In 2021, MBLL & LGCA were asked a simple question about "black market cannabis".
3 years later and nothing has been done about the problem. Even when given simple solutions like: Creating a list of legal cannabis stores that links directly to the legal websites associated.
Why is this taking so long?
Since opening in early 2021, the Cannabis Business Association of Manitoba has been the cornerstone bringing together its community of members. Our remarkable resources, reliable support and commitment to go above and beyond are unparalleled, and keep our cannabis community growing every day. Keep reading to learn about what we have to offer.
As one of the first associations of its kind, the Cannabis Business Association of Manitoba has set the bar and is proud to serve its loyal, growing community. By providing invaluable resources, unique opportunities and a long-standing network of people who are committed to helping one another, we ensure our members have the tools necessary to succeed. We’re currently accepting new members so if you’re interested in joining, get in touch today.
The Association is committed to not only providing resources for our members, but also helping support local events, concerts, and pop ups. We have thrown public events in city of Winnipeg parks and local restaurants, hotels and stores.
Stay tuned for updates on our next event!
Lift Cannabis Business Conference (LCBC)
Thursday, June 1 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lift Expo - Industry & Budtender Days
Friday, June 2 & Saturday, June 3 | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lift Expo - Consumer Day
Saturday, June 3 | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lift Official After Party
Saturday, June 3 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Join us for Lift's next strategy-focused, advocacy-oriented business and community leadership conference. A can't-miss for industry members across the cannabis ecosystem, this is your front row seat for the conversations that will drive meaningful change and sustainable growth in the year to come.
The expo spans two high-energy days connecting the cannabis community with hundreds of exhibiting companies from every corner of our industry. Plus, don't miss our multiple networking areas - both indoors and out - to make those all-important connections
We're all about celebrating the unsung heroes of the cannabis industry. The Lift Budtender Program provides plenty of perks, including free tickets, Masterclass education, a dedicated lounge area and more!
From speakers, panels and demos, to live entertainment and our famous Lift After Party, you can count on us for the uniquely irresistible experiences that keep thousands of cannabis industry movers, shakers and trailblazers buzzing long after every Lift event!
Join us on Sept 28th @ 10am, at the Manitoba legislative Building 450 Broadway ave. As we stand up for Manitoba's cannabis community and demand and END to the SRF (Social Responsibility Fee).
It is the 1st day back for the fall session of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, which means lots of politicians will be in attendance. Lets show them that we will not be silent on this issue any longer.
We got cannabis legalized ... now the fight continues forward for legalization with reforms!
The social responsibility fee (SRF) is a regulatory fee to be paid by all provincially-licenced cannabis retailers to ensure they share in the social responsibility costs of cannabis legalization. The SRF will be applied to total annual revenues from the sale of recreational cannabis.
The SRF rate will be set at six per cent of revenues from recreational cannabis sales in a calendar year, starting in 2019.
The SRF will be payable to the province within six months of the end of the calendar year in which the revenues were generated. The first payment of the SRF will be due by June 30, 2020, to help licensed retailers keep prices low as they enter the market.
Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade will be responsible for implementing the SRF under provincial retailer agreements. The SRF will be payable to the Manitoba government. A retailer that does not pay the SRF risks losing their provincial retailer license.
SRF will ensure Manitoba is meeting its goals of ensuring the safe and responsible legalization of recreational cannabis in the province, in particular to keep cannabis away from vulnerable populations and to eliminate the illegal market.
The revenues generated by the SRF will help fund the social costs of public education, safety, health and addictions associated with the legalization of cannabis
Although presented to cover the "social costs” of cannabis legalization. The 6% tax on all retail cannabis sales, is a crippling amount of money to independent and corporations alike.
We have not seen the numbers of teen drug use increase dramatically, like had been predicted by some. We also have not seen the increased numbers of drug related driving injuries as were predicted as well. Overall, the "social costs" of cannabis legalization have been minimal. The real “social costs” of cannabis were paid by the millions of Canadians who were wrongly arrested, imprisoned, fired, or lost their children or their homes for using cannabis.
The province of Manitoba already applies markups and taxes to cannabis, which amounts to 24%. Applying another tax on top of that is incredibly short-sighted, if it means putting small companies out of business.
We have filed FIPPA (Freedom of Information, Protection and Privacy Act) requests for documents on this issue from all relevant parties and have received extraordinarily little information. Other than publicly available numbers from LGCA (Liquor Gaming & Cannabis Authority), we are still waiting on a substantial amount of data. Both MBLL and Manitoba Finance have asked for extensions on their time frames allowed by the Act.
As we wait for simple clarification on the amount of money collected from SRF, and where that money is spent. Independent, medium, and large businesses are all struggling to survive in this new industry, we call cannabis. All we are asking for is information and a conversation about our industries future.
Since we have not had any luck with real support from those in power ... we demand that the province END the SRF and help save the cannabis industry!
Date: Wednesday, September 28th
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Manitoba Legislature Building, 450 Broadway Ave. Winnipeg
Bring your signs! Share the event! Use the hashtag: #ENDSRFMB
See you there
Watch me tell our elected officials, that they have FAILED on cannabis!
This is the promotional video Steve made for the Rally 4 Retailers' event at the Manitoba Legislature. Calling for an END to the SRF.
In this video ... The Cannabis Business Association of Manitoba brought together Industry Regulators and Stakeholders together for this, 1st of its kind event in Canada. We had representative from both Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries and the Liquor Gaming and Cannabis Authority at this event. We also had representatives from over 15 different cannabis retailers. Comprising of more than 50% of Manitoba’s cannabis retail stores. This event is a testament to the hard work and determination that the Cannabis Business Association of Manitoba brings to the table. The things we can accomplish are endless when we work as a community. Enjoy
In this video, Steven stairs, chairperson of the Cann Business Association of Manitoba. Speaks to the city of Winnipeg standing policy committee on property development heritage and downtown development. The topic is consideration of the public service of Winnipeg to create bylaws surrounding the zoning of retail cannabis stores within the city of Winnipeg
As we celebrate the season, we are also entering into a new year. Bringing a new hope and optimism for progressive cannabis law reform in Manitoba and Canada. With that in mind, I would like to share a personal story with all of you. A story of how a chance encounter at a local cannabis store led to the creation of the Cannabis Business Association of Manitoba. I hope you enjoy it. (This poem was written with a clear intent to entertain and to inform. I know it is a little bold and egotistical…but if you know me…that fits the mould well.)
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