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Israel unveils six-month transitional guidelines for medical cannabis exports

Israel’s Medical Cannabis Agency has unveiled transitional guidelines that would approve medical cannabis exports on a case-by-case basis provided local supplies are sufficient to meet patient demand, giving licensed companies a new market to sell their product. The new guidelines, which will be in place for at least six months, were laid out by the […]

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Cannabis sector mounts furious lobbying drive in Ontario; Hillier seeks clarity

Punished by disappointing sales due to a lack of retail stores, the cannabis industry has been mounting a fierce lobbying drive in Ontario to reach the decisionmakers driving the province’s marijuana policies, according to records from the Office of the Integrity Commissioner. Over the past month, lobbyists have beat a path to Ontario’s legislature to discuss […]

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Report: Ontario to allow private sector wholesale of cannabis

Ontario’s government plans to loosen its grip on adult-use cannabis distribution and allow private-sector participation. Currently, recreational marijuana wholesaling in the province is under the sole domain of the government-owned Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS). According to an email obtained by the Financial Post, “The OCS is moving ahead with expanding its privately-operated third-party centralized distribution […]

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Tips for entering Europe’s medical cannabis market: Q&A with Christian Carlsen of Danish pharma firm NNE

Could medical cannabis be a growth engine for the pharmaceutical industry? A subsidiary of Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk is betting the answer is yes. NNE A/S, a 1,000-person strong pharmaceutical engineering and advisory unit of Novo Nordisk A/S , has been counselling medical cannabis companies on establishing pharmaceutical-grade facilities in Europe and Asia. NNE’s cannabis […]

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Health Canada OK with Hexo’s proactive fix on unlicensed cannabis cultivation

Actions undertaken by Quebec cannabis producer Hexo Corp. to proactively rectify unauthorized cultivation were deemed “acceptable” by Canada’s federal health department. The company disclosed late Friday that unlicensed cultivation took place inside part of a facility the company acquired last spring. Hexo’s 260 million Canadian dollar ($180 million) purchase of Newstrike Brands, owner of Up […]

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