushrooming everywhere. People are researching on CBD and its benefits. CBD has had a great impact on the health and well-being of people who are suffering from different problems like seizures, pains, join pains, knee ailments, cancer and even Alzheimer’s. The regulations regarding CBD are currently in a very confusing situation. There are many states which have made it legal to use yet Federal law still hasn’t given CBD the clean chit. Only time will tell whether CBD will become a federally legal product or not.
Two men producing and selling class B Cannabis jailed
On September 10th, two men from Penyrheol were found guilty and sentenced for growing 54 varieties of cannabis plants in May 2018. David Michael Beckett aged 51 and Liam Beckett aged 51 and 23 were found guilty of producing a controlled class B drug. David Michael was sentenced for four years whereas Liam was given four years in jailed custody. The two guilty were also accused of involving in a plot to supply these class B Drug products further after production on profit.
Hemp plant is a part of Cannabis Sativa from which marijuana and Cannabis is set to be derived. While marijuana is found on those parts of the plant that contain a high level of THC and psychoactive elements whereas in the seeds and fibers lower levels of THC and higher levels of CBD is found. CBD unlike marijuana is low on THC and also has anti-inflammatory substance. CBD is also a form of weed but it does not give results like marijuana. The over-addiction of marijuana gives a high whereas CBD does not produce that effect as people believe it to do. In fact CBD has been found to be medically very effective and useful. Due to this many professionals are researching more on the plant to acquire new information on more uses.
Possession and production of class B drugs is strictly prohibited because of its apparent dangers. Drugs are usually put into three categories based on the level of dangers we are exposed to. Different types of drugs affect different types of people in a different manner. That information kept aside drugs usually are considered exceptionally dangerous. The three categories of drugs are Class A that includes heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and LSD. They are extremely dangerous to use and are hazardous. Class B drugs include cannabis (restricted varieties), speed and Ketamine which are also dangerous but not to the extent of Class A. Class C drugs are considered least dangerous yet risky and include drugs like anabolic steroids, GHB and tranquillisers.
The Newport Crown Court presented the case on August 14th. Gwent Police is extremely wary of such crimes and selling them is a major offense. These sellers do it for profit but forget that any exposure that people have to such substances will make them vulnerable and addicted.
A few categories of Cannabis have yet not found acceptability despite legalizing hemp plant in 2018. They were caught growing the restricted varieties of cannabis. Although in recent years people have begun to understand the benefits of CBD people have to understand the difference between what is right and what is not. CBD industry is growing like never before with many industries quick to resort to CBD based ventures. In the medical field too CBD has been touted as the life saver drug that has saved and eased the lives of many people. CBD has been a miraculous drug in treating extreme levels of seizures which had no cure earlier. Apart from this people suffering from depression, anxiety of all forms, cancer and joint pains have benefitted majorly from the CBD drug.
The police who have reportedly tightened their seat belts to condense drug related and other forms of organized crime have pleaded people to refrain from using these class B drugs. They have devastating impacts on the health and well-being and in most of the cases they are irreversible. Such dealings are only harming the local community and people who take it. The police have requested people to be more vigilant and report every single thing they label as suspicious. They have asked people to be more observant especially about the activities that take place in their local areas. The Police have also told people to divulge even the smallest of details they might possess and not shun it away considering it as minute. They believe every little piece of information can be useful to them for solving a larger crime.