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Germany Bundestag Votes To Make Amendments to Cannabis Law

June 10, 2024 · High Times

On June 6, the German Bundestag (German federal parliament) voted to adjust the currently existing adult-use cannabis law, including changes to restrictions for driving and cannabis club associations. The driving changes were made by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport, which amended the country’s Road Traffic Act. The change included a new maximum THC blood content, which is now set at 3.5 nanograms per milliliter. Previously, the limit was set at one nanogram per milliliter. According to DW.com, this was done… Read more.

Japan Government Opens Public Comment Period for Cannabis Reform

June 3, 2024 · High Times

The Japanese government announced on May 30 that it would officially begin accepting public comments about its cannabis reform bill. One of the proposed measures would potentially loosen restrictions for the use of processing CBD in food products. In February, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) published a proposal hinting changes to the amount of THC allowed in some products. “In order to prevent the occurrence of health and hygiene hazards, a maximum residue limit for THC… Read more.

South Africa Broadly Decriminalizes Cannabis

June 3, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Before last week’s elections, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa gave final approval to a bill to decriminalize cannabis, making the nation the first in Africa to legalize cannabis for personal use. President Ramaphosa signed the Cannabis for Private Purposes Act on May 28, which removed cannabis from the nation’s Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act.  In a press release, Ramaphosa said the move “will further enable amendment of the Schedules to the Medicines and Related Substances Act and provide for targeted regulatory reform… Read more.

U.K. Architects Show Off ‘Hempcrete’ Studio

May 29, 2024 · High Times

Kate Nicklin and Graham Mateer, the directors of Commonbond Architects, an architectural firm in London, work in a self-built studio located in the garden behind their bungalow. Nicklin and Mateer had an additional motivation for the studio. As the website AJ Building Library explains, the couple wanted “to explore the potential of using hempcrete as a breathable biocircular building material.” “The main idea behind the project was to create something that felt permanent and not like a standard lightweight timber shed,”… Read more.

Will Slovenia Be the Next European Country to Legalize Cannabis?

May 27, 2024 · Cannabis Now

Slovenia’s largest party of the current ruling coalition, the Freedom Movement, was successful in its effort to place consulting referendums related to medical and non-medical cannabis on the ballot in Slovenia’s next election. Slovenia’s voters will decide on a medical cannabis referendum question and a “cultivation and possession of cannabis for limited personal use” question on June 9. The referendum votes will occur alongside the vote for the European Parliament. Initially, advocates in Slovenia’s National Assembly proposed that the referendum… Read more.

Poll Finds Majority Support for Recriminalizing Cannabis In Thailand

May 20, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

A recent opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration in Thailand found that the majority of Thais support the government’s plan to relist cannabis as an illegal drug under federal law, the Bangkok Post reports. The poll found more than 75% majority support for the recriminalization plan, which was announced earlier this year by the health minister and then endorsed on social media this month by the prime minister. Conducted on May 14-15, the poll asked 1,310 people aged 15 and older for their… Read more.

Twenty-One of 27 European Union Countries Legalized Medical Cannabis, Report Highlights

May 18, 2024 · High Times

Medical cannabis is taking over Europe, as well as efforts to decriminalize cannabis in numerous countries and at local levels. In a pattern similar to what took place in the U.S., European nations are legalizing cannabis for medical or recreational purposes in a patchwork of new laws. According to a May 16 press release from Victoria, Australia-based Biortica Agrimed, 21 out of 27 member states of the European Union (EU) legalized medical cannabis. “The EU situation with respect to legalisation can best be… Read more.

Mexican-Grown Pot Hits Record Low at Border as Competition with State-Legal Pot Rises

May 13, 2024 · High Times

Many older stoners remember low-grade brick weed, traditionally grown at enormous farms in Mexico, as a commonly available product in the U.S.. But Mexican-grown weed sold on the black market started falling out of favor decades ago as it competed with domestically-grown cannabis. NORML reports that border seizures for Mexican-grown pot at the southwest border have hit a record low. Hydroponics, organic inputs, feminized seeds, and other improved growing methods made low-quality seeded weed grown outdoors in bulk by cartels a thing… Read more.

Thailand Prime Minister Aims To Re-List Cannabis as Narcotic By End of 2024

May 10, 2024 · High Times

Looking back to early 2023, Thailand’s climate surrounding cannabis looked incredibly different than conversations surrounding the plant today. The country made major waves after becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to allow medical cannabis use in 2018, and it received global attention after decriminalizing recreational cannabis in 2022. Though, the events that followed — including an influx of tourists openly using cannabis in public, the opening of plentiful cannabis cafes and reportedly thousands of pot shops over a handful… Read more.

Cheech & Chong Launch New Mobile Video Game

May 8, 2024 · MG Magazine

The iconic comedy duo with a cannabis licensing empire launched a new mobile video game this week, adding to the brand’s expanding lineup of product launches for 2024 with new consumer goods, infused beverages, and dispensaries.  The release of Cheech & Chong’s Kush Kingdom marks the second collaboration between the cannabis industry veterans and East Side Games Group. In 2020, the team launched Cheech & Chong Bud Farm. It’s earned an iOS store rating of 4.8/5 stars in the U.S.… Read more.

But What about the UN Drug Treaties? – Germany Imports Almost 35 Tons of Weed While the US Tinkers with Rescheduling Cannabis

May 3, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Germany had a record 34.6 tons of cannabis imported in 2023 for medicinal and research uses, a significant increase from previous years. This inflow highlights how Europe's biggest medical marijuana market—which is federally regulated—is changing, as seen by the increasing interest that foreign organizations are showing in Germany's cannabis sector. Notwithstanding a little slowdown in growth relative to prior years, the notable rise in imports underscores the nation's critical position in molding the world's cannabis industry. The surge in cannabis imports coincides… Read more.

Study: Cannabis Consumers Are Not More Lazy or Unmotivated

April 30, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

A new study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science debunks the stereotype that people who consume cannabis are lazy or unmotivated, according to a U of T News report. In the study, researchers from the University of Toronto interviewed 260 cannabis consumers five times per day over a week. The participants — who were considered “chronic” consumers, using cannabis at least three times per week — would log their answers through an app that asked if they were currently… Read more.

German cannabis imports rise to 34.6 tons as cultivators eye end of quota system

April 27, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Germany imported a record amount of cannabis for medical and scientific use in 2023, as international businesses looked for sales opportunities in Europe’s largest federally regulated medical marijuana market. In 2023, Germany imported 31,398 kilograms (34.6 tons) of cannabis products, according to the newest data from the country’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM). That’s a 26.2% increase over the 24,876 kilograms imported the previous year. In previous years, Germany imported: 24,876 kilograms (27.4 tons) of cannabis in… Read more.

The Cannabis Market Is Booming in Japan

April 24, 2024 · High Times

The nascent cannabis market in Japan has reportedly seen a massive increase in recent years.  That is according to a newly published report by Euromonitor International, which revealed a “staggering growth in Japan’s cannabis market over the past four years.” The market, according to the report, expanded “approximately sixfold from JPY4 billion (USD26.3 million) in 2019 to JPY24 billion (USD173.8 million) in 2023,” a surge that was “attributed to the rising demand for products offering relaxation, sleep improvement, and stress relief.” Euromonitor… Read more.

NZ-Based Cannabis Clinic Launches Exit 420 Campaign

April 19, 2024 · Cannabis Now

420 is recognized and celebrated by cannabis lovers around the world in all manner of ways. In New Zealand, a leading medicinal cannabis clinic is running a compelling “Exit 420” campaign based on a serendipitous road sign. The goal of the campaign, the clinic says, is part of its commitment to destigmatizing medicinal cannabis and championing accessible healthcare solutions nationwide.  The Cannabis Clinic, New Zealand’s largest healthcare provider dedicated to providing plant-based medicine, just launched the country’s first-ever 420 promotional campaign with… Read more.

CBD Is A ‘Powerful And Promising’ Treatment For Crack Use Disorder—With Fewer Side Effects Than Conventional Therapies, Study Finds

April 17, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A new study aiming to explore the efficacy of CBD as a treatment for crack use disorder found that people who took the cannabinoid had better health outcomes and fewer adverse health events compared to those who took more conventional pharmaceutical treatments. “The main implications of this study point to CBD as a powerful and promising therapeutic tool for people with CUD,” says the report, published this month in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. “CBD seems to… Read more.

U.K. Eases Restrictions on Hemp Agriculture

April 12, 2024 · High Times

The government of the United Kingdom has approved changes to the rules governing industrial hemp licenses designed to make it easier for farmers to grow the crop. The new regulations will support regulated farmers who grow hemp and encourage new investment in the industry while continuing to discourage illegal drug uses of the plant, government officials said this week. In the U.K., industrial hemp (cannabis with less than 0.2% THC) can be legally grown outdoors by licensed farmers for the production of… Read more.

German Officials Consider Cannabis Ban at Oktoberfest

April 11, 2024 · High Times

Weed is finally legal in Germany, but it may still be verboten at one of the country’s signature events. According to Forbes, the “German federal state of Bavaria is considering the possibility of restricting cannabis use at the famous Oktoberfest following the legalization of cannabis for personal use.” “Bavaria government aims to restrict public spaces for consuming cannabis at events like Oktoberfest by establishing cannabis-free zones, as first reported by DPA (German Press Agency),” Forbes reported. “Oktoberfest in Munich is the world’s… Read more.

Germany Legalizes Cannabis – What Will Other European Countries Do Now?

April 7, 2024 · Cannabis.net

It seems that attitudes about Germany, which has historically been seen as one of the most conservative countries in Europe, are beginning to change significantly. Despite fierce resistance from politicians and different medical authorities, Germany became the largest EU member state to legalize cannabis for recreational use this week in a historic step. Now, those over eighteen are allowed to own up to 25 grams of dried cannabis and grow up to three marijuana plants inside. With regard to cannabis legalization, this… Read more.

UN Never Bothered Canada About Legal Marijuana Violating Treaties, Prime Minister Says As U.S. Weighs Rescheduling’s International Implications

April 5, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that his government’s concern about possible United Nations (UN) penalties for legalizing marijuana in contravention of international treaties never materialized, disclosing that no officials have as much as discussed the issue with Canada since the reform was enacted in 2018. The comments come as anti-marijuana U.S. lawmakers in Congress are pressuring the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to reject a cannabis rescheduling recommendation based on their argument that loosening restrictions would put the country at risk of… Read more.

Will Other European Nation’s Adopt Germany’s Legalization Model?

April 4, 2024 · Cannabis Now

On April 1, 2024, Germany became the largest country to pass a national adult-use cannabis legalization measure with CanG. It was a truly historic day for Germany’s cannabis reform movement and was the culmination of decades of hard work by dedicated German cannabis advocates. Advocates throughout Europe are hopeful that other European nations will adopt parts or all of Germany’s cannabis legalization model. In addition to the work of citizen activists, Germany’s historic legalization victory came as a result of a modern… Read more.

Zimbabwe Farmers Swap Corn for Hemp Farming

April 3, 2024 · High Times

Farmers in Zimbabwe are pivoting from the country’s traditional staple crops like corn to a new lucrative crop—hemp production. Leaders in the country, however, are more worried about any disruptions to food security locally than the potential economic boon hemp will likely bring to the country. Agriculture contributes about 18% to Zimbabwe’s total gross domestic product (GDP), and maize or corn is the country’s staple crop and accounts for a substantial proportion of the lion’s share of fertilizers that are… Read more.

How a War Helped Push Reform

April 3, 2024 · MG Magazine

On a frigid day in late December, amidst a war nearing two years with Russia, Ukraine’s parliament voted to legalize medical cannabis. While December 19, 2023, will go down in history for this pivotal decision, the gain for the international legalization movement is bittersweet when one examines the reason for the legislation. What’s commonly referred to in Europe as the Russo-Ukrainian War is considered by most of the world to have begun in February 2022, but it actually began in February 2014… Read more.

The Grand History of Cannabis

April 2, 2024 · High Times

In 2023, an artist and his patron set out on a seemingly impossible task: illustrate the vast history of cannabis in a single art piece. Inspired by the Tapisserie de Bayeux—an ancient chronological tapestry depicting a two-year invasion of England by the Normans—Stefan van Swieten commissioned his friend Mossy Giant to create a piece for his cannabis social club in Barcelona, Spain. Now stretching across the wall at La Creme Gracia, the artwork displays incredibly detailed and interconnected scenes. Starting with the Big Bang, the… Read more.

Germany’s Marijuana Legalization Law Officially Takes Effect, Allowing Personal Possession And Cultivation For Adults

April 1, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Germany’s marijuana legalization law officially took effect on Monday, with personal possession and cultivation now permitted for adults. Just days after the cannabis bill was signed into law, the non-commercial legalization provisions are now in force. Social clubs where people will be able to obtain marijuana are due to launch in July. Under the new policy, adults 18 and older are allowed to possess up to 25 grams of cannabis and grow up to three plants for personal use. Germany’s marijuana… Read more.

Growing Colombia cannabis exports reach $10.8 million as government extends sell-by dates

April 1, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Colombia’s medical cannabis exports continued to grow last year, although sales still haven’t reached the level that the country’s operators envisioned. In 2023, the value of medical cannabis exports from Colombia was $10.8 million, according to figures provided to MJBizDaily by ProColombia, a government agency in charge of promoting nontraditional Colombian trade. The figure represents an 11.3% increase over 2022, when Colombia’s medical cannabis exports amounted to $9.7 million, a 96% jump from 2021. Industry sources see the latest export figures as a sign… Read more.

Cannabis Is Officially Legal In Germany – What You Need To Know

March 31, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

It’s official – with the clock striking midnight in Germany, and the date changing from March 31st to April 1st, the nation’s new adult-use cannabis legalization policy has become the law of the land. Adults (18 years old and older) in Germany may now partake in the newly established freedoms created by the implementation of the first pillar of the CanG law. “It was time to initiate a paradigm shift in drug policy, ending the failed prohibition policy of the… Read more.

Restaurant Denies Service to Rapper for Smelling Like Pot, Sparking National Debate in South Africa

March 29, 2024 · High Times

Should restaurant patrons who smell like weed be denied service at a restaurant? That’s the question South Africans are asking after one of the country’s top rappers was denied service along with two friends.  South African rapper Emtee was denied service, along with two fellow rappers, from a branch of Mike’s Kitchen in Johannesburg, South Africa earlier this month after the restaurant complained that they smelled like weed. (Personal cannabis use at home is decriminalized and medical use is legal in South Africa.) The… Read more.

Switzerland Shares First Data on ‘ZüriCan’ Adult-Use Cannabis Pilot Study

March 27, 2024 · High Times

European countries are gradually turning their attention toward cannabis reform as medical and adult-use cannabis steadily become the new status quo in states around the U.S. While Germany gears up to launch its adult-use program next month, Switzerland has embraced an alternative approach in the form of an adult-use cannabis pilot program. Earlier in March, Swiss officials published the first data from its pilot study in Zürich, offering initial insights on the demand for legal cannabis in the country along with… Read more.

Germany Approves Cannabis Reform Plan: Possession Legal April 1

March 26, 2024 · High Times

The German government last week adopted a bill to end the prohibition of cannabis for adults that will make possession and home cultivation of weed legal in Europe’s most populous nation as of April 1. The legislation, which also allows for the establishment of cannabis clubs, was given final approval on Friday in the Bundesrat, Germany’s legislative chamber representing the country’s 16 federal states. The bill has already been approved by the second chamber of parliament known as the Bundestag,… Read more.

Tax reforms, pharmacy sales among Canada’s cannabis law review recommendations

March 25, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

A government-appointed panel of experts analyzing Canada’s adult-use legalization law, the Cannabis Act, has recommended the country enable pharmacy access for medical marijuana and reconsider how excise tax is applied to recreational products. The proposals are part of a final report, 18 months in the making, that lays out 54 recommendations and a number of observations for the federal government to consider. Some of the recommendations align with industry expectations, such as allowing pharmacies to sell medical cannabis products, which… Read more.

The UK’s Cannabis Market is Worth Over $3.3 Billion a Year, Will Cancer Headlines Push Legalization Forward in England?

March 24, 2024 · Cannabis.net

As NPR reported, Catherine, Princess of Wales, has cancer, she announced in a video message released by Kensington Palace on Friday, and is in the early stages of chemotherapy. In the video, the former Kate Middleton, 42, said the diagnosis was a "huge shock after an incredibly tough couple of months." The cancer was found during testing done after she successfully underwent major abdominal surgery in January, Kate said. She did not specify the type of cancer or its stage.… Read more.

German Cannabis Legalization Fuels Surge in Weed Stocks

March 23, 2024 · MG Magazine

Cannabis stocks soared Friday on the news Germany’s parliament legalized cannabis for personal possession and use. Canopy Growth Corporation’s stock (NASDAQ: CGC) surged a remarkable 39 percent, capping a weekly gain of more than 106 percent. Others on the NASDAQ, including Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACB, up 26.6 percent), SNDL Inc. (SNDL, up 21.5 percent), Tilray Brands Inc. (TLRY, up 18.5 percent), and Cronos Group Inc. (CRON, up 9.2 percent), also witnessed substantial increases in share prices. Under the new law,… Read more.

Report Reveals Europe’s Cannabis and Cocaine Capitals, Dutch Cities Reign Supreme

March 22, 2024 · High Times

A new report reveals the cities in Europe with the highest concentrations of cannabis and cocaine use, based on sewage surveys. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Dutch cities including Amsterdam and Rotterdam took home some of the top spots for the cities with the highest concentrations of cocaine and cannabis use, respectively, and ranked high in several other categories.  Spanning the course of a week during spring 2023, a team of researchers tested the water in sewage treatment plants in 88 cities in 24 European… Read more.

Charlotte’s Web aims for brighter days with strategic shifts

March 22, 2024 · Green Market Report

The CBD maker also extended its partnership with Major League Baseball. Charlotte’s Web (OTC: CWBHF) has been caught in a protracted sales downturn, but management is optimistic that it can still turn the tides for the once stand out CBD maker. The MLB-partnered company reported a 14.8% slide in net revenue in 2023, down to $63.2 million from 2022. Lower sales in both e-commerce and business-to-business (B2B) sectors drove the decline. While the company has been taking “multiple actions to maintain… Read more.

Study: Vape Pen Liquids from Legal and Illegal Markets Contain Nano-Sized Metals

March 21, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Cannabis vape pen liquid in both legal and illegal markets contains nano-sized metals, including nickel, chromium, lead, zinc, and copper, according to a study conducted by researchers from Health Canada and the National Research Council of Canada. The study included 41 samples of cannabis vape liquids – 20 legal, regulated samples from the Ontario Cannabis Store and 21 samples from the illicit market provided by the Ontario Provincial Police. The liquids were analyzed by mass spectrometry to look for the… Read more.

African County of Eswatini Introduces Medical Cannabis Legislation

March 20, 2024 · High Times

The landlocked country of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), located in southern Africa, recently made a move to legalize medical cannabis. According to a report from VOA Zimbabwe, King Mswati III and the Eswatini government have introduced medical cannabis legislation hoping that it will help curb illegal sales and allow the country to benefit from tax revenue. “The legislation will also provide measures to guard against increasing the black market,” said spokesperson Alpheous Nxumalo. “This has robbed government taxes, Eswatini, an opportunity to grow… Read more.

Morocco Reports First Legal Cannabis Cultivation Numbers, 294 Tons in 2023

March 19, 2024 · High Times

While recreational cannabis may still be illegal in the North African country of Morocco, the nation is kicking off a new era of legal cannabis cultivation and export. As the third month of 2024 comes to a close, the country has shared data about its first legal harvest season in 2023. According to Morocco’s cannabis regulators, National Agency for the Regulation of Cannabis-Related Activities (ANRAC), the country’s first legal harvest in 2023 was 294 metric tons. It involved 32 cooperatives… Read more.

Growing Ganja in Jamaica

March 16, 2024 · High Times

Ganja in Jamaica is more than just the cannabis plant; it’s a culture, a way of life, and an expression of people from varying cultural backgrounds who ended up on the Caribbean Island via the plantation model. The British monarchy was responsible for the cultural clash that saw enslaved Africans and indentured laborers co-mingling and participating in the smoking of ganja after a day’s work in the sugarcane plantations. This unique phenomenon gave birth to Rastafari, a religious and political… Read more.

Popular U.S. Edibles Brand Announces European Launch

March 8, 2024 · High Times

Wana Brands, a leading manufacturer of cannabis edibles in the United States, announced on Thursday that it is expanding to Europe through a strategic partnership with Alpen Group. With an initial launch in Switzerland, the home of cannabis pharmaceutical manufacturer Alpen Group, Wana Brands plans to bring its popular line of weed gummies to European consumers as cannabis policy reform begins to take hold across the continent. Last year, Switzerland’s health authority approved pilot programs for the retail distribution of… Read more.

Thai Health Minister Predicts Recreational Cannabis Ban By December

March 2, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Thailand’s health minister said that lawmakers are aiming to make adult-use cannabis illegal again by the end of the year, Reuters reports. Under recently proposed legislation, it would be illegal to use cannabis recreationally but cannabis use for medicinal purposes would remain legal. People caught consuming cannabis would face fines of up to 60,000 baht ($1,700), and people caught illegally marketing or retailing cannabis products — or paraphernalia — would face up to a year in jail and fines up to 100,000 baht ($2,800).… Read more.

Das Bong! Germany Legalizes Recreational Cannabis as Europe’s Green Wave Officially Kicks Off!

March 1, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Germany has made a groundbreaking move by giving the go-ahead for personal use of recreational cannabis, signaling a notable change in the nation's drug policy. The federal parliament of Germany, the Bundestag, finalized this historic decision today. A substantial 407 MPs rallied behind the legislation; 226 stood in opposition, and four opted to abstain. Now, the ball is in the court of the Bundesrat, the legislative body representing the sixteen Länder at the federal level. They'll be taking a close look… Read more.

Canada Admits Why the Illicit Cannabis Market is Crushing Their Legal Market -Lower Prices, Better Selection, and Convenience!

February 28, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Despite Canada's legalization of marijuana for adult use more than five years ago, according to a recent analysis from Deloitte Canada, sales of cannabis remain mostly concentrated in the illegal market, accounting for anything between 25% and 50% of the entire market. The paper explores the distinctions between the legal and illegal cannabis marketplaces and poses relevant issues about product offers, pricing, and operational tactics. 624 legitimate adult-use marijuana outlets and 57 illegal ones were the subject of an analysis by Deloitte… Read more.

German Lawmakers Vote To Legalize Cannabis

February 27, 2024 · High Times

Germany’s lower house of parliament voted last week to legalize the consumption and cultivation of cannabis by adults, although the measure passed by the Bundestag does not permit commercial sales of recreational marijuana. The legislation legalizes cannabis clubs, however, allowing groups of no more than 500 adults to collectively grow weed for personal use by club members. “We have two goals: to crack down on the black market and improved protection of children and young people,” Health Minister Karl Lauterbach… Read more.

Cannabis wholesalers must garnish payments over unpaid taxes, Canada says

February 27, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Canada’s tax collection agency is following through on a threat to garnish cash from licensed cannabis producers that are delinquent on their excise duty payments, MJBizDaily has learned. The move is a major escalation in the Canada Revenue Agency’s efforts to collect money it’s owed by federally regulated cannabis companies with outstanding excise debt – a situation that has ballooned in recent years as the industry’s financial challenges mount. The amount of unpaid federal excise tax owed by Canada’s cash-strapped marijuana companies… Read more.

Germany Passes Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization

February 26, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Germany became the third European Union country to pass adult-use cannabis legalization on Friday after lawmakers in the Bundestag, which is the country’s lower parliamentary body, approved the Cannabis Act in a 407-226 vote, the Associated Press reports. Following the approval, cannabis possession by adults aged 18 or older will become legal starting April 1, which coincides with German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach’s prediction from earlier this year. Under the new law, adults will be allowed to grow up to… Read more.

5 Years After Legalization, Canada Hits CA$5 Billion in Recreational Marijuana Sales (And That is Just the Legal Side)

February 25, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Canadian Cannabis Sales Hit CA$5 Billion in Just 5 Years Post Legalization If you remember, the first piece of legal rercreational cannabis sold in Canada took place at 12:01:01AM on October 17th, 2018 in Newfoundland, Canada and then CEO of Canopy Growth, Bruce Linton, sold the first order at the Tweed store in Newfoundland. Cannabis.net was there to record the historic first recreational sale as it went down live! Fast forward almost 5 years, and Canada is selling a whooping $5 billion CA… Read more.

Jamaica Company Exports THC to U.S. for Analytic Testing

February 24, 2024 · High Times

A cannabis company with operations based in Jamaica announced this week that it has successfully exported cannabis-derived THC products to the United States, where they will be tested at a facility licensed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The company, Pure Jamaican and its GMP-certified, licensed pharma manufacturer Seven-10 Pharmaceuticals, said the shipment marks the first legal export of THC to the United States from Jamaica in a move that elevates the Caribbean island nation’s role in the global cannabis… Read more.

Trading Stoners for Terrorists? – How Russia is Using Cannabis to Get Murderers and Terrorists Freed from Other Countries

February 20, 2024 · Cannabis.net

You may remember the now infamous Brittney Griner, WNBA star, prisoner swap with Russia.  Russia wanted a known arms dealers released in exchange for professional female basketball player who brought a cannabis vape pen into Russia. Well, Putin sees an opening with cannabis legalization around the world and is working his "cannabis prisoner swap" rhetoric, again, this time with Germany. Russia's customs service announced the detention of a German man upon his arrival in St. Petersburg for possessing cannabis-infused gummy candies.… Read more.

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy signs medical cannabis bill into law

February 15, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has signed the country’s medical cannabis legislation into law, setting the legal stage for the creation of Europe’s newest medical market. The development was first reported on the Ukrainian Association of Medical Cannabis’ Facebook page. In December, Ukraine’s Parliament gave the green light to a law that sets the legal foundation for a medical cannabis industry. Now the government has three months to develop a draft of regulations to govern the industry. The product types and qualifications… Read more.

Does the Chinese Government Secretly Run All the Illegal Marijuana Grows in America? – Reefer Madness 2024?

February 13, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Numerous legislators with varying positions on cannabis legalization and from both major political parties signed the letter. Representatives Pete Sessions (R-Texas), Jared Golden (D-Maine), and David Valadao (R-Calif.), together with Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), led the movement. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.), two other opponents of legalization, backed Sessions, who was well-known for his adamant opposition. Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Representatives Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), on the other… Read more.

Thailand’s ‘wild East’ cannabis industry braces for regulatory earthquake

February 12, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Thousands of cannabis businesses in Thailand are bracing for major legal and regulatory changes as the country looks to curb adult-use sales and pivot the industry back to a medicinal market. The government’s latest draft cannabis law looks to end a legal vacuum that unintentionally allowed the recreational marijuana industry to flourish after a 2022 decision to declassify the drug as a narcotic. The new law could radically alter the business prospects for thousands of cannabis store owners and cultivators… Read more.

Mary Jones Cannabis Bringing Its Soda, Edibles to Canada

February 7, 2024 · High Times

Canada’s THC-infused beverage market is about to get more crowded. Jones Soda, the beloved soft drink company known for its quirky flavors, said on Tuesday that the arm of its cannabis business, Mary Jones, “has been approved to operate in Ontario, Canada, with additional provinces to follow.”  “Starting with their THC-infused beverages, the products are currently slated for Ontario availability in Q1 24,” the company said in a press release. Jones is eyeing an additional expansion into other cannabis categories within the Canadian… Read more.

Germany’s Coalition Government Reaches Deal on Weed Legalization

February 6, 2024 · High Times

The groups that form Germany’s coalition government struck a deal last week on cannabis legalization, setting the stage for the new law to take effect in the spring.  Now, the proposal will be considered by the country’s parliament, with a vote expected later this month. Zeit, a German publication, reported last week that the “government coalition made up of the SPD, Greens and FDP has agreed on the details of the legalization of cannabis,” and that the “law could come into force… Read more.

Chef Jordan Wagman’s Still Chasing the Sun

February 5, 2024 · Cannabis Now

There are chefs who cook with cannabis, then there are James Beard-nominated chefs who cook with cannabis. Toronto-based culinary master Jordan Wagman is in the latter category. For the uninitiated, receiving a James Beard nomination is very much akin to an Oscar nomination for acting. It’s a big deal (as all you Top Chef fans know). But this chef was on a mission. “It all comes back to my health,” Wagman says when asked about his journey to becoming one of the… Read more.

Drug Testing Access at Australian Festivals May Have Prevented Past Deaths

February 5, 2024 · High Times

It’s already fairly well known that music festivals tend to come with plenty of illicit drug use. The activity is so common at festivals, and in dance scenes as a whole, that organizers and attendees alike are becoming increasingly more equipped to combat potential overdoses through a variety of measures. A new study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy underscores the impact of these harm reduction strategies and consciously incorporating them into events, looking at the amount of drug-related deaths… Read more.

Ireland Government Approves a Nine-Month Delay on Cannabis Legalization Vote

February 3, 2024 · High Times

The Irish government has delayed on discussing a bill that would legalize cannabis possession for nine months. A report submitted by the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs Use completed its review of Ireland’s current drug policies in October 2023, and released a final report on Jan. 25, which includes 36 recommendations for prioritizing marginalized groups and communities, focusing on prevention and recovery, and more. On Jan. 24, 2024, one day prior to the release of the report, Taoiseach (TD) Leo Varadkar (who… Read more.

As Irish Lawmakers Prepare To Debate Marijuana Bill, Prime Minister Pledges To Examine Drug Decriminalization As Recommended By Citizen Commission

January 26, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Ahead of a hearing on a bill to legalize marijuana possession in Ireland, a government-appointed citizen commission has released a report formalizing recommendations to stop criminalizing people over drugs—a policy position that the country’s prime minister says holds merit. About three months after the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs Use completed their review of Ireland’s drug laws and voted to recommend broad decriminalization and implementing harm reduction programs, the panel’s official report was published on Thursday, and the country’s taoiseach (the equivalent… Read more.

Red Light Holland targets U.S. market with new mushroom sales arm

January 25, 2024 · Green Market Report

Red Light Holland plans on coming to America. The company is launching a new branch called SR Wholesale North America to sell mushrooms “if and when regulations permit,” according to the company’s statement. The new wholesale arm will work with Ontario-based partner farms to offer a variety of fresh mushrooms as it builds out a sales pipeline in the region. “Our AEM Partners, Holburne and F&R Mushroom farms, have a proven track record of delivering top-quality mushrooms, and we are confident… Read more.

German Minister Expects Cannabis Legalization This Spring

January 24, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach says he hopes to submit the nation’s adult-use cannabis legalization proposal for a parliamentary vote this February and see the proposal come into effect by April, according to a DW report. The proposal was initially agreed upon by Germany‘s three-part government coalition last year, and Lauterbach said that lawmakers’ discussion regarding the Cannabis Act has remained positive. While legalization critics have pushed back against the proposal, Lauterbach argues that the unregulated market carries risks such as contaminated products and extremely… Read more.

Mom Tries to Send Cannabis Vape Pens to Her Military-Enlisted Son Stationed in Japan – Jail Time and International Drama Ensue!

January 23, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Kasandra Stephens entered a guilty plea in a Japanese court for sending cannabis oil to her son, a U.S. airman stationed in Okinawa, and for possessing marijuana during her visit to Japan. Stephens acknowledged mailing a couple of packages to her son's PO Box after his wife requested "pens" to share with a Japanese colleague, presumably referring to vape pens. In the process, she sent a package containing 2.88 grams of cannabis oil, which arrived at Tokyo International Airport in… Read more.

Germany to legalize marijuana by April, top official says

January 22, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Germany’s health minister believes marijuana legalization will become a reality in the country this spring. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has set a target for the Bundestag, the national parliament, to approve the nation’s long-awaited cannabis law in February. Germany would then become the first country to legalize cannabis in Europe in April, according to German news reports. “I am continuing to assume that the Cannabis Act will be passed by the Bundestag in the week between Feb. 19 and 23… Read more.

Getting High Down Under

January 21, 2024 · High Times

Sometimes, you have to take it to the streets, literally. At least that’s the approach Australian cannabis activists Will Stolk and Alec Zammitt take when trying to generate awareness around the flaws in Australia’s current weed regulations. Stolk and Zammitt have been helping make cannabis a hot topic of discussion in Australia for the past eight years, rolling out annual 420 “Who Are We Hurting?” demonstrations that have captivated the ears and eyes of the Australian public. At the very least, Stolk and Zammitt aim to… Read more.

Is Spain about to Join the MMJ EU? – After a 10-Year Battle, Spain May Approve a Medical Marijuana Program

January 19, 2024 · Cannabis.net

As Spain emerges from an extended period of political deadlock, its newly formed government takes a significant step to address the persistent medical cannabis deadlock in the country. Despite encountering challenges, the hard-won government appointed a Minister of Health committed to fulfilling the previous administration's promises. They are pushing to establish a medical cannabis framework. Carola Pérez, President of the Spanish Observatory of Medicinal Cannabis (OECM), a pivotal figure in advancing medical cannabis in Spain, perceives this commitment as a turning point… Read more.

Ukraine might depend on cannabis imports for years before local production is ready

January 18, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Local industry watchers say it could be years before domestic cannabis cultivation in Ukraine is up and running after Parliament gave the green light to a draft law that will lay the legal foundation for a medical marijuana industry. That might open the door to import-export opportunities for local and international businesses looking to match supply with demand, at least in the early years of the Ukraine market. Even though the bill was approved in the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s Parliament, a substantial… Read more.

Can You Carry Prescribed Medical Cannabis From Overseas Into NSW?

January 18, 2024 · Vice

For some, we live in a world where blazing it as soon as the clock strikes 4:20 is a means of mental and spiritual healing – a puff of green that transports you into a state of tranquillity. But for others, cannabis use isn’t just about the 4/20 caricature or a personality trait that your on-again, off-again fling parades instead of going to therapy. There’s a lot more intention to it. Over the years, more and more practitioners have turned to medical cannabis to… Read more.

Ukraine MMJ Bill Unblocked After Repeal Effort Fails To Receive Needed Votes

January 18, 2024 · High Times

After hitting a brief snag late last year, a bill approved by Ukraine’s unicameral legislature in December to legalize medical cannabis in the country appears to be back on track. The delay occurred when the opposing Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party and its leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, announced the party’s intention to appeal to the Constitutional Court to cancel the legislative vote, citing that “the amendments to the bill were considered in a half-empty chamber.” Tymoshenko, who has been vocally opposed to the reform measure,… Read more.

Czech Republic’s Adult-Use Cannabis Plan Features Social Clubs, Home Growing

January 17, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

The Czech Republic has published their first draft of laws intended to legalize adult-use cannabis in the country, including plans to decriminalize possession as well as home cultivation, and to create social clubs where people can freely consume. However, according to English-language news outlet Expats.cz, the government’s draft bill does not include a framework for establishing a regulated cannabis market. This omission has reportedly raised eyebrows and led to a flurry of discussions among stakeholders and policymakers, with some advocates suggesting that rules… Read more.

The Booming International Cannabis Trade – Germany, Australia, Israel, and the UK are All Importing Canadian Medical Marijuana

January 15, 2024 · Cannabis.net

There is a scent of reinvention that floats across the Atlantic to touch British shores. One of the leading Canadian producers of greenhouse cannabis, Village Farms International, has finally shipped its first official shipment for the UK arriving over years after in anticipation. Village Farms International, based in Vancouver British Columbia has recently taken a significant step into the booming United Kingdom Cannabis market. In a statement released on Wednesday, the firm revealed that two of its renowned cannabis brands, Pure Sunfarms… Read more.

Thailand Seeks Public Opinion on Draft Bill To Ban Recreational Use After Decriminalizing

January 12, 2024 · High Times

Thailand leaders believe the country’s move to decriminalize led to a surge of cannabis shops and unintended recreational use, and are backpedaling the law, clarifying several changes. A draft bill to ban recreational use of potent cannabis products was published online on Jan. 9. Under the bill proposal, anyone who smokes cannabis for recreational purposes will face a fine of up to 60,000 baht (about $1,709.53). Those selling cannabis or its extracts for recreational purposes face up to one year… Read more.

Thailand Reverses Course on Cannabis Legalization

January 11, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Thailand is on the brink of a major shift in its cannabis policy with the introduction of a new law proposed by the Minister of Public Health, Mr. Cholnan Srikaew. According to the Thai Examiner, this law aims to strictly regulate the use of cannabis, focusing solely on medical applications and effectively outlawing its recreational use.The proposed legislation stipulates that any cannabis product with a THC level above 0.2% is illegal, a stark contrast to the previous more liberal stance that… Read more.

Trichomes Are the Key to Most Potent Cannabis Flowers

January 11, 2024 · Cannabis Now

For the diehard cannabis connoisseur, one whose only mission in life is the quest for the eternal buzz, tracking down that one marijuana strain that really kicks them in the boo-boo can be tough. It means visiting one dispensary after another, where, often, none of the staff ever seems willing to break out the secret stash from the back. And we know they’ve got one! So there is a lot of trial and error in this process. And this search… Read more.

Why the Ukraine Legalized Medical Marijuana During the Russian Invasion

January 9, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Ukraine Is Finally Legalizing Medical Marijuana On December 21st, right before Christmas 2023, the parliament of Ukraine finally voted to support the legalization of medical marijuana after a proposal by Prime Minister Denys Smyhal. The bill will regulate marijuana’s use for medical as well as scientific and industrial purposes. Certainly, Ukraine is among the world’s nations that need the healing benefits of marijuana because of the wreck the war with Russian left them in. Out of the 401 seats in Kyiv’s parliament, 248 seats… Read more.

Online Pharmacies Routinely Sell Dangerous Drugs Without Prescriptions

January 8, 2024 · High Times

A BBC investigation revealed a plethora of online pharmacies in the U.K. appear to be selling medication without doctor approval.  The BBC said they bought over 1,600 prescription-only pills from 20 online pharmacies without general practitioner approval or any scrutiny other than an online questionnaire. The names of the pharmacies were withheld for obvious reasons, but they managed to purchase anti-anxiety medications, painkillers and sleeping pills as easily as one might purchase a sandwich at Subway.  This problem has been increasing in… Read more.

50% of Australians Support Legalising Growing Cannabis Plants at Home

January 8, 2024 · Vice

Australian voters are more for than against decriminalising cannabis and legalising cannabis plants at home for personal use, as proposed by a bill introduced to NSW parliament. New YouGov data collected in December from 1,555 participants found 50 per cent of Australians supported legalising growing cannabis plants for personal use, 31 per cent opposed and 19 per cent were undecided. It also found 54 per cent were in favour of decriminalising cannabis, 33 per cent opposed and 12 per cent were… Read more.

Back to Amsterdam

January 6, 2024 · High Times

Gezellig is a fantastic Dutch word that encompasses a whole mood and defies translation. I think it means a combination of things: the warm feeling of belonging, being in the right place at the perfect time, surrounded by the most genial company. You hear the word a lot in Amsterdam; the concept of gezellig is at the heart of Dutch culture. Finding the sweet moment, relaxing into it, being as cozy and comfortable as possible… it’s a prescription for any stressed-out modern soul.… Read more.

220,000,000 People Worldwide Are Using Cannabis According to a New UN Report, Yet Weed Is Still Illegal Almost Everywhere?

January 6, 2024 · Cannabis.net

The United Nations' latest "World Drug Report" for 2023 sheds light on global substance use trends, emphasizing the sustained prevalence of drug consumption worldwide. In 2021, an alarming 1 in 17 individuals aged 15–64 engaged in drug use over the past year, marking a 23% increase since 2011. The report underscores the significance of this issue, with an estimated 296 million users constituting 5.8% of the global population aged 15–64. Cannabis Takes Center Stage The UN report illuminates the pervasive influence of… Read more.

Cannabis Still the World’s Most Used Substance, UN Report Says

January 3, 2024 · High Times

Cannabis use around the world continues to eclipse other drugs––and is increasing. Opioids, meanwhile, continue to cause the most harm. Those are just some of the takeaways from the United Nations’ annual “World Drug Report” for 2023. “Drug use continues to be high worldwide. In 2021, 1 in every 17 people aged 15–64 in the world had used a drug in the past 12 months. The estimated number of users grew from 240 million in 2011 to 296 million in 2021… Read more.

Fourth cannabis store opens in Indigenous community in Alberta

January 2, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

High Tide has opened the doors for its Canna Cabana cannabis store on the Tsuut’ina Nation in the province of Alberta. It’s only the fourth province-approved adult-use cannabis store on or adjacent to a reserve in the province, according to a spokesperson for the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC). The other three are: 7 Points Cannabis in Enoch Cree Nation.Green Nation Naturals in the vicinity of Maskwacis territory.4Hoots in Sucker Creek First Nation.Alberta has 750 legal cannabis stores, meaning… Read more.

Marijuana Legalization Advancements In Several Countries Were Among The Biggest International Cannabis News Stories Of 2023

December 28, 2023 · Marijuana Moment

Beyond major marijuana developments in the U.S. at the federal and state levels this year, momentum for drug policy reform continued to build across many parts of the globe in 2023. From the issuance of the first licenses in the European Union for nonprofit cannabis associations to the EU’s largest economy taking steps toward legalizing marijuana for adults, a number of countries, especially in Europe and South America, marked drug reform milestones in the past year. Yet 2023 also saw a rash of… Read more.

Despite Widespread Legalization, Fewer Young People Find it ‘Easy’ To Get Pot

December 27, 2023 · High Times

The number of legal cannabis retailers has exploded in North America the last decade, but that hasn’t resulted in easier access for kids.  That is the takeaway from newly published survey data that examined perceptions of cannabis among youth in Canada. “Very little research has examined how perceptions of cannabis access among underage youth in Canada have changed since cannabis was legalized and since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, this paper examines the effect of the early and… Read more.

New Report Projects Global Recreational Cannabis Market To Nearly Double by 2027

December 26, 2023 · High Times

A new report projects that the global recreational marijuana market will nearly double over the next four years, with legal sales of adult-use cannabis climbing to almost $50 billion per year by 2027. The report, from U.K.-based cannabis data, media and tech company Prohibition Partners, credits global momentum in cannabis reform and the opening of new recreational cannabis markets in Europe over the next three years as the prime drivers of the industry’s worldwide growth. “North America remains the global… Read more.

Swiss Capital Mulls Possibility of Legal Cocaine Sales

December 22, 2023 · High Times

Local government officials in the Swiss capital of Bern are discussing the possibility of launching a pilot program to study the effects of legal cocaine sales on the general public. According to Reuters, legislators in the Bern Parliament have proposed the idea as a potential solution to increased cocaine usage in a country already infamous for some of the highest levels of cocaine use in Europe. The discussion began just weeks after a select few Swiss cities, Bern included, launched a… Read more.

Cannabis pop-up stores coming to Alberta trade shows, festivals

December 21, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The Canadian province of Alberta is revamping its regulations to allow cannabis retailers to operate temporary stores at age-gated events such as trade shows and festivals starting next year. Alberta is Canada’s second-largest cannabis retail market, trailing only Ontario. The regulatory overhaul, announced this week, is part of provincial lawmakers’ review of the recreational cannabis market to determine what regulations are working, what needs to be improved and what’s redundant. The new rules will reduce barriers and costs for legal cannabis retailers… Read more.

Canadian cannabis insolvencies persist in 2023 amid industry woes

December 18, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Financially distressed cannabis companies continued to seek refuge in Canadian insolvency law in 2023, although such insolvency filings under one statute declined from 2022. This year’s cannabis insolvencies included big names such as retailer Fire & Flower and producer Aleafia Health, highlighting the industrywide struggle to keep operating in the face of low marijuana prices, high taxes and trouble accessing new funding. Seven of the 57 filings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) through Dec. 15, 2023, or about… Read more.

Colombian Senate Shelves Marijuana Legalization Bill In Another Major Setback For Advocates

December 13, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Colombia’s Senate has shelved a bill to legalize marijuana, meaning lawmakers will need to restart the two-year legislative process over again next year if they hope to enact the reform. With 45 votes, the Senate opted to delay consideration of the proposal on Tuesday during its fourth of eight required debates to adopt the constitutional amendment. Lawmakers who support legalization pushed for urgent Senate consideration of the bill in recent days, with the sponsor warning about the consequences of inaction before… Read more.

Why was the Ontario Cannabis Store sitting on a CA$500 million cash stockpile?

December 11, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Ontario’s government-owned marijuana wholesaler was sitting on more than 500 million Canadian dollars ($367 million) in cash earlier this year, but officials have declined to spell out why the Ontario Cannabis Store held on to that much money rather than remit some of it back to the provincial government earlier. According to recently disclosed Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) financial statements, the wholesaler had CA$536 million ($394 million) in cash as of March 31, 2023 – the end of its fiscal… Read more.

Japan Slowly Ripping the Cannabis Band-Aid Off – Cannabis Medicines Now Okay, Smoke Weed for Fun and Go to Jail for 7 Years

December 10, 2023 · Cannabis.net

On December 6, a majority vote in the Upper House approved a revision to the Cannabis Control Law. This revision lifts the ban on pharmaceuticals derived from the marijuana plant while simultaneously introducing a new criminal offense related to marijuana use. Previously, the cannabis law prohibited the administration or consumption of medicines derived from marijuana plants. The revised law eliminates this restriction on pharmaceuticals and reclassifies marijuana under the "narcotics" category in the Narcotics Control Law. This modification paves the way for the legal… Read more.

South African Province Awards 660+ Hemp Licenses

December 9, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The South African province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in October granted 664 licenses to cultivate, store, and transport industrial hemp, the South African reports. Under the program, hemp plants can contain up to 0.2% THC. The permits were awarded by the KZN Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) during the Cannabis Expo and Conference held in the province. KZN Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube said the expo and conference marked a “new era for the cannabis sector in the province” and noted that the… Read more.

The European Cannabis News Update – The Black Market is Already Europe’s Biggest Problem and They Haven’t Even Started Yet

December 8, 2023 · Cannabis.net

First Legal Marijuana Dispensary to Open in Switzerland In late October 2023, the first trials for a cannabis dispensary – a pioneer in Europe, was finally given the green light by Swiss authorities. The dispensary will be managed by the Swiss Institute for Addiction  (ISGF) and Health Research as well as the Sanity Group though they both must first carry out a study to plan how they will successfully sell marijuana to adults. The study called Grashaus Project, is taking place… Read more.

UK Medical Cannabis Patients Still Don’t Have Access Through NHS After 5 Years

December 7, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Five years after the United Kingdom’s Home Office legalized medical cannabis products for use on the National Health Service (NHS), the government still hasn’t funded clinical trials that would allow physicians to prescribe cannabis, Sky News reports. Patients with private insurance can access medical cannabis products, but those who rely on NHS cannot.   Dr. Alan Fayaz, an NHS consultant and a spokesperson for the British Pain Society, told Sky News that the 2018 decision by the Home Office to legalize medical cannabis before clinical… Read more.

‘Edible extracts’ still available in Canadian cannabis market amid regulatory chaos

December 6, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Some ingestible cannabis products that Health Canada considers noncompliant with federal rules still appear to be widely available in parts of the country, almost a year after the regulator asked companies to stop selling them to consumers because of concerns about overconsumption of THC. The wide availability of these products on store shelves in some provinces has thrown the market for ingestibles into turmoil, making it harder for producers committed to regulatory compliance to know what is kosher and what… Read more.