EUROPEAN UNION TO REVIEW MINOR CANNABINOIDS AND CANNABIS FLOWERS IN COSMETICS
This week, the European Union has released a ‘non-paper’ covering its position on cannabis in its different forms and components. The non-paper – an EU term for an unofficial document put forward to test the reaction of other parties to possible procedural or policy changes – was presented to the Horizontal Working Party on Drugs in June.
The following report – covering everything from the current recreational and medical use of cannabis to its agricultural, cosmetic and food uses as well as health and nutritional claims – highlights the impact recent judgements could have on EU policy.
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URUGUAY ON THE CUSP OF LEGALISING AND COMMERCIALISING CBD EDIBLES
- Spanish court upholds European Union legislation allowing CBD products to be sold across Europe.
- Regional commission allows processing and production of hemp to develop Sardinian local supply chain.
- Patients in Germany will now be able to access medical cannabis that has been cultivated within the country.
- Cannabis company CiiTECH to join standard board of the LSE after it raises £2.1 million in capital.
- Portuguese hemp farmers lose out on permits and this year’s crops, as governing official has left her post.
- Malta may see more progressive cannabis legislation after the new Maltese Minister for Innovation is appointed.
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- Missouri peaks with US$70 million in sales since launching its cannabis industry last October.
- Nevada’s Athletic Commission is the most recent to lift the ban on cannabis use for boxing and mixed-martial arts athletes.
- Clever Leaves donates historical US$25 million in cannabis products to advance research into the benefits of cannabis.
- Apple is first to open app store opportunities to cannabis businesses after new policy updates.
- National Industrial Hemp Council projects that hemp seed sales will dominate the market by 2030.
- Harborside successfully completes Sublime acquisition for US$43.8 million.
- NIHC estimates US exports of hemp and hemp-derived products more than doubled to US$1.8 billion in 2020.
- Colorado introduces stricter testing regulations for foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics containing hemp.
- Planet 13 opens a cannabis dispensary theme park, signalling modernisation of cannabis tourism and consumption.
- Trulieve completes a US$60 million acquisition of Pennsylvanian dispensaries, adding another 91 to its portfolio.
- CeresMED merger with Canadian-based company SLANG brings fears for Vermont locals over market push out.
- Canada’s WeedMD announces intention to change its company name to Entourage Health Corp.
- Icanic Brands continues growth following its latest successful acquisition of California-based company De Krown.
- Sundial announces C$350 million investment into joint venture SunStream Bancorp.
- The Ontario Cannabis store annual review calculated that it sold almost 100 million grams of cannabis in 2020-2021.
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LATAM & CARIBBEAN
- Trinidad and Tobago releases plans to legalise cannabis for medical, research and religious purposes.
- Uruguay’s National Drug Secretariat wants to amend cannabis laws to prevent crime, though growers are not convinced.
- Canadian Avicanna signs a multi-year contract to supply CBD and THC extracts to Brazilian pharmaceutical company.
- Clever Leaves continues expansion after announcing its entry into Mexican cannabis market.
- Brazilian ANVISA sets up a workshop to discuss regulations of dietary supplements including cannabis.
- Indian start-up is first cannabis firm to receive BIRAC grant after developing a transdermal cannabis product.
- Filipino cannabis activist begins pro-cannabis parliamentary party MedCann to end the war on drugs.
- New Zealand families accuse the government of creating a medical cannabis crisis due to overly restrictive regulations.
- Bod Australia sees record medical cannabis sales with a 212% increase in the last year.
- AusCann achieves a supply deal with the Tasmanian Health Department, and sees products covered by some health funds.
- Financial company FinClear acts as catalyst for the trading of cannabis securities in the Australian market.
- Collected data finds 15.9 million Australians support cannabis decriminalisation.
- Australia’s TGA approves Dragonfly cannabis oil for the Special Access Scheme, available to patients immediately.
AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST
- Continued losses for Labat, reporting R17.5 million loss directly after last year’s R4.7 million loss.
- Tikun Olam diversifies its range with the acquisition of Gynica, offering cannabis treatments for gynaecological problems.
- Curaleaf is first company to successfully export 1 ton of medical cannabis flower to Israel under new regulations.
- Israel will recommence importing cannabis from overseas after a halt of one year.