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France on verge of launching trial medical cannabis program, opening door for overseas businesses to supply new market

A key government committee in France has set the stage for a two-year medical cannabis trial program that’s expected to kick off later this year, providing an opportunity for overseas companies to export product to the new market during its early stages. If made permanent, the program has the potential to make France one of the […]

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Organigram ‘actively seeking beverage partner’: Q&A with CEO Greg Engel

As Canada’s biggest cannabis producers lose money hand over fist, companies that execute successfully in their home country and overseas are poised to stand out. One such company is Organigram. The New Brunswick-headquartered producer is laying the groundwork to capitalize on the next round of legalization in Canada – the launch of the edibles, extracts […]

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Canada proposes ‘Cannabis Health Products’ category for humans and pets, paving way for large new market

Canada’s federal health regulator is proposing a new category of cannabis that could potentially open up a huge market in which marijuana is used for the therapeutic treatment of humans and animals for minor ailments. Health Canada is asking the public to submit feedback on the new category – called Cannabis Health Products – via […]

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Italy opens application process to import 400 kilograms of medical cannabis

The Italian government plans to import 400 kilograms of medical cannabis over two years and has opened the bidding process to companies that want to supply Europe’s second-largest market. The Italian Ministry of Defense – through its office of Stabilimento Chimico Farmaceutico Militare (SCFM) – published the details of the application process for the tender. Applications must […]

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Breakthrough in Brazil: Regulators eye domestic cannabis cultivation, creation of product registration plan

Brazil could become the latest country to regulate the domestic cultivation of medical cannabis, according to the government body responsible for regulating marijuana – a move that will have major implications for the industry when the rules take effect. At a public meeting last week, the National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) collegiate directors approved two draft […]

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Marijuana Business This Week: Canopy, Acreage shareholders vote, Springfield selects, OK inspects & more

Here are some notable stories and events to watch for in the coming days: DAY OF DECISION: Shareholders of Canopy Growth and Acreage Holdings are scheduled to vote Wednesday on the much-heralded megamerger of the two companies. If consummated, it would become the first major Canadian/U.S. cannabis transaction. Each company’s shareholders will vote separately. At least […]

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‘Massive step for country’ as Canada unveils rules for new cannabis products

Canada unveiled final regulations Friday that will enable the sale of cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals later this year, unlocking what is forecast to be a multibillion-dollar federally regulated industry. Businesses expect to start shipping a limited selection of new products in December after the rules take effect Oct. 17. A wider selection will not be available […]

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Billionaire-backed Chinese firm plans Asia’s first e-commerce CBD platform

A company backed by United Kingdom billionaire Jim Mellon and Nuuvera co-founder Lorne Abony plans to establish what they say will be Asia’s first e-commerce platform focusing on CBD-infused products. The pair are part of a group of investors in Hong Kong-headquartered Regent Pacific that is closing in on a $15 million all-stock takeover of […]

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