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September 23, 2020
Prohibition Partners LIVE returns this November with global cannabis conference
Cannabis market set to offer welcome relief during global recession
September 22, 2020
European Cannabis: Waking the Sleeping Giant
The consolidation of fully legalised and regulated cannabis industries in North America has powered hope that the same progressive systems might be implemented as quickly and successfully elsewhere. However, the...
September 18, 2020
Prohibition Partners Interviews Pharmin’s CEO Ana Kobalia
Pharmin is a vertically integrated Uruguayan company, formed in June 2019 as a result of a transnational partnership of experienced and successful entrepreneurs. Today, the company is proud of its...
September 14, 2020
Germany: Insured medicinal cannabis sales worth €75 million in the first half of 2020
New data just released from the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV) shows continued year on year growth of the German medicinal cannabis market, despite signs that growth...
September 11, 2020
Recreational cannabis projects beginning to emerge in Europe
Prohibitionist ideologies embedded in the international narcotic treaties have hampered the development of legal recreational cannabis programmes in Europe. However, we have seen the emergence of cannabis social clubs and...
Prohibition Partners interviews cannabinoid expert D’Arcy Bond from Newell Sciences
Newell Sciences is a fully integrated cannabinoid producer that delivers high quality cannabinoids to the global market. Prohibition Partners sits down with D’Arcy Bond, Director of Newell Sciences, to discuss...
September 10, 2020
US Congressional Committee Approves the Medical Cannabis Research Act
September 4, 2020
Key insights from THE IMPACT SERIES: Disrupting Food
September 2, 2020
Israeli cannabis patient numbers reach 60,000 as imports are on course to dominate domestic market
Cannabis patient numbers in Israel have reached a record high in 2020, breaking the 60,000 mark. However, compliance issues for local producers have hamstrung the domestic market with imports rising...
August 28, 2020
Medical cannabis patient numbers reach 20,000 in Brazil
Individual patient authorisations to import cannabis products into Brazil continue to surge, as shown by the most recent data provided by Brazilian health regulator ANVISA to Prohibition Partners.
August 25, 2020
Medical cannabis growers risk overcapacity in Europe as planned production scales up
For the majority of the previous two decades, the Netherlands was responsible for the sole commercial cultivation of cannabis in Europe. Now, half a dozen European states produce cannabis for...
August 20, 2020
Clarification: Is Cannabis a Cure for COVID-19?
Currently, over 22 million people have been infected with COVID-19 worldwide and researchers estimate that it will take months before we have medicines that effectively treat or cure the virus...
August 14, 2020
European medical cannabis trade: Southern Europe becoming largest supplier
The rising demand for medical cannabis in Europe, driven primarily by maturing markets such as Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, has opened the door to new sources for medical cannabis...
August 13, 2020
Hemp farming in the US: total acreage shrinks for the first time
Is the age of exponential growth in hemp farming coming to an end? If so, what does this mean for the supply-demand balance of the CBD industry? With CBD gradually...
August 11, 2020
Over 30% of adults in Europe and North America willing to try infused beverages
Proprietary consumer surveys from Prohibition Partners show that a significant proportion of the adult populations in Europe’s major cannabis markets and North America are willing to try infused beverages.
August 6, 2020
July records largest single-month prescription growth in Australia as authorisations surge
Earlier today, the TGA of Australia released data on medical cannabis authorisations for July, showing the largest single month increase in prescription approvals to date.
August 4, 2020
Social Listening: Positive sentiment dominant ahead of New Zealand referendum
Recent online sentiment analysis has suggested cannabis legislation is now being viewed favourably by citizens in New Zealand.
July 31, 2020
Argentina announces plans to broaden medical cannabis schemes
Argentina has drafted regulations to increase accessibility to medicinal cannabis in 2020, allowing more patients to get access.
July 29, 2020
Germany imports 4,126kg of medical cannabis during the first half of 2020
Yesterday, Germany’s BfArM released new data on medical cannabis imports from Q1 and Q2 2020, showing an increase of 16% in Q1 2020 and 32% in Q2 2020.
July 24, 2020
Canadian cannabis retailers reach new records in May as illicit market sales fall
According to StatsCan, Canadian retailers sold a record CAD$185.9 million worth of cannabis in May 2020.
July 23, 2020
FDA set to launch widespread CBD testing plan to tackle product inconsistencies
Earlier this month, the US FDA released data on the US CBD market as part of a review by the White House relating to cannabis and CBD research.
July 17, 2020
UK CBD market facing shake up as prices drop and premium CPG brands set to emerge
Over the last two years, the UK CBD market has enjoyed low barriers to entry, a lack of regulatory standards and extremely high premiums for inconsistent high street products.
Deputy Ministers submit proposal to legalise adult-use cannabis in Guernsey
Two Deputy Ministers have submitted proposals to fully legalise recreational cannabis, with the hope of implementing an operating model similar to the one used in Canada.
July 16, 2020
Medical Cannabis Prescriptions Grow 400% year-on-year in the Czech Republic
Czech Republic passes 1,000 monthly patients mark as flower prescriptions grow 400% year-on-year
July 14, 2020
Overcapacity continues to loom over the Canadian market despite players slashing costs
Despite increasing demand, both in the medical and adult-use markets, inventory figures continued to increase in tandem, leading to an oversupply in the Canadian market.
July 10, 2020
Cannabis 2.0 boosts legal cannabis sales in Canada
Health Canada has resumed the publication of monthly data on the Canadian market, showing a steady increase in medical cannabis sales since October 2019.
July 8, 2020
New Zealand: ‘yes’ vote holds small lead ahead of cannabis referendum
Opinion polls in New Zealand are showing a small lead for the ‘yes’ vote ahead of the referendum on adult-use cannabis legalisation to be held on September the 19th.
July 6, 2020
Black market cannabis seizures plummet as legalisation progresses in North America
The 2020 World Drug Report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reveals that cannabis remains the controlled drug with the most global widespread use, estimated...
July 2, 2020
Majority of Canadian patients accessing cannabis on the recreational and black markets
Our proprietary consumer survey, conducted between March and May 2020, shows that over 15% of the Canadian adult population uses cannabis for medicinal reasons.
June 30, 2020
Key Insights from The Impact Series: Disrupting Drinks
Disrupting Drinks is the latest report in The Impact Series — Prohibition Partners’ suite of in-depth reports detailing the impact of cannabis across key consumer markets — and the first...
June 24, 2020
Medical cannabis approvals show triple-digit annual growth in Australia
The Australian medical cannabis scheme has experienced triple-digit annual growth since cannabis was rescheduled for human therapeutic purposes in 2016.
June 23, 2020
German cannabinoid sales climb to €15 million in March
The last data release by GKV, the public insurer reaching 90% of the German population, comes to confirm the ascendant trend of the German medical cannabis market, which has been...
June 15, 2020
Prohibition Partners Releases Disrupting Drinks
Leading cannabis market intelligence and strategic consultancy firm Prohibition Partners has launched Disrupting Drinks. The report is the first in our series of in-depth consumer research reports, offering a comprehensive...
May 15, 2020
Hemp and CBG: What Will The 2020 Consumer Look Like?
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a rising star within the hemp industry, tipped to follow in the footsteps of CBD as the next non-psychoactive cannabinoid to dominate the low-THC consumer market.
May 7, 2020
Knowledge Is Power: Research as a Driving Force for Cannabis Reform
The number of states, territories and countries with legal cannabis policies continues to grow year-on-year, and health agencies around the world are now granting approvals for various medical cannabis products....
May 5, 2020
Prohibition Partners LIVE brings together thousands of delegates from every corner of the globe
Prohibition Partners LIVE will provide one single digital platform that will host five separate conferences with over 4,000 delegates attending to experience thought-leading content, high-quality networking, engaging experiences and entertainment,...
April 16, 2020
Key Insights from The Oceania Cannabis Report: Second Edition
The Oceania Cannabis Report: Second Edition is the most extensive review of the cannabis sector in Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding islands. Launched last week, the report offers an...
April 8, 2020
Prohibition Partners: Oceania cannabis market could be worth US$1.55b
The legal cannabis market in Australia, New Zealand and the rest of Oceania is set to be worth $US1.55 billion by 2024, according to new research from leading cannabis market...
April 3, 2020
COVID-19: The turning point for global cannabis legalisation
As of Friday, 3 April 2020, there are over one million confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide. Analysts from the IMF and UN are predicting a global recession will follow in...
March 27, 2020
INSIGHT: How COVID-19 Is Impacting The Cannabis Industry
As of 27 March, we have seen over 530,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) across 199 countries. As the outbreak develops, Prohibition Partners is monitoring the situation and reporting on...
March 20, 2020
INSIGHT: The Coronavirus Pandemic and Cannabis Consumer Behaviour
As of 19 March 2020, the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease has swept through 169 countries, resulting in over 200,000 confirmed case reports worldwide. It has become the first disease outbreak since...
March 17, 2020
Prohibition Partners Releases PSYCH: The Psychedelics as Medicine Report
Leading cannabis market intelligence and strategic consultancy firm Prohibition Partners has today launched PSYCH: The Psychedelics as Medicine Report. The report is the latest in Prohibition Partners' suite of market-leading...
Key Insights from PSYCH: The Psychedelics as Medicine Report
After decades of association with the ‘hippie’ counterculture movement, psychedelics are now experiencing a period of renaissance, as the medical community investigates their potential use in treating a wealth of...
February 20, 2020
Key Insights from The European Cannabis Report: 5th Edition
The European Cannabis Report: 5th Edition is the most extensive review of the European cannabis sector published to date. Launched last week, the report contains in-depth analyses of the countries...
February 7, 2020
Is the slow pace of cannabis legalisation fuelling the black market?
Advanced research, clinical trials and passionate patients campaigns has helped to progress medical cannabis legislation on a global scale. Yet despite this, patients are seemingly continuing to turn to unregulated,...
January 31, 2020
Key Insights from The Impact Series: Disrupting Beauty
CBD cosmetics are turning heads inside the beauty industry, becoming the most disruptive force in the industry in the last two decades. The skyrocketing demand for CBD beauty products is...
January 24, 2020
Our Top Trend for 2020: Cannabis Normalisation
At the end of last year, Prohibition Partners published an analysis of the cannabis trends that shaped 2019, and offered an assessment of what we might expect from the year...
January 10, 2020
Prohibition Partners to co-host Davos’ Cannabis Conclave 2020
Prohibition Partners is pleased to be co-hosting the second annual Cannabis Conclave in Davos, Switzerland, in partnership with the Consumer Choice Center.
December 20, 2019
The cannabis trends that shaped 2019
In 2019 Prohibition Partners identified five mega trends that were shaping the international cannabis industry.
December 17, 2019
The UK Cannabis Report: Key Insights
To mark the anniversary of the United Kingdom legalising medicinal cannabis one year ago, Prohibition Partners has produced The UK Cannabis Report. The report examines the future challenges and opportunities...
December 3, 2019
Uncovering the Truth Behind The Global Cannabis Industry Slump
With stocks in the cannabis industry climbing to record highs at the end of last year, 2019 was supposed to be the most prosperous year yet for the cannabis industry....
November 25, 2019
Key insights from The New Normal Report
The New Normal Report: Signs of the Times’ launched yesterday, in association with Protein Agency, an exploratory report documenting the rise of cannabis and CBD products across a number of...
November 24, 2019
US Congressional Committee Approves Cannabis Legalisation Bill in Historic Vote
On Wednesday, 20 November, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act was passed through the House Judiciary Committee in the US, marking the first time that a congressional committee...
November 7, 2019
Key Insights from The Global Cannabis Report
The global legal cannabis market is forecast to be worth up to US$103.9 billion by the year 2024, driven, in the most part, by the burgeoning international medicinal cannabis market,...
October 28, 2019
The Germany Cannabis Report: Key Insights
Since legalising medical cannabis in 2017, Germany has become a leading power in the European cannabis industry and is set to become a behemoth in the global market in the...
October 13, 2019
The SAFE Banking Act passes the U.S House of Representatives
Earlier this month, The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act was passed by the U.S House of Representatives. Here's what it means...
October 4, 2019
Zenabis CEO, Andrew Grieve, on North America cannabis market growth
Earlier this month, Zenabis Global supported Prohibition Partners with the launch of The North American Cannabis Report. The report arrives against a backdrop of increased transatlantic trade, regulatory change and...
August 22, 2019
Key learnings from The Cannabis Legal Report
The Cannabis Legal Report launches today against a backdrop of global regulatory change, as the international cannabis market begins to enter the mainstream. However, in a market worth a potential...
August 9, 2019
Greece green lights 26 medicinal cannabis licences
Greece has approved 26 licences for cannabis cultivation and processing facilities in the country, the government has confirmed.
July 25, 2019
Liberté, Égalité…Legality? French government edges towards cannabis reform
Last month one of France’s most influential think-tanks, the Conseil d’analyse économique (CAE), recommended not only that France legalise recreational cannabis use, but also that the government form a monopoly...
July 19, 2019
Gaps remain in Irish pilot programme despite first shipment of medical cannabis oil
Earlier this week, Tilray successfully delivered the first medical cannabis oil shipment to Ireland following the decision to launch a five-year medical cannabis access scheme.
July 17, 2019
Aurora wins race for Italian medical cannabis tender
Aurora Deutschland is on the brink of landing a government contract to supply medical cannabis to the Italian government, after the other three firms left in the running were eliminated...
July 14, 2019
Turkey cannabis cultivation targets international drug trafficking
Sitting on the fence between the gardens of Europe and Asia, Turkey is still streets away from the more liberal drug policies of its European neighbours. The good news for...
July 5, 2019
UK medicinal cannabis policy ‘failing patients’
MPs have said that the UK government is failing patients who are at risk and suffering without access to medicinal cannabis. They are calling for a full inquiry into the...
June 21, 2019
Capital & Cannabis Conference Europe arrives in London
Prohibition Partners has teamed up with IMN to host the first European Cannabis Capital Conference (IC3) next week, bringing together the industry’s top brands and thought leaders with an array...
June 18, 2019
Italy announces new medical cannabis tender
Update (10 July 2019): The four companies now under review by the Italian Military are Tilray, Medicinal Organic Cannabis Australia, Aurora and Canopy Growth. The companies in the tender are...
May 31, 2019
Italy’s top court bans cannabis light sales as sector feels political heat
Italy’s highest court has outlawed cannabis light sales, in a landmark ruling handed down on Thursday, stating it is a crime to market derivatives of cannabis.
May 16, 2019
Cannabis Patent Races: The rush to trademark nature
The race to patent intellectual property is a key mark of any emerging market, with patents widely recognised as the most viable way of securing future earnings and gaining a...
May 10, 2019
Three things we learned from The Asian Cannabis Report™
Asia’s medical cannabis market will be worth over US$5.8 billion by 2024 if a number of key markets introduce reform in the medium term. The figure comes from research gathered...
April 5, 2019
German cannabis cultivation licences awarded to Aphria, Aurora and Demecan
Germany has awarded three companies licences to cultivate medicinal cannabis, bringing the long-delayed tendering process that has stymied Europe’s largest market to an end.
April 2, 2019
Israeli cannabis market heats up as elections approach
“The cannabis industry is at a unique turning point, turning within a dramatically short time-frame from a pariah to a main-stage industry. Some 35 countries have already legalised cannabis to...
March 29, 2019
Lesotho cannabis licences, one small nation leading the African continent
In 2017 the Kingdom of Lesotho was the first African nation to legalise the cultivation and export of medical cannabis. As of next month it is set to issue its...
March 21, 2019
Africa cannabis market could be worth over $US 7.1 billion annually by 2023
Africa’s legal cannabis industry could be worth more than $US 7.1 billion annually by 2023 if legislation is introduced in a number of the continent’s major markets, according to research...
March 14, 2019
Brexit takes a new turn – but what lies ahead for the UK cannabis industry?
With Parliament voting down both Theresa May’s negotiated deal with the EU and the prospect of a no-deal exit, the UK will now endure a further period of prolonged commercial...
March 7, 2019
South African cannabis compromise over deadlock
In September 2018, the Constitutional Courts of South Africa legalised the private use of recreational cannabis. The move went against government policy and the executive branch of the government has...
February 28, 2019
Four key learnings from Cannabis Europa Paris
On Friday 8th February, Cannabis Europa Paris brought together leading voices on medical cannabis from the worlds of politics, pharmaceuticals and industry to discuss developments in France and across Europe.
February 20, 2019
Greek cannabis market yet to deliver as firms remain stuck
Greece’s government has been busy approving the first wave of licences for companies wanting to grow medicinal cannabis in the Hellenic Republic, but no business has yet acquired all three...
February 15, 2019
ECH, Grow and IPS create historic milestone
ECH, Grow Biotech and IPS Specials have created a historic milestone by importing the first bulk shipment of cannabis-based medicine to the UK, since the Home Office legalised medical cannabis...
February 4, 2019
Prohibition Partners recruit french regulatory advisor as tides turn on french cannabis debate
Prohibition Partners is delighted to announce that Paula Cazes will be joining the team as Regulatory Advisor and correspondent on the French cannabis market. Paula is an international lawyer, trained...
January 31, 2019
UK medicinal cannabis use hampered by lack of doctor training
The European Cannabis Report™ 4th Edition is the most extensive review to date of the European cannabis industry. It examines legislation, regulation, market size and market opportunities in 33 European...
December 21, 2018
Cannabis Europa to unlock French medical cannabis industry
Following a string of key developments in 2018, France has begun reviewing their existing conservative cannabis policy by establishing a committee to review the legal status of the medical cannabis...
December 1, 2018
UK medical cannabis is now legal, but what can we expect?
Medical cannabis is officially available in the UK today via prescription and millions of patients, who suffer from registered conditions that can be treated with cannabis, could qualify for treatment.
November 29, 2018
European presence expanded in Spanish cannabis capital
Prohibition Partners is delighted to launch its first overseas office in Barcelona, Spain. The office is run by Head of Consulting David Attwood, who recently joined the team and will...
October 26, 2018
Australia medical cannabis industry & New Zealand to take on the global market
Oceania is poised for big things in the global cannabis market with a regional industry that is estimated to be worth US$8.7 billion by 2028. With over 20 companies registered...
October 17, 2018
Canada makes history as first G7 country to fully legalise cannabis
It’s hard to think about a more significant date, in the long and arduous history of cannabis prohibition than October 17th, 2018. Today, Canada becomes the first G7 country in...
Latin America cannabis industry to be worth over $12.7 billion
Over the past 24 months, the Latin American cannabis industry has emerged from the shadows to command the attention of the international cannabis community as over ten major markets have...
September 28, 2018
High consumption and favourable legislation boost Italian cannabis market
As of September 2018, the Italian medical cannabis system is struggling to meet patient demand. In 2017, 300 patients applied for medical cannabis but, a year later, nearly 10,000 patients...
September 20, 2018
Regional complexity inhibiting the Spanish cannabis industry
Last year we examined the state of cannabis clubs in Catalonia. Historically a frontrunner in terms of both medical and recreational cannabis the region has blazed a trail in continental...
July 27, 2018
European legal cannabis market expected to exceed 115 BILLION by 2028
By 2028, the European cannabis market will be worth €115.7 billion, according to market intelligence and strategic consultancy firm, Prohibition Partners. The findings come from The 3rd Edition of The...
May 4, 2018
Cannabis Patient boom in Germany puts pressure on supply
Since March 2017, medical cannabis has been legal in Germany, launching a new domestic industry, and attracting the watchful eye of the global cannabis community. Previously, the state had only...
April 27, 2018
Dutch cannabis sector to take control back from the black market
Dutch cannabis laws are not without fault. Since the introduction of coffee shops in 1976, Amsterdam’s cannabis has been supplied by criminal organisations. Additionally, a lack of cannabis cultivation licences,...
March 2, 2018
Macedonia cannabis aims to become leading european cultivator
In February 2016, after six months of deliberation, Macedonia has pushed through legislation to legalise the use of medical cannabis. Since then Macedonia has set its sights on European expansion...
February 23, 2018
Government giving mixed signals on medical Romania cannabis legislation
Romania’s history has been full of rebounds, ebbs and flows of distress and productivity, often playing catch up to rejoin the socio-economic norms of mainstream Europe. Once a powerful hemp...
February 16, 2018
Cautious pilot scheme rolls out Luxembourg cannabis
Luxembourg, nestled between France, Belgium and Germany, has long suffered from the domination of neighbouring countries. The end result is a proud national motto “Mir wëlle bleiwe wat mir sinn”...
February 9, 2018
Turkey cannabis cultivation aims to combat international drug trafficking
Sitting on the fence between the gardens of Europe and Asia, Turkey is still streets away from the more liberal drug policies of its European neighbours. The good news for...
February 2, 2018
Cultivation laws inhibiting Slovenian cannabis treatments
Cannabis is regularly or occasionally used by 15 percent of Slovenian population and it’s estimated that 30,000 citizens self-medicate using cannabis extracts. However, only 160 patients choose to do so...
January 26, 2018
Serbian patients fight for cannabis reform
Serbia is the largest and most populous country of the former Yugoslavia. It is home to a strong pro-legalisation movement which is led by activists, patients and researchers. In this...
October 11, 2017
Portuguese Cannabis laws are holding back economic potential
Historically, Portugal is regarded as somewhat of a trailblazer when it comes to drug reform. Yet in the 15+ years that have followed, very little progress has been made and...
September 21, 2017
Is the Netherlands cannabis industry falling behind?
The New Opium Act was implemented in the Netherlands in 1976, which was to lead the way for the so called ‘Policy of Tolerance’. Initially, the policy was meant as...
September 14, 2017
British cannabis market could still dominate Europe’s legal industry
It is 50 years since the Summer of Love attempted to break down British cannabis prohibition. Thankfully the world's understanding and education of this hugely important plant has evolved significantly...
September 7, 2017
The Israel cannabis sector, a global leader
Israel has been a pioneer in the research and development of medical cannabis for decades. THC and the endocannabinoid system were first discovered there.
August 30, 2017
Is the French Cannabis sector falling behind Europe?
August 23, 2017
What does the future hold for the Czech cannabis industry?
August 16, 2017
Ireland cannabis legalisation hits roadblock in pursuit of medical classification
A Bill calling for the legalisation of medical cannabis in Ireland was rejected by the Oireachtas Health Committee in July over fears that it could potentially “decriminalise the recreational use...
August 8, 2017
Cannabis cigarettes.. a hit for Swiss supermarket chain
Coop, the Swiss supermarket chain, now stocks cannabis cigarettes high in CBD and initial sales have already been incredibly high.
August 2, 2017
Poland passes bill to legalise medical cannabis
Poland’s lower house of parliament (Sejm) has voted overwhelmingly in favour of making medical cannabis legal “under certain circumstances”.
July 26, 2017
Greece legalises cannabis for medical use
On June 30th, the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras and Health Minister, Andreas Xanthos announced that Greece is to become the seventh European country to legalise cannabis for medical use.
July 19, 2017
Spanish region blazes the trail for cannabis legalisation
Following a petition which amassed over 60,000 signatures, the Catalonian Parliament decided to legalise the cultivation, consumption and distribution of cannabis throughout the autonomous Spanish region.
June 27, 2017
German Cannabis leads the European medical market
January 19th, 2017 saw a major development in Germany’s relationship with cannabis. German parliament unanimously voted to make it legal for doctors to prescribe cannabis-based treatments for ‘seriously ill’ patients.
The European Cannabis Report
The legal cannabis industry is the biggest potential new market in the world, with Europe’s recreational alone currently being valued at €18bn. The European Cannabis Report from Prohibition Partners is the first...
June 11, 2017
Could Italy fully legalise recreational cannabis use? [And what could it mean for the economy?]
In April, in an effort to develop attitudes towards cannabis even further, The Radicali Italiani Movement announced plans to introduce a bill that proposes the full legalisation of adult cannabis...