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International Cannabis Weekly: 200

June 4, 2021

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CZECH PARLIAMENT ADVANCES BILL TO LIBERALISE MEDICAL CANNABIS

On Wednesday the 2nd of June, the lower house of the Czech Parliament approved a set of amendments to the country’s laws governing the production and prescription of medical cannabis and hemp. The bill makes possible the production of medical cannabis by private groups, the marketing of cannabis isolates and oils, and the production of hemp goods with up to 1% THC.

The Czech Republic is a pioneering country in the regulation of substances such as cannabis, particularly in terms of harm reduction and patient access. Access to legally-prescribed products started to gain traction in 2018 and has grown exponentially since then. The growth seen over recent years has continued up to the present day. In the first four months of 2021, over 2,419 patients have been prescribed 31.6 kilograms of medical cannabis, more than twice the amount for the same period in 2020.

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UK MPS BACK THE CALL TO REVIEW THE MISUSE OF DRUGS ACT

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CANOPY GROWTH REPORTS STOCK LOSSES OF C$700 MILLION

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THE MEDICAL CANNABIS CONUNDRUM IN EUROPE

Amidst a steady rise in demand across Europe, what are the opportunities and challenges for producers, suppliers and distributors alike? Exports across the continent are at an all-time high, with some North American companies already making moves to get into the market early. With increasingly progressive legislation on the horizon, the European landscape could soon be very different.

At Prohibition Partners LIVE, host Alfredo Pascual was joined by Tjalling Erkelens, CEO of Bedrocan, and Alex Agius Saliba MEP (Malta), for an expert view and debate on supply of, and demand for, medical cannabis in Europe.

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LET’S PUSH THINGS FORWARD AT CANNABIS EUROPA LONDON THIS NOVEMBER

Arguably the cannabis market showing the most potential continues its path to maturity, Europe is evolving as a key driver of change and is poised to realise its potential as a global leader. Under the theme, ‘European Cannabis: Let’s Push Things Forward’, Cannabis Europa will return as a live event in London on 10-11 November.

The two-day conference will explore cannabis’ coming of age on the continent and will shape the agenda for taking cannabis in Europe to the next level.

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AMAZON SUPPORTS FEDERAL CANNABIS LEGISLATION WITH PLANS TO STOP TESTING FOR CANNABIS ON SOME STAFF

E-commerce giant Amazon has come out in support of proposed US legislation to legalise cannabis at the federal level. Amazon will also no longer screen its job applicants for cannabis use for any positions not regulated by the Department of Transportation.

The company’s public policy team will be actively supporting The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act), which seeks to legalise cannabis at the federal level.

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