Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News in Other Regions

Week in Review: Canadian premiers mull recreational marijuana delay, Uruguay begins adult-use sales & Hawaii’s MMJ still on hold

Matt Lamers  | July 21, 2017

By Matt Lamers, John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

Canada’s provinces consider delaying the launch of the nation’s recreational marijuana industry, adult-use cannabis goes on sale in Uruguay, and Hawaii’s health department stalls the country’s medical MJ market.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Uruguay kicks off recreational marijuana sales

John Schroyer  | July 19, 2017

Marijuana aficionados lined up at pharmacies across Uruguay on Wednesday to be among the first in the South American nation to legally buy cannabis as a law regulating its sale took full effect.

Customers showed off blue-and-white envelopes containing the substance, which is now available as part a 2013 measure that made …

Marijuana Business Daily expands into Canada

Chris Walsh  | July 17, 2017

Marijuana Business Daily has expanded into Canada by hiring a full-time reporter to write in-depth stories and analysis about the country’s fast-growing cannabis industry.

Matt Lamers, who has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers and magazines in several countries, will focus on writing for Canadian marijuana business executives, investors and entrepreneurs looking to …

Uruguay to begin recreational cannabis sales July 19

Kevin Huhn  | July 14, 2017

Legal sales of adult-use marijuana in Uruguay will begin next week at a limited number of pharmacies, and more than 5,000 people have registered as customers.

Recreational marijuana will be available starting July 19 in 5-gram amounts at 16 pharmacies nationwide, the South American country’s Cannabis Regulation and Control Institute said in a statement.

The cannabis …

Chart: Florida could someday be home to massive medical marijuana businesses

Eli McVey  | June 19, 2017

By Eli McVey

Primed to become one of the nation’s most lucrative medical marijuana markets once it’s up and running, Florida’s program will license just a handful of businesses to produce, process and distribute all MMJ sold in the state.

It’s a situation that may give rise to some of the nation’s largest marijuana firms.

South Carolina legalizes hemp cultivation and sales

Omar Sacirbey  | May 22, 2017

South Carolina became the latest state to legalize industrial hemp cultivation and sales after the governor signed legislation establishing a pilot program.

The bill, signed into law last week, creates a program that will award 20 licenses permitting growers to grow, harvest and sell hemp, The State reported. Each grower may cultivate hemp on up to 20 acres …

Australian companies ramping up for medical marijuana market

John Schroyer  | May 17, 2017

Australian businesses looking to enter the nation’s nascent medical cannabis market are doing plenty of prep work, including raising millions and signing partnership deals.

Within recent days, Perth-based AusCann was at the center of two such related developments. The publicly traded company on Wednesday revealed it is attempting to raise 10 …

Chart: Washington DC’s medical marijuana industry poised for more growth

Eli McVey  | May 15, 2017

By Eli McVey

Washington DC’s medical cannabis market is one of the smallest in the nation, but the program is adding patients at a healthy clip – and new business-friendly regulations as well as increased public outreach could push the numbers much higher.