With Uruguay becoming the first country in the world to regulate recreational cannabis production and sales, Uruguayan pharmacies are playing a critical role in world cannabis history.
Puerto Rico medical cannabis legalization has become a legislative reality. On July 9, 2017, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares signed the Law to Improve the Study, Development and Research of Cannabis for Innovation, Applicable Norms and Limits, also known as MEDICINAL Law, to regulate medical cannabis on the Caribbean island.
Last summer, medical marijuana legalization in Greece was being studied by the country’s Ministry of Health, but that study lead to action and now legalization has become a reality for the Hellenic Republic.
While Cuba and the United States are working closely to combat the small country’s ongoing problem with drug trafficking, Cuban officials have said that the legalization of marijuana in nearby countries is actually adding to the trouble, dispelling the prospects of Cuban marijuana legalization.
Canada’s recreational cannabis legalization is planned for a rollout in July 2018, but provinces and territories are in charge of drafting and establishing jurisdiction-specific rules, so they’ve been working hard to create rules that fall within the country’s legalization framework.
On June 19, 2017, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a measure into law that legalizes marijuana for research and medicinal purposes.
Canadian cannabis decriminalization has earned the support of Toronto’s Board of Health. On June 12, 2017, the board voted unanimously to request that the Government of Canada immediately decriminalize the possession of cannabis for personal use.
On June 2, 2017, Alberta, one of Canada’s western provinces, announced that it is seeking input from Albertans on the province’s recreational marijuana rollout.
On May 30, 2017, Cann Group Limited, an Australian medical cannabis company, announced that it had obtained the permits required to start cultivating medical cannabis and should begin its cultivation operation in the next few days.
Israel’s cannabis decriminalization policy, approved by the government in March, officially came into effect Sunday, commencing a new legal approach towards the recreational use of marijuana in the country.
On Monday, May 29, 2017, Tweed Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED), was evacuated following a small morning fire at the Hershey Chocolate Factory’s former Visitor Center, which the medical marijuana company is currently renovating.
Canada’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau is ready to talk Canadian cannabis taxes with the country’s provinces. On May 15, 2017, during a House of Commons meeting for the Standing Committee on Finance, Morneau addressed the Budget Measure Implementation Act and closed his opening remarks with a note on cannabis taxes.
Chile has become the first country in Latin America to sell cannabis medicines at pharmacies. The pilot program was launched Wednesday.
Canada’s licensed producers will have to expand their testing checklists. On May 5, 2017, Health Canada announced that mandatory cannabis testing now includes testing for unauthorized pesticides.
On May 2, 2017, Uruguay’s National Drug Board announced that it had opened its cannabis registry system, commencing the process of Uruguay registering adults for its recreational cannabis program and making the country the first in the world to have a government-run recreational program.
On April 25, 2017, ASTM International, an international voluntary consensus standards organization, announced that its board of directors had approved the formation of a cannabis committee, signaling the professional development of global standards for the legal cannabis industry.
On April 13, 2017, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould introduced legislation to legalize recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018.
On April 10, 2017, AusCann Group Holdings Ltd (ASX:AC8) announced that it had started harvesting its first medical cannabis crop in Chile through DayaCann, a joint venture between AusCann and the Daya Foundation, a non-profit based in Chile that advocates for alternative therapies.
On April 6, 2017, Uruguay’s three-year legalization journey hit a pivotal milestone. The Uruguayan government officially gave the okay for pharmacies throughout the country to begin selling recreational marijuana starting in July.
Argentina gave final legislative approval on Wednesday to a bill legalizing cannabis oil for medicinal use and permitting the federal government to grow marijuana for research and therapeutic purposes.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government will introduce legislation to legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018, according to a report from CBC News, a move that follows through on one of his Liberal Party’s campaign pledges.
Israel, a leader in marijuana research and health technology, is attracting international investment as it tries to position itself as a cutting-edge exporter in the rapidly-growing market for medical-grade cannabis.
Oxford University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world, recently announced that it is launching a program to research the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids in the treatment of cancer, inflammatory disease and pain.
The Israeli government voted on Sunday in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining some U.S. states and European countries who have adopted a similar approach.
On Feb. 14, 2017, Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority announced that it granted conditional approval to three cannabis business applicants at the beginning of 2017.
In most countries, the authorities arrest anyone growing large quantities of cannabis. But in Italy, the army does something different: it grows the plant itself – for medical use.
Ireland is to become the latest country to legalise the use of cannabis for treating specific medical conditions.
On Feb. 7, 2017, Health Canada announced that it is going to start random testing of medical marijuana produced by all of the country’s licensed producers in an attempt to ensure patients aren’t being exposed to contaminated products.
On Jan. 10, 2017, Health Canada authorized James E. Wagner Cultivation in Ontario to start cultivating medical cannabis, making it the 38th licensed producer in Canada and the first producer of 2017 licensed under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.
On Jan. 26, 2017, Queensland Health announced the release of initial medical cannabis guidelines for medical practitioners in Queensland, Australia.
On Jan. 26, 2017, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced that he would support the decriminalization of marijuana in Israel and adopt recommendations made by a panel commissioned to study the issue.
On Jan. 24, 2017, Ontario-based Loyalist College announced that it had been approved by Health Canada for a Controlled Drugs and Substances Licence to test and analyze medical cannabis.
Agriculture Ministry to finance 13 projects to lay basis of new generation of therapeutic marijuana products.
On Jan. 19, 2017, the German Bundestag, the national parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany, adopted a law to legalize medical cannabis, according to a statement from the Bundestag.
Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati wants to visit the United States to promote Ross’ Gold, his Canadian cannabis brand; however, with Rebagliati having admitted past marijuana use, U.S. Border Agents have used a border policy to prevent him from entering the country.
On Dec. 30, 2016, Canadian Armed Forces veterans began reporting a privacy breach by Veterans Affairs Canada, as the VAC sent letters to veterans in the federal medical marijuana program with “RE: Cannabis for Medical Purposes” visible in the envelope window.
For the first time in their nation’s history, more Australians support the legalization of recreational than oppose it. This is according to The Australian Election Study, a multi-decade study conducted by Australian National University.
Toronto police are investigating an alleged armed robbery at the medical marijuana dispensary Canna Clinic on Ossington Avenue which the shop’s owners never reported.
The Israeli army is planning to relax its disciplinary action for off-duty soldiers caught smoking marijuana. Israel’s military prosecutor wants to revise the drug policy to allow IDF soldiers to smoke marijuana up to five times.
On Dec. 16, 2016, the Montreal police raided six newly opened Cannabis Culture dispensaries, arresting the “Prince of Pot,” Marc Emery, along with nine other individuals.
On Dec. 13, 2016, the Mexican Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the country. Approved by a margin of 98-7, the bill is part of a larger proposal submitted by President Enrique Peña Nieto to Congress.
On Dec. 13, 2016, Anne McLellan and Dr. Mark Ware, the chair and vice chair of Canada’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, presented a report on how the federal government should move forward with the legalization of recreational cannabis in the country.
On Dec. 5, 2016, the Toronto Board of Health passed a motion to recommend that Canada’s federal government approve pharmacies to dispense medical marijuana.
On Dec. 2, 2016, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reminded Canadians that brick-and-mortar medical marijuana dispensaries are still illegal and should be prosecuted.
On Nov. 30, 2016, Anne McLellan and Dr. Mark Ware, the chair and vice chair of Canada’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, announced that their task force had completed its work and would soon deliver its report to the government.
On Nov. 23, 2016, South Africa’s Medicines Control Council announced to members of parliament that it had progressed in its study of medical cannabis and that the Department of Health could have a regulatory framework ready to publish by February 2017.
On Nov. 28, 2016, Teva Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:TEVA) announced that it had entered into an agreement with Syqe Medical to market and distribute Syqe’s medical cannabis inhaler in Israel for pain management, signifying the first time a medical cannabis product will be marketed by an international pharmaceutical company.
On Nov. 23, 2016, OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (TSXV:OGI), a licensed producer of medical marijuana in Canada, announced that the company had been chosen by Trailer Park Boys, a Nova Scotia-based Netflix original series, as its exclusive marijuana producer, business partner and brand developer.
On Nov. 23, 2016, Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:CGC) announced that Bedrocan Canada, one of its subsidiaries, had completed its first export of cannabis to South America, shipping 10 kg of dried cannabis to Brazil for the research and development of cannabis-based therapeutics in the country.
On Nov. 22, 2016, Veterans Affairs Canada announced a new reimbursement policy for veterans using medical cannabis. While veterans can now be reimbursed for medical cannabis extracts, the daily reimbursement limit dropped from 10 grams to 3 grams.