Asia & Oceania Cannabis Industry & Marijuana Business News

Marijuana industry goes to court to force Israeli government to permit MMJ exports

The marijuana industry is fighting a high-stakes court battle to force the Israeli government to approve medical cannabis exports sooner rather than later. The decision by industry advocates to go to court comes as Israeli lawmakers prepare to debate the country’s medical cannabis export policy on Monday. The outcome is huge for dozens of international […]

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Thailand considering steps to become ‘medical marijuana hub’

A proposed revision to Thailand’s notoriously strict narcotics law would ultimately permit the cultivation and use of medical cannabis across the Asian country. The draft text – completed in late 2017 and currently under review by the Office of the Council of State – would have to be sent to the nation’s Cabinet for approval. […]

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Marijuana analyzer company raises $2.25 million

An Israeli company that has been working on a commercial-scale cannabis analyzer has completed a $2.25 million Series A-1 round of funding. GemmaCert, based in Tel Aviv, will launch its cannabis potency analyzer by the same name this week in San Diego at the Emerald Conference, a gathering focused on science and cannabis. The GemmaCert […]

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Israel hits pause on medical marijuana exports; Cronos exec not concerned 

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suspended reforms on plans to allow cannabis growers to export their product due to concerns that MMJ could find its way to the black market. One Canadian company that expanded to Israel last year, Stayner, Ontario-based Cronos Group, said the regulatory delay doesn’t change its strategy, and the licensed producer still aims […]

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South Korean lawmaker introduces bill to legalize medical cannabis

A lawmaker with South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party is attempting something that would have been unthinkable even one year ago in the socially conservative country — legalizing and regulating medical cannabis. Rep. Shin Chang-hyun introduced a bill to revise the Act on the Control of Narcotics to permit the use of medical marijuana. Shin is […]

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India’s marijuana industry ‘just getting started,’ says executive

India’s leading purveyor of traditional medicine is trying to pry open the country’s medical and industrial cannabis markets and, in doing so, create the largest medical marijuana market in the world. Hundreds of scientists employed by Patanjali Ayurved Limited are researching the benefits of various indigenous Indian plants, including cannabis, for use in medicines and other […]

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‘Launchpad to Asia’: Cronos pulls veil off Australian joint venture

Cronos Group unveiled its Australian joint venture and the first phase of a 10-million-Australian-dollar ($8 million) production facility, the latest move by a Canadian company to carve out opportunities to meet demand Down Under and position itself to capitalize on future possibilities in Asia. It’s the first Canadian company to help build a medical cannabis company in Australia […]

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New Zealand lawmakers advance one medical marijuana bill, reject another

New Zealand’s Parliament advanced a bill that would lay the groundwork for a regulated medical cannabis industry but rejected a separate bill that would have established a more full-fledged market and allowed home cultivation. If the government’s bill wins final approval – or Royal Assent – from the country’s Governor-General, it would ultimately create a domestic […]

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Singapore looks to develop national strains of synthetic medical cannabis

Singapore is investing millions of dollars in a medical cannabis research program that will explore treatments for a range of diseases, including those related to metabolism, reproduction and the age-related diseases Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It’s part of a 25 million Singapore dollar ($19 million) research initiative called the Synthetic Biology Research and Development Program that […]

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Australia plans to allow medical cannabis exports

The Australian government plans to allow exports of medical marijuana in an attempt to grab a piece of growing demand for MMJ worldwide. Regulations currently banning exports of medicinal cannabis products will be removed when Parliament resumes in February, according to ABC News. The broadcaster reported that the changes will cover marijuana-based oils, patches, sprays, lozenges […]

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Israeli medical cannabis company partners with DC cultivator

A medical marijuana company in Israel that already has a business presence in the United States is expanding that footprint by partnering with a Washington DC-based MMJ grower. Tikun Olam, an Israeli MMJ firm that specializes in genetics, said in a news release that it’s going into business with Alternative Solutions, one of the few […]

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