Alfredo Pascual

EU resolution’s medical cannabis definition too restrictive, experts say

While the European Parliament’s approval of a resolution to develop a European strategy for medical cannabis was well received by industry stakeholders, the business effects of the move may be less rosy for a rapidly evolving industry. “This is a missed opportunity,” Guillaume Balas, a member of the European Parliament (MEP) from France, wrote on […]

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US cannabis companies have advantage for CBD exports to Brazil

It’s usually assumed that Canadian licensed cannabis producers have an advantage when it comes to international expansion, but the United States may have an edge over Canada in one country: Brazil. The South American country has seen steady growth in patient numbers over the past year, with the majority of CBD products arriving from the […]

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European Parliament calls for uniform definition of medical cannabis

In a move to get more clarity on what medical marijuana is, the European Parliament passed a resolution Wednesday calling on the European Commission and EU countries to provide a legal definition and draw a clear distinction between cannabis-based medicines approved by regulatory bodies, MMJ not supported by clinical trials and other applications of the plant. The patchwork of regulations […]

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Legal recreational marijuana diverts $22 million from Uruguay’s black market

Despite supply challenges that have limited access, Uruguay has diverted roughly $22 million of cannabis sales away from the illicit sector and into the regulated market, according to a recent report by the country’s cannabis regulatory agency. Under the South American country’s policy – implementation has been slow since its 2013 passage – adult residents have three […]

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Colombia’s first-ever export of medical cannabis set to ship to Canada

A Colombian marijuana company has received authorization to export product to Canada for testing, a move meant to show that the cannabis grown in the South American nation is “top quality.” Ecomedics S.A.S., which operates as Clever Leaves and is backed by U.S.-based investment firm Northern Swan, has obtained all the necessary approvals to, for […]

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Though a ‘positive step,’ WHO recommendations on cannabis fall short for some

The World Health Organization (WHO) made great strides in its recommendations on how cannabis should be scheduled, but the global industry believes there’s more work to be done. Martin Jelsma, drugs and democracy program director, at the Netherlands-based Transnational Institute, emphasized to Marijuana Business Daily that there are “very positive elements in the WHO recommendations,” including: Recognition […]

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79 applications received for 13 contracts to cultivate medical cannabis in Germany

German officials report high interest in domestic cultivation, with 79 applications submitted for the 13 contracts to be granted. The first application process to select cultivators, which drew 118 applicants despite more stringent minimum requirements, had to be restarted due to legal challenges. The German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) must now review the applications and […]

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Steady growth in medical marijuana demand taxes Brazil’s import structure

The medical cannabis structure that requires patients in Brazil to get individual authorizations to import their MMJ products is “insufficient” to meet growing demand in the country, according to a former sanitary surveillance agency director. The continuous increase of individual authorizations to import medical cannabis could force Agencia Nacional de Vigilancia Sanitaria (ANVISA) to make […]

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Growth slows for German medical cannabis market in third quarter

Demand for medical marijuana in Germany continued to increase in the third quarter, albeit at a slower pace than the previous quarter. Total cannabis sales covered by statutory health insurance surpassed 50 million euros ($56.8 million) in the first nine months of 2018, with all categories of allowed medical cannabis posting gains between the second […]

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Bitter end for booming year in Austria as officials ban CBD food, cosmetics

Austria’s Minister of Health ordered businesses to immediately stop selling CBD food and cosmetics because the products fall under the European Union’s definition of “novel food.” Cannabidiol is explicitly included in the EU’s novel food catalog, which means individual member countries may limit the marketing and sale of it without specific authorization. Business association Cannabis Austria CEO Stefan […]

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French scientific committee recommends expanding medical marijuana program

A temporary scientific committee launched by the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) has recommended that medical marijuana be authorized – five years after the country passed legislation to allow cannabis-based medicines. The initial rules allowed only for specific MJ medicines with licenses, also known as marketing authorization. The new […]

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