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International Cannabis Weekly: 250

June 2, 2022

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AUSTRIA SEES RECORD IMPORTS OF MEDICAL CANNABIS IN 2021

New data obtained by Prohibition Partners by means of a freedom of information process shows that Austria likely continues to have one of the largest populations accessing legal medical cannabis in Europe. However, progress in patient access is slow, and remains very restricted when compared to neighbouring Germany and especially so when compared to North America.

According to new data supplied by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (BMSGPK), 6,460 grams of dronabinol (pure THC) were imported into Austria in 2021, a 28% increase on 2020, but just 20% more than the previous peak in 2019.

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SPAIN IS SET TO BECOME THE LATEST COUNTRY TO LEGALISE MEDICAL CANNABIS

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CANNABIS TOURISM IN THE US ADDS MORE THAN US$17 BILLION TO LOCAL ECONOMIES

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Canada
  • After an initial pandemic boost, cigarette sales have slumped in New Brunswick, whilst cannabis sales have soared.
  • Aurora Cannabis announces a US$125 million deal led by Canaccord Genuity and BMO Capital Markets.
  • Prince George Airport has announced its partnership with Copilot, a dispensary that is pioneering cannabis for travel.
  • Entourage Health’s Q1 revenue increased by 17% sequentially to C$12.4 million from the previous quarter.
  • Item 9 Labs has acquired Sessions Cannabis as they look to fast-track into the Canadian market.
  • Ikanik Farms announces name change to Pideka Group Inc. and will be known as PDKA on the securities exchange.
  • Harvest One Cannabis Inc. has reported a jump in revenue, with higher sales of cannabis health products than the US.
  • The Canadian federal government has sanctioned a drug decriminalisation programme in British Columbia.
  • High Tide acquires Bud Heaven as it adds two established cannabis retail stores to its operation in Ontario.

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LATAM & The Caribbean
  • After four years of cannabis legalisation in Uruguay, nearly half of sales now take place within the legal market.
  • The scope of Argentina’s ARICCAME is to encourage the ‘harmonious development of the industry in each region‘.
  • A Brazilian bill to encourage research into cannabis in Goiania has been approved by the CCJ.
  • PharmaCielo expects revenue to continue to grow in the next quarter as it ships 300kg of CBD oil to Spain.
  • The favourite to win the Colombian presidency is a firm supporter of legalising cannabis.
  • There has been a surge in Latin America for cannabis tourism as people seek out themed tours, bars and hotels.

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APAC
  • The Victorian government says it is on track to supply 50% of Australia’s medical cannabis by the end of the decade.
  • The Japanese Ministry of Health is set to hold talks around the legalisation of cannabis.
  • New Zealand-based Greenfern Industries has reported a patient increase of 42% month-on-month.
  • Bhumjaithai party leader says the law changes around cannabis were the reason for success at the last election.
  • The DLT in Thailand is pushing for a law that bans public transport drivers from using cannabis before driving.
  • The Thai government is set to launch a mobile app next week so cannabis growers can register.

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