International Marijuana Business News

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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Tilray raises CA$60M to sharply boost global cannabis production

Tilray said it raised 60 million Canadian dollars ($47 million) in financing that will allow the licensed producer to ramp up marijuana production capacity nearly fivefold this year to meet demand in Europe and Canada’s rapidly expanding medical cannabis markets. The additional money puts Tilray in a position to increase annual capacity in Canada and Portugal […]

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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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Cannabis Wheaton acquires Uruguayan hemp CBD producer for $15 million

Canada’s global cannabis-buying spree is moving to Uruguay. Vancouver, British Columbia-based Cannabis Wheaton announced Tuesday that it plans to spend up to $15 million to acquire 80% of Inverell shares. Based in Uruguaya’s capital, Montevideo, Inverell produces high-CBD hemp and low-THC marijuana. While Canadian marijuana companies have expanded their international reach by purchasing businesses in […]

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20 people to watch in 2018

The cannabis industry is poised for huge growth in 2018 thanks in part to the expected launch of several massive new marijuana markets such as California and Canada, which will generate billions of dollars in sales and create tens of thousands of business opportunities.

The changing business climate will lead to new challenges, struggles and, potentially, failures for companies and the individuals behind them.

As we hurtle into 2018, the editorial staff at Marijuana Business Magazine – which is published by Marijuana Business Daily – singled out 20 executives in the cannabis space who bear watching in the year ahead.

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Two Canadian cannabis producers each raise CA$70 million

Canada’s licensed marijuana producers continue to raise capital at a record clip to fund overseas expansion plans and boost domestic production capacity ahead of legalization this summer. It took only 10 days for the country’s cannabis industry to reach nearly 1 billion Canadian dollars ($810 million) in funding this year, much faster than the seven […]

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Canadian producers no longer must store cannabis in bank-like vaults

Health Canada has introduced new security measures that could save early stage cultivation applicants hundreds of thousands of dollars and improve operational efficiencies for current producers, according to analysts. Effective immediately, marijuana producers will no longer be required to store their inventory in bank-like vaults, which can cost up to 500,000 Canadian dollars ($405,000). Instead, […]

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