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In major shift, UN drug chief questions whether control treaties involving cannabis are out of date

The president of the narcotics enforcement agency of the United Nations is questioning whether the agency’s decades-old drug conventions are outdated given global policy developments in recent years involving drugs such as cannabis. During a presentation Thursday for the International Narcotics Control Board’s (INCB) 2019 annual report, President Cornelis P. de Joncheere discussed the developments taking place with regard […]

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Paraguay issues first 12 medical cannabis production licenses

Paraguay granted the first 12 licenses allowing companies to become vertically integrated producers of medical cannabis, paving the way for the South American country to become a low-cost producer of the drug. The selected companies are now able to import seed, cultivate, manufacture and distribute medical cannabis both domestically and for export. Paraguay took a […]

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Luxembourg’s government reportedly weighs plan to legalize recreational marijuana

Luxembourg’s federal government is reported to be weighing plans to legalize recreational cannabis through a tightly controlled market that would offer entrepreneurs a limited number of production and retail licenses. Luxembourg’s Radio 100.7 had access to a “first concept” of what would serve as the basis for the upcoming recreational cannabis framework in the small […]

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Majority of German parliament favors recreational cannabis reform, but change neither sure nor imminent

One of the German government coalition parties clarified its stance on recreational marijuana last week in favor of decriminalizing possession and allowing pilot programs involving the legal distribution of adult-use cannabis. With the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)’s new position, a majority of the members of the German parliament represent a political party in […]

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Approvals soar for outdoor cannabis cultivation in Canada, with 100-plus applicants in line

As a growing number of Canadian cannabis cultivators retreat from costly greenhouse expansions, more applicants than ever are readying lower-cost outdoor projects. The number of authorizations to cultivate marijuana outdoors doubled to 33 so far this year from last summer’s 17, according to new figures from Health Canada. Ten of those are microcultivators, meaning they’re […]

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Former UN drug policy chief joins Thai cannabis company as president

A former head of the United Nations body responsible for international drug treaty compliance has been hired as president of Thailand’s leading medical cannabis company, lending a significant voice to the global credibility of the industry, especially in Asia, according to experts. Viroj Sumyai will take the reins of Thai Cannabis Corp., effective immediately. “Over […]

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German insurer paints picture of nation’s growing medical cannabis industry

Applications for reimbursement of medical cannabis expenses by Germany’s second-largest health insurer doubled from 2017 to 2019, signaling robust growth in the use of the drug. Flower remained one of the most prescribed cannabis products, according to data provided in a new release by German insurer Barmer. Assuming trends witnessed by Barmer are representative of the overall […]

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How coronavirus in China could disrupt the cannabis vape hardware supply chain

The coronavirus outbreak in China – which has killed hundreds, sickened thousands and led to travel restrictions – is expected to impact marijuana vaporizer companies that depend on Chinese suppliers by interfering with the flow of hardware and other products. Trade tensions between the United States and China previously caused disruptions in the supply chain. […]

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Switzerland’s recreational cannabis pilot program will allow only organic products

Switzerland’s lower house health commission cleared the way for a limited pilot program to allow the legal production and distribution of recreational marijuana. The move is not intended to be a first step toward full legalization. The general recreational cannabis prohibition will continue. The results of the experiment will be used for future evidence-based cannabis policy, although […]

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