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Alfredo Pascual

Based in Germany, Alfredo specializes in international cannabis markets and regulations, drawing upon his extensive academic background in business and public policy. He founded Transnational Cannabis, a consultancy firm that focused on cannabis regulatory frameworks in Europe and Latin America. Previously, he did business development for ICC Labs with a primary focus on developing expansion opportunities internationally.

Individual imports of cannabis continue to grow in Brazil

The cumulative number of authorizations for individual patients in Brazil to import nonregistered medical cannabis products reached 18,650 at the end of March, according to data shared with Marijuana Business Daily by the country’s health regulator. National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) approvals to import the products have been growing rapidly in the past year, and […]

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EU-grown cannabis flower variety now available to German pharmacies

Berlin-based CanPharma is believed to be the first company to offer in Germany “a German brand of medical cannabis flower sourced from a non-Canadian (owned) production facility,” the firm’s chief financial officer told Marijuana Business Daily. According to CFO David Attwood, the flower is produced in Europe in an EU-Good Manufacturing Practice-certified facility. He declined […]

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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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Netherlands receives 149 applications for recreational cannabis grow trial

The Dutch government received 149 applications to grow adult-use marijuana to be sold to coffee shops in the 10 municipalities that are part of an upcoming experiment. The applications now will be evaluated by the government, which recently communicated that “a maximum of 10 growers” are expected to be selected “in early 2021.” Applications were […]

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German imports of cannabis flower up in first half of 2020 versus 2019

Germany imported 4,126 kilograms (9,096 pounds) of medical cannabis flower for pharmacy dispensing during the first half of 2020, an increase of more than 60% compared to the same period last year, new government data shows. A small part of the imported flower could’ve been re-exported to other European countries, including the Czech Republic, Italy, […]

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Marijuana firm Clever Leaves inks definitive deal to list on Nasdaq

Clever Leaves International, a multinational cannabis company with its main operations in Colombia, announced it reached a definitive agreement to combine with a special purpose acquisition company in order to create a new business that is expected to trade on the Nasdaq stock exchange. The new company, Clever Leaves Holdings, is expected to trade on […]

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Three years in, Uruguay’s recreational cannabis market ‘tangible’ success

Three years after Uruguay became the first country in the world to start sales of legal, commercially produced adult-use cannabis, the former head of the country’s national drug agency has deemed the move a “tangible” success. Diego Olivera, until recently the head of the Uruguayan national drug agency, wrote a column for digital news site […]

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Danish medicinal cannabis program continues to struggle in early 2020

Denmark reported small growth in the number of patients accessing its medicinal cannabis pilot program early this year, but the overall market remains very small, according to data recently disclosed by the country’s official e-health portal. In the first quarter of 2020, the number of unique patients receiving a prescription for products included in the […]

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Aurora Cannabis committed to German cultivation despite fresh European cuts

Alberta, Canada-based Aurora Cannabis is downsizing its workforce in Europe, but the company says it remains committed to producing medical marijuana in both Denmark and Germany, Marijuana Business Daily has confirmed. The struggling Canadian producer is consolidating “select” corporate offices and pledges to fulfill current European sales agreements from its “existing Aurora Europe offices in Berlin,” Yvonne […]

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Netherlands clarifies application process to grow adult-use cannabis

The Dutch government wants to clear up several issues regarding the application process to grow legal recreational marijuana. The process is part of an experiment in the Netherlands to legalize for the first time – though it’s limited in scope and time – the production of marijuana destined to be sold in coffee shops. (Basic information […]

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Cannabis extract manufacturers face new guidelines in German document

A new monograph from German health regulators that defines cannabis extracts (Cannabis extractum normatum) might require companies currently selling or planning to peddle these products in Germany to adapt their formulations. The new entry in the latest version of the German pharmacopoeia (Deutsches Arzneibuch, DAB) went into effect June 1. Before this document, full-spectrum cannabis […]

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