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Switzerland moves toward broader medical cannabis access

The Swiss National Council – the country’s lower house – this week approved a Federal Council proposal to amend the narcotics law and make it easier for patients to access medical cannabis. The amendment still needs the approval of the other legislative house, the Council of States. It is uncertain when the upper house will […]

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Italy backtracks on medical CBD decree

The Italian Ministry of Health declined to take action under a decree that would have added certain CBD preparations into the table of medicines in its narcotics law, according to a recent notice in the country’s Official Gazette. On Oct. 1, the decree was approved to pave the way for the authorization of sales of […]

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Week in Review: Vermont OKs adult-use marijuana, Maine sales begin, WHO plan questioned & more

Vermont became the 11th state in the U.S. to fully legalize marijuana for adult use when Republican Gov. Phil Scott let a bill to allow recreational sales become law without his signature. MJBizDaily takeaway: Setting aside the governor’s half-hearted support, the cannabis industry can be content that Scott didn’t veto the bill the way former […]

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WHO cannabis recommendations still face uphill battle for adoption

The World Health Organization’s cannabis scheduling recommendations appeared to have limited support at a United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) “intersessional” meeting on Thursday in Vienna. That means the proposals still face an uphill battle ahead of December’s expected vote. As a result, cannabis businesses counting on the adoption of all the WHO recommendations […]

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Some WHO cannabis recommendations draw strong opposition at recent UN meeting

Two of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cannabis scheduling recommendations might face an uphill battle getting adopted later this year by the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). That revelation stems from an analysis of statements made by U.N.-member states at a recent two-day CND meeting. Still, many in the cannabis industry are hoping […]

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Not all WHO cannabis recommendations would loosen international control, UN drug agency says

An analysis by a United Nations monitoring body concludes that most of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cannabis scheduling recommendations would either have little impact on international drug controls or actually tighten requirements. The analysis, conducted by Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), was provided to member states shortly before the start of the first […]

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United Nations body to meet again this month to discuss WHO cannabis recommendations

A meeting is scheduled for next week to discuss certain World Health Organization recommendations on cannabis and cannabis-related substances. The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) Secretariat earlier this month informed all permanent missions in Vienna about the meeting. During the gathering UN member countries are expected to discuss the implications of recommendations regarding […]

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Week in Review: UN to vote on WHO cannabis plan, MA adult-use sales resume, California localities welcome marijuana & more

A document prepared by the chair of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) lays out a course to keep on track for December’s key vote on the World Health Organization’s cannabis scheduling recommendations. MJBizDaily takeaway: This is a welcome development for industry stakeholders worried about a delay arising from the coronavirus crisis. The vote […]

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UN body preparing for December vote on WHO cannabis recommendations despite coronavirus

A document prepared by the chair of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has laid out a course to keep on track for December’s key vote on the World Health Organization’s cannabis scheduling recommendations. This is positive news for industry stakeholders concerned about a possible delay stemming from the coronavirus crisis. While the […]

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Week in Review: UN delays cannabis vote, marijuana events keep eye on coronavirus, another MJ business founder steps down

This week’s United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) meeting in Vienna indicated the division among nations over the World Health Organization’s cannabis scheduling recommendations. The CND pushed back a vote to December and declined to immediately take up voting on recommendations that would have far-reaching implications for the global cannabis industry. MJBizDaily takeaway: The […]

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