On Dec. 5, 2017, the small country of Paraguay became the newest in South America to legalize the cultivation of medical marijuana.
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.
MPs passed the Liberal government’s bill to legalize cannabis Monday evening, sending the marijuana legislation down the hall to the Senate for further study and debate.
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.
On Nov. 21, 2017, Statistics Canada announced that it is preparing the country’s statistical system to capture economic and social data on the use of recreational cannabis.
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.
While New Brunswick marijuana was slated to be supplied by two public companies, the province has added one more licensed producer to the mix.
In this scene from WEEDIQUETTE, Krishna meets with former illicity cannabis farmer Juan Bastilla to learn about the violence that occurred in Colombia when FARC and the government were against one another.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
It was only three months ago that Uruguay gave the green light for pharmacies to sell recreational marijuana, but now it looks like the country’s budding hemp crop is going to expand as well.
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.
On Oct. 19, 2017, the Congress of Peru voted overwhelmingly to approve a law that legalizes the import, production and sale of medical cannabis oil in the country.
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.
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.
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.
Several British lawmakers lent their support to a cannabis tea party on the lawns outside parliament on Tuesday, protesting against legislation that criminalizes use of the drug for medical purposes.
Bank of Montreal and Toronto-Dominion Bank are emerging as the banks of choice for Canada’s burgeoning marijuana industry, even as some lenders shun the sector.
When the province of Alberta announced that it was surveying the public on Alberta cannabis regulations, it didn’t know that more than 45,000 residents would submit their opinions on the matter.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Following a serious public outcry in Peru, the South American country just announced that it is drafting legislation to set up a wide-reaching medical cannabis program.
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 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.
A Quebec company has received the first kosher certification granted to medical marijuana products in Canada.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Canadian cannabis producer Tilray says it will invest 20 million euros in a medical cannabis operation in Portugal after winning federal licences there.
While Prince Edward Island legalization will happen in conjunction with Canada in July 2018, the province is taking a proactive measure in the development of its jurisdiction-specific regulations.
Two banking pioneers during Russia’s chaotic lurch toward capitalism a quarter century ago think they’ve finally found another emerging market that can give them the same buzz.
As countries across the world look to decriminalise cannabis, Jim Connolly asks whether it’s time to change the law on cannabis in the UK.
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.
The legal sale of marijuana in Uruguayan pharmacies is facing challenges as banks refuse to deal with companies linked to the drug in order to follow international financial laws.
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.