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Germany’s growing medical cannabis extract market attracts competition

Germany’s market for medical cannabis extracts has shown meaningful growth this year, according to the latest reimbursement data available, and the gains have attracted new brands and products. While the number of flower prescriptions covered by statutory health insurance decreased 5% from the first to second quarter of 2020, extracts prescriptions – including both full-spectrum […]

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Germany’s medical cannabis flower market shows signs of cooling

Germany imported 1,759 kilograms (3,878 pounds) of medical cannabis flower for pharmacy dispensing during the third quarter of 2020, new data from the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) shows. This represents a 28% decrease over the previous quarter but is 34% lower than the same quarter last year. However, for the January-September period, […]

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Germany firmly rejects recreational marijuana legalization bill as hope fades for reform

The German federal parliament rejected a bill to legalize a “strictly controlled” adult-use cannabis market, dealing a major setback to recreational marijuana reform efforts in that country. The rejection came despite the fact that a majority of the members of the Bundestag belong to a political party that favors some type of reform. Legalization efforts […]

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Uruguay-grown medical cannabis available in Germany for first time

Medical cannabis flower grown in Uruguay recently became available in the German market for the first time. The news sheds light on the final destination of large exports quietly shipped from Uruguay to Portugal at the end of 2019 and earlier this year, as first reported by Marijuana Business Daily. The shipments’ final destinations were […]

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Insurance-covered medical cannabis falls for the first time in Germany

Insurance reimbursements for cannabis in Germany dropped for the first time – on a quarterly basis – since the current medical program started in early 2017, according to new data for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. The reason: Prices fell while the number of prescriptions barely grew. This is consistent with Marijuana Business Daily’s […]

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New medical cannabis product recall in Germany

Cologne, Germany-based Cannamedical is recalling a batch of cannabis flower after contamination above acceptable levels was detected, Marijuana Business Daily has learned. This is at least the third cannabis recall this summer in Germany. Previously, Tilray recalled some cannabis extracts. “On Tuesday, Cannamedical voluntarily started a recall of one batch of flower of our ‘Sativa’ […]

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Germany’s first medical cannabis harvests likely delayed until 2021

Germany’s first domestic harvests of medical cannabis flower – originally expected to occur by November – could be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a government reply to a parliamentary query. “It cannot be ruled out that the persistent consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in many economic sectors could have a time-delaying effect […]

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Macedonian medical cannabis could soon be available in Germany, Poland

PharmaCann Polska recently became the first company to obtain EU-Good Manufacturing Practice (EU-GMP) certification to produce medical cannabis extracts at its facility in North Macedonia, according to its CEO. That brings the Warsaw-headquartered company – along with its production facilities in North Macedonia – one step closer to being able to offer its medical cannabis […]

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