The campaign was indeed born in the USA and HR 420 Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol is a federal bill being made in the USA. This doesn’t mean it’s the only place in the world it’s applicable.I live in the UK anyway.
Concerns with illicit production of alcohol are also our main concern here with the latest illnesses and deaths related to blackmarket marijuana cartridges.
The UK, for example, uses the “Fit and proper test” to prevent these types of illicit activities from happening in your neighborhood.
2.10 The fit and proper test
We’ll only grant approval to applicants who can demonstrate that they are fit and proper to carry on a controlled activity. This means HMRC must be satisfied the business is genuine and that all persons with an important role or interest in it are law abiding, responsible, and do not pose any significant threat in terms of potential revenue non-compliance or fraud.
HMRC will assess all applicants (not just the legal entity of the business but all partners, directors and other key persons) against a number of ‘fit and proper’ criteria to establish:
The list above is not exhaustive. HMRC may refuse to approve you for reasons other than those listed, if they have justifiable concerns about your suitability to be approved.
- there’s no evidence of illicit trading indicating the business is a serious threat to the revenue, or that key persons involved in the business have been previously involved in significant revenue non-compliance, or fraud, either within excise or other regimes - some examples of evidence we would consider are:
- assessments for duty-unpaid stock or for other under-declarations of tax that suggest there’s a significant risk associated with the business trading in duty-unpaid alcohol
- seizures of duty-unpaid products
- penalties for wrongdoing or other civil penalties which suggest a business does not have a responsible outlook on its tax obligations
- trading with unapproved persons
- previous occasions where approvals have been revoked or refused for spirits production or other regimes (including liquor licensing)
- previous confiscation orders and recovery proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
- key persons have been disqualified as a director under company law
- there are no connections between the businesses, or key persons involved in the business, with other known non-compliant or fraudulent businesses
- key persons involved in the business have no criminal convictions which are relevant for example, offences involving any dishonesty or links to organised criminal activity - we will normally disregard convictions that are spent provided there are no wider indications that the person in question continues to pose a serious threat to the revenue (an ‘unspent’ conviction is one that has not expired under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974)
- the application is accurate and complete and there has been no attempt to deceive HMRC
- there have not been persistent or negligent failures to comply with any HMRC record-keeping requirements, for example poor record keeping in spite of warnings or absence of key business records
- the applicant, or key persons in the business, have not previously attempted to avoid being approved and traded unapproved
- the business has provided sufficient evidence of its commercial viability and credibility - HMRC will not approve applicants where they find that they cannot substantiate that there’s a genuine plan to legitimately trade from the proposed date of approval
- there are no outstanding, unmanaged debts to HMRC or a history of duty or VAT not being paid on time
- the business has in place satisfactory due diligence procedures covering its dealings with customers and suppliers to protect it from trading in illicit supply-chains, read paragraph 16 for more information about due diligence
Other regulations that legal weed states in the US have also already begun include proper potency testing of products. Your friends in the UK are doing the same thing.
7.3 Instruments for measuring alcoholic strength: criteria and use
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/excise-notice-39-spirits-production-in-the-uk/excise-notice-39-spirits-production-in-the-uk#para2-8Instruments must comply with regulation 18 of the Spirits Regulations 1991 (as amended).
Automatic densimeters must measure density according to regulation 18 of the Spirits Regulations 1991.
The 2 main criteria are:
The automatic densimeter must carry out density measurements with accuracy and precision. All of the approved densimeters have been 5-decimal place machines, and when used according to the operator’s instructions, have proved to be accurate and precise enough for our purposes.
- the density must be directly measured as ‘density in air’ not ‘density in vacuum’ and then converted to ‘density in air’
- at the time the measurement is taken, the temperature of the liquid must be 20°C - the measurement cannot be taken at a different temperature and converted to the equivalent density at 20°C
Some machines can convert the density of a liquid to the alcoholic strength from an internal look-up table. If you select this option, the machine must use the Official Laboratory Alcohol Tables to convert the density in air value to an alcoholic strength. For a copy of the table write to the Alcohol Policy Team at the address in the ‘Comments or suggestions’ section at the end of this notice.
The comparisons list is longer than I care to elaborate on, but it’s obvious there is a need for regulation of marijuana sales.
Of course there are places that you could argue alcohol is OVER regulated, however that’s a separate issue. In 2019, marijuana is almost universally under-regulated and this is due to prohibition.