Here’s what you can look forward to reading about in today’s email:
- Delaware’s governor isn’t 420 friendly
- Cannabis is not immune to worker protests ✊
- Yet Another Canadian Cannabis Acquisition™
- Quick Hits
Delaware Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Legalize Cannabis
Here’s the series of events that led to this:
First: Delaware lawmakers passed House Bill 371, which aims to:
remove all penalties for possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana, except for those who are under 21 years of age. Possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana and public consumption remain unclassified misdemeanors. The Act also removes language referencing search and seizure authority. This Act also adds a provision to the Uniform Controlled Substances Act that provides that there will be no criminal or civil penalty for transfers of 1 ounce or less of marijuana between persons who are 21 years of age or older without remuneration.
This is a good bill, as it represents the will of the people, who 61% of support recreational cannabis legalization.
Second, the governor vetoes the bill because:
I do not believe that promoting or expanding the use of recreational marijuana is in the best interests of the state of Delaware, especially our young people. Questions about the long-term health and economic impacts of recreational marijuana use, as well as serious law enforcement concerns, remain unresolved.
“If you talk to the parents of some of these folks that have overdosed and passed away they don’t think it’s a good idea because they remember the trajectory of their own sons and daughters.” – Governor John “Won’t Someone Think Of The Children” Carney
So what happens next?
The bill heads back to the Delaware General Assembly where, if it receives three-fifths vote in each chamber, it will override the veto.
Is this likely to happen?
No. The last time the assembly voted to override a veto was in 1977.
Cannabis Workers in Quebec Go On Strike
300 employees across 20 cannabis dispensaries in Quebec went on strike to protest the president and VP of the union, as well as 75 employees being suspended for wearing dresses and Bermuda shorts (instead of mandated black pants and sweater required) as a means of protest.
The reason the union was protesting via dress code (until those protestors were suspended):…workers barely earn $17/h upon hiring and the majority have no full-time position or job security, which places them in an untenable precarious position.
The affected dispensaries plan on working limited hours until the strike is resolved.
Here’s what seems to be the heart of the issue from reading several sources on both sides:
The dispensary workers are part of the province-run Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC). Other federal employees (such as those that work in liquore stores on behalf of the alcohol version of the SQDC) make just over $20/hr and have better job security. The SQDC workers who are part of the union, are pushing for a similar pay.
Item 9 Labs Corp Has Acquired Sessions Cannabis
Who: Item 9 Labs Corp, a “vertically integrated cannabis dispensary franchisor and operator.
Acquired: Sessions Cannabis, “one of Canada’s largest cannabis retail franchisors.
End Result: This acquisition has created the largest publicly traded cannabis franchise company in the world.
Background: Sessions Cannabis has 43 stores in operation throughout Ontario, consisting of 18 multi-unit franchise owners. Sessions generates $70M CAD in annual system-wide sales.
We’re just gonna keep seeing companies consolidate until they’re all owned by Amazon/General Mill/P&G/etc., right?
That’s where this all ends?
It’s really hard to be a medical cannabis patient in Utah, and there are unlikely to be business opportunities in the Beehive State for a long while yet.
An advisory question on Georgia’s primary ballot asked residents whether they supported legalizing and taxing cannabis, to which 80% of just over 661,000 total voters said 420 BLAZE IT!
That’s it for today’s Full Spectrum Daily.
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Ed is a writer and marketer who has been involved with the cannabis industry since 2017. He is particularly passionate about helping small businesses succeed in the increasingly corporate-takeover environment of the cannabis industry, as well as helping people get started working with cannabis.