International Marijuana Business News

German court confirms CBD without ‘novel’ designation can’t be sold as food

(This is an abridged version of a story that appears at Hemp Industry Daily.) The Gießen Administrative Court (VG Gießen) ruled that local authorities in Germany were right to not permit sales of CBD products that don’t have a “novel food” authorization. The court’s ruling confirmed an earlier decision by another German court. The European […]

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Canadian provinces erect barriers for regulated cannabis vape market

Another Canadian province established hurdles for the legal sale of marijuana vape products weeks ahead of their rollout across the country. Newfoundland and Labrador joined Quebec this week in banning the products, while British Columbia earlier said it’s raising its sales tax on legal oil and dried flower vapes to 20%. All three provinces cited severe […]

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Canadian cannabis publisher Civilized sheds jobs amid New Frontier purchase

New Brunswick, Canada, marijuana publishing company Civilized Worldwide is “temporarily” laying off its entire workforce ahead of a pending sale to Washington DC-based New Frontier Data. New Frontier, a data and analytics company, said in a news release it has completed its diligence and will move forward with its acquisition of Civilized. The companies did […]

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Brazil’s new medical cannabis rules reject domestic cultivation, potentially setting up large import market

Brazilian health authorities rejected domestic cultivation of medical marijuana but agreed to permit the distribution of medicinal cannabis products that have not completed clinical trials, potentially setting up one of the largest import markets in the world. The new rules, adopted Tuesday, allow bulk imports and sales in pharmacies for the first time. Tuesday’s decision – involving […]

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Barbados medical cannabis law clears final hurdle in Parliament

A law forming the legal foundation for a medical cannabis industry in Barbados has overcome the last important parliamentary hurdle after being approved by the Eastern Caribbean country’s Senate. The law, which covers activities related to cultivation, processing, dispensing and export, empowers the Medicinal Cannabis Licensing Authority to develop policies and guidelines for a newly […]

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Aphria Diamond cost creeps higher as first marijuana sales pushed to March

Federally regulated cannabis producer Aphria expects the first harvest from its Diamond facility in Leamington, Ontario, to be sold to provincial wholesalers in March, capping off a year-plus delay from when shipments were initially expected to start. Aphria expected Diamond to be completed in time for its first sale in January 2019 – a goal long-since abandoned – […]

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Aurora Cannabis products unavailable in Germany until further notice

Aurora Cannabis’ medical marijuana products are temporarily unavailable in Germany pending a review by health authorities of “a proprietary step” in the Alberta company’s production process, a spokesperson confirmed to Marijuana Business Daily. MJBizDaily corroborated the products’ unavailability with several German pharmacies “until further notice.” According to the pharmacies, the reason is related to a […]

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Ontario Cannabis Store deletes Black Friday tweet ‘in consultation’ with federal regulator

The Ontario Cannabis Store backtracked on a Black Friday promotion after “consulting” with Health Canada, highlighting the limitations facing adult-use marijuana retailers – even ones owned by the government – in getting their message out. In a Tweet earlier this week, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) said “something big” was coming to OCS.ca, its monopoly […]

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British Columbia chamber lobbies province over craft cannabis cultivation

The Chamber of Commerce in British Columbia wants the province to adopt policies encouraging craft cannabis businesses to join the regulated market, including allowing proprietors to keep their doors open during the transition into the legal fold. The proposals were among a number of policies the chamber asked Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth to consider during […]

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What businesses need to know about exporting irradiated medical cannabis to Germany

By now, everyone knows that to export medical cannabis to Germany, which is by far the largest importer of medical cannabis flower in the world, achieving European Union Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is a prerequisite. But beyond getting that certification, certain quality requirements could have huge implications if they are not considered and integrated into a business’ […]

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