Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News in Other Regions

Week in Review: Sessions’ cannabis remarks, Oxford MMJ research & odd pairing in MA

John Schroyer  | March 17, 2017

By John Schroyer, Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey

Attorney General Jeff Sessions again criticizes marijuana without offering a clear policy plan, Oxford University receives millions to study medical cannabis, and Massachusetts liquor store owners are eyeing the rec MJ market.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Third lawsuit launched in Canada over tainted medical marijuana

Bart Schaneman  | March 16, 2017

A third proposed class-action lawsuit over pesticide-laden medical marijuana in Canada raises additional questions about Health Canada’s claim that people who consumed the tainted cannabis weren’t becoming ill.

According to The Globe and Mail, the Nova Scotia man listed in the new proposed class action allegedly became violently ill after consuming medical marijuana he …

Oxford University receives $12.3M to study medical marijuana

Bart Schaneman  | March 16, 2017

One of the world’s top research universities, Oxford University, has received 10 million pounds ($12.3 million) from a London-based private equity firm to study the medical benefits of marijuana, a move that could lead to more acceptance of MMJ as a medicinal therapy worldwide.

According to a news release, Oxford will use the money to identify state-of-the-art …

South Africa may legalize medical cannabis production

John Schroyer  | February 21, 2017

The legal medical marijuana trade is poised to spread to its fifth world region: Africa.

The South African Medical Control Council plans to soon publish “proposed guidelines on cannabis production for medicinal use,” according to Independent Online.

Parliament member Narend Singh told an IOL property, The Mercury, he received a letter from the …

Jamaica grants conditional OK for three MMJ businesses

Bart Schaneman  | February 16, 2017

Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has given initial approval to three medical marijuana business applicants, two for cultivation and one for processing.

But the actual launch of the island’s medical marijuana industry – ranging from growers to retailers – could still be months off.

A total of 160 applicants competed for the latest batch …

Tilray to export medical cannabis to New Zealand 

Omar Sacirbey  | February 15, 2017

Tilray, a federally licensed cultivation company based in Nainamo, Canada, will begin exporting medical cannabis to New Zealand before the end of February.

It’s the latest overseas deal for Tilray, which is owned by Seattle-based private equity firm Privateer Holdings.

Both the Canadian and New Zealand governments have approved the MMJ exports, Tilray …