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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.

Germany Delays Final Vote On Marijuana Legalization Bill Until Next Year

December 5, 2023 · marijuanamoment-net

A final vote on a bill to legalize marijuana in Germany that was initially planned for this week has been called off amid concerns from leaders of the country’s Social Democratic Party (SPD). The delay means that action on the landmark proposal will be postponed until next year. “It always has to be approved by the parliamentary groups in the end,” Dirk Heidenblut, an SPD member of Germany’s Bundestag who is responsible for the party’s cannabis policy, said in an… Read more.

Germany Eyes April 2024 for Cannabis Legalization

December 1, 2023 · high-times

The Germany’s coalition government called the Traffic Light coalition, which combines individuals from the Social Democratic Party, Free Democratic Party, and The Greens, reportedly reached an agreement for cannabis regulation on Nov. 27. These recent discussions estimate that cannabis legalization could take effect starting on April 1, 2024, with social cannabis clubs potentially allowed to open as early as July 1, 2024. “The #Cannabis law is coming! Finally: We are finally ending the failed ban policy! After intensive negotiations, there is now a… Read more.

Victorian MPs Back Cannabis Decriminalisation as Premier Admits Past Use

December 1, 2023 · vice

Victoria could be on the way to decriminalising recreational cannabis after Premier Jacinta Allan admitted to using the drug in the past and Treasurer Tim Pallas said he didn’t believe in a “criminal approach”. The Legalise Cannabis Party this week launched a campaign to make recreational cannabis use legal in three states and overhaul legislation that unfairly criminalises people – particularly First Nations people who are disproportionately charged with possession. In New South Wales between 2020 and 2022 they made up almost half of… Read more.

Cannabinoid-based medicine Epidiolex approved for sale in Canada

November 30, 2023 · mj-biz-daily

Canada’s federal health regulator has approved Jazz Pharmaceuticals Canada’s cannabinoid-based medicine Epidiolex as a supplementary therapy for certain rare and severe forms of epilepsy, allowing the company to bring to market a clinically tested drug with global sales that dwarf those of the nation’s entire medical cannabis industry. Epidiolex is the top-selling clinically proven cannabinoid-based medicine in the world, with global sales through the first nine months of Jazz’s fiscal year totaling approximately $604.8 million (823 million Canadian dollars). By comparison, in… Read more.

The Israeli Cannabis Industry Faces War – How Israel’s Marijuana Industry Pivots During Wartime

November 29, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Since the 1960’s, Israel has been a pioneer for cannabis research. It was none other than Israeli chemist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam who was responsible for first isolating THC, followed by several revolutionary breakthroughs that have changed how the world understands how cannabis works – and heals us. The rest is history: biotech firms began sprouting all over Israel, schools began publishing notable studies on medical cannabis, and they legalized marijuana for medical use. Israel has long been far ahead of the West when it comes to… Read more.

New President of Ecuador Makes Drug Possession Illegal Again

November 28, 2023 · High Times

Ecuador’s newly-elected president has re-outlawed drug possession just a few days after taking power as part of a campaign promise to crack down on narcotics trafficking. President Daniel Noboa announced Thursday, less than two days after taking office, that he would be changing the nation’s drug laws to once again make possession of small amounts of drugs a crime, walking back legislation enacted by Democratic Socialist President Rafael Correa’s administration about a decade ago.  Previously, Ecuadorians were permitted to carry… Read more.

US cannabis operators on Canadian exchanges: Q&A with Cboe Canada’s Erik Sloane

November 27, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The Toronto Stock Exchange isn’t the only tier one Canadian exchange for U.S. cannabis companies looking to raise capital outside their home turf. A growing number of multistate operators have chosen another tier one exchange, the Toronto-based Cboe Canada exchange, instead of the more junior Canadian Securities Exchange. Cboe (pronounced “see-bow”) Canada was known as the NEO Exchange before its 2022 acquisition by Cboe Global Markets, the parent company of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. These days, Cboe Canada is home… Read more.

Ukrainian Medical Marijuana Bill That Was Set For Final Vote Is ‘Blocked’ By Hundreds Of ‘Spam’ Amendments, Lawmaker Says

November 25, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Ukraine that was supposed to be taken up for a final vote this week is being effectively blocked, with members of one party filing hundreds of so-called “spam” amendments to procedurally delay passage. Ukraine’s unicameral legislature, the Verkhovna Rada, was scheduled to consider the reform measure on Wednesday. It advanced through committee last month, with the support of President Volodymyr Zelensky, and it was expected to easily pass in a final reading—but MP Olga Stefanyshina… Read more.

Swedish Researchers Study Effects of LSD, Ketamine on Rats

November 24, 2023 · High Times

Researchers at a university in Sweden are using acid and ketamine to better understand the workings of the brain, which would then lead to the development of artificial intelligence. The researchers, based at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, “have developed a technique for simultaneously measuring electrical signals from 128 areas of the brain in awake rats,” the school said in a press release earlier this year.  The study has drawn recent media coverage from both Reuters and the British tabloid Metro. The university said that… Read more.

Colombia Senate Committee Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill, Sending It To A Floor Vote Next

November 23, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A Colombian Senate committee has approved a bill to legalize marijuana, sending it the full chamber for consideration. The legislation—which has already moved through committee and on the floor in the Chamber of Representatives in recent months—cleared the First Committee of the Senate on Wednesday. This marks the third of eight planned debates before the measure is potentially sent to the president next year. Lawmakers nearly enacted a version of the reform into law earlier this year, but it stalled out in… Read more.

South Africa Approves the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill – It’s Not Legalization, But It’s Another Step Forward!

November 21, 2023 · Cannabis.net

In a pivotal move towards cannabis reform in South Africa, South Africa's National Assembly has recently approved the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill, marking a significant development in the nation's stance on personal cannabis use. This legislative stride comes in the wake of a landmark 2018 judgment that decriminalized private cannabis consumption. However, the path to legalization unfolds with nuances and other considerations, reflecting the intricate landscape of cannabis policy reform. This article delves into the approved bill's details, exploring its implications for personal… Read more.

Buds in Berlin

November 19, 2023 · High Times

Finding weed in Berlin is like going back in time. Sure, Germany has a medical cannabis program but it’s not Oklahoma. The regulations are very strict. You can’t just walk in off the street and start buying flowers and concentrates. It’s true that German legislators are working out plans for cannabis legalization, but adult-use cannabis dispensaries are estimated to be at least five years away. To find cannabis in Berlin, you gotta do it the old-fashioned way. You need a plug. A… Read more.

Japan’s Lower House Passes Bill to Legalize Cannabis-Derived Pharmaceuticals

November 18, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Japan’s lower house of the National Diet on Tuesday passed a measure to legalize cannabis-derived pharmaceuticals, the Japan Times reports. The bill would also close a loophole in the country’s 1948 Cannabis Control Law, which bans possession, trade, and cultivation of cannabis and related products but does not contain a specific reference to use.  Under the bill, cannabis would be added as a banned substance under the Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Law, and violations of the law would be punishable by up… Read more.

Citizen Petition in Canada Seeks to Raise THC Limit for Cannabis Edibles

November 18, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A citizen petition in Canada’s House of Commons is seeking to raise the maximum amount of THC in edible cannabis products from 10 milligrams to 100 milligrams, which advocates say will “benefit consumers and will contribute to a more sustainable industry as a whole.”  The petition notes that both the Canada Competition Bureau and the Ontario Cannabis Store, which is run by the government, have called upon Health Canada to increase THC limits.  The petition argues that while the current 10 milligram THC limit… Read more.

Thailand Is Threatening Stricter Cannabis Laws. Weed Shops Are Confused

November 17, 2023 · Vice

A radiant symbol has recently emerged among the bright neon signs lining Bangkok's streets: the weed leaf. After legalizing medical cannabis in 2018, last year Thailand became the first country in Asia to decriminalize weed. Today, people over 20 who are not pregnant or breastfeeding can consume it without punishment, although smoking in public spaces can still land you a hefty fine. That’s led to a boom in cannabis shops across the country. And with a dispensary practically now on every… Read more.

South African National Assembly Approves Bill Legalizing Cannabis for Personal Use

November 17, 2023 · High Times

Following a major 2018 judgment, which decriminalized the private use of cannabis, it appears that South Africa could finally be inching toward legalization of personal cannabis use. However, there are a number of asterisks — as there often are when it comes to cannabis reform. On Tuesday, the South African National Assembly approved a bill that would legalize the personal use of cannabis, BusinessLIVE reports. The Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill has been in the works since the country decriminalized private cannabis… Read more.

Petition Calls For Canadian Regulators To Allow More Potent Edibles

November 15, 2023 · High Times

Canadian cannabis advocates are calling on the federal government to relax strict limits on the potency of cannabis edibles with a petition seeking a tenfold increase in maximum permitted THC levels. Canada legalized cannabis through an act of Parliament in 2018, and retail sales of cannabis extracts and edibles were authorized for licensed operators one year later. Regulations on edibles set strict potency limits, however, with a cap of 10 milligrams of THC per product. In contrast, California, the largest regulated… Read more.

Scientists Find Weed Traces in 17th Century Italian Skeletons

November 10, 2023 · High Times

Researchers in Italy have found evidence that cannabis was used by residents of Milan hundreds of years ago by studying bones from a 17th-century cemetery. In a report on the research, the scientists surmise that weed was likely used recreationally, noting that hospital records from the time do not include cannabis in an inventory of medicinal plants used in Milan in the 1600s. Medical records from the Middle Ages show that cannabis was used in Europe as an anesthetic and… Read more.

Study Finds Cannabis Treatments for Autism Improved Patients’ Quality of Life

November 10, 2023 · Cannabis Now

A new study has determined that customized cannabis treatments can improve the quality of life for patients with autism spectrum disorder. The study of 20 patients with autism found that participants who took a customized daily regimen of full-spectrum cannabis extracts showed a significant improvement in their symptoms resulting in an improvement in the quality of life for both the patients and their families. The small study, which was conducted by Brazilian researchers monitored by a University of Brasília ethics… Read more.

One-third of Canada’s cannabis greenhouse capacity taken offline

November 9, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

One after another, many of Canada’s largest cannabis greenhouses and indoor grow operations have been sold or mothballed as the industry continues to search for a supply-demand equilibrium after years of overproduction. The facilities, each costing anywhere from 100 million Canadian dollars ($73 million) to more than CA$500 million, are being closed for various reasons. Some of the operations crashed into the cannabis industry’s hard macroeconomic realities: Canadian cultivators bankrolled and licensed too much cultivation capacity before and after adult-use legalization in 2018,… Read more.

Village Farms Leans on Brand Diversification to Navigate Cannabis Glut

November 9, 2023 · Green Market Report

Village Farms International (Nasdaq: VFF), an agriculture veteran turned cannabis grower, is weathering a competitive cannabis market by betting on brand variety and operational efficiency, executives said during the company’s third-quarter earnings call. The British Columbia-based company, traditionally known for its produce, has shifted much of its growth narrative toward expanding Canadian cannabis segment. The introduction of the Fraser Valley brand to Ontario has driven positive results, grabbing decent market share by targeting cost-conscious consumers during a period of industry-wide price compressions. CEO Michael DeGiglio cited the… Read more.

Nana welcomes Siam Green Cannabis Co. Bangkok’s latest branch

November 9, 2023 · Thaiger

Nana is the latest neighbourhood to get a fresh dose of cannabis as Siam Green Cannabis Co. continues to expand across Bangkok, following the successful launch of their first branch in Phrom Phong last May. Officially opened on August 24, Siam Green Cannabis Co.’s new Nana branch is located on the main road of Sukhumvit between Soi 10 and 12. It’s more than just a cannabis dispensary, though — it’s a unique experience waiting to be explored. Siam Green Cannabis Co. offers a consistent… Read more.

Big investors keener on cannabis MSOs as rescheduling looms, survey shows

November 8, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Institutional investors are increasingly bullish on U.S. cannabis multistate operators, according to a new survey, which suggests marijuana rescheduling by the federal government could convince those big investors to put new money into MSOs. The group’s sentiment is “more bullish than it was six months ago, mostly because of (the prospect of) rescheduling,” said Frederico Gomes, a cannabis equity analyst with Calgary, Alberta-based ATB Capital Markets and lead author of the report, which surveyed 23 institutional investors between Oct. 23 and… Read more.

German Lawmakers Debate Marijuana Legalization Proposal In Committee Hearing, With Final Vote Scheduled Later This Month

November 7, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Lawmakers in Germany took comments from experts Monday during a parliamentary Health Committee hearing on the government’s proposal to legalize marijuana in the country. They also considered an alternative plan that would focus instead on reducing cannabis consumption through education and public health measures. The legalization measure, spearheaded by Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, would allow adults to legally possess cannabis and cultivate a maximum of three plants for personal use. It would also create social clubs that could distribute marijuana to… Read more.

Ireland’s First Cannabis Clinic Opens Four Years After Medical Program Launches

November 6, 2023 · High Times

Medicann is launching the first medical cannabis clinic in Ireland and is immediately accepting patients who believe they may be eligible for treatment, according to a news release. The clinic will cover “all conditions treatable with medicinal cannabis,” not limited to those recognized by Ireland’s Medicinal Cannabis Access Programme. Currently, there are three qualifying conditions included under the Medicinal Cannabis Access Programme: spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and severe treatment-resistant epilepsy. A Step Forward for… Read more.

Burna Boy Turned Down $5M Dubai Gig Because He Can’t Smoke Weed There

November 6, 2023 · High Times

Nigerian-born artist Burna Boy, 32, revealed that he turned down a $5 million offer to perform in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) because smoking cannabis is banned in the city, and the punishments are severe.  Per the local law, attempting to enter Dubai with cannabis can result in a five-year sentence, and if you’re caught smoking weed there, you might face a minimum of three months behind bars, and you’ll possibly be deported once you’re released. Before changes were made… Read more.

Clinical Trial Shows Promise for Next-Gen Psychedelic Treatment

November 6, 2023 · High Times

A biopharmaceutical company this week unveiled the results of a clinical trial it says showcases the potential of psychedelics as a mental health treatment. The findings come via Cybin, a Canadian company “committed to revolutionizing mental healthcare by developing new and innovative next-generation psychedelic treatment options.” According to the company, the results centered around CYB003, Cybin’s “proprietary deuterated psilocybin analog” that showed “a rapid, robust and statistically significant reduction in symptoms of depression three weeks following a single 12mg dose compared to… Read more.

Europe’s First Legal Cannabis Dispensary Is Set to Open – Game Changer or ‘Meh’?

November 4, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Curt Dalton of Cannabis.net once asked, are you buying or selling the European cannabis hype?  While the EU may grow to be the biggest legal cannabis market in the word, with that growth will come the biggest illicit or black market in the world as well.  As metioned in the article, "With a Gun to My Head, Here is the One Cannabis Investment I Would Make Right Now", is South America a much better choice in the long run for investors due… Read more.

Canadian cannabis industry on track for record number of licensee exits

November 2, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The Canadian cannabis industry is on pace to see a record number of federal licenses revoked this fiscal year, largely at the request of the companies themselves, according to new data from Health Canada. The federal agency revoked 42 licenses during the first six months of the current fiscal year – April through September – putting the industry on pace to surpass the 74 that were revoked in the 2022-23 fiscal year. In 2021-22, 50 licenses were revoked, more than… Read more.

Japanese Hemp Cultivators Working To Revitalize Hemp Industry

November 1, 2023 · High Times

According to a recent report from The Japan News, the region with the most hemp cultivation in Japan is the Tochigi Prefecture, located north of Tokyo. Farmers in the area initially cultivated a variety of hemp called Tochigishiro in 1982, which they still grow today. The number of hemp farmers has dwindled, with 6,000 growers in the Tochigi Prefecture at its peak, down to just 12 today. Many of these remaining growers are in their 60s and 70s. One 44 year old cultivator, Yoshinori… Read more.

Cannabis-Infused Meals and Drinks Start at Canadian Restaurant – Chicken Cordone Blue Dream, Anyone?

October 31, 2023 · Cannabis.net

A downtown Edmonton restaurant is preparing to introduce a unique culinary experience by offering cannabis-infused dishes and mocktails. CBD CBN, also known as Catering By Day, Catering By Night, will exclusively serve reservation-only fine dining, highlighting cannabis as its primary ingredient. Co-founded by mixologist James Mulholland and chef Stacey Mison, the restaurant aims to create a buzz in Edmonton with its innovative concept. Mulholland expressed optimism about the venture, saying that they anticipate a high demand for our offerings, aiming to attract not only… Read more.

Finally Cracking the Cannabis Consumer Code? – 2 Out of 3 Canadians Only Buy Weed from LEGAL Sources!

October 30, 2023 · Cannabis.net

A recent survey conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights, a Toronto-based polling company, reveals that approximately two-thirds of Canadian consumers now exclusively purchase cannabis from legal sources. This new data, released on the fifth anniversary of the end of cannabis prohibition in Canada, suggests that the regulated cannabis industry may have a more significant share of the overall market than previously assumed. This is advantageous for compliant businesses. This finding may surprise some industry executives who have occasionally attributed their challenges and… Read more.

Swiss Dank Accounts: First Legal European Cannabis Dispensaries to Open in Switzerland

October 27, 2023 · Hight Times

Switzerland will allow Europe’s first non-medical cannabis dispensaries to open and operate as part of a study to examine how controlled access to legal cannabis may affect health and consumption patterns of regular cannabis consumers. An announcement was made Friday about “Grashaus Projects” by German CBD and cannabinoid research company Sanity Group which said that in tandem with the Swiss Institute for Addiction and Health Research, their initiative to dispense legal cannabis to a small area in Switzerland called Basel-Landschaft had been… Read more.

Irish Citizens Panel Votes To Recommend Decriminalizing Drug Possession, But Marijuana Legalization Falls One Vote Short

October 24, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

After months of meetings and consideration, a group of 99 Irish citizens selected by the government to weigh in on the nation’s drug policy has voted to recommend decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of currently illicit substances and adopting a public health approach to the issue. The panel also narrowly voted against endorsing the legalization and regulation of marijuana, however. The Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs Use posted summaries of 36 policy recommendations online Monday following the body’s final meeting… Read more.

Morocco Officials Appoint New Leader of Cannabis Agency

October 23, 2023 · High Times

Mohamed El Guerrouj, who has been serving as the interim director for the Morocco National Agency for Regulating Cannabis Related Activities (ANRAC) general since September 2022, recently was granted the title of general director by Moroccan King Mohammed VI. According to Morocco World News, the announcement was made on Oct. 19 between King Mohammed VI and a council of ministers meeting to discuss the Morocco 2024 Finance Bill, as well as international agreements, and appointments to official positions.  El Guerrouj has… Read more.

Coffee, Cannabis & Color in Colombia

October 22, 2023 · High Times

Ignoring warnings from my family and that internal fear monster informed by nothing more than movies about narcotraficantes, I board the plane for an adventure in Colombia. From the moment I see Santi’s welcoming smile as I wheel out of the baggage area, I feel my anxiety dissipating. This is going to be an amazing weekend with Wind Hill Tours, the brainchild of Damian Holman, a cannabis grower based out of Maine. He, his wife Sonja, and their business partner Santi have… Read more.

UK’s Food Safety Agency Limits CBD Intake from Food or Drink to 10mg Per Day Max – Long Term Liver or Thyroid Issues Looming?

October 20, 2023 · Cannabis.net

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has significantly reduced the recommended daily CBD intake from food products. This change follows a thorough review of a joint position paper submitted by the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Process and the Committee on Toxicity (COT). As per the updated guidance, the FSA now suggests a maximum daily CBD intake of 10mg, roughly equivalent to "about 4-5 drops of 5% CBD oil." This is a substantial decrease from the previous recommendation of 70mg,… Read more.

Want Better Tasting Wine, Grow Hemp Plants in Your Vineyard Says New 3-Year Agricultural Study

October 20, 2023 · Cannabis.net

A comprehensive study has been conducted over three years in a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc vineyard by grape grower Kristy Harkness and viticulture researcher Dr. Mark Krasnow. The study has demonstrated that hemp is a viable cover crop, particularly within New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc vineyards. According to the findings reported by New Zealand Wine Grower, hemp did not pose competition to the grapevines and had a positive impact on both the soil and the quality of the wines produced. Remarkably, during New Zealand's dry season,… Read more.

German Lawmakers Hold First Debate On Marijuana Legalization Bill

October 19, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

German lawmakers have officially begun consideration of a bill that would legalize marijuana nationwide. The country’s parliament, called the Bundestag, held the first debate on the legislation on Wednesday after delaying the meeting last week due to the conflict in Israel and Palestine. The legalization measure, spearheaded by Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, would allow adults to legally possess cannabis and cultivate a maximum of three plants for personal use. It would also create social clubs that could distribute marijuana to members. Officials… Read more.

From weed to orchids: Canadian growers turn to new crops amid cannabis glut

October 19, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Some of Canada’s largest cannabis cultivators are turning to vegetables, fruits and orchids to bolster their bottom line as macroeconomic fundamentals continue to challenge the struggling industry. The latest licensed producer to enter the food business is Leamington, Ontario-based Tilray Brands, which recently said it was converting part of its sprawling facility in Gatineau, Quebec, to grow fruits and vegetables. Tilray joins Alberta-based Aurora Cannabis and British Columbia-headquartered Village Farms International in diversifying their main business at a time when… Read more.

Victorian Parliament Okays Medicinal Cannabis Driving Trial

October 18, 2023 ·

The Victorian parliament has passed new laws that will allow medical cannabis users to get behind the wheel on a closed road. These new laws are part of a trial that will look into the impact marijuana has on a person’s driving ability. In 2016, Victoria was the first Australian state to legalize medical cannabis. However, individuals part of this program can still face legal consequences if they’re found to have tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in their system while driving. The difficulty with this is THC… Read more.

After Smelling Legal Marijuana In New York, Colombian President Denounces ‘Enormous Hypocrisy’ Of U.S.-Led Drug War

October 17, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Unveiling Colombia’s new national drug policy recently, President Gustavo Petro recalled smelling the odor of marijuana wafting through the streets of New York City during a recent visit to the U.S., remarking on the “enormous hypocrisy” of legal cannabis sales now taking place in the nation that launched the global drug war decades ago. “Marijuana is sold today in Times Square,” Petro said, according to a translation of his speech. “It smelled on all the streets, all the way around… Read more.

Israeli Cannabis Adjusts to War

October 15, 2023 · Green Market Report

Israel has been at the forefront of cannabis legitimization as the country’s scientists are responsible for many of the modern-day medical studies of the plant. Israeli researcher Raphael Mechoulam, the father of cannabis research, passed away this year, at 92 years of age. In the early 1960s, he was the first to reveal the structure of cannabidiol (CBD) and delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), molecules setting the stage for the future of cannabis. Since the U.S.  didn’t consider cannabis to have any medical… Read more.

Thai Government Walking Back Cannabis Legalization

October 13, 2023 · Cannabis Now

The government of Thailand is taking steps to walk back the legalization of adult-use cannabis, barely more than a year after personal use of the plant was legalized in the Southeast Asian nation. The government passed a law to decriminalize cannabis in June 2022, when the plant was removed from the nation’s list of illegal narcotics. Under the legislation, adults aged 20 and older are permitted to use cannabis for medical purposes, although not in public places. Adults are also… Read more.

Study: Hemp Could Be Beneficial Cover Crop for Wine Vineyards

October 13, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Planting hemp as a cover crop in wine vineyards could be beneficial, according to a study conducted by New Zealand researchers outlined by New Zealand Wine Grower. The research, conducted over three years in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc vineyards by grape grower Kirsty Harkness and viticulture researcher Dr. Mark Krasnow, found the hemp did not compete with the vines and beneficially affected the soils and wines.  Additionally, the hemp became established without supplemental irrigation during an exceptionally dry season when other cover crops failed… Read more.

New Research Paper Showcases History of Cannabis Use, Including Necromancy

October 12, 2023 · High Times

A recent paper published in the European Journal for Chemistry explores the historical use of cannabis and its versatility. Entitled “From ancient Asian relics to contemporaneity: A review of historical and chemical aspects of Cannabis,” researchers Gabriel Vitor de Lima Marques and Renata Barbosa de Oliveira from the Brazil-based Federal University of Minas Gerais’ Department of Pharmaceutical Products, submitted the paper earlier this year in April, and it was printed in the journal in late September. “From the Himalayan mountains to the… Read more.

Canadian cannabis farms eligible for federal funding via CA$3.5B program

October 11, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Canadian cannabis growers and processors are eligible to apply for funding under the new 3.5 billion Canadian dollar ($2.6 billion) Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership program if certain conditions are met, the administrator of the initiative, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, told MJBizDaily. Any prospective sources of new funding would be welcome news for Canada’s smaller cannabis growers and processors, many of which are struggling under persistent deflationary and ultracompetitive pressures, plus tight funding from private-sector lenders. Financing from the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable… Read more.

Putin Says Cocaine, Grenades Caused Fatal Plane Crash of Enemy, Not Assassination

October 9, 2023 · High Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Thursday that mercenary Yevgeny Prigozhin’s fiery death in a plane that went down was due to cocaine and grenades, not a coordinated assassination in retaliation for his uprising, as many suspect. Prigozhin’s days were numbered the moment he led the Wagner Group—his paramilitary mercenary group—in a short but surprisingly robust uprising against Putin’s military last June. Prigozhin also openly criticized the Russian Defense Ministry, calling the invasion of the Ukraine as more or less… Read more.

Canada’s cannabis ‘strategy table’ quietly met over summer

October 5, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

A group that was supposed to have been created by the Canadian government almost two years ago to shine a light on major issues confronting the nation’s struggling cannabis industry is, for the first time, showing signs of life. A long-awaited cannabis “strategy table” designed to bridge communication between Canada’s federal government and the flailing industry quietly had its preliminary meeting over the summer and selected a chair, industry sources say. George Smitherman, CEO of the Cannabis Council of Canada, said the… Read more.

Ditch Weed for Shrooms? – Israeli Startups Shifiting Gears to Psychedelic Research and Monetization

October 4, 2023 · Cannabis.net

What The Israelis Are Currently Studying In The Psychedelic Field For several decades now, Israel has been a global leader when it comes to scientific marijuana research. It was also Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli chemist, who was responsible for first isolating THC and labeling it as the primary psychoactive compound in the plant back in 1965. Israel is far more advanced compared to any country in the world when it comes to cannabis research, even the US. That’s because the federal government still… Read more.

India Carves Out Its Own Lane in the Shroom Boom

October 2, 2023 · High Times

The first mushroom festival in India took place September 15-18 in the verdant and fungally diverse tropical forests of Wayanad in the southern state of Kerala. The inaugural Shroom Sabha attracted mycophiles from all corners of the subcontinent, and struck an acute balance between professionalism and playfulness that brought out the best of each quality.  While the “Shroom Boom” happening in the West has garnered headlines and primetime coverage for the last several years, the mushroom revolution in India has somehow managed… Read more.

BDSA Walks Back Global Cannabis Sales Forecast by $5B

October 2, 2023 · Green Market Report

The most recent global cannabis market forecast from Colorado-based BDSA predicts that the industry will hit $55 billion in sales by 2027, a big increase from about $32 billion in 2022. But it is a significant downward revision from another BDSA report earlier this year, which projected that global marijuana sales would hit almost $60 billion by 2027. That change the German government’s decision to retreat from its original plan for a broad recreational market, opting instead for a more limited pilot program, BDSA executives told Green… Read more.

Bill To Legalize Marijuana In Germany Advances After State Representatives Fail To Block It

September 30, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Opponents of a proposed bill to legalize marijuana in Germany did not muster enough support to block the measure in legislative body representing states, meaning it will now continue through the process. Germany’s legislature is composed of two main bodies: the Bundestag, which is comprised of democratically elected lawmakers, and the Bundesrat (or Federal Council), which has members representing individual states. On Friday, the legalization bill was brought up in the latter chamber, where legislators urged the adoption of amendments but did… Read more.

Herd of Sheep Devour Hundreds of Pounds of Pot in Greece

September 28, 2023 · High Times

A herd of sheep grazing near Almyros in the Thessaly region Greece invaded a medical cannabis greenhouse and ate at least a hundred kilograms of pot, local reports say. The incident was spurred by displaced livestock in Greece after Storm Daniel ripped through the Mediterranean country. NPR reports that over 600 pounds of cannabis were consumed by sheep in the Thessaly incident, while other sources mention 220 pounds of cannabis. Either way, it was a massive amount of medical cannabis. Sheep… Read more.

Canadian cannabis companies tap government funding programs

September 28, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

More Canadian cannabis companies are tapping government funding sources to finance research and other projects as private-sector capital has become harder to come by. MJBizDaily found that more than 3 million Canadian dollars ($2.2 million) worth of federal funding was provided to almost two dozen companies over the past year, according to the government’s Grants and Contributions portal. Since 2018, the year Canada legalized recreational marijuana, roughly CA$32.8 million worth of funding has been provided to dozens of cannabis businesses by… Read more.

Thailand to Shut Down Recreational Cannabis? Prime Minister Tells the UN He Is Shutting Down Adult Use Weed!

September 27, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Thailand’s Prime Minister May Stop Recreational Cannabis Use What This Could Mean For The Future Of Thailand’s Weed Industry For over a year now, Thailand has been enjoying its status as the world’s newest stoner’s paradise. Since June 2022, dispensaries and weed shops to cater to all kinds of lifestyles mushroomed all over the country. Thanks to Anutin Charnvirakul, the Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister for the Bhumjaithai Party. Since he was responsible for helping Thailand recover after the pandemic, he… Read more.

UN Agency Says Drug War Has ‘Major Human Rights Impacts,’ Urging Countries To Instead Adopt A Public-Health Approach

September 22, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A new United Nations report highlights the many human rights concerns raised by the war on drugs, urging member states to shift from punitive drug-control policies to an approach rooted in public health. Dealing with drugs as a criminal problem, the report says, is causing further harm. “Laws, policies and practices deployed to address drug use must not end up exacerbating human suffering,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk said in a statement Wednesday. “The drugs problem remains… Read more.

Thailand plans cannabis law rewrite to allow only medical sales

September 22, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Thailand’s new prime minister said the Southeast Asian country plans to rewrite its cannabis laws to allow only medical use, a move that would halt widespread recreational sales and fundamentally alter the industry. In an interview with Bloomberg, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who was elected in August, said there is a need to “rewrite the law” to stop adult-use sales from occurring. “The problem about drugs has been widespread lately,” he said in the interview. He said his government would “rectify” the… Read more.

Denmark has destroyed more than 145,000 kilograms of cannabis

September 20, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Much of the medical cannabis produced under Denmark’s regulatory system has not made it to market and was intentionally destroyed for various reasons, according to government data. Just over 300 permits have been issued for the destruction of 145,541 kilograms (320,862 pounds) of cannabis, the Danish Parliament’s Health Committee said in a reply to a parliamentary inquiry earlier this year. The figure includes all cannabis destroyed by the companies with an authorization to cultivate cannabis – within the country’s pilot program –… Read more.

London-Based Psychedelic Startup Incubator Raises $3.3M in Seed Funding

September 20, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

London, England-based psychedelics startup incubator Beckley Waves has raised $3.3 million in seed funding, Axios reports. The firm backs startups focused on therapies, education, and software.  Investors in the raise include the Joe and Sandy Samberg Foundation, Satori Neuro, Evolve Ventures and Foundation, Bridge Builders Collaborative, 1440 Foundation, Austin Hearst, and Asia Agnelli.  Daniel Love, a partner at Beckley, told Axios the company plans to use the funds to launch two companies and “make a handful of strategic investments.” Love added that… Read more.

Square Enters Cannabis Space in Canada

September 20, 2023 · Green Market Report

E-commerce technology company Squarespace Inc. (NYSE: SQSP) announced a partnership with dispensary tech company Jane Technologies to offer its products to cannabis businesses in Canada. “At Square, we’re always looking to solve sellers’ pain points and we know cannabis dispensaries have limited options when it comes to reliable and integrated commerce tools,” said Roshan Jhunja, Head of Retail at Square. “Sellers are looking for an easy-to-use, fully integrated omnichannel solution to help them run their businesses in person and online. We’ve been fortunate to… Read more.

Canadian cannabis retail evolving, consolidating 5 years after legalization

September 19, 2023 ·

Nearly five years after legalizing recreational marijuana at the federal level, Canada is approaching 4,000 regulated cannabis stores spread unevenly across the enormous country, according to data compiled by MJBizDaily. The latest quarterly store tally comes as Canada’s cannabis retail sector continues to transform. Some private-sector retailers are failing, such as major retail chain Fire & Flower, which entered creditor protection in June after years of operating at a loss. Other retail operators, meanwhile, are acquiring: Fika Cannabis successfully bid 36 million Canadian dollars ($26.7 million) for… Read more.

Burb’s Minimalist Designs Speak a Universal Language

September 19, 2023 ·

Some brands just seem to have an innate sense for how to make it to the top. They’re able to attract the old guard with a classic panache while at the same time appealing to hipsters who seek a bougie vibe. Canadian dispensary chain Burb passes the test, blending trendy retail with onsite spaces where artists can create and collaborate and industry members can network and build brands. From consumption lounges and live-music nights to a bud bar and a new location that… Read more.

Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth raising $25 million

September 19, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth Corp. entered into subscription agreements with institutional investors in a private placement offering for gross proceeds of approximately $25 million (33.8 million Canadian dollars). The offering of roughly 22.9 million units occurred at a price per unit of $1.09, an approximately 22% discount from Friday’s close, according to a Monday news release. Smiths Falls, Ontario-based Canopy said the investors hold an over-allotment option allowing them to acquire up to about 22.9 more units. The gross proceeds from… Read more.

Columbia Care Changes Name to The Cannabist Company

September 19, 2023 · Green Market Report

Columbia Care Inc. (NEO: CCHW) (OTCQX: CCHWF) is changing its legal name to The Cannabist Company Holdings Inc. as it aligns more closely with its retail store name. The company is rebranding to The Cannabist Company and is also changing its trading symbols on the CBOE Canada to “CBST” and “CBST.WT”, respectively, for the common shares and warrants. “The rebrand to The Cannabist Company marks an incredibly pivotal moment for us as an organization and speaks to where we are heading. When we launched Cannabist, we wanted… Read more.

Canadian medical cannabis registrations at lowest level since legalization

September 14, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Active medical cannabis registrations and overall spending on the medicine in Canada fell to their lowest levels since before recreational marijuana was legalized in late 2018. The number of active patient registrations with a federal license holder was 212,700 as of the end of March, according to the latest data from Health Canada and Statistics Canada, respectively. That’s 38% lower than the 345,520 active registrations in October 2018, when Canada legalized marijuana for adult use. The Health Canada figures are… Read more.

Can Tilray successfully synergize its cannabis, alcohol businesses?

September 11, 2023 ·

With its right hand, Tilray Brands has consolidated a swath of the Canadian cannabis market, most recently buying Hexo Corp. in its quest to grow market share. With its left hand, Tilray has gone on a beverage alcohol acquisition bender in the United States. After several alcohol acquisitions that turned Tilray into one of the largest U.S. craft brewers, the company recently announced an $85 million deal to acquire eight craft beer brands from brewing behemoth Anheuser-Busch InBev. As the dust settles on Tilray’s latest… Read more.

Canadian Takeover of High Times Puts Company in the Hands of Discredited CEO

September 10, 2023 · CelebStoner

High Times has been sold to Victoria, BC-based psychedelics firm Lucy Scientific Discovery (for LSD) headed by disgraced Hollywood executive Richard Nanula. The news leaked out yesterday with a press release sent to a handful of media sources: Lucy Scientific Discovery Inc. (“Lucy” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: LSDI), a leading psychotropic innovator announces the acquisition of the intellectual property (IP) of High Times, the most recognizable and iconic brand in the cannabis industry. This acquisition provides a stream of high-margin licensing and… Read more.

UK committee calls for wider access to ‘unlicensed’ medical cannabis

September 10, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The United Kingdom’s Home Affairs Committee is recommending the government widen access to unlicensed cannabis-based products for medical use via the National Health Service before the end of the current Parliament. The National Health Service (NHS) is England’s publicly funded health care system. The government has two months to respond to the committee’s recommendation. There are currently no licensed cannabis-based products for medical use (CBPMs) in the U.K. And, though unlicensed CBPMs may be prescribed, none have received marketing authorization.… Read more.

The International Cannabis Trade is Booming without the US – Guess Which Countries are Buying and Importing the Most Weed?

September 10, 2023 · Cannabis.net

According to recently released data from Health Canada to MJBizDaily, Canada's medical cannabis exporters found their most significant markets in Australia and Israel last year. During the fiscal year from April 2022 to March 2023, Canada shipped 59,986 kilograms (approximately 132,200 pounds) of medical marijuana flower abroad. This marked a substantial 48% surge compared to the previous year's export volume of 40,640 kilograms. This is overlapping with the news that Colombia is already shipping thousands of pounds of cannabis to Europe due… Read more.

Barney’s Farm Cannabis Seeds Launch in US

September 7, 2023 · Cannabis Now

If you’re an enthusiast of top-quality cannabis seeds, we’ve got some fantastic news for you. The renowned cannabis seed bank Barney’s Farm launched their USA website www.barneysfarm.us in this past May. This marks a new era for cannabis enthusiasts nationwide, as they can now access the finest seeds, straight from the source. And with all seeds shipped from their USA warehouse based in Illinois, you can expect quick delivery to any state. Let’s explore the history of Barney’s Farm, the reasons behind… Read more.

Medical cannabis reimbursements for Canadian veterans rise to CA$167 million

September 6, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Medical cannabis reimbursements by Veterans Affairs Canada in the 2022-23 fiscal year recorded an all-time high, according to the latest figures.However, annual growth of those reimbursements as measured in dollars reached a multiyear low, indicating that growth in the category is slowing substantially.Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is the federal department responsible for benefits and services for retired and serving Canadian Armed Forces members.In the 2022-23 fiscal year ended March 31, VAC reimbursed 21,108 people a total of 167.6 million Canadian… Read more.

Australia, Israel top destinations of Canadian medical cannabis exports

September 5, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Australia and Israel were the top markets for Canada’s medical cannabis exporters last year, as the quantity of flower shipped overseas continued to surge, according to new figures shared by Health Canada with MJBizDaily. In the April 2022-March 2023 fiscal year, Canada’s exports of medical marijuana flower were 59,986 kilograms (roughly 132,200 pounds), a 48% increase over the previous year’s 40,640 kilograms. The vast majority of exports, however, went to only three countries, meaning exporters risk being dependent on a very… Read more.

Swimming Pigs, White Sand Beaches, and Legal Weed – Bahamas Introduces Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

September 4, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Bahamian officials have introduced a comprehensive legislative package to legalize marijuana for medical, religious, and research purposes, with a concurrent move to decriminalize personal possession of small amounts of cannabis and expunge previous convictions for simple possession. These proposed bills aim to establish a regulated and secure cannabis industry in the Bahamas. Attorney General Ryan Pinder and Health and Wellness Minister Michael Darville unveiled these reforms during a recent press briefing, expressing their goal of presenting the bills in Parliament by… Read more.

The Bahamas Government Unveils Bill to Legalize Cannabis for Medical and Religious Use

August 31, 2023 ·

Legislation to legalize cannabis for medical and religious purposes and decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis have been unveiled in The Bahamas, the Jamaica Gleaner reports. Under the law, individuals caught with less than an ounce of cannabis not used for religious or medical purposes would be subject to a $250 fine but would not be criminally charged. Under the proposal, licenses for cultivation, retail, transport, and religious use would only be awarded to companies that are entirely Bahamian-owned, while licenses for… Read more.

Canadian wildfires appear to have little impact on cannabis supplies

August 29, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Health Canada said two licensed cannabis companies have voiced concerns about the wildfires in British Columbia, but the federal regulator told MJBizDaily it has yet to receive any reports the blazes have destroyed marijuana crops. “Health Canada is aware that the wildfires and their associated evacuation orders may have an impact on cannabis license holders,” a Health Canada spokesperson said via email Thursday. “We acknowledge these are challenging times.” The regulator did not identify the companies. Canada has been battling its worst… Read more.