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Brazilian court decision could encourage other cannabis companies to seek approval for cultivation

After Brazil’s health authority shelved a proposal on domestic cannabis cultivation this week, a court decided in the opposite direction, allowing – for the first time in Brazil – a company to grow hemp commercially. The court’s decision could spur other cannabis companies to appeal to the judicial system for permission to cultivate domestically. The […]

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Week in Review: Michigan begins adult-use cannabis sales, Harborside appeals tax case, Brazil sets stage for big import market & more

Michigan launches its recreational marijuana industry, California-based Harborside appeals a closely watched federal tax case, Brazil lays the groundwork for what could become one of the world’s largest medical MJ import markets – and more of the week’s top cannabis news. MI adult-use sales begin with limited number of stores open Michigan’s first day of […]

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Brazil’s new medical cannabis rules reject domestic cultivation, potentially setting up large import market

Brazilian health authorities rejected domestic cultivation of medical marijuana but agreed to permit the distribution of medicinal cannabis products that have not completed clinical trials, potentially setting up one of the largest import markets in the world. The new rules, adopted Tuesday, allow bulk imports and sales in pharmacies for the first time. Tuesday’s decision – involving […]

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Barbados medical cannabis law clears final hurdle in Parliament

A law forming the legal foundation for a medical cannabis industry in Barbados has overcome the last important parliamentary hurdle after being approved by the Eastern Caribbean country’s Senate. The law, which covers activities related to cultivation, processing, dispensing and export, empowers the Medicinal Cannabis Licensing Authority to develop policies and guidelines for a newly […]

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What businesses need to know about exporting irradiated medical cannabis to Germany

By now, everyone knows that to export medical cannabis to Germany, which is by far the largest importer of medical cannabis flower in the world, achieving European Union Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is a prerequisite. But beyond getting that certification, certain quality requirements could have huge implications if they are not considered and integrated into a business’ […]

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Germany reveals wholesale medical cannabis price at 2.3 euros per gram, signaling no windfall for suppliers

The German federal government will buy at least 650 kilograms (1,433 pounds) of medical cannabis flower from domestic producers for approximately 1.5 million euros ($1.66 million) per quarter, which sets the average wholesale price at 2.3 euros per gram. The wholesale price implies that the high margins medical marijuana companies once enjoyed in that market could […]

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Israel unveils six-month transitional guidelines for medical cannabis exports

Israel’s Medical Cannabis Agency has unveiled transitional guidelines that would approve medical cannabis exports on a case-by-case basis provided local supplies are sufficient to meet patient demand, giving licensed companies a new market to sell their product. The new guidelines, which will be in place for at least six months, were laid out by the […]

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Tips for entering Europe’s medical cannabis market: Q&A with Christian Carlsen of Danish pharma firm NNE

Could medical cannabis be a growth engine for the pharmaceutical industry? A subsidiary of Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk is betting the answer is yes. NNE A/S, a 1,000-person strong pharmaceutical engineering and advisory unit of Novo Nordisk A/S , has been counselling medical cannabis companies on establishing pharmaceutical-grade facilities in Europe and Asia. NNE’s cannabis […]

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