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Paraguay Approves Bill to Legalize Growing Medical Marijuana

Paraguay Approves Bill to Legalize Growing Medical Marijuana

Paraguay Approves Bill to Legalize Growing Medical Marijuana

On Dec. 5, 2017, the small country of Paraguay became the newest in South America to legalize the cultivation of medical marijuana.

Republic of Georgia Decriminalizes Marijuana Use

Republic of Georgia Decriminalizes Marijuana Use

Georgia has decriminalized marijuana use, but it’s probably not the Georgia that you were expecting. On Nov. 30, 2017, the Constitutional Court for the Republic of Georgia, a former Soviet republic, ruled that it is unconstitutional to prosecute individuals for using marijuana, effectively decriminalizing use of the substance and potentially paving the way for full legalization.

Northwest Territories Cannabis

First Look at the Northwest Territories Cannabis Legalization Proposal

While Canada has launched a public consultation on its proposed federal cannabis regulations, the Northwest Territories cannabis legalization proposal was unveiled recently by the territorial government.

Most Canadian Cannabis Producers Expect Consolidation of Competition

Most Canadian Cannabis Producers Expect Consolidation of Competition

While Canadian cannabis producers are preparing for the country’s roll out of recreational cannabis, they are also preparing for a potential shift in the market’s landscape.

Greece Hopes Its Economy Can Get High From Medical Weed

Greece Hopes Its Economy Can Get High From Medical Weed

Investors in medical cannabis projects are focusing on Greece, where a warm, sunny climate and potentially favorable future legislation could help the government deliver on a promise to pull the country out of a seven-year economic crisis.

Good Morning Britain: Should Marijuana Be Legalised in the UK?

Good Morning Britain: Should Marijuana Be Legalised in the UK?

Marijuana use for medicinal purposes is legal in 29 U.S. states, yet the UK government has said it has no plans to legalise the drug. Joining Good Morning Britain to give their opinion on the ongoing debate is Bobby George, former professional darts player, and Linda Robson, Loose Women panellist.

Jamaica Clarifies Requirements for Prescribing Medical Ganja

Jamaica Clarifies Requirements for Prescribing Medical Ganja

Training began this past summer in Jamaica for medical professionals to become certified in prescribing medical ganja; however, it appears that such training isn’t actually required by law.

First Look at the Proposed Canadian Cannabis Tax Framework

First Look at the Proposed Canadian Cannabis Tax Framework

While several provinces have announced their plans for recreational cannabis distribution and retail operations, industry stakeholders have been waiting for an announcement on the Canadian cannabis tax framework and that moment has now arrived.

Israel Wants to Start Exporting Its Cannabis Around the World

Israel Wants to Start Exporting Its Cannabis Around the World

When Asi Naim, a severely autistic Israeli boy, started smacking his head against the wall and hurting himself in other ways, his parents tried every kind of psychiatric drug to calm him. Nothing worked. Then Asi entered a cannabis-based research program at Jerusalem’s Shaarei Zedek hospital.

German Parties Consider Sale of Marijuana in Pharmacies or Dispensaries

German Parties Consider Sale of Marijuana in Pharmacies or Dispensaries

Cannabis reform may be coming to the European Union’s most populous country as German conservatives, the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party continue their talks on forming a coalition government. Part of their discussions include an agreement on fully legalizing marijuana and selling the drug through pharmacies or licensed dispensaries.

Lebanon's Illicit Cannabis Trade Goes Up in Smoke Amid Syria War

Lebanon’s Illicit Cannabis Trade Goes Up in Smoke Amid Syria War

Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley is notorious for its highly lucrative cannabis industry. However, in recent years the illicit cannabis trade has suffered due to the war in neighbouring Syria. As a result, some are now turning to another crop for better income.

These Are the First 6 Colombian Medical Marijuana Manufacturers

These Are the First 6 Colombian Medical Marijuana Manufacturers

While Colombia legalized medical marijuana on Dec. 22, 2015, the country has yet to harvest and process any legal Colombian medical marijuana; however, recent government actions are about to change that.

Provincial Crown Corporation to Sell New Brunswick Cannabis

Provincial Crown Corporation to Sell New Brunswick Cannabis

With New Brunswick cannabis set to be cultivated by Organigram (TSXV: OGI) and Canopy Growth (TSX: WEED), the provincial government has now determined that a Crown corporation, not the private sector, will handle retail cannabis sales.

Unlikely Allies Eye Vote to Legalize Cannabis in New Zealand

Unlikely Allies Eye Vote to Legalize Cannabis in New Zealand

New Zealand could become the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize cannabis for personal use after an unlikely alliance of populist, centrist and leftist parties put drug policy immediately on the agenda of the incoming government.

These Are the First Two Licensed Jamaican Cannabis Companies

These Are the First Two Licensed Jamaican Cannabis Companies

While Jamaican cannabis has a rich history, the country of Jamaica hasn’t been at the forefront of the legal industry; however, that may soon change as the country has issued its first two Jamaican cannabis licenses.

Canadian Researchers Identify Optimal Rate for Organic Cannabis Fertilizer

Canadian Researchers Identify Optimal Rate of Organic Cannabis Fertilizer

With the recent publication of North America’s first scientific paper on advancing medical cannabis production, researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario are investigating the brave new science of organic cannabis production.

Big Tobacco Claims the Govt. is Playing Favourites With Cannabis Companies

Big Tobacco Claims the Govt. is Playing Favourites With Cannabis Companies

It is perhaps an overstatement to say that Big Tobacco is unhappy with weed becoming legal — after all, they claim that marijuana isn’t a substance that can act as a substitute for tobacco consumption.

Canada Proposes Federal Pot Excise Tax, Provinces React With Caution

Canada Proposes Federal Pot Excise Tax, Provinces React With Caution

Canada is proposing a federal excise tax on marijuana to help ease the path to legalizing the drug, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, drawing a cautious response from provinces that would oversee the process.

46% of Canadians Would Try Cannabis Edibles If Available in the Legal Market

Study: Nearly 46% of Canadians Would Buy Cannabis Edibles If Available Legally

While Canada is planning to delay the roll out of recreational cannabis edibles for regulatory reasons, it may give stakeholders the added benefit of having extra time to master their formulations for what may become a booming market segment.

Manitoba Looks to Private Sector to Help Roll Out Marijuana

Manitoba Looks to Private Sector to Help Roll Out Marijuana

Manitoba is studying whether to involve the private sector in rolling out sales of marijuana in the Canadian province — a contrast to Ontario’s plan to sell the drug in government-run stores.

Uruguay's Legal Marijuana Business Faces Challenges by Banks

Uruguay’s Legal Marijuana Business Faces Challenges by Banks

Two months ago Uruguay became the world’s first country to legalise the production and sale of marijuana throughout the entire country. Now, Uruguay’s legal marijuana businesses are facing major challenges from banks throughout the country.

British Columbia Cannabis Regulations Need Public Input Right Now

British Columbia Cannabis Regulators Need Public Input Right Now

While cannabis regulations have already been proposed for Ontario and New Brunswick, British Columbia cannabis regulations have yet to take shape; however, on Sept. 25, 2017, the provincial government announced that it is now collecting public input on how it should sell and regulate the substance.

Survey: Canadian Cannabis Salaries on Par With Other Industries in Country

Survey: Canadian Cannabis Salaries on Par With Other Industries in Country

The legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada has the country preparing for unprecedented expansion and with that will undoubtedly come career opportunities, but what can job seekers expect in regards to Canadian cannabis salaries?

Ontario Mulls Selling Pot for Less Than Black-Market Price

Ontario Mulls Selling Pot for Less Than Black-Market Price

Ontario will try to sell legal pot for a price low enough to squash the black market. The government plans to establish a price for recreational marijuana that isn’t too high in order to eliminate illicit sales.

Canadian Convenience Store Operator Wants to Sell Cannabis in Quebec

Canadian Convenience Store Operator Wants to Sell Cannabis in Quebec

With Ontario and New Brunswick having already announced plans for selling recreational cannabis in July 2018, prospective stakeholders in Canada’s remaining provinces are eyeing potential entry points.

Aurora Ships First 50 Kilos of Medical Cannabis to Germany

Aurora Ships First 50 Kilos of Medical Cannabis to Germany

Landmark legislation has led to the first serious deal in terms of shipping cannabis globally, with an initial consignment of dried medical cannabis already on its way to Germany for distribution. Now that Aurora are the proud recipients of a Health Canada issued Export Permit, they can legally send medical cannabis to Germany.

Two Public Companies to Supply New Brunswick Recreational Marijuana

Two Public Companies to Supply New Brunswick Recreational Marijuana

On Sept. 15, 2017, the Canadian province of New Brunswick announced during a news conference that Organigram (TSXV:OGI) and Canopy Growth (TSX: WEED), both already licensed producers in Canada’s medical marijuana program, will distribute recreational marijuana to retail stores established by a newly created provincial crown corporation.

Canada's Provincial Justice Ministers Want Answers on Marijuana Legalization

Canada’s Provincial Justice Ministers Want Answers on Marijuana Legalization

Canada’s justice ministers are asking for clarity and support as they scramble to organize and police an entirely new marijuana industry in less than 10 months.

This Is Why Uruguay Is Establishing New Cannabis Retail Stores

This Is Why Uruguay Is Establishing New Cannabis Retail Stores

On Sept. 13, 2017, Juan Andrés Roballo, head of Uruguay’s National Drug Board, announced in a press conference that the country is establishing new cannabis retail stores dedicated to cash-only sales of cannabis because most banks are refusing to work with pharmacies involved in the country’s legal cannabis industry.

Report: 39% of Canadians Will Become Recreational Cannabis Consumers

Report: 39% of Canadians Will Become Recreational Cannabis Consumers

While Canada’s House of Commons is hashing out the details of legalization, stakeholders have been trying to determine how many recreational cannabis consumers will participate in the legal market and now there’s a new report to help them.

Canadian Cannabis Legalization Hearings Happening in Parliament Right Now

Canadian Cannabis Legalization Hearings Happening in Parliament Right Now

On Sept. 11, 2017, Canada’s House of Commons health committee returned to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to begin the first of five full-day hearings on Canadian cannabis legalization.

This Is How Ontario Plans to Regulate Canadian Cannabis

This Is How Ontario Plans to Regulate Canadian Cannabis

On Sept. 8, 2017, Ontario became the first province to reveal its plans to regulate Canadian cannabis, proposing to handle it in a fashion similar to that of tobacco and alcohol.

Jamaica Making Progress With Dispensary Training Workshops

Jamaica Making Progress With Dispensary Training Workshops

On Aug. 21, 2017, the Jamaican Ministry of Health announced that it has been making progress with its dispensary training workshops, teaching medical, scientific and health professionals how to properly dispense medical cannabis.

Can Medical Marijuana Revive Israel's Kibbutz Movement?

Can Medical Marijuana Revive Israel’s Kibbutz Movement?

By all accounts, Eilon Bdil has no personal interest in marijuana. But as the business manager of Kibbutz Elifaz, he’s a big believer in the herb. Bdil sees medical marijuana as a unique opportunity to revive his remote Negev community.


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