Alfredo Pascual

Uruguayan government announces new application process for recreational cannabis cultivation

Four years after Uruguay became the first nation in the world to legalize recreational cannabis, officials announced that a call for applications to grow nonmedical marijuana for commercial purposes will go out Feb. 11, 2019. Uruguay currently has two growers, and this round could add up to five additional licensed producers (LP). Supply issues have […]

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WHO postpones recommendation for rescheduling cannabis at UN summit

The World Health Organization (WHO) postponed its much-anticipated recommendations about the international scheduling of cannabis, citing a need for more time to review its findings. The recommendations were expected to be released Dec. 7 at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) 61st reconvened session in Vienna. Recommendations about several other substances were included in the WHO presentation, but […]

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Key UN summit could lead to international rescheduling of cannabis

A crucial milestone for the global industry could be achieved this week, as the World Health Organization (WHO) presents its findings on cannabis to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna. The CND reconvened its 61st session on Dec. 5. The WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) held meetings in June and November dedicated to pre-review and review […]

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Luxembourg releases recreational marijuana proposal for ‘residents only’

Luxembourg’s plan to legalize recreational marijuana may be a milestone for the European Union, but business opportunities will be limited by a provision that would allow sales only to the country’s “adult residents.” The new government “isn’t considering transforming Luxembourg into a cannabis tourism destination,” a source in the Luxembourg Socialist Workers Party – one of the coalition […]

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Brazil looks to home grows to expand medical marijuana access, but is it enough?

Brazil’s Committee of Social Affairs (Comissao de Assuntos Sociais) of the Senate approved a bill this week that would legalize home growing of medical marijuana – a move that highlights the need for better and more affordable access to MMJ products in the South American country. Only patients, patients associations or relatives would be authorized to grow […]

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Incoming Luxembourg government plans to legalize recreational marijuana

Luxembourg’s incoming coalition government agreed to include recreational cannabis legalization as part of the group’s policy goals, as the landlocked nation looks to become the first country in Europe to permit and regulate adult-use marijuana. The three parties that comprise the ruling coalition government – the Democratic Party (DP), Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the […]

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Mexico approves nation’s first 38 over-the-counter cannabis products

For the first time, Mexico authorities approved cannabis-derived products for sale without prescription in the Latin American nation. Thirty-eight cannabis products authorized by the Mexican Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) are expected to be available through retail and online channels within a month. Seven companies – four from Mexico, two from the United […]

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Cannabis applications in Malta await guidelines from government

While the cannabis industry is getting broad support from the government of Malta, the business application process still awaits guidelines from a key government agency. Several companies have obtained letters of intent (LOI) from Malta Enterprise – the first step in applying for permits – but no company has yet been fully licensed to cultivate […]

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