Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News in Other Regions

Poll: Utah voters overwhelmingly support medical cannabis

Over 75% of Utah voters support a proposed initiative that could appear on the 2018 statewide ballot to legalize medical marijuana, meaning the state could be one of the next to embrace MMJ. According to a poll by Dan Jones & Associates, 45% of respondents strongly support the initiative, while another 33% somewhat support it, […]

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Jamaica receives slew of medical marijuana business applications

Jamaica has received 236 business license applications since opening the permit process last year. Of the 236 applications, two licenses have been granted but not issued because the winners have yet to pay their fees, according to Hyacinth Lightbourne, chair of Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA). Another 44 applications have gotten conditional approval, according to the […]

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

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.

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Uruguay kicks off recreational marijuana sales

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 Uruguay the first […]

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Marijuana Business Daily expands into Canada

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 […]

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Uruguay to begin recreational cannabis sales July 19

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 […]

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Puerto Rico enacts new medical cannabis law

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has signed into law an updated medical marijuana statute after deciding a previous MMJ legalization measure wasn’t thorough enough. Roughly 20 medical marijuana dispensaries are already operating on the island, according to a count on Weedmaps. The dispensaries began opening for business in January after the island’s health department promulgated industry rules a year […]

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Greece legalizes marijuana for medical purposes

The Greek government has agreed to make cannabis available for medicinal purposes, joining a growing number of European countries that have legalized medical marijuana. “From now on, the country is turning its page, as Greece is now included in countries where the delivery of medical cannabis to patients in need is legal,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras […]

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Mexican president signs medical marijuana legalization decree

Mexican President Pena Nieto made it official this week: His nation is the latest to legalize cannabis for medical purposes. Many of the details of the country’s MMJ program are still unclear, and it seems that only low-THC marijuana will be permitted, which could mean the black market and Mexican cartels would still profit from […]

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Australian medical cannabis firm targets Balkans

A medical cannabis company in Perth, Australia, has signed a distribution agreement with a Slovenian company to expand the MMJ market in Europe. Under the deal, Australia-based MGC Pharmaceuticals will grow and process cannabis at its cultivation and extraction sites in Europe and then wholesale the products to Mikro+Polo, according to the Business News of […]

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

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.

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South Carolina legalizes hemp cultivation and sales

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 of land, according to the newspaper. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture will manage the program.

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