International Marijuana Business News

Tilray to begin exporting MMJ from Canada to Chile

One of Canada’s 38 licensed medical cannabis producers said it will begin exporting MMJ products to Chile starting this month. Tilray, a subsidiary of Seattle-based Privateer Holdings, is teaming up with Alef Biotechnology SpA on the export deal, according to a news release. Based in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Tilray estimates the potential MMJ patient base in […]

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Israeli government to finance 13 cannabis research projects

Israel’s Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry plans to spend 8 million shekels ($2.1 million) on research into cannabis cultivation, biochemistry and medicine. The government is hopeful the research will lead to cannabis-based therapeutic products, the Times of Israel reported. To start, the ministry is financing 13 projects, including seven in the fields of biochemistry and medicine. […]

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Germany to greatly expand its medical cannabis program

The German parliament voted unanimously on Thursday to create a much broader medical marijuana program than the one that exists today, but the market will remain tightly controlled with limited opportunities for cannabis entrepreneurs. The new law will allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients with “serious illnesses” such as multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, appetite loss […]

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Guam medical marijuana sales could begin this summer

Regulators in Guam have received at least 40 applications for medical cannabis business licenses since the application process opened Wednesday (Tuesday in U.S.). An official predicted MMJ sales could start as soon as summer for certain medical qualifying conditions, the Pacific Daily News reported. Though most of the license applications have been for commercial cultivation, permits […]

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Brazil allows sale of cannabis-based MS drug

Brazil’s health care regulator, ANVISA, handed out the nation’s first license for the sale of a cannabis-based drug – one designed for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. According to Reuters, U.K.-based GW Pharmaceuticals PLC developed the marijuana-based oral spray, which is known internationally as Sativex. It will be marketed in Brazil as Mevatyl. ANVISA announced […]

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Guam to begin accepting MMJ business applications this week

Guam is about to get its medical cannabis industry off the ground. Entrepreneurs hoping to enter the U.S. territory’s MMJ market can begin applying for licenses Jan. 18, the Pacific Daily News reported. Guam voters passed a measure to legalize medical marijuana in November 2014, and it finally lapsed into effect Dec. 17, 2016, without […]

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Puerto Rico medical marijuana dispensaries open

Medical marijuana dispensaries are open for the first time in Puerto Rico and poised to serve tourists visiting the island. The U.S. territory adopted regulations to allow for the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of medical cannabis two years ago. And so far at least two dispensaries have opened their doors, according to the Associated Press. […]

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Thailand approves hemp cultivation

The cabinet of Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly has approved a proposal to permit hemp cultivation in six provinces in the country’s northern region as part of a project to explore the use of plants for medical purposes. Officials with the Office of the Narcotics Control Board announced Tuesday said the proposal will be implemented in 2017 […]

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Guam governor pushes to legalize recreational marijuana

The governor of Guam wants to legalize recreational marijuana and plans to work with lawmakers to draft legislation that would be introduced early in 2017, a move that would make the western Pacific island the first U.S. territory with an adult-use program. Voters on Guam passed medical marijuana in 2014. But the program has not […]

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Mexican Senate passes medical cannabis bill

The Mexican Senate overwhelmingly passed a medical marijuana bill, but to become law the measure must still win approval from the country’s lower house. The bill, which was passed 98-7 on Tuesday, would allow the use of products containing THC and would also permit marijuana to be produced for scientific and medical purposes, Reuters reported. The […]

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Ireland may legalize medical marijuana

Yet another country is now seriously considering legalizing cannabis for medical purposes: Ireland. The small island nation’s parliament now has a bill before it to legalize MMJ, and the minority government announced that it would not stand in the way of the measure, Reuters reported Thursday. The nation’s health minister “accepted the central objectives of […]

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