Middle East

Though a ‘positive step,’ WHO recommendations on cannabis fall short for some

The World Health Organization (WHO) made great strides in its recommendations on how cannabis should be scheduled, but the global industry believes there’s more work to be done. Martin Jelsma, drugs and democracy program director, at the Netherlands-based Transnational Institute, emphasized to Marijuana Business Daily that there are “very positive elements in the WHO recommendations,” including: Recognition […]

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Canadian marijuana companies raised landmark CA$12 billion in 2018

Marijuana firms in Canada raised a record 11.96 billion Canadian dollars ($9 billion) last year as they prepared to meet demand in the new adult-use market and grow their medical operations globally. That represents a 150% increase over 2017, when Canadian companies raised CA$4.7 billion, according to data compiled by Viridian Capital Advisors and shared […]

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Chinese delegation will visit Israel to explore medical cannabis opportunities

A Chinese delegation from business and research circles is planning to visit Israel in the coming days to explore opportunities in the medical cannabis sector. Cannabis for medical use remains illegal in China, but if the country’s position changed – even just on CBD, it could open significant business opportunities in the world’s most-populated country. Other […]

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Israeli Parliament ends years of delays, approves medical cannabis exports

After years of delays, the Knesset – Israel’s Parliament – unanimously approved a law to permit exports of medical marijuana late Tuesday. Some analysts believe the move could unlock a market worth up to $4 billion. To assuage concerns from security officials that medical marijuana would leak into the black market, the law empowers police […]

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Medical cannabis export law passes first vote in Israeli Parliament

A long-awaited bill to permit the export of medical cannabis from Israel passed the first of three crucial votes in the country’s Parliament, potentially setting it up for approval in the first half of 2019, according to experts. The bill was passed in the first reading Monday in the Knesset after a government committee approved […]

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Israel advances medical marijuana export law in ‘huge leap for industry’

An Israeli government committee approved the first draft law on the export of medical cannabis, an important step toward the government’s long-delayed plan to foster an MMJ export industry. The draft law was vetted by the Internal Affairs Committee, headed by Yoav Kish, and now moves to the Knesset – Israel’s Legislature – where lawmakers will […]

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Israeli medical cannabis pioneer hit with ‘temporary closure’

The largest supplier of medical marijuana in Israel is not distributing or selling products from its facility in Biriya after the Ministry of Health raised questions over a new drying process – but the company expects the facility to be up and running in a matter of days. Tikun Olam CEO Aharon Lutzky said the […]

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Is Canada’s marijuana legalization a ‘template’ for the world to follow?

Canada took its first steps into a future of legal cannabis Wednesday, but what that means for prohibition in other countries largely remains to be seen. Will other countries follow Canada’s move toward ending prohibition? What impact will ending prohibition there have on global medical cannabis markets? Canadian Senator Tony Dean believes every country will […]

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Former Israeli prime minister joins cannabis company board

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has joined a short, but growing, list of former heads of state getting involved in the international cannabis industry. Barak has joined Herzliya-based licensed medical cannabis company Intercure as chairman of its board of directors. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox sits on the board of directors of Canadian cannabis […]

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‘Global paradigm shift’: International cannabis business opportunities will accelerate

Hours after Constellation Brands announced its marijuana-industry-record investment of 5 billion Canadian  dollars ($3.8 billion) in Canada’s Canopy Growth, experts told cannabis entrepreneurs and investors at MJBizConINT’L in Toronto on Wednesday that global cannabis business opportunities will rapidly accelerate. The move by Constellation – which owns, distributes and markets 100 beer, wine and spirits brands, including Corona and Robert […]

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Lebanon weighs medical cannabis laws as Israel drags feet

While cannabis companies in Israel await export approval, neighboring Lebanon is reportedly considering turning to MMJ to improve its economy. Global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. recommended legalizing medical cannabis to Lebanon’s cabinet earlier this month, among other proposals. The move could add up to $1 billion to the country’s economy, Economy and Trade Minister […]

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