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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this week’s cannabis news round-up, supermodel Gigi Hadid was arrested and pleaded guilty to cannabis possession; Philip Morris to acquire Israeli firm for up to $650M; Ukraine takes first step towards medical cannabis; and Berner teams up with the Last Prisoner project for Release Papers. Photo courtesy of Cayman Islands Classic Gigi Hadid Arrested for Cannabis Possession in Cayman Islands Gigi Hadid’s recent trip to the Cayman Islands took an unexpected turn when Customs & Border Control agents discovered… Read more.
Ukraine is on the verge of legalizing medical cannabis, primarily relieving war veterans suffering from physical and mental trauma. The UK Telegraph reports that the marijuana bill has passed its initial reading, garnering overwhelming support from 268 out of 344 lawmakers. The legislation awaits a second reading before it reaches President Volodymyr Zelensky for final approval. The recent development reported by The Telegraph indicates a profound shift in public attitudes towards marijuana following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Unlike the year 2021, when a similar… Read more.
Ukraine’s parliament has given initial approval to a medical cannabis legalization bill, the Kyiv Post reports. The law must still pass a second reading following any amendments and finalization by lawmakers before moving to President Volodymyr Zelensky for his signature. People’s Deputy Iryna Herashchenko said on Telegram the measure is “not so much about medicine as about the industrial cultivation of cannabis and corruption schemes by the government regarding permits and the development of huge financial flows.” The draft law backed by the Ministry of… Read more.