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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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Newly enforced law might harm Italy’s medical cannabis market, pharmacies warn

Italian regulators have reminded pharmacies they are barred from shipping medical cannabis preparations to customers, a major departure from how patients have accessed the medicine for years in the southern European country. Business and patient groups warn that a government crackdown on such shipments – based on a 30-year-old law – could turn back the […]

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Italy to nearly triple domestic medical cannabis production in 2020

The Italian Ministry of Health plans to almost triple the quantity of medical marijuana to be produced domestically in the coming year. This signals the intention of the government to rely to a lesser degree on imports in 2020 to serve growing domestic demand for medical cannabis. As per the country’s psychotropic substances quota, which covers medical cannabis, the […]

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Italy cancels one of Aurora’s three cannabis supply lots

One of the three lots Canada’s Aurora Cannabis won in July to supply the Italian market has been canceled, Italy’s minister of health explained in a parliamentary inquiry this week, citing noncompliance with European Union Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. In July, Alberta-based Aurora was the sole winner of the contract after all other bidders were disqualified. […]

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Global Cannabis: Italy

Milestones in the Medical Cannabis Program Doctors could first recommend cannabis-derived medicine in 2006, but significant quantities weren’t prescribed until 2014.   Key Laws and Regulations Law: April 8, 1998, n. 94 Ordinance: July 18, 2006 Ministerial Decree: April 18, 2007 Ministerial Decree: Jan. 23, 2013   Market Data No centralized registry of patients exists. […]

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Growing Momentum: Italy

Milestones in the Medical Cannabis Program Doctors could first recommend cannabis-derived medicine in 2006, but significant quantities weren’t prescribed until 2014.   Key Laws and Regulations Law: April 8, 1998, n. 94 Ordinance: July 18, 2006 Ministerial Decree: April 18, 2007 Ministerial Decree: Jan. 23, 2013   Market Data No centralized registry of patients exists. […]

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Italy opens application process to import 400 kilograms of medical cannabis

The Italian government plans to import 400 kilograms of medical cannabis over two years and has opened the bidding process to companies that want to supply Europe’s second-largest market. The Italian Ministry of Defense – through its office of Stabilimento Chimico Farmaceutico Militare (SCFM) – published the details of the application process for the tender. Applications must […]

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Despite Italy’s ‘cannabis light’ court ruling, low-THC business continues as usual

The obituary for Italy’s thriving “cannabis light” industry – stemming from an apparently unfavorable court decision – was highly premature, local industry leaders told Marijuana Business Daily. They noted the ruling surrounding low-THC cannabis was ambiguous and the full version is still unavailable. A “cannabis light” industry has been booming in Italy since 2017, when […]

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Italy looks to expand medical marijuana sales to all pharmacies, increase production

Italy signaled its intention to loosen the military’s grip on the cultivation of medical marijuana, significantly ramp up production and make MMJ “available in all pharmacies” across the country. The move also could increase opportunities for international MMJ companies participating in the nation’s medical cannabis industry. Italian Health Minister Giulia Grillo made the announcement in […]

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Italy addresses ‘systematic’ medical marijuana shortage with help from Canadian companies

Two Canadian-based companies are turning to acquisitions and supply agreements to address a “systematic” shortfall of medical marijuana in Italy that’s estimated to be in the thousands of kilograms. Toronto-based Nuuvera said last week it is acquiring one of only seven companies in Italy with a license to import medical cannabis. Hours later, the German […]

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