Italian Army’s MMJ Production Falling Short of Demand

The Italian Army is tasked with producing the entirety of Italy’s medical cannabis stores and it’s beginning to have trouble keeping up with demand, according to a PBS report. Italy’s military has long been tasked with producing so-called “orphan drugs” — drugs that treat rare, uncommon diseases. Colonel Antonio Medica, commander of the facility growing all of […]

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Coffee Shops Selling CBD-Rich, Low-THC Cannabis Now Open in Paris, France

The first two coffee shops serving high-CBD cannabis products in Paris, France opened last week, according to a Telegraph report. The openings follow a softening of French drug laws to allow the sale of cannabis containing less than 0.2% THC, and Parisians lined up outside the businesses to make their purchases. Controversially (considering scientific support for the […]

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Israeli MMJ Company Signs 6yr Production Deal with European Client

Israeli medical cannabis company Medivie Therapeutics and its subsidiary High Pharma has announced a $110 million deal to cultivate and manufacture medical cannabis products for a European client in what the company calls the largest deal of its kind in Israel to date, the Times of Israel reports. The company indicated that if the federal […]

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Greece Parliament Passes MMJ Bill

Greece’s Parliament has approved legislation allowing the cultivation and manufacturing of medical cannabis, according to the Greek Reporter. The measure was supported by the ruling majority To Potami and Democratic Alignment parties and opposed by New Democracy, Golden Dawn, Centrists’ Union, and the Communist Party – the latter of which called on the ministry to […]

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Canadian MMJ Company Acquires Malta-based Lab to Produce and Distribute Cannabis Oils

Canadian medical cannabis producer Nuuvera has acquired Malta-based laboratory ASG Pharma, one of few Maltese Good Manufacturing Practice labs. ASG Pharma is expected to be one of Nuuvera’s hubs for medical cannabis oil production and distribution. “It is clear that Malta specifically and the European Union generally intend to make consumer protection a priority, and […]

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French Government Report Recommends Fines for Cannabis Charges to Free Up Police

A French government report suggests the nation’s cannabis laws should be reformed in an effort to free up police, calling for fines instead of bringing cases to court, according to a France24 outline of the report, which is due Wednesday. The report recommends introducing a fixed fine of between 150 and 200 euros, allowing police […]

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Aurora Subsidiary Wins Italian MMJ Contract

Pedanios GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canada’s Aurora Cannabis Inc., has won a contract to supply medical cannabis to the Italian government through the Ministry of Defense, which oversees the nation’s medical cannabis program. Under current Italian law, the Defense Ministry currently produces the medical cannabis for Italian patients, but some wholesalers can purchase products […]

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Luxembourg Parliament to Consider MMJ Pilot Program

European Union nation Luxembourg plans to launch a two-year medical cannabis pilot project, according to an AFP News report. The plan, which would allow officials to determine who should have access to the program and under what conditions, still requires parliamentary approval. Health Minister Lydia Mutsch indicated the government plans to limit access to individuals […]

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Poland MMJ Law Takes Effect; Products to be Sold in Pharmacies

Poland’s medical cannabis laws have taken effect and cannabis-derived products will be available in the nation’s pharmacies after they are registered with the Office for Registration of Medical Products, according to a Radio Poland report. The Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber estimated that 300,000 patients could be eligible under the regime, which includes chronic pain, drug-resistant epilepsy, […]

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Tilray Plans Major Expansion in Portugal

Canadian medical cannabis producer Tilray plans to invest 20 million euros (about C$29.5 million, US$24 million) in their operation in Portugal, where they recently won a license to import seeds and clones and cultivate them, the Canadian Press reports. The Cantanhede site will grow, process, and package medical cannabis products that will be distributed throughout […]

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Cyprus Cabinet Pushes MMJ Plan to Attract International Investments

In an effort to attract international investors, federal officials in Cyprus have approved plans allowing cultivation of medical cannabis on the island, according to a Cyprus Mail report. The cabinet-backed plan, which would make two cultivation licenses available, still needs to be approved by Parliament. Health Minister Giorgos Pamborides said officials hope to attract capital […]

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Poland’s Lower House Votes 440-2 in Favor of Legalizing MMJ

Lawmakers in Poland’s Lower House of Parliament have cast 440 votes in favor of legalizing the use of medical cannabis, according to a Yahoo News report. Only two lawmakers voted against the move, with one other House lawmaker abstaining from the vote. The law must pass through the Senate next — and then the President — […]

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German MMJ Market Attracting Canadian Firms, Maricann Leads Pack

On January 19, the German parliament unanimously legalized medicinal cannabis use, paving the way for patients with a doctor’s prescription to purchase cannabis products from pharmacies. Unlike America’s fractured medical cannabis system, German patients will be able to have their medicinal cannabis treatments covered by insurance, and access is not based on qualifying conditions – […]

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France Will End Prison Sentences for Cannabis Consumers

French officials have announced a plan to discontinue prison sentences for cannabis consumers by the year’s end, according to a Euronews report. The change was a campaign promise of France’s newly elected liberal centrist President Emmanuel Macron and is a meaningful step toward cannabis reform for the country. However, according to government spokesperson Christophe Castaner, […]

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Cresa Pharma Nets EU Approval to Sell CBD Pet Products

Creso Pharma, publicly traded on the Australian Securities Exchange, has received registration from the European Union – the first – to sell CBD products for pets, according to an Australian Associated Press report. The company is now seeking a global import and export license as it’s planning to market two products by April. The products […]

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