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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.

COVID-19 might force distribution delay for Germany’s first cannabis harvest

The first domestic harvest of medical cannabis in Germany, slated for October, could be delayed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, regulators warned. The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) wrote in updated documentation that “it cannot be ruled out that the first delivery will be delayed” because of COVID-19. The agency previously […]

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Uruguay exports largest-ever shipment of high-THC flower, but buyer remains a mystery

A shipment of medical cannabis exported from Uruguay in late 2019 to Europe is raising eyebrows, both about the buyer’s identity and the cargo’s sheer size. The 1,000-kilogram (2,205-pound) shipment of high-THC cannabis flower was legally exported from Uruguay to Portugal late last year, according to Uruguayan customs documents viewed by Marijuana Business Daily.  By comparison, […]

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England’s medical cannabis market shows little growth as of early 2020

England’s medical cannabis market has barely gotten off the ground since launching about 19 months ago, with a two-tier system in which few patients access products through legal channels while most resort to illicit suppliers. Looking ahead, however, some industry insiders are hopeful that recently implemented import rules could boost the number of legal medical cannabis prescriptions […]

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MJBizDaily offers calculator to tally German medical cannabis prices

To help industry executives better visualize the new retail prices for insurance-covered medical cannabis in Germany, Marijuana Business Daily has developed a free calculator. The calculator’s debut comes after German pharmacists and insurers agreed on a new cannabis reimbursement scheme that now computes prices based on the product type and size of the prescription. In the case […]

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Many Europeans stockpiled illicit cannabis as COVID-19 set in, report suggests

Regular cannabis users in Europe might have stocked up on illegal products as the COVID-19 pandemic started to sweep over the continent earlier this year, according to a new analysis of darknet transactions. “This is observed to some extent in the data, where an increase in online trade via darknet markets, driven largely by cannabis products, […]

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Quality requirements a challenge for companies seeking to register medical cannabis products in Brazil

Brazil had no pending applications to register medical marijuana products as of the end of April, an indication that companies might be struggling to meet new pharmaceutical-level requirements introduced last December. “So far, only one application for Sanitary Authorization has been received, and it was already published (approved) on April 22, 2020,” a spokesperson for National […]

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Industry insiders examine developments, challenges in German cannabis market

Marijuana Business Daily has produced a new webinar examining Germany’s medical cannabis market, the largest in Europe. In this free webinar, MJBizDaily international analyst Alfredo Pascual and three industry executives discuss the current supply situation in Germany as well as the upcoming domestic harvest, the nation’s first. Other topics include quality compliance requirements and the challenges posed by […]

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German imports of medical cannabis show little growth in early 2020

Germany imported 1,032 kilograms (2,275 pounds) of medical cannabis flower for pharmacy dispensing through March 6, an amount that indicates little if any growth versus the average cannabis imported in 2019 over an equivalent amount of time. In 2019, a total of 6,500 kilograms was imported for pharmacy dispensing, which translates into an average of […]

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Lebanon legalizes medical cannabis production

The Lebanese parliament has approved a law that allows the cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes, according to media reports. Lebanon joins other countries that have legalized medical cannabis in recent years with the aim of attracting foreign investment and boosting the economy. However, cross-border shipments of medical cannabis remain modest. The Lebanon vote – […]

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Brazil approves first medical cannabis product under 2019 regulations

Brazil’s health authorities authorized the first medical cannabis product registered under rules created in December 2019, marking an important milestone for the industry in Latin America’s largest economy. The THC-free CBD product, registered to Brazilian pharmaceutical giant Prati-Donaduzzi, obtained “sanitary authorization” this week, according to a notice in the country’s official Gazette. The company declined interview requests […]

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Deal between Clever Leaves, Canopy could be template for other cannabis firms

The Latin American subsidiary of Ontario-based Canopy Growth inked a supply deal with Clever Leaves in Colombia, mere days after the Canadian cannabis company announced a major pullback of its international cultivation strategy. Canopy’s deal with Clever Leaves, an international medical cannabis company with its main operations in Colombia, could provide a template for other marijuana  firms looking to […]

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